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Who is Raghunathdada Patil and why does KCR want him?

KCR has inducted the farmer leader in his attempt to expand his party's footprint in Maharashtra. Will it give Patil's political career a shot in the arm?

While inducting Patil, KCR said that BRS has got a fighter leader in the form of Raghunath Patil, and his entry will help strengthen BRS in Maharashtra.(BRSMaharashtra Twitter)
Published on Aug 09, 2023 09:48 AM IST

No government can flout due process guarantees

Punjab and Haryana high court questions if the Haryana government's demolitions in Nuh and Gurugram districts may point towards ethnic cleansing

An illegal hotel-cum-restaurant being demolished from where stones were allegedly pelted during the recent violence that erupted between groups in Nuh on Sunday (ANI FILE)
Published on Aug 08, 2023 10:04 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Data bill must balance business needs with individual protections

The Digital Data Protection Bill, 2023 passed by the Lok Sabha has both positives and shortcomings, particularly in corporate accountability

The Digital Data Protection Bill, 2023 passed by the Lok Sabha was touted as a simpler yet strong legislation meant to protect user rights, whilst enabling businessess(Stock)
Published on Aug 08, 2023 10:04 PM IST
ByNS Nappinai

A step forward in stubble fight

A new paddy variety can help cut stubble fires. But this progress will need to be safeguarded

The success of PR-126 represents a break in winter pollution trends(File)
Published on Aug 08, 2023 10:04 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

To fight stigma, treat students with respect

Stigma surrounding failure affects students and must be addressed to create a more equitable and accepting environment

Stigma can severely impact individuals’ well-being and quality of life.(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Aug 08, 2023 11:06 PM IST

Modernity mandates can’t be exclusionary

Universal registration of births is a laudable goal. But the new births and death bill can result in deep exclusions and burden poor citizens

Despite increasing institutional births, the fifth round of the National Family Health Survey found that nationally, around 11% of births still happen outside formal facilities(AFP)
Published on Aug 08, 2023 10:03 PM IST

Interview: Siddhartha Deb – ‘Our present crisis did not arrive out of nowhere’

The author’s latest novel, The Light at the End of the World, explores the past, present and future of India by interweaving and connecting different times

Author Siddhartha Deb (Nina Subin)
Updated on Aug 08, 2023 04:25 PM IST
ByMajid Maqbool

India’s laptop import restrictions is not a bad move

A look at why the decision to impose an import license on computers, if implemented intelligently, may not be a bad move

The government, last week, issued a notification announcing the introduction of import licenses for laptops, personal computers and servers.
Published on Aug 08, 2023 12:42 AM IST

A much-needed boost for vends in a state that’s hot about toddy

Kerala plans to revamp its toddy shops to attract more tourists. The move aims to improve customer experience and push toddy as a traditional alcoholic beverage

According to the new plan that will be put in place, the around 5,000 toddy shops in the state are set to be given a facelift (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 08, 2023 12:45 AM IST

Delhi services bill: BJP trying to snatch power through backdoor, says Kejriwal

Addressing a digital press briefing minutes after Rajya Sabha passed the bill, the Delhi CM said the Centre was trying to arm twist Delhi’s residents.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal addresses a digital press briefing on Monday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 08, 2023 12:30 AM IST
ByAlok KN Mishra

Conservation of Mughal-era palace in Delhi to begin by October

In April, Hindustan Times highlighted the poor condition of the complex and the need for timely conservation

Over the years, huge sandstone slabs from the gateway have fallen off, while deep cracks run across its length. Several slabs from the gateway’s ceiling have also collapsed over time. (Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 07, 2023 11:52 PM IST

The import of normal monsoon is changing

Weak monsoon expected in central and peninsular India, with potential impact on inflation and crop production. El Nino is likely contributing to the shift.

Even as the northern states were marooned by torrential downpours, the food bowl regions of states such as Bihar and West Bengal received less-than-sufficient rainfall. (HT File Photo)
Published on Aug 07, 2023 10:10 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

The new data bill will mark a paradigm shift

India is probably the last significant nation with no active data protection regime. The new bill fills that gap.

Digital Personal Data Protection Bill was passed in Lok Sabha on Monday
Published on Aug 07, 2023 10:10 PM IST

In Nuh clashes lurk old patterns of sectarianism

Law enforcement agencies mishandled communal violence in Nuh, Haryana, showing bias and inadequate response.

After the communal violence in Nuh, Rapid Action Force (RAF) has been deployed in sector-57 near Tigra Village to maintain law & order, in Gurugram, India, on Sunday. (Photo by Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Published on Aug 07, 2023 10:10 PM IST

An echo of licence raj in laptop import curbs

The decision to restrict laptop and PC imports, aimed at promoting domestic manufacturing, may harm consumers and IT industry, and invite retaliatory tariffs.

Import restrictions are placed on smart TVs and mobile phones(Stock)
Published on Aug 07, 2023 10:10 PM IST

Ensure justice in Manipur

The Supreme Court’s moves will go a long way in assuring victims. Now, the state must follow

Clearly, transparency and impartiality — cardinal tenets in any criminal justice system — were foremost among the top court’s considerations.( File Photo)
Published on Aug 07, 2023 10:10 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Five books by Leon Uris that entwine history and fiction

In the week following the author’s 99th birth anniversary, a look at his best works

Leon Uris on a visit to Israel in 1967. (Boris Carmi /Meitar Collection / National Library of Israel / The Pritzker Family National Photography Collection)
Updated on Aug 07, 2023 10:04 PM IST
ByTeja Lele

India's T20 approach lacks vital dash of madness

It could be anxiety to secure a regular spot when playing for the country, but India urgently need batters to adopt a far more robust approach

Suryakumar Yadav and Tilak Varma in action against West Indies(AFP)
Updated on Aug 08, 2023 07:22 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Keeping up with UP | The divide and the invisible silver lining

Muslims at crossroads: They fear getting marginalised in the new socio-political scenario. At the same time, they are apprehensive about BJP’s divisive politics

Ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasised on Pasmanda (meaning backwards or ‘left behind’ in Persian) Muslims at the party’s Hyderabad meeting in July 2022, the BJP in UP has attempted to woo them with representation in local bodies. (Photo by Santosh Kumar / Hindustan Times/ Representational)
Published on Aug 07, 2023 06:52 PM IST
BySunita Aron

Patna plays host to international artists in G-20 cultural track exhibition

A mechanical plant, a Chinese sculptor’s vision of Mahatma Gandhi, a scroll painting from Japan and top Indian artists will show works at the Bihar Museum

Cheap rice, an installation by Subodh Gupta (The Bihar Museum Biennale)
Published on Aug 07, 2023 06:08 PM IST
ByDhamini Ratnam

Problematics | Meet Gabbar Singh, probability theorist

How likely are Gabbar Singh's men to survive his partly loaded revolver? A mathematical perspective

Welcome to Problematics!(Shutterstock)
Published on Aug 07, 2023 12:42 PM IST

A remarkable foray into contemporary India

Neerja Chowdhury's new book, "How Prime Ministers Decide," provides an inside account of India's power struggles over the past four decades.

The stories in the book start in the year 1980, when Indira Gandhi regained the premiership she had lost in 1977, and close with the end of Manmohan Singh’s second ministry, (File)
Published on Aug 07, 2023 08:22 AM IST

Clashes will exact a stiff economic cost

Communal clashes in Gurugram cause economic disruption and force migrant workers to leave, impacting productivity.

Last week, a wave of communal clashes caused by administrative laxity and a failure to nab key miscreants dented the growth narrative. (Photo by Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Published on Aug 07, 2023 08:03 AM IST
ByHT Editorial

An outdated provision

Criminal defamation is an unwieldy remnant of the colonial era. It warrants a relook

There are two main points to note. One, the offence is broadly drafted — a feature that helped the British government throw Indian freedom fighters in jail on vague charges — and hence proceedings can be easily instituted. (Stock)
Published on Aug 07, 2023 08:03 AM IST
ByHT Editorial

Indian cities using QR codes for services

QR codes are essentially two-dimensional barcodes that can store information, and cities across India have begun using them for a host of purposes.

A Delhi Metro passenger shows his QR code-based ticket on his mobile. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Published on Aug 07, 2023 05:09 AM IST

On migrant trail, the ‘donkey route’ that Indians use to illegally enter US

One of the branches of the “donkey route”, used by hundreds of Indians from Delhi-NCR, Haryana, Punjab and Gujarat to enter US, was busted in Delhi on May 2.

A screengrab of a video showing people illegally crossing over to the US via Mexico. (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 07, 2023 03:55 PM IST
ByShiv Sunny

Armwrestling: India’s own Over the Top band

It is power to the arm for a select bunch in the country who are finding joy in the heat of competition like the Pro Panja League

Rahul Panicker (left), who has been to two World Armwrestling Championships, competes in the Pro Panja League in New Delhi.
Updated on Aug 07, 2023 02:46 PM IST
ByRutvick Mehta, Mumbai

Can you afford to retire?

Inflation and rising rates mean many future retirees could earn less than they had thought

Can you afford to retire? The answer is much more likely to be no today than it was a year ago(The Economist)
Published on Aug 06, 2023 01:18 AM IST
The Economist

Lessons from finance’s experience with artificial intelligence

Humans can take on the machines

Ai and machine-learning funds seemed like the final step in the march of the robots.(REUTERS)
Published on Aug 06, 2023 01:17 AM IST
The Economist

How Elon Musk’s satellites have saved Ukraine and changed warfare

And the worries about what comes next

The SpaceX logo at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, US.(Reuters)
Published on Aug 06, 2023 01:17 AM IST
The Economist
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