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Saudi Vision 2030: Regional dynamics

Saturday, 18 Nov 2017 | Anwar Alam | in Oped

Of late, the Saudi Vision 2030, a brainchild of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (popularly known as MBS), has received considerable attention in the public domain, particularly after the anointment of MBS as Crown Prince with high prospect of succeeding his father, King Salman. What is Saudi Vision 2030? Is...

New India’s Trump card in Asian space

Saturday, 18 Nov 2017 | Manan Dwivedi | in Oped

US President Donald Trump might be known for his so-called idiosyncrasies, whims and fancies, but the Asiatic space nations of the order of Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, South Korea and Japan too are going their gerrymandering ways. The rise and demise of twin economic groupings such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)...

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...


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