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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)
Published on Aug 07, 2023 08:45 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

How much legal jeopardy is Donald Trump in?

The former president is at the centre of at least four high-profile inquiries

Former U.S. President and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump looks on as he attends the ALGOP Summer Meeting in Montgomery, Alabama, U.S. August 4, 2023. REUTERS/Cheney Orr(REUTERS)
Published on Aug 06, 2023 01:17 AM IST
The Economist

Young South Koreans are embracing fractional investing

Young South Koreans are embracing fractional investing

Pedestrians at the famous Myeongdong shopping district in Seoul. (Bloomberg)
Published on Aug 06, 2023 01:17 AM IST
The Economist

India’s green regulation has entered a new era

Environmental norms have seen three distinct phases, beginning from the British times. Two key bills passed by Parliament this week mark the fourth.

Vagaries in climate patterns are sparking wildly varying extreme weather that has not only exacted a wrenching human cost, but a punishing economic one as well. (AFP)
Published on Aug 05, 2023 11:07 PM IST
ByJayashree Nandi

Politicians can’t stomp on constitutional rights

Gujarat CM suggests making parental consent mandatory in love marriages, potentially breaching constitutional guarantees.

Doesn’t the CM know that unless he can change the Constitution, he cannot make parental consent mandatory in love marriages?(Twitter Photo)
Published on Aug 05, 2023 11:07 PM IST

Can industrialisation and inclusivity coexist?

The government launches campaigns for inclusive development, but amendments to Forest Conservation Act may harm the poorest citizens.

In India, the poorest of the poor live in the forests and are dependent on them for their livelihood. (HT file)
Published on Aug 05, 2023 11:07 PM IST

The public and private life of marriage in India

Marriage is becoming less important for politicians, but is still used for political gain. Legislators are debating same-sex marriage based on electoral gains

In the Indian subcontinent, marriage still remains an all-weather industry — worth <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>3.68 lakh crore at last estimate, according to a report by KPMG (Getty Images)
Published on Aug 05, 2023 11:07 PM IST

Setbacks are a big part of the game, I've to stick to what works for me: Parag

The all-rounder overcame a poor IPL season to be adjudged Player-of-the-Tournament in Deodhar Trophy

In the recently-concluded Deodhar Trophy, where Riyan Parag's team East Zone finished runners-up, he was adjudged the Player-of-the-Tournament
Updated on Aug 07, 2023 04:34 PM IST
By, Mumbai

It doesn't have to end badly: There are good ways to handle a break-up

When telling someone you want to end a relationship, prepare for the emotion and distress that will follow; listen; let the other person have their say too.

They discussed the end, avoided judgement, she explained why the relationship was no longer working for her: Ted and Alexis got at least one thing right, in Schitt’s Creek.
Updated on Aug 05, 2023 09:10 PM IST
BySimran Mangharam

Just Like That: Unforgettable stories from State banquets

From IK Gujral to Indira Gandhi, here's how illustrious leaders dealt with the boredom and unusual circumstances of State dinners

In deference to Indira Gandhi's fast, Ceaușescu, in his imperious way, immediately announced that the banquet was over. (Romanian Communism Online Photo Collection/ Wikimedia Commons- Representative Image)
Published on Aug 05, 2023 08:52 PM IST

How do you like your air?: Swetha Sivakumar on the vital, invisible ingredient

It is air that links colas and cappuccinos, idlis and soan papdi. In this week's Sound Bites, Sivakumar tracks how pop and fizz can alter flavour.

Cappuccino foam, appams, breads and ice-cream are all defined by the bubbles of air that give them their texture and their ability to soak up flavour. (Adobe Stock)
Updated on Aug 07, 2023 01:00 PM IST
BySwetha Sivakumar

Once bitten, never shy: A new book captures Zac O’Yeah’s trysts with Indian food

Goat’s eyes, barley sausages, snails from the north-east and a love affair with the bonda... see how the Swedish writer used food to make sense of his new home.

(Clockwise from above left) The House of MG Gujarati thali; mutton pallipalayam from Tamil Nadu, O’Yeah’s current favourite meal; and Gobi Manchurian, his least-favourite Indian food invention. (The House of MG; Zac O’Yeah; Adobe Stock)
Updated on Aug 05, 2023 08:47 PM IST
ByNatasha Rego
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