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Eliminate State and social interference in matters of conscience

The UP conversion law is unconstitutional. But the debate does not end with this one law, as it also replicates many existing provisions from other laws, which have been left standing for too long. India cannot call itself a constitutional democracy until social interference in matters of conscience is eliminated from its laws, once and for all.
It should be clear that the UP Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion law infantilises Indian citizens, reduces them to the level of subjects, and authorises State intrusion into the most personal of domains, that of individual conscience.(AFP)
It should be clear that the UP Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion law infantilises Indian citizens, reduces them to the level of subjects, and authorises State intrusion into the most personal of domains, that of individual conscience.(AFP)
Published on Jan 05, 2021 06:52 PM IST
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ByGautam Bhatia

Covid-19: Health ministry asks states to keep strict vigil on New Year’s events

In a letter to states and Union Territories, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan stated that the number of active COVID-19 cases has been declining steadily in the country for the last three-and-half months.
People in the lawns adjacent to India Gate on Rajpath around sunset on a winter evening in New Delhi.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
People in the lawns adjacent to India Gate on Rajpath around sunset on a winter evening in New Delhi.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 30, 2020 03:02 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar

2020: The people vs the Indian State

The anti-CAA protests, the defiance of migrants, and now the farmers’ stir show that the everyday practice of democracy is a powerful corrective in the face of arbitrary and unilateral State decisions
Migrant workers returning from Madhya Pradesh and en route Haryana seen while crossing DND Flyway on foot in Noida.(Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times File Photo)
Migrant workers returning from Madhya Pradesh and en route Haryana seen while crossing DND Flyway on foot in Noida.(Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times File Photo)
Updated on Dec 26, 2020 07:40 PM IST
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ByYamini Aiyar

News updates from Hindustan Times: IMD says rainfall, snowfall likely in north Indian states towards end of the year and all the latest news

Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion at 5 pm. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
The India Meteorological Department has forecast that widespread rainfall or snowfall is very likely over northern parts of India in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand(PTI)
The India Meteorological Department has forecast that widespread rainfall or snowfall is very likely over northern parts of India in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand(PTI)
Updated on Dec 26, 2020 04:59 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com

A Goa state of mind

The sunshine state is tasked with dispelling the darkness of the year
As the sun threatens to set, you spot yoga fiends contorting their bodies so expertly, it looks like an act of open aggression against the resolutely inflexible(Parth Garg)
As the sun threatens to set, you spot yoga fiends contorting their bodies so expertly, it looks like an act of open aggression against the resolutely inflexible(Parth Garg)
Published on Dec 20, 2020 07:01 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByRehana Munir

Australian state reportedly violated human rights in Covid-19 lockdown

Residents in eight towers were confined in their apartments for five days but the ninth tower, which had the highest number of infections, went through a total lockdown for two weeks. Some were left without food and medicines while many others waited more than a week to be allowed outside.
An Australian state’s decision to lockdown more than 3,000 people in public housing towers to contain a second Covid-19 outbreak was not based on direct health advice and violated human rights(REUTERS)
An Australian state’s decision to lockdown more than 3,000 people in public housing towers to contain a second Covid-19 outbreak was not based on direct health advice and violated human rights(REUTERS)
Published on Dec 17, 2020 12:04 PM IST
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Victoria | ByReuters | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri

Odisha ranks 13th in National Food Safety index for 2019-2020: Official

With different food safety measures being implemented in the state, Odisha’s ranking in the National Food Safety Index has risen to 13th position for the year 2019-2020, a top government official said on Wednesday.
, Odisha’s ranking in the National Food Safety Index has risen to 13th position for the year 2019-2020, a top government official said on Wednesday.(Unsplash)
, Odisha’s ranking in the National Food Safety Index has risen to 13th position for the year 2019-2020, a top government official said on Wednesday.(Unsplash)
Published on Dec 16, 2020 07:53 PM IST
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Press Trust of India | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by Shivani Kale

Haryana Police use tear gas, water cannons but fail to stop Punjab farmers from entering state

Farmers break through multi-layer barricades at Shambu barrier on Punjab-Haryana border and head for Delhi
Haryana Police using water cannons against farmers from Punjab trying to gain access into Ambala district from Patiala at Shambu barrier on Thursday.(Bharat Bhushan/HT)
Haryana Police using water cannons against farmers from Punjab trying to gain access into Ambala district from Patiala at Shambu barrier on Thursday.(Bharat Bhushan/HT)
Updated on Nov 26, 2020 01:00 PM IST
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President-elect Joe Biden presents security and foreign policy team

Biden, 78, presented his picks for secretary of state, national security advisor, homeland security secretary, intelligence chief, UN ambassador and climate change envoy.
President-elect Joe Biden speaks to media.(AP)
President-elect Joe Biden speaks to media.(AP)
Updated on Nov 25, 2020 03:18 PM IST
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Wilmington, Delaware, US | ByAgence France-Presse | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar

GMCH-32 rejects 21 MBBS candidates who sought admission in other states

Had opted for admission in states other than UT Chandigarh though they were required to submit an undertaking that they had not done so while filing applications for admissions
Government Medical College and Hospital in Sector 32, Chandigarh.(HT photo)
Government Medical College and Hospital in Sector 32, Chandigarh.(HT photo)
Updated on Nov 24, 2020 11:14 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByAmanjeet Singh Salyal, Chandigarh

Joe Biden to name longtime aide Antony Blinken as secretary of state

Biden’s incoming White House chief of staff Ron Klain said Sunday the president-elect would be making his initial cabinet announcements on Tuesday.
Blinken is the leading contender to become President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for secretary of state, according to multiple people familiar with the Biden team's planning.(AP Photo)
Blinken is the leading contender to become President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for secretary of state, according to multiple people familiar with the Biden team's planning.(AP Photo)
Published on Nov 23, 2020 06:30 AM IST
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ByBloomberg | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar

Trump’s election lawsuits playing out in these 6 states

If Biden’s lead expands in the electoral college vote, few of the court cases may have a real chance to change the final outcome. Trump has scored three wins and five losses since Nov. 3. Below is a list of key court cases to watch:
Supporters of US President Donald Trump hold signs and flags during a protest in Miami on November 7, 2020, after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election.(AFP)
Supporters of US President Donald Trump hold signs and flags during a protest in Miami on November 7, 2020, after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election.(AFP)
Published on Nov 08, 2020 06:32 AM IST
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ByBloomberg | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar

Bypolls to 54 assembly seats across 10 states on November 3. List here

Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Odisha, Jharkhand, Nagaland, Telangana, Chhattisgarh and Haryana will witness by-polls along with the Bihar assembly elections
Voters in 54 constituencies across 10 states will choose their legislators in bypolls on Wednesday.(Photo by Himanshu Vyas/ Hindustan Times)
Voters in 54 constituencies across 10 states will choose their legislators in bypolls on Wednesday.(Photo by Himanshu Vyas/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 02, 2020 01:28 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com| Edited by Mallika Soni

Woman’s suicide prompts Indian state to mull LGBT+ conversion therapy ban

Kerala could become the first state in India to make it illegal for health care professionals or religious leaders to try to alter people’s sexual orientation or gender identity through such treatments, which have no scientific backing.
The United Nations has called for a global ban on conversion therapies(Unsplash)
The United Nations has called for a global ban on conversion therapies(Unsplash)
Updated on Oct 28, 2020 07:58 PM IST
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Kochi, India | ByReuters | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta

State of the economy: The recovery question

The post-lockdown sequential recovery is flattening and inflation is gathering momentum. This raises questions on the recent optimism around economic recovery.
Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman addresses the media in New Delhi on Monday.(Ajay Aggarwal/HT Photo)
Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman addresses the media in New Delhi on Monday.(Ajay Aggarwal/HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 13, 2020 05:54 AM IST
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There is an environment of fear in India. The State must renew the commitment to rights

The action against a range of intellectuals and activists and journalists — Sudha Bharadwaj, Anand Teltumbde, Stan Swamy, Apoorvanand, Harsh Mander are among the better-known examples — indicates that the space for free expression and dissent is jeopardised
Sudha Bharadwaj in Pune, India, October 27, 2018)(Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)
Sudha Bharadwaj in Pune, India, October 27, 2018)(Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 12, 2020 07:55 PM IST
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Home ministry modifies Covid-19 guidelines for 12 poll-bound states, allows political rallies with immediate effect

Home ministry modifies Covid-19 guidelines for 12 poll-bound states, allows political rallies with immediate effect.
A large numbers of JDU workers at party office for a meeting with Chief minister Nitish Kumar as part of Assembly election campaigning at Veerchand Patel Marg in Patna.(Parwaz Khan / Hindustan Times)
A large numbers of JDU workers at party office for a meeting with Chief minister Nitish Kumar as part of Assembly election campaigning at Veerchand Patel Marg in Patna.(Parwaz Khan / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Oct 08, 2020 05:32 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar

Tamil Nadu CM inaugurates state’s blockchain platform ‘Nambikkai Inaiyam’

The blockchain facility would be a single platform that can be used for developing and deploying block chain applications for all departments and public sector enterprises within the state.
The facility would provide a secure, scalable and signature-based authentication for electronic data, machines and personal information.(HT Archive)
The facility would provide a secure, scalable and signature-based authentication for electronic data, machines and personal information.(HT Archive)
Updated on Sep 20, 2020 09:51 PM IST
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Chennai | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar

A look at the state of the vaccine race

Many companies and institutions across the planet are trying to develop an effective vaccine to curb the spread of Covid-19 which has claimed more than 950,000 lives globally.
An employee demonstrates vials with
An employee demonstrates vials with "Gam-COVID-Vac" vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at the Binnopharm pharmaceutical plant, , in Zelenograd near Moscow, Russia.(REUTERS)
Updated on Sep 18, 2020 10:34 PM IST
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Bahrain joins UAE in establishing relations with Israel

Bahraini officials said the agreement will help promote peace in the region, a position that is not shared by its neighbor Iran.
Palestinians burn pictures depicting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump during a protest against Bahrain's move to normalize relations with Israel, in the central Gaza Strip September 12, 2020.(REUTERS)
Palestinians burn pictures depicting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump during a protest against Bahrain's move to normalize relations with Israel, in the central Gaza Strip September 12, 2020.(REUTERS)
Updated on Sep 13, 2020 06:59 AM IST
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ByBloomberg | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar

India’s Covid-19 recovery rate rises to 77.7%. These 5 states are ahead of others

A record 81,533 Covid-19 patients recovered between Friday and Saturday morning, taking the number of recoveries in the country to 3,624,196, the Union health ministry data showed.
A health worker guides a woman towards a coronavirus disease testing centre in Noida.(Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)
A health worker guides a woman towards a coronavirus disease testing centre in Noida.(Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 12, 2020 01:35 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Meenakshi Ray

Six non-BJP states move SC seeking deferment of exams

Political parties seek deferment of NEET, JEE exams.(PTI)
Political parties seek deferment of NEET, JEE exams.(PTI)
Updated on Aug 29, 2020 07:06 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByMurali Krishnan

Non-BJP states want govt to borrow to plug GST gap

The finance ministers of Congress-ruled states said they were not happy with the outcome of the meeting as decisions were thrust upon them by the Centre.
Multiple officials in different states said the states also demanded an increase in the period of payment of compensation for GST revenue loss by the Centre to the states from the present five years until 2022 to 10 years.(PTI)
Multiple officials in different states said the states also demanded an increase in the period of payment of compensation for GST revenue loss by the Centre to the states from the present five years until 2022 to 10 years.(PTI)
Updated on Aug 28, 2020 12:59 AM IST
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Heavy rain likely in central, western states this week: IMD

A low-pressure area over eastern Madhya Pradesh is likely to move westwards across the state in the next three-four days, an IMD official said on Friday.
A man holding an umbrella searches for recyclable materials on the bank of Hooghly River, during rain in Kolkata, India.(AP)
A man holding an umbrella searches for recyclable materials on the bank of Hooghly River, during rain in Kolkata, India.(AP)
Updated on Aug 22, 2020 06:18 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByJayashree Nandi

Covid: The State-citizen trust deficit

This distrust has shaped official communication, relief and the health response to the pandemic
A medical worker tends to a Covid-19 patient at Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital, New Delhi, July 17(REUTERS)
A medical worker tends to a Covid-19 patient at Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital, New Delhi, July 17(REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 23, 2020 06:01 AM IST
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ByYamini Aiyar

Museum or mosque? Top Turkey court to rule on Hagia Sophia

Turkey’s top court will deliver a critical verdict Thursday on whether Istanbul’s emblematic landmark and former church Hagia Sophia can be redesignated as a mosque, a ruling which could inflame tensions with the West.
Hagia Sophia or Ayasofya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that was a Byzantine cathedral before being converted into a mosque which is currently a museum, is seen in Istanbul, Turkey, June 28, 2020.(REUTERS)
Hagia Sophia or Ayasofya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that was a Byzantine cathedral before being converted into a mosque which is currently a museum, is seen in Istanbul, Turkey, June 28, 2020.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 02, 2020 12:39 PM IST
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Istanbul, Turkey | ByAgence France-Presse | Posted by : Alfea Jamal

51st state: US House approves statehood of Washington, DC, in historic vote

The Republican-controlled Senate is not expected to consider the legislation, and Republican President Donald Trump has publicly opposed the move, noting that statehood would result in electing more Democrats to Congress.
Downtown Seattle is seen in this aerial photo taken over Seattle Washington, US.(REUTERS)
Downtown Seattle is seen in this aerial photo taken over Seattle Washington, US.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 27, 2020 12:35 PM IST
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Washington | ByReuters | Posted by: Shankhyaneel Sarkar

Build a new economic imagination

Move beyond State-market, rural-urban, agri-non agri and welfare-growth binaries. They are linked
For growth, invest in State capacity and regulatory institutions(Reuters)
For growth, invest in State capacity and regulatory institutions(Reuters)
Updated on Jun 15, 2020 06:24 PM IST
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ByYamini Aiyar and Mekhala Krishnamurthy

Coronavirus pandemic: Covid-19 could see a declining trend by mid-September in India

Covid-19 pandemic in the country could see a declining trend by mid of September this year, according to the findings of mathematical analysis by Union Health Ministry officials.
People wait in a queue to board a public bus after some restrictions were lifted during a nationwide lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Mumbai, India, June 8, 2020. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas(REUTERS)
People wait in a queue to board a public bus after some restrictions were lifted during a nationwide lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Mumbai, India, June 8, 2020. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas(REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 08, 2020 02:30 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByAsian News International | Posted by: Alfea Jamal

Punjab to get UK piglets meant for northeast states now hit by African swine flu

The animals, to be distributed among Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur and Nagaland, which had come up with a special pig breeding policy, will now be sent to Punjab
A view of the pig farm at Nabha in Patiala district where piglets imported from the UK will be kept.(HT Photo)
A view of the pig farm at Nabha in Patiala district where piglets imported from the UK will be kept.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 04, 2020 06:38 PM IST
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