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Yemen's powerful tribal leaders are key to jailed Nimisha Priya's release

Published on Jun 21, 2024 09:15 PM IST

A unique aspect of Yemen's culture is the significant influence wielded by tribal leaders. Convincing them and gaining favour in a case like this is not easy.

Nimisha Priya, a nurse from Kerala, was sentenced to death by the trial court in Sana’a, Yemen, in 2020, for murdering a Yemeni man. (File)

India’s anti-conversion laws and related court judgments through the decades

The SC, through its decisions, has protected relevant rights under Articles 25 and 26, stressing how the right to choose religion is a natural right of choice.

New Delhi, Jan 10 (ANI): A view of the Supreme Court building, the apex judicial body of India, in New Delhi. (ANI Photo) (Sanjay Sharma)
Published on Jun 20, 2024 11:42 PM IST

?500 crore sea view mansion built by Jagan Reddy govt in focus under TDP rule

Former ministers in Reddy’s government suggest only ?450 crore was spent on the sea-facing property which overlooks famous Ramakrishna beach in Visakhapatnam

The construction of a mansion in the ecologically sensitive Rushikonda hill, Visakhapatnam. (HT photo)
Published on Jun 20, 2024 11:34 PM IST

“High level” review on Manipur shows that New Delhi wants to take back control

Any dialogue must be truly inclusive and justice-centric. It should directly address the core socio-political grievances of both communities

**EDS: IMAGE VIA @HMOIndia** New Delhi: Union Home Minister and Minister of Cooperation Amit Shah chairs a high-level meeting to review the security situation of Manipur, in New Delhi, Monday, June 17, 2024. (PTI Photo) (PTI06_17_2024_000324B)(PTI)
Published on Jun 20, 2024 09:35 PM IST

London to Calcutta on a hippie bus: Around (part of) the world in ?85

In 1956, the first such bus set out from London with about two dozen passengers. The bus tour left London on April 15, 1957, and reached Calcutta on June 5.

In 1956, the first bus set out from London (Getty Images)
Updated on Jun 20, 2024 05:53 PM IST

The challenges before Priyanka Gandhi in Kerala's hilly Wayanad constituency

The new Congress candidate in Wayanad will have to focus on local issues including the increasing incidence of human-animal conflict and farmers’ issues.

Wayanad, Apr 24 (ANI): Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. (ANI Photo)(Congress X)
Published on Jun 19, 2024 07:24 PM IST

The curious case of the sanction against Arundhati Roy

The criminal procedure should not be dependent on the vagaries of politics but premised on hard facts and evidence.

**EDS: FILE PHOTO** New Delhi: Writer and activist Arundhati Roy. (PTI Photo)(PTI06_18_2024_000277B)(PTI)
Published on Jun 19, 2024 07:00 PM IST

The BJP’s ‘look south’ policy sees a dozen southern ministers in Cabinet

The choice of ministers who are young and well-qualified reflects a seeming focus on federalism

New Delhi, India. 10th June 2024: Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairs first cabinet meeting after forming new government at South Block, in New Delhi on Monday. also seen. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 18, 2024 09:27 PM IST

Exercising mercy as a Constitutional duty: What is the law?

What does the law say about Presidential power to decide mercy pleas? How has this constitutional power developed over the years?

While the act of pardon may initially appear as a personal gesture of mercy, its placement within the constitutional framework demands some form of oversight (Representative Photo)
Published on Jun 18, 2024 08:06 PM IST

Knives out in Tamil Nadu BJP over poll debacle

Though the BJP emerged as the runner-up in certain constituencies, even party insiders now feel that it failed to achieve the desired results of the campaign

As far as the BJP was concerned, Annamalai remained the best choice to wrest Coimbatore (PTI)
Published on Jun 18, 2024 12:01 AM IST

Eye on the Middle East | The BRICS has cemented its position on Israel

For a grouping that resisted any addition of full members since South Africa in 2010, the new members can significantly influence the nature of summit outcomes

BRICS member nations
Published on Jun 16, 2024 11:08 AM IST

What next for BJP in West Bengal

A section of the party leaders started speaking out against how the elections were managed and indirectly blaming Suvendu Adhikari for his role in the defeat

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) suffered an electoral blow in West Bengal
Published on Jun 16, 2024 09:49 AM IST

The two conflicts in Northeast India that the new NDA govt should prioritise

The diverse region has many problems, but the new NDA government must prioritise two: the raging ethnic conflict in Manipur and the Naga peace talks.

Army personnel patrol an area in Manipur(HT_PRINT)
Published on Jun 14, 2024 09:00 AM IST

Amaravati: A brief history of city that Chandrababu Naidu wants to build again

The layered history of Amaravati, which lies on the right bank of the Krishna river, begins more than 2300 years ago around the 2nd century BC.

Depiction of the Amaravati Stupa (Gryffindor/Wikimedia Commons)
Published on Jun 14, 2024 08:30 AM IST

Odisha's tryst with tribal CMs and the road ahead for Mohan Charan Majhi

Though tribals constitute 22% of the state's population, it is the numerically inferior upper caste who have had an iron grip over its polity and bureaucracy

Odisha CM Mohan Charan Majhi greets former state chief minister Naveen Patnaik at Naveen Niwas on June 12.(ANI)
Published on Jun 14, 2024 07:30 AM IST
ByDebabrata Mohanty

Rahul Gandhi's dilemma: Rae Bareli or a seat in the south

HT edition of Feb 8, 1980, said: “Mrs Gandhi was given a tumultuous reception on her first visit to this town (Rae Bareli) after assuming office once again.."

Wayanad, Jun 12 (ANI): Congress leader Rahul Gandhi during a public meeting, in Wayanad on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)(Congress X)
Published on Jun 13, 2024 03:39 PM IST

How the discovery of a body triggered a fresh bout of violence in Manipur

The Indigenous Tribes Advocacy Committee (ITAC) of Pherzawl and Jiribam district warned the Manipur police on June 8 not to operate in ITAC jurisdiction area

The administration of Jiribam and Tamenglong districts have imposed prohibitory orders in the areas adjoining the two districts. (Representative Image)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Jun 13, 2024 11:06 AM IST

Explosions and intelligence-based operations: Pakistan’s vicious cycle

Kinetic measures hardly yield long-term dividends on their own and ideally, should be complemented with substantial non-kinetic means

Pakistani paramilitary soldiers stand at the Pakistan-Afghanistan Torkham border crossing in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in 2021. (Representative Image/AFP)
Published on Jun 13, 2024 07:30 AM IST

Annapurna Devi: From being a politician by default to union minister

Known for her soft-speaking nature, Annapurna Devi went on to grow in the BJP hierarchy after her victory in Koderma in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

New Delhi, June 11 (ANI): Annapurna Devi takes charge as the Union Minister for Women and Child Development, in New Delhi on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)(PIB)
Published on Jun 13, 2024 12:38 AM IST

Political protests: Ride a bullock cart to Parl, switch off lights

Innovative protests in India have a history. In 1973, AB Vajpayee arrived at Parliament on a bullock cart to protest against the increase in fuel prices.

A 1973 photo of Atal Bihari Vajpayee arriving at Parliament House on a bullock cart to protest against the increase in petrol and kerosene prices. (HT File Photo)
Published on Jun 11, 2024 08:00 AM IST

A look at the Supreme Court’s judgments on water disputes in the country

Water disputes are inevitable, necessitating a permanent, non-arbitrary tribunal with clear objectives and transparent outcomes.

In the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal, the Inter-State Water Disputes Tribunal, constituted under the Inter-State Water Disputes Act, 1956 under Article 262, gave an interim order to Karnataka to release water to Tamil Nadu. (Flickr)
Published on Jun 10, 2024 09:00 AM IST

Cultivating reform: 12 policy strategies for India's agricultural revival

Harmonising traditional wisdom with contemporary innovations through strategic policy changes can revitalise India's agricultural sector.

Farmers' distress in India is a profound socio-economic issue deeply rooted in systemic challenges. (AP File Photo)
Published on Jun 10, 2024 08:30 AM IST

How the MVA's campaign toppled the might of the Mahayuti

The MVA's focus on local issues and effective social engineering resonated with voters, particularly in rural areas facing agrarian distress

The MVA successfully leveraged local leaders and grassroots campaigns to resonate with the electorate (Raju Shinde/HT Photo)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Jun 09, 2024 10:00 AM IST

Eye on the Middle East | A Damocles’ sword hangs at the Israel-Lebanon border

As the threat of a wider regional war looms, key to understanding the Israel-Hezbollah conflict is the question of where the locus of the present conflict lies

(FILES) An Israeli strike illuminates the sky above the southern Lebanese village of Khiam late on April 17, 2024, amid ongoing cross-border tensions as fighting continues between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip.(Photo by Rabih DAHER / AFP)(AFP)
Published on Jun 09, 2024 09:30 AM IST

How B Nagendra’s resignation is a significant setback for the Karnataka Congress

The Karnataka Congress, which once protested against BJP's alleged corruption, now finds itself embroiled in a multi-crore scandal.

Karnataka scheduled tribes welfare and youth empowerment and sports department minister B Nagendra tenders resignation from his ministerial post to chief minister Siddaramaiah, in Bengaluru on Thursday. (ANI)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Jun 09, 2024 07:45 AM IST

Negotiating tense ties with neighbour China key area of focus for new NDA govt

Challenges posed by the fraught ties with China and concerns over Beijing’s actions in the Indo-Pacific will remain one of the priorities in foreign policy

File photo of a man walking inside a conference room, used for meetings between military commanders of China and India, on the Indian side of the Indo-China border at Bumla in Arunachal Pradesh in November 2009.(Reuters)
Published on Jun 08, 2024 08:30 AM IST

Lok Sabha election results reveal critical ground shifts in Northeast India

The Northeast mirrors the fair mix of gains and losses made by both the ruling party and the newly stitched opposition alliance across the country.

People stand in a queue to cast their votes as voting starts in the first phase of India's general election at a polling station at Nagaon district, in the country's northeastern state of Assam on April 19, 2024. (Photo by Biju BORO / AFP)(AFP)
Published on Jun 08, 2024 08:00 AM IST

Preneet Kaur’s defeat could mean the end of Patiala’s royal era

Congress and AAP had fielded their best bets for the Patiala seat to take on Kaur. Instead of trying new faces, both AAP and Congress fielded local heavyweights

Patiala, May 29 (ANI): BJP candidate from Patiala Parliament Constituency, Preneet Kaur addresses a roadshow for the Lok Sabha elections, in Patiala on Wednesday.. (ANI Photo)(Rajesh Sachar)
Published on Jun 07, 2024 08:35 PM IST

Non-consensual intimate images: Tech companies need to make online spaces safe

Stemming the proliferation of non-consensual intimate images is undoubtedly a mammoth task that will require cooperation among several stakeholders.

(FILES) This photo taken on February 12, 2023 in Brussels shows reflexions on a smartphone screen of logos of online platforms google, facebook, linkedin, Amazon, Apple store and Tiktok (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP)(AFP)
Published on Jun 07, 2024 08:00 AM IST

DMK's Tamil nationalism and welfare policy poll planks led to INDIA bloc's win

Welfare schemes, a strong emphasis on Tamil culture and identity, and the strong anti-BJP sentiment in the state cemented INDIA bloc's win in the state

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK chief MK Stalin during a rally in support of party candidate from Chennai North Kalanidhi Veeraswamy ahead of Lok Sabha elections, in Chennai, Tuesday, April 16, 2024. (PTI Photo)(PTI04_16_2024_000053A)(PTI)
Published on Jun 07, 2024 01:13 AM IST
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