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PM GETS A PAT!

                  PRIME Minister Mr. Narendra Modi is receiving all-round praise from almost all foreign leaders. Earlier, the US President Mr. Donald Trump had lavished praise on Mr. Modi for his vi..

‘poor visitors’!

TWO consecutive defeats of the Indian cricket team in South Africa seem to prove a charge levelled generally at the team that the Indians are “poor visitors” who cannot win games in foreign conditions. Though the Indians seemed to be evenly pl..

HEART-WRENCHING

                  IT MUST be a heart-wrenching experience for the eleven-year-old Mosho Holtzberg, the Israeli boy whose parents were killed in the 25/11 terror strike on Mumbai nine years ago, to vi..

real concern

PRESIDENT Mr. Ram Nath Kovind has highlighted a national concern when he worried that the number of medical educational seats in the country is too small against the actual need of the country. He has appealed to the authorities to take all steps to overc..

BOND OF FRIENDSHIP

                  INDIA’S vote in the United Nations against the move to shift Israel’s capital from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has not affected the bond of friendship between the two countrie..

issues linger

EVEN if the crisis in the honourable Supreme Court is claimed to have been sorted out, much to everybody’s relief, many issues still linger about points raised by the fours senior-most dissenting judges. Most unfortunately, when the four judges rais..

CHANGE THE COURSE

                    THE statement made by Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley that the GDP growth is not justifiable unless the benefits are evident in the farm sector is realistic, if we take a ..

adding value

THAT India is going to add 15 new battalions to its Armed Forces to tackle the challenge on the borders with China and Pakistan, is certainly a good news. These battalions would be added to the country’s two major border-guarding forces -- 6 battali..

slam time

FEW would have second thoughts of Roger Federer firmly holding the Australian Open title yet again in a fortnight but for the man himself. The tennis legend does not count himself among the favourites for the season’s first Grand Slam beginning Mond..

Future Policing

                      It is a vast and intricately networked world which compounds the problem. The police are yet not that equipped to take on the hideous cyberspace in a very foolp..

we are strong

ARMY Chief General Bipin Rawat has done well to state that China may be a powerful country, but India is not weak. Even as General Rawat talked of shifting the security focus from India’s border with Pakistan to that with China, General Rawat insist..

AXE ON BENAMIDARS

ARMED with more stringent law, enacted in 2016, the Income Tax Department has swung into action in confiscating ‘Benami’ properties, movable as well as immovable. In a massive exercise all over the country, the IT Department has confiscated ..

BODY BLOW

SINCE its inception long ago, at no point in its glorious history, has the honourable Supreme Court of India received such a body blow -- to its authority, dignity and sanctity. The moment four of its senior-most judges -- Mr. Justice J. Chelameswar, Mr. ..

MAINTAIN TRUCE

                  THE Army has done well by adopting a tough stand in dealing with violation of ceasefire by Pakistan along the Line of Control in Kashmir. The year gone by had witnessed a highly vol..

key reforms

WITH just one year to go for the next general elections and with the final budget of the present Union Government coming up within a month’s time, and more over to answer criticism on account of the sharp drop in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) gro..

SMART JOB!

                  SMART use of technology can work wonders. This has been amply proved with as many as 1,73,819 children, who had gone missing, being restored to their parents using the web portals &..

unfortunate

THAT the issue of whether National Anthem must be played in cinema halls or not has created a serious controversy in India, is very unfortunate, to say the least. There is nothing flattering in the details of the whole episode that has now come to rest at..

RIGHT CONCERN

                  WITH an alarming rise in cyber crimes, the advice given by the Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, to top police officials to give highest priority to dealing with such cases is time..

Good sign

THE fact that China conceded that some of its workers had crossed into the Indian territory along the International Border in Arunachal Pradesh by mistake and were constructing a road, should be considered a sign for India. When the Indian troops noticed ..

POLITICAL FUNDING

        '               IT IS good to know from Union Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley that the idea of funding political parties does not stop only at the electoral bonds suggested rec..

ai’s future 

  THE draft report prepared by the Parliamentary Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture on the critical issue of divestment of national carrier Air India (AI) clearly shows divergence of views between the NITI Ayog and the Parliamentary panel. ..

‘THE’ ACTION

FINALLY, the United States of America (USA) has started delivering what it has promised to do. It has taken the first step to chastise Pakistan by stopping a security assistance of USD 1.1 billion. The arrogant reaction of Pakistan to the American mood go..

SHAME ON THEM!

  IT seems that some people have taken a pledge not to improve their social behaviour, come what may. While most of the people have responded positively to the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, there are others, who still continue to litter garbage around al..

NO AMNESTY

                      THE statement of Minister of State for Home Mr. Kiren Rijiju that there is no plan to grant general amnesty to the militants in Kashmir and Maoists, is in tune with ..

inviting doom!

PAKISTAN’S response to the expression of disgust by United States President Mr. Donald Trump about American aid of USD 33 billion over the last 15 years is of sheer arrogance that might take the country to doom in times ahead. Seemingly powered by C..

LANGUAGE BARRIER

                  EVEN though technological innovations have helped in making the lives of the people much easier and opened new opportunities to peep into the unknown world, scientific temperament a..

pak’s bluff 

  THIS was in the pipeline for long -- an outburst by the United States of America against Pakistan. In the past some months, US President Mr. Donald Trump and his officials had been expressing their ire against Pakistan for misleading the US for lo..

SOME SOLACE!

                  HARYANA Government deserves kudos for launching a scheme for giving compensation to vegetables growing farmers if they fail to get remunerative prices in the open market. Farmers su..

new star

THE South Indian politics is all set to change with the announcement by film legend Mr. Rajinikanth that he would launch a political party of his own. The details will, of course, follow later, but the mood is already set. There is little doubt that Mr. R..

TESTING TOUR

THE new year begins with a challenging cricket tour for Team India under Virat Kohli’s leadership. For the past nearly couple of years the team has played in domestic conditions and has had an upper hand over almost all the visiting teams, winning s..

WAKE UP!

THE hands of all those people responsible for allowing the two rooftops restaurants in Mumbai to function in total violation of laws, are smeared with the blood of the innocent people who were charred to death during the midnight birthday bash. The traged..

A BASIC RIGHT

THE Rajya Sabha might have rejected a private member Bill seeking to make employment a fundamental right for ever citizen above the age of 18, but the fact that the situation on the job front calls for such a law, cannot be denied by anybody. The Governme..

OH BALI!

                    IT is indeed sad that Indonesia had to declare ‘garbage emergency’ in a favourite tourist destination, Bali beach, due to ‘mountain’ of garbage. The ..

great moment

THE event of passage of anti triple-talaq Bill by the Lok Sabha should e described as a great moment in India’s contemporary history. There is no doubt that the new provision will make life of millions of Muslim women much easier and happier as they..

END CUT PRACTICE

                    THE proposal of the Maharashtra Government to bring a law making cut/commission practice among doctors a criminal offence inviting fine and a jail term, is most welcome. It ..

common cause

FINALLY the Government and the Opposition broke the ice and sought the path of rapprochement. That is a very healthy thing to have happened. This signals realisatioin that there need not always be an acrimonious atmosphere between the two sides. They are ..

UTTERLY SHOCKING

                UTTAR Pradesh Government has not learned a lesson from the past medical tragedies. Earlier, 60 children were killed at a Gorakhpur hospital, followed by deaths of 49 patients in Farukhabad ..

paid back

PAKISTAN seems to be determined on thumbing its own nose at India’s hands. A few days back the Pakistan Army had attacked Indian positions, killing four Indian Army personnel, including a Major. India could not have sat over this martyrdom of its br..

VALID SUGGESTIONS

                  THE report of a Parliamentary committee, which has recommended several steps to contain Non Performing Assets (NPAs) of banks has rightly pointed out that despite having a vigilance..

foul play

IT IS becoming obvious that India will have to approach the International Court of Justice (ICJ) with a strong bid to save Kulbhushan Jadhav held by Pakistan under charges of espionage. The manner in which the Pakistani authorities made only a mockery of ..

USE EVERY DROP

        EVEN as Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi, concerned over agriculture crisis, has given a slogan of ‘per drop more crop’ for optimum utilisation of water for irrigating farms, a census by the Government has fou..

Lalu’s fodder

NOTWITHSTANDING his cantankerous politicking over his conviction in second of the fodder scams, the special CBI court has delivered due justice and dealt a rude jolt to the high-flying Lalu Prasad Yadav. The court has kept pending the quantum of sentence ..

pay heed

IT IS UNFORTUNATE that hard-boiled politics and politicians have no time to think of issues like welfare of our sporting heroes. Otherwise they would have spared some time from the now routine of chaotic functioning of the august legislative houses to the..

O’ Jerusalem

THAT the majority went against the United States in the United Nations when things came to voting on the unilateral decision of US President Mr. Donald Trump on Jerusalem as Israel’s new capital, was a foregone conclusion of experts and observers. E..

DON’T PANIC

RUMOURS floated by some people in a section of media and on social networking sites that some of the public sectors banks would be closed down by the Government has created a fear psychosis in the society. Restrictions imposed on the Bank of India by the ..

NO OPTION

                  IT IS HEARTENING to note that India and China have agreed to discuss border dispute on Friday. It is significant that a Chinese official is arriving in New Delhi at the invitation o..

As expected

PRIME Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s exhortation to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Members of Parliament(MP) in the wake of legislative elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh has come on expected lines. He has asserted that the party will have to..

UN’S OPTIMISM

                  LIKE several international agencies and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the United Nations too believes that India has the potential to grow at the rate of 8 pc for the next ..

rethink Time

THERE is little doubt that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will go back to the basics in Gujarat following a steep reduction in its numbers in the recent legislative elections in the State. Given the method and manner of Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi ..

EVIL NEXUS

                EVIL forces in Pakistan are trying desperately to shed their ugly image and somehow get legitimacy, by planning to contest general elections due next year. Hafiz Saeed, chief of banned terr..

on dotted line

ELECTION results in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh have come on history’s dotted lines, in the sense these victories for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were ordained by the moment’s need. These victories also made it clear that at least at thi..

‘backbone’

THE legendary sportsperson Milkha Singh is more than right when he insists that athletics is the backbone of all sports and demands better facilities to children with talent so that they come up in athletics by world standards. There is much substance in ..

LOOK INWARD

MRS. Sonia Gandhi, while handing over the charge of Congress President to her son Mr. Rahul Gandhi, raised the oft-repeated specter of ‘communal forces raising their heads’, and appealed to the party cadre to be ready for any sacrifice to stop..

IMF ACCOLADES

EVEN as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) makes its assessment of the demonetisation move by the Government of India a year ago, Mr. William Murray, the its Deputy Spokesman at the Communications Department, has said that good effects of the move coul..

SAD COMMENTARY

                LONG queues at bank counters for withdrawing cash have vanished, thanks to Automated Teller Machine (ATM), which does the job in a jiffy and that too 24x7. ATMs have brought in a revolution..

unreasonable

GIVEN the rigid stand of the United States on the issue of finding a permanent solution to public stock holding of foodgrains for ensuring food security prior to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) ministerial meeting in Buenos Aires, it was a foregone con..

BUBBLING TALENT

                  WHEN he completed his first hundred in 115 balls Rohit Sharma did not look like reaching his next landmark that would be world record. But such is the Mumbaikar’s way of demol..

straight talk

THE straight talk done by Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi at the 90th Annual General Meeting of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) must open the eyes of Indian corporates who have taken resort to political patronage to secure ..

Inspiration

ONCE Emperor Akbar became very angry at his favourite minister Birbal. He asked Birbal to leave the kingdom. Accepting the command, Birbal left the kingdom and started working in a farmer’s farm under a different identity. As months passed, Akbar s..

FAST-TRACK RESULT

IRONICALLY it is the Supreme Court and even other lower courts which have to take the initiative to expedite cases against law-makers. So far the Governments of the day have done little to address the issue of fast-tracking pending cases against MPs and M..

unfortunate

IT IS most unfortunate that a man of the stature of Mr. Sharad Pawar, former Union Minister and President of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), makes an appeal to farmers not to pay any Government bills, be it the electricity charges or the repayment o..

IMA’S INITIATIVE

                The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has stepped in at the right time to bring private health care in the country back on track. The apex body of doctors wants to restore the fast eroding p..

real call

EVEN as India, Russia and China agree to keep Afghanistan as an area of peace where the local people should be allowed to lead their own developmental process, the stark difference between the styles of the three countries while dealing with similar situa..

NOT DONE

                    Not a single day passes without news of a molestation or rape, sometimes multiple, in the media. And there are many more which are not reported at all. When the victim is a ..

bronze boost

THEY really played well in the World Hockey League (HWL) and came close to winning in critical matches. Yet, the Indian hockey team did not have the wherewithal to complete their moves to the goal-post and score finally. They possessed the ball for longer..

sterner test

HAVING pocketed record equalling ninth series win in test cricket at the end of the Sri Lanka series, India, now the number one Test team in international cricket, would be in for a sterner test when it travels to South Africa. Chief coach Ravi Shastri ag..

A BITTER PILL

CANCELLATION of the licence of Max Hospital in Delhi for declaring one of the twin babies dead even though it was alive, is a tough message to the swanky hospitals across the country that are indulging in crass commercialisation under the garb of providin..

CANTANKEROUS

PAKISTAN is acting clearly in a cantankerous manner by summoning Indian envoy, Deputy High Commissioner Mr. J.P. Singh, to Foreign Office and protest against an alleged firing by Indian troops across the Line of Control (LoC). The firing had taken place w..

UNFAIR ACTION

                    THERE are no two opinions that all are equal before the law and its violators should be punished, so that people get the right message-not to mess up with the rule of law. A..

Dirty politics

CONGRESS party has done well to suspend Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyar from its membership for making an ungainly remark about Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi. It must be admitted that the remark was truly dirty and Mr. Aiyar’s explanation that he did not ..

REAT ACHIEVEMENT

                        BY ANY standard, India’s Test cricket team is the best in the world. Not only has it beaten every other team but also has registered successive nine Te..

major gain

THE elimination of as many as seven Naxalites, including five women cadres, by Maharashtra Police in the jungles of Gadchiroli is a major gain in the nation’s fight against Naxalism whose aim it is to wage a war against the constitutionally-establis..

GIVE THEM CHANCE

                    GIVE THEM CHANCE GIVEN an  opportunity, even students belonging to the most deprived classes of the society living in the farthest corner can also excel. This was ampl..

this’s progress

SHE pelted stones at the police, joining other girls and boys in her locality. Each stone she and her friends pelted made things difficult for Kashmir’s security forces. Thanks to a constructive initiative by the authorities, that girl, Afshan Ashiq..

DESERVE NO MERCY

                    THE remark made by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Shivraj Singh Chouhan that human rights are for humans and not for demons, while participating in a debate on Bill award..

finally In

FINALLY, Mr. Rahul Gandhi is going to be in Congress hot seat as the party’s new President. This development had been in offing for long, but was kept on the backburner for reasons best known only to Congress insiders. The party seems to have gotten..

A FINE GESTURE

                  IT was a fine gesture on the part of over nine lakh senior citizens, who have responded positively to the scheme launched by the Railways, by voluntarily giving up ticket subsidy, t..

habitual delay

THAT the honourable Supreme Court has said “sorry” to a litigant for a delay of 13 years in a case, is a good sign, to say the least. In this particular case, the delay was reportedly caused due to two conflicting orders by a High Court judge ..

ONE-SIDED

THE outcome of civic elections in Uttar Pradesh shows a one-sided tilt in favour of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), falsifying all tall claims of other political parties that the BJP has lost its shine since the arrival of Yogi Adityanath as Chief Minis..

COMING-OF-AGE

RECENT signing of an agreement between India and Singapore, under which Singapore will allow Indian Navy ships to use its facilities for refuelling and stationing of warships submarines, aircraft carriers, giving it an edge in extending its operational re..

ALARM BELLS

                    IT’S a matter of great concern and shame for all that Maharashtra has been rated among the top three States in the country recording maximum number of crimes. That Utt..

resurgence

MUCH to the delight of the common man and much to the discomfiture of political opponents of Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi, the national economy has shown a reasonable resurgence with the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rising to a robust 6.3% in t..

A VICTIM’S LAMENT

                    COMMERCE and Industry Minister Mr. Suresh Prabhu has done well by holding up a mirror to the US, which had walked away from the Paris agreement on climate change, by stating..

small mind

THE assertion of General V.K. Singh, Minister of State for External Affairs, that the world has big enough space for both, India and China, to live well and together, has a tremendous practical as well as philosophical value in diplomatic and wider terms...

GROWING ORGANS

  AS the adage ‘necessity is the mother of invention’ goes, Indian scientists are looking at the possibilities of growing human organs in a dish to overcome shortage of donors. Even though India is rated second most populous nation in ..

optimism

AMIDST dooms day predictions by the Opposition parties, the latest survey by the economists of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)points to winds of positive change in the growth numbers in the second quarter of this fiscal...

THINK OF FUTURE

EVEN as efforts are being made by the Government to fill vacant posts in various courts to speed up delivery of justice, according to the Law Ministry, the number of courtrooms and residential units available for district and subordinate courts across the..

big challenge

PAYING tributes to those killed in the Mumbai terror attack nine years ago, Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi felt concerned that terrorism poses global threat almost on a daily basis and asked people and Governments all over the world to work unitedly to ..

cramped tours

NOW that one of the best performing and a hard working captains of Indian team, Virat Kohli has raised the issue of cramped scheduling of cricket tours and has asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to give a serious thought to the issue, ..

ROLE MODEL

IT is a matter of great pleasure that a top official of United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Mr. Justin Forsyth, has acknowledged the success achieved by the country in bettering the lives of the children. There has been a 67 per cent reduction ..

silent plight

THERE is little doubt that Central Government’s Special Representative to Kashmir Mr. Dineshwar Sharma must have sensed correctly the silent plight of the Kashmiri Pandit community as he visited one of the largest refugee camps in the State at Jagti..

STERN STEP

THE presidential assent to the new bankruptcy code ordinance is a major step by the Government to combat the ugly culture of wilful and habitual defaulting in repayment of loans from the banks. This ordinance will certainly stall any such attempt in the f..

RIGHT DECISION

                THE  decision of the Army to strengthen road network along China border for swift movement of troops is significant from the country’s security point of view.  Despite recei..

HATS OFF

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

as expected

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

CAMERAS IN COURTS

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

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POSITIVE SIGN

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

farm crisis

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

PERSEVARANCE PAYS

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