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17 Oct 2019

Article 370 & Haryana

17 Oct 2019 | 6:42 AM

ONe can’t fault the BJP for hanging on to a winning formula: nationalism.

Road building an uphill task

17 Oct 2019 | 6:42 AM

Roads are an essential part of infrastructure and the arteries through which economic development of an area takes place.

16 Oct 2019

Handholding have-nots

16 Oct 2019 | 6:48 AM

Poverty alleviation might be a mere slogan in politics, conveniently used during the elections to woo underprivileged voters, but it’s a perennial challenge in development economics that has to be confronted with sustained and sincere efforts.

Air quality concerns

16 Oct 2019 | 6:48 AM

The burning of crop stubble is a problem that comes back to haunt Punjab and Haryana every year.

15 Oct 2019

Contrasting manifestos

15 Oct 2019 | 6:42 AM

With barely a week to go for the Haryana Assembly elections, major political parties have released their manifestos, giving the electorate a fair idea of what to expect from them.

Ganguly to be BCCI president

15 Oct 2019 | 6:42 AM

The nomination of Sourav Ganguly, the former India captain, to be the next president of the Indian cricket board (BCCI) is a welcome development, though the ‘election’ process had several worrying aspects.

14 Oct 2019

The Mamallapuram summit

14 Oct 2019 | 6:23 AM

EXTENDED meetings such as the one at Mamallapuram are rare in a packed diplomatic calendar of two extremely busy world leaders.

Mary’s golden bronze

14 Oct 2019 | 6:23 AM

CHUNGNEIJANG Mary Kom Hmangte must simply do away with the negativity, the despair — she should be nothing but proud of her latest feat, winning a bronze medal at boxing’s World Championships.

12 Oct 2019

On the private track

12 Oct 2019 | 6:52 AM

Over four years after the Bibek Debroy Committee stated that liberalising the entry of new operators into railway operations was a viable option to encourage growth and improve services, the government has formed an empowered group to prepare a feasibility plan for upgrading 50 railway stations to world-class standards and allowing private players to operate 150 trains.

Transforming education

12 Oct 2019 | 6:52 AM

IN the absence of adequate government funds and facilities, giving a fillip to education in Punjab government schools are members of the civil society.

11 Oct 2019

Make in India

11 Oct 2019 | 6:39 AM

It took plain-speaking from Olivier Andries, the CEO of the French engine manufacturer associated with the Rafale fighter jet, to drive home the point that the ambitious Make in India initiative — launched with fanfare in 2014 — has a long way to go in the defence sector.

Sedition case withdrawn

11 Oct 2019 | 6:39 AM

It is ironical that a place that was the seat of the Licchavis in ancient India, where the first signs of democracy were evident during the time of the Mahajanpadas, should become a centre for the filing of cases against eminent personalities that are ultimately found to be baseless.

10 Oct 2019

Uneasy over lynchings

10 Oct 2019 | 6:50 AM

IN his customary address at the Vijayadashami function of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), its chief Mohan Bhagwat tried, in vain, to kill several birds with one stone.

Timing it right

10 Oct 2019 | 6:50 AM

Three days before Chinese President Xi Jinping was to land in Chennai, China sprang a surprise to infuse life into the informal summit he will hold with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

09 Oct 2019

Let the phones ring

09 Oct 2019 | 6:47 AM

RESTRICTIONS on mobile telephony in the Kashmir Valley should have been lifted soon after they were removed in the Jammu region.

Sniffing out black money

09 Oct 2019 | 6:47 AM

AT long last, India has received the first tranche of Swiss bank account details.

08 Oct 2019

Dhaka, Delhi look ahead

08 Oct 2019 | 6:47 AM

THE fact that Bangladesh’s national anthem, Amar Sonar Bangla, was composed by Rabindranath Tagore, is historical evidence of our shared past and organic cultural ties.

Keeping roads motorable

08 Oct 2019 | 6:47 AM

ROADS, a lifeline for commuters, often turn into deathtraps due to poor maintenance or sheer negligence on the part of the government authorities and private companies.

07 Oct 2019

Arresting the slide

07 Oct 2019 | 6:42 AM

The revisions in corporate tax and interest rate would rank as the deepest ever by any government as it goes all out to notch a higher growth rate than the middling 5-7 per cent range.

Death in sewers

07 Oct 2019 | 6:42 AM

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the two states and the Chandigarh administration to consider the sufferings of the workers and their families who die while cleaning sewers and manholes.

05 Oct 2019

Positive move

05 Oct 2019 | 6:42 AM

PEOPLE from all over the world will gather to commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. In a spirit that cuts across narrow partisan divisions, which is rare in today’s environment, political leaders both from the Centre and Punjab, along with religious leaders, will be together on the stage.

Threatening dissenters

05 Oct 2019 | 6:42 AM

THERE is no democracy without dissent – this was the crux of an open letter written to PM Narendra Modi by about 50 renowned personalities, including historian Ramachandra Guha, filmmakers Mani Ratnam and Shyam Benegal, and vocalist Shubha Mudgal in late July.

04 Oct 2019

Stuck with plastic

04 Oct 2019 | 6:48 AM

The government has finally woken up to the menace of single-use plastic, though it has stopped short of announcing a blanket ban.

Congress a divided house

04 Oct 2019 | 6:48 AM

Nothing unites Congressmen more than the sight of electoral victory while political wilderness brings to the fore bickering in the rank and file.

NRC imbroglio

04 Oct 2019 | 6:48 AM

INvoking national security in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack, the BJP had stolen a march on the Opposition in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, with PM Narendra Modi claiming soon after the Balakot airstrike that the nation was ‘in safe hands’.

Banks need better systems

04 Oct 2019 | 6:48 AM

Concern over the health of the banking sector has been growing.

02 Oct 2019

Cherry-picking Gandhi

02 Oct 2019 | 6:42 AM

A Party that gets Pragya Thakur elected to the Indian Parliament ought not to be celebrating Gandhi’s 150th anniversary.

01 Oct 2019

Imran and the J-word

01 Oct 2019 | 6:49 AM

From being a heartthrob of millions of cricket-lovers across the Indian subcontinent, Imran Khan has overnight metamorphosed into a medieval mullah.

Let Urdu flourish

01 Oct 2019 | 6:49 AM

Mirza GHALIB would have nailed the debate with this couplet: ‘Har ek baat pe kehte ho tum ki tu kya hai, tumhin kaho ki ye andaz-e-guftugu kya hai.

30 Sep 2019

Semblance of justice

30 Sep 2019 | 6:40 AM

TWO years after he was suspended and jailed following the death of infants due to alleged lack of oxygen supply at the state-run BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, a government inquiry has absolved Dr Kafeel Khan of the charge of medical negligence.

Modi at UNGA

30 Sep 2019 | 6:40 AM

PM Modi has every right to feel contented with his week-long stay in the US.

28 Sep 2019

Blot on Swachh Bharat

28 Sep 2019 | 6:46 AM

Hours after PM Modi received the Global Goalkeeper Award in New York for the success of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, two Dalit children were thrashed to death by upper-caste men for defecating near the village panchayat building at Bhavkedhi in MP’s Shivpuri district.

Cricket’s dynasts

28 Sep 2019 | 6:46 AM

An analysis of cricket’s administration in India reveals a disturbing fact: The administrators are dynasts, not democrats.

27 Sep 2019

Chinmayanand cross-case

27 Sep 2019 | 6:59 AM

All cases are equal before the law, but some are more equal than others, particularly in Uttar Pradesh.

A study in contrast

27 Sep 2019 | 6:59 AM

Bucking the national trend, Haryana has the proud distinction of having, for the first time, more girl students pursuing higher education than boys.

26 Sep 2019

Poll-time ‘witch-hunt’

26 Sep 2019 | 6:46 AM

The election season is synonymous with political one-upmanship.

Beyond Trumpisms

26 Sep 2019 | 6:46 AM

Us President Donald Trump’s endorsement of Prime Minister Modi has been over the top.

25 Sep 2019

Heartening for Haryana

25 Sep 2019 | 7:22 AM

Haryana has got something to cheer about.

Justice at stake

25 Sep 2019 | 7:22 AM

The bitter tussle between the government and the judiciary over the appointment and transfer of judges is an open secret.

24 Sep 2019

Modi’s Texas triumph

24 Sep 2019 | 7:33 AM

EVERYTHING is bigger in Texas, or so goes the saying. The 50,000 Indian-Americans at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally, the presence of US President Donald Trump and many prominent American political leaders, all underscored a new high in Indo-US relations.

Drones to arms

24 Sep 2019 | 7:33 AM

PUNJAB Police have busted a terror module involving the use of drones to arms in the state. The arms were dropped near Khalra village in Tarn Taran district and were ostensibly meant for terrorists in Punjab and also Kashmir that is currently witnessing a lockdown after the abrogation of Article 370.

23 Sep 2019

FM’s growth booster

23 Sep 2019 | 6:47 AM

THE cut in corporate tax for existing and new manufacturing units was announced ahead of PM Modi’s meetings with CEOs of over 60 American MNCs.

Shameful assault

23 Sep 2019 | 6:47 AM

The recent surfacing of the chilling CCTV footage of domestic violence, allegedly by retired High Court judge Nooty Ramamohana Rao, his wife and his son, against daughter-in-law Sindhu — even as the victim’s two horrified toddlers look on — has sparked outrage.

21 Sep 2019

Reining in smokers

21 Sep 2019 | 6:49 AM

Tobacco addiction poses a grave health risk.

Half-way for Capt sarkar

21 Sep 2019 | 6:49 AM

The biggest achievement of his government had been the building of confidence, Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh had said some time back.

20 Sep 2019

Dirty Bharat

20 Sep 2019 | 6:49 AM

Even as the country gears up to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Supreme Court has turned the spotlight on what the Father of the Nation called ‘a blot on humanity’ — untouchability.

Swearing by honeytrap

20 Sep 2019 | 6:49 AM

When Eve upon the first of men; the apple pressed with specious cant; Oh! What a thousand pities then; That Adam was not adamant,’ wrote Thomas Hood.

19 Sep 2019

Reversing the slowdown

19 Sep 2019 | 6:40 AM

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das has stated what many had feared — the government had taken its eyes off the economy when the election season began in February.

Question mark over result

19 Sep 2019 | 6:40 AM

The examinee is better than the examiner,’ wrote the teacher on the answer sheet of India’s first President, Dr Rajendra Prasad, when he was a student, in deference to his intellect.

18 Sep 2019

Not fair to Farooq

18 Sep 2019 | 6:43 AM

When Parliament debated the government’s decision to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution, the speaker who should have had the greatest say — the Member of Parliament from Srinagar — was far away, locked up in his house in the Valley.

NRC in Haryana

18 Sep 2019 | 6:43 AM

The updated National Register of Citizens (NRC), released recently by the BJP-led government in Assam, left out as many as 19 lakh people.

17 Sep 2019

Focus on job skills

17 Sep 2019 | 6:42 AM

UNion Labour and Employment Minister Santosh Gangwar has somehow figured out why India’s unemployment rate rose to a 45-year high of 6.

Hit-and-run in Himachal

17 Sep 2019 | 6:42 AM

Even as Himachal Pradesh has decided to defer the implementation of the amended Motor Vehicles Act, road accident figures present an alarming picture with 1,679 mishaps reported in the first seven months of the year alone.

16 Sep 2019

Odd and even

16 Sep 2019 | 6:31 AM

Already on a spree to offer sops to the aam aadmi in the form of free bijli and paani with an eye on the 2020 elections, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has now announced the return of the odd-even scheme in November as part of a plan to combat smog arising due to various reasons, including stubble-burning in neighbouring Haryana and Punjab.

‘Make road, take vote’

16 Sep 2019 | 6:31 AM

With the bugle for the Haryana Assembly elections set to be sounded soon, people are once again all geared up to voice their demands, with aspiring legislators reaching out and sending feelers to the voters.

14 Sep 2019

Railway touts

14 Sep 2019 | 6:57 AM

It takes a harried VIP to set in motion the rusty wheels of the law-enforcement system.

IIT-Ropar excels

14 Sep 2019 | 6:57 AM

Riding on its excellent score in research citation impact, IIT, Ropar, along with IISc, Bangalore, finds a pride of spot in the top 350 universities of the world in the UK-based Times Higher Education Ranking 2020.

13 Sep 2019

Opposition targeted in AP

13 Sep 2019 | 6:49 AM

Politics of negativity and repression has dominated the first 100 days of the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) government in Andhra Pradesh.

Stiff penalty must stay

13 Sep 2019 | 6:49 AM

The BJP-led NDA government has taken some tough decisions during its tenure like the ones on demonetisation, GST, triple talaq and abrogation of Article 370, using its majority to push through measures largely in consonance with its Hindutva agenda.

12 Sep 2019

Jallianwala apology

12 Sep 2019 | 6:47 AM

When Archbishop of Canterbury Reverend Justin Welby prostrated himself like a penitent before the Jallianwala Bagh memorial on Tuesday, he unwittingly resembled the hapless Amritsar residents who were forced to crawl in Kucha Kaurianwala a century ago.

Unholy tussle

12 Sep 2019 | 6:47 AM

The unholy tussle for one-upmanship between the Punjab Government and the SGPC (read Badals) over the joint celebrations of the 550th Parkash Purb of Guru Nanak Dev threatens to be a blot on the commemoration of the historic event in November in which lakhs of Sikhs and other faithful from the world over are expected to take part.

11 Sep 2019

The height of hypocrisy

11 Sep 2019 | 6:46 AM

Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has sought ‘international investigation into human rights violations by India in Jammu and Kashmir’ on Tuesday at the 42nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Case against Kamal Nath

11 Sep 2019 | 6:46 AM

The anti-Sikh riots of 1984 were among the worst in the history of Independent India that has seen quite a few conflagrations communal in nature, like in the case of riots in Gujarat, Bhagalpur and the exodus of the Kashmiri Pandits.

10 Sep 2019

Ladakh outreach

10 Sep 2019 | 6:38 AM

Ladakh is on course to get ‘tribal area’ status as the ministries of Home, Law and Tribal Affairs and the National Commission of Scheduled Tribes have endorsed a proposal in this regard.

Food for thought

10 Sep 2019 | 6:38 AM

Punjab has not been able to meet the nutritional requirement of its more than five lakh children from economically weaker strata who attend anganwadis for the past nearly two months.

09 Sep 2019

Talking to Pakistan

09 Sep 2019 | 6:43 AM

THE US State Department’s repeated exhortations to New Delhi to resume talks with Pakistan are correct in principle, unless the intention is to temporarily mollify Islamabad and help pull the American chestnuts out of the Afghan fire.

Stay the course in space

09 Sep 2019 | 6:43 AM

The images said it all.

The mobs of Alwar

09 Sep 2019 | 6:43 AM

ALWAR is a strange town that keeps on shaming the nation every now and then. The latest is the assault on a final-year aeronautical engineering student, Mir Faiz, who according to news reports, was disrobed, made to a wear a woman’s dress, tied to a pole and attacked.

Narrow escape

09 Sep 2019 | 6:43 AM

ONE man’s inhumanity imperilled their lives. Another man rose to the occasion and saved them. It was a providential escape for the 20-odd Nurpur school students who were left stranded by a jeep driver in the flooded Chhonchh rivulet at Indora in Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra district. The Good Samaritan who came to their rescue was a tractor-trailer driver.

06 Sep 2019

Opening the locks

06 Sep 2019 | 7:15 AM

A month is a very long time to remain locked up.