Saturday, July 22, 2017

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21 Jul 2017

President Ram Nath Kovind

21 Jul 2017 | 1:04 AM

After KR Narayanan, India will have its second Dalit President in Ram Nath Kovind (71).

A deadline for peace

21 Jul 2017 | 1:04 AM

The Indian Army has played an oversized and stellar role in managing the Kashmir insurgency.

20 Jul 2017

Mayawati’s resignation

20 Jul 2017 | 12:50 AM

In a moment of pique the BSP leader, Ms Mayawati, has decided to resign from the Rajya Sabha.

Now Congress’ turn

20 Jul 2017 | 12:50 AM

Filmmaking is becoming a hazardous enterprise in an increasingly intolerant India.

19 Jul 2017

Orbit verdict, as expected

19 Jul 2017 | 12:28 AM

The acquittal of all the accused in the Orbit bus case is unlikely to surprise anyone familiar with the cosy police-politician relationship in Punjab.

A man from the South

19 Jul 2017 | 12:28 AM

When the Opposition had selected the very eminent Gopalkrishna Gandhi as its vice-presidential nominee, the expectation was that the BJP would feel obliged to come up with a distinctly better name.

18 Jul 2017

Cow politics again

18 Jul 2017 | 12:13 AM

Mr Modi's condemnation of cow-inspired mob violence is significant for its timing and purpose.

Federer’s 19th Slam

18 Jul 2017 | 12:13 AM

Roger Federer has won a record eighth Wimbledon title, and a record-extending 19th Grand Slam title.

17 Jul 2017

Mithali Raj’s record

17 Jul 2017 | 12:10 AM

When Virat Kohli congratulated Mithali Raj on reaching 6,000 runs in ODI cricket, he put up the image of Punam Raut on social media.

The outrage in Shimla

17 Jul 2017 | 12:10 AM

Himachal Pradesh is relatively a less crime-prone state.

15 Jul 2017

United behind the soldier

15 Jul 2017 | 12:51 AM

The Modi government has done rather well to invite, albeit belatedly, the opposition parties for consultations and a briefing on the developments on the India-China standoff at Doklam.

Greed over reason

15 Jul 2017 | 12:51 AM

The BSE Sensex and Nifty are scaling new highs every other day though the economic landscape is not that uplifting.

14 Jul 2017

Hard questions

14 Jul 2017 | 12:52 AM

For long the Election Commission has escaped a serious public/media/judicial scrutiny.

Censor Board on rampage

14 Jul 2017 | 12:52 AM

The template for the Censor Board was set a few months after the BJP stormed to power in Delhi.

13 Jul 2017

The Amarnath aftermath

13 Jul 2017 | 12:54 AM

The reverberations from the Amarnath attack on innocent pilgrims will be felt for some time to come.

The new coaches

13 Jul 2017 | 12:54 AM

After some uncertainty and confusion, Ravi Shastri has been appointed the head coach of the Indian cricket team.

12 Jul 2017

The Amarnath attack

12 Jul 2017 | 12:14 AM

There could not have been a bigger rebuff to the terrorist attack on Amarnath yatris than the surge in the number of pilgrims visiting the revered shrine in the violence-hit Kashmir Valley.

Gopal Gandhi in fray

12 Jul 2017 | 12:14 AM

Cracks that had appeared in Opposition unity during the delay in the announcement of the presidential candidate have been adequately repaired with the unanimous selection of Gopalkrishna Gandhi, a grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, for the office of Vice-President.

11 Jul 2017

INLD doing mischief

11 Jul 2017 | 12:43 AM

The Indian National Lok Dal put thousands of commuters to extreme inconvenience by blocking roads for Punjab vehicles entering Haryana on Monday, all to curry favour with the party’s key constituency, the farmers.

‘Liberation’ of Mosul

11 Jul 2017 | 12:43 AM

Every claim of "liberation" these days is taken with a generous dose of salt ever since US President George Bush, decked up in a flying suit, announced the end of major combat operations in Iraq 14 years ago.

10 Jul 2017

G-20 summit

10 Jul 2017 | 12:44 AM

THE just-concluded G-20 summit was forecast to be unpredictable and exciting because of American President Donald Trump’s sharp break with previous US policies. The summit lived up to its billing. Trump’s allowed his unelected daughter Ivanka to briefly depute for him at a roundtable meeting.

Lalu’s troubles

10 Jul 2017 | 12:44 AM

THE CBI raids on Lalu Prasad and his family members have served the BJP’s desired political purpose. The crackdown on corruption may be selective and confined to non-BJP-ruled states, these do create media hype in favour of the government. Ahead of a major political rally in Patna, the RJD chief has been put on the defensive.

08 Jul 2017

Stoking the embers

08 Jul 2017 | 12:28 AM

Punjabis have put the decade of violence behind them and it is natural to expect that everyone who has been through that particularly trying time would go the extra mile to ensure that those dark days never return.

Welcome change

08 Jul 2017 | 12:28 AM

A Supreme Court Bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Amitava Roy has raised the bar for transparency in high places by maintaining that the offices of all constitutional functionaries, including that of the Chief Justice of India and Governors, should be brought within the ambit of the RTI Act.

07 Jul 2017

Another successful visit

07 Jul 2017 | 12:41 AM

Judging even by the high standards of personalised diplomacy set in place in the last three years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's three-day visit to Israel has to be judged as an astounding success.

EC appointments

07 Jul 2017 | 12:41 AM

It is astonishing Parliament has seldom felt the need to regulate the process of appointments to the Election Commission.

06 Jul 2017

An ugly spat in Bengal

06 Jul 2017 | 12:53 AM

A little self-restraint on both sides could have prevented the escalation of a needless spat between West Bengal''s Governor and Chief Minister.

Top-heavy bureaucracy

06 Jul 2017 | 12:53 AM

The appointment of 21 additional chief secretaries in Haryana against the sanctioned six positions has taken flak from the Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee, which has cited an observation of the CAG from 2014 in this regard.

05 Jul 2017

Denial of basic rights

05 Jul 2017 | 12:36 AM

IF Uttar Pradesh is to play a role in the BJP’s intended victory in 2019, it is crucial that the state is governed efficiently, responsibly and even-handedly.

Reining in social media

05 Jul 2017 | 12:36 AM

GERMANY has passed a law under which social media websites such as Facebook could face fines of up to € 50 million for failing to remove hate speech flagged by users.

04 Jul 2017

First PM in Israel

04 Jul 2017 | 12:20 AM

NARENDRA Modi will break a long-held taboo for countries with substantial Muslim populations when he becomes the first Indian Prime Minister ever to land in Tel Aviv on Tuesday.

Law officers’ selection

04 Jul 2017 | 12:20 AM

PUNJAB Congress legal cell members have challenged their own government’s selection of law officers, alleging no test or interview has taken place.

03 Jul 2017

The battle for 2019

03 Jul 2017 | 12:43 AM

THE midnight launch of the new tax system was an accurate reflection of the index of opposition unity as it readies itself to take on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the next election. At least a quarter of the Lok Sabha consisting mainly of the Congress, the Left and some regional parties stayed away.

GST right and wrongs

03 Jul 2017 | 12:43 AM

THAT the GST is a game-changer is not in doubt. All parties and states, barring J&K, have accepted it. The midnight GST launch speeches would have made greater sense had the government been more open to suggestions made by protesters and tried to address their apprehensions.

01 Jul 2017

The Doklam theatre

01 Jul 2017 | 12:37 AM

WHILE the nation’s attention is sought to be riveted on an organised jumlagiri around the GST, a serious security situation has been developing in the Doklam sector on the China-Bhutan (India) border since June 16.

Keeping the faith

01 Jul 2017 | 12:37 AM

WHATEVER be the political colour of the party in power in Punjab, one constant is the camaraderie and understanding forged between politicians and bureaucrats, often for mutual benefit.

30 Jun 2017

The midnight show

30 Jun 2017 | 12:03 AM

AT the stroke of midnight on June 30, as the world sleeps, India will wake up to a new tax regime — anxious, uncertain and unprepared.

In the name of law

30 Jun 2017 | 12:03 AM

WHETHER emboldened by or compelled by the sense of harmony and coexistence suffused in the air of Sabarmati Ashram, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday was able to enunciate the long-awaited words: the killing of people in the name of cow protection is not acceptable.

29 Jun 2017

Sino-India border flap

29 Jun 2017 | 12:34 AM

Scrimmages between the Indian and Chinese border troops on YouTube make for an amusing viewing.

‘Justice for all’

29 Jun 2017 | 12:34 AM

Given its track record, the Khattar government’s ability to put on the ground what it has put on the paper — “Vision-2030” —is questionable.

28 Jun 2017

Another district?

28 Jun 2017 | 12:31 AM

When Razia Sultana emerged as a surprise choice for a berth in the Amarinder Singh Cabinet, it was seen as a political gesture towards the Muslim-majority town of Malerkotla.

Modi’s US visit

28 Jun 2017 | 12:31 AM

Three telephonic conversations later, Prime Minister Narendra Modi at last had an audience with US President Donald Trump.

27 Jun 2017

Media under pressure

27 Jun 2017 | 12:49 AM

THINGS are certainly going downhill when the media itself becomes the news. The latest instance comes from Karnataka. Throw aside the linguistic kid gloves and what emerges is that the Karnataka Assembly Speaker sentenced two journalists to prison after adjudging that their articles against two fellow MLAs were scurrilous.

Towards 'smart cities'

27 Jun 2017 | 12:49 AM

THIRTY more cities have been added to the list of “smart cities”, taking the number to 90. The fresh list includes Shimla, Jammu, Srinagar and Dehradun from this region. Inclusion in the list does not in itself mean an automatic grant of funds, improvement in living conditions or a better delivery of services.

26 Jun 2017

The itch to lynch

26 Jun 2017 | 1:52 AM

Till Pehlu Khan’s videographed lynching, the prevalent wisdom held the plight of Muslims like him, and the many Akhlaqs beaten to death before him, to their association with the cattle trade.

Politics and business

26 Jun 2017 | 1:52 AM

As the just-concluded Assembly session has indicated, the Punjab Government is still not clear how to deal with politicians doing business, enjoying state patronage and immunity from action for law/rule violations.

24 Jun 2017

Savagery in Srinagar

24 Jun 2017 | 12:50 AM

IT was an act of savagery.

Please behave

24 Jun 2017 | 12:50 AM

THE Punjab Assembly became a sorry spectacle on Thursday.

23 Jun 2017

Opposition for Meira Kumar

23 Jun 2017 | 12:31 AM

NOTWITHSTANDING Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s defection from the Opposition ranks on the forthcoming Presidential election, the non-BJP parties have declared that they are not prepared to give the BJP nominee, Governor Ram Nath Kovind, an easy walk-over.

No free pilgrimage

23 Jun 2017 | 12:31 AM

DESTINATIONS were holy; however, the intent was not so holy and was steeped in vote-bank politics.

22 Jun 2017

White Paper or whitewash?

22 Jun 2017 | 12:27 AM

PUNJAB’S recent White Paper blames the previous Badal regime for burdening the state with a debt of Rs 29,919.96 crore and an interest liability of Rs 3,240 crore payable annually for the next 20 years. It pins the responsibility for the avoidable debt on “ineffective presentation” of Punjab’s case before the Centre.

Lalu must face the law

22 Jun 2017 | 12:27 AM

THE Income Tax Department on Monday seized benami properties, presumably owned by RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s daughter, son-in-law and son who is the Bihar Deputy Chief Minister. Lalu Prasad is among the most vocal challengers of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP.

21 Jun 2017

Fighting on empty

21 Jun 2017 | 12:21 AM

THE dazzling Paris international air show provided the perfect setting for a head-turning deal between the Tatas and Lockheed Martin for manufacturing the iconic F-16 fighters in India.

Punjab budget high on promises

21 Jun 2017 | 12:21 AM

SINCE the Punjab budget was expected to fulfill the ruling party’s poll promises, at least some of them, arranging money was the biggest challenge before Finance Minister Manpreet Badal.

20 Jun 2017

To Rashtrapati Bhavan

20 Jun 2017 | 12:42 AM

ON Monday the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party announced its preference for the next President of India: Governor Ram Nath Kovind of Bihar.

Grace in defeat

20 Jun 2017 | 12:42 AM

VIRAT KHHLI's grace in defeat needs to be emulated by the fans of Indian cricket.

19 Jun 2017

Wasting Assembly time

19 Jun 2017 | 2:05 AM

THERE is a new government in place in Punjab, steering its first substantial session of the state Assembly.

Bad to worse

19 Jun 2017 | 2:05 AM

KASHMIR is losing the count of its dead as the ongoing conflict enters a dangerous and audacious phase.

17 Jun 2017

Mission Parivar Vikas

17 Jun 2017 | 12:06 AM

THE Centre’s latest “out-of-the-box” idea to stabilise the population is a mix of the new and the mundane.

Now Bharat Bandh

17 Jun 2017 | 12:06 AM

TO politically highlight farmers’ plight, opposition parties have decided on a Bharat Bandh.

16 Jun 2017

Quota: myth and reality

16 Jun 2017 | 12:06 AM

Punjab has done well to give women more political space.

Modi in USA

16 Jun 2017 | 12:06 AM

In the hierarchical approach to the world order, the scheduling of appointments with the new monarch gives a fair idea about the pecking arrangement.

15 Jun 2017

Language politics

15 Jun 2017 | 12:19 AM

DARJEELING and other hill areas of West Bengal have witnessed violent incidents lately resulting in the deployment of Central security forces with back-up support from the Army.

Tread lightly

15 Jun 2017 | 12:19 AM

SGPC chief Kirpal Singh Badungar’s participation in a Shiromani Akali Dal-led protest against the Congress government in Punjab has raised more than one eyebrow, even inviting criticism from the Akal Takht jathedar, Giani Gurbachan Singh.

14 Jun 2017

Vitiated political atmosphere

14 Jun 2017 | 12:27 AM

THE timing of the letter written by 65 retired bureaucrats could not have been more apt. A day after they bemoaned the “rising authoritarianism and majoritarianism”, vigilantes in Rajasthan waylaid Tamil Nadu government staff on a legitimate cow-breeding mission.

Clean up Punjab Police

14 Jun 2017 | 12:27 AM

THE Special Task Force, constituted by the Congress government in Punjab to tackle the drug menace in the state, is showing some positive results. It has arrested a CIA Inspector, known in police circles as a “drug recovery specialist”, posted at Kapurthala.

13 Jun 2017

ECI seeks more power

13 Jun 2017 | 12:06 AM

The Election Commission of India is undoubtedly rattled after the opposition parties got under its skin on the integrity of electronic voting machines (EVMs).

Harsimrat and Swaminathan

13 Jun 2017 | 12:06 AM

If there is one thing which agitating farmers across regions agree upon, it is the implementation of the MS Swaminathan Commission report, particularly its suggestion to give growers 50 per cent profit over input costs.

12 Jun 2017

Bussed out

12 Jun 2017 | 12:42 AM

A LARGE number of private buses that ply in Punjab do not have the requisite permission to do so.

India, Pak join SCO

12 Jun 2017 | 12:42 AM

NOTWITHSTANDING our media’s predictable preoccupation with levels of PM Modi’s diplomatic civility with Nawaz Sharif and Xi Jinping, what took place on Friday in Astana was seminal.