Editorials

Vaccine diktat

The fiat issued by a district health official in Jharkhand asking government staffers to get vaccinated or be prepared for salary interruption was rather unusual. The order — later withdrawn after a backlash — was…

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Price range expectations

The upcoming Union Budget is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for the government to make the most of some positive developments: the steady recovery made by Indian economy after the devastation caused by the pandemic-induced lockdown as…


Himalayan problem

Nepal’s Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali concluded the first high-level visit to New Delhi from the Himalayan kingdom in over a year on a mixed note. The Indian side was unwilling to touch the boundary issue…


Drilling street sense

The year 2020 was a bumpy one for road safety. That the Chandigarh traffic cops, who fanned out on New Year’s Eve, could not catch any one driving drunk that night speaks volumes about the…


Vaccination Day

After elaborate dry runs, India joins a select group of countries today as the Prime Minister launches the rollout of the world’s largest coronavirus vaccination drive through video-conferencing. Three lakh frontline healthcare workers are expected…


Magic of IFFI

As curtains are ready to go up on the 51st edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa, all eyes may not be on Asia’s oldest and India’s biggest festival. Yet, connoisseurs of…


Tejas flies excessive

The Cabinet Committee on Security’s approval for the procurement of 83 upgraded Tejas fighter jets for the Indian Air Force (IAF) signals a significant push to accelerate the slow and difficult march towards self-reliance in…


Cleansing the Yamuna

Taking up cudgels on behalf of the citizens and upholding their right to getting the supply of uncontaminated water, the Supreme Court has begun with ensuring a clean-up of the Yamuna. Taking suo motu notice…


Avian flu mishandled

The spread of avian flu in the Barwala belt of Haryana’s Panchkula district is particularly distressing. For, unlike the other states — Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Kerala — where crows or wild and…


Unveiling secrets and techniques

SECRETARY of State Mike Pompeo is following a scorched-earth approach to foreign policy in the dying days of the Trump government. He has sanctioned umpteen Iranian, Russian and Chinese officials in the past fortnight, read…