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The Art and Science of Fitness | Reclaiming your fitness goals after pregnancy

Women can use the opportunity during and after pregnancy to prioritise themselves and improve their and their children’s health.

Postpartum exercise can serve two functions: It is good for getting back to fitness. But it also means that you, as a new mother, need to set aside time to prioritise yourself. (Pixabay)
Published on Jun 29, 2024 08:00 AM IST

Curating a product market fit for your crypto startup

Being a crypto entrepreneur in India could have Herculean challenges because it's a rocky relationship with crypto without much legitimacy.

Being a crypto entrepreneur in India could have Herculean challenges, because, from a regulatory perspective, it's a rocky relationship with crypto without much legitimacy.
Published on Jun 29, 2024 08:00 AM IST
ByShrija Agrawal

India’s fraying garment industry needs a stitch in time under Modi 3.0

PM Modi’s government wants to beat China in garment exports. But India’s fast fashion factory dreams are unravelling as it sheds global market share.

Fast fashion is a low-margin industry with a complex production process, and one indicator could determine manufacturing success. (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Published on Jun 29, 2024 07:00 AM IST

Bluey, Arthur, Heartstopper: Trauma, regret draw adult audiences to kids' shows

Tales of blue dogs finding solace in family, and ‘rotten apples’ learning to love, offer a view of what childhood could have been like, grown fans say.

A still from the Australian hit series Bluey (2018-).
Updated on Jun 28, 2024 04:32 PM IST
ByNatasha Rego

Larva don’t lie: Insects and death intersect in art, poetry, forensics

Bugs have been used to point to a killer since the 13th century. Read on for a timeline of ways in which they have helped solve true crimes around the world.

An illustration in the French poet Charles Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal (The Flowers of Evil) features a decaying skeleton, by artist Félix Bracquemond. The collection includes the poem Une Charogne (A Carcass; 1857). (Courtesy The Elisha Whittelsey Collection / The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1962 / The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Updated on Jun 28, 2024 04:03 PM IST
BySukanya Datta

‘We have no time for heels and make-up’: Forensic entomologist Paola Magni

Australia’s ‘bug whisperer’ is known for helping crack suspicious-death cases using evidence provided by insects. ‘My job stinks,’ she says, laughing.

Magni in the field. ‘I thought of all the crime novels I had read, and how a forensic entomologist could have done so much to solve the cases but didn’t, because there wasn’t one. That’s what I wanted to be,’ she says. (Image: Chantel Concei)
Updated on Jun 28, 2024 03:58 PM IST
ByAnesha George

The bug cartel: How insects are helping solve true crimes

Was it death by natural causes or murder? Toxins or drugs? Last week or last month? Flies, beetles and mites at crime scene are helping sleuths catch killers.

Spot Jonathan Parrott analysing blowflies under a microscope; a still from the TV series CSI (2000-15); an ANSA news report on the case involving a teen in Rome; suitcases with piglet cadavers used in a study; and a panel submerged in the Fremantle Harbour in Australia, as part of a study on barnacles. (Charlie Leight/ASU News, Adobe Stock, Shutterstock, Paola Magni, Claire Martin)
Updated on Jul 01, 2024 07:32 PM IST
BySukanya Datta

A suitable verse: Vir Sanghvi writes on Vikram Seth

Why did Seth decide to translate the Hanuman Chalisa? What else has the reclusive author been up to? And why is his room lined with unpublished works?

 (Getty Images)
Updated on Jun 28, 2024 02:22 PM IST

62 crore in India endured severe heatwave in June, highest globally: Analysis

Nearly 5 billion people worldwide were affected by climate-driven extreme heat in June, according to panel of scientists

A passenger drinking water is silhouetted against the sun on a hot summer day at Jalandhar Cantonment railway station in Jalandhar on June 11, 2024 amid heatwave. Photo by Shammi MEHRA / AFP) (AFP)
Published on Jun 28, 2024 09:00 AM IST

Road from Kerala to Keralam laid over a path of cultural identity, politics

Cultural discrepancies are coming to the fore in Kerala only now, and the name change signals the transition of cultural expression from one class to another.

The seemingly elementary correction of renaming the southern state of Kerala to its native name ‘Keralam’ by the state assembly has many undertones (PTI)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Jun 28, 2024 08:15 AM IST

Rising hysterectomy numbers and the need to avoid unnecessary surgeries

A new study from India puts the country-wise prevalence of hysterectomy at 11.5% in women aged 45 years and above.

The percentage of hysterectomies performed for reasons such as cancer and severe post-partum haemorrhage is the least reported. (Representational image)
Published on Jun 28, 2024 08:00 AM IST

Can anything stop Nvidia’s Jensen Huang?

He has become the generative-AI showman of our time

(FILES) NVIDIA's CEO Jensen Huang displays products on-stage during the annual Nvidia GTC Artificial Intelligence Conference at SAP Center in San Jose, California, on March 18, 2024. (Photo by JOSH EDELSON / AFP)(AFP)
Published on Jun 28, 2024 08:00 AM IST
The Economist

Arundhati Roy in India: An oxymoron of democracy

Roy has been a flag waver of dissent in the country. She has been an unrelenting critic of the Modi administration and its impact on India's democratic fabric

New Delhi: In this Thursday, Aug 30, 2018 file photo, writer and activist Arundhati Roy at a press conference, in New Delhi. (PTI Photo/Kamal Kishore)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Jun 28, 2024 07:30 AM IST

In Assam, unwarranted killings, forced evictions sully wildlife conservation

Assam government must understand that no wildlife conservation programme can succeed if it alienates agrarian communities that are part of the natural ecosystem

Morigaon: One-horned rhinoceroses graze amid rains at the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, in Morigaon district of Assam, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (PTI Photo)(PTI06_16_2024_000138B)(PTI)
Published on Jun 28, 2024 07:00 AM IST

Review: How to Say Babylon by Safiya Sinclair

Safiya Sinclair’s memoir documents her life as a child in a strict Rastafarian household with an authoritarian father who fervently adhered to his Sinclair sect

A Rastafarian in Grenada(Shutterstock)
Published on Jun 27, 2024 06:36 PM IST

Weather Bee | Why IMD has forecast rain over most of India in the next five days

Monsoon’s arrival is no guarantee of rain. The forecast for the next week, therefore, details the immediate weather patterns responsible for rain

FILE - A farmer carries a sack of paddy on his bicycle during monsoon rains as clouds hover over the sky on the outskirts of Guwahati, India, June 20, 2024. Human-caused climate change is making rainfall more unpredictable and erratic, which makes it difficult for farmers to plant, grow and harvest crops on their rain-fed fields. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath, File)(AP)
Published on Jun 27, 2024 09:00 AM IST

Patna HC judgment on reservation and its implications on future quota policies

The principle of a 50% limit on quota is based on the idea of balancing the demand for social equity without undermining the principles of merit and equity

Patna high court
Published on Jun 27, 2024 08:00 AM IST

Ruling Mahayuti back to the drawing table in its bid to retain power in state

The challenge before the Mahayuti is to win back voters, find a solution to the alienation of Marathas and prevent voting for the MVA by Dalits and Muslims.

In the Lok Sabha elections, the ruling Mahayuti alliance won 17 out of 48 seats while the opposition Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) won 30 seats. ((PIC FOR REPRESENTATION))
Published on Jun 27, 2024 08:00 AM IST

How America’s presidential debates are changing this year

Will the Trump-Biden showdowns be an institution’s last gasp, or a new start?

In this combination photo, President Joe Biden speaks May 2, 2024, in Wilmington, N.C., left, and Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, May 1, 2024, in Waukesha, Wis. (AP Photo)(AP)
Published on Jun 27, 2024 08:00 AM IST
The Economist

Continuity in ‘neighbourhood first’ policy evident in Modi 3.0

It’s evident that Bangladesh PM’s India visit, the first by any head of government in Modi 3.0, also brings to light Nepal and Bhutan as important partners.

This handout photograph taken and released on June 22, 2024 by the Indian Press Information Bureau (PIB) shows India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi shaking hands with Bangladesh's counterpart Sheikh Hasina (L) after receiving her at the Presidential Palace Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on June 22, 2024. (Photo by PIB / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT
Published on Jun 27, 2024 07:00 AM IST

Taliban laud cricket team’s success but where are the women, question activists

While celebrating the men’s cricket team’s success, people can’t forget that women are still banned from playing any sports

Afghan cricket fans celebrate their team's victory during the men's T20 World Cup cricket match between Afghanistan and Bangladesh, in the city of Khost province eastern of Afghanistan, Tuesday, June. 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Saifullah Zahir)(AP)
Published on Jun 26, 2024 09:24 PM IST

The indispensability of revival of political process in J&K

Many J&K watchers suggest that elections should be held before the grant of statehood, drawing an analogy with the Constitutional status of Delhi.

Women stand in a queue at a polling station to cast their ballot during the first phase of voting of India's general elections in Jammu, some 230 Kms from Srinagar on April 19, 2024. (Photo by TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP)(AFP)
Published on Jun 26, 2024 06:52 PM IST

BRICS ministers unveil travel enhancement roadmap, highlight Moscow-Delhi ties

Over 60,000 people from India visited Moscow in 2023 and the Russian government hopes to increase the number by 10% to 15% this year

The BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) flags on display from the BRICS tourism forum held on June 21 in Moscow(Sukanya Saha)
Updated on Jun 26, 2024 05:48 PM IST

Urban Agenda | Decarbonising Freight

With the conversation surrounding net zero and cleaner air, authorities are recognising their role in the importance of cleaning the logistics sector.

Thane, India - November,09, 2023: Air quality has deteriorated in Mumbai -Thane as well as surrounding suburbs for the past few days Due to this, air pollution is seen in the thane city,in Thane, in Mumbai, India, on, Thursday, November ,09, 2023. ( Praful Gangurde / HT Photo )
Published on Jun 26, 2024 08:00 AM IST

Britain’s Conservatives are losing as they governed. Meekly

UwU Conservativism, and the end of smol government

A British Union flag on top of the Houses of Parliament in London, UK, on Friday, June 7, 2024. Less than three weeks before the UK�s general election, Prime Minister�Rishi Sunak�was beset by a series of damaging opinion polls over the weekend that suggest he has little chance of turning his Conservative Party�s fortunes around before the vote on July 4. Photographer: Zula Rabikowska/Bloomberg(Bloomberg)
Published on Jun 26, 2024 08:00 AM IST
The Economist

With two ministers from Telangana in Cabinet, the BJP's focus on the state

The BJP's story in Telangana is far beyond the eight seats it won. The party’s vote share increased from 19.45% in 2019 to 35.08% this year.

Hyderabad, Jun 21 (ANI): Union Minister of Coal and Mines G. Kishan Reddy, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National General Secretary Bandi Sanjay Kumar and others wave to the supporters during a roadshow after assuming charge as Ministers, in Hyderabad on Thursday. (ANI Photo)(Tharun Vinny )
Published on Jun 26, 2024 07:00 AM IST

Explained: The Post Office Act, 2023 and concerns about privacy infringement

While the present Act aims to modernise India Post, the absence of safeguards and the retention of colonial-era draconian provisions raise significant concerns.

Mumbai, India - April 4, 2024:Postal dept, while dealing with correspondence in India at GPO, in Mumbai, India, on Thursday, April 4, 2024. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/ Hindustan Times)(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 25, 2024 07:00 PM IST

How Cape Town averted ‘Day Zero’: A lesson for Delhi

The City of Cape Town’s experience and the decisions of its administrators could hold significant lessons for Delhi, faced with an acute water shortage

In February 2018, people queuing up to collect water from a spring in the Newlands suburb as the city's water crisis grows in Cape Town, South Africa.(Reuters file)
Published on Jun 25, 2024 06:12 PM IST

Julian Assange's guilty plea signals the end of a years-long legal saga

Assange is set to plead guilty to violating the Espionage Act, ending his years-long battle with the United States that had implications for press freedom.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange looks out a plane window as he approaches Bangkok airport for layover, according to the post by Wikileaks on X, in this picture released to social media on June 25, 2024. Wikileaks via X/via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY(Wikileaks via X via REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 25, 2024 05:57 PM IST

Justice robbed by mobs: Blasphemy in Pakistan

In Pakistan, religion is seemingly weaponised against fellow Muslims (and other non-Muslim minorities) to derive moral supremacy

Women and children look at a spot where a Muslim mob lynched and burned a man over allegations that he had desecrated Islam's holy book, the Quran, in Madyan in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Friday, June 21, 2024. The attackers also torched a police station which had held the man in Madyan and burned police vehicles parked there, according to local police official Rahim Ullah. (AP Photo/Naveed Ali)(AP)
Published on Jun 25, 2024 08:00 AM IST
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