Monday, March 19, 2018

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17 Mar 2018

Unjust industry demand

17 Mar 2018 | 12:44 AM

Lobbyists are up in arms against the RBI’s decision to discontinue the now-infamous Letters of Undertaking (LoUs), a credit instrument misused by Nirav Modi to cheat the nation of Rs 13,600-crore.

Pak recalls envoy

17 Mar 2018 | 12:44 AM

IT may not have been a coincidence that the day India offered to exchange old, infirm and women prisoners with Pakistan on humanitarian grounds — which is a gambit by another name for reopening conversation — its envoy in New Delhi began complaining of harassment by India’s security minders.

16 Mar 2018

The helpless RBI

16 Mar 2018 | 12:54 AM

It seems no one is culpable for the Rs 13,600-crore PNB scam.

Short shrift to Finance Bill

16 Mar 2018 | 12:54 AM

Just three months back PM Modi broke down in Parliament.

15 Mar 2018

An ‘encounter’ in Yogi land

15 Mar 2018 | 12:42 AM

THE Gorakhpur miscalculation will hurt terribly. Yogi Adityanath has contrived to lose his fortress against a timorous opposition demoralised by a double trouncing in 2014 and 2017.

A brilliant mind

15 Mar 2018 | 12:42 AM

PERHAPS, by now, Stephen Hawking, who spent a lifetime studying physics and cosmology, has already unlocked the mysteries of the universe.

14 Mar 2018

Grounding of planes

14 Mar 2018 | 12:49 AM

The Director General of Civil Aviation’s (DGCA) grounding of several civilian aircraft is not a bolt from the blue.

Alliance architect’s exit

14 Mar 2018 | 12:49 AM

The sacking of the urbane and sophisticated J&K Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu for his remarks that “Kashmir is not a political problem” is Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s firm message that she upholds her party’s original agenda of Kashmir being a political issue at a higher level than tolerating the chief troubleshooter of the BJP-PDP alliance.

13 Mar 2018

More of Bharat joins in

13 Mar 2018 | 12:54 AM

The huge phalanx of protesting farmers has won over Mumbaikars with their self-discipline and compassion.

The French embrace

13 Mar 2018 | 12:54 AM

The photogenic and politically correct French President Emmanuel Macron waltzed through his India state visit with the customary Parisian sophistication and panache by playing on South Block’s insecurities to set the stage for offloading more defence equipment on India.

12 Mar 2018

Think out of the box

12 Mar 2018 | 12:47 AM

The fourth Budget of the ML Khattar government in Haryana has predictably reflected the sorry state of the CM’s style of functioning — governance without a grand political vision.

Sonia joins the fray

12 Mar 2018 | 12:47 AM

onia Gandhi is no stranger to the mysterious roller-coaster dynamics of electoral politics, having witnessed both the lows of political marginalisation and the high of determining the country’s destiny for a decade.

10 Mar 2018

Euthanasia by choice

10 Mar 2018 | 12:03 AM

Now, no Aruna Shanbaug would be condemned to live in a vegetative state for more than four decades.

Trump, Kim agree to meet

10 Mar 2018 | 12:03 AM

In a world full of surprises, the news about the Presidents of the US and North Korea agreeing to a first-ever meeting should rank as one of the biggest diplomatic breakthroughs.

09 Mar 2018

The opening with Pakistan

09 Mar 2018 | 12:46 AM

The India-Pakistan saga has taken many strange twists and turns.

Trump’s warning shot

09 Mar 2018 | 12:46 AM

US President Donald Trump appeared to be at his wits’ end when he made a rash comment after his chief economic adviser Gary Cohn put in his papers: “Will be making a decision soon on the appointment of new chief economic advisor.

08 Mar 2018

One flew over miner’s nest

08 Mar 2018 | 12:35 AM

Finally, the people of Punjab have been presented with a reason why their Chief Minister needs to travel by helicopter when he makes that rare trip to the state.

A Third Front move

08 Mar 2018 | 12:35 AM

With the instinct of a bloodhound, Telangana Rashtra Samiti president and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has proposed a Third Front of parties, opposed to the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Indian National Congress.

07 Mar 2018

Unburdening school kids

07 Mar 2018 | 12:18 AM

THE proposal of Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar to reduce the NCERT syllabus by nearly half in CBSE schools from the 2019 academic year is noteworthy because it aims to address some ills plaguing the education system.

Violence in Tripura

07 Mar 2018 | 12:18 AM

TRUE to its election-time slogan of Chalo Paltai (let us overturn), the BJP has put its battle cry into practice even before an elected government could be sworn in.

06 Mar 2018

Meghalaya and beyond

06 Mar 2018 | 1:07 AM

The fine print of the recent elections to the three North-East states confirms the Congress-isation of the BJP.

Act against scams

06 Mar 2018 | 1:07 AM

There is a predictable knee-jerk reaction to every crisis in India — enact a new or strengthened law to check its reccurrence.

05 Mar 2018

Benching Dalai Lama

05 Mar 2018 | 12:46 AM

The Narendra Modi government’s abrupt reversal of its China containment policy is a welcome and realistic acceptance of India’s lack of capacity to sustain muscularity in foreign policy for long.

North-East saffronised

05 Mar 2018 | 12:46 AM

Two decades back, Chalo Paltai (let us overturn) should have been the staple slogan of one of the socialist-leftist formations challenging an entrenched Goliath.

02 Mar 2018

Statistical illusion

02 Mar 2018 | 12:39 AM

India’s economy grew at 7.2 per cent in October-December last year, the fastest quarterly growth in five quarters.

Generals speaking

02 Mar 2018 | 12:39 AM

By now it is unanimously held that in his one year as Army Chief, Gen Bipin Rawat has emerged as the most loquacious of the lot so far, with a marked tendency to wade into the politics of the civilian leadership.

01 Mar 2018

Revamping ICAI

01 Mar 2018 | 12:41 AM

Auditors’ laxities or their complicities have resulted in several financial scams globally.

The drift in Maldives

01 Mar 2018 | 12:41 AM

India’s security managers would have surely read the dark forebodings that draped Maldives’ refusal to join a multinational naval exercise scheduled to begin in a few days.

28 Feb 2018

Talking through the hat?

28 Feb 2018 | 12:36 AM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi affirms that India is one of the most open economies in the world.

Distractions of cow politics

28 Feb 2018 | 12:36 AM

US President Donald Trump’s fulmination against high Indian tariffs on Harley-Davidson bikes is cornering the news space, but the BJP government’s continuing infatuation with cow politics may have opened up another trade front with the US.

27 Feb 2018

China’s permanent President

27 Feb 2018 | 12:06 AM

In what may well be the most important decision in recent times, China appears set to abolish its two five-year presidential term limit.

Dravid shows his class

27 Feb 2018 | 12:06 AM

Rahul Dravid, the former Indian captain, continues to add to his stature as a sporting legend.

26 Feb 2018

A role for the media

26 Feb 2018 | 12:03 AM

LAST week was a rare good week for Indian journalism. In Rajasthan, an imperious Vasundhara Raje regime had to give in to the public opinion so valiantly whipped up by a respected Hindi newspaper, the Rajasthan Patrika against the BJP government for wanting to introduce a draconian, anti-media legislation.

Cornering Pakistan

26 Feb 2018 | 12:03 AM

THERE is excitement in the air in New Delhi. A plenary meeting of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has decided to place Pakistan on the grey list. So, has Pakistan finally been cornered for its selective policy of incubating violent militants while claiming it is a victim of terrorism?

24 Feb 2018

Sorry finale to Trudeau visit

24 Feb 2018 | 12:04 AM

India’s excessive front-loading of security considerations and Canada’s matching lack of appreciation combined to bring their bilateral relations to a new low.

No political Generals

24 Feb 2018 | 12:04 AM

There was a time when the entire fauji fraternity used to be vigilantly mindful of the Army Chief’s izzat.

23 Feb 2018

Victory of diplomacy

23 Feb 2018 | 12:54 AM

The city of Harmandar Sahib provided Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a welcome made warmer by the thawing of relations between his government and that of the Punjab state, led by Capt Amarinder Singh.

EPF rate cut

23 Feb 2018 | 12:54 AM

The government has again reduced interest payable to retirement fund accounts of about 5 crore salaried workers.

22 Feb 2018

Not done

22 Feb 2018 | 12:21 AM

The AAP-BJP conflict in Delhi has degenerated beyond the limits of acceptable bizarreness.

Doubling farmers’ income

22 Feb 2018 | 12:21 AM

People believe that PM Modi is a man of his words.

21 Feb 2018

Elections on campus

21 Feb 2018 | 1:03 AM

There can be valid arguments to introduce students in colleges and universities to political and democratic processes, and thence the concept of student elections, which Haryana now proposes to restart in the state.

The Nirav Modi malfeasance

21 Feb 2018 | 1:03 AM

Five days after the PNB scam broke, all that we have now are frantic stabs by all the singed parties to disown responsibility.

20 Feb 2018

Beti nahi bachi

20 Feb 2018 | 12:41 AM

A government overtly perturbed with gender imbalance should be acutely surprised and alarmed that its much-trumpeted pink themes and grandiose campaigns to balance the sex ratio have borne little fruit.

Trudeau’s not-so lonely visit

20 Feb 2018 | 12:41 AM

It is highly unusual for an Indian Prime Minister to give a virtual cold shoulder to his visiting Canadian counterpart.

19 Feb 2018

End of the Zuma era

19 Feb 2018 | 12:43 AM

It was heart-wrenching to witness the sack-cloth-and-ashes departure of Jacob Zuma, the once-indomitable poster boy of the struggle against apartheid in South Africa.

Not so green

19 Feb 2018 | 12:43 AM

Considering that India aims to cover 33 per cent of its geographical area with forests, the preening of Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan over an increase of 1 per cent in greening over the past two years resulting in 24.4 per cent coverage seems misplaced.

17 Feb 2018

Amit Shah in Haryana

17 Feb 2018 | 12:48 AM

It was just as well that the rasp of Amit Shah’s poll bugle at Jind on Thursday escaped greater scrutiny because the news-cycle was captured by the salacious Nirav Modi-Punjab National Bank scandal.

The Davos snapshot

17 Feb 2018 | 12:48 AM

It is axiomatic that a picture never lies, even if it may not reveal the whole story.

16 Feb 2018

Loot with impunity

16 Feb 2018 | 1:11 AM

It no longer comes as a surprise that a scam in India is detected only after culprits escape the country.

Rouhani comes to India

16 Feb 2018 | 1:11 AM

An Iranian President’s overseas visit is always global news.

15 Feb 2018

Three years of Kejriwal

15 Feb 2018 | 1:04 AM

THE three years of the Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi could be described as survival by fire. Kejriwal has not been forgiven for the comprehensive and total defeat the AAP could inflict on the BJP within a year of the 2014 Modi revolution.

Medical education

15 Feb 2018 | 1:04 AM

INDIA, the world’s largest democracy with 130 crore inhabitants, has only a little over 10.41 lakh registered doctors. Out of which, only 8.33 lakh doctors are actually available for active service.

14 Feb 2018

Winter Olympics & longevity

14 Feb 2018 | 12:45 AM

South Korea has got it right twice where more resourceful countries have floundered.

An RSS boast

14 Feb 2018 | 12:45 AM

Because we have been made to become edgily comfortable with a narrative of fauj, jawan, shahadat, it was entirely predictable that the RSS chief, Mohan Bhagwat, should have drawn flak for a comparison between his men and those of the Indian Army.

13 Feb 2018

Modi in Palestine

13 Feb 2018 | 12:25 AM

A climbdown in the Indian stand on Palestine was a matter of when and how much ever since PM Narendra Modi made open his government''s partiality for Israel.

Khattar’s surrender

13 Feb 2018 | 12:25 AM

The Haryana BJP took offence at a Goa minister belittling the state over the ‘quality’ of tourists from North India.

12 Feb 2018

Army camp attacked

12 Feb 2018 | 12:42 AM

THE bravery and sacrifice of the soldiers was once again put to test in the militant attack on an Army camp in Jammu. Five bravehearts lost their lives and those injured in the firefight will forever carry the scars of the battle. By all accounts, the Army again acquitted itself well.

Taking note of health

12 Feb 2018 | 12:42 AM

THE Niti Aayog health index report “Healthy States, Progressive India” released on Friday is a wake-up call for states as it helps them identify specific areas of improvement, both in terms of overall performance and year-on-year incremental change.

10 Feb 2018

Khaleda sentenced

10 Feb 2018 | 1:10 AM

For years the average Bangladeshi has regretted the lack of political choice: the options usually boiled down to one of the two Begums, Khaleda Zia or Sheikh Hasina.

Business of Google

10 Feb 2018 | 1:10 AM

India’s antitrust regulator, the Competition Commission of India (CCI), has found search engine giant Google abusing its dominant position in the country.

09 Feb 2018

Sending a car into space

09 Feb 2018 | 12:44 AM

The prose describing the debut launch of the world's most powerful rocket by a private company SpaceX left little to imagination — “The rocket thundered off in billowing clouds of steam while the launch shook the walls of press trailer.

Take no prisoners

09 Feb 2018 | 12:44 AM

The extreme partisan vehemence Prime Minister Narendra Modi could summon in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, in replying to the Motion of Thanks, should alert us to an impending breakdown in Indian polity.

08 Feb 2018

Secrecy on Rafale

08 Feb 2018 | 12:48 AM

The BJP Government at the Centre resorted to a well-worn ploy when faced with a difficult situation: counter-attack.

Bloodbath after bull run

08 Feb 2018 | 12:48 AM

What goes up must come down.

07 Feb 2018

Disquiet in the NDA

07 Feb 2018 | 12:49 AM

BJP president Amit Shah’s maiden speech in the Rajya Sabha on Monday will be remembered less for the tactical point, but scoring more for marking an inflexion point in his party’s relationship with its allies.

A wise ruling

07 Feb 2018 | 12:49 AM

In ruling that the khap panchayats have no role whatsoever in a marriage between two consenting adults, the Supreme Court has reaffirmed one of the basic tenets of a civilised, lawful society.

06 Feb 2018

Indo-Pak border heats up

06 Feb 2018 | 12:04 AM

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has solemnly assured us that the deaths of Captain Kundu and his three troopers in Pakistani firing on Sunday will be duly avenged.

Jaitley tax on bourses

06 Feb 2018 | 12:04 AM

It is unjust to entirely blame the Finance Minister’s decision to reintroduce the long-term capital gains tax for the falling Sensex.

05 Feb 2018

A new beginning

05 Feb 2018 | 1:05 AM

A new roster system will come into effect from Monday in the Supreme Court. It is tempting to see it as an attempt to introduce transparency and to institutionalise allocation of cases to various Benches — one of the main demands of the four seniormost judges who staged a “judicial mutiny” on January 12.

Allow Maldives to breathe

05 Feb 2018 | 1:05 AM

IN the era of multi-polarity, India needlessly spoilt its ties with Nepal by insisting that its writ prevail over framing the rules for the general elections. It has come second best to China in the Maldives after South Block tried to breathe down Male’s neck.