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Coping with acts of God, and men

One positive long-term outcome of the 2004 tsunami that ravaged parts of India’s seaboard was a heightened awareness of disaster preparedness and mitigation.


Missing the power point

In their haste to propogate the populist measure of distributing laptops to school students, State governments are overlooking the basic issues that can make this scheme a success.


Dehradun, wettest capital this monsoon

Dehradun is India’s wettest State capital this monsoon with 2,865 mm of rainfall between June 1 and September 30, according to Director of the Dehradun Meteorological Centre Anand Sharma.


Cyclone: Antony reviews readiness

Although Phailin is on the verge of being termed a super cyclone and has good resemblance to the 1999 storm, we have come to an understanding that it will not turn into a super cyclone - IMD Director-General L.S. Rathore


Rail Tariff Authority coming, passenger fares set to rise

Since the Cabinet approved the proposal, Mr. Kumar said the Railway Board was free to notify the authority, constitute it, and set the ball rolling for the next fare hike.


No Aadhaar, no scholarship

Number of students who availed themselves of scholarships dropped by 35 per cent after Aadhaar was made mandatory.


A sarpanch an outcast in his own town

Under Santosh Jadhav's leadership, the village went on to win the President’s Nirmal Gram award and three State awards. But the ostracism forced him to relinquish his term a year early in 2008.


Looking ahead on Telangana

Telangana is one big step closer to realisation. But like any partition, this too will come with pain, dislocation, anxiety and anger.


Centre comes to whistleblower’s rescue again

This is the fifth time in the last six years that the UPA government has intervened to prevent “harassment” of the IFS officer by the Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s Congress government.


Malnutrition is rampant in Gujarat

The CAG also faulted the State government for inadequate coastal security, stating that despite Gujarat having the longest coastline in the country, security along the border was inadequate.


As Cabinet clears Telangana, four Union Ministers quit

Union Cabinet on Thursday evening gave its seal of approval to a Home Ministry proposal to divide Andhra Pradesh.


Outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in eleven districts

With the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease getting confirmed in Kerala, entry of cattle (cows, bulls, and buffaloes) from Karnataka and Tamil Nadu into Kerala has been banned.


With malice toward goodwill

Gen. (retd.) V.K. Singh’s claims that the Army was paying money to ‘win hearts and minds’ in Kashmir has needlessly cast aspersions on Sadbhavana, its well-appreciated outreach scheme in the Valley.


Government notifies Schedule H1 drugs

Antibiotics and anti-TB drugs are not to be sold over the counter. Chemist has to maintain a separate register for these 46 drugs.


7th pay panel award likely to be implemented from January 2016

It should be implemented with effect from January 1, 2011 as in the case of Central PSUs whose employee pay scales are revised every five years.


Gujarat’s curative petition on Lokayukta rejected

In view of the two conflicting judgments, the Gujarat government filed a review petition and it was dismissed. Against this the present curative petition was filed.


International Museum Of Toilets now officially weird, unusual

The International Museum Of Toilets that is housed in Delhi’s Palam area, has made it to the list of the Top 10 ‘Weird and Unusual’ museums in the world. The list, compiled by a travel portal, also includes the Witch Museum in Salem and the International Spy Museum in Washington DC.


Ahmedabad launches Heat Action Plan

Ahmedabad has become the first city in South Asia to come up with a Heat Action Plan (HAP), informing citizens about extreme climates in the near future and the necessary steps to tackle it.


'Xohari' to provide time-bound services to citizens in Assam

From now on, the state government will be legally bound to deliver 55 notified services under 14 departments to citizens in a hassle-free, time-bound manner under the Assam Right to Public Services Act, 2012, which came into effect from Friday with the brand name 'Xohari' (response).


Goa imposes entry tax on outside vehicles