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Iftikhar Gilani

  • Economic reforms may end Rajya Sabha deadlock

    A realisation dawning on BJP strategists in a hard way is that a brute majority in the Lok Sabha was not enough to push their agenda on economic reforms. With the BJP having fewer numbers, the institution of the Rajya Sabha has become the important battlefield for the Opposition to counter prime...

    Sunday, 21 December 2014 - 6:35am
  • What it means to be Jammu and Kashmir chief minister

    In terms of public attention, prestige, privileges and facilities, the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir enjoys a coveted position in the country, next only to the prime minister. But the post also brings with it a lot of tension, stress, responsibilities and challenges for the incumbent. So much...

    Saturday, 20 December 2014 - 7:15am
  • Pakistan yet to differentiate between good and bad terrorist

    Even though a unanimous voice form India may have forced Pakistan on Friday to prevent the 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi a Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terrorist, to walk free from Rawalpindi's Adiala Jail, the government sources here say, Islamabad was still to walk miles to...

    Saturday, 20 December 2014 - 7:30am
  • Common man can now complain against an MP to Speaker

    An aam aadmi (common man) can now approach the Speaker and complaint against a Lok Sabha MP for his/her unruly behaviour.

    Friday, 19 December 2014 - 7:10am
  • India rubs Iran the wrong way, rice farmers pay the price

    Rice exporters and farmers are a sad lot these days. Their grouse is that Iran, the biggest buyer of their produce, has ditched them, for no fault of theirs. Iran, which used to impose an aromatic rice import duty of 10% earlier has now raised it to 45%. It has also started insisting on Good...

    Thursday, 18 December 2014 - 7:05am
  • Election Commission figures show most Kashmiri Pandits kept away from polling ?

    The Election Commission figures are bound to upset the BJP’s calculations, which was banking on migrant Pandit votes to open its account in the Muslim-dominated Kashmir region, particularly the Srinagar’s Habba Kadal constituency.  Of the 31,000 migrant voters, only 5,169 cast their ballot,...

    Wednesday, 17 December 2014 - 7:30am
  • India, Australia to check terror on web

    Attack on Sydney cafe comes days after Parliament passed counter-terror legislation

    Tuesday, 16 December 2014 - 7:30am
  • How Tea changed politics of India

    With an ill-advised political barb from Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar mocking BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi as a chaiwallah (tea boy), the unofficial national drink of India, tea, took centrestage in the national elections and finally helped Modi to conquer South Block, the...

    Monday, 15 December 2014 - 7:01am
  • Government apathy in deaths due to arsenic

    High arsenic content in groundwater is killing and maiming more Indians than any other calamity or terrorist related incidents. Over the past decade, a parliamentary panel has estimated one lakh deaths and another 2-3 lakh chronic illnesses, spread in 96 districts in 12 states resulting due to...

    Sunday, 14 December 2014 - 7:40am
  • India treads fine line between old friend Russia and new allies in West

    Delhi, Moscow oppose sanctions without UN Security Council approval

    Friday, 12 December 2014 - 6:50am