Latest News - Deccan Chronicle en Bugging row: Just hot air? It will be a complete waste of Parliament’s time if the reported recovery of listening devices from Union minister Nitin Gadkari’s house holds it in thrall for any length of time. This “eavesdropping” appears to be most mysterious as the minister himself claims no such devices were found, and the Nitin Gadkari BJP DC-Comment commentary TO DO Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:34:47 +0530 TODO UP: Crack down hard, or trouble will spread The festering communal situation in Saharanpur, in western Uttar Pradesh, in which three people were killed on Saturday and around three dozen others seriously injured, brings to mind the ghastly communal violence in Muzaffarnagar, also in the same region, just over a year ago whose polarising  Saharanpur Riots Uttar Pradesh DC-Comment commentary TO DO Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:17:07 +0530 TODO Jadeja row: Is Dhoni right? Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who was hyper-critical of the ICC imposing a penalty of 50 per cent of his match fee for a Level 1 breach (in the James Anderson row), may have felt he’s too big a figure in international cricket to be reprimanded for his public comments criticising the ICC, openly MS Dhoni Anderson Jadeja Spat DC-Comment commentary TO DO Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:17:29 +0530 TODO India’s firm stand at WTO welcome The government has done India proud with its principled stand at the general council meeting of the World Trade Organisation in Geneva by insisting that the talks on the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) and other issues, including the food security programme, should be taken up simultaneously as World Trade Organisation Trade Facilitation Agreement commentary DC-Comment TO DO Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:12:12 +0530 TODO Congress sees hope Congress’ comfortable win in three Assembly byelections in Uttarakhand should cheer the party inordinately. The result also signals that the Bharatiya Janata Party’s handsome victory in the Lok Sabha polls fought under Narendra Modi’s leadership doesn’t guarantee future gains. Chief minister Chief Minister Harish Rawat Uttarakhand commentary DC-Comment TO DO Sun, 27 Jul 2014 04:43:40 +0530 TODO Best practices, cash flow ensured The Cabinet’s clearance for a hike in foreign direct investment in insurance to 49 per cent from 26 per cent has been welcomed and it is expected that the Insurance Bill will sail through Parliament as Union finance minister Arun Jaitley said he had spoken with the Congress and they promised to commentary DC-Comment FDI Indian Economy TO DO Sun, 27 Jul 2014 04:41:06 +0530 TODO On basics, much left to do India remains at a nearly constant 135 out of 187 nations in the UNDP’s annual Human Development Index rankings. Clearly, there is much to be done if India is to truly improve its people’s living standards, including a long and healthy life, access to knowledge and a decent life, the three key human development index UNICEF DC-Comment commentary TO DO Sat, 26 Jul 2014 04:12:54 +0530 TODO PM should take firm line against hate talk The attempt by a Telangana BJP MLA to revile Indian tennis star Sania Mirza has rightly raised concerns across the country. The communal tone of the attack on the ace player is unmistakable. In only two months since the Narendra Modi government took office, there has been a spate of episodes in commentary DC-Comment Sania Mirza BJP TO DO Sat, 26 Jul 2014 04:02:46 +0530 TODO Commonwealth Games: Remember 2010 Glasgow opened the Commonwealth Games in style after paying respectful homage to the MH17 victims. It’s a time of high divide in Scotland as it nears a September referendum on whether to become independent or stay a part of UK. But Wednesday night’s opening ceremony, with 5,000 athletes from 71 Commonwealth Games 2014 CWG scam DC-Comment commentary TO DO Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:30:11 +0530 TODO Sena MPs’ conduct a shame on India The Shiv Sena MPs who recently disrupted the Ramzan fast of an IRCTC Muslim supervisor at New Maharashtra Sadan in New Delhi by allegedly forcing him to eat a chapati have not just shamed themselves, they have engaged in a gross human rights violation. As such, they lay themselves open to be tried Shiv Sena force feeding DC-Comment commentary Ramzan TO DO Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:09:24 +0530 TODO 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