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Why Mahrez and Kante could be key to Champions League final

Two men who grew up in the gritty suburbs of Paris prepare to face off in the biggest match of their careers.

Special Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante
Updated on May 30, 2021 09:25 AM IST

HT Editorial: The Olympics dilemma

There is perhaps no safe way of conducting the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, slated to begin on July 23

The logo of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, that have been postponed to 2021, is seen through a traffic sign at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office building in Tokyo, Japan. (File photo)
Updated on May 28, 2021 05:57 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

On what basis will the BCCI compensate domestic players?

The world's richest cricket board should drop the terrible daily wage system it has in place for the domestic game and introduce annual contracts.

Representative Image(Getty Images)
Published on May 28, 2021 05:44 PM IST
ByAmrit Mathur

Covid-induced recruiting slump likely to affect skills, employability

In the last 14 months, while colleges and universities have switched to the online mode for classes and exams, they were hard-pressed to find a digital alternative for research work, hands-on skill training and laboratory work, and compulsory internship components of some courses

Representational Image. (File photo)
Updated on May 28, 2021 05:39 PM IST
ByFareeha Iftikhar and Kainat Sarfaraz

Salvaging IPL, T20 World Cup on BCCI's special meeting agenda

With just over four months to go for the World Cup, it is learnt that the meeting will not yet pass a resolution to move the tournament to the UAE. But all involved in the decision-making have turned rather pragmatic after the IPL season was suspended midway last month.

The T20 World Cup will take place after five years.(Getty Images)
Updated on May 28, 2021 09:41 PM IST
ByRasesh Mandani

Two Indians win top honours at Millennium Pitching Contest

Sachin Kochrekar and Shruti Jain, both currently at the University of Turku in Finland, have won at the inaugural edition of the award, for innovative solutions to the big challenges of our time.

Sachin Kochrekar (centre), winner of the Millennium Pitching Contest, with Shruti Jain, who won second place, and Samu-Pekka Ojanen, who placed third. (Image courtesy Millennium Technology Prize 2020)
Updated on May 28, 2021 04:53 PM IST

Speed test: How two researchers made DNA analysis faster, cheaper, simpler

British scientists Shankar Balasubramanian (who was born in Chennai) and David Klenerman have just won the world’s biggest tech prize, for their DNA sequencing process. With a pandemic raging, it’s not a moment too soon.

David Klenerman and Shankar Balasubramanian, who won the world’s biggest prize in technology, the 1 million euro Millennium Technology Prize 2020, in May. (Image courtesy Millennium Technology Prize)
Updated on May 28, 2021 04:55 PM IST

In rural India, the government must walk the last mile

The government must engage with all kinds of rural community organisations, including non-profits working in these areas. Khaps in UP and Haryana should be engaged proactively

Representational image. (PTI)
Updated on May 28, 2021 05:47 PM IST
ByBhupinder Singh Hooda

From the holy river, a story of human tragedy and State callousness

Indian citizens deserve more respect, in life and in death. The State’s refusal to acknowledge many graves, linked to Covid, is unacceptable

River Ganga in Kanpur. (File photo)
Updated on May 28, 2021 06:45 PM IST

Meet the Barbie doll staging feminist protests at museums and art galleries

Professor Sarah Williamson of the UK uses her ‘Art Activist Barbie’ to hit out at the objectification of women, and the lack of works by women on display.

Refuse to be the muse, says a Twitter post by Art Activist Barbie in April 2020. Williamson says she likes to highlight the fact that when women do make it to canvas, they tend to be forced into passive, peaceable or useful roles — sewing, mending, smiling, reading or, of course, in the nude.
Updated on May 28, 2021 05:00 PM IST

The regressive mindset behind the Tarun Tejpal judgment

The Tejpal judgment could have stopped with an acquittal on reasonable doubt due to lack of police evidence. Instead, there are insinuations about the woman’s credibility, including the fact that she admittedly had no physical injuries after the assault

Former journalist Tarun Tejpal. (AFP)
Updated on May 28, 2021 02:24 PM IST

Understanding the discontent in Lakshadweep: An explainer

The issue hit the national headlines after Congress and Communist Party of India-Marxist MPs wrote to the President urging him to recall the administrator. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin are among several leaders who have demanded Patel’s recall

Police attempt to detain Youth Congress workers during a protest against recent rules and regulations brought in by the administrator in Lakshadweep, in Kochi on Thursday, May 27. (PTI)
Updated on May 28, 2021 01:45 PM IST

See what’s playing on India’s first LGBTQ streaming service, PlanetOut

On offer is a mix of documentaries, love stories and small indie gems. More vitally, the service indicates how far we’ve come.

Among the films available via PlanetOut is the 1998 Oscar-winning Gods and Monsters. Ian McKellen plays British director James Whale, in a fictionalised take on his life. Whale was best known for the Frankenstein movies and, in the film, develops a delicate bond with his gardener (played by Brendan Fraser).
Updated on May 28, 2021 04:57 PM IST

Cyclone Biparjoy likely to hit Kutch: Why Tauktae was a warning for west coast

Climate scientists also suggest that the Arabian Sea might see a higher increase in the intensity of cyclones than the Bay of Bengal in the future.

Not only are cyclones relatively uncommon in the Arabian Sea, Tauktae also intensified rapidly. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 12, 2023 12:54 PM IST
ByAbhishek Jha, Jayashree Nandi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Farm sector unscathed by 2nd Covid wave

Less stringent lockdowns, better rain, uninterrupted credit flow, and functioning rural supply lines for inputs such as fertilisers, kept farmers going, although rural India saw a surge in infections, several experts said.

Researchers are beginning to study how farm sector was holding strong despite the pandemic.(mint file photo)
Updated on May 28, 2021 06:44 AM IST

Should the Tokyo Olympics be held at all?

A new report in a leading medical journal says that the protocols announced for the Games are not informed by best scientific evidence even as more doctors call for it to be cancelled.

A man wearing a protective mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walks near a banner of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.(AP)
Updated on May 27, 2021 07:48 PM IST
ByAvishek Roy, Rutvick Mehta

In Chhattisgarh, lessons for the State

The Bhupesh Baghel-led government lost an opportunity to bridge the trust deficit with tribals. But it must ensure an independent investigation and justice if it wants to heal the wounds of Silger

While expanding State presence through security camps appears logical and right, there is a local context which explains the opposition (PTI)
Updated on May 28, 2021 06:43 AM IST
ByHT Editorial

GST regime is in crisis

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council will meet on May 28 after a gap of seven months

Using GST Council meetings to tweak GST rates on various commodities – Gujarati snacks before the 2017 Gujarat assembly elections and Covid-19 supplies now – would have been fine if the larger macroeconomic situation were favourable (PTI)
Updated on May 28, 2021 06:42 AM IST
ByHT Editorial

The goalie’s anxiety at the penalty kick

What would Man United's de Gea have gone through at the penalty spot at 11-10, knowing that one of his feet had to do what his hands couldn’t?

Manchester United's David de Gea attempts a save during the shootout.(REUTERS)
Updated on May 27, 2021 10:16 PM IST

The political variables that will shape the 2024 verdict

The prevailing circumstances in the country — a raging pandemic, slow pace of vaccinations, derailed economic recovery and strained government finances — entail turbulent times for incumbents both at the Centre and in the states

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Updated on May 27, 2021 06:38 PM IST
ByRoshan Kishore and Abhishek Jha

At the United Nations, Delhi showcases its women power

Several women from India have served at the UN Secretariat but none at the highest appointed position of Under-Secretary General. This is without doubt a singular achievement for Indian women in the UN system

Representational Image. (File photo)
Updated on May 29, 2021 01:09 PM IST
ByManjeev Puri

In a crematorium, a silent Hindu-Muslim bond

The two met for the first time at the unlikeliest of places: Kanpur’s Bhairoghat crematorium. Both had volunteered to work with Madad Guru, a wing of Divya Prakash Sewa Samiti, an NGO that has lent its shoulder during the Covid-19 pandemic

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Updated on May 27, 2021 06:11 PM IST

How India’s water mission is overcoming the challenge in the Northeast

Given their terrain and challenges, the Centre has provided the northeastern states of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Sikkim, a performance incentive grant of ₹465 crore for 2020-21 under Jal Jeevan Mission

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Updated on May 27, 2021 06:00 PM IST

Covid-19 and the disease of inequality

The second wave will deepen inequality. Expand support to states, universalise PDS, and ramp up MGNREGS now

A Jharkhand government health worker conducts thermal screening of a villager at Chaite village in Namkum block of Ranchi earlier this month. (File photo)
Updated on May 27, 2021 05:45 PM IST
ByYamini Aiyar

What’s behind India’s acute shortage of life-saving medical devices?

Most modern medical devices, on the inside, have high-end electronic components. The biomedical and electronics industries were trying to shift supply lines away from China when the pandemic hit, following India’s border conflagration with the neighbour in 2020

A bus with oxygen concentrators launched by North Delhi mayor Jai Prakash at NDMC civic centre in New Delhi on May 8. (Amal KS/HT photo)
Updated on May 27, 2021 05:11 PM IST

India runs the risk of losing its pharma edge

India, long the world’s largest vaccine maker, could lose its crown of jabs. It excels in mass manufacturing, but lags in innovation. The country’s workhorse Covid-19 vaccine, made by the Serum Institute of India, uses a British formula

Representational Image. (HT file photo)
Updated on May 27, 2021 04:49 PM IST
ByPramit Pal Chaudhuri

Joachim Loew’s successes speak for themselves: Philipp Lahm

The former Germany captain and World Cup winner says Nagelsmann’s appointment as Bayern coach is indicative of a new approach by the club.

Philipp Lahm during a press conference. (Getty Images)
Published on May 27, 2021 04:12 PM IST
ByBhargab Sarmah, Guwahati

Cricket too slow to change--toss out free hit, leg byes

We see this scenario many times—a bowler has bowled a great delivery and the batter is deceived, can’t put bat to ball. But the ball brushes his pads and goes to the fine leg boundary. Umpire signals four, in favour of the batting team! Batter rewarded, bowler penalised. How does that make sense from any angle?

Umpire signals a free hit during an IPL match (IPL/BCCI)
Updated on May 27, 2021 11:56 PM IST
BySanjay Manjrekar

GST Council meet to centre on shortfall compensation

The GST law assures states a 14% increase in their annual revenue for five years from July 1, 2020 and also guarantees to make good their revenue shortfall, if any, from the compensation cess levied on luxury goods and sin and luxury products.

The Union finance minister is the chairperson of the GST Council, where states/UTs are represented by finance ministers. The council is meeting after a gap of over seven months.(File photo)
Updated on May 27, 2021 03:07 PM IST
ByRajeev Jayaswal, New Delhi

Tough but crucial lockdown decision enabled Delhi to tame deadliest wave

Faced with a spiralling virus spread, the government decided to shut down the city and try to break the chain of transmission. “If we don’t impose a lockdown now, it will lead to a major tragedy,” Kejriwal said at the time.

Clear skies at North block near Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delh. The impact of the lockdown, which has been extended five times, gradually made itself apparent. (Photo by Arvind Yadav/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 27, 2021 03:07 PM IST
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