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Indian Railways: PRIORITISE SAFETY, INFRASTRUCTURE…

Indian Railways PRIORITISE SAFETY, INFRASTRUCTURE By Shivaji Sarkar An Indian train running on a faulty engine is not rare. Rakes or coaches running without engines for kilometers are not infrequent either. Minor derailments often do not come...
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Cheating in Exams: REFLECTION OF ROT IN SOCIETY…

Cheating in Exams REFLECTION OF ROT IN SOCIETY By Dr S Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi) Bihar’s cheating scandal shows the rot that has set into the system. From 1,217 examination centres across the State, 1,000 people were taken into...
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Of HMT & Air India: SAVE TIMEKEEPER, NOT MAHARAJA…

Of HMT & Air India SAVE TIMEKEEPER, NOT MAHARAJA By Shivaji Sarkar Signs of the Government settling down to business are emerging. Hiving off nine loss-making public sector units is apparently a good decision. However, there is a surprise that the...
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Social Media: POLITICIANS UNNERVED!…

Social Media POLITICIANS UNNERVED! By Geetartha Pathak If on the one hand, the revolution in information technology has widened the scope of knowledge and dissemination of information, on the other a section of ‘powerful’ politicians has sought to...
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Unending Suicides: MAKE FARMING PIVOTAL …

Unending Suicides MAKE FARMING PIVOTAL By Shivaji Sarkar A number of farmers in UP and neighbouring areas committed suicide owing to untimely rains damaging their crops. Ironical isn’t it when the Union Budget has given some sops to agriculture. It...
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Political Veto: MUSCLING TO MASK REALITY …

Political Veto MUSCLING TO MASK REALITY By Poonam I Kaushish Whither India? Yesterday I saw Storyville: India’s Daughter on the Delhi vicious gang rape and murder by six men on 16 December 2012 on social networking site You Tube like lakhs others....
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Price Check, Higher growth: INDUSTRY MUST TAKE LEAD…

Price Check, Higher growth INDUSTRY MUST TAKE LEAD By Shivaji Sarkar Focus of the economy has to change. The Union budget 2015 is targeting a big push to infrastructure. It proposes to infuse Rs 70,000 crore. Rural development also gets attention. The...
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Scarce Defence Budget: HITS TROOP MORALE, UPGRADING …

Scarce Defence Budget HITS TROOP MORALE, UPGRADING By Dr PK Vasudeva Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced on 28 February a modest 7.9 per cent increase in the country’s defence spending for the fiscal year 2015-16, suggesting that it will move only...
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Political Twilight Zone: CRONY CAPITALISM, TOH KYA?…

Political Twilight Zone CRONY CAPITALISM, TOH KYA? By Poonam I Kaushish “They are very important people… see they are comfortable.” A harmless instruction, one would dismiss. Yet it has exercised-excited political Delhi, thanks to the main protagonist:...
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Religious Freedom: PERCEPTION OF TOLERANCE…

Religious Freedom PERCEPTION OF TOLERANCE By Dr S Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi) Rights of minorities and religious conversions end up being hot topics these days triggering controversies galore. While the latest has erupted over RSS chief...
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Espionage Case: DELHI RINGS WARNING BELLS…

Espionage Case DELHI RINGS WARNING BELLS By Insaf Delhi, the national capital stinks after the ‘oil spill’. The sensational corporate-espionage case involving the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas has wider repercussions for the country’s...
Smart Cities: HERALDING A NEW AGE? ….

Smart Cities: HERALDING A NEW AGE? ….

Smart Cities HERALDING A NEW AGE? By Dhurjati Mukherjee The growth of cities has been a unique phenomenon in the country and, according to the United Nations, India is expected to add 404 million people between 2004 and 2050. Experts believe that it...
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Kejriwal’s Re-Election: IMPACT ON NATIONAL POLITICS…

Kejriwal’s Re-Election IMPACT ON NATIONAL POLITICS By Dr S Saraswathi Practising politicians as well as political scientists are drawing lessons from the Delhi election that is believed to be a potential game-changer in Indian politics. People can legitimately...
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AAP Promises: BIG DREAMS SANS REVENUE…

AAP Promises BIG DREAMS SANS REVENUE By Shivaji Sarkar Delhi votes the bizarre way. A high price-hit people, despite fall in inflation statistics, believed that the moon promised by Aam Admi Party would be delivered to them. It has a severe cost to the...
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Preamble Controversy: NO SUBSTANCE, SIMPLY POLITICS…

Preamble Controversy NO SUBSTANCE, SIMPLY POLITICS By S Saraswati Nothwithstanding the Government putting to rest the recent row over the Preamble of the Constitition, the debate provides a disturbing insight. The issue today is not about the significance...
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Nagaland Logjam: OVER, NO MUSICAL CHAIRS…

Nagaland Logjam OVER, NO MUSICAL CHAIRS By Insaf Nagging uncertainty in Nagaland is thankfully over. Chief Minister T R Zeliang would heave a sigh of relief having emerged victorious in ‘protecting the dignity of his office’. For the past month, he...
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Tiger Census: STRONG GOVERNANCE CRITICAL…

Tiger Census STRONG GOVERNANCE CRITICAL By Proloy Bagchi A lot of cheer has been brought to tiger and environment lovers by the latest Tiger Census conducted in late 2014. There seems to have been a revival in its numbers after the dismal count of 2006,...
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Nepal’s Constitution: INDIA, WORLD AWAIT OUTCOME …

Nepal’s Constitution INDIA, WORLD AWAIT OUTCOME By Ashok B Sharma India, with the rest of the world is watching with eagerness the transition of Nepal to a full-fledged republic with a Constitution that aims to empower all segments of the society....
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It’s Raining Desertions: CONGRESS PARTY OF LOLITAS…

It’s Raining Desertions CONGRESS PARTY OF LOLITAS By Poonam I Kaushish Political Delhi resembles a battle field as Parties trade charges and finger point in the run-up to polls in four days. Amidst the daily hectoring between BJP and AAP, the indolent...
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‘Corruption-Free India’: GOA BELIES MODI’S AFFIRMATION …

‘Corruption-Free India’ GOA BELIES MODI’S AFFIRMATION By Insaf   The BJP-led Government in Goa should be a cause of embarrassment and worry for the Centre. It has put a big question mark on Prime Minister’s promise of making India “corruption-free”....
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