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Congress needs to worry more about rebels than opponents in Puducherry

The only time the Congress has lost Puducherry, it has been because of a rebel. The Congress and DMK together have won over 50% seats in every assembly elections in Puducherry since 1980, except in 2011 By Abhishek Jha, Hindustan Times, New Delhi UPDATED ON FEB 22, 2021 06:32 PM IST Puducherry CM V Narayanasamy exuded confidence regarding Congress winning ...

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Farm unions must be flexible | HT Editorial – editorials

On Friday, the government and protesting farm organisations will have the eighth round of talks to find a resolution to the standoff over the new farm laws. The agitation, led primarily by farmers from Punjab and Haryana, at Delhi’s borders, is now in its second month — and they have continued in severe cold, facing unseasonal rains, and at great ...

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The destructive legacy of Donald Trump | HT Editorial – editorials

On Wednesday, what was once unimaginable happened on the streets of Washington DC. After having conclusively lost the presidential elections, Donald Trump — who has, baselessly, claimed the process was riddled with fraud and he was cheated out of a victory — incited a mob to march to the Capitol Hill. Mr Trump first tried to block the election certification ...

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To secure India’s energy future, create a sovereign wealth fund and invest – analysis

Indians pay among the highest prices for petrol globally, because of taxes, even as oil is close to multi-year lows. How can these two extremes be aligned? The ongoing turmoil in the oil markets due to the pandemic and under-utilised supply presents a long-term opportunity for India to secure its energy future. Simply, India can take small stakes in the ...

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Understanding the rationale of farm protests – analysis

The recently enacted farm laws and the amendment to the Essential Commodities Act by the Union government has led to a standoff with no resolution in sight. Farmer organisations and several state governments had conveyed their opposition to the laws at the time of the promulgation of the ordinances. However, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led central government, which exhibits disdain ...

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The Delhi-Beijing battle in South Asia – analysis

There can be no doubt about China’s growing clout in South Asia. When governments are being made and unmade by a not-so-invisible hand in Beijing, it should be clear that China’s footprint is at an all-time high. It has been evident for some time now that states in South Asia and the wider Indian Ocean region cannot remain immune from ...

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Ghaziabad roof collapse: The challenge of maintaining public infra – editorials

Last week, a roof collapse at a cremation ground at Muradnagar in Ghaziabad killed 24 people and injured at least 17 others. On Tuesday, Ghaziabad Police arrested the contractor who built the crematorium; four government officials, too, have been arrested. An initial report indicated that “substandard material” was used to build the crematorium, and there were other “design issues”, which ...

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Will physics un-gender itself in the new decade? – analysis

Black holes are chunks of space from which nothing, no stuff, nor even light can escape, making them invisible by definition. Yet, we know today that they are real, for sure. And “for sure” is why Roger Penrose, Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez were awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in physics. Black holes were fancied even in the 18th century. ...

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New virus variant a threat to the young – editorials

According to Unicef, over 460 million children have been unable to access remote learning tools last year. The harms extend to their health too. Disruptions in health services in lower- and middle-income countries could contribute an additional two million under-five deaths. editorials Updated: Jan 04, 2021, 21:13 IST A young woman wearing a protective mask in the wake of novel ...

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Eyewash by Pakistan on terror again – editorials

The Financial Action Task Force should see through the cover-up each time editorials Updated: Jan 05, 2021, 09:00 IST Pakistan remains the global centre of state-sponsored terrorism with its present target being Afghanistan. It is hoped this simple fact finds reflection in the deliberations of FATF’s member-states.(REUTERS) revised Pakistan’s song-and-dance routine to cover up its sponsorship of terror has begun ...

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