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  • Class 10 exams
    Mar 28, 2015 22:29 IST

    A ‘blame’ policy is worse than policy failure

    The pictures this month of young men clinging like leeches to the wall of an examination centre in Bihar, feeding answers to examinees, symbolised a dilemma of Indian governance — the problem of matching plans and policies with ground realities. All was well on paper. The carefully planned schedule of exams took place, but the reality was that they were a fiasco.

  • Bangladesh Prime minister Sheikh Hasina
    Mar 27, 2015 22:00 IST

    Bangladesh must probe enforced disappearances of Oppn leaders

    “Someone told me you can help,” she said. “Please, we are desperate.”

  • Section 66A
    Mar 26, 2015 22:52 IST

    Sec 66A scrapped: Online freedom is supreme but not absolute

    The Supreme Court judgment declaring Section 66A of the Information Technology Act as unconstitutional has been hailed in India.

  • An Indian cricket fan
    Mar 25, 2015 22:50 IST

    India-Australia ties: Cricket, commonwealth, curry and friendship

    Competitive, colourful and sometimes even controversial: There is something about an Australia vs India contest in cricket. On the eve of what will undoubtedly be a thrilling world cup semi-final, two nations prepare themselves for what we all hope will be a match of the ages.

  • Chairman of moderate faction
    Mar 25, 2015 22:34 IST

    There's no alternative yet: Hurriyat still relevant in J-K

    The political narrative in Kashmir is changing but the backbone position remains unchanged: The issue needs to be solved peacefully. The level of protests in the Valley has come down not because of any credible political process but due to the harsh winters and the devastating floods in September last year.

  • European Union flag
    Mar 24, 2015 23:24 IST

    EU-India strategic partnership needs a new impulse

    The European Union-India strategic partnership needs a new impulse. Partnering with India on its urban development agenda by tapping into the ‘Make in India’ project and launching an EU-India urbanisation forum would contribute to revive an unresponsive partnership.

  • Hashimpura
    Mar 24, 2015 23:10 IST

    Nothing surprising in the Hashimpura ruling

    What ails our police force? Principally it lies in their inability to think of themselves as being nothing but the repressive arm of the State and society. Clearly this is an inheritance of the Raj, which came in handy to the post-Independence political leadership and the higher bureaucracy.

  • solar energy
    Mar 24, 2015 23:04 IST

    US’ clean energy moves are aimed at boosting its exports

    After the bonhomie of Obama’s visit, officials have realised that the US government’s clean energy moves are primarily to boost its exports. The US Export-Import Bank has signed a $1 billion loan with the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency for US solar cell manufacturing companies that will export to India.

  • Sanjay Pandey
    Mar 24, 2015 16:55 IST

    Is Maharashtra govt ready to take consumers’ rights seriously?

    The ball is now in the court of CM Fadnavis. Citizens and consumer activists are expecting him to take steps that would convince people that the Opposition’s allegations are not true.

  • Activists dressed as polar bears
    Mar 23, 2015 23:12 IST

    No jargon, more action: The key to sustainable development

    Delivering the SDGs by 2030 requires more than their declaration in 2015. In the next few months, we have the opportunity, and the responsibility, to build better targets.

  • Singapore
    Mar 23, 2015 19:51 IST

    Lee Kuan Yew: The Singapore leader had lessons for Modi, India

    Lee Kuan Yew, who passed away on Sunday night, had ceased to make public comments by the time Narendra Modi became Prime Minister. He would have approved: here was the type of Indian leader he had long argued the country needed.

  • India vs Australia at the World Cup
    Mar 23, 2015 15:37 IST

    Australia real test for India. And vice versa

    Where cricket is concerned, Australia is the real test for India. And vice versa. Both teams look well-matched on paper and have played with equal intensity. I would venture that whoever wins on Thursday should go on to win the title.

  • Class 10 exams
    Mar 23, 2015 10:07 IST

    The kids are not all right: Going beyond the Bihar paper cheats

    Back in engineering college, a close friend was caught copying in a semester exam from his smartphone which had an entire textbook downloaded in it.

  • An Indian medical volunteer administers a dose of oral vaccine to a child during a National Pulse Polio Immunisation
    Mar 20, 2015 22:36 IST

    India's immunisation programme needs to step up its game

    In 1983, India created history by winning the cricket World Cup for the first time and cementing a place among the games’ greats.

  • Budget
    Mar 20, 2015 11:52 IST

    7 sutras India needs to follow to attain economic power

    In a $75 trillion world economy, India with almost 20% of global population has just over 2% contribution. For all of India's strengths, size, accomplishments, it remains a country that has punched well below its potential.