• Narendra Modi, Barack Obama
    Jun 02, 2015 23:44 IST

    In India-US ties, the long distance race has now got underway

    The India–US Delhi Declaration of Friendship, which was upgraded from a bilateral strategic dialogue to a strategic and commercial dialogue, has provided a renewed sense of optimism to the business community in the US.

  • PEB office
    Jun 02, 2015 23:26 IST

    Vyapam scam: A theatre of the absurd in Madhya Pradesh

    MP's Vyapam scam shows inneffectiveness our justice delivery system to protect witnesses and whistle-blowers.

  • pollution
    Jun 02, 2015 10:52 IST

    Need a foreign hand here: India can't wish away pollution problem

    The New York Times’ South Asia correspondent Gardiner Harris’ piece on moving back to the US because of Delhi’s killer air pollution was one of the most widely read pieces on the web over the weekend, though many panned it as “over-the-top” and “extremely patronising”.

  • Manmohan Singh Modi PM RCR
    Jun 01, 2015 23:51 IST

    Modi-Manmohan meet: Governance of continuum

    A two-line tweet by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a one paragraph press release by Dr Manmohan Singh is all that we have in the public domain about their May 27 meeting.

  • Teesta dam
    Jun 01, 2015 23:48 IST

    Beyond Teesta: Why water-sharing pacts remain complex

    Water is an emotive issue in south Asia and the politics governing water-sharing formulae has dogged the region since Independence, often going beyond the merits of a treaty, especially between India and Pakistan.

  • Arun Jaitley
    Jun 01, 2015 22:29 IST

    The GST should be a please-all charge

    Under the new tax regime consumers will benefit in a big way, and so will manufacturers and traders

  • Smoking
    May 31, 2015 23:02 IST

    Ratification of WHO protocol a must to stop illicit tobacco trade

    All member states need to speed up their process of ratifying or acceding to the protocol. Ratification of the protocol is necessary to respond to the financial, legal and health impacts of the illicit trade in tobacco products.

  • Delhi traffic police
    May 31, 2015 22:54 IST

    Road rage: Our police are not London Bobbies, not yet

    Three ghastly incidents of public behaviour on Delhi roads in the recent past have raised some serious issues.

  • Elephant
    May 29, 2015 23:11 IST

    Why the elephant must be India's national animal

    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.

  • Corruption
    May 28, 2015 23:17 IST

    Fight rampant corruption by valuing the honest

    Corruption will have a continuum and cannot be wished away as long as society is inclined to tolerate it.

  • Smart City
    May 28, 2015 22:57 IST

    Crisis in our cities can be solved only with right kind of change

    As the government moves into its second year, the focus would now be on execution of its stated visions including the smart cities programme.

  • Myanmar
    May 27, 2015 22:19 IST

    Saarc and Asean should work to fix growing migrant crisis

    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.

  • Kiren Rijiju
    May 27, 2015 17:20 IST

    Yes, minister: Rijiju speaking his mind on eating beef has meat in it

    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.

  • Modi with Parrikar
    May 26, 2015 22:12 IST

    ‘Make in India’ in defence: Push hard for the pull factor

    Selectively granting majority ownership to foreign firms will operationalise ‘Make in India’ in defence

  • Ireland, LGBT
    May 26, 2015 21:49 IST

    Voting not a solution, same-sex couples don't need stamp of approval

    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.