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CURBING THE FAKE

                  THE power, or rather the power of misuse, of social media was distinctly evident a few months ago when anonymous posts on various media platforms triggered lynching of innocent peop..

ballot to win

THE high percentage of polling in the Naxal-dominated Bastar region of Chhattisgarh has shown clearly once again that ballot will win the ultimate battle against bullet. There were countless threats issued by Naxals that they would chop off fingers on whi..

HEALTH EMERGENCY

                    UNITED Nations Environment chief Mr. Erik Solheim has said that when India has been successful in eradicating diseases like polio and other health emergencies, there is no r..

one world?

THE centenary of the end of the first World War (WW-I) reminds -- or should remind -- the world the futility of war per se. Yet, even as the WW-I ended, the world refused to learn the right lessons. That obnoxiously obstinate refusal to learn right lesson..

warne’s offer

legendary spin bowler Shane Warne has offered to help in lifting up his country’s cricket team’s stuttering fortune which has nosedived with the exit of great players from the game in the last few years, but more so because of two recent unsav..

An Endemic Problem

                      By ANSHUMAN BHARGAVA, Civic hygiene or rather the lack of it is an endemic problem in most of India that spawns several diseases otherwise easily preventable. It is..

AFGHAN GAME

A GAME of geopolitical one-upmanship is on in the militancy-troubled land of Afghanistan in a bid to wrest global leadership, especially in the Asian region. The United States has remained an overbearing character in Afghanistan’s fight with the Tal..

OBVIOUS GAINS

TWO years ago, the sudden move by the Government to demonetise currency partially left the nation stunned and rather anguished as mostly the common people faced the unforeseen prospect of having to make do without cash for some time. Farmers, too, were hi..

SESSIONS’ SACK

  SESSIONS’ SACK THERE is nothing unexpected in the decision of United States (US) President Mr. Donald Trump to sack the US Attorney General Mr. Jeff Sessions, though “temporarily” as the White House announced. Removal of Mr. S..

BARBARIC

                    THE cold-blooded killing of Police Inspector (PSI) Chhatrapati Chide, attached to Ngbhid police station in Chandrapur district, is a gory example of how those involved in il..

end begins

THE surrender of as many as 62 Naxals in Naraipnpur (Chhattisgarh) marks an important milestone in the journey towards defeat of Naxalism or Maoism in the country. It also signals the success of increasing pressure the Government has been bringing to bear..

NOT ONLY DIWALI

                  THE worsening air quality that smothers the national capital, especially during winters, is a tricky issue with no concrete solution at hand. The sound and noise pollution is produc..

critical issue

THE statement of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that it is monitoring closely if the independence of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is getting affected by some of the Government’s moves, may appear good, but is actually meaningless. There is..

now to oZ

having demolished the touring West Indies, the Indian team will now be looking to repeat the performance during the tour of Australia beginning next moth. By and large the West Indies proved to be an easy meat in home conditions. Now the team would again ..

small is good

SMALL is always beautiful, no matter if some people may not agree. In modern thought, economies of scale are of utmost important as they add to numbers in big chunks. So, in the past few decades at least in India, the stress has been on large scale indust..

‘compulsion’

TWO words -- “Democratic compulsion” -- used by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief Mr. Chandrababu Naidu about having to call on Congress President Mr. Rahul Gandhi in an attempt to forge an Opposition alliance, i..

MPHRC team inspects Hamidia Hospital

  Staff Reporter, On Friday, Chairperson of Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission (MPHRC) Justice Narendra Kumar Jain, member Manohar Mamtani and Sarabjeet Singh and other members visited Hamidia Hospital to carry out inspection. The human right..

UPWARD MARCH

                  THE Indian Government’s various measures to improve the ease of doing business over the last four years are not only paying dividends to the country but also attracting intern..

unfortunate

IT IS unfortunate and saddening that the relations between the Central Government and the country’s Central Bank -- the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) -- have been suffering from an absence of healthy communication over time through different political..

RELENTLESS PURSUIT

                      THE attack on a contingent of CRPF by Maoist extremists in Chhattisgarh on Tuesday, in which two jawans and a TV cameraman were killed, was probably the response to ..

UNITY SYMBOL

THE symbolism of the 182-meter statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is greater than just the statistical fact of it being the tallest one in the world at the present moment. For every Indian, Sardar Patel is an eternal symbol of the nation’s unity and..

RULE OF ARROGANCE

                    AN INSTITUTION is built on the foundation of conscience, ethics and a culture of humility that forms the essence of its identity. Degradation of integrity begins when arroga..

new wave

THE tone of pride in Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s voice could be sensed even in printed news: India is going through a massive transformative phase. He has said, constant innovation, non-stop effort to seek Indian solutions to global issues, a..

HEADLESS NSG

                    SOUND security apparatus is a critical component of ensuring peace within the country. National Security Guard (NSG), the elite counter-terror force, plays a key role in car..

crisis builds

THE intensity of the political crisis in Sri Lanka is building up fast and is likely to embroil the neighbourhood in diplomatic battles that may embitter minds for long. The international ramifications of the Sri Lankan crisis are fairly serious, involvin..

SIGNAL FOR MSD

THE national selectors have dropped Mahendra Singh Dhoni, one of the finest cricketers India has produced, from the forthcoming T20 Internationals against touring West Indies and also the Australian tour. Could that be the signal for MSD, as he is popular..

US ANXIETY

THE manner in which Pakistan released a Taliban terrorist after eight years in prison following American initiation of negotiations with terror outfits operating especially in Afghanistan, hints at what kind of anxiety the United States is experiencing as..

STUMPED, AGAIN!

  FIRST it was Karun Nair, then Murali Vijay and now is the turn of Kedar Jadhav to get stumped by the national selectors’ googlies for which the ‘wise men’ have developed an uncanny penchant. The selection team, led by chief sel..

“SANSKRITI”

                  PRIME Minister Mr. Narendra Modi has, while appreciating the trend of growing numbers of tax-payers, laid stress on pursuing “sanskriti,” doing something more, besides p..

CBI Quagmire

THE country’s most important investigating agency, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has found itself in the most unfortunate phase of its life ever. Everything that is happening now in the agency is showing how its systems have been corrode..

DOUBLE STANDARDS

                    IN ITS typical policy of viewing a problem with different prisms, China has yet again dodged the issue of declaring terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed’s chief Masood Azhar..

DISCONNECTING

BY STATING that huge gaps are visible in Indian higher education despite a vast nation-wide network of universities and colleges, depriving the nation of global standards in teaching-learning process, President Mr. Ram Nath Kovind has only verbalised a na..

CROREPATIS

                  THAT there has been a rise in the number of crorepatis by 60 per cent in the country is a good enough sign of increase in the overall national wealth. This is visible even to the na..

WISDOM DAWNS

WISDOM has finally dawned upon the grand old Congress party in the face of withering away of its presumed partners in the Mahagatbandhan (Grand Alliance) to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. In a major climbdown from..

GEARED UP

                ADVANCE technology has its own demerits that need to be tackled with consistent upgradation in security mechanism of one’s own business. Cyber attacks form a major threat in the prese..

75 years ago

SEVENTY-FIVE years ago, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose stood taller than the world to launch India’s Government in exile, the Azad Hind Government. And as he took oath, and gave a pledged to the rank and file of the Azad Hind Sena (Indian National Army)..

VIRAT’S CHOICE

AFTER the clinical and ruthless clean sweep of the Test series against the touring West Indies proved to be a much-needed morale booster, having received a drubbing on the English tour earlier, the Indian cricket team would be hoping to repeat the perform..

WOMEN IN TECH

                  THERE has been a visible change in the ratio of men and women opting for engineering and related fields. Traditionally, women have shied away from engineering and technology but rec..

‘PMs OF INDIA’

THERE is a common agreement among all Indians that they have been blessed with mostly good Prime Ministers, no matter a couple of doubtful patches of history as regards the institution of Prime Minister. Each Prime Minister has taken forward India’s..

TO CLEANER CLIMES

                  MODERN day festivities have turned into nightmare for urban dwellers thanks to the pollution that they bring in their wake. Noise and air pollution have become the order of the day,..

wisdom Dawns

THE reported decision of United States President Mr. Donald Trump not to cancel the USD 110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia may be treated as a dawn of some sobering thoughts about the role of the US in world affairs vis-a-vis its own gains, in the mi..

NEW CHALLENGE

WHILE Prithivi Shaw is getting rave reviews and is being compared with Virendra Sehwag for his swashbuckling batting style, another player, wicket-keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant too has begun to draw attention of not only the selectors but also cricket fans...

REAL TROUBLE

UNDER its new Prime Minister Mr. Imran Khan, Pakistan is now beginning to feel the intense heat of a real trouble even as it seeks the largest ever loan of USD 8 billion from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The idea is to bail the economy out of an..

FIRE WALLS NEEDED

  FIRE WALLS NEEDED A GLOBAL “markets pandemic” may be in the offing, an international commentator has warned on Thursday’s stock markets meltdown in Asian financial markets. When this has affected most of Southeast Asian, other..

MERE RITUAL

                    ACTING on the directive of the Supreme Court on candidates with criminal record contesting elections, the Election Commission (EC) has come up with elaborate instructions to..

END ACRIMONY

THE refusal of the honourable Supreme Court to issue notices on the two Public Interest Litigations (PILs) questioning the correctness of the Rafale deal, and direction to the Government to provide details of the deal -- sans pricing and technical matters..

DUMP PLASTIC

                    WORLD environmental group, “Break Free from Plastic,” in its study conducted in 42 countries, has come out with staggering reality of how multi-national companie..

VILLAGE UPLIFT

PRIME Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s assertion that the Government is doing everything possible for the welfare of farmers certainly has much substance. Ample evidence is available that the Centre has put its best foot forward in the right direction i..

GOOD SIGN BUT

TRULY good signs are available on India’s national security and defence-preparedness fronts. Defying the direct and indirect threats from the United States of America (US), India has gone ahead with defence pacts worth billions of dollars to acquire..

TAILOR MADE

HAVING got a sound drubbing during the tour of England, India has struck back with vengeance at the hapless West Indians, because they are back on their home track. The Indians crushed the not so strong West Indies in Rajkot on the third day in the first ..

ART OF DEAL

BY inking the S-400 surface-to-air missile defence system deal worth USD 5 billion with Russia, a bold start has been made in India’s foreign policy. The key defence deal risks sanctions from the United States that is vehemently persuading countries..

GOVT’S DILEMMA

   GOVT’S DILEMMA FINALLY the Central Government had to bow to popular pressure and reduce the prices of petrol and diesel by Rs. 2.50 per litre. However, the rise in the prices of these fuels in recent months has been so high that thi..

RESPECTING NATURE

                    WHILE accepting the prestigious global award for promotion of international solar alliance, Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi has drawn attention to the age-old Indian cultur..

A bad idea

  THAT an omnibus front of all Opposition parties in the country is not a good idea, was one opinion that prevailed among political observers. But the decision of Ms. Mayawati to cruise along a lone electoral path proves that the Mahagathbandhan is ..

LATE REALISATION

                    EVEN as administrators in Maldives, Sri Lanka and Malaysia grow increasingly wary of the multi-billion dollar deals struck with China under various infrastructure projects, ..

plain perverse

NO ONE can deny the Congress party the liberty to shape its political campaign in the election year the manner it chooses. No one also can deny that in politics, propaganda can go even beyond absurd limits. But no one can understand the perversity the Con..

IMPORTANT PARTNER

                  UNITED Nations (UN) Secretary General Mr. Antonio Guterres has paid rich tributes to India by saying that the country was an “important partner” in countering terrorism ..

robust ... but !

THERE may not be anybody to raise issues with the outgoing Chief Justice of India Mr. Justice Dipak Misra about his statement that the Indian judiciary is the most robust institution in the world, having capability to handle mind-boggling numbers of cases..

BURNING DESIRE

IT IS THE burning desire that makes all the difference. That is the bitter lesson that Ravindra Jadeja learnt from his 442 days of hibernation from the national team. And when opportunity came knocking at his door after the 15-month long period, he grabbe..

‘SURGICAL’ ISSUE

EVEN as the nation celebrates what the Government has described as ‘Surgical Strike Day’ on September 29, several issues crop up in public domain. May the political community debate if such a celebration is needed or not, but more critical tha..

CHANGE MAKERS

  CHANGE MAKERS  IT IS ONLY apt that India’s Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi and French President Mr. Emmanuel Macron have been chosen for this year’s highest global environmental award by the United Nations Environment Programm..

CLIMATE DISASTERS

                    POINTING to the disastrous consequences of recent unprecedented rains and floods in the Indian State of Kerala, President of the United Nations General Assembly Ms. Maria Fe..

good signs

DEFINITIVE good signs are emerging from education sector as some institutions of higher learning have entered the top global listings. Rising to global standards, for example, the Indian Institute of Technology at Indore (IIT-Indore) has debuted into the ..

UGLY REALITY

                              PRIME Minister Mr. Narendra Modi has lamented that vote-bank politics has destroyed the society like a termite. The Prime Minister ha..

critical issue

NO MATTER popular expectations, it was almost a foregone conclusion in knowledgeable circles that the honouarble Supreme Court would make some important observations of its own but subsequently ask Parliament to make stringent laws to decriminalise politi..

VITAL PROJECT

                    WITH the inauguration of Sikkim’s first airport by Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi on Monday, a major bottleneck in the region’s connectivity with the rest of t..

RAFALE ‘BATTLE’

DEFENCE Minister Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman has punctured the political balloon of Congress party by asserting that the Government would put before public all the facts about Rafale deal so that all the dust Congress President Mr. Rahul Gandhi has kicked up w..

VIGIL NECESSARY

THE cold-blooded murder of two leaders belonging to the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), an MLA and an ex-legislator, by Maoists in Vishakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh on Sunday, leaves no scope for relaxation anywhere. The murders of the two leaders also ..

SENSELESS

THE outburst of Pakistan Prime Minister Mr. Imran Khan against India after cancellation of the proposed Foreign Minister-level talks on the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly, is senseless. Instead of trying to understand how strong the provocat..

Pak’s own sin!

EVEN as India was game to a meeting of Minister of External Affairs Mrs. Sushma Swaraj with her Pakistani counterpart Mr. Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi on the sidelines on the United National General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, Pakistan’s sin of sp..

LAUDABLE RESPONSE

   LAUDABLE RESPONSE THE response of 27 states and Union Territories to the ambitious Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna (PMJAY) is laudable. To be launched by the Prime Minister on September 23 and coming into actual effect from September 25, th..

BARBARIC

                    AS IF unprovoked firings, infiltration, attacks on security establishments, kidnappings and several other acts were not enough, the Pakistani Army has reached a new low in i..

finally

  FINALLY, with the signature of President Mr. Ram Nath Kovind on the Central Government’s ordinance making instant triple talaq an offence, with a three-year jail term for the husband, a very major step towards empowerment of women and larger..

TRADE WAR

                        THE trade war between the United States and China seems to be hotting up every passing day. None of the two economic powers seems ready to blink. They are ce..

INCLUSIVE IDEA

IT IS time the nation gave a serious thought to the philosophy of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) now being put forth by none other than Dr. Mohan Bhagwat, the dour Sarsanghchalak (chief) of the worldwide Hindu organisation. In a truly laudable effo..

CHANGE UNLIKELY

                      UNION Minister Mr. V. K. Singh has quite rightly asserted that Army still rules Pakistan. India gets evidence of this every day when it has to deal with hordes of in..

big merger

THERE is little doubt that the Government has thought progressively to contemplate merger of three public sector banks (PCBs) -- the Bank of Baroda, Vijaya Bank, and Dena Bank -- with an idea of creating the country’s third largest lender as one of ..

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..