Climate may warm at least 3°C without action

Despite urgent calls by the UN secretary general asking countries to raise their ambitions and enhance nationally determined contributions (NDCs) at the United Nations Climate Summit in September, a new analysis released at COP25 in Madrid on Tuesday shows that under current policies global temperatures will see a rise of 3 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels by the end of the century and a rise of 2.8° C if all pledges under the Paris Agreement are implemented.

India’s neighbours have persecuted minorities. It is time to give them justice

With the Lok Sabha passing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, and the Rajya Sabha scheduled to debate it on Wednesday, some basic facts are being obscured in the ensuing din. It is a well-known and widely accepted fact that Bharat (a term the Constitution recognises to refer to India), is a natural habitat for Hindus, Sikhs, Parsis, Buddhist and other religious minorities from our neighbouring countries. The three neighbouring countries — Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan — have Muslim majorities. And so, by their very nature, they are Islamic.

It’s an emotional moment: Azhar Ali on return of Test cricket to Pakistan

The return of Test cricket to Pakistani soil is an emotional occasion, captain Azhar Ali said on Tuesday but that will not come in the way of his team’s efforts to make amends for a disastrous tour of Australia. Pakistani players will play Test cricket at home after a gap of 10 years when they take on Sri Lanka in a two-Test series starting here on Wednesday. A 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team had led to a freeze on cricket in Pakistan, which has been playing its home matches on neutral venues.

From the archives of the Hindustan Times: December 10

National Council of Sports constituted (1970)New Delhi- Government of India have constituted the National Council of Sports and Physical Education to advise on the promotion and development of sports, games, physical education and recreation in the country, according to a formal announcement made today (December 9).

Virat Kohli’s birthday wish for MS Dhoni the most retweeted sports post of 2019

It was a moment, an act, that highlighted the deep bond shared by two of India’s biggest modern day cricketers. The perfect example of the apprentice paying his ultimate respect to the master. MS Dhoni will go down in history as one of the finest ODI player and captain ever. Apart from his successes on the field, his biggest contribution to Indian cricket has been the players whom he backed and ensured they bloomed into superstars. One such player is current Indian captain Virat Kohli, who was backed to the hilt by Dhoni in his initial years in international cricket.

India vs West Indies: The Mumbai connection that could hurt Virat Kohli and Co in 3rd T20I at Wankhede

West Indies will look up to their experienced players when they lock horns against India in the third and final T20I of the series at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday. India won the first match in Hyderabad by six wickets while Windies hit back by taking the second clash in Thiruvananthapuram by eight wickets. The two teams will now battle it out in the do-or-die clash at the iconic stadium in the capital city of Maharashtra.

Ranji Trophy: Sorry for the interruption – It’s a dog, it’s a pig, no it’s a snake

First day jitters during Ranji Trophy openers are not unusual. But performance anxiety had nothing to do with the jitters triggered at Vijaywada’s Devineni Venkata Ramana Praneetha Ground on Monday. Having sent Andhra in to bat, defending champions Vidarbha were stalled in their tracks when a snake was found slithering its way across the ground. Play was held up for some time as it took eight members of the ground staff to force the reluctant reptile off the ground, making for quite an intriguing 13-second video that has gone viral on social media since morning.