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The government must adopt the new technology that restores poll privacy

 

Farmers’ suicides in 2015 increased by an alarming 42 per cent in India compared to the previous year. Though indebtedness, bankruptcy and small landholdings contribute to farmers’ suicides, there are many more reasons which compel farmers to take the extreme step, writes Sudhansu R Das

 

With electioneering underway in right earnest in Punjab, there’s a gradually enlarging debate among Punjabis in Britain about the prospects and which formation they should endorse

With electioneering underway in right earnest in Punjab, there’s a gradually enlarging debate among Punjabis in Britain about the prospects and which formation they should endorse

 

Making India a top destination for science and technology will require getting the basics right

 

Bilateral relations coast on diplomatic niceties and joint statements invariably use flowery language to describe relationships in the best possible terms. Nevertheless, India’s decisions over the past two decades to upgrade more than 30 of its bilateral relationships to “strategic partnerships” is excessive.

 

The reduction of Assembly elections to a referendum diminishes the political competence of voters to decide what sort of a government they wish to be ruled by

 

The vigour of the Indian prime minister's diplomacy did not abate in 2016. Ties with the United States of America received particular attention, with five meetings with Barack Obama during the year that signified a convergence of interests in a changing global environment. In his address to the US Congress in June, Narendra Modi called the US India's "indispensable partner" and extolled it in terms that would have surprised and delighted those with memories of conflicting visions of the two countries in the past.

 

The prime minister, ever the skilled orator, threw in a hookline to the thousands at a Pravasi Bharatiya Divas event in Bangalore saying, “To me, FDI means First Develop India through Foreign Direct Investment, the norms of which have been fully liberalised for non-resident Indian and persons of Indian origin.”

 

As if the distinct upsurge in major terror attacks in 2016 in J&K was not enough, just nine days into the new year, Pakistani terrorists struck in the wee hours of the morning killing three casual labourers in a General Reserve Engineering Force (GREF) camp at Battal in Jourian in the Akhnoor sector of Jammu & Kashmir. 

 

The past week was characterised by ongoing power struggle in Samajwadi Party, Sasikala taking over AIADMK, and emergence of DMK’s MK Stalin

 


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