Kartikeya Ramanathan

Kartikeya creates, curates and edits content for the print and digital media streams. A compulsive tweeter, he will never hear a word against his beloved Arsenal.

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Chintels Paradiso residents brace for tower demolition

Look past the facade, and you see the crumbling walls, the sagging balconies, and the eerie silence that engulfs the society

Residents from Tower D are seen vacating the flats after floors in the apartment building collapsed in Chintels Paradiso Housing Complex at Sector 109, in Gurugram in February 2022. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Nov 10, 2022 12:23 AM IST

Mexico looks for Indian children who painted at the 1968 Olympics

Only one of the eight participants from India has been traced so far and he died in 1998 after a long illness.

Mexican embassy wishes to present a copy of the framed painting with a certificate of commendation to the participants.(Mexico Embassy, New Delhi)
Updated on Aug 20, 2018 11:42 PM IST
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Ghana teacher who taught software using blackboard gifted computers by Indian firm

Richard Appiah Akoto’s school hadn’t had computers since 2011, but that did not stop him from teaching his students how to use basic computer programmes like Microsoft Word.

Richard Appiah Akoto (second from left) and his students receive computers donated to their school.(Courtesy: NIIT Ghana)
Updated on Mar 16, 2018 07:44 PM IST
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Straight out of dystopia: Robot that opens doors taking world by storm

Robotics firm Boston Dynamics posted a video of its dog-like SpotMini, which can sense door handles and open doors.

The SpotMini with an arm extending out of its head.(via YouTube)
Updated on Feb 14, 2018 07:48 PM IST
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Divided Catalonia gears up for regional election

There are several political parties who will contest the elections, but they more or less fall into two categories — pro-independence and pro-unionist. And neither side gets along with the other.

People wait for the start of the center-right party Ciudadanos (Citizens) final campaign meeting for the upcoming Catalan regional election on Monday.(AFP)
Updated on Dec 20, 2017 06:37 PM IST
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How is a US president impeached?

The process of impeachment is not as easy as people are led to believe, and removing a sitting US president is even more difficult.

US President Donald Trump arrives to speak about tax reform legislation in St Louis, Missouri on November 29, 2017.(Reuters)
Updated on Dec 03, 2017 08:01 AM IST
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Maldives close to free trade agreement with China, India caught unawares

The move comes a little more than a year after the Maldives said it would sign its first FTA with India.

File photo of Maldives President Abdulla Yameen.(Getty Images)
Updated on Dec 01, 2017 08:32 PM IST
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Catalonia proposes suspending independence declaration

Catalan president Carles Puigdemont said he had a mandate to declare independence, but proposed waiting “a few weeks” in order to facilitate a dialogue with Spain.

Catalan president Carles Puigdemont speaks in the Catalonian regional parliament in Barcelona on October 10, 2017.(Reuters)
Updated on Oct 10, 2017 11:35 PM IST
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Pak diplomat goofs up at UN, tries to pass off Gaza teen image as Kashmir girl

The photo shown by Pakistan diplomat Maleeha Lodhi at United Nations was taken by award-winning photographer Heidi Levine inside the Gaza strip in 2014, and the girl had been injured in an Israeli air strike.

Lodhi was responding to Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj’s attack on Pakistan at the United Nations General Assembly.(Twitter Photo)
Updated on Sep 25, 2017 08:10 AM IST
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Shocking the world: Seven times leaders stole the show at the UN

Donald Trump is just the latest world leader to grab headlines at the world body.

President Donald Trump at a luncheon with African leaders at the Palace Hotel during the United Nations General Assembly on September 20, 2017.(AP)
Updated on Sep 21, 2017 11:16 AM IST
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More Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since Aug 25 than in the last two decades

The number of Rohingya who fled to Bangladesh since August 25 is also more than the total number of refugees who fled by sea to Europe in 2016.

Rohingya refugees sit on the roadside as they take shelter from the rain in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh on September 17, 2017.(Reuters)
Updated on Sep 18, 2017 07:01 PM IST
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Sikh volunteers come to aid of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

The Sikh volunteers have set up a daily langar service for 30,000 to 50,000 people, and aim to build shelters for the refugees after the Bangladesh government allots land for the same.

The volunteers are currently in Teknaf, a town on the border of Myanmar and Bangladesh.(via Twitter)
Updated on Sep 15, 2017 09:25 AM IST
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Hurricane Irma: Some Indians in Florida choose to stay as others evacuate

“We received non-mandatory evacuation orders and were told it was our personal choice whether to leave or not, so we decided to stay back,” Usha Venkatachalam told HT.

Florida residents take shelter from Hurricane Irma inside the Germain Arena in Estero.(REUTERS)
Published on Sep 10, 2017 08:45 PM IST
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Steve Bannon claims US churches need illegal migrants ‘for their money’

Bannon was responding to prominent Catholic bishops criticising Trump’s decision to roll back DACA.

File photo of former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon.(Reuters)
Updated on Sep 07, 2017 10:44 PM IST
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Utter fail for Breitbart, suggests German footballer is a human trafficker

Breitbart claimed traffickers were smuggling migrants from Morocco into Europe via the Strait of Gibraltar by using jet-skis, but published it with a photo of Lukas Podolski.

Lukas Podolski celebrates scoring a goal on July 29, 2017.(AFP)
Published on Aug 20, 2017 04:40 PM IST
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Third time lucky: Woman escapes terror attack at Barcelona after London, Paris

Julia Monaco, a resident of Melbourne, says her experiences have not deterred her from leading a normal life — if anything, they have made her resolve to see the world even stronger.

Injured people are treated after a white van ploughed through a crowd in Barcelona on August 17, 2017.(AP)
Updated on Aug 19, 2017 12:03 AM IST
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Two top aides to Nikki Haley at UN quit their posts

The resignations have come at a time of rising tensions between the US and North Korea.

File photo of US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.(Reuters)
Updated on Aug 10, 2017 09:56 PM IST
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Trump clashed with Australian PM on refugees, transcript reveals

Turnbull tried to explain that a deal signed by Obama required the US to vet and take only those refugees that it chooses, but Trump claimed the deal would make the US “look bad”.

Donald Trump at a rally in Huntington, West Virginia on August 3, 2017.(AFP)
Updated on Aug 05, 2017 07:18 AM IST
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Trump asked Mexico’s Nieto to not publicly trash border wall, transcript reveals

Peña Nieto said it was “completely unacceptable” that Mexico pay for the wall.

Donald Trump in Washington on August 4, 2017.(AP)
Updated on Aug 04, 2017 10:04 PM IST
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Who are Shehbaz Sharif and Khaqan Abbasi, PLM-N’s replacements for Nawaz Sharif as Pakistan PM

PML-N party is set to name leading businessman-politician Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as the interim premier following Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification, with Shehbaz Sharif expected to take over after he is elected to the National Assembly.

Nawaz Sharif (R) and younger brother Shahbaz Sharif wave at supporters in Karachi on December 4, 1999, after the coup by then army chief Pervez Musharraf.(AFP)
Updated on Jul 29, 2017 08:45 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByKartikeya Ramanathan and Rezaul H Laskar

US psychiatry group suspends 1973 rule, members can comment on Trump’s mental state

The American Psychoanalytic Association stated that its members should not feel bound by a longstanding rule against commenting publicly on the mental state of public figures.

US President Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Youngstown, Ohio on July 25, 2017.(AFP)
Updated on Jul 26, 2017 06:51 PM IST
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Trump admin’s first terror report: IS ‘most potent threat to global security’

The report noted that IS has specifically threatened India in propaganda messages, adding that New Delhi has raised concern over the internet being used to “recruit and radicalise, and foment inter-religious tensions”.

The state department report noted that attacks by Islamic State increased last year, despite an overall drop in the number of terror strikes worldwide.(Reuters File)
Updated on Jul 20, 2017 10:09 PM IST
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British surgeons find 27 contact lenses lodged in woman’s eye

A “blueish mass” in one eye that the doctors had taken for a cataract was actually a mass of contact lenses stuck in her eye.

In an article in the journal, doctors said the patient had worn monthly disposable lenses for 35 years. (Representational image)(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jul 16, 2017 09:30 PM IST
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Colonisation of Mars not possible by 2030s, admits Nasa

The chief of Nasa’s programme on human exploration of space said that with its current budget, the agency cannot afford the cost of propelling a manned spacecraft to Mars.

Photo released by Isro on June 19, 2017, taken by the Mars Colour Camera (MCC) onboard India’s Mars Orbiter Spacecraft.(PTI)
Updated on Jul 15, 2017 10:17 PM IST
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California teenager wins lottery twice in a week. Her prize: $655,555

Rosa Dominguez, 19, says she wants to go shopping and buy a new car after winning $655,555.

Rosa Dominguez after receiving her cheques.(California Lottery)
Updated on Jul 11, 2017 11:38 PM IST
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Man accidentally shoots himself in penis, could face jail time

The Jacksonville, Florida native could face jail time for possession of a firearm because he is a convicted felon.

Updated on Jul 06, 2017 06:24 PM IST
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Canadian sniper shatters world record, kills IS militant from 3,540 metres

The previous world record was held by British sniper Craig Harrison, who shot a Taliban gunner from a distance of 2,475 metres in 2009.

A military source said the shot required the shooter to account for wind, ballistics and the Earth’s curvature.(Reuters File)
Updated on Jun 23, 2017 04:09 PM IST
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New online game lets you be as ‘naughty’ as Theresa May, on a wheat field

May claimed the “naughtiest thing” she ever did was running through fields of wheat, prompting web developer Oli Cannings and his friend Steve Whittingham to created a game in which the user can do the same.

The user, playing the role of May, has to avoid running into scarecrows placed in the fields.(Screengrab via comewheatmay.com)
Updated on Jun 22, 2017 02:35 PM IST
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UK election: Who are DUP and why have they become key to forming government?

Theresa May has sought support from Northern Ireland-based DUP — the fifth-largest party with 10 seats — in order to bring the Conservative Party back to power.

DUP leader Arlene Foster in East Belfast during the counting of votes.(AP)
Updated on Jun 10, 2017 03:40 PM IST
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Faith vs science: Activists block Serbia from shifting Tesla’s remains to church from museum

Sixty years on, Tesla’s final resting place at the Nikola Tesla Museum has become a bone of contention.

In accordance with the wishes Nikola Tesla and his family, his remains were placed in an urn at a Belgrade museum named after the scientist in 1957.(Image courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)
Updated on Jun 07, 2017 03:53 PM IST
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