End of 'inclusiveness' in TN politics?
  • End of 'inclusiveness' in TN politics?(09:38)
    By Arun Lakshman

    Chennai, July 25 (IANS) When the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) sleuths raided 21 premises, including the residence of AIADMK leader and former Tamil Nadu Transport Minister M.R. Vijayabhaskar on July 22, it sent out a clear message -- the politics of vendetta which is a common phenomenon in Dravidian politics of the state is back with a bang.

Defence and security come first (Column: Spy's Eye)
  • Defence and security come first (Column: Spy's Eye)(09:28)
    BY D.C. PATHAK

    In the context of the pandemic affecting the world, India being amongst the worst impacted countries, the fundamentals of State-Citizen relationship in a democratic dispensation have come under the focus in terms of defining where the nation's energies and resources would be devoted first. The health emergency caused by Covid-19 has been with us for more than a year -- and still persistent -- leading to enormous loss of lives, destruction of employment and a sharp rise of poverty posing the unprecedented challenge before the ruling dispensation of reviving a derailed economy.

Their crimes don't count! (Column: B-Town)
  • Their crimes don't count! (Column: B-Town)(09:08)
    BY VINOD MIRANI

    Film folk of yore preferred to keep their private lives to themselves. There was little exposure to the public in real life. All their communication or keeping in touch happened through fan mail. Yes, once every week, you heard a popular star anchoring a film songs slot on the radio which catered to the army personnel. Not only the army, but all music lovers also heard the programme and loved the stars even more.

Who is behind the attack on Chinese in Pakistan (Opinion)
  • Who is behind the attack on Chinese in Pakistan (Opinion)(12:46)
    By Amjad Ayub Mirza

    The deadly attack, carried out on July 15, on a coach carrying Chinese engineers to an under-construction tunnel site at the 4300 MW Dasu Hydro-power project site in Upper Kohistan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province has left 9 Chinese and 4 Pakistanis dead of which two belong to the security forces. It has left everyone bamboozled.

Coexistence, a unifying factor for Indians (Opinion)
  • Coexistence, a unifying factor for Indians (Opinion)(13:24)
    By Asad Mirza

    For most political parties, sociologists and psephologists what a common Indian on the street thinks matters most. It is an insight into a common mans psyche, which allows them to strategies and formulate new plans and narratives. Though the political parties are able to set the narrative for their own narrow agendas yet they are unable to control the common perceptions and thinking among the populace.

Markets to see volatile movements on account of midweek holiday (Market Outlook)
  • Markets to see volatile movements on account of midweek holiday (Market Outlook)(13:46)
    By Arun Kejriwal

    Markets had a decent outing in the week gone by and they gained on three of the five trading days. The remaining two trading days were flat with virtually insignificant movement. BSESENSEX gained 753.87 points or 1.44 per cent to close at 53,140.06 points while NIFTY gained 233.60 points or 1.49 per cent to close at 15,923.40 points.

South Asia in India's focus (Column: Spy's Eye)
  • South Asia in India's focus (Column: Spy's Eye)(09:08)
    BY D.C. PATHAK

    Developments in Afghanistan marking a steady rise of Taliban's hold on that country -- this resulted in the evacuation of staff from the Indian Consulate at Kandahar -- confirms many readings on how the Pak-Afghan belt would shape up in the aftermath of the withdrawal of American troops from the messy theatre, the scene of an unending 'war on terror' launched by the US in Afghanistan way back in the wake of 9/11.

'Climate Change Chaupal' is Meghalaya's new intervention for tackling climate change (Opinion)
Why are Sikhs of Kashmir angry?
  • Why are Sikhs of Kashmir angry?(15:50)
    By Javed Beigh

    Kashmir has historically been a multi religious society, where Kashmiri Muslims, Kashmiri Hindu Pandits and Kashmiri Sikhs have lived with each other for centuries maintaining cordial, harmonious and brotherly relationship. Sikhs of Kashmir, who actually are not historically from Punjab but are believed to be Brahmin and Rajput converts from neighbouring Jammu region and even Kashmir valley are very much an integral part of Kashmiri society.

Taliban's Next Stop: Kabul, Kashmir and Kerala
  • Taliban's Next Stop: Kabul, Kashmir and Kerala(14:28)
    By Amjad Ayub Mirza

    The speedy advance of the Taliban from northern Afghanistan to Kabul in the eastern section of the country could not have been achieved without the active support of the Pakistani Army. This has been confirmed by none other than the Afghan First Vice President Amrullah Saleh. The question is whether the people of Afghanistan, India and neighbouring countries will allow Taliban to capture Kabul?

Outliers: A Macro and Bond Update (Opinion)
  • Outliers: A Macro and Bond Update (Opinion)(14:26)
    By Suyash Choudhary

    A persistent theme of Indias bond curve is its very attractive steepness even up to mid-duration points. This has allowed for substantial carry plus roll down benefits from a portfolio standpoint. The assumption in this sort of a strategy is that, while bond yields can rise, they should do so relatively modestly and in an orderly fashion for the excess carry and the benefit of roll down to manifest itself.

The resurgent Taliban (Opinion)
  • The resurgent Taliban (Opinion)(13:18)
    By Asad Mirza

    in a speech on July 8, US President Joe Biden announced that the American military would complete its withdrawal from Afghanistan by August 31, nearly two weeks before his earlier deadline of September 11. The US pullout from Afghanistan, will end the US longest overseas war, which cost the lives of around 2,300 troops and $825 billion monetarily, is a result of the February 2020 agreement that the former Donald Trump administration negotiated with the Taliban in Doha, Qatar.

Markets to trade in a broad range (Market Outlook)
  • Markets to trade in a broad range (Market Outlook)(13:58)
    By Arun Kejriwal

    The week gone by behaved as expected with fireworks during the first three days. Thereafter correction set in and markets ended marginally negative, having surrendered all the gains. Incidentally there were new highs recorded on the benchmark indices during the week. BSESENSEX lost 98.48 points or 0.19 per cent to close at 52,386.16 points while NIFTY lost 32.40 points or 0.21 per cent to close at 15,689.80 points. The broader indices saw BSE100 remain flat while BSE200 and BSE500 gained 0.08 per cent and 0.20 per cent, respectively. BSEMIDCAP was up 1.37 per cent while BSESMALLCAP gained 1.20 per cent.

Congress needs to give Priyanka a role outside UP (Opinion)
  • Congress needs to give Priyanka a role outside UP (Opinion)(11:08)
    By Saiyed Moziz Imam Zaidi

    New Delhi, July 11 (IANS) Not long after Priyanka Gandhi Vadra took complete charge of Uttar Pradesh as Congress general secretary and got into campaign mode, the country's attention span was consumed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Yet her active interventions in Hathras and Sonbhadra got her noticed. And at the peak of the migrant crisis, her offer of buses to transport the affected people to their homes, earned her kudos.

India must start competing, and not participating, in Olympics -- honestly
  • India must start competing, and not participating, in Olympics -- honestly(10:46)
    By Qaiser Mohammad Ali

    New Delhi, July 11 (IANS) When the Indian athletes, seeking to improve upon the six-medal haul bagged at the 2012 London Olympic Games, managed only two at the 2016 Rio Olympics, the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog came up with a plan for India to win 50 medals at the 2024 Olympics.

Geopolitical indicators India cannot ignore (Column: Spy's Eye)
  • Geopolitical indicators India cannot ignore (Column: Spy's Eye)(09:04)
    BY D.C. PATHAK

    The long speech of President Xi Jinping at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on the occasion of the CPC's centenary celebration on July 1 and the address of US President Joe Biden to the joint session of the Congress earlier on April 29 provide significant inputs on the contemporary global scene that was marked by a developing bipolarity between US-led West and the residual of the world of Communism of the Cold War era now led by China.

Equity and Debt Outlook - July 2021
The confused US withdrawal from Afghanistan
  • The confused US withdrawal from Afghanistan(12:32)
    By Maj Gen Mandip Singh

    The recent attacks by Taliban in Baghlan, Farah, Kunduz, Herat, Takhar, Helmand, Ghazni and Badakhshan provinces and the capture of Dahla dam which supplies water to Kandahar town should be a curtain raiser for those who ardently watch the story unfold in Afghanistan.

YSR Lifetime Achievement Awards recognise 63 diverse winners
  • YSR Lifetime Achievement Awards recognise 63 diverse winners(01:46)

    Amaravati, July 8 (IANS) On the eve of the birth anniversary of Y. S. Rajasekhar Reddy, former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, the state government on Wednesday announced YSR Lifetime Achievement Awards and YSR Achievement Awards to individuals and institutions for excellence in diverse realms.

Can a non-Muslim be forcibly converted to become Muslim in Islam? (Opinion)
  • Can a non-Muslim be forcibly converted to become Muslim in Islam? (Opinion)(15:44)
    By Maulana Arshad Madani

    Nowadays, there are rumours in social media and newspapers that non-Muslims have been forcibly converted to become Muslim. The nuisance creators are making noise in this regard. But these nuisance creators do not see that whether anyone in India at this time has the power to forcibly convert Hindus to Muslim? And whether he/she will become Muslim, if forcibly converted to do so. Because, to become a Muslim is basically believing in one God (Allah) from the heart and to consider Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) to be a true messenger of Allah. A person does not become a Muslim just by reciting the word 'Tawheed (Kalema)' with the tongue and praying 'namaz (salaat)', unless he/she does believe in Tawheed and Prophethood by heart.

Indian education system needs remodelling (Opinion)
Indian stock market to see fireworks on US I-Day (Market Outlook)
  • Indian stock market to see fireworks on US I-Day (Market Outlook)(13:56)
    By Arun Kejriwal

    The week gone by was quite predictable and had become fairly lacklustre over the first four days. Friday was different and indicated that the coming week would have a different opening and behave differently. BSESENSEX lost 440.37 points or 0.83 per cent to close at 52,484.67 points. NIFTY lost 138.15 points or 0.87 per cent to close at 15,722.20 points. The broader markets saw BSE100, BSE200 and BSE500 lose 0.66 per cent, 0.65 per cent and 0.32 per cent, respectively.

Theatre Commands: Is India on right path, at right time? (Opinion)
  • Theatre Commands: Is India on right path, at right time? (Opinion)(12:50)
    By Major General S.B. Asthana

    In a major restructuring like reorganising the Indian Military into Theatre Commands, there will be variation of views between stakeholders and many rounds of discussions on merits and demerits of the existing Force Structure vis-a-vis the proposed one; hence it may not be appropriate to call it a 'Turf War' as has been referred in some media reports.

How deceit was built into China's first aircraft carrier (Opinion)