Monday, May 21, 2018

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19 May 2018

River of death

19 May 2018 | 12:32 AM

A stink of complicity in subverting norms and flouting laws can be smelt far and wide as more details emerge about the spill of molasses from a sugar mill/distillery in Gurdaspur.

Bengal Panchayat polls

19 May 2018 | 12:32 AM

The story of the recent Bengal panchayat elections is not just about the abundant blood spilt in the state’s villages.

18 May 2018

Fluidity in Karnataka

18 May 2018 | 12:39 AM

The Supreme Court’s rare pre-dawn hearing helped calm the politically troubled waters in Karnataka.

Judicial paper leak

18 May 2018 | 12:39 AM

A lackadaisical effort to investigate the paper leak of the Haryana Civil Service (Judicial) recruitment exam by Chandigarh Police’s Special Investigation Team (SIT) has turned the probe into a mockery.

17 May 2018

A bridge too far

17 May 2018 | 12:01 AM

VARANASI now, Kolkata earlier — pedestrians, workers and people travelling in vehicles crushed under a span of an under-construction bridge. The story is as old as it is tragic. In spite of claims of impressive strides in infrastructure development, the lack of basic safety measures is galling.

No swachhta in Haryana

17 May 2018 | 12:01 AM

IT is ironical that the Government Ministers have lost the enthusiasm to get photographed while wielding a broom even though waste removal and sanitation has became a casualty in 90 municipal corporations of Haryana because of an ongoing strike by nearly 30,000 municipal workers and employees.

16 May 2018

Performance pays

16 May 2018 | 12:39 AM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi''s latest rejigging of his Cabinet is a minor one, but it has had major impact.

The potboiler in Karnataka

16 May 2018 | 12:39 AM

In this era of quick fixes and electronic results, it is rare for suspense over the elections to last long.

15 May 2018

Uncivil neighbours

15 May 2018 | 1:17 AM

Many angry words have been said about the entirely avoidable controversy of discourtesy to Moneeza Hashmi, daughter of the famed poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz, by the Indian authorities.

Crime & militancy

15 May 2018 | 1:17 AM

The Intelligence Bureau is reported to have informed the Union Home Ministry that Pakistan''s ISI as well as Sikh separatist organisations outside India are attempting to contact criminals in Punjab to foment Khalistan-related trouble in the state.

14 May 2018

A turban’s sanctity

14 May 2018 | 12:04 AM

Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development faced what many other Sikhs have over the years — the highhandedness of an agent of the U.

Modi’s third trip to Nepal

14 May 2018 | 12:04 AM

PM Narendra Modi’s third visit to Nepal in four years, an unprecedented privilege for the Himalayan Republic, demonstrates the desire of the two sides to turn the page on what has been an acrimonious relationship for the best part of the last three years.

12 May 2018

Disturbing public postures

12 May 2018 | 12:44 AM

In public life leaders often end up making statements that are not true to fact.

Mahathir retakes Malaysia

12 May 2018 | 12:44 AM

Beating the odds is an understatement when the subject under examination has over 90 summers under his belt, last saw success 15 years back and has, as his electoral ally, the wife of former Deputy Prime Minister barred from contesting on sodomy charges.

11 May 2018

The ‘ceasefire’ offer in J&K

11 May 2018 | 12:02 AM

ARMY Chief Bipin Rawat’s indication that the Centre could stop anti-militancy operations in Kashmir Valley has been seized upon with gusto by regional politicians. In a state weary of the continuous cycle of killings and counter-killings, the Army’s ceasefire was bound to evoke considerable interest.

Flip side of Flipkart

11 May 2018 | 12:02 AM

RETAIL giant Walmart has finally acquired Flipkart, India’s biggest and most significant e-commerce startup. This is a win-win for both parties — Flipkart shareholders made a neat profit and the American company accessed a huge, but under-explored market.

10 May 2018

The odds of a storm

10 May 2018 | 12:44 AM

So, there was an alert for a storm in North India on May 7 and 8.

Trump’s Iran walk-back

10 May 2018 | 12:44 AM

Just when Indian diplomats were figuring out how to mitigate the impact of Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CATSA) on its arms and oil trade with Russia, South Block has another reason to burn the midnight oil.

09 May 2018

Russia’s ‘permanent’ Prez

09 May 2018 | 12:39 AM

By the time Vladimir Putin ends his fresh term as President of Russia, he would have controlled the Kremlin for an unprecedented 25 years.

Fall of the rupee

09 May 2018 | 12:39 AM

The rupee is on a downslide.

08 May 2018

Kidnapping in Afghanistan

08 May 2018 | 1:00 AM

It was ironical that the seven Indians were kidnapped near a shining testament of benign Indian aid to Afghanistan.

India’s wanted daughters

08 May 2018 | 1:00 AM

Since long, nationwide movements and government initiatives have been trying hard to impress upon the need to save and cherish the girl child.

07 May 2018

Freedom to worship

07 May 2018 | 12:04 AM

The repeated attempts to disrupt the offering of prayers by Muslims in and around Gurugram are disturbing and distressing.

Delay in judicial appointments

07 May 2018 | 12:04 AM

With almost 40 per cent judges' posts in various high courts lying vacant, the blame game between the government and the judiciary over the delay in judicial appointments is getting intense.

05 May 2018

JD (S), the kingmaker awaits

05 May 2018 | 12:19 AM

The intensive campaign underway for the May 12 poll in Karnataka reflects the changing political dynamics on the battleground.

The Shahkot case

05 May 2018 | 12:19 AM

The Punjab Congress today perhaps does not know whether to laugh or cry at its predicament in Shahkot.

04 May 2018

Fuel prices frozen

04 May 2018 | 1:08 AM

Petroleum products — particularly petrol, diesel and cooking gas — are indeed political fuels.

India’s dirty dozen

04 May 2018 | 1:08 AM

The Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) may have adequate reasons to work up lather over a WHO report that lists Patiala among the world’s 20 worst polluted cities.

03 May 2018

GST at nine-month high

03 May 2018 | 12:04 AM

The Goods and Services Tax collection has crossed Rs 1 lakh crore (Rs 1 trillion) for the first time in April this year.

Murder in Kasauli

03 May 2018 | 12:04 AM

The senseless murder of a government official supervising a demolition drive at “Chhota Shimla” has sufficiently perturbed the Supreme Court to seek adequate security to officers enforcing the writ of the state.

02 May 2018

Rise in income tax payees

02 May 2018 | 12:01 AM

FOR a government strapped for resources, individual taxpayers have brought it cheer by accounting for most of the rise in the country’s taxpayer base.

Checking the fleecing

02 May 2018 | 12:01 AM

IN a much-needed relief, watching a movie at a multiplex could soon pinch a little less in Chandigarh, thanks to the UT Administration directing the cinema halls to rationalise the prices of food and drinks sold to the viewers.

01 May 2018

Power milestone

01 May 2018 | 12:10 AM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday announced electrification of all census villages of India, with the service reaching 18,452 of the total 5.

J&K Cabinet reshuffle

01 May 2018 | 12:10 AM

The Cabinet reshuffle in Jammu and Kashmir has attracted special attention despite the BJP’s protestations that this is a very normal thing in any democratic setup.

30 Apr 2018

Surge in Sino-India warmth

30 Apr 2018 | 12:38 AM

The two days that Modi and Xi spent together at a countryside retreat in Wuhan were perhaps as momentous for the region’s geopolitics as the day’s show-stealer: the first-ever summit of the Koreas.

Urban jungle

30 Apr 2018 | 12:38 AM

As civilisation progressed, human beings moved to cities.

28 Apr 2018

Turmoil in higher judiciary

28 Apr 2018 | 12:07 AM

The higher judiciary could have done without another distraction in the form of government differing with the Supreme Court collegium’s recommendation for the appointment of two judges.

Donate organs

28 Apr 2018 | 12:07 AM

There is some good news for patients in India awaiting organ transplants as many people are coming forth to pledge organs.

27 Apr 2018

Delay in Kotkhai case

27 Apr 2018 | 12:33 AM

Himachal can heave a sigh of relief over some kind of a closure to the Gudiya case, a crime of heinous proportions that the hill-folk thought was alien to their land.

Aadhaar for intrusion

27 Apr 2018 | 12:33 AM

It had become clear last month that linking your Aadhaar number with mobile phones or bank accounts was not mandatory, at least till the matter was resolved in the Supreme Court.

26 Apr 2018

Fall from grace

26 Apr 2018 | 12:15 AM

The conviction of yet another baba, who acquired fame with his religious preaching, for violating a minor girl; and the overwhelming sense of relief experienced by the father on the conviction brought an end to one part of the heinous crime.

Caught in the visa vice

26 Apr 2018 | 12:15 AM

The US Citizens and Immigration Services agency has been taking positions that make it more and more difficult for individuals to migrate.

25 Apr 2018

AFSPA and after

25 Apr 2018 | 1:09 AM

Insurgency has gone down considerably in all states in the North-East since the peak of two decades ago; in some it is down to zero.

Scoring some points

25 Apr 2018 | 1:09 AM

There is much cheer as the PSEB Class XII exam results this year reflect a relative improvement of 3 per cent in the pass percentage (65.

24 Apr 2018

Towards entente cordiale

24 Apr 2018 | 12:53 AM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping’s forthcoming “informal summit” in China raises the strong possibility of improving the relations between the two countries.

Gallows for rapists

24 Apr 2018 | 12:53 AM

In the wake of Kathua and Unnao rape cases, there has been an increasing clamour for death penalty for child rapists among certain sections of society.

23 Apr 2018

Ancient Net truths

23 Apr 2018 | 12:38 AM

The author of Critique of Pure Reason and German philosopher Immanuel Kant told us that a priori knowledge, like knowledge of metaphysics, is true by definition.

Full Cabinet in Punjab

23 Apr 2018 | 12:38 AM

After more than a year in government, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has finally filled his Cabinet to capacity.

21 Apr 2018

The impeachment move

21 Apr 2018 | 12:47 AM

Witnessing developments of ongoing internal tussle in the Supreme Court, few people in the country would have predicted the denouement in the form of an unparalleled impeachment move against the Chief Justice of India (CJI).

Better half than never

21 Apr 2018 | 12:47 AM

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) was set up after the Great Depression of the 1930s with a primary aim to ensure the stability of the monetary system.

20 Apr 2018

Presidential denunciation

20 Apr 2018 | 12:02 AM

President Ram Nath Kovind’s condemnation of the gruesome murder of a girl in Kathua underlines the Indian political class’ unanimity over the grossness of the crime.

Modi in London

20 Apr 2018 | 12:02 AM

For the first time in 40 years, a British Prime Minister met her Indian counterpart without the overhang, obligations and requirements of the European Union.

19 Apr 2018

Monsoon cheer

19 Apr 2018 | 12:02 AM

In our predominantly agrarian economy and with the farm sector still majorly dependent on the weather gods, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast of the monsoon forms the basis of glee or gloom, for a lot rides on it.

Drying up of ATMs

19 Apr 2018 | 12:02 AM

Telangana’s agony for the past few months has now spread to at least four more states — Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

18 Apr 2018

World Bank alarm

18 Apr 2018 | 12:49 AM

The World Bank’s growth forecast for India lacks surprise element.

The Sino-India entente

18 Apr 2018 | 12:49 AM

The turnaround in Sino-Indian ties is nothing short of astonishing.

17 Apr 2018

Pak’s peace overtures

17 Apr 2018 | 12:04 AM

The Pakistan army chief, Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa’s speech on Sunday at Kakul Military Academy’s passing out ceremony received a much wider audience due to a surprising olive branch towards India.

The dignity of the robe

17 Apr 2018 | 12:04 AM

The sight of lawyers raising slogans, waving flags and blocking officers of the law from doing their duty is distressing, to say the least.

16 Apr 2018

Taming the producers’ cartel

16 Apr 2018 | 12:49 AM

GLOBAL energy economics revolves around the three major crude oil importers — the US, China and India. The Indian Government has recently announced that it is joining hands with China to have a collective bargaining power against cartelisation of oil producers.

Tamil Nadu on the edge

16 Apr 2018 | 12:49 AM

TAMIL NADU is on edge after a prominent politician’s relative set himself alight on Friday over the Centre’s inability to form the Cauvery Management Board as part of a Supreme Court-brokered solution to share the waters of the Cauvery river with Karnataka.

14 Apr 2018

Violations in Kathua, Unnao

14 Apr 2018 | 12:04 AM

The politicians have gone through their set piece routines, or not risen to the gravity of the crime that was committed on vulnerable females in two hinterlands of the country, Kathua and Unnao.

Pomp and honour

14 Apr 2018 | 12:04 AM

Spurred by education and awareness, people of backward castes are slowly but firmly asserting their identity and rights.

13 Apr 2018

Zuckerberg speaks

13 Apr 2018 | 12:11 AM

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has assured US Senators that his company is committed to not compromising the integrity of elections anywhere, making a special mention of India.

Reversing slaughter ban

13 Apr 2018 | 12:11 AM

The government’s walk back on last year’s controversial ban on buying and selling of animals for slaughter may not have come a day too soon.

12 Apr 2018

The State of finance

12 Apr 2018 | 12:46 AM

IN the modern era, “perform or perish” is axiomatic. No equitable distribution system can justify this principle. To that extent, concerns of the three southern states — Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala — and Union Territory of Puducherry are valid.

Fast politics

12 Apr 2018 | 12:46 AM

BHATURAS on the plate, food deprivation on the mind, smiling faces and the bonhomie of a common cause. What a picture it could have made.

11 Apr 2018

Moral high ground

11 Apr 2018 | 12:38 AM

It is not for nothing that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is on high alert.

Innocent lives lost

11 Apr 2018 | 12:38 AM

HORRIFIC accidents in Himachal and Maharashtra on two consecutive days have once again brought to us the shocking reality of how close to death we live at all times, and more so when we are on the road.

10 Apr 2018

Gold rush at Gold Coast

10 Apr 2018 | 12:02 AM

SPORTING success drives a nation’s pride like nothing else. Indians found several reasons to be proud about on Sunday at the Commonwealth Games (CWG) as the day’s three gold took India to joint No. 3 on the medals table.

Horror in Syria

10 Apr 2018 | 12:02 AM

IMAGES of children suffering from respiratory distress, probably because of gas attacks, in the Syrian rebel-held town of Douma are horrifying. These brought the spotlight distressingly back on a country that has literally been torn apart by sectarian violence, much exacerbated by the proxy games played by major powers.