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Ways of Water

The recurrent problem of floods in some parts of the country and drought in some others is perennially affecting the economic viability of this country and while much deliberation has happened on the interlinking of rivers over decades since independence, it is still a pipe dream. The magnitude of the task is mind-boggling and the investment required is daunting indeed. The monsoon this year has officially ended and the prognosis

Gun culture

The shocking incident of a lone gunman killing at least 50 people and wounding more than 200 at a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip, raining down rapid fire from the 32nd floor of a hotel for several minutes before he was shot dead by police is a manifestation of the rot that has gripped American society. The death toll (58), which police emphasised was preliminary and tentative,

Dismal deaths

It is sad that low birthweight and premature births are the top cause of death among new-born babies in India. While the number of deaths per thousand population was 12.3 under the category of low birthweight/prematurity in 2000 it went up to 14.3 per thousand in 2015. This was one yardstick under which there has been a marked deterioration. It goes without saying that the Union Ministry of Health and

Tragedy of apathy

The ghastly stampede on a narrow foot-overbridge at Elphinstone Road station of Mumbai during the morning peak hours on Friday, which killed at least 22 people and injured over 30 is one of the worst commuter tragedies that the metropolis has seen. It is a shame indeed that we get wiser only when avoidable tragedies occur and slip back into complacency all too soon. The stampede occurred around 10.30 am

Welcome changes

The changes that will be brought about in the International Cricket Council (ICC) rules for cricketing nations from today are far-reaching indeed. They will change the face of this popular sport as never before. Whether they would be for the good of the game only time will tell. There is need to instil discipline and to make the players respond to modern needs without in any way compromising the spirit

New team

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has done now what he should have done soon after assuming office – set up his own economic advisory council (EAC) as a replacement for his predecessor Dr Manmohan Singh’s council. He was quick to disband the council headed by former Reserve Bank Governor C Rangarajan but took three-and-a-half years to realise that he needed to revive the institution. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is indeed a