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Why a five-Test series is the Grand Slam of cricket

A 5-setter is long enough duel to know the better warrior, and so is a 5-Test series as India vs England is proving to be, writes Sanjay Manjrekar.

England's captain Ben Stokes, left greets India's Dhruv Jurel after India won the Test match in Ranchi(AP)
Published on Feb 27, 2024 09:09 PM IST
BySanjay Manjrekar, New Delhi

Reinventing the United Nations

Ukraine and Gaza wars point to marginalisation of the UN: It needs radical reforms to reflect the new global reality and intervene effectively in crises

FILE - The symbol of the United Nations is displayed outside the Secretariat Building, Feb. 28, 2022, at United Nations Headquarters. The United States, key allies and Arab nations engaged in high-level diplomacy in hopes of avoiding another U.S. veto of a new U.N. resolution on desperately needed aid to Gaza ahead of a long-delayed vote now scheduled for Thursday morning, Dec. 21, 2023. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)(AP)
Published on Feb 27, 2024 09:00 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Heat waves will intensify, scientist makes a pitch to NDMA

As the mercury climbs, the world's largest democracy stands on the brink of a momentous decision in the face of an unprecedented heatwave.s

The health impacts of heat waves can range from mild symptoms like dehydration and heat cramps, characterised by edema and syncope with fevers below 39°C (102°F), to severe conditions such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke.(Rahul Raut/HT file photo)
Published on Feb 27, 2024 08:36 PM IST

Explainer: The 624 MW Kiru hydroelectric project, its controversies and status

The project was in the spotlight after the CBI investigated the premises of former J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik last week

The Kiru project is envisaged as a run-of-river hydropower scheme, in which dams are built, usually at a high point in the river’s flow, to create a pond(Photo via social media )
Published on Feb 27, 2024 07:28 PM IST

How the state views interpersonal relationships

The state has often intervened in the domain of relationships to maintain the delicate balance between a person’s right to privacy and a just social order

Post-independence, the first attempt of the state to regulate interpersonal relations within the domain of marriage and succession was the Hindu Code Bill of 1951
Published on Feb 27, 2024 07:26 PM IST

Growing up in the ’80s and ’90s, lovelorn like a Pankaj Udhas ghazal

The burgeoning cassette industry in 1983, and the portable Walkman contributed to the flourishing of mass-produced music. Udhas catered to this new listener

Pankaj Udhas (HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 27, 2024 09:11 PM IST

On the cultural festival, ‘Meer ki Dilli, Shahjahanabad: The Evolving City’

The four-day event, which celebrated the tercentenary of the Urdu poet Mir Taqi Mir, traced how the idea of Delhi has evolved through the ages

(From left) Saif Mahmood, Ather Farooqui, Salman Khurshid, Naseeruddin Shah and Ratna Pathak Shah. (Courtesy Anjuman Taraqqi Urdu (Hind))
Published on Feb 27, 2024 05:29 PM IST
BySimar Bhasin

As bananas fall victim to a pandemic, GM comes to the rescue

A fungal disease threatens to wipe out the most popular banana variety. Scientists have created a genetically modified fruit resistant to the fungus

People prefer seedless bananas to wild bananas that have seeds, so the bananas we buy are grown from parts of the plant, not from seeds(Pixabay)
Published on Feb 27, 2024 08:00 AM IST
ByAnirban Mahapatra

Back from Russia, Indian recruit recounts horror, safe return

Tahir Mohammed recalls how a phone call from his friend Hemil Mangukiya, asking not to follow him to the frontline and instead return to India, saved his life

On Monday evening, Hemil’s family and friends organised a prayer meeting in Surat in his memory. (AFP)
Updated on Feb 27, 2024 07:56 AM IST

Land at core of Sandeshkhali’s ire as local islanders rise up

Allegations of land-grabbing and exploitation in Sandeshkhali, India, have sparked violent protests, with villagers recounting tales of coercion and threats.

Protesters in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district on Sunday. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 27, 2024 01:29 PM IST
By, Sandeshkhali

Scientists make key progress in developing antibody against most snake venoms

Scientists have developed an antibody that can neutralize toxins from a variety of snake species, but a universal antivenom is still a long way off.

Scientists have developed an antibody that can block the effects of toxins in the venoms from a wide variety of snakes. (AFP)
Updated on Feb 27, 2024 04:58 AM IST
By, New Delhi

India's male boxers must step it up at the Olympic qualifiers this week

World championships medallist Mohammad Hussamuddin is back after injury. Indian men have not qualified in any of the seven divisions

Mohammad Hussamuddin reacts after a match.(Twitter)
Published on Feb 26, 2024 10:59 PM IST
ByAvishek Roy, New Delhi

Guarding principles, protecting people’s will

As the electoral process confronts myriad challenges, the judiciary must safeguard its integrity and hold accountable those who seek to undermine democracy

The Supreme Court. (ANI)
Published on Feb 26, 2024 10:00 PM IST

Why customer protection is central to financial inclusion

India needs a robust and comprehensive financial customer protection regime, which it currently lacks.

Life Insurance
Published on Feb 26, 2024 09:44 PM IST

Chelsea seek cohesion, find pain

Sunday’s League Cup final defeat to Liverpool emblematic of a club in chaos

Chelsea's head coach Mauricio Pochettino reacts during the English League Cup final soccer match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium(AP)
Published on Feb 26, 2024 09:08 PM IST

The loneliness of being BSP

The exit of MPs from the party points to the emerging bipolar nature of the contest in UP, following the SP-Congress seat deal

New Delhi, Feb 25 (ANI): Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MP Ritesh Pandey joins Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the presence of Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Brajesh Pathak, Party National General Secretary Tarun Chugh and others , at party headquarters, in New Delhi on Sunday. (ANI Photo)(ANI)
Published on Feb 26, 2024 09:00 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

In Sandeshkhali protests, message for Mamata, TMC

Justice must be seen to be done because everyone knows that Shahjahan was operating with the collusion of the local administration and party hierarchy.

Fresh protests erupt in West Bengal’s Sandeshkhali on Thursday. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 09:44 PM IST

Ecostani | A call to battle, and fight will be pitched

In a few weeks, the 2024 Lok Sabha polls will be announced. What narratives and strategies do the NDA and the INDIA blocs have in place?

It is still a long way off before we can call the 2024 elections. (HT File Photo)
Published on Feb 26, 2024 08:35 PM IST

Debasis Nayak was out of Naveen’s charmed circle long before quitting BJD

Veteran Biju Janata Dal leader Debasis Nayak failed to get a BJD assembly ticket in 2019, something he feels sure of getting in his new political home, the BJP

Former Odisha minister and senior Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader Debasis Nayak (Twitter Photo)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Feb 26, 2024 08:31 PM IST
ByDebabrata Mohanty

South Carolina hints at Biden-Trump rematch

The outcome of a rematch will be continued shrinking of the middle ground, as the partisan retreat of voters and leaders becomes more pronounced.

During a rally at his campaign headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, near his family home, United States President Joe Biden slammed former President Donald Trump (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, REUTERS/Russell Cheyne/File Photo)
Published on Feb 26, 2024 08:28 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

But first, what is a forest? This definition will determine our future

A SC interim order provides an opportunity to revisit the definition to balance India’s economic interests and infrastructure needs with sustainable goals

April 1995 marked the watershed moment in Indian forest conservation history when the Supreme Court entertained the Godavarman case over large-scale illegal felling of timber and denudation of forests in Gudalur taluk of Tamil Nadu’s Nilgiri district (Photo by Manoj Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Published on Feb 26, 2024 07:21 PM IST

Maha News | The anatomy of an impending, likely, fall

Barely a fortnight to go before the Lok Sabha elections are announced, the Congress is in a mess in the state where it was hoping to turn the tables on the BJP

Is the Congress headed for more trouble in Maharashtra? (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Feb 26, 2024 06:32 PM IST

Keeping up with UP | Can the Congress-SP alliance slow down the BJP tornado?

The alliance may create hype but its poll pitch of roji-roti will have to cut through the religiously surcharged atmosphere and Modi guarantee

Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav joins Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra for the party's Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra(ANI)
Published on Feb 26, 2024 04:32 PM IST
BySunita Aron

Tweaks fail to fix flaws in surrogacy regulations

Denial of reproductive choices to a chunk of the population is symptomatic of the social biases against the heteronormatively and maritally non-conforming

 The Surrogacy (Regulation) Act remains a much-flawed legislation, and incremental corrections mean sections of the population will continue to be deprived of the option. (File image (Vijayanand Gupta | Hindustan Times))
Published on Feb 26, 2024 12:30 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Congress to BJP, the art of making poll slogans

From Indira Gandhi to Narendra Modi, the art of turning issues into slogans for electoral success continues in Sandeshkhali, Bengal.

 Ahead of the general elections in 1971, Indira Gandhi gave the slogan “Ve kahete hain Indira hatao, main kahti hoon garibi hatao” (File)
Published on Feb 26, 2024 12:28 PM IST

Addressing a data drought

Household Consumption Expenditure Survey data has implications for public policies

The availability of the Household Consumption Expenditure Survey data will allow a much-needed overhaul of many other important indicators in the country
Published on Feb 26, 2024 12:26 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Ukraine’s war of sorrow is West’s strategic failure

The war has imperilled European — rather than American — security but it is American assistance that has kept Ukraine in the game so far.

A local resident and her child walks past the railway station destroyed by a Russian missile attack in Konstyantynivka, Donetsk region, on February 25, 2024, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. (Photo by Anatolii STEPANOV / AFP)(AFP)
Published on Feb 26, 2024 12:21 PM IST

Monetary policy has an inflation dilemma

Faced with low core inflation and high food inflation, RBI will likely tilt towards a longer disinflationary stance, to achieve the 4% CPI rate

India’s recent inflation has been a tale of two prices. Food inflation remains elevated at 7.6% but core inflation has dropped sharply to 3.6% in January 2024
Published on Feb 26, 2024 12:10 PM IST

Gulzar: A seeker in the shrine of poetry

The reason is that Gulzar is, at his core, a poet, and by extension, a writer and film-maker. Writing has been his passion since he was a child

Gulzar the poet came into his own in his writings outside of films, and this is where his eternal literary legacy will lie (PTI Photo)
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 11:13 AM IST

Manipur women face trauma in relief camps

In many camps, there are 200 women to one toilet in most camps and often only open spaces for bathrooms

Many women have had to flee their homes to reach refugee camps as the violence spread (PTI Photo)
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 11:10 AM IST
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