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Chetan Chauhan is National Affairs Editor. A journalist for over two decades, he has written extensively on social sector and politics with special focus on environment and political economy.

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Ecostani | Jayant Chaudhary hopes that the NDA will help his party — and the BJP

The RLD has sensed a shift of Jat voters over to the BJP, and the saffron party would like Jayant to campaign in Jat-dominated areas. Both hope it’s a win-win

RLD chief Jayant Chaudhary at the Parliament House complex in New Delhi on Saturday. (PTI PHOTO)
Published on Feb 19, 2024 09:06 PM IST

Ecostani | A national MSP law will be a tribute to MS Swaminathan

As farmers head towards Delhi to demand an MSP law for all crops, their 2020-'21 Delhi Chalo protests should remind us that their demand isn't new after all

Farmers at the Shambhu border between Haryana and Punjab, as they make their way towards Delhi for the Delhi Chalo protest march.(PTI)
Updated on Feb 13, 2024 12:18 PM IST

Bharat Ratna for MS Swaminathan: The pioneer of India’s Green Revolution

Before Bharat Ratna, Swaminathan had received India’s second highest civilian honour, the Padma Vibhushan, and the World Food Prize

Swaminathan started as a young scientist at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) in 1959. (PTI file photo)
Updated on Feb 09, 2024 02:25 PM IST

Jan 31: ED arrests JMM chief. Feb 5: New CM, from JMM, wins trust vote

Hemant Soren says the BJP used agencies to topple his government as he is a tribal. The BJP, in turn, knows it needs a tribal leader for a headway in Jharkhand.

Hemant Soren resigned on January 31 after he was arrested on the charge of “possessing 12 adjacent parcels of land measuring 8.5 acres” in Ranchi using falsified deeds and tampered revenue records (PTI file photo)
Updated on Feb 05, 2024 09:26 PM IST

Ecostani | New resolve for 10 mil homes to aim for the sun needs new incentives

250 million houses with solar rooftops can deploy 637 GW — even a third of this is enough to meet India’s electricity demand from the residential sector

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently launched a scheme to install 10 million solar rooftops across households in the country.(HT Photo)
Published on Jan 28, 2024 03:29 PM IST

Experts worry El Nino could affect India’s economic growth

Warm winters are known to favour rain over snow, increase snowmelt and reduce snow cover, which can have implications for water security and wider ecosystems

Kashmir, India - January. 08, 2024: A snowless Gulmarg in North Kashmir on Monday which otherwise used to be bustling with skiers and adventurers at this time of the year. The valley this winter has received scant snowfall for the month of December and first week of January.(Photo By Waseem Andrabi /Hindustan Times)--
Updated on Jan 22, 2024 05:13 PM IST

Ecostani | Why EU’s carbon tax puts a spanner in climate change mitigation

The mechanism will revive emissions certificates, placing a burden on developing nations – India’s position is clear, it plans to oppose it

FILE PHOTO: Steam and other emissions rise from a coal-fired power station near Lithgow, 120 km (75 miles) west of Sydney, (REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 17, 2024 06:57 PM IST

Dubai COP28: Loss and Damage a milestone, opportunity missed on fossil fuels

The 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai was no different and finally presented as a face-saver the deadline of 2050 for net-zero and emissions equal to Earth’s sequestration capability

Plenary session at COP28 in Dubai. (AFP)
Published on Dec 13, 2023 04:11 PM IST

Cybercrimes see highest spike among cognisable offences in 2022, says NCRB

In total, 65,983 cybercrime cases were registered in 2022, up from 52,974 in 2021.

Representative Image
Updated on Dec 05, 2023 01:24 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Rajasthan elections: Gujjar vote may shape outcome in state’s east

When in power, both BJP and Congress have attempted to expand their reservations since 2007, when 72 people died across the state in quota protests.

Like many other communities, the Gujjars sway back and forth between the two national parties in assembly polls (HT)
Updated on Nov 25, 2023 05:47 AM IST
By, Dausa/bharatpur

Rajasthan election: 3 Ms that may help secure Congress return

A senior Congress functionary said that the party’s internal surveys highlighted anger against some sitting MLAs and that the response was denial of tickets

Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot greets supporters at Piparcity, in Jodhpur district, on Wednesday. (PTI)
Updated on Nov 24, 2023 06:00 AM IST
By, Dausa/sikar/bharatpur

Disquiet simmers among voters over exploited Aravallis

Illegal mining in the Aravalli range has caused environmental degradation, health issues, and social unrest.

The Aravallis impact life in between 80 and 90 assembly seats across poll-bound Rajasthan. (Chetan Chauhan/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 23, 2023 06:20 AM IST
By, Kotputli/neem Ka Thana/bharatpur (rajasthan)

Rajasthan elections: Canal project heats up contest in desert state

According to the ground water board, 90% of the blocks in Karauli district were overexploited in 2022 with average water available at 550 feet below the surface

In villages across eastern Rajasthan such as Bharatpur’s Sunari , locals complained of the government not taking care of water bodies to improve falling groundwater levels. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Nov 22, 2023 06:46 AM IST

SP attacks Congress over caste census, but relies on turncoats in MP election

SP chief Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday attacked its INDIA ally Congress over its demand for a caste census, and asked why the party did not conduct such an exercise when it was in power at the Centre.

HT Image
Updated on Nov 15, 2023 06:52 AM IST

How the Chouhan factor may shape battle for MP

The BJP has not declared a chief ministerial candidate in MP, a departure for a party that usually projects the incumbent in states where it is in power

Shivraj Singh Chouhan, four-term chief minister and the longest serving BJP CM in the country , is not the party’s CM face for the November 17 state elections (PTI)
Updated on Nov 14, 2023 05:50 AM IST

Parties vie for crucial Dalit vote as high-stakes MP polls approach

Construction is on for a temple for 13th century mystic poet Sant Ravidas, who has a huge following among Dalits in election-bound Madhya Pradesh.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi being presented a memento during the foundation stone laying ceremony of the memorial of Sant Ravidas, in Sagar on August 12. (PTI)
Updated on Nov 11, 2023 07:48 AM IST

There is pro-incumbency, people see BJP has transformed their lives: Scindia

Due to the development work of the BJP for 18 years, MP is heading towards hitting the highest points on social welfare indicators, Jyotiraditya Scindia said

Union civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia. (Sanchit Khanna/ HT Photo)
Published on Nov 10, 2023 08:58 AM IST

Madhya Pradesh election: Ken-betwa river project looms over poll arena

The Central government, along with the Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh governments, is implementing the ₹44,605 crore Ken-Betwa project.

Environmentalists said the Ken-Betwa river inter-linking project will submerge 40% of the Panna Tiger Reserve. (HT file photo)
Updated on Nov 08, 2023 06:04 AM IST
By, Panna/chhattarpur

Seven northern cities record poorer AQI than Capital, CPCB data shows

This is not a one-day phenomenon, as air pollution levels in these locations have been worrisome for the last one week

Delhi’s air quality index on Wednesday was 364. (Vipin Kumar/HT)
Updated on Nov 02, 2023 02:30 AM IST

Sops roll out, focus on parties’ pro-farmer policies before 2024

The doles are being seen as a test for parties on their pro-farmer politics before the 2024 Lok Sabha polls

In Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Telangana, those directly or indirectly involved in farming constitute an overwhelming majority (AFP)
Updated on Oct 23, 2023 06:23 AM IST

We are fighting elections on the basis of our development works: Dotasra

Cong state unit chief Dotasra dismissed talks of party fissures ahead of Rajasthan polls and said that they would go into the contest as a united front.

Govind Singh Dotasra
Updated on Oct 20, 2023 03:35 AM IST

22% green areas in India covered by invasive plant species, says new study

High-concern plant invasions were recorded in 22% natural areas and modelled to potentially threaten 66% natural areas

Lantana camara was found to be most invasive of the 11 invasive plant species studied by the scientists. (HT)
Published on Oct 06, 2023 09:30 AM IST

Washing away of dam brings focus on Sikkim’s hydel projects

All projects in Sikkim are run of the river projects, in which a channel is created off the river to direct water to run the turbine, with the water then flowing back into the river

An area affected by the flood is seen in this undated image released on October 4, in Sikkim (via REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 06, 2023 07:20 AM IST
By, , New Delhi/siliguri

22% of green areas in India invaded by invasive species: Study

Biological invasions threaten biodiversity and human well-being, with developing tropical countries such as India being more vulnerable, according to the study done by two Wildlife Institute scientists

The study found high potential for invasive species in Central India and Western Ghats, where almost half of India’s 3,682 tigers live, as per 2022 tiger estimation (Representative Photo)
Published on Oct 05, 2023 07:45 PM IST

Himachal will take at least 2 years to re-build; hope Centre helps fast: CM

Himachal Pradesh chief minister Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu said the state will open new areas for tourism with a target to bring 15 million tourists every year

Himachal CM Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu in the past four days in New Delhi met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union home minister Amit Shah, defence minister Rajnath Singh and road transport minister Nitin Gadkari. (PTI)
Updated on Aug 06, 2023 01:52 PM IST

Tigers surge in MP as it counts more big cats outside reserves than in Karnataka

Madhya Pradesh was able to surge ahead of Karnataka in the race between the two states to be on top of the tiger numbers

In 2022, of the 785 tigers in Madhya Pradesh, 346 were outside protected reserves compared to just 153 of the 563 tigers in Karnataka. Four years ago, Madhya Pradesh had just 203 of its 526 tigers outside reserves and Karnataka, 185 of its 524. (PTI)
Updated on Aug 01, 2023 04:07 AM IST

After 24% surge, India is now home to 75% of tigers in the world

The increase shows the success of the country’s 20-year-old science- based tiger conservation programme, experts said.

Globally, the number of tigers increased from 3,890 in 2016 to 5,575 in 2023, with India and Nepal doubling the numbers, said a statement from the Global Tiger Forum on Saturday. (AP)
Updated on Jul 30, 2023 09:16 AM IST

What's happening with the cheetahs?

Gaps in pre-project planning, different climate and politics between states hamper India’s biggest big cat translocation project

The cheetahs, however, continued to die.(ANI- Representative image)
Published on Jul 26, 2023 06:24 PM IST

Meeting ground: Parties who are friendly to the BJP, but didn't get an invite

Telugu Desam Party, YSR Congress, Janata Dal (Secular) and RLJD are among the parties whose names don't figure in the list of parties in attendance

The NDA has claimed that it has the support of 30 parties across India.(Sonu Mehta / HT Photo)
Published on Jul 18, 2023 04:13 PM IST

624 killed in ongoing monsoon season, highest in Gujarat: Data

Home ministry data revealed that in the 2023 south-west monsoon season since June, 624 people have died in India due to rain- related incidents, almost 32% less than last year for the same period, primarily because of lower rainfall in eastern and central India

Shimla: Damaged sheds of the Bhattakufer apple market after a landslide due to heavy monsoon rainfall on June 12. (PTI)
Updated on Jul 16, 2023 12:17 AM IST
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