Unlocking India’s tourism potential

Updated on Sep 27, 2023 03:16 PM IST

Infrastructure development, collaboration between the Centre and state governments, and investments in sustainable tourism are key for India to lead in tourism

The tourism and hospitality sector are a big-time contributor to economic growth(MINT_PRINT)

Passing of the quota bill suggests government's commitment to women

While the earlier ill-thought-out attempts to bring women’s reservation failed, PM Modi has set the tone for women's representation in both letter and spirit

Lucknow: Women celebrate after the introduction of the Women's Reservation Bill, in Lucknow on Tuesday. (PTI)
Published on Sep 27, 2023 02:55 PM IST

Making Parliament a more inclusive space

Women’s quota Bill was the highlight of the special Parliament session. But it also revealed that the Opposition has a limited role in setting the House agenda

Members of Parliament voting on clauses of the Women's Reservation Bill in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi on September 20, 2023. (ANI/Sansad TV)
Published on Sep 27, 2023 11:47 AM IST

The cat that rules 10 Downing Street

Defeat will ensure prime ministers are turfed out of Downing Street. Only death – or old age — can remove the Mouser.

Larry, the official 10 Downing Street cat, seen before the nationwide Clap for Carers to recognise and support National Health Service (NHS) workers and carers fighting the coronavirus pandemic on May 21, 2020.(Frank Augstein / AP)
Published on Sep 27, 2023 01:11 AM IST

Brave new world of women entrepreneurs

The gig economy presents a significant opportunity for women's entrepreneurship, and the government needs to support the private sector in its business models.

 The existing women-led enterprises employ 30% of India’s female workforce with the capability to create around 150 million jobs by 2030 (PIC FOR REPRESENTATION))
Published on Sep 27, 2023 01:11 AM IST

Just Like That | Poet and statesman, unstained by politics

Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee was, indeed, a statesman who was also a great human being, far above the coarseness of politics.

Atalji’s sense of humour was legendary
Published on Sep 27, 2023 01:11 AM IST

Afterglow of the G20 presidency

India-Canada relations are the big talking point in New York. But India’s G20 presidency and its championing of the Global South are also in play

The UN itself remains stuck. It is the only organisation with the buy-in of all member States, it does tremendous development work, it is a forum for civilised discussion, and it offers the only semblance of semi-moral authority in an anarchic world(AP)
Published on Sep 26, 2023 09:25 PM IST

Lessons from Nipah outbreak in Kerala

To combat outbreaks such as Nipah, it will require sustained collaboration of multiple disciplines and sectors across local, national and global levels

Health workers shift a man with symptoms of Nipah virus to an isolation ward at a government hospital in Kozhikode in Kerala (AFP)
Published on Sep 26, 2023 09:25 PM IST

Too many undertrials in jails raise questions

Prisons are overcrowded not because they are full of wicked criminals. But because two-thirds of people in jail are undertrial prisoners

The need to stem the undertrial trend has led to the making of many laws, schemes, and institutions(SHUTTERSTOCK)
Published on Sep 26, 2023 09:25 PM IST
ByMaja Daruwala,

The Taste With Vir: Why is obesity a major public health problem now?

How obesity, in the last few decades, has become a major public health issue - the article offers insights on this.

The Taste With Vir: Why is obesity a major public health problem now?(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Sep 26, 2023 10:16 AM IST
By, Delhi

UN’s burden: A crowded agenda, a divided world

The UN has a crowded agenda. The problems of the climate crisis, development, and the Ukraine war require the international community to come together.

The 78th United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York. (AFP)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Sep 26, 2023 12:43 AM IST

Insulate women’s bill from party politics

The recent passage of the "Nari Shakti Vandan Bill" generates hope, but its timing raises questions about political motives

Lucknow: Women celebrate after the introduction of the Women's Reservation Bill, in Lucknow on Tuesday. (PTI)
Published on Sep 26, 2023 12:43 AM IST

After Anantnag, doing the right things in J&K

New set of metrics that goes beyond security parameters is necessary to evaluate impact of Delhi’s policy in the UT

Security forces on their way to the encounter site in Garol, Kokernag, in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir. (HT Photo/Waseem Andrabi)
Published on Sep 26, 2023 12:43 AM IST

Digital India’s solutions for global problems

The DPI, with broader adoption, could be a national talisman, highlighting India’s capability to develop large-scale global solutions

The Digital India initiative was announced in 2015(Getty Images)
Published on Sep 25, 2023 11:22 PM IST

India and Canada on the global chessboard

Trudeau may have rolled the dice but India will now have a big role in determining how it falls.

FILE - Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L) walks past Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R)(AP)
Published on Sep 25, 2023 11:22 PM IST

Climate deception in the name of action

Developed countries are now shifting their responsibility for climate finance to larger developing countries, private sector, and market forces

The developed countries have actually increased their consumption of fossil fuels (HT Archive)
Published on Sep 25, 2023 11:22 PM IST

Cause and Effect | How the Montreal Protocol paved the way to climate action

The groundbreaking agreement signed in 1987 has played a pivotal role in addressing the depletion of the ozone layer caused by ozone-depleting substances

Then US Secretary of State John Kerry delivers an address during a plenary session of the conference about amending the Montreal ozone layer protection protocol in 2016 in Rwanda. (US Department of State/Wikimedia Commons )
Published on Sep 25, 2023 07:36 PM IST
ByTannu Jain

Understanding the sanatana in dharma

Sanatana Dharma is a definition of what it is to be human rather than a definition of a religion. When societies change, we need to discover new moral codes

Sanatana Dharma is an expression of the simple fact that what is truly eternal is the requirement to always act morally(HT Photo)
Published on Sep 23, 2023 01:32 AM IST

Not a political tool, but a Bill to empower women

Political representation is a fundamental aspect of women’s empowerment, and the government has taken steps to increase the participation of women in politics

Rajya Sabha MPs vote on the Women's Reservation Bill during the Special Session of the Parliament, in New Delhi on Thursday. The bill was later passed in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. (ANI)
Published on Sep 23, 2023 01:32 AM IST

Creative industries can boost economies

Arts and culture exchanges between India and the UK contribute to economic growth and foster understanding between cultures.

The Nataraja, a statue of Hindu lord Shiva as the cosmic dancer, installed next to 'Bharat Mandapam', the main venue of the G20 Summit, is pictured in Delhi. (Reuters)
Published on Sep 23, 2023 01:31 AM IST

Keeping up with UP | Has NOTA been able to strike the right note?

None of the Above (NOTA) was introduced to cleanse the political system in 2013. Its sparse use in 10 years has thrown up questions about its efficacy

Has the time come to give NOTA a legal sanctity as today it has no consequence on the election results?(Representative Image- Arijit Sen/HT Photo)
Published on Sep 22, 2023 08:08 PM IST
BySunita Aron

Women's political reservation matters, so does their vote

Will this bill make it more acceptable for women to occupy positions of power? Will this acceptability give more confidence to women voters?

Lucknow: Women celebrate after the introduction of the Women's Reservation Bill, in Lucknow on Tuesday. (PTI)
Published on Sep 22, 2023 07:08 PM IST

Why is Mamata Banerjee reluctant to endorse INDIA’s caste census agenda?

Experts say that any revision in quotas may take on a communal colour since both Hindus and Muslims are part of the lists of Other Backward Classes

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee is reluctant to agree to a nationwide caste census
Published on Sep 22, 2023 06:56 PM IST

Terms of Trade | Congress has embraced Mandal but will it reap the rewards?

Mandal politics led to the BJP replacing the Congress. Even today, there’s no reason why the BJP won’t benefit from the demand for OBC reservation

This time, both the Congress and the Mandal parties have ended up supporting a bill brought by the BJP which not only does not have a provision for quota within quota for OBCs(ANI)
Published on Sep 22, 2023 03:25 PM IST

A post-dated Bill of rights ahead of polls

Nari shakti sloganeering across the political spectrum over the women’s quota is hollow posturing, and a cynical attempt to woo the woman voter

Will the carrot of women’s reservations transform a patriarchal political milieu?(HT Archive)
Published on Sep 21, 2023 10:23 PM IST

Delhi boards e-bus in pursuit of clean air

Delhi's e-bus transition, despite its financial, infrastructure, and human challenges, serves as a template for other Indian cities battling air pollution.

Earlier in August, Delhi got its first fleet of electric DTC buses. (HT Photo)
Published on Sep 21, 2023 10:23 PM IST

A year after protests, Iran remains restive

One year after the death of Mahsa Amini, protests in Iran have died out but the state crackdown continues.

One year after Mahsa Amini’s death, the Iranian regime has not been able to address the mounting anger of the Iranian youth and women, or the country’s economic woes.(AP)
Published on Sep 21, 2023 10:23 PM IST

India vs Canada is no more a bilateral play

There are multiple scenarios, but the investigation and a potential public inquiry imply a long, bruising journey for all parties

The persistence of the Khalistan movement in the Sikh diaspora has long complicated India’s ties with the West(AFP)
Published on Sep 20, 2023 09:29 PM IST
ByAvinash Paliwal

Making India’s DPI model work for all

Challenges in India's DPI, such as the lack of a robust legal framework for data protection and exclusion in the Aadhaar system need to be addressed.

The adoption of the DPI model could open up new vistas of opportunities for India’s IT sector while raising the country’s profile globally.(Getty Images)
Published on Sep 20, 2023 09:29 PM IST

Africa's G20 presence boosts Global South

It’s high time Africa, a significant global populace, participates in deciding our collective future.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with President of the Union of the Comoros and chairperson of the African Union (AU) Azali Assoumani during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit 2023, in New Delhi, India, on Sunday (HT Photo)
Published on Sep 20, 2023 09:28 PM IST
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