Poll panel for welfare of the common man

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 | SC Agrawal | Delhi

The Election Commission of India has proved its worth by boldly opposing before a parliamentary committee the state-funding of polls and the recently introduced electoral bonds. A totally impractical idea of state-funding of elections can only be a useless additional burden on tax-payers without any guarantee that it would eliminate...

Alignment issues

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 | Tharcius S Fernando | Chennai

Sir — Actor Rajinikanth is in the limelight again; this time as a potential entrant into politics. Though, as usual, he is ambiguous about it. His assertion that he is a pachai thamizhan, though he is not, gives one the lead to believe that the actor has almost decided to...

Pivotal relation

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 | KV Seetharamaiah | Hassan

Sir— It has been reported that an Indian has been arrested in Islamabad allegedly for carrying incomplete travel documents. The veracity of allegation in the case of Pakistan will always be in doubt. Attempts to save every citizen deliberately caught by Pakistan would be a fruitless exercise. Every citizen of India...

Justice to Nirbhaya is just the start

Monday, 22 May 2017 | Bal Govind | Noida

This refers to the article, “No full closure in Nirbhaya case” (May 18) by Shreya Kedia. The recent verdict of the Supreme Court has given some sigh of relief to Nirbhaya's parents, but I agree it is not a full closure for them. Indeed if changes made in the juvenile...

Strong judgement

Monday, 22 May 2017 | Sujit De | Kolkata

Sir —This refers to the article, “No full closure in Nirbhaya case” (May 18) by Shreya Kedia. Recent incidents of brutal and demonic rape and murder from one corner of our country to another — from Goa’s Canacona, to Odisha to Haryana’s Rohtak — uphold the need to impose maximum...

Atrocious conduct

Monday, 22 May 2017 | MC Joshi | Lucknow

Sir — This refers to the report, “1,400-yr-old custom can’t be put on trial: Kapil Sibal to SC” (May 17). All India Muslim Personal Law Board counsel Kapil Sibal’s drawing parallel between triple talaq and Ram’s birth in Ayodhya and to say that triple talaq is a matter of faith...

Valley violence

Monday, 22 May 2017 | Jai Prakash Gupta | Ambala Cantt

Sir — The ongoing violence in Kashmir valley is a cause of concern for all Indians in general and nationalists in particular. Controlling the jihadi youth by force or recruitment in Armed Forces may not yield sustained results, when even the Supreme Court, secular politicians/media and human rights activists have...

Jadhav’s confession extracted under duress

Saturday, 20 May 2017 | KV Seetharamaiah

It is a matter of great relief but not rejoicing yet that Kulbhushan Jadhav has been saved from the noose. It is a relief but not an occasion to be joyful because the final verdict is yet to come. It is hoped that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) will...

First win

Saturday, 20 May 2017 | N R Ramachandran | Chennai

Sir — The International Court of Justice in the Hague has put on hold the execution of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who had been sentenced to death by a military court in Pakistan. Jadhav, was denied consular access. He was denied a lawyer too, to fight his case. It is...

Freebie addiction

Saturday, 20 May 2017 | Madhu Agrawal | Delhi

Sir— This refers to the Union Cabinet giving the nod to maternity benefit programme, that entails extending freebie of `6,000 to every woman employed in Government and public sector enterprise on her first pregnancy in 53 select districts of the country. It is significant that the costly gift of `12,661...



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Lynch protest: police fire in air, Sec 144 imposed in four areas

21 May 2017 | PTI | Jamshedpur

Protest against lynching of four persons intensified today and the police had to fire in the air to disperse a mob, while prohibitory orders under Section 144 were imposed in four areas here for tonight. Police fired in the air to disperse a mob that blocked roads in Mango area, demanding arrest of culprits involved in the lynching of four persons of a community at Rajnagar in Seraikela-Kharswan district on Thursday...

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Two Hindi plays performed at Shaheed Bhavan

23 May 2017 | Staff Reporter | Bhopal

Two Hindi plays ‘Jung-e-Azadi’ and ‘Mantra’ were beautifully staged at Shaheed Bhavan Auditorium on Monday. The plays were staged marking the first day of Children’s Theatre Festival ‘Azad Bansuri’...

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