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On Wednesday, Ghosh met Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu to submit her resignation from the Upper House (Courtesy- Twitter)

Arpita Ghosh’s resignation from Rajya Sabha part of recent churning in TMC

UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2021 09:22 AM IST
Arpita Ghosh is not an exception. Over the past few years, Trinamool, the second-largest party in Parliament, has seen several leaders being moved from the Rajya Sabha even as it remains a key Opposition powerhouse
Representational Image. (HT archive)
Representational Image. (HT archive)

In Delhi, how urbanisation, economics and environment eroded agriculture

By Abhishek Dey
UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2021 11:18 AM IST
The dip in farming in Delhi is now established by data. Cropped area in Delhi dropped from 33,700 hectares in 2010 to 29,000 hectares in 2020, according to the government’s statistical data records
Leader of Opposition in the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly Edapaddi K. Palaniswami walks out with AIADMK MLAs sporting black badges over NEET suicides during the Budget Session at Kalaivanar Arangam in Chennai on September 13. (PTI)
Leader of Opposition in the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly Edapaddi K. Palaniswami walks out with AIADMK MLAs sporting black badges over NEET suicides during the Budget Session at Kalaivanar Arangam in Chennai on September 13. (PTI)

The story behind the Tamil Nadu-NEET controversy

UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2021 10:23 AM IST
The Tamil Nadu assembly, on Monday, passed a bill to scrap NEET and admit students to undergraduate programmes in medicine on the basis of their performance in their Class 12 examinations — a move that the state government said was in the interests of “social justice”
Campaign for DUSU election 2017 at North Campus, DU, in New Delhi on September 6, 2017. (HT archive)
Campaign for DUSU election 2017 at North Campus, DU, in New Delhi on September 6, 2017. (HT archive)

Delhi was hub of student activism. Then came pandemic, a State crackdown

UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2021 12:43 PM IST
Normally, between August and September, Delhi University (DU) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campuses would be busy for the high-stakes campus elections. But this year, just like last year, there is a lull
A medic gives a dose of Covid vaccine to a health worker in Patna, Bihar, earlier in January this year. (HT archive)
A medic gives a dose of Covid vaccine to a health worker in Patna, Bihar, earlier in January this year. (HT archive)

Breakout Covid-19 infections will occur, but vaccination to determine lethality

UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2021 10:52 AM IST
This is particularly evident if we look at the number of new infections appearing across the western world today with the spread of the Delta variant. As of September 7, the variant had spread to 170 countries and territories, and caused a rise in infections in many of them, according to the WHO
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Representational Image. (HTarchive)

25 yrs after reservation Bill, equitable women’s representation remains elusive

By Abhishek Jha
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2021 09:23 AM IST
Only 7.7% members in the Lok Sabha and 4% members of state assemblies were women in 1996, when the first women’s reservation Bill was introduced. Women’s share is now 14.4% in Lok Sabha and around 8% in state assemblies
A view of an entrance to Delhi University. (HT Archive)
A view of an entrance to Delhi University. (HT Archive)

Delhi University has approved FYUP. What does it mean for students?

By Sadia Akhtar and Kainat Sarfaraz
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2021 05:12 PM IST
Varsity officials have said that students wanting to opt for the regular three-year undergraduate course will be allowed to do so
Representational image. (AP)
Representational image. (AP)

Conversion in C'garh: Aggressive BJP, silent Congress, insecure community

UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2021 04:38 PM IST
For the BJP, concern about “conversion” is not new in Chhattisgarh. During their first tenure as government beginning 2003, the government passed the Chhattisgarh Freedom of Religion (Amendment) Act, 2006 which provides for a three-year jail term for people engaged in forced religious conversion
Representational Image. (HT archive)
Representational Image. (HT archive)

India has lagged behind in textile exports. Can the sector become competitive?

By Rajeev Jayaswal
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2021 11:10 AM IST
According to a recent CRISIL report, India’s share in global exports of cotton yarn shrunk 600 basis points to 23% in 2020 from 29% in 2015, while in readymade garments, its share has stagnated at 3-4% over the past decade
Representational image (REUTERS)
Representational image (REUTERS)

Is government right to go slow on wheat support price?

By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2021 10:24 PM IST
The increase in MSPs for winter-sown or rabi crops was 2% for wheat, a decade’s low, while being generous for non-cereals, up to 8.6% higher than the last season
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav with Lok Janshakti Party leader Chirag Paswan, in Patna, Bihar, on Wednesday. (HT Photo)
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav with Lok Janshakti Party leader Chirag Paswan, in Patna, Bihar, on Wednesday. (HT Photo)

As Chirag Paswan meets Lalu, Tejashwi, is Bihar set for political realignment?

UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2021 07:18 PM IST
Chirag Paswan has been looking for political space in Bihar since his uncle, Pashupati Paras, with four other Lok Sabha members, effectively split the Lok Janshakti Party
External affairs minister Dr S Jaishankar. India’s involvement in Afghanistan in the last 20 years bears testimony to the strength of the relationship it forged with Afghans. (ANI)
External affairs minister Dr S Jaishankar. India’s involvement in Afghanistan in the last 20 years bears testimony to the strength of the relationship it forged with Afghans. (ANI)

India’s new approach: Afghans first

By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2021 07:57 AM IST
Afghanistan is not an investment for India, as Jaishankar pointed out. It is a relationship. And it is relationship symbolised by what binds us
A member of the Taliban Fateh, a "special forces" unit, patrols on a vehicle at Massoud square in Kabul. (AFP)
A member of the Taliban Fateh, a "special forces" unit, patrols on a vehicle at Massoud square in Kabul. (AFP)

For the Taliban, why the Afghanistan of 2021 is different from 1996

UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2021 02:22 PM IST
For one, in the 1990s, it would have been unthinkable to have women out on the streets of Kabul and other cities to protest against the Taliban’s rule, shouting slogans against Pakistan, and taking on armed fighters who weren’t averse to firing warning shots
Mohammed Hasan Akhund (centre) has for long been head of the Taliban’s Rehbari Shura or leadership council, a key decision-making body, and hails from Arghandab district of southern Kandahar province, the original base of the Taliban. (Sourced)
Mohammed Hasan Akhund (centre) has for long been head of the Taliban’s Rehbari Shura or leadership council, a key decision-making body, and hails from Arghandab district of southern Kandahar province, the original base of the Taliban. (Sourced)

As it forms the Afghan government, the Taliban relies on old guard, Pashtuns

UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2021 03:22 PM IST
Besides having many faces from the old guard of the Taliban movement, all but three of the new 33-member setup are Pashtuns, while 15 are drawn from Kandahar, the traditional stronghold of the group that has provided most of the leadership in the past
Representational image. (ANI)
Representational image. (ANI)

With an eye on UP and U’khand polls, Oppn competes by emulating Hindutva

UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2021 08:59 AM IST
The AAP and the Congress are not the only ones competing with BJP in wooing what can broadly be called the “Hindu vote”. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Samajwadi Party (SP) in UP too have tweaked their outreach to appear less-pro minorities
Abdul Salam Hanafi, deputy head of the Taliban's political office, meets with Chinese ambassadors in Kabul, Afghanistan. The image was uploaded to social media on September 6. (via REUTERS)
Abdul Salam Hanafi, deputy head of the Taliban's political office, meets with Chinese ambassadors in Kabul, Afghanistan. The image was uploaded to social media on September 6. (via REUTERS)

Taliban and its potential international partners: What’s in it for them?

UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2021 11:06 AM IST
If China, Pakistan, Russia, Iran, Turkey and Qatar were to accept the reported invitations to the inauguration ceremony, the new regime would be recognised by exactly double the number of countries that accepted the last Taliban dispensation
Representational image. (PTI)
Representational image. (PTI)

Tripura: The story of a fractured ruling alliance and a divided Opposition

By Priyanka Deb Barman
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2021 06:10 PM IST
Despite all Opposition parties rallying against the internally divided BJP, they are yet to decide on a united fight against the saffron party
Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav greets Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati. The Congress-SP came together in the 2017 assembly polls, and the BSP-SP in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Besides the initial hype, both alliances failed to yield the desired results. The Opposition is unlikely to unite though they have a common political rival in the BJP. (PTI)
Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav greets Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati. The Congress-SP came together in the 2017 assembly polls, and the BSP-SP in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Besides the initial hype, both alliances failed to yield the desired results. The Opposition is unlikely to unite though they have a common political rival in the BJP. (PTI)

In UP, the hunt for poll partners continues despite history of dismal alliances

By Sunita Aron
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2021 06:10 PM IST
Though such alliances between ideologically incompatible parties have rarely lasted in the long run, they have delivered short-term political gains since 1967
Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen. (REUTERS File)
Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen. (REUTERS File)

As Taliban sends conflicting signals, India maintains studied silence

UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2021 11:09 AM IST
Against the backdrop of a discreet outreach towards India by senior Taliban leaders ahead of the formation of a new dispensation in Kabul, Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen caused consternation by telling BBC that the Taliban intended to raise its voice for Muslims in Kashmir and India
Representational Image. (HT archive)
Representational Image. (HT archive)

After Punjab and Chhattisgarh, Congress now fights with itself in Kerala

UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2021 06:08 PM IST
This week, in a sign of the internal turmoil in Kerala’s leading opposition party, black flags fluttered outside the Congress state headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram and the Pathanamthitta district Congress committee office
A file photo of separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani. He was the face of the Jamaat-e-Islami, the political arm of the outlawed terror organisation, Hizbul Mujahideen. (ANI)
A file photo of separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani. He was the face of the Jamaat-e-Islami, the political arm of the outlawed terror organisation, Hizbul Mujahideen. (ANI)

SAS Geelani: The man central to the separatist story in Kashmir departs

UPDATED ON SEP 02, 2021 06:33 PM IST
The teacher-turned-separatist had a huge following amongst the Valley’s youth and he held sway over an anti-India sentiment that still prevails in some sections of the Kashmiri population
Taliban fighters at the Hamid Karzai International Airport after the US military's withdrawal, in Kabul on August 31. (File photo)
Taliban fighters at the Hamid Karzai International Airport after the US military's withdrawal, in Kabul on August 31. (File photo)

Taliban discreetly gauges India’s stance towards group set to form govt

UPDATED ON SEP 02, 2021 01:19 PM IST
Both Sher Mohammed Abbas Stanekzai, the deputy head of Taliban’s political office in Qatar, and Anas Haqqani, a member of the group’s negotiating team, have also been part of an outreach towards India in recent days
The informal sector has taken a bigger hit to incomes during the pandemic and is now facing an inflation-driven squeeze on purchasing power. (File photo)
The informal sector has taken a bigger hit to incomes during the pandemic and is now facing an inflation-driven squeeze on purchasing power. (File photo)

Number Theory: The Indian economy’s two paths to recovery

UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2021 04:10 AM IST
High-frequency indicators since June, when read along with the latest GDP numbers, point towards a trend which could have longterm repercussions for economic performance.
Deliverymen of food aggregators are not formal employees and are accordingly called partners, agents, executives or associates. Experts say this nomenclature that they are ineligible for several benefits, be it a monthly salary or a provident fund account. (PTI File)
Deliverymen of food aggregators are not formal employees and are accordingly called partners, agents, executives or associates. Experts say this nomenclature that they are ineligible for several benefits, be it a monthly salary or a provident fund account. (PTI File)

Meet Delivery Bhoy: The man shaking up India’s booming gig economy

By Shiv Sunny
UPDATED ON SEP 02, 2021 11:18 AM IST
The former ‘delivery boy’ is driving conversation about gig workers in India with his twitter handle, forcing food delivery giants to respond to his allegations of poor pay and hostile working conditions
The caravan of global Islamic jihad.
The caravan of global Islamic jihad.

Will Taliban act against Al Qaeda’s Kashmir agenda?

By Shishir Gupta, New Delhi, Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON SEP 02, 2021 10:03 AM IST
While Taliban even in its earlier avatar had shown no interest in Kashmir, it took no action against affiliated terrorist groups for launching terror strikes in the Valley from Afghan soil. India is watching whether Taliban 2.0 be firm on these groups from using Afghan territory for attacks against security forces in the Valley.
Hindu Yuba Chatra Parisad members protest against the release of NRC final draft, in Guwahati in August 2019. While the updated NRC was released in August 2019, a draft of the list published in July, 2018 had excluded nearly 4 million of the 33 million applicants. (PTI)
Hindu Yuba Chatra Parisad members protest against the release of NRC final draft, in Guwahati in August 2019. While the updated NRC was released in August 2019, a draft of the list published in July, 2018 had excluded nearly 4 million of the 33 million applicants. (PTI)

Two years later, Assam’s NRC remains incomplete and controversial

UPDATED ON SEP 01, 2021 04:57 PM IST
The NRC was updated on the basis of the Assam Accord of 1985, which, in turn, was signed after a six-year-long agitation against illegal immigrants. The entire process, which took four years to complete, was supervised by the Supreme Court, which had ordered revision of the 1951 list
Widening of the Char Dham Road in progress. (HT archive)
Widening of the Char Dham Road in progress. (HT archive)

Char Dham Road begins extracting ecological costs: 25 landslides this season

By Suparna Roy
UPDATED ON SEP 01, 2021 03:14 PM IST
The 12,000 crore Char Dham road project was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2016 to connect Hindu shrines of Gangotri, Yamnotri, Badrinath and Kedarnth through a four lane all-weather road
External affairs minister S Jaishankar said in March,“long-term commitment towards a peaceful, sovereign, stable and inclusive Afghanistan where the rights of all sections of the society are protected within a democratic constitutional framework.” (File photo)
External affairs minister S Jaishankar said in March,“long-term commitment towards a peaceful, sovereign, stable and inclusive Afghanistan where the rights of all sections of the society are protected within a democratic constitutional framework.” (File photo)

The uncertain future of India’s economic relationship with Afghanistan

By Rajeev Jayaswal
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2021 06:25 PM IST
The forceful capture of power in Afghanistan by the Taliban has halted all reconstruction and development works undertaken by India in the country for almost two decades
Representational Image. (Shutterstock)
Representational Image. (Shutterstock)

In Perspective: India’s big bet on drones

UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2021 06:26 PM IST
Last week, India’s civil aviation ministry notified new rules covering drones — the second time that regulations were updated this year itself. Citing feedback from several quarters, the government said the rules published in March were seen as being restrictive
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