When: March 6, 2019

Two U.S. think tanks and South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency have reported that work is under way to restore part of North Korea’s Sohae Satellite Launching Station. Last June, North Korea began to dismantle a missile engine test stand at Sohae after the first summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and its leader Kim Jong-un. […]

Business Economy

Why is GSP vital to India-U.S. trade ties?

What is the programme? The Generalized System of Preferences is the largest and oldest United States trade preference programme. The U.S. intended it to promote economic development by eliminating duties on some products it imports from the 120 countries designated as beneficiaries. When was it introduced? It was established by the Trade Act of 1974. […]


The lowdown on the Official Secrets Act

What does it mean? An ‘Official Secrets Act’ is a generic term that is used to refer to a law — originally invented by the British, and then exported across the Commonwealth — that is designed to keep certain kinds of information confidential, including, but not always limited to, information involving the affairs of state, […]


Silicon city’s forts under siege

From afar, the fort seems to be perched precariously on top of a strange, jagged rock formation. Only when you get closer do you realise that the formation is man-made, a result of mindless and incessant quarrying of the hillock all the way down till the base of the fort at Uddappanahalli in Kolar district, […]


Rift within KC(M) widening

The widening rift within the Kerala Congress (M) shows no signs of healing even as the crucial steering committee meeting of the party to decide its lone Lok Sabha candidate is slated to be held here on Sunday. The last-ditch attempts to placate the party’s working chairman P.J. Joseph, who considers his claim to contest […]


LDF gains early-bird advantage in initial round

Sealing the seat-sharing pact in time and hitting the campaign trail in right earnest, the Left Democratic Front (LDF) has gained an early-bird advantage in the initial round of the Lok Sabha elections. The front leadership could stick to the schedule it had drawn up for wrapping up the bilateral talks among front partners and […]


CPI(M) releases candidates’ list

Five sitting MPs, four MLAs and two district secretaries figure in the CPI(M) candidates’ list for the Lok Sabha elections released by State secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan here on Saturday. P.K. Biju (Alathur), M.B. Rajesh (Palakkad), P.K. Sreemathy (Kannur), Innocent (Chalakudy) and A. Sampath (Attingal) have been give yet another chance to run from their sitting […]


The brigadier who kicked up a legal storm

On February 4, 2018, Sri Lanka’s Independence Day, a group of Tamil protesters gathered outside that nation’s Embassy in London — some waving Tamil Eelam flags, some carrying placards calling for the release of political prisoners in Sri Lanka and for the details of people still missing from the conflict to be released. Among those […]