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Lata Mangeshkar: A voice that reshaped India’s popular culture

Mangeshkar – already a movie playback singing sensation in many Indian languages – had composed music for three Marathi films. It was Pendharkar’s film Saadhi Maansa (Simple Folk) – her fourth – that would become a landmark.

Lata Mangeshkar at the launch of the Gautam Rajadhyaksha 's Book Chehre at JW Marriott at Juhu(Photo by Amlan Dutta/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 07, 2022 08:53 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Lata Mangeshkar passes away: The day music died

Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar died at the age of 92 on Sunday morning. In an eight-decade long career, the singer won almost every laurel imaginable, including the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour.

Lata Mangeshkar died at 92.
Updated on Feb 06, 2022 10:56 AM IST

The Week Ahead: Formula 1 thriller, PM Modi in Gurugram and more… 

Phew! What a season-ending thriller the Formula 1 race was last night. Max Verstappen with 395.5 points (10 wins, 18 podiums) pipped Lewis Hamilton (8 wins, 17 podiums) to become the 2021 world champion. So much adrenaline, yes, but so few outlets to let the excitement die down! Yet, this week is going to one hell of a rollercoaster with announcements, events and rallies to keep the news cycle running.

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands stand on the podium after he became the world champion after winning the Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Published on Dec 13, 2021 01:10 AM IST

The Week Ahead: Concerns over Omicron, GDP numbers to come

The government’s expert panel, National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation, is likely to meet sometime next week to take up key issues regarding Covid-19 vaccination, including the matter of immunising children against Covid-19 and a policy on administering booster doses

A health worker collects swab samples at Dadar Station in Mumbai. (Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
Published on Nov 28, 2021 11:46 PM IST
BySachin Kalbag, New Delhi

The Week Ahead: Union cabinet to meet, farm laws withdrawal on table

The Union cabinet on Wednesday is likely to discuss the repealing of the three controversial farm laws that Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced last week in a nationally televised speech. And it just does not end when it comes to Sameer Wankhede, the controversial western zone chief of the Narcotics Control Bureau

Farmers at the Singhu border protest site in Delhi. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Published on Nov 22, 2021 12:05 AM IST
BySachin Kalbag, Mumbai

The Week Ahead: Indian Super League begins on Friday; Delhi imposes measures to curb air pollution

This week, India host New Zealand in a three-match T20 and a two-match Test series; in Delhi, government offices, except those handling emergency and important public matters, will have to work from home as part of the ‘emergency measures’ to curb pollution

Morning haze and smog envelops the skyline in New Delhi on Friday. (AP)
Published on Nov 15, 2021 12:33 AM IST
BySachin Kalbag

The Week Ahead: India eliminated in T20 World Cup, Covid wave ebbs

The final is scheduled for Sunday, November 14.

India were eliminated after New Zealand beat Afghanistan (PTI/AP)
Updated on Nov 08, 2021 01:09 AM IST
BySachin Kalbag

The Week Ahead: Delhi reopens schools; Modi to review districts with low vaccination coverage

Today is a key day in the Covid unlock process for the Captial’s schools: The Delhi Disaster Management Authority allowed reopening of all classes November 1 onwards, and most of them are busy getting everything right

As Delhi gears up to reopen schools from November 1st, a staff members sanitises the corridors of the Vidya Bal Bhawan Senior Secondary School, in New Delhi on Sunday. (ANI)
Published on Nov 01, 2021 12:16 AM IST
BySachin Kalbag

The Week Ahead: Cong embarks on nationwide outreach; UP government report on Lakhimpur killings likely on Wednesday

Mumbai Following Sunday’s India-Pakistan clash at the T20 World Cup in Dubai, India gets a longish breather before their next match against New Zealand on October 31

A vehicle set ablaze after violence broke out after farmers agitating were allegedly run over by a vehicle in the convoy of a union minister, in Lakhimpur Kheri on Sunday (ANI)
Published on Oct 24, 2021 11:05 PM IST
BySachin Kalbag

The Week Ahead: Mumbai gears up to reopen colleges and cinemas; ICC Men’s T20 World Cup begins

The Madhya Pradesh high court is likely to give its judgment on October 20 in an OBC reservation case where demand is to increase the quota from 14% to 27%

Security staff checks temperature of a student after schools reopen with all Covid-19 protocols in place in Mumbai on October 04. (Pratik Chorge/HT PHOTO)
Published on Oct 17, 2021 10:50 PM IST
BySachin Kalbag

The Week Ahead: Mumbai gears up to reopen colleges and cinemas; ICC Men’s T20 World Cup begins

Mumbai On the back of zero Covid-19 deaths in Mumbai on Sunday October 17, the city is gearing up for another round of unlocking this week – with colleges, universities, cinema halls and auditoriums reopening after 18 months of brick-and-mortar inactivity

Security staff checks temperature of a student after schools reopen with all Covid-19 protocols in place in Mumbai on October 04. (Pratik Chorge/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 17, 2021 10:46 PM IST
BySachin Kalbag

The Week Ahead: Dubai showdown for IPL crown; WHO to decide on Covaxin’s emergency use approval

This week, Indians are also looking forward to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the month of September and Index of Industrial Production (IIP) for the month of August. Both will be released on October 12. The Wholesale Price Index (WPI) for September will be released on October 14.

Axar Patel of Delhi Capitals celebrates the wicket of AB de Villiers of Royal Challengers Bangalore during the Indian Premier League cricket match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals, at the Dubai International Stadium in Dubai on Friday. (PTI)
Published on Oct 10, 2021 07:15 PM IST
BySachin Kalbag, Mumbai

The Week Ahead: Maha gears up for reopening of schools, religious places; RBI to take rate call

In Delhi, too, the hot button issue will be education. Admissions to Delhi University (DU) colleges for undergraduate courses begin on Monday

Workers of the Madhavrao Bhagwat High School clean and sanitize the classrooms after Maharashtra government announces reopening of schools from October 4, in Mumbai on September 29. (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 04, 2021 12:14 AM IST
BySachin Kalbag

The Week Ahead: Farmers’ Bharat Bandh; new faces to join Congress

The government may find itself under some pressure on account of the Bharat Bandh called today by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha. It remains to be seen what response it gets, but the build-up has been quite the talked-about event across the country

Farmers Bharat Bandh (PTI)
Published on Sep 27, 2021 12:59 AM IST
BySachin Kalbag, Mumbai

The Week Ahead: A challenge for Congress; campaigning for Bengal assembly seats begins

Monsoon session of the Karnataka legislature will see a crucial bill to ban online gambling and wagering; while Assam is set to resume physical classes for Standard 10

Captain Amarinder Singh interacts with the media outside Punjab Raj Bhawan after submitting a resignation from the post of Punjab Chief Minister to the Punjab Governor on Saturday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Published on Sep 19, 2021 11:40 PM IST
BySachin Kalbag, Mumbai

The Week Ahead: Markets brace for consumer inflation report; IPL to resume in UAE

The Joint Parliamentary Committee on data protection will meet on September 15 and 16 to discuss what format the new data protection bill should have

Monday’s announcement of the CPI data for August will be looked upon with significant interest. (Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Published on Sep 12, 2021 11:58 PM IST
BySachin Kalbag

The Week Ahead: Mumbai battles Covid surge; Delhi to decide on reopening more classes

The Delhi government has begun drafting a plan concerning vaccination of children, which it will propose to the central government soon after the Centre announces the date of opening the vaccine drive for minors.

Huge crowd at a market in Mumbai on Sunday. (REUTERS)
Published on Sep 05, 2021 11:35 PM IST
BySachin Kalbag, New Delhi

The Week Ahead: Afghanistan turmoil worsens; India gets closer to kids’ inoculation

Afghanistan remains the primary foreign policy issue for India, with the focus on pulling out Indian nationals still in Kabul before the August 31 (Tuesday) deadline for the drawdown of US troops

An evacuee from Afghanistan boards a US-bound flight. (REUTERS)
Published on Aug 29, 2021 08:43 PM IST
BySachin Kalbag, Mumbai

Are vaccine doses in the offing for children in India?

The Delhi government is also likely to draft a plan on vaccination of children against Covid-19. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi had been demanding vaccination of children against Covid-19 at the earliest.

Underprivileged children wait outside a van decorated with toys for their Covid-19 test in New Delhi. (ANI PHOTO.)
Published on Aug 22, 2021 05:35 PM IST
BySachin Kalbag

India’s eventful Independence Week

The government faces a pushback on inflation, and this week is going to make things worse. The wholesale price index (WPI) for July is expected to grow in double digits again, underlining the threat of inflation getting entrenched in the economy. The silver lining could be the Nomura India Business Resumption Index (NIBRI). It is expected to cross 100 for the first time since the pandemic.

Rashtrapati Bhawan illuminated on the eve of Independence Day in New Delhi on Saturday. (HT PHOTO.)
Updated on Aug 15, 2021 07:00 PM IST
BySachin Kalbag

The thick tail of Maharashtra’s second wave

Long after April’s peak, six districts continued to drive the state’s Covid-19 caseload. Ground reports indicate that a confluence of factors led to this

Healthcare workers line up empty oxygen cylinders to be refilled at the NESCO Covid centre in Mumbai in April 2021. To counter the oxygen shortage experienced by various hospitals across the state during the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, Maharashtra planned to increase its oxygen production. Of the 530 Pressure Swing Absorption plants commissioned last year, 108 are complete.( Pratik Chorge/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 31, 2021 04:00 PM IST
BySachin Kalbag, Hindustan Times, Mumbai

Covid-19 crisis: Is worst yet to come for Maharashtra? Experts weigh in

On Monday night, Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray addressed the state on social media – a much-anticipated speech on the possible easing of lockdown restrictions in the state.

Migrant workers and their families waiting for the bus at Nancy bus depot,Borivali to go to the Lokmanya tilak terminus as a special train organised by Maharashtra government in Mumbai, India, on Thursday, May 14, 2020.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
Updated on May 20, 2020 04:19 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Mumbai | BySachin Kalbag and Snehal Fernandes

Why Maharashtra was not able to check rapid Covid-19 spread

If Maharashtra is excluded from the national data, India would have 49,912 cases and 1477 deaths on May 13, bringing the mortality rate further down to 2.96%. The global mortality rate, according to data on worldometers.info, is 6.72% (6 pm, May 13).

Maharashtra government, along with the Indian Railways organised a Shramik special train for migrant workers stranded in Mumbai. The train departed from Bandra Terminus during nationwide lockdown, imposed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
Updated on May 14, 2020 05:26 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Mumbai | BySachin Kalbag

Why Mumbai is recording most number of cases

Intensive contact tracing, testing and quarantining of high-risk individuals has contributed to the consistently high numbers, according to the health department officials of Maharashtra and Mumbai.

Mumbai reported 522 Covid-19 cases on Thursday.(ANI)
Updated on Apr 25, 2020 06:17 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySachin Kalbag, Eeshanpriya MS and Rupsa Chakraborty, Mumbai

Mumbai Covid-19 cases high due to aggressive testing: Govt

Notably, although the cases are rising, the mortality rate in Maharashtra is dipping. On April 12, the city’s mortality rate was 7.41%.

In Mumbai, a total of 98,000 people are in government-enforced quarantine — 92,000 at home (in containment zones and hot spots) and 6,000 in institutional quarantine facilities (hospital isolation wards, stadiums, sports complexes and hotels).(Satish Bate/HT file photo)
Updated on Apr 25, 2020 06:17 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Mumbai | BySachin Kalbag, Eeshanpriya MS and Rupsa Chakraborty

Covid-19: This is why Mumbai is reporting high number of coronavirus cases

Covid-19: Intensive contact tracing, testing and quarantining of high-risk individuals has contributed to the consistently high numbers, according to the health department officials of Maharashtra and Mumbai.

A security guard being sanitized outside the Poddar hospital, Worli, Mumbai, during the lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, Thursday, April 23, 2020.(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 25, 2020 12:47 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Mumbai | BySachin Kalbag, Eeshanpriya MS and Rupsa Chakraborty

The roots of the Ajit-Sharad rift

The rift, actually a cold war, goes back to October 2009, when Ashok Chavan of the Congress was appointed chief minister for the second time.

NCP chief Sharad Pawar and his nephew Ajit Pawar.
Updated on Nov 28, 2019 12:20 AM IST
Hindustan Times | BySachin Kalbag

In Maharashtra’s improbable coalition, twists, deficits and the key | Opinion

After a series of deliberations and negotiations in New Delhi and Mumbai between the Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress, the three players in this protracted drama seem to have reached some consensus.

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s late night meeting on Thursday with the NCP’s Sharad Pawar meant that they have hammered out at least a working agreement, if not a final formula.(Pratik Chorge/HT photo)
Updated on Nov 23, 2019 12:47 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Mumbai | BySachin Kalbag

Visit to Štrbské Pleso, a quaint town in the lap of High Tatras

Our destination was Štrbské Pleso, one of Europe’s most beautiful mountain towns. Very few Indians have heard of this ski resort town.

Štrbské Pleso(Unsplash)
Updated on Oct 12, 2019 11:59 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Delhi | BySachin Kalbag

OnePlus launches the 6, its third flagship phone in 11 months, in Mumbai

It will be competing head-to-head with Apple iPhone 8, 8-Plus, and X; Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL; and Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+.

Actors Amitabh Bachchan and Aditi Rao Hydari during the launch of the OnePlus 6 smartphone in Mumbai on Thursday.(Prodip Guha/Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 18, 2018 09:31 PM IST
Hindustan Times | BySachin Kalbag, Mumbai
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