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Zia Haq reports on public policy, economy and agriculture. Particularly interested in development economics and growth theories.

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Many men force sex on wives, says survey

Two of every five young married Indian women face unwanted sex frequently or occasionally, as per two major studies by the Population Council, reports Zia Haq.

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Updated on Jan 06, 2008 11:07 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Many men force sex on wives, says survey

Studies show marriage does not necessarily make sex safe, voluntary or pleasurable for young Indian women, reports Zia Haq.

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Updated on Jan 05, 2008 03:39 AM IST
None | By, New Delhi

Through a lens, darkly

National Geographic says art historian Benoy K Behl helped shed academic light on the 1,500-year-old murals of the Ajanta, inside dreary man-made caves carved out of a basaltic rock mass, writes Zia Haq.

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Updated on Jan 04, 2008 08:55 PM IST
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What are you getting home from Dilli Heart?

Dilli Haat is an essential stop for the foreign tourist. The Japanese have done a garba here and the Germans bhangra. Nevertheless, it is as much an eye-opener for the domestic tourist. Zia Haq tells us.Special: I Love Delhi

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Updated on Jan 02, 2008 01:20 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Intangibles money can't buy

At 70, India's oldest art gallery, Dhoomimal, stands tall like a guardian angel, reports Zia Haq.

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Updated on Dec 29, 2007 12:38 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Photography Capital, no less

In the hurly-burly of Delhi’s art world, photography has moved several ranks from its kitschy moorings to the exalted status of fine art, writes Zia Haq.

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Updated on Dec 25, 2007 11:00 PM IST
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‘Go easy on drinking, shopping’

The Delhi Catholic Diocese feels Christmas has been subjected to “crass commercialisation” with over-the-top festivities and too much extravagance that can lead one away from the “real significance of Christ’s birth”, reports Zia Haq.

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Updated on Dec 25, 2007 01:58 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

A Little Baghdad in Delhi

Deep inside Kishangarh -- an outlying area off Vasant Kunj -- a rundown locality is slowly turning into a little Baghdad, reports Zia Haq.

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Updated on Dec 22, 2007 01:53 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

45 tree species in India almost extinct

The World Conservation Union (IUCN) has put 45 tree species across India on its “Red List of Threatened Plant Species 2007” as being “critically endangered”, reports Zia Haq.

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Updated on Dec 15, 2007 03:13 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Indo-Pak battle over Pashmina

A new thread has been added to the Indo-Pak tussle over a patent for Pashmina, reports Zia Haq.

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Updated on Jun 07, 2012 05:17 PM IST
None | By, New Delhi

Banned Shahtoosh back in business in the Valley

Wildlife conservationists say banned shahtoosh shawls have made a comeback in Jammu and Kashmir, reports Zia Haq.

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Updated on Nov 26, 2007 03:12 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

‘Indian companies are not green enough’

For all its roaring success, India Inc has fared poorly in the country's first-ever green survey, reports Zia Haq.

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Updated on Nov 17, 2007 03:25 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Marriages, now, are made in Malaysia

Indians sold out on “destination weddings” are flying out to fancy Southeast Asia locales to get married, reports Zia Haq.

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Updated on Nov 03, 2007 03:27 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Expats court experts to juggle Indian culture

Western executives on first-time postings in India are increasingly opting for “cross-cultural training classes” to make their learning curve less steep, reports Zia Haq.

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Updated on Oct 20, 2007 12:48 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Global jobs for Indian legal eagles

A league of top six coveted law firms in London, are now vying for the best recruits from India, reports Zia Haq.

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Updated on Oct 07, 2007 04:05 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Sanskrit moves from pundits to people

A growing number of students, professionals and even housewives across the country are rediscovering the magic of the language, reports Zia Haq. Read on...

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Updated on Sep 22, 2007 01:48 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Sanskrit has 2.5-lakh takers and counting

Thirty-two Muslim youths recently came up to the head of Kashmir University’s Sanskrit department, S Razdan, requesting her to help them learn Sanskrit. Zia Haq tells us more...

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Updated on Sep 21, 2007 07:38 PM IST
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Booster shot for anti-polio drive

The Oral Polio Vaccine, considered haram by members of the Muslim community across UP has been declared halal by a top Saudi cleric, reports Zia Haq.

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Updated on Sep 15, 2007 04:04 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Cynthia Moss: Elephant queen

Cynthia Moss has ensured Amboseli remains one of the few havens for elephants and she their guardian angel

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Published on Feb 19, 2006 02:57 AM IST
None | By, New Delhi

Satanic Doodles

Sikandar, a 35-year-old St Stephen?s alumnus who prides himself on his secular views, carefully times his weekly Friday visit to the Jama Masjid to miss the Shahi Imam?s speech.

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Published on Feb 12, 2006 02:07 AM IST
None | ByZia Haq and Mayank Tewari, New Delhi

Haj stampede toll 44

Saudi officials on Friday said 44 Indian pilgrims were among those killed in the Mina stampede. Interior Ministry spokesman General Mansoor Al-torky said of the total 336 dead, 203 had been identified and India had the highest number of deaths.

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Published on Jan 14, 2006 07:34 PM IST
None | By, Mecca

Pulpit call from Haj - Stay away from terror

On the last day of their Haj pilgrimage, around 25 lakh Muslims vowed to steer clear of fanaticism.

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Published on Jan 14, 2006 07:26 PM IST
None | By, Arafat/mina

Haj crush- First person | And death lay in wait

TEN MINUTES was all it took for the stampede in Mina to leave behind a mountain of bodies, mostly of pilgrims from South Asia.

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Published on Jan 14, 2006 11:26 AM IST
PTI | By, Mecca

And death lay in wait

TEN MINUTES was all it took for the stampede in Mina to leave behind a mountain of bodies, mostly of pilgrims from South Asia. When I first set out for the Jamarat bridge around 5 a.m. to stone the devil's pillars, just minutes away from the media guesthouse, there was no sign of what lay ahead. Everything seemed normal. One could see two distinct flows of human traffic on the bridge:

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Published on Jan 14, 2006 01:31 AM IST
None | By, Mecca

44 Indians killed in Haj stampede

Saudi officials on Friday said 44 Indian pilgrims were among those killed in the Mina stampede.

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Updated on Jan 14, 2006 04:50 AM IST
None | By, Mecca

Pulpit call from Haj: Stay away from terror

ON THE last day of their Haj pilgrimage, around 25 lakh Muslims vowed to steer clear of fanaticism. They were heeding the call of the grand mufti of Saudi Arabia, Sheik Abdul-Aziz al-Sheik, who was delivering his Haj sermon on the plains of Arafat on Tuesday.

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Published on Jan 11, 2006 01:54 PM IST
None | By, Arafat/mina

Pulpit call from Haj: Stay away from terror

ON THE last day of their Haj pilgrimage, around 2.5 million Muslims vowed to steer clear of fanaticism. They were heeding the call of the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, Sheik Abdul-Aziz al-Sheik, who was delivering his Haj sermon on the plains of Arafat on Tuesday. The Mufti said: "Shariat does not allow terrorism. Islam literally means peace. Brothers, unite for one another's sake and follow true Islam." The massive pilgrims' gathering emphatically responded with a "yay" at the Nimrah mosque.

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Published on Jan 11, 2006 01:20 AM IST
None | By, Arafat/mina

Terror drill in Mina after plot

Saudi Arabia on Wednesday said it was fully prepared to deal with emergencies at all Haj sites and vowed to crush any terrorist plan to disrupt the holy pilgrimage.

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Published on Jan 06, 2006 02:29 AM IST
PTI | By, Jeddah/mina
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