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How politics eclipsed the Emmy Awards – analysis

Actress Uzo Aduba wore a tee-shirt with the name “Breonna Taylor” imprinted on it, when she accepted an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie for Mrs America, and said, “Let’s change the world!”. Breonna Taylor was a Black woman who was fatally shot in her own home in Kentucky by the police during a ...

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Agri-reforms will empower farmers. The Opposition is wrong | Opinion – analysis

The unprecedented 23.9% decline in the gross domestic product (GDP) in the first quarter of 2020-21 is serious. But gross value-added numbers show that agriculture grew by a respectable 3.4%, suggesting the rural economy will drive recovery. The Centre promulgated three agriculture-related ordinances in June, which were a break from the past when pernicious interventions by governments were justified in ...

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The dangers of genetic engineering | Opinion – analysis

United States (US) President Donald Trump has said that Covid-19 either was intentionally engineered or resulted from a lab accident at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China. He may be right about it having been a lab accident, and China bears responsibility for the carnage occurring worldwide. But the virus likely wasn’t deliberately engineered — despite recent reports. A ...

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Maharashtra’s crumbling urban infrastructure | HT Editorial – editorials

In less than a month, another urban disaster has hit Maharashtra, with the collapse of a 30-year-old building in Bhiwandi, Thane, with at least 10 casualties. The building collapsed on Monday at 3:04 am. This comes after the Mahad building collapse which killed 16 people. The period between 2015 and 2019 saw 1,472 incidents of building collapses in Mumbai alone, ...

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The govt’s rush to pass key farm bills and the Opposition’s conduct were wrong – editorials

On Sunday, the Rajya Sabha passed The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, and The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020. This newspaper has supported the government’s efforts to bring about a new legislative and policy architecture for agriculture as a method to empower farmers. But as far as ...

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At the UN, the quest for new multilateralism – analysis

Come September, the United Nations (UN) shifts gears. Open spaces at its premises give way to tightly-configured booths for backroom diplomacy. The General Assembly Hall becomes a platform for public diplomacy. This combination of hushed conversations in backrooms and loud proclamations from public platforms attracts more than 100 Heads of State and governments. These dual forms of diplomatic endeavours make the ...

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For marriage ‘equality’ that is truly equal – analysis

Since January, a petition challenging the applicability of the Special Marriage Act, 1954, to heterosexuals has been pending in the Kerala High Court. The petitioners are two gay men — 35-year-old Nikesh PP and 31-year-old Sonu MS —who had a wedding ceremony in the parking lot of a temple in 2018, and then petitioned the court to have their marriage ...

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Why Yogi is wrong about the Mughals, writes Karan Thapar – columns

“How can our heroes be Mughals?”, asked chief minister Yogi Adityanath last week. To make his meaning clear, he added, “anything which smacks of subservient mentality” is not acceptable to his government. Today, I’d like to answer him. First, however, I want to ask him a few questions myself. What gives a chief minister the right to question who our ...

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A wake-up call: There is a crisis in India’s schools – columns

There is a crisis unfolding in India’s education sector that has barely got the attention of either the media or the government. Children, some younger than 10 years, are being thrown out of online classes at some of our poshest, most prestigious schools, as many parents struggle to pay the fees. For the last two weeks, I have been tracking ...

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How to leverage trained water professionals – analysis

Water is a key sector to overcome public health, livelihood and climate crisis-related challenges. To create lasting water security, the State has to actively engage with empowered local communities and innovative markets to enable the improved flexibility, adaptation and resilience that the sector demands. Water projects can be imagined at any scale, but contextual, local responses remain critical. For example, ...

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