HindustanTimes Wed,17 Sep 2014


VoIP it into place

Telecommunications has, arguably, been the most spectacular of all of India?s recent achievements.

Not airy-fairy at all

The renewed alarm that the H5N1 avian flu virus had mutated to a human one has been diffused by the WHO, which has said that the 14 cases of avian flu reported in Turkey in the last week weren?t through human transmission.

Step back from the brink

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse?s visit to India will have served its purpose if it prompts the early resumption of the stalled peace process in the island.

Tired and retired?

Atal Bihari Vajpayee has spent a lifetime being enigmatic. It is only fitting that what purports to be his parting message, too, appears to be somewhat inscrutable.

Track me if you can

Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav is the envy of every young boy in the country. All they can manage are toy train sets, no matter how elaborate, but Laluji has an entire working railway system, one of the largest in the world, to play around with.

Kickbacks are for the bourgeoisie

Prakash Karat, despite bashfully resenting the tag, would be the ideal person at any Oxbridge Debating Society meet.

Bright spark or ignited mind?

Not many NRIs who gathered in Hyderabad for the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas could have been prepared for President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam?s call to put the Indian flag on Mars.

MCD: why?

There are the occasional obvious questions that stare at us, but until someone brings them to public notice, we don?t even see them.

Iran?s playing truant

Last week, Teheran broke the International Atomic Energy Agency?s seals on a nuclear plant in Natanz to resume uranium enrichment research.

Women behind bars!

The Delhi High Court has struck one blow for equality, and one for tradition, in permitting women to serve liquor in bars. The issue of equality is obvious enough.

When neighbours need to be neighbourly

Sometimes it is difficult to believe that the India-Pakistan peace process is barely three years old.

Group therapy

Simply put: when it comes to taking decisions, the fewer the heads the better the decision.

Healing touch

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in "A time to heal" (February 17), rightly asserts that Dalits have little moral respect left for themselves.

Learning the right lesson

It is unfortunate that the government is still suffering from a double whammy of myopia and paranoia.

Talk about a devolution

Rajapakse has a delicate political balancing act in the polarised island that has been increasingly divided along ethnic lines.
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