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A Sanders-Trump clash: A dream for film script writers

By Saeed Naqvi A Donald Trump-Bernie Sanders clash in the US presidential elections could be God’s Gift to political cinema. Some outlines for a script come to mind: Clarence Darrow versus William Jennings Bryan, on two sides of the famous Monkey Trial in Dayton, Tennessee, in 1925. Or the epic battle between Ed Murrow of […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
Siachen: Talk of withdrawing from Siachen cannot be agenda-driven

By Shiv Kunal Verma Thirty-two years after Indian troops secured key passes on the north-south running Saltoro Range to deny Pakistan access to the Siachen Glacier, it continues to dominate the headlines. Tragedy, no stranger to the glaciated region bordering Sinkiang and the Northern Areas under the control of Pakistan, resulted in a 10-man infantry […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
1 soldier dies every month in Siachen

With the death of Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad and nine of his comrades, India has lost nearly one soldier every month due to avalanches or extreme climatic conditions in the Siachen Glacier, since first sending troops to the contested Himalayan area 32 years ago to counter the Pakistani Army. Overall, 869 Indian troops died serving […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
Brave-heart Neerja third Chandigarh personality to feature in Bollywood film

Chandigarh: Chandigarh may not be a historical city but the courage and determination of three personalities from here have put them on the country’s cinematic map. “Neerja”, a film based on the youngest of these three, will release on February 19. It deals with the heroics of the then 23-year-old Pan Am chief flight purser […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
Prakash Javadekar
Odd-even plan is temporary, we've long-term solution for Delhi's pollution: Prakash Javadekar

Paldev: Delhi’s experiment with odd-even car days was a “short-term solution” but the union government was putting in place steps which would result in a permanent solution on the rising level of air pollution, says a senior minister. Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar said the government would notify new construction and […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
Why 75 percent drop in global oil prices isn't reaching you

Record production in the US, weakened demand from the Eurozone and emerging economies like China and Brazil, and Iran’s entry into the international market have effectively slashed the price of crude oil for India, from $106 per barrel in July 2014 to $26 in January 2016 – a 75 percent drop over 15 months. So, […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
India disgraced: Sustained campaign required to cure social biases
India disgraced: Sustained campaign required to cure social biases

By Amulya Ganguli India has rarely been as much disgraced as by the assault on a group of Africans in Bengaluru, the country’s vaunted Silicon Valley. Yet, this city, which is supposed to represent a cosmopolitan ambience, witnessed two of the worst examples of behaviour for which Indians are becoming infamous. One is an old […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
Is job guarantee programme against poor states?

By Deepak Razdan As the Indian government’s mega rural jobs scheme under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) completes 10 years, is it discriminatory against poorer states? Or, is it, that richer states of the country are putting across their claims for funds so aggressively as to get allocations disproportionate to their […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
Make agritech startups cool: Creating a new generation of entrepreneurs

In India, many startups are actually happening in the organic agriculture space but little is known of or heard about them. They may not have found space in Vigyan Bhavan during the inauguration of #StartupIndia by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on January 16. Overwhelmingly the glitz of technology-led startups were there for […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
Difficult for Jwala-Ashwini to win Olympic medal: Mathias Boe

New Delhi: In a jolt to Indian hopes of a doubles medal at the Rio Olympics, Mathias Boe – Danish badminton player who is one of the world’s leading shuttlers in the men’s pairs event – has opined that India’s premier women’s combine of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa will find it extremely difficult to […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
Startup India
Startup India and a more competitive India

By Amit Kapoor Startups form the basis of a more productive and prosperous nation. The growth of several countries in the past have been driven by a need for creating better solutions for existing problems by entrepreneurs. This, along with secure property rights are major differences between organised and unorganized societies. Innovative enterprise the world […]

  • Wednesday, 30 June 2021
rohit vermula
Rohith and other Dalits: Carl Sagan to sewage cleaning

By Saeed Naqvi Rohith Vemula, a PhD student, focused on the interstellar spaces and Carl Sagan. In a different location, a sewage cleaner looks for live cockroaches in the sewer, which ironically give him a sense of security: he can now clean the sewer without fearing death from foul gases. One day he miscalculated. He […]

  • Wednesday, 30 June 2021
Rohith Vemula
Death on the campus portends bad times for BJP

By Amulya Ganguli A murder and a suicide have queered the pitch for the BJP’s relations with two major communities – the Muslims and Dalits. If Mohammed Akhlaq’s lynching in Dadri in Uttar Pradesh last September further alienated the Muslims who were never very close to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) anyway, Rohith Vemula’s suicide […]

  • Wednesday, 30 June 2021
'Honour killers know their action morally wrong'

Jaipur: Honour and morality can oppose each other, and the former can lead to people into committing despicable acts like “honour killings” despite them knowing their actions are morally wrong and should not be done, says philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah. “Honour and morality are different systems that can conflict in cases like of honour killings… […]

  • Wednesday, 30 June 2021
subhas bose
The other side of Subhash Chandra Bose

By Praveen Davar One hundred and nineteen years ago, on January 23, was born one of India’s most iconic political figures – Subhas Chandra Bose. Forty four years later, in 1941, he left the country never to return, dying in a controversial aircrash on August 18, 1945. Many enquiries later, and with ample historical evidence […]

  • Wednesday, 30 June 2021