Thursday, July 19, 2018

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18 Jul 2018

Economy under pressure

18 Jul 2018 | 12:39 AM

INDIA’S wholesale price inflation has soared to a four-and-a-half year high because of costly fuel, food and manufactured goods.

Firearms on file

18 Jul 2018 | 12:39 AM

THE Centre’s move to launch a National Database of Arms Licences is a positive step in curbing the misuse of arms. It would assist law enforcement agencies in identifying weapons used for criminal activities as well as those involved in so-called “accidental” shootings like celebratory firing.

17 Jul 2018

Betting on English

17 Jul 2018 | 12:28 AM

I’m not afraid of English.

France’s second crown

17 Jul 2018 | 12:28 AM

France’s victory in the football World Cup final brought to an end a month of exciting action from Russia. Fittingly, France and Croatia served up a memorable final, and France emerged deserving winners.

16 Jul 2018

No ‘surveillance state’

16 Jul 2018 | 12:01 AM

THE proposal to set up a “Social Media Communications Hub” sounds Orwellian. Indeed, it is. The Supreme Court’s observation that by setting up such a hub “we will be moving to a surveillance state” is well founded and a shot in the arm for privacy advocates who are fighting an increasingly difficult battle against electronic surveillance.

Cheer for cinegoers

16 Jul 2018 | 12:01 AM

INDEED, the sheer joy of watching a movie and gorging on your favourite food go hand in hand. However, to be forced to cough up extra money to not just satiate hunger pangs, but also quench thirst is an aftertaste that no cinegoer relishes.

14 Jul 2018

Security, not displacement

14 Jul 2018 | 12:23 AM

The recent violence has brought the Punjabi Colony in Shillong into the limelight and it remains that way because of the incalcitrant attitude of a small section among the majority Khasi population.

Taking away the gun

14 Jul 2018 | 12:23 AM

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s decision to suspend the arms licences of those accused of crimes against women till the pronouncement of the verdict could be a potent measure in reining in the instinct of an enraged accused to take the law into his own hands.

13 Jul 2018

Politics over MSP

13 Jul 2018 | 12:22 AM

THE Malout farmers’ rally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the first after raising minimum support prices (MSPs) of Kharif crops, has indeed been a success.

Countering the IS threat

13 Jul 2018 | 12:22 AM

THIS Monday’s meeting of intelligence service chiefs from Pakistan, Afghanistan, China and Russia should evoke considerable soul searching in the Indian security establishment.

12 Jul 2018

Military joins Sino-India thaw

12 Jul 2018 | 12:30 AM

THE 10 hours of tête-à-tête between PM Modi and Xi Jinping have been a watershed in Sino-India ties that have oscillated between polite indifference and barely-concealed animus since the thaw exactly three decades back.

Crossing the line

12 Jul 2018 | 12:30 AM

AVIATION Minister Jayant Sinha has tried to wriggle out of an unseemly controversy, entirely of his making. An online petition to Harvard University seeks the withdrawal of his alumni status, citing his “intemperate behaviour”.

11 Jul 2018

Samsung’s smart business

11 Jul 2018 | 12:38 AM

It is smart business strategy to establish a strong presence at the point of consumption.

Live proceedings from SC

11 Jul 2018 | 12:38 AM

The die is cast for a first-ever court channel and the Supreme Court is taking the lead.

10 Jul 2018

The simultaneous poll bogey

10 Jul 2018 | 12:04 AM

THE Law Commission’s consultations with political parties on the feasibility of holding simultaneous Lok Sabha and state elections made for some unusual allies.

Theatre of the absurd

10 Jul 2018 | 12:04 AM

A NEW demonstration of political piety is participating in drug tests in Punjab—in the full glare of the media, naturally.

09 Jul 2018

Pakistan’s general elections

09 Jul 2018 | 12:04 AM

TO Pakistan’s credit, the forthcoming general election will be a record in its national life. This is the first time the country will have a third successive tryst with elections without an interruptive interregnum by its army.

Medical admission mess

09 Jul 2018 | 12:04 AM

THE Centre has provided the much-needed flexibility to students by holding various entrance tests, including NEET, twice a year from 2019.

07 Jul 2018

Legalising betting in India

07 Jul 2018 | 12:15 AM

The Law Commission of India has recommended that betting on sports be legitimised, taking it away from the grip of illegal, underworld-linked operators and making it legal but heavily regulated.

High time, indeed

07 Jul 2018 | 12:15 AM

The Supreme Court has yet again affirmed the need for closure for the victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh violence in Delhi.

06 Jul 2018

Punjab’s war on drugs

06 Jul 2018 | 12:53 AM

Giving a societal push to the Punjab Government’s war on the hydra-headed drug menace, are the villagers — the common people suffering the effects of the consumption blowback.

Chidambaram’s victory

06 Jul 2018 | 12:53 AM

The latest salvos between Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and bureaucrats merely a day after the Supreme Court order on the limits of a Lt Governor’s powers suggest that the controversy may not blow away soon.

05 Jul 2018

Corrective action

05 Jul 2018 | 1:06 AM

Apex court on lynching

05 Jul 2018 | 1:06 AM

The last word is yet to be said but the Supreme Court’s initial reflexes on the issue of lynching have put into sharp relief the political executive’s regrettable wink-and-nod approach to informal public executions of largely Muslims by cow vigilante groups.

04 Jul 2018

Drugs and death

04 Jul 2018 | 12:28 AM

Growing public anger over the government’s failure to curb the supply of illegal drugs seems to have triggered a reaction in the political class.

Killing of Afghan Sikhs

04 Jul 2018 | 12:28 AM

Afghanistan is no stranger to lethal bomb blasts snuffing out the lives of unwary innocents and so it was when a bombing killed mostly Sikh leaders and some Hindus on their way to meet President Ashraf Ghani in the provincial capital of Jalalabad.

03 Jul 2018

Dignity for all

03 Jul 2018 | 12:38 AM

A picture is hard-hitting, self-explanatory, worth a thousand words, sometimes more.

Make GST foolproof

03 Jul 2018 | 12:38 AM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on the ball — there cannot be a common GST rate for milk and Mercedes in India where the gulf between the rich and the poor is wide and there are huge income disparities.

02 Jul 2018

Pak on FATF grey list

02 Jul 2018 | 12:28 AM

Pakistan’s slow descent into the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) grey list was preordained. The US was chaffing at Rawalpindi’s covert support to the Taliban and now that it had agreed to come to the negotiating table, it was important to keep it under pressure by choking its sources of financing, mainly from Pakistan.

Paucity of doctors

02 Jul 2018 | 12:28 AM

Despite lofty promises and periodic outcries, India’s public health system continues to cut a sorry picture. Close on the heels of reports of dismal public spending by the government on per capita health comes yet another grim reminder.

30 Jun 2018

Swiss bank balance

30 Jun 2018 | 12:59 AM

THE news that money parked by Indians in Swiss banks grew 50 per cent created such a flutter that the government had to field Union Ministers Piyush Goyal and Arun Jaitley to clear the air.

Police cover for Pipli

30 Jun 2018 | 12:59 AM

PIPLI in Sonepat district of Haryana, part of the ever-growing NCR, is a mere an hour run from the National Capital. It should then be alarming that right at the door of the Capital

29 Jun 2018

Deferment of Indo-US 2+2

29 Jun 2018 | 12:47 AM

IT was a strange way to announce the postponement of the first-ever simultaneous meeting of the Indian and American defence and external affairs ministers.

Pak’s twisted symbolism

29 Jun 2018 | 12:47 AM

PAKISTAN now has Harmeet Singh, a turbaned Sikh, as a TV anchor. He was preceded by Manmeet Kaur, a Sikh woman, who anchors TV programmes, and earlier by a Sikh soldier.

28 Jun 2018

Nirav spoils Mallya’s party

28 Jun 2018 | 12:22 AM

Absconder Vijay Mallya perhaps never intended to repay his bank loans.

High and dry

28 Jun 2018 | 12:22 AM

Talk of water today anywhere in India, and there is all chance that something would be gravely amiss.

27 Jun 2018

Staying the axe

27 Jun 2018 | 1:07 AM

THE Delhi High Court has underscored the importance of eco-sustainable development when it stayed the axing of nearly 16,000 trees that were to make way for the redevelopment of some residential colonies for government employees in the posh but polluted South Delhi.

A simple farewell

27 Jun 2018 | 1:07 AM

A WARM send-off by schools is as much a part of an outgoing student’s life as hardcore studies; the former, understandably, being an emotional moment, particularly for those who may have studied in the school all through their academic life.

26 Jun 2018

33 yrs of Kanishka bombing

26 Jun 2018 | 12:05 AM

LAST Saturday saw Prime Minister Justin Trudeau clear the air about where Canadian liberals stood on the midair killing of 331 persons this day 33 years ago.

India’s chess boom continues

26 Jun 2018 | 12:05 AM

RAMESHBABU Praggnanandhaa, who has qualified to become the world’s second-youngest chess Grandmaster at 12 years, 10 months and 13 days, has been marked out for greatness for most of his young life.

25 Jun 2018

By the seashore in Seychelles

25 Jun 2018 | 12:05 AM

EVER since the colonialists departed from Asia, the Indian Ocean had returned to its status as a vast backwater after the contest between the existing and rising powers shifted to the Atlantic and the Mediterranean oceans.

Expanding NCR

25 Jun 2018 | 12:05 AM

A NEW city is planned near Gurugram in Haryana.

23 Jun 2018

Some dreams shackled

23 Jun 2018 | 12:06 AM

Illegal immigrants to the US can expect no mercy these days, especially after the Trump Administration tightened the rules and their interpretation.

Trade wars lap Indian shores

23 Jun 2018 | 12:06 AM

US President Donald Trump’s overzealous pursuance of his “America First” policy is gradually stoking the embers of a global trade war that is also singeing its allies and strategic partners.

22 Jun 2018

Law, no order

22 Jun 2018 | 12:46 AM

A BLOODY attack near Mohali. A Forest Block Officer and his colleague so severely injured that the former is in a critical condition. Yet another black day in the annals of the saga of illegal mining in Punjab.

Banking sector purge

22 Jun 2018 | 12:46 AM

BAD loans of Indian banks continue to surge unabated. Total non-performing assets (NPAs) have breached the Rs 10 lakh-crore mark in the quarter ending March 31.

21 Jun 2018

An unmourned alliance exits

21 Jun 2018 | 12:39 AM

THERE were too many failings foretold for the demise of the three-year-old run of the BJP-PDP alliance to be mourned by any of the major players in Kashmir.

Behind even Nepal, Bhutan

21 Jun 2018 | 12:39 AM

GOVERNMENTS have come and gone but India’s sorry spending on health continues to remain a cause for consternation; to put in perspective, our spending on health is lower than that of supposedly “less prosperous” neighbours Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh.

20 Jun 2018

ICICI Bank imbroglio

20 Jun 2018 | 12:03 AM

The latest decision to rearrange the chairs in the top executive echelons of ICICI Bank seems to indicate that an individual has taken precdence over the larger issue of propriety and accountability.

Neglect of humanities

20 Jun 2018 | 12:03 AM

FOR every Eliza Bansal from Lehragagga village in Sangrur who had stars in her eyes as she topped the AIIMS entrance examination, there are many children in the district who must still be floundering around, unable to fathom how to go about chasing their dream of becoming a historian or unravelling the social tangles that the country is grappling with.

19 Jun 2018

No extension of ceasefire

19 Jun 2018 | 12:03 AM

THE people of Kashmir have once again missed a turning that could have led to political synchronisation with the winds of change buffeting the region.

The deadlock in Delhi

19 Jun 2018 | 12:03 AM

THE week-long hunger strike in the Delhi Lt Governor’s office by the state CM Kejriwal and his Cabinet colleagues has triggered several political moves even as it holds the promise of at least one happy outcome.

18 Jun 2018

Gauri Lankesh murder case

18 Jun 2018 | 12:33 AM

THE Karnataka Police has finally claimed to have cracked the Gauri Lankesh murder case. Like all police briefings in the first flush of rounding up of suspects, all assertions need to be taken with a pinch of salt.

Urban nightmares

18 Jun 2018 | 12:33 AM

JALANDHAR witnessed a unique phenomenon on Friday when the demolition of a large number of buildings was initiated on the orders of a minister, Navjot Singh Sidhu. It was unique because elected governments rarely take actions that may anger any section of voters.

16 Jun 2018

In deep water

16 Jun 2018 | 12:59 AM

Parched Shimla, with serpentine queues of its residents crying for every of water earlier this summer; farmers unsustainably pumping deeper from the depleted groundwater table in Punjab; the huge plans to clean polluted rivers coming a cropper: these are just some images from the trailer of the doleful picture in store for us.

Murdering a journalist

16 Jun 2018 | 12:59 AM

The daylight murder of a guarded journalist could become the Valley’s make or break moment.

15 Jun 2018

Football fever

15 Jun 2018 | 12:09 AM

Football is the one truly global sport, the World Cup its biggest festival.

NRI grooms holiday over?

15 Jun 2018 | 12:09 AM

In a small but significant step to contain the menace of NRI grooms abandoning their brides soon after the wedding, compulsory registration within seven days of the marriage ceremony and updating of the marital status on their passports has been proposed.

14 Jun 2018

Let there be light

14 Jun 2018 | 12:13 AM

The recent decision of a UK information rights tribunal judge to allow the release of a majority of files relating to actions by the British government before Operation Bluestar is a welcome breath of fresh air from the country that gave us the draconian Official Secrets Act in 1923.

Trump-Kim summit

14 Jun 2018 | 12:13 AM

Practitioners of old-style diplomacy are yet to catch their breath after the curtains had come down on the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore.

13 Jun 2018

Uprooting sown paddy

13 Jun 2018 | 12:24 AM

The petering out of the 10-day “Gaon Bandh” did not leave Punjab’s kisan unions without a cause.

Temple entry movement

13 Jun 2018 | 12:24 AM

12 Jun 2018

A road too long

12 Jun 2018 | 12:24 AM

India was the sole standout among the eight Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation by declining to endorse China's One Belt, One Road (OBOR) project.

Mending with the times

12 Jun 2018 | 12:24 AM

The Government’s intention to open up 10 joint secretary posts to mid-career professionals has brought the Luddites to the barricades.

11 Jun 2018

J&K’s border woes

11 Jun 2018 | 12:35 AM

UNION Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s much-anticipated visit to Jammu & Kashmir last week had many irons in the fire.

Haryana ‘sporting’ tax

11 Jun 2018 | 12:35 AM

THE Haryana Government has put in abeyance a notification by its Sports and Youth Affairs Department that had levied a cess on certain sportspersons employed by the state.

09 Jun 2018

Citizen Mukherjee in Nagpur

09 Jun 2018 | 12:50 AM

FORMER President Pranab Mukherjee has been a difficult political personality to gauge.

Rules vs appeal

09 Jun 2018 | 12:50 AM

To stop the subsidy going out to the rich in the name of agricultural tubewells, there have been numerous recommendations, the most recent being from the Punjab State Farmers’ Commission.

08 Jun 2018

Distressed rural India

08 Jun 2018 | 12:04 AM

The Modi Government wants to win back the estranged sugarcane farmers by announcing a Rs 7,000 crore package for sugar mills.

Rape and murder of minors

08 Jun 2018 | 12:04 AM

Haryana’s track record in the treatment of its women and girls was never perfect.