Latest News - Deccan Chronicle en Ensure speedy Jayalalithaa appeal It’s a matter of great relief to people in Tamil Nadu, who seek a fair degree of normality in everyday life, that former CM J. Jayalalithaa was granted bail as she appeals against her conviction in the disproportionate assets case. While she has been held guilty, it is only fair that in an disproportionate assets case Jayalalithaa DC-Comment commentary TO DO Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:45:13 +0530 TODO Two state win will help PM further his agenda The BJP’s capital performance in Maharashtra, and its commanding sweep in Haryana, where it drove home on its own, were probably due almost entirely to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s indefatigable campaigning in these two states — the first being the second largest in the nation after Uttar Assembly poll results PM Narendra Modi DC-Comment commentary TO DO Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:18:58 +0530 TODO Unsporting wrangling By going home midway through the tour of India the West Indian cricketers left the BCCI in a quandary, but only for a little while. Not since England cricketers had to leave Cape Town in a hurry to catch a boat, and so brought the timeless Test match experiment to an end before World War II, has West Indies Cricket Board BCCI DC-Comment commentary TO DO Sun, 19 Oct 2014 04:29:06 +0530 TODO Fight black money on two fronts The stance of the Narendra Modi government in the Supreme Court on the question of black money retrieval from foreign shores on Friday, and making public the names of Indians stashing their ill-gotten gains in banks abroad, seems a shocking about-turn from the position adopted by the BJP, its top Supreme Court Black money DC-Comment commentary TO DO Sun, 19 Oct 2014 04:15:10 +0530 TODO A plan for the Chinese? India and China only last month discussed bilateral relations at the highest level when President Xi Jinping visited India. During Mr Xi’s visit, Chinese soldiers crossed the Line of Actual Control (LAC) into the Indian side and went back following urgings many days after the Chinese leader DC-Comment commentary india china McMahon Line TO DO Sat, 18 Oct 2014 04:17:37 +0530 TODO Inspector raj gone, but unions suspicious The reforms announced under an umbrella programme, Shramev Jayate (Work Triumphs), like making it easy for companies to register online and being given one universal number, checking “inspector raj”, allowing portability of employees’ provident fund (PF) to facilitate job shifts, etc., are all DC-Comment commentary Shramev Jayate Narendra Modi TO DO Sat, 18 Oct 2014 04:12:52 +0530 TODO Scare-mongering in J&K The recent phenomenon of the Islamic State, or ISIS to use the acronym for its full name, is rightly concentrating international attention for the dangers the new Islamist terrorist organisation — active in the Iraq, Syria, Kurdish belt — can pose to world order since this non-state actor is ISIS Jammu & Kashmir DC-Comment commentary TO DO Fri, 17 Oct 2014 02:47:08 +0530 TODO An airline sees the future as bright The most refreshing aspect of IndiGo airline’s spectacular purchase of 250 Airbus A320 neo aircraft is the collateral reflection of the enormous confidence and optimism that the airline’s owners have in the future of the Indian economy. Of course the airline must have got a huge discount while Indigo airlines Airbus A380 DC-Comment commentary TO DO Fri, 17 Oct 2014 02:43:56 +0530 TODO A more open Church Who am I to judge?” the Pope said famously last year on gays and lesbians, setting off an even greater debate in these liberal times in which people of different sexual orientation and gender identity than what was for ages considered normal have received a fair amount of support from lawmakers Pope Francis The Vatican DC-Comment commentary TO DO Thu, 16 Oct 2014 04:15:42 +0530 TODO A rural safety net is essential in India Under the stewardship of Union rural development minister Nitin Gadkari, things are looking far from good for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, the 2005 law passed with cross-party support under UPA-1 that came to be hailed as the world’s largest rural job guarantee MGNREGA Nitin Gadkari DC-Comment commentary TO DO Thu, 16 Oct 2014 04:12:25 +0530 TODO What took Sebi so long? Whether market regulator Sebi’s order barring DLF’s billionaire chairman, K.P. Singh, his son, daughter and three other executives from accessing the capital markets for three years will have a salutary effect on companies which try to dodge disclosure norms and mislead and defraud investors will SEBI DLF DC-Comment commentary TO DO Wed, 15 Oct 2014 04:53:49 +0530 TODO Congress is missing the wood for the trees The Congress has dropped former minister Shashi Tharoor from the position of party spokesman. This doesn’t come as a huge surprise. For a long time, senior Congress leaders from Kerala, Mr Tharoor’s home state, have been gunning for him since he is an “outsider” — in the sense of having led a Shashi Tharoor Congress DC-Comment commentary TO DO Wed, 15 Oct 2014 04:49:32 +0530 TODO Science and action saved many lives Hudhud, the very severe cyclonic storm, has lashed the Andhra Pradesh coast, causing massive damage to the port city of Visakhapatnam and the surrounding districts. Southern Orissa districts have also been hit. The damage to infrastructure in both states is likely to be of a high magnitude, with Cyclone Hudhud Andhra Pradesh DC-Comment commentary TO DO Tue, 14 Oct 2014 01:54:38 +0530 TODO Vodafone ruling welcome The Bombay High Court’s ruling in favour of Vodafone India on whether transaction tax is applicable on capital that flows in from the mother company via a share issue has been widely welcomed. The income-tax department had imposed an additional Rs 3,200 crore on Vodafone’s taxable income for two DC-Comment commentary Vodafone TO DO Mon, 13 Oct 2014 04:29:34 +0530 TODO Pakistan back to its old games on Kashmir Reversing the tide of some two decades of bilateral relations, Pakistan on Sunday went to the United Nations against India on the Kashmir question, indicating its present mood of reviving the spirit of hostility that earlier prevailed despite the Shimla Agreement the two countries had signed in DC-Comment commentary Kashmir issue Pakistan TO DO Mon, 13 Oct 2014 04:14:36 +0530 TODO