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HindustanTimes Fri,31 Oct 2014

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Centre should launch a ‘respect women’ campaign

The prescription for the protection of women never changes. It is routinely offensive, retrograde and humiliating and it comes from men who feel that women are responsible for sexual violence against them.

India-Vietnam relations: Navigating choppy waters

Vietnam has longstanding territorial disputes with China and is perhaps as enthusiastic about ties with India as Japan is. Hanoi looks at New Delhi as a counter to Beijing and as a source of weapons, technology and training, and offers India energy exploration opportunities in the South China Sea.

A long way to go in making India business friendly

While adverse policy measures over the last two years had dented India’s image as an investment hotspot, sparking fears among global investors, domestic entrepreneurs also have similar tales about India’s business environment.

Give cops the tools, foil riots

The world over, police forces are adopting technology to stay ahead of criminals and ensure that they are better prepared when exigencies arise. And, there is no reason why the police and civil administrations here should not do the same.

Delhi badly needs a hand at the wheel

The lieutenant governor is going by the book in seeking and now getting the President’s assent to invite the single-largest party to form the government in Delhi. Whether this happens or not, the Capital is in dire need of effective governance.

Bilawal Bhutto’s produces flop show in London

Kashmir is always a nice fallback issue for politicians of all hues in Pakistan especially if they are not doing too well at home. So it was no surprise to see the non-starter Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto trying to pull out this hoary old chestnut on Sunday in London.

Burdwan blast: NSA spells it all out for Mamata

NSA Ajit Doval was in West Bengal on Monday to discuss the Burdwan blasts with the Mamata Banerjee government. Doval seeked her government’s cooperation to tackle the terror network in areas bordering Bangladesh.

CPI(M) struggling to get it right

There is a faint whiff of mothballs surrounding the tug of war in the CPI(M) between its general secretary Prakash Karat and senior leader Sitaram Yechury.

Removing the blocks one at a time

After a series of measures in the diesel and natural gas sectors, the government has taken a leap forward to remove the bottlenecks that had come to characterise the coal sector as part of a broad strategy to make India a global investment hotspot.

Swachh Bharat of the mind

There are any number of reasons one can point to for this sorry state of affairs. This is arguably a legacy of poor law enforcement aided by the active undermining of police autonomy by the political class — which has over time nurtured a culture of illegality.

Modi in Kashmir: People, not politics, must come first

While Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Kashmir visit during Diwali lifted the spirits among the affected and among our soldiers, what has come as a disappointment is the amount he announced by way of funds for rebuilding destroyed homes.

Nursing the public health sector back

Only proper working conditions and competitive salaries will get doctors to work in rural areas.

Despite Asian Games gold, Indian hockey still not on top of the game

As the Terry Walsh episode shows, Indian sport is hobbled by an unresponsive, often obstructionist bureaucracy.

Jayalalithaa should punish forms of sycophancy

193 people committed suicide on hearing of then Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s brief incarceration in a disproportionate assets case. The AIADMK leader has announced a cash relief of Rs. 3 lakh to the families of those who died.

This Diwali, let the lights keep shining

This Diwali, let us resolve to get rid of complacency and inaction when it comes to tackling social ills. While it is not our intention to cast a dampener on your Diwali, it might be a good time to introspect on some areas where we need a healthy dose of enlightenment.
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