- Uttar Pradesh ATS arrests 3 suspected terrorists, may have links to ISIS
- Consensus in BJP core: Best if they stand trial, get acquitted
- AIADMK party symbol: In late night move, Delhi Police team serves notice to TTV Dinakaran to join probe
- Govt cancels FCRA licence of top public health NGO
- From President and Prime Minister down: lal batti is off
* This refers to the editorial 'Going nowhere' (IE, January 2). It is unfortunate how commissions of inquiry have become such farces. The setting up of a commission is a convenient way to keep people quiet. They are handy tools to buy time and divert people's attention. The retired judges who head them seem to view them as convenient post-retirement opportunities, which come with enormous perks. Therefore, they generally go slow and adopt a lax attitude. The irony is that often, even the completed report of a commission is rejected by the government — such as was initially the case with the Adarsh commission.
— Ganapathi Bhat
* This refers to 'Govt cancels VVIP chopper deal' (IE, January 2). The cancellation of the controversial defence deal to buy helicopters from AgustaWestland has been on the cards since allegations of bribery and kickbacks were published in the Express. Investigations in Italy had revealed that top executives of the company may have paid Indian government officials and air force officers to secure the deal. The names of top officers like former air chief S.P. Tyagi also cropped up in this regard. The termination of the deal at the beginning of the year only shows that the UPA government, worried after the assembly election results, has steeled its resolve to cleanse its stables and present a clean image to the public ahead of the general elections.
— N.J. Ravi Chander
Miles to go
* This refers to the editorial 'Mother care' (IE, January 2). It is appreciable that we have achieved the current maternal mortality rate even with our poor public health infrastructure. But we have to work harder than in the past at the grassroots level. State governments should consider opening good-quality primary healthcare centres through public-private partnerships at every gram panchayat.
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- There are serious impediments to declaring Gilgit-Balistan Pakistan’s fifth province