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India's Deepika Kumari competes in the women's individual archery ranking round during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Yumenoshima Park Archery Field in Tokyo on July 23, 2021.(AFP) Exclusive
India's Deepika Kumari competes in the women's individual archery ranking round during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Yumenoshima Park Archery Field in Tokyo on July 23, 2021.(AFP)

Tokyo Olympics: No fans, no fluttering heart for Deepika Kumari

By Avishek Roy
PUBLISHED ON JUL 23, 2021 10:36 PM IST
  • In Tokyo, Deepika Kumari began a fresh quest for Olympic medal in the individual round by being placed ninth with a score of 663 in the ranking round of 72 arrows.
Deepika Kumari (left), Saurabh Chaudhary (C), and Mirabai Chanu.(HT Collage) Exclusive
Deepika Kumari (left), Saurabh Chaudhary (C), and Mirabai Chanu.(HT Collage)

Tokyo 2020: Will it be a super Saturday for India at the Olympics?

By Avishek Roy
PUBLISHED ON JUL 23, 2021 10:35 PM IST
  • At no other time in India’s history at the Olympics has there been a day when seven athletes in four different events will be going in with a real chance at winning medals.
The Al Ain Oasis in the UAE has been on the list since 2011 and has built several experience centres and museums while still keeping the site’s ancient structures intact. (Image courtesy Visit Abu Dhabi) Exclusive
The Al Ain Oasis in the UAE has been on the list since 2011 and has built several experience centres and museums while still keeping the site’s ancient structures intact. (Image courtesy Visit Abu Dhabi)

These sites make the most of their Unesco World Heritage tag

By Cherylann Mollan
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2021 08:18 PM IST
Around the world, sites that get the tag tend to immediately draw more visitors. With the increased attention comes a need to develop infrastructure, communicate better, prevent damage from overexposure. Here are five sites that have adapted to keep that balance.
These 100-ft-tall marble cliffs stretch along the Narmada for 8 km, ending in the Dhuandhar Falls in Madhya Pradesh. Exclusive
These 100-ft-tall marble cliffs stretch along the Narmada for 8 km, ending in the Dhuandhar Falls in Madhya Pradesh.

Trail mix: Will these six Indian sites get on Unesco’s World Heritage list?

By Cherylann Mollan
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2021 08:19 PM IST
Marble cliffs, ancient burial sites, a tiger reserve, a temple complex, a string of forts and iconic ghats are vying for the prestigious tag. It promises fame, pride and a stream of tourists. But only if we can manage our treasures well.
File image of Sharath Kamal(Getty Images) Exclusive
File image of Sharath Kamal(Getty Images)

Table tennis taps into AI: India star Sharath ups the numbers game for Olympics

By Rutvick Mehta
PUBLISHED ON JUL 23, 2021 07:31 PM IST
  • Days prior to that in the national camp for the Tokyo-bound paddlers Sharath, Manika Batra and Sutirtha Mukherjee in Sonepat, Sharath had his training sessions recorded.
Mary Kom(HT_PRINT) Exclusive
Mary Kom(HT_PRINT)

Tokyo Olympics: Mary Kom, mother courage

UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2021 07:03 PM IST
  • Sweat shining, Mary shrills in delight, takes a step back, presses the ticket against her forehead before kissing it. And then, with eyes growing wider, she points her still-taped hands to the ticket and exclaims: “For this only, so long, so long, long, long, I was working so hard."
Representational image. (PTI) Exclusive
Representational image. (PTI)

Acknowledge the brutality of the second wave

UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2021 03:52 PM IST
Passing the blame and writing a revisionist history of the summer — either by the Centre or states — is an affront to citizens who lived through the crisis and lost loved ones
Representational image. (Getty Images/iStockphoto) Exclusive
Representational image. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Ensure justice, in the courts and beyond

UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2021 03:45 PM IST
The Pegasus revelation must be probed to reassure half this country’s citizens that justice is our constitutional right; that there is zero tolerance for the abuse of power; that we are not wrong to repose our faith in our highest court
 (Shutterstock) Exclusive
(Shutterstock)

Are you obstructing your own search for love?

By Simran Mangharam
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2021 03:33 PM IST
There’s a common mistake that’s easy to fix, says Simran Mangharam. When visualising an ideal partner, list what you want, not what you abhor.
Representational image. (AFP) Exclusive
Representational image. (AFP)

Respond to Pegasus with responsibility, remedy, and reform

By Raman Jit Singh Chima
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2021 04:54 PM IST
The mindset around the executive branch being beyond the law or any form of ethical reproach is now what the Indian Republic has to grapple with and confront in our pervasively digital present
A typical Rana meal, served in silver thaal, includes two types of dal, vegetables, mutton korma, chara ko ras (chicken soup), a yogurt-based salad, pickles and rice. Exclusive
A typical Rana meal, served in silver thaal, includes two types of dal, vegetables, mutton korma, chara ko ras (chicken soup), a yogurt-based salad, pickles and rice.

Recipes from royals: Inside the opulent Nepali Rana cuisine

By Melissa D’Costa
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2021 03:33 PM IST
Rohini Rana’s cookbook offers heirloom recipes from the kitchens of the erstwhile prime ministers to the Nepali king. There’s wild boar, antelope, pheasant, jungle fowl, and a feast of 84 dishes.
‘I enjoy being a journalist. I love walking the streets purposefully with my camera,’ says Lobo. (Satish Bate / HT Photo) Exclusive
‘I enjoy being a journalist. I love walking the streets purposefully with my camera,’ says Lobo. (Satish Bate / HT Photo)

Meet Mumbai’s first photojournalist from the transgender hijra community

UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2021 03:36 PM IST
Freelancer Zoya Lobo’s images have appeared in publications across India and beyond. ‘I have a message. I want to take this chance to say there is nothing a trans person can’t do,’ she says.
Representational image. (Shutterstock) Exclusive
Representational image. (Shutterstock)

Covid-19: The economy is recovering but will have to deal with inequality

UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2021 01:56 PM IST
While lockdowns per se might not be a threat anymore — unless there is a third wave — the economy might still have to deal with significant post Covid-19 complications. Ignoring these issues can prove to be costly in the long-term
The Japanese are splurging on new TV sets. (Getty Images) Exclusive
The Japanese are splurging on new TV sets. (Getty Images)

Tokyo Olympics: It's a TV Games for fans in Japan

By Avishek Roy, Tokyo
UPDATED ON JUL 22, 2021 11:37 PM IST
  • The Tokyo Organising Committee is holding the Olympics without spectators because of fear of Covid-19 infections.
File image of Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu.(Getty Images) Exclusive
File image of Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu.(Getty Images)

Tokyo 2020: Can world record holder Mirabai Chanu live up to the expectations?

By Bhargab Sarmah, Guwahati
UPDATED ON JUL 22, 2021 11:29 PM IST
  • Since the disappointment of the Rio Games, Chanu has taken big strides in the sport and has firmly established herself as one of the medal contenders in the 49kg category at the Tokyo Olympics.
A photo of Kentaro Kobayashi is held up by Tokyo 2020 organisers. (Getty Images) Exclusive
A photo of Kentaro Kobayashi is held up by Tokyo 2020 organisers. (Getty Images)

Olympics: Uneasy build-up to unusual Tokyo opening show

By Avishek Roy, Tokyo
UPDATED ON JUL 22, 2021 11:30 PM IST
  • With Covid cases rising in Tokyo, the Olympics doesn’t feel like a celebration. Yet. On Wednesday, there were 1,832 cases in Tokyo, a six-month high.
World No.2 Chen Yu Fei promises to be a serious threat to India's PV Sindhu. (Getty Images) Exclusive
World No.2 Chen Yu Fei promises to be a serious threat to India's PV Sindhu. (Getty Images)

Olympics: China plan to take own special road to glory in Tokyo

By Avishek Roy, Tokyo
PUBLISHED ON JUL 22, 2021 09:44 PM IST
  • If the opportunity comes for World No 7 PV Sindhu to face World No.2 Chen Yu Fei or World No. 8 He Bing Jiao, or Amit Panghal to fight Hu Jianguan in the ring, for the Indians, it may feel like facing an unknown opponent.
Representational image. (AP) Exclusive
Representational image. (AP)

It is the Olympics

By HT Editorial
UPDATED ON JUL 22, 2021 05:37 PM IST
While the challenge this time is greater, if the Tokyo bubble holds, the world and India will witness the human spirit at its finest
Pixelated acronym IPO made from cubes, mosaic pattern Exclusive
Pixelated acronym IPO made from cubes, mosaic pattern

New age IPOs: Beware of the lurking gray rhinos

By Prabal Basu Roy
UPDATED ON JUL 22, 2021 05:37 PM IST
With the potential advent of a new class of investors post the Zomato IPO, we are now on the verge of creating an indigenous ecosystem with our own Alibabas and Amazons. A great hope prevails in the air despite obvious risks in the environment
Saurabh Walkar left for Kabul from New Delhi on July 9 and returned on July 18. (Saurabh Walker/Instagram) Exclusive
Saurabh Walkar left for Kabul from New Delhi on July 9 and returned on July 18. (Saurabh Walker/Instagram)

Fear, fraternity and cricket in tense Kabul

By Sanjjeev K Samyal, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JUL 22, 2021 04:49 PM IST
  • Video analyst for the last 12 years, Saurabh Walkar was in Kabul when Indian photojournalist, Danish Siddiqui, was killed while covering the Afghan conflict.
Representational image. (Getty Images/iStockphoto) Exclusive
Representational image. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

EU’s CBAM, US Carbon Tax undermine international climate and trade laws

By RV Anuradha
UPDATED ON JUL 22, 2021 04:27 PM IST
The world needs innovative and collective solutions that can work for all; anything exclusionary will only be sub-optimal and ineffective
A smartphone with the website of Israel's NSO Group which features Pegasus spyware. NSO Group has denied media reports its Pegasus software is linked to the mass surveillance of journalists and rights defenders, and insisted that all sales of its technology are approved by Israel's defence ministry. (Representational image/AFP) Exclusive
A smartphone with the website of Israel's NSO Group which features Pegasus spyware. NSO Group has denied media reports its Pegasus software is linked to the mass surveillance of journalists and rights defenders, and insisted that all sales of its technology are approved by Israel's defence ministry. (Representational image/AFP)

Pegasus must lead to legal reform and consensus on the harms of surveillance

By Gautam Bhatia
UPDATED ON JUL 22, 2021 03:35 PM IST
The government’s response, so far, has been obfuscation. It has neither confirmed nor denied the allegations, while also insisting that surveillance in India has to be “legally authorised”
Representational image. (Getty Images/Vetta) Exclusive
Representational image. (Getty Images/Vetta)

Anti human trafficking Bill: Civil society recognises urgency, but has concerns

By Deeksha Bhardwaj
UPDATED ON JUL 22, 2021 03:12 PM IST
The new Bill expands the scope of the powers of the National Investigation Agency and goes on to add transgender persons to the list of trafficked persons apart from women and children
A barge with the Olympic rings mounted on it floats in the water ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics(AP) Exclusive
A barge with the Olympic rings mounted on it floats in the water ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics(AP)

New path to Olympic glory: Test, trace, isolate

By Avishek Roy, Tokyo
PUBLISHED ON JUL 22, 2021 12:08 AM IST
While more than 11,000 athletes are going to be tested every day, availability of antigen test kits and collection of samples have become a cause of worry already as athletes from 206 different countries have begun to come into Tokyo.
Afghanistan shooter Mahdi(Team Afghanistan / Twitter) Exclusive
Afghanistan shooter Mahdi(Team Afghanistan / Twitter)

Abhinav Bindra touch in Afghan shooter’s Tokyo dream

By Sharda Ugra
UPDATED ON JUL 22, 2021 10:37 AM IST
Mahdi will be one of just five Afghans going to Tokyo. Previously, he’d found a way to cope with the Olympic postponement
Olympic rings in Tokyo: File Photo(Twitter) Exclusive
Olympic rings in Tokyo: File Photo(Twitter)

If it was cupping in Rio, it's blood flow restriction in Tokyo

By Rutvick Mehta, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 21, 2021 10:55 PM IST
When the greatest athletes from around the world--following the most cutting-edge and varied training and recovery methods in existence--come together, expect revelations. If it was cups in Rio, it is blood-flow restricting bands in Tokyo.
As the Taliban captures district after district, the fall of Kabul looks imminent, unless the United States (US) and the international community realise the folly of surrendering the country to the insurgents (AFP) Exclusive
As the Taliban captures district after district, the fall of Kabul looks imminent, unless the United States (US) and the international community realise the folly of surrendering the country to the insurgents (AFP)

In Afghanistan, how India missed the bus

By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
UPDATED ON JUL 21, 2021 06:30 AM IST
India is in the midst of frantic efforts to avoid such a scenario. Since it is ill-placed to halt the Taliban, it has reportedly reached out to the insurgents to open a line of communication with the probable new rulers.
India is certain to see a spike in lightning mortalities in the future (HT Photo/Burhaan Kinu) Exclusive
India is certain to see a spike in lightning mortalities in the future (HT Photo/Burhaan Kinu)

The increasing threat of lightning strikes

By HT Editorial
UPDATED ON JUL 21, 2021 06:30 AM IST
Thunderstorms accompanied by lightning strikes (usually in the pre-monsoon and monsoon months) are the single largest killers among natural disasters in India, according to the National Disaster Management Authority
It is an open secret that Mr Sidhu’s sources of strength were Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (ANI) Exclusive
It is an open secret that Mr Sidhu’s sources of strength were Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (ANI)

The Congress in Punjab

By HT Editorial
UPDATED ON JUL 21, 2021 06:31 AM IST
Imposing a power-sharing formula, despite chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s concerns, is a risky strategy
A woman wearing a protective mask walks with an umbrella to shield from the sun walks in front of a Tokyo 2020 display at Tokyo Metropolitan government building at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 20, 2021, in Tokyo(AP) Exclusive
A woman wearing a protective mask walks with an umbrella to shield from the sun walks in front of a Tokyo 2020 display at Tokyo Metropolitan government building at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 20, 2021, in Tokyo(AP)

Tokyo's heart missing from Olympics

By Avishek Roy
UPDATED ON JUL 21, 2021 06:31 AM IST
  • The airport itself wore a weary and deserted look--rows of empty seats, no big banners. To be sure, one reason behind the well-organized process in place was to ensure the airport did not get crowded. Still, it seemed eerily discomforting for one of the busiest airports in the world to be so quiet.
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