Latest News - Deccan Chronicle en Genetically Modified trials expose Centre It will be interesting to see how the Modi government reacts to the strong accusations by the Swadeshi Jagran Manch, over the green signal for field trials of genetically modified (GM) rice, mustard, cotton, chickpeas and brinjal. The SJM lashed out at the Modi government for “deceiving” the commentary DC-Comment genetically modified crops BJP TO DO Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:57:38 +0530 TODO A boost for India’s aerospace industry This may well be a seminal moment in the history of the Indian aerospace industry. Not only has defence minister Arun Jaitley ended the monopoly of state-run Hindustan Aeronautics, he also announced that the private sector will be the sole player in making 56 transport aircraft to replace the Indian Air Force FDI in defence Arun Jaitley DC-Comment TO DO Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:42:51 +0530 TODO Goodbye bogeyman! Pakistan’s envoy to India has been candid enough to state publicly that his country is in no mood to address India’s concerns over the 26/11 terror mastermind Hafiz Saeed. By its very definition, diplomacy is the art of telling things in such a way that they appear to be the truth. But, in this DC-Comment commentary Abdul Basit Pakistan TO DO Sun, 20 Jul 2014 07:59:17 +0530 TODO Indian Council of Hindutva Research Welcome to the new utopia. The recently appointed chairman of the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR), Professor Yellapragada Sudershan Rao, has written mainly blogs. That’s the reason his oeuvre is unfamiliar to professional historians. He was professor of history and tourism management commentary DC-Comment Ministry of Human Resource Development ICHR TO DO Sun, 20 Jul 2014 07:29:28 +0530 TODO Euthanasia needs relook   In spite of the Centre’s objections, a Constitution Bench of the SC headed by Chief Justice R.M. Lodha has sought the views of states and Union Territories on the question of passive euthanasia. The expression essentially means that, unlike in the case of active euthanasia, if a patient is euthanasia DC-Comment commentary Supreme Court TO DO Sat, 19 Jul 2014 04:00:48 +0530 TODO Where’s it safe to fly? Revise aviation rules   Malaysia Airlines has suffered a second major catastrophe in just months, the latest crash owing to an act of terror, which on the strength of evidence unearthed so far appears to have been unleashed by pro-Russia separatists of eastern Ukraine using a Russian surface-to-air Buk missile. (The DC-Comment commentary OPED Malaysia Airlines crash TO DO Sat, 19 Jul 2014 03:54:33 +0530 TODO A storm in cricket   Cricket, known for genteelness, occasionally tends to get into a spat over player behaviour, appearing to threaten the very foundation of friendships and camaraderie. The latest instance of trading of serious charges (Level 2-3) against England’s James Anderson and India’s Ravindra Jadeja International Cricket Council Anderson Jadeja Spat DC-Comment commentary TO DO Fri, 18 Jul 2014 06:52:03 +0530 TODO Will BRICS Bank be a new World Bank?   July 16 will go down in history as a momentous day as India and its four Brics partners — Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa, on the concluding day of their summit at Fortaleza, Brazil, agreed to establish a $100 billion New Development Bank and a $100 billion Contingent Reserve Arrangement BRICS Bank PM Narendra Modi DC-Comment commentary TO DO Fri, 18 Jul 2014 06:41:36 +0530 TODO Water row: Work with all The Polavaram project is a mere tip of the iceberg of the problems involved in interlinking India’s rivers. Besides complex engineering issues and tribals’ displacement, opposition to it has undergone a complicated political twist in the Telangana-Andhra turmoil. Not only has this led to Hyderabad Polavaram project Andhra Pradesh DC-Comment commentary TO DO Mon, 14 Jul 2014 05:16:58 +0530 TODO BRICS is Modi’s first major global test The Brics summit that starts Monday at Fortaleza, Brazil, will be a challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s political and diplomatic prowess. It is a bigger challenge than his diplomatic breakthrough with the leaders of our Saarc neighbours, who he had invited to his swearing-in as Prime BRICS PM Narendra Modi commentary DC-Comment TO DO Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:56:53 +0530 TODO Zohra’s zest for life There is no starker reminder of the metronomic ticking of the clock than mankind’s mortality and the passing of legends one by one. It is in the way they lived their lives and in their attitudes that we find inspiring nuggets of information that could prove useful to emerging generations. Take the Bollywood DC COMMENTARY Zohra Sehgal death TO DO Sat, 12 Jul 2014 07:03:13 +0530 TODO Jaitley’s Budget is a work in progress Market fundamentalists are seeking to disguise their disappointment that the first Budget of a BJP-led government in which the saffron party holds a clear majority could not break the shackles of a Congress-led UPA-style economic regime, that it did not make a “structural” shift and give economic DC-Comment commentary Arun Jaitley Union Budget 2014-15 TO DO Sat, 12 Jul 2014 04:03:48 +0530 TODO Fatwas are not the law The Supreme Court ruling on Monday on fatwas (religious direction emanating from individuals traditionally authorised by religious communities) issued by organisations such as the Darul Qaza is an important reminder, and one was needed, that the power to make the laws of the land — to which all Shariat courts DC-Comment commentary Supreme Court TO DO Wed, 09 Jul 2014 04:38:58 +0530 TODO Railways’ vision: A timeframe needed With the hikes in passenger fares and freight rates implemented like a bolt from the blue a few weeks ago, railway minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda’s maiden Rail Budget was a tame affair. The only shocker, as far as passengers are concerned, is his proposal to link future passenger fare hikes to the Rail Budget 2014 DC-Comment commentary Modi government TO DO Wed, 09 Jul 2014 04:32:31 +0530 TODO Be smart in defence deals   It is the advent of a new political dispensation at the Centre that has led to the CBI acting with alacrity in the case of the AgustaWestland helicopter deal. No other reason can be attributed to the speed with which money-laundering cases have been booked against 13 people, including former IAF commentary DC-Comment Agusta Westland helicopter deal defence deals TO DO Sun, 06 Jul 2014 05:55:05 +0530 TODO