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These are trying times. Even some friends are turning. They probably see their interest better protected by keeping their options open for adjustments, should excesses increase. And even if they show their residual spunk by digging in their heels in favour of Lucknow's iconic Tunday Kababi, how will it help matters? Tunday has already made his compromise; he will now sell chicken and mutton kebab. All those anchors and headline writers reflecting wistfully on the passing away of the "galawati" as distinct from "Shaami" may need to know a thing or two.

New Delhi: The Indian Air Force (IAF) is set to begin contract negotiations for acquiring 56 Airbus C-295 transport aircraft as replacements for its ageing Avro HS-748 aircraft. According to the Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa, due attention is being paid to all assets of IAF, fighters and transporters included, and that "contract negotiations for 56 C-295 aircraft to replace the ageing Avro fleet are likely to commence shortly".

A radical draft National Strategic Plan (NSP) for Elimination of TB that proposes to bring down new infections by nearly 80 per cent over the next eight years says India must expand the programme to the private sector, offer direct benefits transfer to patients, improve surveillance and monitoring of patients, and increase funding for the existing TB control programme. The country's ongoing TB programme is inadequate, the NSP says, seeking five times the funding allocated to TB control over the last three years put together.

Washington: The "dishonest media" threw the dictionary at him. The Congressional "Gang of Eight" privy to intelligence matters pooh-poohed his claim. But POTUS 45 and his loyal mouthpiece using air quotes doubled down on his charge that 44 had him "wire tapped". "It was in quotes," Donald Trump told conservative Fox News explaining his charge made in a tweet two weeks ago. "That really covers surveillance and many other things."

With 200 million people, equivalent to the population of Brazil, but with an economy the size of Qatars -- which has 2.4 million people, the same as the town of Bijnore -- the new government of Indias most-populous state Uttar Pradesh faces myriad problems. The GDP of Uttar Pradesh is comparable to Kenya's, and its infant mortality rate rivals Mauritania, a poverty-ridden, west-African nation.

There has been a decrease in the number of members of legislative assembly (MLAs) with criminal records in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Goa of the five states that elected new state governments, according to our analysis of data compiled by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), an advocacy. Of 690 MLAs elected in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa, 27.8 per cent (192) have a criminal record, while 20 per cent (140) face serious criminal charges, such as murder, kidnapping and extortion, the data show.

The focus of this article is about a recent distressing incident in Karnataka, and to look closely at the implications it brings to bear upon the notion of a human being and the role of education in it.   Fanatical cries against Suhana’s singing

Panaji: In a case of delicious political irony, Goa Forward MLA Vijai Sardesai, the man often referred to as a 'fixer' in public discourse by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, was the one who literally 'fixed' Parrikar's chief ministership.

New Delhi: Often credited with turning Narendra Modi into a political brand and bringing arch-foes Lalu Prasad Yadav and Nitish Kumar together for the Grand Alliance in Bihar, the magic of master poll strategist Prashant Kishor appears to have faded for the Congress, which suffered a drubbing in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

Lucknow: The long, staggered assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, whose results are to be announced on March 11, would be remembered for innumerable reasons. While, like most similar tests at the hustings, this one too had its share of the avoidable -- be it use of words like Kasab, gadha (ass) or below the belt jibes against political opponents, there were many firsts in the staggered, seven-phased polls spread over a month of voting.

Ridiculous. Unconnected. Illogical. That would be the initial reaction to connecting demagogues and training. After all, a demagogue is a leader who comes to power by whipping up the passions and ignorance of the people.  This is the trend across the world today from Donald Trump to Marine Le Pen. In fact, Brexit happened due to the demagogy of a lot of British leaders across political parties. They frightened the population on mass immigration and job losses so much that a significant number voted against the EEC. It’s not that demagogues are rare. They have been around for a long time.

Ridhima Chopra, 25, once with a NGO in New Delhi is among the growing number of Indian women encouraged to complain -- without an end-result -- about harassment at work by the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013, promulgated in the wake of the 2012 Delhi gangrape. Yet, 70 per cent women said they did not report sexual harassment by superiors because they feared the repercussions, according to a survey conducted by the Indian Bar Association in 2017 of 6,047 respondents.

Washington: First Donald Trump got a portrait of the populist seventh President Andrew Jackson dusted out and hung in his Oval Office, close to his desk. Then he stole from the playbook of the Democratic Party founder, who after being called a "jackass" by his opponents had made the insult his symbol. Years later, a cartoonist turned it into the party's mascot.

New York: US President Donald Trump's proposal for a merit-based immigration system has the potential to benefit Indians, a large number of whom have high levels of education and skills. But this will ultimately depend on the finer details of how the proposal is implemented. In his State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night, Trump said the US should give out green cards using a merit-based system similar to those of Canada and Australia in place of its current "outdated" programme.

Pihani, Uttar Pradesh: For 16 years, Kailash Rai (not his real name), 49, has been commuting six hours every working day between his home in the state capital Lucknow and the government degree college where he teaches in Pihani, 135 km to the northwest.

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