The lessons India hasn’t learned from 26/11

Five years after national outrage led governments to make big promises, the police and intelligence services are still battling chronic deficits of capacity.

Dawn of the Carlsen era

If chess players are known to mature in their 30s, then the chess world expects the prodigiously gifted Norwegian to gain another 28 points to breach the magic rating figure of 2900.

Reprieve from the nuclear noose

Iran and the P5+1 now have signed an interim agreement, which will expire in six months unless both sides negotiate a comprehensive deal.

A historic victory for diplomacy

The significance of the deal is that both the U.S. and Iran have pulled back from positions of intransigence, confrontation and escalation.

Lest we forget

It will be a decade tomorrow since whistle-blower Satyendra Dubey was killed. A tribute.

Why women remain silent

The pressure to furnish proof, the fear of fighting a superior, the likely impact on career, and adverse publicity prevent women from reporting sexual harassment.

Keeping politicians at bay

The bureaucracy can never be immune to political interference as long as bureaucrats are willing to twist and bend before politicians to get the postings of their choice

Smart-grid is the future of energy conservation

Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd., a public sector undertaking that transmits about 50 per cent of generated power, is further augmenting its capacity to meet the growing needs of industry.

Calm solar cycle prompts questions

The intense electromagnetic energy from sunspots has a significant impact on the sun’s ultraviolet and X-ray emissions as well as on solar storms.

The unassailable case against Mr. Tejpal

The law must and will take its course but meanwhile there are practical issues to be attended to in the wider media world. The most vital among them is the protection of the identity of the young woman journalist, the victim of alleged sexual assault and rape.

Issues of sexual assault: the Tehelka case

Tehelka tried to conceal the gravity of its Editor-in-Chief’s alleged sexual assault, which is rape under the amended IPC. It tried to divert attention to an inquiry by an in-house committee mandated by a 2013 law meant to protect women in workplaces.

For global cooperation on climate change

Against the backdrop of the U.N. climate change negotiations in Warsaw, the United States Ambassador to India, Nancy Powell , says the U.S. was helping developing countries address climate change by amplifying the impact of public funds by leveraging private investment.

Troubling questions

The law of privacy is inadequately developed in India, but it is doubtful if the physical surveillance and massive intrusion into the privacy of the young woman were warranted for any legally justifiable reason.

Rescue package for the mullahs

President Obama is offering relief in a deal that is absurdly asymmetric: the West would weaken sanctions in exchange for cosmetic changes that do absolutely nothing to weaken Iran’s nuclear infrastructure.

Standing with an oppressed people

Unless we see concrete action, we owe it to the Iranian people to forcefully encourage Iran’s rulers to comply with international human rights obligations.

Discontent along the Yamuna

New power plants will improve the power situation in Uttar Pradesh but the State lacks the enterprise to negotiate with farmers on issues fundamental to their existence.

The Great Syrian Risk Game

A weakened Free Syrian Army and a chaotic Syrian National Coalition leave the rebels across the country vulnerable to retribution from both the government and the Islamists.

Banking on women

To the BMB will go the distinction of being the first-ever public sector bank to have been set up by the government, as the others came into being through nationalisation of existing private banks.

Setting right an anomaly

Supreme Court upheld a Patna High Court judgment that said being in prison or in lawful police custody will disqualify a person from contesting elections.

Undermining urban planning

Any dilution of zoning and construction in the Regional Plan prepared by the NCRPB could upset the balance between urbanisation and conservation.