Thursday, July 19, 2018

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18 Jul 2018

Let Van Mahotsav be for forests, not just trees

SP Vasudeva18 Jul 2018 | 12:39 AM

VAN Mahotsav is a term wherein ''Van'' means forests and ''Mahotsav'' means festival. It is an annual tree planting and forest conservation event started in our country, in 1950, by then Union Agriculture and Food Minister KM Munshi.

Farm labourers face double-edged squeeze

Sukhgeet Kaur18 Jul 2018 | 12:39 AM

COMPARED to the non-farming sector, suicides in the farming sector are lower. They account for about 10 per cent of the total suicides. Nevertheless, farmers'' suicides push rural families to extreme deprivation levels, forcing governments to take costly relief and rehabilitation measures.

Why Croatia can & India cannot

Pradeep Magazine18 Jul 2018 | 12:39 AM

CROATIA, a tiny East European country with a population less than 50 lakh, and an economy that is ranked 77th in the world, has become the toast of the world for its outstanding performance in World Cup football, making its entry into the final and winning adulation of people across the globe.

17 Jul 2018

Drugged Punjab, stained establishment

PPS Gill17 Jul 2018 | 12:28 AM

Currently, reports of deaths related to drugs in the media are causing ripples of fear and anxiety across Punjab.

Economy faces tough outlook

Sushma Ramachandran17 Jul 2018 | 12:28 AM

Appearances are deceptive, they say.

The freedom to choose

Anand Grover17 Jul 2018 | 12:28 AM

WE are only weeks or months away before hopefully saying goodbye to Section 377 of the IPC.

16 Jul 2018

For a smooth run of Monsoon session

KV Prasad16 Jul 2018 | 12:01 AM

THE Monsoon session of Parliament starting this week will also be beginning of the home stretch for the Narendra Modi government.

Congress' ideological dilemma

Rasheed Kidwai16 Jul 2018 | 12:01 AM

WITH the country getting ready for another cycle of elections as Amit Shah kicked off the BJP campaign for the Madhya Pradesh polls at Ujjain''s Mahakal temple, the Congress seems to be falling into BJP''s trap of according primacy to religion in the electoral battle.

The flawed idea of Khalistan

KC Singh16 Jul 2018 | 12:01 AM

THE Khalistan issue resurfaced in the UK on July 12 when a Sikh gathering announced a bigger rally at Trafalgar Square a month later, under the patronage of Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), to support #Referendum2020. That is an online initiative for an independent Punjab or Khalistan.

14 Jul 2018

Time for brighter Sharif to come upstage

Sandeep Dikshit14 Jul 2018 | 12:23 AM

Nawaz Sharif has joined the long list of political leaders who have traded their self-imposed exile for an uncertain future in their native land.

Framing ‘the least bad option’

14 Jul 2018 | 12:23 AM

Punjab never had a policy for agriculture.

IS spectre spooks Afghanistan

MK Bhadrakumar14 Jul 2018 | 12:23 AM

THE wheel has come full circle in Afghanistan.

13 Jul 2018

Sen and sense of a new India

SN Misra13 Jul 2018 | 12:22 AM

TWENTY years back, Prof Amartya Sen was the only Indian to receive the Nobel Prize in Economics. His book ''Development as Freedom'' (1999) provided the ballast to formulate Human Development Index and the HDR is now the template to uncover the impact made by countries in terms of education, healthcare and human capability development.

Spotlight on abuse of nuns

Flavia Agnes13 Jul 2018 | 12:22 AM

THE Christian clergy in Kerala is gripped in a series of sexual scandals where nuns and lay women have come out and lodged criminal complaints of rape and sexual harassment in recent times.

Getting around the trade war

Anita Inder Singh13 Jul 2018 | 12:22 AM

CHALLENGED by Donald Trump’s trade war, will Asia’s outstanding rivals, India and China, come closer as they face it? During his election campaign in 2016, Trump pointed a finger at China and India for stealing the most jobs from Americans.

12 Jul 2018

Weakened Taliban to suit India

Maj Gen Ashok K Mehta (retd)12 Jul 2018 | 12:30 AM

AFGHANISTAN has gone off India’s radar, a country in which it has invested an unprecedented $3 billion and has a vital strategic stake.

Celebrating liberal education

Avijit Pathak12 Jul 2018 | 12:30 AM

What does it mean to be educated? It is sad that the youth — caught in the trap of pedagogically starved coaching centres, parental pressure and pathological obsession with ''market-oriented professional courses'' — get a wrong answer to this pertinent question.

Mehbooba’s quandary: Kin or party rebels?

Zafar Meraj12 Jul 2018 | 12:30 AM

The crisis in the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) caused by the rebellion of many of its legislators, including a former minister, does not seem to be over despite efforts made by close aides of former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti.

11 Jul 2018

Lord and master

Sandeep Gopalan11 Jul 2018 | 12:38 AM

The Supreme Court of India, on Friday, issued a landmark opinion underlining the powers of the Chief Justice as the master of the roster.

India must look East spiritually

G Parthasarthy11 Jul 2018 | 12:38 AM

India’s eastern neighbourhood unfortunately received relatively little bilateral diplomatic attention in the years immediately following Independence.

Why China makes military forays into Africa

Bhartendu Kumar Singh11 Jul 2018 | 12:38 AM

When China acquired its first military support base in Djibouti in Africa in 2015, it was an indication of the Middle Kingdom''s recasting as an expansionist military power beyond the Asia-Pacific.

10 Jul 2018

Exile or shahadat for Nawaz?

Vivek Katju10 Jul 2018 | 12:04 AM

Last week in New York City, a Pakistani cab driver from Gujranwala told me that many of his countrymen were upset with former PM Nawaz Sharif because he wanted good relations with India.

MSP — Unfair to farmers in food bowl states

Manjit S Kang10 Jul 2018 | 12:04 AM

In the Indian system, farmers are the only 'businessmen' who cannot set their own price for their products —foodgrains.

Treating animals as living entities

KM Singh10 Jul 2018 | 12:04 AM

The verdict of the Uttarakhand High Court on July 4 in a petition filed for the protection and welfare of animals is landmark.

09 Jul 2018

LIC stake in IDBI — Another misadventure

Pritam Singh09 Jul 2018 | 12:04 AM

THE recent stake of Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) rising to 51 per cent in the Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI) carries further the story of many adventures of financial mismanagement by the current NDA government.

Sans fund control, HECI to be ineffective

Bhupinder Brar09 Jul 2018 | 12:04 AM

FIRST came the Niti Aayog. That was in January 2015, just a few months after the Modi government had come to power. Now, in the last year of this government, comes the Higher Education Commission of India (HECI).

A twist to insurgency in Valley

Lt-Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (retd)09 Jul 2018 | 12:04 AM

IT is not the first time that a lone Kashmiri policeman or soldier has been abducted and killed. Javed Ahmad Dar is the umpteenth policeman who while off duty has been isolated and targeted, once again in notorious Shopian.

07 Jul 2018

Curtains on Sharif’s political career

RK Kaushik07 Jul 2018 | 12:15 AM

Nawaz Sharif has been sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment along with a fine of £8 million (roughly Pakistani Rs 128 crore 80 lakh) and consfiscation of his Avenfield flats.

Has the MSP promise been delivered?

Sukhpal Singh07 Jul 2018 | 12:15 AM

There has been a serious confusion on the issue of the government ensuring remunerative prices to farmers for their produce through the MSP mechanism ever since the 2018-19 Budget mentioned that the MSP would be 50 per cent over and above the cost of production.

That sinking feeling again

Mythili Bhusnurmath07 Jul 2018 | 12:15 AM

With the rupee hitting an all-time low of Rs 69.01 against the US dollar late last month, Niti Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar’s statement that ‘the rupee is overvalued in terms of its Real Effective Exchange Rate (REER), there is no reason to worry’ seems to be a case of wishful thinking rather than a dispassionate assessment of ground realities.

06 Jul 2018

Death for drugs is no solution

Nirmal Sandhu06 Jul 2018 | 12:53 AM

The Punjab Cabinet''s death-for-drugs decision may be intended to convey the leadership''s resolve to end the menace, but in practice it would not make any more effective the fight against the menace.

The economics and politics of MSPs

SS Johl06 Jul 2018 | 12:53 AM

The Government of India has announced the minimum support prices of rabi crops on the recommendation of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP).

Stay, Afghanistan needs you...

Saad Mohseni06 Jul 2018 | 12:53 AM

IT was a black day.

05 Jul 2018

The proof is in implementation

Rajeev Jayaswal05 Jul 2018 | 1:06 AM

The BJP has partially fulfilled its four-year promise with the announcement of the MSP for the kharif season.

It’s a victory for the people, not any party

05 Jul 2018 | 1:06 AM

In the remarkable Constitutional Bench judgment of the Supreme Court in the Government of Delhi v.

Contract farming a better option than MSP

SS Chhina05 Jul 2018 | 1:06 AM

Contract farming could be the best option in Indian agriculture to optimise the use of scarce resources and enhance output and income and to mitigate the uncertainty in price and marketing.

04 Jul 2018

Punjab’s deadly war on drugs

Gunbir Singh04 Jul 2018 | 12:28 AM

OVER the past few decades, a ‘Silk Route’ has proliferated as a transit route for opiates.

Strategic strikes vs tactical operations

Lt-Gen Raj Sujlana (retd)04 Jul 2018 | 12:28 AM

The acerbity of the current political polemics over the surgical strikes is nothing new.

A footloose media needs regulation

Satish Kumar Dogra04 Jul 2018 | 12:28 AM

We are the largest democracy.

03 Jul 2018

The paddy straw challenge

Sudhirendar Sharma03 Jul 2018 | 12:38 AM

Farm scientists claim that the recently released early maturing varieties of paddy (PR-121, PR-126, HKR-47, HKR-47 and HKR- 127) will help farmers avoid straw burning as they will gain a two-to-three-week window ahead of their preparations for the winter crop.

Worrying signs for women

Sandeep Gopalan03 Jul 2018 | 12:38 AM

Is India the worst country in the world for women''s safety? Really? Worse than Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Nigeria? Contrary to common sense, a new poll of "experts" released by Thomson Reuters claims that India is the world''s most dangerous place for women.

Tackling media during the time of Emergency

MG Devasahayam03 Jul 2018 | 12:38 AM

After a near-stoic silence for four years, there was much hullabaloo about the Emergency by everyone in the ruling establishment, from Prime Minister downwards.

Global reset in uncertain times

Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd)03 Jul 2018 | 12:38 AM

STRATEGIC policy formulation at best of times isn’t easy.

02 Jul 2018

The sins of commission

P Sainath02 Jul 2018 | 12:28 AM

There is no such thing as a crisis in agriculture.” Meet Darshan Singh Sanghera, vice-president of Punjab’s powerful Arhtiyas Association.

AAP’s puzzling caste politics

Arati R Jerath02 Jul 2018 | 12:28 AM

The Aam Aadmi Party sprang a surprise recently with the announcement of its chief-ministerial nominee for the next Assembly election in Haryana.

Rivers of effluents today’s bane

Arun Deep Ahluwalia02 Jul 2018 | 12:28 AM

Water is and has always been our lifeline. Guru Nanak has rightly called it Paani Pita. Domestic sewage and untreated effluents from our industry threaten our rivers, groundwater and lakes. Agriculture and mining residues too are a huge hazard, giving us a huge logistic challenge.

30 Jun 2018

A moment of reckoning

Sandeep Dikshit30 Jun 2018 | 12:59 AM

THIS is a unique and very challenging moment in global geopolitics.

Surgical strike clips & Army’s honour

Pravin Sawhney30 Jun 2018 | 12:59 AM

The recently released video clip of the surgical strikes, and the comments of the then northern army commander, Lt-Gen DS Hooda, have raised two disturbing questions on the Army's professionalism which directly impinge upon India's national security.

The travails of the rupee’s never-ending fall

N Chandra Mohan30 Jun 2018 | 12:59 AM

The rupee’s sharp fall against the US dollar – although not as much as Turkey’s lira or Argentina’s peso among other emerging market currencies – raises questions as to whether it is good or bad for the Indian economy.

29 Jun 2018

When a consensual relationship goes bad

Rajesh Kumar29 Jun 2018 | 12:47 AM

SEXUAL intimacy entails two intrinsic elements — physical union and emotional connect. Of these, the latter is the driving force that leads to the former, yet both are crucial prerequisites for a mutually consented healthy sexual relationship between a man and woman.

What to talk of the UN Kashmir report?

Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi29 Jun 2018 | 12:47 AM

INDIAN Army Chief Bipin Rawat has broken his silence on the recent UN report cataloguing alleged human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir. "I don''t think we need to speak on the United Nations report on Kashmir," he said.

The hazards of the affluent

KC Singh29 Jun 2018 | 12:47 AM

THE reported detention in the US of many Indians, including from Punjab, numbering 52 in Oregon and 45-odd in New Mexico, broke as a subset of a more shocking story.

28 Jun 2018

Kashmir after Ramzan

Wajahat Habibullah28 Jun 2018 | 12:22 AM

It is a fact that the first 15 days of the ceasefire in the Valley were a success: violence receded both within the State and along the LoC; recruitment to the ranks of terrorists within Kashmir tapered down; DGMOs of India and Pakistan met and agreed to resuscitate the foundering ceasefire agreement.

Argentina’s Messi dependency

Rohit Mahajan28 Jun 2018 | 12:22 AM

Lionel Messi leapt on to the back of Marcos Rojo, who sprinted on as if Messi was a feather.

Trump disrupts global governance

G Parthasarathy28 Jun 2018 | 12:22 AM

Trump’s erratic and rude behaviour has not just shocked his allies and nations across the world but also converted international governance into a theatrical farce.

27 Jun 2018

Exporting rivalry to other shores

Vappala Balachandran27 Jun 2018 | 1:07 AM

ON June 23, 2018, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau described the 1985 Air India Kanishka 182 bombing as the “single-worst terrorist attack” in Canada’s history.

When silence is not an option

Nirmal Sandhu27 Jun 2018 | 1:07 AM

Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar has questioned the Akali silence on the Modi government selling diesel at Rs 67 a litre while the oil import price is $69 a barrel.

Lal Singh’s red flag for journalists

BRP Bhaskar27 Jun 2018 | 1:07 AM

Threats come dime a dozen these days.

26 Jun 2018

Oppn needs to build alliances differently

Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay26 Jun 2018 | 12:05 AM

THE West Bengal unit of the Congress party has pushed for alliance with the Left parties as part of efforts to form a political front of non-Trinamool Congress and non-BJP political outfits.

Public sector banks as punching bags

Sushma Ramachandran26 Jun 2018 | 12:05 AM

THE crisis in the banking industry does not seem to be ending anytime soon. The latest news about the arrest of Bank of Maharashtra’s top executives comes on the heels of the continuing saga in ICICI over the links of Chanda Kochhar’s husband with Videocon.

From alliance to victory

Mahesh Rangarajan26 Jun 2018 | 12:05 AM

CAN alliances win at the hustings? Most such analysts focus on 1977 and rightly so. The first-ever defeat of the ruling party was remarkable; it had won every election since 1952. But it was defeated only when virtually all its adversaries came together under the Janata banner.

25 Jun 2018

Alliance beyond optics

Rajesh Ramachandran25 Jun 2018 | 12:05 AM

The last year of a government is the most interesting.

Army in absence of a political solution

Pravin Sawhney25 Jun 2018 | 12:05 AM

UNION Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s statement that the killing of terrorists in J&K is a law and order issue which cannot wait for a political solution has sought to tone down New Delhi’s assertion that Governor’s rule was imposed to bring in a muscular security policy to contain the spiralling violence.

‘Data drought’ renders report ineffective

Sudhirendar Sharma25 Jun 2018 | 12:05 AM

THE Composite Water Management Index (CWMI) released by Niti Aayog this month could not have been timed better.

23 Jun 2018

Fix source, not symptom

Sandeep Gopalan23 Jun 2018 | 12:06 AM

AMERICA is in the throes of a moral and legal crisis as President Trump grapples with the aftermath of outrage generated by images of crying children being separated from their families at the US-Mexico border.

Army operations remain the same

Lt Gen DS Hooda (retd)23 Jun 2018 | 12:06 AM

SOON after the BJP pulled out of the coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir and the state was put under Governor’s rule, reports started appearing in the media that the forces, including the Army, would now be given a free hand and that counter-terror operations would intensify.

Afterlife for soldiers: Taking better care for less

Ravi Bhushan23 Jun 2018 | 12:06 AM

The Tribune had reported on June 13 that the Army Chief has given the go-ahead for cadre review.

22 Jun 2018

Replacing MCI inadequate

Dr Vikrant Prabhakar22 Jun 2018 | 12:46 AM

OPINION is divided over the setting up of National Medical Commission (NMC) and the winding up of Medical Council of India (MCI). On one hand, the step has been hailed as overdue and along the lines of the Prof. Ranjit Roy Chaudhary Committee report.

A hard outlook will have pitfalls in Kashmir

Arun Joshi22 Jun 2018 | 12:46 AM

KASHMIR is happy, somewhat. The PDP-BJP split was much awaited; by people who were unable to reconcile to the rule of the saffron party by proxy.

The great Indian farm paradox

Yogendra Yadav22 Jun 2018 | 12:46 AM

JUST how many farmers are there in India? This is not merely a statistical question. This is a question of policy and political significance. We have all grown up reading about India as an agrarian economy, with a majority of its population engaged in farming. Does that continue to be the case?