Even the most respected of newspapers are full of editing errors, and carry items in a brand of English that defies description.
Pakistan's military attache is deported for espionage.
Is the CPI(M) any better than Rajiv Gandhi's Government regard to press freedom?Skiing won't be the only exhilarating sport in Jammu & Kashmir this winter.The coast off Saurashtra and Kutch is proving a profitable hunting ground for the Indians.The telecast of Mahabharat has suddenly put the spotlight on Hastinapur, a tiny township 35 km off Meerut.History has shown that languages create more divides than bonds between humankind.One departed soul from Jabalpur was a lucky man when alive.The entire episode was fishy.Pilots start overflying ill-equipped airports.Whose game is the high-profile MP from Chhindwara, Kamalnath, playing?Jockeying for leadership.Former Bihar CM Jagannath Mishra flexes his muscles.Foreign office and the cloak-and-dagger Research and Analysis Wing are often at loggerheads on international issues.New political alignments for a crucial election.Notwithstanding gusts of American-Soviet summitry, the cat-and-mouse games the superpowers play on foreign soils continue. In the propaganda war in Delhi, the latest salvo fired by the US Embassy is a semi-confidential document that assesses India's press as "easily penetrated" by Soviet agitprop.Arjun Singh doles out largesse.Prime minister's supporters many of whom believe he is getting a raw deal from the press are gearing up for some counter-punching. So, two papers, which will show editorial solicitude for the ruling party, are expected to soon make their appearance in Delhi.BJP's changing stance.Allegations undermine Hegde.As far as some Delhi scribes were concerned, Christmas came in late November - when Santa Claus visited the annual India International Trade Fair at Pragati Maidan with a bagful of goodies.Sonia Gandhi's birthday celebrated.Dissent over new executive.CBI supercat Mohan Katre must surely be the most peripatetic high-level sleuth any nation could boast of. The almost-retired officer has been hotfooting it around the globe for over a year now chasing what the Government claims are the real dues that will solve the Bofors mystery.Epidemic spreads scare.Sonia's birthday celebrations in Uttar Pradesh marked a new high for sycophancy.Rama Rao discloses his assets.Pride accused of violations.Judging by the current demand for character certificates penned by a foreign hand, it might soon turn into a flourishing cottage industry.
"It is a national affront, not a National Front." - Rajiv Gandhi at a public meeting in Madras.
The Forest Department has laid down strict rules but has no means to enforce them.
The present path of governance is fraught with pitfalls.
"Now Benazir can play the role Indira Gandhi played for so long in the subcontinent. And being born in the post-Partition period we can look forward to lasting peace in the region. Our foreign policy need no longer be based on being one-up on Pakistan."
Prime Minister Benazir prepares for real problems.
Thanks to the availability of skilled personnel and its dust-free climate. Bangalore is rapidly becoming India's version of California's Silicon Valley.Latest business news and other biz buzz.A new holding company is to be set up, with offices in the metropolitan cities.Is a corporate predator eyeing Mahindra & Mahindra?Even as big business rushes into the food processing industry, one of the recent entrants is calling it a day. Indian Organic Chemicals (IOC)-which is controlled by the Ghias-is hawking its Futura food processing division and has invited bids for its potato and banana processing plants in Bombay and Coimbatore respectively.Labour discontent is explained by the paltry wage levels, and the large number of contract or temporary workers. Because many units are closed in the region, unemployment is high and wages are low. Prices fall in response to official moves.It's a roster to write home about.Italian label hits town.Open-door policy elicits favourable response.Companies turn the corner.Big business houses roped in to invest.It was meant to be the industrial hub of the eastern region. But 35 years after it was set up, Durgapur is in the dumps.As factories multiply, problems emerge.A revolution in printing.Move over Hinduja and Swraj Paul, Rajan Pillai's here. Rajan who? Janardhana Mohandas Rajan Pillai, 41, the London-based chairman of Britannia Industries.
For 38-year-old former film star Jayalalitha, it is a last ditch stand. A victory could catapult her to dizzying heights as one of the nation's youngest chief ministers.Congress(I) leaders out of power tend to wither away. Not Jagannath Mishra. Five years out of power only seem to have added to his fighting spirit. By announcing the formation of the Bihar Jan Vikas Manch, Mishra demonstrated that he still means business.
Fantasy, hi-tech and money make for a bizarre scenario.
In a dramatic anticlimax, the Supreme Court last fortnight stayed the execution of Satwant Singh and Kehar Singh, convicted for the assassination of the late prime minister Indira Gandhi just over four years ago. But subsequent courtroom developments have only shrouded the case in fresh uncertainty.In a telephonic conversation with India Today, Dubai-based Dawood Ibrahim - who police believe is behind the recent underworld killings - defends himself.For a man undergoing 18 days of rigorous punishment - a few days after being tied to a pillar - Surjit Singh Barnala was remarkably calm and composed.Porbandar has a long history of gang warfare. The tentacles of the mafia spread far and wide. It control is not only the flourishing transport business but also the civic body. Nearly half the 40-odd municipal councillors have criminal charges, including murder, registered against them. Rivals take different paths with varying results.Scientific investigation into the realm of the unknown is throwing up new evidence on paranormal phenomena. An indepth report:Barnala's recent pantomime of penance was reminiscent of the irrationalities of a medieval theocracy. The drama made it clear yet again that Punjab's agony remains a long way off from amelioration.Oct 31: Prime Minister Indira Gandhi shot dead.Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's historic visit to China breaks the 26-year chill between the Asian giants. The prevailing set of pulls in world politics and the steadily changing regional scenario make for an opportune timing.This year Bombay has witnessed a dramatic upsurge in gangland warfare. The old underworld order of Karim Lala, Vardarajan Mudaliar and Haji Mastan has given way to a new ruthlessness.He is just five years old. But when Toran Singh or simply Titu talks of his claimed past life, his tone becomes manly: "I'm Suresh Verma. I have a radio shop in Agra.
After playing the doting and domesticated mother for two long years, Zeenat Aman is back where she belongs in tinsel town. The original Bohemian of Bollywood has signed up for Vivek Vaswani's courtroom drama.
Book review of 'India' by Raghu Rai.