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Let women ride

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s announcement to allow free travel for women in public transport buses in the capital from October smacks of a politically wily move. Kejriwal knows pretty well that legal challenge would follow, as the Constitution does not allow governmental actions on...

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Not One and Same

Having taken some bold yet highly controversial steps in Kashmir, it was the need of time for the Modi government to lie low and allow tempers to cool down. But, the reverse seems to be happening, if defence minister Rajnath Singh’s statements in relation to...

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Consolidating power

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his Independence Day address to the nation Thursday, announced the decision to appoint a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). This officer, to be a five-star General, would become the single point of contact for the administration in defence matters. The...

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Consolidating power

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his Independence Day address to the nation Thursday, announced the decision to appoint a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). This officer, to be a five-star General, would become the single point of contact for the administration in defence matters. The...

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Innocence by elimination

Proof of innocence is the absence (or the elimination) of complainants. That appears to remain the mantra of powerful people accused of crimes, even heinous ones, in many an instance. The accident that the woman who alleged rape by Kuldeep Singh Sengar, the now-expelled and...

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Innocence by elimination

Proof of innocence is the absence (or the elimination) of complainants. That appears to remain the mantra of powerful people accused of crimes, even heinous ones, in many an instance. The accident that the woman who alleged rape by Kuldeep Singh Sengar, the now-expelled and...

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AILING TOURISM SECTOR

What’s clear about the tourism scenario in India is that domestic tourism is picking up while foreign tourist arrivals are thinning down year after year except for marginal rises here and there. The Union tourism ministry has sent an SOS to Prime Minister Modi, urging...

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KIMS’ OBSESSIONS

Blowing hot and cold is a game integral to international diplomacy. Granted that this has great relevance, North Korea has been taking it too far. The latest is a new drama in a long series; the firing of a new set of short-range ballistic missiles...

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JOBS FOR LOCALS

The Jagan Mohan Reddy government in Andhra Pradesh took some bold decisions in less than two months of its existence. It started by doubling the salaries of sanitation and Anganwadi workers and creating a large youth volunteer force to check corruption from villages to cities....

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Who Wants Change

A call for state funding of elections has been made by former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh, who had led two UPA governments over a span of 10 years. Notably, however, the idea arose in him while he was in the Opposition and at the...

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