Tuesday, September 25, 2018

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24 Sep 2018

Killing off-duty cops

24 Sep 2018 | 12:17 AM

By all accounts the three policemen killed in Kashmir on Friday were soft targets.

Institutional decay

24 Sep 2018 | 12:17 AM

The sentencing of Dr Santokh Singh in a land fraud case has ramifications beyond the convict.

22 Sep 2018

Mayawati’s mixed signals

22 Sep 2018 | 12:13 AM

Mayawati’s alliance with the Ajit Jogi-led Chhattisgarh Janata Congress (CJC) in Chhattisgarh has caused shockwaves in the Congress-led Opposition camp that was banking on a BSP-partnered mahagathbandhan to help tide over the Modi challenge in 2019.

Battered airlines...

22 Sep 2018 | 12:13 AM

A man-made crisis on Thursday risked the lives of 171 people on the Jaipur-bound Jet Airways flight. The carelessness of the crew members created a scary situation midair when the cabin pressure of Flight 697 dropped, leaving people on board gasping. Over two dozen passengers suffered bleeding, forcing the airline to return to Mumbai.

21 Sep 2018

Temple and triple talaq

21 Sep 2018 | 12:02 AM

For the past three days, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has held centre stage with its conclave ‘Bhavishya ka Bharat’ (the India of tomorrow).

Death of a soldier

21 Sep 2018 | 12:02 AM

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has extended an olive branch to Prime Minister Modi by writing a letter espousing peace and proposing talks between the two nations.

20 Sep 2018

The big bank theory

20 Sep 2018 | 12:03 AM

The government has opted for a convenient tactic to address the Rs 10 lakh plus crore mess in public sector banks (PSBs).

The problem of plenty

20 Sep 2018 | 12:03 AM

It’s back to the same yearly story: overabundance of foodgrain and limited covered storage.

19 Sep 2018

Back to daggers drawn

19 Sep 2018 | 12:03 AM

The détente was probably not meant to last for long. Days after PM Modi dialled his Pakistani counterpart, the two sides are back to acrimonious exchanges.

Gang rape at Rewari

19 Sep 2018 | 12:03 AM

The Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao campaign faces its gravest test yet in the BJP-ruled Haryana where a 19-year-old board topper was kidnapped and then gang-raped at a village in Rewari district.

18 Sep 2018

Deaths in septic tanks

18 Sep 2018 | 12:38 AM

Over the past week, 10 manual scavengers, one of them a woman, have died while cleaning septic tanks and sewers, with no safety gear, except for their own clothes as a protective cover against the deadly fumes.

Be moderate

18 Sep 2018 | 12:38 AM

Politicians sometimes succumb to the temptation of pandering to religious hardliners, but as the people of Punjab know too well, this leads to disasters that are difficult to recover from.

17 Sep 2018

State managing hotels

17 Sep 2018 | 12:43 AM

That state-run hotels in Himachal Pradesh are running at a loss is no surprise.

Scourge no longer

17 Sep 2018 | 12:43 AM

THE words `AIDS’ and ‘HIV positive’ no longer evoke images of dread, and there is a good reason for that.

15 Sep 2018

Wrong combinations

15 Sep 2018 | 12:26 AM

Drugs have side effects, and it stands to reason that more the number of drugs, more the possibility of side effects, or reactions.

Facing off, post-Doklam

15 Sep 2018 | 12:26 AM

The jury is still out on whether the 73-day Doklam faceoff with China was a win or a draw.

14 Sep 2018

Kejriwal’s peace pipe

14 Sep 2018 | 12:01 AM

LESS than two months after summarily dethroning his Leader of the Opposition in Punjab Assembly, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal has decided to lay down arms.

Shun policy patchwork

14 Sep 2018 | 12:01 AM

THE BJP-ruled Centre is burning the midnight oil to woo the rural voter at the fag end of its tenure, and ahead of Assembly elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

13 Sep 2018

Did the ex-RBI chief fumble?

13 Sep 2018 | 12:45 AM

RAGHURAM G Rajan’s recent revelation that as Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor, he had submitted a list of high-profile fraud cases to the Prime Minister’s Office sounds like the confession of a gentleman-academician, who failed to act decisively.

Saving the Aravallis

13 Sep 2018 | 12:45 AM

In a bid to undo the frightening damage caused to the fragile Aravalli hills by rampant deforestation and colonisation, the Supreme Court has upheld the importance of ecology by ordering the demolition of buildings that came up after August 18, 1992, in Faridabad’s high-end Kant Enclave.

12 Sep 2018

The Bharat Bandh report card

12 Sep 2018 | 12:06 AM

The Bharat Bandh of September 10 should have been a resounding success, given that over 20 Opposition parties who had endorsed this agitation against the high prices of petroleum products account for over half of the popular vote.

Centre must clear stand on 35-A

12 Sep 2018 | 12:06 AM

The dark shadow of Article 35-A has come to haunt the Indian Union.

11 Sep 2018

BJP National Executive meet

11 Sep 2018 | 12:03 AM

Possibly the last meeting of the BJP’s political agenda setting body — the national executive — before the 2019 elections should have given some insight into the party’s battle plans, especially the broad areas of its thrust.

Feed the faith

11 Sep 2018 | 12:03 AM

Unlike other orthodox religions, the Catholic Church has been reformist in delineating a complementary role for the women who enter its fold, the nuns. But here the progression seems to end.

10 Sep 2018

A passage to Kartarpur

10 Sep 2018 | 12:24 AM

KARTARPUR, at a tantalisingly approachable distance of 3 km from the border, has a multi-hued significance for the Sikhs. It is here that Guru Nanak Dev spent 17 years, establishing the first Sikh centre, naming his successor before giving up his mortal body.

Cash-for-surgery charges

10 Sep 2018 | 12:24 AM

GOVERNMENT hospitals have the status of a religious place. They are the temples of last resort for most seriously ill Indians unless they have deep-enough pockets to withstand a long spell in a private hospital, here or abroad.

08 Sep 2018

Girl power in PU

08 Sep 2018 | 12:25 AM

It was a historic moment when a girl candidate, Kanupriya, was for the first time declared elected president of the Panjab University Students Council (PUSC), Chandigarh, on Thursday.

Uncle Sam’s siren call

08 Sep 2018 | 12:25 AM

The American enticement of South Block was in full swing on Thursday with a rare double visit by its Cabinet ministers to symbolise the importance of India in the US scheme for the region as well to send signals about the relationship having entered an especially intimate moment.

07 Sep 2018

Equal in love

07 Sep 2018 | 12:38 AM

THE Supreme Court on Thursday lay to rest Section 377 that criminalised and discriminated specific sexual acts in private between consenting couples.

Menace of liquor smuggling

07 Sep 2018 | 12:38 AM

SMUGGLING of liquor from Haryana to neighbouring Punjab is fast becoming an alternative vocation. This illegal and dangerous-to-the-consumer trade promises staggeringly lucrative profit margins to bootleggers because of the huge difference between the rates of liquor in both states.

06 Sep 2018

Military’s SM dilemma

06 Sep 2018 | 12:57 AM

The increased venting of the forces’ grievances as well as purveyance of fake news might have motivated the Army Chief, Gen Bipin Rawat, to deliver his recent homily on social media.

Painful, costly replacement

06 Sep 2018 | 12:57 AM

In an indictment of a global pharma giant Johnson & Johnson, the Union Health Ministry has come to the aid of patients reeling from the adverse effects of ‘faulty’ hip implants provided by the company.

05 Sep 2018

Lest it goes up in smoke

05 Sep 2018 | 12:45 AM

Soon it will be that time of the year again when plume of smoke will leave all breathless. It need not be so, if the government, in time, ensures that its paddy stubble management plan actually works.

Clampdown on Iranian crude

05 Sep 2018 | 12:45 AM

Iran is exactly two months away from being hit by the American hammer-blow on its oil exports but India is already feeling the pinch.

04 Sep 2018

‘Phone-a-loan’ scam

04 Sep 2018 | 12:06 AM

PM Modi recently accused the Manmohan Singh-led UPA government of planting landmines in the economy by its indiscriminate lending.

India’s Asiad show

04 Sep 2018 | 12:06 AM

India’s contingent at the Asian Games brought back 69 medals, 15 of them in the yellow colour.

03 Sep 2018

The GDP conundrum

03 Sep 2018 | 12:44 AM

The Indian economy has registered 8.

Family law reforms

03 Sep 2018 | 12:44 AM

An omnibus legislation in a country as diverse as ours with assorted customs and social mores is neither necessary nor desirable but there is need to ensure some basic rights across the board.

01 Sep 2018

Challenging Article 35-A

01 Sep 2018 | 12:09 AM

Kashmir can heave a temporary sigh of relief after the Supreme Court deferred arguments on Section 35-A to early next year.

Upholding free speech

01 Sep 2018 | 12:09 AM

In a consultation paper on sedition released on Thursday, the Law Commission of India has raised points that are pertinent to the present times.

31 Aug 2018

The demonetisation debacle

31 Aug 2018 | 12:03 AM

The Modi government’s biggest policy decision to flush out black money has officially turned out to be a colossal failure.

Embarrassing inefficiencies

31 Aug 2018 | 12:03 AM

The malaise afflicting the government schools in the region is deep-rooted.

30 Aug 2018

Shun the regressive tilt

30 Aug 2018 | 12:27 AM

As the world faces increasing number of cases of religious vilification and insults and hate speeches, the states are looking for ways to come around the situation.

Clampdown on Left activists

30 Aug 2018 | 12:27 AM

The Maharashtra Police has shown dramatic alacrity in carrying out countrywide raids and has arrested five prominent Left activists for ‘suspected’ Maoist activities.

29 Aug 2018

The paper ballot fix

29 Aug 2018 | 1:06 AM

Time certainly papers over past memories if the near-unanimous clamour from the Opposition corner for reverting to paper ballots is any indication.

The Captain speaks up

29 Aug 2018 | 1:06 AM

A dozen commissions, committees and investigating teams later, Capt Amarinder Singh has done some plain talking: a few [four to be specific] Congress leaders may have been involved in the 1984 riots ‘at their own level’.

28 Aug 2018

Khalistanis in the US, UK

28 Aug 2018 | 12:50 AM

The resounding failure of the August 12 Referendum 2020 rally in London has oddly enough whetted the appetite of pro-Khalistan elements in the West, especially in the US and the UK.

Fallacy of e-governance

28 Aug 2018 | 12:50 AM

Touts, brokers and middlemen are bred and nurtured by archaic laws and bureaucratic systems.

27 Aug 2018

Foreign aid for Kerala

27 Aug 2018 | 12:03 AM

It must have been awkward for the Modi government to rely on a UPA-era policy to justify its turning down of aid offers from three Muslim countries: the UAE, Qatar and the Maldives.

Dalits get justice

27 Aug 2018 | 12:03 AM

Thankfully, all is not lost for the Dalits and the cause for their uplift.

25 Aug 2018

Skim the cream

25 Aug 2018 | 12:10 AM

Sujat Ambedkar, the great grandson of the legendary Babasaheb Ambedkar, recently startled a predominantly Dalit rally by declaring that his privileged upbringing obviated the need for reservation.

Putting arhtiyas on watch

25 Aug 2018 | 12:10 AM

The biggest woe of Indian agriculture is the parasitical existence of middlemen and commission agents or arhtiyas. They are embedded in the agricultural ecosystem, particularly in Punjab and Haryana, in such a manner that they have become a necessary evil.

24 Aug 2018

Skewed deployment

24 Aug 2018 | 12:06 AM

It reeks of a terribly misplaced sense of governance when the Punjab Education Minister justifies the disproportionate deployment of teachers in government schools, claiming that he is also required to listen to genuine demands of senior party leaders and even workers".

The Eid killings

24 Aug 2018 | 12:06 AM

The abduction and killing of policemen and soldiers in the Kashmir Valley is not new.

23 Aug 2018

Resilience of Kerala

23 Aug 2018 | 12:05 AM

The existing but fraying social patterns of modern Kerala have come to its aid at a time when almost the entire state has been laid waste because of the incessant rainfall and the flooding of rivers.

WhatsApp cautioned!

23 Aug 2018 | 12:05 AM

India has given a strong message to technology giants controlling social media platforms from out-of-country locations — if you want to operate in the country, you must respect the law of the land.

22 Aug 2018

North India against drugs

22 Aug 2018 | 12:11 AM

That four Chief Ministers of different persuasions could persuade themselves to launch a joint strategy to combat the menace of drugs indicates the inroads this devastating anomaly has made into the society’s jugular.

Vinesh wins gold

22 Aug 2018 | 12:11 AM

In the movie Dangal, Vinesh was the ‘other’ Phogat, cousin of Geeta and Babita, and did not have a stellar role in the script — that’s understandable because the focus of the script was on the training and early successes of Geeta and Babita Phogat.

21 Aug 2018

A not-so white revolution

21 Aug 2018 | 12:24 AM

Punjab continues to be a land where the mother believes that her child will grow up to be strong and healthy only if he has gulped two tall glasses of milk; dipped his roti and dal into dollops of butter/ghee; fortified his meal with generous helpings of curd or slurps of creamy makhan-laced lassi; where guests are proudly served tea that is basically doodh-patti, and green tea is dismissed offhand as a fad.

Junking the Gadgil report

21 Aug 2018 | 12:24 AM

There is no way to predict a natural calamity.

20 Aug 2018

Victims of continuing hate

20 Aug 2018 | 12:19 AM

The United States is failing to protect its Sikh citizens.

PM Imran Khan of Pakistan

20 Aug 2018 | 12:19 AM

Pakistan’s third successive democratic transition should ideally suggest that civilians and the military have achieved a consensus on national security and foreign policy.

18 Aug 2018

Covering mental illness

18 Aug 2018 | 12:23 AM

The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) order that asks for the immediate inclusion of mental diseases in medical policies is a progressive step that elevates India to the level of many countries following this healthy practice.

The fury of Kerala floods

18 Aug 2018 | 12:23 AM

Kollavarsham, the new year of the Malayalam calendar, has dawned on the worst-possible note for the people of Kerala.

17 Aug 2018

Rupee on a slide

17 Aug 2018 | 12:02 AM

THE downslide of the rupee against the dollar continues unabated.

A universally loved politician

17 Aug 2018 | 12:02 AM

THE man was a marvel.

15 Aug 2018

Freedom from ineptness

15 Aug 2018 | 12:02 AM

INDIA at 71 has come a long way from 1947.

Getting beaten in England

15 Aug 2018 | 12:02 AM

The crushing defeat in the second Test at Lord’s in London has ended India’s hope of a first series win in England in over a decade.

14 Aug 2018

A bridge in Hussainiwala

14 Aug 2018 | 12:59 AM

For nearly 50 years, there has been no thunder of passing trains over the bridge at Hussainiwala.

The deluge in Kerala

14 Aug 2018 | 12:59 AM

As heavy monsoon rains batter Kerala, the state is reeling under one of the worst floods since 1924.