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Heatwaves are the new normal. Study the hazards

  • The most effective way to reduce the negative impacts of a heatwave is to develop a comprehensive response plan that combines individual strategies into an integrated approach
With unabated global warming, the probability of compound extremes such as the simultaneous occurrence of drought and heatwaves is also likely to increase. (Sanjeev Kumar /HT Photo)
With unabated global warming, the probability of compound extremes such as the simultaneous occurrence of drought and heatwaves is also likely to increase. (Sanjeev Kumar /HT Photo)
Published on May 16, 2022 09:20 PM IST
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The J&K delimitation report and the future of the region

  • There are several important takeaways from the Jammu and Kashmir Delimitation Commission, which submitted its final report.
On May 5, the three-member delimitation commission finalised the UT’s new electoral map, marking the first step for elections in the region since its special status was scrapped in August 2019. (PTI)
On May 5, the three-member delimitation commission finalised the UT’s new electoral map, marking the first step for elections in the region since its special status was scrapped in August 2019. (PTI)
Published on May 16, 2022 09:04 PM IST
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RBI is fighting inflation with its hands tied

  • Its difficulty in balancing its role in both inflation management and debt management is rooted in India’s monetary history
Without having to worry about managing the government’s borrowing costs, RBI can focus better on its primary mandate of maintaining price and financial stability. (Mint Archives)
Without having to worry about managing the government’s borrowing costs, RBI can focus better on its primary mandate of maintaining price and financial stability. (Mint Archives)
Published on May 16, 2022 08:29 PM IST
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Ecostani | 2022: The link between climate, extreme weather, and inflation

  • IPCC’s caution for the future is visible in India today, where we have seen the record coldest and warmest period in less than five months, with the vulnerable set to lose the most 
On May 15, Delhi recorded 49.2 degrees Celsius, the highest for the city since 1901. (AFP)
On May 15, Delhi recorded 49.2 degrees Celsius, the highest for the city since 1901. (AFP)
Published on May 16, 2022 08:06 PM IST
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Heatwaves: Rethink India’s energy mix 

While India contributes way less than the advanced world to the global emissions pie, the decision to reduce climate impacts for its large vulnerable population will have to be the main driver while making energy choices now
Air-coolers for sale in New Delhi. (Bloomberg)
Air-coolers for sale in New Delhi. (Bloomberg)
Updated on May 16, 2022 05:04 PM IST
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South Asian nations must collaborate on climate

Countries could establish a South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation Climate Fund, which could pay for adaptation and mitigation initiatives with a strong focus on innovations, joint R&D, technology transfer, knowledge exchange, and capacity building.
An Indian worker splashes water on his face to cool himself on a hot summer afternoon in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, India, June 13 (AP)
An Indian worker splashes water on his face to cool himself on a hot summer afternoon in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, India, June 13 (AP)
Updated on May 15, 2022 07:41 PM IST
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BySanjay Gupta and Uttam Kumar Sinha

Sri Lanka faces an inflection point

The humanitarian ramifications of the crisis in the island nation must be effectively addressed because it has implications that reach beyond that country’s borders
Anti-government demonstrators take part in a protest near the President's office in Colombo on May 10, 2022. (AFP)
Anti-government demonstrators take part in a protest near the President's office in Colombo on May 10, 2022. (AFP)
Updated on May 15, 2022 07:42 PM IST
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ByNirupama Rao

Modi’s hallmark: Clarity with determination

I have had the opportunity to observe successive PMs. All of them have contributed to India's progress, but I can confidently say that I have never seen such a combination of determination and clarity as I have in Modi
The pradhan sewak is aware of the difficulties which lie ahead. This is why he has added Sabka Vishwas to his famous Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas slogan going forward (ANI)
The pradhan sewak is aware of the difficulties which lie ahead. This is why he has added Sabka Vishwas to his famous Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas slogan going forward (ANI)
Updated on May 15, 2022 07:43 PM IST
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Bridging the digital divide: Push digitalisation of TVET and industry 4.0 skills

The workforce for future needs to be equipped for rapidly changing digital world, the government needs interventions for regularly updating skilling curricula, regulations to cover new skills and competences, deploying new methods of training delivery
The pandemic has accelerated the push towards digital transformation such as use of e-commerce, digital payments, artificial intelligence, edtech and so on (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The pandemic has accelerated the push towards digital transformation such as use of e-commerce, digital payments, artificial intelligence, edtech and so on (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on May 15, 2022 03:26 PM IST
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ByKundan Kumar, Gagan Preet Kaur

When two views on marital rape divided the Delhi High Court

  • Two judges of the Delhi High Court split right down the middle in their conception of both the marital relationship and of the role judges play in the constitutional framework.
Do we – as citizens – think that forced, non-consensual sex within a marriage is rape? Is it more humiliating to be forced to have non-consensual sex by your husband than to be raped a stranger? (Shutterstock)
Do we – as citizens – think that forced, non-consensual sex within a marriage is rape? Is it more humiliating to be forced to have non-consensual sex by your husband than to be raped a stranger? (Shutterstock)
Published on May 14, 2022 07:53 PM IST
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Indian foreign policy needs a structured gender lens

  • India may not announce a formal gender inclusive foreign policy soon but given our increasing visibility on the global stage, we can certainly make a difference to the conversation. 
The report suggests that India has made considerable progress in terms of applying a gender lens to foreign policymaking and also increased representation--but more structure is needed. (Twitter)
The report suggests that India has made considerable progress in terms of applying a gender lens to foreign policymaking and also increased representation--but more structure is needed. (Twitter)
Published on May 14, 2022 06:15 PM IST
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In the Philippines, the fall and rise of the Marcos family

  • The son of the tyrant Ferdinand Marcos — who ruled for two decades — won a landslide victory and has become the new president. This must be one of the strangest things to happen in history and may have lessons for South Asia.
Last Monday, Bongbong, to use the son’s popular moniker, realised the almost impossible. (Reuters)
Last Monday, Bongbong, to use the son’s popular moniker, realised the almost impossible. (Reuters)
Published on May 14, 2022 06:12 PM IST
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Terms of Trade| Opposition should not wait for (the) Godot of economic doom

The Opposition will do well to look at possible fault lines it can exploit to win back political support rather than hope for economic doomsday which will lead to a mass rebellion.
Haryana Congress leaders protesting fuel price rise, Ambala Cantonment, May 12, 2022. (HT Photo)
Haryana Congress leaders protesting fuel price rise, Ambala Cantonment, May 12, 2022. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 13, 2022 08:33 PM IST
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Why India must come clean on Covid-19 deaths

The WHO may not have covered itself in glory over the handling of the pandemic. But the debate around India’s uncounted deaths is not about arithmetic. It’s about truth-telling. And what we owe as a nation to ourselves. And to the people
t is the cold and clinical insistence that our formal death count is entirely accurate — when evidence on the ground clearly shows otherwise — that, in fact, weakens our argument. That — and a lack of empathy (Praveen Kumar/HT Photo)
t is the cold and clinical insistence that our formal death count is entirely accurate — when evidence on the ground clearly shows otherwise — that, in fact, weakens our argument. That — and a lack of empathy (Praveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on May 13, 2022 05:52 PM IST
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India must protect its own ‘Antarcticas’ too

By enacting this The Indian Antarctic Bill, India gives itself the moral right to tell the world that its policy towards the earth’s only non-human continent should be: Respectful distance
By enacting this The Indian Antarctic Bil, India also gives to itself the ecological duty to protect the ecosystems, “Antarcticas” of its own, such as the fragile ecosystems of the Himalaya, the tropical forests in our Western Ghats (above) and the coral-reefs around the Rann of Kutch, the Lakshadweep and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
By enacting this The Indian Antarctic Bil, India also gives to itself the ecological duty to protect the ecosystems, “Antarcticas” of its own, such as the fragile ecosystems of the Himalaya, the tropical forests in our Western Ghats (above) and the coral-reefs around the Rann of Kutch, the Lakshadweep and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on May 13, 2022 05:50 PM IST
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Marital rape: The State must protect women

The National Family Health Survey-5 (NFHS-5), released this past week, finds that when women are subject to sexual violence, husbands are the perpetrators in 82% of the cases. Yet 99.1% of sexual violence goes unreported when the perpetrator is the husband, found a 2018 analysis by Mint
“Women are being raped as we speak,” says lawyer Karuna Nundy who appeared for the petitioners. “It’s time to remove the patriarchal cloak that protects one class of rapists.” (Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
“Women are being raped as we speak,” says lawyer Karuna Nundy who appeared for the petitioners. “It’s time to remove the patriarchal cloak that protects one class of rapists.” (Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Published on May 13, 2022 05:47 PM IST
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How the sedition law has been used against citizens: Four personal journeys

According to Kapil Sabil, the lawyer representing the petitioners, there were 800 sedition cases across India and 13,000 people are in jail
The Supreme Court on Thursday put a hold on Section 124A, till the controversial law is reviewed by the Centre. But scores have been singed and have ended up spending a part of their life in jail. The incarceration has taken a psychological toll on victims and their families. (AFP)
The Supreme Court on Thursday put a hold on Section 124A, till the controversial law is reviewed by the Centre. But scores have been singed and have ended up spending a part of their life in jail. The incarceration has taken a psychological toll on victims and their families. (AFP)
Updated on May 12, 2022 11:37 PM IST
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Keeping up with UP| House challenge: From brawls to tech-driven bonhomie?

Will tablets and technology ignite healthy discussions in an era when attacks are growing increasingly acerbic and personal?
The UP Vidhan Sabha, the largest in the country with 403 members, was built in 1922 after the capital was moved from Allahabad to Lucknow. About five years were spent on the construction of the building, an example of Indo-European architectural craftsmanship, costing about <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>21 lakh. (PTI)
The UP Vidhan Sabha, the largest in the country with 403 members, was built in 1922 after the capital was moved from Allahabad to Lucknow. About five years were spent on the construction of the building, an example of Indo-European architectural craftsmanship, costing about 21 lakh. (PTI)
Updated on May 12, 2022 09:28 PM IST
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BySunita Aron

Sedition law has no place in a democracy

If we attempt to stifle criticism of State institutions, we shall become a police State instead of a democracy and this the founding fathers never expected this country to become
Mahatma Gandhi, when charged with sedition, said: “Affection cannot be manufactured or regulated by law. If one has no affection for a person or system, one should be free to give the fullest expression to his disaffection, so long as he does not contemplate, promote or incite to violence.” (PTI)
Mahatma Gandhi, when charged with sedition, said: “Affection cannot be manufactured or regulated by law. If one has no affection for a person or system, one should be free to give the fullest expression to his disaffection, so long as he does not contemplate, promote or incite to violence.” (PTI)
Updated on May 12, 2022 06:36 PM IST
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ByDeepak Gupta

Why the marital rape exception rule must go

The right to exercise agency over your own body is paramount for all human beings. The right is well recognised in law, whether it be to consent to medical treatment, vaccine mandates, or even the right to travel freely
The marital rape exception was challenged as being unconstitutional in a case before the Delhi HC. On Wednesday, a division bench delivered a split verdict. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The marital rape exception was challenged as being unconstitutional in a case before the Delhi HC. On Wednesday, a division bench delivered a split verdict. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on May 12, 2022 08:08 PM IST
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ByShyel Trehan

What states can do to avoid disruptions in power supply

Power shortage is more a demand side problem aggravated by poor distribution infrastructure in the states. It is unrealistic to expect the remedy from the central government alone
India has the world’s third largest electricity installed capacity, about 400 GW, after China and the United States (US). (File photo)
India has the world’s third largest electricity installed capacity, about 400 GW, after China and the United States (US). (File photo)
Updated on May 12, 2022 06:40 PM IST
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ByRajesh Gupta

The Ukraine war will impact Asian politics

Politically, the Ukraine war has already resulted in divisions in Asia. Japan and Korea are worried about China, and, as perhaps expected, joined the US in condemning Russia
A local resident stands near an apartment building damaged during Ukraine-Russia conflict in Mariupol, Ukraine, 2022 (REUTERS)
A local resident stands near an apartment building damaged during Ukraine-Russia conflict in Mariupol, Ukraine, 2022 (REUTERS)
Updated on May 12, 2022 10:45 PM IST
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ByManjari Chatterjee Miller

Trade deals: How India can benefit

Trade expansion is critical for growth. But, achieving economically meaningful deals will need political will and management of the competing interests of domestic stakeholders
Trade negotiations face an essential tension: The expected benefits of liberalisation need to be considered against the instinct to protect domestic producers from import competition (Shutterstock)
Trade negotiations face an essential tension: The expected benefits of liberalisation need to be considered against the instinct to protect domestic producers from import competition (Shutterstock)
Updated on May 11, 2022 08:40 PM IST
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ByPravin Krishna

Social media firms have a ‘duty of care’

It is clear that social media platforms play an active political role in our public discourse, instead of merely providing dumb and passive technological infrastructure for user interactions
These platforms have become increasingly interventionist with content. To maximise user engagement and retain/increase users, platforms also push new content into user feeds. (Bloomberg)
These platforms have become increasingly interventionist with content. To maximise user engagement and retain/increase users, platforms also push new content into user feeds. (Bloomberg)
Updated on May 11, 2022 09:18 PM IST
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ByRuchi Gupta

Scientifically Speaking | Do alien-like fungi think and talk beneath our feet?

Electrical signaling is a hallmark of neurons in the nervous system. Many kinds of fungi have demonstrated electrical activity with specific patterns in response to changes in light, chemicals, and stresses in the environment
This undated handout picture taken by Ray Palmer and released by James Cook University Australia on October 3, 2019, shows Poison Fire Coral fungus growing in Redlynch Valley, a suburb of Cairns. - (AFP)
This undated handout picture taken by Ray Palmer and released by James Cook University Australia on October 3, 2019, shows Poison Fire Coral fungus growing in Redlynch Valley, a suburb of Cairns. - (AFP)
Updated on May 11, 2022 09:25 AM IST
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ByAnirban Mahapatra

Induct more women into the police force

It’s not that there are no vacancies in policing — the national average hovers around 21.4 % — but the usual practice is to limit the intake to no more than one-third women
During recruitment, the emphasis is on filling constabulary vacancies while key investigation and supervisory roles remain for men (AFP)
During recruitment, the emphasis is on filling constabulary vacancies while key investigation and supervisory roles remain for men (AFP)
Updated on May 11, 2022 09:33 AM IST
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ByMaja Daruwala

US midterms: Uphill climb for Democrats

Beyond economics, two fault lines will constitute the political subtext of the electoral campaign — race and gender. For the Democrats, the first poses a challenge, the second an opportunity
The leaked draft of the majority opinion of the Supreme Court, overturning Roe v Wade, has triggered a curious mood in Washington. While the Republicans are not celebrating, yet, the Democrats see it as an opportunity to consolidate their base (AFP)
The leaked draft of the majority opinion of the Supreme Court, overturning Roe v Wade, has triggered a curious mood in Washington. While the Republicans are not celebrating, yet, the Democrats see it as an opportunity to consolidate their base (AFP)
Updated on May 11, 2022 09:34 AM IST
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Focus on indigenous and local solutions to deal with heatwaves

It is heartening to see individual cities such as Mumbai or Surat coming out with their own climate action plans. However, more action is required at federal and state levels
One significant positive step has been taken by IMD through its regular bulletins and predictions on heat waves. There has been clearly a successful diversification of the IMD’s focus from prediction of the monsoon to disseminating accurate information about other important climatic events. (AFP)
One significant positive step has been taken by IMD through its regular bulletins and predictions on heat waves. There has been clearly a successful diversification of the IMD’s focus from prediction of the monsoon to disseminating accurate information about other important climatic events. (AFP)
Updated on May 11, 2022 09:10 AM IST
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ByArpita Mondal

Distantly Close | In Udaipur, the Congress must show it is alive

The objective should be to proactively set the agenda on important national questions and issues touching the people. In the post-truth age, a party desirous of being the alternative cannot let public opinion go wayward on matters requiring an informed discourse
New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi with party leaders Rahul Gandhi and KC Venugopal arrives for the Congress Working Committee meeting, at the AICC headquarters, in New Delhi, Monday, May 9, 2022 (PTI)
New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi with party leaders Rahul Gandhi and KC Venugopal arrives for the Congress Working Committee meeting, at the AICC headquarters, in New Delhi, Monday, May 9, 2022 (PTI)
Updated on May 11, 2022 09:34 AM IST
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