Editorial

Clamour to lift the NGT ban

AT an environmental conference organised by a leading NGO  in July last year, chief minister, Mukul Sangma was queried by journalists if he would have the courage to take hard decisions to save the environment. Without demur the chief minister said, “What is good for the people is good for the government.” Today this quick response must come to haunt him as he stands [Full Article...]

Ulfa talks

India is expected to give Bangladesh a list of districts in that country where Northeastern militants have allegedly taken shelter and ask for the immediate extradition of three Ulfa leaders during home secretary level talks to start in Dhaka on Tuesday. One of the three leaders is Anup Chetia whose extradition India has been seeking for a long time. India is likely to assure [Full Article...]

Ulfa talks

INDIA is expected to give Bangladesh a list of districts in that country where Northeastern militants have allegedly taken shelter and ask for the immediate extradition of three Ulfa leaders during home secretary level talks to start in Dhaka on Tuesday. One of the three leaders is Anup Chetia whose extradition India has been seeking for a long time. India is likely to assure [Full Article...]

Truce in Gaza

THERE had been off-again, on-again fighting between Israel and Hamas for 50 days. But there is now immediate relief to both sides of the border which is peaceful following a deal brokered by Egypt. Already as many as 2200 lives have been lost in fighting, mostly Palestinian. Civilians among Gazans and Israelis are tired of war. That is the main cause a truce is [Full Article...]

Jan Dhan Yojna (financial inclusion)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s innovative scheme for financial inclusion, the Jan Dhan Yojna was kick-started on Thursday. This scheme aims to provide bank accounts to all, with a call to end ‘financial untouchability.’ Modi said the aim is to integrate every Indian to the economic system as that is he only way to eradicate poverty. Nearly 40% of Indians are outside any kind of [Full Article...]

Trip to Singapore

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s first trip out was to Singapore ostensibly to attract investment to the capital-starved state. The emphasis was on manufacturing. The point is that Singapore is not a manufacturing hub but a haven for investment bankers, especially for money in need of laundering. Banerjee spent a considerable amount of time with the bankers. But could she create confidence in [Full Article...]

IIT ecosystem

The University Grants Commission (UGC) was off the track when it recently asked the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) to align their courses and degrees with those of institutions within its ambit. The Committee led by Anil Kakodkar which was formed in 2010 to suggest improvements in IITs however feels that being centres of excellence, they are not within the UGC’s ambit. It is [Full Article...]

Rape & tourism

IT is only in the fitness of things that Nirmala Sawant, a member of the National Commission for Women strongly condemned Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s remark that ‘one small incident of rape had hurt the tourism industry a toll in dollars’. The minister was referring to the gangrape of Nirbhaya on a bus in Delhi on December 16. The objection to calling the [Full Article...]