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Himachal Pradesh: Hills creak under climate crisis, construction

A study carried out in Kinnaur between 2012 and 2016 found that a push for hydropower projects in the name of clean energy brought rapid land-use changes that adversely impacting local terrestrial ecosystems and communities inhabiting them.

Kinnaur: ITBP team at the landslide point during search operation on the Reckong Peo-Shimla Highway in Kinnaur district.(PTI)
Published on Aug 12, 2021 05:39 AM IST
By, , Hindustan Times, Shimla/dharamshala

India needs to talk about 2nd-gen steps against poverty

Leaked findings of the 2017-18 Consumption Expenditure Survey (CES) showed a fall in average monthly per capita expenditure (MPCE) for the first time and triggered a political storm. Logically speaking, poverty should have increased with a fall in average MPCE in the 2017-18 CES.

India calculates its poverty by deciding on an MPCE level below which a person is deemed to be poor.(PTI file photo. Representative image)
Published on Aug 12, 2021 04:35 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

India already recording events IPCC warned of

In May, extremely severe cyclonic storm Tauktae intensified rapidly and unexpectedly, clocking wind speeds of 180-190kmph gusting to 210kmph, and resulting in intense spells of rain in Mumbai.

A signboard blown away by Cyclone Tauktae near Gateway of India in Mumbai on May 18, 2021. (PTI)
Updated on Aug 12, 2021 06:10 AM IST
ByJayashree Nandi, New Delhi

A career with many firsts

There are a number of firsts one can associate with justice Rohinton Fali Nariman. His trajectory as a lawyer and judge has indeed been out of the ordinary. In 1993, no less than the then Chief Justice of India MN Venkatachaliah amended the rules to designate him as a senior advocate at 37 against the mandatory 45.

At just 37, Rohinton Fali Nariman was designated a senior advocate in 1993(AFP file photo)
Updated on Aug 12, 2021 12:37 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Will Rahul Dravid become Team India's next coach?

Shastri’s tenure ends after the T20 World Cup. While Shastri is reportedly not keen to continue, BCCI officials said it’s a call that will be taken based on India’s showing in the October-November World Cup.

Photos of Rahul Dravid (L) and Ravi Shastri (R)(HT Collage)
Updated on Aug 11, 2021 11:12 PM IST
ByRasesh Mandani, Mumbai

Shardul Thakur injury may see Ishant Sharma's return to favourite Lord's

India would have preferred going in without any changes from the first Test, but Shardul Thakur has a hamstring injury and is out of contention.

India's Ishant Sharma bowls in the nets during a practice session ahead of the Lord's Test(AP)
Updated on Aug 11, 2021 11:32 PM IST
ByRasesh Mandani, Mumbai

How Bumrah and Co are adjusting to English conditions better

In Southampton, Bumrah’s hit-the-deck bowling proved a mistake. It negated his degree of swing. His average swing against New Zealand was 0.51. At Trent Bridge, he made changes in his release, generating an average swing of 1.34.

India's Jasprit Bumrah: File photo(AP)
Updated on Aug 11, 2021 09:28 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Anderson, Broad injuries may hand India the advantage at Lord’s

England’s swing-and-seam pair is nursing injuries while India have to decide between Ishant Sharma and R Ashwin as seamer Shardul Thakur is also injured

England's James Anderson and Stuart Broad(AP)
Updated on Aug 11, 2021 11:11 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Monsoon session: India’s parliamentary democracy is in crisis

Parliament can change its rules to give MPs more teeth in questioning the government and empower its committees to become critical stakeholders in the law-making process. This will increase the stake that MPs have in the effective functioning of the institution, and disincentivise them from disrupting it. But this alone will not stop parliamentary disruptions.

The two Houses went through the motions while passing 15 other laws. Amid continuing disruptions, Lok Sabha, on an average, took less than 10 minutes to pass a law, and Rajya Sabha passed each law in less than half an hour. The passage of these laws was more in form than in substance. In Lok Sabha, there were 13 bills in which no Member of Parliament (MP) spoke other than the minister in charge of the bill. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 12, 2021 10:27 AM IST
ByChakshu Roy

A new Afghan war

The war will persist and there will be instability. Whether this instability remains confined within Afghanistan’s border or spills over to Iran or Central Asia or Pakistan itself or Kashmir, or all of the above, is to be seen. India has a limited role, but must continue to support the Afghan government in this war while engaging with all relevant actors to secure its interests.

Taliban fighters stand guard at a checkpoint in Kunduz city, northern Afghanistan, August. 9, 2021. The militants have ramped up their push across much of Afghanistan in recent weeks, turning their guns on provincial capitals after taking district after district and large swaths of land in the mostly rural countryside (AP)
Updated on Aug 12, 2021 10:25 AM IST
ByHT Editorial

The climate crisis threatens Indian agriculture and livelihoods

India must work on a war-footing to mitigate the dire consequences of the climate crisis that could push millions into poverty, and also lead to food insecurity and under-nutrition.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, released on Monday, has highlighted the stark reality of global warming and its dire consequences — altered rainfall patterns, rising seas and temperatures, deadlier heat waves and glacial melts (PTI)
Updated on Aug 12, 2021 10:26 AM IST
ByHT Editorial

Watching Neeraj Chopra I fell in love with javelin throw: PT Usha

In this chat with HT, Usha talks about what makes Chopra stand out as a young athlete and why this medal was needed to inspire the younger generation.

Jvaelin thrower Neeraj Chopra (L) and legendary Indian track and field athlete PT Usha (R)(HT Collage)
Published on Aug 11, 2021 04:26 PM IST
ByRutvick Mehta, Mumbai

Retrospective tax: A policy based on delusion gets buried

Once having strenuously, but unsuccessfully, argued that tax policy being a sovereign issue is not the subject matter of investment treaties, the government has now finally decided to cut its losses and cancel the demands

Representational Image. (Getty Images)
Updated on Aug 11, 2021 02:33 PM IST
ByPercival Billimoria

Climate crisis: No one will be spared

The biggest lesson from the IPCC report is that the distant is here, the future is now, and the time to act was yesterday

Representational Image. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Aug 11, 2021 01:26 PM IST
ByArunabha Ghosh

Peace has returned to Assam, Mizoram: Himanta Biswa Sarma

"My ministers visited Aizawl and after that meeting, we issued a joint press release whose operative part was that no state will deploy their police forces at the border and they will try to resolve all disputes peacefully. Second, both states have decided that CRPF will be at the border till we come to certain solutions," the Assam chief minister said.

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. (File photo)
Published on Aug 11, 2021 06:22 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Can govt’s targeted welfare override inflation concern?

The budgetary allocations for Ujjwala, which is listed as money for “LPG connections to the poor” in the ministry of petroleum’s budget, was just ₹21,365.81 crore between 2016-17 and 2020-21.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at launch of Ujjwala 2.0.(ANI Photo)
Published on Aug 11, 2021 05:00 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

A warming world is affecting Indian agriculture, industries

For India, the first of the four Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports being released over the next 15 months highlighted hard evidence of a changing monsoon, rising seas, deadlier heat waves, intense storms, flooding and glacial melts.

Risks to agriculture tend to be more acutely felt because they are most visible, but shocks to manufacturing could also be huge, studies have shown.(HT file photo. Representative image)
Published on Aug 11, 2021 12:30 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

All parties must come together and save India: Kapil Sibal

We feel that the BJP is destroying the foundations of our republic; they have belittled every institution in this country.

Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal. (PTI file photo)
Updated on Aug 11, 2021 05:56 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Pujara, Rahane seek new vigour as India head to Lord's

That Pujara and Rahane are still under scrutiny means some gaps remain. There doesn’t seem any obvious weakness in technique. But with Kohli also not among runs, the focus on the two has intensified.

Photos of Ajinkya Rahane (L) and Cheteshwar Pujara (R)(HT Collage)
Updated on Aug 10, 2021 11:14 PM IST
By, Mumbai

How government’s TOPS helped athletes deliver at the Tokyo Olympics

Before diving into details, hit pause and rewind to 2014, when the TOP scheme was launched to fast track India’s push for Olympic medals.

Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra (L) and wrestler Ravi Dahiya (R)
Published on Aug 10, 2021 09:20 PM IST
ByAmrit Mathur

Siraj-Ishant intriguing head-to-head in England series

Ishant Sharma, who recently played his 100th Test, is no longer an automatic choice with the emergence of Mohammed Siraj, but the senior pacer has compelling numbers to push his case

File Photos of Mohammed Siraj (left) and Ishant Sharma.(Getty Images)
Updated on Aug 10, 2021 07:39 PM IST
ByRasesh Mandani

The century’s most pressing crisis is here

The new report comes less than three months before a key climate summit in Glasgow, and is a wake-up call. India has made progress in its efforts towards decoupling economic growth from emissions and has played a leadership role in launching several green initiatives. But there is scope to do more

Trees and vegetation burn outside the village of Galatsona, on Evia island, Greece. The United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its sixth assessment report on Monday. The predictions are calamitous. (Bloomberg)
Updated on Aug 10, 2021 07:31 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Pegasus: India needs urgent surveillance reform

Pegasus may not even leave traces of malware in infected mobiles, but it does permanently scar a democratic system. The United Nations rapporteur for freedom of expression has called for banning the manufacture, sale and use of such spyware. However, nations themselves must act in the interest of free speech and expression

Snooping is a grim reality since the days of Chanakya, or indeed, ever since human beings constituted themselves as political units and statecraft evolved. But while recognising the compelling circumstances that may make it necessary at times, it constitutes a grave threat to democracy. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Aug 10, 2021 06:59 PM IST
ByYashovardhan Azad

The SC takes on abuse of power

By disallowing states to withdraw criminal cases against legislators, the Supreme Court has done well

By pointing to the need for public and timely disclosure of criminal antecedents, quick disposal of cases, and instituting checks to ensure that political interference does not lead to erosion of law, the court is seeking to ensure a healthier democracy. (HT Archive)
Updated on Aug 10, 2021 07:59 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Delhi: A feel good master plan isn’t enough

Eliminating bottlenecks, developing specific proposals, making budgetary allocations, and assigning responsibilities are key to success

We must have public, legally binding documents such as master plans to guide urban development. They are one more instrument to ensure accountability from the otherwise opaque planning authorities. (File photo)
Updated on Aug 10, 2021 06:44 PM IST
ByRutul Joshi

India needs a separate ministry to deal with the climate crisis

This is required to chart out a better future for its people and show the world that it is possible to balance between planet, people and profit and, work towards a green growth economy

A signboard blown away by Cyclone Tauktae near Gateway of India in Mumbai on May 18, 2021. (File photo)
Updated on Aug 10, 2021 06:20 PM IST
ByAnjal Prakash

Mixed feeling for Japanese after an extraordinary Olympics

The people of Japan opposed the Games due to the Covid situation but the performances of host athletes helped lift the gloom.

Tokyo Olympics 2020 Closing Ceremony Live(REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 10, 2021 06:22 PM IST
ByAvishek Roy, Tokyo

To reduce emissions and fight climate crisis, de-carbonise power sector

To reduce emissions, solar energy is the ideal solution for all countries, especially in the developing world where much energy capacity is yet to be installed

Representational Image. (File photo)
Updated on Aug 10, 2021 06:04 PM IST
ByAjay Mathur

IPCC report on climate: The five big takeaways

IPCC’s findings, put forth in over 3,949 pages of analysis from over 14,000 scientific papers, holds up the mirror on how human influence alone has caused the present crisis and there is no getting away from future warming of at least 1.5 degrees Celsius in the next 10 to 20 years

People observe a large forest fire. Some recent hot extreme events would have been extremely unlikely to occur without human influence on the climate system, the IPCC said. (AFP)
Updated on Aug 10, 2021 01:47 PM IST
ByJayashree Nandi

The climate crisis is not the third wave. It is the permanent flood

It seems the world is looking for offsets without wanting to make any changes to lifestyles — hoping for a climate crisis “vaccine” to come along to save the day

Representational image. (AFP)
Updated on Aug 10, 2021 12:33 PM IST
ByAnirban Mahapatra
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