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A more humane credo needed

Friday, 10 May 2013 | Anuradha Dutt | in Oped

Using animals for various medical tests is an inhuman practice. It also goes against the Indian ethos of ahimsa The European Union is reported to have banned sale of cosmetics, including products from India, which have been tested on animals. The United States' Food and Drug Administration also does...

Indigenous enterprises deserve a leg-up

Friday, 10 May 2013 | Manjula Pal | in Oped

Government's apathy towards industry, research and development has pushed manufacturers to become traders and component assemblers Ever since this country gained independence the one area that has been, and continues to be totally neglected by successive Governments is without doubt the manufacturing sector. Be it granting of funds for research...

Pakistan’s bloody road to democracy

Friday, 10 May 2013 | CP Bhamri | in Oped

For the first time in its history, a civilian Government in Islamabad has completed its full-term and will hand over power to another elected regime. However, the military and the jihadists continue to threaten civilian rule in that country Sarabjit Singh’s tragic end in Pakistan understandably evoked strong reactions in...

Let’s prepare for the inevitable

Thursday, 09 May 2013 | Pravin Sawhney | in Oped

Once China made the desired gains at the strategic, operational and tactical levels, it stepped back, in true Chinese style of ‘confrontation and cooperation' diplomacy. At the strategic level, it brought India's political leadership under enormous psychological pressure Clarity on the disputed border between India and China will help...

Mischief-makers will not sit idle

Thursday, 09 May 2013 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Oped

Bangladesh's Prime Minister has acted tough against perpetrators of violence unleashed by the Opposition. She must follow it up by continued strong action Hefazat-e-Islam warriors and their leaders had announced repeatedly that they would rather die than leave the Shapla Chattar area of Dhaka, where they had been allowed to...

Towards improved waste treatment

Thursday, 09 May 2013 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

Waste recycling, treatment and processing plants are proactive initiatives undertaken particularly in urban areas. But more often than not, the finer aspects of setting up such treatment plants are not adequately attended to On April 13, the small town of Myladi in Kottakal district, Kerala, witnessed widespread protests against a...

They are the country’s pride

Wednesday, 08 May 2013 | Prerna Singh Bindra | in Oped

Gujarat must show its largesse by happily allowing the translocation of some lions to a new habitat in the greater interest of the species. Lions do not ‘belong' to any State; they are our national heritage, and we hold them in custody for the world On April 15 the Supreme Court...

Orderly system has no place in society today

Wednesday, 08 May 2013 | K Datta | in Oped

Why should Army personnel lower down the order be made to work as virtual domestic servants of their seniors, polishing shoes and making purchases? Seeing an Air Force officer in regulation azure half-sleeved shirt and deep blue trousers squeezing into his busy schedule the task of collecting his children from the...

No readymade solution for growth

Wednesday, 08 May 2013 | Shivaji Sarkar | in Oped

Radical reforms, such as re-designing the tax system and shedding the excess flab of an over-sized bureaucracy, are needed if the Indian economy has to turn a corner. But a beleaguered UPA regime cannot deliver them Soon after President Pranab Mukherjee lamented that multi-national companies are not investing in India to...

Tricky mouse can play politics

Tuesday, 07 May 2013 | Kushan Mitra | in Oped

It would be interesting to see whether social media sites like Twitter or Facebook can determine the way people vote in India. A recent study predicted that Facebook might actually influence the results in 120 Lok Sabha constituencies in the next general election There has been a lot of drama...


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