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Economic survey points to the job at hand

Any plan to turn things around would necessarily have to factor in the millions of hopefuls who join the workforce every year.

BJP's Mr Dependable Amit Shah has a litmus test coming

Amit Shah’s elevation to the post of party president signals a change in the dynamics within the BJP.

Mr Gowda, you are on the right track

The NDA government’s maiden railway budget is a realistic assessment of how the railways need to morph in a competitive environment; some of that sobering analysis finds place in Sadananda Gowda’s budget speech for 2014-15.

Revival of dying Ganga is of utmost importance

A recent parliamentary committee report said in all Rs. 2.2 lakh crore had been spent over the past 32 years on purifying the river, which takes in more than 2,000 million litres of waste a day, discharged by factories, not to speak of human waste, which accounts for about 80% of the pollutants.

Politically correct: why Parliament needs a Leader of Opposition

Irrespective of the numbers, a Leader of Opposition is required for the smooth functioning of Parliament. On Monday, the Congress president made a strong pitch for the post of LoP.

Poor definitions, poorer people

Keep the poverty line realistic and constant. It should be adjusted only for inflation.

The Buzz

Keeping tabs on the political grapevine

The foundation is weak: India's urban nightmare

Before planning smart cities, make sure that existing ones have buildings that don’t collapse.

Pakistan's fiery Kashmir talk puts India's ties in the cold

Islamabad’s rhetoric on Kashmir is a step backward for bilateral ties and makes peace moves by both PMs difficult.

Release of nurses in Iraq marks a new phase in Indian diplomacy

The release of the nurses stranded in Iraq seems to mark a new phase in Indian diplomacy, which has not always been on top of such things when it comes to our citizens abroad.

Spook state: Uncle Sam is keeping a watch on you

Documents published by The Washington Post have once again confirmed the global reach of the United States technical spying organisation, NSA. The documents were first leaked by former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Israel and Palestine must break the cycle of bloodshed

As a first step towards easing tensions between Israel and Palestine, Israel must refuse to go down the road of collective punishment as it has done often in the past.

A man to do business with: China must woo Modi

PM Modi should set clear the terms of his engagement with China while Beijing must realise that its tactics can easily fritter away the advantage of having an Indian PM who comes in to office more favourably disposed to China.

CJI's remarks will set the tone for judiciary’s relationship with executive

Justice Lodha’s remarks are a serious indictment of the government’s handling of this issue. If the government had its reasons for not elevating Mr Subramanium despite his credentials, it ought to have spelt out the reasons then and must do so now.

Sorry, but Tapas Pal may get away with rape remark

For long, we have considered Uttar Pradesh to be the haven of goondas but it would seem that West Bengal is not too far behind. Even if the ‘supremo’ now acts against Mr Pal, it is a question of too little too late.
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