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HORROR STORIES - Pharma exec asked to provide prostitutes to doc, top Delhi hospital switched liver transplant beneficiary's name
THE DOCTOR IS IN, AND IS CORRUPT
10.08.18 - Anita Pathania

Explosive new book by India's top docs, health experts tells the ugly truth about our hospitals, doctors

Oxford University Press book says kickbacks, bribes oil India's healthcare system
 
SOME OF INDIA'S most senior doctors, bureaucrats, journalists, sociologists and others have bared the ugly reality of predator-doctors looting ...
  


Will a helmet save a Kaur? Can she have a Kaur?
28.07.18 - VIPIN PUBBY*

THE SHIROMANI GURDWARA PARBANDHAK Committee, considered the parliament of the Sikhs, is up in arms these days on issues related to Sikh women. While it is worked up against the use of the word Kaur by porn star Sunny Leone in the title of her ...
  


Digital Disorder; how it is affecting society the world over
23.07.18 - ZUBEIDA MUSTAFA

EARLIER THIS YEAR, WHO classified video-gaming as a disorder. It is defined in the draft Eleventh Revision of the International Classification of Diseases as a mental health condition. Understandably, controversy has erupted round this move as many experts believe that sufficient data doesn’t exist to ...
  


Simultaneous polls: An idea that must be dumped
AN IDEA THAT MILITATES AGAINST FEDERAL STRUCTURE
20.07.18 - VIPIN PUBBY*

State Assembly elections are due in four states this year, in double that number of states besides the Lok Sabha elections next year, in three states during 2020 and in six states the following year. There has been no year in the recent past when ...
  


Punjab's drug problem needs a sober, well thought out strategy
High on atmospherics
13.07.18 - VIPIN PUBBY

DURING THE CAMPAIGN for the Punjab Assembly elections last year, Amarinder Singh, then the Congress’s chief ministerial candidate, had pledged to eradicate the State’s drug problem within four weeks of coming to power. Given the complexity of the issue, hardly anyone took his pledge seriously ...
  


No one speaks Kannada in Himachal Pradesh. No one cares, either.
THE MENTAL HOSPITAL-ITY OF DEVLOK HIMACHAL
11.07.18 - Anita Pathania

REPORTERS BECOME IMMUNE to certain shocking realities of life. Most reporters do not lose a wink of sleep after filing a headline that says 'Two dead in car, scooter accident.' You can call such loss of sensitivity a professional hazard. It's a trait reporters share ...
  


Beware the croupiers in 2019
04.07.18 - JAWED NAQVI

INDIA’S OPPOSITION PARTIES must quickly deal with two problems ahead of the next election. One stems from an irrational fear of Prime Minister Modi, of what tricks he might have up his sleeve and so forth to outsmart the opposition in 2019. This problem is ...
  


Man shoots dead 5 journalists in newspaper office, but question is: Can you shout a question to Narendra Modi?
OF JOURNALISTS, READERS & FULL THROATED QUERIES
28.06.18 - S Pal

STUFF PUBLISHED IN A local newspaper can sometimes annoy some people. At times, a particularly angry reader writes a strong letter to the editor. Occasionally, it hurts a group so much that they want either a meeting with the editor-in-chief or threaten to stage a ...
  


Girls' Pajama Party Zindabad at Punjabi University Patiala
KNICKERS IN A TWIST – KALCHAR BIGGRA JAYE
07.06.18 - S Pal

"ਹੋਸਟਲ ਦੀਆਂ ਸਮੂੰਹ ਵਸਨੀਕਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਸੂਚਿਤ ਕੀਤਾ ਜਾਂਦਾ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਮੈੱਸ ਵਿੱਚ ਸ਼ਾਰਟ ਡਰੈੱਸ ਪਾ ਕੇ ਨਾ ਜਾਣ।" 

Short dress...shorts...there's some confusion about the notice in Punjabi put up in the girls' hostel. The hostel warden is not a qualified translator, and hence could not think ...
  


We need to look beyond the skies to ground ourselves in justice
GAGAN DAMAMA BAJIYO
26.05.18 - Amandeep Sandhu

OVER THE LAST day, Sub-Inspector Gagandeep Singh, Uttrakhand Police, has done much for the image of Sikhs and the police force. In the immense sharing of his photograph and deed - saving a man from a mob - I see a celebration of a certain ...
  


Why do regional channels not debate global political happenings?
Finally, a TV debate in Punjabi on West Asia
25.05.18 - kanwar manjit singh

FOREIGN AFFAIRS RELATED programmes seem to be an anathema on regional language news television, and most likely, it is because the received wisdom in the world of television says that people are more interested in local non-stories than earth-shaking geo-political happenings.

Unfortunately, no one has tested ...
  


If it could happen to Arun Shourie, imagine what could they do to you?
15.05.18 - S Pal

A FORMER UNION MINISTER and celebrated journalist was told that his Parkinson’s-afflicted wife who could not even sit properly due to her medical condition was a proclaimed absconder, non-bailable arrest warrants were issued against her, she was accused of evading summons five times and, eventually, ...
  


Four daughters, a boy, a pick-up truck, and two brothers who loved their sister: Is your name in the FIR?
A KIDNAPPING THRILLER – YOUR NAME IS IN THE FIR?
11.05.18 - S Pal

THE ONE-YEAR-OLD boy was lying next to his mother, both fast asleep by the roadside. Bathinda's Ring Road remains fairly busy during the day, but late at night, only an occasional truck passes by. Painter Ramesh Kumar and his family slept by the roadside as ...
  


After being raped, I was wounded; My honour was not
01.05.18 - SOHAILA ABDULALI

"WHEN I FOUGHT to live that night, I hardly knew what I was fighting for. A male friend and I had gone for a walk up a mountain near my home. Four armed men caught us and made us climb to a secluded spot, where ...
  


Democracy is an Empty Ritual in Punjab
SOWING ANGER - NO QUICK FIX
09.04.18 - Amandeep Sandhu

WHEN I WAS a kid in the 1970s, growing up in an eastern Indian steel town, my father and I had a ritual. Every evening at 8 pm, father and I would sit in our veranda and I could ask him any question. Father would ...
  


Farmers March: Next Destination Punjab Assembly?
MUMBAI TO CHANDIGARH
12.03.18 - Amandeep Sandhu

MY SOCIAL MEDIA TIMELINE is full with pictures of the farmer march into Mumbai. 30,000 farmers have braved a five day walk and given the ongoing SSC exams have decided to reach Azad Maidan tonight itself. The farmers in Maharashtra demand debt waiver. While on ...
  


Trudeau came to Punjab, pushed Amarinder closer to BJP, then called him a liar
A SAFFRON JOURNEY VIA CANADA
27.02.18 - S Pal

HE DID NOT WANT to meet him; the guest, in turn, never wanted to see him. In the end, both met. And then, one of them told a lie.

Amarinder Singh claimed in writing that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau assured him that Ottawa did not ...
  


Mr. Ujjal, will you throw some light on this, too?
Jaspal Atwal controversy
22.02.18 - Amandeep Sandhu

THE KHALISTANI ANGLE to the relations between India and Canada has hogged the news headlines all through the past week. Finally on Wednesday there was some thaw and the Panjab Chief Minister met Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and team including Defence Minister Harjit Singh ...
  


Yes, Ease of Leaving was announced by Jaitley in LS
Lutana, Bhagana and Bhulana
21.02.18 - kanwar manjit singh

ARE YOU STILL WONDERING that how diamond czar Nirav Modi (NiMo) and his uncle, who is also a jeweler, Vimul Choksi, could so easily leave the country after certifying ‘Ease of Doing Business’ the flagship programme of Modi government?

You should not, because this path-breaking scheme ...
  


Punjab Today impact: 'MIS-REPORTING PUNJAB'
21.02.18 - Team PT

Just today Punjab has extended a warm welcome to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his team of Ministers arriving at Darbar Sahib, Amritsar. The CM Punjab had a one-on-one meeting with the Canadian Prime Minister and then with his Ministers.
 
As a curtan raiser, ...
  



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