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Old isn’t gold

Russia’s offer to sell India MiG-29 aircraft shows how ineffective our defence acquisition has become The Mikoyan Gurevich 29 fighter jet was an example of brilliant 1970’s technology; it was a fighter that was capable of extreme aerobatics and was highly effective as a weapon in its time. Actually, even when India began to induct the planes in the...

Review now

The Modi govt has to reconsider the Citizenship Bill if it doesn’t want the Northeast up in flames If the Narendra Modi government needed any more warning that it could undo the gains of prioritising the Northeast over the last few years by pushing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill now,  then the latest missive by Tez, son of Bharat Ratna Bhupen Hazarika,...

Does Priyanka have sanjeevini?

Though she has been known as a backroom girl, active politics is different. Besides, she will be under constant scrutiny Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has taken charge as Congress General Secretary responsible for eastern Uttar Pradesh last week. The state is not new to her as she has campaigned earlier also in some parts apart from looking after her mother Sonia...

Remembering the ghazal superstar

Despite his limited range, Talat Mahmood represented a generation of singers who have stood for traditions and values of Indian classical music. They are now fading away unless revived. The golden period of Hindi film music needs to be preserved As a singing star, the matchless KL Saigal was at the pinnacle of his career in 1944 when a...

Pressure on the people

Guest Column A serious official exercise to contain the burgeoning road traffic in the Doon valley is long overdue now. The reasons: frequent road accidents, traffic jams, parking problem, shrinking space for pedestrians and ever increasing pollution in the valley. Over the past few years, the number of vehicles registered in Regional Transport Office in Dehradun has gone up...

‘Train’ing for a win

Although India’s Train 18 project is yet to realise its full potential, it still undeniably deserves applause for the rapid pace of manufacture of its first prototype, says Srinath rangarajan There have been some pleasant developments with regards to Indian Railways (IR) in the recent times. While mammoth projects like the bullet train, Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) and first train...

Opp turns RS into blocking chamber

By Wednesday, February 13, after the Interim Budget is passed, the 16th Lok Sabha will become history. In another fortnight or so, the model code of conduct will come into effect and the country will formally get into election mode. Normal governance will resume at the end of May when the duly elected Government will be sworn in by...

Days of Snow are Here Again!

BLANK VERSE It is the peak of winter and we have had spells of snow in Uttarakhand, Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. Just yesterday, we had another spell of snowfall in Mussoorie. Scenes of snowfall have been common on news channels and newspapers, and more snow has been predicted. Suddenly, it feels that the novelty of snowfall has worn off. Too...

Candid Notes

TSR Bolstered The pat on back given by the BJP president Amit Shah to Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat during the former’s recent visit to Dehradun has boosted the camp followers of TSR in Uttarakhand. Shah minced no words while heaping accolades on Uttarakhand CM while addressing booth level workers of Tehri and Haridwar parliamentary constituencies at Parade Ground....

First step to return

Vijay Mallya, the King of Good Times, seems to have fallen on some really bad times Vijay Mallya lived it up once. The liquor tycoon owned India’s biggest beer brand, which he leveraged into starting an airline by the same name. Simultaneously, he started a calendar that featured India’s top models, including some well-known Bollywood faces of today, whom he...