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Diabolic Dileep

Kerala police and the government have done well so far to arrest high-profile actor Dileep in the case of abduction and rape of a noted actress. The people of Kerala woke up to the shocking tale of the abduction and sexual assault in February last. Four months after the sordid tale unspooled, actor Dileep has been arrested for the conspiracy leading to the incident. Revelations made by the first accused, Pulsar

Agony for Amarnath yatris

The heinous attack on unarmed, innocent Amarnath Yatra pilgrims patently by Pakistan’s Lashkar-e-Taiba, which snuffed out the lives of at least seven of them and injured 19 in Batingu, near Anantnag in Jammu and Kashmir, exposes the barbarism of the terrorists. The last time Amarnath Yatra pilgrims were attacked was 15 years ago. The same year, 59 pilgrims travelling back from Ayodhya died in the Godhra train carnage triggering State-wide

Belligerent Beijing

It is heartening that the US, Japanese and Indian navies have begun the Malabar Naval Exercise-2017 aimed at achieving deeper military ties between the three nations. With China having designs to exercise hegemony over the high seas in the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea and the government in Beijing working in tandem with Pakistan which is India’s arch-enemy, it was indeed imperative that those who have a stake

Lonely Trump

The divide between the US and the rest of the G-20 was all too evident at the Hamburg summit as 19 of the 20 leaders including India were able to agree on all points made in the joint declaration with the exception of Donald Trump who could not agree on climate change. Breaking with tradition, a separate paragraph on the US’ stance on the Paris climate agreement and fossil fuels

Ties with Tel Aviv

It is indeed unmistakable that the results of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel, the first by an Indian prime minister in 70 years of independence, have been momentous and path-breaking. That they have been wide-ranging, encompassing several areas of cooperation is heartening because there was a belief that much of it would have to do with counter-terrorism and defence-related trade issues. The body language of the two leaders

Judging the judges

The plea by Supreme Court judge J Chelameswar to re-examine the collegium system of appointments in the higher judiciary has generated fresh thinking in the judiciary especially in the light of the recent Justice C S Karnan contempt of court case. In separate judgments, Justices Chelameswar and Ranjan Gogoi described Justice Karnan as a ‘judge who crossed even the most liberal standards of expected and permissible expression of opinion’. They said ‘his

Pyongyang pyrotechnics

North Korea’s first test of an Inter Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM), confirmed by officials in the US too, is a major step forward for Pyongyang as it builds an arsenal of long-range nuclear-armed missiles that can hit anywhere in the US. That the impudent North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un had the temerity to describe it laughingly as a gift to ‘American bastards’ on their 4 July anniversary of independence is an

Israel is real

It is a measure of the obsession with vote bank politics in India that no Indian Prime Minister has visited Israel in seven decades of the nation’s independence. We have admired the Israelis for their tenacity and have even done deals with them to combat terrorism and in other fields like farm technology but these were mostly done in a low key manner. That Prime Minister Narendra Modi has chosen

Dragon warriors

The Chinese are needling India through a standoff with the Indian security forces in the Doklam area near Sikkim to pressurise this country to willy nilly accept the China-Pak Economic Corridor which is a dream project of Beijing. Piqued as China is with the closed-door parleys between Prime Minister Modi and US President Donald Trump when Modi was on a visit to Washington DC recently, the Chinese fear that some

Call to CAs

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plea to chartered accountants to join the crusade against black money and tax evasion is a subtle signal to them not to shield the corrupt. He said it was strange that action had been taken against only 25 CAs in the last 11 years by their professional body. The message was indeed unmistakable. Warning that his government was committed to strict action against companies that were involved in

Cheap opposition

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) based on the concept of “one nation, one market, one tax” launched at the stroke of the midnight hour in a much-hyped special session of Parliament is predicted to be a game-changer for the Indian economy. That a consensus on it was achieved after great painstaking efforts by the Narendra Modi government after several amendments were made to the original Bill will forever be remembered