- May 29, 2015 23:11 IST
A debate has recently started in the country about replacing our national animal — the tiger — with the lion. Before we proceed further into the touchy topic, we must look at the impact this tag has had on tiger conservation, and if such fancy labels at all help to protect such endangered species.
- May 28, 2015 23:17 IST
Corruption will have a continuum and cannot be wished away as long as society is inclined to tolerate it.
- May 28, 2015 22:57 IST
As the government moves into its second year, the focus would now be on execution of its stated visions including the smart cities programme.
- May 27, 2015 22:19 IST
The surge of migrants and refugees from Bangladesh and Myanmar, on unstable boats and headed towards an unknown horizon in Indonesia and Malaysia, has shaken human conscience. Unwanted in their home countries these people are virtually prisoners of unscrupulous human smuggling networks spread across South and Southeast Asia. The discovery of mass graves in northern Malaysia illustrates this saga of cruelty and exploitation of the powerless.
- May 27, 2015 17:20 IST
It’s not every day that you come across a Union minister taking a strong stand against his colleague’s controversial remarks. And for that, minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju has perhaps won many a heart.
- May 26, 2015 22:12 IST
Selectively granting majority ownership to foreign firms will operationalise ‘Make in India’ in defence
- May 26, 2015 21:49 IST
A predominantly Catholic country, Ireland, voting to legalise same-sex marriage in a first-of-its-kind referendum has been cheered for being a huge victory for human rights. Activists have hailed it and called for similar referendums in other countries, saying only a popular vote will show conservatives how out of tune they are with modern liberal values.
- May 25, 2015 22:18 IST
But all journeys start with a beginning and the past year has been a very good beginning that gives us high expectations for the future, particularly in the area of business and economics. From the perspective of someone based abroad but who has invested in India over the years, there are some concrete steps the government can take to further involve the large NRI community.
- May 25, 2015 15:56 IST
“Where did the missing 0.25% go?” was the most frequent, though a bit satirical, question asked after Arkya Chatterjee topped the ICSE class 12 test by scoring 99.75%.
- May 24, 2015 23:54 IST
India and China are linked by wounded tangents of history. Because of their sheer size, they accounted for half of global GDP in the 17th century, in a world that was largely agrarian. Both were viciously colonised in the next 250 years, their economies denuded and people impoverished.
- May 24, 2015 13:47 IST
The recent arrest of a driver in Bengaluru for circulating videos of rapes and gang-rapes uncovered the dark world in which acts of brutal violence against women are turned into someone else’s entertainment. Some experts and reports also say the existence of the “deep web” – the portion of the internet that cannot be indexed by common search engines –helps in consuming gore and violent content online.
- May 24, 2015 11:02 IST
Now firmly back in the saddle, Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa will launch efforts to strengthen “Brand Amma” with an eye on the 2016 elections to the state assembly.
- May 23, 2015 08:15 IST
At around 2:30pm on Friday, under a scorching summer sun, traffic was at a standstill on arterial Anna Salai in Chennai. The reason – a victorious J Jayalalithaa was heading to garland a statue, in her first public appearance in 217 days.
- May 21, 2015 22:44 IST
Externally, Modi has also managed to increase his ability to ignore Pakistan while avoiding international pressures. The message sent to Pakistan over the past 12 months has been consistent and simple: India is ready for dialogue, but will respond to any Pakistan recourse to violence with disproportionate force, writes Frederic Grare.
- May 21, 2015 22:57 IST
India declared itself free of leprosy as a communicable disease in 2005 in the belief that the National Leprosy Eradication Mission had eliminated it. That was a huge mistake and we became complacent. The result: Over 100,000 cases have emerged every year since 2012, the maximum in the world, writes Navin B Chawla.