A significant achievement

It has been a glorious year for the Indian Space Research Organisation. The successful laun... »  

Rise in global inequality

The findings from the latest International Labour Organisation report on real wages point to a mix of proactive initiatives and policy paralysis in different contexts. The study notes that continu... »

Soft targets, hard questions

The world saw terrorism’s darkest face on Tuesday. The cold-blooded »

The cost of convenience

Despite several committees constituted by the Union government highlighting the many problems posed by thin, non-biodegradable, single-use plastic bags, and a body of evidence also indicating thei... »

India’s ban on Islamic State

Quickly after the arrest of a youth from Maharashtra upon his return from Ir... »
December 17, 2014

Opportune time for reform

The BJP-led government is proceeding apace to rein in petroleum subsidies, which have been a major fiscal headache for successive governments. First, it turned to the task of wiping out under-reco... »
December 16, 2014

Damning indictment of CIA

The report by a Senate committee of the U.S. Congress that said the Central Intelligence Agency used inhuman and cruel methods on terror suspects is damning enough, but it would not have served it... »  
December 15, 2014

A step toward humanisation

Finally, a ritualistic burial is to be given to Section 309 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860, the ‘living-dead’ law that has haunted India’s criminal justice system for decades. Taking a step toward... »
December 13, 2014

Fight poverty, not conversion

Is the practice of religion a deeply private affair, confined to values and belief systems at the level of the individual, or is it an open community activity, carried out in the public domain wit... »
December 12, 2014

Mr. Mani’s untenable position

With a case of corruption now registered against him, Kerala’s Finance Minister K.M. Mani should resign from the Cabinet instead of continuing to protest his innocence in the face of escalating al... »
December 11, 2014

Moving ahead on railway stations

In its first Railway budget, the BJP-led NDA government had focussed on passenger amenities and inviting private participation in the modernisation of infrastructure. While putting Meghalaya on th... »
December 10, 2014

No room for complacency

Though India is one of the six countries where the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza A(H5N1) is considered endemic in poultry and several places in Kerala are favourite destinations for migratory... »
December 9, 2014

New satellite takes wing

India has a new bird in the sky — the communication satellite GSAT-16 that was successfully launched aboard Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket in the early hours of Sunday. GSAT-16 has 48 transponders, the... »
December 16, 2014

A weak agreement saves the day

The ‘Twentieth Conference of the Parties’ of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change ended in Lima on December 14, as the negotiations »
December 15, 2014

Political response to a legal battle

A political offensive is no substitute for a legal defence. With senior members of her party under pressure from the Central Bureau of Investigation on charges of involvement in the Saradha Ponzi... »
December 13, 2014

Testing times for India-Russia ties

With 20 agreements worth billions of dollars signed in one day, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India was a productive one. The deals touched most of the fields India and Russia cooper... »  
December 12, 2014

Moving forward on insurance

The Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill, which aims to increase the flow of foreign investment into the capital-starved insurance industry, is now just a step away from getting into the statute books. »  
December 11, 2014

When travel is unsafe

December and Delhi have made news for the wrong reasons once again. It is for another instance of rape that underscores the lack of safety for women on the streets of the capital, especially those... »
December 10, 2014

One book for India

Union Ministers and senior leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party seem to thrive directly or tangentially on controversies related to religion. In proposing that the Bhagavad Gita be declared a ‘na... »
December 9, 2014

Unanswered questions

The key takeaway from the meeting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had with State Chief Ministers to discuss the contours of the new body that will replace the Planning Commission was this: that... »