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Gulf diplomacy: Signs of a changing world

Monday, 26 Feb 2018 | Balbir Punj | in Edit

Modi’s upholding of the two-nation solution in Palestine was timely not only to rebalance India's diplomacy in the most turbulent region of the world but also to silence his critics back home While the national media is naturally focused on banking scams adding to thousands of crores, a major development...

Trump’s way

Monday, 26 Feb 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

Western commentators are aghast at the new ‘Trump Tower’ development. They shouldn’t be Whether some people like it or not, US President Donald Trump has built a very powerful brand. It is highly unlikely that Trump would have won the Presidency of the United States, however improbable some of us thought...

The female principle

Monday, 26 Feb 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

Armed Forces have provided the ideal platform for women to shine. Bravo! Two developments in recent times have been a matter of great pride for the country and exemplify the heights that can be scaled by women who are empowered. Literally, in the first case. Avani Chaturvedi, a young and dedicated...

Do our Smart Cities need micro models?

Saturday, 24 Feb 2018 | Rinku Ghosh | in Edit

With the Government’s Smart City mission yet to pick up the desired momentum, a case in point of on-ground efficiency is that of Jaipur’s independent and localised approach Suddenly the word “smart” doesn’t seem quite apt in the urban lexicon when it comes to developing cities in Southeast and South Asia,...

Bhai is back

Saturday, 24 Feb 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

Manohar Parrikar proves just why he is the apple of Goa's eye A senior BJP leader with an RSS background attending the national executive of the party in Goa a couple of years ago narrated an anecdote from decades past to his colleagues when the topic veered to a discussion on...

Ghostly tales

Saturday, 24 Feb 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

It is hard to believe that our future-shaping leaders have an abiding belief in ghosts The game of political one-upmanship in Bihar reached a rather ghostly new low this past week. Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader and son of former Bihar Chief Ministers Lalu Prasad and Rabri Devi, Tej Pratap Yadav,...

The desecration of democracy

Friday, 23 Feb 2018 | RK Pachauri | in Edit

The gun control issue and opposition to restrictions on tobacco use are symptomatic of how democracy is being desecrated by abandoning our responsibilities towards the welfare of the people It was over a century and a half ago that in the wake of American civil war and large-scale death and destruction,...

Coal calling

Friday, 23 Feb 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

Private coal mining is welcome but Government must ensure it doesn't become a gravy train Gold mining as is more or less over in any substantive way in India after the exhaustion of the Kolar Gold Field veins by the 1990s and iron-ore mining (mainly in Karnataka, Goa and Odisha) is...

Shut up the fringe

Friday, 23 Feb 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

By taking immediate action against fringe elements, the apex court has sent a strong signal Priya Varrier's wink has now reached legendary status, the seemingly annual discovery of a south Indian movie by the rest of the country which started with Kolaveri Di a few years ago. However the vocals of...

Pakistan: Fanatic army’s terrorist state

Thursday, 22 Feb 2018 | Abhijit Bhattacharyya | in Edit

It is time, for our own good, to analyse the circumstances leading to the creation of the “all-powerful” army rulers of Pakistan The world knows, but can do little, because each nation unto itself on terror. Consensus on terrorism is simply impossible. Consequently, welcome to the world of a fanatic army’s...


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