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MSD'S DECISION

WITHOUT doubt it was highly unselfish decision on the part of Mahendra Singh Dhoni to relinquish the leadership of Team India when he personally and the team as a whole were on the pinnacle of glory, having bagged three major International Cricket Council..

Modicare

WITH the launch of the flagship healthcare programme Ayushman Bharat of the Central Government on September 23 from Jharkhand, Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi will be fulfilling yet another promise he had made to the nation when he assumed office four ye..

SHOT IN THE ARM

 SHOT IN THE ARM THE scientists at Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS), the medical face of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), deserve our gratitude for coming out with an indigenous anti-nuclear medical ki..

CHURLISH CHARGES

                HOW low political parties can stoop to to make headlines can be guaged from the boorish behaviour the Congress and a few Opposition parties are displaying over defence procurements. By flin..

well-timed

MEDIA and political commentators may call the announcement of a new scheme by the Central Cabinet to ensure minimum support price (MSP) for various farm produce as an election time sop to enlarge the ruling party’s constituency, but the fact remains..

NIGHTMARE ON ROAD

                    THAT road accidents are considered one of the biggest killers in the country is proved every day while browsing through the pages of newspapers. That should become a matter ..

WHAT IF

NUMBERS often hide the true story. It has to be lived through memories and making a note of those for the future. The real story lies in moments -- seized and wasted. Flying back from the English shores, the Indian cricket team will have a bagful of those..

HEAL THY NEIGHBOUR

                  REGIONAL integration has a place of priority in Mr. Narendra Modi’s foreign policy in the neighbourhood. Enhancing people-to-people relations and incremental diplomacy in the ..

oil shock

THE country is currently reeling under the impact of oil shock and the rupee’s seemingly unstoppable tumble to new historic lows. That has made the policy planners to put their thinking caps on. And predictably the fickle sensex has joined the turmo..

SERENA’S OUTBURST

THE angry implosion of Serena Williams against penalty points imposed by the chair umpire during the US Open final against Naomi Osaka was a stunning reminder to the tennis authorities to come out with a code of conduct that did not differentiate between ..

new hope

THE Director General of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Mr. Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar, in an interview to a news agency, has asserted that the “shelf-life” of the terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir has been shortened as over 360 terrorists were eli..

VANTAGE POINT

    THE signing of Communications, Compatibility, Security Agreement (COMCASA) between India and the United States after the 2+2 dialogue has truly begun a significant new era in bilateral defence and strategic engagement between the two count..

A STEP AHEAD

THE surrender of the woman Naxalite who was involved in the massacre of as many as 31 Congress leaders in Jeeram Ghati in Chhattisgarh in the summer of 2013, indicates a major achievement for the security forces engaged in fight against Left Wing Extremis..

NEEDLESS UPROAR

NEEDLESS UPROAR THE controversy raked by Congress on the Rafale fighter jets deal between India and France clearly speaks of the hollow political agenda of the party that is bereft of any sensible issue. By questioning the Rs 58,000 crore deal without ..

GRIM REMINDER

                  THE Kerala catastrophe is a grim reminder to states like Maharashtra, abutting the fragile Western Ghats. Governments in these states have to take this grim warning very seriously. ..

basic wisdom

VICE President Mr. Venkaiah Naidu has stressed the importance of mother tongue as a medium of instruction in schools, as he gave away national awards to teachers. He has asserted that school education in mother tongue will augment the learning process mor..

RESTORING PRESTIGE

                QUITE rightly, as the presiding officer of the Rajya Sabha, Vice-President Mr. Venkaiah Naidu has set for himself the task of restoring prestige of the Upper House. And for that his first p..

serious issue

THAT the Government had to appoint an experts’ panel to determine the level of compensation to patients with faulty hip implants, may be a routine matter from legal point of view. Yet the fact that faulty implants were used without checking their co..

ART OF WINNING

                    INDIA’S last Test series victory on the English soil came in 2007. The subsequent tours were dark spots in Indian cricket’s history, confirming their status of b..

difficult years

DESPITE the good tidings from the economic front, despite the robust growth of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) beyond 8%, despite the overall appreciation the Indian economy has earned globally, it must be said that his two years in office as Governor of the..

PATHETIC LOSS

                  ANY good team, that had gained ascendancy with a sterling show in the previous game, would go for the jugular at the next immediate opportunity. This aspect in the mental make-up of..

big challenge

EVEN as he intends to rope in foreign experts as members of the Economic Advisory Council in a bid to rebuild the debt-ridden economy, Pakistan Prime Minister Mr. Imran Khan must be realising how difficult the task is going to be. Without doubt, he must h..

MIXED BAG

At the beginning of the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi had expressed the hope that the Indian contingent would give its best at the Games. At the conclusion of the Asian Games on Sunday, the Prime Minister’s..

THE MASK

THE most crucial highlight of urban Naxalism or Maoism is the intellectual mask the operatives wear. They are well educated people -- men and women -- who occupy important positions in academia and artistic and literary circles. They are authors of repute..

DIRTY POLEMICS

“POLEMICS” is the most accurate word India has used at the United Nations Security Council to describe Pakistan’s repeated effort to rake up Kashmir issue. It signifies correctly an effort to use falsehood to kick up controversy. Mr. Sye..

MASSIVE TASK

MASSIVE TASK CLEANING the Ganga is like the massive effort of sage Bhagirath to bring the pious river to the earth. It is such a massive work and Union Minister Mr. Nitin Gadkari has taken upon himself that task that had begun when late Mr. Rajiv Gandh..

BACK ON TRACK

THE country’s economy appears to be back on track, given the optimism expressed by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in its annual report released on Wednesday. While it points to several positives appearing on the horizon, just as pick-up in manufact..

BUILD RELATIONS

CHINA’S ambitious project, Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), that aims to integrate rich European economies is both a challenge and opportunity for India. To counter the Chinese dream of enhancing Beijing’s role on the international stage by fun..

crackdown

HAVING achieved major successes in the hotbeds of Maoist menace in places like Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Odisha in recent months, it was but natural for the security forces to turn their attention to the actual think-tanks who were the guiding..

BREAKING NEW PATH

                  BY POWERING one of its flights with biojet fuel, no-frills private airlines SpiceJet has shown willingness to break a new path. India thus becomes one of the few countries in the wo..

the saviours

DISASTERS and hard times create unknown heroes, goes an old adage. In the last few days, India has witnessed many such heroes who deserve our unabashed love without any apology. They have been the saviours, risking their own lives but responding to the ca..

POLLUTION DEATHS

                      THERE is no point in denying the impact of air pollution on human health and subsequent death. Experts have appealed to the government to take cognisance of studies ..

NET LOSSES

THE idea behind Digital India is creating an inclusive and empowered society that will form a major stake in India’s all-round development. Digitalisation is getting a major push in all sectors through various government initiatives in the last few ..

KHELO INDIA

TEENAGERS gunning for gold, people from hinterlands coming up with extravagant shows, hitherto unknown sports swelling the medals tally, it is a wonderful sporting story unfolding at Jakarta in the ongoing 2018 Asian Games. While India was rightly expecte..

NONSENSE

CONGRESS President Mr. Rahul Gandhi is indulging in huge nonsense in foreign countries, where he is all the time trying to dish out falsehood and cheap statements that do not go well with the status of the country’s oldest political organisation and..

PM’S WORD

THE contrast between two statements is very sharp and revealing the actual state of affairs at two different times. There was a time when the then Prime Minister Mr. Rajiv Gandhi said, in effect, that barely 15 paise out of every rupee allotted for develo..

POLL CONSTRAINTS

EVEN when the Government and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) insisted that there should be simultaneous elections in the country, Mr. O.P. Rawat, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) has ruled out the possibility. This was expected, no matter the p..

TRUE ICON

  BEYOND any doubt, Mr. Kuldip Nayar was one of the true icons Indian journalism had. His death at a ripe old age has taken away one of the most celebrated chroniclers of our time. This loss cannot be compensated for by anything. The Hitavada bows..

whose baby

WHOSE baby is Jammu and Kashmir? It is time we asked this question in the loudest possible manner. Afterall, whose baby is Kashmir? Who is going to stand responsible for whatever is happening in that troubled State? Who should be blamed for killing of thr..

ROT IN POLITICS

THE honourable Supreme Court may have spoken harsh words in describing criminalisation of politics as a ‘rot.’ But the top most court has spoken the reality that dogs the country’s political system. Terming some of those wearing politica..

word-play

TO PRIME Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s offer of a “constructive engagement” on Tuesday, Pakistan responded initially that India had not suggested any bilateral talks. Now, Pakistan Prime Minister Mr. Imran Khan has insisted that the two c..

GOLDEN GAINS

HISTORY has started flowing in Indian sports from the sporting arenas of Jakarta. The 18th Asian Games are producing new heroes, adding to the ever-growing icons away from the cricket field. If the Commonwealth Games gave us a new champion in table tennis..

wise offer

PRIME Minister Mr. Narendra Modi has done well to offer a hand of cooperation to Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Mr. Imran Khan to build what he called ‘constructive engagement’. So powerful was that endeavour that Pakistan hurried to expl..

IMRAN’S PRIORITIES

IMRAN’S PRIORITIES..

WELCOME MOVE

WELCOME MOVE ..

high hopes

PRIME Minister Mr. Narendra Modi has expressed the hope that the Indian contingent would give its best at the 18th Asian Games, that got underway in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on Saturday. Cricket maestro Sachin Tendulkar has also called upon the coun..

NEW REGIME

PAKISTAN is on the threshold of a new regime as Mr. Imran Khan takes over as new Prime Minister, having cornered 176 votes in National Assembly as against 96 votes won by Pakistan Muslim League (N) candidate. This development, of course, was a foregone co..

PATH-BREAKER

THE most important contribution of Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee as a national leader was in the field of external affairs. As Mr. Morarji Desai assumed prime ministership in 1977, he made one of the most signal and natural choices while allotting portfolios t..

FLOODED CONCERN

    THE terrible floods that are being witnessed in Kerala and some other parts, and a simultaneous drought-like condition elsewhere in the country have brought to fore a major national concern as regards safety and security of people as wel..

GREAT CRICKETER

                  THE Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) did itself a great good the moment it nominated ace cricketer and batsman Ajit Wadekar as the Captain of the Indian cricket team, in..

let’s think

THE message that emerges from the speeches of President Mr. Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi on the occasion of Independence Day should make every Indian think seriously and soberly -- beyond politics and ideological divide. Both the l..

LITERARY TITAN

  THE loss of Mr. V.S. Naipaul, one of the greatest literary titans the world has ever seen, will be felt forever. His demise at 85 cannot be treated as an outcome of old age and therefore natural. Death, of course, no one can ever escape. Yet, th..

be discreet

THOUGH the Parliamentary Committee on External Affairs has suggested that India should encourage Bhutan to hike the number of soldiers to be deployed in North Doka La area so as to keep a check on the Chinese activity in the super-sensitive zone, it would..

end obsession

FORMER captain of the national hockey team Sardar Singh and senior player Manpreet Singh have a pertinent question to ask of the powers that be in Hockey India: when are we going to end our obsession with foreign coaches? They go on to state that ever sin..

ANOTHER JOLT

AS HE takes charge of his country in a few days’ time, Mr. Imran Khan, the Prime Minister-designate of Pakistan, will have his task cut out -- to deal with the United States. All through his poll campaign Mr. Khan was the most critical voice of Unit..

FRESH GUARD

COMING after a long-drawn legal battle that saw the apex court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) consistently pulling up the stubborn officials of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) over non-implementation of reforms suggested by t..

PUSH TO BIO-FUELS

    PUSH TO BIO-FUELS PRIME Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi will be addressing an important conference on promotion of bio-fuels in Delhi that is aimed at giving a push to production and use of bio-fuels. This has become imperative for the..

AT SNAIL’S PACE

                    THE snail’s pace progress, or it would be more appropriate to say regress, of the highly ambitious Dedicated Freight Corridor project of the Railways, is testimony to ..

THINK RIGHT

THE episode involving the suggestion of the Central Government to the honourable Supreme Court to restrain itself from making hard-hitting observations on Public Interest Litigation (PIL) matters to avoid a negative impact on the society as regards many i..

SECURITY RISK

                    AFTER achieving a splendid diplomatic victory over China while resolving the Doka La stand-off last year, defence experts had pressed for an urgent need to spruce up forces ..

TALL FIGURE

THE passing away of Mr. M. Karunanidhi at the ripe old age of 94 after a prolonged illness marks the end of an era in national and Dravidian politics. Even though he was ill and almost out of circulation for sometime before the end came, Kalaignar, as he ..

stern message

THE gunning down of 15 Maoists on Monday in the jungles of Sukma in the Naxal hot bed of Bastar sends out a clear message to the left extremists that the forces were ready and well prepared to eliminate the menace and restore peace in the affected area. A..

CRPF IN SERVICE

                    THE Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) assuming the role of “contractor” to build a major arterial road in the Naxal-infested Bastar region of Chhattisgarh is a..

HARSH REALITY

HOW difficult employment scenario is in our country, can be understood from the statement of harsh reality made by senior Union Minister Mr. Nitin Gadkari. He has said in unequivocal terms that mere reservations would not guarantee jobs to the people sinc..

tough test

IT WAS indeed a tough Test for the batsmen at Edgbaston where the English and Indian bowlers held complete sway over the proceedings of the first Test of the long series between the two teams. The tone has been set for the rest of the series. The win will..

MANAGE WATER

THE scaling down of monsoon forecast to below normal in the months of August and September by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has brought forth the need to turn to contingency measures during the crucial months for agriculture. The downgrading ..

EXPEDIENCY

EXPEDIENCY has begun ruling the thought-process of United States President Mr. Donald Trump of late, particularly after his recent meeting with Russian President Mr. Vladimir Putin. In that meeting, on his own -- even after getting goaded by the Russian l..

SEE REALITY

      CHIEF Minister of West Bengal Ms. Mamata Banerjee is pushing her political agenda too far in opposing the exercise undertaken by the National Registrar of Citizenship (NRC) to identify foreign nationals in Assam. In her quest for..

OFFICER SHORTAGE

                  THE figures put before the Lok Sabha by Minister of State for Defence Mr. Subhash Bhamre on shortage of officers in the three armed forces confirm two things. One, the armed forces&..

ROAD AHEAD

THE assertion of Minister of External Affairs Mrs. Sushma Swaraj in the Lok Sabha that the Doka La face-off was handled with diplomatic maturity without losing any ground, offers a critical analysis of the events that had caused much anxiety to the people..

BUILD INTEGRITY

                  OVER the last few years the credibility of the banking sector has been terribly eroded, thanks to the huge loan repayment default, frauds by some well-placed business houses, runnin..

REAL ISSUE

THE cantankerous resistance to National Register of Citizens (NRC), now being implemented in Assam, by Opposition parties apart, there is no denying the fact that it tackles an issue as important as national security in a candid administrative manner. The..

WELCOME INITIATIVE

                  INDIA’S largest car maker, Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) has set a noble aim for itself -- train 15 lakh people by 2020 through its nationwide network of driving schools. Given th..

WELCOME NRC

SOMETHING welcome is happening. Assam has just completed the process of making the National Register of Citizens (NRC) thereby listing all legitimate citizens of the State. The process has led to omission of as many as 40 lakh people from the list because..

CLEAR ORDERS

                  TIME and again various papers on judgement writing by legal luminaries have stressed the dire need of brevity and clarity in writing to enable the parties involved in litigations un..

basic right

THOUGH many before him might have said it, Mr. Narendra Modi must be the first Prime Minister to make an assertive statement that good governance -- Suraaj -- is the birth right of every citizen and he or she must have it. As he shared his thoughts with t..

close contest

FORMER England captain Graham Gooch, a prolific run-getter for England in his heydays, feels that the forthcoming Test series between India and England would be a close contest and sees India under Virat Kohli as the vastly improved, balanced side. Beside..

NEW PARADIGM

THE word used by Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi and Chinese President Mr. Xi Jinping to characterise the bi-lateral relations is ‘momentum’. Both the leaders met on the sidelines of the BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa) summit a..

BETWEEN 2 MS

NO MATTER his tone of conciliation in his televised address to the nation, Pakistan’s emerging leader Mr. Imran Khan has shown clearly that he is not going to turn away from the Kashmir rhetoric which his country has pursued for the past seventy-plu..

BURDENING COPS

  BY RAISING the issues of traffic and social media problems challenging the police force in the country, Union Home Minister Mr. Rajnath Singh has only highlighted the ills afflicting a society that just refuses to shed its image of a law-detesti..

MODERN MENACE

                THE highest judicial authority in the country, Chief Justice of India, Mr. Deepak Misra has expressed grave concern over modern society’s fetish to rely on the social media. As has be..

old wine only

EVEN as the burden of the moment seemed to weigh him down, Pakistan’s emerging leader Mr. Imran Khan adopted a mix of tough as well as conciliatory approaches to the challenges before the country. In his first-ever televised address to the nation, M..

TRASH TAKING TOLL

                  THE mighty Everest has world-wide attraction for passionate climbers. That is the reason why hundreds of climbers from all over the world attempt to reach the summit of the Everest ..

senseless

THE violence indulged in by the agitators of the Maratha community asking for caste-based reservation is absolutely senseless, uncalled for, and purely political in nature. For, when the matter of reservation to the Maratha community is subjudice and the ..

BEYOND POLITICS

                EVER since the brutal rape and murder of a Delhi girl, Nirbhaya, a few years ago, it has been a countrywide demand to make the offense punishable with death penalty. And the Government has ..

just a name

IT IS difficult to believe the Central Government’s stand that it is creating the new Higher Education Commission (HEC) as an autonomous body to replace the current University Grants Commission (UGC) to be able to cope with increased work load of hi..

the test ahead

LEGENDARY cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has a word of optimism for the Indian team. He feels that even if English Test captain Joe Root has read the wrist position of Kuldeep Yadav correctly and made him innocuous in his match-winning knock for England in th..

GREAT FIASCO

THAT the no-confidence motion moved by Opposition parties against the National Democratic Alliance Government headed by Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi would be defeated solidly, was a foregone conclusion. Despite the fact the Opposition knew it already ..

ONCE AGAIN

ONCE again, an international agency -- this time the Asian Development Bank (ADB) -- has endorsed the growing strength of Indian economy. It has said clearly that India would remain the fastest-growing economy ahead of China, with 7.3% growth rate in 2018..

PROMISE UNMET

THERE is justification for Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi slamming the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government led by the Congress party over the unmet promise of  countrywide electrification.  In 2009 the then Congress President Mrs. S..

sc’s concern

THE highest court in the land, the Supreme Court, has given expression to the sentiment of the saner element in the society when it deprecated the growing tendency among groups of people to take the law into their hands and deliver street justice. Deliver..

TIMELY APPEAL

PRIME Minsiter Mr. Narendra Modi has made a timely appeal to the Opposition parties to make the forthcoming monsoon session fruitful and productive. The appeal, apparently, has come in the wake of session after session being wasted in Opposition not all..

ANTI-PEOPLE TIE-UP

                A COUPLE of days ago TV viewers got to watch a strange spectacle: Chief Minister of Karnataka Mr. H. D. Kumar Swami crying in public for his inability to do justice to the public mandate be..

anti-social

THERE should be no doubt in anybody’s mind that the current agitation in Maharashtra in which countless thousands of liters of milk is being flown onto roads as a mark of protest against the so-called refusal of the Government to raise procurement p..

milestone man

FORMER Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a truly milestone man in international cricket. In the second One-Day International (ODI) against England, played at the iconic Lord’s on Saturday, he joined the ranks of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid a..

CROWN AWAITS

WITHIN seven years of becoming an independent state, breaking away from Yugoslavia, the tiny nation of Croatia was within touching distance of its biggest sporting moment -- a World Cup final. Destiny had willed otherwise as the red and white shirts were ..

REPREHENSIBLE

IT IS beyond common man’s wit why a man as learned as Mr. Shashi Tharoor should make such an absolutely reprehensible statement that India would get converted to Hindu Pakistan should the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) win the 2019 elections. This tho..

EDUCATING WOMEN

EDUCATING WOMEN NOT educating women has a tremendous economic cost. That is the finding of the World Bank, revealed in its latest report, released on the occasion of ‘Malala Day.’ According to the report,  not educating women globally ..

central issue

central issue..

HOUSE IN ORDERHOUSE IN ORDER

A PRS legislative research says, the last Parliament session conducted in April was the least productive budget session since year 2000. The Lok Sabha spent just one per cent of allotted time on legislative business as the Opposition parties, led by Congr..