Thursday, December 13, 2018

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12 Dec 2018

Resignation & replacement

12 Dec 2018 | 12:48 AM

The resignation of RBI Governor Urjit Patel amidst a struggle with the government over the central bank’s independence was the unfortunate outcome of a long-simmering contest between the two parties over monetary policy.

The Congress tail is up

12 Dec 2018 | 12:48 AM

The elections to five states mark the end of the unipolar politics PM Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah had sought to achieve.

11 Dec 2018

Law on Ram temple

11 Dec 2018 | 12:33 AM

HINDUTVA organisations lit the fuse for a Ram temple with the Dasehra address by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. There has been no let-up since. Their pitch reached a crescendo on Sunday, days before the last Winter Session of the current Lok Sabha was to begin, with a massive rally in the national Capital.

The green flag of revolt

11 Dec 2018 | 12:33 AM

FAMILY, clan and caste play a major role in Haryana, perhaps even more so than in other parts of the country, especially in politics. Political power and pelf are treated as ‘assets’ by the family and naturally, there are disputes about inheritance.

10 Dec 2018

Imran Khan’s folly

10 Dec 2018 | 12:29 AM

NO matter what the political dispensation, there has been unanimity in Indian polity about the need for the perpetrators of the Mumbai terror attacks being punished.

‘Accident’ at Bulandshahr

10 Dec 2018 | 12:29 AM

UP CM Yogi Adityanath covered all the bases soon after a UP Police official was killed by a mob of gau-rakshaks in Bulandshahr.

08 Dec 2018

Killer potholes

08 Dec 2018 | 12:22 AM

As per a government report for 2017, a staggering 4.64 lakh road accidents were reported in the country, claiming 1.47 lakh lives and causing injuries to 4.70 lakh persons.

Haryana hits a blip

08 Dec 2018 | 12:22 AM

The online approval of buildings site plans in urban areas, introduced by Haryana on November 19 in all its 10 municipal corporations and 18 councils, has hit a blip.

07 Dec 2018

AgustaWestland bribery

07 Dec 2018 | 12:15 AM

CHRISTIAN Michel fought long and hard to avoid a deportation to India.

The prescription audit

07 Dec 2018 | 12:15 AM

THE Himachal Pradesh residents can heave a sigh of relief as the state appears sincere about acting upon its declared intent of providing affordable healthcare to the patients.

06 Dec 2018

Bitter taste of sugarcane

06 Dec 2018 | 12:06 AM

Farmers have to face innumerable uncertainties in every stage — from sowing to harvesting to realising the sale proceeds.

Cleaning the political stables

06 Dec 2018 | 12:06 AM

The higher judiciary has been unrelenting in its campaign to cleanse politics of criminals.

05 Dec 2018

Navy’s salvo against IAF

05 Dec 2018 | 12:00 AM

THE Indian military has held its own in all military ventures since Independence, barring the 1962 conflict with China.

Bulandshahr erupts

05 Dec 2018 | 12:00 AM

UTTAR PRADESH has done it again.

04 Dec 2018

India’s swing state moment

04 Dec 2018 | 12:28 AM

THE latest meeting of the world’s 20 most economically powerful nations at Buenos Aires was termed as the ‘avoidance summit’.

Akalis feel the blues

04 Dec 2018 | 12:28 AM

THE announcement of a new political party by a rebelling section of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) old guard — Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, Sewa Singh Sekhwan and Dr Rattan Singh Ajnala — is bound to shake up the grand old party of Punjab.

03 Dec 2018

HIV+ in need

03 Dec 2018 | 12:48 AM

The theme for World AIDS Day (December 1) this year, as it marks its 30th anniversary, is ‘Know your status’. It is a laudable credo since knowledge of HIV status is the beginning of the patient’s road to recovery.

Making Pakistan ‘secular’

03 Dec 2018 | 12:48 AM

Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat’s homily to Pakistan asking it to turn into a secular state from an Islamic nation if it has to stay together with India would have ruffled several feathers in the Foreign Office.

01 Dec 2018

Angry farmers in the city

01 Dec 2018 | 12:10 AM

Bumper harvests have been unable to keep the farmers off the streets for the past couple of years. While granaries overflowed, prices have crashed and unpaid agricultural loans have grown 20 per cent.

Ex-chief adviser unburdens

01 Dec 2018 | 12:10 AM

LESS than six months after quitting as the Chief Economic Adviser (CEA), Arvind Subramanian suddenly realised that the demonetisation that took place under his watch was actually a draconian move by the Modi government.

30 Nov 2018

Imran Khan's overtures

30 Nov 2018 | 12:52 AM

PAKISTAN PM Imran Khan would have set the pigeons aflutter at South Block by his offer for talks with PM Modi. More crucial for India''s stance of “terror and talks cannot go together”, Imran conceded that it was not in Pakistan''s interests to allow the use of its territory for terror activities in other countries.

Tend to tender backs

30 Nov 2018 | 12:52 AM

SEEING primary schoolchildren lug bulky bags is heart-wrenching. Surveys only corroborate what every parent feels: the burden is hurting their child’s tender back.

29 Nov 2018

Urjit is politically correct

29 Nov 2018 | 12:07 AM

THE Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance quizzed RBI Governor Urjit Patel on Tuesday, a sign of a healthy democracy that signifies the supremacy of Parliament over all autonomous institutions, including the banking regulator.

Confession of a serial killer

29 Nov 2018 | 12:07 AM

Haryana stays in news, for some right reasons and some for very wrong.

28 Nov 2018

Conduct unbecoming

28 Nov 2018 | 12:09 AM

AN occasion like laying the foundation stone of the Dera Baba Nanak-Kartarpur Sahib corridor is too momentous to be tainted by politicking.

The hurt of 26/11

28 Nov 2018 | 12:09 AM

The 10th anniversary of one of the worst massacres perpetuated by outsiders in independent India passed by in solemn commemoration and recollection.

27 Nov 2018

Corridor of faith

27 Nov 2018 | 12:02 AM

The announcement of a corridor to link the historic Darbar Sahib gurdwara at Kartarpur in Pakistan with Dera Baba Nanak gurdwara in India is a good beginning.

Mary Kom’s sixth title

27 Nov 2018 | 12:02 AM

A sixth gold medal in boxing’s World Championships, at age 35, is an astounding feat, but then, Mary Kom is not just another sportsperson.

26 Nov 2018

Only Brahmins right?

26 Nov 2018 | 12:24 AM

CP JOSHI had once contrived to lose an election by one vote when he was the front-runner for the Rajasthan CM’s post. This time when the Congress apparently stands a good chance of pulling off a win in Rajasthan, the veteran’s immoderation may have disqualified him from the contest even before the votes are cast.

Cracking down on child porn

26 Nov 2018 | 12:24 AM

WITH India having among the largest population of children in the world, it is incumbent on the guardian-State to ensure dynamic laws that guard its precious resource against violation.

24 Nov 2018

When cops turn outlaws

24 Nov 2018 | 12:19 AM

Within a few months of its reconstitution, the Special Task Force (STF) of the Haryana Police again finds itself in an embarrassing spot.

Opening Kartarpur corridor

24 Nov 2018 | 12:19 AM

The eve of the start of year-long celebrations to mark Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary started on a fortuitous note for Indo-Pak ties.

23 Nov 2018

550 saal Guru Nanak de naal

23 Nov 2018 | 12:38 AM

As Guru Nanak’s teachings stand out for their relevance in the present times of divisive turmoil even 550 years after his birth, one’s head bows with humility to the Guru’s deep insight into the right way of living.

A Governor disposes

23 Nov 2018 | 12:38 AM

Wednesday was the night of the long knives in Jammu & Kashmir and brought to culmination a game being attempted for long, particularly after the PDP-BJP alliance broke up.

22 Nov 2018

Fixing Afghanistan by Twitter

22 Nov 2018 | 12:05 AM

AN indiscriminate tweeter US President Donald Trump met his social media match in Pakistan PM Imran Khan. Trump’s rant accusing Pakistan of taking ‘our money and doing nothing for us’ was quickly put to sword by Imran Khan who pointed out that even when no Pakistani was involved in the 9/11 attacks, Pakistan participated in the US War on Terror.

Guns and budding politicos

22 Nov 2018 | 12:05 AM

THE over-the-top birthday ‘event’ of Sahdev Salaria, BJP MP Kirron Kher’s political adviser, at a night club in Chandigarh was meant to be a VIP-studded, gala affair; one to draw attention, one to remember. It was one to be not forgotten. The thing about gunshots is they linger on.

21 Nov 2018

The highwayman

21 Nov 2018 | 12:47 AM

The full 135.

Nothing surprises us anymore

21 Nov 2018 | 12:47 AM

It was about three decades back that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) replaced the state CIDs in public imagination as the premier investigating agency whose impartiality and efficiency was above reproach.

20 Nov 2018

Act of terror in Amritsar

20 Nov 2018 | 12:07 AM

The attack on the Nirankari Bhawan in Adliwala village, near Amritsar, has cost three innocent lives.

Scramble for reservation

20 Nov 2018 | 12:07 AM

IN what appears to be the rerun of an old movie, the BJP government in Maharashtra is enacting a charade that was unsuccessfully played out by its Congress-NCP predecessor exactly a decade back.

19 Nov 2018

AP, Bengal bar on CBI

19 Nov 2018 | 12:03 AM

IF the CBI’s internal tussle being played out in the Supreme Court points at its decline and politicisation, the recent action by Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal are pointers to the crises of credibility as well.

Don’t render them jobless

19 Nov 2018 | 12:03 AM

ILLITERACY forces them to take up the job of drivers, but they fear losing licence because they are illiterate, such is the vicious cycle of illiteracy.

17 Nov 2018

Prosecuting a former CM

17 Nov 2018 | 12:04 AM

FORMER Haryana CM Bhupinder Hooda has been in the sights of the Modi government before the 2014 poll season for his alleged links with then UPA chief Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra.

‘Threat’ from an artiste

17 Nov 2018 | 12:04 AM

Inconsistent with the dominant political mood in the country, Carnatic vocalist TM Krishna had, at Kumaon Literary Festival, 2016, dared to refer to the ‘climate of fear’.

16 Nov 2018

Crop insurance under a cloud

16 Nov 2018 | 12:08 AM

Insurance firms, both in the public and private sectors, have reportedly made a killing by offering crop insurance to farmers in about two dozen states.

Salve for wounds of ’84

16 Nov 2018 | 12:08 AM

A conviction, in the court of an additional sessions judge, of two individuals held guilty of killing two others shows how the dogged pursuit of justice can deliver results.

15 Nov 2018

Fleeing to foreign shores

15 Nov 2018 | 12:33 AM

The number of Indian students enrolled in the US has gone up in spite of the recent anti-immigration rhetoric.

RBI’s reservation

15 Nov 2018 | 12:33 AM

AT the fag-end of its tenure, a democratically elected, conscientious government must avoid any institutional transformation through raw administrative orders, without the approval of Parliament.

14 Nov 2018

Delinking Ayodhya from polls

14 Nov 2018 | 12:42 AM

The Supreme Court has dampened the expectations of the Hindutva camp of an early hearing in the Ayodhya title suit case.

Excelsior! Stan Lee

14 Nov 2018 | 12:42 AM

Good old Stan Lee is dead.

13 Nov 2018

Fissures in Akali Dal

13 Nov 2018 | 12:45 AM

The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) waded further into dissent and disarray with the expulsion of a sitting and a former MP.

India’s fallen heroes

13 Nov 2018 | 12:45 AM

The world, for now, has come together, turning away from belligerence to solemnity, in gratitude, and perhaps some guilt, for the millions who perished in the bitter Great War; one that was waged ‘to end all wars’.

12 Nov 2018

The rise in carjackings

12 Nov 2018 | 12:16 AM

A city, over time, comes to be ‘associated’ with a peculiar crime trajectory.

Talking to the Taliban

12 Nov 2018 | 12:16 AM

THE Moscow round of talks, although the latest addition to a round-the-year shifting caravan of international conferences on Afghanistan, has had the most promising start of them all.

10 Nov 2018

Killing civilians in Bastar

10 Nov 2018 | 12:09 AM

Bastar is once again grappling with bloodshed, a few days before the region goes to the polls which the Maoists have decided to boycott.

Honour, pride, dignity?

10 Nov 2018 | 12:09 AM

As Yogi Adityanath goes on a spree of rechristening cities in Uttar Pradesh, one would think that all is well in the state, but for some aan, baan aur shaan matters.

09 Nov 2018

Peel off the onion

09 Nov 2018 | 12:38 AM

The inhumane order to strip menstruating class VI girls in a government middle school of Abohar to find out who was using a sanitary napkin following a blocked toilet has justly attracted the suspension of the two accused teachers.

Oppn unity in the making

09 Nov 2018 | 12:38 AM

Mine-rich Bellary in Karnataka, ensconced in the BJP corner for 14 long years, under the controversial Reddy brothers, has finally yielded to the ruling Congress-JD(S) alliance.

07 Nov 2018

Happy Diwali!

07 Nov 2018 | 12:35 AM

IN the midst of Diwali effervescence, New Delhi is, unfortunately, grabbing headlines again, with its air pollution nearing the dangerous ‘severe-plus’ scale.

Opening the doors

07 Nov 2018 | 12:35 AM

ON the eve of the World War I armistice centenary, the British government has announced that it is opening its doors wider for soldiers from Commonwealth nations to be enlisted in the UK armed forces.

06 Nov 2018

Oil on our terms

06 Nov 2018 | 12:37 AM

Finally the US sanction against Iran has been enforced, which is expected to severely hit Tehran’s oil exports, shipping and banking sectors.

In the land of Mahabharata

06 Nov 2018 | 12:37 AM

It is hard to imagine that a party that has been sitting it out for 13 years can be convulsed in a vicious inner-family struggle for the Chief Minister’s position for state elections almost a year away.

05 Nov 2018

Small is beautiful

05 Nov 2018 | 12:42 AM

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi''s policy decision that promises micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) to get hassle-free loans in 59 minutes is a good economic decision, which legitimately aims to woo an important political constituent of the ruling party ahead of the 2019 General Election.

Fragile peace in Kishtwar

05 Nov 2018 | 12:42 AM

PEACE in Kishtwar has always been fragile because of the near-parity of both Hindu and Muslim communities between which right wing zealots have made inroads since violence began in the 90s.

03 Nov 2018

Unlikely electoral bedfellows

03 Nov 2018 | 12:04 AM

THE surging winds of Hindutva are sending regional parties into a search for new partners.

Kejriwal’s gripe with Punjab

03 Nov 2018 | 12:04 AM

THE air quality in Delhi and the NCR is on the descent again this year, in spite of a bunch of measures ahead of Diwali, when pollution will have hit saturation point.

After Asia Bibi’s acquittal

03 Nov 2018 | 12:03 AM

IMRAN Ahmed Khan Niazi got a second chance to redeem himself as Prime Minister with the Asia Bibi judgment.

Discord before discourse

03 Nov 2018 | 12:03 AM

THAT the government and the Reserve Bank of India have divergent views on key matters related to monetary management is neither unhealthy nor unknown.

01 Nov 2018

A divisive statue of unity

01 Nov 2018 | 12:35 AM

NEARLY seven decades after he passed away, the ‘Iron Man’ of India has received a tribute befitting his status as the unifier of India.

Sense and sensitisation

01 Nov 2018 | 12:35 AM

JUST when the #MeToo movement has succeeded in providing the momentum to all parties concerned — the victims, their colleagues, the accused as well as the organisations — to sit up, introspect and act to ensure the safety of the women from sexual predators at the workplace, ironically, the Punjab Women Commission seems to have jumped the gun.