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Think now | Voltaire

Wednesday, 24 May 2017 | Pioneer | in Thoughts

I have wanted to kill myself a hundred times, but somehow I am still in love with life. This ridiculous weakness is perhaps one of our more stupid melancholy propensities, for is there anything more stupid than to be eager to go on carrying a burden which one would gladly throw...

Getting mullahs out of Constitution’s way

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 | A Surya Prakash | in Edit

Supreme Court’s verdict on triple talaq can be a turning point for both the minority community and the concept of gender parity. Let’s keep our fingers crossed Last week, a five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court completed its hearing of a batch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of triple...

Moderate Iran triumphs

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 | Pioneer | in Edit

Hassan Rouhani must push ahead with his liberal reforms and sideline hardliners With more than 57 per cent of the Iranian voters endorsing another term for the moderate President Hassan Rouhani, the electorate's message could not have been more emphatic: The people of Iran want greater integration of their nation with...

All things in place for GST

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 | Pioneer | in Edit

Administration is the new challenge, price rise fear factor appears exaggerated The Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime is well on the course to being rolled out from this July 1. After Parliament had cleared the relevant legislations, and with many States too having done their bit and others in the...

Seizing the advantage now

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 | Shivaji Sarkar | in Oped

Market is favourable for India with the boom in youth population, appreciation of rupee and reduction in oil prices. It’s time to build upon the formal sector India remains among the world’s hotspots and the growth in 2018 to touch 7.5 per cent, says the United Nations Economic and Social Survey...

Making of a healthy and happy India

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 | Rishma Dhillon Pai | in Oped

Private sector and civil society will have to work together to reach the ambitious goal set by Family Planning 2020 Imagine an innovation that could break entrenched cycles of poverty and inequity and spur development across India. Something that could impact family health, accelerate women's empowerment, improve education, enhance economic productivity...

Less than zealous medical fraternity

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 | Archana Jyoti | in Oped

The Pradhan Mantri Surakhshit Matritva Abhiyan is a unique project to save the lives of pregnant women in the country's rural areas. Unfortunately, not many private doctors and allied specialists are registering for the scheme If implemented earnestly and obstetricians/radiologists/physicians in the private sector show care, compassion and commitment to provide...

Think now | Guru Nanak

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 | Pioneer | in Thoughts

There is but One God, His name is Truth, He is the Creator, He fears none, he is without hate, He never dies, He is beyond the cycle of births and death, He is self illuminated, He is realised by the kindness of the True Guru. He was True in...

On gender parity, the Constitution matters

Monday, 22 May 2017 | Balbir Punj | in Edit

With all pretensions dropped, the dividing line between the ‘secularists' and Islamic fundamentalists has just disappeared. Both are two sides of the same coin The last week in India once again brought out the ugly warts that cover the face of India’s perverted ‘secularism’. Financial skulduggery by two ‘secular’ icons —...

Hurriyat’s gameplan

Monday, 22 May 2017 | Pioneer | in Edit

NIA investigation should be able to nail the separatist group’s dubious money trail It's good that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has launched a preliminary probe against senior Hurriyat Conference leaders for their alleged monetary links with terrorist groups based in Pakistan. There is far too much material now in the...


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