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How cold and long is this cold spell in Delhi

People huddle around a bonfire on a cold winter evening at Nizamuddin, on Tuesday. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 19, 2022 03:05 AM IST

A realpolitik appraisal of the ‘Mandal-Kamandal’ fight in UP

A realpolitik appraisal of the ‘Mandal-Kamandal’ fight in UP (Picture for representation purpose)
Updated on Jan 19, 2022 12:15 PM IST

Oil, budget and economic sentiment

As the world came to a standstill after the pandemic, consumption of petroleum products crashed.
Updated on Jan 19, 2022 12:14 PM IST

Why lockdowns won’t work in the current wave

The seven-day average of deaths at the national-level does not seem to be increasing consistently despite the average for cases increasing every day since December 27.
Updated on Jan 19, 2022 12:13 PM IST

The myth of a monolithic Muslim vote bank in Uttar Pradesh

The opposition has alleged that Yogi’s comments seek to create a polarisation between the majority Hindu and minority Muslim population in the state.(Picture for representation)
Updated on Jan 19, 2022 12:11 PM IST

Making sense of the advance GDP estimates

While inflation-driven higher nominal GDP growth is good news for fiscal math, it is bad news for the purchasing power of those dependent on farm incomes. (HT Archive)
Published on Jan 19, 2022 12:10 PM IST

Will just a capex-focus in the budget work for the economy?

More than four fifth of investment spending in the Indian economy comes from the private sector
Updated on Jan 19, 2022 12:10 PM IST

Covid-19: 3rd wave limited to big cities, but has started to spread beyond

Another way in which the impact of this wave can be possibly reduced is by fully vaccinating the entire eligible population.
Updated on Jan 19, 2022 12:06 PM IST

Third Covid-19 wave means we cannot have a business as usual budget

With a rise in cases, states have started imposing restrictions on mobility and activities.
Updated on Jan 19, 2022 12:04 PM IST

State of economy amid a surge in Covid infections

What is the state of the Indian economy at the cusp of yet another wave of the pandemic.
Updated on Jan 19, 2022 11:58 AM IST

How Covid cases are spreading in India’s cities again

HT Image
Published on Jan 19, 2022 11:55 AM IST

How did the Indian markets perform in 2021?

In nominal terms, 2021 was the best year for BSE as the Sensex moved by around 10,000 points in a single year.
Updated on Jan 19, 2022 11:54 AM IST

Key numbers about India’s new vaccination plan

As much as 47% of the 18-45 age group, 30% of the 45-60 age cohort, and 33% of the 60 plus years are yet to be fully inoculated against the coronavirus disease.
Updated on Jan 19, 2022 11:53 AM IST

India’s post-pandemic trade numbers

For most of the top 10 items in India’s import and export basket, which account for 80% and 61% of total imports and exports, unit values have increased significantly between April and October 2021 compared to the same period last year.
Updated on Jan 19, 2022 11:52 AM IST

Understanding the unequal nature of India’s economic recovery

While consumption for all kinds of transportation fuel – petrol, diesel and aviation turbine fuel (ATF) – fell sharply during the first lockdown, petrol and diesel led the recovery as restrictions were eased in 2020, a trend which continued in 2021.
Updated on Jan 19, 2022 11:51 AM IST

Can a law to raise marriage age for women work?

Uttar Pradesh government officials have been asked to submit affidavits declaring that no dowry was taken during their marriage. (Representational image)
Updated on Jan 19, 2022 11:50 AM IST

Delhi’s air crisis: Who pollutes, who suffers?

Delhi’s air crisis: Three major contributors to pollution from the consumption side are — transport (private and public), fuel and electricity, and construction. (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 19, 2022 11:49 AM IST

Behind the policy and politics around inflation

Retail inflation in India rose 4.91% in November compared with a year ago. (Representational image)
Updated on Jan 19, 2022 11:48 AM IST

When maximum is minimum: Explaining Delhi’s winter chill

While a wind chill factor is also taken into account when declaring a cold wave, the minimum temperatures were low in parts of Delhi on Sunday night – 3.3 degrees Celsius at Jafarpur and 3.6 degree at Lodhi Road – even without accounting for it. (Representational image)
Updated on Jan 19, 2022 11:48 AM IST

No surge in Covid-19 cases, but vulnerable lag in full vaccination

Apart from transmissibility, Omicron is proving to be more resistant to vaccines than its predecessors. (Representational image)
Updated on Jan 19, 2022 11:47 AM IST

Understanding the global Omicron threat

A man wears a face mask as he walks past an image of Santa Claus at a Christmas market, in London
Updated on Jan 19, 2022 11:42 AM IST

Covid-19 and India’s youth workforce

Data from CMIE-CPHS shows that young workers were the most affected in terms of a fall in employment rate during the 2020 lockdown.
Updated on Jan 19, 2022 11:41 AM IST

How household incomes were affected by Covid

While the impact of the first wave was felt more acutely in urban areas, that of the second wave was more adverse in rural areas.
Updated on Jan 19, 2022 11:41 AM IST

Explaining the decline in women’s role in workforce

Women working at a construction site under MGNREGS.
Updated on Jan 19, 2022 11:40 AM IST

India has a right to energy but does it need to fire more coal plants?

It may be difficult to deliver on India's COP26 commitment of a net-zero target by 2070  unless necessary steps are taken to shift from coal towards cleaner forms of energy.
Updated on Jan 19, 2022 11:39 AM IST

Meat-climate debate is a red herring in India

India faces a different challenge when it comes to protein consumption. Increasing theconsumption of pulses by making them more affordable is one of the low-hanging fruits in the pursuit of nutrition and climate goals in India.
Updated on Jan 19, 2022 11:37 AM IST

India’s top 10% reach highest wealth level

World Inequality Report: In 2021, the concentration of private wealth in the hands of therich became more pronounced. The share of the bottom 50% decreased to its lowest levels since 1995 to 5.9%.
Updated on Jan 19, 2022 11:34 AM IST

Are we overestimating the fiscal boost to the economy?

The most important number in the budget is the nominal growth projection for the financial year.
Updated on Jan 19, 2022 11:33 AM IST

Farm fires gone, weather now polluting Delhi’s air?

Delhi’s Air Quality Index (AQI) has been in the “severe” category in four out of the last seven days ending December 2,
Updated on Jan 19, 2022 11:30 AM IST
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