Free Press Journal
  • TN politics hinges on deferred court order

    The Madras High Court order on Wednesday laying down that there cannot be a trust vote in the Tamil Nadu Assembly until the court adjudicates on the reinstatement plea filed by 18 AIADMK legislators from the TTV Dhinakaran camp disqualified by the Speaker, is sound in principle. However, that in effect means that the political uncertainty that hangs over the State like a Democles sword will continue for now at least until the next

  • Pak-N Korea nuclear links must be probed

    External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has hit the nail on the head by demanding an investigation into North Korea’s nuclear proliferation linkages in what is being seen as a veiled reference to Pakistan. Her plea at a trilateral meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and her Japanese counterpart Taro Kono on Monday, on the sidelines of the ongoing UN General Assembly session in New York that those involved must be held accountable

  • FDI: Mixed smoke signals continue to perplex

    If one looks back, 2014 was a year when many people had a great deal of hope and expectation.  The idea of less government, more governance was music to the ears. That euphoria appears to have faded.  But it isn’t dead.  Not yet.  Not so soon. The latest charts from Credit Suisse suggest that things could just bounce back.  They provide a contrast to the mounting noises of disapproval. Thus, things could actually be

  • Congress fails to capitalise on BJP misdoings

    With a bare year-and-a-half to go for the next general elections, the BJP has been looking vulnerable for some time with demonetisation, price spurt in petroleum products and GST hiccups combined with rural discontent pulling it down a few notches from the high that it had reached.

  • In a blind alley on forces behind murders

    The bloody murder of journalist –activist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru recently has confounded the police in quite the same way as those of Maharashtra rationalist Narayan Dabholkar in 2013, activist Govind Pansare in Kolhapur in 2015 and rationalist M.M. Kalburgi also in 2015 in Dharwad, Karnataka. As time passes by, there is apprehension that Gauri Lankesh’s murder may join the list of unsolved cases. There are uncanny similarities between the killings of Gauri and

  • Sardar Sarovar spinoffs will be huge

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated the Sardar Sarovar Dam which is the centrepiece of the multi-billion dollar Narmada Valley development project, one of India’s grandest schemes that is expected to provide water and power to millions of people through a series of dams, reservoirs and canals spanning four states. He said myriad hurdles had been placed in the project’s path and minced no words in identifying the World Bank as one of

  • No silver bullet for stopping economy

    Quarterly GDP growth declined for the sixth consecutive quarter, ending June 2017. Starting with the quarter ending March 2016 last year, the growth rates have been 9., 7.9, 7.5, 7.0, 6.1 and now 5.7 for the latest June ending quarter. This is one of the longest continuing declining trend in the recent times. No doubt some of this decline has been agravated by the adverse effect

  • Nation pays to protect our popular leaders

    About eight months ago, the Narendra Modi government, with a great fanfare and extravaganza, removed red beacons on top of the political and other dignitaries in the country with a vow to end the VIP culture in free India.

  • Kohli’s ‘no’ laudable

    Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli has enhanced his stature by his rejection of a multi-crore offer to endorse a soft drink. Kohli said soft drinks don’t find a place in his uncompromising training regimen. “Since I was not taking any soft drinks, I did not wish to be seen as encouraging others to drink just because I was getting a huge amount for it,” said the skipper of the team in all formats of

  • Japan, US must counter North Korea’s brinkmanship

    It is pathetic to see an emerging power like Japan wake up to the accompaniment of blaring sirens and emergency phone alerts, with loudspeakers screaming “Missile launch! Missile launch! That is what was the scene in Tokyo as North Korea blasted its second missile over the country in less than a month on Wednesday. Breakfast television programmes across Japan, usually broadcasting a light-hearted diet of children’s shows and gadget features, instead flashed up the

  • What is the future of bio-diesel in India?

    Recently,  Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari inaugurated India’s first refinery plant in Pune that will produce fuel oil from rice and wheat straw, cotton stalk, cane trash and corn cobs.

  • Post-Brexit: The overall impact on Britain

    The fiasco off Britain’s post-Brexit passport highlights the confusion of a country that wants Europe but not Europeans. As Britain engages in a messy and acrimonious separation from the European Union, two of the three companies shortlisted to produce the new passports are French and German. People think it ironical that the solitary British company in the shortlist should be called De La Rue.

  • Funds

    Indian offshore wealth zooms, moves base

    It is disconcerting how much the offshore wealth held by Indians in tax havens has grown in defiance of the Narendra Modi government’s avowed claims when it came to power that all the money would be brought back to India. Data released for the first time by Basel-based Bank of International Settlements on bilateral foreign holdings and analysed by a leading Indian newspaper group has revealed that there was a surge of 90 per

  • Modi, Abe set the pace on bullet train

    Large-scale Japanese investment in India has not quite materialised despite a recognisably high potential. The Japanese investors who are accustomed to clockwork precision have found India slothful and Indian infrastructure inefficiently-run and inadequate. There has been a tendency for Japan to look elsewhere. Now, however, with opportunities in China drying up due to saturation point having been reached and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the helm in Japan who is particularly well-disposed towards India,

  • Government opposes scrapping of evaluation for probationary judges

    The tussle between the government and the judiciary over appointment of judges appears to be far from over because the former has rightly opposed the Supreme Court collegium deciding to scrap the Judgments Evaluation Committee (JEC) set up in the 24 high courts which decided whether an additional judge (temporary judge on probation for two years) is suitable for confirmation as a puisne or permanent judge.

  • Course correction: Sonia owes it to Rajiv

    All Said and done,  Rahul did not drop from the heavens into our waiting arms in Amethi. He has no divine right to rule, not is he a permanent star in our political constellation. He has been around long enough to find his feet and voice, so to speak. He descended on us in 2004 and since then detractors say he has rendered his party not only politically redundant but also eminently unelectable in

  • Congress gets a boost in Delhi varsity

    Close on the heels of the Left having reclaimed power in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in Delhi has come news of the youth wing of the Congress–the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) —having won the prestigious seats of President and Vice-President of the Delhi University Students Union.  This is clearly a setback for the BJP and a boost for the Congress. The ABVP had won three of the four seats last year.

  • UK freeze of Dawood assets a win for India

    There is fresh trouble for India’s most wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim who is believed to have been the mastermind behind the 1993 Bombay blasts which snuffed out 257 lives and injured over 700 people across a dozen locations. Dawood’s assets in the United Kingdom have been frozen by the government there. The Birmingham Mail reported that Dawood owns a hotel in Warwickshire and other residential properties across the Midlands.

  • Fertilisers – the industry scenario is changing rapidly

    If there were any doubts about how the next elections will be won, the fertiliser industry provides some good pointers. Some of the policy decisions taken for this industry tell you a great deal about the importance the government gives to the farm sector. A good indicator is the manner in which the government has begun working on reimbursement of fertiliser subsidies.

  • Note ban: Will the economy recover?

    After the ruling NDA’s euphoria over its recent track record in elections to State assemblies, there have been some rude shocks that should awaken the Narendra Modi government to changing realities. The biggest dampener has been the persistent lifting of the veil on the performance of demonetisation of high-value notes. Another has been the poor performance on the jobs front.