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Clean Ganga: A dream too far?

Tuesday, 31 Jul 2018 | archana jyoti | in Oped

So far, several attempts have been made to rejuvenate the Ganga but in vain. The NDA has been no different. The cause of the holy river must be taken up in all seriousness Recently, on July 20, when Congress chief Rahul Gandhi was making an impassioned speech in the Lok Sabha...

Poll sops derail fiscal consolidation

Tuesday, 31 Jul 2018 | Uttam Gupta | in Oped

The Government must shun the practice of giving sops through loan-waivers or the country will plunge into a fiscal disaster, inviting miseries for the poor In elections-after-elections, it has become normal for political parties to promise farm loan-waiver in order to swing votes to their favour. Last year, in Uttar Pradesh,...

Mantra of an educational centre

Monday, 30 Jul 2018 | JS Rajput | in Oped

Entrusting 20 institutions under the ‘Institutions of Eminence’ category alone will not do any good in reforming the education sector in India. Intellectual leadership and professional autonomy are the only way out It is now widely recognised that India must have a presence in the international ranking of higher education institutions....

Fear of the unknown

Monday, 30 Jul 2018 | RC Acharya | in Oped

Although most people refuse to accept depression as a disorder and consider it as a temporary inconvenience or weakness, it can be more than a silent killer Unlike high blood pressure, depression, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety disorder among others, post-traumatic ailments may not be a silent killer but...

MSP, loan-waiver: Temporary solutions

Monday, 30 Jul 2018 | Shivaji Sarkar | in Oped

While Centre’s dream of doubling farmers’ income is welcome, it needs area-specific strategies. Reorganising the entire farm mechanism is essential The Cabinet’s decision to hike the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for 14 crops by 50 per cent for the Kharif season will ease agrarian distress and fulfill a promise made to...

Afghanistan: How far from peace?

Saturday, 28 Jul 2018 | Baisali Mohanty | in Oped

The conflict, in its present state, necessitates a bottom-up approach to attain peace whereby multiple stakeholders need to place high regard in universal values of human rights and diversity In the recently concluded NATO summit, Afghanistan has yet again surfaced as the boiling pot that has witnessed offbeat power play in...

Spurring development

Saturday, 28 Jul 2018 | Shams Tamanna | in Oped

The effort made by India in the field of investment and infrastructure reflects its commitment to sustainable development goals, says Shams Tamanna There are no two opinions that not only in the current but in the coming century, the world economy will revolve around Asian countries, especially India and China....

Zimbabwe goes to polls in showdown vote

Saturday, 28 Jul 2018 | Gwynne Dyer | in Oped

Zimbabwe’s first free elections are set to change the nation’s course but it’s difficult to tell who’s best to save the economy: New blood or old tyrant? I am as soft as wool. I am a very soft person in life,” Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa told the BBC in a recent interview,...

Wage war on human trafficking

Friday, 27 Jul 2018 | PM Nair | in Oped

The Anti-trafficking Bill, that is under discussion in Parliament, is a magnificent and bold step in preventing and combating human trafficking. It will go a long way in making the Constitutional mandate a reality As Parliament discusses the Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018, threadbare, it must be...

Harmonising laws is vital

Friday, 27 Jul 2018 | ANIL MALHOTRA | in Oped

The proposed amendments to child marriage/adoption laws are progressive but are short-sighted and not in tandem with parallel existing family law legislations The Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) has proposed two amendments to the existing statutory enactments relating to marriage and adoption laws. The first proposal seeking approval of...


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