Editorial

Ad lies

A bipartisan bill now in the US Congress proposes to bring in legislation to put a stopper on the use of Photoshop. It has already caused a rumpus in the advertising world. However, this is only for starters. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been asked to suggest ways of minimizing the use of perfect human bodies and other visual falsehoods in advertising. Regulations [Full Article...]

NGT Order on mining

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has given a landmark judgment banning rat hole mining in the Jaintia Hills. Interestingly this Order came as a response to a petition from a Dimasa organisation of North Cachar Hills which is bearing the brunt of the acid mine drainage (AMD) that is leaching into their water systems and has turned it toxic like the rivers in Jaintia [Full Article...]

India-Afghanistan

The US is withdrawing its military presence from Afghanistan by the end of this year. In this context, India’s decision to finance Russian arms supplies to Afghanistan is significant. Kabul will be soon left alone to withstand the Taliban threat. The Afghan armed forces are on the march to secure the country. But with western support pulling out, will Kabul be able to take [Full Article...]

India-Afghanistan

THE US is withdrawing its military presence from Afghanistan by the end of this year. In this context, India’s decision to finance Russian arms supplies to Afghanistan is significant. Kabul will be soon left alone to withstand the Taliban threat. The Afghan armed forces are on the march to secure the country. But with western support pulling out, will Kabul be able to take [Full Article...]

Two cheers for democracy

The Lok Sabha elections so far show that voter turnout has risen on an average by 10%. A high turnout is usually indicative of a negative vote against the incumbent and a verdict in favour of the main challenger. But that is not always the case. A high turnout in the assembly elections since 2003 did not in most cases lead to the ouster [Full Article...]

Stagflation in sight?

Inflation figures relating to the consumer price index and wholesale price index for March have been released. The downward trend shown in inflation previously has been reversed. Wholesale inflation increased from 4.68% in February to 5.7% in March. Retail inflation increased from 8.03% to 8.31% in the same period. Vegetables and fruit experienced an inflationary surge. Wholesale inflation in manufactured goods has also gone [Full Article...]

The third gender

THE Supreme Court has taken an enlightened step by acknowledging a third gender status for transgendered citizens. The court has declared that they should be given priority in education and employment and recognized their status as economically and socially backward. The Centre has to be the mover for change. States should work out welfare schemes, create special facilities and run awareness campaigns to remove [Full Article...]

Paid news claims one more victim

Qamar Waheed Naqvi, Editorial Director of India TV has resigned in protest against a “staged interview,” with the BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in Rajat Sharma’s famous programme “Aap Ki Adalat.” India TV had spruced up its team of senior journalists on the eve of the 16th Lok Sabha elections to ostensibly, “give the best and most objective coverage of the elections,” but [Full Article...]