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DRS issues

The capitulation within three days in the first-ever Test hosted by Pune has put the spotlight on India, for the wrong reasons, so to speak. When the pre-series talk was about a clean sweep and how the Indian spinners would run roughshod over the visiting Australian line-up, which was dubbed the weakest in recent times, Steve Smith & Co seemed to have come better prepared. On a rank turner, it

US and us

The shocking racial attack in which an Indian immigrant engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla was shot dead while two of his friends (one of them an Indian named Alok Madasani) were seriously injured in crowded Austins Bar and Grill in Kansas city of the United States is a grim reminder of the dangers that US President Donald Trump’s diatribes against immigration poses to immigrants. An American good Samaritan who tried to intervene was also shot. This

More needed

Pakistan government’s move in putting Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed on terror list need hardly be a cause for euphoria in India just yet. Only time will prove whether this is, for a change, anything more than an eyewash. On umpteen occasions in the past, we have got deceived by seemingly positive signals that flattered to deceive. The Ministry of External Affairs has described the ‘house arrest’ of Hafiz Saeed as

BJP stays firm

The story of the civic elections in Maharashtra whose results were declared yesterday, has been the pulverisation of the Congress which ruled the most prestigious civic body, the Bombay Municipal Corporation (BMC) until 1995, the spectacular rise of the BJP across the State without the Shiv Sena shoulder to lean on and the restricted appeal of Uddhav Thackeray, whose Sena pipped the BJP in Mumbai but failed to make inroads in

Shameful crime

The abduction of a popular Malayalam actress on Friday last in Kerala by a car-borne gang that gagged and molested her for over an hour was heinous and disturbing at many levels. That it was some what akin to some scenes in the Hindi movie ‘Pink’, where a similar kidnap and rape drama was played out, adds to the trauma and morbidity. While there is widespread outrage in fi lm

Not bankable

It is a matter of much concern that bad loans of banks have shot up by a whopping 135 per cent in the last two years and now constitute 11 per cent of the gross advances of public sector banks. That the gross non-performing assets (NPAs), of State-owned banks surged 56.4 per cent to Rs 614,872 crore during the 12-month period ended December 2016, and appear set to rise further

Right call

It is good that the Narendra Modi government has given up its plan to build a wall along the Pakistan border in Jammu. The raised embankment proposal initiated by the UPA government in 2013 after the twin attacks in the Hiranagar/Samba sector, was envisaged as a barrier to cross-border terror along 179 km of the international border (IB) in Jammu. There were impracticalities involved which were overlooked at the time

Unedifying

The acting Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao has done well to ask for a ‘factual report’ on what happened ahead, and around, the trust vote in the Tamil Nadu Assembly, Saturday last, that saw violence and mayhem, which unfortunately has had precedence in the annals of this State. The role of the Speaker should also come under spotlight. The shameful events of Saturday were starkly reminiscent of the floor test in 1988

Reaching for the sky

The successful launch of a record-breaking 104 nano satellites into orbit by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), all on board a single rocket, is a huge landmark in India’s space programme which must be welcomed wholeheartedly. That this country’s space scientists compare with the best in the world has been proved time and again but caught as we are in a web of petty politics on partisan lines, we

Politics of last resort

Even as acting Governor Vidyasagar Rao ponders over options to determine who he would call to form the next government in the wake of a virtual split in AIADMK or whether he would order a floor test to ascertain which of the two factions enjoys a majority, the fact that practically all the party legislators were whisked away to a resort about 80 km from Chennai is being viewed with

State of flux

The dramatic revolt by caretaker Chief Minister and party veteran O Panneerselvam against general secretary and chosen successor to him V K Sasikala has electrified the political atmosphere in Tamilnadu and opened a Pandora’s box in the ruling AIADMK. A no-holds-barred battle now lies ahead with various twists and turns adding to the drama. With the party legislators having already endorsed Sasikala as the new chief minister unanimously, she seems