Pakistan’s fake news spin

Pakistan’s fake news spin

Pakistan is clutching at straws. Perhaps encouraged by the growing relationship between Russia and its all-weather friend China, and also by Moscow’s (though less than modest) outreach to it in military terms, Islamabad believes it can vitiate India-Russia ties by spinning out fake news. A section of the Pakistani media recently floated the news that

Interesting race for Rashtrapati Bhavan

ASHOK MALIK In the run-up to the presidential election, a certain degree of jockeying is apparent in the Opposition ranks. Political leaders have already started making permutations and combinations In the run-up to the presidential election, a certain degree of jockeying is apparent in the Opposition ranks. First, the Congress and a few other parties

Are we a nation of pseudo-secularists?

Aswini Mohapatra, Mridula Mukherjee, Harbans Mukhia The staunch secular nationalism of India has forced communalists to pretend to be secular and nationalist Mridula Mukherjee To answer this question, we first need to understand the meaning and context of the term ‘pseudo-secular’. It is a term propounded by the ideologues of Hindu communalism to delegitimise and

Learning to run twice as fast

N.K. Singh It is no mean achievement that the daunting fiscal deficit target of 3.5% of GDP for the past year was met. Beyond the 3.2% fiscal deficit target for the current year, the government has accepted a 3% target thereafter. Continuing this trend in the future will enable the realisation of the preferred 60%

In four doses: On malaria vaccines

Beginning next year, the World Health Organisation will begin pilot tests of the injectable malaria vaccine RTS,S (or Mosquirix) on 750,000 children aged 5-17 months in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi. The vaccine has been successfully put through a Phase III trial, in which the drug is tested for safety and efficacy. Any decision on wider

RK Nagar bypoll cancellation: A damning indictment

By cancelling the by-election to the Dr. Radhakrishnan Nagar Assembly constituency in Tamil Nadu, the Election Commission has gone well beyond indicting the ruling AIADMK (Amma), and its candidate and deputy general secretary, T.T.V. Dhinakaran. In its elaborate order, the EC also raised the possibility of disqualifying a candidate for a period up to six

Till the next port of call

Alexandre Ziegler Mission Jeanne d’Arc, made up of the amphibious assault ship/landing platform dock (LPD), Mistral, and the frigate, Courbet, called at the Mumbai port between March 29 and April 3, having set sail from the French military base in Djibouti before heading for Vietnam. It is for the third consecutive year that France has