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July 10, 2011




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Vol. LXIII, No. 1, New Delhi, July 10, 2011

Expose
Can UPA tackle black money?
Generating black money: A Congress pastime

By Naresh Minocha

“THE first requirement for tackling the problem of black income generation is clean administration at least at the level of political authority and top civil servants.” more >

Land as the source of all prime scandals
Posco, Kandla Port Trust vie with each other on scam list

By Aditya Pradhan

IF this government has a record of a weekly scam breaking out in the news media, this week’s financial scandal takes the cake. more >

In Focus
Congress conspiracy to implicate Narendra Modi in Gujarat riots
By GVL Narasimha Rao

THERE is a sinister plan hatched by the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty to implicate Shri Narendra Modi in a web of legal cases relating to 2002 communal violence and some alleged encounter cases. more >

Editorial
The 100 per cent farce and admission scramble

Going by the reports of scramble for admissions into colleges, India appears ill prepared for meeting the demands of the burgeoning youth population and the rising literacy rates. more >

SPECIAL REPORTS
Corrupt UPA’s brazen loot
Fuelling aam aadmi’s misery

By Ravi

THE United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government’s egregious decision to raise the prices of diesel, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), and kerosene—and the subsequent imploring to states to bring down duties—reminds me of a couplet by Mirza Ghalib: more >

Special Focus
Congress ‘mishandled’ Lokpal issue: Dr Joshi
Government and corporates minting profit from energy price hike

FOC

“THE UPA government has mishandled the Lokpal issue. This is a very immature government. I pity them,” said the senior BJP leader and former Union Minister Dr Murli Manohar Joshi while recently talking to mediapersons in New Delhi . more >

SPECIAL REPORT
God’s own land in the grip of Bacchus
Alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse in Kerala: Problem, process and redemption

By Dr Babu Suseelan

FOR hundreds of years, we have known that Kerala, the land’s end of India which has produced the greatest philosopher ever known Sankaracharya made sense as a great state. more >

News Round-up

Declining investor confidence leads to fall in FII, FDI inflow

WITH policy-making in dire straits, economic reforms on the back burner, and political uncertainty growing, foreign investors are showing signs of unease with India. Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) withdrew $497 million this calendar year till June 22. more >

The cruel Land War
Follow Japan in Land Acquisition

By Dr Bharat Jhunjhunwala

THE land acquisition policy announced by Chief Minister Mayawati is grossly inadequate. Land to be acquired has been placed in three categories. In the first category are government infrastructure works such as canals and roads. Land acquisition for these projects will continue as previously. more >

Assam Newsletter
Assam: When a routine street demonstration turns violent

By Nava Thakuria

IT was another black day for Guwahatians who witnessed street violence killing three people and damaging huge public and private properties. more >

Ailing Air India faces another strike
The Air India employees threat another strike

By Pushpanjali

DESPITE of the promises made by the chairman and the managing director of the National Air Carrier of India, Air India, Shri Arvind Jadav, in a letter showing his regrets for not being able to release the salary statement by June 8, assuring the employees that the salary would be paid in a short while, 44,000 employees have not yet received their salary for the month of May. more >

Shankardev Shishu Vidya Niketans outshine
From Jyoti Lal Chowdhury in Silchar

THE results of the last HSLC examinations have brought the Shankardev Shishu Vidya Niketans also known as Saraswati Vidya Niketans into limelight for brilliant performance of their students, debunking the myth that high profile English medium institutions’ products alone can achieve the feat. more >

The decline of secularism as communalism
By Rajan Khanna

IT is high time that people of this country should demand the exact definition of the words ‘communal and secular’ from those who have become habitual of obsessively using the said terms to further their political agendas; more >

In resplendent return Jayalalithaa takes up sweeping reforms
Governance Revisits Tamil Nadu

By Adhitya Srinivasan

IT has been little over a month since J Jayalalithaa has taken over as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. Most people would argue that one month is too short a period to pass a judgement on the quality of governance. more >

Furious Baba hits back at UPA, demands his conversation with Sibal be made public
To start nationwide Gram Swavlamban awareness drive from August 4. To develop 640 model villages and to expose the corrupt UPA regime

By Pramod Kumar

"MY fight against black money and corruption will continue till my last breathe. There is no question of bowing down before the bhrashtachari (corrupt) and atyachari (cruel) government. more >

COVER PAGE

The Moving Finger Writes

Article Title Comes Lokpal Bill: Uncertainty prevailshere
By MV Kamath

THERE are some systems that cannot be challenged. One is the constitutional position about the supremacy of Parliament. It is the Parliament composed of representatives of the people which has the last word. more >

Media Watch

Crime reporting is serious business, dangerous too
Narad

WHEN I was the editor of an evening paper in Mumbai way back in the early fifties, I had a crime reporter who was extraordinarily good. His expertise was impressive. more >

Thinking Aloud

True democracy is where all criminals are treated equally
By Dr Jay Dubashi

REPORTERS covering the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington and elsewhere, used to dealing with such serious issues as inflation, exchange rates and bail outs have been taken aback at the sudden turn of events. more >

Campus Scene

Cut-offs soaring high in Delhi
By Pushpanjali

WITH competitions increasing every passing year, students are used to cut-offs soaring high in Delhi University. But this time the cut-offs were unbelievable. more >

Bookmark

Italian convents (16, 17 century): Asylums for girls too poor to be married off
By Dr R Balashankar
Nuns Behaving Badly: Tales of Music, Magic, Art & Arson in the Convents of Italy, Craig A Monson, The University of Chicago Press, Pp 241(HB), $29.75


A well written novel set in British India
By Tej N Dhar
The Collector’s Daughter, S K Das, Rupa & Co, Pp 290 (PB), Rs 295.00


Dark magic set in US East Coast
By Manju Gupta
Sweep, Cate Tiernan, Speak/Penguin Group, Pp 202 (PB)


Handle emotions positively
By Tej N Dhar
Anger: Handling a Powerful Emotion in a Healthy Way, Gary Chapman, Jaico, Pp 213 (PB), Rs 250.00


Three titles on nature’s inimitable art
By Dr Vaidehi Nathan

Big topics, treated comprehensively
—VN

Books Received

Agenda

The way to save Hindu civilization
By JG Arora

THOUGH as per Arnold Joseph Toynbee (1889-1975), the British historian of civilisations, “Civilisations die from suicide, not murder”, a unilateral war is being waged by anti-Hindu forces to wipe out Hindu civilisation the way other native cultures and civilisations have been destroyed in the world. more >

Kids’ Org

Rituparna and Sudeva
By KK Shanmukhan
Nala and Damayanti for students, KK Shanmukhan, Kurukshethra Prakasan, Kaloor Towers, Kochi: 682 017, Rs 30.00


SUDEVA reached Ayodhya.

King Rituparna greeted him with warmth and friendship.

Sudeva addressed him: “Oh, great King, conqueror of enemies, be victorious. Please listen to me. more >

TogadiaSpeak

State of Inertia
By Dr Pravin Togadia

WHEN you see sparkling malls around you in your city/town and even in the village, you feel nice – Wow! Development! Same expression pops up when you see wide roads, 4 or 8 track highways, shining floored large airports (with that slippery flooring, invariably someone slips in a hurry or more >

In Focus

At Liberty
Fighting subversion with hands tied

By Ravi

THE fact that the government has plans to deploy unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the Maoist-infested areas for gathering intelligence and assisting the security forces demonstrates there are people in the highest echelons who recognise the gravity of the threat posed by Leftwing extremists. more >

Readers’ Forum

Government is playing with the lives of brilliant students:
—MAHESH CHANDRA SHARMA, E-198, Panki, Kanpur

The 100 per cent cut-off for students to get admission in Delhi University’s Sri Ram College of Commerce has unnerved students and parents. With such rise in cut-offs, even a topper with more than 95 per cent marks will not get into SRCC, leading to demoralising the students. more >




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