Thursday, February 22, 2018

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21 Feb 2018

Logic of FIR in Major Aditya’s case

Lt-Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd)21 Feb 2018 | 1:03 AM

This write-up is not about defending young Army officers who bear the burden of operations in all kinds of unpredictable situations in Kashmir; it is about putting in perspective the functioning of the Army and its soldiers in counter-terrorist operations there.

Let’s welcome all, always

Roopinder Singh21 Feb 2018 | 1:03 AM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be welcomed warmly at Darbar Sahib, Amritsar.

A disunited kingdom

Hasan Suroor21 Feb 2018 | 1:03 AM

WAY back in 1997, in a rare undiplomatic public outburst, the then Prime Minister, IK Gujral, dismissed Britain as a “third rate power” after its foreign secretary Robin Cook gratuitously offered to mediate in the Kashmir dispute, apparently at Pakistan’s instigation.

20 Feb 2018

Don’t kill farms for industry

Lakhwinder Singh20 Feb 2018 | 12:41 AM

After the rural vote bank turned against the current dispensation, as indicated from the Gujarat assembly election as well as by-elections in Rajasthan and other places, the union government has started consulting experts and scholars on the agrarian crisis.

Stocks no haven from low FD rates

Subir Roy, Senior journalist20 Feb 2018 | 12:41 AM

AT a time when falling interest rates for bank fixed deposits (FDs) have caused risk-averse middle class savers to turn to equity, it is important for the stock markets to exude a sense of steadiness and sobriety so that investment and growth progress healthily.

Can’t bank on this system

Sushma Ramachandran20 Feb 2018 | 12:41 AM

ONE of the biggest global financial frauds has been unearthed in an iconic 123-year-old banking institution.

19 Feb 2018

Good teachers are a rarity....

Avijit Pathak19 Feb 2018 | 12:43 AM

Jawaharlal Nehru University, despite its intellectual vibrancy and reasonably satisfactory academic performance, is in a crisis.

Fraud: Let probe be in public interest

Prabhakar Kulkarni19 Feb 2018 | 12:43 AM

Public and private banks in the country have direct relations with people. Depositors'' and investors'' amounts and public money provided to banks by way of recapitalisation for institutional survival in times of crisis of bad debts, are indicative of direct and indirect involvement of people.

Enemy at the gates

MK Bhadrakumar19 Feb 2018 | 12:43 AM

THE situation in the Maldives brought to the fore once again the dilemma of how far India should interfere or whether to interfere at all in its neighbouring countries in South Asia.

17 Feb 2018

Palestinians’ hopeless plight

S Nihal Singh17 Feb 2018 | 12:48 AM

PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi’s diplomatic foray in Palestine, the first such visit in some 30 years, must surely rank as unique.

Mr Speaker, Sir, decide soon….

Satya Pal Jain17 Feb 2018 | 12:48 AM

ON December 4, 2017, M Venkaiah Naidu, Vice-President of India in his capacity as Chairman, Rajya Sabha, passed two orders disqualifying Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar Ansari from the membership of the Rajya Sabha under Para 2(1)(A) of the 10th Schedule to the Constitution of India.

Violence against doctors alarming

Ashish Dua17 Feb 2018 | 12:48 AM

Being from a family of doctors, I also enthusiastically decided to pursue the same profession.

‘Charities & prostitution? I’m not surprised’

Julie Bindel17 Feb 2018 | 12:48 AM

Just when I thought my opinion of pro-prostitution lobbyists could not get any lower, I see a tweet by one about the Oxfam scandal: "Buying sex from professionals is not sexual misconduct and women in Haiti may well have been glad to get the sex work.

16 Feb 2018

Whispers of war

Harish Khare16 Feb 2018 | 1:11 AM

THE Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir is suddenly sizzling.

Simultaneous polls not feasible

CP Bhambhri16 Feb 2018 | 1:11 AM

After the idea of 'simultaneous' elections was mentioned in the address to Parliament by the President, the Election Commission of India in a note to the Ministry of Law on February 4 expressed its readiness to hold 'simultaneous' elections at the Centre and in 29 states and seven Union Territories.

Sans teachers, no education reform

Sukhdeep Brar16 Feb 2018 | 1:11 AM

Former IAS officer with experience in education at the World Bank and ADB

15 Feb 2018

Poverty versus population

Rashpal Malhotra15 Feb 2018 | 1:04 AM

POVERTY and population can be described as two sides of the same coin. Although there are many other causes which shall be listed below, the challenges differ from country to country, community to community and place to place.

Cost of armed intervention in Maldives

Tara Kartha15 Feb 2018 | 1:04 AM

THE crisis in the Maldives is rapidly becoming a test for India''s leadership role in South Asia and its status in the pecking order of nations.

Flying on wits alone

KC Singh15 Feb 2018 | 1:04 AM

PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi is three months shy of entering the last year of his term. Post-Rajasthan wipe-out of his party in two Lok Sabha and one legislative byelection — of which even the Congress was confident of winning one — murmurs within the BJP are louder about state of the party and the nation.

14 Feb 2018

Defence allocation on decline

Air Marshal RS Bedi (retd)14 Feb 2018 | 12:45 AM

SO far as the allocation of funds for the defence forces is concerned, this year has been no different from the previous ones.

Plan ahead for future judiciary

Sumathi Chandrashekaran14 Feb 2018 | 12:45 AM

A host of new judges was appointed to the Indian higher judiciary last week.

Tsunami of the barely-read

Yogendra Yadav14 Feb 2018 | 12:45 AM

Two major reports on the quality of education were released in the country last month.

13 Feb 2018

Budget: Tokenism for disabled

Avinash Shahi13 Feb 2018 | 12:25 AM

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley''s Budget 2018-19 has come as a shock for the disability sector.

Trials of Canada, the rainbow nation

Sehdev Kumar13 Feb 2018 | 12:25 AM

ON the other side of the globe from India, with its population of 36 million, Canada is not much bigger than Punjab; there are, in fact, almost 40 Canadas in India.

India’s unwanted girls

Jayshree Sengupta13 Feb 2018 | 12:25 AM

AN interesting fact has come to light in the latest Economic Survey about India’s ‘son meta preference’.

12 Feb 2018

Defence budget low? Make best of it

Bhartendu Kumar Singh12 Feb 2018 | 12:42 AM

WORLD over, liberal-democratic governments are redefining and expanding the national security concept. India is no exception. Therefore, the recent budgetary allocation for defence, pegged at Rs 2.95 lakh crore (excluding defence pensions), should be seen in the light of India''s endeavours towards comprehensive national security.

Bumpy ride ahead!

Mythili Bhusnurmath12 Feb 2018 | 12:42 AM

WHAT goes up, must come down, what must rise, must fall'', sang Alan Parsons, the English songwriter and musician, better known for his production of the show-stopping Beatles'' album, Abbey Road. Parsons certainly did not have stock markets on his mind when he wrote the song! Nor, presumably, did market investors believe stock markets could fall!

Understanding Maldives

Sandeep Dikshit12 Feb 2018 | 12:42 AM

THE state of affairs inside the Maldives does give a bad odour: A President locks up all his political opponents; then goes ahead and arrests the Supreme Court Chief Justice when he tries to set them free.

10 Feb 2018

Let the truce flag go up

Pravin Sawhney10 Feb 2018 | 1:10 AM

THE year 2018 does not augur well for the stability of the LoC between India and Pakistan.

After the Begum goes to jail

S.N.M. Abdi10 Feb 2018 | 1:10 AM

Stealing donations meant for orphans is morally repugnant and a punishable in any society.

Naga peace ball in Muivah’s court

Suhas Chakma10 Feb 2018 | 1:10 AM

THE Assembly elections in Nagaland are all set for February 27, with the Core Committee of Nagaland Tribes Hoho and Civil Organisations (CCNTHCO) on February 6 having decided to dissolve itself as the political parties that had declared to boycott the elections on January 29 have now decided to participate in the elections.

09 Feb 2018

Why put off J-K panchayat poll?

Arun Joshi09 Feb 2018 | 12:44 AM

Panchayat poll denial will not help stabilise the situation. If the polls are held, the villages will get money, leading to development-oriented governance and, perhaps, a decline in violence.

The Suresh Kumar precedent

AR Babu09 Feb 2018 | 12:44 AM

The judgment of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to set aside as unconstitutional the appointment of Suresh Kumar, IAS (retd), as Chief Principal Secretary (CPS) to the Chief Minister, Punjab, appears to be at odds with historical evidence on such appointments in India.

The Rs 31,000-cr question

Nirmal Sandhu09 Feb 2018 | 12:44 AM

PARKASH SINGH BADAL has hailed the Union Budget for 2018-19 as “farmer friendly”, though farmer associations have voiced a contrary view.

08 Feb 2018

Taliban torments Afghans

G Parthasarthy08 Feb 2018 | 12:48 AM

Terrorist attacks by the Taliban in January 2018 have set the alarm bells ringing internationally, with growing doubts about the ability of the Afghan Government to exercise even a measure of control over large tracts of the country, including the capital Kabul.

A German fix for the roster problem

Shreenath A. Khemka08 Feb 2018 | 12:48 AM

The teleological reason for creating institutions is to espouse a higher being than mere mortals who comprise them.

Making do with a mere watchdog

Amandeep Singh Kapoor08 Feb 2018 | 12:48 AM

Indian Police Service

07 Feb 2018

Guard against noise, new enemy of thought

Apoorvanand07 Feb 2018 | 12:49 AM

Are we turning into a republic of noise? Is the myth of the argumentative Indian overdone? These questions arose on a university campus.

No peace till US enters Pak territory

Vivek Katju07 Feb 2018 | 12:49 AM

January was a cruel month for Kabul.

CPM’s Congress phobia

Hasan Suroor07 Feb 2018 | 12:49 AM

If anyone is still puzzled why the Indian Left is in the state it is in, they needn’t go beyond the controversy raging in the CPM over its approach towards the Congress as it prepares its strategy ahead of the 2019 General Election.

06 Feb 2018

The very crude oil war

Sushma Ramachandran06 Feb 2018 | 12:04 AM

THE NDA government has been lucky for much of its term as far as global oil prices are concerned.

Where are the poor in the Budget?

Ashwini Deshpande06 Feb 2018 | 12:04 AM

Professor of Economics at the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi

Facts belie Jaitley’s Aadhaar claims

Gopal Krishna06 Feb 2018 | 12:04 AM

At paragraph 118 of his Budget Speech, Arun Jaitely, Finance Minister made three claims in four sentences: ``Aadhaar has provided an identity to every Indian.

05 Feb 2018

Selling paradise for a song

Sanjay Kapoor05 Feb 2018 | 1:05 AM

LAST week''s order of the Maldives Supreme Court has sent this tiny island nation into a tizzy. The court''s order to release opposition leaders jailed on charges of corruption and terrorism would be challenged by the government of President Yameen Abdul Gayoom.

The challenge of being Rahul Gandhi

KV Prasad05 Feb 2018 | 1:05 AM

THE Congress has elevated Rahul Gandhi as its President. With a new President, the Congress will need to re-consecrate its claim to lead the opposition camp. Veteran Sharad Pawar has already tried.

Games under a nuclear shadow

Sandeep Dikshit05 Feb 2018 | 1:05 AM

THE world has grappled with international games being held under the shadow of terrorism or an extremely divisive moment in world politics. The western bloc boycotted the 1980 summer Olympics over the Soviet military intervention in Afghanistan.

China ties: Past is prologue

MK Bhadrakumar05 Feb 2018 | 1:05 AM

INDIA and China have been talking past each other regarding the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), but in a refreshing departure, made “eye contact” last week. In an interview with Global Times newspaper, the Indian ambassador to China, Gautam Bambawale, suggested that the two countries “need to talk about” the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, “not push it under the carpet”; for, “the more we talk to each other, the easier it will become to resolve problems”.

03 Feb 2018

Fair, could’ve been better

Raminder Gujral03 Feb 2018 | 12:51 AM

The last, full pre-election Budget of the Modi government is a “comprehensive Budget”, with particular focus on farmers, rural population, the poor, and the health and education sectors.

‘Modicare’ is not affordable

GS Grewal03 Feb 2018 | 12:51 AM

Ex-president, Punjab Medical Council, Member, Core Committee, Alliance of Doctors on Ethical Healthcare

FIR in times of AFSPA

Lt-Gen Harwant Singh (retd)03 Feb 2018 | 12:51 AM

When the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) is in place, for initiating any action against the military, while it carries out assigned duties, sanction from the Central government is essential.

02 Feb 2018

One for the distressed

Kirit S Parikh02 Feb 2018 | 12:06 AM

Chairman, Integrated Research and Action for Development, & ex-member, Planning Commission

A sort of masterstroke

SS Johl02 Feb 2018 | 12:06 AM

This Budget of 2018-19 needs to be seen within the parameters of some important determinants, including (i) little scope for enhancement in indirect tax, except custom duties because it is no longer in the purview of the government, (ii) people expected some exemptions and lowering of tax slabs, (iii) the government committed to bring down the fiscal deficit, (iv) increased liabilities in terms of salaries, pensions, gratuities, interest payments and other committed expenditure ,and (v) lingering slowdown of the economy due to demonetisation and hasty implementation of the goods and services tax (GST).

A populist pre-poll Budget

BK Chaturvedi02 Feb 2018 | 12:06 AM

When the Finance Minister rose to deliver his Budget speech, the fiscal pundits had already forecast a budgetary exercise aimed at garnering votes and trying to improve the electoral prospects of the government.

Missing the Goldilocks fix

Harish Khare02 Feb 2018 | 12:06 AM

Just as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was warming up for the Budget speech, news was trickling in of the BJP candidates trailing in the three byelections, two for the Lok Sabha and one for the Assembly, in Rajasthan.

01 Feb 2018

Remembering Kalkat, the farm officer

Manohar Singh Gill01 Feb 2018 | 1:00 AM

THE Punjab Agriculture University at Ludhiana was set up in 1960 by Sardar Pratap Singh Kairon. Mr PN Thapar, ICS, was the first Vice-Chancellor. A remarkable institution was created, in association with Ohio State University of the USA. It produced a remarkably bright group of agriculture scientists, such as Dr Khush, Dr Kang and Dr Kalkat.

Will govt ensure fair prices to farmers?

Kiran Vissa & Yogendra Yadav01 Feb 2018 | 1:00 AM

THE Economic Survey of 2018 has acknowledged that the real income of the farmers has remained stagnant in the past four years. It takes note of the present crisis: despite lower sowing in key crops, prices have fallen below the official minimum support price (MSP) and alerts that in the ''medium term'', the situation could worsen: farmers'' income could shrink from 16 to 25 per cent due to higher temperature and lower rainfall.

Turning the diplomatic prism

KC Singh01 Feb 2018 | 1:00 AM

INDIA-PAKISTAN relations under the Modi government are in a cryogenic state. A muscular response, advocated by PM Narendra Modi, has become not a means, but an end in itself. Despite “surgical strikes” and periodic cease-fire violations, the Pakistan army remains defiant.

31 Jan 2018

Bring back the healing touch

Kamal Davar31 Jan 2018 | 12:30 AM

Former chief of Defence Intelligence Agency; Ex-GOC Ladakh & chief of staff of Corps HQ

Should pivot of NMC be patients or doctors?

Akshay Anand31 Jan 2018 | 12:30 AM

Editor-in-Chief, Integrative Medicine & Annals of Neurosciences; and Professor, PGI, Chandigarh

Time to be money wise

Mythili Bhusnurmath31 Jan 2018 | 12:30 AM

WITH just a day to go for Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s fifth and the BJP government’s last full Budget before the 2019 general election, the otherwise relatively humdrum measure of macroeconomic health, the fiscal deficit (FD), has shot into prominence.

30 Jan 2018

The high sales pitch at Davos

Jayshree Sengupta30 Jan 2018 | 1:32 AM

AT the World Economic Forum’s 48th annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, Prime Minister Modi’s oratory skill was at its best.

It is easier to kill than to understand

Avijit Pathak30 Jan 2018 | 1:32 AM

The root of ‘satyagraha’ is prayer.

But they couldn’t partition this bond

Manmohan Lal Sarin30 Jan 2018 | 1:32 AM

Every judge, lawyer or student of law in India and Pakistan today knows that the "Commentary on the Law of Evidence" by Justice M Monir, former Chief Justice of Pakistan, first published in 1936, has attained the status of a classic and is a must for any law library.

29 Jan 2018

A police chief alone can’t stop rapes

Rajbir Deswal29 Jan 2018 | 12:43 AM

“I just want to sleep.

Can truce along LoC be restored?

Lt-Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (retd)29 Jan 2018 | 12:43 AM

THE nearest to an official and written ceasefire agreement at the LoC is only enshrined in the subtext of the Simla Agreement of July 2, 1972.

What after the photo-op?

Sandeep Dikshit29 Jan 2018 | 12:43 AM

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi had us decidedly in thrall with the India-ASEAN commemorative summit.

26 Jan 2018

When children don’t learn in school

Subir Roy26 Jan 2018 | 12:43 AM

Three years ago, Rukmini Banerji, CEO of Pratham, the leading NGO devoted to having every child in school and learning well, told the New York Times, "Now in India, you don''t need to explain to everyone that kids need to go to school.

India is in a now-or-never situation

RN Malik26 Jan 2018 | 12:43 AM

On this Republic Day, roughly 260 million people are living below the poverty line under very dehumanising conditions.

Hope for the Republic

Nirmal Sandhu26 Jan 2018 | 12:43 AM

IN the last one year this Republic has seen some momentous changes. Threats to democracy and its institutions have grown.

25 Jan 2018

A diplomatic coup

G Parthasarathy25 Jan 2018 | 1:21 AM

WHEN the Soviet Union collapsed in 1992, while India’s economy was heading into what appeared an irrevocable tailspin, we were fortunate to have a far-sighted and pragmatic PM in Mr Narasimha Rao.