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RBI needs to remain vigilant on inflation

Inflation in India is on a downward trajectory, yet RBI must be cautious. Low and stable inflation creates a favourable environment for growth. High, sustained inflation hurts the poorer sections the most

While the central bank has been tightening monetary policy from May 2022, increasing the repo rate to 6.25%, it now needs to indicate when it expects inflation to reach the target level of 4% and what its plan of action is to bring this about, mainly to break the persistence of core inflation (MINT)
While the central bank has been tightening monetary policy from May 2022, increasing the repo rate to 6.25%, it now needs to indicate when it expects inflation to reach the target level of 4% and what its plan of action is to bring this about, mainly to break the persistence of core inflation (MINT)
Updated on Feb 06, 2023 03:49 PM IST
ByRajeswari Sengupta

Improving the quality of higher education

While India’s target remains 6% of its Gross Domestic Product, the budgetary allocation hovers around 3.1%, within which the spending on higher education has been particularly low

While multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary learning suggest an overhaul of today’s higher education system, it is, in fact, a circle back to our roots (Hindustan Times)
While multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary learning suggest an overhaul of today’s higher education system, it is, in fact, a circle back to our roots (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 06, 2023 10:11 AM IST
ByPramath Raj Sinha

Water we save now will matter in times to come

According to the NITI Aayog’s Composite Water Management Index, 600 million people are affected by the water problem. In the next eight years, our needs will more than double. How will this demand be met?

Nature is sending us warnings. We must revolutionise all aspects of our water usage, including daily use. Water is essential for survival. We must learn to value every drop of it. (Hindustan Times)
Nature is sending us warnings. We must revolutionise all aspects of our water usage, including daily use. Water is essential for survival. We must learn to value every drop of it. (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 06, 2023 10:16 AM IST

Science must drive policy

The government may want to consider undertaking a comprehensive study of vulnerable ecosystems and earthquake-sensitive zones in the Himalayan region so as to create robust baseline geological knowledge about these areas

It is too early to say what caused the cracks in buildings in Doda, whether there was any connection to road projects and infrastructure development, or the fact that the region sits on a seismic zone 4. (Shanky Rathore)
It is too early to say what caused the cracks in buildings in Doda, whether there was any connection to road projects and infrastructure development, or the fact that the region sits on a seismic zone 4. (Shanky Rathore)
Updated on Feb 06, 2023 10:06 AM IST
ByHT Editorial

Lessons for Pak from the Musharraf era

At a time when Pakistan faces a fresh round of political uncertainty, the Musharraf era could serve as a lesson on the perils of military intervention in politics, and the futility of myopic actions to shore up domestic popularity

The architect of the Kargil war, however, was also the Pakistani ruler who came close to clinching a possible deal on Kashmir with India, though that was scuppered when his grip on power became tenuous following the political movement against him spearheaded by lawyers in 2007 (AFP)
The architect of the Kargil war, however, was also the Pakistani ruler who came close to clinching a possible deal on Kashmir with India, though that was scuppered when his grip on power became tenuous following the political movement against him spearheaded by lawyers in 2007 (AFP)
Updated on Feb 06, 2023 10:08 AM IST
ByHT Editorial

R Ashwin and Nathan Lyon, ready to spin it up

The off-spinners, friends and rivals, are ready to dish out their craft and have a big say in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series starting in Nagpur on Thursday

R Ashwin; Nathan Lyon
R Ashwin; Nathan Lyon
Published on Feb 05, 2023 07:38 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Girls have not realised what they have done: India U19 coach

Took three days for me and the support staff to soak in the feeing of winning the World Cup, says Nooshin Al Khadeer

Al Khadeer said the way BCCI put together a felicitation programme was “commendable.” (BCCI)
Al Khadeer said the way BCCI put together a felicitation programme was “commendable.” (BCCI)
Updated on Feb 04, 2023 10:50 PM IST

Kolhapur: The city with an atmosphere for sports

The city in southwestern Maharashtra has a heady blend of potential, popularity and passion for sports but where does it all come from?

About 18,000 spectators flocked to watch Maharashtra play West Bengal in last month’s Santosh Trophy game(Twitter/@IndianFootball)
About 18,000 spectators flocked to watch Maharashtra play West Bengal in last month’s Santosh Trophy game(Twitter/@IndianFootball)
Published on Feb 04, 2023 09:08 PM IST
ByRutvick Mehta, Mumbai

Death sentencing law in India needs a rethink

Developments on the death penalty expose the inconsistent and judge-centric approaches to capital sentencing that the current state of the fuzzy law allows. This matter of life and death requires urgent prioritisation by the apex court

The SC’s acquittal of five people in three death penalty cases last year raises serious questions about the legal system’s ability to administer the death penalty without putting innocent lives at risk. (Shutterstock)
The SC’s acquittal of five people in three death penalty cases last year raises serious questions about the legal system’s ability to administer the death penalty without putting innocent lives at risk. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Feb 06, 2023 10:58 AM IST

Test Cricket Anyone?

By common consensus, the rivalry between India and Australia is the most intense and riveting in contemporary Test cricket.

Rohit Sharma was appointed India's Test captain in February 2022(BCCI)
Rohit Sharma was appointed India's Test captain in February 2022(BCCI)
Published on Feb 04, 2023 08:16 PM IST
ByCricketwallah/Ayaz Memon

Just Like That | Notes on capturing India's layers, in written word and pictures

On studying India in all its, sometimes paradoxical, glory in my books; and French ambassador Emmanuel Lenain's photo exhibition. And a side-bar on the middle class on Budget Day

The Reserve Bank of India building in New Delhi has a statue of the ancient god of wealth, Kubera, at its entrance. (Wikimedia Commons)
The Reserve Bank of India building in New Delhi has a statue of the ancient god of wealth, Kubera, at its entrance. (Wikimedia Commons)
Updated on Feb 06, 2023 10:19 AM IST

Apply a gendered lens to disaster management

Serious thought must also be given to imparting skills to women on how best they can deal with disasters to minimise trauma and risk.

Neither women nor the specific problems faced by them feature in our one-size-fits-all policies. (ANI)
Neither women nor the specific problems faced by them feature in our one-size-fits-all policies. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 06, 2023 10:57 AM IST

Why R-Day’s Beating Retreat saddened me

What is fixed in my memory are the retreating bands, climbing Raisina Hill. As they reached the crest, the sun would start to set. It made everyone gasp with delight. Alas, much of that is history.

Beating Retreat is a military ceremony that possibly began in the 17th century when James II was King of England. It was intended to signal the end of battle. (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Beating Retreat is a military ceremony that possibly began in the 17th century when James II was King of England. It was intended to signal the end of battle. (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 06, 2023 10:45 AM IST

When life gets in the way of love, don’t give up, says Simran Mangharam

It can be hard starting one’s search later in life. Hard, but not impossible. There are simple early steps to take. A new client of mine is 51, never dated, and is finding her feet already.

A still from Tangled, a 2010 retelling of the Rapunzel story. There are many reasons a person may spend years locked in a metaphorical tower. It’s never too late to find your way out. (Disney)
A still from Tangled, a 2010 retelling of the Rapunzel story. There are many reasons a person may spend years locked in a metaphorical tower. It’s never too late to find your way out. (Disney)
Updated on Feb 04, 2023 05:30 PM IST
BySimran Mangharam

Clock, stock and a Guinness Record: What makes Robert Kennedy tick?

The Chennai-based timepiece collector just earned a Guinness world record for person with the most mechanical clocks. Take a peek at how it all began, and some of the stories behind his favourite pieces.

Robert Kennedy, 58, says he can trace his passion for clocks to a precious gift his grandfather once received.
Robert Kennedy, 58, says he can trace his passion for clocks to a precious gift his grandfather once received.
Published on Feb 04, 2023 05:24 PM IST
ByTanisha Saxena

Strike a pose: What is voguing, and why is it catching on in India?

Chances are you’ve heard of voguing, perhaps through the Madonna song. But what is this dance form from the drag subculture? Why do the moves look like Egyptian hieroglyphs or magazine shoots? Who are the young Indians promoting it here at home? Take a look.

Sunil Bormahela, 22, is part of @VoguingInIndia, an Instagram page and collective founded in June. The group hosts sessions where members of the LGBTQ+ community and allies can learn about ballroom culture. (KuldeeGoswami)
Sunil Bormahela, 22, is part of @VoguingInIndia, an Instagram page and collective founded in June. The group hosts sessions where members of the LGBTQ+ community and allies can learn about ballroom culture. (KuldeeGoswami)
Updated on Feb 04, 2023 05:18 PM IST

On his 90th birthday, Apollo Hospitals founder Dr Prathap C Reddy looks back

Dr Reddy introduced private corporate health care to India. Apollo is now a national chain with a growing presence overseas, and its founder is dreaming new dreams for the future of the country’s doctors and patients.

(Photo by Sanith Poojary for HT)
(Photo by Sanith Poojary for HT)
Updated on Feb 04, 2023 05:07 PM IST
ByNatasha Rego

Book Box: Create Your Home Library

Decide your library vibe, measure bookshelves to match, and create your reading sanctuary.

Creating your home library.
Creating your home library.
Updated on Feb 06, 2023 10:21 AM IST

Policies and People | Solar Decathlon India: Pushing real estate to go green

The decarbonisation of the real estate sector is key for India to attain its net-zero goals. But India doesn’t have enough workers to design and build climate-resilient buildings. Solar Decathlon India trying to bridge this gap.

Homes and workplaces are our first defence against the impacts of the climate crisis, such as heat waves, storms, and floods. India needs climate-resilient, net-zero-energy and water buildings to achieve our 2030 and 2070 goals. (Shutterstock)
Homes and workplaces are our first defence against the impacts of the climate crisis, such as heat waves, storms, and floods. India needs climate-resilient, net-zero-energy and water buildings to achieve our 2030 and 2070 goals. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Feb 06, 2023 10:37 AM IST

Are warm-up games becoming history?

With the trend of curated net sessions becoming common, the romance of tour matches, which were an event before the big event, is fading away

Photo for representation(file photo)
Photo for representation(file photo)
Published on Feb 03, 2023 08:43 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Find decisive fixes to free undertrials

Steps by the Union government and Supreme Court may help, but a mindset change is needed first. Let us not make the process the punishment

Far too often, and in far too many trivial cases, the first impulse of the authorities is to put the accused behind bars, even though the Supreme Court has stated (in Arnesh Kumar vs State of Bihar) that arrests should be an exception in cases where the maximum possible punishment is less than seven years in prison (a quantum that precludes most heinous crimes). (Biplov Bhuyan/HT Archive)
Far too often, and in far too many trivial cases, the first impulse of the authorities is to put the accused behind bars, even though the Supreme Court has stated (in Arnesh Kumar vs State of Bihar) that arrests should be an exception in cases where the maximum possible punishment is less than seven years in prison (a quantum that precludes most heinous crimes). (Biplov Bhuyan/HT Archive)
Updated on Feb 06, 2023 10:03 AM IST

Controlling gun crimes needs social reset in US

Compared to democracies such as Australia, Britain, New Zealand and South Africa?, which had gun massacre incidents of their own but managed to legislate and reduce the supply of weapons, the US is more extreme in terms of corporate power, social fragmentation and ideological schisms

This chronic failure to regulate availability of assault weapons, despite the mounting toll of victims and the psychological grief, is a function of excess free market capitalism, ideological polarisation and the lingering effects of centuries of slavery and racial discrimination (AFP)
This chronic failure to regulate availability of assault weapons, despite the mounting toll of victims and the psychological grief, is a function of excess free market capitalism, ideological polarisation and the lingering effects of centuries of slavery and racial discrimination (AFP)
Updated on Feb 06, 2023 09:52 AM IST

When libraries become a safe place for children

Karnataka had a head-start as one of the earliest states, along with Tamil Nadu and Kerala, to have a public libraries act. In 2019, it decentralised 5,623 rural libraries and handed them over to the panchayats

Across the state, 2.8 million kids now have library cards. Senior citizens, self-help groups, and accredited social health activists are all welcome (Namita Bhandare)
Across the state, 2.8 million kids now have library cards. Senior citizens, self-help groups, and accredited social health activists are all welcome (Namita Bhandare)
Updated on Feb 06, 2023 09:59 AM IST

Meet the grandpa creating a tiny library of stories in 3D

Pradip Sengupta, a retired geologist, has hand-made pop-up versions of a nursery rhyme collection, an alphabet primer, a nonsense novella, for his granddaughter Myra Sarkar, now 7.

‘The hardest part is visualising the output and selecting the appropriate folds,’ Sengupta says.
‘The hardest part is visualising the output and selecting the appropriate folds,’ Sengupta says.
Updated on Feb 03, 2023 08:14 PM IST
ByTanisha Saxena

First Principles | How to disconnect from work (but read the caveat)

With work-from-home blurring the boundaries of office hours, countries are stepping in to help workers disconnect from work. But veterans have one piece of advice: Do this only if you can afford it.

With layoffs happening all over, most people feel caught in a bind and hear two conflicting narratives. The first has it that you do whatever it takes to hold on to your job. The second is that overworking is detrimental to people's mental health. (Shutterstock)
With layoffs happening all over, most people feel caught in a bind and hear two conflicting narratives. The first has it that you do whatever it takes to hold on to your job. The second is that overworking is detrimental to people's mental health. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Feb 06, 2023 10:42 AM IST

Report: Jaipur Literature Festival 2023

The 16th edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival saw everyone from the Nobel laureate Abdulrazak Gurnah and Booker prize winners in attendance and featured interesting sessions that included marginalized voices

Nobel laureate Abdulrazak Gurnah at JLF 2023 (Jaipur Literature Festival)
Nobel laureate Abdulrazak Gurnah at JLF 2023 (Jaipur Literature Festival)
Updated on Feb 06, 2023 10:40 AM IST
ByChintan Girish Modi

The Sporting Life by Rudraneil Sengupta: Finally, here comes the sun...

The immense delay in setting up a Women’s Premier League in India borders on neglect. But now it’s finally here, and lives will never be the same.

Captain Shafali Verma (at left) celebrates with her team after winning the inaugural ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup, in South Africa, on January 29. (ANI)
Captain Shafali Verma (at left) celebrates with her team after winning the inaugural ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup, in South Africa, on January 29. (ANI)
Published on Feb 03, 2023 05:55 PM IST
ByRudraneil Sengupta

Deep tech: Where India stands, and what’s at stake

The Cold Wars of the future will be fought over science and technology. Already, borders are quietly closing on intellectual property. As resources become scarcer and new challenges emerge, the world's major powers are preparing. Take a peek inside India’s race to catch up, and maybe speed ahead.

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Updated on Feb 03, 2023 05:51 PM IST

Pathaan’s very own ‘Bharat Jodo’ moment

You may love the film or hate it but you cannot ignore the box office collection for Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Pathaan which stood at ?332 crore for India on Wednesday, as per trade website Box Office India

Pathaan’s very own Bharat jodo moment
Pathaan’s very own Bharat jodo moment
Updated on Feb 06, 2023 10:56 AM IST
ByShuchi Bansal

HT interview: Perception about UP changing... focus on development, says Yogi

The buzzwords in Uttar Pradesh (UP) today are investment and industrialisation

Lucknow, India - Feb. 02, 2023: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath interview with Hindustan Times at CM official residence in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh India on Thursday, February 02, 2023. (Photo by Deepak Gupta/ Hindustan Times)
Lucknow, India - Feb. 02, 2023: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath interview with Hindustan Times at CM official residence in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh India on Thursday, February 02, 2023. (Photo by Deepak Gupta/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 06, 2023 11:25 AM IST
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