Thursday, February 22, 2018

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21 Feb 2018

Elections on campus

21 Feb 2018 | 1:03 AM

There can be valid arguments to introduce students in colleges and universities to political and democratic processes, and thence the concept of student elections, which Haryana now proposes to restart in the state.

The Nirav Modi malfeasance

21 Feb 2018 | 1:03 AM

Five days after the PNB scam broke, all that we have now are frantic stabs by all the singed parties to disown responsibility.

20 Feb 2018

Beti nahi bachi

20 Feb 2018 | 12:41 AM

A government overtly perturbed with gender imbalance should be acutely surprised and alarmed that its much-trumpeted pink themes and grandiose campaigns to balance the sex ratio have borne little fruit.

Trudeau’s not-so lonely visit

20 Feb 2018 | 12:41 AM

It is highly unusual for an Indian Prime Minister to give a virtual cold shoulder to his visiting Canadian counterpart.

19 Feb 2018

End of the Zuma era

19 Feb 2018 | 12:43 AM

It was heart-wrenching to witness the sack-cloth-and-ashes departure of Jacob Zuma, the once-indomitable poster boy of the struggle against apartheid in South Africa.

Not so green

19 Feb 2018 | 12:43 AM

Considering that India aims to cover 33 per cent of its geographical area with forests, the preening of Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan over an increase of 1 per cent in greening over the past two years resulting in 24.4 per cent coverage seems misplaced.

17 Feb 2018

Amit Shah in Haryana

17 Feb 2018 | 12:48 AM

It was just as well that the rasp of Amit Shah’s poll bugle at Jind on Thursday escaped greater scrutiny because the news-cycle was captured by the salacious Nirav Modi-Punjab National Bank scandal.

The Davos snapshot

17 Feb 2018 | 12:48 AM

It is axiomatic that a picture never lies, even if it may not reveal the whole story.

16 Feb 2018

Loot with impunity

16 Feb 2018 | 1:11 AM

It no longer comes as a surprise that a scam in India is detected only after culprits escape the country.

Rouhani comes to India

16 Feb 2018 | 1:11 AM

An Iranian President’s overseas visit is always global news.

15 Feb 2018

Three years of Kejriwal

15 Feb 2018 | 1:04 AM

THE three years of the Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi could be described as survival by fire. Kejriwal has not been forgiven for the comprehensive and total defeat the AAP could inflict on the BJP within a year of the 2014 Modi revolution.

Medical education

15 Feb 2018 | 1:04 AM

INDIA, the world’s largest democracy with 130 crore inhabitants, has only a little over 10.41 lakh registered doctors. Out of which, only 8.33 lakh doctors are actually available for active service.

14 Feb 2018

Winter Olympics & longevity

14 Feb 2018 | 12:45 AM

South Korea has got it right twice where more resourceful countries have floundered.

An RSS boast

14 Feb 2018 | 12:45 AM

Because we have been made to become edgily comfortable with a narrative of fauj, jawan, shahadat, it was entirely predictable that the RSS chief, Mohan Bhagwat, should have drawn flak for a comparison between his men and those of the Indian Army.

13 Feb 2018

Modi in Palestine

13 Feb 2018 | 12:25 AM

A climbdown in the Indian stand on Palestine was a matter of when and how much ever since PM Narendra Modi made open his government''s partiality for Israel.

Khattar’s surrender

13 Feb 2018 | 12:25 AM

The Haryana BJP took offence at a Goa minister belittling the state over the ‘quality’ of tourists from North India.

12 Feb 2018

Army camp attacked

12 Feb 2018 | 12:42 AM

THE bravery and sacrifice of the soldiers was once again put to test in the militant attack on an Army camp in Jammu. Five bravehearts lost their lives and those injured in the firefight will forever carry the scars of the battle. By all accounts, the Army again acquitted itself well.

Taking note of health

12 Feb 2018 | 12:42 AM

THE Niti Aayog health index report “Healthy States, Progressive India” released on Friday is a wake-up call for states as it helps them identify specific areas of improvement, both in terms of overall performance and year-on-year incremental change.

10 Feb 2018

Khaleda sentenced

10 Feb 2018 | 1:10 AM

For years the average Bangladeshi has regretted the lack of political choice: the options usually boiled down to one of the two Begums, Khaleda Zia or Sheikh Hasina.

Business of Google

10 Feb 2018 | 1:10 AM

India’s antitrust regulator, the Competition Commission of India (CCI), has found search engine giant Google abusing its dominant position in the country.

09 Feb 2018

Sending a car into space

09 Feb 2018 | 12:44 AM

The prose describing the debut launch of the world's most powerful rocket by a private company SpaceX left little to imagination — “The rocket thundered off in billowing clouds of steam while the launch shook the walls of press trailer.

Take no prisoners

09 Feb 2018 | 12:44 AM

The extreme partisan vehemence Prime Minister Narendra Modi could summon in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, in replying to the Motion of Thanks, should alert us to an impending breakdown in Indian polity.

08 Feb 2018

Secrecy on Rafale

08 Feb 2018 | 12:48 AM

The BJP Government at the Centre resorted to a well-worn ploy when faced with a difficult situation: counter-attack.

Bloodbath after bull run

08 Feb 2018 | 12:48 AM

What goes up must come down.

07 Feb 2018

Disquiet in the NDA

07 Feb 2018 | 12:49 AM

BJP president Amit Shah’s maiden speech in the Rajya Sabha on Monday will be remembered less for the tactical point, but scoring more for marking an inflexion point in his party’s relationship with its allies.

A wise ruling

07 Feb 2018 | 12:49 AM

In ruling that the khap panchayats have no role whatsoever in a marriage between two consenting adults, the Supreme Court has reaffirmed one of the basic tenets of a civilised, lawful society.

06 Feb 2018

Indo-Pak border heats up

06 Feb 2018 | 12:04 AM

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has solemnly assured us that the deaths of Captain Kundu and his three troopers in Pakistani firing on Sunday will be duly avenged.

Jaitley tax on bourses

06 Feb 2018 | 12:04 AM

It is unjust to entirely blame the Finance Minister’s decision to reintroduce the long-term capital gains tax for the falling Sensex.

05 Feb 2018

A new beginning

05 Feb 2018 | 1:05 AM

A new roster system will come into effect from Monday in the Supreme Court. It is tempting to see it as an attempt to introduce transparency and to institutionalise allocation of cases to various Benches — one of the main demands of the four seniormost judges who staged a “judicial mutiny” on January 12.

Allow Maldives to breathe

05 Feb 2018 | 1:05 AM

IN the era of multi-polarity, India needlessly spoilt its ties with Nepal by insisting that its writ prevail over framing the rules for the general elections. It has come second best to China in the Maldives after South Block tried to breathe down Male’s neck.

03 Feb 2018

Does Modi Care?

03 Feb 2018 | 12:51 AM

Usually the Budget is an annual financial exercise with a little tinge of political messaging.

Setback to BJP in Rajasthan

03 Feb 2018 | 12:51 AM

THE Rajasthan byelection results had the feel of a “triple talaq” to it.

02 Feb 2018

Still a distant dream

02 Feb 2018 | 12:06 AM

FINANCE Minister Arun Jaitley’s last full Budget is more utopian than practical.

01 Feb 2018

Yashwant’s political manch

01 Feb 2018 | 1:00 AM

THE duo of intellectuals from the BJP camp, Arun Shourie (“NDA is UPA plus cow”) and Yashwant Sinha (“I need to speak up now”), have kept aloft the flag of informed dissent when the open spaces of freedom and free speech have considerably shrunk.

“New American Moment”

01 Feb 2018 | 1:00 AM

AMERICAN State of the Union address to the Congress has conventionally been designed to enable the President to spell out his grand agenda for audience at home and abroad.

31 Jan 2018

The stark reality

31 Jan 2018 | 12:30 AM

The Economic Survey projected a robustness to the Indian economy, but it concealed upheavals occurring in its underbelly.

From Davos to Kasgunj

31 Jan 2018 | 12:30 AM

The lament by the District Magistrate of riot-hit Kasgunj (UP) about “fringe groups coming up in every part of the state, taking the same ugly route to instigate people of the minority community by forcefully entering their locality in the name of nationalism” was not a cry in the wilderness.

30 Jan 2018

Army firing in Shopian

30 Jan 2018 | 1:32 AM

THE killing of two youths in Army firing in South Kashmir’s Shopian district on Saturday is a chilling reminder that the situation in the Valley remains fragile and volatile.

Guarded growth

30 Jan 2018 | 1:32 AM

THE first Economic Survey foresees India’s GDP to grow by 7-7.

29 Jan 2018

Killing gangsters

29 Jan 2018 | 12:43 AM

THE killing of a notorious gangster, Vicky Gounder, and his two accomplices by the Punjab Police should provide a moment of satisfaction to the law and order establishment.

President Kovind speaks

29 Jan 2018 | 12:43 AM

FOR at least three decades now, the President of India’s addresses to the nation on the eve of the Independence Day, as also on the eve of the Republic Day, have been personal statements; that is, these are not vetted by the Council of Ministers and provide an occasion for independent reflections.

26 Jan 2018

Taxpayers’ NPAs

26 Jan 2018 | 12:43 AM

NO one should be surprised that the government’s announcement to infuse Rs 88,139 crore to revitalise 20 public sector banks on Wednesday has failed to enthuse the market.

State of the Republic

26 Jan 2018 | 12:43 AM

SCHOOLCHILDREN travelling in a bus are assaulted on the outskirts of the Capital.

25 Jan 2018

The Davos rhetoric

25 Jan 2018 | 1:21 AM

AT home we have allowed ourselves to be mesmerised by PM Modi’s soliloquy at Davos.

No, not a banana republic

25 Jan 2018 | 1:21 AM

THE Supreme Court has performed its constitutional dharma rather well by refusing to recall its order on the release of the movie, Padmaavat.

24 Jan 2018

The rich get richer

24 Jan 2018 | 12:25 AM

INDIA is on a dangerous growth path as the rich are getting richer and the poor are becoming poorer.

Hadiya’s agency upheld

24 Jan 2018 | 12:25 AM

BY pronouncing that the NIA cannot investigate about Hadiya’s marital status, the Supreme Court Bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, has reaffirmed the constitutional right of autonomy and agency of the adult woman.

23 Jan 2018

At Nirvachan Sadan

23 Jan 2018 | 1:19 AM

TO the extent individuals do make a difference to institutions, it must be the devout wish of all citizens that Om Prakash Rawat would do his utmost to arrest the decline in the Nirvachan Sadan’s prestige and reputation.

Unscientific humbug

23 Jan 2018 | 1:19 AM

FOR most of its existence, mankind had various theories of creation and only around 174 years ago did man start believing that various creatures on earth evolved through a process of natural selection to get to human beings.

22 Jan 2018

In-flight connectivity

22 Jan 2018 | 12:45 AM

MOBILE telephone and Internet use in commercial flights is increasingly allowed by several airlines.

Fixing AAP

22 Jan 2018 | 12:45 AM

THE alacrity with which the President of India (read the Modi government) endorsed the Election Commission of India’s opinion that 20 Aam Aadmi Party MLAs stand disqualified for holding “an office of profit” carries with it a distinct odour of political maliciousness.

20 Jan 2018

Long arm of the law

20 Jan 2018 | 12:42 AM

THE premier of Victoria, Australia’s most densely populated state, has again raised the issue of extradition of an Indian citizen who was driving a car in that country and killed one person and seriously injured another.

Better late than never

20 Jan 2018 | 12:42 AM

FINANCE Minister Arun Jaitley and his GST team are doing what they could have done eight months ago, at the time of introducing the indirect tax reform.

19 Jan 2018

SC’s nod to creativity

19 Jan 2018 | 12:48 AM

THERE is no place for cultural chauvinism in a democracy, and certainly not in a pluralistic country like India. The Supreme Court has rightly stayed the ill-conceived ban by a handful of states on the release of the film Padmaavat and also restrained other states from entertaining similar thoughts.

Connecting with the lonely

19 Jan 2018 | 12:48 AM

OLD people often find themselves in situations where they are lonely. Even as the world deals with this state of affairs, there are statistics about this problem in the UK: more than 90 lakh people out of a population of 6.56 crore say they are always or often lonely.

18 Jan 2018

Shame, Haryana

18 Jan 2018 | 12:34 AM

FOUR rapes in two days, one worse than the other in depravity, have jolted the collective conscience of Haryana.

Scrapping of Haj subsidy

18 Jan 2018 | 12:34 AM

THE BJP government’s approval to abolish the Haj subsidy is in effect a ratification of the suggestions made by the Central Haj Committee at its meeting a couple of months back.

17 Jan 2018

Rana Gurjit must go

17 Jan 2018 | 12:42 AM

EIGHT months after The Tribune exposed how people of meagre means but close to Punjab Power and Irrigation Minister Rana Gurjit Singh had managed to secure sand mines in auction, the powerful Cabinet member has submitted his resignation.

Modi’s hug-plomacy

17 Jan 2018 | 12:42 AM

THE optics of the six-day visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been heady.

16 Jan 2018

A hatchet is buried

16 Jan 2018 | 12:57 AM

AFTER four senior judges of the Supreme Court had, on Friday, staged a tableau of delirious discord, a tense congeniality descended upon the Supreme Court Monday morning.

A spanner in the bull-run

16 Jan 2018 | 12:57 AM

INDIAN investors are left with little choice.

15 Jan 2018

Netanyahu comes to Delhi

15 Jan 2018 | 12:58 AM

Once, the Indian passport barred its holder from travelling to South Africa and Israel.

New passport rules

15 Jan 2018 | 12:58 AM

India is changing, so must its rules.

13 Jan 2018

Reprising ’84 cases

13 Jan 2018 | 12:46 AM

NEARLY 34 years after the 1984 riots, the Supreme Court’s order to reinvestigate 186 cases of violence against Sikhs following the assassination of Indira Gandhi comes with a renewed hope of justice.

A judicial mutiny

13 Jan 2018 | 12:46 AM

THE unprecedented press conference by top four judges of the Supreme Court and the allegations levelled by them against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra have brought to the fore the much talked-about chinks in the top judiciary over a range of issues, including the manner in which the CJI allocated cases to his brother judges in his capacity as “master of the roster”.

12 Jan 2018

Virtual ID for Aadhaar

12 Jan 2018 | 1:21 AM

THE most welcome part of the new two-layer Aadhaar security system is the choice offered for the first time since the Modi government tried to gang press citizens into linking the card to every conceivable purpose and service.

Endless FDI concessions

12 Jan 2018 | 1:21 AM

THERE is more optics than substance in the government’s tweaking of the foreign investment policies.

11 Jan 2018

Relief on H-1B front

11 Jan 2018 | 12:40 AM

US President Donald Trump’s executive order, “Buy American and Hire American”, set the tone for immigration policies and their implementation.

Make it less taxing

11 Jan 2018 | 12:40 AM

IN his previous Budget, FM Jaitley had made a conscious effort to make personal income tax more liberal and less intimidating. This helped in direct tax collections, which jumped 18 per cent by December 2017.

10 Jan 2018

The walk-back on anthem

10 Jan 2018 | 12:48 AM

A fig-leaf in the form of a committee cannot hide the plain truth that the government has had to walk back on its fiat to play compulsorily the national anthem in cinema halls before the screening of films.