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Rohingya crisis: India’s strategic energy security concerns

Saturday, 18 Nov 2017 | Nalin Kumar Mohapatra | in Oped

Over the last few months, the Rohingya crisis has been generating global concerns. Just a few weeks ago, a boat carrying illegal Rohingya migrants to Bangladesh coast sank. Because of the prolonged conflict, the exodus of Rohingyas is continuing unabated from the crisis-ridden Rakhine province of Myanmar. Gauging the extent...

Bitter battle in the Queen of Hills

Friday, 17 Nov 2017 | Amitabh Shukla | in Oped

A two-horse race between the BJP and the Congress is being fought in the hill State of Himachal Pradesh. But local issues dominate the broader contours One of the most fiercely contested elections in recent times, Himachal Pradesh is one classic case of democracy where anti-incumbency seems to be the sole...

Challenges and Opportunities-II

Friday, 17 Nov 2017 | RB Sinha | in Oped

There appears to be a serious flaw in the appointment of CAG. India must emulate best international practices and make it more independent The Constitution of India and the Comptroller and Auditor-General's (Duties, Powers and Conditions of Service) Act, 1971, made thereunder, ensures independence of the Comptroller and Auditor General of...

The Italian football nightmare

Friday, 17 Nov 2017 | Shakya Mitra | in Oped

With Italy having failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in decades, its football reached a new low. And it’s time to embrace a new reality: With the downfall of traditional heavyweights, newer teams can rebuild themselves from scratch Remember the good old days when a...

Challenges and Opportunities-I

Thursday, 16 Nov 2017 | RB Sinha | in Oped

The legacy of former CAG Vinod Rai was nullified by his successor appointed by the scam-tainted UPA-II regime. Now, the chickens may be coming home to roost The terms ‘CAG’ and ‘Vinod Rai’ have interchangeably become household names not only in urban India but also in far-flung rural areas of the...

The truth about Delhi’s air pollution

Thursday, 16 Nov 2017 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Oped

Population increase, perhaps the most important factor for the deplorable air quality in the Capital, does not feature among the causes cited Every year, pollution levels soar as winter approaches Delhi. This year, one is told, will be the worst ever. Unfortunately, the apportioning of blame has begun. What one needs...

Environmental impact of rural-urban linkages

Thursday, 16 Nov 2017 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

While it is almost impossible to stop rapid migration and urbanization, what can be done is for the Government to strategically distribute migrating population so that there is no lopsided concentration of population in one area The national capital is currently witnessing the worst air quality in recent times and even...

Think now | Martin Luther King, JR

Thursday, 16 Nov 2017 | Pioneer | in Oped

If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause and say, here lived a great street sweeper...

Exorcising the ghost of Tipu Sultan

Wednesday, 15 Nov 2017 | Aparna Patwardhan | in Oped

The Congress tradition of rediscovering the past by elevating tyrants to the status of heroes for vote-banks will not pay political dividends any more Tipu Sultan was born on November 20, 1750. But the Congress Government in Karnataka has declared November 10 as Tipu Jayanti. Tipu, deceitfully imprisoned the Wodeyar of...

Smog poses huge existential crisis

Wednesday, 15 Nov 2017 | Navneet Anand | in Oped

Callous response by various Governments to the air pollution crises has been an annual affair now. A viable policy initiative is needed Why is the Capital of India and its neighbourhood always caught napping when it comes to dealing with predictable public health crises? Unrelenting spike in number of dengue cases...


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