Lateral entry, upward expertise in Government

Friday, 15 Jun 2018 | RK Pachauri | in Edit

While in a democracy an important issue like civil service reform would understandably become a subject of hot political debate, it would help if political parties at least appreciate the need for change and improvement A significant news item just disseminated mentions that 10 positions at the level of Joint Secretary...

Brexitannia waives rules

Friday, 15 Jun 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

UK has become a favourite destination for dodgy characters with questionable sources of funds Where does the United Kingdom head from here? This is something that is being debated intensely in the halls of Westminster as the country is left with a single year before they must comply with the wishes...

Cup of joy

Friday, 15 Jun 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

As football's quadrennial showpiece gets underway, the world stops to bask in the glow of the game Yes, India is nowhere in the picture and yes, this a cricket-mad country. But come the World Cup which kicked off in Russia yesterday amid pomp and glitz, we have all picked our favorite...

Striking the right balance

Friday, 15 Jun 2018 | Abhishek Pratap Singh | in Oped

The greater role of the SCO remains largely attached to its consequential economic significance for the Eurasian region in a more open, balanced and multilateral setting The 18th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), at Qingdao, China marked a ‘positive development’ towards greater regional cooperation among partner states on key...

Modi Government: Hype vs reality

Friday, 15 Jun 2018 | Gopal krishna agrawal | in Oped

Good economics is good politics. Unlike previous Governments, the Modi Administration has not created vested interests for limited people under its rule As the Modi Government completes four years of its first term in office and the nation braces itself for the General Election next year, it is an opportune moment...

A true vision for Indian education

Friday, 15 Jun 2018 | Prashant Tewari | in Oped

Syama Prasad Mukherjee believed that education was the key instrument to attain Independence. He imbibed the principle that liberation was not an abstract category but an ontological category meaning freedom from economic, social, political and spiritual suffering. We must learn a lesson from his life to build a stronger nation Within...

Are we worse drivers than before?

Friday, 15 Jun 2018 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

There are hundreds of technological aids in cars nowadays. But has that made us worse drivers than our forefathers? From April 1, 2019, all vehicles sold in India will have to pass offset frontal crash tests and will mandatorily have safety features such as front airbags — only driver and front...

Donald Trump and his trade delusion

Thursday, 14 Jun 2018 | Gwynne Dyer | in Edit

While leaders will have to divert some attention and effort to coping with the negative impacts of Trump's trade war, they must not let that become their obsession. It's a side issue, though potentially an expensive one Halfway across the Pacific Ocean, Donald Trump heard the closing statements from the G7...

A tough call

Thursday, 14 Jun 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

Should J&K ceasefire be extended or have the terrorists made it unfeasible? As Eid approaches, the Government of India has to take a call on whether the ceasefire — or to be more precise the month-long suspension of proactive operations by the security forces while retaining the right to self-defence and/or...

People’s history

Thursday, 14 Jun 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

Sinauli's desire to be a visible centre of our heritage must not be overlooked Archaeologists and historians may be celebrating the recent copper-bronze era excavations at Sinauli village in Uttar Pradesh’s Baghpat district, suggesting the presence of a warrior class of inhabitants and most importantly chariots for the first time as...


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