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Uttarakhand UCC Bill is a missed opportunity

Published on Feb 09, 2024 10:09 PM IST

It could have served as a model code for all states. Instead, an incomplete and deficient draft of a uniform family law has been presented in the assembly

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami with others holds a copy of the Constitution of India, at Vidhan Sabha Bhawan, in Dehradun.(PTI)

In Surat’s turnaround in sanitation, a story of hope

By 2047, about half of India’s population will reside in urban areas. These areas need to be kept clean.

Outside view of the Surat Airport(Narendra Modi/X)
Published on Feb 09, 2024 10:09 PM IST

A wah moment in Zakir Hussain’s travels in taal

The music Zakir Hussain makes is a fusion of several traditions, blended by his conviction that music is universal

Ustad Zakir Hussain, Shankar Mahadevan, V Selvaganesh and Ganesh Rajagopalan of Shakti at the 66th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday. (PTI)
Published on Feb 09, 2024 10:00 PM IST

Terms of Trade | Is ‘Bharat’ the new Davos?

BJP's ability to celebrate economic austerity in a country with millions of poor voters is a political economy chutzpah worth examining in detail

New Delhi, Feb 7 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi replies to the debate on the motion of thanks to the President's address in the Rajya Sabha during the Interim Budget Session of Parliament, in New Delhi on Wednesday. (ANI Photo/SansadTV)(ANI)
Published on Feb 09, 2024 06:57 PM IST

View: Modi’s ‘White Paper' shows a mirror to UPA’s misgovernance and corruption

The white paper adds weight to the BJP’s argument during the UPA regime that there should be only one centre of power like the Modi government.

PM Narendra Modi with former PM Manmohan Singh
Published on Feb 09, 2024 09:20 AM IST

What makes government schemes and missions work

Community connect, respect for the federal principle, civil society partnerships and women-led development are necessary conditions for a more inclusive India.

Rural women busy making jewellery and other items using Moonj grass in Mahewa area of Prayagraj. (HT File)
Published on Feb 08, 2024 10:06 PM IST

A Chandigarh window on Indian democracy

The mayoral polls hold a mirror to debasement of politics characterised by falling ethical standards and an ends-justify-means amoral credo

BJP mayoral candidate Manoj Sonkar won the Chandigarh mayoral elections. (HT photo)
Published on Feb 08, 2024 10:00 PM IST

US preoccupation with Iran is to China’s benefit

American strategic wisdom has been elusive thus far, but it is direly needed.

HT Image
Published on Feb 08, 2024 09:51 PM IST

From confluence to conflict: When archaeological digs, history and faith collide

As the clamour for ASI surveys of mosques in Varanasi and Mathura grows, a look at the deeply layered history of that region in modern-day UP

An ancient Buddhist site in Sarnath near Varanasi, The first ASI excavation at Varanasi began at the older and nearby site of Sarnath in 1905.
(Yusuke Kawasaki/ Wikimedia Commons)
Updated on Feb 07, 2024 11:28 PM IST
ByValay Singh

How cities can factor the climate crisis in budgets

As cities reach what is now an indisputable tipping point, the importance of better decision-making on climate action has only grown

Mumbai: A blanket of pink trumpet flowers (Tabebuia Rosea), also known as the Basant Rani, bloom on trees in winter climate, at Ghatkopar on the Eastern Express Highway, in Mumbai, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024. (PTI Photo/Kunal Patil)(PTI02_06_2024_000103B)(PTI)
Published on Feb 07, 2024 10:07 PM IST

Pakistan holds polls, army’s shadow looms

With a hung verdict predicted, the security forces are likely to shape the government

Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, center, and his daughter Maryam Nawaz, right, waves to their supporters as they arrive to address an election campaign rally in Hafizabad, Pakistan, on Jan. 18, 2024.(AP)
Published on Feb 07, 2024 10:00 PM IST

Harnessing sports to realise Viksit Bharat

The sports and physical activity sector will be a key contributor to this transformation, where a healthy population will contribute to India’s progress

Asian Games - Hangzhou 2022 - Athletics - Olympic Sports Centre, Hangzhou, China - October 4, 2023 Member's of India's team react after winning the Men's 4X400 Relay Final REUTERS/Bryan Foo(REUTERS)
Published on Feb 07, 2024 09:45 PM IST

Will these mediators help bring about a ceasefire in Gaza?

Egypt and Qatar can not only help negotiate a peace deal between Israel and Gaza, but also bring long-term stability to the West Asia region

Smoke billows over the southern Lebanese border village of El-Khiam during Israeli bombardment on February 7, 2024, amid cross-border tensions with Lebanon, as fighting continues between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas in Gaza. (Photo by Rabih DAHER / AFP)(AFP)
Updated on Feb 07, 2024 09:00 PM IST

Bond route to improving female presence in labour

Outcome-based financing tools like Development Impact Bonds show promise in addressing skilling challenges for Indian women

Skilling programmes need to ensure that being able to stay and grow in the workforce is the end goal. (Shutterstock)
Published on Feb 06, 2024 10:12 PM IST

America in West Asia again is return of folly

The moral argument that Israel’s right to self-defence should be supported lies crushed under the weight of Israel’s response to the attacks of October 7.

A picture taken from Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip shows smoke rising over buildings in Khan Yunis.(AFP)
Published on Feb 06, 2024 10:11 PM IST

The letter she could have written to her parents

Kota reported yet another student suicide recently. Policymakers and parents need to ask if the blame lies in the culture of competition encouraged in schools

We need a revolution in our education systems because their inadequacy has created parallel learning communities around them (Representative Image)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Feb 06, 2024 10:00 PM IST

The ULFA deal is a lesson on geopolitics, messaging and factionalism

The historic deal signed with the pro-talks faction of Assam’s oldest insurgency group, and India is a watered-down version of the group’s early demands

Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma with members of United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) during signing of a peace accord between ULFA and the central and Assam governments, in New Delhi, Friday. (PTI)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Feb 06, 2024 08:38 PM IST

Keeping up with UP | The Mandir-Masjid issue is not over

With the consecration in Ayodhya, Hindu groups are now seeking similar interventions in Mathura and Varanasi. Will solutions come from court cases or parleys?

The Gyanvapi Mosque complex as seen from the Kashi Vishwanath Temple. (PTI)
Published on Feb 06, 2024 04:07 PM IST
BySunita Aron

The Taste With Vir: Mumbai vs Delhi culinary showdown in the battle of palates

In this week's The Taste, Vir Sanghvi talks about Delhi's gastronomic pride at stake as Mumbai's culinary scene takes the lead. Who wins in the epicurean clash?

The Taste With Vir: Mumbai vs Delhi culinary showdown in the battle of palates (Image by Twitter/SuhanaTaste)
Published on Feb 06, 2024 08:08 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Eyes are windows to the soul – and the rest of your organs

According to a new study, changes in the retina's layers can help identify diseases. A simple eye scan might offer insight into an individual's overall health

The retina is composed of ten distinct layers and can be considered an extension of the brain(Karolina Grabowska)
Published on Feb 06, 2024 08:00 AM IST
ByAnirban Mahapatra

When an admiral gets to helm China’s PLA

The choice of a defence minister from the Chinese navy is also an attempt to avoid further embarrassment for China, domestically as well as externally.

China's new defence minister Dong Jun (Chinese media)
Published on Feb 05, 2024 10:10 PM IST

Restive Indian Ocean calls for a new vision

Strategists and diplomats need to craft policies that boost India’s maritime power and also foster a favourable “sphere of influence” for its employment

Union defence minister Rajnath Singh, Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde along with officers on INS Imphal, during its commissioning ceremony into the Indian Navy at Mumbai naval base (Bhushan Koyande/ HT)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Feb 05, 2024 10:00 PM IST

Budget focus on BITs is good for the Indian economy

BITs and ISDS are significant because they constitute an integral part of the international legal infrastructure regulating the global economy.

FDI inflows depend on a variety of dynamics
Published on Feb 05, 2024 09:50 PM IST

Masks must be shed, and mutual respect for identities should stay

It is worth noting that no PM has yet greeted the nation with a Ram-Ram or a Sat Shri Akal outside of Parliament.

PM Modi's statement outside Parliament on the opening day of the Budget session began and ended by saying, “Ram-Ram”. (ANI)
Published on Feb 05, 2024 08:09 AM IST

Building the backdrop for lower interest rates

Focus on fiscal consolidation, moderate capex push and eschewed pre-election populism define the interim budget

New Delhi, India - Feb. 1, 2024: Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Minister of Finance along with Bhagwat Karad and Pankaj Chaudhary MOS Finance leaves the Finance Ministry carrying the Finance Budget ahead of the presentation of interim Budget 2024 in Parliament at North Block in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, February 1, 2024. (Photo by Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times)(Hindustan Times)
Published on Feb 05, 2024 08:00 AM IST

In the changes in AlUla, seeds of a Saudi Spring

Saudi Arabia is warming up to the notions of choice and AlUla can be called its social laboratory

Rainbow Rock or The Arch is a sandstone, arch that is 90 minutes away from the centre of AlUla town
Published on Feb 05, 2024 07:50 AM IST

Goings on at the latest edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival

Associated with the behemoth lit fest since its inception, author Pavan K Varma tells us about this edition's book releases and idea exchanges

Famed lyricist Gulzar at the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) last week. The HT columnist was on a panel with Gulzar at the festival.(ANI)
Published on Feb 04, 2024 12:25 PM IST

Gender budget: Government spending hits highest ever in 2024

This year, the total allocation under the gender budget stands at ₹three lakh crore, which is almost 6.5% of the total expenditure.

New Delhi, Feb 1 (ANI): Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman calls on President Droupadi Murmu prior to presenting the Union Budget 2024, at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on Thursday. (ANI Photo)(President of India-X)
Updated on Feb 04, 2024 12:24 PM IST

What the temple says about the new India

Ram Mandir may have been a tipping point in a process of religious awakening that has been going on since the arrival of Narendra Modi on the national stage.

A grand Ram Temple was inaugurated in Ayodhya on January 22. (HT photo)
Published on Feb 03, 2024 10:17 PM IST

How Ram, Ramayana live in Muslim imagination

There is much evidence to suggest that the extraordinary sacrifices and inspiring character of Lord Ram attracted many Muslim kings as well as ordinary Muslims.

New Delhi, Jan 20 (ANI): Artists make religious paintings during the 7th Edition India International Ramayana Mela 2024, at Purana Qila, in New Delhi on Saturday. (ANI Photo/ Jitender Gupta)(Jitender Gupta )
Published on Feb 03, 2024 10:13 PM IST
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