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The Maulana’s India connection

Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the man who has staged a huge protest rally in Islamabad demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Imran Khan, has links...

Air Pollution in Delhi: Every Breath You Take

Above: Haze near India Gate that poses a major health risk/Photo: UNI Delhi and its adjoining areas are facing an unprecedented crisis as pollution levels...

Motor Vehicles Act: Heads You Lose

Above: The petitioner has linked the exemption given to women and children from wearing helmets in MP to safety issues/Photo: UNI A PIL by a...

Tussle in the Making

Above: Murugan and wife Nalini have started an indefinite fast at the Vellore Central Prison. They are protesting against Murugan being placed in solitary...

Amid the Bust

Above: The policy changes in the real estate sector are drastic and will boost construction/Photo: citizenmatters.in While the real-estate sector is faced with recession in...

Medical Devices: Tighter Control

Above: A knee implant surgery in progress. Now there is a price cap on such implants/Photo: UNI From December 1, all devices will be treated...
Air Pollution: Promises to Keep

Stop the blame game and do something, SC tells Centre, Delhi govt on pollution

The Supreme Court on Monday pulled up the Centre and the Delhi government, saying “there is passing of buck”. People are losing precious years...

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Women First These days, media houses are piggybacking on events as revenue spinners, regardless of the theme. In that sense, Outlook has done a sterling...

Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal: Just Desserts

Above: The ICT building in Dhaka The Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal, which was established after the Awami League came to power in 2009, investigated and...

Learning the Queen’s Language

Above: Dev Ranjan Verma, SP, Balrampur (above), feels that his team in the district (left) is delivering better and showing more confidence after it...

The Fight against Fat

Above:  There has been a rapid increase in the rates of obesity and diabetes due to consumption of junk food in the past 15...

From Houston to Mamallapuram and beyond

Above: US President Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Houston’s NRG Stadium/Photo: PIB Diplomatic successes are no substitute for efficient governance and India needs...
The suggestions of the NCW will benefit single mothers/Photo: UNI

Child Guardianship Laws: Win-Win For Women

Above: The suggestions of the NCW will benefit single mothers/Photo: UNI A slew of recommendations made by the National Commission for Women is a welcome...
Alfa Serene is one of the four apartment complexes that will be demolished by the Kerala government

CRZ Norm Violations: A Farcical Exercise

While the Kerala government has started an exercise to look into all buildings which do not comply with norms, will it take on powerful...

Long Bloody Haul Ahead

Above: There is widespread resentment in Kashmir over the prolonged shutdown, lasting for over two months/Photo: UNI In the Army’s assessment, insurgency could get...
RTI protest

RTI Act: Too Brazen to Care

Above: An RTI protest in Delhi/Photo: Anil Shakya The RTI Act is dying a slow death as Public Information Officers violate it by withholding vital...

Media Watch

Skipping the Pages The state of the economy is mirrored partly in the state of the media, mainly to do with advertisers and sponsors with...

Media Watch

Rafale Media Bar It should have been a huge PR moment—handing over of the first Rafale fighter jet to India’s defence minister, Rajnath Singh, at...
Modi and Japan PM Shinzo Abe at the function in Ahmedabad to launch the project/Photo: UNI

Bullet train: Not At Full Speed

Above: Modi and Japan PM Shinzo Abe at the function in Ahmedabad to launch the project/Photo: UNI The overwhelming state power notwithstanding, farmers whose lands...
Youth leaders on a hunger strike in Wayanad against the ban on night traffic on NH 766

The Long and Winding Road…

Above: Youth leaders on a hunger strike in Wayanad against the ban on night traffic on NH 766 Karnataka’s partial closure of a highway passing...
Delhi Traffic police

Motor Vehicles Act: In the Right Direction

Above: Linking insurance premiums to traffic violations will discipline errant drivers/Photo: @dtptraffic The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India has called for linking vehicle...
Accused KuldeKuldeep Singh Sengar/Photo: UNIep Singh Sengar (file pic)Photo UNI

Shielding the Accused

Above: Kuldeep Singh Sengar/Photo: UNI Originally charged with murder, attempt to murder, criminal conspiracy and intimidation, expelled BJP legislator Kuldeep Singh Sengar gets a reprieve...
The reduction of Tamang’s disqualification period by the EC has raised the hackles of legal experts and political analysts

Requalification of Prem Singh Tamang: Reverse Swing

Above: The reduction of Tamang’s disqualification period by the EC has raised the hackles of legal experts and political analysts Though the Election Commission reduced...

Sedition Charges: Re-igniting Debate

Above: Aparna Sen, Adoor Gopalakrishnan and Ramachandra Guha are among the 49 signatories to the letter to the PM With sedition charges on 49 intellectuals...
Security beefed up outside St Mary’s Church at Piravom in Ernakulam district following clashes between the Jacobite faction and the Orthodox Church/Photo: Manorama

St Mary’s Church, Piravom: Unholy Divide

Above: Security beefed up outside St Mary’s Church at Piravom in Ernakulam district following clashes between the Jacobite faction and the Orthodox Church/Photo: Manorama A...
Dr Kafeel Khan addressing the press conference/Photo: Twitter

Gorakhpur Deaths: Gutsy Doctor

Above: Dr Kafeel Khan addressing the press conference/Photo: Twitter The unseemly fracas over Dr Kafeel Khan’s involvement in the death of 63 children two...

e-Assessment of Income Tax: Boon or Bane?

Above: Illustration by Amitava Sen On October 8, the centre will roll out an ambitious e-assessment scheme for collecting tax to reduce corruption and bring...
Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani was the first to water down the fines in the new Motor Vehicles Act/Photo: UNI

Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019: Road Anxiety

Above: Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani was the first to water down the fines in the new Motor Vehicles Act/Photo: UNI The softening of some of...
Image by 13smok from Pixabay

Honey Trapped

Above: Image by 13smok from Pixabay A high-profile call girl racket involving politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen flourished right under the police gaze till a complaint...
Alfa Serene is one of the four apartment complexes that will be demolished by the Kerala government

Dream Homes Shattered

Above: Alfa Serene is one of the four apartment complexes that will be demolished by the Kerala government More than 2,000 residents in 334 apartments...
British PM Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street to attend the reopening of parliament/Photo: UNI

An Astonishing Rebuke

Above: British PM Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street to attend the reopening of parliament/Photo: UNI After Boris Johnson shut down parliament, it was left...
Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar (extreme left) releasing funds for afforestation to various states in New Delhi/Photo: UNI

Afforestation Fund: Money Down the Drain?

Above: Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar (extreme left) releasing funds for afforestation to various states in New Delhi/Photo: UNI While the release of a whopping sum...
A girl holds a placard during a protest against the rape of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua/Photo: UNI

POCSO Trials: The Ways Are Not Wanting

Above: A girl holds a placard during a protest against the rape of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua/Photo: UNI In an astonishing endeavour, a court...
Hoardings and banners on Anna Salai, an arterial road in Chennai/Photo: Wikipedia.org

The Hoarding Mafia

Above: Hoardings and banners on Anna Salai, an arterial road in Chennai/Photo: Wikipedia.org The death of a young techie after a hoarding fell on her...
Mangayamma with her husband. She is the oldest woman to give birth/Photo: ANI

Geriatric Pregnancies: Mother Courage

Above: Mangayamma with her husband. She is the oldest woman to give birth/Photo: ANI The recent birth of twins to 74-year-old Mangayamma has once again...
The NGT committee wants anyone destroying water bodies to be punished

Water Bodies in NCR: Neglected & Dying

Above: The NGT committee wants anyone destroying water bodies to be punished An NGT panel has suggested that water bodies be given a Unique Identification...
Playing badminton daily was the secret behind Ram Jethmalani’s longevity/Photo: ramjethmalanimp.in

“God Will Have a Tough Time After My Death…”

Above: Playing badminton daily was the secret behind Ram Jethmalani’s longevity/Photo: ramjethmalanimp.in The brilliant and feisty lawyer Ram Jethmalani lived life on his own terms....
Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath/Photo: UNI

Legislative Council: Another House in MP?

Above: Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath/Photo: UNI Seven states already have Legislative Councils in addition to a Legislative Assembly. MP could join them soon in...
Indian Newspapers

Media Watch

Slowdown Blues The crucial sectors of the Indian economy which are going through a rough patch are starting to have an impact on the media....
British PM Boris Johnson in the House of Commons/Photo: UNI

UK’s Political Imbroglio: 10 Drowning Street

Above: British PM Boris Johnson in the House of Commons/Photo: UNI The British parliament has been suspended for five weeks as MPs reject Prime Minister...
The NGT committee wants anyone destroying water bodies to be punished

Water Bodies in NCR: Neglected & Dying

Above: The NGT committee wants anyone destroying water bodies to be punished An NGT panel has suggested that water bodies be given a Unique Identification...
Venkaiah Naidu

Disorder: The Order Of The Day

Above: Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu has had to pull up members many times for unruly behaviour, causing disruptions Though there are rules to...
Happiness and tolerance were the dominant themes at a school function in Dubai this February. The programme was organised under the UNESCO Associated Schools Project in the UAE/Photo: Twitter

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

Above: Happiness and tolerance were the dominant themes at a school function in Dubai this February. The programme was organised under the UNESCO Associated...
Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi Palanisami announced recently that Vellore district will be trifurcated into three new districts/Photo: UNI

Tamil Nadu: More Is Not Merrier

Above: Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi Palanisami announced recently that Vellore district will be trifurcated into three new districts/Photo: UNI Since January this year, the Tamil...
Water-logging on railway tracks is a regular feature in Mumbai during the monsoon/Photo: UNI

Climate Change In Mumbai: All At Sea

Above: Water-logging on railway tracks is a regular feature in Mumbai during the monsoon/Photo: UNI One hopes that the task force set up by the...
Media Watch

Media Watch

The Tweaking Game Every quarter, newspaper readers are mighty confused by the contrasting full-page ads put out by the big two in Delhi and Mumbai—The...
The proposed move will affect many medical students like those of the Raghunath Murmu Medical College & Hospital, Odisha/Photo: orissadiary.com

Bonds for PG Seats: Arm-twisting Doctors

Above: The proposed move will affect many medical students like those of the Raghunath Murmu Medical College & Hospital, Odisha/Photo: orissadiary.com Odisha has proposed a penalty...
Sister Lucy Kalappura has allegedly been dismissed for speaking out against the church/twitter.com/ANI

Church Controversies: Cardinal Sins

Above: Sister Lucy Kalappura has allegedly been dismissed for speaking out against the church/twitter.com/ANI Financial frauds and amorous adventures of Kerala leaders have left the...
The Sardar Sarovar Project/Photo: en.wikipedia.org

Sardar Sarovar Dam Dispute: Waters of Discord

Above: The Sardar Sarovar Project/Photo: en.wikipedia.org The Congress government in Madhya Pradesh has dug its heels in over the Sardar Sarovar project and is refusing...
The Cauvery water dispute goes back to 1892/Photo: thenewsminute.com

Bridge Over Troubled Waters?

Above: The Cauvery water dispute goes back to 1892/Photo: thenewsminute.com Inter-State River Water Disputes Amendment Bill, 2019 is an amendment to the Inter-State River Water...
An AB-PMJAY seeker waits for the verification process to get over/Photo: twitter.com/AyushmanNHA

Ayushman Scheme: Fraudulent Practise

Above: An AB-PMJAY seeker waits for the verification process to get over/Photo: twitter.com/AyushmanNHA The Prime Minister’s Ayushman Bharat Scheme is riddled with dishonest practices by...

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Hard Times It is unusual to see a Hindu name, that too of a woman, featuring on the masthead as editor of a newspaper in...
Some believe the move is likely to stop the buzz of third party mediation, as fuelled recently by US President Donald Trump/Photo: UNI

Kashmir Equation: Global Checkmate

Above: Some believe the move is likely to stop the buzz of third party mediation, as fuelled recently by US President Donald Trump/Photo: UNI Prime...
A candlelight march on Human Rights Day in Patna/Photo: UNI

A Right for Every Human

Above: A candlelight march on Human Rights Day in Patna/Photo: UNI All people have rights while governments and institutions have responsibilities that correspond to these...
The Rajasthan government may find it difficult to implement the hookah ban in villages/Photo: Yann Forget/commons.wikimedia.org

Hookah ban in Rajasthan: Up in Smoke

Above: The Rajasthan government may find it difficult to implement the hookah ban in villages/Photo: Yann Forget/commons.wikimedia.org In an effort to stop the increasing prevalence...
Media Watch

Media Watch

Strange Encounters Inevitably, the dramatic developments involving Jammu and Kashmir have given rise to a flood of rumours and fake news on social media, fuelled...
(L-R) The last Nawab of Rampur, Nawab Raza Ali Khan, and his eldest son, Murtaza Ali Khan Bahadur/Photo: geni.com

Rampur Dispute: The Great Indian Property Row

Above: (L-R) The last Nawab of Rampur, Nawab Raza Ali Khan, and his eldest son, Murtaza Ali Khan Bahadur/Photo: geni.com The apex court has brought...
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Media Watch

Above: Photo courtesy YouTube  Righting a Wrong The old journalistic axiom of making a difference and exposing those in high places has become a rare occurrence...
A sadhu smoking cannabis/Photo: UNI

Cannabis: Pot Luck

Above: A sadhu smoking cannabis/Photo: UNI In response to a PIL challenging the prohibition and criminalisation of the use of cannabis in India, the Delhi...
The virtual court was recently launched at the Tis Hazari Court in Delhi/Photo: Anil Shakya

Virtual Courts: Digital Justice

Above: The virtual court was recently launched at the Tis Hazari Court in Delhi/Photo: Anil Shakya Delhi’s first e-court that opened recently allows people to...
Ravi Shankar Prasad

Bill to increase SC Judges is likely to be tabled in Parliament tomorrow

A Bill seeking an increase in the number of Supreme Court judges is likely to be moved by Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad...
Amit Shah

Anti-terror law which empowers govt to designate individuals as terrorists gets RS nod

A law which gives the power to the government to designate individuals as terrorists was passed by Rajya Sabha on Friday. The Bill amending the...
Tax

Taxation in India: Losing its force

Above: Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay By Roopashi Khatri The term “taxation without representation” has lost its force in modern Indian democracy. India owes its...

Media Watch

Winning the Sack Race Those who think that it is only under the BJP rule that media owners have been put under political pressure to...
A Wildlife Institute of India study found the Panna Tiger Reserve has as many as 23 tigers/Photo: facebook

Trapped by the Tiger

Above: A Wildlife Institute of India study found the Panna Tiger Reserve has as many as 23 tigers/Photo: facebook The MP Assembly Speaker’s instruction to...
Kerala and Tamil Nadu have locked horns over increasing the height of the Mullaperiyar Dam on the Periyar river in Kerala/Photo: wikipedia

River Water Disputes Hub: Cooling Tempers

Above: Kerala and Tamil Nadu have locked horns over increasing the height of the Mullaperiyar Dam on the Periyar river in Kerala/Photo: wikipedia In an...
US President Donald Trump with Pak Prime Minister Imran Khan at the White House/Photo: UNI

India-China-Pakistan-US Ties: Hope Flickers

Above: US President Donald Trump with Pak Prime Minister Imran Khan at the White House/Photo: UNI Tentative steps towards peace are being taken by the...
UK’s New PM Boris Johnson: Close Encounters Of The Elephant Kind

UK’s New PM Boris Johnson: Close Encounters Of The Elephant Kind

During the leadership race for the conservative party which he finally won yesterday with a massive majority, the United Kingdom’s new prime minister Boris...
Sutlej is one of the rivers whose waters will flow into the SYL Canal. The proposed canal has been a bone of contention between Punjab and Haryana/Photo: indiawaterportal.org

SYL Canal: All at Sea

Above: Sutlej is one of the rivers whose waters will flow into the SYL Canal. The proposed canal has been a bone of contention...
Media Watch

Media Watch

Dutt vs Sibal For the last few days, Tiranga TV, the news channel set up by Congress stalwart and leading lawyer Kapil Sibal and his...
DNA Profiling Bill: Speedier Justice

DNA Profiling Bill: Speedier Justice

With the DNA Profiling Bill being passed, foolproof DNA technology will result not only in speedier justice delivery but also increased conviction rates By Shruti...
A worker cleans a railway track at a station in Mumbai. Many overqualified people apply for such menial jobs in government/Photo: UNI

Overqualified Candidates: Smart And Unfit

Above: A worker cleans a railway track at a station in Mumbai. Many overqualified people apply for such menial jobs in government/Photo: UNI The Madras...
Her Father’s Daughter

Her Father’s Daughter

By Asif Ullah Khan Is Maryam Nawaz, daughter of jailed former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif, destined to be another Benazir Bhutto? Pakistan's two most popular...
Former BJP MP Dinu Bogha Solanki (centre) was one of the prime accused in the case/Photo: UNI

Court Sentence: Tortuous Path to Justice

Above: Former BJP MP Dinu Bogha Solanki (centre) was one of the prime accused in the case/Photo: UNI The sentencing of a former MP for...
Tsewang Thinles (in black) at an event in Leh; two young girls have levelled sexual harassment allegations against him/Photo: facebook

Sexual Assault: Shangri-La in Turmoil

Above: Tsewang Thinles (in black) at an event in Leh; two young girls have levelled sexual harassment allegations against him/Photo: facebook An alleged assault on...
Media Watch

Media Watch

Cry Freedom The issue of freedom of the press has gathered momentum in recent times and has now reached the Rajya Sabha where an opposition...
The Gupta weddings in Auli had left over 220 quintals of waste and garbage to be cleared/twitter.com/ANI

Uttarakhand’s Tax: Seeing Red over Green Tax

Above: The Gupta weddings in Auli had left over 220 quintals of waste and garbage to be cleared/twitter.com/ANI Though the Uttarakhand government proposes to impose...
Army Chief General Bipin Rawat greeting a retired disabled person. The Army needs to rectify defects in the disability pension system/Photo: spsnavalforces.com

Disability Pension: Milking the System

Above: Army Chief General Bipin Rawat greeting a retired disabled person. The Army needs to rectify defects in the disability pension system/Photo: spsnavalforces.com Pension for...
Recently, a bus fell into a canal off the Yamuna Expressway, killing at least 29 people/Photo: UNI

Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill: Revolutionary Road

Above: Recently, a bus fell into a canal off the Yamuna Expressway, killing at least 29 people/Photo: UNI Despite the growing number of road accidents,...
Chief Justice of Pakistan’s Supreme Court Asif Saeed Khosa

Model courts in Pakistan: A Silent Revolution

Above: Chief Justice of Pakistan’s Supreme Court Asif Saeed Khosa The chief justice of Pakistan has brought in structural and systemic changes in the judicial...
Media Watch

Media Watch

Message for the Medium Four of the country’s leading English newspaper chains are feeling the effects of writing anything critical of the Modi regime: All...
Mangrove forest at Charkop in Mumbai/Photo: commons.wikimedia.org

Bullet Train Project: Save Our Mangroves

Above: Mangrove forest at Charkop in Mumbai/Photo: DLS/commons.wikimedia.org Though the environmental clearance of the Bullet Train project lists stringent conditions for the protection of mangroves,...
Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Appeal: A Laughable Proposition?

Above: Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Even though the jailed Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim withdrew his application for parole...
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

Economic Survey tabled in Parliament

The GDP is projected to grow 7 per cent in financial year 2019-20, according to the Economic Survey tabled in Parliament by Finance Minister...
A truck driver handing over his transportation documents to cow vigilantes for inspection/Photo: UNI

Bovine Laws in MP: Something to Moo About

Above: A truck driver handing over his transportation documents to cow vigilantes for inspection/Photo: UNI The Congress government in Madhya Pradesh has eased rules governing...
Boris Johnson (left) and Jeremy Hunt are in the race for the post of Britain’s next prime minister/Photo: UNI and conservatives.com

UK Elections: Brutal Campaign Ahead

Above: Boris Johnson (left) and Jeremy Hunt are in the race for the post of Britain’s next prime minister/Photo: UNI and conservatives.com As Britain gears...
CM Pinarayi Vijayan had recommended to the Centre that senior IAS officer Raju Narayana Swamy’s services be terminated/Photo: facebook

Raju Narayana Swamy: Forced to Retreat

Above: CM Pinarayi Vijayan had recommended to the Centre that senior IAS officer Raju Narayana Swamy’s services be terminated/Photo: facebook The public outcry that followed...
Ashok Khemka/Photo by Biswarup Ganguly/Wikimedia Commons

Ashok Khemka: Rebel Has a Cause Again

Above: Ashok Khemka/Photo by Biswarup Ganguly/Wikimedia Commons The seasoned bureaucrat Ashok Khemka is not one to take things lying down and has now confronted Haryana...
Darvesh Singh Yadav who was shot dead /Courtesy: Facebook

Uttar Pradesh Bar Council: In Cold Blood

Above: Darvesh Singh Yadav who was shot dead /Courtesy: Facebook The murder of the first woman chief Darvesh Singh Yadav inside the Agra civil court...
Thiruvananthapuram International Airport has suffered due to the predilection shown by the state government towards the Cochin airport/Photo: Muhammed Suhail/commons.wikimedia.org

Bidding for Thiruvananthapuram Airport: Crash Landing?

Above: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport has suffered due to the predilection shown by the state government towards the Cochin airport/Photo: Muhammed Suhail/commons.wikimedia.org As the Kerala chief...
The Indian Newsroom

Media Watch

Sad News Television news is now an agenda-driven profession purveyed by corporate ownership with the editorial control and content decided by star anchors. So...
Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad is in no mood to extradite Zakir Naik to India, but the reason cited now is different/Photo: UNI

Zakir Naik: Merchant of Hate

Above: Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad is in no mood to extradite Zakir Naik to India, but the reason cited now is different/Photo: UNI Wanted in...
Prime Minister Modi at an inaugural session of assistant secretaries in New Delhi/Photo: UNI

Lateral Entry: Dismembering Bureaucracy

Above: Prime Minister Modi at an inaugural session of assistant secretaries in New Delhi/Photo: UNI The huge lateral entry of “corporate civil servants” is a...
Donald Trump

A Movie Mogul in Bullywood

Above photo: UNI Be it his tariff attack on Mexico or his hyper-criticism of London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Meghan Markle, the US president seems...
ICC World Cup

Media Watch

Not Quite Cricket The ongoing cricket World Cup in England has produced 140 Ashok Kumars. In Indian legal parlance, Ashok Kumar is the equivalent of...
Many of the accused in UP could not seek anticipatory bail and were taken into custody/Photo: UNI

Bail Until Jail

Above: Many of the accused in UP could not seek anticipatory bail and were taken into custody/Photo: UNI Revoked during the Emergency, anticipatory bail has...
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan launching the Masala bonds at the London Stock Exchange/Photo: lseg.com

Cleared For Takeoff

Above: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan launching the Masala bonds at the London Stock Exchange/Photo: lseg.com The Kerala High Court is convinced of the bona...
Parliament

Power-packed first session of 17th Lok Sabha to witness discussion on important Bills

By Punit Mishra Several important Bills are scheduled to be tabled during the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha that starts on June...
Illegal colonies have proliferated with impunity in MP (an aerial view of Bhopal)/Photo: Wikimedia

Illegal Colonies in MP: Dubious Bonanza

Above: Illegal colonies have proliferated with impunity in MP (an aerial view of Bhopal)/Photo: Wikimedia The MP High Court has struck down a decision of...
Animal Rights: All Creatures, Great And Small

Animal Rights: All Creatures, Great And Small

In a unique judgment, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has declared that the entire animal kingdom, including avian and aquatic, are legal entities If...
Theresa May announces outside 10 Downing Street that she will quit on June 7/Photo: UNI

The Brexit Curse

Above: Theresa May announces outside 10 Downing Street that she will quit on June 7/Photo: UNI Britain saw three years of turbulence under prime minister...
Activists and farmers holding a protest against GM foods in New Delhi in 2016/Photo: seedfreedom.info

Bt Brinjal: A Slow Poison

Above: Activists and farmers holding a protest against GM foods in New Delhi in 2016/Photo: seedfreedom.info The surprising detection in Haryana of this new banned...
Narendra Modi

Media Watch

Modi on the Media What was lost amidst the lofty sentiments and advice given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his address last week to...
A bandh over the Yamuna/Photo: twitter/@msisodia

Troubled Waters

Above: A bandh over the Yamuna/Photo: twitter/@msisodia Delhi and Haryana have sparred over water for long, but with bitter rivals ruling in the two states...
MP Chief Minister Kamal Nath at a campaign rally in Chhindwara/Photo: UNI

IT Raids: Caught in a Bind

Above: MP Chief Minister Kamal Nath at a campaign rally in Chhindwara/Photo: UNI MP Chief Minister Kamal Nath is feeling the heat after IT raids...
From a card carrying member of the Khan Market Gang

From a card carrying member of the Khan Market Gang

  By Dilip Bobb It has been my favourite haunt for decades, partly because I happened to live in a series of residences which were in...
SAMUGARH – TURNING POINT IN INDIA’S FUNDAMENTALISM

SAMUGARH – TURNING POINT IN INDIA’S FUNDAMENTALISM

  By Murad Ali Baig It was on an exceptionally hot day on May 29 1658 that India’s history changed forever. Two great Mughal armies led...
Dark Web: Mafioso of the Wired World

Dark Web: Mafioso of the Wired World

Above: Illustration by Anthony Lawrence It is time to regulate dark web which is not accessible through regular browsers and where nefarious activities and cyber...
A traditional procession of Sikhs with kirpans in Birmingham/Photo: twitter.com/AppgBritSikhs

All-clear for Kirpans

Above: A traditional procession of Sikhs with kirpans in Birmingham/Photo: twitter.com/AppgBritSikhs Concerted efforts by the Sikh community in the UK have ensured that the UK’s...
Activists protest against the Trump Administration’s policies on immigrants in Manhattan/Photo: UNI

New Immigration Policy: Jumping The Queue

Above: Activists protest against the Trump Administration’s policies on immigrants in Manhattan/Photo: UNI Indians could be beneficiaries of President Donald Trump’s preference for a skills-based...
Modi with Donald and Melania Trump/Photo: UNI

Donald Trump: Provocateur In Chief

Above: Modi with Donald and Melania Trump/Photo: UNI The impact of higher US tariffs on Chinese goods may help India, but the US president also...
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi interacting with the IPS Officer Trainees of 2016 batch, in New Delhi on November 8, 2017/Photo: ddnews.gov.in

Who Goes There? Friend Or Foe?

Above: Prime Minister, Narendra Modi interacting with the IPS Officer Trainees of 2016 batch, in New Delhi on November 8, 2017/Photo: ddnews.gov.in By R K...
People work at a blast scene at St. Anthony’s Church in Kochchikade in Colombo, Sri Lanka, April 21, 2019/Photo: Xinhua/UNI

Sri Lanka Security: On the Edge

Above: People work at a blast scene at St. Anthony’s Church in Kochchikade in Colombo, Sri Lanka, April 21, 2019/Photo: Xinhua/UNI Ever since the...
Alfa Ventures Apartments/Photo credit: India Legal

Demolition Day

Above: Alfa Ventures Apartments/Photo credit: India Legal More than 350 familes may be without a roof over their heads as the Supreme Court orders demolition...
Accelerated Process of Dying

Accelerated Process of Dying

The Supreme Court recently expanded the concept of right to life when it delivered a judgment wherein it included the  right to die with...
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani (waving) at the consultative loya jirga in Kabul/Photo: UNI

Taliban Talks Tough

Above: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani (waving) at the consultative loya jirga in Kabul/Photo: UNI In a strange scenario, peace talks between Taliban and the US...
The new tariff order allows consumers to choose their TV channels/Photo: UNI

Trai’s new tariff: Watch Out!

Above: The new tariff order allows consumers to choose their TV channels/Photo: UNI With the regulator TRAI coming down hard on DTH and cable operators...
J&J office in Madrid/Photo: Luis Garcia/ Commons.wikipedia.org

Hips Don’t Lie

Above: J&J office in Madrid/Photo: Luis Garcia/ Commons.wikipedia.org J&J has been told to pay Rs 25 lakh to each patient who underwent surgery due to...
Ex-servicemen on dharna for OROP in Delhi/Photo: UNI

Shortchanging the Soldier

Above: Ex-servicemen on dharna for OROP in Delhi/Photo: UNI The anomaly-ridden OROP is symptomatic of dysfunctional civil-military relations despite the Modi government’s deification of the...
Media Watch

Media Watch

Cashing In This election may be all about vote banks but the ones laughing all the way to the bank are the Indian advertising market,...
The UAE and Nepal are the two main countries which import live sheep and goats from India (Representational Image)/Photo: UNI

Damning Judgment

Above: The UAE and Nepal are the two main countries which import live sheep and goats from India (Representational Image)/Photo: UNI  An attempt by the...
Election officials removing campaign material of various political parties in Thiruvananthapuram/Photo: UNI

Green Politicians

Above: Election officials removing campaign material of various political parties in Thiruvananthapuram/Photo: UNI Far from putting their feet up and waiting for the results, some...
During Monsoons, Odisha's Koraput Tribe enjoys the Nature and works for Livelihood/Photo:Shiv’s Photografia/ commons.wikimedia.org

Tribals’ Rights: Ministries’ Stand-off

Above: During Monsoons, Odisha's Koraput Tribe enjoys the Nature and works for Livelihood/Photo:Shiv’s Photografia/ commons.wikimedia.org A letter by the environment ministry to state governments undermining...
Illustration Created by Amitava Sen

Beware, Malware

Cyber criminals are on the prowl in India’s sprawling digital landscape, hitting tech’s marquee names, while the government is yet to roll out a...
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Media Watch

Above: Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay Democracy Under Threat Journalists around the world are seeing increased fear and violence in their line of work as...
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan/Photo: UNI

Pakistan’s National Accountability Bureau: Another Frankenstein

Above: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan/Photo: UNI Pakistan’s political establishment has always used it to settle scores, but its roguish behaviour towards the accused has...
Media Watch

Media Watch

Stealing the Thunder As predicted by this column last week (“sources say that more interviews, including in print, are in the offing”), the prime minister...
Democrats in the Congress will keep up the pressure on Trump by seeking the full report/Photo: UNI

Trump’s Russian Escape

Above: Democrats in the Congress will keep up the pressure on Trump by seeking the full report/Photo: UNI While the Robert Mueller report “does not...
The time of death of former Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa remains speculative. The funeral procession of J Jayalalithaa/Photo: UNI

Life And Death Matter

Above: The time of death of former Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa remains speculative. The funeral procession of J Jayalalithaa/Photo: UNI A handful of VVIP deaths...
BJP chief Amit Shah and former Karnataka CM BS Yeddyurappa (third from left) at a poll rally of Tejasvi Surya (waving)/Photo: UNI

Karnataka Politics: Surya’s Rise

Above: BJP chief Amit Shah and former Karnataka CM BS Yeddyurappa (third from left) at a poll rally of Tejasvi Surya (waving)/Photo: UNI A 28-year-old...
Home to more than 18 million people, Delhi’s water consumption is forever on the rise/Anil Shakya

Delhi’s Day Zero

Above: Home to more than 18 million people, Delhi’s water consumption is forever on the rise/Anil Shakya Though Delhi was one of the first cities...
The introduction of Hindi as a court language will benefit over 2.6 million Indians in the UAE/Photo: facebook

Right Move

Above: The introduction of Hindi as a court language will benefit over 2.6 million Indians in the UAE/Photo: facebook The move of UAE to make...
Omar Abdullah’s proposal is hardly new but its timing has stirred up a political storm/Photo: UNI

Stirring a Hornets’ Nest

Above: Omar Abdullah’s proposal is hardly new but its timing has stirred up a political storm/Photo: UNI NC Vice-president Omar Abdullah’s statement that his party...
The swimming pool of the KTDC-run Hotel Samudra where a guest drowned/Photo: ktdc.com

Kerala Tourism Development Corporation: Pool of Troubles

Above: The swimming pool of the KTDC-run Hotel Samudra where a guest drowned/Photo: ktdc.com The SC has pulled up the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation for...
Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah greets people to mark 50 years on throne in Brunei/Photo: UNI

Benevolent Sharia

Above: Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah greets people to mark 50 years on throne in Brunei/Photo: UNI The Brunei Darussalam’s decision to implement strict penalties like...
Wreckage of two Surya Kiran jets that crashed in Bengaluru in February 2019/Photo: UNI

IAF Air Crashes: The Flying Coffin Syndrome

Above: Wreckage of two Surya Kiran jets that crashed in Bengaluru in February 2019/Photo: UNI Innumerable crashes of IAF jets are a testimony to India’s...
Different Rules For Rulers And The Ruled

Different Rules For Rulers And The Ruled

In taking vital decisions, is the Election Commission of India getting influenced by the political exigencies of the ruling BJP ? By R K Mishra The...
Miners work at Magadh coal mine in Chatra district in Jharkhand (file pic)/Photo: UNI

Going, Going… Gone Forever?

Above: Miners work at Magadh coal mine in Chatra district in Jharkhand (file pic)/Photo: UNI Only a handful of lawsuits in the Supreme Court stand...
(Left) Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller; US President Donald Trump

Robert Mueller Probe: White House Whitewashing

Above: (Left) Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller; US President Donald Trump The secrecy around the 21-month investigation into President Donald Trump’s collusion with Russians in the...
Police take the accused to the crime scene in a rape and murder case in Lucknow/Photo: UNI

A New Report Card

Above: Police take the accused to the crime scene in a rape and murder case in Lucknow/Photo: UNI The inadequacies of the criminal justice system...
It is time the social media companies exercise due diligence so that they are not held liable in case their platforms are misused/Photo: Anil Shakya

Tackling Fake News

Above: It is time the social media companies exercise due diligence so that they are not held liable in case their platforms are misused/Photo:...
Lawyers regale audience in SCBA Cultural Programme 2019

Lawyers regale audience in SCBA Cultural Programme 2019

The Cultural Committee of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) has for the first time organised a Talent Hunt Reality Show, aimed at showcasing...
Convocation ceremony of the students of GNLU, Gandhinagar, Gujarat/Photo: UNI

Judges & Femininity

Above: Convocation ceremony of the students of GNLU, Gandhinagar, Gujarat/Photo: UNI Can legal education give the foundation for cultivating feminine approaches so that lawyers are...
An aerial view of Chittorgarh city. The NGT ban on mining aims to improve the air quality/Photo: chittorgarh.com

Take A Breath, Now

Above: An aerial view of Chittorgarh city. The NGT ban on mining aims to improve the air quality/Photo: chittorgarh.com The green court has asked...
Members of the All-India Anglo Indian Association, Jabalpur branch, at a meeting/Photo: cherylltucker.wordpress.com

And the Nominee Is…

Above: Members of the All-India Anglo Indian Association, Jabalpur branch, at a meeting/Photo: cherylltucker.wordpress.com By choosing to sit on a government recommendation for a long...
A cancer patient being given radiation at a hospital in Agartala/Photo: UNI

A Salve for Wounds

Above: A cancer patient being given radiation at a hospital in Agartala/Photo: UNI In a welcome move, the centre has reduced the prices of 42...
An awareness drive launched by the India Consumer Protection and Action Committee in Ahmedabad/Photo: UNI

Consumer Protection Bill, 2018: Need for a Strong Regulatory Regime

Above: An awareness drive launched by the India Consumer Protection and Action Committee in Ahmedabad/Photo: UNI Before a new bill is introduced in the soon...
Rafale verdict

Supreme Court reserves order on Centre’s Claim of Privilege over leaked Rafale documents

  The Supreme Court has reserved its order on  examining the documents submitted by  the petitioners who sought a review of the court’s December 14 verdict...
President Donald Trump in a meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He at the White House/Photo: UNI

POTUS Again or Citizen Trump?

Above: President Donald Trump in a meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He at the White House/Photo: UNI With at least 16 declared Democratic aspirants...
Justice Sajjan Singh Kothari

Being Upright Doesn’t Always Pay

  By Prakash Bhandari Justice (retd) Sajjan Singh Kothari has not been swayed by political colours and that may well be the reason for his unceremonious...
Prisoners making organic pickles at the district jail in Udhampur, Jammu. Although they can work and earn money legally they can’t vote/Photo: UNI

Should Prisoners Have Voting Rights?

Above: Prisoners making organic pickles at the district jail in Udhampur, Jammu. Although they can work and earn money legally they can’t vote/Photo: UNI An...
Sabarimala temple

Sabarimala is Social, Not Religious Issue, Can Be Used for Poll Campaign; Kerala EC

  Following furious protests, mainly from the BJP and even sections of the Congress party, the Chief Electoral officer of Kerala has said that there...
Photo Courtesy UNI

The Pressure Won’t Ease

As ex-aides spill the beans and multiple house committees take a close look at Donald Trump’s myriad dealings, the president starts to feel the...
The two amendments by the centre could send wrong signals to the people of Kashmir/Photo: UNI

Constitution Amendments: A Matter of Trust

Above: The two amendments by the centre could send wrong signals to the people of Kashmir/Photo: UNI The centre’s extension of two constitutional amendments in...
Forest officials try to douse the raging fire/Photo: twitter.com/hashtag/bandipur

Bandipur National Park: Towering Inferno

Above: Forest officials try to douse the raging fire/Photo: twitter.com/hashtag/bandipur A fire which blazed Bandipur National Park and was allegedly man-made, affected over 4,000 hectares...
llustration by Anthony Lawrence

ICMR-Pfizer Collaboration: A Conflict of Interest?

Does the CSR activity of the pharma giant Pfizer which is independent of its commercial interests and where a grant of Rs 7 crore...
epresentative picture of J&K police

Needless crackdown on Jamaat-e-Islami?

Above: Representative picture of J&K police By Pushp Saraf The decision to ban this outfit under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for five years is surprising...
Photo: Twitter/@INCMP

Singing A New Tune

 By Rakesh Dixit The opening of cowsheds and singing of Vande matram are not the only issue on which the Congress government led by Kamalnath...
A team of Haryana Civil Services (HCS) officers; HCS officers will also be affected by the new rules/Photo: #ManaAmaravati _twitter

Government Employees: Removing Deadwood

Above: A team of Haryana Civil Services (HCS) officers; HCS officers will also be affected by the new rules/Photo: #ManaAmaravati _twitter The Haryana government has...
United Trade Union Congress activists on a strike in Thiruvananthapuram /Photo: UNI

Paying the Price

Above: United Trade Union Congress activists on a strike in Thiruvananthapuram /Photo: UNI By asking the state youth Congress chief to cough up the cost...
GST on Lottery: No Jackpot for Anyone

GST on Lottery: No Jackpot for Anyone

Negotiations on GST rates for lottery tickets have got stuck as Kerala, which earns a huge amount from its sales, does not want to...
Narendra Modi

DURBAR

Informing the PM On February 27, as a worried India was coming to terms with news of escalation of tension with Pakistan and the possibility...
MEDIA WATCH

MEDIA WATCH

What’s in a name? Mumbai’s iconic Karachi Bakery has not changed its name to “Prayag Raj Mithai Shop”, as was widely rumoured after a hostile...
A worker chiselling stones at a workshop for construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya/Photo: UNI

Ayodhya Case: Down the Beaten Road

Above: A worker chiselling stones at a workshop for construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya/Photo: UNI In a surprising twist to the long-drawn Ayodhya...
Article 35A

ARTICLE 35A – The Biggest Fraud On The Constitution

By Ashwini Upadhyay Article 35A was not added to the Constitution by following due procedures prescribed for amendment of the Constitution under Article 368. The...
Supreme Court

TA Bill comes to the rescue of a Magistrate facing disciplinary action

A Travel Allowance (TA) bill came to the rescue of a Magistrate who was removed by Madras High Court for seeking personal favours from...
The father of a three-year-old girl who allegedly died due to medical negligence protesting in Kerala/Photo: UNI

Medical Negligence: A Cross to Bear

Above: The father of a three-year-old girl who allegedly died due to medical negligence protesting in Kerala/Photo: UNI Do surgeries where swabs and instruments are...
DURBAR

DURBAR

Insensitive Politicians Netas have a penchant for milking a tragedy, particularly in the poll season. In the wake of the February 14 terror attack in...
Aligarh Mus­lim University (AMU)

Status Symbol

A seven-judge bench of the apex court will look into the issue of defining parameters for grant of minority status to the 147-year-old Aligarh...
Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi

Fraudulent Calls: Impersonating the CJI

In a shocking case, a person pretending to be the chief justice called up two judges and asked them to recommend the names of...
(Clockwise from above) Ariyil Abdul Shukoor; CPI(M) district secretary P Jayarajan and Kalliasseri MLA TV Rajesh. The CBI has filed an additional charge sheet against Rajesh and Jayarajan in the Shukoor murder case

CPM’s Hot Potato

Above: (Clockwise from above) Ariyil Abdul Shukoor; CPI(M) district secretary P Jayarajan and Kalliasseri MLA TV Rajesh. The CBI has filed an additional charge...
The real estate sector is expected to grow fast in the coming years, and the GST relief will give it a boost/Photo: Anil Shakya

GST For Real Estate: Going Soft on Realty

Above: The real estate sector is expected to grow fast in the coming years, and the GST relief will give it a boost/Photo: Anil...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe at Tokyo Station to board the Shinkansen bullet train to Kobe, in Japan (file pic)/Photo:UNI

Bullet Train Project: Gone with the Wind?

Above: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe at Tokyo Station to board the Shinkansen bullet train to Kobe, in...
Republic TV

MEDIA WATCH

God Save the Republic For anyone who thought that Arnab Goswami’s Republic TV could stoop no further than it already has since its launch as...
Karnataka Audiogate: Simmering for the Future

Karnataka Audiogate: Simmering for the Future

By Stephen David in Bengaluru Hours before presenting the state budget on Feb 8, 2019, Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy dropped a bombshell at a...
A central medical team checking swine flu patients at Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad/Photo: UNI

Sections 269 & 270, IPC: A Case of Paranoia?

Above: A central medical team checking swine flu patients at Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad/Photo: UNI Both Sections 269 & 270 deal with negligent and malicious...
Mumbai Man Wants To Sue Parents For Bringing Him Into World

Mumbai Man Wants To Sue Parents For Bringing Him Into World

A 27-year-old Mumbaikar, Raphael Samuel wants to take legal action against his parents—for bringing him into the world without taking his permission. In a YouTube...
Digital Print and Copy Machine

A Digital Print and Copy Machine Creates Furore on SC Complex

By Sumit Saxena A digital print and copy machine is being assumed as a danger by Central Agency Section office on the Supreme Court complex....
Breaking News

Media Watch

Mindboggling Projections The Indian media and entertainment industry will demonstrate a compound annual growth rate of 11.7 percent from $30.3 billion in 2017 to $52.6...
An anti-Brexit protester demonstrates outside the Houses of Parliament in London/Photo: UNI

Brexit: A State of Emergency?

Above: An anti-Brexit protester demonstrates outside the Houses of Parliament in London/Photo: UNI Britain is so much in the grip of “no-deal” Brexit fears that...
Gomti Riverfront project in Lucknow (file pic)/Photo: UNI

Turning On The Heat

Above: Gomti Riverfront project in Lucknow (file pic)/Photo: UNI Though there’s nothing to suggest that the former CM of UP Akhilesh Yadav is being personally...
The police often manufacture false theories in order to close a case and wrongly implicate people from vulnerable sections of society/Photo: UNI

The Malice of Fabrication

Above: The police often manufacture false theories in order to close a case and wrongly implicate people from vulnerable sections of society/Photo: UNI In a...
Election officials pasting name and symbol on EVMs before dispatching to the polling booths ahead of Tamil Nadu Assembly Elections, in Chennai on Tuesday (file pic)/Photo: UNI

Hold Up Democracy, Not Technology

Above: Election officials pasting name and symbol on EVMs before dispatching to the polling booths ahead of Tamil Nadu Assembly Elections, in Chennai on...
Media Watch

MEDIA WATCH

Spewing Venom BJP TV spokespersons are getting more shrill, and even louder—if that can be possible—as the general election gets closer by the minute. Their...
Priyanka Gandhi & Rahul Gandhi

DURBAR

Foreign Kudos for Priyanka Priyanka Gandhi’s formal entry into national politics from the Congress party has not only made national headlines but also caught the...
An awareness rally on World Leprosy Day. Patients in India continue to be denied education and treatment to this day/Photo: leprosymission.org

Nobody’s Children

The fact that both the Center and the Delhi government could not give the High Court any plans for rehabilitation of displaced leprosy patients...
British Prime Minister Theresa May after winning the no-confidence vote/Photo: UNI

Brexit Vote: Luck of the Devil

Above: British Prime Minister Theresa May after winning the no-confidence vote/Photo: UNI Though British Prime Minister Theresa May has narrowly won a no-confidence vote, she...
Rahul Gandhi

DELHI DURBAR

Gaga over RaGa For yesteryear’s rockstar of Madison Square Garden, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s trip to Dubai must have been galling....

Trump And Tragedy

Above: Trump said that he's prepared for a partial government shutdown to last for months or years/Photo: UNI Nearly a million US government workers...
The menace of stray cattle has now affected movement of traffic on major roads and streets in UP/Photo: Anil Shakya

Cow Politics: Udder Confusion

Above: The menace of stray cattle has now affected movement of traffic on major roads and streets in UP/Photo: Anil Shakya The UP government should...
A demolition drive to remove encroachments in Sector 19, Chandigarh/Photo: Twitter/ZeePunjab

Another “Surgical Strike”?

Above: A demolition drive to remove encroachments in Sector 19, Chandigarh/Photo: Twitter/ZeePunjab A judge of the Punjab & Haryana High Court has cracked down on...
MEDIA WATCH

MEDIA WATCH

Arnab-A-Go-Go Is there something about the outcome of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls that Republic TV’s Arnab Goswami knows that no one else has an...

At the Crossroads

Above: Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam/Photo: UNI Both the PML (N) and the PPP are in dire straits with the army...

Amusement Park: Up the Garden Path

Above: The government plans to build a theme park around the KRS dam in Mandya/Photo Courtesy: Mandya Collector Office Farmer groups are seething at the...

Muzaffarnagar Riots: Silence is Not Golden

Above: Victims of the Muzaffarnagar riots who fled to Loni and areas bordering Delhi/Photo Courtesy: YouTube Despite SIT requests for prosecution of the accused in...

Sabarimala Row: Walking into a Wall

Above: Protests broke out across Kerala after the entry of two women into the Sabarimala temple/Photo: Kaviyoor Santhosh In an attempt to come across as...
Supreme Court

Of Crony Capitalism and Institutional Failure

Above: Supreme Court/Photo: Anil Shakya A new book attempts to fill in crucial gaps on some recent controversial cases handled in the last few...

DELHI DURBAR

JACKET WARS Over the last four years, the BJP has been claiming icons to prove that the party’s identity is deeply rooted in Indian soil...

Zero Tolerance

Above: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is being blamed for curtailing media freedom in Kerala/Photo: UNI Courts in Kerala have stepped in as saviours in several...

Delhi Durbar

WAS KAMAL NATH A MISTAKE? It was indeed ironical that shortly before Kamal Nath took over as Madhya Pradesh chief minister, Sajjan Kumar was sentenced...
Vijay Mallya

Mallya Extradition: The Long Wait

Above: Vijay Mallya outside the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London/Photo: UNI Though the Modi government has been exultant about getting hold of Vijay Mallya, its...

Territory First or People?

Above: The then Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh flagging off the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad Bus in Srinagar on April 7, 2005. The then Chairperson, National Advisory Council,...

Captive Elephants: Jumbo Task

Above: A young elephant being given a bath by his trainer at the Konni Elephant Training Centre in Pathanamthitta, Kerala/Photo: UNI As per a Supreme...

Cauvery: Rumble in the Reservoir

Above: Karnataka's water resources minister DK Shivakumar (right) indicates the site of the Mekedatu project on the Cauvery river/Photo: CM’s Office, Karnataka Tamil Nadu has...

One India-One Health Policy?

Above: Paramedical staff giving free medicines to patients during a day-long medical camp in Srinagar/Photo: UNI As public health is a state subject, central welfare...

Sexual Harassment at Work: No Sextortion, Please

Above: A group of women doing traditional Kashmiri embroidery on the outskirts of Srinagar/Photo: UNI In a move to protect women in the light of...

Piravom Church Dispute: Double Standards

Above: Syrian Orthodox Church Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II (centre) met Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan (in white) regarding the church case/Photo: UNI The Marxist-led government is...

Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Few would disagree that former Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra left his stamp on the judiciary. This can be viewed through the prism...

Delhi Durbar

The Princess Factor Much is being made of India’s success in getting the Dubai government to extradite AgustaWestland chopper scam middleman Christian Michel. Michel is...

Media Watch

The Official Revamp In a few weeks, the official media, Doordarshan and All India Radio, could well be unrecognisable. Strategists like Amit Shah and media...
Jayalalitha

Defamation Suits: A Lesson for All

Above: The practice of filing defamation cases by the Jayalalithaa government started in January 2012/Photo: UNI The Madras High Court has quashed a case filed...

DELHI DURBAR

Din over Dinner If the famous judges’ press conference in January this year was unprecedented, then one of its key participants, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi,...
Narendra Modi

MEDIA WATCH

Money for Jam National news broadcasters are grinning all the way to the bank. After some challenging times with fierce competition leading to slashing of...
Sadhus participating at a 'Dharam Sabha’, organised by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad to push for the construction of the Ram temple, in Ayodhya (file pic)/Photo: UNI

Yesterday Once More

Above:  Sadhus participating at a 'Dharam Sabha’, organised by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad to push for the construction of the Ram temple, in Ayodhya...

Turmoil in Shangri-La

Above: The Stakna monastery, en route to Leh from Kargil/Photo: Puneet Nicholas Yadav By Pushp Saraf Threats and counter-threats involving big three socio-religious organisations have created...

Maldives: Gaining Lost Ground

Above: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih in Male. This was Modi’s first trip to the island nation as PM/Photo: PIB With...

Gilgit-Baltistan: Call of the Mountain

Pakistan’s Supreme Court has directed the government to take a decision on the Gilgit-Baltistan legal and constitutional status. But, as Pakistan governs it directly...

Delhi Durbar

The Kashmir Conundrum For once, the BJP seems to have been caught flat footed. Mehbooba Mufti, traditional rival Omar Abdullah and Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi...

MEDIA WATCH

Writing on the Wall These days, NDTV boss Prannoy Roy, accompanied by election gurus psephologist Dorab Sopariwala (above right) and veteran journalist Shekhar Gupta, is...

Taliban Initiative: A Pragmatic Move

Above: Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov (centre) and the Taliban delegation at peace talks in Moscow/Photo: twitter Even though India is not a principal player...

Karnavati: Name Games

Above: The failures of Vijay Rupani government have escaped attention in the re-naming euphoria/Photo: UNI Like Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat too is on a name-changing spree...

Legal Troubles: In a Logjam

Above: Former Punjab CM and SAD patriarch Parkash Singh Badal with son Sukhbir Singh Badal at an election rally in Punjab/Photo: UNI Even as the...

Media Watch

The Crystal Ball? Is the surprise decision of Essel Group’s Subhash Chandra to sell 50 percent stake in Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL) a wakeup...

Haren Pandya Case: Skeletons in the Closet

Above: DG Vanzara at Sabarmati Jail after getting bail in the Ishrat Jahan case/Photo: UNI A shocking admission by a witness in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh...

DELHI DURBAR

The Hot Seat The head that is most uneasy in India right now belongs to RBI Governor Urjit Patel. His differences with the Modi government...

Aravali Biodiversity Park: Paradise Lost?

Above: A view of the 154-hectare Aravali Biodiversity Park, the green lung of the NCR/Photo: Anil Shakya With the NHAI planning an expressway through the...
UP CM Yogi Adityanath/Photo: UNI

Renaming of Places: Name Dropping

Above: UP CM Yogi Adityanath/Photo: UNI The UP government’s move to rename various districts shows its overt communal tilt and pettiness and its need to...
The main object behind cyber stalking is sexual harassment

Cyber Stalking: Fatal Attraction

Above: The main object behind cyber stalking is sexual harassment With the advent of the internet, cyber crimes have increased. Victims need to know that...
Defamation: Forum of Catastrophic Convenience?

Defamation: Forum of Catastrophic Convenience?

In the light of numerous defamation cases being filed against the media today, it is time to consider whether this law is at all...
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan talks to flood victims at a relief camp near Chengannur in Kerala/Photo Courtesy: Big News Live

Kerala Flood Relief: Held To Ransom

Above: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan talks to flood victims at a relief camp near Chengannur in Kerala/Photo Courtesy: Big News Live The Supreme Court vetoes...
Statue of Unity

MEDIA WATCH

Patel Rap The huge publicity blitz over the approximately Rs 3,000 crore statue of Sardar Patel in Gujarat which was unveiled by the Prime Minister,...
Mallya Mortgage: Homeless in London?

Mallya Mortgage: Homeless in London?

Above: Mallya has a mansion in Cornwall Terrace in London Photo Credit: Flickr/Elliott Brown Vijay Mallya’s woes are piling up as a Swiss bank has applied...
Speedy Justice: A Right to be Respected

Speedy Justice: A Right to be Respected

Above: Litigants at a Lok Adalat organised by the district legal services authority in Mirzapur, UP/Photo: UNI The right to speedy trial is an important...
Banking Crisis: The Blame Game

Banking Crisis: The Blame Game

Above: RBI Governor Urjit Patel and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley are not on the same page on dealing with the NPA crisis/Photo: UNI A...
Higher Education: Towards Academic Mediocrity

Higher Education: Towards Academic Mediocrity

Above: A resilient higher education system embraces democracy and forward-thinking /Photo: UNI While higher education is being decentralised and granted autonomy and funding elsewhere,...
Sueing-for-Silence

MEDIA WATCH

Suing for Silence With his involvement in the Rafale deal creating the most controversy—and subsequently getting the most media coverage—Anil Ambani first tried to gag...
Chandigarh traffic police spreading awareness about road safety among women two-wheeler riders/Photo: twitter/@trafficchd

Road Safety: Faith Over Safety

Above: Chandigarh traffic police spreading awareness about road safety among women two-wheeler riders/Photo: twitter/@trafficchd Bowing to pressure from the Akalis, the Union home ministry asks...
Farmers in Bengaluru protest against the Karnataka government while demanding a waiver of crop loans/Photo: UNI

Agriculture: Easing the Burden

Above: Farmers in Bengaluru protest against the Karnataka government while demanding a waiver of crop loans/Photo: UNI The Karnataka Debt Relief Bill, 2018, awaiting presidential...
Re-strategising of the armed forces must be as per the threat perception/Photo: UNI

Downsizing the Indian Army: A Dangerous Exercise

Above: Re-strategising of the armed forces must be as per the threat perception/Photo: UNI The Army restructuring plan involves reducing its manpower by 1.5 lakh...
(L-R) Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje; Union minister Nitin Gadkari and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a function in Rajasthan/Photo: UNI

Assembly Elections 2018: The Last Waltz

Above: (L-R) Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje; Union minister Nitin Gadkari and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a function in Rajasthan/Photo: UNI As five states...
MEDIA WATCH

MEDIA WATCH

High Standards Amid the continuing gloom in the newspaper industry, here’s some news for print journalists looking for new job avenues. The Chennai-based New Indian...
British Prime Minister Theresa May/Photo: UNI

Brexit Jitters

Above: British Prime Minister Theresa May/Photo: UNI One of the largest surveys of business sentiment found that many UK-based Indian companies could cut recruitment and...
Convicted of murder, Rampal faces trial in multiple other cases including sedition/Photo: UNI

Rampal Case: Gangland Godmen

Above: Convicted of murder, Rampal faces trial in multiple other cases including sedition/Photo: UNI Haryana government has deployed more than 4,000 police personnel in Hisar...
A herd of elephants crossing a road that cuts through a national park/Photo: UNI

Elephant Deaths in Karnataka: Jumbo Hazards

Above: A herd of elephants crossing a road that cuts through a national park/Photo: UNI As yet another pachyderm is knocked dead by a speeding...
Homebuyers must check out the credentials of the builder before investing their money/Photo: Anil Shakya

Real Estate Projects: Cracking Down

Above: Homebuyers must check out the credentials of the builder before investing their money/Photo: Anil Shakya In a relief for homebuyers, the apex court has...
E-Cigarette Ban

How safe are E-Cigarettes?

Above: Smokers who can’t quit may be encouraged to switch to e-cigarettes Photo credit: Vaping360.com The health ministry has issued an advisory not to allow the...
Karnataka: Good Samaritan State

Karnataka: Good Samaritan State

Above: Fear of getting embroiled in long civil of criminal cases keeps people away from coming to the aid of accident victims A bill aimed...
Journalists in J&K: On Dangerous Ground

Journalists in J&K: On Dangerous Ground

Though the Press Council of India has recommended a special law to protect journalists in this strife-torn state, each of them has to analyse...
IL&FS: India’s Lehman Brothers

IL&FS: India’s Lehman Brothers?

The problems of IL&FS are an indictment of the PPP model. In its eagerness to build infrastructure, the government has ignored flaws in the...
Independence of the Bar & Judicial Independence

Independence of the Bar & Judicial Independence

A press release by the chairperson of the Bar Council of India while raising valid points also questions Justices who have taken an oath...
Media Watch: Latest happenings in the corridors of journalism

MEDIA WATCH

Making the News The Press Trust of India building on Parliament Street resembles a fortress under siege. The reason is the protests over the bloodbath...
Union finance minister Arun Jaitley

Bank Merger: What a Terrible Idea, Sirji!

The ill-timed merger of three troubled PSU banks—Vijaya Bank, Dena Bank and Bank of Baroda—reveals the patchwork policies of the government, resulting in massive...
Prime Minister Awas Yojana: Home Advantage

Prime Minister Awas Yojana: Home Advantage

Above: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurating the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana in Naya Raipur in Chhattisgarh/Photo: UNI The Madhya Pradesh government’s decision to have tiles...
Child Safety: Eye for Students

Child Safety: Eye for Students

Above: A Delhi High Court bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V Kameswar Rao  said that there is no privacy issue in...
MEDIA WATCH

MEDIA WATCH

Modi’s Media Men and Woman With all parties in election mode, PM Narendra Modi has finalised his media advisory team. Unlike his predecessors, he has...
A man beats an effigy of a rapist at a protest against the rapes of minor girls/Photo: UNI

Death Penalty For Rapists: Hanging By a Thread

Above: A man beats an effigy of a rapist at a protest against the rapes of minor girls/Photo: UNI Madhya Pradesh seems to be in...
India Code Website: Laws Just a Click Away

India Code Website: Laws Just a Click Away

India Code Website, which will be a digital version of all central and state laws, is an important first step in ensuring legal empowerment...
Police Reforms: A Compromised Force

Police Reforms: A Compromised Force

Though 12 years have elapsed since the September 22, 2006, apex court verdict on police reforms, little headway has been made. The police force...
CJI Dipak Misra/Photo: Anil Shakya

Former Chief Justices of India: Lessons to Be Learnt

Above: CJI Dipak Misra/Photo: Anil Shakya Chief Justice Dipak Misra’s tenure will be remembered as a turbulent phase in the apex court’s history. Yet, he,...
Set the Rupee Free!

Set the Rupee Free!

India’s attempt to spur the economy by rupee devaluation has come a cropper. It’s time the RBI made it a fully convertible currency, resulting...
MEDIA WATCH

MEDIA WATCH

History Lesson After a brief lull, controversies are back at Rajya Sabha TV. The channel, owned and funded by the Rajya Sabha through its secretariat,...
College students preparing packets comprising essential items to be distributed to flood victims in Thiruvananthapuram/Photo: UNI

Flood Compensation: End To The Misery

Above: College students preparing packets comprising essential items to be distributed to flood victims in Thiruvananthapuram/Photo: UNI Amidst charges of misuse of flood disaster funds,...
Congress activists and NSUI members observing the Bharat bandh in Katni/Photo: UNI

SC/ST Act: A Salve to Wounds

Above: Congress activists and NSUI members observing the Bharat bandh in Katni/Photo: UNI With an eye on the assembly polls, the state government has asked...
Estranged brothers Shivinder (right) and Malvinder Singh

Legal Framework: Let’s Be Above Board!

Above: Estranged brothers Shivinder (right) and Malvinder Singh are under scrutiny for diverting money from Fortis Healthcare to their privately-held companies The gross mismanagement in...
Delhi Durbar

Delhi Durbar

Government Housing Party Some official venues in the capital are reserved strictly for high-profile government functions. These include Vigyan Bhawan and Ambedkar Bhawan, two of...
Media watch: Latest happenings in the corridors of journalism

MEDIA WATCH

The Sibal Strike Congress veteran and Supreme Court advocate Kapil Sibal is racing against time—and the Modi government—to launch his TV news channel, oddly called...
India’s Urban Rot

India’s Urban Rot

Above: Rescue operation at the flyover collapse site in south Kolkata/Photo: UNI Building collapses and fires are not the only causes of urban deaths, and...
Laws and Cyberwars

Laws and Cyberwars

Army chief General Bipin Rawat recently said at a seminar that soldiers should use smartphones and social media which can be leveraged for psychological...
SC/STs: No Rights in Two States

SC/STs: No Rights in Two States

Above: Dalit organisations agitating for their rights. The SC verdict on caste status vis-a-vis states is another discerning pronouncement/Photo: UNI While a Supreme Court judgment...
Monsanto-Avaaz Case: Arm-Twisting Tactics

Monsanto-Avaaz Case: Arm-Twisting Tactics

Above: A young woman raises awareness about Roundup, a herbicide produced by Monsanto/Photo: UNI A subpoena asking the NGO to submit data related to its...
Toll Plazas and Judges: For Whom the Bell Tolls?

Toll Plazas and Judges: For Whom the Bell Tolls?

Though no one in India may claim to be a super-citizen, functional inequality may be justified under very special circumstances   ~By Upendra Baxi   A bench...
DELHI DURBAR

DELHI DURBAR

Breaking Bad Malayalam film star Mohan Lal had barely stepped out after his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week when TV channels began...
Media watch: Latest happenings in the corridors of journalism

MEDIA WATCH

The D Word The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has put the cat among the pigeonholes by its edict to the media to refrain from...
Democracy, Transparency and Accountability of Governments

Democracy, Transparency and Accountability of Governments

By Bimal Julka; Central Information Commissioner This is a reproduction of a speech delivered by Mr Bimal Julka, Central Information Commissioner (CIC) at the National...
RBI

Public Credit Registry: For a Few Pennies More…

Above: In October 2017, a panel set up by the RBI recommended the establishment of a public credit registry to collate all loan info...
Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha activists at a demonstration in Lucknow/Photo: UNI

Hindu Courts: The Parallel Path

Above: Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha activists at a demonstration in Lucknow/Photo: UNI With the startling news of these courts being set up in various parts...
P Pramod Kumar was cleared by the apex court of all charges but the Tamil Nadu government is yet to give him a fresh assignment

Suspension of Government Officers: Getting Away Lightly

Above: P Pramod Kumar was cleared by the apex court of all charges but the Tamil Nadu government is yet to give him a...
Musharraf with Rajshri Rai at his Dubai apartment

Back to the Future

Above: Musharraf with Rajshri Rai at his Dubai apartment Newly elected Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has expressed his desire for a peaceful resolution of...
MEDIA-WATCH

MEDIA WATCH

Tying Times Last week was Raksha Bandhan, and an opportunity for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to reach out to his “Rakhi sisters”, among them a...
DELHI DURBAR

DELHI DURBAR

Gamble in the Valley The surprise appointment of Satya Pal Malik as governor of J&K, a state entangled in an upsurge of militancy and protests,...
Nun Rape Case: Sins Of The Father

Nun Rape Case: Sins Of The Father

Above: Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal The CPI(M)-led government in the state which swears by good governance is weak-kneed when it comes to arresting a...
Immigration: Americans All

Immigration: Americans All

President Donald Trump’s approach is out of character for a nation founded by English immigrants about 400 years ago   ~By Kenneth Tiven   There are perhaps at...
Judge Advocate General Office: An Age for Everything

Judge Advocate General Office: An Age for Everything

Above: A women’s contingent interacts with then Chief of Army Staff Gen Dalbir Singh/Photo: UNI While a plea in the Delhi High Court asked why...
Capitalism: Abandon the Robin Hood Approach

Capitalism: Abandon the Robin Hood Approach

Taxing those who create wealth and giving it to freeloaders has led to millionaires leaving India. Embracing socialism is not the panacea for India’s...
Rajiv Gandhi Assassination Case: Tug of War

Rajiv Gandhi Assassination Case: Tug of War!

Above: Nalini Sriharan's death sentence was upheld by the Supreme Court. In 2000, this was commuted to a life sentence/Photo: youtube.com As the centre...
MEDIA WATCH

MEDIA WATCH

Answers, no Questions Back in 2015, French newspaper Le Monde was offered an e-mail interview with Narendra Modi. They turned it down, saying it was...
Use of Technology: Every Step He Takes

Use of Technology: Every Step He Takes

In a first of its kind case, the Kerala police nabs a man who helped his lover keep track of her husband in real...
Modicare: A Pill for India’s Ills?

Modicare: A Pill for India’s Ills?

Above: A majority of the poor do not have health insurance and expenses are high The Modicare project of the PM, which will kickstart on...
EVMs: A Question of Credibility

EVMs: A Question of Credibility

Above: A poll official explains the working of an EVM to his colleagues in Amritsar/Photo: UNI Despite demand for paper ballots and tampering claims...
Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill: Cheque-mate!

Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill: Cheque-mate!

Above: The new law on cheque bouncing hands the debtor a lifeline, while victimising the creditor Amendments to curb cheque bouncing are flawed as they criminalise...
Media watch: Latest happenings in the corridors of journalism

MEDIA WATCH

Preemptive Strike With the Opposition making the Rafale deal the cornerstone of their attacks on the Modi government, the main questions being raised involve the...
SGPC: A Sikh Rebellion

SGPC: A Sikh Rebellion

Above: The General House of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee For the first time, an association has questioned provisions in the Sikh Gurdwara Act for...
SNC-Lavalin case: Ghosts of the Past

SNC-Lavalin case: Ghosts of the Past

Above: The SNC-Lavalin case has jolted Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan out of his comfort zone/Photo: UNI Just when everything seemed to be going right for...
Taj Mahal Monumental Decay!

Taj Mahal: Monumental Decay!

Above: UP government’s vision document mentions the need to close polluting industries around Taj After repeated censures by the Supreme Court and the NGT, the...
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Toxic Flows the Ganga

Above: Devotees performing achamana in the river/Photo: UNI The NGT has pointed out that if cigarette packs can carry health warnings, people can also be...
Ex-CMs’ Bungalows: Staying on Empty

Ex-CMs’ Bungalows: Staying on Empty

Above: MP CM Shivraj Chouhan bestowed “eminence” on his predecessors so they could retain bungalows/Photo: UNI Despite court orders to evict them from official accommodation,...
Media watch: Latest happenings in the corridors of journalism

Media Watch

The Hidden Hand There is a hidden hand behind a spate of “resignations” by prominent media personalities and it is not difficult to see who...
Media watch: Latest happenings in the corridors of journalism

Media Watch

Women Bowled Over Congress President Rahul Gandhi is clearly on a roll. After his highly combative speech and hug-the-PM drama in the Lok Sabha, a...
Maldivian president Abdulla Yameen (centre) is opposing India and harming New Delhi’s interests/Photo: UNI

Maldives: Cocking a Snook at India

Above: Maldivian president Abdulla Yameen (centre) is opposing India and harming New Delhi’s interests/Photo: UNI Thanks to support and funding from China, Maldives is flexing...
Vijay Mallya

Vijay Mallya’s UK Assets: Giving the Slip Again

Above: Mallya at the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London Though a UK high court has said that Vijay Mallya’s belongings in Britain could be seized,...
The drug menace in Punjab has claimed the lives of at least 27 young people in June, say media reports

Drug Menace in Punjab: High and Half-Baked

Above: The drug menace in Punjab has claimed the lives of at least 27 young people in June, say media reports While the drug problem...
A longer tenure for judges has many advantages

When Should Judges Retire?

Above: A longer tenure for judges has many advantages A demand to raise the retirement age of judges in the higher judiciary will help tackle...
Media watch: Latest happenings in the corridors of journalism

Media Watch

Net Gains Asianet News Network, the parent company of right-wing views multiplier Republic TV, has decided to expand its reach from its traditional stronghold of...
Professor Balveer Arora

Control Agenda

Above: Professor Balveer Arora The centre’s decision to replace the University Grants Commission (UGC) with a new regulatory body, called the Higher Education Commission of...
PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping reset the relationship in Wuhan in April/Photo: UNI

India-China Yin Yang In Tibet

Above: PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping reset the relationship in Wuhan in April/Photo: UNI The latest military drill conducted by China in...
Former DGP of UP Prakash Singh

“Who Wants An Honest Police Officer?”

Above: Former DGP of UP Prakash Singh/Photo: Anil Shakya Twelve years after the Supreme Court in a landmark judgment in Prakash Singh versus Union of...
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visits Kanha Upvan in Lucknow/Photo: UNI

Bovine Slaughter: Tough Stand

Above: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visits Kanha Upvan in Lucknow/Photo: UNI With statistics showing that existing laws to prevent cow slaughter have failed,...
Chief Minister vs L-G: Pyrrhic Victory

Chief Minister vs L-G: Pyrrhic Victory

The apex court verdict paves the way for an aggressive political slugfest between the AAP and the BJP in the run-up to the 2019...
Media watch: Latest happenings in the corridors of journalism

Media Watch

Down to The Wire It is well known that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his ministers and supporters will target any media house, journalist or website...
NGT puts Delhi tree felling on hold till July 19

NGT puts Delhi tree felling on hold till July 19

Above: NGT/Photo: Anil Shakya Nearly a week after the Delhi High Court stayed the controversial housing project in south Delhi, the National Green Tribunal...
SC blasts Centre for delaying tactics on Delhi environmental issues

Inform within 10 days about Lokpal appointment time-frame: SC to Centre

The country's near five-year-long wait for an anti-graft ombudsman – the Lokpal – may soon end with the Supreme Court setting a 10 day...
Protests against separating children from their families/Photo: UNI

US Immigration Policy: Eugenics and White Supremacy

Above: Protests against separating children from their families/Photo: UNI The history of the statute that can make it a felony to illegally enter the country...
CPI (M) activists lay siege to Raj Bhavan to protest against the TN governor

Raj Bhavan Row in Tamil Nadu: Governor’s Reign

Above: CPI (M) activists lay siege to Raj Bhavan to protest against the TN governor The constant tussle between TN governor Banwarilal Purohit and the...
Octogenarian Saroj Kumari Singh, widow of Arjun Singh, arriving in a wheelchair in a Bhopal court/Photo courtesy: news18.com

Arjun Singh’s Family Feud: A Mother’s Anguish

Above: Octogenarian Saroj Kumari Singh, widow of Arjun Singh, arriving in a wheelchair in a Bhopal court/Photo courtesy: news18.com The festering ties among the late...
Masking the Truth

Big Green Win: Saving Delhi’s Trees

Above: Photo courtesy Delhi SOS/Facebook   ~By Lilly Paul It took a massive citizen protest, a stay order from the Delhi High Court and a...
Ancient and medieval Indian texts have extolled the virtues of the Cannabis indica and sativa plants

Legalising Marijuana: An Intoxicating Affair

Above: Ancient and medieval Indian texts have extolled the virtues of the Cannabis indica and sativa plants Over the past four years, support for de-criminalising...
Citizens in Mumbai demand arrest of the killers of journalist Gauri Lankesh who was shot outside her home in Bengaluru

Gauri Lankesh Murder Case: The Noose Tightens

Above: Citizens in Mumbai demand arrest of the killers of journalist Gauri Lankesh who was shot outside her home in Bengaluru (file picture) The Karnataka...

'specials' - 317 News Results

The Maulana’s India connection

Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the man who has staged a huge protest rally in Islamabad demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Imran Khan, has links...

Air Pollution in Delhi: Every Breath You Take

Above: Haze near India Gate that poses a major health risk/Photo: UNI Delhi and its adjoining areas are facing an unprecedented crisis as pollution levels...

Motor Vehicles Act: Heads You Lose

Above: The petitioner has linked the exemption given to women and children from wearing helmets in MP to safety issues/Photo: UNI A PIL by a...

Tussle in the Making

Above: Murugan and wife Nalini have started an indefinite fast at the Vellore Central Prison. They are protesting against Murugan being placed in solitary...

Amid the Bust

Above: The policy changes in the real estate sector are drastic and will boost construction/Photo: citizenmatters.in While the real-estate sector is faced with recession in...

Medical Devices: Tighter Control

Above: A knee implant surgery in progress. Now there is a price cap on such implants/Photo: UNI From December 1, all devices will be treated...
Air Pollution: Promises to Keep

Stop the blame game and do something, SC tells Centre, Delhi govt on pollution

The Supreme Court on Monday pulled up the Centre and the Delhi government, saying “there is passing of buck”. People are losing precious years...

Media Watch

Women First These days, media houses are piggybacking on events as revenue spinners, regardless of the theme. In that sense, Outlook has done a sterling...

Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal: Just Desserts

Above: The ICT building in Dhaka The Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal, which was established after the Awami League came to power in 2009, investigated and...

Learning the Queen’s Language

Above: Dev Ranjan Verma, SP, Balrampur (above), feels that his team in the district (left) is delivering better and showing more confidence after it...

The Fight against Fat

Above:  There has been a rapid increase in the rates of obesity and diabetes due to consumption of junk food in the past 15...

From Houston to Mamallapuram and beyond

Above: US President Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Houston’s NRG Stadium/Photo: PIB Diplomatic successes are no substitute for efficient governance and India needs...
The suggestions of the NCW will benefit single mothers/Photo: UNI

Child Guardianship Laws: Win-Win For Women

Above: The suggestions of the NCW will benefit single mothers/Photo: UNI A slew of recommendations made by the National Commission for Women is a welcome...
Alfa Serene is one of the four apartment complexes that will be demolished by the Kerala government

CRZ Norm Violations: A Farcical Exercise

While the Kerala government has started an exercise to look into all buildings which do not comply with norms, will it take on powerful...

Long Bloody Haul Ahead

Above: There is widespread resentment in Kashmir over the prolonged shutdown, lasting for over two months/Photo: UNI In the Army’s assessment, insurgency could get...
RTI protest

RTI Act: Too Brazen to Care

Above: An RTI protest in Delhi/Photo: Anil Shakya The RTI Act is dying a slow death as Public Information Officers violate it by withholding vital...

Media Watch

Skipping the Pages The state of the economy is mirrored partly in the state of the media, mainly to do with advertisers and sponsors with...

Media Watch

Rafale Media Bar It should have been a huge PR moment—handing over of the first Rafale fighter jet to India’s defence minister, Rajnath Singh, at...
Modi and Japan PM Shinzo Abe at the function in Ahmedabad to launch the project/Photo: UNI

Bullet train: Not At Full Speed

Above: Modi and Japan PM Shinzo Abe at the function in Ahmedabad to launch the project/Photo: UNI The overwhelming state power notwithstanding, farmers whose lands...
Youth leaders on a hunger strike in Wayanad against the ban on night traffic on NH 766

The Long and Winding Road…

Above: Youth leaders on a hunger strike in Wayanad against the ban on night traffic on NH 766 Karnataka’s partial closure of a highway passing...
Delhi Traffic police

Motor Vehicles Act: In the Right Direction

Above: Linking insurance premiums to traffic violations will discipline errant drivers/Photo: @dtptraffic The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India has called for linking vehicle...
Accused KuldeKuldeep Singh Sengar/Photo: UNIep Singh Sengar (file pic)Photo UNI

Shielding the Accused

Above: Kuldeep Singh Sengar/Photo: UNI Originally charged with murder, attempt to murder, criminal conspiracy and intimidation, expelled BJP legislator Kuldeep Singh Sengar gets a reprieve...
The reduction of Tamang’s disqualification period by the EC has raised the hackles of legal experts and political analysts

Requalification of Prem Singh Tamang: Reverse Swing

Above: The reduction of Tamang’s disqualification period by the EC has raised the hackles of legal experts and political analysts Though the Election Commission reduced...

Sedition Charges: Re-igniting Debate

Above: Aparna Sen, Adoor Gopalakrishnan and Ramachandra Guha are among the 49 signatories to the letter to the PM With sedition charges on 49 intellectuals...
Security beefed up outside St Mary’s Church at Piravom in Ernakulam district following clashes between the Jacobite faction and the Orthodox Church/Photo: Manorama

St Mary’s Church, Piravom: Unholy Divide

Above: Security beefed up outside St Mary’s Church at Piravom in Ernakulam district following clashes between the Jacobite faction and the Orthodox Church/Photo: Manorama A...
Dr Kafeel Khan addressing the press conference/Photo: Twitter

Gorakhpur Deaths: Gutsy Doctor

Above: Dr Kafeel Khan addressing the press conference/Photo: Twitter The unseemly fracas over Dr Kafeel Khan’s involvement in the death of 63 children two...

e-Assessment of Income Tax: Boon or Bane?

Above: Illustration by Amitava Sen On October 8, the centre will roll out an ambitious e-assessment scheme for collecting tax to reduce corruption and bring...
Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani was the first to water down the fines in the new Motor Vehicles Act/Photo: UNI

Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019: Road Anxiety

Above: Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani was the first to water down the fines in the new Motor Vehicles Act/Photo: UNI The softening of some of...
Image by 13smok from Pixabay

Honey Trapped

Above: Image by 13smok from Pixabay A high-profile call girl racket involving politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen flourished right under the police gaze till a complaint...
Alfa Serene is one of the four apartment complexes that will be demolished by the Kerala government

Dream Homes Shattered

Above: Alfa Serene is one of the four apartment complexes that will be demolished by the Kerala government More than 2,000 residents in 334 apartments...
British PM Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street to attend the reopening of parliament/Photo: UNI

An Astonishing Rebuke

Above: British PM Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street to attend the reopening of parliament/Photo: UNI After Boris Johnson shut down parliament, it was left...
Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar (extreme left) releasing funds for afforestation to various states in New Delhi/Photo: UNI

Afforestation Fund: Money Down the Drain?

Above: Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar (extreme left) releasing funds for afforestation to various states in New Delhi/Photo: UNI While the release of a whopping sum...
A girl holds a placard during a protest against the rape of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua/Photo: UNI

POCSO Trials: The Ways Are Not Wanting

Above: A girl holds a placard during a protest against the rape of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua/Photo: UNI In an astonishing endeavour, a court...
Hoardings and banners on Anna Salai, an arterial road in Chennai/Photo: Wikipedia.org

The Hoarding Mafia

Above: Hoardings and banners on Anna Salai, an arterial road in Chennai/Photo: Wikipedia.org The death of a young techie after a hoarding fell on her...
Mangayamma with her husband. She is the oldest woman to give birth/Photo: ANI

Geriatric Pregnancies: Mother Courage

Above: Mangayamma with her husband. She is the oldest woman to give birth/Photo: ANI The recent birth of twins to 74-year-old Mangayamma has once again...
The NGT committee wants anyone destroying water bodies to be punished

Water Bodies in NCR: Neglected & Dying

Above: The NGT committee wants anyone destroying water bodies to be punished An NGT panel has suggested that water bodies be given a Unique Identification...
Playing badminton daily was the secret behind Ram Jethmalani’s longevity/Photo: ramjethmalanimp.in

“God Will Have a Tough Time After My Death…”

Above: Playing badminton daily was the secret behind Ram Jethmalani’s longevity/Photo: ramjethmalanimp.in The brilliant and feisty lawyer Ram Jethmalani lived life on his own terms....
Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath/Photo: UNI

Legislative Council: Another House in MP?

Above: Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath/Photo: UNI Seven states already have Legislative Councils in addition to a Legislative Assembly. MP could join them soon in...
Indian Newspapers

Media Watch

Slowdown Blues The crucial sectors of the Indian economy which are going through a rough patch are starting to have an impact on the media....
British PM Boris Johnson in the House of Commons/Photo: UNI

UK’s Political Imbroglio: 10 Drowning Street

Above: British PM Boris Johnson in the House of Commons/Photo: UNI The British parliament has been suspended for five weeks as MPs reject Prime Minister...
The NGT committee wants anyone destroying water bodies to be punished

Water Bodies in NCR: Neglected & Dying

Above: The NGT committee wants anyone destroying water bodies to be punished An NGT panel has suggested that water bodies be given a Unique Identification...
Venkaiah Naidu

Disorder: The Order Of The Day

Above: Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu has had to pull up members many times for unruly behaviour, causing disruptions Though there are rules to...
Happiness and tolerance were the dominant themes at a school function in Dubai this February. The programme was organised under the UNESCO Associated Schools Project in the UAE/Photo: Twitter

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

Above: Happiness and tolerance were the dominant themes at a school function in Dubai this February. The programme was organised under the UNESCO Associated...
Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi Palanisami announced recently that Vellore district will be trifurcated into three new districts/Photo: UNI

Tamil Nadu: More Is Not Merrier

Above: Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi Palanisami announced recently that Vellore district will be trifurcated into three new districts/Photo: UNI Since January this year, the Tamil...
Water-logging on railway tracks is a regular feature in Mumbai during the monsoon/Photo: UNI

Climate Change In Mumbai: All At Sea

Above: Water-logging on railway tracks is a regular feature in Mumbai during the monsoon/Photo: UNI One hopes that the task force set up by the...
Media Watch

Media Watch

The Tweaking Game Every quarter, newspaper readers are mighty confused by the contrasting full-page ads put out by the big two in Delhi and Mumbai—The...
The proposed move will affect many medical students like those of the Raghunath Murmu Medical College & Hospital, Odisha/Photo: orissadiary.com

Bonds for PG Seats: Arm-twisting Doctors

Above: The proposed move will affect many medical students like those of the Raghunath Murmu Medical College & Hospital, Odisha/Photo: orissadiary.com Odisha has proposed a penalty...
Sister Lucy Kalappura has allegedly been dismissed for speaking out against the church/twitter.com/ANI

Church Controversies: Cardinal Sins

Above: Sister Lucy Kalappura has allegedly been dismissed for speaking out against the church/twitter.com/ANI Financial frauds and amorous adventures of Kerala leaders have left the...
The Sardar Sarovar Project/Photo: en.wikipedia.org

Sardar Sarovar Dam Dispute: Waters of Discord

Above: The Sardar Sarovar Project/Photo: en.wikipedia.org The Congress government in Madhya Pradesh has dug its heels in over the Sardar Sarovar project and is refusing...
The Cauvery water dispute goes back to 1892/Photo: thenewsminute.com

Bridge Over Troubled Waters?

Above: The Cauvery water dispute goes back to 1892/Photo: thenewsminute.com Inter-State River Water Disputes Amendment Bill, 2019 is an amendment to the Inter-State River Water...
An AB-PMJAY seeker waits for the verification process to get over/Photo: twitter.com/AyushmanNHA

Ayushman Scheme: Fraudulent Practise

Above: An AB-PMJAY seeker waits for the verification process to get over/Photo: twitter.com/AyushmanNHA The Prime Minister’s Ayushman Bharat Scheme is riddled with dishonest practices by...

Media Watch

Hard Times It is unusual to see a Hindu name, that too of a woman, featuring on the masthead as editor of a newspaper in...
Some believe the move is likely to stop the buzz of third party mediation, as fuelled recently by US President Donald Trump/Photo: UNI

Kashmir Equation: Global Checkmate

Above: Some believe the move is likely to stop the buzz of third party mediation, as fuelled recently by US President Donald Trump/Photo: UNI Prime...
A candlelight march on Human Rights Day in Patna/Photo: UNI

A Right for Every Human

Above: A candlelight march on Human Rights Day in Patna/Photo: UNI All people have rights while governments and institutions have responsibilities that correspond to these...
The Rajasthan government may find it difficult to implement the hookah ban in villages/Photo: Yann Forget/commons.wikimedia.org

Hookah ban in Rajasthan: Up in Smoke

Above: The Rajasthan government may find it difficult to implement the hookah ban in villages/Photo: Yann Forget/commons.wikimedia.org In an effort to stop the increasing prevalence...
Media Watch

Media Watch

Strange Encounters Inevitably, the dramatic developments involving Jammu and Kashmir have given rise to a flood of rumours and fake news on social media, fuelled...
(L-R) The last Nawab of Rampur, Nawab Raza Ali Khan, and his eldest son, Murtaza Ali Khan Bahadur/Photo: geni.com

Rampur Dispute: The Great Indian Property Row

Above: (L-R) The last Nawab of Rampur, Nawab Raza Ali Khan, and his eldest son, Murtaza Ali Khan Bahadur/Photo: geni.com The apex court has brought...
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Media Watch

Above: Photo courtesy YouTube  Righting a Wrong The old journalistic axiom of making a difference and exposing those in high places has become a rare occurrence...
A sadhu smoking cannabis/Photo: UNI

Cannabis: Pot Luck

Above: A sadhu smoking cannabis/Photo: UNI In response to a PIL challenging the prohibition and criminalisation of the use of cannabis in India, the Delhi...
The virtual court was recently launched at the Tis Hazari Court in Delhi/Photo: Anil Shakya

Virtual Courts: Digital Justice

Above: The virtual court was recently launched at the Tis Hazari Court in Delhi/Photo: Anil Shakya Delhi’s first e-court that opened recently allows people to...
Ravi Shankar Prasad

Bill to increase SC Judges is likely to be tabled in Parliament tomorrow

A Bill seeking an increase in the number of Supreme Court judges is likely to be moved by Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad...
Amit Shah

Anti-terror law which empowers govt to designate individuals as terrorists gets RS nod

A law which gives the power to the government to designate individuals as terrorists was passed by Rajya Sabha on Friday. The Bill amending the...
Tax

Taxation in India: Losing its force

Above: Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay By Roopashi Khatri The term “taxation without representation” has lost its force in modern Indian democracy. India owes its...

Media Watch

Winning the Sack Race Those who think that it is only under the BJP rule that media owners have been put under political pressure to...
A Wildlife Institute of India study found the Panna Tiger Reserve has as many as 23 tigers/Photo: facebook

Trapped by the Tiger

Above: A Wildlife Institute of India study found the Panna Tiger Reserve has as many as 23 tigers/Photo: facebook The MP Assembly Speaker’s instruction to...
Kerala and Tamil Nadu have locked horns over increasing the height of the Mullaperiyar Dam on the Periyar river in Kerala/Photo: wikipedia

River Water Disputes Hub: Cooling Tempers

Above: Kerala and Tamil Nadu have locked horns over increasing the height of the Mullaperiyar Dam on the Periyar river in Kerala/Photo: wikipedia In an...
US President Donald Trump with Pak Prime Minister Imran Khan at the White House/Photo: UNI

India-China-Pakistan-US Ties: Hope Flickers

Above: US President Donald Trump with Pak Prime Minister Imran Khan at the White House/Photo: UNI Tentative steps towards peace are being taken by the...
UK’s New PM Boris Johnson: Close Encounters Of The Elephant Kind

UK’s New PM Boris Johnson: Close Encounters Of The Elephant Kind

During the leadership race for the conservative party which he finally won yesterday with a massive majority, the United Kingdom’s new prime minister Boris...
Sutlej is one of the rivers whose waters will flow into the SYL Canal. The proposed canal has been a bone of contention between Punjab and Haryana/Photo: indiawaterportal.org

SYL Canal: All at Sea

Above: Sutlej is one of the rivers whose waters will flow into the SYL Canal. The proposed canal has been a bone of contention...
Media Watch

Media Watch

Dutt vs Sibal For the last few days, Tiranga TV, the news channel set up by Congress stalwart and leading lawyer Kapil Sibal and his...
DNA Profiling Bill: Speedier Justice

DNA Profiling Bill: Speedier Justice

With the DNA Profiling Bill being passed, foolproof DNA technology will result not only in speedier justice delivery but also increased conviction rates By Shruti...
A worker cleans a railway track at a station in Mumbai. Many overqualified people apply for such menial jobs in government/Photo: UNI

Overqualified Candidates: Smart And Unfit

Above: A worker cleans a railway track at a station in Mumbai. Many overqualified people apply for such menial jobs in government/Photo: UNI The Madras...
Her Father’s Daughter

Her Father’s Daughter

By Asif Ullah Khan Is Maryam Nawaz, daughter of jailed former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif, destined to be another Benazir Bhutto? Pakistan's two most popular...
Former BJP MP Dinu Bogha Solanki (centre) was one of the prime accused in the case/Photo: UNI

Court Sentence: Tortuous Path to Justice

Above: Former BJP MP Dinu Bogha Solanki (centre) was one of the prime accused in the case/Photo: UNI The sentencing of a former MP for...
Tsewang Thinles (in black) at an event in Leh; two young girls have levelled sexual harassment allegations against him/Photo: facebook

Sexual Assault: Shangri-La in Turmoil

Above: Tsewang Thinles (in black) at an event in Leh; two young girls have levelled sexual harassment allegations against him/Photo: facebook An alleged assault on...
Media Watch

Media Watch

Cry Freedom The issue of freedom of the press has gathered momentum in recent times and has now reached the Rajya Sabha where an opposition...
The Gupta weddings in Auli had left over 220 quintals of waste and garbage to be cleared/twitter.com/ANI

Uttarakhand’s Tax: Seeing Red over Green Tax

Above: The Gupta weddings in Auli had left over 220 quintals of waste and garbage to be cleared/twitter.com/ANI Though the Uttarakhand government proposes to impose...
Army Chief General Bipin Rawat greeting a retired disabled person. The Army needs to rectify defects in the disability pension system/Photo: spsnavalforces.com

Disability Pension: Milking the System

Above: Army Chief General Bipin Rawat greeting a retired disabled person. The Army needs to rectify defects in the disability pension system/Photo: spsnavalforces.com Pension for...
Recently, a bus fell into a canal off the Yamuna Expressway, killing at least 29 people/Photo: UNI

Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill: Revolutionary Road

Above: Recently, a bus fell into a canal off the Yamuna Expressway, killing at least 29 people/Photo: UNI Despite the growing number of road accidents,...
Chief Justice of Pakistan’s Supreme Court Asif Saeed Khosa

Model courts in Pakistan: A Silent Revolution

Above: Chief Justice of Pakistan’s Supreme Court Asif Saeed Khosa The chief justice of Pakistan has brought in structural and systemic changes in the judicial...
Media Watch

Media Watch

Message for the Medium Four of the country’s leading English newspaper chains are feeling the effects of writing anything critical of the Modi regime: All...
Mangrove forest at Charkop in Mumbai/Photo: commons.wikimedia.org

Bullet Train Project: Save Our Mangroves

Above: Mangrove forest at Charkop in Mumbai/Photo: DLS/commons.wikimedia.org Though the environmental clearance of the Bullet Train project lists stringent conditions for the protection of mangroves,...
Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Appeal: A Laughable Proposition?

Above: Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Even though the jailed Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim withdrew his application for parole...
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

Economic Survey tabled in Parliament

The GDP is projected to grow 7 per cent in financial year 2019-20, according to the Economic Survey tabled in Parliament by Finance Minister...
A truck driver handing over his transportation documents to cow vigilantes for inspection/Photo: UNI

Bovine Laws in MP: Something to Moo About

Above: A truck driver handing over his transportation documents to cow vigilantes for inspection/Photo: UNI The Congress government in Madhya Pradesh has eased rules governing...
Boris Johnson (left) and Jeremy Hunt are in the race for the post of Britain’s next prime minister/Photo: UNI and conservatives.com

UK Elections: Brutal Campaign Ahead

Above: Boris Johnson (left) and Jeremy Hunt are in the race for the post of Britain’s next prime minister/Photo: UNI and conservatives.com As Britain gears...
CM Pinarayi Vijayan had recommended to the Centre that senior IAS officer Raju Narayana Swamy’s services be terminated/Photo: facebook

Raju Narayana Swamy: Forced to Retreat

Above: CM Pinarayi Vijayan had recommended to the Centre that senior IAS officer Raju Narayana Swamy’s services be terminated/Photo: facebook The public outcry that followed...
Ashok Khemka/Photo by Biswarup Ganguly/Wikimedia Commons

Ashok Khemka: Rebel Has a Cause Again

Above: Ashok Khemka/Photo by Biswarup Ganguly/Wikimedia Commons The seasoned bureaucrat Ashok Khemka is not one to take things lying down and has now confronted Haryana...
Darvesh Singh Yadav who was shot dead /Courtesy: Facebook

Uttar Pradesh Bar Council: In Cold Blood

Above: Darvesh Singh Yadav who was shot dead /Courtesy: Facebook The murder of the first woman chief Darvesh Singh Yadav inside the Agra civil court...
Thiruvananthapuram International Airport has suffered due to the predilection shown by the state government towards the Cochin airport/Photo: Muhammed Suhail/commons.wikimedia.org

Bidding for Thiruvananthapuram Airport: Crash Landing?

Above: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport has suffered due to the predilection shown by the state government towards the Cochin airport/Photo: Muhammed Suhail/commons.wikimedia.org As the Kerala chief...
The Indian Newsroom

Media Watch

Sad News Television news is now an agenda-driven profession purveyed by corporate ownership with the editorial control and content decided by star anchors. So...
Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad is in no mood to extradite Zakir Naik to India, but the reason cited now is different/Photo: UNI

Zakir Naik: Merchant of Hate

Above: Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad is in no mood to extradite Zakir Naik to India, but the reason cited now is different/Photo: UNI Wanted in...
Prime Minister Modi at an inaugural session of assistant secretaries in New Delhi/Photo: UNI

Lateral Entry: Dismembering Bureaucracy

Above: Prime Minister Modi at an inaugural session of assistant secretaries in New Delhi/Photo: UNI The huge lateral entry of “corporate civil servants” is a...
Donald Trump

A Movie Mogul in Bullywood

Above photo: UNI Be it his tariff attack on Mexico or his hyper-criticism of London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Meghan Markle, the US president seems...
ICC World Cup

Media Watch

Not Quite Cricket The ongoing cricket World Cup in England has produced 140 Ashok Kumars. In Indian legal parlance, Ashok Kumar is the equivalent of...
Many of the accused in UP could not seek anticipatory bail and were taken into custody/Photo: UNI

Bail Until Jail

Above: Many of the accused in UP could not seek anticipatory bail and were taken into custody/Photo: UNI Revoked during the Emergency, anticipatory bail has...
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan launching the Masala bonds at the London Stock Exchange/Photo: lseg.com

Cleared For Takeoff

Above: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan launching the Masala bonds at the London Stock Exchange/Photo: lseg.com The Kerala High Court is convinced of the bona...
Parliament

Power-packed first session of 17th Lok Sabha to witness discussion on important Bills

By Punit Mishra Several important Bills are scheduled to be tabled during the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha that starts on June...
Illegal colonies have proliferated with impunity in MP (an aerial view of Bhopal)/Photo: Wikimedia

Illegal Colonies in MP: Dubious Bonanza

Above: Illegal colonies have proliferated with impunity in MP (an aerial view of Bhopal)/Photo: Wikimedia The MP High Court has struck down a decision of...
Animal Rights: All Creatures, Great And Small

Animal Rights: All Creatures, Great And Small

In a unique judgment, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has declared that the entire animal kingdom, including avian and aquatic, are legal entities If...
Theresa May announces outside 10 Downing Street that she will quit on June 7/Photo: UNI

The Brexit Curse

Above: Theresa May announces outside 10 Downing Street that she will quit on June 7/Photo: UNI Britain saw three years of turbulence under prime minister...
Activists and farmers holding a protest against GM foods in New Delhi in 2016/Photo: seedfreedom.info

Bt Brinjal: A Slow Poison

Above: Activists and farmers holding a protest against GM foods in New Delhi in 2016/Photo: seedfreedom.info The surprising detection in Haryana of this new banned...
Narendra Modi

Media Watch

Modi on the Media What was lost amidst the lofty sentiments and advice given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his address last week to...
A bandh over the Yamuna/Photo: twitter/@msisodia

Troubled Waters

Above: A bandh over the Yamuna/Photo: twitter/@msisodia Delhi and Haryana have sparred over water for long, but with bitter rivals ruling in the two states...
MP Chief Minister Kamal Nath at a campaign rally in Chhindwara/Photo: UNI

IT Raids: Caught in a Bind

Above: MP Chief Minister Kamal Nath at a campaign rally in Chhindwara/Photo: UNI MP Chief Minister Kamal Nath is feeling the heat after IT raids...
From a card carrying member of the Khan Market Gang

From a card carrying member of the Khan Market Gang

  By Dilip Bobb It has been my favourite haunt for decades, partly because I happened to live in a series of residences which were in...
SAMUGARH – TURNING POINT IN INDIA’S FUNDAMENTALISM

SAMUGARH – TURNING POINT IN INDIA’S FUNDAMENTALISM

  By Murad Ali Baig It was on an exceptionally hot day on May 29 1658 that India’s history changed forever. Two great Mughal armies led...
Dark Web: Mafioso of the Wired World

Dark Web: Mafioso of the Wired World

Above: Illustration by Anthony Lawrence It is time to regulate dark web which is not accessible through regular browsers and where nefarious activities and cyber...
A traditional procession of Sikhs with kirpans in Birmingham/Photo: twitter.com/AppgBritSikhs

All-clear for Kirpans

Above: A traditional procession of Sikhs with kirpans in Birmingham/Photo: twitter.com/AppgBritSikhs Concerted efforts by the Sikh community in the UK have ensured that the UK’s...
Activists protest against the Trump Administration’s policies on immigrants in Manhattan/Photo: UNI

New Immigration Policy: Jumping The Queue

Above: Activists protest against the Trump Administration’s policies on immigrants in Manhattan/Photo: UNI Indians could be beneficiaries of President Donald Trump’s preference for a skills-based...
Modi with Donald and Melania Trump/Photo: UNI

Donald Trump: Provocateur In Chief

Above: Modi with Donald and Melania Trump/Photo: UNI The impact of higher US tariffs on Chinese goods may help India, but the US president also...
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi interacting with the IPS Officer Trainees of 2016 batch, in New Delhi on November 8, 2017/Photo: ddnews.gov.in

Who Goes There? Friend Or Foe?

Above: Prime Minister, Narendra Modi interacting with the IPS Officer Trainees of 2016 batch, in New Delhi on November 8, 2017/Photo: ddnews.gov.in By R K...
People work at a blast scene at St. Anthony’s Church in Kochchikade in Colombo, Sri Lanka, April 21, 2019/Photo: Xinhua/UNI

Sri Lanka Security: On the Edge

Above: People work at a blast scene at St. Anthony’s Church in Kochchikade in Colombo, Sri Lanka, April 21, 2019/Photo: Xinhua/UNI Ever since the...
Alfa Ventures Apartments/Photo credit: India Legal

Demolition Day

Above: Alfa Ventures Apartments/Photo credit: India Legal More than 350 familes may be without a roof over their heads as the Supreme Court orders demolition...
Accelerated Process of Dying

Accelerated Process of Dying

The Supreme Court recently expanded the concept of right to life when it delivered a judgment wherein it included the  right to die with...
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani (waving) at the consultative loya jirga in Kabul/Photo: UNI

Taliban Talks Tough

Above: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani (waving) at the consultative loya jirga in Kabul/Photo: UNI In a strange scenario, peace talks between Taliban and the US...
The new tariff order allows consumers to choose their TV channels/Photo: UNI

Trai’s new tariff: Watch Out!

Above: The new tariff order allows consumers to choose their TV channels/Photo: UNI With the regulator TRAI coming down hard on DTH and cable operators...
J&J office in Madrid/Photo: Luis Garcia/ Commons.wikipedia.org

Hips Don’t Lie

Above: J&J office in Madrid/Photo: Luis Garcia/ Commons.wikipedia.org J&J has been told to pay Rs 25 lakh to each patient who underwent surgery due to...
Ex-servicemen on dharna for OROP in Delhi/Photo: UNI

Shortchanging the Soldier

Above: Ex-servicemen on dharna for OROP in Delhi/Photo: UNI The anomaly-ridden OROP is symptomatic of dysfunctional civil-military relations despite the Modi government’s deification of the...
Media Watch

Media Watch

Cashing In This election may be all about vote banks but the ones laughing all the way to the bank are the Indian advertising market,...
The UAE and Nepal are the two main countries which import live sheep and goats from India (Representational Image)/Photo: UNI

Damning Judgment

Above: The UAE and Nepal are the two main countries which import live sheep and goats from India (Representational Image)/Photo: UNI  An attempt by the...
Election officials removing campaign material of various political parties in Thiruvananthapuram/Photo: UNI

Green Politicians

Above: Election officials removing campaign material of various political parties in Thiruvananthapuram/Photo: UNI Far from putting their feet up and waiting for the results, some...
During Monsoons, Odisha's Koraput Tribe enjoys the Nature and works for Livelihood/Photo:Shiv’s Photografia/ commons.wikimedia.org

Tribals’ Rights: Ministries’ Stand-off

Above: During Monsoons, Odisha's Koraput Tribe enjoys the Nature and works for Livelihood/Photo:Shiv’s Photografia/ commons.wikimedia.org A letter by the environment ministry to state governments undermining...
Illustration Created by Amitava Sen

Beware, Malware

Cyber criminals are on the prowl in India’s sprawling digital landscape, hitting tech’s marquee names, while the government is yet to roll out a...
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Media Watch

Above: Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay Democracy Under Threat Journalists around the world are seeing increased fear and violence in their line of work as...
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan/Photo: UNI

Pakistan’s National Accountability Bureau: Another Frankenstein

Above: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan/Photo: UNI Pakistan’s political establishment has always used it to settle scores, but its roguish behaviour towards the accused has...
Media Watch

Media Watch

Stealing the Thunder As predicted by this column last week (“sources say that more interviews, including in print, are in the offing”), the prime minister...
Democrats in the Congress will keep up the pressure on Trump by seeking the full report/Photo: UNI

Trump’s Russian Escape

Above: Democrats in the Congress will keep up the pressure on Trump by seeking the full report/Photo: UNI While the Robert Mueller report “does not...
The time of death of former Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa remains speculative. The funeral procession of J Jayalalithaa/Photo: UNI

Life And Death Matter

Above: The time of death of former Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa remains speculative. The funeral procession of J Jayalalithaa/Photo: UNI A handful of VVIP deaths...
BJP chief Amit Shah and former Karnataka CM BS Yeddyurappa (third from left) at a poll rally of Tejasvi Surya (waving)/Photo: UNI

Karnataka Politics: Surya’s Rise

Above: BJP chief Amit Shah and former Karnataka CM BS Yeddyurappa (third from left) at a poll rally of Tejasvi Surya (waving)/Photo: UNI A 28-year-old...
Home to more than 18 million people, Delhi’s water consumption is forever on the rise/Anil Shakya

Delhi’s Day Zero

Above: Home to more than 18 million people, Delhi’s water consumption is forever on the rise/Anil Shakya Though Delhi was one of the first cities...
The introduction of Hindi as a court language will benefit over 2.6 million Indians in the UAE/Photo: facebook

Right Move

Above: The introduction of Hindi as a court language will benefit over 2.6 million Indians in the UAE/Photo: facebook The move of UAE to make...
Omar Abdullah’s proposal is hardly new but its timing has stirred up a political storm/Photo: UNI

Stirring a Hornets’ Nest

Above: Omar Abdullah’s proposal is hardly new but its timing has stirred up a political storm/Photo: UNI NC Vice-president Omar Abdullah’s statement that his party...
The swimming pool of the KTDC-run Hotel Samudra where a guest drowned/Photo: ktdc.com

Kerala Tourism Development Corporation: Pool of Troubles

Above: The swimming pool of the KTDC-run Hotel Samudra where a guest drowned/Photo: ktdc.com The SC has pulled up the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation for...
Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah greets people to mark 50 years on throne in Brunei/Photo: UNI

Benevolent Sharia

Above: Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah greets people to mark 50 years on throne in Brunei/Photo: UNI The Brunei Darussalam’s decision to implement strict penalties like...
Wreckage of two Surya Kiran jets that crashed in Bengaluru in February 2019/Photo: UNI

IAF Air Crashes: The Flying Coffin Syndrome

Above: Wreckage of two Surya Kiran jets that crashed in Bengaluru in February 2019/Photo: UNI Innumerable crashes of IAF jets are a testimony to India’s...
Different Rules For Rulers And The Ruled

Different Rules For Rulers And The Ruled

In taking vital decisions, is the Election Commission of India getting influenced by the political exigencies of the ruling BJP ? By R K Mishra The...
Miners work at Magadh coal mine in Chatra district in Jharkhand (file pic)/Photo: UNI

Going, Going… Gone Forever?

Above: Miners work at Magadh coal mine in Chatra district in Jharkhand (file pic)/Photo: UNI Only a handful of lawsuits in the Supreme Court stand...
(Left) Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller; US President Donald Trump

Robert Mueller Probe: White House Whitewashing

Above: (Left) Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller; US President Donald Trump The secrecy around the 21-month investigation into President Donald Trump’s collusion with Russians in the...
Police take the accused to the crime scene in a rape and murder case in Lucknow/Photo: UNI

A New Report Card

Above: Police take the accused to the crime scene in a rape and murder case in Lucknow/Photo: UNI The inadequacies of the criminal justice system...
It is time the social media companies exercise due diligence so that they are not held liable in case their platforms are misused/Photo: Anil Shakya

Tackling Fake News

Above: It is time the social media companies exercise due diligence so that they are not held liable in case their platforms are misused/Photo:...
Lawyers regale audience in SCBA Cultural Programme 2019

Lawyers regale audience in SCBA Cultural Programme 2019

The Cultural Committee of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) has for the first time organised a Talent Hunt Reality Show, aimed at showcasing...
Convocation ceremony of the students of GNLU, Gandhinagar, Gujarat/Photo: UNI

Judges & Femininity

Above: Convocation ceremony of the students of GNLU, Gandhinagar, Gujarat/Photo: UNI Can legal education give the foundation for cultivating feminine approaches so that lawyers are...
An aerial view of Chittorgarh city. The NGT ban on mining aims to improve the air quality/Photo: chittorgarh.com

Take A Breath, Now

Above: An aerial view of Chittorgarh city. The NGT ban on mining aims to improve the air quality/Photo: chittorgarh.com The green court has asked...
Members of the All-India Anglo Indian Association, Jabalpur branch, at a meeting/Photo: cherylltucker.wordpress.com

And the Nominee Is…

Above: Members of the All-India Anglo Indian Association, Jabalpur branch, at a meeting/Photo: cherylltucker.wordpress.com By choosing to sit on a government recommendation for a long...
A cancer patient being given radiation at a hospital in Agartala/Photo: UNI

A Salve for Wounds

Above: A cancer patient being given radiation at a hospital in Agartala/Photo: UNI In a welcome move, the centre has reduced the prices of 42...
An awareness drive launched by the India Consumer Protection and Action Committee in Ahmedabad/Photo: UNI

Consumer Protection Bill, 2018: Need for a Strong Regulatory Regime

Above: An awareness drive launched by the India Consumer Protection and Action Committee in Ahmedabad/Photo: UNI Before a new bill is introduced in the soon...
Rafale verdict

Supreme Court reserves order on Centre’s Claim of Privilege over leaked Rafale documents

  The Supreme Court has reserved its order on  examining the documents submitted by  the petitioners who sought a review of the court’s December 14 verdict...
President Donald Trump in a meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He at the White House/Photo: UNI

POTUS Again or Citizen Trump?

Above: President Donald Trump in a meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He at the White House/Photo: UNI With at least 16 declared Democratic aspirants...
Justice Sajjan Singh Kothari

Being Upright Doesn’t Always Pay

  By Prakash Bhandari Justice (retd) Sajjan Singh Kothari has not been swayed by political colours and that may well be the reason for his unceremonious...
Prisoners making organic pickles at the district jail in Udhampur, Jammu. Although they can work and earn money legally they can’t vote/Photo: UNI

Should Prisoners Have Voting Rights?

Above: Prisoners making organic pickles at the district jail in Udhampur, Jammu. Although they can work and earn money legally they can’t vote/Photo: UNI An...
Sabarimala temple

Sabarimala is Social, Not Religious Issue, Can Be Used for Poll Campaign; Kerala EC

  Following furious protests, mainly from the BJP and even sections of the Congress party, the Chief Electoral officer of Kerala has said that there...
Photo Courtesy UNI

The Pressure Won’t Ease

As ex-aides spill the beans and multiple house committees take a close look at Donald Trump’s myriad dealings, the president starts to feel the...
The two amendments by the centre could send wrong signals to the people of Kashmir/Photo: UNI

Constitution Amendments: A Matter of Trust

Above: The two amendments by the centre could send wrong signals to the people of Kashmir/Photo: UNI The centre’s extension of two constitutional amendments in...
Forest officials try to douse the raging fire/Photo: twitter.com/hashtag/bandipur

Bandipur National Park: Towering Inferno

Above: Forest officials try to douse the raging fire/Photo: twitter.com/hashtag/bandipur A fire which blazed Bandipur National Park and was allegedly man-made, affected over 4,000 hectares...
llustration by Anthony Lawrence

ICMR-Pfizer Collaboration: A Conflict of Interest?

Does the CSR activity of the pharma giant Pfizer which is independent of its commercial interests and where a grant of Rs 7 crore...
epresentative picture of J&K police

Needless crackdown on Jamaat-e-Islami?

Above: Representative picture of J&K police By Pushp Saraf The decision to ban this outfit under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for five years is surprising...
Photo: Twitter/@INCMP

Singing A New Tune

 By Rakesh Dixit The opening of cowsheds and singing of Vande matram are not the only issue on which the Congress government led by Kamalnath...
A team of Haryana Civil Services (HCS) officers; HCS officers will also be affected by the new rules/Photo: #ManaAmaravati _twitter

Government Employees: Removing Deadwood

Above: A team of Haryana Civil Services (HCS) officers; HCS officers will also be affected by the new rules/Photo: #ManaAmaravati _twitter The Haryana government has...
United Trade Union Congress activists on a strike in Thiruvananthapuram /Photo: UNI

Paying the Price

Above: United Trade Union Congress activists on a strike in Thiruvananthapuram /Photo: UNI By asking the state youth Congress chief to cough up the cost...
GST on Lottery: No Jackpot for Anyone

GST on Lottery: No Jackpot for Anyone

Negotiations on GST rates for lottery tickets have got stuck as Kerala, which earns a huge amount from its sales, does not want to...
Narendra Modi

DURBAR

Informing the PM On February 27, as a worried India was coming to terms with news of escalation of tension with Pakistan and the possibility...
MEDIA WATCH

MEDIA WATCH

What’s in a name? Mumbai’s iconic Karachi Bakery has not changed its name to “Prayag Raj Mithai Shop”, as was widely rumoured after a hostile...
A worker chiselling stones at a workshop for construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya/Photo: UNI

Ayodhya Case: Down the Beaten Road

Above: A worker chiselling stones at a workshop for construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya/Photo: UNI In a surprising twist to the long-drawn Ayodhya...
Article 35A

ARTICLE 35A – The Biggest Fraud On The Constitution

By Ashwini Upadhyay Article 35A was not added to the Constitution by following due procedures prescribed for amendment of the Constitution under Article 368. The...
Supreme Court

TA Bill comes to the rescue of a Magistrate facing disciplinary action

A Travel Allowance (TA) bill came to the rescue of a Magistrate who was removed by Madras High Court for seeking personal favours from...
The father of a three-year-old girl who allegedly died due to medical negligence protesting in Kerala/Photo: UNI

Medical Negligence: A Cross to Bear

Above: The father of a three-year-old girl who allegedly died due to medical negligence protesting in Kerala/Photo: UNI Do surgeries where swabs and instruments are...
DURBAR

DURBAR

Insensitive Politicians Netas have a penchant for milking a tragedy, particularly in the poll season. In the wake of the February 14 terror attack in...
Aligarh Mus­lim University (AMU)

Status Symbol

A seven-judge bench of the apex court will look into the issue of defining parameters for grant of minority status to the 147-year-old Aligarh...
Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi

Fraudulent Calls: Impersonating the CJI

In a shocking case, a person pretending to be the chief justice called up two judges and asked them to recommend the names of...
(Clockwise from above) Ariyil Abdul Shukoor; CPI(M) district secretary P Jayarajan and Kalliasseri MLA TV Rajesh. The CBI has filed an additional charge sheet against Rajesh and Jayarajan in the Shukoor murder case

CPM’s Hot Potato

Above: (Clockwise from above) Ariyil Abdul Shukoor; CPI(M) district secretary P Jayarajan and Kalliasseri MLA TV Rajesh. The CBI has filed an additional charge...
The real estate sector is expected to grow fast in the coming years, and the GST relief will give it a boost/Photo: Anil Shakya

GST For Real Estate: Going Soft on Realty

Above: The real estate sector is expected to grow fast in the coming years, and the GST relief will give it a boost/Photo: Anil...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe at Tokyo Station to board the Shinkansen bullet train to Kobe, in Japan (file pic)/Photo:UNI

Bullet Train Project: Gone with the Wind?

Above: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe at Tokyo Station to board the Shinkansen bullet train to Kobe, in...
Republic TV

MEDIA WATCH

God Save the Republic For anyone who thought that Arnab Goswami’s Republic TV could stoop no further than it already has since its launch as...
Karnataka Audiogate: Simmering for the Future

Karnataka Audiogate: Simmering for the Future

By Stephen David in Bengaluru Hours before presenting the state budget on Feb 8, 2019, Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy dropped a bombshell at a...
A central medical team checking swine flu patients at Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad/Photo: UNI

Sections 269 & 270, IPC: A Case of Paranoia?

Above: A central medical team checking swine flu patients at Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad/Photo: UNI Both Sections 269 & 270 deal with negligent and malicious...
Mumbai Man Wants To Sue Parents For Bringing Him Into World

Mumbai Man Wants To Sue Parents For Bringing Him Into World

A 27-year-old Mumbaikar, Raphael Samuel wants to take legal action against his parents—for bringing him into the world without taking his permission. In a YouTube...
Digital Print and Copy Machine

A Digital Print and Copy Machine Creates Furore on SC Complex

By Sumit Saxena A digital print and copy machine is being assumed as a danger by Central Agency Section office on the Supreme Court complex....
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Mindboggling Projections The Indian media and entertainment industry will demonstrate a compound annual growth rate of 11.7 percent from $30.3 billion in 2017 to $52.6...
An anti-Brexit protester demonstrates outside the Houses of Parliament in London/Photo: UNI

Brexit: A State of Emergency?

Above: An anti-Brexit protester demonstrates outside the Houses of Parliament in London/Photo: UNI Britain is so much in the grip of “no-deal” Brexit fears that...
Gomti Riverfront project in Lucknow (file pic)/Photo: UNI

Turning On The Heat

Above: Gomti Riverfront project in Lucknow (file pic)/Photo: UNI Though there’s nothing to suggest that the former CM of UP Akhilesh Yadav is being personally...
The police often manufacture false theories in order to close a case and wrongly implicate people from vulnerable sections of society/Photo: UNI

The Malice of Fabrication

Above: The police often manufacture false theories in order to close a case and wrongly implicate people from vulnerable sections of society/Photo: UNI In a...
Election officials pasting name and symbol on EVMs before dispatching to the polling booths ahead of Tamil Nadu Assembly Elections, in Chennai on Tuesday (file pic)/Photo: UNI

Hold Up Democracy, Not Technology

Above: Election officials pasting name and symbol on EVMs before dispatching to the polling booths ahead of Tamil Nadu Assembly Elections, in Chennai on...
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MEDIA WATCH

Spewing Venom BJP TV spokespersons are getting more shrill, and even louder—if that can be possible—as the general election gets closer by the minute. Their...
Priyanka Gandhi & Rahul Gandhi

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Foreign Kudos for Priyanka Priyanka Gandhi’s formal entry into national politics from the Congress party has not only made national headlines but also caught the...
An awareness rally on World Leprosy Day. Patients in India continue to be denied education and treatment to this day/Photo: leprosymission.org

Nobody’s Children

The fact that both the Center and the Delhi government could not give the High Court any plans for rehabilitation of displaced leprosy patients...
British Prime Minister Theresa May after winning the no-confidence vote/Photo: UNI

Brexit Vote: Luck of the Devil

Above: British Prime Minister Theresa May after winning the no-confidence vote/Photo: UNI Though British Prime Minister Theresa May has narrowly won a no-confidence vote, she...
Rahul Gandhi

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Gaga over RaGa For yesteryear’s rockstar of Madison Square Garden, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s trip to Dubai must have been galling....

Trump And Tragedy

Above: Trump said that he's prepared for a partial government shutdown to last for months or years/Photo: UNI Nearly a million US government workers...
The menace of stray cattle has now affected movement of traffic on major roads and streets in UP/Photo: Anil Shakya

Cow Politics: Udder Confusion

Above: The menace of stray cattle has now affected movement of traffic on major roads and streets in UP/Photo: Anil Shakya The UP government should...
A demolition drive to remove encroachments in Sector 19, Chandigarh/Photo: Twitter/ZeePunjab

Another “Surgical Strike”?

Above: A demolition drive to remove encroachments in Sector 19, Chandigarh/Photo: Twitter/ZeePunjab A judge of the Punjab & Haryana High Court has cracked down on...
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MEDIA WATCH

Arnab-A-Go-Go Is there something about the outcome of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls that Republic TV’s Arnab Goswami knows that no one else has an...

At the Crossroads

Above: Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam/Photo: UNI Both the PML (N) and the PPP are in dire straits with the army...

Amusement Park: Up the Garden Path

Above: The government plans to build a theme park around the KRS dam in Mandya/Photo Courtesy: Mandya Collector Office Farmer groups are seething at the...

Muzaffarnagar Riots: Silence is Not Golden

Above: Victims of the Muzaffarnagar riots who fled to Loni and areas bordering Delhi/Photo Courtesy: YouTube Despite SIT requests for prosecution of the accused in...

Sabarimala Row: Walking into a Wall

Above: Protests broke out across Kerala after the entry of two women into the Sabarimala temple/Photo: Kaviyoor Santhosh In an attempt to come across as...
Supreme Court

Of Crony Capitalism and Institutional Failure

Above: Supreme Court/Photo: Anil Shakya A new book attempts to fill in crucial gaps on some recent controversial cases handled in the last few...

DELHI DURBAR

JACKET WARS Over the last four years, the BJP has been claiming icons to prove that the party’s identity is deeply rooted in Indian soil...

Zero Tolerance

Above: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is being blamed for curtailing media freedom in Kerala/Photo: UNI Courts in Kerala have stepped in as saviours in several...

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WAS KAMAL NATH A MISTAKE? It was indeed ironical that shortly before Kamal Nath took over as Madhya Pradesh chief minister, Sajjan Kumar was sentenced...
Vijay Mallya

Mallya Extradition: The Long Wait

Above: Vijay Mallya outside the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London/Photo: UNI Though the Modi government has been exultant about getting hold of Vijay Mallya, its...

Territory First or People?

Above: The then Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh flagging off the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad Bus in Srinagar on April 7, 2005. The then Chairperson, National Advisory Council,...

Captive Elephants: Jumbo Task

Above: A young elephant being given a bath by his trainer at the Konni Elephant Training Centre in Pathanamthitta, Kerala/Photo: UNI As per a Supreme...

Cauvery: Rumble in the Reservoir

Above: Karnataka's water resources minister DK Shivakumar (right) indicates the site of the Mekedatu project on the Cauvery river/Photo: CM’s Office, Karnataka Tamil Nadu has...

One India-One Health Policy?

Above: Paramedical staff giving free medicines to patients during a day-long medical camp in Srinagar/Photo: UNI As public health is a state subject, central welfare...

Sexual Harassment at Work: No Sextortion, Please

Above: A group of women doing traditional Kashmiri embroidery on the outskirts of Srinagar/Photo: UNI In a move to protect women in the light of...

Piravom Church Dispute: Double Standards

Above: Syrian Orthodox Church Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II (centre) met Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan (in white) regarding the church case/Photo: UNI The Marxist-led government is...

Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Few would disagree that former Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra left his stamp on the judiciary. This can be viewed through the prism...

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The Princess Factor Much is being made of India’s success in getting the Dubai government to extradite AgustaWestland chopper scam middleman Christian Michel. Michel is...

Media Watch

The Official Revamp In a few weeks, the official media, Doordarshan and All India Radio, could well be unrecognisable. Strategists like Amit Shah and media...
Jayalalitha

Defamation Suits: A Lesson for All

Above: The practice of filing defamation cases by the Jayalalithaa government started in January 2012/Photo: UNI The Madras High Court has quashed a case filed...

DELHI DURBAR

Din over Dinner If the famous judges’ press conference in January this year was unprecedented, then one of its key participants, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi,...
Narendra Modi

MEDIA WATCH

Money for Jam National news broadcasters are grinning all the way to the bank. After some challenging times with fierce competition leading to slashing of...
Sadhus participating at a 'Dharam Sabha’, organised by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad to push for the construction of the Ram temple, in Ayodhya (file pic)/Photo: UNI

Yesterday Once More

Above:  Sadhus participating at a 'Dharam Sabha’, organised by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad to push for the construction of the Ram temple, in Ayodhya...

Turmoil in Shangri-La

Above: The Stakna monastery, en route to Leh from Kargil/Photo: Puneet Nicholas Yadav By Pushp Saraf Threats and counter-threats involving big three socio-religious organisations have created...

Maldives: Gaining Lost Ground

Above: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih in Male. This was Modi’s first trip to the island nation as PM/Photo: PIB With...

Gilgit-Baltistan: Call of the Mountain

Pakistan’s Supreme Court has directed the government to take a decision on the Gilgit-Baltistan legal and constitutional status. But, as Pakistan governs it directly...

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The Kashmir Conundrum For once, the BJP seems to have been caught flat footed. Mehbooba Mufti, traditional rival Omar Abdullah and Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi...

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Writing on the Wall These days, NDTV boss Prannoy Roy, accompanied by election gurus psephologist Dorab Sopariwala (above right) and veteran journalist Shekhar Gupta, is...

Taliban Initiative: A Pragmatic Move

Above: Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov (centre) and the Taliban delegation at peace talks in Moscow/Photo: twitter Even though India is not a principal player...

Karnavati: Name Games

Above: The failures of Vijay Rupani government have escaped attention in the re-naming euphoria/Photo: UNI Like Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat too is on a name-changing spree...

Legal Troubles: In a Logjam

Above: Former Punjab CM and SAD patriarch Parkash Singh Badal with son Sukhbir Singh Badal at an election rally in Punjab/Photo: UNI Even as the...

Media Watch

The Crystal Ball? Is the surprise decision of Essel Group’s Subhash Chandra to sell 50 percent stake in Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL) a wakeup...

Haren Pandya Case: Skeletons in the Closet

Above: DG Vanzara at Sabarmati Jail after getting bail in the Ishrat Jahan case/Photo: UNI A shocking admission by a witness in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh...

DELHI DURBAR

The Hot Seat The head that is most uneasy in India right now belongs to RBI Governor Urjit Patel. His differences with the Modi government...

Aravali Biodiversity Park: Paradise Lost?

Above: A view of the 154-hectare Aravali Biodiversity Park, the green lung of the NCR/Photo: Anil Shakya With the NHAI planning an expressway through the...
UP CM Yogi Adityanath/Photo: UNI

Renaming of Places: Name Dropping

Above: UP CM Yogi Adityanath/Photo: UNI The UP government’s move to rename various districts shows its overt communal tilt and pettiness and its need to...
The main object behind cyber stalking is sexual harassment

Cyber Stalking: Fatal Attraction

Above: The main object behind cyber stalking is sexual harassment With the advent of the internet, cyber crimes have increased. Victims need to know that...
Defamation: Forum of Catastrophic Convenience?

Defamation: Forum of Catastrophic Convenience?

In the light of numerous defamation cases being filed against the media today, it is time to consider whether this law is at all...
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan talks to flood victims at a relief camp near Chengannur in Kerala/Photo Courtesy: Big News Live

Kerala Flood Relief: Held To Ransom

Above: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan talks to flood victims at a relief camp near Chengannur in Kerala/Photo Courtesy: Big News Live The Supreme Court vetoes...
Statue of Unity

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Patel Rap The huge publicity blitz over the approximately Rs 3,000 crore statue of Sardar Patel in Gujarat which was unveiled by the Prime Minister,...
Mallya Mortgage: Homeless in London?

Mallya Mortgage: Homeless in London?

Above: Mallya has a mansion in Cornwall Terrace in London Photo Credit: Flickr/Elliott Brown Vijay Mallya’s woes are piling up as a Swiss bank has applied...
Speedy Justice: A Right to be Respected

Speedy Justice: A Right to be Respected

Above: Litigants at a Lok Adalat organised by the district legal services authority in Mirzapur, UP/Photo: UNI The right to speedy trial is an important...
Banking Crisis: The Blame Game

Banking Crisis: The Blame Game

Above: RBI Governor Urjit Patel and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley are not on the same page on dealing with the NPA crisis/Photo: UNI A...
Higher Education: Towards Academic Mediocrity

Higher Education: Towards Academic Mediocrity

Above: A resilient higher education system embraces democracy and forward-thinking /Photo: UNI While higher education is being decentralised and granted autonomy and funding elsewhere,...
Sueing-for-Silence

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Suing for Silence With his involvement in the Rafale deal creating the most controversy—and subsequently getting the most media coverage—Anil Ambani first tried to gag...
Chandigarh traffic police spreading awareness about road safety among women two-wheeler riders/Photo: twitter/@trafficchd

Road Safety: Faith Over Safety

Above: Chandigarh traffic police spreading awareness about road safety among women two-wheeler riders/Photo: twitter/@trafficchd Bowing to pressure from the Akalis, the Union home ministry asks...
Farmers in Bengaluru protest against the Karnataka government while demanding a waiver of crop loans/Photo: UNI

Agriculture: Easing the Burden

Above: Farmers in Bengaluru protest against the Karnataka government while demanding a waiver of crop loans/Photo: UNI The Karnataka Debt Relief Bill, 2018, awaiting presidential...
Re-strategising of the armed forces must be as per the threat perception/Photo: UNI

Downsizing the Indian Army: A Dangerous Exercise

Above: Re-strategising of the armed forces must be as per the threat perception/Photo: UNI The Army restructuring plan involves reducing its manpower by 1.5 lakh...
(L-R) Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje; Union minister Nitin Gadkari and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a function in Rajasthan/Photo: UNI

Assembly Elections 2018: The Last Waltz

Above: (L-R) Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje; Union minister Nitin Gadkari and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a function in Rajasthan/Photo: UNI As five states...
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MEDIA WATCH

High Standards Amid the continuing gloom in the newspaper industry, here’s some news for print journalists looking for new job avenues. The Chennai-based New Indian...
British Prime Minister Theresa May/Photo: UNI

Brexit Jitters

Above: British Prime Minister Theresa May/Photo: UNI One of the largest surveys of business sentiment found that many UK-based Indian companies could cut recruitment and...
Convicted of murder, Rampal faces trial in multiple other cases including sedition/Photo: UNI

Rampal Case: Gangland Godmen

Above: Convicted of murder, Rampal faces trial in multiple other cases including sedition/Photo: UNI Haryana government has deployed more than 4,000 police personnel in Hisar...
A herd of elephants crossing a road that cuts through a national park/Photo: UNI