Saturday, December 07, 2019
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06 Dec 2019

Bogey of citizenship

06 Dec 2019 | 6:40 AM

With the Union Cabinet approving the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, the ruling BJP has taken a major stride towards fulfilling its poll promise of granting Indian citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists and Christians escaping persecution from neighbouring countries.

Leaving a bad taste

06 Dec 2019 | 6:40 AM

Good for Nirmala Sitharaman if she doesn’t eat much onion.

05 Dec 2019

High seas

05 Dec 2019 | 6:34 AM

The task of defending India’s maritime borders falls on the Indian Navy.

Vaccine acceptance

05 Dec 2019 | 6:33 AM

Hesitancy to vaccines pushes back achievements made in reducing the burden of infectious diseases.

04 Dec 2019

Ailing Railways

04 Dec 2019 | 6:47 AM

A report tabled in Parliament by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has highlighted the grave financial situation of the Railways.

Haryana, recruit teachers

04 Dec 2019 | 6:47 AM

IT is a matter of grave concern that nearly one-third of the posts of school staff are lying unfilled in Haryana.

03 Dec 2019

Hamara Bajaj

03 Dec 2019 | 6:55 AM

It was the most unlikely venue and the most unlikely gathering for the most important political question of the times.

No end to rape

03 Dec 2019 | 6:55 AM

The blood-curdling instance of gang-rape and charring to death of a young government veterinary doctor on her way out from duty along the national highway near Shamshabad in Telangana shows yet again the massive failure of the state in providing a safe environment for the women going about their daily routine of a normal, respectable life.

02 Dec 2019

Bonds of contention

02 Dec 2019 | 6:57 AM

Less than three months after foisting demonetisation on the public, apparently to flush out black money, the NDA government proposed the introduction of electoral bonds with the purported aim of cleansing the system of funding of political parties.

What’s up with WhatsApp?

02 Dec 2019 | 6:57 AM

Whatsapp, the Facebook-owned social media platform, faces the heat with the government announcing in Parliament its desire to conduct an audit of its security features.

30 Nov 2019

Power for power’s sake

30 Nov 2019 | 6:36 AM

UDDHAV THACKERAY’S swearing-in as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, and the Shiv Sena-Congress alliance, which made this possible, mark the end of ideology in Indian politics.

Teacher crunch in Mewat

30 Nov 2019 | 6:36 AM

THE key to the development of the Mewat region in Haryana lies in proper education of its children. Though some initiatives have been taken to lift the region out of its pitiable condition, they are not good enough. It continues to be stuck in the quagmire of poor social indicators.

29 Nov 2019

Enough, Pragya Thakur

29 Nov 2019 | 6:41 AM

She’S said it before, got away with a mild rap from the Prime Minister, secured a huge electoral victory, but BJP’s Bhopal MP Pragya Singh Thakur can’t convince herself enough to think and say otherwise.

Illegal immigration

29 Nov 2019 | 6:41 AM

Try, try and try again until you succeed — that’s the moral of King Bruce and the Spider.

28 Nov 2019

Limits on tenure

28 Nov 2019 | 6:28 AM

THE Pakistan army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, is in an uncomfortable position. In an unexpected development, his country’s Supreme Court is examining, in unflattering detail, the grounds cited by Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government that seeks to extend the General’s term for another three years.

Cleaning the dairy

28 Nov 2019 | 6:28 AM

MILK is the staple drink in Punjab and most Punjabis gulp down glassfuls of it in the firm faith that they owe their good health and strength to the nutritious properties of this farm-fresh dairy product.

27 Nov 2019

A dirty drama

27 Nov 2019 | 6:25 AM

The Supreme Court has saved the Constitution yet again, ironically on the Constitution Day, by ordering a floor test on Wednesday to prove who has the majority to rule Maharashtra.

Fine for farm fires

27 Nov 2019 | 6:25 AM

The Supreme Court on Monday pulled up Punjab, Haryana and UP for their failure to stop the practice of stubble burning by farmers that adds to pollution in Delhi, saying that a fine should be imposed on these states to prevent its recurrence, and recovered from officials — right from top to bottom.

26 Nov 2019

The road to safety

26 Nov 2019 | 6:54 AM

A road accident occurs almost every minute in India.

Healthcare crippled

26 Nov 2019 | 6:54 AM

While on the one hand, Haryana boasts of state-of-the-art medical facilities, such as in some renowned private hospitals of Gurugram and Faridabad, its government-run hospitals and health centres — the only ones that the common patient can afford to get treatment at — are running with inadequate staff and infrastructure.

25 Nov 2019

Maha chaos

25 Nov 2019 | 6:46 AM

EVEN a month after the results of the Assembly elections were declared, Maharashtra does not have a bona fide government in place.

Canal water pollution

25 Nov 2019 | 6:46 AM

Punjab, the land of the five rivers, known for its extensive network of canals that helps it subsist as the food bowl of the country, is witnessing the declining purity of its waters.

23 Nov 2019

Defending Pragya

23 Nov 2019 | 6:59 AM

Pragya Thakur is controversy’s child, duly adopted by the BJP. The Bhopal MP proudly claims to have been among the ‘kar sevaks’ who demolished Babri Masjid.

Packed house at D/N Test

23 Nov 2019 | 6:59 AM

The tickets for the first four days of the second Test match between India and Bangladesh were sold out several days in advance.

22 Nov 2019

Replicating NRC mess

22 Nov 2019 | 6:39 AM

IT took six long years to update the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam on the directions of the Supreme Court.

Welcome respite

22 Nov 2019 | 6:39 AM

The Punjab and Haryana High Court’s direction to the Chandigarh Administration to have a relook at the Sector 29 flyover project and its stay on the felling of 700 ‘fully mature’ trees for the purpose are welcome, especially at a time when big cities are reeling under rising pollution levels.

21 Nov 2019

Brouhaha at BHU

21 Nov 2019 | 6:46 AM

IT’S getting harder by the day to figure out the self-appointed custodians of Indian culture. On the one hand, they are forcing Muslims to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’, but on the other, they are opposing a Muslim teacher’s appointment in the Sanskrit literature department of Banaras Hindu University (BHU).

Surveillance fears

21 Nov 2019 | 6:46 AM

THE outrage over the disclosure that a spyware developed by an Israeli firm was used to conduct illegal surveillance on Indian citizens has now reached a Parliamentary Standing Committee.

20 Nov 2019

Free Farooq Abdullah

20 Nov 2019 | 6:38 AM

Some uncorrected mistakes often take on a life of their own, growing into big blunders that trigger tragedies.

Unsafe classrooms

20 Nov 2019 | 6:38 AM

It took the cave-in of a part of a Hisar village government school for the authorities to swing into action.

19 Nov 2019

Rajapaksa in power

19 Nov 2019 | 6:42 AM

NATIONAL security was the dominant narrative that propelled Narendra Modi and the BJP to a landslide victory in this year’s Lok Sabha elections. The same plank has worked wonders for Gotabaya Rajapaksa in the Sri Lankan presidential elections.

Dalit done to death

19 Nov 2019 | 6:42 AM

IT is shameful that a Dalit youth in Punjab should be tied to a pillar, forced to drink urine and mercilessly killed even as celebrations of Guru Nanak’s anniversary are at their peak and his teachings that transformed a caste-ridden society are being reinforced with a renewed vigour.

18 Nov 2019

Appalling apathy

18 Nov 2019 | 6:49 AM

A meeting convened in Delhi — one of the most polluted cities in the world — to determine ways to deal with the situation that makes it, literally, difficult to breathe should have been top priority.

Meals on wheels

18 Nov 2019 | 6:49 AM

Passenger service has been an evolving proposition for the Railways, a major public transport that hauls men and material over long distances.

16 Nov 2019

Sabarimala review

16 Nov 2019 | 6:47 AM

Over a year after its landmark judgment allowing women of all ages to enter the Sabarimala temple in Kerala, the Supreme Court has kept in abeyance its final decision on the review and writ petitions until a seven-Judge Bench settles the court’s role in determining whether a particular practice is essential or integral to a religion.

Let’s do it for our kids

16 Nov 2019 | 6:47 AM

The devastating impact climate change will have on our toddlers’ health as they grow up if we still don’t stop our planet-warming activities is now well recognised.

15 Nov 2019

SC ruling on RTI Act

15 Nov 2019 | 6:36 AM

As Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi superannuates, he will be remembered for agreeing to public disclosure by ruling that the office of the CJI fell within the ambit of the Right to Information Act.

Gaps in HP schools

15 Nov 2019 | 6:36 AM

Irrational deployment of schoolteachers in Himachal Pradesh, leading to a crunch of educators in many schools, specially in far-flung and interior regions, as well as poor school infrastructure are the bane of the small hill state.

14 Nov 2019

Maharashtra mess

14 Nov 2019 | 6:34 AM

Three weeks ago, the voters of Maharashtra gave a mandate, though not overwhelming, in favour of the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance.

Stalker strikes

14 Nov 2019 | 6:34 AM

Haryana, the state known for being the nursery of power women, ironically, remains a study in contrast.

13 Nov 2019

Students’ stir at JNU

13 Nov 2019 | 7:15 AM

The clash over fee hike between students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and the police in Delhi is symptomatic of the change confronting this venerated institution of learning.

Burning issue

13 Nov 2019 | 7:15 AM

Notwithstanding the Supreme Court’s pointedly scathing directive last week to the Punjab Chief Secretary to ensure that no other farmer resorts to stubble burning to prepare his fields for the next crop, the noxious practice continues unabated.

12 Nov 2019

Seshan & Krishnan

12 Nov 2019 | 7:38 AM

Two former IAS officers — both legends in their own right — passed away on Sunday.

Shafali smashes boundaries

12 Nov 2019 | 7:38 AM

Shafali VERMA, the teen phenom from Haryana, has become the youngest Indian cricketer, male or female, to score a half-century in an international match.

11 Nov 2019

Ayodhya verdict

11 Nov 2019 | 6:36 AM

A law against triple talaq, the abrogation of Article 370 and now a Ram temple where the Babri Masjid once stood: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has fulfilled most of the Hindutva promises that the Sangh Parivar has ever made to its constituents, sympathisers and voters.

Channel of peace

11 Nov 2019 | 6:36 AM

The opening of the Kartarpur corridor connecting devotees to their cherished shrine marks a new beginning.

09 Nov 2019

Reviving realty

09 Nov 2019 | 7:00 AM

The real estate sector has been in the doldrums for too long.

Karnataka cricket fixing

09 Nov 2019 | 7:00 AM

Something is rotten in the nether lands of cricket in India, where zonal T20 leagues such as the ones in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu prosper.

08 Nov 2019

Half-hearted firefighting

08 Nov 2019 | 7:06 AM

The Centre and the states have again been caught napping on the seasonal scourge of stubble burning, forcing the Supreme Court to raise the fire alarm.

Reverence is unifying

08 Nov 2019 | 7:06 AM

The chequered history of the subcontinent will turn over a new leaf tomorrow with the opening of the Kartarpur corridor, enabling people from India to visit the place in Pakistan where the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak, spent his final years.

07 Nov 2019

Don’t lower the Bar

07 Nov 2019 | 6:54 AM

Every fraternity has its black sheep.

Victory for Chandigarh

07 Nov 2019 | 6:54 AM

The scrapping of the Tata Camelot housing project near Sukhna Lake by the Supreme Court is a major win for the city of Chandigarh and an endorsement of the efforts to preserve its heritage character.

06 Nov 2019

India holds its ground

06 Nov 2019 | 6:40 AM

INDIA has taken a pragmatic decision by refusing to join the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), a China-backed ‘free trade’ deal endorsed by the 10 ASEAN nations, besides Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.

Far from Adarsh

06 Nov 2019 | 6:40 AM

Adarsh schools in Punjab have been in the news for rather wrong reasons.

05 Nov 2019

The choke is on us

05 Nov 2019 | 6:52 AM

Pollution-free India with green Mother Earth and Blue Skies’— the Union Government has envisaged this grand goal in its 10-point vision for the upcoming decade.

Let no borewell be open

05 Nov 2019 | 6:52 AM

As another borewell in a Karnal village of Haryana on Monday tragically became the grave for a five-year-old girl, what has emerged more tragic is our complete apathy and negligence towards ensuring a safe environment for children.

04 Nov 2019

Protracted polls

04 Nov 2019 | 6:53 AM

MULTI-PHASE elections in India have thrown up more questions than answers.

Not just cricket

04 Nov 2019 | 6:53 AM

Photographs of masked Bangladeshi cricketers practising in Delhi embarrassed and alarmed us, and made the Indian cricket board (BCCI) pray that the T20I match between India and Bangladesh would pass off without a medical situation caused by the alarmingly high level of pollution.

02 Nov 2019

Communalising Kartarpur

02 Nov 2019 | 6:58 AM

SRI Guru Nanak Dev is revered as the great Indian prophet, who preached truth, service and unity of god, founding India’s youngest religion, which has offered the greatest sacrifice against invaders from the West, shaping the Indian nation.

Listen, ‘uncle Kejriwal’

02 Nov 2019 | 6:58 AM

BEFOre invoking the avuncular responsibilities of the neighbouring CMs, Capt Amarinder Singh and ML Khattar, Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal must check his own house for air quality and ensure that it is good enough to inhale for the children of his state.

01 Nov 2019

Semblance of justice

01 Nov 2019 | 7:04 AM

PEHLU KHAN has finally been declared innocent, two-and-a-half years after he was lynched by cow vigilantes on the groundless suspicion of cattle smuggling in Rajasthan’s Alwar district.

Stealth of surveillance

01 Nov 2019 | 7:04 AM

That privacy is at peril in cyberspace is evident from the disclosure that an Israeli group used spyware to snoop on human rights activists and journalists in India.

31 Oct 2019

UT status, but status quo

31 Oct 2019 | 7:42 AM

As Jammu and Kashmir gets formally split into two UTs today, Tuesday’s gruesome killing in Kulgam of labourers from West Bengal is a grim reminder of the task at hand for the security grid — already out in full force to guard against incendiary protests and attacks after the state lost its special status.

Breaking drug nexus

31 Oct 2019 | 7:42 AM

All signs and surveys conducted in Punjab in the past few years endorse the sad reality of ‘Udta Punjab’: an AIIMS survey earlier this year put Punjab among the top five states with the highest prevalence of substance abuse across drug categories; the AIIMS-assisted drug survey in 2016 claimed that Rs 20-crore worth drugs were consumed daily in the state.

30 Oct 2019

BJP-Sena power tussle

30 Oct 2019 | 6:40 AM

The uncertainty over government formation in Maharashtra deepened with Devendra Fadnavis asserting he will be the CM for the next five years and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray cancelling his meeting with the BJP over government formation thereafter.

Baghdadi’s end

30 Oct 2019 | 6:40 AM

Three weeks after President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of US forces from northern Syria, Islamic State (IS) chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, one of the world’s most-wanted terrorists, blew himself up along with three of his children.

29 Oct 2019

Soft targets in Kashmir

29 Oct 2019 | 7:10 AM

IN the run-up to Jammu and Kashmir’s reorganisation on October 31, militants are getting desperate and targeting the sitting ducks — non-local truckers and traders dealing in apples.

Polluting Diwali

29 Oct 2019 | 7:10 AM

Punjab, Haryana and NCR were again engulfed in the polluted shroud of firecracker emissions and ear-splitting noise this Diwali as the air quality deteriorated to the dangerous ‘very poor’ and ‘severe’ categories in the cities of Noida, Kurukshetra, Sirsa, Ambala, Jalandhar, Gurugram, Jind, Hisar, Delhi, Panipat, Faridabad and Ludhiana.

26 Oct 2019

The World Bank index

26 Oct 2019 | 6:41 AM

AMIDST the current climate of economic gloom, India’s improvement in the World Bank’s ease of doing business index is a transformative moment. India did miss the target of being among the top 50 countries. Yet, its vault from rank 100 to 63 in three years amounts to a small achievement.

Passage to peace

26 Oct 2019 | 6:41 AM

PROVIDING a silver lining in the otherwise dark cloud of India-Pakistan relations, the two countries have signed a historic agreement on the Kartarpur corridor that will allow Indian pilgrims to undertake visa-free visit to the shrine of the Sikh religion’s founder Guru Nanak in Pakistan, fulfilling a long-pending wish.