Cricket: A game of destiny and lady luck (Column: Close-in)
  • Cricket: A game of destiny and lady luck (Column: Close-in)(13:26)
    By Yajurvindra Singh
    There were tears of joy and sorrow, disappointment and happiness at the end of the biggest tournament of cricket - the World Cup. These are emotions that normally emerge when one watches any sporting encounter, especially when it involves a world title.
Economic remedies for water crisis (Column: Active Voice)
  • Economic remedies for water crisis (Column: Active Voice)(09:30)
    By Amit Kapoor
    While contemplating our natural resources, past conversations often centered around fossil fuels and them becoming scarce due to overuse. However, recent conversations have stirred our attention to another natural resource that is available in abundance but is still causing a crisis in many parts of the world.
Financial architecture as the underpinning for BIMSTEC policy (Column: Behind Infra Lines)
  • Financial architecture as the underpinning for BIMSTEC policy (Column: Behind Infra Lines)(09:08)
    By Taponeel Mukherjee
    Indias push towards further strengthening the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) fits well with the objective of Indian economic growth. Growth of the economic region surrounding India, with India taking the lead is critical. The "Economic Cooperation" aspect of BIMSTEC is one in which India can contribute significantly by helping to create the financial architecture that will lay the foundation of an economically viable framework for BIMSTEC nations to all benefit from.
'Ghatam' my alternate soul: Grammy-winner Vinayakram
  • 'Ghatam' my alternate soul: Grammy-winner Vinayakram(16:14)
    By Siddhi Jain
    New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) Padma Bhushan recipient musician Vikku Vinayakram is credited for putting the Carnatic music instrument of 'Ghatam' (an earthen pot) on the world map by playing it for a Grammy-winning music album.
Budget 2019-20: Much needed stimulus for affordable housing
  • Budget 2019-20: Much needed stimulus for affordable housing(12:54)
    By Manish Sheth
    Invoking the teachings of Lord Basaveshwara, a 12th-century social reformer who advocated the idea of the welfare state or Kalyana Rajya, the Budget with a series of demand-stimulating proposals reiterated the governments thrust upon ‘Housing for All mission.
Now, Ranthambore's Machali inspires a book on  human survival (IANS Interview)
  • Now, Ranthambore's Machali inspires a book on human survival (IANS Interview)(21:38)
    By Vishnu Makhijani
    New Delhi, July 17 (IANS) At a time of increasing man-animal conflict comes a heart-warming tale of two families - one human, one tiger - following parallel journeys in which the powerful drives to connect, love and raise the next generation play out: All this inspired by Machali, arguably the most famous big cat in the Ranthambore reserve in India's northern state of Rajasthan.
Congress leadership conundrum (Comment: Political Calculus)
  • Congress leadership conundrum (Comment: Political Calculus)(15:10)
    By Jayanta Ghosal
    The opposition's role in democracy is always very important. Ruling party and opposition dialectics is the core strength of democracy. It keeps the balance of power in the system. The ruler becomes a dictator if the opposition is weak. From President Donald Trump to Russia's Vladimir Putin, a new right-wing populism has emerged. It has also emerged in London. Many people think it is a phenomenon that has emerged out of weak opposition space.
Karnataka political saga (Comment)
  • Karnataka political saga (Comment)(09:04)
    By Rahul Vatsa
    The current political crisis for the Kumaraswamy government in Karnataka is not a surprise for many, rather it was something in waiting since the day the government was formed. Anyone with a little idea of Karnataka politics knew that this government would not last long. All the three major parties in the state must be working on their respective strategies accordingly in the last 13 months.
Imran's visit and hopes for end to US-Pak acrimony
  • Imran's visit and hopes for end to US-Pak acrimony(09:42)
    By Shubha Singh
    Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khans visit to the US next week is meant to reset Pakistans often stormy relations with the US. The first visit by Khan as Prime Minister of Pakistan had been under discussion for some weeks, but Islamabad got a jolt when the State Department spokesperson refuted Pakistani media reports of a meeting between the Pakistani Prime Minister and President Donald Trump, saying that there was no confirmation of a meeting of the two leaders by the White House. There was much relief in Islamabad when the White House confirmed two days later that a meeting would take place on July 22 in Washington.
Understanding the new age organisation for national advancement (Column: Spy's Eye)
  • Understanding the new age organisation for national advancement (Column: Spy's Eye)(09:14)
    By D.C. Pathak
    India's strategy of governance and growth must rely heavily on the transformational impact that the IT revolution has made on our young generations over these three decades. This had overshadowed the traditional approaches the rulers had hitherto adopted in both areas. Time is ripe for this course correction as the country has in Prime Minister Narendra Modi a leader who had an uncanny grasp of how the times had changed.
  • The End: The era of single screens and jubilees (Column: B Town)(08:58)
    By Vinod Mirani
    A generation of movie buffs in Mumbai will go on a nostalgia trip and, a rather melancholic one, following the news of the impending closure of the citys iconic, Regal Cinema. So many cinema halls in Mumbai and other metros have downed shutters over the last decade or so. These single screen cinemas enjoyed iconic status and all drew their loyal audience. A film drew as much crowd as a particular cinema just for its ambience. Like all cities, Mumbai too had its cinema belt where the prominent cinema halls were situated within few hundred meters of each other.
Measuring child progress (Column: Active Voice)
  • Measuring child progress (Column: Active Voice)(09:46)
    By Amit Kapoor
    A society's future is inextricably intertwined with its children. How they survive, grow and thrive determine its developmental prospects since the world of tomorrow will inherit the children of today. So, investing in our children's future makes for a compelling argument besides it being a moral imperative.
Curtains for India (Column: Close-in)
  • Curtains for India (Column: Close-in)(09:10)
    By Yajurvindra Singh
    The final of the Cricket World cup has the host England playing against New Zealand. Both the countries have been at the last stage of the tournament in the past, but unfortunately, they have never got their hands on the trophy and have returned with disappointment and despair. Finally, one of them should deservedly do so on July 14 on the prestigious Lord's balcony. A proud moment for the country that wins as both of them have been a part of cricket history without having the most valued cricket trophy as their show piece.
  • International Financial Services Centre: Much needed for India (Column: Behind Infra Lines)(09:06)
    By Taponeel Mukherjee
    In a rapidly transforming global economic landscape in the face of Brexit, trade wars, debates around central bank policy and India emerging as a major economy in aggregate terms, a focus on creating a financial hub in India is both required and commendable. The Union Budget 2019 has provided incentives to ensure a renewed focus on the International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) at GIFT City, Gandhinagar. Tax measures to boost investor interest is timely and a good start.
India needs to work on right age groups for better results:  Paul Dickov (IANS Interview)
HC declines plea against free Metro ride for women
After banks, govt may recapitalise PSU insurers prior to restructuring
Post Rahul, Congress may splinter but something new needed (Comment)
  • Post Rahul, Congress may splinter but something new needed (Comment)(11:48)
    By Saeed Naqvi
    When Trinamools Mahua Moitra took Parliament by storm in her debut speech last month, a thought crossed my mind. In over two decades as Congress President could not Sonia Gandhi have sent a handful of young people to both the Houses who would have been noticed: politically savvy, feet on the ground, conversant with issues, articulate?
M.S. Dhoni: Not just a name, but an emotion
  • M.S. Dhoni: Not just a name, but an emotion(15:26)
    By Aakash Kumar
    New Delhi, July 7 (IANS) Remember in 2005, then Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf had become a fan of Mahendra Singh Dhoni for his hairstyle. In fact, Musharraf was so much in awe of Dhoni's hairstyle during the Pakistan tour of 2006, that he advised him to not get a haircut.
Corporate performance vital, buy select PSU stocks (Column: Market Watch)
  • Corporate performance vital, buy select PSU stocks (Column: Market Watch)(15:12)
    By Arun Kejriwal
    A quick recap of the week gone by saw BSESENSEX gain 118.75 points or 0.30 per cent to close at 39,5163.39 points while NIFTY was up 22.30 points or 0.19 per cent to close at 11,811.15 points. The broader indices saw BSE100, BSE200 and BSE500 gain 0.14 per cent, 0.06 per cent and flat respectively. BSEMIDCAP was down 0.56 per cent while BSESMALLCAP was down 0.68 per cent. The indices had gained on the first four days of trading and lost on the presentation of the budget. What was heartening was the fact that the Indian Rupee gained 60 paisa or 0.87 per cent to close at Rs 68.42 to the dollar. June series futures expired flat with a gain of 0.85 points at 11,946.75 points. The shares of Indiamart Intermesh Ltd listed and registered gains of Rs 353.25 or 36.31 per cent to close at Rs 1,326.25.
Time to discuss mutual interests (Column: Political Calculus)
  • Time to discuss mutual interests (Column: Political Calculus)(10:32)
    By Jayanta Ghosal
    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo came in advance for the final round of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's face-to-face meeting with American President Donald Trump. Trump sent him to fix the schedule of the two top leaders' meeting. It was just before June 28 that a bilateral meeting would be held in the G-20 summit in Japan. But with Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar, Pompeo also held an advance meeting basically for themselves. Trump praised Modi with a tweet as soon as his second innings started, but his main goal was to ensure that India withdrew tax on US items - India has taxed medicine, cars, toys, and this tax had to be reduced.
Programmers: taking films to the cleaners! (Column: B Town)
  • Programmers: taking films to the cleaners! (Column: B Town)(09:18)
    By Vinod Mirani
    The way films are promoted and released lately is rather mechanical! The whole thing about releasing a new film pertains to number of screens. There is no clarity on how that is decided! How can a company market a product it knows nothing about be it a toothpaste, soap, biscuit or a film! But, that is how the film business has been working since the coming on scene of corporate houses and the multiplex cinema screens, also run by corporate houses.
India's balancing act (Column: Spy's Eye)
  • India's balancing act (Column: Spy's Eye)(09:06)
    By D.C. Pathak
    With India, the largest democracy of the world, rapidly rising to its potential as a global player during the Modi regime, its natural placement in the international arena is attracting the limelight after a long period of survival without shine. The hallmark of this is an implicit acknowledgement by the world powers that India stood for sanity in global affairs.
Final countdown begins at 2019 World Cup (Column: Close-in)
  • Final countdown begins at 2019 World Cup (Column: Close-in)(13:04)
    By Yajurvindra Singh
    The cricket World Cup in England has reached its final countdown. Australia, India, England and New Zealand have emerged victorious from the group stage to reach the semi-finals. None of these sides have a clean and unblemished record and that is precisely why predicting a winner is truly foolhardy.
Budget 2019: Kickstarting India's Developmental Journey (Column: Active Voice)