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Number Theory: Will Madhya Pradesh be a landslide for BJP once again?

Published on May 11, 2024 08:58 PM IST

In 2023 Madhya Pradesh assembly elections, BJP won a massive victory against Congress. Is BJP all set to replicate its victory in 2024 Lok Sabha elections?

The BJP has been a dominant political force in Madhya Pradesh for a long time. (ANI Photo)(BJP media)

Number Theory: Unraveling the tax story during 10 yrs of NDA govt

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present the first budget of the newly elected National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government on July 23

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Updated on Jul 20, 2024 11:42 AM IST

Number Theory: Against a decade ago, are Indian kids eating better?

This is the last of a two-part series on share of Indians who eat 3 meals a day. The first part looked at the share of overall population eating 3 meals a day.

For representational purposes only.(Shutterstock)
Published on Jul 18, 2024 08:36 AM IST

Number Theory: Just over 50% Indians have three meals a day

This is the first of a two-part series in share of Indians who eat three meals a day. The second part will look at share of children eating three meals a day.

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Published on Jul 17, 2024 09:24 AM IST

Number Theory: The China+1 opportunity: How India can capitalise

Although India hasn’t been able to reap the full benefits of C+1 so far, recent data signals that this could be changing.

Representational image. (Bloomberg)
Published on Jul 16, 2024 09:27 AM IST

Problematics | Shopping basket

Given the price of each item, how many matchboxes, bars of detergent soap and packets of milk must you buy for the total spending to be exactly ₹500?

Welcome to Problematics!(Shutterstock)
Published on Jul 15, 2024 12:35 PM IST

Number Theory: Understanding India's demographic challenge

India is the world’s most populous country, and will retain that position even in 2100

India is the world’s most populous country
Updated on Jul 13, 2024 01:57 PM IST

Number Theory: Hathras and the gaps in emergency health infra

Among the most important requirements for hospitals when it comes to dealing with a Hathras kind of tragedy is what is called 'surge capacity'.

Relatives mourn the death of a victim in the stampede that occured during a religious congregation in Hathras on July 3. (PTI Photo)
Updated on Jul 12, 2024 08:17 AM IST

Number Theory: How bad are the floods in northeastern states?

The area exposed to pluvial floods is larger in all states (due to urban settlements) than those affected by fluvial floods, except in Assam, Manipur, Mizoram.

As per estimates, nearly 2.3 million people across 29 districts of Assam have been affected by floods this year.
Published on Jul 11, 2024 09:51 AM IST

Number Theory: Decoding the scale of economic challenges confronting Starmer

The 2008 Global Financial Crisis and 2016 Brexit have been the two most important blows for the UK economy, seriously eroding its economic might in the world.

UK Prime Minister Keir Starmer.(Bloomberg Photo)
Published on Jul 10, 2024 08:48 AM IST

Problematics | The truth about lying

A group of people includes one or more who are truthful and one or more who always lie. From their statements, can you work out who is what?

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Published on Jul 08, 2024 11:21 AM IST

Number Theory: Is Congress really parasitic? Here’s what numbers show

In head-to-head comparison, the BJP has had a lead over the Congress in every Lok Sabha election since 1989, except 1991 and 2009.

UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi (left) and Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge.(HT Photo)
Published on Jul 08, 2024 08:50 AM IST

Number Theory: Charting the Sensex and its surge to 80,000

Sensex hit the milestone of crossing 10000 on February 7, 2006. Since then, on an average, it has taken 653 trading days to add each new 10000 points.

BSE Sensex.(HT File Photo)
Published on Jul 04, 2024 08:29 AM IST

Number Theory: Can CPI (M) recover from its Kerala debacle?

While the LDF has enjoyed a vote share premium in assembly elections in the past too, this dominance reached a new high in the 2021 assembly elections.

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan (ANI)
Published on Jul 03, 2024 09:19 AM IST

Problematics | Walking with a dinosaur

A brachiosaurus and a human walk the entire circumference of the planet together. Their feet obviously travel the same distance, but what about their heads?

Relative sizes of various dinosaurs and a human. (Wikipedia Commons)
Published on Jul 01, 2024 09:00 AM IST

Number Theory: Is harsh weather the norm in cereal-producing states?

Only 17 states account for 97% of India’s cereal output, according to normal estimates of cereal production from the agriculture ministry.

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Published on Jul 01, 2024 08:32 AM IST

Number Theory: Can RJD win back its dominance in Bihar?

This is last of a two-part series which looks at RJD’s political predicament in Bihar. The first part explained the 2024 results in Bihar from RJD’s perspective

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav. (Santosh Kumar/ HT Photo)
Published on Jun 28, 2024 10:30 AM IST

Problematics | The perfect capital M

A child writes the capital letter M with two verticals that are perfectly straight but of unequal length. At what point do the two slanting lines meet?

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Published on Jun 24, 2024 11:32 AM IST

Number Theory: What do the 2024 results mean for the RJD in Bihar?

This is first of a two-part series which looks at RJD’s political predicament in Bihar. The second part will look at past election results in Bihar.

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav.(ANI Photo)
Published on Jun 24, 2024 08:14 AM IST

Number Theory: What led to the historic heatwave this summer?

This is the first of a two-part series on the ongoing heatwave in India. The second part will look at the factors making the heat wave feel unbearable.

Women quench their thirst with tap water on a hot summer afternoon during an intense heatwave in Prayagraj.(AFP Photo)
Updated on Jun 21, 2024 08:10 AM IST

Number Theory: The inflation situation in the Indian economy

This is the last of a two-part series on inflation in the Indian economy. The first part explained what the latest inflation numbers mean.

HT File Photo
Published on Jun 19, 2024 08:58 AM IST

Problematics | Double or nothing

Your neighbour offers you ₹5 lakh daily while you repay him every day with 1p, 2p, 4p and so on. Should you accept the offer for a month?

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Published on Jun 17, 2024 11:13 AM IST

Number Theory: Understanding India's fresh inflation numbers

This is the first of a two-part series on inflation in the Indian economy. The second part will put the latest inflation numbers in macroeconomic context.

Reserve Bank of India. (HT Photo)
Published on Jun 17, 2024 09:05 AM IST

Delhiwale: A Joyce walla

Can fiction save a life? It did for a young “jumna paar” poet and music student in east Delhi’s Mayur Vihar Phase 3

Mukul is one of those rare Delhiwale who have read “cover-to-cover” a book universally acknowledged to be among literature’s most difficult novels—James Joyce’s Ulysses. (HT photo)
Published on Jun 13, 2024 07:42 AM IST

Number Theory: Understanding why the 2024 NEET results have sparked controversy

The results of NEET 2024, published on June 4 first grabbed headlines when it was revealed that a staggering 67 students had scored a perfect 720 out of 720.

The alleged irregularities in the NEET-UG 2024 examination have evoked protests from students all over the country. (ANI Photo)
Published on Jun 13, 2024 07:31 AM IST

Number Theory: India’s consumption inequality in 3 charts

The biggest difference between the expenditure of the top 5% and bottom 5% in rural India was seen in the consumption of second-hand durable goods.

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Published on Jun 12, 2024 08:39 AM IST

Number Theory: Monsoon's 1st week has decreased heat only in parts of India

Except Gujarat and southern half of Rajasthan, almost the entire country received some rain during the week.

The arrival of the Southwest Monsoon in Mumbai on Sunday saw widespread rains and cooler weather.(AFP Photo)
Updated on Jun 11, 2024 10:11 AM IST

Problematics | To eat ice cream or not to...

Three colleagues dine together at a canteen, but not all of them order ice cream. Who does so, and who does not?

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Updated on Jun 11, 2024 05:25 PM IST

Number Theory: Why was Modi's victory margin in Varanasi lower?

Rajiv Gandhi’s 1984 victory margin of 72.2% is the highest ever victory margin for a sitting prime minister contesting a Lok Sabha election.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(AP Photo)
Published on Jun 06, 2024 08:23 AM IST

Number Theory: The directional shifts that defined the polls

While the BJP has maintained its overall vote share compared to 2019, its median vote share has decreased compared to 2019.

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Published on Jun 05, 2024 07:46 AM IST
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