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POWER-SHIFT IN MALDIVES

Curtains are up hopefully for a season of political stability in Maldives, the islands republic to the south-west of India. The swearing in of newly elected President Ibrahim Solih, in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi among…

Illegal coal mining a reality

Chief Minister Conrad Sangma’s stout denial on the reality of illegal coal mining activities that are still carrying on in Meghalaya, are bizarre to say the least. His colleague, Kyrmen Shylla echoed the same views days ago. It appears…

LANKA CONUNDRUM

The bluff of Sri Lanka’s crafty politician and former President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, has been called for now. India has temporary relief that the pro-China, suspected anti-India strongman in the neighbouring nation has been edged out in a…

Fate of the Internet

It appears that the march of the internet worldwide is slowing down. A new report from Internet pioneer Tim Berners-Lee’s World Wide Web Foundation has found that the growth rate of internet access has dropped across the world. India is an…

Meghalaya’s mysterious coal story

It’s only a few months short of five years since the National Green Tribunal (NGT) banned the mining of coal in April 2014. The NGT had constituted a Committee to assess the quantum of extracted coal and permitted that coal to be…

Taliban talks

There is something wrong with New Delhi's Afghan policy which is fashioned to play to the gallery. The reason why the Indian government is attending talks at an international conference with the Taliban in Moscow only in an unofficial…

DeMonetisation  and Rajan

After a long political slugfest, and no celebrations this year to mark the second anniversary of Demonetisation, here comes Raghuram Rajan stating in unmistakable terms that the controversial governmental step has worked to the…

Law and order compromised

The heinous attack on Agnes Kharshiing a Right to Information (RTI) and women’s rights activist leading the Civil Society Women’s Organisation (CSWO), and her colleague Amita Sangma deserves the severest of condemnations.  Another…

Citizenship in India

India boasts of being the largest democracy in the world. But large numbers of Indians have been disenfranchised because of loopholes in the registration process. In the 2014 General Elections, 814.5 million Indians were eligible to vote.…