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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Dec 2014

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There's little reason to stop FDI in e-commerce

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba’s founder Jack Ma’s pledge to invest more in India's e-commerce reinforces the rising importance of allowing FDI in this sector.

Harassment irks foreign tourists, hurts industry

The kind of harassment that foreign tourists can be subjected to in India should make the government consider explicitly stating — through legislation — that unwarranted touching is unacceptable.

Vaiko’s celebration of the LTTE chief’s birthday should be condemned

The timing could not have been more off the mark. When the nation was observing the sixth anniversary of the Mumbai terror attacks, some political leaders in Tamil Nadu were celebrating the 60th birth anniversary of Velupillai Prabhakaran.

PM Modi could have taken more unilateral steps to integrate S Asia

The contradictory pulls of South Asian countries that have stymied regional cooperation in the past are again on view at the Saarc summit in Kathmandu.

The achhe din must take shape now

Favourable circumstance rather than design has ensured that the first six months of the Narendra Modi government have gone quite well. Six months is really far too short to take a realistic stock of the government’s performance.

Mamata Banerjee, protesting for the sake of it

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has done the predictable and yet unacceptable thing by taking to the streets in the wake of the CBI arresting her party colleague and MP, Srinjoy Bose, for his alleged role in the Saradha scam.

Waiting for her man: Jashodaben is neither here, nor there

Jashodaben, who has filed an RTI application over her security, suffers all the headaches of being the prime minister's wife without the privileges of the actual position. Now that she has become a public figure, there is every chance that her life is in danger.

Modi must set an ambitious agenda for Saarc

Leaders in Kathmandu have the unenviable task of crafting a communiqué that measures up to the calibre of advice they have recently got from strategists. They must not disappoint.

The area of the possible

Consultations and disagreements in Parliament are fine as long as these do not bring the House to a halt.

Celluloid culture: In India, cinema is part of the milieu

In popular perception, a major part of the social transformation in India can be attributed to the potentially reformist character of its cinema, writes Amitabh Bachchan.

Indo-Pak: Tough talk, but the door is still open

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has — with Kashmir audiences in mind ahead of state elections — declared that he will start a dialogue with India only after consulting Kashmiri leaders.

A cloak of invisibility

We are a country of a billion solutions for 100 problems. This is how Nobel laureate and child rights crusader Kailash Satyarthi described India at the 12th HT Leadership Summit as he appealed to the government to pass the pending Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Bill.

The power of Android: How smartphones are swatting out dengue in Lahore

Pakistan's Punjab Information Technology Board's dengue activity tracking system uses real-world field testing of aedes egypti (mosquito that transmits dengue) larvae and confirmed cases of dengue from hospitals to predict where outbreaks are likely to happen.

Give the economy more political heft or bite the dust

The economy is on the upswing. There is no doubt about that. But the quality of political debate and the mindset of the polity will have to change to take it to the next level, according to Arun Jaitley, the finance, corporate affairs and information and broadcasting minister.

SC order on Ranjit Sinha restores credibility to 2G probe

The SC order directing CBI director Ranjit Sinha to recuse himself from 2G probe is, on the face of it, a severe indictment of India’s top investigator and agency, but it is still not a pronouncement of guilt.
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