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SPEEDY JUSTICE

                JUSTICE in general and gender justice in particular is a matter of debate for long in the Indian society that is still finding ways to bring in a change in the tardy pace of judicial proces..

re-think issue

THE ugly development in Tamil Nadu involving killing of 12 persons in police firing on mobs protesting against the Sterlite plant by Vedanta Group in Tuticorin makes a strong case for a serious re-think on various dimensions of the age-old debate of devel..

SOCIAL IMPLICATION

                  THE authorities of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), busy fighting Naxalites in red extremist affected regions, deserve to be complimented for taking a thoughtful decision to..

Strategic

THE strategic importance of the informal summit between Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi and Russian President Mr. Vladimir Putin cannot be driven home unless the global geopolitical situation is understood in the larger perspective. In the given situatio..

INCORRIGIBLEINCORRIGIBLE

                CHINA is truly incorrigible and the dictionary gives the meanings of the word as :hardened, hopeless, unruly and that cannot be corrected. All these traits are discernible in the Chinese be..

tit for tat

THE manner in which the Border Security Force (BSF) hit back at Pakistani posts, demolishing bunkers, killing Pakistani soldiers, and making the Pakistan Rangers’ top-brass realise the ferocity India was capable of demonstrating, indicated something..

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..

FRIVOLOUS

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..

WELCOME PROPOSAL

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..

FARM BOUNTY

                  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..

NEW VISTAS

                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..

HIGHHANDED

                    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..

GREAT INITIATIVE

                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..

“THANK YOU”

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..

ILL-MANAGED AREA

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..

CRIMINAL APATHY

                   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..

TOP IN NATION

                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..

non-issue

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 ..

MULTIPLE ATTACKS

                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..

DEPLORABLE

                  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..

NEXT STEP

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 ..

UNFORTUNATE

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..

ON RIGHT TRACK

                  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..

‘BLACK CATS

                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..

SMART MOVE

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..

THE KOREAN ACT

                  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..

HOPE FLOATS

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..

SAVING LIVES

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..

LIFEBLOOD

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..

CRIMINAL WASTE

                  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..

BLOOD ON HANDS

                  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..

GRAVE THREAT

                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..

BIDDING BIG

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..

AS EXPECTED

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..

GREEN SHOOTS

  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

                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

  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..

PREVENTIVE STEPS

                    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..

GOOD START

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 ..

SMART CITIES

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..

UNPRECEDENTED

                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 ..

FACEBOOK FUROR

                  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..

HEARTENING CHANGE

  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..

BARBARIC

                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..

WHY THE DELAY?

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..

YOUR FAULT, DEAR!

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..

GOOD JUDGEMENT

                    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..

AN ENIGMA

  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..

WELCOME CHANGE

  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..

unnecessary

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..

CAUVERY TANGLE

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..

PLUG THE LEAK

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..

CRACKDOWN

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..

AIR INDIA FOR SALE

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..

SHARING DATA

  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..

realpolitik

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..

‘UNDER GARBAGE’!

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..

untenable

  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..

SECURITY RISK

  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 ..

GREAT DRIVE

                  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..

PANDORA’S BOX

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 ..

SHAMI’S INNOCENCE

 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 ..