August 2016

‘Kashmiris don’t want Pakistan but what’s Balochistan got to do with them’

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Parts of Srinagar and north Kashmir remain under curfew for the 48th consecutive day since violence first started in the Valley after the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar was recently in Srinagar with a civil-society delegation that met various Kashmiri groups and talked to Nalin Mehta and Sanjeev […..]

No rona about Rio. India’s done better than you think

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When Usain Bolt was asked in Rio why his tiny Jamaica is such an athletics powerhouse, his answer was simple: the island’s unique sporting culture. The key, the greatest sprinter in history said, was Jamaica’s annual school sports competition, ‘Champs’, which puts kids into a hardcore competitive limelight early on, playing to packed stadiums and […..]

Armed forces discriminated against, left out in the cold by IAS, IPS

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Despite the 7th Pay Commission’s award which gave 33 lakh government servants and 14 lakh defence personnel (with 54 lakh retirees and 18 lakh veterans) salary and pension hikes from August 1, 2016, defence forces personnel and veterans have been angry. Independent Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar is a member of Parliament’s Standing Committee on […..]

Glad NDA learnt democracy not about arrogance but about dialogue: Jyotiraditya Scindia

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A thaw between government and opposition enabled 13 bills, including the constitutional amendment on GST, to be passed in Parliament’s monsoon session, the most productive since 2014. Jyotiraditya Scindia, Congress chief whip in Lok Sabha, spoke to Nalin Mehta and Sanjeev Singh about changing government-opposition equations and concerns over the government’s handling of Kashmir and […..]

Rio gets taste of Delhi’s VIP culture with Vijay Goel

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India’s athletes are yet to open their medals account in Rio but saddi Dilli has already left an unforgettable imprint on the XXXI Olympic Games. As many as 205 countries are competing in Rio but only officials accompanying India’s newly-minted sports minister Vijay Goel were found to be “aggressive and rude” enough to earn an […..]

Will hopefully return with a medal from Rio, says Sania Mirza

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World no. 1 in tennis doubles, Sania Mirza will be leading the Indian tennis challenge at the Rio Olympics, with Rohan Bopanna in mixed doubles and Prarthana Thombare in women’s doubles. Rio 2016 starts from today and Sania, who recently published her autobiography ‘Ace against Odds’ (with Imran Mirza and Shivani Gupta), spoke to Nalin […..]