World Economic Forum: Will the real Klaus Schwab stand up, please

The 50th World Economic Forum annual meeting at Davos in Switzerland is all set to conclude this weekend and the old debate about its relevance has resurfaced again.

BJP’s Manoj Tiwari hopes electorate will dance to his tune

In 2014, Bhojpuri superstar and then newly-elected BJP MP, Manoj Tiwari received a word of advice from PM Modi himself - “stay away from low budget commercial films.” It was an existential shock for the singer-actor who had made a career out of doing low budget Bhojiwood movies (Bhojpuri movies). 

Is Kerala Governor trying to be a Kiran Bedi?

Soon after the BJP was wiped out in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls from Kerala, the party brought in a fire-fighter in the form of Arif Mohammad Khan as governor of the populous state. It hopes to replicate the West Bengal model of replacing the communists, who have been steadily losing state elections.

After Uber’s exit from food delivery, Ola too may call it quits

Uber’s decision to sell off its food delivery business, Uber Eats in India to Zomato must rate as the most prudent decision the hail riding app has taken since it entered the country in 2013. While Uber has got rid of the monkey on its back, Ola continues to figure out ways to sustain the operations of Foodpanda.

In Kashmir, BJP’s outreach programme perceived as ‘propaganda in panic’

Srinagar: As the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is going ahead with its stated “public outreach” programme in Jammu and Kashmir, key Kashmir watchers and political scientists are seeing the move of “parachuting ministers” to the restive region as a “propaganda in panic mode”.

Trump impeachment enters final lap; vote on new witnesses holds key

After nearly four weeks of jostling after the House of Representatives voted on two articles of impeachment of the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, the final process has begun at the Senate where the Chamber over the last few days has finished the initial process and will start in right earnest on January 21. The hope is that the ...

DGCA lacks teeth, funds to keep delinquent airlines in check

Boeing executives called Indian aviation regulator, DGCA fools and stupid during the Max aircraft approval process, according to internal documents released by the aircraft maker.

Will AAP’s quirky social media tactics translate into more votes?

It would appear that both, the BJP and the Congress, have a lot of catching up to do with the young AAP as Delhi’s ruling party has already started setting up the agenda for elections on February 8 with its smart and innovative poll campaign.

Like it or not, Amazon’s marketplace set to increase

Chennai: Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, on a three-day visit to India, promised to create an additional 10 lakh jobs across India by 2025 amid strained ties with the government over regulations and the coverage of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government by The Washington Post, a newspaper he owns. However, revealing tensi...

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Union minister claims he has ‘cure’ for JNU, Jamia students

Lucknow: Union minister Sanjeev Balyan, an accused in the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots, on Wednesday said there is only one "cure" for the students of Jamia Millia Islamia and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), where clashes erupted during the recent protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

China suspends all public transport in Wuhan; Coronavirus cases reach 571

Beijing: China has suspended all public transport, including flights in and out of Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus as the confirmed cases climbed to 571 mostly from the city with 17 deaths so far.

Studies suggest role of bats, snakes in outbreak of coronavirus

Tokyo: A new strain of coronavirus that emerged in China may have originated in bats or snakes, according to genetic analysis of the virus that has so far killed 17 people.

Sushma’s husband slams Naseeruddin over ‘clown’ remark at Anupam Kh...

Even though actor Anupam ...

Top UN court to rule on Myanmar genocide case

The Hague: The UNs top court will announce on Thursday (January 23) if it will allow a case accusing Myanmar of genocide against Rohingya Muslims to go ahead and if it will impose emergency measures to stop further violence.

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Even if it’s late, Centre should consider Bajaj’s views seriously

Since the Bharatiya Janata Party government came to power, Rajiv Bajaj, the managing director of Bajaj Motors was the party’s poster boy. He backed the government’s policies even when the entire auto industry kept airing its frustration over what it termed as an over-regulated sector.

High veggie prices put Modi govt in a new economic soup

In December, retail inflation has been the highest in all of the Narendra Modi era, with prices of vegetables (onions), pulses, fish, and meat rising significantly. The spike in Consumer Price Inflation inflation has been led by three vegetables: ginger, potato and onion.

Can Indian government get Amazon’s Jeff Bezos to laugh less and work more

If Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos were like Rip Van Winkle, waking up in India in 2020 after his last visit to the country six years ago, he will find that nothing has changed as far as the government's stand on the e-commerce industry is concerned.

Commissionerates in UP may redefine IAS, IPS power equation in state

The Uttar Pradesh cabinet’s nod for the constitution of a Commissionerate system of policing for Lucknow and Noida today, is likely to end the long battle for supremacy between the Indian Police Service (IPS) and the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) groups.

Aggression is best suited inside a boxing ring, Mr Nilekani

Infosys’ appointed legal firm, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, reviewed over 2.1 lakh documents from electronic sources and imaged devices; over 8 terabytes of electronic data; conducted 128 interviews with 77 persons; identified 46 custodians for the collection of relevant documents and electronic data over three months and came to the conclusion tha...

Was Deepika at JNU to express solidarity or steal the thunder?

Chennai: Pictures of a glum-looking Deepika Padukone standing in solidarity with the students of Jawaharlal Nehru University, some of whom were brutally attacked by masked miscreants on January 5, were splattered across newspapers and screens on Wednesday morning.

Why Modi badly needs to woo India Inc. now

It is rather ironic that a government widely perceived to be of big business and for big business is desperately trying to dispel fears that seem to have crept in among the latter. During the first term of the Narendra Modi government, his opponents were critical of his proximity to the bigwigs of India Inc., especially to two large business hou...

Unexpected violence creates atmosphere of apprehension in JNU

After witnessing unprecedented violence on Sunday (January 5), the mood within Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus was one of uneasy calm and apprehension on Monday. JNU campus, in particular, its entry points, were on TV channels whole of Sunday evening and till Monday morning.

Kerala CM Pinarayi trains guns on CAA from his southern ‘red fort’

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has raised the political stakes by asking 11 counterparts to emulate his legislature in passing a resolution against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).

Centre sees too much red in Kerala’s ‘theyyam’ float for Republic Day

Opposition-ruled states critical of the new Citizenship law are aiming their guns at the central government after a committee rejected their tableaux for the Republic Day parade. The Union Defence Ministry included floats from 16 states, keeping out proposals from Kerala, West Bengal, Maharashtra, and Bihar.

Soleimani’s death takes US-Iran relations into uncharted territory

Soleimani, like al-Baghdadi, was a very powerful man, perhaps even more than the Iranian president. He was, in his own words, the lord and the master of the Iranian policy in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Afghanistan with deep and dangerous assets in the entire region.

Ghosn’s escape act may take wind out of Nissan’s sails for a while

Disgraced Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn is often compared to legendary US General Douglas MacArthur, the supreme commander of the Allied Forces which occupied Japan from September 2, 1945 to August 14, 1951. . If the latter singularly altered the course of the country than anyone else with pragmatic, democratic, and futuristic programmes, the former was ...

Is Rahul Gandhi’s focus on national politics going to cost him Kerala?

Palakkad: Cracks have deepened in the state unit in recent weeks over joining hands with the communists in opposing the Citizenship Amendment Act.

Try as the BJP might, Yediyurappa cannot be wished away  

Bengaluru: In a classic case of the “tail wagging the dog,” Karnataka’s Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa is showing his party’s top leadership in Delhi that he is no pushover. From the time he returned to power in July aided by a successful poaching operation of legislators from the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition, Yediyurappa has gone about business the way he wants.

Suspending Boeing 737 Max may cripple Indian aviation eco-system

As if accusations against Indian vendors for being partly responsible for the flaws in the Boeing 737 MAX weren’t enough, they now have to write down losses from the aircraft’s temporary grounding.

Capital Woes: Why Andhra farmers are angry

It was a time when land acquisition for major government projects invariably meant violent resistance and public protests, with memories of Nandigram and Singur in West Bengal being still fresh in public memory. It was for this reason that the farmers voluntarily giving away their lands for Amaravati, the proposed dream capital city for Andhra P...

For Nitish Kumar, Machiavellian power scores over ideology

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has played too much politics in his long, active political career spanning over three decades but this time, he seems to have got caught in the web woven by himself. With his ally, the BJP, implementing its agenda one after another, the JD-U is apprehensive of losing the huge Muslim voters' support for backing the ...

Beleaguered Mamata in a spot as citizenship Act protests singe Bengal

West Bengal singed over the new citizenship law for the second consecutive day on Saturday, with protestors burning down trains, buses and a fire tender in separate incidents.

English nationalism wins the day for Boris Johnson

In the end it was a Brexit election. Boris Johnson’s gamble, three months into his term as Prime Minister, to find a way out of a deadlocked Parliament that thwarted his Withdrawal Agreement by seeking a fresh vote to rally the Leave-voters behind him, has paid off handsomely.

‘Auctions’ undermine local body elections in Tamil Nadu

Local body elections are poised to be held in 27 districts of Tamil Nadu on December 27 and 30. However, the real election or selection, would take place on January 11 when ward members will determine the appointment of mayors and chairpersons of District Panchayats and Panchayat Unions. The commencement of the poll process has already seen disp...