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India’s football moment?

Saturday, 20 May 2017 | Pioneer | in Edit

The country has been performing below its potential. Now it shows signs of recovery In 1996, India achieved an all-time high in the men's global football rankings, achieving the 94th position there. India was not a global powerhouse in the world's most popular team sport, but great things were neverthesless expected...

Gentleman, scholar, pracharak and neta

Saturday, 20 May 2017 | Ashok Malik | in Edit

With Anil Dave you could spend hours discussing a variety of issues, not mentioning politics at all, and come away the wiser. He was both erudite and polite to a fault In the summer of 2009, a journalist friend phoned and asked for recommendations. His newspaper had told him to profile...

Gorakhpur waiting for a new dawn

Saturday, 20 May 2017 | KK Srivastava | in Oped

“The sadness is, that every leaf has fallen before…” Allen Ginsberg in his book KADDISH AND OTHER POEMS Writing this piece, I am aware that societies struggling to come to proper shape thrive on assumptions regulating these societies. And with the job in hand, I will go with the assumptions even naÔve...

Urgent need to reform civil services exams

Saturday, 20 May 2017 | Virendra Gupta | in Oped

The current civil services examinations need to be thoroughly overhauled if it were to serve as an effective instrument for selecting suitable candidates for the country’s premier civil services. Nearly one-year long process, comprising preliminary screening test followed by mains and interview for shortlisted candidates, leaves unsuccessful candidates little time...

Downplaying climate change is dangerous

Friday, 19 May 2017 | RK Pachauri | in Edit

Governments the world over appear to be influenced by the unhealthy interference of vested interests, and take positions not on facts but for short-term gains There is now a growing resolve across the world to deal with the challenge of climate change, even though action thus far has been inadequate and...

Nuclear energy boost

Friday, 19 May 2017 | Pioneer | in Edit

Cabinet decision will greatly reduce India’s dependence on foreign technology There are three positive aspects to the Union Cabinet's approval of indigenous construction of 10 atomic reactors for civil nuclear use. The first is that it will provide an impetus to the encouragement and growth of local technological talent. The Indian...

Our VIP illegal squatters

Friday, 19 May 2017 | Pioneer | in Edit

Out of service, out of Government accommodation. The new normal The Union Cabinet's decision to quickly evict people who occupy Government accommodation past the authorised period, cannot but be welcomed. The tendency of Government servants — and this includes Ministers too — to cling on to free housing at tax-payers' money,...

A good starter

Friday, 19 May 2017 | Kushan Mitra | in Automobile

The Renault Kwid has been a surprising success on the sales front. We spend some time with the ‘Easy-R’ AMT version to see why All the vehicle models that regularly sell more than 10,000 units a month have either the stylised ‘S’ of Suzuki or the stylised ‘H’ of Hyundai on...

The reading habit: Going back to culture

Friday, 19 May 2017 | Ananya Borgohain | in Big Story

As the Baahubali film series becomes the first to gross Rs 1,000 crore, it becomes imperative to address the emerging trend of re-telling mythologies; more so in India. Author Anand Neelakantan, who recently launched the prequel to Baahubali, titled The Rise of Sivagami, around the same time as the release...

The iconic self-realisation book

Friday, 19 May 2017 | Rajesh Singh | in Big Story

Its timeless appeal lies in the universality of the stories Yogananda shares It could only be a coincidence, but what a coincidence it was! The world was still struggling to make sense of an audacious American writer by the name of Ayn Rand, who unapologetically pushed for the libertarian concept of...


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