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    In Europe, Pence seeks to cool tempers

    After US President Donald Trump’s shock treatment to NATO when he said the  member-states must spend more on defence and that the grouping was redundant anyway, Vice-President Mike Pence is in Europe to apply the balm and assuage hurt feelings. But Trump’s brutal frankness cannot be wished away and the reality is that he has a point. Pence made it known to the Europeans that the US would be unwavering in its commitment to

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    Presidential polls big challenge for BJP

    While all eyes are currently on the assembly elections in five states—UP, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur—the focus will shift to the presidential elections once the results of the assembly polls are declared on March 11. There is indeed not a dull moment in our politics and the damage that this constant process of fighting elections at some place or another is doing to the work culture in the country is something to be

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    India must handle twin trade attacks from China

    Maybe a Donald Trump-type prescription on international trade would be more relevant to India to protect its market and local jobs against the systematic Chinese invasion of the market, which also threatens the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative. China is investing several times more in Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Sri Lanka. The question is: will China pay heed to India’s rightful demand for a more balanced

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    PM’s bid to leapfrog India into 21st century

    THE real success or failure of the demonetisation initiative will depend on how efficiently, honestly and painlessly the Finance Minister can organise his Revenue Department to mop up the very large reservoir of untaxed income from both businesses and individuals.

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    Nagaland emulates TN on holding up MLAs

    It does not take long for bad examples in democracy to be emulated in today’s political environment in the country that exemplifies decadence. The tiny Nagaland state is staring at a new political crisis, quite on the lines of the recent events in Tamil Nadu where the Sasikala holed up legislators at a resort so that they may not cross over to her rival O. Panneerselvam’s side in the internecine AIADMK battle.  Over 40

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    Border wall given a wise, quiet burial

    It is good that the Narendra Modi government has given up its plan to build a wall along the Pakistan border in Jammu. The raised embankment proposal initiated by the UPA government in 2013 after the twin attacks in the Hiranagar/Samba sector, was envisaged as a barrier to cross-border terror along 179 km of the international border (IB) in Jammu. There were impracticalities involved which were overlooked at the time the plan was conceived.

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    Falling investments a cause for worry

    There is an old proverb attributed to Confucius. It goes like this. If you want to plan for the next year, then plant some rice. If you want to plan for the next ten years, then plant a tree. But if you want to plan for a hundred years, then educate your children. Planning for tomorrow begins today and longer the horizon, the more patient and more substantial should be your investment.  The Chinese

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    Will UP farmers heave a sigh of relief?

    ALL parties seem to have missed the basic problem of UP’s peasantry; if there is one thing about which the farmers are dismayed, it is low prices for their major crops, even though UP is the largest producer of wheat in the country (30 million tonnes) in 2016-17.

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    IS operatives need to be tackled hard

    The assassination of the United Arab Emirates ambassador to Afghanistan, Juma Al Kaabi, the brutal attack by a suicide bomber in a crowded Sufi shrine in Pakistan’s Karachi province which killed over 70 pilgrims, and the busting of four terror cells of the IS (Islamic State) in Saudi Arabia all point to a new resurgence in the terror threat across the Muslim world of late. With intelligence reports indicating that the IS is working

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    Challenges galore for Palaniswami in TN

    With Edappadi K. Palaniswami appointed chief minister of Tamil Nadu and slated to prove his majority in the State Assembly on Saturday, which evidently will only be a formality, at least for now the curtains have come down on the unseemly succession war after J. Jayalalithaa’s demise. But the rancour that persists between the AIADMK’s two factions has only sharpened with Sasikala packed off to Bangalore jail, convicted for graft but having the satisfaction

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    Succour for farmers in the land of diversity

    THE developed countries are able to pay Rs 7,000 per day to their farm labourers because  they produce niche products that fetch high prices in the international market. India is blessed with an unprecedented diversity of climate. The government must take up an ambitious research programme to produce high value agriculture products. A Public Sector Undertaking to export these products should also be established.