• Left behind: on the right to free, compulsory education

    If there is one strong message from the findings of the Annual Status of Education Report (Rural) 2017, it is that the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act should cover the entire spectrum(विस्तार/वर्णक्रम) of 18 years, and not confine(प्..

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  • Face the inevitable: the spike in bond yields

    The sharp rise in bond yields(पैदावार/राज़ी होना) has hit banks with losses on treasury(ख़ज़ाना/निधि) operations dominated by sovereign bond holdings. Rating agency ICRA believes the fall in bond prices on expectation of the Central government..

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  • Problem of plenty: on devising a sound agricultural policy

      There appears to be no end in sight to the cycle of boom(उछाल) and bust in the prices of agricultural goods. Over the last few weeks, across India the price of potatoes has fallen sharply after a year of bumper production. With the price of a kilogram of potato dropping as low as under a..

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  • Judiciary in turmoil | Internal Dispute between Judiciaries

    Judiciary in turmoil | Internal Dispute between Judiciaries  It is a development that is both momentous and unfortunate. The press conference held by four senior judges of the Supreme Court has exposed an unprecedented(अभूतपूर्व/ बेजोड़) level of dissension in the top..

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  • On privatisation of Air India: Ready for sale

    The Union Cabinet has approved a series of changes in foreign direct investment norms (मानदंड) as the government prepares to enter the last lap of its economic policy-setting phase ahead of the 2019 election. Key among these was the decision to allow up to 49% overseas ownership, including by a..

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  • On H-1B visa rules: Visa heartache

    The United States’ H-1B visa has for decades (दस साल का समय) been a source of nail-biting (नाखून चबाना) tension in India. The latest case in point was a scare (डराना) that President Donald Trump’s administration(शासन प्..

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  • ON DEATH OF TIGER IN BOR RESERVE

    The tragic(दु:खद) death of Bajirao, one of India’s breeding(उच्चवंश) tigers from the Bor reserve in Maharashtra, on a highway is a reminder that building unsuitable roads through wildlife habitats(निवास/आवास) has a terrible cost. Losing a charismatic tiger in i..

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  • Data theft: on UIDAI exposé

    Undercover investigations or so-called sting operations occupy(क़ब्ज़ा करना) a complex and problematical(समस्यात्मक)ethical(नैतिक) space in journalism, but it is impossible to fault(दोष) The Tribune’s exposé, published after acce..

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  • ENABLING A LAW

    The Supreme Court has struck(प्रभावित/चोट देना) a blow for the rights of the disabled, with a direction to the Central and State governments to provide full access to public facilities, such as buildings and transport, within stipulated(निर्धारित/अनुब..

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  • STATE OF CONFLICT

    The speed with which tension spread from Bhima-Koregaon, a village on the outskirts(बाहरी इलाका/सरहद) of Pune, on Monday to bring cities across Maharashtra to a shutdown by Wednesday, is a pointer(सूचक/संकेतक) to multiple failings. It appears that the police ..

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