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...

Mamata’s last gamble

Monday, 22 May 2017 | Pioneer | in Edit

By warming up to old foe Congress, the Trinamool leader wants to check BJP Mamata Banerjee’s recalibration of her politics has been stunning. From being a fierce critic of the Congress — which she left in a huff and formed the Trinamool Congress — she has now come so close to...

Soft touch and hard results

Monday, 22 May 2017 | Sanju Verma | in Oped

With Modi Government coming to power, the country’s foreign policy is neither inward-looking nor xenophobic. If anything, pluralism and inclusiveness are the touchstones of its global outreach When Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his second year in office visited the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Qatar and Turkey, taking diplomatic...

Quintessence and the role of DNA

Monday, 22 May 2017 | Vinayshil Gautam | in Oped

Ethos for communities are to understand the intricacies of human-kind, integral to the growth of robust nationalism Whether we like it or not, we are all significantly ethos driven. We are born with a genetic code which carries selections from the DNA of 16 people, eight from our father’s side and...


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