ipl gains

THE gravity-defying boundary catch by ace South African cricketer AB de Villiers on May 18 playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament in Bengaluru, was aptly described by..

proper exit

WHAT Mr. B.S. Yeddyurappa achieved in Karnataka Legislative Assembly was what Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee had done when he resigned as Prime Minister in 1996 after a 13-day regime -- winning people’s hearts for himself and for his Bharatiya Janata Part..


THE move by political parties like Congress, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and others is absolutely frivolous that they would meet the Governors of Goa, Bihar, and Manipur to stake claim to forming Government in those places on the basis of one point that th..


THE proposal circulated by the Union Government to pay monthly pension of Rs. 1000 after construction worker attains the age of 60 years and offer scholarship to their children, is a long pending demand and hence is welcome. This proposal, in a way, rec..


                  THE Central Government has reason to be satisfied on the food front as the country has registered a record agricultural production during the 2017-18 crop season. At 279.51 million ..

bad politics

THE attempt of the Congress party to stall the swearing-in ceremony of Mr. B.S. Yeddyurappa as Karnataka Chief Minister by approaching the Supreme Court late in the night, only shows how desperate the party has become to hold on to power in one of its las..


                WITH the prospect of Artificial Intelligence (AI) eating up conventional jobs as a consequence of large scale automation, experts expect alternative energy sector to open new vistas of job ..

why violence

THE ugly violence during the local self-government elections in West Bengal killing dozens of people and injuring countless scores of others in addition to causing severe damage to property including election materials such as ballot boxes, demonstrates h..


                    THERE are two guilty parties in the massacre of 41 Palestinian people on Monday: The Palestinian Army and US President Mr. Donald Trump. The Palestinian people were legitima..

Test case

THAT the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) got eight seats less than the majority-mark in Karnataka in the Legislative Assembly elections is certainly an important detail, but what is of greater importance is that the Congress party got a terrible setback from..


                THE Indian Army is doing exemplary civil action in the Jammu region of Kashmir. That should prove to be a major confidence-building force in an atmosphere otherwise filled with mutual suspi..

great plan

IT IS heartening to know that the Indian Army has finalised a mega plan of spending Rs. 15,000 crore to produce critical ammunition indigenously instead of depending on imports that never arrive in time. By putting this plan in action, the Army proposes a..

welcome step

EMBARRASSED at the recent Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, following expulsion of two Indian athletes for alleged discovery of needles in their room, the Athletics Federation of India’s (AFI) decision to adopt a strict ‘no needle&r..

20 years ago

THAT was certainly a defining moment in India’s contemporary history. Twenty years ago, that is on May 11, 1998, India conducted as many as five underground nuclear tests that catapulted the country into the elite and exclusive league of nuclear-wea..


THE nation must thank President Mr. Ram Nath Kovind for travelling to the world’s highest battle-field at Siachen and for expressing gratitude towards the soldiers who have been serving at that high-risk point for the past 34 years. He has proved to..


IN INDIA agriculture is one of the most ill-managed sectors and as a result is in a perpetual distress. It is not for nothing that countless farmers have been unfortunately choosing the easiest path to end the drudgery -- suicide. The truth is that in s..


                   THE Supreme Court’s concern and agony on the state of the iconic Taj Mahal and pulling up of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is quite understandable. Because, t..

good picture

THE projection by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that India will register a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth at a very healthy 7.4 per cent in 2018 and 7.8 per cent in the following year, shows a very good picture of India as the world’s f..


                Chhattisgarh has a unique standing in the country as far as the implementation of various Central and State Government schemes is concerned. The State has emerged at the top of the nationwi..


THE attempt of senior advocates Mr. Kapil Sibal and Mr. Prashant Bhushan to insist upon knowing who in the Supreme Court passed the order to transfer the case of two Members of Parliament (MPs) to a five-member bench, seeking impeachment of Chief Justice ..


                EVEN while the so called intellectuals and supporters of Maoists cry foul over the gunning down of 40 Naxalites by Gadchiroli police, the Union Government has taken a welcome decision to ch..

putin factor

NOW that Mr. Vladimir Putin has taken oath as President of Russia for a record fourth term, the world will have to assess correctly the importance of the Putin factor that will shape a major part of global politics. Though the oath was just a formality, t..


                  ANOTHER dirty game of protecting militants and protesting against the Army of one’s own country saw five civilians getting killed in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district..

fact to fore

LET us hope that the members of the so-called ‘Fact Finding Committee’ of ‘intellectuals’ have understood the facts that came to fore when they went to the jungles of Gadchiroli to investigate the details of what they termed as a f..


HAVING checked the advance and in some cases broken the back of Naxal insurgency in several affected states, the next logical step is to focus on the essential but stalled process of development in those remote areas. That is the message that the Central ..


IT IS really unfortunate that nearly sixty award winners boycotted the 65th National Film Awards ceremony in New Delhi because they were not to get their awards at the hands of President Mr. Ram Nath Kovind. This should never have happened at all. The P..


                  THE mopping up of Rs 1.03 lakh crore in Goods and Service Tax (GST) collection in the month of April finally confirms the stabilisation of the new indirect tax regime and also a cle..

border talks

THAT officers of the Indian and the Chinese armies had a border-level meeting at which they resolved to maintain peace and tranquility, is no news. For, such meetings had been taking place from time to time, though to no avail. But this particular meeting..


                SUPERIOR training and no-nonsense attitude would make Black Cat commandos very effective in Jammu and Kashmir, if the Government decides to deploy them in the troubled State.Giventhe ever-w..


BY ASKING its ministers to resign from the Council of Ministers in Jammu and Kashmir and later naming otherteam of ministers as replacement,the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has effected a smart political move that is sure to tone down the strange stance o..


                  THERE is little doubt that the latest Korean development has all the propensities to change the global diplomatic equations in a dramatic and drastic manner. For a while, United Sta..

good deal

IF the world expected Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s China trip to be only of a cosmetic value, it was probably not wrong. But the dramatic manner in which Chinese President Mr. Xi Jinping welcomed Mr. Modi and responded to the Indian initiative..

doping menace

IT IS SMALL consolation that India has improved its position in the world in the matter of incidence of doping among the country’s sportspersons. That the country had the dubious distinction of being placed at the third spot in the world among count..


AFTER years of tensions that had reached a dangerous pitch, the Korean Peninsula was witness to a new era of rapprochement when, on a historic Friday, North Korean leader Mr. Kim Jong-Un and South Korean President Mr. Moon Jae-in pledged for a permanent p..


THE death of 13 schoolchildren at an unmanned level crossing (UMLC) in Uttar Pradesh’s Kushinagar is a glaring example of human negligence, lack of proper protection mechanism and undermining of safety measures. Deceased children’s families wo..


Even as one superpower is shunning Indians and raising doubts about their expertise in various fields, another superpower is celebrating Indians and their work. Doctors who migrated to the island  nation, because of their better clinical and langua..


                  THE report that 95 pc of the tur worth over Rs. 3,000 crore procured last year by the Maharashtra Government is on the verge of being lost for want of processing to turn it int..

political tinge

JUST a day before the impeachment motion moved by seven Opposition parties against Chief Justice of India Mr. Dipak Misra was rejected by Vice-President and Rajya Sabha Chairman Mr. Venkaiah Naidu, a two-line letter signed by Supreme Court judges Mr. Just..


                  FORMER Union Minister Salman Khurshid’s statement that the Congress has blood on its hands, including that of Muslims, is an admission of guilt and acknowledgement of the part..

Raise Boys well

Truer words were never spoken. Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi, in the wake of increasing rapes reported from all parts of the country, categorically called for a social movement against sexual crimes. He strongly feels that while building a social moveme..

Tight slap

BY REJECTING the impeachment motion submitted by Opposition parties against the current Chief Justice of India Mr. Dipak Misra, the Vice-President of India Mr. Venkaiah Naidu has upheld the dignity of the high office of Chief Justice of India. That t..


                THE dastardly attack carried out by an Islamic State suicide bomber, killing 57 people in Kabul is a brutal reminder of the grave threat countries in South Asia are facing. That the IS bomb..

big success

THE gunning down of 16 hardcore Maoists by Gadchiroli police in remote Bhamragarh tehsil of Maharashtra comes as a big blow to the red extremists and a shot in the arm of the police force. This is one of the biggest encounters in Maharashtra and should bo..


IT’S HEARTENING to note that Chief of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) Mr. Narinder Batra has expressed the desire to bid for three big ticket international sports events -- 2026 Youth Olympics, 2030 Asian Games and 2032 summer Olympic Games. Mr..

‘Political tool’

THE move of 64 Members of Parliament (MPs) from seven Opposition parties in the Rajya Sabha to seek impeachment of Chief Justice of India (CJI) Mr. Justice Dipak Misra is nothing but unmitigated politics, which is why Union Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley has c..


IT WAS a foregone conclusion that the honourable Supreme Court would reject all the Public Interest Litigations (PILs) seeking to reopen the case of the death of Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Judge Mr. B.H. Loya. As the the honourable Supr..


  THE green shoots are unmistakable  in the Indian economy and they appear to be stabilising for a sustained growth now onwards. In this regard the latest prediction of professional service company KPMG  that the Indian economy’s g..


                FOOD security is a significant challenge the world is diligently dealing with in the wake of constant climate changes arising out of global warming. In this backdrop the SAARC conference on..

‘A rape is a rape’

THESE words of Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi -- “A rape is a rape” -- reveal his utter sadness over the recent happenings in the country. Though he uttered that statement in his interaction with Indian diaspora at Central Hall of London&rsq..


  TODAY is different. That is what legendary Badminton player and Chief National Coach Pullela Gopichand said in praise of the current crop of Badminton players in the country. Gopichand said this in the light of the historic team Gold Medal win by ..

why crunch?

THERE may be umpteen explanations of why the country is facing a severe cash crunch all of a sudden, but there can be no justification for this situation that is pushing people into a great inconvenience. It is obvious that some powerful elements have hoa..


                    THE transparency watchdog of the country --the Chief Vigilance Commission (CVC) -- has taken a welcome decision to call for details of frauds worth over Rs. 3 crore from ban..

real gain

THAT as many as 44 districts across the country have been removed from the list of Naxal-affected districts because the Left Wing Extremism has either been eliminated from those areas or has only a negligible presence, indicates a real gain the Government..

gold rush

IT HAD been a gold rush for Indian sportsmen right from the beginning of the 21st Commonwealth Games which concluded on Sunday at Gold Coast, Australia. Earnings of the medals for the Indian contingent were well spread out with the Indian boys and girls e..


THAT Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) has initiated the process of inviting concept notes for rejuvenation projects for nine rivers, is good news by any standard. There is a reason to feel happy that concerted efforts are visible ..


THE Bombay High Court has rightly observed that no city can be known as smart city unless its roads, streets and footpaths are in good condition. Because it is the shape of the roads in a city that hold a mirror to it as that tells how the civic adminis..


                PRIME Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s decision to sit on day-long fast to register his resentment over the disruption of the functioning of both Houses of Parliament is unprecedented ..

quality first

THE assertion by Defence Minister Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman that the Government cannot compel the Armed Forces to buy local weapons, makes a very profound statement in favour of quality first and quality last in terms of national defence and its tools. Even ..


                  AMID growing calls of ‘Delete Facebook’ all over the world, the social media giant’s Chairman, Mr. Mark Zuckerberg, has tendered apology to the US Congress. Mr. Zu..

new horizons

  PRIME Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s stress on public sector enterprises (PSEs) changing gears and establishing themselves as the “New India Ratna” is quite in tune with his thrust on India becoming the manufacturing hub of the wor..


  IN ITS annual report submitted to the Parliament, the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has brought to fore some heartening facts on the state of corruption in Government offices. Though the CVC has marked public sector banks and Railways as amon..

good idea

THERE is no doubt that the idea to sell Indian-made missiles to friendly nations is good as it speaks of India’s growing capabilities in ordnance manufacture. That many countries have shown interest in acquiring missiles designed and manufactured by..


                IF the reports of chemical attacks on civilians in Douma town of Eastern Ghouta in Syria are true then the Bashar al-Assad regime must be condemned for this barbaric act. According to Syria..

Oh, really!

THAT Pakistan is planning a permanent ban on Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and other terror outfits, is a news that needs to be taken with a bagful of salt. That Pakistan’s Ministry of Interior has prepared a draft bill to that effect and the all-powerful mi..

great fighter

LEANDER Paes will go down in Indian lawn tennis history as the greatest fighter and one of the greatest players India has produced. Paes is known for his fighting spirit, especially when playing for the country under the Tricolour. His 43rd win will remai..

Total waste

IT CANNOT be a matter of pride for the Opposition parties to have wasted a whole session of Parliament over protests that made little sense in the ultimate analysis. To the contrary, it should be treated as a matter of shame that all the Opposition partie..


EVEN as Bollywood hero Salman Khan goes behind the bars in the blackbuck killing case, the question arises about the inordinate delay that the judiciary took to deliver the verdict. The incident took place in 1998, and the verdict of sending Salman Khan t..


HAVING witnessed the real estate i n d u s t r y taking a nosedive in the past some time, professional organisations of real estate developers and consultants have begun insisting upon efforts to boost demand and funding so that a better time emerges. B..


                    THE Bombay High Court has done well to issue directions to the authorities that food and beverages sold at theatres should not be priced more than the stipulated price marke..

terror haven

THAT the United Nations Security Council’s (UNSC) updated list includes as many as 139 Pakistani entities, clearly marks that country as the global terror haven. Those listed by the UNSC are either based in Pakistan or have taken refuge in the borde..


  THE crash of a helicopter of the Indian Air Force (IAF) near the Kedarnath shrine brings to fore several enigmatic questions: Why are the flying machines of the forces so much prone to mishaps? Are the aircraft and the helicopters flawed? Are thei..

scrutinise RBI

THE statement of Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) Mr. K.V. Chowdary points to an unfortunate ugly truth that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) did not conduct a proper audit during the period when the Rs. 13,000-crore scandal hit the Punjab National Ban..


  FOR the parents who were trying to pull their son from the disastrous course of militancy his death in an encounter with security forces within their earshot must have come as a big heartbreak. Because that Kashmiri couple in Anantnag district wan..


Nakshatra Vishakha 7H 28M Moon Vrishchik (Rajandekar Panchang) Paksha Chaitra Krishna Tithi Chaturthi 17H 30MMuslim Rajjab 17th Hijree 1439 THE eruption of violence in response to the honourable Supreme Court’s verdict on SC/ST (Prevention of Atro..


DESPITE the Supreme Court passing the order asking Karnataka to release 177 TMC water to Tamil Nadu recently, as usual Karnataka has shown no willingness to follow the apex court’s edict. But this has been the pattern for the last many decades with ..

break nexus

Nakshatra Swati 06H 19M Moon Tula upto 25H 07M (Rajandekar Panchang) Paksha Chaitra Krishna Tithi Tritiya 16H 41MBhadra ends 16H 41MMuslim Rajab 16th Hijree 1439 THAT separatists are still able to organise civilian protests whenever the security forces ..

cwg mission

  Nakshatra Swati AhoratraMoon Tula (Rajandekar Panchang)Paksha Chaitra Krishna Tithi Dwitiya 16H 33MBhadra starts 28H 37MMuslim Rajab 15th Hijree 1439 GLORY beckons the Indian shuttlers when the Commonwealth Games get underway in Gold Coast, Austr..


ONE of the early pressures in young life comes in the form of Board examinations that test not only the students but also their families and teachers. Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi, too, has highlighted the pressures of facing examinations during his &..

great failure

ONE of the greatest failures of Indian democracy is its inability to shun casteism in electoral calculations. Even though everybody offered a great lip service to a secular discourse and public affairs beyond caste and creed and religion, all these elemen..


WHILE the common people will be astounded and shocked at the frequency at which bank frauds are surfacing all over the country, there is a definite silver lining to this exposure. It is not that these frauds have taken place just in the last three-four ye..


THE Narendra Modi-led Central Government’s decision of strategic disinvestment of Air India has come at the right time given the national carrier’s inability to withstand sectoral competition and huge outstanding debts. The ‘Maharaja&r..


  INDIA will welcome the Chinese decision to resume sharing of hydrological data on the mighty Brahmaputra river. The Chinese had suspended the routine exercise in the wake of the Dokalam stand-off between the armies of the two nations, with India o..


Nakshatra Purvafalguni 7H 24MMoon Simha upto 13H.8M (Rajandekar Panchang) Paksha Chaitra Shukla Tithi Chaturdashi 19H 33MGood Friday, Bhadra starts 19H.33MMuslim Rajab 12th Hijree 1439 THE world’s geopolitical stage is about to witness a new drama..


THE Supreme Court has done well to issue a very stern warning to the Government about management of garbage. It has cautioned that one day the country will go under garbage if solid waste management is not spruced up on an urgent basis. That such a warnin..

Funding Of Varsities

    By Dr. Bharat jhunjhunwala THE Government has decided to grant autonomy to 62 universities including the Aligarh Muslim University and Benares Hindu University, and other institutions of higher learning. These universities will now be..


  Nakshatra Magha 8H 36MMoon Simha (Rajandekar Panchang) Paksha Chaitra Shukla Tithi Trayodashi 21H 20MShri Mahavir JayantiMuslim Rajab 11th Hijree 1439 TRINAMOOL Congress supremo and Chief Minister of West Bengal Ms. Mamata Banerjee appears to don..


  AS PAKISTAN moves closer to China, America has belatedly begun to realise its erstwhile ally being a security risk. The latest move by the Trump Administration to add seven Pakistani companies forming security risk to America’s interests is ..

great goal

  Nakshatra Ashlesha 09H 58MMoon Karka upto 09H 58M (Rajandekar Panchang) Paksha Chaitra Shukla Tithi Dvadashi 23H 21MMuslim Rajab 10th Hijree 1439 THE prediction of Union Economic Affairs Secretary Mr. Subhash Chandra Garg that India would become ..


                  THE campaign by the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS)in Uttar Pradesh has led to arrest of 9 men for terror-funding. The Madhya Pradesh ATS, too, arrested one man for receiving funds from ..

new thrust

Nakshatra Pushya 11H 25M Moon Karka (Rajandekar Panchang) Paksha Chaitra Shukla Tithi Ekadashi 25H 29MBhadra starts 14H.35M, ends 25H.29MMuslim Rajab 9th Hijree 1439 DELIVERING his monthly radio talk ‘Man Ki Baat’ on Sunday, Prime Minister M..

sham regret

  Nakshatra Punarvasu 12H 52MMoon Mithun upto 07H 14M (Rajandekar Panchang)Paksha Chaitra Shukla Tithi Dashami 27H 41MMuslim Rajab 8th Hijree 1439 WHAT the Australian team did on the ground during the third Test at Cape Town in South Africa was sha..

election year

PRIME Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s appeal to his colleagues in the Government and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to counter lies being spread by Opposition parties out of frustration of political failure, makes much sense in what can be called ele..


THE colossal fraud played on Punjab National Bank (PNB) by diamond businessmen Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and Rotomatc’s Kothari, and in effect on larger Indian public, seems to have opened Pandora’s Box. Because since then not a day has passed ..


 THE Board of Control for Cricket in India deserves a pat on the back for swift probe and action in allegations of corruption against pacer Mohammed Shami. Shami’s wife, Hasin Jahan, had accused the bowler of accepting money from a Pakistani ..


  TWO things have come in sharp focus on the issue of data storage by various social platforms like Facebook and the pertinent query raised by the Supreme Court with the Union Government on Aadhaar. In the first instance lately there have been alleg..

serious issue

  Nakshatra Rohini 16H 54MMoon Vrishabh upto 28H.17M (Rajandekar Panchang) Paksha Chaitra Shukla Tithi Shashthi 12H 00MMuslim Rajab 5th Hijree 1439 THAT the Indian Armed Forces are facing a shortage of 52,000 soldiers, is a serious issue that needs..


                  THE World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial meeting is taking place in Delhi under the shadow of challenges posed to the existence of the multilateral trade organisation due to ..


  Nakshatra Krittika 18H 02MMoon Vrishabh (Rajandekar Panchang) Paksha Chaitra Shukla Tithi Panchami 13H 49MMuslim Rajab 4th Hijree 1439 IT IS absolutely shocking that the terrorists of Islamic State (IS) killed as many as 39 Indians and buried the..


  THE apology tendered by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and Chief Minister of Delhi Mr. Arvind Kejriwal is nothing but an afterthought. The AAP leader appears to have dreaded the consequences of the result of the defamation suits filed by various lea..

self goal

  Nakshatra Bharni 18H 59MMoon Mesha upto 24H.46M (Rajandekar Panchang) Paksha Chaitra Shukla Tithi Chaturthi 15H 26MBhadra ends 15H.26MMuslim Rajab 3rd Hijree 1439 OPPOSITION parties are engaged in scoring self-goals in Parliament. They have forme..