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What lies ahead for the Shiv Sena?

Is Shinde’s rebellion against Thackeray to be seen as the perfect palace coup which has given the rebel Sena camp the bargaining power to get the BJP to concede the chief minister’s post to the Sena?
Eknath Shinde takes oath as the chief minister of Maharashtra during the swearing-in ceremony, in Mumbai on Thursday. (ANI Photo) (Deepak Salvi)
Eknath Shinde takes oath as the chief minister of Maharashtra during the swearing-in ceremony, in Mumbai on Thursday. (ANI Photo) (Deepak Salvi)
Updated on Jul 01, 2022 12:42 PM IST
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How should India counteract an attacking England?

  • The resurgent Englishmen in their current mind-set, given the slightest latitude, are likely to venture into imposing themselves in the manner they did against the New Zealanders.
There is more at stake for England in the fifth Test
There is more at stake for England in the fifth Test
Published on Jun 30, 2022 09:12 PM IST
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Pride Matters | My life as a young queer person in small-town India

  • The time is different now than it was a decade ago because we’re rethinking gender. But as a young queer person in my small hometown of Jabalpur, things were a lot harder. Here is my story:
A queer India — where there are different voices, and every voice is unique. (AFP)
A queer India — where there are different voices, and every voice is unique. (AFP)
Published on Jun 30, 2022 08:59 PM IST
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In Bairstow, England flaunt a batting outlier

  • With a record-breaking run against New Zealand, Jonny Bairstow shows white-ball ways can deliver the goods in Tests.
England's Jonny Bairstow during nets(Action Images via Reuters)
England's Jonny Bairstow during nets(Action Images via Reuters)
Published on Jun 30, 2022 08:57 PM IST
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By, Kolkata

Harness the power of green hydrogen

The government’s focus on the green hydrogen focus economy is praiseworthy and forward looking; it now needs to review the policy, infrastructure and financial challenges
Prime Minister Narendra Modi put India on the green hydrogen pathway on August 15, 2021, when he unveiled the Green Hydrogen Mission to make India the world’s largest exporter of green hydrogen with a five million tonne production target by 2030. (SHUTTERSTOCK)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi put India on the green hydrogen pathway on August 15, 2021, when he unveiled the Green Hydrogen Mission to make India the world’s largest exporter of green hydrogen with a five million tonne production target by 2030. (SHUTTERSTOCK)
Updated on Jun 30, 2022 08:40 PM IST
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Thackeray faces an uphill task

With rival Eknath Shinde now Maharashtra chief minister, he will have to fight for the party, workers and his father’s legacy
Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray at Raj Bhavan, Mumbai, June 29, 2022 (PTI)
Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray at Raj Bhavan, Mumbai, June 29, 2022 (PTI)
Updated on Jun 30, 2022 08:33 PM IST
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BJP looks to capture Sena’s political space

Maharashtra’s 2022 coup is a retaliation for the betrayal of 2019. Eknath Shinde may be the new CM but the real power will be with the BJP
Uddhav Thackeray submits his resignation to Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Mumbai, June 30, 2022 (/NI)
Uddhav Thackeray submits his resignation to Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Mumbai, June 30, 2022 (/NI)
Updated on Jun 30, 2022 08:28 PM IST
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If GST compensation has to continue, change the design

A uniform compensation rule is unfair to states that managed Covid-19 better and recovered faster
Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman chairs the 47th meeting of the GST Council, Chandigarh, June 29, 2022 (PTI)
Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman chairs the 47th meeting of the GST Council, Chandigarh, June 29, 2022 (PTI)
Updated on Jun 30, 2022 08:29 PM IST
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ByPinaki Chakraborty

Chandrakant Pandit continues to build on coach Ramakant Achrekar's legacy

  • Over time, Chandrakant Pandit has evolved as a coach, added to his skills, but the foundation is built on Achrekar Sir’s lessons.
Achreker passed away in 2019, but the players moulded by him are carrying forward his legacy. Pandit is a shining example.(PTI)
Achreker passed away in 2019, but the players moulded by him are carrying forward his legacy. Pandit is a shining example.(PTI)
Updated on Jun 30, 2022 08:29 PM IST
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India can compete against the very best at the World Cup: Janneke Schopman

  • India's chief coach is hoping that India can consistently play at their best level during the big tournament.
Schopman took over from compatriot Sjoerd Marijne after the Olympics(Hockey India )
Schopman took over from compatriot Sjoerd Marijne after the Olympics(Hockey India )
Published on Jun 30, 2022 07:40 PM IST
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Policies and People | Urban farming improves climate resilience

  • With massive urbanisation and a growing population, fertile lands are diminishing every day. Urban agriculture increases access to healthy, affordable, fresh produce, and also prevents over-heating of urban environments
ULBs could provide standards for the use of terraces, balconies, and open spaces within private/cooperative housing society compounds for urban agricultural use. (Shutterstock)
ULBs could provide standards for the use of terraces, balconies, and open spaces within private/cooperative housing society compounds for urban agricultural use. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jul 02, 2022 12:13 PM IST
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Interview: Kamal Swaroop, director, Om Dar-B-Dar:‘My masterpiece ruined my life’

The maker of the cult classic reminisces about his life and his idea of cinema
Director Kamal Swaroop (Courtesy the subject)
Director Kamal Swaroop (Courtesy the subject)
Updated on Jun 30, 2022 05:07 PM IST
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ByMihir Chitre

Delhiwale: Jamunji, the newest sequel

  • It is good to patronise the jamun hawkers, but you can also pick up the jamuns for free. These days, many Delhi pathways look like blood-splattered battlefields with the tiny pulpy fruit fallen from trees, their innards and purple juices squashed out by the pedestrians’ feet.
In Connaught Place, a tree, outside the N block subway, is loaded with a multitude of jamuns.
In Connaught Place, a tree, outside the N block subway, is loaded with a multitude of jamuns.
Updated on Jun 30, 2022 01:40 PM IST
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ByMayank Austen Soofi, New Delhi

Delhi LG approves 66% hike in MLAs’ pay, first since 2011

  • If the bill is passed, lawmakers in the Union territory will be paid 90,000 a month, up from the existing 54,000, an official in Delhi assembly said.
Delhi LG Vinai Kumar Saxena.
Delhi LG Vinai Kumar Saxena.
Updated on Jun 30, 2022 01:38 PM IST
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ByAlok KN Mishra, New Delhi

‘Killed him like cowards’: Grief, rage shroud Udaipur after murder

At 11.45am, his young sons Yash and Tarun brought out Lal’s body for the final journey, accompanied by their mother Yashoda, dressed in a bright red sari. The crowd roared – the savage killing had galvanised the city in grief and anger – and some young men raised communal slogans of revenge.
People attend the funeral procession of tailor Kanhaiya Lal in Udaipur on Wednesday. (PTI)
People attend the funeral procession of tailor Kanhaiya Lal in Udaipur on Wednesday. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 30, 2022 01:41 PM IST
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ByShiv Sunny, Udaipur

Single-use plastic ban to come into force across India from tomorrow

DPCC officials said that adequate time has been given to suppliers, manufacturers and retailers to phase out these items and ensure a zero inventory of the banned stock from July 1 onwards.
According to an assessment by the environment department in 2020, Delhi generates 1,060 tonnes per day of plastic, which is roughly 10.10% of the total municipal solid waste.(HT File)
According to an assessment by the environment department in 2020, Delhi generates 1,060 tonnes per day of plastic, which is roughly 10.10% of the total municipal solid waste.(HT File)
Updated on Jun 30, 2022 01:39 PM IST
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Rights vs restrictions: The precarious balance for free speech

Former Supreme Court judge Krishna Iyer once said that “this freedom is essential because the censorial power lies in the people over and against the Government, and not in the Government over and against the people.”
AltNews co-founder Muhammad Zubair being taken to the Patiala House Courts, following his arrest by special cell of Delhi Police on charges of hurting religious sentiments, in New Delhi, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (PTI Photo/Ravi Choudhary)
AltNews co-founder Muhammad Zubair being taken to the Patiala House Courts, following his arrest by special cell of Delhi Police on charges of hurting religious sentiments, in New Delhi, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. (PTI Photo/Ravi Choudhary)
Updated on Jun 30, 2022 01:38 PM IST
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India beware of the heavy-duty England

There was little to suggest such a huge transformation and yet England humbled New Zealand 3-0 in the recent Test series. India, 2-1 up, must be wary of the hosts entering the final game at Edgbaston
Ben Stokes celebrates with trophy after England completed a whitewash against New Zealand in the three-match Test series(Reuters)
Ben Stokes celebrates with trophy after England completed a whitewash against New Zealand in the three-match Test series(Reuters)
Published on Jun 29, 2022 09:59 PM IST
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Number Theory: Why do women drop out of the labour force in India?

The biggest reason why women stop working, even looking for a job—this is what being in the labour force entails – is because they have to be home makers. As far as men are concerned, this is hardly a constraint.
The disproportionate burden of home making is not just a factor for married women or those who have not had the opportunity to educate themselves, but for all women. (Arijit Sen/HT Photo)
The disproportionate burden of home making is not just a factor for married women or those who have not had the opportunity to educate themselves, but for all women. (Arijit Sen/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 30, 2022 01:37 PM IST
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Inside the White House on January 6: New details of Trump’s role emerges

  • A detailed reconstruction of what happened in the White House on the day of the Capitol Hill attack (January 6) based on the latest House testimony.
Even as the mob began the attack on the Capitol, despite pleas by his aides and family members, Trump refused to stop them for hours. And when he did so, he refused to condemn the unprecedented attack on the Capitol. (AFP)
Even as the mob began the attack on the Capitol, despite pleas by his aides and family members, Trump refused to stop them for hours. And when he did so, he refused to condemn the unprecedented attack on the Capitol. (AFP)
Updated on Jun 29, 2022 08:43 PM IST
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Climate and Us | How green energy infrastructure is proving fatal for birds

  • A research study led by Wildlife Institute of India last year estimated 87,966 bird mortalities per year due to collision with power lines in only a 4200 sq km area of the Thar desert.
the Great Indian Bustard is particularly vulnerable to power line collisions due to its narrow frontal vision and heavy flight. (Samad Kottur)
the Great Indian Bustard is particularly vulnerable to power line collisions due to its narrow frontal vision and heavy flight. (Samad Kottur)
Published on Jun 29, 2022 08:29 PM IST
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ByJayashree Nandi

The G7 is one part of India’s pursuit of a multipolar world

  • At a time when the world order is intensely polarised, India remains one of the few nations which can engage with both the G-7 and BRICS in a matter of days with élan.
This summit saw leaders achieve seeming unity on the Russia-Ukraine issue, but it’s unclear how long it will last. (File Photos)
This summit saw leaders achieve seeming unity on the Russia-Ukraine issue, but it’s unclear how long it will last. (File Photos)
Published on Jun 29, 2022 08:22 PM IST
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The Capital is staring at a heat emergency

  • The rise in high heat index and wet-bulb temperatures can have adverse effects. Policy gaps must be filled
Make heat-related illnesses “notifiable” diseases and list them as a disaster by the National Disaster Management Authority so that heat victims can qualify for relief assistance. (HT Photo)
Make heat-related illnesses “notifiable” diseases and list them as a disaster by the National Disaster Management Authority so that heat victims can qualify for relief assistance. (HT Photo)
Published on Jun 29, 2022 08:19 PM IST
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GST Council bites the bullet

  • Rate rationalisation is a sound move, but the Centre should keep an eye on inflation data
The Council has, even if only partially, accepted the recommendations of the empowered committee to begin GST rate rationalisation. (ANI)
The Council has, even if only partially, accepted the recommendations of the empowered committee to begin GST rate rationalisation. (ANI)
Published on Jun 29, 2022 08:17 PM IST
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With rising tensions, BJP faces a political dilemma

  • India is in the midst of a cycle of incremental polarisation. How the party treads this path will determine the future of not just the BJP, but also Indian democracy.
The die has been cast and the fallout of these events is unpredictable – both for the BJP’s internal politics as well as its governance legacy. (Reuters)
The die has been cast and the fallout of these events is unpredictable – both for the BJP’s internal politics as well as its governance legacy. (Reuters)
Published on Jun 29, 2022 08:11 PM IST
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Why India needs to be on the ground in Kabul

  • Re-establishing Delhi’s diplomatic presence in Afghanistan will not be seen as an endorsement of the Taliban, but as a commitment to, and support of, all Afghans
In India, the push for engaging with the Taliban came from an experienced set of officials. They picked up long lost channels with Taliban leaders and started building operational understanding where none existed. (TOLO news)
In India, the push for engaging with the Taliban came from an experienced set of officials. They picked up long lost channels with Taliban leaders and started building operational understanding where none existed. (TOLO news)
Published on Jun 29, 2022 08:10 PM IST
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Archer Jyothi Surekha Vennam overcomes demons with fairytale comeback

  • Podiums are not new to Vennam — a six-time World Championships medallist — but success in Paris was special as it came after a shock exit from the India team this March
Vennam began shooting with the heavier equipment around mid-May and quickly settled into a rhythm(SAIMedia/Twitter)
Vennam began shooting with the heavier equipment around mid-May and quickly settled into a rhythm(SAIMedia/Twitter)
Published on Jun 29, 2022 07:35 PM IST
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Case File | The Capital's A-Team to arrest ‘Proclaimed Offenders’

  • Proclaimed Offenders or POs are people who evade the law and abscond while facing criminal cases. Here's how the team headed by SI Jai Singh and ASI Inder Singh find these people and arrest them. 
Locals, the officers said, help a great deal when they go on raids. (Representative Image)
Locals, the officers said, help a great deal when they go on raids. (Representative Image)
Published on Jun 29, 2022 05:48 PM IST
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Pride Matters | Queering the lens

Dayanita Singh and Sunil Gupta’s books foregrounded the queer community’s representation in photography in India
“India Gate. Even if you have a lover you should get married and have children. Who would look after you in your old age?” (From Sunil Gupta’s book ‘Queer’)
“India Gate. Even if you have a lover you should get married and have children. Who would look after you in your old age?” (From Sunil Gupta’s book ‘Queer’)
Updated on Jun 29, 2022 03:34 PM IST
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ByParoma Mukherjee

Centurion Deepak Hooda stakes claim in World Cup audition

  • Deepak Hooda caps breakout season with record 176-run stand in series-sealing win for India
India thus have another T20 World Cup squad claimant in Hooda(Getty Images)
India thus have another T20 World Cup squad claimant in Hooda(Getty Images)
Published on Jun 29, 2022 02:58 PM IST
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