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17 Aug 2019

Looking ahead

17 Aug 2019 | 6:39 AM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s sixth consecutive Independence Day speech visualised a new social charter — smaller families, water conservation and a ban on single-use plastic.

Law should be lynchpin

17 Aug 2019 | 6:39 AM

A fortnight after the Rajasthan Assembly passed a Bill providing for life imprisonment and a fine up to Rs 5 lakh to convicts in cases of mob lynching involving the victim’s death, in what was a signature move, a lower court has now ordered the acquittal of the six accused of causing Pehlu Khan’s death, giving them the benefit of the doubt.

15 Aug 2019

Statutory status for CBI

15 Aug 2019 | 6:44 AM

The public trust CBI enjoys can be gauged from the fact that all aggrieved protesters seeking justice in controversial cases want them to be handed over to the Central agency.

Uncared for

15 Aug 2019 | 6:44 AM

IN a healthy and commendable trend, the latest figures on the gender ratio in Haryana show a marked improvement, with Panchkula topping the birth chart as it registers 978 girls against 1,000 boys since last year’s 922.

14 Aug 2019

Jaishankar in China

14 Aug 2019 | 6:39 AM

Admittedly, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar had a tough task at hand in Beijing.

Safety in schools

14 Aug 2019 | 6:39 AM

The vulnerability of schoolchildren on the campus is a cause for concern not only for the parents but also the entire society.

13 Aug 2019

Silence of the lambs

13 Aug 2019 | 6:41 AM

Festivals are a time for joyous reunion but Eid-ul-Azha celebrations in J&K remained a muted albeit peaceful affair after the revocation of Article 370.

Hike in exam fee

13 Aug 2019 | 6:41 AM

Even as the Central Government is fine-tuning the new National Education Policy that envisages a transformation of India’s beleaguered education system, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has increased the fees for Classes 10 and 12 board examinations.

12 Aug 2019

Back to square one

12 Aug 2019 | 6:59 AM

AFTER over two months of chaos, confusion and cluelessness, the Congress finally has a ‘new’ president.

Monsoon mayhem

12 Aug 2019 | 6:59 AM

From Assam and Bihar in the east to Maharashtra and Gujarat in the west and Kerala and Karnataka in the south, floods have wreaked havoc claiming lives and destroying property, prompting relief and rescue operations on a war footing.

10 Aug 2019

Reaching out to J&K

10 Aug 2019 | 6:41 AM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his much-anticipated ‘address to the nation’, sought to reach out to the people of Jammu, Ladakh and especially Kashmir three days after his government’s far-reaching decision to scrap provisions of Article 370 and bifurcate the troubled state into UTs.

The muck must stop here

10 Aug 2019 | 6:41 AM

Water pollution has assumed alarming proportions in Punjab in recent years, but the lax authorities have often managed to dodge the long arm of the law.

09 Aug 2019

Pak agenda exposed

09 Aug 2019 | 6:47 AM

Pakistan’s response to the abrogation of Article 370 has completely exposed its agenda of religious secessionism in India.

Truncated sessions

09 Aug 2019 | 6:47 AM

Blink and you miss it.

08 Aug 2019

Same old cesspool

08 Aug 2019 | 6:35 AM

The Punjab Government has adopted the all-too-familiar cess route to generate funds for the development of the urban transport system.

A woman of substance

08 Aug 2019 | 6:35 AM

With that immaculately worn sari, the bindi never out of place and the cheerful countenance that masked a silver-tongued orator, Sushma Swaraj was an embodiment of the quintessential Indian woman who made it big in politics, rising through the ranks and leaving an imprint in public life, meeting its rigours with grace and determination.

07 Aug 2019

Clueless Congress

07 Aug 2019 | 6:44 AM

A few weeks ago, in a signed column, The Tribune had in utter disbelief asked, “Where is our shadow PM?” Opposition is the soul of a parliamentary democracy, which becomes dysfunctional without an effective bulwark against the government.

Banning surrogacy trade

07 Aug 2019 | 6:44 AM

The Surrogacy Regulation Bill, 2019, passed by the Lok Sabha on Monday does well to outlaw commercial surrogacy by restricting the services for altruistic purposes.

06 Aug 2019

The BJP agenda

06 Aug 2019 | 6:46 AM

Abrogation of Article 370, implementation of the uniform civil code and building a Ram temple at Ayodhya have been the cornerstones of the BJP’s political programme and prime promises in its poll manifesto over many decades.

Double joy

06 Aug 2019 | 6:46 AM

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty have etched their names in the history of Indian sport by performing a feat that would have been considered a miracle just a decade ago — the young badminton stars shocked top-class opponents in two matches in a row to win the men’s doubles title at the Thailand Open, an elite tournament featuring the world’s top players.

05 Aug 2019

UAPA Amendment Bill

05 Aug 2019 | 6:44 AM

THE Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill passed by Parliament, allowing the Central Government to designate an individual as a terrorist and seize his property, is likely to generate a controversy because of the powers it confers on the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

Off the record

05 Aug 2019 | 6:44 AM

OFFICIALS should not record telephonic conversations, says the recent judicial direction of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. While the direction pertains to interactions between court officials and judicial officers of the subordinate judiciary, and the provocation for it remains unclear, the principle behind it is laudable.

03 Aug 2019

Down in the dumps

03 Aug 2019 | 6:28 AM

IN her maiden Budget speech, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced last month that India’s economy would touch the $3-trillion mark in the current financial year.

Power to the people

03 Aug 2019 | 6:28 AM

The AAP government in Delhi has some achievements to its credit like the improvement in the condition of government schools, success of Mohalla Clinics and free water for those who consume up to 20,000 litres every month.

02 Aug 2019

Making better drivers of us

02 Aug 2019 | 6:35 AM

The way India drives and behaves on road is set for a transformative course correction, on paper at least, with Parliament’s green signal to a landmark legislation that aims to improve road safety with stringent laws for errant drivers, contractors in case of faulty roads and vehicle makers if they fall short of production standards.

Taste of tolerance

02 Aug 2019 | 6:35 AM

AN irate customer is accusing Zomato of gross deficiency in service. The food aggregator gives him umpteen options on its app — thin crust/fresh pan pizza, with/without extra cheese and what not — but there is no drop-down menu for choosing whether a Hindu or a non-Hindu should bring his stuff.

01 Aug 2019

Curbing ‘honour’ killing

01 Aug 2019 | 6:42 AM

The nationwide focus on mob lynchings has overshadowed another crime that is no less abominable — ‘honour’ killing.

Tough road to talaq

01 Aug 2019 | 6:42 AM

Parliament has finally passed the Bill on triple talaq, making it a criminal offence and penalising husbands who give instant divorce to their wives with a three-year jail term.

31 Jul 2019

Unnao outrage

31 Jul 2019 | 6:13 AM

The BJP’s grand dream of New India is fast turning into a nightmare in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao, where a rape victim and her family face the spectre of being wiped out of existence for taking on the influential accused.

Schools sans teachers

31 Jul 2019 | 6:12 AM

IT’S been more than a year since Niti Aayog ranked Mewat in Haryana as the most backward in the country.

30 Jul 2019

Congress at sea

30 Jul 2019 | 6:42 AM

IT’S been over two months since the Congress was routed in the Lok Sabha elections — for the second time in a row — but the party has not even started picking up the pieces.

Green light for Green Bonus

30 Jul 2019 | 6:42 AM

The Mussoorie Resolution by Himalayan states demanding Green Bonus for the ecological services being provided by them is a more forceful reiteration of the Shimla Declaration 10 years ago.

29 Jul 2019

Yediyurappa with an ‘i’

29 Jul 2019 | 7:19 AM

IT is tough to type BS Yediyurappa’s name because the spelling changes like the whims of the legislators who make and unmake governments in Karnataka.

This, too, they must fight for

29 Jul 2019 | 7:19 AM

IN 2017, young girls of a small village in Rewari decided that they have had enough.

27 Jul 2019

20 years after Kargil

27 Jul 2019 | 6:36 AM

There are moments in history that define a nation, its resolve, its character.

Sacrilege whodunnit

27 Jul 2019 | 6:36 AM

Four years after a series of sacrilege incidents jolted Punjab, we are none the wiser about who did it and why.

26 Jul 2019

75 per cent jobs for locals

26 Jul 2019 | 6:35 AM

He vowed to bring such a law during his padyatra as an Opposition leader, and now that he is the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s government is set to make it mandatory for existing and upcoming industries in the state to ensure 75 per cent jobs for local candidates within three years.

Lordly officer

26 Jul 2019 | 6:35 AM

Lightly, O lightly we bear her along… We bear her along like a pearl on a string.

25 Jul 2019

Caste in another mould

25 Jul 2019 | 7:11 AM

As a nation, what have we come to? A sitting judge of a high court, according to news reports, had no qualms attending a meeting organised by men of his own caste.

Drive against drugs

25 Jul 2019 | 7:11 AM

ON July 18, police chiefs of northern states met in Chandigarh to seek a more coordinated drive against drugs.

24 Jul 2019

Engaging with Trump

24 Jul 2019 | 6:33 AM

As Opposition MPs raised the tempo of protests in the Rajya Sabha, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu had this to ask: ‘You have more confidence in the American President than India’s Foreign Minister?’ External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had shortly before categorically denied every word said by President Trump as he sat with visiting Pakistan premier Imran Khan in the Oval Office.

Moon mission

24 Jul 2019 | 6:33 AM

It has been a remarkable journey for India as it launched its most complex and prestigious space mission on Tuesday when the Chandrayaan-2 took off from Sriharikota with the objective of understanding the dynamics of the Moon system and the lunar interior.

23 Jul 2019

Did you just say this, sir?

23 Jul 2019 | 7:32 AM

Did you just say this, sir? We have to give it to Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik, who seldom fails to surprise.

Death in custody

23 Jul 2019 | 7:32 AM

Weeks after 532 kg of heroin and 52 kg of suspected mixed narcotics smuggled from Pakistan were seized from a truck at the Attari border, the main accused, Gurpinder Singh, died under mysterious circumstances in judicial custody.

22 Jul 2019

RTI, NHRC amendments

22 Jul 2019 | 6:37 AM

Deferred last year in the face of vociferous opposition, a determined Modi government, with more parliamentary muscle behind it, has introduced the Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019, in the Lok Sabha.

Lynching in Bihar

22 Jul 2019 | 6:37 AM

20 Jul 2019

Crisis in Karnataka

20 Jul 2019 | 6:46 AM

When the Cong-JD(S) government came to power in Karnataka, it was hailed as an example of Opposition unity amid the BJP’s rolling juggernaut.

Punjab’s monsoon misery

20 Jul 2019 | 6:46 AM

Every monsoon, Bathinda city dons a ‘Venetian’ look.

19 Jul 2019

Send Jadhav home

19 Jul 2019 | 7:03 AM

Every new path in Indo-Pak relations ends in a treacherous cul-de-sac.

Regulating medical education

19 Jul 2019 | 7:03 AM

A new regulator, the National Medical Commission (NMC), is proposed to replace the 63-year-old Medical Council of India — labelled as corrupt by no less than the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health.

18 Jul 2019

‘Truant’ ministers

18 Jul 2019 | 6:41 AM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has lashed out at the ‘chalta hai’ attitude of some of his ministers, who remained absent from parliamentary duty on Tuesday despite their names being mentioned on the roster.

Freedom in cyberspace

18 Jul 2019 | 6:41 AM

There can be no freedom without restraint,’ said Benjamin Franklin.

17 Jul 2019

Playing with life

17 Jul 2019 | 6:43 AM

IT was meant to be a promotion party, a meal outside the Dagshai Cantonment confines, for personnel of the Assam Regiment and in the blink of an eye, the four-storey dhaba on the Kumarhatti-Nahan road came crashing down.

Not quite made in heaven

17 Jul 2019 | 6:43 AM

The heart has its reasons but unfortunately it has to contend with more worldly considerations.

16 Jul 2019

Sidhu on a sticky wicket

16 Jul 2019 | 6:44 AM

It was a foregone conclusion that Navjot Singh Sidhu, who had been ploughing a lonely furrow for quite a while, would quit as a minister sooner or later.

Super Sunday in London

16 Jul 2019 | 6:44 AM

Two venerable sporting arenas in London, situated within miles of each other, became theatres of the amazing on Sunday, and a winner was picked only because there was only one trophy to be presented.

15 Jul 2019

Giving an inch won’t pinch

15 Jul 2019 | 6:43 AM

Such is the degree of mistrust between the neighbours that even an issue that carries the potential to set in place a template for cordiality and mutual accommodation — away from the regular India-Pakistan flare-ups and breakdown in talks — is made to negotiate bump after difficult bump.

SOS on hand

15 Jul 2019 | 6:43 AM

IN a state beset with violence against women and a disturbing safety record, there was a dire need to evolve a mechanism that could bolster a sense of security.

13 Jul 2019

Pocketing MNREGS funds

13 Jul 2019 | 6:34 AM

THE Punjab Government has been quick in taking cognisance of The Tribune report on the alleged embezzlement of the Centre-sponsored Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) funds by sarpanches and panchayat members in connivance with state officials.

Pay heed to threat

13 Jul 2019 | 6:34 AM

AL-QAIDA chief Ayman al-Zawahiri’s exhortation to the militants in Kashmir to launch ‘jihad for the sake of Allah’ can’t be casually dismissed by the security apparatus.

12 Jul 2019

Rudderless Congress

12 Jul 2019 | 6:44 AM

RAHUL Gandhi made an impassioned speech in the Lok Sabha on Thursday, contrasting the plight of indebted farmers with pampered businessmen who are regularly offered lifelines and write-offs.

End of the dream

12 Jul 2019 | 6:44 AM

INDIA’s defeat to New Zealand in the semifinals of the cricket World Cup was a shock, but it shouldn’t be a surprise.

11 Jul 2019

Protecting homebuyers

11 Jul 2019 | 6:41 AM

ANY observation by the courts underscoring protection of homebuyers lends itself to great expectations, but is also accompanied by a marked disquiet on whether the end result would be something concrete.

Panipat shocker

11 Jul 2019 | 6:41 AM

IN a state not known for gender sensitivity, it is not surprising that cases of crime against women keep surfacing.

10 Jul 2019

Karnataka muddle

10 Jul 2019 | 6:34 AM

VOTERS of Karnataka have every reason to feel cheated by their elected representatives.

Agrarian distress

10 Jul 2019 | 6:34 AM

THE land of fabulous farmers, that crucible of Green Revolution, has witnessed a spate of agrarian suicides.

09 Jul 2019

Lawlessness in UP

09 Jul 2019 | 6:28 AM

Barely a week after the Uttar Pradesh Police professed their commitment to the safety and security of citizens of the state, a horrifying incident of brutality by the men in khaki has been reported from Mainpuri district.

Stop disrupting scholarships

09 Jul 2019 | 6:28 AM

IN the 5-trillion-dollar economy spiel — figuratively, that would mean digit upon digit, and more digits upon digits — it is inexcusable that four or five-digit scholarship promises to post-matric students are brazenly dispensed with.

08 Jul 2019

Fuelling price rise

08 Jul 2019 | 6:29 AM

Fuel prices, that reliable and trusted friend of a Finance Minister when it comes to raising revenue, witnessed a spike as FM Nirmala Sitharaman decided to increase excise duty and road and infrastructure cess by Rs 2 per litre.

Calling CBFC out

08 Jul 2019 | 6:29 AM

Censorship has for so long been its leitmotif that it took the Bombay High Court to remind the Central Board of Film Certification that its function was not to determine the content that moviegoers can see, but to certify films for age-appropriate viewership.