A new approach to doing business

Monday, 13 Nov 2017 | Hima Bindu Kota | in Oped

While the leap in India’s rank in the Ease of Doing Business table is welcome and reflects the Government’s commitment towards reforms, it is not an end in itself. More needs to be done A recent report by the World Bank on ‘Ease of Doing Business’ pegged India at the 100th...

A disGrace in Zimbabwe

Monday, 13 Nov 2017 | Gwynne Dyer | in Oped

Blame not Grace Mugabe but her husband, Robert Mugabe, the President, for pushing the country into an economic crisis Grace Mugabe, second wife of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, had a moment of awful clarity about her future three years ago. Speaking about Joice Mujuru, the woman who was then Vice President...

When politics takes over commitment

Monday, 13 Nov 2017 | Garima Maheshwari | in Oped

Fiji's U-turn at the Conference of the Parties on climate change has stunned like-minded nations. The present deadlock will come as an obstruction to the goal of preserving the environment; it will, in fact, foster a culture of inaction What was expected and proclaimed to be a technical working conference, to...

Think now | George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright

Monday, 13 Nov 2017 | Pioneer | in Oped

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. Those who get on in this world are those who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, make them. Life is no brief candle. It is a...

Moderate Islam, liberlised Saudi: New West Asian Order

Saturday, 11 Nov 2017 | Swarn Kumar Anand | in Oped

At a time when Saudi Arabia is caught up in a whirling vortex of tremendous domestic and external challenges, the kingdom has given birth to a visionary and secular despot — unlike earlier rulers who invoked puritanical Islamic norms to legitimise and secure their rule — in Crown Prince...

New Tsar takes shine off October Revolution centenary

Saturday, 11 Nov 2017 | Makhan Saikia | in Oped

Vladimir Putin, the current Russian President, has made obviously more headlines than the much-talked about celebration of the 100th year of the historic October Revolution last month across the globe, including its homeland. His date with Kremlin in a very unusual style for more than one-and-a-half decade has set his...

Chinese checkers on terror

Friday, 10 Nov 2017 | Vineeta Pandey | in Oped

Repeated Chinese actions to thwart India’s bid to designate Masood Azhar as a global terrorist may be welcomed by Pakistan but it’s also undermining Beijing’s role as an emerging world power China has once again thrown a ‘technical’ spanner in the global effort to ban Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) militant Maulana Masood...

A Capital under pollution lockdown

Friday, 10 Nov 2017 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

Air pollution has once again brought the Capital to a grinding halt. It’s high time authorities look for long-term policy measures and implement them faithfully The ongoing onslaught of air pollution has crossed all safety limits and has virtually put the citizens, especially children and the elderly of the Capital city...

Himachal poll campaign hits new lows

Friday, 10 Nov 2017 | Kalyani Shankar | in Oped

Stakes are high in the hill State of Himachal Pradesh, which voted yesterday. It is a two-cornered contest between old players, the Congress and the BJP, with the former facing anti-incumbency While all eyes are on the outcome of the Gujarat Assembly poll on December 18, (the home State of...

Of Gains and Pains after demonetisation

Thursday, 09 Nov 2017 | Kanika Mehta | in Oped

There is no denying the initial pain felt by shopkeepers in the Capital’s retail markets. But the past few months have seen business return to normal and, surprisingly, some support for the ‘tough’ note-ban decision even among those it hit the hardest A hot spot for both, college students and working...


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