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Last throw of dice in KASHMIR

                Kashmiri youths pelt stones at security forces on the outskirts of Srinagar on Friday following a gun fight in southern Kashmir between Government forces and suspected rebels.   Wi..

Last throw of dice in KASHMIR

                    Kashmiri youths pelt stones at security forces on the outskirts of Srinagar on Friday following a gun fight in southern Kashmir between Government forces and suspected reb..

Game Over!

                 By Aasawari Shenolikar REMEMBER Mario - the cute guy who entered our lives not so long via the cassette that had ‘Video Games’ written over the cover. The cassette with..

The Indian Advantage

The Indian Advantage..

Life-giving water turning a bane for our city streets

  “The way our cities get crippled and sink under knee-deep water even after a short spell of rain, it looks we are living in 17th century where even basic drainage and pumping facilities are pipe dreams. And that in a country whose drainage..

Let’s make India truly Incredible!

  By Aasawari Shenolikar,                 Puttu Angaa, a driver-cum-guide is indeed very proud of all the culture and heritage of Bali - the tiny picturesque island of Indonesia - offers to the mi..

Oscillating between split and unity

Oscillating between split and unity..

Ramzan politics in Kashmir

  By Vijay Phanshikar,                 When the all-party meeting at Srinagar appealed to the Central Government to declare ceasefire in Kashmir during the holy month of Ramzan, it was obvious to ..

Ludicrous report card on Modi’s foreign policy!

  By Vijay Phanshikar,                 One of the points on the ludicrous Report Card Congress President Mr. Rahul Gandhi has prepared on the performance of the Government of Mr. Narendra Modi upo..

Artificial bonhomie, avaricious unity

                By Vijay Phanshikar, The manner in which Congress leader Mrs. Sonia Gandhi and Bahujan Samaj Party leader Ms. Mayawati were hugging each other repeatedly, the manner in which Congress Pr..

The message from Karnataka

                                                          By Rahul Dixit, Do..

The man matters, not the machine

  By Aasawari Shenolikar, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari wants automakers to design cars that would be safe to drive on the Indian roads. His aim - to bring down accidents on the roads and the fatalities that are a b..

Challenge of growing men -- and women!

                                                            By Vijay Ph..

By mutual consent

                By Aasawari Shenolikar, AN actress, who has been staying with her paramour for a couple of years files a complaint against him alleging rape. A CEO of a company, in a relationship with a m..

The bane of Congressism

  By Vijay Phanshikar,                 Dinner is, no doubt, a good occasion to forge friendships, to cobble alliances, and decide upon a common goal. Congress leader Mrs. Sonia Gandhi chose exactl..

Time to change: Donate organs

“Course curriculum in colleges and universities must mandatorily include a chapter on the issue of ‘Organ Donation’ so that the youth know of it early on and mentally prepare accordingly, if not anything, at least to spread the right w..

Reprimand: A double-edged sword

  By Aasawari Shenolikar,                   There is a lot of hustle-bustle in the school corridor. Suddenly the staccato beats of stiletto cuts through the chaos. A pin drop silence, in a m..

A malaise deeper than meets the eye

      By Vijay Phanshikar,                 Way back in the early 1970s, the venerable Mr. Justice Bhawanishankar Niyogi and Mr. Justice S.P. Kotwal, then Chief Justice of Bombay High C..

JUSTICE DELAYED

By Sushil Kumar Jain  The Government is deliberately delaying appointment of judges because it is miffed over the idea of “judges appointing judges”. Inadequate manpower and poor infrastructure is leading to what a former CJI called an..

BIHAR’S CONVICTION RATE GOES DOWN

“Compared to Kerala, where the conviction rate is reportedly as high as 77 per cent, Bihar’s figure of conviction rate has declined in year 2016 in comparison to last years. This certainly is an area of concern, especially when a Government ..

Screen the content on TV

The salvo fired by the I & B Ministry regarding airing of condom ads has stirred a hornet’s nest. Like always, there are two schools of thought - some are praising it while others are harsh in their criticism. But is it only such ads on the Te..

Metoo

                      #ME TOO, has become the platform for open acknowledgments by women, powerful and common that evil exists and that needs to be taken by the horn. It has offere..

Pvt hospitals fleecing patients for stents

Though the Government has capped the prices of cardiovascular stens and knee implants to help patients, manufacturers of the devices have opposed it on the ground that it will hamper innovation. But the real losers are hospitals that used to earn 178 pc..

Senseless controversy

Today, when India is an independent, sovereign republic, when it has its own National Anthem, a senseless controversy has been created by some elements whose intentions can well be suspected, whose integrity questioned. And, to make things look terribly..

Clean air for longer life

  “We happily inhale toxic and poisonous gases but do nothing to minimise their prevalence or ill-effects. WHO and environmentalists have been crying hoarse for long to mend our ways but today we are perilously close to our own destruct..

Lessons for the victor and the vanquished

SUCCESS, specially when it pops up as a huge surprise for the victor, has the potential of assuming dangers of a double-edged sword. It generally leads the victor to a comfort zone but the wise (victor and vanquished too!) never take it on the face valu..

Let healers do no harm...

By Aasawari Shenolikar A young girl passed away, waiting for treatment in the corridors of a hospital in Patna. Impassioned pleas of her distraught father fell on deaf ears. None of those, who had undertaken the Hippocrates Oath, swearing to serve mank..

Pandora’s Box or Multi-headed Hydra ?!

In a rare unanimous verdict pronounced by nine judges, the Supreme Court recently ruled that privacy is a fundamental right that requires constitutional protection. No matter if this judgement would open a Pandora’s Box, it will be listed as a his..

THE F IS BACK

In the first place, the no-detention policy should not have been implemented at all. But some generous brains thought of introducing it as a grand plan to create only, and only, successful students in schools. The ‘Fail’ word became such a t..

Digital games that teach how to commit suicide!

The Blue Whale game episode highlights one terrible social ill: It demonstrates so correctly and shockingly that the young people who play such games are quite likely to lose their minds and then many other precious things including their lives. A good ..

The F is back

In the first place, the no-detention policy should not have been implemented at all. But some generous brains thought of introducing it as a grand plan to create only, and only, successful students in schools. The ‘Fail’ word became such a taboo that none dared to oppose it despite resentment within the education circles. The policy was pushed down schools’ throats in 2010 as an integral part of the Right To Education Act 2009. As per this policy, students in schools are promoted automatically ..

A very huge question-mark

- Vijay Phanshikar THERE is little doubt that each 10th standard or 12th standard child bringing in very high percentage of marks also brings a great happiness to the teachers and family and others. Each summer sees a tremendous celebration about high ma..

Wanted: Coaches, who can coach!

  By Aasawari Shenolikar, The backbone of any sport is the technique adopted for training by the trainer i.e. the coach. And training is proportionately relevant to the knowledge of the coach. Our coaches, though a few have made progress, need to..

When Dhantoli expands

Vijay Phanshikar Our teacher of Physics had taught us in ninth standard that matter does not expand, and new energy is never created; both these only change form. But a strange scientific phenomenon came to light in Dhantoli in just few days in immediate..

For Pitt’s sake!

For Pitt’s sake!..