Lessons in 'tehzeeb' - from Atal Bihari Vajpayee (Comment) (19 minutes ago)
By Anil K. Rajvanshi
Eulogies have been written about the "tehzeeb" -- a Urdu word translating into etiquette -- politeness and political culture of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who died on August 16.

Chinese team to visit North-East to study investment: Tripura Minister (16:38) IANS Photo Service
Agartala, Aug 18 (IANS) A Chinese delegation would visit Assam and Tripura next month to study the possible investment sectors in the resource-rich northeast India, Tripura Health and Family Welfare Minister Sudip Roy Barman said on Saturday.

Which of Vajpayee's bequests will the BJP honour? (Column: Political Circus) (12:02)
By Amulya Ganguli IANS Photo Service
It cannot be gainsaid that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), as it is run today, will find it difficult to live up to Atal Bihari Vajpayee's legacy of moderation.

Financial distress in India's thermal power sector (Comment) (11:16)
By Tim Buckley & Kashish Shah
The thermal power sector accounts for $40-60 billion of potentially stranded assets that are continuing to trouble the Indian banking sector. Fifteen GW out of the stressed 40 GW has not yet been commissioned, as identified in the report of the Standing Parliamentary Committee on Energy earlier this year.

Vajpayee: The second reformer India needed, and got (Comment) (16:14)
By Amit Kapoor & Chirag Yadav IANS Photo Service
Atal Bihari Vajpayee was a member of parliament for almost half a century. Right from the start, he left an indelible impression on Indian politics through his fine oratory skills.

Kerala floods: The ghost of past environment policy returns (11:06)
By Haritha John IANS Photo Service
Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 17 (IANS/Mongabay) Kerala has been facing unusually high rainfall since early August, which has led to statewide floods taking several lives and causing severe damage. According to the government, there hasnt been a flood of this scale in last 90 years. The death toll as of August 16, stands at 114.

'Who's going to listen to the voice of sanity?' (Remembering Vajpayee) (18:22)
By Tarun Basu IANS Photo Service
It was the summer of 1996. The Congress government of Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao had lost the general election and, for the first time, there was an opportunity for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), headed by the moderate and well-liked Atal Bihari Vajpayee, to take power.

Mishandling Kashmir: Learning little from history (Comment) (13:16)
By Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd)
Independent India and I are both septuagenarians, but since I am a trifle older, I take the liberty of indulging in some reminiscences on the nation's 71st birthday. My recollections are focused on Kashmir where I was born, in a town called Anantnag.

The Age of Awakening (Comment) (12:48)
By Amit Kapoor and Chirag Yadav
It took just over seven decades after the British left India, but recent growth trends make it clear that this year the latter will overtake its erstwhile coloniser to become the fifth-largest economy in the world.

Tips for restarting your career after a long sabbatical (11:20)
By Arshan Vakil and Neha Bagaria
Sabbaticals are still viewed with scepticism and fear, though their purpose is to either take some time off to rest and relax or have a chance to step back from work and focus on personal enrichment and professional development. Whether the sabbatical is for a few weeks or a year, employees aim to return to work with more focus and energy.

I-Day musing: Does not the law and its protecton apply to all? (Comment) (13:18)
By C. Uday Bhaskar
August 15 this year marks the 71st anniversary of Indian independence. As the Prime Minister unfurls the national flag at the Red Fort, it is a celebratory moment; yet, a certain sense of bleakness and despondency is palpable. There is a deeply ingrained perception that anarchy is spreading in the country and that the state has abdicated in its primary responsibility of ensuring the safety and security of every citizen, irrespective of religion, caste, class and gender. Recent events bear testimony to this mood.

Realty sector needs more reforms to realise full potential (Comment) (11:36)
By Vinod Behl
Landmark reforms like RERA and GST, as also demonetisation, have brought about much-needed transparency in transactions, helping the real estate sector to free itself of fraud, malpractices and other problems faced by consumers and investors. Yet, the sector needs more reforms to break free of the various ills that still plague it in order to realise its full potential as a major contributor to the country's GDP.

India needs to drastically reform higher education in rapidly digitising world (Column: Active Voice) (11:18)
By Amit Kapoor
As India gets ready to celebrating its 71st Independence Day, concerns over honing its human capital come to the fore. These mus be addressed if the nation is to seize the opportunity offered by a demographic dividend for sustainable and inclusive digital growth.

Karunanidhi: Scratches on my mind firm five years in Chennai (Comment: Special to IANS) (13:50)
By Saeed Naqvi IANS Photo Service
Muthuvel Karunanidhis passing away has brought back disparate images of my five unlikely years in Chennai as regional editor of the Indian Express. I use the term "unlikely" because someone born in Mustafabad, raised in the Urdu ambience of Lucknow would generally be expected to expire from culture shock in the four storeyed office in which every forehead was decorated with vertical, horizontal even circular designs. It was a riot of vermillion, ashen and turmeric. The sight stoked my curiosity but it did not repel me.

Lord's is notorious for low Test scores (Column: Just Sport) (11:00)
By Veturi Srivatsa
India are in danger of going 0-2 down in the five-Test series against England unless the elements, which made their life miserable after being asked to bat first, conspire to save them or even help them to turn the tables on the hosts.

Will the Dravidian movement be diluted with Karunanidhi's death? (Column: Political Circus) (12:12)
By Amulya Ganguli IANS Photo Service
There is little doubt that in the wake of M. Karunanidhis death, Tamil Nadu will enter an uncertain, even rocky, phase. It may take some time for the sense of disquiet and foreboding to become apparent. There may even be a period of relative calm as Karunanidhis chosen heir, his younger son, M.K. Stalin, assumes charge of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party.

Civic education can enhance democracy in India (Comment) (11:36)
By Frank F. Islam
As India approaches Independence Day on August 15, it is an appropriate time to celebrate the past and Indian democracy. It is also a time to contemplate the future and the democracy that India should become. India has the opportunity, the responsibility, and the capacity to be a global beacon of hope for democracy. There is a critical need for India to become that beacon.

A movement to make India eat safer, healthier food (Column: Active Voice) (12:04)
By Amit Kapoor
India bears a terrible burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), with the lack of proper diet and safe food a major contributing factor. The country has seen an increase in the NCDs burden from 30 per cent in 1990 to 55 per cent in 2016.

Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Whither nuclear disarmament? (Comment) (11:06)
By C. Uday Bhaskar
August 6 is etched in an apocalyptic manner on the global consciousness given the nuclear enormity that engulfed the unsuspecting residents of Japan's Hiroshima on that day in 1945. Three days later Nagasaki met the same fate, though tragically August 9 receives even lesser attention from a jaded world whose attention span often oscillates from one tweet to another.

Anti-Semitism rises when populism lurches to the Right (Comment) (12:14)
By Saeed Naqvi
Call it coincidence or mysterious design, there are moments in world affairs when disparate societies have the same experience.

Aliens in Assam: Electoral fodder for BJP, Congress (Column: Political Circus) (12:10)
By Amulya Ganguli IANS Photo Service
Ever since the former saffron stalwart, Arun Shourie, created a stir in the 1980s with his articles on illegal immigrants in Assam comprising Bangladeshi Muslims, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has seen the issue as an excellent one to furbish its nationalist credentials by portraying the "aliens" as a security threat. The depiction also fitted in with the party's anti-Muslim worldview.

Washington's waiver: India inches closer to NSG membership (Comment) (11:10)
By Bhaswati Mukherjee IANS Photo Service
Against the background of intense speculation about US President Donald Trumps growing indifference to Indias security needs and the landmark India-US Nuclear Cooperation Agreement came the dramatic announcement of the "Tier 1 waiver" for India. This exception from the export control regime will allow the US to export sensitive technology to India without individual licences or approval from Congress, where anti-India interest groups used to hold them up through filibusters.

Technology allows flexibility in learning, creates collaborative work environment (Comment) (12:00)
By Sanjay Bahl
India seems to be in a space where technology is a big favourite. Digital marketing and digital automation are among the top-searched words. This is making organisations look for and adapt smart technology-aided training interventions to rationalise training costs while enhancing effectiveness and saving time.

Imran Khan will have to tread on thin ice to form government in Pakistan (Comment) (14:08)
By Vishnu Makhijani IANS Photo Service
It would seem rather presumptuous on the part of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan to declare that he would take oath as the Prime Minister on August 11, after addressing the nation and sort of laying down his policies for the next five years -- because he is still short of the half-way mark. For this, he might just be helped by the "deep state".

Long road ahead to ending hunger, malnutrition (Column: Active Voice) (12:08)
By Amit Kapoor
The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) incorporate zero hunger as one of the 17 targets to be achieved by 2030 for a sustainable future. The criticality of this goal lies in the fact that removing hunger -- and malnutrition -- from the world is intertwined with the other goals such as ending poverty, providing universal quality education and promoting lifelong learning, sustainable economic growth and employment, good health and well-being.

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