Tuesday, June 18, 2019
17 Jun 2019

Doctors strike back

17 Jun 2019 | 6:32 AM

Like a raging wildfire, the medical fraternity across the length and breadth of the country has lent support to agitating doctors in West Bengal, seeking a Central legislation against hospital violence and attacks by infuriated attendants.

Harrowing trip

17 Jun 2019 | 6:32 AM

The long-winding serpentine queues of cars stranded for hours or moving at a snail’s pace on the Manali-Rohtang highway over the past one week vividly demonstrate a holiday gone kaput.

15 Jun 2019

Chinese checkers

15 Jun 2019 | 6:22 AM

IT is a sign of immense flux in the world of diplomacy that a fortnight before PM Modi and Chinese President met at Bishkek on Thursday, senior officials of India, US, Australia and Japan held a security dialogue to checkmate Beijing’s trade and security expansion in the Asia Pacific.

Hooked on drugs

15 Jun 2019 | 6:22 AM

WHEN the chief ministers of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand — in a first — came together in August last year to firm up a strategy to jointly combat the scourge of drugs through sharing data and biannual review meetings by the CMs, and every three months by the chief secretaries/DGPs, there was suddenly a new hope that the collective might would taste success.

14 Jun 2019

Hope in Kashmir

14 Jun 2019 | 6:35 AM

A sudden whiff of fresh air greeted Kashmir after a long spell of darkness that had dampened all hope of a dialogue, particularly after the February 14 Pulwama attack when militancy-related violence touched its peak.

Lawless UP

14 Jun 2019 | 6:35 AM

Even as journalist Prashant Kanojia walked free after five days in jail following his arrest on charges of posting defamatory tweets on Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, more disturbing news comes from the state.

13 Jun 2019

IAF counts its losses

13 Jun 2019 | 6:29 AM

THE Indian Air Force has been plagued by mishaps with 2019 ranking as the worst year with the force losing 10 planes. The crash of the AN-32 twin-engine turbo prop military transport aircraft is the latest in the series.

Put them on right track

13 Jun 2019 | 6:29 AM

THIS must take the cake as far as apathy of the administration is concerned. After decades of petitions, villagers have even donated private land to the government so that it may build a metalled road connecting their Tanda village in Ropar to the main Purkhali-Bardar road.

12 Jun 2019

Another rescue act

12 Jun 2019 | 6:20 AM

The Supreme Court has upheld the majesty of law once again and reassured us that we are not a banana republic yet.

Borewell tragedy

12 Jun 2019 | 6:20 AM

Birthday celebrations turned into mourning as two-year-old Fatehveer Singh finally emerged out of the 150-ft-deep borewell into which he fell on June 6 in Bhagwanpura village of Sangrur district in Punjab but without any signs of life in him in the wee hours on Tuesday.

11 Jun 2019

Kathua verdict

11 Jun 2019 | 6:32 AM

NEMESIS seems to have caught up with six of the seven accused in the rape and murder case of an eight-year-old girl in J&K’s Kathua, who have been convicted and sentenced by a court in Pathankot.

Justice in NDPS cases

11 Jun 2019 | 6:32 AM

AS narcotics and opiates continue to be easily available, the hydra-headed menace of drug abuse refuses to let go of its tentacles in Punjab. Rather, the monster now also has in its grip the neighbouring Haryana and Chandigarh.

10 Jun 2019

Modi in Maldives, Sri Lanka

10 Jun 2019 | 6:05 AM

PM Narendra Modi, in his second term, is seeking to elevate ties with the critical Indian Ocean countries — the Maldives and Sri Lanka — on a sounder footing to ensure they remain unimpressed by suitors with whom India is in competition.

Murder most foul

10 Jun 2019 | 6:05 AM

At the tender age of two, she should have been playing with a toy, or gleefully getting her hands grubby in the mud, giggling with another toddler, naughtily eyeing an ice-cream bar.

08 Jun 2019

Hope for ‘Make in India’

08 Jun 2019 | 6:51 AM

Almost a year after the Ministry of Defence (MoD) okayed guidelines for implementing the ‘strategic partnership model’ policy — under which foreign companies can tie up with Indian firms to produce military equipment locally — US military aviation leader Lockheed Martin has said it would make F-21 fighter jets in India.

Domicile criterion

08 Jun 2019 | 6:51 AM

Punjab finds itself in a messy situation with a knee-jerk decision regarding admissions to the highly sought-after MBBS/BDS seats in its colleges.

07 Jun 2019

Brazen lawmakers

07 Jun 2019 | 6:49 AM

Even as the BJP-led Union government has got down to the business of governance, the saffron party’s MPs and MLAs continue to embarrass it with their irresponsible remarks and actions.

Custodial deaths

07 Jun 2019 | 6:49 AM

Sensitivity and regard to the life and dignity of an accused in police custody is expected of the law enforcement officials concerned as the progressive worldview is increasingly laying premium to the protection of human rights of those behind bars.

06 Jun 2019

No delimitation now

06 Jun 2019 | 7:54 AM

IT is worrisome that the re-elected Modi government’s first policy initiative on J&K is only deepening the rift between the Valley and the mainland. This is not the opportune moment to discuss delimitation in J&K.

Bickerings in Congress

06 Jun 2019 | 7:54 AM

NOTHING succeeds like success and the realisation seems to have dawned on the grand old party of India as the sorry figure it cut in the Lok Sabha elections lies juxtaposed with the BJP’s spectacular showing.

05 Jun 2019

Hindi hegemony

05 Jun 2019 | 6:46 AM

The three-language formula debate is back to draw a wide wedge in the North-South socio-political discourse.

Jitters for Mahagathbandhan

05 Jun 2019 | 6:46 AM

The BSP-SP-RLD Mahagathbandhan in UP is in choppy waters barely a fortnight after the Lok Sabha election results have been declared, with the BSP supremo Mayawati deciding the party would contest 11 Assembly byelections on its own later this year — a decision of import because it does not usually contest bypolls.

04 Jun 2019

Watch your word

04 Jun 2019 | 7:41 AM

THE US requirement that visa applicants must submit all information about their social media accounts is ironic, to say the least, coming as it does from the land that espouses privacy and free speech.

It serves no justice

04 Jun 2019 | 7:41 AM

UNDOUBTEDLY, the rape of a child is an emotive issue and the culprit deserves the strictest punishment. But no matter how extreme the provocation, in a civilised society there is no justification for an angry mob taking law unto its hands and rendering ‘justice’ by taking upon itself the role of the accuser, judge and executioner.

03 Jun 2019

Shrinking jobs

03 Jun 2019 | 7:14 AM

As Nirmala Sitharaman takes charge of the Finance Ministry, the twin challenges of economic slowdown and job crisis confront her.

Zero-sum game

03 Jun 2019 | 7:14 AM

Let us admit it: Cricket is a religion in India, coursing through the veins of every gully boy basking in reflected glory, dreaming of donning the blue; to be the next Dhoni or the next Kohli.

01 Jun 2019

Horses for courses

01 Jun 2019 | 6:53 AM

Banking on impeccable credentials, PM Narendra Modi has handed over the key portfolio of External Affairs to former Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar.

Pathetic schools

01 Jun 2019 | 6:53 AM

It is a matter of concern that the governments continue to fail our schoolchildren.

31 May 2019

Get priorities right

31 May 2019 | 6:28 AM

The BJP-led NDA rode on PM Narendra Modi’s combative nationalism to vanquish the Opposition in the Lok Sabha elections.

World Cup takes off in UK

31 May 2019 | 6:28 AM

The 12th cricket World Cup, which began in London on Thursday, is certain to grab the undivided attention of the fans in India over the next 45-odd days.

30 May 2019

Minorities under attack

30 May 2019 | 7:26 AM

HOURS after PM Narendra Modi exhorted NDA MPs to win the trust (sabka vishwas) of the minorities, a Muslim man was slapped by a bunch of goons in Gurugram on May 25.

Costlier power

30 May 2019 | 7:26 AM

AFTER all those rosy pre-poll promises, the first shock after the elections that the people of Punjab have got is a hike in electricity tariff.

29 May 2019

Another toddler raped

29 May 2019 | 7:23 AM

The heinous rape of a four-year-old girl in a private school at Dhuri in Sangrur district, allegedly by a conductor-cum-helper, once again underscores that our children remain vulnerable to sexual abuse in schools.

Pakistan snubbed

29 May 2019 | 7:23 AM

INDIA has taken a tough stand by not inviting Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to Narendra Modi’s swearing-in, days after the ex-cricketer called up the PM and congratulated him for the resounding victory in the Lok Sabha elections.

28 May 2019

Congress beyond Gandhis

28 May 2019 | 6:31 AM

RAHUL Gandhi’s offer to resign from the post of Congress president, taking entire responsibility for the 2019 Lok Sabha poll rout, evoked a sense of déjà vu.

Go for drip irrigation

28 May 2019 | 6:31 AM

IN a push to averting agriculture distress as aridity stares at Punjab following over-exploitation of groundwater, the state government is persuading farmers to go in for the drip irrigation technology.

27 May 2019

Recurring tragedy

27 May 2019 | 6:30 AM

Students and teachers have lost their lives at a coaching centre in Surat.

Record women MPs

27 May 2019 | 6:30 AM

So, in keeping with the trend, this time too the number of women MPs elected has gone up slowly but surely.

25 May 2019

Challenges for new govt

25 May 2019 | 6:46 AM

ONCE the euphoria over the NDA’s thumping victory subsides, the new government faces the onerous task of dealing with several burning issues, primarily farm distress, unemployment, economic slowdown and religious intolerance.

AAP routed

25 May 2019 | 6:46 AM

FROM achieving a remarkable four-seat victory in Punjab on its debut in the 2014 General Election and then becoming the main Opposition party in the Vidhan Sabha after the 2017 Assembly polls with 20 MLAs in its kitty, the Aam Aadmi Party today has sadly squandered the trust that the people reposed in it.

24 May 2019

Shunned, stunned

24 May 2019 | 6:41 AM

THE rank failure of the Opposition to offer a credible and durable alternative to the electorate paved the way for another landslide victory for the BJP-led NDA in the Lok Sabha elections.

Punjab bucks trend

24 May 2019 | 6:41 AM

WITH eight of the 13 Lok Sabha seats in the Congress kitty, Punjab stands out as an island of blue in a sea of saffron across much of India.

23 May 2019

Don’t undermine poll process

23 May 2019 | 6:39 AM

ON the eve of counting, the Opposition demonstrated its mistrust of the electoral process yet again.

Sops to shun paddy

23 May 2019 | 6:39 AM

ALARMINGLY dire situations call for urgent and immediate measures.

22 May 2019

Budgam chopper crash

22 May 2019 | 6:42 AM

A day after the February 26 Balakot airstrike, an Mi-17 helicopter of the IAF crashed at Budgam in Kashmir.

Ominous law

22 May 2019 | 6:42 AM

The Punjab police are once again pushing for the enactment of the stringent Punjab Control of Organised Crime Act (PCOCA).

21 May 2019

Naidu jumps the gun

21 May 2019 | 6:44 AM

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N Chandrababu Naidu is a busy man these days, perhaps the busiest among top Opposition leaders.

Read between the lines

21 May 2019 | 6:44 AM

Balakot has been an emotive issue, entrenched in a collective sense of nationhood, even as it divided the country in a politically super-surcharged atmosphere.

20 May 2019

The die is cast

20 May 2019 | 6:53 AM

The EVMs used in the seventh and last phase of the world’s largest exercise in democracy entailing over 90 crore voters have been locked, sealing the fate of all candidates in the fray till the votes are counted on May 23 and the results declared thereafter.

Tweaking immigration norms

20 May 2019 | 6:53 AM

US President Donald Trump has a propensity to tread where others fear to go, and his latest move is to propose a new ‘Build America’ plan to change the country’s immigration norms that allow foreign immigrants to become permanent residents or Green Card holders.

18 May 2019

Problematic Pragya

18 May 2019 | 6:41 AM

THE BJP’s decision to field Pragya Singh Thakur, an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts case, from the Bhopal Lok Sabha seat was brazenly controversial.

Schools sans teachers

18 May 2019 | 6:41 AM

IN a shocking revelation, the topper of the Class XII exams conducted by Haryana’s Board of School Education has said his school in Bhiwani did not have a regular science teacher.

17 May 2019

Divisive discourse

17 May 2019 | 6:54 AM

The Kolkata violence and the unprecedented curtailment of campaigning in West Bengal have emerged as the defining moments of the 2019 Lok Sabha poll battle, which will be remembered mostly for the wrong reasons — irrespective of which party (parties) forms the next government.

Haryana hires fairly

17 May 2019 | 6:54 AM

The Khattar-led BJP government in Haryana has in the past four years spread joy in the state with its single-minded goal of employing youth purely on the basis of merit, in a transparent manner.

16 May 2019

Trinamool-BJP showdown

16 May 2019 | 6:31 AM

A SHATTERED bust of social reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, a central figure of the Bengali Renaissance, on the campus of a college named after him speaks volumes about the barbaric free-for-all that Kolkata witnessed during political clashes on Tuesday.

End-to-end insecurity

16 May 2019 | 6:31 AM

Imagine users waking up to a headline that says that their favourite communication app is not secure. Well, for the 150 crore users of WhatsApp, this has become a reality.

15 May 2019

Punjab’s water crisis

15 May 2019 | 6:24 AM

Punjab’s woes are worsening on the water front.

Tinkering with history

15 May 2019 | 6:24 AM

With the Rajasthan school board’s social science books for classes VIII to X set for an overhaul, students will, from the next session, study a diminished version of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar — as one who filed mercy petitions to the British government after being tortured in jail.

14 May 2019

Last-ball thriller in IPL

14 May 2019 | 7:21 AM

The annual summer tamasha got a thrilling end — the 12th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) concluded with a last-ball finish on Sunday night, Mumbai Indians (MI) beating Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by one run in the final.

Deep in debt trap

14 May 2019 | 7:21 AM

Over 85 per cent of agriculture-dependent households in rural Punjab are debt-ridden, says a study published in the Journal of Rural Development. The average financial burden is Rs 5.52 lakh and Rs 68,330, respectively, per household of indebted farmers and agricultural labourers.

13 May 2019

Trivialising killings

13 May 2019 | 6:54 AM

IN the run-up to the final leg of the Lok Sabha elections, the Congress has gone into the damage-control mode over a remark by Sam Pitroda, the party's overseas wing chief.

Full marks to PSEB

13 May 2019 | 6:54 AM

The Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) can pat itself on its back for having achieved a feat that has been dodging it for decades.

11 May 2019

Go beyond deep regret

11 May 2019 | 6:51 AM

Deep regret — these are the carefully chosen words the British royalty and political leadership have been using for the past two decades with regard to the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.

Over to the police, now

11 May 2019 | 6:51 AM

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link and the Punjab and Haryana High Court’s order prescribing action against drug consumers to cure addiction aims precisely at removing this connection from the supply chain.

10 May 2019

Sobering statistics

10 May 2019 | 7:43 AM

Arecent study on alcohol consumption across countries makes a sobering revelation.

Data under a cloud

10 May 2019 | 7:43 AM

The Union Government finds itself in the eye of a data storm over a new report of the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), which states that at least one-third of the companies in the database used for GDP calculation could not be traced or surveyed.

09 May 2019

Show justice

09 May 2019 | 7:21 AM

Notwithstanding a clean chit given to Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi by an in-house inquiry committee, the controversy surrounding the unprecedented allegations of sexual harassment levelled against him by a dismissed employee of the Supreme Court refuses to die down.

Stop doubting EVMs

09 May 2019 | 7:21 AM

About two weeks before the counting of votes for the Lok Sabha elections, the Supreme Court has rejected a review petition by 21 leaders of Opposition parties regarding the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT).

08 May 2019

Oil imbroglio

08 May 2019 | 6:45 AM

The US has made it clear that it cannot ensure the sale of its crude oil to India at concessional rates to compensate for discontinuing the purchase of cheaper oil from Iran.

Crowded at top

08 May 2019 | 6:45 AM

Of late, the class X results have been throwing up figures that boggle the mind about the future of the youth.