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People ride a scooter along a road shrouded in smog in New Delhi

India’s battle with the world’s worst smog is caught in a bureaucratic haze

The sheer scale of India’s toxic skies is making progress in the fight to reduce pollution difficult.
Smog

New Delhi shows if future megacities would be a marvel or a mess

With a population that’s swelling by about 700,000 each year, India’s capital could be the world’s biggest megacity by 2028.
Beijing

Beijing’s air is the cleanest it has ever been in a decade, and this is how it happened

China is hoping to reduce the amount of energy it derives from coal by substituting it with natural gas and nuclear reactors.

Looking up virgin in a dictionary to waging war on Christmas: The A to Z of India’s 2017

India was so weird in 2017, it took an alphabetic guide to understand it.
I can engage with Kejriwal if he offers funds to compensate farmers: Amarinder Singh

I can engage with Kejriwal if he offers funds to compensate farmers: Amarinder Singh

Punjab CM says stubble burning can’t be solved just by two states unless the Centre steps in; stresses need for reuse of crop residue.
Cars on the road

Talk Point: A representative govt can’t ignore women’s security in a city like Delhi

The government's responsibility is to ensure that those who are restricted from driving private vehicles, should have alternative modes of transport.
People wearing masks while commuting

Talk Point: Scientifically, exemptions defeat the purpose of odd-even

The reason why exemptions are given is because our public transport is unable to handle the demand, and is considered unsafe.
Trafic police wearing masks in Delhi smog

Talk Point: Being an emergency measure, odd-even cannot have exemptions

The total number of cars moved off the roads during previous odd-evens was so small that pollution came down only by 7%.

On Camera

‘A rich Muslim’s expense on Umrah marriage can teach 3 lakh poor Muslim kids for 18 yrs’

Muslim scholars say 84% of Indian Muslims earn less than Rs 50 a day, and want the community to cut spending on lavish weddings, multiple pilgrimages.
t-series

Should Indians support Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series in YouTube subscriber race against PewDiePie?

Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series and vlogger Felix Kjellberg aka PewDiePie are fighting to attain the number one spot in terms of subscribers on YouTube.

Defence

Indian Army | representational image | Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Army personnel killed in firing by Pakistani troops in J&K’s Poonch district

The border skirmishes witnessed a spurt after India's air strike on JeM terror camp in Balakot in response to Pulwama attack that killed 40 CRPF personnel.
National Interest

Why Rahul Gandhi’s Congress is in danger of morphing into a clueless NGO

Congress has questions but no answers, ‘leaders’ but no winners. Weeks before polls, it’s behaving like a virtuous, anti-establishment NGO just doing its thing.