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Influx: The Damocles’ sword over NE

By Toki Blah Kokrajhar, Dhubri, Chirang, Baksa and Udalguri districts of Assam are now household names for the rest of the country. Familiarity of the rest of India with these remote NE districts is not for any benevolent or praiseworthy…

India’s defence ties with Europe

By Kanwal Sibal India does not have defence relations with Europe as such; it has them with individual European countries. Europe has forged a strong economic personality in the form of the European Union, but it has failed to develop a…

Meghalaya could become Assam

By Albert Thyrniang Assam is burning! It is in a crisis – humanitarian and otherwise. The communal clash, riot, violence, genocide has left more than 70 dead and approximately 3 lakhs in relief camps. The magnitude of the problem is…

Government’s Snails & Hares

By: Morning Star Sumer The news reports, ‘Cabinet defers discussion yet again’ (ST. AUG 2,2012), and in the box to draw readers’ attentions, ‘Other decisions’ on the front page of the issue make for very interesting reading. On the…

Why are institutions on the defensive?

By Patricia Mukhim The newspaper is a great platform for voicing dissent and dissatisfaction at the manner in which public institutions are run. And make no mistake; even a private school, college or university is a public institution. Yes,…

Reducing backlog of court cases

By Uma Ramachandran Though the ministry of law and justice and the judiciary, both have been taking a number of steps to reduce the pendency of cases in the courts, it is the special drives which have really speeded up this process. Like…

Home truths come calling

By Sondip Bhattacharya After the disastrous results of the UP Vidhan Sabha and by-elections to one Lok Sabha and 18 assembly seats in Andhra Pradesh, it is being commonly acknowledged in Congress circles that Rahul Gandhi's charisma may not…