Wednesday, January 23, 2019
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22 Jan 2019

Connecting the China border

22 Jan 2019 | 6:47 AM

The Indian Air Force (IAF) plans to take up the upgrading of Vijaynagar, an almost-inaccessible sliver of a plateau on the China border surrounded by forests on all sides.

Ailing rural healthcare

22 Jan 2019 | 6:47 AM

The Punjab Government’s move (and subsequent clarification) to consider offers from private doctors and NGOs to run health centres in rural areas is in tune with the reality that its efforts alone are inadequate in meeting the needs of the rural populace.

21 Jan 2019

AAP’s 2019 strategy

21 Jan 2019 | 6:42 AM

Aap convener Arvind Kejriwal’s decision to stay away from the Varanasi constituency in this General Election appears to be the only coherent aspect of the Aam Aadmi Party’s strategy.

Extortion rings in prisons

21 Jan 2019 | 6:42 AM

All is not well in our jails.

19 Jan 2019

Time for a reset

19 Jan 2019 | 6:57 AM

THE transfer of senior CBI officers Rakesh Asthana, AK Sharma, MK Sinha and Jayant J Naiknavare gives the government a clean slate to start with. Indeed, it is surprising that this step was not taken till now.

The regularisation gambit

19 Jan 2019 | 6:57 AM

THE Congress government in Punjab has predictably gone into overdrive to appease various categories of voters in the run-up to the General Election.

18 Jan 2019

Judiciary in a spot

18 Jan 2019 | 6:29 AM

A year after the nation witnessed an unprecedented press conference by four top judges of the Supreme Court, the judiciary is in the eye of a storm again.

Selection of DGPs

18 Jan 2019 | 6:29 AM

Any structural change produces resistance and so it was with the Supreme Court’s directives for appointing the top-most police officer in the states.

17 Jan 2019

Discordant notes

17 Jan 2019 | 6:42 AM

The Border Security Force Assistant Commandant, Vinay Prasad, is the latest casualty of the unsettled bilateral ties between India and Pakistan.

Upper class quota in education

17 Jan 2019 | 6:42 AM

Politicians in power are prone to showering political bounties as the next election approaches and the Modi government is no exception.

16 Jan 2019

Pulling education out of rut

16 Jan 2019 | 6:38 AM

That there is only one regular lecturer for the 181 students of a government college in Haryana’s Hathin block of Palwal district reflects the general malaise afflicting the Mewat region.

Low prices and farm crises

16 Jan 2019 | 6:38 AM

The past two years have been the worst for the farmer, unlike the urban middle class.

15 Jan 2019

Oppn-bashing at BJP show

15 Jan 2019 | 6:30 AM

The BJP’s national convention, organised just a month after the stunning electoral reversals in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, should have served as a sobering platform for introspection, an opportunity to take an uncompromising look at the chinks in the armour before the Lok Sabha battle. Instead, it turned out to be yet another venom-spewing exercise.

Dole for farmhands

15 Jan 2019 | 6:30 AM

It is poll season, and it is raining sops in Punjab. A couple of days earlier, state government employees were promised the lollipop of a pay raise by the Capt Amarinder Singh government.

14 Jan 2019

Punjab’s pay push

14 Jan 2019 | 7:00 AM

COMETH the elections, cometh the revised pay scales.

Potential of UP arithmetic

14 Jan 2019 | 7:00 AM

Aquarter of a century is a long time to stay estranged.

12 Jan 2019

Sorting wheat from chaff

12 Jan 2019 | 6:36 AM

The Indian Army currently has its hands full with two restive borders, internal insurgencies and the need to trim its fat. It has done a good job of all the three.

Comeuppance for dera head

12 Jan 2019 | 6:36 AM

The conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim and three others for the 2002 murder of journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati is an ideal example of justice delayed but not denied.

11 Jan 2019

Crop registration in Haryana

11 Jan 2019 | 6:30 AM

Haryana’s drive to make it mandatory for cultivators of wheat and mustard to enrol themselves in order to sell their produce in mandis should sound familiar.

A lesson to keep

11 Jan 2019 | 6:30 AM

There is no gainsaying that India is in dire need of a refurbished education policy, but not the kind proposed by the nine-member K Kasturirangan (former ISRO chief) committee in its draft report on the New Education Policy.

10 Jan 2019

Judgment day for dera chief

10 Jan 2019 | 7:59 AM

Back in 2002, a journalist dared to tell the unpleasant truth about a mighty sect head.

SC Bench on Ram temple

10 Jan 2019 | 7:59 AM

The Supreme Court has finally stilled the impatience of the Hindutva crowd with the setting up of a five-judge Bench to hear the socially and politically divisive Ram janmabhoomi-Babri masjid dispute.

09 Jan 2019

The closing gambit

09 Jan 2019 | 6:39 AM

The Modi government produced a political rabbit just when things went wrong in the Assembly elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

SC setback for Centre

09 Jan 2019 | 6:39 AM

Three weeks before his retirement, the Supreme Court has reinstated Alok Kumar Verma as the CBI Director, setting aside the Centre’s controversial decision to divest him of powers as the head of the beleaguered investigating agency.

08 Jan 2019

Undue haste on triple talaq

08 Jan 2019 | 6:57 AM

FOR over a year, Parliament has been unable to comply with the Supreme Court’s directions to pass a law that outlaws instant talaq or triple talaq.

Kohli’s men make history

08 Jan 2019 | 6:57 AM

SEVENTY-ONE years after first touring Australia, India have finally won a Test series Down Under; in fact, this is the first Test series triumph in Australia for any cricket team from Asia.

07 Jan 2019

SP-BSP pact in Uttar Pradesh

07 Jan 2019 | 7:06 AM

MONTHS before the Lok Sabha elections, the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) have agreed ‘in principle’ to an alliance in Uttar Pradesh.

Nepal’s initiative for parents

07 Jan 2019 | 7:06 AM

Nepal is attempting an interesting initiative to extend the social cover to its elderly population by introducing a law that makes it incumbent on employed children to deposit 5 to 10 per cent of their income into their parents’ accounts to ensure their security.

05 Jan 2019

The Sabarimala protests

05 Jan 2019 | 6:46 AM

The Sabarimala stir, on a slow boil since last year, came alive after two women of menstruating age entered the shrine as soon as the annual pilgrimage season began.

Child trafficking in Haryana

05 Jan 2019 | 6:46 AM

Forced to live with a youth in Bhiwani, a Class IX student from Odisha jumps off the first floor of a house.

04 Jan 2019

Smartphones & empowerment

04 Jan 2019 | 12:03 AM

The electoral consequences of distributing freebies have been dramatic: Naveen Patnaik has won four consecutive elections, while Nitish Kumar, Raman Singh and Shivraj Chouhan accomplished hat-tricks.

Transferring Punjab teachers

04 Jan 2019 | 12:03 AM

The demon of transfers that has always been lurking behind Punjab Government schoolteachers has been exorcised.

03 Jan 2019

Modi’s Ram temple card

03 Jan 2019 | 12:05 AM

IN one fell swoop, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has managed to placate the restive RSS on the Ram temple and push the emotive issue back to the centre stage months before the Lok Sabha elections.

Haryana’s cotton scam

03 Jan 2019 | 12:05 AM

Even as most small and middle-rung farmers are distressfully debt-ridden, the chain of operators of their produce down the line is reaping a bounty, albeit of the black variety.

02 Jan 2019

The Indo-Pak frustration

02 Jan 2019 | 12:03 AM

JANUARY 1 is a day India and Pakistan have set aside for conducting diplomatic business in an air of civility; when for over 25 years they have exchanged a list of nuclear installations as if to suggest that war is a distant possibility, but there is also the instinct to preserve citizens of the other country with common cultural bonds.

The Gurugram gangrape

02 Jan 2019 | 12:03 AM

AN aggrieved woman, still struggling to come to terms with the loss of her husband, gathers the courage to pick up the pieces of her life. With two young children to look after, her immediate concern is consolidating all the money their father may have earned.

01 Jan 2019

The secular begum wins

01 Jan 2019 | 12:54 AM

The Bangladesh polls were the easiest to call.

Pension plan for farmer

01 Jan 2019 | 12:54 AM

After the golden double-income slogan, MSP assurances and circuitous loan waiver commitments, the latest in an attempt to court the farmer is the pension dole.

31 Dec 2018

Bulandshahr to Rohru

31 Dec 2018 | 12:02 AM

HIMACHAL is rarely in the news for communal tensions; perhaps the numerical strength of the ‘other’ is too insignificant to be preyed upon for electoral dividends.

Tightening the noose

31 Dec 2018 | 12:02 AM

THE year 2018 began with the outrageous abduction, rape and murder of an innocent eight-year-old girl in Kathua in January, leading to an anguished public outcry.

29 Dec 2018

Second tilt at triple talaq

29 Dec 2018 | 12:06 AM

The Lok Sabha on Thursday took up the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017, for the second time with predictable results.

Punjab’s drug challenge

29 Dec 2018 | 12:06 AM

Almost two years after Capt Amarinder Singh vowed to make Punjab drug-free within four weeks of coming to power, the authorities continue to grapple with the hydra-headed menace.

28 Dec 2018

Targeting terror

28 Dec 2018 | 1:02 AM

The National Investigation Agency has scored a victory by busting a terror module.

Not a sporting matter

28 Dec 2018 | 1:02 AM

Actor Salman Khan’s protracted trial in the high-profile 1998 blackbuck poaching case is still alive in social memory.

27 Dec 2018

Prudence loses to profligacy

27 Dec 2018 | 1:16 AM

The Comptroller and Auditor General’s objections to the explanation provided by Punjab’s Department of Civil Aviation about trips made by former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, and his son, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, highlight the need for prudence in using the public exchequer’s funds.

Out in the cold

27 Dec 2018 | 1:16 AM

Haryana is one of the richest states of India, boasting of the highest per capita income.

26 Dec 2018

Maintaining a balance

26 Dec 2018 | 12:44 AM

As a secular nation that allows freedom of religion to everyone, India has a proud multi-cultural tradition.

Rationalising GST

26 Dec 2018 | 12:44 AM

The taxpayers will like Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s statement that the government is working on a single GST rate for most goods.

25 Dec 2018

BJP’s Bihar strategy

25 Dec 2018 | 12:58 AM

Political alignments are sensitive to the realities of the moment.

Army raises the bar

25 Dec 2018 | 12:58 AM

IN the times of #MeToo, the Army has stolen a march over its civilian counterparts, setting a fine example of trying, and swiftly wrapping up, a case of moral turpitude by going ahead with the dismissal of a Major General found guilty of conduct unbecoming of an officer.

24 Dec 2018

Dissent not treason

24 Dec 2018 | 12:13 AM

A veteran actor who has spent a lifetime representing the best of India faced its worst with just one critical comment. Here was Naseeruddin Shah expressing his worry about the safety of his children in today’s India, expressing his angst at the rising intolerance.

One-down for Congress

24 Dec 2018 | 12:13 AM

Amid the sweet whiff of victory in the three Hindi heartland states in the recent elections has come a pungent legal order for the Congress.

22 Dec 2018

Big Brother watching

22 Dec 2018 | 12:29 AM

The recent order by the Cyber and Information Security Division of the Ministry of Home Affairs giving 10 Central agencies the power to intercept and monitor information on computer devices has rightly been criticised by a cross-section of society.

Strength in bonding

22 Dec 2018 | 12:29 AM

Thousands of brides — most of them in Punjab — are leading miserable lives after having been deserted by their NRI grooms.

21 Dec 2018

Yogi’s bizarre stance

21 Dec 2018 | 12:03 AM

A POLICE officer was killed while on duty near Bulandshahr, UP. Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh was trying to control a mob that had been agitated after some animal remains were found in the area.

Womb on hire

21 Dec 2018 | 12:03 AM

IN an attempt to regulate surrogacy, the Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed a Bill to bring in intelligible laws to insulate it against exploitation.

20 Dec 2018

Pay them well

20 Dec 2018 | 12:06 AM

Agrarian distress is a reality that has only recently impacted urban consciousness, but the politicians have long known the problems that farmers face.

Some relief for BJP

20 Dec 2018 | 12:06 AM

The results of the local body elections have come as a relief for the ruling BJP in Haryana less than a year before the bigger battles of the Assembly and the Lok Sabha.

19 Dec 2018

No parochialism, please

19 Dec 2018 | 12:01 AM

NO stranger to controversy, Kamal Nath has struck a discordant note soon after taking charge as the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh. Promising more jobs for local residents, he has observed that they are being deprived of employment by ‘outsiders’ from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

Tackling climate change

19 Dec 2018 | 12:01 AM

THERE is hardly any country that can claim to have not suffered the disastrous impact of climate change in the past few years — in the form of monstrous floods, droughts and rising sea levels. And what is scary is that the situation is getting worse by the day.

18 Dec 2018

Justice delivered

18 Dec 2018 | 12:06 AM

Congress leader Sajjan Kumar engaged in a criminal conspiracy, promoted enmity, and acted against communal harmony in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, and has been sentenced to life by the Delhi High Court.

New outfits in Punjab

18 Dec 2018 | 12:06 AM

Punjab has two new outfits, both launched by rebels of established but crumbling parties, the SAD and AAP.

17 Dec 2018

Record attrition in JK

17 Dec 2018 | 12:02 AM

THE year is yet to end but the number of security personnel losing their lives this year in Kashmir has touched a decadal high. Another soldier joined this list in the encounter on Saturday that also extracted a horrendous toll of civilian lives. Is there any end to the interminable cycle of violence?

Himachal tightens drug law

17 Dec 2018 | 12:02 AM

DESPITE words of caution from legislators, both from the Opposition and ruling parties, the Himachal Pradesh Assembly on Friday went ahead with a rather rigorous amendment to the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act that allows bail to those apprehended with small quantities of narcotics, primarily on the assumption that they are addicts who need assistance and not imprisonment.

15 Dec 2018

MLAs short shrift constituents

15 Dec 2018 | 12:14 AM

The sixth session of the 15th Punjab Vidhan Sabha was scheduled for three days.

Supreme Court on Rafale

15 Dec 2018 | 12:14 AM

The Supreme Court’s limited judicial review of the Rafale deal is unlikely to end the politicking.

14 Dec 2018

Veering off-course

14 Dec 2018 | 12:03 AM

Justice Sudip Ranjan Sen seemed to have a load on his mind that included many quaint opinions. He unburdened himself in open court in Guwahati on Wednesday while delivering a verdict on whether an Army recruit was entitled to a domicile certificate.

Failing the kids, again

14 Dec 2018 | 12:03 AM

Yet another performance survey brings out the poor report card of Punjab schools. It just reaffirms what has been revealed year after year.

13 Dec 2018

The Assembly election effect

13 Dec 2018 | 12:07 AM

THE prospect of three new governments has partially restored level playing field that the Congress had ceded after a series of BJP victories over the past five years. Till the results were announced, the only medium-sized state it ruled was Punjab.

Killing more of their own

13 Dec 2018 | 12:07 AM

SINCE last year, off-duty policemen, and even an odd soldier, in Kashmir have been targeted by militants. But the Shopian killing of four cops was out of the ordinary.