Thursday, November 15, 2018

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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.

31 Oct 2018

A rope of sand

31 Oct 2018 | 12:34 AM

The many sand mining laws are in place; the National Green Tribunal forever vigilant against violations; mining is banned in riverbeds without clearance from a Central or state environment authority; competitive bidding is an established practice; licences are issued; the Punjab mines and minerals department exists; and yet brazenly, unauthorised mining goes on with impudence, in spite of raids across the state from time to time.

Impatience with apex court

31 Oct 2018 | 12:34 AM

We are witness to a strange and dangerous kind of impatience towards the Supreme Court by the Hindutva pressure groups.

30 Oct 2018

Sukhbir’s resignation offer

30 Oct 2018 | 12:04 AM

Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal’s offer to resign, ‘if the party so demands’, is disingenuous.

It’s the turn of RBI now

30 Oct 2018 | 12:04 AM

The Reserve Bank, much like the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), needs considerable autonomous space to operate without fear or favour.

29 Oct 2018

Political chaos in Sri Lanka

29 Oct 2018 | 12:45 AM

JUST when politics in the Maldives seemed headed for tranquil waters, palace politics in next-door Sri Lanka has entered a turbulent phase.

Drones to pills

29 Oct 2018 | 12:45 AM

IN a huge relief to the sick, immobilised in their homes in the remote and inaccessible interiors of the Kullu-Manali area, care through drones is on the way for them.

27 Oct 2018

Raising Ranis of Jhansi

27 Oct 2018 | 12:08 AM

Opening all Sainik Schools to girls is a concrete and tangible step towards equality and empowerment of women.

SC's second intervention

27 Oct 2018 | 12:08 AM

The CBI's ball is now squarely with the Supreme Court as it tries to sift the various allegations flying against and between its two top officers, sent on enforced leave by the Government, an action that is also under challenge.

26 Oct 2018

Virat Kohli's sprint to 10k

26 Oct 2018 | 12:48 AM

When Sachin Tendulkar retired from ODI cricket six years ago, he was the King.

SC firm on curbing pollution

26 Oct 2018 | 12:48 AM

The Supreme Court, by linking the right to clean and pollution-free environment to citizens'' right to life, has effectively slammed the door on prevarication by vehicle manufacturer on leapfrogging from Bharat Stage-IV norms to BS-VI norms from April 1, 2020.

25 Oct 2018

Diwali festivities sans noise

25 Oct 2018 | 12:02 AM

The Supreme Court verdict that has put restrictions on bursting crackers during festive occasions such as Diwali, Gurpurb, Christmas and New Year eve is one small step towards responsible living.

Killing Khashoggi

25 Oct 2018 | 12:02 AM

The killing of dissident writer Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul is a tale of trans-national crime, intrigue and murder.

24 Oct 2018

The income tax saga

24 Oct 2018 | 1:01 AM

DIRECT tax statistics appear healthy.

The death of a Father

24 Oct 2018 | 1:01 AM

ARAPE case, an aggrieved nun, a powerful bishop, the death of a witness — the trappings of a cheap thriller, only if it wasn’t stark real.

23 Oct 2018

CBI versus CBI

23 Oct 2018 | 12:38 AM

IT is unfortunate that India’s premier investigating agency, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is mired in controversy. Allegations of corruption have been made against its top official and his immediate junior.

Back to brinkmanship

23 Oct 2018 | 12:38 AM

PRESIDENT Donald Trump’s penchant for grandstanding has caused more than a few delicate situations. However, his recent announcement that the US would terminate and pull out of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) with Russia is rather worrying.

22 Oct 2018

Keeping faith at Sabarimala

22 Oct 2018 | 12:35 AM

RELIGION transcends logic.

Massacre on railway system

22 Oct 2018 | 12:35 AM

THERE can only be numbness but no surprise over the Amritsar train tragedy.

20 Oct 2018

VHP, RSS on Ram Temple

20 Oct 2018 | 12:45 AM

CONSIDER the irony.

Akal Takht Jathedar resigns

20 Oct 2018 | 12:45 AM

THE institution of Akal Takht is regarded by the Sikhs as the primary seat of temporal authority.

19 Oct 2018

The silence has shattered

19 Oct 2018 | 12:13 AM

AFTER some dissimulation, a reluctant MJ Akbar has, at last, shown inexpedient wisdom in bowing out of his office.

Sand and gravel policy

19 Oct 2018 | 12:13 AM

THE Punjab Cabinet’s enhancement of stamp duties and announcement of a new sand mining policy is apparently aimed at generating more funds for the cash-strapped state and tame the sand mafia.

18 Oct 2018

A diversion named Prayag

18 Oct 2018 | 12:04 AM

So Allahabad, which in itself was an alliteration, will now be known as Prayagraj.

Rehab or torture centres?

18 Oct 2018 | 12:04 AM

That Punjab is a den of rampant drug abuse is a sad reality.

17 Oct 2018

Half a century of mistrust

17 Oct 2018 | 12:45 AM

THERE is much excitement over the fourth meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and PM this year on the sidelines of next month’s G20 meeting in Argentina.

It’s crude but real

17 Oct 2018 | 12:45 AM

MAJOR oil producing countries and global energy giants on Monday gave a patient hearing to PM Modi’s concerns over the unrelenting surge in global crude prices.

16 Oct 2018

No more bad eggs

16 Oct 2018 | 12:29 AM

THE Army’s general court martial (GCM) proceedings into the killing of civilians in Assam in 1994 seem to have gathered extra attention because of the senior ranks of the indicted officers.

Stubble smoke returns

16 Oct 2018 | 12:29 AM

STUBBLE burning in India, particularly, Punjab and Haryana, is a problem mainly because it makes high-profile residents of the National Capital Region wheeze.

15 Oct 2018

Air safety on a prayer

15 Oct 2018 | 12:07 AM

AIR safety is increasingly being imperiled by the recklessness of pilots or crew, or even ground staff. In August, a Jet Airways flight went off the runway at Riyadh airport. The licences of the pilots were suspended.

Evaluating ‘Parho Punjab’

15 Oct 2018 | 12:07 AM

FULL marks go to Punjab for taking the initiative of ranking government schools. With many government schools putting up a poor show in board examinations year after year, the state Education Department had been facing flak and needed to erase the blot.

13 Oct 2018

Death of the Ganga man

13 Oct 2018 | 12:32 AM

GD AGARWAL has been determined to die for a decade.

The making of ungodly men

13 Oct 2018 | 12:32 AM

The rise of gurus like Rampal and Ram Rahim, many of whom are facing despicable charges of murder and rape, is often laid at the modest door of the gullible multitudes going to them for spiritual realisation.

12 Oct 2018

Time up for Akbar

12 Oct 2018 | 12:06 AM

As skeletons tumble out of MJ Akbar’s dark closet with alarming frequency in the form of his former women subordinates narrating harrowing tales of sexual harassment, he may well turn out to be the Harvey Weinstein of the Indian media industry.

Kashmir militancy spillover

12 Oct 2018 | 12:06 AM

Jalandhar woke up on Wednesday to find that three students from Kashmir in their midst had been arrested for suspected terror links.

11 Oct 2018

Shaky scaffolding

11 Oct 2018 | 1:07 AM

The Supreme Court has sent a very strong signal to all unscrupulous property developers and real estate companies by directing the police to take three directors of the controversial Amrapali Group into its custody immediately.

Migrants flee Gujarat

11 Oct 2018 | 1:07 AM

It is a sad reflection of our parochial and divisive times that even the horrendous rape of a toddler blew up into an unwanted and avoidable politically polarising issue in Gujarat.

10 Oct 2018

Climate change apocalypse

10 Oct 2018 | 12:43 AM

All commentaries warning us that we are two-thirds of the way towards apocalypse because of global warning skip the most pertinent point: why have the efforts not taken off so far? We did not really need the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report to learn that the situation would have grown direr after Donald Trump took over as US President.

Not fit to eat or drink

10 Oct 2018 | 12:43 AM

More and more food samples are failing in Punjab under the state government’s Tandarust Punjab campaign. Nawanshahr district is leading in the adulteration data released by the Food and Drug Administration for August, with 65 per cent sample failure.

09 Oct 2018

Nobel Peace Prize

09 Oct 2018 | 12:54 AM

The joint award of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize to Denis Mukwege, a Congolese doctor, and Nadia Murad, an Iraqi Yazidi survivor, is recognition of the grave issue of war-time sexual violence.

Dangerous, petty politics

09 Oct 2018 | 12:54 AM

The Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal held rallies on Sunday.

08 Oct 2018

Putin in India

08 Oct 2018 | 1:20 AM

The first sign that the visit was special was the reception party for Vladimir Putin at the Delhi airport headed by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj instead of a middle-level bureaucrat or a Minister of State.

Curbing stubble fires

08 Oct 2018 | 1:20 AM

In a dent to the efforts to prevent paddy stubble burning, this year, ironically, Haryana — especially its northern districts — has recorded even more cases this season.

06 Oct 2018

A short-term relief

06 Oct 2018 | 12:13 AM

The Central government has slashed the excise duty on petrol and diesel for the second time in its tenure.

An unkind cut

06 Oct 2018 | 12:13 AM

In blatant disregard to the principle of natural justice of protecting the last drawn pay, Punjab has offered to regularise the services of thousands of contractual schoolteachers by offering them only the basic pay for three years.

05 Oct 2018

Revamp public procurement

05 Oct 2018 | 12:02 AM

It is extremely deplorable that rice meant to be sold to the poor at highly subsidised rates through the public distribution system (PDS) is being diverted from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar to rice mills located in Punjab and Haryana.

Mayawati’s mayajaal

05 Oct 2018 | 12:02 AM

BSP supremo Mayawati was in a take-no-prisoners mood on Wednesday.

04 Oct 2018

Farmers at the gates

04 Oct 2018 | 12:28 AM

NARESH Tikait’s leadership of the farmers’ rally that clashed with the police on the UP-Delhi border on Tuesday would have brought back memories of the siege of Delhi in the 80s by his maverick father Mahendra Singh Tikait.

Polio scare

04 Oct 2018 | 12:28 AM

THE detection of the wild polio virus (WPV) type 2 in two batches of the polio vaccine produced by a Ghaziabad-based pharmaceutical unit, Biomed, that provides the vaccine for the government’s immunisation programme has put the country at risk of not quite being out of the woods.