THE refusal of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha chief, Mr Shibu Soren to vacate the office of the chief minister has not come as a surprise. Only on Tuesday, Mr Soren and his alliance partner the BJP had agreed to share power in rotation for 28 months each.Read More »
IT has been nearly a fortnight since the tragedy occurred at the Baina beach wherein a slab of an old structure fell on two little children who had a miraculous escape. Till this day nothing has been done by the authorities to bring down the remaining structure which seems beyond repairs.
BY P RAMAN
THERE is certainly some thing common between Mr Jairam Ramesh episode and the not-so-subtle manner in which the UPA government has managed to produce a comfortable majority during the budget session.
THE superintendent of police, CBI stationed in Goa cannot be technically more right in his declaration that the CBI cannot investigate complaints of corruption received from the common people against state government officials.Read More »
DARUL Uloom, Deoband has issued a fatwa on working Muslim women declaring that it is illegitimate for them to work and earn in government or private service. The fatwa could not be acceptable to a growing number of middle class Muslims.Read More »
Travesty of Justice
THIS is with reference to the news item, ‘China court sentences to death school attacker’ (NT, May 16). It required just half a day of open trial to award the death sentence to a maniac killer who went on a rampage opening fire and injuring 29 school children and 3 teachers of a KG school in East China.
BY PRAFUL BIDWAI
CORPORATE lobbyists have become a menace to Indian democracy. The release of the intercepts of a telephone conversation between an MP and a well-known lobbyist (Ms Niira Radia), and media stories on the growing power of the lobbyist–politician–policymaker nexus, bear this out.
POLEMICS has intensified within the Communist Party of India (Marxist) on ‘rectification’. Initiated by general secretary Mr Prakash Karat after the party’s debacle in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, the ‘rectification’ is to correct the wrong trends that have crept in the party.Read More »
THE government has constituted two flying squads (one in each district) to take prompt action against hill cutting and filling of low-lying areas.Read More »
Investigating the Obvious
THE US President, Mr Barack Obama has dispatched two of his most senior national security aides to Pakistan to investigate the May 1 NY bomb plot, which has been blamed on the Pakistani Taliban.