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GSL’s highest ever financial performance in 2017-18

Goa Shipyard Limited, CMD, Rear Admiral (retired) Shekhar Mital said that GSL’s revenue has moved up by 32 per cent from Rs 1,102 crore in 2017 FY to Rs 1,4

“A casting director said if I become his girlfriend, he will flood me with good roles”

I have been in the television industry for four years now. A director once said to me, “You have the looks but you have not done work that gives you recognition.” He said that if I join hands with him life will be easy and I will not h

“I have suffered sexual harassment from men and women”

It happens to men and gays too, and perhaps more rampantly than to women. I have suffered sexual harassment at my workplace. When a man physically violates a woman, it is considered a serious matter, but if a woman does it to a man, why is it pass

#MeToo is here to stay

It was a volcano waiting to erupt. And it has belched lava in India more than a year after the #MeToo campaign of Hollywood. Every few minutes, women are posting heart-wrenching stories of sexual assault and harassment by powerful men in the enter

Speed enhancement fiasco: Average speed of trains up by a meagre 0.20 kmph in 2018

Huge investment and collaborations with foreign countries to enhance the average speed of freight and passenger trains to cut down the travel time has been going on in the Indian Railways for a long. Several speed enhancement pacts have been inked

India fares poorly on Oxfam inequality survey

India has been ranked 147 out of 157 countries in terms of its commitment towards reducing inequality, according to a latest report of Oxfam and Development Finance International. The

Rail derailment in Raebareli: Creaky infrastructure leaves seven dead

The derailment of nine coaches of the New Farakka Express near Raebareli, in which seven people have been killed and dozens sustained grievous injuries, has once again exposed the hollow claims of the Indian Railways of reducing fatal accidents.

Six Railway zones got no CCTV cameras in first half of 2018

Six out of the 16 zones of the Indian Railways did not get a network of close circuit television (CCTV) cameras till June this year due to unknown reasons, raising many eyebrows among the higher-ups.  A report tabled by Indian Railways in the

Development beyond GDP

In an illuminating chapter introducing Public Affairs Index (PAI) 2018 is the narrative on how the core ideas of human welfare – amidst the sole focus  of governments on GDP numbers – is driving new development thinking among th

India’s #MeToo wave

A year after the #MeToo movement took the Hollywood and the West by storm, skeletons have started tumbling out of India’s closets too. From Bollywood actresses to women journalists, the Twitter is full of horrific realities of sexual harassm

Bring in the boldface!

End poverty – that’s the mission of the World Bank. Sounds noble. And poverty is indeed ending. Thanks to global and local efforts, poverty (individuals living at $1.9, or about `135, a day or less) as a percentage of the world popul

How prepared is Delhi to tackle the air pollution?

After experiencing a few “good” quality air days this year, Delhiites are feeling the nip in the air again. Despite strict warnings and imposition of fines, farmers in neighbouring Punjab and Haryana have started burning the stubble in

Flooded out of the floodplains

Moti Pradhan is 73 and he lives in constant fear in a hut of sticks and blue plastic tarp. The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has bulldozed his farmstead hovel on the floodplains. He hangs in uncertainty. A generations-old cycle has been disr

Why we need a Uniform Civil Code

The Uniform Civil Code (UCC) generates fear and apprehension in the minds of the minorities. Or, maybe, it is politically organised fear. However, Directive Principles in Article 44 requires the state to endeavour to secure for the citizens of I

First meeting of Second National Judicial Pay Commission held in Mumbai

The first regional conference of the Second National Judicial Pay Commission was held in Mumbai on October 2. The conference was held to take inputs of judicial officers of lower judiciary on pay scale, emolument, service conditions, retirement be

Housing coops protest conversion fee

Residents of some 25,000 housing colonies across Maharashtra are protesting a 25 percent fee for converting `Occupancy Class-2` and lease-hold land to freehold land. On September 25, the Maharashtra government decided to convert the plots

Indian state has failed Mahatma’s vision of non-violence

As the nation celebrates the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, we continue to receive reminders on daily basis of how deep is the chasm between his vision of India and the reality, between his faith in truth and non-violence and how the Indian

Gandhi@150: Mahatma Gandhi in his own words

Root meaning of politics "Let it be borne in mind that I do not regard politics as something different in kind from other national activities. The root meaning of politics is the science of citizenship and it has also

Gandhi@150: Many lives of Mahatma Gandhi

Gandhi: The Years that Changed the World by Ramachandra Guha

Apple executive`s murder: Real cause is Yogi`s `thok denge` attitude

 The country has been shocked and outraged at the cold-blooded murder of Apple executive Vivek Tiwari in Lucknow in the wee hours of Saturday. Two police constables, Prashant Chaudhary who pulled the trigger and his beat partner Sandeep Kumar

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