THE United States (US) is fooling itself by asserting that there is a change in the behaviour of Pakistan as regards fight against terrorism after President Mr. Donald Trump blasted Islamabad for its failure to adhere to its promises on the issue. US Secr..


THE United States has dragged India to the dispute redressal forum of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), claiming  that the subsidies that India is offering for export promotion is harming its domestic industries. This has been a long-standing gri..


IN A WAY Governor of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Mr. Urjit Patel has admitted that the poison of corruption has spread across the banking system and that the apex bank was willing to act as ‘Nilkanth’ and drink the poison as Shiva had done du..

warning bells

Nakshatra Shattaraka 18H 41M Moon Kumbha (Rajandekar Panchang) Paksha Falgun Krishna Tithi Chaturdashi 18H 15MMuslim Jamadilakhar 27th Hijree 1439 UTTAR Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is more than right when he says that the serious electoral se..


                    THE dinner party hosted for leaders of twenty opposition parties by UPA chairperson Mrs. Sonia Gandhi is another futile attempt to flog a dead horse called the United Front ..

crack the whip

Nakshatra Dhanishtha 17H 09M Moon Kumbha (Rajandekar Panchang) Paksha Falgun Krishna Tithi Trayodashi 17H 16MBhadra starts 17H.16M, ends 29H.45MMuslim Jamadilakhar 26th Hijree 1439 Terror in any form cannot be justified and it has to be condemned in the..


                ONLY the other day, Vice-President Mr. Venkaiah Naidu had expressed concern over falling standards in the conduct of legislators in legislative houses with undesirable elements occupying po..

blurred vision

Nakshatra Shravan 15H 03M Moon Makar upto 28H 10M (Rajandekar Panchang) Paksha Falgun Krishna Tithi Dvadashi 15H 42MMuslim Jamadilakhar 25th Hijree 1439 EVERYBODY will agree with the statement by Defence Minister Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman that India’..


                    THERE are very few sportspersons who stand up to the challenges that ageing thrusts upon them. Leander Paes is among that rare breed of players, who revel in adversities and..

vp’s caution

  Nakshatra Uttarashadha 12H 27MMoon Makar (Rajandekar Panchang) Paksha Falgun Krishna Tithi Ekadashi 13H 38MMuslim Jamadilakhar 24th Hijree 1439 IF THE Parliament is to develop into a forum for fulfilling the aspirations of the people, then the wi..


Nakshatra Purvashadha 9H 31M Moon Dhanu up to 16H 16M (Rajandekar Panchang)Paksha Falgun Krishna Tithi Dashami 11H 10M, Bhadra ends 11H 10M Muslim Jamadilawal 23rd Hijree 1439 THE Indian hockey team has earned the dubious distinction of being eternal sq..

at long last

FINALLY, the honourable Supreme Court has ruled that every person has a right to die with dignity, just as he -- or she -- has the right to live with dignity. So, the long-pending issue of euthanasia has been decided by a five-member Constitution Bench of..


YET another Status Report has been filed by the Committee of Administrators (CoA) seeking strict action against the officials of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) over implementation of the Justice RM Lodha Committee recommendations. The B..

too costly

THE honourable Supreme Court has expressed a grave national concern when it asked the Government to step in to reduce what it called “exorbitant” cost of medical treatment in the country. The people are not in a position to pay for their medic..


THE decision of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) to pull out of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government is nothing but pressure tactics and an attempt to assert its own political power in the newly created State. For the records the decision to with..

good stance

Nakshatra Jeshtha 27H 24M Moon Vrischika upto 27H.24M (Rajandekar Panchang) Paksha Falgun Krishna Tithi Ashtami 29H 58MMuslim Jamadilakhar 20th Hijree 1439   PRIME Minister Mr. Narendra Modi has done well to issue a stern warning to anybody who wo..


THE unfortunate incident of bulldozing of the statue of Communist icon Lenin in Tripura is nothing but a brazen act of sheer political vandalism that can have no justification, no matter who has indulged in it. It is very unfortunate that the people invol..

planned loot

Nakshatra Anuradha 24H 42M Moon Vrischika (Rajandekar Panchang)Paksha Falgun Krishna Tithi Saptami 27H 42MBhadra ends 14H 50M, Muslim Jamadilakhar 19th Hijree 1439 THAT some public sector banks, and even private commercial banks, advanced loans to Mehul..


  By Nikita Sawarkar, “…Smog in Delhi…” “…Delhi has become a gas chamber…” “…Delhi’s smog declared as national emergency…” “…Delhi chokes to smog&hel..


                  THAT as many as 88,000 people die of Hospital Acquired Infection (HAI) in the United States every year, to say the least, is horrifying. If for an advanced country like the United S..


                THE sporting world lost a towering legend in the weekend with the passing away of Sir Roger Bannister, the first person to clock a sub-four-minute mile in 1954. Bannister’s feat was d..

clear verdict

Nakshatra Swati 21H 01M Moon Tula (Rajandekar Panchang) Paksha Falgun Krishna Tithi Panchami 24H 54MMuslim Jamadilakhar 17th Hijree 1439 THE verdict from the North-East of the country is loud and clear. Notwithstanding some of the hiccups that the Modi ..

eye on wc

WITH the first tour abroad under Kohli a near total success, both on the performance of the batsmen and bowlers, the team management, coaches and selectors have now set their eyes on the World Cup due next year. While the batting side seems to be getting ..

TWIN bloom

FROM a non-starter five years ago to dethroning a 25-year-old ruling entity, the Bharatiya Janata Party has scripted a glorious success story in the North-Eastern State of Tripura. The BJP has not just managed to defeat the over two decades old Manik Sark..


                DEFENCE Minister Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman has sent out a timely warning that bullying by any regional and group of powers would be a violation of the global rule-based rights of countries to ..

true potential

Nakshatra Magha 23H 45M Moon Simha (Rajandekar Panchang)Paksha Falgun Shukla Tithi Chaturdashi 08H 55Mthen Pournima 30H 18M; Holi PournimaBhadra starts 08H 55M, ends 19H 35MMuslim Jamadilakhar 12th Hijree 1439 UNION Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley is ..


                  Even though the public is very vociferous in their arguments regarding Aadhaar cards and their being linked to various systems and schemes floated by the Government, the truth is, t..

new india

Nakshatra Ashlesha 25H 420M Moon Karka upto 25H 42M (Rajandekar Panchang) Paksha Falgun Shukla Tithi Trayodashi 11H 44MMuslim Jamadilakhar 11th Hijree 1439 PRIME Minister Mr. Narendra Modi has a vision for the countrymen. He wants them to work tirelessl..


              THE idea of ‘perfect womanhood is perfect independence’ - Swami Vivek-anand, while making this observation, had also underlined a huge challenge for the nation. How-so-ever high have be..

readying army

THE long-stretched crisis in Doka La that almost dragged the Indian Army and People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China in a military confrontation last year over road construction by the Chinese army served as a big eye-opener for the Indian establish..

emphatic show

VIRAT Kohli-led Team India scripted a new chapter in reducing hosts South Africa to the status of novices by registering emphatic series victories in the two shorter versions of the game. In the light of this victory, the Test series loss appeared as a me..


TIME is fast running out for Pakistan to get its act together and firmly take a stand against terror organisations operating from its soil. After a heavy cut in financial aid by the United States and unrelenting pressure from other countries, a big jolt h..


The ‘healthcare for all’ scheme floated by the government is a very welcome step. How it is going to be implemented is a moot question. But when it comes into effect, hopefully the beneficiaries would be many. Especially the ones from the midd..

wrong advice

                    MR. DONALD Trump’s proposal of arming teachers with guns to prevent school massacres is factious. The American President is well aware that the idea suggested by him i..

widening gap

THE caution issued by Oxfam India that inequality is rising in the country for the last three decades, so much so that total wealth of the country’s billionaires is 15 pc of the GDP, should awaken the policy planners to the stark reality of the huge..


ONE of the essentials of a healthy foreign policy is engaging small neighbours with cordial and compassionate outreach. A happy neighbourhood cements sound relationships that a big country like India can use as a foundation in its ambition of becoming one..


In 2015, when the decision to invest EPF in stock market  was implemented, it was envisaged that the gains would be higher than what they were then and ultimately the beneficiary would be the contributor. However, since then, the reverse has been h..


                THAT India is going to play global host for the World Environment Day 2018 is a welcome step. The theme for this year’s WED ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ reflects the positive ..

beyond agril

AGROWING number of marriage proposals by youth involved in farming are being rejected in rural India by girls who are preferring their life partner opting for any petty job other than agriculture. Agriculture is not being considered as a reliable source o..


              The very premise of Mumbai -based Lavate couple’s plea of ‘dying in a dignified way’ is grossly erroneous. The elderly couple, 78-year-old Iravati and Narayan, her 87-year-old hus..

recover money

Nakshatra Ashwini 13H 58MMoon Mesha (Rajandekar Panchang) Paksha Falgun Shukla Tithi Shashthi 27H 47MMuslim Jamadilakhar 4th Hijree 1439 EVEN as the country and public sector banks (PSBs) were overcoming the early tremors of the mega scam in Punjab Natio..


AFTER a deserving break post their ICC World Cup exploits, where they narrowly finished second best, the Indian women’s team is back to grabbing headlines. Despite their loss in the third Twenty20 International against South Africa, the Indian wom..

no character

EXASPERATED by the scandals that are coming out of the banking sector, the Government has now begun wondering if there is a massive failure of supervisory mechanism in banks particularly in public sector. In the Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi fraud case, som..

numero uno

COMEBACKS are mostly associated with a certain romance that finds a new bloom after an inexplicable hiatus. Comebacks rekindle a flame, revive a muffled sentiment and reinvigorate a passionate, happy vision towards life. Roger Federer is living that momen..


PRIME Minister Mr. Narendra Modi has raised a long-pending critical issue as regards environment -- failure of advanced nations to abide their commitment to the joint cause of protecting environment. Picking up this issue to be highlighted at the World Su..

15-yeaR RULE

  THE Central Government has almost finalised the policy to scrap vehicles that are older than 15 years post-manufacture, as stated by Union Minister of Road Transport Mr. Nitin Gadkari. This cut-off tenure was in the offing for quite some time. T..


THE rot that has set in in the banking sector got spilled over in the public yet again when the Punjab National Bank has suddenly realised recently that it has been defrauded to the tune of whopping Rs. 11,400 crore by a diamond trader, Nirav Modi. Unfort..


              IF there are some heartless people who easily abandon their infants, there are also many Good Samaritans in the same society, whose hearts bleed for the orphaned ones and are ever ready to help the..

sublime wish

THAT India wants to be rich and powerful for the welfare of the entire world, is a very fine and sublime sentiment expressed so appropriately by Union Home Minister Mr. Rajnath Singh as he flagged off the Jal Mitti Rath Yatra for ‘Rashtriya Raksha M..


THE good old Dakota is to be back into the folds of the Indian Air Force (IAF). There could be no better news than this at this point in time. For, when a refurbished Dakota returns to the IAF, its fleet will be enriched not just from the point of view ..

wake up call

THE Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is right when it said that by issuing new norms on tackling bad loans, it is giving business and industry and the corporate sector a wake up call. The most critical of new restrictions is that the banks should report to the..


LIKE many experts in the field S & P Global Ratings agency too seems to be fascinated by the National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS)announced by Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley in his annual budget. The global rating agency has called the scheme ..

forest cover

THAT India’s forest cover has expanded by one per cent, is one good news the nation had been waiting for eagerly for a long time. The India State of Forest Report (ISFR) has stated categorically that the country’s forest cover has gone up by o..


                  N OBODY is surprised t h at Mumbai is the 12th richest city in the world. In fact, many felt that Mumbai should have ranked much higher on the global scale of richness. No matter th..


                      N OBODY is s u r p r i s e d t h a t Mumbai is the 12th richest city in the world. In fact, many felt that Mumbai should have ranked much higher on the global scale ..


T HE latest terror strike on a Srinagar camp of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), though foiled by the security forces, is one more alarm for India to wake up in time to stall the near-continuous attacks on Indian positions either by Pakistan ‘s ..

massive push

UNION Sports Minister Mr. Rajyavardhan Rathore is justifiably happy that this year’s Union Budget has sought to give a massive push to development and upgradation of sports infrastructure by allocating more funds for the Khelo India Programme. This ..


THE directive of the Union Home Ministry to the Government of Jammu and Kashmir to deploy Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in State’s jails and also review complete the current security arrangement, is a significant step by the Centre. It is obvi..


FORMER President Mr. Pranab Mukherjee has insisted that all the Prime Ministers of India, particularly Mr. Jawaharlal Nehru, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, Mr. Rajiv Gandhi, and Dr. Manmohan Singh, has made significant contribution to promotion of science in the cou..


                  PRIOR to the start of the South African itinerary, the Indian cricket team was supposed to be under pressure of continuing its seemingly unstoppable winning streak even on alien soi..

bad phase

MUCH before the talks of the next general elections began figuring in the conversation of common man, the Opposition parties moved into the election mode and started hitting at the Government and the ruling party for its failures. So, everything the Gover..


                  FOR India gold has started glittering again following policy changes by the Government. As a result more than investment purposes, the demand for the yellow metal has surged from ge..

Obvious lapse

IT IS obvious that a serious security lapse led to the escape of dreaded Lashkar-e-Toiba militant Mohammad Naveed Jhatt from the custody of cops who had taken the ultra to a hospital in Srinagar. Jhatt’s accomplices ambushed the police party, gave t..


                  THE Enforcement Directorate (ED) has achieved a first to its credit. No other investigating agency has slapped the stringent money-laundering charge and attached immovable and movea..

hit back hard

THE deep ache reflected on the face of Defence Minister Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman as she saluted before the coffin of the Army brave-heart Captain Kapil Kundu, and the cold and steely look in the eyes of Army Chief General Bipin Rawat standing next to the De..


                  THAT the country’s frontline force, the Sashastra Seema Bal- which guards Bhutan and Nepal borders, is losing more jawans in mishaps off duty than during operations is a matte..

great mantra

THAT Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi thinks deeply about the student population in the country and is concerned about their genuine progress, is evident from the book “Exam Warriors” he has penned for the youngsters. Treat examinations as fes..

new horizons

AFTER their unstoppable winning run till the last lap of the World Cup on Saturday, members of the new Under-19 World Champions, India, would be looking at newer horizons. They will find the world changing for them dramatically, taking them to the “..


A DECADE ago Virat Kohli had experienced the thrill of holding aloft the Under-19 World Cup as captain. When, as the skipper of senior team, he went on to pass a few tips to Prithvi Shaw’s bubbling group before the start of this edition of the World..


THE mega healthcare scheme announced by the Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley in the Budget, has the potential to change the healthcare scenario in the country for better. The scheme, under which health cover of Rs 5 lakh will be provided to 10 crore hous..


                  WITH Rs 90,000 crore excess money collected by the Government in the last two fiscal years by undertaking anti-tax evasion measures, it was but natural for Finance Minister Mr. Arun..

on right track

BY ANNOUNCING a capital expenditure of Rs 1.48 lakh crore for Indian Railways in the Budget presented on Thursday, Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley has put in place an ambitious plan to bring the national transporter back on revenue and safety track. Thi..


                    INDIA’S foreign policy, reshaped by the Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi, has received a thumbs up from an unexpected quarter, a Chinese diplomat. Mr. Rong Ying, Vice-..

new thrust

AS EXPECTED Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley has spelt out agriculture, healthcare and education as his new thrust areas for the coming financial year. The enhanced allocation of funds in the annual budget, which Mr. Jaitley presented in the Lok Sabha on..


                  L IFTING of ban on refugees from 11 high-risk countries by the United States is a welcome departure from its policies propounded by the President Mr. Donald Trump soon after assumin..

trump’s vow

  WHILE talking to UN Security Council ambassadors US President Mr. Donald Trump made his mind known when he said, “What nobody else has been able to finish we’re going to be able to do it,” pointing to the recent heightened terror..


                  FINDINGS of an NGO, working for wildlife conservation, that witchcraft practices are behind the rise in killing of tigers in Madhya Pradesh highlights the need for launching an anti..

growth path

ALL the concerns and criticism of handling of economic policies by the Narendra Modi-led Union Government should now be immediately put to rest after the Economic Survey’s prediction of a 7-7.5 per cent growth of Indian economy in 2018-19. The Econo..


THERE never was any doubt about the greatness of Roger Federer. But at the Australian Open, he put one more stamp of excellence on his own greatness that saw him win as many as 20 Grand Slam titles, ahead of everybody on an all-time basis. That he will co..


Do you want to complain about not being able to get it done? Or would you prefer to actually get it done? Do you seek to have an impressive sounding excuse? Or would you rather have a real, substantive achievement? The world pushes against you often, that..


PRIME Minister Mr. Narendra Modi chose an appropriate forum, the NCC rally, to renew his pledge to continue fight against corruption. It is unfortunate that the young generation has grown in the atmosphere of massive corruption at all levels around them..

‘No rethink’

CHIEF of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat is right when he asserts that there is no need for a rethink on the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) at this stage. Against the background of reported high-level discussions on a possible dilution of the AFSP..

‘Absolute’ Or ‘Life Interest’

                    It is a settled principle of law that the “life interest” means an interest, which determines on the termination of life. It is incapable of being transferr..

Testing Tests

Having lost the first two tests earlier, the Indian team had to put everything in the third and final test to salvage their pride and prestige and wipe out the long-stuck tag of ‘poor travellers’. And on Saturday the fourth day of the Wanderer..

25 years of adding life to humanity

  By Rajendra Diwe, Rotary Club of Nagpur South (RCNS) has set a unique example of ‘adding life to years and adding years to life’. Established in 70’s, the club has entered in its 48th year of age, but is not feeling old or tir..


                    KILLING of four cops by Naxals in Narainpur district in Chhattisgarh in a fierce gun-battle besides injuring nine others, indicates that the Naxals were in the know of the m..


THE Government has begun implementing its promised bail-out plan for 20 top nationalised banks in the country, with the first installment of Rs. 88,000-plus crore to be infused into the finances of those banks by the month of March. This will be the initi..


                    RISE in incidents of sexual abuse of women passengers in running trains is a cause of concern for all. Besides this, theft of passenger luggage and robberies by drugging pas..

rich & poor

THE traditional divide between the rich and the poor will never get off the backs of thinkers of economics. So candid is the difference between the two segments that every indicator used to measure economic parameters of any society has to touch both the ..


                  THERE are several areas in the country that are bestowed with rich varieties of flora and fauna but only a few people visit these spots because of lack of information and facilities..

‘the fastest’

NO MATTER what political opposition might have to say about the condition of the Indian economy, world is assessing it as an economy to watch -- for its growth prospects, for its inclusiveness, for its effort to push the reforms without hindering the oppo..

msd’s positives

THE touring Indian cricket team, no doubt has come under fire for being “poor travellers.” But there is no dearth of admirers and supporters for the team and Captain Virat Kohli even in this hour of their loss to hosts South Africa. Former Ski..


Two men were walking along one summer day. Soon it became too hot to go any further and, seeing a large plain tree nearby, they threw themselves on the ground to rest in its shade. Gazing up into the branches one man said to the other, “What a usel..


THE idea of holding simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly elections, floated by the Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi and supported by his party colleagues, needs to be debated seriously in order to build a consensus on the crucial issue. Mr. Modi, who ..


IN order to achieve the set target of doubling foreign tourists to 20 mn by the year 2020, the Government as well as the people will have to really work hard. It is a harsh reality that though India has much more to offer to the foreign tourists compare..


IN THE last few months the National Investigating Agency (NIA) has carried out massive investigation work against terrorists, their outfits, supporters, funds providers, handlers based in Pakistan and has come out with voluminous chargesheets in which amo..


                  PRIME Minister Mr. Narendra Modi is receiving all-round praise from almost all foreign leaders. Earlier, the US President Mr. Donald Trump had lavished praise on Mr. Modi for his vi..

‘poor visitors’!

TWO consecutive defeats of the Indian cricket team in South Africa seem to prove a charge levelled generally at the team that the Indians are “poor visitors” who cannot win games in foreign conditions. Though the Indians seemed to be evenly pl..


                  IT MUST be a heart-wrenching experience for the eleven-year-old Mosho Holtzberg, the Israeli boy whose parents were killed in the 25/11 terror strike on Mumbai nine years ago, to vi..

real concern

PRESIDENT Mr. Ram Nath Kovind has highlighted a national concern when he worried that the number of medical educational seats in the country is too small against the actual need of the country. He has appealed to the authorities to take all steps to overc..