5 ways to manage childhood allergies (Opinion)
Putin's political chess (Opinion)
  • Putin's political chess (Opinion)(12:42)
    By Asad Mirza

    Russia has demanded for a new security arrangement in Europe, and threatened war if the US and its NATO allies fail to comply. Western analysts are split over interpreting Russian President Vladimir Putin's motives. Some say he is using the impossible list of demands as a pretext to invade Ukraine. Others think he is playing a weak hand to try to divide the West and reorder Europe's security architecture in Russia's favour.

New highs are within approaching distance - When would they be crossed?
  • New highs are within approaching distance - When would they be crossed?(13:28)
    By Arun Kejriwal

    Markets were on a roll last week and did much better than expected. The only note of caution was towards the second half of the week when on Thursday the rise was much less than the earlier days and Friday saw markets recovering from early losses dramatically, but closing almost flat. At the end of the week BSESENSEX gained 1,478.38 points or 2.47 per cent to close at 61,223.03 points while NIFTY gained 443.05 points or 2.49 per cent to close at 18,255.75 points. The broader markets saw BSE100, BSE200 and BSE500 gain 2.48 per cent, 2.45 per cent and 2.50 per cent respectively. BSEMIDCAP gained 2.40 per cent while BSESMALLCAP was up 3.06 per cent.

It's back to the season of 'Aaya Ram Gaya Ram' politics
  • It's back to the season of 'Aaya Ram Gaya Ram' politics(13:14)
    By Deepika Bhan

    As the election to the five state assemblies draws near, the pace of political activities naturally has become turbocharged. Not that rallies or road shows are happening, neither are posters and banners flooding the streets. The movement is of politicians shifting alliances in search of pastures that they believe can fetch them the necessary greens.

Principles that define success (Column: Spy's Eye)
  • Principles that define success (Column: Spy's Eye)(09:02)
    By DC Pathak

    Many among the most successful businessmen of our times have written about their experience of what they passed through in reaching to the top and what learning they could draw from it for sharing with the newer generations - in the philanthropic spirit of giving a 'gift' to the latter.

Timely Delhi HC reminder to foreign arbitrals respect of sovereign bodies protecting domestic public policy (Opinion)
Indian Navy safeguarding country's economic interests
Amazon deceived CCI, arbitration with Future governed by Indian law can't continue: Experts
  • Amazon deceived CCI, arbitration with Future governed by Indian law can't continue: Experts(14:44)
    By Ruchika Rao

    A Division Bench of the Delhi High Court has stayed arbitration proceedings initiated by Amazon against the Future group in relation to a 2019 investment by Amazon in a Future group company. The High Court, after hearing the parties for over two hours, passed an order recording that a prima facie case for interim relief had been made out by the Future group.

American democracy in peril? (Opinion)
  • American democracy in peril? (Opinion)(11:56)
    By Asad Mirza

    It seems a paradox. But one of the oldest democracies of the world, the US which has the habit of preaching the world about democracy and democratic traditions, including to the largest functioning democracy of the world i.e. India, it itself is facing a democratic crisis. A debate is currently on in the US whether the American democracy is floundering or it faces challenges or will it be turned into a despotic government in the next 20-25 years.

Markets to remain rangebound with positive bias
  • Markets to remain rangebound with positive bias(13:40)
    By Arun Kejriwal

    The first week of the new calendar year 2022, saw markets in India open with a bang. FII's who were big sellers in the last couple of months, stopped selling and actually made net purchases. This changed the sentiment and at the end of the third day of the week, things looked hunky dory.

Xi Jinping's fallback on cultural nationalism (Column: Spy's Eye)
  • Xi Jinping's fallback on cultural nationalism (Column: Spy's Eye)(09:00)
    By DC Pathak

    In his New Year message to the nation, Chinese President Xi Jinping carried forward the process of what has aptly been called 'Sinicization of Marxism'. He referred to the 'great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation' in progress and particularly appreciated the youth who have pledged to the Party 'to make their country strong' and 'save their pure true love for the motherland'.

Past and no prejudices: Security breaches of PMs (Opinion)
Strained Indo-Maldives relations (Opinion)
  • Strained Indo-Maldives relations (Opinion)(09:50)
    By Asad Mirza

    New Delhi, Jan 3 (IANS) A lot has happened in the bilateral relations between India and Maldives during the last 10 years. The relations which were once described as one of the most vibrant and dynamic, have turned into one in which India has been painted as a villain. Though the genesis started 10 years back, yet it gathered further momentum during the last three years particularly, resulting in ‘India Out campaign on the social media.

New Year to take cues from global markets and control of virus
  • New Year to take cues from global markets and control of virus(14:26)
    By Arun Kejriwal

    The last week of calendar year 2021 ended on a high with stock markets registering gains and gaining ground to end the year with flying colours. BSESENSEX gained 1,129.51 points or 1.98 per cent to close at 58,253.82 points while NIFTY gained 350.30 points or 2.06 per cent to end at 17,354.05 points. The broader indices saw BSE100, BSE200 and BSE500 gain 1.97 per cent, 2.12 per cent and 2.26 per cent. BSEMIDCAP gained 2.52 per cent, while BSESMALLCAP was up 3.85 per cent.

The Dragon's long shadow on Sri Lanka (Opinion)
  • The Dragon's long shadow on Sri Lanka (Opinion)(09:06)
    By Sumit Kumar Singh

    New Delhi, Jan 2 (IANS) For some South Asian countries like Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Bangladesh, the 'China Nightmare' is no longer just a bad dream. It is a living reality, which continues to threaten the countries' national interests, and eat away at their very sovereignty.

India's security scenario has some worrying new dimensions (Column: Spy's Eye)
  • India's security scenario has some worrying new dimensions (Column: Spy's Eye)(09:00)
    By D.C. Pathak

    Intelligence being the anchor of security, two fundamentals of national security provide the reasons for a periodical examination of whether the Intelligence infrastructure and its methodology were in need of an upgrade and expansion. First is the reality that the threat perspectives were never static since geo- politics could alter and new adversarial fronts shape up. The second is the principle that says 'Security is a matter of degree' implying that it should never be presumed to be perfect and should be constantly improved.

Was Maqbool Bhat a Pakistani 'Agent'?
  • Was Maqbool Bhat a Pakistani 'Agent'?(14:46)
    By Amjad Ayub Mirza

    Maqbool Bhat has been given the title of 'shaheed' or 'martyr' in Pakistan. Maqbool Bhat was hanged in Tihar Jail in Delhi on February 11, 1984. He was the founder of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), which was instrumental in facilitating the early influx of jihadi terrorists in Kashmir.

Turkey's African outreach (Opinion)
  • Turkey's African outreach (Opinion)(11:22)
    By Asad Mirza

    Recently, the third Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit was held in Istanbul from December 16-19. The first Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit was held in Istanbul, the second in Malabo. Over 100 government ministers and 16 Presidents from Africa attended the summit, which was held under the theme, ‘Enhanced Partnership for Common Development and Prosperity.

Year end and expiry to see markets more circumspect
  • Year end and expiry to see markets more circumspect(20:26)
    By Arun Kejriwal

    The week gone by made us realise the vulnerability that affects our markets. Friday, from the previous week and continuing into Monday, the first day of the current week, rattled markets and virtually knocked them off their feet. The fact that they managed to recover all of these losses and manage to close with a small gain for the week speaks well of the markets but still underscores the fact that it has a soft belly and remains vulnerable. BSE SENSEX gained 112.57 points or 0.20 per cent to close at 57,124.31 points while NIFTY gained 18.55 points or 0.11 per cent to close at 17,003.75 points. The broader markets saw BSE100, BSE200 and BSE500 close on a mixed bag with BSE100 up 0.04 per cent while BSE200 and BSE500 lost 0.02 per cent and 0.04 per cent respectively. BSEMIDCAP was down 0.75 per cent while BSESMALLCAP lost 0.31 per cent.

It is Emirate vs Islamic Republic in Afghanistan (Column: Spy's Eye)
  • It is Emirate vs Islamic Republic in Afghanistan (Column: Spy's Eye)(09:00)
    By D.C. Pathak

    The return of Islamic Emirate in Kabul on August 15 this year, and what is happening in Afghanistan since then, must draw attention to December 1996 when with the full support of Pakistan, Taliban had first captured Kabul, established the Afghan Emirate under Mullah Omar and issued a five-point directive ordering strict enforcement of Islamic laws, creation of 'religious police', women to stay at home, closure of all video and private media, and even led people to pray on the highways.

Naga peace talks, AFSPA: Is the ball finally in the court of the PM?
Imran Khan sheds crocodile tears at OIC
  • Imran Khan sheds crocodile tears at OIC(17:32)
    Dr Amjad Ayub Mirza

    Imran Khan cannot make up his mind about the purpose of the recently held 17th Extraordinary Session of OIC held in Islamabad. During his address to the attendees, he said that it was a 'humanitarian duty' of the world that they help Afghanistan with aid, yet in his second breath he claimed that it was a 'religious duty' of Muslims to help Afghanistan.

The Controversial UK Nationality Bill (Opinion)
  • The Controversial UK Nationality Bill (Opinion)(09:52)
    By Asad Mirza

    The controversial Nationality and Borders Bill was introduced by the ruling Conservative Party in the House of Commons on July 6, 2021. The Bill has now progressed to the House of Lords, and if passed it would impact the current UK immigration system as it relates to asylum seekers and refugees; and does this primarily by introducing a two-tier system for asylum-seekers arriving in the country, based on method of arrival.

Tough times ahead, trade cautiously
  • Tough times ahead, trade cautiously(14:22)
    By Arun Kejriwal

    Markets were under downward pressure in the week gone by and lost on four of the five trading sessions. BSESENSEX lost 1,774.93 points, or 3.02 per cent, to close at 57,011.74 points, while NIFTY lost 526.10 points or 3.00 per cent to close at 16,985.20 points. The broader indices saw BSE100, BSE200 and BSE500 lose 3.21 per cent, 3.22 per cent and 3.18 per cent, respectively. While BSEMIDCAP was down 4.53 per cent, BSESMALLCAP lost 2.75 per cent. In sectoral indices, just BSEIT and BSETECK saw upticks while everything else was down. The BFSI space was badly hit and many of the stocks in this sector suffered huge losses. The constitution of NIFTY is heavily skewed in favour of this sector and could weigh heavily in the coming week if markets and particularly the banking and NBFC space is under pressure.

Perfecting the instrument of analysis for security (Column: Spy's Eye)
  • Perfecting the instrument of analysis for security (Column: Spy's Eye)(09:06)
    By DC Pathak

    In a world of behind the scene happenings, not only in the area of defence and security, but in the socio-political sphere as well, right observation and a competent examination of available information have become particularly important for framing an effective response.