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Water Flows Past The Rock’s Surface

All political parties lauded Right to Information as a major administrative reform. And it truly is a major reform: It is supposed to make the government accountable and transparent. It is supposed to keep a check on corruption, because the public servants will be afraid to do wrong things, as it could be revealed in information provided to a citizen …

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Social Media, A Totally Irresponsible Media

The social media platforms and the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) have for the first time worked out an election code,  ‘Voluntary Code of Ethics for the General Election 2019,’ to help the Election Commission of India keep a check on the compliance with the rules by the candidates. The Election Commission had noted in the past elections …

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Pakistan Must Heed America’s Warning

THE big question is: Will Pakistan heed America’s warning to take “sustained, verifiable and irreversible” action against terror groups?  The United States has gone to the extent of being very specific about its proxy war against India,

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Setting Alarms In Banks To Catch Nirav Modis

AT last Nirav Modi the fugitive diamond merchant, who is accused of defrauding India’s commercial banks of more than Rs 11,000 crore in collusions with bank officials, has been arrested in London. Indian law enforcement officials should be thankful to the teller at Metro Bank in London who called the police when Modi approached him to open an account. Obviously,

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Biotechnology Could Be Driver Of Economy

AMIT KAPOOR   OVER the last two-to-three decades, the major success story of the Indian economy has been the stellar growth of its IT industry. But as the dividends from the sector reach the eventual inflection point, India needs to build similar competencies in other industries to ensure sustained growth and prosperity.

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Do Not Use Faith For Electoral Gain

RELIGIOUS faith should not be used for political gain, whether it is Hinduism, Islam, Christianity or any sect. This should be a principle accepted by all in a civilized society. In ancient and medieval times faith was used to fight wars, to mobilize armies, to conquer lands inhabited by people subscribing to other faiths and to convert the conquered en …

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Removing All Doubts About EVMs

A Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi has issued a notice to the Election Commission of India asking for its response on a plea moved by twenty one opposition parties seeking counting of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips of 50 per cent of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in each constituency before the Lok Sabha results …

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A New Ray Of Hope For Mining Industry

With the Supreme Court hinting at early hearing of the interlocutory applications challenging the Goa, Daman and Diu (abolition and declaration of mining lease) Act, 1987, a new hope appears to have been rekindled about resumption of mining in the state. A civil appeal filed in 1998 by a mining firm has been pending for more than two decades. Seeing …

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