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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...
How safe are E-Cigarettes?

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...
Bank Merger: What a Terrible Idea, Sirji!

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 are under scrutiny for diverting money from Fortis Healthcare to their privately-held companies

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...
In October 2017, a panel set up by the RBI recommended the establishment of a public credit registry to collate all loan info for individuals and corporate borrowers/Photo: UNI

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...
Ganga_photo

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...
Mallya at the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London

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' - 94 News Results

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...
How safe are E-Cigarettes?

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...
Bank Merger: What a Terrible Idea, Sirji!

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 are under scrutiny for diverting money from Fortis Healthcare to their privately-held companies

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...
In October 2017, a panel set up by the RBI recommended the establishment of a public credit registry to collate all loan info for individuals and corporate borrowers/Photo: UNI

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...
Mallya at the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London

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...

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