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India steps up to fight inflation, but it’s uphill from here

Worryingly, food prices climbed 8.38%. High inflation played out even in surplus items, such wheat, whose prices jumped 20% last month, as traders doubled down on exports. 
Updated on May 26, 2022 12:19 PM IST

It’s not too difficult to techproof ourselves

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Even if you are not a technologist by training, once you understand the functionality of a system, and the specific type of logic it uses in order to perform that function, you are better off than 99% of the laity. (Shutterstock)
Updated on May 25, 2022 10:49 PM IST

Investing in frontline health staff is crucial

Frontline teams now have the ability to work with panchayats and community organisations such as self-help groups (SHGs). (Sakib Ali/HT Photo)
Updated on May 25, 2022 10:51 PM IST

Quad validates PM’s India-first approach, writes S Jaishankar

Quad is not only about developing bilateral ties or groupings in the national interest. There is also a larger vision of shaping the region and the world, which impels its evolution (Twitter)
Published on May 26, 2022 10:32 AM IST

Ukraine: India is at a crossroads to become a leader in the neighbourhood

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This long-drawn-out conflict is now seeing repercussions across a world that is still recovering from the Covid pandemic. 
Updated on May 25, 2022 07:24 PM IST

Scientifically Speaking | Can magic mushrooms treat persistent depression?

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Functional MRI brain scans from both trials showed that there were changes in brain function that persisted beyond the use of psilocybin. 
Published on May 25, 2022 02:04 PM IST

Policy shocks and pandemic have damaged the economy

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The devastation has only been accentuated by the pandemic and is likely to worsen, given that the country is in the midst of a spell of rising inflation. 
Published on May 24, 2022 07:59 PM IST

Invest in women’s sport, and watch the pay gap close

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The gender pay gap is much more of an issue in privately-run sport. Take cricket, for instance, where the highest-paid female cricketer earns less than half the lowest-paid male cricketer. 
Published on May 24, 2022 07:59 PM IST

From Tokyo, a strong message to Beijing

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The message from Tokyo is one of peace, but peace on terms acceptable to all major powers. As China goes through its most serious crisis in recent years, it may want to calmly internalise the implications of Quad. 
Published on May 24, 2022 07:42 PM IST

Climate and Us | After heatwaves, the time for monsoon disasters is upon us 

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I hope Delhi’s first moderate-intensity pre-monsoon storm of this season which disrupted the Capital's Monday routine, wakes authorities from their slumber. 
Published on May 24, 2022 07:11 PM IST

The Taste With Vir: Veganism vs Vegetarianism

The Taste With Vir: Veganism vs Vegetarianism 
Published on May 24, 2022 10:38 AM IST

Heatwaves are here to stay. Adapt fast

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Heatwaves are the most brutal manifestations of the climate crisis. They are silent killers, but are not mentioned in finance or insurance because their economic costs are difficult to estimate (AFP)
Updated on May 24, 2022 08:12 AM IST

What minority tag for Hindus means for India

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In the pending case before the Supreme Court, initially, the central government appears to have taken the stand that Parliament and the state legislatures both have concurrent powers to decide on this. However, in a subsequent affidavit, the Centre held that the ability to notify minorities is vested with it. (REUTERS FILE PHOTO)
Updated on May 23, 2022 07:13 PM IST

Right to health laws need political support

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Tamil Nadu performs better than the national average on several health indicators, including the provision of antenatal care, institutional deliveries, and full immunisation of children. The Dravidian movement and philosophy, with which both the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and the All India Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam are ideologically aligned, have influenced the state’s focus on health care from the 1920s. (Bloomberg)
Updated on May 23, 2022 07:13 PM IST

Hutong Cat | A hostile North Korea fights a Covid epidemic as China looks on

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Pyongyang confirmed the first case of Covid-19 only on May 12 but within days the caseload is said to have crossed the two million-mark (as of May 20). 
Updated on May 23, 2022 02:45 PM IST

On the eve of the summit, the credibility challenge for Quad

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Experts suggest that Tokyo should now take Quad beyond the shadows of the Ukraine crisis. 
Published on May 23, 2022 12:43 PM IST

The dangers of instant justice by the police

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Unless we improve the functioning of the police and the prosecution and ensure timely delivery of justice, the pressure, if not the temptation, to dispense instant justice will always be there at some level. 
Published on May 23, 2022 11:44 AM IST

Beyond the chintan shivir, Congress’s existential crisis

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The dynasty’s acolytes hit back and pointed out that Congress’s existence was intrinsically linked to the Gandhi family. 
Updated on May 22, 2022 07:48 PM IST

Gyanvapi row: The politics of demolition and construction

For centuries, emperors and politicians used various methods to create divisions in society. Why shouldn’t citizens and leaders act to end this? 
Published on May 22, 2022 07:45 PM IST

Quad must deepen security cooperation

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As the war between Russia and Ukraine has demonstrated, we are entering a dangerous new world, one in which the prospect of great power competition spilling over into great power conflict is no longer a remote possibility (Shutterstock)
Updated on May 21, 2022 12:24 PM IST

Elevate education to a ‘general interest’ topic

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For far too long, we have looked at schools as cocooned in a rather mechanical education system, which is meant to produce literate, numerate, and employable individuals. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on May 23, 2022 12:07 PM IST

Don’t be oblivious of our natural heritage

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Mirzapur is a place for small mammals, especially wild cats. But, with every passing year, a bit of the wilderness vanishes as new development springs up (Kartik Singh)
Updated on May 21, 2022 12:25 PM IST

Council of State: A sound plan for India

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The Council of State will be a permanent platform for inform-ed voices to advise the government and also to broaden the base from which ideas for governance are sought, discussed, amended and, finally, agreed upon (Rahul Raut/HT Photo)
Updated on May 21, 2022 12:26 PM IST

In 2022, a tipping point for Indian and South Asian art

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As we rejoice, we must also accept the immense power and responsibility in shaping the Indian and South Asian art of the future. 
Published on May 20, 2022 07:40 PM IST

An ode to an Indian luminary in the LGBTQ+ community

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In 1990, when AIDS was ravaging the gay community, she disrupted a speech by then President George HW Bush with a placard saying “Talk is cheap, AIDS funding is not.” 
Published on May 20, 2022 07:39 PM IST

For its revival, the Congress must look inward

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Recreating its brand value that could be associated with positive images cannot be done with mere tweaking of organisational nuts and bolts. It needs a complete overhaul. 
Updated on May 20, 2022 07:13 PM IST

A road map for Quad’s emerging technology working group

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Among the 12 working groups is the critical and emerging technology working group that was established in March 2021 to foster technological collaboration. 
Published on May 20, 2022 06:46 PM IST

Digital learning and the key role of vernacular languages

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The NEP 2020 also stressed the need to bridge the gap between the language spoken by the child and the medium of education. 
Published on May 20, 2022 06:16 PM IST

Terms of Trade | Kamaraj to Ponmudi: Has non-Hindi belt politics turned inward?

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Almost six decades after Kamaraj’s famous words, another politician from his state, K Ponmudi made a statement regarding Hindi. 
Published on May 23, 2022 12:01 PM IST

The skilling-academics divide must be broken

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With the advent of the new-age economy, the work landscape is in transition. As a result, there is an increasing demand from the education and skill ecosystems to prepare for this change. (Pradeep Gaur/MINT)
Updated on May 19, 2022 07:32 PM IST
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