Sunday, March 18, 2018
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Messy affairs of airlines
DGCA and other agencies should formulate long-term policies for ensuring safety of passengers and avert chaos on airports
Grounding of several aircrafts by the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) belonging to two private airlines, Go-Air and Go-Indigo, resulting in cancellation of scores of flights on various routes causing inconvenience to passengers appears to be kneejerk reaction from the regulators. It also exposes the lack of planning and regulation process by the central government in checking the airworthiness of the aircrafts. This and other steps taken by the DGCA have only gone further in securing the life and property of the passengers. In fact, ignoring the faults in the aircrafts being operated by the private airlines amounted to increased risk to the life and property of the passengers. The DGCA decision is a welcome step but it has raised more questions about the flight safety than answe...
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Alarm bells for BJP
SP-BSP combine victories can be a catalyst for the formation of new political alliances in rest of India
Defeat of Bhartiya Janata Party and its allies in the parliamentary by-elections on Wednesday in both Uttar Pradesh and Bihar should start ringing the alarm bells for ruling NDA government at the centre. The party which is aiming to expand its base in the southern states has already lost in Andhra Pradesh where its alliance partner Telugu Desam Party has parted way and withdrew its ministers from NDA while its presence in other states is minimal. The victory of Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party cannot be ignored if the BJP is looking forward to consolidate its gains and power at the centre and other states in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, which are almost a year away from now. It appears that BSP leader Mayawati was conducting a political experiment while announcing her support for ...
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Enquiry needed in rude behaviour of Central Registry
Dear Editor, It refers to rude and anti-public attitude of counter-person at Central Registry (CR) of Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate-Change (MoEFCC) at Indira Paryavaran Bhawan (New Delhi) when he rudely declined to accept advance-copies of RTI-petitions filed at CIC marked in personal names of four responding officers there, despite even a very cordial Reception-Officer repeatedly advising him to accept the documents to save time of both the petitioner and the concerned officers. The petitioner was shunting from CR section and Reception-Office between 12.40 pm and 1 pm on 12.03.2018 as can be proved by CCTV footage. Since counter-person at CR section was adamant in not accepting the documents, Reception-Officer had to issue a gate-pass for contacting the four named o...
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Farmers' long march
The edge to which the rural masses including farmers have been pushed should enable govt to sit-up and respond without the usual complacency or politicking
The massive farmers' rally that marched the long distance of over 180 kilometres from Nasik to Mumbai within six days and brought the Maharashtra government on its knees, forcing the latter to agree to almost all of the demands is significant for many ways. 30,000 farmers who marched towards Mumbai, under the banner of Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Sabha affiliated to the CPI(M)demanded a complete farm loan waiver, transfer of forest land to tillers, implementation of the Swaminathan Commission's recommendations, compensation of Rs 40,000 per acre to farmers hit by hailstorm and pink bollworm, and putting a stop to sharing the state's water with Gujarat. Not only did the Maharashtra government agree to most of the demands, the mobilization and protest ending on a successful note is likely to have...
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Pink slip for Drabu
The episode not only reflects internal disturbances within PDP but also the flawed narrative of political power in J&K
PDP has done well by showing some spine in sacking Haseeb Drabu, who was holding the important finance portfolio in the PDP-BJP coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir. After Drabu's controversial remarks that are not only completely detached from ground reality but also not in line with the party's core ideology, PDP had no option but to drop him or face further erosion of the party and public flak. During his speech at a function in Delhi titled Kashmir: The Way Forward, Drabu had said, "Kashmir is not just a political issue but a social problem…I think we have been barking up the wrong tree." Later, following scathing criticism both from outside and within the party, Drabu without retracting from his comments or tendering an apology, chose to say that what he meant was "Kashmir is 'a...
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Boosting solar power
Feasibility reports should be prepared for undertaking surveys to map usable rooftops for solar power nationwide basis
Jammu and Kashmir government's decision to go in for electrification of about two score of villages through solar power on local basis is a welcome step so far reaching the remote and far flung areas is concerned. Caution has to be exercised before such an exercise is undertaken by the concerned government agencies so that the issues of corruption and irregularities are kept at a distance for the success of the project. It is also a welcome sign for the development of these villages where extension of the electric cables and power lines through the towers is not possible. The cost of such an infra-structure for remote and far flung areas has been a difficult proposition during the past seven decades in view of the high costs involved in the process. Since the technological advances have m...
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Obstructing justice delivery
Political and social mobilization campaigns in Kathua rape and murder case amount to defeating delivery of justice
The excessive politicisation and communalisation of the Kathua rape and murder incident is extremely repulsive. Not only are such voices vitiating the atmosphere, they are also making all out attempts to subvert justice. Several right wing groups, other groups vying with them and even professional institutions have been mobilising campaigns to shockingly speak not in support of victims but instead raising the accused in the case to the pedestal of victimhood. In view of the sensitivity of the case and the heinousness of the crime of kidnapping, raping and murdering an eight-year old girl, such politicization is not only flawed; it is horrifying. As per the law any accused persons should be deemed innocent till proven guilty. But the law takes its own course and the accused must be subject...
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Statue war: Vandalism and violence as the new discourse
By Anuradha Bhasin Jamwal
"You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind," said Gandhi. Great men like him left behind a legacy of ideas and body of work that continues to inspire people the world over. Their deaths, in different circumstances, did not kill those ideas. Destruction of their statues will hardly cause any dent. After the RSS activists, euphoric over BJP's electoral victory, brought down the grand statue of Russian Communist leader Lenin in Tripura, triggering a fad of statue vandalism across the country - Periyar in Vellore, Ambedkar in Meerut, another Lenin statue in Tripura and in reaction to these of Shyama Prasad Mukherjee in Kolkatta, there are two pertinent questions to grapple with. What do statues dotting the city landscapes signi...
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