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HATS OFF

  HATS off to the scientists of the Defence Research and Development Organisation for successfully test-firing the most lethal missile in the arsenal of the country’s Armed Forces, the BrahMos missile, from the Sukhoi jet, an equally potent ..

as expected

IT WAS only expected that Pakistani authorities would, sooner than later, release dreaded terrorist and Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed from house arrest in Lahore. Even as this was happening, United States President Mr. Donald Trump’s Admin..

CAMERAS IN COURTS

IN the present world, where transparency and openness are the watch words, the apex court allowing audio and video recording of court proceedings was a natural corollary. The Supreme Court bench of Justices A. K. Goel and U. U. Lalit have echoed the senti..

v p s concern

v p s concern..

POSITIVE SIGN

                THE welcome incidents of two youths shunning militancy and returning home following an appeal by their parents in South Kashmir, the hotbed of terrorism, is an indication of the tide turnin..

farm crisis

VERY rarely have farmers’ organisations from all over the country come together and converged on the national capital to give vent to the crisis that the farm sector is facing since last few years. On Monday, under the banner of All India Kisan Sang..

PERSEVARANCE PAYS

                  SWITZERLAND finally agreeing to share information about alleged black money hoarders in Swiss banks is an outcome of the sustained pressure mounted by the Indian Government on it to..

definitive win

THE Army has registered a definitive win in its continuous battle against terrorism by eliminating top leadership of terrorist outfit Laskhar-e-Toiba (LeT) in the past some time. By any standard, this will have to be hailed as a critical victory scored by..

gruelling test

IN THE last couple of years the Indian cricket team has been mostly playing in domestic conditions and the run for the Virat Kohli-led Team India has been fantastic, topping the charts in international cricket. Beginning new year, from January 2018 onward..

THE CHALLENGE

NOTWITHSTANDING what his political adversaries might have felt about the so-called decline in the popularity of Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi in the past three-plus years, United States-based thinktank Pew has found out after a survey that Mr. Modi&rsq..

LAUDABLE STEP

                BY slashing tax rates of over 200 items, the GST Council had recently provided a big relief to the consumers. While some of the traders have implemented new rates,  there are others wh..

AN EYE ON FUTURE

                SINCE the time it was first produced during the First World War, battle tanks have undergone a sea change technologically, making them more lethal with pinpoint accuracy in fire power, agil..

most welcome

THOSE who know Kashmir well often believed that ultimately the Government will have to deliver express directives to the security forces to step up anti-militancy activities in the troubled State of Jammu and Kashmir. Their observation has now come true. ..

PULL UP SOCKS

                  THE Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and Aeronautical Development Agency, responsible for designing and making of the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft Tejas, must stand to the expectat..

LARGER ISSUE

IT WAS only natural for Mr. Justice Deepak Mishra, Chief Justice of India (CJI), to take a firm control of things when the issue of bribery involving judges starting assuming menacing proportions. In his concern to protect and preserve the dignity of the ..

HAIL THE NGT!

RESTRICTION imposed by the National Green Tribunal on the number of pilgrims visiting the Vaishno Devi shrine, is timely. Lakhs of pilgrims visit the shrine daily, putting a tremendous pressure on the administration as well as the infrastructure, which is..

ASEAN ISSUES

THAT the issues related to South East Asia are bouncing to the global centrestage at this particular time has a little ring of concern, thanks to the aggressiveness of two countries, China and North Korea. The appeal of Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi to..

MAJOR STEP

THE first step taken by India, Australia, Japan and the US towards formation of a quadrilateral to counter China’s growing military influence in the Indo-Pacific region is of great significance. The idea of having a new body was discussed on the sid..

GIFT A LIFE

                Gift of Life Adventure (GOLA) Foundation set up by RJ Anil Srivatsa to raise awareness about organ donation can, in the long run, prove to be a boon. Even though GOLA specifically aims at k..

AKRAM'S IRE

FORMER Pakistan cricket Captain Wasim Akram’s ire at the International Cricket Council (ICC) for its failure to persuade India to play bilateral series against Pakistan is totally misplaced and lacks understanding of prevailing hostile situation bet..

NATION FIRST

CONTINUING with its policy of providing ‘Ease in doing business’, the Central Government has made a big rejig by slashing rates across the board on over 200 items, including 178 daily items. The Goods and Service Tax (GST) Council has also giv..

SANE ADVICE

IN THE light of continuing sluggish growth in employment generation, Vice-President Mr. Venkaiah Naidu’s advice to the country’s youth to become entrepreneurial and not job-seekers, is pragmatic and sane. The Vice-President said, income dispar..

WELCOME STEP

                Reserve  Bank   of India’s directive to bankers to provide services to the elderly and differently-abled at their doorsteps is a move in the right direction. With the b..

TRUE FIGHTER

India’s Wonder Woman MC Mary Kom has proved her mettle once again winning her fifth Asian Boxing Championship gold medal. The star boxer dominated the fight from the word go, giving her opponent, Korea’s Hyang Mi Kim, no chance to come back ..

TIMELY MOVE

BY DOUBLING the import duty on wheat from ten to 20 pc, the Central Government has taken a timely, preemptive action in the interest of the country’s wheat growers. Since the farmers are in the process of preparing for Rabi sowing of wheat crop the ..

RIDICULOUS

THERE is no reason for China to become uncomfortable over the visit of Defence Minister Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman to forward military bases in Arunachal Pradesh. The remark made by China that Mrs. Sitharaman’s visit was not conducive to peace in the..

HONEST SYSTEM

LOOKING back, Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley is obviously happy that the objectives set for demonetisation of high value currency notes have been achieved one year after making the daring move. Because skeptics were not convinced that the move would do..

BE ON COURSE

ALL eyes are fixed on the global climate change talks being held in Bonn, Germany, and the outcome of the churning that will take place among the world leaders during the 12-day discussion on the subject that will have a bearing on the lives of all the ..

sheer greed

THAT many elite in India had been stashing away their money in foreign tax havens, was always a well known fact. That they took advantage of looseness in Indian financial monitoring system, was also a fact known even to a three-year-old kid playing in a s..

Big Evolution

THERE is no denying that the world is taking note of India’s emergence lately as Badminton powerhouse, if the comment of Danish legend Peter Gade is anything to go by. Gade who, along with Chinese two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan, was in Mumbai rec..

very good

THE Army has done a truly commendable job in Jammu and Kashmir. It has been able to eliminate as many as 80 terrorists in the past six months. Of course, there are a little more than a hundred ultras still active in the area. But the Army will be able to ..

CHINESE GAME

CHINESE GAME..

SAFETY FIRST

                THOUGH the  cause of the explosion at  the NTPC’s thermal power plant at Unchahar in Uttar Pradesh, in which 29 people were killed, will be known after the probe report is o..

A GOOD IDEA

THE Supreme Court’s suggestion to the Centre to set up special courts to deal with criminal cases involving politicians in order to ensure their speedy disposal is welcome. With the Centre responding positively to the suggestion, things should now..

DIRTY POLITICS

IT WILL beat anybody to hear Congress Vice President Mr. Rahul Gandhi shouting from the roof top that the World Bank certificate of improved Ease of Doing Business atmosphere is not true. Blasting the Government, Mr. Gandhi has stated very aggressively th..

UNCALLED FOR

CRITICISM by some of the Opposition parties to Army agreeing to build three foot overbridges in Mumbai, including the one at Elphinstone railway station, where 23 people were killed in stampede, is uncalled for. The Indian Army helps civilian authoritie..

Lack Of Care In Hospitals

Population growth is the major factor responsible for increasing mortality rate in Uttar Pradesh. Number of children die due to the load of patients in hospitals. According to the doctors, nearly 4,000 patients are admitted every day. Doctors can&rsq..

BUSINESS EASE

EASE of Doing Business, was one criterion that often made India look down for so many years. Despite all the tall talk of reforms, the concept did not actually flourish in India for the simple reason that the Government as a whole -- the decision-makers a..

IDIOT BOX INFLUENCE

YOUNG minds can get corrupted easily. That’s the reason why elders in the family in olden days used to keep an eagle’s eye on the curricular as well as extra-curricular activities of their children. However, with the disintegration of the jo..

DEFENCE CHIEF

THE sense of urgency which the Government is reportedly attaching to the issue of creation of a new position of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) makes it apparent that a new approach to national security is emerging at the highest level. If this new post ..

Bliss beyond blight

  By Vijay Phanshikar, THAT’s special zone where only a few reside! As he stood on the shore of the Coral Sea on a very chilly morning, iconic swimmer Mark Spitz wondered if he could endure the cold waters. He was preparing for the Olympic ..

curtains on wc

IT IS CURTAINS on the Under-17 World Cup soccer tournament which ended in great style with England staging a remarkable comeback after trailing by two goals just before the breather, to lift the glittering trophy by a margin of 5-2. That was indeed a befi..

‘DIFFERENT WAY’

THE fresh American warning -- delivered by United States Secretary of State Mr. Rex Tillerson -- should make Pakistan see sense and demolish safe havens for terrorists on its soil. Following his official visit to India, Afghanistan and Pakistan, Mr. Tille..

COMBAT READY

THE message delivered by the Defence Minister Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman and the Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba to the naval personnel during commanders’ conference was loud and clear. Both of them emphasised the need for combat readiness..

TOP PRIORITY

IT IS HEARTENING that the Government of India is seized of the matter concerning consumers’ rights and Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s assurance that consumer protection will receive top priority, assumes significance. Speaking at a funct..

‘one country..’

ONLY one country is not connected with other member-nations of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). Only because of that one country, all SAARC members are not on the same page. Though he did not name the country, India’s Foreig..

HUGE POSSIBILITIES

THE ambitious road projects plan worth Rs. seven lakh crores, announced by the Union Government the other day, holds enormous possibilities. And this is discernible in the enthusiasm of the man incharge of giving concrete shape to that dream --- Road Tr..

intrinsic issue

THE problem with Myanmar is intrinsically linked to its history. No matter how democratic its de facto leader Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi may claim to be, the country’s recent history spanning about five decades shows that the Burmese people have often suf..

BREATHTAKING!

TRUE to its tradition, the Indian Air Force (IAF), on Tuesday performed breathtaking touch-and-go landings and take-offs on the Lucknow-Agra Expressway and showcased its top class flying skills. Taking the changing security environment in the country&rs..

booster dose

  THERE should be no doubt that the national economy would pep up with the massive booster dose the Government has proposed for its revival. Amid assertion that the economy was on a sound footing with fundamentals strong and intact, Union Finance Mi..

BRAVO!

CRICKET icon and Rajya Sabha member Mr. Sachin Tendulkar has won the hearts of the people by sanctioning Rs. 2 crore from his Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) for revamping rail foot overbridges in Mumbai. The Elphinstone Road..

carrot & stick

WHEN Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi, while addressing the nation from the ramparts of Red Fort on the occasion of Independence Day, said, “Na goli se, na gali se, Kashmir ki samasya suljhegi gale lagaane se,” he was actually hinting at Centr..

DREAM REALISED

WITH the launching of a ferry service between Bhavnagar and Bharuch in Gujarat by the Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi, a new chapter has been written in the development of Gujarat and the nation. The people will be benefitted immensely with this projec..

Winds Of Change In N-E

By SHIVAJI SARKAR, Optimism is being gradually noticed in the North East. The youth are more open and focused. Those who have some pessimism also feel that in the next 10 years the region would be different, prospering and pave the way for a new India th..

common cause

EXTERNAL Affairs Minister Mrs. Sushma Swaraj summed up India’s concerns over issues afflicting the South Asian region in general and India and Bangladesh in particular, when she said, “We are both determined to protect our societies from the t..

Of Theharav

  By Vijay Phanshikar, Theharav. THAT’s the word! The nearest English synonym for Theharav could be ‘Gravitas’! This is one word that fascinates me no end. This is one word that has made me think deeply about life and its nuance..

blow to sree

FOR the time being the doors of Indian cricket have been closed on pace bowler S. Sreesanth with the division bench of Kerala High Court upholding the appeal of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), unless of course the bowler approaches the S..

RAM RAJYA

UTTAR Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has said that Ram Rajya is a secular concept and not a religious expression. He stressed that Ram Rajya symbolises a Welfare State in which the citizen is the sovereign authority and the sole purpose of existen..

A FINE GESTURE

WHILE the nation was celebrating Diwali with the near and dear ones, Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi chose to be with the jawans guarding the border, far away from their homes. It was a nice gesture on the part of Mr. Modi has been celebrating Diwali wit..

UP IN SMOKE!

THE efforts of the Supreme Court to have a pollution-free Diwali in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) have met with only a partial success as thick, poisonous smoke due to bursting of firecrackers still choked the atmosphere despite the ban im..

eye on pak!

THE American expectation, though only non-officially expressed, that India can keep an eye on Pakistan, however, is of a limited value. For, considered in the larger context, India has always done that with diligence. It has kept reminding the world that ..

REPREHENSIBLE

RAGING controversy over the world-famous monument the Taj Mahal is uncalled for. Taj Mahal is a historical monument admired world over for its beautiful architecture. The monument draws tourists from across the globe in thousands every year. Being among..

right way

IT WAS only expected that some higher up person, whose opinion matters, would oppose the idea of job reservations in private sector. This opposition to the concept has come from Mr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman of the NITI Ayog, who has insisted that the id..

Keep walking

By Vijay Phanshikar,       Aaste Bhag Aasinasyordhwasthithati Tishthatah/Shete Nipadyamanasya Charati Charato Bhagascharaiveti// - Aitareya Brahman.(He who keeps sitting has his fortune stalled. He who stands up has his fortune, to..

off the radar

THAT the Indian selectors can afford to keep off the radar the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, is indicative of the blissful problem of plenty Indian selectors are facing currently. These immensely successful players, who had a big role ..

VERY SHOCKING

THE entire nation shares the sense of utter of dismay expressed by the honourable Supreme Court over the fact that the country still has as many as 2.3 crore child-brides. It is a matter not just a revelation but of extreme shock to realise that so many c..

STOP IT SOON!

THE perverse virtual game Blue Whale continues to play havoc in the country and elsewhere, driving young children to commit suicides as a ‘challenge’. While some of the children were saved in the nick of time by the police and alert family mem..

GOOD OPPORTUNITY

THE proposal to send three lakh youths to Japan to get on-job training under the skill development programme is a novel idea. The work culture in Japan is among the best in the world. The tiny island nation has emerged as a major economic power and capt..

‘catch-22’

UNION Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley has said in Washington that the Government is working to rebuild capacity of India’s banking sector to tackle what he described as a ‘Catch-22’ situation over the issue of Non-Performing Assets (NP..

MORE THE MERRIER

SULABH International is a living example of how an NGO can change the lives of the people if it works with dedication and focus. Campaign for building toilets in each home was launched by the Government recently. But Mr. Bindeshwar Pathak has been constru..

no dearth!

PRIME Minister Mr. Narendra Modi has highlighted once again that India does not suffer from lack of resources, but needs good governance to make the best use of all those. As he addressed a gathering at the birth centenary celebrations of the late Nanaji ..

SHAMELESS PAK

PAKISTAN is yet again trying to hoodwink the US by expressing its willingness to launch joint operations with the US to destroy the Haqqani Network, if it provides evidence about the presence of safe havens of the terror outfit in the country. Pakistan ..

right advice

PRESIDENT Mr. Ram Nath Kovind has done well to stress the importance of improved water management with a prominent local component. He has underlined the fact that the process of India’s modernisation and development is closely linked to better wate..

GOOD SIGN

THE Assocham survey, predicting a drop in sale of Chinese goods by 45 per cent this Diwali as compared to last year is a good sign for the country. China, which is dumping items of mass consumption at cheaper rates, was successful in capturing the domes..

human angle!

THAT rationality is not always at the core of economic decision-making and there is a deeply emotional and human angle, as well, to that process has been the universal experience of human society since time immemorial. But when Mr. Richard Thaler of the U..

IT MAKES SENSE

MOVING the base of UAVs to Naxal hotspot Bastar makes strategically eminent sense. If the epicentre of Maoist activity is located around Bastar in Chhattisgarh and another hot spot is located just across the border of the State, Jharkhand and Gadchiroli..

faster pace!

UNION Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley has said it right that from now on, India needs to grow at a faster pace. He has insisted rightly that the Government enjoys popular support for its reforms activity despite the difficulties in implementation, for e..

Company of the Eternal

    By Vijay Phanshikar, “I am alone, but I am never lonely.” - Helen Gibson THIS is a very common statement that we hear often in our daily conversations. Smart words, of course, we admit and even admire. They are simple as we..

not surprising

THAT the Indian team lost to the stronger US team 0-3 in its first game of the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup on the opening day of the mega event, is not surprising, nor is the result shocking. Such an outcome, more or less, was expected. As already said by..

welcome move

THE decision of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council to offer reasonable relief to small and medium businesses on filing of returns and payment of tax and ease rules for exporters and reduction in tax rates on 27 items of common consumption, needs to ..

Of educated unemployed young people

The young man is an engineering graduate. He did get a job through campus placement in a reasonably good company. But before he realised, he lost the job just in a few months. The HR Manager of the company told him that he was not good enough to fulfill..

NATIONAL MOOD

CHIEF of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal B. S. Dhanoa was not indulging in baseless bluster when he said that the Indian Air Force was capable of effectively countering any threat from China while engaging Pakistan in a two-front war. By saying so he was con..

END EVIL PRACTICE

                SUICIDE by  a young girl in Maharashtra’s Nanded district to spare her farmer father from undergoing the ordeal of raising money for dowry is most unfortunate. Last year, another..

UGLY REALITY

THIS damning assertion about links of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has come from no less a person than General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the hearing of the all-powerful Senate Foreign Relations Co..

pm’s word

THAT he will not jeopardise the future of the country for present gains, is one assertion that Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi need not have made at all. For, leave alone his sworn political enemies, there is no one in the country who will ever think tha..

SECURE DATA

IF the claim made by the IT security firm Quick Heal that data of over 6,000 Indian companies, including banks and defence firms, has been put on sale by an unknown hacker is true, then it is a serious matter and needs to be tackled urgently. While the ..

THINK DEEPER

THE verdict of a Delhi Court upholding an earlier order of the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) that a 16-year-old boy deserved to be tried as an adult in the case of shooting down of a couple last year, should trigger a deeper thought about the Juvenile Just..

SENSELESS TRAGEDY

THE shootout in Las Vegas, USA, in which 58 persons, enjoying an open air concert, were killed and over 500 injured, is a senseless barbarism. The “lone wolf” marauder was clearly a psychopath, mindlessly resorting to wanton shooting. Premie..

‘1000 gandhis’

PRIME Minister Mr. Narendra Modi has made a very critical point, not out of disgust but out of hope, that unless 125 crore Indians worked together, India could not be a clean place! Even one thousand Mahatma Gandhis cannot achieve this task if they are no..

TOM ALTER

TOM Alter is no more. Indian cinema has lost a very colourful and very virtuous personality. The world of cinematic art will miss one of its most illustrious personalities whose appeal cut across all barriers. Tom Alter was everybody’s darling. H..

firm steps

PAKISTAN can never free itself from anti-India activities. A few occasional words that may have a tinge of remorse coming from somebody in Pakistan Government do not make sense. Never mind those few words, it is obvious that Pakistan would continue its an..

In the name of God...!

By Vijay Phanshikar, “If, then, I were asked for the most important advice I could give, that which I considered to be the most useful to the men of our century, I should simply say: In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around..

A WELCOME STEP

THE Cabinet Committee on Security deserves kudos for giving its nod for the long-pending modernisation of police, and, earmarking a staggering sum of Rs 25,060 crore for the same. Internal security and safety of citizens is as important as external secu..

HITTING BACK

THE successful retaliatory strike by the Army to teach Naga rebels a right lesson, is a welcome development. It indicates that the Government is giving an increasing free hand to the Armed Forces to hit back hard to teach rebels, insurgents, separatists a..

FIRM NO

INDIAN Defence Minister Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman has firmly declared, “there shall not be boots from India on the ground” (in Afghanistan). There of course is a temptation of late to do so given the volatile situation and the desire of the Afg..

'THEIR' DREAM

THE whole nation shares the sentiment of Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi when he expects the bureaucracy to fulfill the dream freedom fighters saw for India. The nation also understands the sense of urgency Mr. Modi has attached to this expectation by st..

‘TERRORISTAN’

THERE can never be a better one-word description of Pakistan than calling it ‘Terroristan’, a home of terrorism. Ms. Eenam Gambhir, a First Secretary in India’s Permanent Mission at the United Nations, made this very scathing observation..

Idol-worship, the worst enemy of sports

TheRE used to be an old Sports Instructor in our school more than fifty-five years ago. He was a straight-forward, simple person totally dedicated to promoting sports among children. He played many games very well, and had won medals when he was young. ..

POLITICAL MESS

CONGRESS President Mrs. Sonia Gandhi has raised the issue of Women’s Bill with Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi. She has stressed the importance of having the Women’s Bill passed in Parliament on an urgent basis. Going one step ahead, Mrs. Gan..

DAWOOD IN PAK

  PAKISTAN’S utter lie  has been nailed yet again as his brother Iqbal Kaskar, arrested by Thane cops in an extortion racket, has told  the investigators that Dawood, the most wanted terrorist of India, is presently in Pakistan. Af..