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.

Kirron Kher the main force behind Tribune flyover, reveals RTI

From getting minister of road, transport and highways (MoRTH) Nitin Gadkari’s nod for the Tribune flyover project in 2018 to pushing for a ‘bhoomi pujan’ at the earliest, Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher was the main force behind the flyover project, reveals information accessed by Hindustan Times under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

After Pawar, sulking Khadse meets Thackeray and Pankaja

The ongoing political drama in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over sulking senior leader Eknath Khadse continued on Tuesday, when he met chief minister Uddhav Thackeray at the Maharashtra state legislature in Mumbai for half-an-hour. A day ago, he had met Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar at his residence in Delhi.

Bengal assembly limits governor’s role

HT Correspondentletters@hindustantimes.comKolkata: Relations between West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and the state’s All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) government took a turn for the worse on Tuesday when the latter curtailed the governor’s powers as chancellor of state universities through a set of new rules.

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.

The CAB’s discriminatory spirit undermines justice

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, appears destined to become law in the near future. The primary criticism is that it discriminates on religious grounds by treating persons belonging to six religions differently from all others, while carving out an exception and effectively allowing them to escape “illegal status” and gain citizenship.