Protect, don’t snoop

The UPA has sought to create national nodal agencies to “coordinate all matters relating to cyber security,” a task that includes spelling out policy guidelines, managing crises, and performing periodic security audits.

Wanted, an Indian Frankfurter - Judges Appointment

The judiciary and the executive are ignoring the constitutional mandate to appoint distinguished jurists to the Supreme Court.

Learning to live in a new Asia

Instead of indulging in aggressive posturing, leaders of the region must recognise shifting dynamics and strengthen the East Asian Summit as the mechanism to resolve differences.

Growing risks to stability

In the latest edition of its half-yearly Financial Stability Report (FSR), the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has pointed out that global risks and domestic macroeconomic risks continue to be the two most important factors affecting the stability of the Indian financial system.

Letting freebies be

At stake is whether courts can sit in judgment over the policies and programmes of a political party, however ill-advised or impractical these might be.

On disability, missing the bigger picture

There is reason to be optimistic about the U.N. report on disability rights, but there is also disappointment at its failure to make the poverty connection.

Fear unfounded - Three parent baby

With Britain recently deciding to proceed with draft regulations on the mitochondria replacement technique for preventing women from transmitting mitochondrial disorders to their children, the method joins the list of revolutionary fertility and embryology tools that have come under opposition and criticism.

The costly tyranny of secrecy

The Emergency and the post-Emergency era witnessed attempts by the executive to muzzle the judiciary. It was to check this erosion of independence of the judiciary that the ‘Collegium’ system was evolved.

Egypt’s political abyss

The army says fresh elections will be held and that it will then resume its normal duties, and there was huge public cheering when a council comprising General al-Sisi, Constitution Party leader Mohamed ElBaradei, Al Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed el-Tayeb, and Coptic Pope Tawadros II announced President Morsy’s ouster.

Affirming the right to read

The most notable common provision in the new treaty and India’s copyright law is the waiver of prior approval from authors and publishers for the reproduction and distribution of works into any alternative format, precluding commercial gain.

Restoring nature’s shock absorbers

With loss and tragedy at its heart, the debate on appropriate planning in seismically and hydrologically sensitive areas has been rekindled, with the need to relook the very idea of a zone that is “ecologically sensitive.”

Head in sand on Snowden

Three conclusions stem from the exposé by Der Spiegel of documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden on the extent of American spying on foreign governments.

The emerging debt trap

India’s external debt was a little just over $100 billion in 2004; by March 2013, this had grown to $390 billion. More worryingly, the short term debt payable within a year, an indicator of immediate vulnerability, has ballooned to $172 billion in 2013, from $54 billion in 2008.

A climate plan that changes nothing

The Obama administration has shifted from its original, unconditional stand of technology transfer to one based on “innovation” and “investment” in clean energy to favour western companies.

Whose Supreme Court?

The ruling, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, holds that Section 4 is no longer necessary because African-Americans in the relevant States now have higher voter registration rates than whites, and because “blatantly discriminatory” violations of federal decrees are now rare.

Gruel, rice and tamarind water

Health department officials say that a woman (given the average height of tribal women in this area) should weigh at least 48 kg before she can bear a child. But most women here weigh just 35 to 38 kg.

Fighting a war without arms

The current shortcoming raises serious doubts about the government’s ability to meet the increased drug demand when more MDR-TB cases are detected using the advanced molecular test.

An Indian mission to another frontier in space

Today, the country takes the first step to launching its own navigation satellite set-up to tap civilian and military applications that the system can offer.

A very reliable formula by Rangarajan Committee

In going with the formula recommended by the Rangarajan Committee for pricing natural gas produced in the country — even if it means considerably higher prices — the government has chosen the practical way out of a sticky situation.

One barefoot step, a giant administrative leap

In order to create maximum development value, the bureaucracy needs to bring changes at the bottom of the public service pyramid, the citizen’s first point of contact with the state.