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Round 1 to Mamata

While the Supreme Court acted impartially and justly, the political ripples of Bengal will impact LS polls In the end, the Supreme Court emerged as the practical mediator in the Bengal vs Centre title clash on the CBI’s inquiry into the Saradha ponzi scam, one that saw a rather aggressive agency team take on the Kolkata Police Commissioner no less for...

Deadly cancer can be nipped in bud

GUEST-COLUMN World Cancer Day is observed on February 4 to raise awareness on cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection and treatment. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the world. It can be defined in simple words as uncontrolled growth of cells. The second character of cancer cells is to survive on the normal cells of...

Why Priyanka’s political entry has halted Cong’s alliance talks

The Congress has put on hold all talks about pre-poll alliances for the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections, for the time being. Sources in the party say discussions will resume after the Budget Session, by when the BJP’s alliance scenario will also be clearer. The BJP is trying to forge tie-ups in many States, but without much success, which is...

Budget bolsters Modi’s pro-poor credentials

If global investment funds and correspondents of the Western media were to judge the Interim Budget of 2019 presented by Piyush Goyal this Friday, they would unquestionably have honed in on a big Government: The failure to adhere to the fiscal deficit target set in last year’s Budget. It was unquestionably a failure. The fiscal deficit rose from 3.3...

Election Budget

Piyush Goyal delivered his first Budget in the Lok Sabha, and while it was an Interim Budget, it was that in all but name. With sops and allocations increasing, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s hand was all over this Budget. Even with recalculated figures that display some growth, evidence of that growth is hard to come by. While the Government...

The season of ‘master-strokes’

THE OTHER SIDE As the parliamentary elections approach closer, the developments, allegations and claims that earlier emerged from the political and governmental establishment after longer intervals have now become more frequent. The developments also became bigger in their potential for effect in recent months. Earlier, the appointment of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to the post of Congress general secretary elicited...

Candid Notes

Hilarious Harak Cabinet Minister and a battle hardened veteran of many a political battle, Harak Singh Rawat with his mercurial ways and swagger approach is a delight for journalists. The scribes know it perfectly well that the redoubtable Rawat with a little prodding could utter something which would grab immediate public attention. However his recent interactions with media suggest...

Chill in the Valley

The non-initiation of dialogue is an immense disservice to our security forces. The momentum of internal talks must be matched by reviving the same with Pakistan A deeply poignant moment of the 70th Republic Day parade was the spellbinding citation of Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani for the award of the Ashok Chakra, the highest ‘peacetime gallantry award’, which is a...

Whose Ratna really?

The award should celebrate rare talent and we cannot let it be used as a tool for settling political wrongs When we do not find a Bharat Ratna for four years, admitting to a colossal vacuum of national genius and worth, and then suddenly find three jewels — two of whom are no more with us, and one of long-time provenance...

A Relaxed Mind Performs Better in Exams

GUEST COLUMN Stress is our body’s physiological and psychological response to a situation or challenge beyond our control. Stress depletes a child of his energy, makes him forgetful, scared and puts him into low self esteem. This further de-motivates him and he becomes more stressed. It’s a vicious cycle. Stress is a big hurdle to a child’s cognitive abilities,...