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When Prime Minister Narendra Modi opted to engage Nawaz Sharif, his opposite number from Pakistan, on the margins of the climate summit in Paris, two things became obvious. First, the positive: it is not in Modi's nature to give up on something be......   | Read..
Letters to the Editor

Unfortunate turn

Sir - Madan Mitra had been granted bail by the Alipore sessions court. Now,... | Read»

Careless words

Sir - The recent statements made by the governor of Assam, P.B. Acharya, ar... | Read»


Meet again

International conferences are known to generate feel-good moments that are often captured on camera, and the climate change conference in Paris is no different. The United ......   | Read..

Standing order

There is something unsavoury and sad about a roomful of people clapping in triumph after allegedly hounding out a family from a cinema hall for not standing up during the p......   | Read..

Sounds Silly

Twice recently, I came across a strange word: soli. Ever met it? Me neither, till now. It means what most of us call "solos". It's the Italian plural of solo, and......   | Read..
One man’s humour is another man’s poison
Do Santa Banta jokes ridicule the Sikh community, as a PIL filed in the Supreme Court alleges? The case has also highlighted another issue — that of freedom of speech, notes Moumita Chaudhuri
A joke is a joke is a joke, the wise one could have said. But the Supreme Court did not laugh off a petition about humour as many thought it would. The petitioner, advocate Harvinder Chowdhury, had......   | Read..
Legal FAQs
Advocate Nibedita Roye answers your queries
Q: I live in a house that is jointly owned by me and my brother who lives abroad. He does not contribute anything towards the maintenance of the house. I have been paying the property tax and the c......   | Read..

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