Editorials

Agitation impression

The effect of the agitation over the farm legislation is being felt acutely in Punjab, with both industry and agriculture getting affected. Industrial production has shrunk badly due to a shortage of raw material because…

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More practical FATF

Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright once called Pakistan an ‘international migraine’. The failure to fulfil six key obligations of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) only indicates Islamabad’s lack of commitment in the…


Farm fires below scrutiny

While the decision of the Supreme Court to appoint a retired judge as a one-man committee to monitor the measures taken to prevent the burning of crop stubble in the states of Punjab, Haryana and…


Remdesivir falls flat

The novel coronavirus is proving to be a tough bug to crack. In a huge disappointment, the WHO study on the drugs prescribed to prevent and treat Covid-19 has left healthcare providers with no definite…


Particular youngsters undergo loss

Even as teaching has been shifted to the online mode ever since the schools were shut down in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic in March-end, it has exposed many a glaring gap in our…


GST breakthrough

THE Centre has finally blinked to break the deadlock with the states over GST compensation. The Union government will borrow up to Rs 1.1 lakh crore on behalf of the states to meet the shortfall…


Stark disconnect

The much-awaited meeting between the Union agriculture secretary and representatives of farmers’ organisations from Punjab turned out to be unproductive, if not counterproductive, laying bare the disconnect between the government and the protesters. The leaders…


Job quota for ladies

In a move that promises to empower women by giving them a socio-economic uplift, the Punjab Cabinet has approved 33% reservation for women in direct recruitment in government departments, boards and corporations. The aim is…


China’s Ladakh rant

Incorrigible as ever, China is in no mood to blink first. Instead, it has the temerity to dub India as the aggressor. Just over a month after the foreign ministers of the two countries worked…


BPL flats unallotted

The failure of the authorities in Haryana to allot flats meant for BPL families in Bahadurgarh shows how the government machinery functions when it comes to implementing schemes on the ground. The flats, constructed under…