Numbers matter | What London and Denmark can teach us about Omicron

Published on Dec 21, 2021 04:58 PM IST

Here is a look at two case studies from regions in Europe that were the first in the continent to report large-scale Omicron outbreaks

Both these regions have been selected because their local governments have perhaps one of the most rigorous testing, screening, and data-sharing programmes(REUTERS )

AAP makes first impression in Punjab as Channi hamstrung by factionalism

Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the “nano” party with limousine-sized ambitions, has retained its newness in Punjab despite being voted the principal Opposition in the 2017 Punjab assembly elections

Even as Arvind Kejriwal’s pitch to give AAP a chance has reverberations across Punjab’s three regions, Punjab Congress leaders are fast expending the respect the party earned among the 32% Scheduled Castes with the elevation of Charanjit Singh Channi. (HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 21, 2021 10:39 AM IST
ByVinod Sharma

2021 in numbers: Central government’s receipts

The central government’s receipts also took a hit in the last financial year. This is what receipts look like in the current financial year that began in April

According to the Union budget presented in February, the central’s government receipts in 2020-21 suffered a big blow (PTI)
Updated on Dec 20, 2021 03:21 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha

Mind The Gap | The case for and against raising the marriage age for women

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Bringing the minimum age requirement for women at par with men falls in line with Constitutional guarantees of equality for all citizens (Shutterstock)
Updated on Dec 20, 2021 11:13 AM IST
ByNamita BhandareNamita Bhandare

2021 in numbers: Rural wages

Wages can decline if the number of jobs of a particular kind decrease and job-seekers remain the same. Here’s what happened to wages in 2021

Wage data for all kinds of workers – which is published with the annual PLFS statistics – is available only up to June 2020 (ANI)
Updated on Dec 19, 2021 08:05 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha

2021 in numbers: Jobs in India 

How has the labour market fared in 2021? Official employment statistics for both rural and urban areas are available only up to June 2020

The unemployment rate for women was far better than in 2019, thus moderating the effect of the male unemployment rate on the overall unemployment rate(Reuters )
Updated on Dec 17, 2021 03:02 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha

2021 in numbers: Inflation facing producers

How did Wholesale Price Index (WPI) inflation fare in 2021? The following two charts will explain this.

The cost of producing goods is an important factor that determines prices for consumers (File Photo)
Updated on Dec 16, 2021 04:38 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha

As India’s agri export grows to record level, so do objections at WTO

India exported farm produce worth $32.5 billion in 20-21, just a touch below the all-time record of $32.7 billion achieved in 2012-13

Official data from the ministry of commerce show that agriculture exports from India registered a sharp increase of nearly 25% in 2020-21 over the previous year (Praful Gangurde)
Updated on Dec 15, 2021 08:28 PM IST

2021 in numbers: Inflation in India

The World Inequality Report released this month showed that inequality has worsened after Covid. How did inflation affect Indian households in 2021? Here are three charts that explain this.

Core inflation – for commodities excluding the food group and the fuel and light (kerosene, electricity, petrol, diesel and even firewood) group – was 4.96% for January-November last year, although it was increasing almost every month (Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Updated on Dec 15, 2021 04:50 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha

2021 in numbers: Sectors of the economy

How are different parts of the economy doing in this financial year? Here are three charts that explain this.

GVA comparisons show that agriculture, which had grown by 4.6% in the first three quarters of the 2020 calendar year too, has grown 4% in the same interval this year (AFP)
Updated on Dec 13, 2021 05:21 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha

Mind The Gap | No honour in these killings

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‘Honour’ killings, where the families of daughters who exercise agency in their choice of marriage partners and so incur their family’s wrath for bringing disgrace, are India’s enduring shame (AFP)
Updated on Dec 12, 2021 07:37 PM IST

The problems with the Street Vendors Act in Delhi

Street vendors in the national capital continue to live under the constant threat of eviction because the Delhi government and the civic agencies have been unable to implement the Street Vendors Act, 2014.

The Street Vendors Act estimates street vendors and hawkers to reasonably constitute 2.5% of the population of a city (Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 11, 2021 02:48 PM IST
ByRisha Chitlangia and Paras Singh

2021 in numbers: The size of the economy

With vaccinations now in progress in most parts of the world, how much has the economy recovered in 2021? Here are three charts that explain this

In sum, in the January-September period, the size of India’s economy was <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>108.5 lakh crore in 2019, <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>98.3 lakh crore in 2020, and is <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>107.1 lakh crore in 2021 (Vipin Kumar /HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 11, 2021 02:12 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha

2021 in numbers: Mobility

Today’s modern world depends on the ease of mobility, something that came to a grinding halt last year due to the Covid-19. Here are two charts that explain what changed on this front in 2021

Other than residences, groceries, and pharmacies – the three places people were bound to stay or visit even during the pandemic – mobility to all other places had decreased significantly in 2020 (Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 10, 2021 04:52 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha

2021 in numbers: Covid-19 vaccinations

Richer countries have vaccinated a disproportionately large share of their population compared to poorer ones. Here are two charts that explain how Covid-19 vaccinations have progressed in 2021

This inequality in access to vaccines is also an issue that has plagued India, which is a lower middle-income country (Ravi Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Dec 09, 2021 02:22 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha

2021 in numbers: Covid-19 infections

2021 saw more confirmed Covid-19 infections and resulting deaths — globally and in almost all countries

India, partly because of its large population, has accounted for one of the highest contributions to Covid-19 infections and deaths in the world in 2021 too (Shilpa Thakur)
Updated on Dec 09, 2021 02:09 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha

To support agriculture, India must be self-reliant in production of urea

Agriculture being the mainstay of nearly 70 per cent of our population, any shortfall in supply or increase in the price of critical input like fertilisers is bound to have an adverse impact on the overall economic performance of our rural sector.

India has been importing urea for decades to meet the shortfall in the supply chain, but there is a need to become self-sufficient in the production and supply of key agriculture inputs like fertilisers. (File Photo / HT)
Published on Dec 08, 2021 08:06 AM IST
ByVS Pandey, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Mind The Gap | The Indian woman’s quest for autonomy

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Behind the various laws that seek to regulate women’s bodies lies the question of choice. How freely do women exercise agency when it comes to marriage, when to have a baby, or how many babies to have? (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Dec 10, 2021 03:54 PM IST

Hutong Cat | In China, the politics and economics of the Winter Olympics

For China, the Games are political – an opportunity to show-off its efficient system, to showcase its resourcefulness and prosperity, and bring out the how-to-control-the-pandemic playbook

A group of 20 Chinese and foreign experts are busy these days making fake snow on the outskirts of Beijing for the upcoming Olympics (REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 29, 2021 04:54 PM IST
BySutirtho Patranobis

Mind The Gap | Wooing the Indian woman voter

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We’ve come a long way from the days when parties promised free pressure cookers, mixer-grinders and gold for mangalsutras (Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 28, 2021 12:05 PM IST

Metro Matters | To defeat dengue, Delhi needs a multipronged approach

The disease burden can be reduced with disciplined urbanisation, provision of basic amenities, public participation and sustained prevention mechanisms

Rainfall, humidity and temperature determine dengue transmission dynamics not just in Delhi but all across the world where the disease is endemic (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 27, 2021 04:13 PM IST

Numbers Matter | The pandemic hits Europe and US — again. India should watch out

For the first time since the end of September, the seven-day average of daily infections across the world again soared above the half-million mark

People walk over a nearly deserted Christmas market in Vienna, Austria, Friday, November 19. The most alarming part about soaring numbers through these regions is the fact that nearly all these nations are highly vaccinated (AP)
Updated on Nov 24, 2021 02:28 PM IST

Why the demand for MSP law is central to the farm movement

The MSP law needs to make farmers active participants in the agriculture reform story. Having gone through pain and anguish for a year, farmers may not return home without an MSP guarantee law

Seeking a law for MSP has been a long pending demand of farmers from across the country (Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 23, 2021 11:35 AM IST

Mind The Gap | The Indian woman’s search for agency

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Under Indian law, sexual intercourse with a minor girl (defined as 16 years and younger) is defined as rape (PTI)
Updated on Nov 21, 2021 02:37 PM IST

India’s demand to ‘phase down’ coal is a principle enshrined in Paris Agreement

Developing countries have been pointing to the absence of equity and differentiation since negotiations started during the second week and the COP26 Presidency released the first draft Glasgow pact text

When the issue of differentiation was not addressed even in the final draft, India and China made an intervention during the formal plenary calling for rewording of the text (AP)
Updated on Nov 16, 2021 09:25 PM IST
ByJayashree Nandi

In Perspective | The crackdown on cyber mercenaries

Last week, the US Commerce Department sanctioned blacklisted four companies for “malicious cyber activities”. The crackdown adds some friction to the development of such cutting-edge technologies and signals a deterrence to other democratic allies

The move was a long time coming, especially since the NSO Group is now believed to have enabled significant human rights abuses (AFP)
Updated on Nov 15, 2021 03:10 PM IST

Mind The Gap | A corrosive crime that plays on loop

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Victims of acid attacks are almost always young women from socio-economic marginalised communities who have turned down men (Sanjeev Verma/HT)
Updated on Nov 14, 2021 05:39 PM IST

UP: Big parties avoid each other; stitch alliances with caste-based formations

Notwithstanding the flop mega shows of alliances in UP’s political amphitheatre in the past, every election has thrown strange partners

The opposition is unlikely to unite though they have a common political rival in the BJP (Reuters)
Updated on Nov 13, 2021 05:25 PM IST
BySunita Aron

UP polls: Race to win women’s support begins

It appears the race to win women’s support has begun as now their own aspiration are increasingly swaying their votes more than the say of their families

Every party has a women’s wing, but it has little say in the distribution of tickets. Their job is to mobilise votes (Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 12, 2021 10:04 PM IST
BySunita Aron

Why the BJP is doing well in the Northeast

But the huge margins of most of those victories, especially the five seats in Assam, of which the BJP won three and ruling partner UPPL bagged the other two, was something unexpected

Since 2016, when the BJP came to power for the first time in Assam, the saffron party has gone from strength to strength in the other six states of the region where the Congress was the most dominant force till a decade back (AFP)
Updated on Nov 12, 2021 09:01 PM IST
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