- Advantage agricultural reforms: A turning point for farmers(15:32)
By R.K. Pachnanda
After retirement from the army, my father took up farming at Village Shahpur, on the Pinjore-Nalagarh Road, in Haryana. After every wheat harvest, my mother used to cart the wheat herself on the tractor to the Chandigarh mandi. She used to wait for hours, sitting in the tractor, in the hot sun at the mercy of the 'Arthiyas' at the Mandi to purchase the wheat.
- Markets not yet out of the woods (Market Watch)(14:23)
By Arun Kejriwal
Markets behaved on expected lines and fell on the first four trading days with a sell-off on expiry day. They recovered on Friday the first day of the new futures series which is of five weeks duration. BSESENSEX lost 1,457.16 points or 3.75 per cent to close at 37,388.66 points while NIFTY lost 454.70 points or 3.95 per cent to close at 11,050.25 points. The broader markets saw BSE100, BSE200 and BSE 500 lose 3.98 per cent, 4.14 per cent and 4.24 per cent respectively. BSEMIDCAP lost 4.73 per cent while BSESMALLCAP lost 5.26 per cent. There was panic across the board on Thursday and it was selling by FII's and liquidation by momentum traders which led to the mayhem. The recovery on Friday was equally sharp and about a third of the losses of four days have been recovered.
- Bihar Election: What the recent crossovers from one alliance to another indicate (Comment)(11:47)
BY RAHUL VATSA
Leaders changing sides before an election is not an unusual scenario in India. In general, such crossovers are by politicians who miss out on securing a candidature from their respective parties. Therefore, trying to read much into such instances may not give any useful insight. But, if there are movements across parties or alliances much before the start of the candidate selection process by political parties, it can't be construed as just an effort to ensure being in the electoral fray as a member of one or the other party. It may be much more than that, and if we try to read this carefully, it may give some indications of possible changes in the political landscape of a constituency. After all, no one understands politics better than politicians themselves.
- The 'six inches' that make the difference (Column: Close-in)(11:10)
By Yajurvindra Singh
The Indian Premier League (IPL) has had a wonderful start. This was just the entertainment for the bored and isolated Indians locked down in their homes for the last few months due to the Covid-19 pandemic. An evening of a 'live' episode of cricket drama saw 20 crore viewers watching the opening match of the tournament. This number will escalate as the people following the games get more information and a better insight into the teams and players involved.
- Policing a Pandemic: Valour beyond crimson splendour(13:52)
By R. K. Pachnanda
In his address to the nation, the Prime Minister saluted the corona warriors -- the health workers, who passionately treated the patients and saw to medical care, and the police personnel, who not only, at the risk to their lives, worked round the clock to enforce lockdowns and ensure public safety but also did yeoman's service by cooking and distributing food and medicines among the poor and needy.
- Muslim education in India: Need for private and public sector investment (Comment)(09:04)
BY FRANK F. ISLAM
Eminent columnist Swaminathan A. Aiyar called upon Wakf boards and wealthy Muslims to finance the development of "a string of world-class education institutions" that would attract foreign students and Indian Hindus as well. His article was written in response to Member of Parliament Asaduddin Owaisi's recommendation for "government scholarships for all" to deal with the "literacy and attendance gaps" of Muslims and other communities.
- A new bright picture of Saudi Arabia (On the occasion of 90th National Day of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)(14:54)
By H.E. Dr Saud M. Al Sati
This September 23 marks the 90th anniversary of the unification of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by the founder King Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud. Nine decades of continued growth and nation building transformed the kingdom into a global economic power and regional anchor of stability. Today, Saudi Arabia continues its illustrious path of progress under the leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence.
- Focus to shift to Primary market (Market Watch)(16:12)
By Arun Kejriwal
The week gone by had plenty of action and was volatile. While the benchmark indices were just about flat, BSEHEALTHCARE and BSEIT gained significant ground and helped the benchmark indices. Similarly post the SEBI announcement on multi-cap funds being directed to match the allocation of stocks based on their definition of large cap, midcap and Smallcap at 25 per cent each as a threshold level, we saw BSEMIDCAP and BSESMALLCAP indices gain substantially.
- India at the hairpin bend (Comment)(09:00)
BY HIMANSHU MANGLIK
Covid-19 caught the world off-guard. It is embarrassing. It is embarrassing that the economic distress is more acute in India than in the rest of the world, especially when India was projected by many as the emerging star. Published data indicates that GDP contracted by 23.9 per cent during the previous quarter, businesses have had to shut down, jobs are vanishing, incomes are stressed and with unfriendly taxation structures the expansion plans and investments by most businesses are on hold.
- Chinese imperialism poses incurable threat to the world(15:08)
By Binay Kumar Singh
Two viruses have taken over the world. One, a minuscule creature called Covid-19, has killed more than 8,00,000 people around the globe, but is slowing down and will most likely be eliminated in the coming months. Vaccines have already been developed against it and once inoculated, citizens of the world can expect to go on with their normal lives. However, it is the second virus, that of Chinese imperialism, which poses a long term and a much more potent and incurable threat to the world at large.
- The Indian cricket pantomime ready to explode (Column: Close-in)(10:26)
By Yajurvindra Singh
The entertainment that every Indian cricket lover is so anxiously waiting -- the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 -- is about to start. The first match between the two top teams of the tournament will take place on Saturday at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Reigning champions Mumbai Indians (MI), led by Rohit Sharma, will lock horns with last year's runners-up Chennai Super Kings (CSK), captained by the man who recently announced retirement from international cricket, Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
- Duplicitous dragon at the door (Opinion)(18:00)
By Air Marshal (Retd) Harish Masand
More than four months have gone by since the PLA upped the ante on the borders with India resulting in an eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation. The confrontation has also been unprecedented with the largest loss of lives since the Nathu La confrontation of 1967 with 17 Div of Maj Gen Sagat Singh. The clash at PP 14 in the Galwan area resulted in the loss of Colonel Santosh Babu, the CO of 16 Bihar and 19 other ranks on the night of 15/16 June 2020 in a most barbaric and treacherous attack by the PLA despite the consensus on disengagement reached in the Corps level talks on June 6.
- Single stock rallying markets, unnerving - Time to be cautious (Market Watch)(15:24)
By Arun Kejriwal
The week gone by saw markets jump sharply on Thursday and the gains registered on that day were enough to keep indices in positive territory. BSESENSEX gained 497.37 points or 1.30 per cent to close at 38.854.55 points while NIFTY gained 130.60 points or 1.15 per cent to close at 11,464.45 points. The broader markets saw BSE100, BSE200 and BSE500 gain 1.07 per cent, 0.91 per cent and 0.77 per cent respectively. BSEMIDCAP lost 1.06 per cent while BSESMALLCAP was down 0.31 per cent.
- Politics by blackmail: Eulalie syndrome in Indian public life (Comment)(10:24)
BY SAEED NAQVI
If the Gandhi trio stirred themselves into action as a serious opposition, is there a possibility that they would end up in jail? If they were spared despite this affront, it would imply that the Modi outfit has come to the conclusion that the Gandhis are now totally harmless.
- Harnessing strategic ties with Dhaka (Comment)(09:07)
BY JAYANTA GHOSAL
Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar has recently written a book on India's position on the implementation of foreign policy. The book was virtually launched last Thursday in Delhi at a function organised by the Observer Research Foundation. Jaishankar had written the book after retiring as Foreign Secretary. At the time, he had no idea that he would become the Foreign Minister. Although the Prime Minister had permitted the publication of this book, it can be assumed that as a Minister he has consciously avoided what is inappropriate to say. Indian news media thinks that he failed to explicitly mention a lot about China in the manner that former foreign secretaries and former ambassadors can. Even though there isn't any confession regarding China, he has indeed said that it is essential to strengthen India's friendship with Bangladesh and the bond with the sovereign state.
- India must play active role in Baloch freedom struggle(13:26)
By Sobdar Baloch
New Delhi, Sep 11 (IANS) I am often confronted with a question about how to create global awareness about the Balochistan movement. Common answers would be that India, Afghanistan, United States and friendly countries should initiate a debate and chalk out a long-term policy to work with Balochistan in order to maintain durable peace and prosperity of the region. Recognizing Balochistan as an occupied territory will pave the way for it to become a sovereign state.
- To retire or not: Ours not to reason why, ours but to do & die (Column: Close-in)(11:12)
By Yajurvindra Singh
Retirement finally hits one in all occupations. The world is getting younger and so should the elders if they want to survive the progressive world that is flashing fast before them. Modern technology is progressing at a pace that requires the young and the old to keep themselves abreast. The young ones are striving hard to make a life whereas the old are becoming fitter and mentally sharper to keep alive. Their bodies may be aging but their minds are exploding with the wealth of knowledge that they can access with just one click of the finger.
- Last week's reversal puts markets under pressure (Market Watch)(15:20)
BY ARUN KEJRIWAL
Markets were on a roller coaster ride last week and the optimism and bullishness of the previous week just vanished. We had what could be called a reversal of sorts on Monday where markets first gained and then lost significant ground. To add to the losses, Friday was another bad day. The week saw BSESENSEX lose 1,130.13 points or 2.81 per cent to close at 38,357.18 points while NIFTY lost 313.75 points or 2.69 per cent to close at 11,333.85 points. The broader markets saw BSE100, BSE200 and BSE500 lose 2.77 per cent, 2.64 per cent and 2.69 per cent respectively. The previous week's top sectoral gainer was the top loser this week. BSEBANKEX lost 6.30 per cent and Axis Bank was down 10.67 per cent.
- The ogres in the mind (Comment)(10:24)
BY SAEED NAQVI
A priceless gift from a friend in Kerala, a Namboodiri to boot, is a film to augment my collection which has sustained my personal film festival to beat the unintelligible lockdown.
- It is no longer about fear of Lalu and Nitish's good governance (Comment)(10:24)
BY RAHUL VATSA
In general, any state election held in Bihar in the last 15 years has been centered on two issues -- 'Lalu ka dar' (fear of Lalu Prasad) and 'Nitish ka sushasan' (Nitish Kumar's good governance). This has helped Nitish Kumar comfortably sail through one election after another.