A J Philip is a senior journalist and columnist. He has held high editorial posts in The Tribune, the Indian Express and the Hindustan Times. He writes regularly for the Indian Currents, the Oman Tribune and the New Indian Express. Iddli was, is and will be one of my favourite dishes. Combined with sambar and coconut chutney, it can compete with any breakfast anywhere in the world for its simplicity, easy digestibility, nutritional value and taste. This being the case, I was simply fascinated by the subject of the lecture, “Thermodynamics of Iddli”. The lecture was organised by the Physics Department of St. Thomas College,Read More →

Special Series: “Suniye Mukhyamantri Ji”- Part-2 Kasauli/Solan, May 14 The state has witnessed a number of heinous crimes including murder, rape and accidents recently. But it does not seem to be making any difference for the administration and police to take some serious measures. The situation is deteriorated to the extent that many places along the national highway and internal roads are considered to be far granted for locals and tourist for consumption of liquor. This not all, men can be seen creating a ruckus on public places under the influence of liquor and even indulging in incidents of eve-teasing. They even do not mindRead More →

Special Series: “Suniye Mukhyamantri Ji”…Part-1 Kasauli/Solan, May 13 “It’s very painful to see your mother suffering due to acute shortage of water. We all are helpless to consume contaminated from a hand pump and fearing serious threat of damage of liver, heart, and pancreas. She spends four hours every day to fetch water for us” said a 16-year-old Akshay Kumar of Kasauli. But he is not alone worrying about his mother, shortage of water is a serious issue for people living in rural and urban areas of Kasauli and Solan districts of Himachal Pradesh. Women are in much poor and miserable conditions in various partsRead More →

Chandigarh, May 12 “Militant organisations are active. Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross the border and kill 150 people in Mumbai? Explain it to me. Why can’t we complete the trial?” — a reference to the Mumbai attacks-related trials which have stalled in a Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court” said the former Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif. In an exclusive interview with Dawn newspaper ahead of his rally in Multan on Friday, the former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif said that “It’s absolutely unacceptable. This is exactly what we are struggling for. President Putin has said it. President Xi has said it,” Mr Sharif said.Read More →

The Supreme Court Collegium today decided unanimously to reiterate its recommendation to elevate Uttarakhand Chief Justice K.M. Joseph as Judge of the Supreme Court. “The Chief Justice and other members of the Collegium have, on principle, unanimously agreed that the recommendation for appointment of Mr. Justice K.M. Joseph, Chief Justice, Uttarakhand High Court [PHC: Kerala] as a Judge of the Supreme Court should be reiterated” said order of the Collegium comprising of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice  J. Chelameswar , Justice  Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice Kurian Joseph. “However, the said reiteration should also be accompanied by the recommendation of the namesRead More →

In a major political development just a day before Karnataka polling, the Congress today submitted a memorandum to the Election Commission of India requesting it to direct immediate disqualification of BJP senior leader  Sriramulu and CEO Karnataka to lift ban on Kanadda TV channels from showing the tapes of  Sriramulu-Judge Bribery Sting expose. This was disclosed by Congress leader Kapil Sibal and Randeep Singh Surjewala while addressing a press conference in New Delhi. The sting video was aired by Kanadda TV channels in the evening yesterday. In a 40 minute video, it is alleged that the BJP candidate  B. Sriramulu and three other individuals (identified as G. Janardhan Reddy, CaptainRead More →

A.J. Philip is a senior journalist and columnist. He has held high editorial posts in The Tribune, the Indian Express and the Hindustan Times. He writes regularly for the Indian Currents, the Oman Tribune and the New Indian Express. Mother Teresa, now Saint Teresa, was struggling for life. Swapan Das Gupta, who was the editorial page in-charge at the Indian Express at that time, asked me to write an editorial on her and leave it with PK Jain, his secretary. (Years later, I wrote an obit on Jain) More than a fortnight later when she died, I could not trace the editorial as it wasRead More →

5 points highlighted by #BJP President #AmitShah during a press conference in #Bengaluru 1 BJP will form the government in Karnataka by securing a comfortable majority 2 I would request the people of Karnataka to give us a chance to serve you and to work for the betterment of the state 3 I would like to appeal to those who have fake voter ID cards to not come under the trap laid by the Congress party and should stay away from filthy election tactics adopted by them 4 Law and order has completely derailed in the state and we have witnessed a number of officers committing suicide 5 InRead More →