Monday, December 18, 2017

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16 Dec 2017

Equality for none

16 Dec 2017 | 12:51 AM

THE US views itself as a bastion of freedom, as does the Internet.

Potion or poison

16 Dec 2017 | 12:51 AM

THE International Monetary Fund (IMF) sees “salutary benefits” from the demonetisation that took place in India a year ago.

15 Dec 2017

EC in eye of storm

15 Dec 2017 | 1:00 AM

The neutrality of the Election Commission, the flag-bearer of impartiality and fair play in elections, has recently been called into question once too often.

US stalls India at WTO

15 Dec 2017 | 1:00 AM

THE Buenos Aires ministerial conference of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), as expected, collapsed due to the unyielding US position on India’s demand for a permanent “time-bound” decision on keeping out public stockholding of foodgrains from the purview of subsidy caps.

14 Dec 2017

A mother’s last sigh

14 Dec 2017 | 12:23 AM

IT must take extraordinary resilience for a woman to not only begin a battle for justice at age 77, after losing two members of her family, but also possess the inner strength to live up to 100 to continue the struggle against all odds.

Political trial courts

14 Dec 2017 | 12:23 AM

THE government’s proposal to set up a dozen exclusive courts for the expeditious trial of criminal cases against over 1,500 MPs and MLAs is apparently on the line of an age-old maxim, “justice delayed is justice denied”.

13 Dec 2017

Dispel paranoia

13 Dec 2017 | 12:33 AM

DEPOSITORS across the land are nervous that a proposed law would force them to lose their lifetime savings if their banks turn insolvent.

Left sweeps Nepal

13 Dec 2017 | 12:33 AM

THE unthinkable has happened in Nepal, from the vantage of South Block’s muscular diplomacy.

12 Dec 2017

Arrest them all

12 Dec 2017 | 12:35 AM

EVEN though an election platform permits considerable rhetorical latitude, yet when the Prime Minister chooses to allege a “foreign hand” in an ongoing state-level poll battle the matter acquires a serious dimension.

Health on life support

12 Dec 2017 | 12:35 AM

IN Haryana, the government has thrown the book at the striking National Health Mission workers. Much of India has not heard of these underpaid health workers who play a critical role in Bharat.

11 Dec 2017

Socially regressive laws

11 Dec 2017 | 12:42 AM

THE Supreme Court had found itself short on judicial temper and rectitude when dealing with the judges’ bribery case.

India on the global stage

11 Dec 2017 | 12:42 AM

THE global power arrangements are premised on a number of organisations that maintain a stranglehold over the transfer of sensitive technologies — meaning hardware that can be used in conventional arms as well as in advanced instruments of war — long- range missiles, nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

09 Dec 2017

Deadlines & bottom lines

09 Dec 2017 | 12:40 AM

MILLIONS of harassed citizens would be relieved to learn that the Central government has, as per its undertaking before the Supreme Court, issued a notification extending the deadline for making Aadhaar mandatory for several schemes, services, rights and entitlements by another three months.

Hon’ble Mani Shankar Aiyar

09 Dec 2017 | 12:40 AM

ONLY one inference is possible: Mani Shankar Aiyar is an agent provocateur, if not an outright BJP mole in the Congress.

08 Dec 2017

Apolitical armed forces

08 Dec 2017 | 12:40 AM

The Army chief Gen.

Profiteering privately

08 Dec 2017 | 12:40 AM

AFTER a probe, the Haryana Government has decided to lodge an FIR against a Gurugram-based private hospital for profiteering and unethical practices: it was charging up to 1,730 per cent more on certain medicines and consumables.

07 Dec 2017

Trump’s Jerusalem gambit

07 Dec 2017 | 12:35 AM

IF there is an upside to US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, it is not easily apparent.

Not out of court

07 Dec 2017 | 12:35 AM

THE Supreme Court had no choice but to deny the Sunni Waqf Board’s plea to postpone the hearing in the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute/case till after the next Lok Sabha poll.

06 Dec 2017

Rahul as Congress chief

06 Dec 2017 | 1:01 AM

TILL a year ago, Congress Party managers would have their hearts in their mouth whenever Rahul Gandhi took up a political cause.

A star and a gentleman

06 Dec 2017 | 1:01 AM

BIGGER stars have dominated Bollywood, but Shashi Kapoor’s place in the annals of cinematic history is undisputed.

05 Dec 2017

PM’s Antoinette moment

05 Dec 2017 | 12:42 AM

ON the day PM Narendra Modi counselled the sceptics of the bullet train project to take to bullock carts, a major tragedy was averted in Rajasthan after a diesel engine hit a truck and caught fire.

Mehbooba’s about-turn

05 Dec 2017 | 12:42 AM

MEHBOOBA Mufti’s unwillingness to hold the long-pending panchayat elections in J&K has confirmed that the ruling combine is adamant on denying grassroots democracy in a state yearning for governance.

04 Dec 2017

Reading UP polls

04 Dec 2017 | 12:44 AM

The three-tier local body elections in UP have thrown up mixed results.

Obama’s observations

04 Dec 2017 | 12:44 AM

It is an unflattering commentary on our times and on our narrative-manufacturers that it falls to an outsider - a former American President --to remind us of our collective obligation to involve and include the Muslims in our national story.

02 Dec 2017

Not a place for women, kids?

02 Dec 2017 | 12:38 AM

The statistics of crime in our country for 2016 revealed in the latest report by the National Crime Records Bureau report are staggering. The headlines scream out the worrying trend that India continues to be a terrifying place for women and children.

GDP downslide halts

02 Dec 2017 | 12:38 AM

The unrelenting economic downslide seems to have halted. India’s GDP growth, having slid to a three-year low in the June quarter, has bottomed out.

01 Dec 2017

Reversing slaughter ban

01 Dec 2017 | 12:08 AM

WORLD opinion and economic necessity do matter.

Back to politics

01 Dec 2017 | 12:08 AM

ON the last day of the Winter Session, the Punjab Legislative Assembly functioned as it ought to, for almost the whole day.

30 Nov 2017

TRAI upholds net neutrality

30 Nov 2017 | 12:31 AM

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has made a seminal recommendation upholding the basic principle of allowing the Internet to remain unregulated.

Let Hadiya be free

30 Nov 2017 | 12:31 AM

When a father says “I cannot have a terrorist in the family” about his daughter, there is something disturbing.

29 Nov 2017


29 Nov 2017 | 12:57 AM

PUBLIC disgust with the sand mafia in Punjab and the Congress party’s promise to sort out the mess was one of the factors that led to the party’s victory in the polls.

When Harry met Meghan

29 Nov 2017 | 12:57 AM

A MODERN love story! Prince Harry got down on one knee, proposed with a ring he designed himself, with his late mother Lady Diana’s diamonds.

28 Nov 2017

Judicious balance

28 Nov 2017 | 12:22 AM

FOR two successive days the Chief Justice of India and various union ministers expressed themselves to have different ideas about the judiciary’s role in our constitutional scheme of things.

Losing the Punjabi touch

28 Nov 2017 | 12:22 AM

THE three-part series of reports run by The Tribune recently on the abysmally low state to which the Punjabi language has fallen into reinforces the pain and anguish most self-respecting Punjabis feel about the language.

27 Nov 2017

Khuda Hafiz

27 Nov 2017 | 12:42 AM

HAFIZ Saeed, the man accused by India to be the mastermind behind the 26/11 Mumbai carnage, has walked out of his house arrest in Pakistan.

Truncated winter session

27 Nov 2017 | 12:42 AM

THE winter session of Parliament stands truncated mainly on account of the Gujarat Assembly polls.

25 Nov 2017

A blot on Shivraj

25 Nov 2017 | 12:36 AM

A DEMOCRACY must not tolerate an incompetent government.

Brutal exposure

25 Nov 2017 | 12:36 AM

THE Ryan International School murder case continues to remind us of how poorly our police forces perform.

24 Nov 2017

Mugabe gone

24 Nov 2017 | 12:29 AM

After ruling Zimbabwe for nearly four decades, Robert Mugabe has finally been made to step aside and to make way for a new political dispensation, to be headed by his deputy till two weeks ago, Emmerson Mnangagwa.

This duty stinks

24 Nov 2017 | 12:29 AM

Last month, the Haryana government turned teachers into preachers.

23 Nov 2017

Five-star hospitals

23 Nov 2017 | 12:38 AM

THE recent death of a child after 15 days of intensive care at a private hospital in Gurugram is unfortunate.

Don’t disrupt Rabi crops

23 Nov 2017 | 12:38 AM

THE Central government is all set to introduce the “so-called” direct benefit transfer (DBT) of fertiliser subsidies in Punjab and Haryana next month.

22 Nov 2017

Vaishno Devi pilgrimage

22 Nov 2017 | 12:36 AM

THE Supreme Court has done well to stay the National Green Tribunal’s order on the arrangements for pilgrimage to the Vaishno Devi temple.

Safety consigned to flames

22 Nov 2017 | 12:36 AM

Fire safety has seldom been a priority in India, and it is, unfortunately, all too common to see the damage that results from the neglect of this basic norm.

21 Nov 2017

Waiting for Rahul

21 Nov 2017 | 12:54 AM

AT last the Congress Party is gearing itself up to elect a new president, in place of Sonia Gandhi, who has served the organisation rather well these last 19 years.

Renaming legacy

21 Nov 2017 | 12:54 AM

A low-hanging fruit for any regime is renaming public institutions to advertise its ideological priorities.

20 Nov 2017

A footballer returns

20 Nov 2017 | 12:22 AM

CALL it mother’s love or coercive persuasion, but the end was sweet. A Kashmiri youngster, barely out of teens, teetered on the point of no return; but, with his parents urging him to renounce his new-found gun-toting friends, he returned to the mainstream with a helping hand from the security forces.

Health report card poor

20 Nov 2017 | 12:22 AM

THE first ever state-wise health report is out. The study, ‘India: Health of the Nation’s States — the India State-level Disease Burden Initiative’, comparing the health of citizens in 2016 with that in 1990.

18 Nov 2017

Moody’s swing

18 Nov 2017 | 12:42 AM

American credit rating agency Moody’s has finally acknowledged that the Indian economy is “stable”.

Breather, at last

18 Nov 2017 | 12:42 AM

The Queen of Hills can heave a sigh of relief at the National Green Tribunal order banning new construction activity in green, forest and core areas.

17 Nov 2017

Stifling Padmavati

17 Nov 2017 | 12:37 AM

AN unseemly row has erupted over Padmavati. No film can and no film maker is obliged to appease the sentiments of a billion plus population. Instead, of providing safe passage to the release of Padmavati, several BJP-ruled states have joined hands with obscure outfits and self-appointed custodians of culture and history.

Flap over fighter jets

17 Nov 2017 | 12:37 AM

AS the crucial Gujarat elections draw closer, controversies are bound to multiply in the political marketplace. The Modi Government''s unusual deal for purchasing 36 Rafael fighter jets from France was certain to figure in the laundry list of allegations against the ruling arrangement.

16 Nov 2017

Courting scepticism

16 Nov 2017 | 12:39 AM

A THREE-judge Bench of the Supreme Court may have put the lid firmly on the so-called “judicial bribery” scandal but it is difficult to have the assurance that the judiciary has completely redeemed its own institutional reputation.

Extraditing the rich & bent

16 Nov 2017 | 12:39 AM

THE safest course for the well heeled is to flee abroad after committing a major financial crime.

15 Nov 2017

Tears of onion

15 Nov 2017 | 12:33 AM

Food and vegetable prices have soared.

‘Sex’ CDs as dirty tricks

15 Nov 2017 | 12:33 AM

As technology becomes commonplace so have cameras.

14 Nov 2017

Modi in Manila

14 Nov 2017 | 12:36 AM

For the first time, India seems to be punching above its weight at the annual summit of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) even though it only has an observer status.

Power up EVs

14 Nov 2017 | 12:36 AM

Smog and high pollution days highlight the need to find solutions to fuel-burning vehicles.

13 Nov 2017

Access offer to Jadhav’s wife

13 Nov 2017 | 12:29 AM

Pakistan’s offer to allow Indian death row convict Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet his wife should be taken at face value: a familiar public relations exercise by GHQ, Rawalpindi, to humour US President Donald Trump who touched upon Pakistan’s role in Afghanistan during a meeting with Xi Jinping, Pakistan’s no-questions-asked benefactor.

Goings-on at the court

13 Nov 2017 | 12:29 AM

Last Friday witnessed an extraordinary and unprecedented 75 minutes in the history of the Supreme Court, probably the most explosive and potentially the most damaging.

11 Nov 2017

All foul air, no action

11 Nov 2017 | 12:54 AM

ANY government, state or Centre, speaking right now on measures to be taken to fight the smog, or blaming anyone for its occurrence, is cheating people.

One nation, one tax

11 Nov 2017 | 12:54 AM

THE GST has been limping ever since its premature and hasty birth four months ago.

10 Nov 2017

Magnificent Mary

10 Nov 2017 | 1:32 AM

Of the seven Indian women boxers who competed at the Asian Championships in Vietnam, only two — both returning to the arena after lay-offs — reached the finals.

Brother judges differ

10 Nov 2017 | 1:32 AM

A rather curious development at the Supreme Court: A three-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra overrules a two-judge Bench in a matter concerning the inordinate delay in finalising the Memorandum of Procedure (MoP) about appointments to the higher judiciary.

09 Nov 2017

A failed experiment

09 Nov 2017 | 12:25 AM

Even after a year of painful demonetisation, the government is struggling to smoke out black money.

Tweet x 2

09 Nov 2017 | 12:25 AM

According to one British dictionary, to twitter (verb) is “to talk quickly and nervously in a high voice, saying very little of importance or interest”.

08 Nov 2017

Protect NRI brides

08 Nov 2017 | 12:08 AM

TRAGIC stories of unfortunate women who are often cheated by unscrupulous NRI husbands on the promise of a better life are not uncommon.

Be transparent

08 Nov 2017 | 12:08 AM

NOW we have another list, the “Paradise Papers” that has named hundreds of suspects, including ministers, actors, media barons and corporate honchos, taking shelter in tax havens for alleged evasion.

07 Nov 2017

Gold for India in hockey

07 Nov 2017 | 12:38 AM

THE Asia Cup gold medal has the potential to provide a strong fillip to women’s hockey in India.

An American Tragedy

07 Nov 2017 | 12:38 AM

YET another mass shooting has taken place in America.