HindustanTimes Wed,16 Apr 2014

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Business service ideas

An oft-quoted fact over the past decade or so has been that we have steadily moved on from an agriculture-led economy to a services-based arrangement. So palpable and strong is this sense that the assertion is taken at face value without any discussion on the quality of the service on offer. Writes Madhusheel Arora.

NDA’s Sinhgarh endurance hike

Former cadets of the National Defence Academy will feel nostalgic on learning that the punishment run to Sinhgarh has been abolished. Sinhgarh is the formidable fortress located near Kharakvasla that was conquered by Chhatrapati Shivaji’s general, Tanaji Malsure. Writes Mandeep Singh Bajwa.


Birders and wildlife photographers often indulge in crass races to claim credit for a rare bird spotted. But this rarity for Chandigarh, the Great Himalayan barbet, came to light not via an eager beaver birder. A voracious eater of wild fruits, the barbet is a common species as we drive up the Kasauli hills but is not so in the urbane plains. Writes Vikram Jit Singh.

The veteran, the modi wave, and the rookie

Congress incumbent Pawan Kumar Bansal, BJP’s Kirron Kher and AAP’s Gul Panag squared off for a debate on Chandigarh’s problems and their promised solutions, at ‘Candidatetalk@ht’, held at The Lalit hotel on Friday. Here are their primary points, counter-points, and the occasional barb.  Up, close and personal with Chandigarh nominees | Bitwits

Kirron, Gul spare Bansal over corruption, Railgate controversy

Coming face-to-face for a debate for the first time at Candidatetalk @ HT programme on Friday, Kirron Kher of the BJP and Gul Panag of AAP confronted the Congress MP over various issues concerning Chandigarh but steered clear of directly attacking Bansal over corruption or Railgate.

Triumph of secularism

“The trek through the narrow paths and icy winds takes over 12 hours,” warned Akram, the guide to the Amarnath cave, which is located at a height of 12,756 feet in the mountains. The cold wind smashed into our faces like a sheet of ice. We sat in a tea shop in a village nestling at the foot of the Himalayas. “That’s fine. We are determined to visit the cave,” I told him. Hari Chand Aneja writes

The name says it all

We may be a diverse country of a billion plus but our names are an instant giveaway. The mere mention tells others about the region we hail from, our caste and even the era to which we belong. Writes Kirti Dua.

A few good men

In his poem 'Tintern Abbey', William Wordsworth talks of "that best portion of a good man's life, his unremembered acts of kindness and of love". A man is defined as good, in the eyes of others, because of these acts. He himself remains blissfully unaware of this definition because he has forgotten his kindness. Writes Harish Dhillon.

Life’s simple pleasures

Russian novelist Maxim Gorky once said, “Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands.” It is futile to rave and rant about what we don’t have. We may not forget the past but we must not allow it to invade our small pleasures of family life in the present.Raj Bahadur Yadav writes

Vagaries of coalition politics

Present day reality of Kashmir politics remains the accentuated fear of fractured mandate. Three influential parties --- National Conference (NC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Congress --- are shaping up their politics with this fast seeping reality. Peerzada Aashiq writes

Dead end or hazy horizon?

A morning walk at Chandigarh's Sukhna Lake is a stress buster. Besides being of exercise value, it is the house of chatters, both of the avian and human kind. The inhibited views and gossip after a sleep-induced silence of nightly hours, makes your day.Col Avnish Sharma(retd) writes

1962 debacle and Henderson Brooks report

Neville Maxwell has put part of the Henderson Brooks report on the internet generating clamour to make this report public. Governments, including that of the BJP, have been shying away from de-classifying the report. Lt Gen Harwant Singh (Retd) writes

Song of the Indian maid

When an Indian maid recently dug in her heels deepening the diplomatic chasm between India and the United States, it must have amused John Keats in his grave on the repeat of yet another misadventure down the lane. Ashok Kumar Yadav writes

Capt’s entry changes Punjab’s poll script

Until a few days ago, Punjab was emblematic of all that was seemingly going wrong for the Congress at the national pollscape: battle-shy senior leaders, desertions to the rivals’ fold and a creeping sense of defeat among party workers even before the fight had actually begun. Ramesh Vinayak (Senior resident editor) writes

His son’s father

I don’t shed tears so easily, not even of the crocodilian kind, but this time I just couldn’t hold them back. It happened while I was reading the story about Congress stalwart ND Tiwari finally naming his son Rohit Shekhar as his political heir.
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