How railways failed the citizens
04.06.20 - VIPIN PUBBY

The most enduring and tragic images of the current crisis caused by coronavirus pandemic would be migrants walking home for miles together or scrambling to get on Shramik trains which were also ill managed and in many cases added to the miseries of the migrants.

There ...

Centre Govt, Indian Railways & Higher Judiciary — And how they all failed the poor migrant workers
06.05.20 - VIPIN PUBBY

THE LATEST CONTROVERSY over transporting migrant workers back to their homes through the railways has added to their plight and reinforced the fact that the government has treated with disdain this poor and vulnerable section of society.

As is the wont of the Modi government, which ...

12.02.20 - VIPIN PUBBY

WITH A resounding verdict in favour of the Aam Aadmi Party, the voters in Delhi have loudly expressed their mann ki baat. Never in the past had the country witnessed such a vicious campaign by any national party as the Bharatiya Janata Party did during ...

Dear Politicians, Please Spare The Kids!
06.02.20 - VIPIN PUBBY

IT IS NOT unusual for the governments and ruling party to misuse the police and other government agencies to take on their opponents. It is not at all justified but the current government at the Centre and the BJP governments in some of the states ...

To save the democracy, follow the legacy of Vajpayee: Pranab Da advises Modi govt
18.12.19 - VIPIN PUBBY

Former president Pranab Mukherjee, known for his intellect and political acumen, recently highlighted the dangers of majoritarianism in the country and said that obtaining a majority of votes in a democracy does not entitle the government to disregard the sentiments or beliefs of those who ...

It is another attempt to divert public attention
12.12.19 - VIPIN PUBBY

The NDA government led by Narendra Modi has stoked a dangerous fire by bringing in the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill which seeks to discriminate migrants seeking citizenship on the basis of religion.

With one single action the government has caused immeasurable damage to the country’s secular ...

Cyber Satyagraha
01.10.19 - Cyber Satyagrahis.

Tomorrow is the 58th day of Kashmir lock-down. For fifty-eight days, while the government claims all is normal in Kashmir, the 8 million people of Kashmir live under constant curfew, without access to modes of communication or information.

Tomorrow is also Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary. ...

Thwarted from entering Kashmir, delegation condemns Centre & Punjab regimes
19.09.19 - Team PT

CHANDIGARH — Leading public intellectuals, political and civil liberties activists, who were forcibly stopped from proceeding towards the trouble-torn valley of Kashmir, today slammed the Centre, the J-K administration and also the Punjab Government and said all these were hand in glove when it came ...

Why odd-even around 550th Guru Nanak celebrations, why not around Diwali?
15.09.19 - Team PT

The Shiromani Akali Dal Delhi came down heavily on the Kejriwal government for imposing odd-even restrictions on the most sacred fortnight of Guru Nanak Sahib’s 550th birth-anniversary celebrations.

SADD chief Paramjit Singh Sarna wondered why the AAP chief minister, facing elections in some months, instead skipped ...

Let's not repeat it
14.09.19 - VIPIN PUBBY

Now that the unnecessary but huge damage to the environment has been done by unscientific widening of Kalka-Kumarhatti stretch of the Kalka-Shimla Highway, the government and the National Green Tribunal must step in to learn lessons and avoid similar damage in the second stretch of ...

India fifth largest producer of e-waste
17.06.16 -

India, which has emerged as the world’s second largest mobile market, is also the fifth largest producer of e-waste, discarding roughly 18.5 lakh tonnes of electronic waste each year, a study says.

Telecom equipment alone accounts for 12 per cent of the e-waste, a joint study ...

40 million Indians at risk from rising sea levels: UN report
17.06.16 - PT TEAM

Nearly 40 million Indians will be at risk from rising sea levels by 2050, with people in Mumbai and Kolkata having the maximum exposure to coastal flooding in future due to rapid urbanisation and economic growth, according to a UN environment report.

The ‘Global Environmental Outlook ...

40 million Indians at risk from rising sea levels: UN report
21.05.16 - pt team

Nearly 40 million Indians will be at risk from rising sea levels by 2050, with people in Mumbai and Kolkata having the maximum exposure to coastal flooding in future due to rapid urbanisation and economic growth, according to a UN environment report.

The ‘Global Environmental Outlook ...

Heat wave in India: What to expect and how to survive it
15.04.16 - pt team

A gruelling heat wave, which continues to sweep many parts of India, has claimed 130 lives so far, the Times of India (ToI) reported on Friday.  

With the summer season yet to reach its peak, the astonishingly high number of casualties at such an early ...

Earth Hour 2016 : Switch off Lights between 8.30 - 9.30pm Today
19.03.16 - pt team

On the last Saturday of every March, millions of people across the globe unite in a show of support to raise awareness about climate change and observe Earth Hour. In 2016, Earth Hour will be observed on March 19 from 8:30 PM -9:30 PM. 
"Earth Hour ...

Avalanche warning in J&K, HP, Uttarakhand for another 24 hours
13.03.16 - pt team

An avalanche warning was again issued today for higher areas of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, advising people not to venture into these places over the next 24 hours. 
The advisory was issued by the Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE), part of the ...

As expected, NGT gives more time to AOL to pay Rs 5 crore
11.03.16 - pt team

As we have anticipated in an earlier story, National Green Tribunal has extended the deadline for paying Rs. 5 crore fine for organising three-day long 'World Culture Festival' by Art of Living at New Delhi.
However, the relief to the AOL Foundation came with a stinker ...

World leaders show their Art of LEAVING to Sri Sri
10.03.16 - Charu Sudan Kasturi*

Art of Living's Sri Sri gets a message as world leaders he invited show their Art of Leaving.
The four senior-most foreign leaders who were to attend the World Culture Festival organised by the Art of Living Foundation have pulled out of the event, embarrassing the ...

Art of Stubbornness: We Will Go To Jail But Not Pay Any Fine: Sri Sri
10.03.16 - pt team

Saiyan Bhaye Kotwal Ab Dar Kahe Ka seems to be the message being conveyed by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the so-called spiritual guru with a worldwide following, when today he told NDTV that "We have not done anything wrong...we will go to jail but not ...

India's Garbage Mountains

From above, the sprawling trash heap of Deonar (pronounced "Devnar”), in eastern Mumbai, resembles a large left ear. A curving stream traces its outer edge, feeding into Thane Creek, the body of water that separates the city from the Indian mainland. 

On the opposite side of ...

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