Daily Archives: Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Mere eyewash for more funds

Editor, There has been a lot of drum-beating by the Government recently about environment protection. All of it is mere eyewash to rope in more funds from the Central Govt and aid agencies, rather than a genuine effort to protect the environment. Once the money comes in, all such talk will be forgotten and the money will be diverted elsewhere. This is a pattern [Full Article...]

The land bill

The Opposition’s demand for changes in the land bill raises the hope that there may be some give and take between it and the government. The bill may be improved even at this stage. The government has reportedly agreed to remove a clause requiring both monetary compensation and allotment of new land to the families whose land is acquired for irrigation projects. These are [Full Article...]

Dealing with obstinate worldviews

By Rev Lyndan Syiem   With the Citizens’ Conclave, ‘The Price of Superstition,’ organized by the Shillong Press Club-ICARE on 24 August and the flood of letters following the tragic incident at Smit, the discussion on witchcraft and witchcraft-related violence among the Khasis has fully entered the public domain. What used to be whispered and insinuatedis now in the open, albeit to our shamebefore [Full Article...]

Right Education . . .

By Ananya S Guha   I wonder what is happening to that burgeoning myth – Right To Education. The bill has been passed we are told, but has the inveterate Right that we have been talking about for so long, been passed and enacted, but is it like so many things in India, a rigmarole and effete lip service? The SSA (Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan) [Full Article...]

Top seeds storm through in New York

New York: World number ones Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams stormed through their respective US Open matches on Tuesday. Williams, a 16-time Grand Slam winner seeking her fifth US crown and her ninth title of the year, dispatched 18th seed Carla Suarez Navarro 6-0, 6-0, in 52 minutes on the Spaniard’s 25th birthday to reach the women’s semifinals, while Djokovic, the 2011 champion, wrapped [Full Article...]

Serena wary of Li challenge

NEW YORK: Serena Williams, looking for a fifth US Open crown, admitted after her quarterfinal match on Tuesday night that her last four opponent Li Na will not make things easy for her. “She is playing some of the best tennis of her career,” Williams said after beating Carla Suarez-Navarro 6-0, 6-0 here. “It’s going to be a tough match.” Williams has dropped just [Full Article...]

Juneja cracks 178 vs NZealand A

Visakhapatnam: Young Gujarat batsman Manprit Juneja showed perfect temperament for the longer format, scoring a patient unbeaten 178 in India A’s first innings score of 408 for seven against New Zealand A at stumps on the third day of the second unofficial Test here on Wednesday. A week short of his 23rd birthday, Juneja batted throughout the entire third day adding 135 runs to [Full Article...]

India play Nepal today in search of SAFF football semifinal berth

Kathmandu: Listless so far in the tournament, defending champions India take on hosts Nepal in their last group match with a semifinal berth at stake in the SAFF Football Championships here on Thursday. With the lacklustre performance India have dished out so far, it will not be easy for Wim Koevermans men to achieve that against the home team. The match begins at 3:15pm [Full Article...]