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Vehicle scrapping | Slow lane to the scrapyard

The government’s ambitious vehicle scrapping policy runs aground as states are tardy in implementation, private players hesitant and owners reluctant to part with...

Kavach | Preventing train collisions

The Indian Railways' anti-collision system, Kavach, holds great promise for reducing train accidents. But its slow rollout remains an issueA view of the Kavach interface inside a train engine; (Photo: Krishnendu Halder)ISSUE DATE: Dec 25, 2023 | UPDATED: Dec 16, 2023 17:05 ISTIt was sometime in March last year, when two trains, travelling at 100 kilometres per hour, were racing towards each other from opposite sides, somewhere between Hyderabad and Lingampalli in Telangana. Just when you thought...

TMC’s football pitch | Politics of the beautiful game

Seeking to channel football's all-pervading popularity in Bengal towards extending political control, the Trinamool Congress is spreading its tentacles in the sport's administrationDODGE AND DRIBBLE: Mamata Banerjee inaugurates the Durand Cup in Kolkata, Aug. 3 (Photo: Debajyoti Chakraborty)ISSUE DATE: Dec 11, 2023 | UPDATED: Dec 1, 2023 20:32 ISTBengal’s all-consuming and undiluted love for football has an early milestone. In 1911, Mohun Bagan became the first Indian side to win the IFA Shield after defeating the East...

Governor troubles | The Centre’s proxy war

Governors in Opposition-ruled states are again in conflict with the elected governments there, forcing the judiciary to step in. A constitutional ambiguity has helped them sit endlessly on bills passed by the state legislaturesCAN’T SEE EYE TO EYE: Tamil Nadu Governor R.N. Ravi with CM M.K. Stalin. (Photo: ANI)ISSUE DATE: Dec 4, 2023 | UPDATED: Nov 24, 2023 17:13 ISTFormer governor of Gujarat and Jammu & Kashmir B.K. Nehru once described the constitutional position as one reserved...

West Bengal tea industry | Cup of woes

The tea industry in West Bengal contributes 26 per cent of India's total production but it is struggling with depressed prices and falling exports. Insiders debate how and whether it could script a recoveryBREWING TROUBLE: Pluckers at a tea garden in Darjeeling (Getty Images)ISSUE DATE: Nov 27, 2023 | UPDATED: Nov 17, 2023 21:13 ISTThe medicinal value of tea, and the best way to drink it, is something that has exercised aficionados of the beverage for long....

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