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The making of an urban tragedy

The horrendous fire tragedy at Anaj Mandi in the early hours of Sunday, December 8th, that killed 43 poor migrants, deafeningly signals a systemic failure to cope with urbanisation. Yet, this perspective still remains largely ignored. This is probably because one of the most surprising, and ironically banal, facts about the national Capital is that an overwhelming number of buildings here are illegal.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge says she wasn’t hired for James Bond film because of her gender

Writer-actor Phoebe Waller-Bridge has once again made it clear that her gender played no role in her hiring as one of the writers on No Time to Die. The 34-year-old actor, who has been getting critical praise for her show Fleabag, was earlier this year roped in to polish the film’s script. There was speculation that she was hired to make the film more inclusive, specifically to improve the portrayal of women in Bond movies.

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).

India vs West Indies 3rd T20I:?Predicted XI – Virat Kohli needs to make crucial changes in decider

India is a team that plays T20 cricket with an ODI mindset, still. Yes, you can keep your brick bats ready for this analysis of ours but that is what it seems with the way the team bats, especially when they are setting a target. The practice of keeping wickets in hand initially and looking to go hammer and tongs in the last 5 has not yielded great results for the team which has found itself short of putting up unachievable targets despite a strong platform upfront on most occasions.

Here are the top 5 monopods that will help up your photography game

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‘A great occasion’ – Legends thank Sri Lanka for helping Test cricket return to Pakistan

Former batsman Mohammad Yousuf is hoping to see good, quality cricket being played when Pakistan take on Sri Lanka in the historic two-Test series beginning Wednesday at the Rawalpindi Stadium. When the first ball will be bowled at Pindi Cricket Stadium on Wednesday, it will mark the return of Test cricket in Pakistan for over ten years. Sri Lanka were the last team to play Tests there, in 2009, when their tour was cut short by an attack on the team bus.

Australia vs New Zealand: Kiwis face day-night challenge as series begins

Kane Williamson’s New Zealand know they need to re-adapt quickly to the nuances of day-night cricket to have any hope of winning a first series in Australia for more than 30 years when this week’s opening Test begins. The tourists pad up for the first of a three-Test series in Perth with no warm-up games and in forecast 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) heat, before heading to Melbourne for the Boxing Day clash then Sydney.

The making of an urban tragedy| Opinion

The horrendous tragedy at Anaj Mandi in the early hours of Sunday, December 8th, that killed 43 poor migrants in a fire mishap, deafeningly signals a systemic failure to cope with urbanisation. Yet, this perspective still remains largely ignored. This is probably because one of the most surprising, and ironically banal, facts about the national capital is that an overwhelming number of buildings here are illegal.