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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 new paradigm for financial inclusion

Thursday, 09 Aug 2018 | Moin Qazi | in Edit

The new revolution for financial inclusion will have better chances of success if it is driven less by financial punditry and more by empathetic governance Ideal financial societies provide safe and convenient ways of managing simple monetary affairs. Financial inclusion is the philosophy of providing affordable, safe, accessible, and properly regulated...

End of an era

Thursday, 09 Aug 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

Karunanidhi was the last of an illustrious peerage of leaders who shaped the Dravidian movement. He will be missed Visionary and sagacious he may have been but perhaps DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi, with his characteristic art of understatement, hadn’t quite envisioned the vacuum he would leave behind. “If one Karunanidhi goes,...

Silent killer

Thursday, 09 Aug 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

Air pollution has been affecting both our health and the economy. The problem requires a collective remedy That air pollution is a lethal, silent killer was a known. But a Word Bank report recently cited by a Parliamentary Standing Committee on Earth Science, Environment, and Forests, has brought out that the...

Comic relief

Thursday, 09 Aug 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

It may be put down to much-needed comic relief and respite from the complexities and depressiveness of worldly affairs, but Amazon Prime’s flagship Comicstaan is the most-viewed show. While the reality show format has been a hit when it comes to music and dance talent shows, how long it will...

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...

Educating India

Wednesday, 08 Aug 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

Innovative initiatives to not only get children into school but to keep them there are the need of the hour With more than 1.5 million schools spread across the country, India has one of the most diverse and complex educational systems in the world that is besieged by myriad problems. Though...


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