Regional Takes

  • Punjab and Haryana High court
    Apr 21, 2015 22:07 IST

    Punjab, Haryana short of 122 lakh MT storage capacity

    Country's leading food grain producers Punjab and Haryana are short of 122-lakh-metric-tonne storage capacity together, going by what they have submitted in the Punjab and Haryana high court.

  • chamoli
    Dec 30, 2014 12:44 ISTspiceoflife

    Drowned resolutions

    The year-end is an occasion to making new resolutions and chart new courses for growth in the year ahead. It's also the time to take stock of the takeaways from our past follies and foibles. We tom-tom our triumphs and mundane treasures, and undermine the authority of the Almighty, whose writ prevails finally on our wishy-washy plans. Writes Ramesh K Dhiman.

  • Hockey ground
    Dec 29, 2014 11:42 ISTspiceoflife

    Remembering Dr Luckas of FC College

    In 1947, Lahore had the most educational institutions for any Asian city; and among the best was Forman Christian College that American activist and academician Dr Charles William Forman had built in 1864. Among its brilliant teachers was one reverend Dr ED Luckas, economics professor there for more than 40 years and principal from 1942 to 1945. Writes RK Kaushik.

  • Yojna Yadav
    Dec 28, 2014 09:30 ISTgoosetale

    Surviving the bird flu scare

    They called me a rebel without a cause, or was it one without a pause? I guess they were right either way. Today, if I live to tell you the story of my kind, it’s only because I’m one of a kind. I’m a goose. Yes, one of those domesticated geese at Sukhna Lake, who escaped the clutches of the men in white that cold December 18 night. Writes Yojana Yadav.

  • Vikramdeep Singh Johal
    Dec 28, 2014 10:29 ISTbitofwit

    One-on-one with 2014

    With Twenty-Fourteen ready for its last lap, BoW (Bit of Wit, yaar) caught up with the outgoing year for an exclusive chat. Excerpts. BoW: What’s the best word to sum you up? 2014: Horrifying, thanks to the Islamic State, the Taliban and Farah Khan. Writes Vikramdeep Johal.

  • SitRep logo
    Dec 28, 2014 10:52 ISTsitrep

    Joint Indo-Russian exercise ‘Avia Indra’

    The second phase of Avia Indra I, a joint Indo-Russian military air exercise was held at Air Force Station, Halwara, Ludhiana, from 17th to 27th November. The first part of the exercise was earlier held at Astrakhan near the Caspian Sea in Russia in August. During the manoeuvres fighter, helicopter and SAM (Surface to Air Missile) crews of the two air forces operated together. Writes Mandeep Singh Bajwa.

  • Khushwant Singh
    Dec 28, 2014 11:51 ISTpunjabibynature

    Puttar Alam Lohar da

    Legendary Pakistani folk singer of Jugni fame, Arif Lohar, was in Chandigarh recently. He was in the city to perform at a wedding function, to be followed by a performance in Bathinda at the World Kabaddi Cup final. Writes Khushwant Singh.

  • Vikram Jit Singh, Wilbuzz
    Dec 27, 2014 23:08 ISTWILDBUZZ

    A Grave Odour

    An odour is leaking out from the graves of the Sukhna Lake’s domesticated geese culled on December 18. For starters, neither has the UT advisor nor the inspector general of police replied to the letter sent by the secretary of Animal Welfare Board of India, C Kalyansundaram, on December 19.Writes Vikram Jit Singh

  • Radio
    Dec 27, 2014 12:38 ISTspiceoflife

    Radio ga ga, radio goo goo

    On November 12, our dear Akashwani celebrated its annual Public Service Broadcasting Day. On this day in 1947, when Mahatma Gandhi could not reach Kurukshetra for a scheduled address to thousands of refugees from Pakistan camping in the Haryana city, All-India Radio (AIR) had carried his voice to them. Writes Rajesh Moudgil.

  • Kiran Bedi
    Dec 26, 2014 22:04 ISTEmpowerment

    Ensuring good governance

    Good governance means law-enforcement agencies deliver without fear or favour. It means bureaucracy which works on mission mode and not on selfish mode. It means the political class lives up to the trust which people have reposed in them, and finally, it means that civil society not only watches over all of them but fulfils its own responsibilities by being law-abiding. Writes Kiran Bedi

  • Punjabi women are dancing
    Dec 26, 2014 14:04 ISTspiceoflife

    The numbing conformity

    What is the best antidote for seasonal active disorder (which is just a fancy name for winter blues): a party, of course! Well it is December, the party month; and as a testimony, all of us have dozens of invites sitting on our side table for attending a wedding, Christmas, New Year and not to forget a Lohri bash. Writes Seema Bedi

  • A parrot
    Dec 23, 2014 13:28 ISTspiceoflife

    Putting up with pet peeves

    It all started with a parrot. The poor bird was discovered when it had fallen out of its nest and a dog wanted to make a meal of it. My sons quickly rescued it and brought it home. Taking it to the vet to fix the broken wing and buying a cage for it was but a short step. Writes Charu N Thakur.

  • Dec 22, 2014 12:32 ISTspiceoflife

    A rare compliment

    I realise now why people take even the compliment as complaint. We have assumed that only finding faults and criticising gets things done. Compliment is rare. In teenage, I had the notion that my father made a mountain out of every molehill about me. Writes DC Sharma.

  • Aarish
    Dec 20, 2014 22:47 ISTBytheway

    OMG! MSG is finally here

    For once, Salman bhai must be having sleepless nights, and Shahrukh Khan must already be counting his days in the industry. PK or no PK, Aamir ‘sincere’ Khan would probably be the only Khan of the troika who would somehow find a way to remain in the industry despite this tsunami. Even Rajinikanth must be mulling retirement after all.Writes Aarish Chhabra

  • Nirupama Dutt
    Dec 20, 2014 22:46 ISTROUNDABOUT

    The biopic bandwagon

    Be it cinema or theatre, the rush seems to be for the real-life story, more so after the runaway success of Bhag Milkha Bhag (2013) on the city-based sports legend Milkha Singh. Priyanka Chopra in Mary Kom (2014) was the next sporty success. And now, well-known film-makers and wannabes are all rushing to get the rights to film the lives of those who have made a difference. Writes Nirupama Dutt