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Splits in Maharashtra's political parties leave voters confused over new symbols

Published on May 12, 2024 10:30 AM IST

A proliferation of symbols reflects the broader polarisation within the state’s political fabric. This trend poses fundamental questions about democracy

Karad: Election officials explain the functioning of the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and VVPAT to the staff at a polling booth on the eve of the second phase of Lok Sabha elections, in Karad, Maharashtra, Friday, April 26, 2024. (PTI Photo)(PTI04_26_2024_000205B)(PTI)

Heera Mandi: Once a place for the patrons of art, now just a market for sundries

Heera Mandi was founded as a grain market by Heera Singh Dogra, the son of Dhian Singh, who was Sikh emperor, Ranjit Singh’s prime minister.

The British first developed brothel houses in the Anarkali market in the city to cater to the needs of the British soldiers stationed there. The brothels then moved to the Lohari gate before ending up here. (komfortablynumb/INSTAGRAM)
Published on May 12, 2024 09:00 AM IST

Navigating the dark side of online gaming

Gaming disorder is globally recognised as a behavioural addiction. Experts dive into the mental health impact of the condition that’s on the rise in India

Any game — whether it involves gambling or not — which is played online, via a phone, laptop or any other device, is considered an internet game. (Representative Image)
Published on May 11, 2024 08:30 AM IST
ByKiran Mehta

Israel's increasingly unpopular war in Gaza is to Turkey’s delight

Presently, the global flow is against Israel, with a ceasefire as the biggest imperative (which is in fact what Turkey has made trade contingent on)

Smoke from an Israeli military strike in the distance seen from al-Mawasi on the outskirts of Rafah, Gaza, on Thursday, May 9, 2024. Israeli Prime Minister�Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel must go into Rafah to finish off the remaining battalions of Hamas, the US-designated terrorist group that killed 1,200 Israelis and kidnapped about 250 last Oct. 7. Photographer: Ahmad Salem/Bloomberg(Bloomberg)
Published on May 11, 2024 12:58 AM IST

Influx of refugees into southern Mizoram reveals new complications in Myanmar

Emerging faultlines between various armed groups in Myanmar's Chin State are creating conditions for further cross-border forced displacement.

In this photo released by the Free Burma Rangers, people flee Myanmar military in Pasaung, Karenni state, Myanmar on March 1, 2024.- Representative Image (Free Burma Rangers via AP)(AP)
Published on May 10, 2024 09:00 AM IST

T'gana BJP running on Narendra Modi’s image and RSS’s low-key campaign on ground

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Telangana 22 times in the last five years, announcing many schemes, including the much-anticipated National Turmeric Board

PM Narendra Modi being felicitated by BJP members during an election rally in Karimnagar district of Telangana on Wednesday. (ANI)(HT_PRINT)
Published on May 10, 2024 08:00 AM IST

Akash Anand – Whose 'exit' is more talked about than his ‘entry’

Akash Anand, BSP’s anointed heir apparent, was sacked by party chief and aunt. Did BSP miss a trick by removing him in the middle of the elections?

Bahujan Samaj Party national coordinator Akash Anand (HT Photo)(HT_PRINT)
Published on May 10, 2024 12:46 AM IST

Ecostani | Why the Congress may not go for the kill in Haryana

The Congress not having a clear majority may be a reason why the party is not staking claim to form the government.

Congress candidate Deepender Singh Hooda was accompanied by his wife Hemsweta, his father, Haryana Congress chief Udai Bhan and Rohtak MLA BB Batra while filing the nomination papers in Haryana on Saturday. (Manoj Dhaka/HT)(HT_PRINT)
Published on May 10, 2024 12:30 AM IST

Weather Bee | Uttarakhand's forest fires are now spreading to higher reaches

Uttarakhand is facing a significant increase in forest fires, with data showing fires spreading to higher elevations, posing new challenges for containment.

Forest fires are not unusual in Uttarakhand, or, for that matter, in any jungle. (PTI)
Published on May 09, 2024 08:40 AM IST

Section 498A: Bid for modern justice should not gloss over women's safety

India's push for modern criminal laws faces a hurdle with retention of Section 498A, raising debates on balancing women's safety with safeguards against misuse

Section 498A in the IPC pertains to cruelty by a husband or his relatives against a woman, defining “cruelty” as any wilful conduct that “is likely to drive the woman to commit suicide or to cause grave injury or danger to life, limb or health”. (Getty Images/iStockphoto/ Representational image)
Published on May 09, 2024 01:39 AM IST

A look into the Constitutional immunity of the Governor

Article 361 of the Constitution confers upon the President and the Governor absolute personal immunity regarding acts while exercising official powers.

West Bengal Governor CV Ananda Bose (File)
Published on May 09, 2024 01:17 AM IST

In car-choked Indian cities, parking regulations remain a non-starter

Even though Delhi has one of the world’s largest metro networks and a growing bus fleet, measures have failed to arrest the growth of private vehicle ownership.

The sight of emergency vehicles getting stuck in the web of haphazardly parked cars and drivers breaking into street fights over that elusive vacant spot is common(AP File Photo)
Published on May 08, 2024 08:30 AM IST

A tireless VK Pandian rallies for an ageing Patnaik. Is it denting Odia pride?

Last week, criticism of Pandian’s influence on Patnaik and BJD spilled over to his wife Sujata Rout Karthikeyan, a secretary at the Mission Shakti department

Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik and 5T chairman VK Pandian. (File)
Published on May 08, 2024 12:01 AM IST
ByDebabrata Mohanty

Why Nepal’s new currency note has reignited discourse over border disputes

The border dispute over Kalapani is rooted in competing interpretations of maps and ground evidence.

 Kathmandu: A Rs. 100 Nepal bank note. Nepal government has decided to replace the map of Nepal printed in the background of bank note amounting to Rs. 100 with the new pointed map. (PTI Photo) (PTI05_03_2024_000362B)(PTI)
Published on May 06, 2024 10:35 AM IST

Family feud re-ignited by the Revanna case threatens to unravel the JD(S)

The scandal involving Prajwal Revanna has exposed deep rifts within the JD(S), hinting at the potential decline of the party's political clout in Karnataka.

Mysuru: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, JD(S) Supremo and former PM H D Devegowda, BJP leaders B S Yediyurappa, Sumalatha and NDA candidates Yaduveer, Balraj, H D Kumaraswamy and Prajwal Revanna during an election campaign rally ahead of Lok Sabha election in Mysuru, Sunday, April 14, 2024. (PTI Photo/Shailendra Bhojak) (PTI04_14_2024_000285A)(PTI)
Published on May 05, 2024 10:30 AM IST

In Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray has become the Opposition’s trump card

Uddhav Thackeray's transformation into a formidable Opposition leader could present a tough challenge for the BJP in the state.

Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray(HT_PRINT)
Published on May 05, 2024 10:00 AM IST

Legally Speaking | A look into recent cases of police excesses and abuse

Recent decisions by high courts set a strong precedent for holding law enforcement accountable for custodial violence and repeated detentions

On April 3, 2024, the Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh HC at Srinagar quashed a preventive detention order, the fourth in a row, passed against a 60-year-old petitioner, Advocate Ali Mohammad Lone(HT File/Representative Image)
Published on May 05, 2024 12:57 AM IST

Largest democracy India’s NHRC should be a flagbearer for human rights. Is it?

India's National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is awaiting a decision regarding the accreditation of its "A status," which was put on hold last year.

The National Human Rights Commission (PTI)
Published on May 03, 2024 12:51 AM IST

Blinken’s 7th Middle East tour, and the Rafah litmus test

While the US continues to support Egypt and Qatar, it is also focused on a greater role for Saudi Arabia to ensure regional stability and reconstruction in Gaza

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with the families of the hostages, kidnapped in the deadly October 7, 2024 attack on Israel by the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, May 1, 2024. (Evelyn Hockstein/Pool Photo via AP)(AP)
Published on May 03, 2024 12:29 AM IST

How Five Eyes Bloc is trying to defang India’s counter-terror & intel apparatus

Five Eyes intelligence has decided to take on Indian intelligence for getting too big for its boots and are leaking source intelligence to leftist media.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently said India does not send dossiers to master of terrorism but gives them doses.
Published on May 02, 2024 06:19 PM IST

A deep dive into the key legal battles over the right to property

From the noteworthy Reddy case to the ongoing apex court deliberations, these cases provide a backdrop to the evolving jurisprudence surrounding property rights

The Supreme Court is presently deciding the ambit of the right to private property of a person in India. (Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Published on May 02, 2024 09:00 AM IST

Maha News | An intriguing electoral battle is unfolding in Mumbai

The contest in Mumbai is set to intensify as the Shiv Sena factions finally fielded candidates, leading to a unique intra-party clash.

Mumbai, India. May 01, 2024: Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis along with Mahayuti Candidate from Mumbai Piyush Goyal and Ujjwal Nikamattended a party workers rally (Karykarta Melava) organized by Mumbai Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) at Kamgar ground, Dadar in Mumbai. May 01, 2024. (Photo by Raju Shinde/HT Photo)
Published on May 02, 2024 08:30 AM IST

In the aftermath of the Hiremath case, Congress struggles to address criticism

The Congress is facing criticism for its handling of the Hiremath murder case. Analysts suggest that the party may struggle to retain its Hindu voter base

Hubballi: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah pays his respects to Neha Hiremath, who was stabbed to death on the campus of her college, at her residence, in Hubballi, Thursday, April 25, 2024. (PTI Photo)(PTI04_25_2024_000288A)(PTI)
Published on May 01, 2024 11:38 PM IST

Nepal is a Hindu country but embracing Hindutva is not on its political agenda

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks a third term in office, how do Nepalis view the elections?

Supporters of Rastriya Prajatantra Party, or national democratic party, wave their flags as they take part in a protest demanding a restoration of Nepal's monarchy in Kathmandu, Nepal, Tuesday, April 9, 2024. AP/PTI(AP04_09_2024_000138B)(AP)
Published on May 01, 2024 09:13 PM IST

Lovely's resignation exposes chinks in the AAP-Congress alliance

Arvinder Singh Lovely's resignation as DPCC president has exposed issues within the AAP-Congress alliance, just weeks before the Lok Sabha polls in Delhi.

Arvinder Singh Lovely (Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Updated on May 01, 2024 12:57 AM IST
ByAlok KN Mishra

The Matua community find themselves at the crossroads of identity and politics

The rise of religious fundamentalism forced them out of Bangladesh while their low caste status impeded their full integration in Indian Bengal.

Nadia: People of Matua community demand cancellation of CAA and unconditional citizenship during Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's election campaign rally ahead of Lok Sabha polls, at Dhubuliya, in Nadia, Sunday, March 31, 2024. (PTI Photo) (PTI03_31_2024_000119B)(PTI)
Updated on May 01, 2024 12:52 AM IST

Afghan refugees face deportation from Pakistan amidst international neglect

The second phase of deportations is underway, with broader geopolitical tensions overshadowing the plight of Afghan refugees.

FILE - Afghan families onboard a truck head toward a border crossing point in Torkham, Pakistan, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2023. For more than 1 million Afghans who fled war and poverty to Pakistan, these are uncertain times. (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad, File)(AP)
Published on Apr 29, 2024 11:21 PM IST

Is inheritance tax feasible in India again? A legal perspective

The Estate Duty Act was abolished in 1985 due to concerns over high taxation rates and the efficiency of tax collection. Would it be legally feasible today?

Estate duty was levied on the total value of the property held by an individual calculated at the time of his/her demise.(Pixabay)
Published on Apr 26, 2024 11:56 PM IST

Vidarbha and Marathwada: Battleground for electoral gains amid drought crisis

In 2023, 2,527 farmers died by suicide in Vidarbha and Marathwada, underlining the severe crisis in these regions marred by cycles of crop losses and debts.

Beed, India. Mar 29,2024 : A man was seen walking on a dry lake at Chandapur village in Beed district. Due to the lack of rain in the state this year, the water level in many lakes in Marathwada has decreased. Mar 29,2024. (Photo by Raju Shinde/HT Photo)
Published on Apr 26, 2024 10:52 PM IST

A government committee on LGBTQIA+ rights sparks hope and concern

The bureaucratisation of rights should not stall progress in demands for non-discrimination and recognition of same-sex relationships

After a struggle of decades, the LGBTQIA+ community won the battle to decriminalise their identity, and this long journey waits for better documentation and storytelling(HT archive)
Published on Apr 26, 2024 12:20 AM IST
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