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The road ahead on revenue compensation to the states

  • As the economy recovers and with the improved compliance, the actual growth in revenue would be higher and this may obviate the need for compensation by many states. It remains to be seen how the Council will tread this difficult path.
Implementing GST by combining 13 domestic trade taxes levied by the Centre and states was by no means easy. (File Photo)
Published on Jun 27, 2022 08:08 PM IST
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Navigating a curious chapter in Indo-US ties

  • With Quad’s expanding footprint and the IPEF’s potential for investment, there is an urgent need for India to be clear-eyed on Delhi-DC ties, while it may be forced to rethink its stance on Russia. This is also a good moment to assess other key partners
Notwithstanding the White House’s commitment to India, there will soon be a moment of reckoning. Hence, as much as India’s position on Russia is distinct, it is worth using this time well to strategise for the future. (Reuters)
Published on Jun 27, 2022 08:06 PM IST
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CERT-In’s new cybersecurity directive is a misadventure

  • Its plan to hoover up troves of sensitive data, without a privacy law, is quixotic. The directive should be rescinded or face a challenge in court.
CERT-In has bitten off more than it can chew. This directive sounds like it was written in the 90s. (Getty Images/iStockphoto/Representative Image)
Published on Jun 27, 2022 08:02 PM IST
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Strengthening the GST regime

  • GST Council might review an interim report on rate rationalisation. This will be crucial
GST is a fundamental reform; over the past few months, revenues have stabilised at a healthy level; and over the past year, compliance has clearly increased. (PTI)
Published on Jun 27, 2022 07:58 PM IST
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Pride Matters | Conquering the mental health woes of the queer community

  • In a world comfortable only with heteronormativity, being queer is often shamed. This can lead to mental health stressors unique to the community. As a mental health practitioner, I've found ways to conquer these feelings of shame to embrace inclusivity
LGBTQIA+ people often grow up feeling a sense of alienation, leading to self-hate, shame, or even disgust because they believe what the world tells them — that it is wrong to be you and to be true to yourself.(Unsplash)
Published on Jun 27, 2022 07:53 PM IST
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Wrestler Aman Sehrawat is eyeing the big league

  • The 19-year-old, fresh from his maiden Seniors gold in Almaty earlier this month, is all set for the Under-20 Asian Championships in July
Aman's wrestling style is a throwback to Bajrang Punia's in some ways, though the younger and lighter grappler is a lot quicker on his feet(Amal KS/HT)
Updated on Jun 27, 2022 07:15 PM IST
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Review: Geeta Rahman at Championship Point by Saskya Jain

A literary novel about a 12-year-old badminton prodigy growing up in a posh bureaucrat colony in central Delhi in the 1990s
In the literary universe, Geeta Rahman could have grown into a PV Sindhu! This picture shows Sindhu during a match against Laura Sarosi of Hungary during the Women's Single match at the Summer Olympic 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. PV Sindhu won the match by 21-8, 21-9. (Atul Yadav/PTI)
Updated on Jun 27, 2022 06:46 PM IST
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Pride Matters | Embracing the multitude of identities that we inhabit

  • Through language, society's classificatory impulses have put gender into specific boxes, often forcing people who do not conform to the "feminine-masculine" binary to adhere to the socially acceptable rules of these categories. This is wrong
When a person — legally, socially, and culturally — adheres to reducing their multiplicity into singularity by entering a name, there is always a spectre of contamination that haunts them. (Shutterstock)
Published on Jun 27, 2022 05:43 PM IST
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Sonika’s redemption: From battling depression to making India’s World Cup squad

Apart from the counselling sessions that went on for eight-months, Sonika Tandi also pursued meditation which helped her to learn how to handle stress.
Sonika Tandi celebrates with her teammates. (Hockey India)
Updated on Jun 27, 2022 05:23 PM IST
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Distantly Close | A look back at Droupadi Murmu's illustrious predecessors 

  • Most Presidents of the Republic were men of substance with a stamp of their own. As Droupadi Murmu is set to become India's next president, it would do us well not to judge the office by intermittent aberrations.
While Presidents cannot lead governments by their nose, they certainly can nudge them toward the constitutional scheme on seeing them go astray.
Updated on Jun 27, 2022 02:17 PM IST
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By Vinod Sharma

Lahiri: You can't penalise the Asian Tour for trying to stay alive

  • The Indian ace is committed to playing on the PGA Tour, but can understand why players have opted for LIV Golf.
Anirban Lahiri. (Getty)
Published on Jun 27, 2022 01:45 PM IST
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For Kohli, will things come a full circle in England?

  • The last time Kohli was in England, he was the undisputed face of Indian cricket but so much has changed since then.
India's Virat Kohli in action (Action Images via Reuters)
Published on Jun 27, 2022 12:47 PM IST
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Bhuvi, Chahal and Hooda fashion big win in rain-hit Ireland T20I

  • Yuzvendra Chahal wore three sweaters to ward off the cold in a three-over spell of 1/11 after Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Hardik Pandya knocked off Ireland captain Andy Balbirnie and Paul Stirling in the first two overs.
Deepak Hooda and Dinesh Karthik(Getty Images)
Published on Jun 27, 2022 10:44 AM IST
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Delhiwale: Twilight in Gurugram

  • On spending a long evening in a city landmark
The facing gallery looks to a deserted part of the market, with an eatery lit up by a jhalar of red bulbs.
Updated on Jun 27, 2022 12:10 PM IST
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ByMayank Austen Soofi

The genesis and the impact of America’s abortion ban verdict

Friday’s judgment is undoubtedly a victory for Republican Party, social conservatives and the country’s Christian Right.
Abortion-rights activists outside the Supreme Court in Washington on Friday. (AP)
Updated on Jun 27, 2022 12:08 PM IST
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Novak Djokovic’s high-stake Wimbledon in a year going wrong

  • From sweeping to three Grand Slam titles in 2021, the Serb’s only realistic chance of success this year lies in claiming a fourth straight win at the hallowed grass courts.
Serbia's Novak Djokovic during practice(REUTERS)
Published on Jun 26, 2022 10:31 PM IST
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ByRutvick Mehta

How BRICS can strengthen itself

The member-States must go beyond rhetoric and work on improving internal solidarity and mutual trust. As a starting point, Russia should consider peace talks with Ukraine, and China should work for an accord on de-escalation in eastern Ladakh
The Beijing summit endorsed a consensus view that there is first ‘the need to clarify the guiding principles, standards, criteria and procedures’ for the expansion process. It is time to tell China that every member holds a veto on new candidates (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jun 26, 2022 08:33 PM IST
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Uddhav is on a sticky wicket, but not out yet

The rebels have made some moves towards claiming that they’re the real Sena and the inheritor of Bal Thackeray’s legacy but an analysis by this newspaper of the top office bearers in the party indicates that this claim may be tough for the rebels to implement on the ground
Shiv Sena supporters burn the effigy of rebel MLA Sada Sarvankar , Shivaji Park, Dadar, Mumbai, June 26, 2022 (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 26, 2022 08:35 PM IST
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What the bypoll results reveal

he losses suffered by the Samajwadi Party and the Aam Aadmi Party underline that no political contest can be taken for granted
People wait in queues to cast votes at a polling station during bypoll to the Mandar assembly seat, Ranchi, June 23, 2022 (PTI)
Updated on Jun 26, 2022 08:36 PM IST
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Amend the Patents Act to execute TRIPS waiver

These amendments to the Patents Act will have the following advantages. First, it will demonstrate India’s resolve to help the developing world fight the pandemic. Second, it will cement India’s position as a leader of the developing world
Notwithstanding the shallowness of the TRIPS waiver, the ball is now in the court of the developing countries, especially the original propagators of the waiver, to use the decision by incorporating it within their respective legal regimes. (HT)
Updated on Jun 26, 2022 08:34 PM IST
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The Maha political story is still incomplete

A furious Shiv Sena is now threatening to fight on the streets, on the House floor, and in court. This metropolis has always been a stronghold of the Shiv Sena and it is believed that whatever the fellow leaders do, the workers are with Matoshree
Shiv Sena supporters raise slogans holding placards as they stage a rally in support of the Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, New Delhi, August 26 (Amit Sharma)
Updated on Jun 26, 2022 08:34 PM IST
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MP winning Ranji Trophy is not really surprising

  • Ranji this season threw up some outstanding talent, especially Rajat Patidar, Sarfaraz Khan. Not many knew about Patidar a month ago but after a crucial hundred in IPL and another in the Ranji final he is someone you will look at closely. Same with Sarfaraz, who has dominated Ranji like nobody else.
Madhya Pradesh's players celebrate their win after their team beat Mumbai by 6 wickets in the Ranji Trophy final cricket match, at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.(PTI)
Published on Jun 26, 2022 06:51 PM IST
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ByAmrit Mathur

Expectant mom Harika ready to chase Olympiad glory

  • The Grand Master, world's No 10 ranked woman player, is in her final trimester but is hopeful of withstanding discomforts to guide India at the chess Olympiad starting on July 28.
Harika Dronavalli(Hindustan Times)
Published on Jun 25, 2022 09:16 PM IST
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Mobility as a key driver of greater women’s freedom

  • Inclusive access to mobility must consider a rights-based issue, rather than a protection-based one, so that women can become more independent. 
Any woman who has travelled in a bus will attest to the fact that seats reserved for women are often occupied by men who refuse to vacate them. (Reuters/Representative Image)
Published on Jun 25, 2022 09:01 PM IST
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A little bit of silliness that can lift the spirits

  • Summer is the silly season in Britain. With Parliament in recess, schools and universities closed, newspapers and TV scramble for stories. So, the silliest things make it to the headlines. And if, like me, silliness amuses you, here is a silly read.
If, like me, silliness amuses you, then there’s nothing to beat what I’m told is called The Drunk Poem. It’s a delightful verse, or do I mean worse? (Shutterstock)
Published on Jun 25, 2022 09:01 PM IST
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The charade of autonomy in PoK’s political setup

  • PoK is effectively integrated in Pakistan, not only in terms of the constitutional compact of powers, but through political control. It is Pakistan’s mainstream parties that have formed governments in PoK in successive “elections”
PoK is effectively integrated in Pakistan, not only in terms of the constitutional compact of powers, but through political control. (PTI)
Published on Jun 25, 2022 09:00 PM IST
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The genesis of the electoral and ideological crisis in the Sena

  • The party Bal Thackeray founded is fighting for its survival after a rebellion against the chief minister. The outcome will have a profound impact on state and national politics, and change the face of Mumbai forever
Despite the fluidity in the political situation now, it is certain that Sena’s attrition will transform Maharashtra’s politics. The benefactor is the BJP, which has not only avenged its humiliation post the 2019 polls but has emerged as the de-facto Hindutva mainstay in the state(PTI)
Updated on Jun 25, 2022 09:00 PM IST
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Book Box: Rainy Reads

  • Absorb nature, immerse yourself in thrilling geopolitics, and venture into time travel, with these enticing monsoon reads. Also the book to read on Roe v Wade being overthrown.
Published on Jun 25, 2022 05:42 PM IST
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Ever looked at your love life in the rear-view mirror, asks Simran Mangharam

Introspection is hard, and done right, it leads to something even harder: Change. Use it to break behaviour patterns in relationships.
The 2009 film Ghosts of Girlfriends Past takes Matthew McConaughey down a literal trip down memory lane, forcing him to examine each of his past relationships so he can learn from them. (Warner Bros)
Updated on Jun 25, 2022 04:39 PM IST
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Meet the Kerala lawyer who found his tribe in the Amazon

Shaji Thomas has spent three decades working alongside tribal communities deep in the Amazon rainforest, fighting to protect the land, river, forests, and their rights to these. ‘They say if you protect the Amazon, you protect the world,’ he says.
‘The tribal communities here depend on the forest for their survival, and know how to protect it. As in India, they are being displaced so that the land can be exploited,’ says Thomas.
Updated on Jun 25, 2022 04:33 PM IST
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