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                    NO MATTER what political ideologues may say about reducing the gap between the rich and the poor, Oxfam, a British charitable organisation, has made it clear through a study..

resurgence

THE International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) latest report on world economic outlook has endorsed what Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi had, the other day, asserted that India, in the last four and half years, has progressed from a sluggish economy to a ..

READY TO SERVE?

                  ALL is not Greek for the tennis world! There are signs of a new bloom even as the old guard blossoms with its effervescence. The welcome signal was served by a highly promising Stef..

‘trump’ card?

THE domestic situation in the United States of America (US) has taken an uglier turn as Democratic Party rejected the latest offer by President Mr. Donald Trump for a possible melt-down on the border-fence issue. Even though Mr. Trump stressed that he wou..

welcome step

the Athletic Federation of India (AFI) has taken a welcome step to stem the menace of drug abuse by athletes. The draft ‘No Needle Policy’ proposes a maximum of two-year ban for athletes found with or using needles. Obviously the Athletic Fede..

AUSSOME!

THE ease with which Virat Kohli and his ebullient bunch warmed up to the maiden bilateral One-Day series victory in Australia was a sign of this team’s resolve to scale further peaks. First the heart-warming 2-1 Test series win and now the historic ..

‘E-O-D-B’ FACTOR

PRIME Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s aim of pushing India into the top-50 countries in the world for Ease Of Doing Business (EODB) stands on a solid foundation of good work by the Government in the past four-and-a-half years of creating conditions to ..

SECURING FENCES

 SECURING FENCES WITH a slew of measures put in force to upgrade the operational capabilities of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) by the Union Government in the last few months, the move to pitchfork the paramilitary force into a critical rol..

FATAL TRAP

JUST because her mother scolded for her disturbing addiction to mobile phone, a fourteen-year-old girl in Mumbai locked herself up in the bathroom for a long time. When the parents broke open the door, they found the girl hanging from the roof, but fortun..

‘NAWABS OF NEGATIVITY’

    Mumbai, January 17 (PTI): The Opposition ‘Mahagathbandhan’ (Grand Alliance) is a club of ‘nawabs of negativity’ and the only glue of this diverse grouping is its opposition to one man (Narendra Modi), Finance Mini..

POACHING MENACE

                  IN THE last ten years India has lost as many as 429 tigers to poaching menace. According to the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) the worst situation was witnessed in Madhya Prad..

needs re-look

EVEN as the Union Cabinet’s approval of an outlay of Rs. 3,600 crore to set up 13 new central universities in the next 36 months needs to be celebrated, the need to have a fresh look at the overall university education in the country also shouts for..

NEGLECTED SECTOR

                  UNION Agriculture Minister Mr. Radha Mohan Singh has quite rightly said that cooperative sector has the potential to bridge the rich-poor gap. But it is the most neglected sector de..

indo-pacifism

THE manner in which India is pursuing its Indo-Pacific agenda has won it quite many plaudits in global diplomacy. Even though India is safeguarding its own interests, it is not doing so at the cost of a common agenda upon which most nations have loosely a..

DESTABILISER

UNION Minister of Home Affairs Mr. Rajnath Singh has put the reality in right words that Kashmir still continues to be a tough challenge for India because of the destabilising activities indulged in by Pakistan on a continuous basis. In fact, this has bee..

THREATS GALORE

  THREATS GALORE EVEN before he was elected the President of the United States, Mr. Donald Trump was issuing threats to the whole world. It was assumed at that time that it was out of political compulsion and to score over his rival  he was ..

FIGHTING TERROR

                  IT WAS the need of time to forge joint fronts with afflicted parties to fight terror in all forms. In Asia, the scourge of terrorism has scorched not only India but a lot many centr..

real issue

UNTIL the first few days, things appeared to be in a temporary phase. Subsequently, however, the United States of America (US) now seems headed for a serious crisis with political, economic and social dimensions, so much so that President Mr. Donald Trump..

deserving rap

the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has done well to recall home delinquent cricketers Hardik Pandya and K. L. Rahul from the tour of Australia and hand them two-match suspension for their comments on women at a talk show on a TV channel. Ind..

Of ideologies!

THAT the country is witnessing presently and will keep doing so a battle of ideologies, as stated by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Mr. Amit Shah, makes the ensuing Lok Sabha elections very critical to long term national interest. There is no doub..

MEND IMAGE

THE decision of the three-member committee to remove Mr. Alok Verma as Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) may have invited sharp criticism from some politically-motivated quarters, but it, nevertheless, has given the Government an oppor..

FURTHER RELIEF

  FURTHER RELIEF THE Goods and Services (GST)   Council in its latest decision to offer newer concessions has shown that it is alive to the problems faced by small businesses while complying with different tax regimes and is willing to ..

TRUMP-XI THAW?

                    THAT the US and Chinese delegations are meeting to ease the current wave of trade war is a matter the whole world is watching with great anxiety. The trade war that US Presi..

great move

THE Government has taken a great step towards a true social justice by agreeing to allow a 10% job and education quota for the poor people in general category. This demand has been pending fire for the past several decades, but there was no political will..

THE CHAMPIONS

                    THERE could not have been a better way to begin the New Year than scripting a golden chapter for Indian cricket. Virat Kohli and his wonderful team of believers have done wh..

foisting lies

DEFENCE Minister Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman has done well to expose how Congress President Mr. Rahul Gandhi is trying to foist lies on the country by repeatedly telling that the Government is indulging in corruption in this or that deal. After making a candid..

great tribute

the India-Australia 4-Test series was dominated by the consistent batting of Cheteshwar Pujara and the Indian bowlers’ sterling performances, taking 20 wickets in each Test. Emerging as the top run scorer for his team, Pujara was solidity personifie..

NEW SLOGAN

THE new slogan given by Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi -- Jai Anusandhan (Hail Research) -- at the 106th session of the Indian Science Congress at Jalandhar has a special significance in national context. The Prime Minister has insisted that scientific ..

GRAVE LAPSE

    GRAVE LAPSE THE Parliamentary  standing committee on Railways was right in expressing its indignation over the Railway Ministry’s “grave lapse” in not filling up nearly 60 pc vacancies of inspection staff for brid..

UNFORTUNATE

                    WHILE China and Pakista n are in the process of feverishly upgrading their defence equipment, India’s plans have not even got off the drawing board in some very import..

vande mataram

EVEN though Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Kamal Nath has described the decision as ‘for the time being’, the discontinuance of singing of Vande Mataram on the first day of every month at Vallabh Bhawan park has raised many an eyebrow. Thou..

HELP TO MSME

                  THE Reserve Bank of India (RBI) appears to have addressed one of the points of tussle with the Government by agreeing to restructure loans to the MSME sector. The other point of dis..

just ‘one war’!

PRIME Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s observation is very appropriate that it would be a ‘big mistake’ to think that Pakistan will ‘mend its ways’ just after ‘one war’. The Prime Minister knows fully well that Pakist..

FUNDING PROGRESS

                  REPLYING to the debate on the supplementary demands in the Lok Sabha on Monday, Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley tried to allay Opposition charge that the Government was trying to ..

third term

THAT Begum Sheikh Hasina would return for the third term as Prime Minister of Bangladesh was literally a foregone conclusion, given the political condition and also the tenuous state of democracy in the country. When a coalition wins 288 out of 300 total ..

UNPARALLELED

THE unparalleled colossus of parallel cinema in India is no more, though his legend will live forever. Such was the contribution of Mr. Mrinal Sen to world cinema. Such was the place he carved for himself in countless millions of sensitive minds across th..

TRIBUTE TO PATRIOT

    TRIBUTE TO PATRIOT IT WAS a very apt occasion for Prime Minister Mr. Narendra to announce three islands in the Andman archipelago  to be named after great freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on Sunday. It was on that day 75..

pathetic

INDIAN men’s hockey team faces the familiar situation -- qualifying for the Tokyo Olympic Games scheduled in 2020. The quarter-final exit from the World Cup a few weeks ago has made the team start from the scratch for a place in the all-important Ol..

That’s good!

T HE Union Cabinet’s decision to approve amendments to the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act including death penalty to offenders, needs to be welcomed wholeheartedly. There had been a rising demand for death penalty in extreme..

GOOD STEP

THE passage of the Triple Talaq Bill in the Lok Sabha marks one more positive step towards a major social reform. No matter what the opponents to the idea say, it is a reality that the Bill that aroused much controversy in the country’s social arena..

CRACKDOWN

  CRACKDOWN THE Union Government appears to have acted promptly in proscribing militant organisation Khalistan Liberation Front (KLF). The action follows the busting of quite a few militant modules active in several parts of Punjab. The latest cr..

CHECKING FRAUDS

                  THE famous and diabolical Nirav Modi-Mehul Choksi scandal that hit the PunjabNational Bank (PNB) had its genesis in the flawed audit conducted by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). It..

eternal vigil

THE National Investigating Agency (NIA) has done a great service to the nation by busting a highly radicalised group of young people who were ready with all the paraphernalia to launch lethal attacks on several locations and important personages. The amou..

COSTLY NEGLECT

                    SECURING borders is the first imperative for any country that has a hostile and unpredictable neighbourhood. Such neighbours with an imperious thinking can stoop to any leve..

work culture

THERE is much substance in Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s assertion that the ‘chalta hai’ attitude or dilly-dallying culture was deeply embedded in the country’s work culture and that hampered the nation’s rapid progress...

BRAZENNESS

                    THE Pakistani Army and its Government appear to have gone out of their minds. So brazen and indiscriminate has been the firing on civilian populations and even on schools in..

good news

IT IS truly a good news that the Government is planning to amend rules pertaining to Information Technology (IT) to curb misuse of social media. The purpose is clear: To make it mandatory for the various social media platforms to deploy tools to identify ..

PM’S CONCERN

                  THE rising cases of agitations taking form of an orgy of violence and mobocracy ruling streets in sensitive areas over religious and caste divide have been rightly red-flagged by Pr..

prudent step

THE Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council, headed by Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley, on Saturday, took a pragmatic and prudent decision to bring down tax rates under the new regime on several items of mass consumption. This was in tune with what Prime M..

FOCUS ON GAME

AFTER being reinstated as the team member and also as Captain of Indian women’s One Day International (ODI) team, that is scheduled to tour New Zealand soon, Mithali Raj has quite rightly said that it is time to forget the bitterness of the past few..

as expected

T HE resignation of the United States Secretary of Defence Mr. James Mattis has come as expected following President Mr. Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan and Syria. For months, the White House was ravaged by a rat..

RS. 83,000 CR!!

PERHAPS this much money -- Rs. 83,000 crore -- was needed to spruce up the ailing public sector banking in India. Perhaps, the country could have done better with less money. Perhaps, much more money is actually needed but the Government is making do with..

REVIVING AIR INDIA

 REVIVING AIR INDIA AFTER the failure of its ambitious move of strategic disinvestment of Air India, the Central Government is again seeking to infuse equity of Rs 2,345 crore to revive the national carrier. The Government has no other option than..

MOTORMOUTHS

                  POLITICAL discourse touched a sublime level on the 27th day of May in 1996 when the then Prime Minister Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee failed to cobble together a majority and resigned wi..

redeem village

EVEN as various States are engaged in a slew of moves to waive off farm loans or power bills or grant other concessions to the farming community, and even as the experts and institutions like the Niti Aayog are debunking the moves, time has come for the n..

WOMEN’S PARTY

                  WITH the main stream national parties dithering on making legal provision for 33 pc representation for women in legislative houses, the birth of a platform in the form of National W..

thoughtless

THE current nationwide wave of waiving off of loans to farmers and also of power dues to the rural sector appears to be a thoughtless affair indulged in by all political parties. As part of its election campaign, the Congress party had included the promis..

RENEWING TIES

                  THE storm in the Indian Ocean might not have blown over but it has certainly assumed calmer proportions as far as relations between India and Maldives are concerned. Change in the r..

just concern

THE Parliamentary Committee on External Affairs was justified in expressing its concern over the infrastructure that the Chinese have built near Doka La tri-junction. From India’s security point of view it is too close for comfort. India has been vo..

downhill

CURRENTLY two teams in international cricket, Sri Lanka and West Indies, appear to be unable to arrest their downhill slide. While the Sri Lankan team is suffering from internal management problems within the country’s cricket board, besides sudden ..

introspection!

  T HE introspection which the Central Board of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has done is a commendable exercise as a need of the hour in the peculiar circumstances that now surround the central bank in particular and the banking and fund manageme..

RAZOR’S EDGE

EVEN as new Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Kamal Nath gets ready to take oath of office and complete the formalities of forming the Government, he must be fully aware that he is standing on razor’s edge, than to the terribly thin majority that pu..

SENSELESS ADO

THE rejection of a petition challenging the Rafale aircraft deal by the honourable Supreme Court not just clears the air of uncalled for doubt and suspicion of corruption, but also establishes the fact that the Narendra Modi Government had kept the total ..

CONSIDER CONCERN

    CONSIDER CONCERN ECONOMISTS at State Bank Of India (SBI) Research have issued a timely warning that farm loan waiver is the worst solution to farm distress. Such a warning comes in the wake of the impending general elections in the coun..

STUMBLING BLOCKS

                  DESPITE grave warnings by their own scientific experts and high level authorities, political leadership in the US led by President Mr. Donald Trump and some of the European leaders ..

RIGHT WAY

THE nation must thank new Reserve Bank Of India (RBI) Governor Mr. Shaktikanta Das for carrying forward the discourse on the issue of the relationship between the Government and the central bank. In the light of the recent resignation of Dr. Urjit Patel f..

Privatise J&K Bank

                The JKB is one of the few State-owned PSUs of J&K that is running in profit regularly for decades. The profitability of the Bank is a heroic attainment given that most PSUs in the ..

turn new leaf

EVEN though the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has lost elections in three States, it is not because of its bad performance in Government, but mainly because of its inability to counter effectively the vicious and mostly cantankerous propaganda of the Oppos..

FIRST MAJOR STEP

                  THE first major step towards the extradition of fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya was cleared when a British court on Monday found him guilty of manipulation of accounts to secure ..

what a swing!

INDIA’s domestic politics has seen a major sign of change with the outcome of the elections to the legislatures of five States of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, and Mizoram. The details be left to news columns for full descripti..

ABSORBING TEST

                  ONCE again, Test cricket -- the most revered form of the game -- produced an absorbing display for five engrossing days in Adelaide. The India-Australia lung-opener was a wonderful ..

unfortunate

JUST a few days ago when Dr. Urjit Patel stoically refused to comment on the dispute between the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the Government, some people had read that as a rather ominous sign. Those fears came true when Dr. Patel tendered his resignat..

candid virat

INDIAN cricket team Captain Virat Kohli is as much known for his fiery demeanour as for his superlative batting skills. In fact both have become an indelible part of his personality. Teams all over the world seem to be advising each other not to provoke V..

Losing Biodiversity

                      “The alarming rate at which the natural resources are being destroyed cannot be compensated by any human measure. A thing natural has its own rhythm and p..

‘best to come’

T HE confidence in the statement of Union Minister of Commerce Mr. Suresh Prabhu that the best part of India’s growth story is in the offing, is simply fascinating. He insisted clearly at a global investors’ meet in Goa that worst was over, an..

SPECIAL COURTS

                    THE Supreme Court’s direction to Kerala and Bihar High Courts to set up special courts to expedite cases against MPs and MLAs, past and sitting, is a welcome and much ..

grave concern

NOBODY will ever be able to tell what kind of tumult might be taking place in the tender heart of the seventeen-year-old girl who was reported to be playing a dangerous online game on her cellphone when she committed suicide in Nagpur. The family was shoc..

DIPLOMACY WINS

                  AT LAST with the extradition of one of the principal accused, Christian Michel James, in the AgustaWestland helicopter deal bribery case, Indian investigators would be able to bring..

STABILISER

UNITED States Defence Secretary Mr. James Mattis’ recognition of India as a “stabilising force across the Indo-Pacific and the globe” emphasises India’s growing stature as a key partner in security as well as economic affairs in th..

UNBURDENING AI

                  HAVING failed to find any buyers for the heavily indebted Air India (AI) in its last attempt, the Government is now embarking on another remedy to tide over the situation by selling..

on thin ice

THE only common programme the Opposition parties have for their proposed Mahagathbandhan -- Grand Alliance -- before the next general elections a few months from now is to defeat the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) led by Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Mo..

END TO TRADE WAR

                  WHETHER G20 summit has achieved any major multilateral goals is not known, but one thing of significance has come out of the talks on the sidelines between US President Mr. Donald T..

Aspect Of Mens Rea

                    Bhagat used to call on the mobile of the daughter of the appellant, Narayan Malhari and that there were heated exchanges between appellant’s son-in-law, Sanjay and Bha..

FAVOURITES?

WHEN Indian cricket team undertook the tour of England, it went there as favourites. But as the tour progressed, the team seemed to do little to justify the favourites tag, except that Captain Virat Kohli showed tremendous form, carrying the burden almost..

QUOTA TROUBLE

WHEN the Maharashtra Government was working overtime to accommodate the Maratha community’s vehement demand of reservations in education and Government jobs, a floodgate of quota for various other communities was waiting to open. Now that the Devend..

YOGIC MAGIC

EVEN in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi found thousands of people attending a rally at which Yogic exercises were undertaken with much enthusiasm. And talking to them, Mr. Modi did not miss the opportunity of highl..

TOO TALKATIVE

                  OF LATE, there has been a spurt in public and press opinions from the chiefs of all three armed forces. Mostly, the talk has been on India’s strategy vis-a-vis Pakistan and Ch..

the taj ‘vision’

THE honourable Supreme Court’s insistence on bringing the Vision Document on the iconic Taj Mahal into public domain certainly demonstrates its concern for the protection and preservation of the great structure with historical importance. True, the ..

IMRAN’S FLIPPANCY

                      PAKISTAN’s Prime Minister Mr. Imran Khan’s remark that dialogue with India can resume only after Mr. Narendra Modi is defeated and Navjyot Singh Siddhu b..

for capital sin

THE 2-1 split verdict of the honourable Supreme Court on the issue of death penalty has established that capital punishment has its own constitutional validity, though it might not have served the purpose as a crime deterrent. This verdict will serve a gr..

TRUMP IS RIGHT

US PRESIDENT Mr. Donald Trump is right when he says that in spite of his country giving 1.3 billion dollars in military aid every year Pakistan is doing nothing to combat terrorism on its soil. On the contrary Pakistan had provided refuge to terrorist Osa..

be within limit

THE initial claim by a Chinese scientist that he had created the world’s first genetically-edited babies and the subsequent denial by the Shenzhen Harmonicare Women’s and Children’s Hospital of its involvement in the experiments on groun..

CORRIDOR OF PEACE

THERE should be no doubt in anybody’s mind about the utility of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor. Not only will the corridor facilitate devotees to access the famous and holy Darbar Sahib Gurudwara in Pakistan, but also pave way to a better connect betw..

timely aid

WITH the Central Government deciding to infuse Rs. 42,000 crore in public sector banks (PSUs) by March end, the stressed banking system in the public sector can hope to breathe somewhat freely, with the next tranche of aid likely to be released early next..

PM IS RIGHT

                    ON completion of 50th episode of his monthly ‘Mann Ki Baat’, Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi made his stance very clear on undertaking regular dialogue with the..

great dilemma

THERE is no doubt whatsoever that the issue of Shri Ram Temple at Ayodhya has pushed the country into a great dilemma the like of which it has not seen in a very long time. The massive response to the Hunkaar or Dharam Sabhas at many places around the cou..

REAL TROUBLE

T HE prediction by experts a few years ago are beginning to come true that a day would not be far off when Pakistan would be a bloodied victim of the ghost of terrorism it has nurtured all along. The happenings on countless occasions in the past some time..

Caught short

ONE of the most endearing images from the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup (50-over) was Indian captain Mithali Raj engrossed in a book near the ropes while waiting for her turn to bat. The romanticism in that image was delightful. Raj soon translated..

ENGAGING EUROPE

                    THE rephrasing of European Union’s policy towards India while seeking a greater partnership in regional, international, trade and security affairs is another recogniti..

quite expected

THAT Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Mr. Satyapal Malik thought it necessary to dissolve the State Assembly should not come as a surprise. The manner in which the political atmosphere was evolving, there appeared to be hardly any choice for the Governor but..