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Why a pan-India NRC is the need of the hour

Saturday, 11 Aug 2018 | Vijender Gupta | in Oped

Reactions to the procedure of National Register of Citizens of India (NRC) to identify illegal migrant population in Assam, as per the provisions of the Assam Accord of 1985, is the latest example of the manner in which matters of national security have been vitiated for political exigencies. The Accord,...

Airports built to last

Saturday, 11 Aug 2018 | Matthys Serfontein | in Oped

Early engagement of a technology partner in the design phase of an airport terminal enables a paradigm change in its construction There has been a strong collaboration in recent years between architects and IT specialists in the development of new airports and terminal design. The role played by technology in providing...

Eliminating nuclear armageddon

Friday, 10 Aug 2018 | RK Pachauri | in Oped

Perhaps Einstein was right when he said that as long as sovereign nations possessed power, war was inevitable. But it is possible, through enlightened leadership, that all sovereign nations do away with nuclear weapons It was 73 years ago on August 6, that the US dropped the first atomic bomb on...

Our future: Hothouse earth

Friday, 10 Aug 2018 | Gwynne Dyer | in Oped

The scientific word is out: We have already passed the point where a return to the stable climate of the past 14,000 years is possible and we are on course for ‘hothouse earth’ It would be churlish to ask what took them so long. Let us be grateful instead that the...

Wage war on corrupt NGOs

Friday, 10 Aug 2018 | Navneet Anand | in Oped

The idea behind NGOs has lost sheen over the years; most have become synonymous with corruption. There is a need to restore their credibility Brajesh Thakur and Girija Tripathi are rapacious vultures. Disgraced managers of two shelter homes for girls in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur and Uttar Pradesh’s Deoria respectively, they represent a...

A thrifty growth momentum

Thursday, 09 Aug 2018 | Sanju Verma | in Oped

Modinomics has done a laudable job in straddling the twin objectives of high growth and fiscal rectitude. And that is never easy for any Government in any part of the world For the first time in almost a decade, India has achieved a primary fiscal deficit of virtually nothing, at less...

Act before it’s too late

Thursday, 09 Aug 2018 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

Due to climate change and falling crop yields, farmers have become easy prey for fertiliser manufacturing giants. They must be freed from modern-day rapaciousness The Indian agricultural sector, with 55 per cent of its land under cultivation, has always been the backbone of Indian economy with nearly 60 per cent of...

It’s confirmed: Rigging it was

Thursday, 09 Aug 2018 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Oped

There can be no other description of what happened in the polls in Pakistan. It was an election thoroughly rigged by the Army that hoisted Imran Khan to power Few things in recent times has surprised this writer more than the breathtaking claim, even by Indians who ought to have known...

Making sense of Pakistan poll

Wednesday, 08 Aug 2018 | Nadeem Paracha | in Oped

Rigged or not, the poll results reflected the highly polarised nature of Pakistan’s polity. In a free and fair election, Imran Khan’s PTI would not have bagged more seats than the PML-N and the PPP Just like most elections in Pakistan, the 2018 poll have been marred by allegations of rigging....

Let’s embrace our children

Wednesday, 08 Aug 2018 | Piyali Chatterjee | in Oped

Nationwide issues and concerns that our children are confronting should not be camouflaged by larger agendas, interests or biases of political parties In the present world of hostilities, discrimination, violence, harassment and negligence, being a child is no child’s play. Unaware of their rights and often devoid of voice, children and...


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