Seek freedom from burqa 1st, not CAA: Tarek Fatah (IANS Interview)(10:30) By Vivek Tripathi Lucknow, Jan 26 (IANS) Pakistani-Canadian author Tarek Fatah has said that those opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) are prone to a "separatist mindset". Raising questions on Muslim womens' participation in anti-CAA demonstrations, he said before seeking freedom from the new citizenship law, they must seek freedom from the veil (burqa) first.
Where did the comedians go! (Column: B-Town)(09:18) By Vinod Mirani The term comedian carried as much weight as the phrase hero in Hindi films. Almost no films, especially a family drama or even a romantic film, was complete without a healthy dose of comedy. Often, the comedy track had little to do with the main narrative and, if at all, a thin connection was devised to keep it relevant to the story.
Partnership for success (Column: Spy's Eye)(09:10) BY D.C. PATHAK In the Age of Knowledge that we live in many old concepts of management of an enterprise including those revolving around leadership, employer-employee relationship and the role of hierarchy in the organisation, have received a severe knock. Among the key determinants of the new norm are the recognition that a leader must rely on knowledge-based decision making and not personal 'charisma' for moving ahead, acceptance of the importance of lateral rather than 'vertical' interactions for improving the output and a realisation that in the competitive environ 'time' had to be regarded as a precious 'resource' -- apart from manpower and funds. In these times, an enterprise will succeed if its leader knew how to bring the best out of all members of the organisation and create an ethos that makes everybody -- high or low in the hierarchy -- feel that they were contributing to its progress. In a word, success today is built on partnership.
A Kiwi wound that needs healing (Column: Close-in)(10:12) BY YAJURVINDRA SINGH The Indian cricket team has embarked on a very important overseas series Down Under against New Zealand. The Kiwis, as they are popularly called because of their flightless national bird, are a difficult side to beat at home.
Getting private rail on track (Column: Behind Infra Lines)(09:43) BY TAPONEEL MUKHERJEE Fundamental to business success over and above external market conditions is the ability of a business to move the levers of revenues and costs to drive a sustainable profit margin. As crucial decisions around allowing private players to operate passenger trains are made, a relook at the fundamental requirements for success would be appropriate.
Protests against CAA, NRC organic: Nandita Das (Lead)(23:00) Sukant Deepak Jaipur, Jan 23 (IANS) The protests against CAA and NRC were organic and erupting almost simultaneously across the country without any political backing or support, actor-director Nandita Das told IANS.
Mammoth procession in Tripura on Netaji's birth anniversary(14:33) Agartala, Jan 23 (IANS) The Pulwama terror attack, climate change, Swachhata Abhiyan, environment protection and ethnic unity, among others, were showcased by 1,700 Tripura school students in diverse tableaux here on Thursday to mark the 124th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.
Sonia's return temporary, need organisational polls: Tharoor (IANS interview)(20:40) By Sirshendu Panth Kolkata, Jan 22 (IANS) Describing as a "temporary arrangement" the return of Sonia Gandhi to the post of Congress president, senior party leader Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday reiterated his call for elections to all leadership positions in order to revive the party and energise its workers.
German football's desperate fight against bad behaviour(09:04) Berlin, Jan 22 (IANS) German football is taking up a desperate fight against bad behaviour. In advance of the second half of the 2019-20 Bundesliga season, the association Deutscher Fussball Bund has advised its referees to act more strictly and uncompromised.
'Darkness is transparent, you can see through'(05:00) By Sukant Deepak New Delhi, Jan 22 (IANS) We talk about soil and clay. She says that working with them heals -- emotionally and physically. There is talk of childhood memories. She says all the dust had vanished and her memory is now crystal clear. She recounts the watermill back in her village in Bihar. A composition of water, sound, light, the splash on the iron sheets - the entire musicality of it. "In the evening, when you looked down the well, there were innumerable fireflies hanging there. How does one describe that?," smiles Shambhavi.
Kanu Behl's new film 'Agra' probes sexuality in smalltowns(15:53) Mumbai, Jan 21 (IANS) Director Kanu Behl carved a niche with the critically acclaimed debut film, "Titli", and is now all set to return with a new feature, "Agra". The film marks the comeback of actor Rahul Roy and is an exploration of sexual dynamics within a family that is confined in a small house in smalltown India.
Instagram drops IGTV button due to lack of use(11:18) San Francisco, Jan 21 (IANS) Facebook-owned Instagram has removed the IGTV shortcut button from the top right corner of the app's home screen because not enough people are interacting with it.
Antyodaya Yojana a success in Himachal, says official(17:32) Shimla, Jan 19 (IANS) Deen Dayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Urban Livelihood Mission is proving very effective for socio-economic uplift of urban poor households in Himachal Pradesh, an official said on Sunday.
Midcap and Small caps to lead upsurge(14:50) By Arun Kejriwal Markets began the last week with big gains on Monday and then traded in a narrow range, gaining on four of the five trading sessions.
30 years after exodus, Kashmiri Pandits struggle for justice (Comment)(10:29) BY DEEPIKA BHAN For three decades a community of over five lakh people has been waiting for justice to get the perpetrators of their forced exodus identified and booked. The Kashmiri Pandits, a minority community from Kashmir, regard their exodus as a case of 'genocide' and 'ethnic cleansing'. For them January 19-20 is a painful memory of the persecution meted out to them in the Valley in late 1989 and thereafter. It is also a reminder of the bitter fact that theirs is, perhaps, the only case of violence in the country, on which no inquiry commission or committee was ever formed to investigate.
Investment Strategy 2.0 (Column: Behind Infra Lines)(09:32) BY TAPONEEL MUKHERJEE Recently, market commentator Saurabh Mukherjea pointed out the formalisation in various sectors of the Indian economy leading to the emergence of one or two giants in each industry, thereby creating a market structure where a larger share of the profits sits with fewer firms. The price action India witnessed last year with the BSE Sensex soaring even as BSE Small-Cap index failed to keep up would provide further credence to the theory.
The return of agitational politics (Column: Spy's Eye)(09:02) BY D.C. PATHAK Political history of independent India amply illustrates how street agitations have been used as a potent instrument by the opposition to create an anti-incumbency environ against an otherwise well entrenched regime. Economic issues and failures of policy implementation have been the common cause for the politically disparate groups to come together for vote mobilisation. Students and workers were always the focal points of an agitational campaign -- the most pronounced in recent history was the episode of JP agitation that derived strength from the parallel Railways strike masterminded by George Fernandes in 1974 to oppose Indira Gandhi. The war cry of that agitation revolved round misgovernance and corruption. However, that particular all India stir -- as far as one can see -- never displayed a communal streak. The current protests in the country on the twin issues of Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) need to be analysed and evaluated considering that for the first time the opposition at the all-India level is stoking communal passions to whip up a public agitation on what it alleges are the 'anti- Muslim' measures of the Modi government.
Locust invasion has Rajasthan farmers in a tizzy(16:21) By Archana Sharma Jaipur, Jan 18 (IANS) It's 6 a.m. in Rajasthan's Ganganagar city and the Gurdwaras are not resounding with the soothing sound of Gurbani, rather a warning bell for farmers could be heard from them, along with the warning: "tiddi aa rahi hai, jao apne khet bachao" (locusts are approaching, go and save your fields).
This Bihar govt. office practices yoga everyday(12:58) By Manoj Pathak Patna, Jan 18 (IANS) Meditation results in marvels. Bihar's Electricity Department in Purnia district has adopted that adage as the basic theme of its daily curriculum.
Age is now just a number in Indian cricket (Column: Close-in)(09:50) By Yajurvindra Singh Cricket as a sport in the past was always looked at as one that had the aura of royalty. Whether it was played on the village green or in a stadium, it had that lethargic approach of a sport that showcased elegance, character and endurance rather than one with a fast and furious approach. Cricket was a sport that taught one the way of life, of its ups and downs, where individuals shone but a teams' performance finally was the ultimate goal.
Artisans community dwindles in Rajasthan as exports slip(15:48) By Archana Sharma Jaipur, Jan 17 (IANS) The artisans of Rajasthan, who have made their mark the world over with their skilled hands, are slowly dwindling in number which is causing worry to manufacturers here in the handicraft industry.