Daily Archives: February 5, 2019

Ajitha’s bail application rejected

Mr. P.K. Lakshmanan, District and Sessions Judge, to-day [February 4, Calicut] rejected the bail application filed on behalf of Miss Ajitha, said to be one of the top Naxalite leaders, now under remand in connection with the attack on Pulpally wireless station. The Judge, however, granted bail to another accused, …

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‘Why must we tell you?’

Often people revisit traumatic memories only to tell journalists their stories As journalists, we are often guilty of behaving like an entitled bunch. We ask questions, demand answers, call people at odd hours with or without an apology, or trouble a friend for a phone number we have lost. It …

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The peace holds

Rocked by protests against the Centre’s proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, Assam’s Bodo-populated areas were on edge for another reason last week. Over a decade after nine serial bombs ripped through four towns, the clamour for the death penalty to be awarded to the perpetrators had put the State on alert, …

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Visa crackdown

The arrest of 129 Indians on the charge of wilfully violating immigration laws to stay and work in the United States sends a stark message to youth looking for better prospects abroad: their efforts should begin with due diligence and strictly follow the letter of the law. In the sting …

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Wrong on the Rohingya

In Januarys, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) called for a report from India on the deportation of a group of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar in October 2018. India’s repatriation of the refugees contravenes international principles on refugee law as well as domestic constitutional rights. Global framework Refugee law …

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An appeasement Budget

Interim Budget 2019 has sought to make amends for all the wrongs of almost five years of the Narendra Modi government. For example, the debilitating impact of demonetisation on the informal sector that employs nearly 90% of the workforce had long been suspected on the basis of anecdotal evidence. The …

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America has lost the Afghan war

The Remnants of an Army, a famous oil on canvas by Elizabeth Butler, is a lasting image of the First Anglo-Afghan War (1839-1842). It depicts William Brydon, a medical officer in the British Indian Army, arriving in Jalalabad from Kabul on horseback in 1842. Both Brydon, who was wounded, and …

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A national register of exclusion

By requiring long-term residents of Assam to prove their citizenship by negotiating a thicket made up of bewildering and opaque rules and an uncaring bureaucracy, the Indian state has for the past two decades unleashed an unrelenting nightmare of wanton injustice on a massive swathe of its most vulnerable people. …

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Shakespeare’s works, rare pictures await proper care at IIT-Roorkee

A visitor’s book that has Jawaharlal Nehru’s signature is among its collections A rare document bearing Jawaharlal Nehru’s signature in Hindi, English and Urdu, and a priceless 1623 edition of William Shakespeare’s complete works are among thousands of historic manuscripts and unseen photographs awaiting proper preservation at IIT-Roorkee’s iconic library. …

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