Latest News - Deccan Chronicle en DD scores Xi on X A lot of red faces may have been seen in Doordarshan after one of their freelance news reading talents mistook “Xi” for Roman numerals and called the Chinese President “Eleven” Jinping. While we may be accustomed to such gaffes from the government broadcaster, the Chinese supremo may not have Doordarshan eleven jinping DC-Comment commentary TO DO Sun, 21 Sep 2014 04:27:42 +0530 TODO Modi has spoken, now he must act At last, Narendra Modi has got it right. It behoves him as Prime Minister to say, “Indian Muslims will live for India, they will die for India — they will not want anything bad for India.” (This can equally be said of any group of citizens who are a religious minority.) The PM’s observation — made PM Narendra Modi Indian Muslims DC-Comment commentary TO DO Sun, 21 Sep 2014 04:13:43 +0530 TODO Envoy provocateur: Pakistan high commissioner The statement of Pakistan high commissioner to India Abdul Basit on terrorist mastermind Hafiz Saeed can leave us in little doubt that the scope for normality to be restored in bilateral relations has shrunk precipitately. Answering questions at a forum in New Delhi on Monday, the high Abdul Basit Hafeez Saeed DC-Comment commentary TO DO Wed, 17 Sep 2014 05:14:00 +0530 TODO Economy needs a grassroots solution Some of the economic data that has come out since Friday on wholesale and retail inflation, industrial production, trade figures, etc., has been confusing and reflects a picture of an economy that is sputtering along even after four months since Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power on the Indian Economy Reserve Bank of India commentary DC-Comment TO DO Wed, 17 Sep 2014 05:09:03 +0530 TODO Trendsetter at Vatican The Pope celebrated “forgiveness” by performing the marriages of 20 couples who were living outside the Catholic doctrine. It is an acceptance of modern reality but, perhaps, a gesture to be expected from the people’s Pope. Held as the ceremony was in St Peter’s Basilica, it carries a message far Pope Francis Vatican City DC-Comment commentary TO DO Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:11:29 +0530 TODO For Sena and BJP, an existential dilemma The tussle on view between the Shiv Sena and BJP is, in a sense, the classical conflict between the regional and the central, or national. In Maharashtra, the Sena was traditionally the more influential partner. But it has been clear for some time that the influence of the BJP — also at the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance maharashtra assembly polls DC-Comment commentary TO DO Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:03:00 +0530 TODO Flawed verdict - Oscar Pistorious trial Judging from the reaction of a shocked South Africa, it does appear the verdict in the case of the famous “Blade Runner”, Oscar Pistorius, is fundamentally flawed. The athlete has been adjudged innocent of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp but held guilty of culpable homicide. The facts do Oscar Pistorious trial DC-Comment commentary South Africa TO DO Sun, 14 Sep 2014 05:21:38 +0530 TODO A political book promotion We have had a rash of anti-Manmohan Singh and anti-Congress writings by people who held senior positions when Dr Singh was Prime Minister. The latest is the forthcoming book by Vinod Rai, a retired bureaucrat who was Comptroller and Auditor General, the government’s principal auditor. The product Vinod Rai CAG report DC-Comment commentary TO DO Sun, 14 Sep 2014 04:55:44 +0530 TODO Taking stock: No time divesting shareholding That the Narendra Modi government is wasting no time divesting a minor portion of its shareholding in ONGC, Coal India and the hydro power giant NHPC is welcome. It is also divesting five per cent stake in the steel major Sail. They are all very good companies and, even though there may be some Modi government ONGC NHPC DC-Comment commentary TO DO Fri, 12 Sep 2014 05:16:50 +0530 TODO Let’s see if Obama’s war on ISIS works On the eve of the 13th anniversary of the September 11 outrage, US President Barack Obama spelt out his resolve on Wednesday to use air power against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria to “degrade, and ultimately destroy” the jihadist outfit, but it is far from clear how well thought out the US President Barack Obama ISIS DC-Comment commentary TO DO Fri, 12 Sep 2014 05:08:25 +0530 TODO Airport checks for all The civil aviation minister has offered some bright ideas in the 100-plus days he has been in office, such as five no-frills airports to take air travel to the people. The minister also set a good example by subjecting himself to security checks like any other passenger even while on official work Robert Vadra Airport security DC-Comment commentary TO DO Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:14:46 +0530 TODO CBI chief has a lot of explaining to do As an institution, the CBI, the nation’s top investigative agency, must find itself in an extremely awkward situation. While its director, Ranjit Sinha, is leading the investigation in two high-profile cases, the 2G spectrum scam and the coal blocks allocation irregularities, which had not a Ranjit Sinha Coal Block allocation case DC-Comment commentary TO DO Thu, 11 Sep 2014 05:00:06 +0530 TODO Careful, it’s history One cannot quarrel with Union minister for urban development and parliamentary affairs M. Venkaiah Naidu’s view that students should know more about the people that fought for India’s freedom and those who contributed to the development of modern India. If, however, it is his contention that more M Venkaiah Naidu Indian History DC-Comment commentary TO DO Mon, 08 Sep 2014 06:07:52 +0530 TODO A bold initiative by the judiciary The Supreme Court’s directions with regard to bailing out those prisoners on personal bond who have been undertrials but have already spent more than half the likely jail terms for their offences may, prima facie, appear to be a grand judicial reform. The sweeping measure, which will also help Supreme Court Criminal case DC-Comment commentary TO DO Mon, 08 Sep 2014 05:57:54 +0530 TODO Be on guard - As Al Qaeda warns to terrorise Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri’s assertion that an Indian wing of his militant movement has been formed may stem from a struggle for supremacy with the emerging Isis — or simply Islamic State (IS) — group of Sunni militants who are dominant in Iraq. The IS are also getting active in what was Al Qaeda video Ayman al-Zawahri DC-Comment commentary TO DO Fri, 05 Sep 2014 04:14:34 +0530 TODO