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HindustanTimes Fri,11 Jul 2014

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Keep the hills alive

The Himalayan ecosystem is vital to the ecological security of the Indian landmass. The Uttarakhand tragedy has shown that we need to urgently evolve a national consensus on how to safeguard the Himalayas, writes Shyam Saran.

'Encounters'must be eliminated

The Central Bureau of Investigation’s  (CBI) chargesheet in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case naming senior police officers for abducting and killing four people has once again drawn public attention to a harsh and recurring reality about so-called ‘fake encounters’, writes Pupul Dutta Prasad.

Not kept in the know

Any amendment to the RTI Act will constrict the fundamental right of citizens. If citizens want to retain this fundamental right, they must defend it at this historical moment and let political parties know that they will oppose any amendments to the RTI Act. Shailesh Gandhi writes.

Be a facilitator for investors

The penetration of politics into all aspects of our life is so deep that even a common and garden clearance for a technical project seems to require proximity to a political personage.

Saving face in India

While there are no official statistics of such attacks in India, it is estimated that there are as many as 1,000 acid attacks a year in the country. The frequency and gravity of acid attacks call for a preventive and punitive policy right now.

The rivers run through it

As news about the Assam floods keep rolling in, only a few weeks after the monsoon devastation in Uttarakhand that killed more than 1,000 people, a nagging question is floating around: why is it that none of the Indian states are ever prepared to tackle such natural calamities even though they have become near-annual events?

Time to come clean on this

A person who is guilty of flouting the law presiding over framing laws that affect the lives of people is a most worrying prospect. And this is what the Supreme Court seeks to rectify with its order striking down Section 8(4) of the Representation of the People Act.

The Dragon’s handshake

China is enthusiastically following up on its proposal to develop the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) economic corridor. While India and China agreed to explore the idea during Prime Minister Li Keqiang’s recent visit to India, New Delhi now seems to be having second thoughts on the project. Subir Bhaumik writes.

Abbottabad ghosts haunt Islamabad

After the US helicopter assault on Osama bin Laden’s quarters in Abbottabad and his assassination by Navy SEALs in 2011, a shaken Pakistani government set up a commission of inquiry, presided over by a retired judge, Javed Iqbal. Its findings, a part of which was leaked to Al Jazeera this week, reveal the country’s intelligence agencies at loggerheads and in a general state of confusion.

The game of the name

Families that produce generations of politicians are not unique to the Congress. They exist in all major parties, including in the BJP’s allies, writes Jayanthi Natarajan.

Walls come tumbling down

If there’s one lesson that India should learn from Uttarakhand it is that we must be conscious of the power of Nature. Development cannot be oblivious to the environment in which it takes place.

Err on the side of caution

Stop floating conspiracy theories, let the probe agencies do their job in Bodhgaya. This incident should, at least, impress upon the authorities that it is better to err on the side of caution than be caught flat-footed yet again.

Out of the park

Kashmir’s talented young cricketer should be feted as also all the other spirited youth who are now part of the India story.

A volley of sexist taunts

Blonde is considered an attribute in a female tennis player, if you don’t care who wins, and I am not sure Inverdale does; it’s only women’s tennis, after all, and if the game is so uninteresting, being played by women, why not discuss the more important matters?

Throwing in the towel

In cricket's universe bookies are hitchhikers adept in all sorts of tantra. Rahul Karmakar writes.
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