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A paradigm shift in politics, now possible

Friday, 03 Jan 2014 | Kalyani Shankar | in Oped

The biggest event of the year will the general election in May. Whichever party or alliance is elected, it will have a lot of problems to fix What does the crystal ball say about the year 2014? It looks to be unpredictable and one of political shocks and economic shifts. Broadly...

Deal effectively with construction waste

Friday, 03 Jan 2014 | Papia Samajdar | in Oped

The recent controversy over sand mining has put the spotlight on the need for recycle and reuse of waste generated during the building of new structures. The construction industry in India is booming, already a 10 per cent of the GDP, and is growing at an outstanding rate of 10...

Building our natural consciousness

Wednesday, 01 Jan 2014 | Prerna Singh Bindra | in Oped

Environmental issues, which touch and impact every aspect of our lives, have failed to stir the public conscience, impact mainstream concerns and inspire action. A healthy environment is our collective responsibility The resolve for this column to have an optimistic spin — given that it is delivered to you on New...

Education should be a priority in 2014

Wednesday, 01 Jan 2014 | Meeta W Sengupta | in Oped

A country in search of growth must invest in education. However, Government investments in this field have not influenced voting patterns. This needs to change It is a universally acknowledged truth that a country in search of growth must invest in education. It is also the year of the elections, where...

We can make 2014 look different

Tuesday, 31 Dec 2013 | Kushan Mitra | in Oped

First, I would take this opportunity to wish you all a happy new year; 2013 was a rough year for many of us and 2014 could not come soon enough. As the Indian economy endured its slowest growth for over a decade, many plans were put on hold. The media...

Economic woes will only get worse

Tuesday, 31 Dec 2013 | Shivaji Sarkar | in Oped

The uncertainties will persist till a Government with a convincing majority takes control and changes its track to pro-people, and not just pro-corporate, oriented policies Despite having strong fundamentals, the Indian economy did not perform well in 2013. The concerns ranged from rising inflation to a falling rupee, from a slowdown...

An oily and murky environment in India

Tuesday, 31 Dec 2013 | Avik Roy | in Oped

The Government has booted out two Environment and Forests Minister in the last five years, supposedly, for hampering growth. But instead of posturing with ministerial reshuffles, the regime must address the real problems The year 2013 is ending with alarm bells ringing for the environment. For the second time in the...

Time for some skepticism

Monday, 30 Dec 2013 | KG Suresh | in Oped

If one loves democracy, one just cannot hate politicians in toto. That's exactly what Arvind Kejriwal and his friends are doing, rubbishing every other political party and leader as corrupt and insincere Finally, the Aam Aadmi Party has formed a Government in Delhi. From refusing security to taking the metro to...

Many missions still unaccomplished

Monday, 30 Dec 2013 | Gwynne Dyer | in Oped

Edward Snowden’s privacy versus security debate will continue in the New Year, just as the conflicts in Africa and the war in Syria will rage well into 2014 It's always dangerous to declare “mission accomplished”. Former US President George W Bush did it weeks after he invaded Iraq, and it will...

Tool to fight pneumonia exists. Use it

Monday, 30 Dec 2013 | Dr Akash Malik | in Oped

India is one of the last countries which has not introduced the HIB-containing Pentavalent vaccine in its immunisation programme. Yet every year, hundreds of children die from diseases caused by Hemophilus Influenzae type B, writes Dr Akash Malik Pneumonia is one of the most solvable problems in global health. We have...


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