Doesn't Mr. Advani deserve better?

By Amitava Mukherjee

Very quietly, a very important thing happened in the BJP on July 20 when L.K. Advani was not invited to participate in the NDA meeting although he has been its working chairman for a long time.

The cardinal mistake committed by Advani has been his failure to go by the dictum that a person should quit when others implore him not to quit. Instead he has willy nilly created a situation when many of his party members are wondering why he is not quitting.

'Helicopter parenting', bonding issues: New challenges for urban Indian parents

By Sahana Ghosh

Kolkata : Hollywood's latest animation offering "Inside Out" has struck a chord with parents globally. Parallels with modern parenting are difficult to ignore, especially issues like 'helicopter parenting' or being excessively focussed on one's child, a trend that is on the rise in urban India, say experts.

US saw 204 mass shootings in 2015: Report

By Arun Kumar

Washington : As yet another mass shooting in the US put the spotlight back on the contentious issue of gun control, media reports said that there have been 204 mass shootings in as many days in 2015 so far.

Thursday night's shooting by a white man at a Lafayette, Louisiana, movie theatre showing the comedy "Trainwreck", that left two women killed and nine injured was the third deadly mass shooting in six weeks.

To end parliament logjam, government to play Dalit card

By Brajendra Nath Singh

New Delhi : To end the impasse in parliament, the government is planning to bring out next week its trump card - two pending bills related to the empowerment and reservation for the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes, something which the opposition will not be able to ignore.

The strategists for the government are of the view that this move will not only divide the opposition but also help in securing Dalit support in Bihar, where the assembly elections are due this year.

Yemeni conflict a threat to global trade: India

By Arul Louis

United Nations: India has expressed concern over the serious economic impact of the fighting in Yemen on global trade and urged the warring groups to get to the negotiating table.

Addressing a Security Council debate on the Middle East, Permanent Representative Asoke Kumar Mukerji said, "With major shipping lines passing through the strait of Bab-el-Mandeb the situation in Yemen has a considerable impact on the cost of shipping and in turn the regional and global trade."

Zainab Sayeed: UPSC cracker who wants more Muslim girls to be IAS

By Zaidul Haque,

Kolkata: She set a target, studied hard and achieved her goal. Now, she wants other Muslim women to make an attempt at a similar goal. Meet Zainab Sayeed, the first Muslim woman from West Bengal who cracked the civil service examination 2014.

Health Ministry: New claims, no new programmes

By Manoj K

New Delhi : During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first year in office, the health ministry has relaunched existing programmes and claimed credit for programmes not launched by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government.

Factchecker took a look at the claims and realities:

1. Mission Indradhanush, a new immunisation programme: Only the name is new

Claim: A new programme named Mission Indradhanush will target areas of low immunisation.

Agra welcomes drive against encroachment

By Brij Khandelwal

Agra: Agra is breathing easy as there are fewer road jams in the Taj city following a major drive launched two weeks ago against encroachment. The drive will continue till September-end.

In earlier campaigns, the targets used to be confined to the Mahatma Gandhi Road, the city's lifeline.

This time "we have drawn up an elaborate plan to clear the interiors of the city and the old bazars that were untouched earlier", said officer Rajiv Rathi of the Agra Municipal Corporation.

I am a threat only to those who believe in hatred: Teesta

Can gender equality reduce suicides in India?

By Gokul Bhagabati

New Delhi : Offering more reasons for men to share power with women, psychiatrists have said that gender equality can prevent many men from taking their own lives.

Of the 15 people, on an average, who committed suicide every hour in 2014, 10 were men, latest data with the home ministry's National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) shows.