- Without RSS, there would be no Hindustan: New Raj BJP Chief (IANS Interview)(15:14)
By Archana Sharma
Jaipur, Sep 18 (IANS) Satish Poonia, the newly appointed BJP President of Rajasthan, is the first Jat leader in the state who has been given a task to lead the party when it is in opposition, and by-polls on two seats and civic and panchayat elections are approaching near. The leader has already served Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and has been party general secretary too. He is also the favourite of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Presently serving as Amer MLA, he knows about demographic, political and socio-economic challenges BJP faces in the state.
- AAP did nothing for Delhi; Dikshit was better: Goel (IANS Interview)(08:16)
By Nivedita Singh
New Delhi, Sep 18 (IANS) Calling former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit better than her successor Arvind Kejriwal, BJP leader Vijay Goel said the Aam Aadmi Party has not done any work for the city in the last five years. Speaking to IANS, Goel said the AAP is just a one-man party and has nothing apart from Kejriwal.
- 3-judge Bench to hear SC/ST Act order review plea on Wednesday(15:06)
New Delhi, Sep 17 (IANS) A three-judge bench will on Wednesday hear the Centre's plea seeking recall of its 2018 judgment, which virtually diluted the stringent provisions of immediate arrest and no anticipatory bail for the accused on a complaint filed under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
- Week ahead would trade with positive bias (Column: Market Watch)(18:06)
By Arun Kejriwal
The week saw markets making some gains and confidence returning. US and China relations too improved, with China taking the first step by agreeing to buy US farm produce and removing the duties that were slapped by them. In reciprocation US deferred the increase in duties that were to happen. All this leads to hope that the US-China trade dispute would get resolved sooner than later.
- The future of Broadcast TV (Column: Talking Point)(09:16)
BY AMIT KHANNA
For over 30 years TV has been the dominant form of entertainment in India and the world. It is estimated that around 850 million people have access to a TV set in India. On an average 250 million Indians watch Broadcast television every day and on special occasions like a cricket match or an important event, the viewership goes up to 400 million. Only China has more viewers than India but Indians have a much wider array of channels to choose from. Such a large audience has obviously had a large influence -- social, cultural and political. TV is also the biggest marketing tool grabbing the attention of half a billion eyeballs. It has also an important role in dissemination of information and arguably some impact of the politics of the nation. Little surprise that India has the biggest universe of TV channels in the world -- over 800, of which nearly 400 are news channels. Though it is regulated today, clumsily I may add, TV has thrived in spite of various government interventions of the past 4 decades.
- Preparing for an attention deficit audience (Column: Talking Point)(09:14)
BY AMIT KHANNA
A surfeit of choices and too many alternate options of engagement are gradually eating into the time spent before the box. Although Indians still spend nearly four hours a day watching TV, the shift to alternate screens is happening fast. Broadcast TV now faces a media landscape which its once prime position is being threatened. A shift in socio-cultural preferences is igniting this change in viewing habits. Cord cutting, as the phenomenon of actually giving up your Cable or Satellite connection which is quite apparent in markets like the US, is now slowly making an entry into Indian homes. I know many people who now access all their news and entertainment via Internet and on demand is becoming more dynamic and democratic than ever before. As broadcasters, we can propagate programmes online and on demand, and if we can catch the viewers attention, they will be discussed and recommended by thousands of people on social networks in real time, becoming instantly accessible by new viewers.
- Security for all - the mission of democratic governance (Column: Spy's Eye)(09:00)
BY D.C. PATHAK
In a democratic dispensation the first duties of the elected political executive governing the nation are to bring about development of all and ensure protection of citizens from internal and external threats. The political leadership exercises the sovereign power to this end through the bureaucratic machinery -- that includes the police -- headed by the officers of All India and Central Services who were recruited, trained and placed in various wings of the government to implement the policies flowing from the top. Years ago a policy decision of great administrative value was taken by the Centre to put the newly inducted officers of all these services together for a short 'Foundation Course' at what is now the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) at Mussoorie, before they dispersed to join the establishments of their respective services at other places for a full length specialised training.
- Filmmaking: From studios to locations to VFX Suites (Column: B Town)(08:12)
BY VINOD MIRANI
It is not only the technology that has proved a great boon for filmmaking but there is another aspect that has changed over the period. This aspect, broadly speaking, is the available options to shoot where you wish to, not being confined to the four walls of a studio floor.
- I don't think about my stardom: Ajay Devgn (IANS Interview)(08:06)
By Sugandha Rawal
New Delhi, Sep 15 (IANS) Ajay Devgn doesn't believe in looking back or prodding much about the future, and likes to live in the present. The actor says he doesn't care or think about stardom, and that helps him stay in touch with reality.
- Indian cricket comes back home (Column: Close-in)(09:50)
By Yajurvindra Singh
India has over time become the hub and spokesperson for world cricket. The interest, fan following and hype that one encounters at every corner of the country, of matches in India and overseas, is remarkable.
- Is liberal democracy under threat? (Column: Active Voice)(09:48)
By Amit Kapoor
Every century has its own defining moment. For the nineteenth century, it was the juxtaposition of imperialism with the industrial revolution while for the twentieth century it was the World Wars and the advent of technology. The world in the twenty-first century seems to be at a similar crossroads. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, liberal democracies seemed to be the best form of societal organisation. The trust on the political order was so high that Francis Fukuyama claimed that it is the end of mankind's ideological evolution and the future belongs to liberal democracies.
- The subtle art of credit price discovery (Column: Behind Infra Lines)(09:40)
By Taponeel Mukherjee
As India grapples with credit issues, one of the primary factors that needs analysis is the broken transmission mechanism that relays credit quality to market participants. In common parlance, the transmission mechanism that provides information regarding the credit quality of the borrower to the lenders is unable to do so efficiently. Recent news whereby credit downgrades have just preceded defaults by Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs) is a case in point.
- Safarnama app reanimates Delhi's ancient monuments (IANS Interview)(15:42)
By Vishnu Makhijani
New Delhi, Sep 12 (IANS) There've been guidebooks, bus tours, videos, pamphlets, walkabouts et al, but this 'Safarnama' app will "capture the way history in Delhi is actually held within and under the stones" in short bursts as you travel across the city.
- The Little Winner(12:54)
By Deepa Gahlot
Marathi film Naal (Umbilical Chord) has won for Sudhakar Reddy Yakkanti this years Indira Gandhi National Award for best debut film of a director, and for Shrinivas Pokale, the best child actor award.
- CBI's initial 2G scam evidence could help in appeal: Vinod Rai (IANS Interview)(21:50)
By Sumit Saxena
New Delhi, Sep 11 (IANS) Initial evidence procured in the 2G scam was very crucial and it could help the CBI make a robust appeal challenging the trial court order acquitting the accused, said Vinod Rai, former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India, while indicating that the CAG report on the spectrum allocation could have probably helped build a strong case.
- Indian fashion industry lacks discipline: Payal Singhal(15:06)
By Puja Gupta
New Delhi, Sep 10 (IANSlife) In her over two-decade-long career as a designer, Payal Singhal has seen the evolution of the Indian fashion industry, but she feels it still lacks the discipline and unity seen in fashion industries elsewhere.
- Road to equality is a long one(15:06)
By Puja Gupta
New Delhi, Sep 10 (IANSlife) A year after the Supreme Court struck down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) decriminalizing homosexuality, the LGBTQ community still struggles with social stigma and lack of opportunities, but people have found the courage to speak up and come out of the closet, says Keshav Suri, who was at the forefront of LGBTQ community's battle for equality.
- Inclusion of more body types in Bollywood welcome: Bhumi(15:02)
By Siddhi Jain
New Delhi, Sep 10 (IANSlife) Since her debut in "Dum Laga Ke Haisha", the transformation of Bhumi Pednekar - both in terms of her career and her style - has been complete. So much so that the actor is now the brand ambassador for the clothing brand, Raisin.
- Radhika Apte: OTT's quality can only be checked with time(15:02)
By Siddhi Jain
New Delhi, Sep 10 (IANSlife) Never the demure damsel, Radhika Apte refuses to be a Bollywood typecast. She has played powerful characters across industries and mediums, but it's her roles in Netflix's 'Ghoul', 'Sacred Games' and 'Lust Stories' that have led to her being hailed as the "queen of the OTT (over-the-top) platforms".
- Self-care for women, the Lara Dutta way(14:58)
By Siddhi Jain
New Delhi, Sep 10 (IANSlife) Miss Universe winner (2000) and actor Lara Dutta Bhupathi has turned entrepreneur. She recently launched of her own beauty brand, and is advocating better skincare for women.