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COVER STORY

07-03-2014

Unhappy soldiers

Soldiers

Briefing

Pay, pension, perks

Veterans’ woes

Defence personnel are at a great disadvantage in respect of pay, pension and medical benefits compared with civilian government servants.
Health care

Ailing scheme

PURNIMA S. TRIPATHI Cover Story
The Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme is meant to provide cashless health-care services to veterans and their families, but inadequate funding, lack of empanelled hospitals and complete neglect have rendered it ineffective.
Soldier and his vote

Right to vote: discriminatory rules

Cover Story
SOLDIERS have been unable to exercise the right to vote, granted to every citizen above the age of 18 years under the Constitution, despite a Supreme ...
Defence Ministry response

Positive accommodation: Defence Ministry

Cover Story
THE Ministry of Defence has its own explanations for many of the long-standing issues and problems faced by soldiers and ex-servicemen. Highly placed ...
Physics

Physics of curly hair

Science & Technology
A TEAM of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris have been able to arrive ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters
Death sentence CAPITAL punishment should be abolished (“Life-giving verdict”, February 21). Although criminals end the lives of others abruptly by ...
Buddhist wonders

Ajanta's treasures

Heritage
Anthropology

They came from Asia

Science & Technology
THE first genome sequencing of Ice Age skeletal remains has given scientists definitive proof that the first human settlers in North America were from ...
Japan

Strategic embrace

JOHN CHERIAN World Affairs
Japan steps up its diplomatic cooperation with India as part of its “contain China” policy, being pursued since Shinzo Abe became the Prime Minister.
Thailand

Political impasse

World Affairs
Thailand stands on the edge of an abyss as the early elections called by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra turns out to be a futile attempt to end the long-running political crisis, in the face of stiff resistance by the opposition.
Letter from Beirut

Land of refugees

Vijay Prashad World Affairs
The number of refugees in West Asia riddle the imagination: there are millions of them. Conditions in Syria are deteriorating rapidly now, pushing more and more people to the country’s frontiers.

Shooting in the dark

D. KRISHNAN Heritage
The challenge of photographing the paintings at Ajanta.
New Delhi

Two more attempts for civil service aspirants

The Nation
THE Central government, giving in to the demand of civil services aspirants, has allowed them two more attempts for clearing the civil services ...
Tamil Nadu

Tangled for a cause

The Nation
IT was around midday on February 4, World Cancer Day. A score of students and some faculty members had gathered under the shade of trees on the ...
Mumbai

Monorail as mass transport?

The Nation
INDIA’S first monorail transport system began operations in Mumbai on February 2. The pink, blue and green monorail cars do a lot to brighten the ...
Maharashtra

Free at last

The Nation
ARUN FERREIRA was neither a firebrand activist nor a rabble-rouser. Rather, he was known for his work among the poor and the marginalised. So his ...
Alternatives

A new platform

A non-Congress, non-BJP grouping of 11 parties takes shape and positions itself as a viable, secular alternative to the two mainstream parties in the electoral race to govern India.
Controversy

A legal flaw

V. VENKATESAN The Nation
The Penguin case raises doubts about the state’s ability to protect writers’ freedom of expression from those seeking to impose unreasonable restrictions.
Pay, pension, perks

Veterans’ woes

Defence personnel are at a great disadvantage in respect of pay, pension and medical benefits compared with civilian government servants.
Health care

Ailing scheme

PURNIMA S. TRIPATHI Cover Story
The Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme is meant to provide cashless health-care services to veterans and their families, but inadequate funding, lack of empanelled hospitals and complete neglect have rendered it ineffective.
Interview

‘There is no sensitivity in the system’

PURNIMA S. TRIPATHI Cover Story
Interview with General (retd) V.K. Singh.

Alarming shortage of personnel

Cover Story
OVER the years, the armed forces have lost out in the race to be seen as a lucrative career option for young men and women. The Army is short of ...

Unhappy soldiers

PURNIMA S. TRIPATHI Cover Story
India’s armed forces personnel, who put their lives on the line for the country, are denied what is their due in terms of pay, perks and pension in spite of several Supreme Court directives.
Alternatives

A new platform

A non-Congress, non-BJP grouping of 11 parties takes shape and positions itself as a viable, secular alternative to the two mainstream parties in the electoral race to govern India.
Controversy

A legal flaw

V. VENKATESAN The Nation
The Penguin case raises doubts about the state’s ability to protect writers’ freedom of expression from those seeking to impose unreasonable restrictions.
Wendy Doniger

In their bad books

DIVYA TRIVEDI The Nation
Penguin withdraws Wendy Doniger’s book on an alternative history of Hinduism bowing to pressure from right-wing forces.
Delhi

To farmers’ rescue

The Delhi government gets tough with agents at vegetable wholesale markets who charge farmers a 6 per cent commission for selling their produce.
Communal violence

A Bill on hold

The UPA government is in a hurry to push through the Communal Violence Bill, but the lack of confidence expressed by the opposition and several State governments, including some run by its own allies, forces it to defer the Bill.