HindustanTimes Tue,23 Dec 2014


Iraq on the cusp

The unanswered questions are: Will the Saddam Hussein regime collapse like a house of cards, or will the prolonged street-by- street fighting be enacted?

Oil for thought

Whatever be the outcome of the Iraq war, an issue that will continue to haunt economies like that of India is whether there will be an assured supply of oil at affordable prices.

Starved by war

As politicians and generals on both sides of the war on Iraq plot, a terrible humanitarian crisis unfolding in the region seems to have gone largely unnoticed.

Steering a steady course

Perhaps it is due to Shimla?s salubrious climate, but the Congress?s conclave there has been, for a change, more purposeful than is usually the case.

No reservations, please

With elections nearly upon us, perhaps this is the best time to not talk about politics. Instead, let?s mull over an issue that could seriously affect the way we prepare for the future of the nation?s children.

Earful of trouble

The telephone tapping issue has snowballed into a political controversy, with allegations and counter-allegations swirling around, and the real matter relegated to the backburner.

A little bit of modesty, perhaps

It?s heartening to hear that the country?s proposed tsunami warning system will be in place soon and will be based on state-of-the-art technology.

Hardly ever with you or for you

Police commissioner K.K. Paul, presenting Delhi Police?s progress report, emphasised that rape cannot be prevented by the police, because in most cases the rapists were known to the victims.

Watch this space tourism

America?s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) always thinks ahead. So what if its latest idea comes a few years after terrorists used a civilian airborne craft as a missile with deadly effect.

Science for the people

IF the 93rd session of the Indian Science Congress, under way in Hyderabad, was to have been any different from previous meets, it should have thrown up some concrete suggestions for improving rural India.

Junk the hazards

The question of whether to allow decommissioned French aircraft carrier Clemenceau to dock in Alang, Gujarat, or not, will be seen as a test of India?s commitment to following environmental safety standards.

Doggone jobs

How many times have we moaned that it?s a dog?s life? No, we?re not commenting on supermodel Naomi Campbell?s New Year resolution to pamper her three dogs (to inevitable obesity and fashion fatigue).

Festive spillover

Almost all of Delhi?s newspapers on Thursday carried reports of a problem common in almost all major urban centres of the country ? traffic disruption caused by a procession.

Reserved for merit

It is exactly a year since the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) council has been caught up in the wrangle over its status ? minority or not.

Road ahead for Israel

Ariel Sharon?s sudden illness leaves Israeli polity up in the air, and a huge question mark hanging over the future of geopolitics in the region.
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