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India is central to the economic and geopolitical thinking of Asia and global economics and politics(ANI)

Decoding India’s latest diplomatic push in the West Asian theatre | Opinion

By Kabir Taneja
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2020 10:25 AM IST
While successfully balancing relations between Israel, Iran and Saudi Arabia power blocks, New Delhi’s affinity for this Gulf outreach is rooted in geopolitical and geo-economic realities
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Bad air knows no boundaries and a multiplicity of agencies working in silos doesn’t help the situation(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Bad air knows no boundaries and a multiplicity of agencies working in silos doesn’t help the situation(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

Tackling pollution, beyond stubble burning | Opinion

By Sumant Sinha
PUBLISHED ON DEC 08, 2020 08:23 PM IST
While stubble burning continues to be a sensitive inter-state issue, the local administration should focus on these “internal” factors and mitigate them through proper planning, strict governance and the active participation of common citizens
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The electoral strategy of stitching together a plurality of minority and some caste groups has maxed out. PM Modi recognised the change(ANI)
The electoral strategy of stitching together a plurality of minority and some caste groups has maxed out. PM Modi recognised the change(ANI)

Bihar symbolises a larger shift in politics | Opinion

By Baijayant “Jay” Panda
UPDATED ON OCT 27, 2020 08:25 PM IST
This is driven by new aspirations, demography, information flows, and the PM’s popularity
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Simi Garewal regularly tweets about US politics and the Sushant Singh Rajput death case.
Simi Garewal regularly tweets about US politics and the Sushant Singh Rajput death case.

‘I’m disgusted’: Simi Garewal seems to have changed her opinion on Kangana Ranaut’s fight for Sushant Singh Rajput

By HT Entertainment Desk | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 07, 2020 12:41 PM IST
Simi Garewal tweeted that she wanted action against those who exploited Sushant Singh Rajput’s death for personal gains. When a fan reminded her of her support for Kangana Ranaut, this is what she had to say.
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Superintendent of Police Shyam Singh along with other police official ride on bicycles inspecting the Visva-Bharati University area, in Bengal’s Birbhum on Sunday.(PTI)
Superintendent of Police Shyam Singh along with other police official ride on bicycles inspecting the Visva-Bharati University area, in Bengal’s Birbhum on Sunday.(PTI)

Police start survey at Visva Bharati in Bengal to seek opinions of senior residents

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON AUG 24, 2020 12:03 PM IST
On August 17, a large crowd of local people led by some Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders, demolished two gates of the campus of Visva Bharati and vandalised construction material stocked by the authorities to build a wall around the ground where an annual fair is held.
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President Trump’s coronavirus playbook is a template for current and future national leaders on how not to fight a pandemic(AFP)
President Trump’s coronavirus playbook is a template for current and future national leaders on how not to fight a pandemic(AFP)

Covid-19: From the US, lessons on what not to do | Opinion

By Frank F Islam
UPDATED ON JUL 15, 2020 08:11 PM IST
Driven by politics rather than science, Donald Trump took a set of reckless decisions. Here are 10 lessons
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Iran’s proposed long-term alignment with China has domestic opponents, who fear the loss of sovereignty(AP)
Iran’s proposed long-term alignment with China has domestic opponents, who fear the loss of sovereignty(AP)

Neither East, Nor West, Only China | Opinion

By Navtej Sarna
UPDATED ON JUL 15, 2020 08:53 PM IST
US policy pushed Iran to China, but it has a direct impact on India’s security, economic interests
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While the state forgot the migrants, the “poor” employers expressed their inability to pay wages without work and work was impossible during the lockdown. The master sat on his wealth, while the worker stared at his dwindling savings.(Pradeep Pandit/HT Photo)
While the state forgot the migrants, the “poor” employers expressed their inability to pay wages without work and work was impossible during the lockdown. The master sat on his wealth, while the worker stared at his dwindling savings.(Pradeep Pandit/HT Photo)

Lessons from the migrant worker mess | Opinion

By RN Prasher | Hindustan Times/Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAY 11, 2020 05:51 PM IST
The government could have visualised that the migrants will be stuck without income and will go away. The state could have allowed the industries to run while other institutions, markets, and offices were locked down
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The issue of inaccessibility, even in normal circumstances, is cause for worry, since 2.2% of India’s population, or 26.8 million people, suffer from some form of disability(Vijayanand Gupta/HT photo)
The issue of inaccessibility, even in normal circumstances, is cause for worry, since 2.2% of India’s population, or 26.8 million people, suffer from some form of disability(Vijayanand Gupta/HT photo)

Covid-19: Take care of vulnerable citizens| HT Editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON APR 08, 2020 07:23 PM IST
Persons with disabilities face additional challenges. The State must do more
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This lockdown has the potential to phenomenally alter the course of the pandemic, by effectively mitigating it(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
This lockdown has the potential to phenomenally alter the course of the pandemic, by effectively mitigating it(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Use epidemiology as a tool to fight Covid-19 | Opinion

By Giridhara R Babu and Tarun Bhatnagar
UPDATED ON MAR 31, 2020 08:12 PM IST
Countering the adverse impacts of Covid-19 requires two types of measures: Containment and mitigation. Both are equally necessary to ensure that India wins this fight
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Visuals of migrant workers suddenly out of a job and trying to get home have shaken up our collective conscience(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Visuals of migrant workers suddenly out of a job and trying to get home have shaken up our collective conscience(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

What Covid-19 will change about us | Opinion

By Derek O’Brien
UPDATED ON APR 01, 2020 05:58 AM IST
From our engagement with family and faith to our empathy for migrant workers, a lot will transform
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The absence of a scientific understanding of the virus and the need for physical distancing could accentuate the crisis(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
The absence of a scientific understanding of the virus and the need for physical distancing could accentuate the crisis(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)

The (un)scientific temper of India | Opinion

By Prajval Shastri & Sharachchandra Lele
UPDATED ON MAR 29, 2020 08:39 PM IST
Despite embracing advanced technologies, Indians are unable to think scientifically
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Opinion divided on renegotiating power pacts with private players

By Gurpreet Singh Nibber | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON FEB 18, 2020 11:16 PM IST
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A signage with the words 'Savers of Constitution' is seen with a Muslim woman in the backdrop during Jashn-e-Ekta at Shaheen Bagh, a site of the ongoing protests against CAA, NRC and NPR in New Delhi.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
A signage with the words 'Savers of Constitution' is seen with a Muslim woman in the backdrop during Jashn-e-Ekta at Shaheen Bagh, a site of the ongoing protests against CAA, NRC and NPR in New Delhi.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

Delhi Assembly election 2020: How Shaheen Bagh became a springboard for BJP’s campaign | Opinion

By Md Hussain Rahmani | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 08, 2020 07:45 PM IST
The high-octane campaign between the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the main challenger Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) gradually morphed into how parties reacted to the Shaheen Bagh stand-off.
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A child dressed like Mahatma Gandhi participates in a protest against the amended citizenship law.(AP)
A child dressed like Mahatma Gandhi participates in a protest against the amended citizenship law.(AP)

Why the CAA is illogical, immoral and ill-timed, writes Ramachandra Guha

UPDATED ON JAN 12, 2020 06:04 PM IST
There are perhaps two reasons behind the Modi government’s unseemly haste in passing the CAA through Parliament. The first is bigotry.
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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister 'Edappadi' K Palaniswami had appealed to the minorities not to believe in rumours that CAA is anti-Muslim.(PTI Photo/File)
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister 'Edappadi' K Palaniswami had appealed to the minorities not to believe in rumours that CAA is anti-Muslim.(PTI Photo/File)

AIADMK’s pro-CAA stance may cost it minority votes say analysts|Opinion

By M Manikandan | Hindustan Times, Chennai
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2020 12:17 AM IST
Palaniswami last week appealed to party workers and TN residents to disbelieve “rumours” that the party’s support to CAA was a stand against minorities. He slammed the opposition for false “propaganda” and said AIADMK will continue to “support” and “work hard” for minorities’ developments.
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AIADMK’s dependence on allies has increased as it is yet to regain its full strength after Jayalalithaa’s demise,says an expert.(PTI Photo/File)
AIADMK’s dependence on allies has increased as it is yet to regain its full strength after Jayalalithaa’s demise,says an expert.(PTI Photo/File)

AIADMK woos allies ahead of civic and state assembly polls | Opinion

By M Manikandan | Hindustan Times, Chennai
PUBLISHED ON DEC 08, 2019 10:25 PM IST
AIADMK realises that recent victories in Vikravandi and Nanguneri assembly by-polls were not possible without allies and is making efforts to retain the advantage in the post-Jayalalithaa era, says a noted journalist and analyst.
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File image of Rohit Sharma(PTI)
File image of Rohit Sharma(PTI)

Batting ahead of Virat vital to Rohit’s Test career boost | Opinion

By Ian Chappell | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 14, 2019 08:24 AM IST
This move makes a lot of sense. As a One-Day opener, Rohit has established himself as the next most dangerous batsman to Kohli. The move to opening means Rohit bats ahead of Kohli in Test matches and this is crucial to revitalising his career in the longer format.
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I would conclude that PM Modi has persuaded the world the change in Kashmir’s status is a domestic issue and not a matter of international concern. Imran Khan’s publicly expressed despair and disappointment over the response he got at the UN clinches this point(PTI)
I would conclude that PM Modi has persuaded the world the change in Kashmir’s status is a domestic issue and not a matter of international concern. Imran Khan’s publicly expressed despair and disappointment over the response he got at the UN clinches this point(PTI)

How the world sees India’s Kashmir policy, writes Karan Thapar

UPDATED ON OCT 05, 2019 07:31 PM IST
I find it hard to deny that Kashmir has been internationalised. A lot depends on what happens when the clampdown in the Valley is lifted
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At 79, Sharad Pawar, who has been Maharashtra’s chief minister for a record four terms, is fighting a lonely battle with some of his senior-most associates leaving him.(HT PHOTO.)
At 79, Sharad Pawar, who has been Maharashtra’s chief minister for a record four terms, is fighting a lonely battle with some of his senior-most associates leaving him.(HT PHOTO.)

Why the 2019 Maharashtra assembly polls matter to Pawar more than ever | Opinion

By Yogesh Joshi | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2019 10:48 PM IST
The NCP, formed by Pawar in 1999 after rebellion in the Congress, has spent 15 out of 20 years of its existence enjoying power. The party that enjoyed fruits of being in government at various levels – starting from major local bodies, state and centre – is now in uncharted territory.
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A farmer harvesting his crop in a village in Punjab.(HT FILE PHOTO.)
A farmer harvesting his crop in a village in Punjab.(HT FILE PHOTO.)

It’s a fact. We don’t want farmers to get rich | Opinion

By Zia Haq | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2019 05:15 PM IST
India’s obsession with keeping food prices low, even when there’s no inflationary pressure, has long hurt farm incomes
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“Barring a few, most ministers have a poor record of meeting the people and appear to be wearing blinkers or having a stiff neck when in public”, says the writer(PTI Photo/Representative)
“Barring a few, most ministers have a poor record of meeting the people and appear to be wearing blinkers or having a stiff neck when in public”, says the writer(PTI Photo/Representative)

No premier institute can hone skills of leaders who, by choice, remain inaccessible to people|Opinion

By Umesh Raghuvanshi | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2019 09:23 PM IST
“In Yogi Adityanath’s case, it is true that he has been striving to better administration, while trying to avoid unnecessary controversies. Ministers, who courted controversies or who faced charges of corruption, have been dropped.”
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The odd-even car rationing scheme was implemented in Delhi first between January 1 and 15, 2016 and then from April 15-30.(HT PHOTO.)
The odd-even car rationing scheme was implemented in Delhi first between January 1 and 15, 2016 and then from April 15-30.(HT PHOTO.)

Success of odd-even rule will depend on availability of public transport: Experts | Opinion

By Joydeep Thakur | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2019 06:47 PM IST
The odd-even vehicle restriction scheme introduced in Delhi for the first time in January 2016 could reduce pollution levels by just around 2 – 3%, a study done by a team of scientists from IIT-Delhi, IIT-Kanpur, IITM-Pune, CSIR and the TERI, had concluded. Only three pockets in the city – Najafgarh, Shalimar Bagh and Greater Kailash – registered around 8 – 10% in pollution levels.
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Eating wrong kind of food that is high in fat, sugar and salt contributes significantly towards developing non-communicable diseases.(GETTY IMAGES.)
Eating wrong kind of food that is high in fat, sugar and salt contributes significantly towards developing non-communicable diseases.(GETTY IMAGES.)

Its time India focussed on eating right | Opinion

By Rhythma Kaul | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2019 06:17 PM IST
According to data from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 200 million adults in the country suffer from high blood pressure (hypertension), and 50% of them do not know about it.
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With the Bharatiya Janata Party’s phenomenal rise in West Bengal, political violence appears to be a part of daily life.(Reuters Photo)
With the Bharatiya Janata Party’s phenomenal rise in West Bengal, political violence appears to be a part of daily life.(Reuters Photo)

Political violence that rocks Bengal manifested itself 50 years ago | Opinion

By Tanmay Chatterjee | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2019 01:45 PM IST
After the state of West Bengal emerged from the pre and post-Independence communal bloodbath, a new seed of violence was sown deep inside its political ethos in the 1960s. As regimes changed and new ideologies surfaced, use of force was either justified or opposed through new and conflicting interpretations.
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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami is often hailed as the ‘political strongman of Salem district’.(PTI PHOTO.)
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami is often hailed as the ‘political strongman of Salem district’.(PTI PHOTO.)

Edappadi K Palaniswami has grown into his role as Tamil Nadu CM I Opinion

By Venkatesha Babu N | Hindustan Times, Chennai
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2019 05:52 PM IST
EPS even during the Jaya era was a survivor and in his favour, he used to back her from the very beginning. After the death of party founder, MG Ramachandran (MGR), when a succession struggle broke out between his widow Janaki Ramachandran and Jayalalithaa, EPS had the foresight to back the winning horse.
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The Balasaheb Thackeray Hospital near Mitra Mandal in Pune has been lying in a state of neglect.(HT PHOTO.)
The Balasaheb Thackeray Hospital near Mitra Mandal in Pune has been lying in a state of neglect.(HT PHOTO.)

Civic hospitals can be force multipliers for Ayushman Bharat | Opinion

By Abhay Vaidya | Hindustan Times, Pune
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2019 03:52 PM IST
The civic health department has about 1,200 people on the rolls but according to the civic health chief, these hospitals can function only if an additional 700 staff and about 100 doctors are recruited.
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DK Shivakumar has been the Karnataka Congress party’s most prominent leader from the Vokkaliga community.(PTI PHOTO.)
DK Shivakumar has been the Karnataka Congress party’s most prominent leader from the Vokkaliga community.(PTI PHOTO.)

DK Shivakumar: Congress troubleshooter with uneasy relationship with party

By Vikram Gopal | Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
UPDATED ON JUN 25, 2020 09:42 PM IST
Both politically and financially, Shivakumar’s career has followed an upward trajectory since his first win in the Sathanur Assembly constituency in 1989. He has won all subsequent elections, shifting to the Kanakapura seat in 2008 after his former constituency ceased to exist as the result of a delimitation exercise.
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However, the officials were rattled. Obviously, they knew about the poor or substandard schooling system in the state – “dilapidated buildings with no boundary walls, electricity and teachers.”(HT image for representation)
However, the officials were rattled. Obviously, they knew about the poor or substandard schooling system in the state – “dilapidated buildings with no boundary walls, electricity and teachers.”(HT image for representation)

Opinion: Can selfies, biometrics pull education out of the doldrums?

By Sunita Aron | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2019 01:58 PM IST
Apparently, the order was aimed at improving the basic infrastructure of the primary schools as the court had also suggested such persons to contribute an amount equal to the fee paid in private schools, which could be used in improving the infrastructure of schools.
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The BJP is confident of crossing the half-way mark in Maharashtra on its own and therefore not very keen to leave half the assembly seats for ally Shiv Sena for the upcoming state election.(PTI)
The BJP is confident of crossing the half-way mark in Maharashtra on its own and therefore not very keen to leave half the assembly seats for ally Shiv Sena for the upcoming state election.(PTI)

With Shiv Sena or without? BJP’s dilemma in Maharashtra | Opinion

By Shailesh Gaikwad | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON AUG 28, 2019 11:35 PM IST
While forging an alliance with the Shiv Sena for the Lok Sabha elections, the BJP had promised that the two parties would contest equal number of seats in the state assembly elections to be held later this year.
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