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.
Published on Aug 12, 2021 05:39 AM IST
Gaurav BishtNaresh K Thakur, 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.
Published on Aug 12, 2021 04:35 AM IST
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.
Updated on Aug 12, 2021 06:10 AM IST
, New DelhiJayashree Nandi
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.
Updated on Aug 12, 2021 12:37 AM IST
Utkarsh Anand, 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.
Updated on Aug 11, 2021 11:12 PM IST
, MumbaiRasesh Mandani
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.
Updated on Aug 11, 2021 11:32 PM IST
, MumbaiRasesh Mandani
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.
Updated on Aug 11, 2021 09:28 PM IST
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
Updated on Aug 11, 2021 11:11 PM IST
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.
Updated on Aug 12, 2021 10:27 AM IST
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.
Updated on Aug 12, 2021 10:25 AM IST
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.
Updated on Aug 12, 2021 10:26 AM IST
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.
Published on Aug 11, 2021 04:26 PM IST
, MumbaiRutvick Mehta
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
Updated on Aug 11, 2021 02:33 PM IST
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
Updated on Aug 11, 2021 01:26 PM IST
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.
Published on Aug 11, 2021 06:22 AM IST
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.
Published on Aug 11, 2021 05:00 AM IST
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.
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.
Updated on Aug 11, 2021 05:56 AM IST
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.
Updated on Aug 10, 2021 11:14 PM IST
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.
Published on Aug 10, 2021 09:20 PM IST
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
Updated on Aug 10, 2021 07:39 PM IST
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
Updated on Aug 10, 2021 07:31 PM IST
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
Updated on Aug 10, 2021 06:59 PM IST
The SC takes on abuse of power
By disallowing states to withdraw criminal cases against legislators, the Supreme Court has done well
Updated on Aug 10, 2021 07:59 PM IST
Delhi: A feel good master plan isn’t enough
Eliminating bottlenecks, developing specific proposals, making budgetary allocations, and assigning responsibilities are key to success
Updated on Aug 10, 2021 06:44 PM IST
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
Updated on Aug 10, 2021 06:20 PM IST
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.
Updated on Aug 10, 2021 06:22 PM IST
, TokyoAvishek Roy
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
Updated on Aug 10, 2021 06:04 PM IST
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
Updated on Aug 10, 2021 01:47 PM IST
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
Updated on Aug 10, 2021 12:33 PM IST