Costly appeasement

Saturday, 23 Sep 2017 | Pioneer | in Edit

Mamata Banerjee must stop playing politics and focus on governance to remain in picture West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who launched a “throat-slitting” self-defence after the Calcutta High Court cancelled her Government’s order on withholding Durga idol immersions on Muharram, may have just misfired her guns. The order is the...

The rise of Badminton

Saturday, 23 Sep 2017 | Pioneer | in Edit

Pullela Gopichand has created a production line of talent. Other sports must follow suit The past two years have been banner years for the sport of badminton. Starting with PV Sindhu’s success in the Olympics and the world championships to her victories during several open championships — she has inherited the...

GDP in need of botox

Friday, 22 Sep 2017 | Pioneer | in Edit

The nose-diving growth rate is a complex challenge for the Government to combat In times when a bad economy directly translates to bad politics and even worse governance, the Modi Government has finally conceded that the falling gross domestic product growth parametres are a challenge that needs urgent handling. The growth...

The trouble with telecom

Friday, 22 Sep 2017 | Pioneer | in Edit

Cutting of interconnect charges will make calls cheaper but the new game in town is data As the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) cuts the interconnection usage charges (IUC) for voice calls placed on telecom networks in India by 57 per cent to just six paise a minute comes into...

Think now | Susan Polis Schutz

Friday, 22 Sep 2017 | Pioneer | in Thoughts

This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature. Take the power to...

The isolationists win

Thursday, 21 Sep 2017 | Pioneer | in Edit

US President Trump’s UN speech made it evident that America has finally won power During the late 1930’s, in the aftermath of the great depression and World War I, barely a generation old, there was the rise of an isolationist and non-intervention movement in the US. People who backed such causes,...

A piece of congestion pie

Thursday, 21 Sep 2017 | Pioneer | in Edit

For congestion charges to work in India, a sense of order has to be brought to our roads This newspaper carried a report yesterday that spoke about how the Parliamentary Committee on Urban Affairs is exploring the possibility of Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) to reduce congestion in metropolitan areas, particularly in...

Think now | C JoyBell C

Thursday, 21 Sep 2017 | Pioneer | in Thoughts

I think that the best thing we can do for our children is to allow them to do things for themselves, allow them to be strong, allow them to experience life on their own terms, allow them to take the subway... let them be better people, let them believe...

Governance comes first

Wednesday, 20 Sep 2017 | Pioneer | in Edit

As Tamil Nadu convulses again, a stable governance should be top priority now What’s happening in Tamil Nadu’s political corridors is only expected and just the next ring in the maze of stalled governance since the death of Jayalalithaa last December. With Assembly Speaker P Dhanapal disqualifying 18 All India Anna...

Ensuring vehicular safety

Wednesday, 20 Sep 2017 | Pioneer | in Edit

Delhi Government's crackdown on illegal buses is praiseworthy. Other States must follow suit It is unfortunate that it took the murder of a seven-year-old and the rape of a five-year-old for Governments across India to wake up and start considering child safety as a priority. However, the Delhi Government's transport department...


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