Markets hint to recovery in the coming week (Column: Market Watch)
  • Markets hint to recovery in the coming week (Column: Market Watch)(17:05)
    By Arun Kejriwal
    A week can be a very long time and last week was a classic example. It began with the markets falling very sharply and the BSESENSEX losing just about 4,000 points on Monday. Tuesday saw the markets trading in a comparatively narrow range of just about 800 points on BSESENSEX. Tuesday night was also the time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day lockdown beginning 12 midnight of Tuesday the 24/25th March. Wednesday saw markets gain 2,000 points. Thursday saw the FM announcing measures to ensure that the poorest of poor had food and money to tide over the present crisis.
  • Two catalysts which have changed India and US for good (Comment)(10:16)
    What will the world look like after the coronavirus induced shut down? I am not in possession of a crystal ball for global survey but I can activate my intuition on the basis of two stories I have covered. I was in the US for the 2016 Presidential elections and I have followed the 2020 drama within the Democratic Party. In both the campaigns Democrats have been in convulsions not to select a nominee but to keep out the one they do not want -- Bernie Sanders. And now they are all mimicking the Sanders platform. The coronavirus has brought out in bold relief, the idea of Bernie Sanders as the panacea for the general distress. The platform the senator from Vermont stood on was total anathema to the great American establishment, its soul torn between Mammon and Joe McCarthy. The pandemic has brought the powerful establishment to its knees. People now matter and democracy begins to look like one. Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans will ever mention Sanders by name. That would be like eating crow. But they are all furtively lifting the Sanders manifesto. The idea of Sanders in todays context is larger than the possible nomination of Joe Biden.
  • Striking a fine balance is the key to success (Column: Spy's Eye)(10:16)
    The unprecedented and unfamiliar 'life and deat' crisis that the corona pandemic has created in the perception of the people at large in India, is throwing up a new challenge of dealing with mass anxiety that seemed to be growing in this long haul. Since it is the efear of the unknown that had the most unsettling effect on any ones sanity, dissemination of right information about the character and pattern of spread of the virus has to be kept up through news bulletins, government hand outs and interviews in credible media at this point of time. Circulation of unauthentic warnings and scare stories on social media has become a malaise and informed citizens should stop forwarding these messages.
Time for an Indian cricketer to reflect & rejuvenate (Column: Close-in)
Hrithik's quirky post urging people to stay at home
Covid crisis nothing encountered like ever before (Opinion)
  • Covid crisis nothing encountered like ever before (Opinion)(14:41)
    By Dodul Mondal
    This is a tough time. Perhaps the toughest medical crisis as far as I can remember. WHO says 197 countries across the globe are infected with coronavirus disease (COVID-2019). Globally, 537,042 people have been confirmed positive for the disease and 24,110 people have already died due of this pandemic. India has 719 confirmed cases and 16 deaths so far. World's largest democracy is trembling with fear of doom. Prime minister has declared a nationwide lockdown to control the situation.
Defiance is unacceptable in this crisis (Column: Spy's Eye)
  • Defiance is unacceptable in this crisis (Column: Spy's Eye)(16:30)
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the nation a second time on March 24 made the anticipated announcement of a nation-wide total lockdown for three weeks -- to be enforced with administrative rigour -- and explained at some length how 'social distancing' was the only option left for India to avert an unimaginable public disaster. He tried to make everybody, from the illiterate to the well-educated and from the poor to the affluent, understand that not venturing out of the house at all was the key to saving everybodys life. His emphasis on how the new order was almost like 'curfew', appreciation of the response of the people to the 14-hour lockdown called on March 22 and an implicit warning to those who would not take the prohibition seriously, managed to create an appropriate degree of 'fear' that the situation did need to generate for ensuring total compliance.
Global hits and misses in dealing with COVID-19: Takeaways for India (Comment)
  • Global hits and misses in dealing with COVID-19: Takeaways for India (Comment)(16:24)
    By Maj Gen (retd) S.B. Asthana
    The coronavirus COVID-19 has affected 195 countries and territories around the world and one international conveyance (the Diamond Princess cruise ship harbored in Yokohama, Japan) as on midnight 23 March, 2020. The dangers as well as precautions have been covered adequately by all forms of Government communications/ media/publications as well as social media, hence they are not being repeated. While there is adequate awareness, there is varying degree of seriousness in dealing with it, as many segments of society chose to put individual preferences above potentially the most devastating threat that looms over the country as well as the world.
Miley Cyrus has 'reunion of the decade' with Emily Osment
277 evacuees from Iran are coronavirus negative (2nd Lead)
Began R&D for test kits the moment virus spread in Wuhan: Indian developer for Covid-19 kits (IANS Interview)
Art historian's ultimate tribute to ancient Indian manuscript (IANS Interview)
  • Art historian's ultimate tribute to ancient Indian manuscript (IANS Interview)(17:54)
    By Vishnu Makhijani
    New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) Somewhere close to the year 2000, as an informal consultant, renowned art historian B.N. Goswami was going over the San Diego Museum of Arts' holdings of Indian paintings, nearly all of which came from the collection of American billionaire Edwin Binney III. Among the things he saw was the manuscript of the Mysore Bhagvata, the 10th book of the Bhagavata Purana and was "charmed".
Markets in no man's land - likely to consolidate (Market watch)
  • Markets in no man's land - likely to consolidate (Market watch)(15:17)
    By Arun Kejriwal
    Markets were in a really bad shape last week and just about managed to recover some ground on Friday. They lost on the first four days of the week. BSE SENSEX lost 4,187.52 points or 12.28 per cent to close at 29,915.96 points while NIFTY was down 1,209.75 points or 12.15 per cent to close at 8,745.45 points. The broader markets saw BSE100, BSE200 and BSE500 lose 12.08 per cent 12.02 per cent and 12.23 per cent respectively.
Evolution from a good Muslim to a bad one: Really? (Comment)
  • Evolution from a good Muslim to a bad one: Really? (Comment)(12:02)
    In Nandita Das' film, Manto, the great story writer, who loved Bombay beyond distraction, finds himself under pressure from family, in the midst of the post Partition carnage, to leave for Lahore. Shyam, film star and friend remarks, "You are not such a Muslim that you have to leave for Pakistan."
  • Is global recession likely in 2020? (Comment)(11:58)
    A recession is a macroeconomic term that refers to a significant decline in general economic activity in a designated region. However, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), defines a recession as a significant decline in economic activity spread across the economy, lasting more than a few months, normally visible in real GDP, real income, employment, industrial production, and wholesale-retail sales. As restaurants, airlines, shops, factories are all shut down around the globe, we could be staring at a global recession very soon.
  • All business is human activity (Column: Spy's Eye)(11:58)
    Just as there is no leadership without followers there would be no business if it did not have customers. Business is a venture of the people, by the people and for the people. It is not surprising that business management involves leadership, adoption of 'smart' processes, ability to understand and handle human interactions, study of how national entities -- which are human -- behaved in a globalised world and a realisation that knowledge had become the new determinant of competitive success for human beings. Profit and loss is the outcome of this complex mix -- it is no more a matter of easy presumption that investors could make about the return on their investment.
The commentator's dilemma (Column: Close-in)
  • The commentator's dilemma (Column: Close-in)(11:04)
    By Yajurvindra Singh
    Cricket would never have become popular or flourished without the support from the writers and commentators. Not all of them played the game but their passion, love and undying zest to relay the events on the ground and off it, was what made the sport interesting, absorbing, exhilarating and at times intriguing.
  • Teaching principles of happiness from a holistic perspective (IANS Interview)(09:14)
    By Vishnu Makhijani
    New Delhi, March 20 (IANS) The philosopher Aristotle's homily, "happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence", might seem a tall order given the complexities of everyday life but a new book aims to "teach the principles of happiness from a holistic perspective", says its author, who draws much inspiration from the Bhagavad Gita and Buddhism.
Author Sohan Koonar's 'Lions' trilogy could well be India's 'Gone With The Wind' (IANS Interview)
  • Author Sohan Koonar's 'Lions' trilogy could well be India's 'Gone With The Wind' (IANS Interview)(09:06)
    By Vishnu Makhijani
    New Delhi, March 19 (IANS) When eminent Canadian author M.G. Vassanji does the final edit of a book you can be sure it goes beyond the ordinary. And that's exactly what "Paper Lions" delivers as Sohan S. Koonar work and its planned sequels in no mean way match the sweep of "Gone With The Wind" with Punjab as its canvas -- a timely work on the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak with Sikhs as its protagonists.
BJP destroying constitutionalism, denigrating democratic system: Sibal (IANS Interview)
  • BJP destroying constitutionalism, denigrating democratic system: Sibal (IANS Interview)(12:28)
    By Sandeep Bamzai & Deepak Sharma
    New Delhi, March 18 (IANS) Top of the line legal eagle, Congress leader and former Union minister Kapil Sibal wears many hats, adept as he is at multi tasking. Speaking to Sandeep Bamzai, Editor in Chief and Executive Editor Deepak Sharma of IANS TV on several contentious issues, he rejected the notion of religion being used as the basis of granting of Indian citizenship, debunking the very template of the controversial CAA.
Males more vulnerable to COVID-19: AIIMS Director (IANS Interview)
  • Males more vulnerable to COVID-19: AIIMS Director (IANS Interview)(18:59)
    By Sfoorti Mishra
    New Delhi, March 17 (IANS) As new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) rise in the country, with 137 people testing positive for the virus and three deaths, the medical community is observing the growing trends as it prepares to combat any eventuality.
Madhubani art on masks to spread anti-coronavirus message
  • Madhubani art on masks to spread anti-coronavirus message(13:46)
    Madhubani (Bihar), March 17 (IANS) Amid the coronavirus scare in the country, a Bihar couple feted for world-famous Madhubani paintings is leading the efforts to use the art form on face masks to exhort the public to fight the dreaded disease.
Prayagraj student develops all season Jasmine variety
  • Prayagraj student develops all season Jasmine variety(16:58)
    Prayagraj, March 16 (IANS) Chandra Shekhar, a M.Sc student of Sam Higginbottom University of Agriculture, Technology and Sciences (SHUATS) in Naini in Prayagraj, has developed a new variety of star jasmine flower that can withstand the extreme cold conditions of north India.
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