Gloom for Pakistan's maritime economy, boom for Bahria Foundation (Opinion)
Russia-US rapprochement? (Opinion)
  • Russia-US rapprochement? (Opinion)(15:40)
    By Asad Mirza

    The recent announcement by the White House sources that US President Joe Biden has proposed that he and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin hold a summit in a third country in the coming months, has increased hopes of a rapprochement between the two old rivals.

Covid-19 headwinds to make markets trade with negative bias (Market Watch)
  • Covid-19 headwinds to make markets trade with negative bias (Market Watch)(13:20)
    By Arun Kejriwal

    Markets began last week under tremendous pressure on the back of a massive surge in Covid-19 cases. The stringent norms on movement of people imposed in Maharashtra which amounts to a night curfew and almost a day lockdown added to the woes. BSESENSEX lost 759.29 points or 1.53 per cent to close at 48,832.03 points. NIFTY lost 217 points or 1.46 per cent to close at 14,617.85 points. The broader markets saw BSE100, BSE200 and BSE500 lose 1.61 per cent, 1.70 per cent and 1.83 per cent respectively. BSEMIDCAP was down 2.91 per cent while BSESMALLCAP lost 2.68 per cent. In sectoral indices there were no gainers with BSEMETAL losing the least at 0.31 per cent. Incidentally in the previous week, BSEMETAL had gained the most.

April 2003: US in Iraq, Vajpayee's Pak initiative and Worldview India (Comment)
Who funds Pak's purchase of western military equipment
  • Who funds Pak's purchase of western military equipment(13:28)
    By Binay Kumar Singh

    New Delhi, April 13 (IANS) A third world country that is on the brink of economic implosion, living on IMF loans and unable to guarantee the necessities of life to its people is still procuring military equipment from some of the most advanced nations in the world! A country which has been kept on the FATF grey list yet again and regularly signs dubious deals with proscribed organisations and faces strictures by the UK High Court with millions being debited from the bankrupt nations accounts due to the aforementioned shady deals. A country whose foreign exchange reserves stand as on date at only $13 billion- barely adequate for two months imports.

A model mosque (Opinion)
  • A model mosque (Opinion)(12:00)
    By Asad Mirza

    The Muslim community should try to evolve the construction of the mosques, at a lesser cost besides fulfilling both functional and practical needs, and making it a centre of learning and practice.

Ambedkar, a torchbearer of social transformation
  • Ambedkar, a torchbearer of social transformation(20:16)
    By Rattan Lal Kataria

    Much revered Bodhisattva, Bharat Ratna, Baba Saheb Dr. Ambedkar, the harbinger of social transformation and revolution imbibed in the ideas of great personalities like Buddha, Kabir, Mahatma Phule was born to divert the currents of the era and tides if time. The multifaceted personality of Baba Saheb is so deep, vast and diversified that, it would not be wrong to assert that, it would take years even for an erudite scholar to understand and fathom its depth. On the Occasion of the 130th birth anniversary of Babasaheb on April 14, 2021, the entire world in its heartfelt offering will seek inspiration from his indomitable spirit.

Lockdown fears after Covid surge haunt markets (Market Watch)
  • Lockdown fears after Covid surge haunt markets (Market Watch)(15:28)
    By Arun Kejriwal

    Markets were under pressure last week and failed to recover from the onslaught they faced on Monday because of rising covid-19 cases all over the country. They were marginally up on Tuesday, recovered ground on Wednesday, were again marginally up on Thursday and slipped on Friday.

India, China disengagement at Ladakh: An unfinished agenda (Opinion)
  • India, China disengagement at Ladakh: An unfinished agenda (Opinion)(13:30)
    By S B ASTHANA

    The 11th round of India China Corps Commander's meeting has ended with good optics and pleasantly worded PIB release, with no concrete agreement (if any) disseminated so far. Post disengagement of troops in Eastern Ladakh from North and South of Pangong Tso, no disengagement in other areas to include Depsang plains, Gogra, Hot Spring, Demchok, and no further de-escalation, was well predicted by most analysts.

Indian agriculture: Maladies and remedies
  • Indian agriculture: Maladies and remedies(11:52)
    By Asad Mirza

    Since Independence, the agriculture sector has remained the main source of national income and occupation in India. In 1947, 72 per cent of the total working population was engaged in agricultural sector, but still a majority of Indias poor (some 770 million people or about 70 per cent) inhabit the rural areas.

Market in trading zone (Market Watch)
  • Market in trading zone (Market Watch)(14:10)
    By Arun Kejriwal

    The short and truncated week gone by had a mere three trading days but was highly volatile. Each of the three days saw the benchmark indices move by more than 1 per cent with Tuesday, which was the first day of the week seeing a movement in excess of 2 per cent. Markets gained on two of the three days. BSESENSEX gained 1,021.33 points or 2.08 per cent to close at 50,029.83 points, while NIFTY gained 360.05 points or 2.48 per cent to close at 14,867.35 points. The broader indices saw BSE100, BSE200 and BSE500 gained 2.42 per cent, 2.62 per cent and 2.70 per cent respectively. BSEMIDCAP was up 2.73 per cent, while BSESMALLCAP was up 3.91 per cent. There were no sectoral losers during the week with BSEMETAL gaining 8.54 per cent on the back of an expected stimulus in the US which would lead to increased spending on infrastructure.

England done and dusted, now the IPL (Column: Close-in)
  • England done and dusted, now the IPL (Column: Close-in)(16:26)
    By Yajurvindra Singh

    The Indian cricket team has done magnificently well with their resounding win over England in all formats of the game. The Test series was important since a convincing series win was required for India to qualify for the World Test Championship final against New Zealand in June.

The unfolding tragedy of Tibet
  • The unfolding tragedy of Tibet(12:42)
    By Lobsang Sangay & Karma Choeying

    Tibet, famously called the roof of the world; a state in the Himalayas neighboured by India and China has for long been in a state of tussle with Beijing. China lays the claim over the entire Tibet and calls it its own territory; however, Tibet has always strived for an independent existence. This is among the many conflicts currently brewing in south Asia, probably the worse as far as the power imbalance is concerned. The water tower of Asia has for long witnessed the cold and dark nights under the communist regime of China. The process of democratization is merely a ghost only if that ghost exists. This makes it imperative for the powers across the globe to play their role in fostering a dialogue between Beijing and Tibet, and only recently we have seen some improvement on that front and some progress will hopefully be on its way.

A Global Concert for a new Global Era?
  • A Global Concert for a new Global Era?(11:52)
    By Asad Mirza

    Promising the best and most realistic way to advance a new world order, the Global Concert promises peace and prosperity for every human being.

Markets to remain in a trading zone (Opinion)
  • Markets to remain in a trading zone (Opinion)(13:58)
    By Arun Kejriwal

    A choppy and volatile week came to an end with markets losing some ground. Fridays recovery at the start of the new April series saw markets post gains and hence recover some ground. BSESENSEX lost 849.74 points or 1.70% to close at 49,008.50 points, while NIFTY lost 236.70 points or 1.61 per cent to close at 14,507.30 points. The broader markets saw BSE100, BSE200 and BSE500 lose 1.50 per cent, 1.34 per cent and 1.36 per cent respectively. BSEMIDCAP lot 0.37 per cent while BSESMALLCAP lost 0.94 per cent.

Holi reminds us of the value of turmeric during the Covid-19 pandemic (Opinion)
  • Holi reminds us of the value of turmeric during the Covid-19 pandemic (Opinion)(13:22)
    By Dr Birbal Jha

    India is a land of multiculturalism wherein human life is woven with the pearls of festivals in a very systematic series around the year for a smooth, recreational, pleasurable and healthy life. In that order, Holi is one of the festivals directly linked to environmental science, naturopathy and medication if the science behind it is taken into consideration, more particularly, during the Covid-19 pandemic and understood in its fullest sense.

Tenth anniversary of Syrian crisis: Home truths from an eyewitness (Comment)
  • Tenth anniversary of Syrian crisis: Home truths from an eyewitness (Comment)(09:03)
    BY SAEED NAQVI

    In 1952, like a bolt from the blue, came UP Chief Minister Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant's order abolishing zamindari (landlordism). The abrupt drop in prestige and lifestyle caused a relative across the Ganga to hide his arsenal of a few rifles and 12 bore shotguns along with boxes of Eley cartridges with LG or Large-Goose loads.

A bill in solidarity with 6 million Tibetans (Opinion)
  • A bill in solidarity with 6 million Tibetans (Opinion)(12:06)
    by Lobsang Sangay

    The Tibetan Support and Policy Act of 2020 was passed by the US Congress, which is a landmark victory for the people of Tibet and their struggle. This bill acknowledges the struggle of people of Tibet against the brutal and oppressive Chinese occupation and is in solidarity with six million Tibetans who are suffering inside Tibet. Washington has always fought the non-democratic forces and stands firm hand in hand with the Tibetan brothers and sisters and their freedom struggle. Washington D.C. has always supported the justice of Tibetan people and will continue to pursue and support the cause. This is also the recognition of the legacy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his earnest efforts towards the justice for Tibetan brothers. This will be a major boost to the Tibetan freedom struggle, and is thus of historic importance.

Bangladesh's Twitter-FB war with Pak ahead of Modi visit
  • Bangladesh's Twitter-FB war with Pak ahead of Modi visit(11:30)
    By Ayesha Zaman Shimu

    Dhaka, March 24 (IANS) A fierce social media 'war' has erupted between pro-Liberation Bangladeshis and the Pakistanis resenting Bangladesh's much vaunted progress and growing relations with India ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the country.

Pakistan Navy's 'Aman-21': An exercise in self-deception
  • Pakistan Navy's 'Aman-21': An exercise in self-deception(12:56)
    By Binay Kumar Singh

    The Pakistan Navy hosted 'Aman-2021' from February 11-16. The exercise was the seventh edition of 'AMAN series' of exercises, which started in 2007, and is held by Pakistan Navy biennially. This year's edition was conducted off Karachi and the participants included Chinese, Turkish and Russian warships, among others.

India central to the Indo-Pacific region (Opinion)
Volatility to continue, new listings would decide sentiment (Market Watch)
Quad Summit 2021: Forward trajectory disturbs China (Opinion)
  • Quad Summit 2021: Forward trajectory disturbs China (Opinion)(12:31)
    By Major General S.B. Asthana

    The visit of US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin to India, along with Japan and South Korea within a week of Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) Summit held on March 12, indicates a quick follow up. The Summit did not name China directly, but Beijing seemed nervous and rattled about the event, as its mouthpiece Global times accused the Quad members to be hyping the "China threat" before the event and expressed that India will not go US way due to its own ambition and economic dependency on China, after the visit. Apparently, China saw a major challenge to its dream of China Centric Asia Pa-cific, in Quad's call for a free, open, inclusive, healthy, Indo-Pacific region that is "anchored by democratic values, and unconstrained by coercion". China's hope that the four-country group hasn't formed a cohesive force from within, may need a revisit, after the Quad leaders agreed to give joint statement, committed to holding an in-person leaders' summit by the end of 2021 and agreed to pursue important agendas through three focused working groups.

Pope Francis and Ayatollah Sistani talks: Balm for bruised souls (Comment)
  • Pope Francis and Ayatollah Sistani talks: Balm for bruised souls (Comment)(09:02)
    BY SAEED NAQVI

    Pardon my Lucknow chauvinism, but the benighted city once had intimate links with the centre of Shia Islam, Najaf, in Iraq, which Pope Francis visited early March in what must be counted among the Pontiff's most epoch-making journeys. His 50-minute conversation with Shia Islam's highest spiritual authority, Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, in his modest, rented house in a Najaf alley, must have enriched both.

Vision 2024: RSS ready with 3-D plan to reach out to farmers, youth and intellectuals
  • Vision 2024: RSS ready with 3-D plan to reach out to farmers, youth and intellectuals(19:53)
    By N. B. Hombal

    Bengaluru, March 20 (IANS) The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is bracing up to commemorate 100 years of the outfit in 2025. Newly elected Sarkaryavaha Dattatreya Hosabale on Saturday revealed the RSS's three dimension (3-D) outreach plan which aims at ensuring that the BJP comes to power in 2024, a year ahead of the RSS completing 100 years in 2025.