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India’s quest for a new digital order

The draft telecom act, which replaces a colonial law, does well to put in technological, regulatory changes but falls short on some aspects

The new definition of telecommunication services is expansive and covers several services. With the explosion of data and packet-based communications, the draft telecom act leaves nothing to chance (Shutterstock)
The new definition of telecommunication services is expansive and covers several services. With the explosion of data and packet-based communications, the draft telecom act leaves nothing to chance (Shutterstock)
Updated on Sep 26, 2022 06:51 PM IST
ByRajath Kathuria

Act quickly and without bias in PFI investigation

Both the NIA and the ED have their work cut out for them. They will have to track down other unidentified elements associated with the PFI before they can reorganise themselves. Unravelling their international connections is of paramount importance

In the early days, police response on the PFI was tardy and sporadic. But the political direction is clear now and in favour of tough action (PTI)
In the early days, police response on the PFI was tardy and sporadic. But the political direction is clear now and in favour of tough action (PTI)
Updated on Sep 26, 2022 06:52 PM IST
ByRK Raghavan

Why India must help Armenia defend itself

India’s balanced diplomacy makes it the only major country that can productively engage multiple powers, bridging the chasm between US and Russia, Israel and Iran — all of whom have interests at play that can be significantly harmed if violence escalates here

Firefighters work among the ruins of a house, which is said was hit by Azeri shelling during recent border clashes with Azerbaijan, in the settlement of Sotk, Armenia, September 14, 2022 (AFP)
Firefighters work among the ruins of a house, which is said was hit by Azeri shelling during recent border clashes with Azerbaijan, in the settlement of Sotk, Armenia, September 14, 2022 (AFP)
Updated on Sep 26, 2022 06:52 PM IST
ByLara Setrakian

On rupee, don’t hit the panic button just yet

What the government and RBI will have to balance, though, is the optics of their actions to protect both domestic growth and the stability of the external account

Rupee veAnyone who is even vaguely familiar with foreign currency markets knows that exchange rates are not exactly market-determined (HTphoto)
Rupee veAnyone who is even vaguely familiar with foreign currency markets knows that exchange rates are not exactly market-determined (HTphoto)
Updated on Sep 26, 2022 06:50 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

What the crisis in Congress entails

The party has faced external issues but for the first time, battles public defiance of the Gandhis

The Congress has lost two Lok Sabha elections and a few dozen assembly elections since the beginning of 2014. It has lost many leaders to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), even the Trinamool Congress and others. (REUTERS)
The Congress has lost two Lok Sabha elections and a few dozen assembly elections since the beginning of 2014. It has lost many leaders to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), even the Trinamool Congress and others. (REUTERS)
Updated on Sep 26, 2022 06:53 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Hutong Cat | Finer details of China's 'global security initiative', anyone?

Lengthy on principles but short on actual details, five months after the initiative was proposed by Xi Jinping, experts are still combing their knowledge of China’s opaque politics to make sense of it.

It was the mention of “indivisible security” in Xi’ speech that caught the attention, a concept which has resurfaced in the Chinese narrative only recently. (AP)
It was the mention of “indivisible security” in Xi’ speech that caught the attention, a concept which has resurfaced in the Chinese narrative only recently. (AP)
Published on Sep 26, 2022 04:10 PM IST

RSS and its outreach to other faiths

While the Sangh remains unfazed by the attention these meetings gathered, stating that these interactions are “routine”, the commentariat is perusing these for subliminal clues about the Sangh’s overtures towards the minorities

Unfazed by the attention these meetings gathered, Sangh functionaries said these interactions are “routine” and signal a continuity of their outreach. (HT File Photo)
Unfazed by the attention these meetings gathered, Sangh functionaries said these interactions are “routine” and signal a continuity of their outreach. (HT File Photo)
Published on Sep 26, 2022 03:52 PM IST

Problematics | Spot the cheetahs at the roundtable

This puzzle involves eight big cats released into a national park.

Welcome to Problematics! (Shutterstock)
Welcome to Problematics! (Shutterstock)
Published on Sep 26, 2022 12:42 PM IST

Number Theory: Four charts which explain India’s Net Zero Emission challenge

India made a five-point commitment in its pursuit of achieving net-zero emissions. By 2030, it aims to increase the non-fossil energy capacity by 500 GW, fulfil 50% of its energy demand with renewable energy, reduce 1 billion tonnes of CO2 and decrease carbon intensity to less than 45%.

One of the main drivers for historical emissions in India, and globally, has been the use of carbon intensive sources for energy production.(AP file photo. Representative image)
One of the main drivers for historical emissions in India, and globally, has been the use of carbon intensive sources for energy production.(AP file photo. Representative image)
Updated on Sep 26, 2022 12:04 PM IST

Erratic rain, severe heat may have hit dragonfly count in Delhi: Survey

The survey found that there are 25 different species of dragonflies and damselflies in Delhi alone and over 51 species across the National Capital Region.

A Black Ground Skimmer spotted during the survey in Delhi (Biodiversity Parks Programme)
A Black Ground Skimmer spotted during the survey in Delhi (Biodiversity Parks Programme)
Updated on Sep 26, 2022 12:07 PM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Electric cabs find niche in Delhi’s green mobility push

In the past few years, several electric cab services—such as BluSmart, Plug Mobility, Evera, and eeeTaxi—have been launched in Delhi/ NCR.

Blu Smart Cabs’ charging hub in Nehru Place, New Delhi. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Blu Smart Cabs’ charging hub in Nehru Place, New Delhi. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 26, 2022 12:06 PM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Bloody fallout of Jitender Gogi’s murder: Seven killed in one year

On September 24, 2021, Tillu Tajpuriya’s gunmen, dressed as lawyers, shot Gogi dead in courtroom 207 in Rohini, before being killed by police personnel at the spot

Dramatic scenes unfolded inside Delhi's Rohini Court when two gunmen dressed as lawyers fired at gangster Jitender Gogi.
Dramatic scenes unfolded inside Delhi's Rohini Court when two gunmen dressed as lawyers fired at gangster Jitender Gogi.
Updated on Sep 26, 2022 12:06 PM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Voice of global south, emphasis on SC reform in Jaishankar’s New York outing

External affairs minister (EAM) S Jaishankar spoke to reporters on Sunday following his address to UNGA and a meeting with the UN Secretary General. His big conclusions included the following:

S Jaishankar addresses the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York City. (AFP)
S Jaishankar addresses the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York City. (AFP)
Updated on Sep 26, 2022 12:05 PM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New York

The art of a good unicorn | Web 3.0 and the golden age of the creator economy

The future of the WWW is making its grand entrance: Web 3.0. It’s an internet that’s more intelligent and interactive. It’s a way to create an expansive experience which also focuses on discovery engines. And yes, it’s still evolving

The advent of this new WWW tilts the scales in favour of content creators. Ownership would be granted to those who create something. These creators would no longer be just a product, they would be the economy itself. (Shutterstock)
The advent of this new WWW tilts the scales in favour of content creators. Ownership would be granted to those who create something. These creators would no longer be just a product, they would be the economy itself. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Sep 25, 2022 08:40 PM IST
ByShrija Agrawal

Jhulan Goswami’s remarkable journey

For over 20 years, the 5’11” tall pacer ran in, hit a length and did what the team wanted her to do.

Ms Goswami was a mentor who didn’t think twice before taking a youngster under her wings. (PTI Photo)
Ms Goswami was a mentor who didn’t think twice before taking a youngster under her wings. (PTI Photo)
Published on Sep 25, 2022 08:38 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

What UNGA can do in a turbulent world order

The side events, of civil society and businesses engaging with leaders, take centre stage in a largely symbolic UNGA. However, its key role in consolidating attitudes on several global issues cannot be discarded

The UN’s successes are small in comparison to the mammoth challenges we confront. In an imperfect world, however, that is all we can manage. (AP)
The UN’s successes are small in comparison to the mammoth challenges we confront. In an imperfect world, however, that is all we can manage. (AP)
Published on Sep 25, 2022 08:38 PM IST

Why Chhello Show is both transcendent and rooted

To my mind, what distinguishes Nalin’s cinematography is his internationalist stance that transcends the so-called burden of regional cinema.

Pan Nalin’s Chhello Show. 
Pan Nalin’s Chhello Show. 
Updated on Sep 25, 2022 08:37 PM IST

EAM delivers a timely message

Jaishankar’s UN address underlined pressing global challenges and the need for reforms

The statement, more importantly, focused on the changes needed for the world community to tackle challenges. (ANI )
The statement, more importantly, focused on the changes needed for the world community to tackle challenges. (ANI )
Published on Sep 25, 2022 08:35 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Confident India will ‘fill the gaps’ by T20 World Cup: Ex-fielding coach Sridhar

Under the Hyderabad coach, India had touched great heights in fielding which helped take on top rivals like Australia and South Africa on their home turf.

Former India fielding coach R Sridhar.(Getty Images)
Former India fielding coach R Sridhar.(Getty Images)
Published on Sep 25, 2022 08:33 PM IST
By, Hyderabad

We’re a good team too, will fight for our lives: Thomas Dennerby

If you are a little weaker but have a good day you will have a chance, says India under-17 women’s World Cup coach.

Thomas Dennerby(AIFF)
Thomas Dennerby(AIFF)
Published on Sep 25, 2022 08:09 PM IST
By, Kolkata

A player knows the needs, situation of the players better: Dilip Tirkey

The first former player to take over as Hockey India president has eyes set on hosting the January World Cup, improving age-group hockey and the women’s national team.

Dilip Tirkey(Twitter)
Dilip Tirkey(Twitter)
Published on Sep 25, 2022 08:01 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Book Box: The Things They Carried

September born authors give way to a banned book.

Books by September born authors. 
Books by September born authors. 
Published on Sep 25, 2022 07:35 PM IST

First Principles | Hold the hosannas for web3

If history is anything to go by, it appears unlikely that web3 will create a “new middle class”.

As things are, investors from across the world have poured at least $88 billion into almost 16,000 companies dabbling with web3. Of these, 79 are now unicorns of which at least three are headquartered in India. (Shutterstock)
As things are, investors from across the world have poured at least $88 billion into almost 16,000 companies dabbling with web3. Of these, 79 are now unicorns of which at least three are headquartered in India. (Shutterstock)
Published on Sep 25, 2022 07:31 PM IST

Just Like That | Notes on three remarkable people, past and present

Of how Khushwant Singh helped me — then, a novice writer — get my first book published; of Zail Singh's immeasurable wit; and of Malavika Sarukkai's gift of dance.

Khushwant Singh, Malavika Sarukkai and Zail Singh. 
Khushwant Singh, Malavika Sarukkai and Zail Singh. 
Published on Sep 25, 2022 10:24 AM IST

Jhulan Goswami – Steadfast, inspirational and warm

Be it a potent delivery which she stuck to for two decades or the warmth she exuded as a natural leader, the tall pacer was an undisputed queen of women’s bowling.

Indian legendary pacer Jhulan Goswami(PTI Photo)
Indian legendary pacer Jhulan Goswami(PTI Photo)
Updated on Sep 24, 2022 09:07 PM IST
BySnehal Pradhan

Are you making this up?: The Wknd Puzzle by Dilip D’Souza

This week, a a variation on the classic liar / truth-teller conundrum, inspired by the great logician and polymath Raymond Smullyan.

 (Shutterstock)
(Shutterstock)
Updated on Sep 24, 2022 06:57 PM IST
ByDilip D’Souza

Blade runner: Pick your next kitchen knife with tips from Swetha Sivakumar

A knife is all about the anatomy. Learn the parts, see why they matter, and get a list of what to look for when picking replicants next. In this week’s Sound Bites.

Kitchen knives at Ikea.
Kitchen knives at Ikea.
Updated on Sep 24, 2022 06:52 PM IST
BySwetha Sivakumar

Dancing in the dark: Mallika Sarabhai on beating bulimia,finding dance amid loss

Sarabhai is usually described as beautiful and accomplished. For large parts of her life, she says, she felt like neither. Her new book, In Free Fall, traces how that changed.

As Draupadi in Peter Brook’s epic, nine-hour theatrical retelling, The Mahabharata (1985). (Gilles Abegg)
As Draupadi in Peter Brook’s epic, nine-hour theatrical retelling, The Mahabharata (1985). (Gilles Abegg)
Updated on Sep 24, 2022 06:44 PM IST

Critic’s choice: Anupama Chopra lists her favourite responses to bad reviews

Online, there are anonymous threats and accusations. Offline, there are implications of bias. But every now and then, a filmmaker or actor will take it in their stride in amusing ways. One such instance was literally a scream.

When Anupama Chopra bumped into Ram Gopal Verma after giving his film, Agyaat, a bad review, he didn’t say hello. He just “looked at me, screamed, and ran in the opposite direction. It was hilarious,” she says.
When Anupama Chopra bumped into Ram Gopal Verma after giving his film, Agyaat, a bad review, he didn’t say hello. He just “looked at me, screamed, and ran in the opposite direction. It was hilarious,” she says.
Updated on Sep 24, 2022 06:24 PM IST

Post Abe, the contours of India-Japan relations

Japan’s relations with India are currently healthy, but as structural challenges make themselves felt in the ties, the biggest tribute to Shinzo Abe’s legacy would be to find ways to surmount some of these hurdles

Shinzo Abe’s assassination less than two years after stepping down as PM leaves a political vacuum that may affect the pace — if not necessarily the direction — of Japan’s future trajectory. This, in turn, has implications for Japan’s partnership with India (PTI)
Shinzo Abe’s assassination less than two years after stepping down as PM leaves a political vacuum that may affect the pace — if not necessarily the direction — of Japan’s future trajectory. This, in turn, has implications for Japan’s partnership with India (PTI)
Updated on Sep 24, 2022 06:28 PM IST
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