What India needs for its people, economy: COVID vaccines, in quick time

As the COVID caselood spikes and the economy takes a battering, only a well thought out and implemented vaccination strategy can mitigate the situation; India needs its vaccines quickly, in huge numbers, without policy flipflops

Unapologetic, unbridled, unruly: That’s Tejasvi Surya for you

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The Left stares at bleak future, where do they go from here?

The beleaguered Left Front found Kerala as its electoral lifeline, even as it has faced a rout in West Bengal and gained four seats in Tamil Nadu. With this, analysts say the CPI(M)’s Bengal unit leaders henceforth will have a much lesser say at the national level as the power dynamic could shift to the southern state of Kerala.

Relentless march of saffron brigade: How BJP captured Assam, again

The Bharatiya Janata Party led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has returned to power in Assam with the party riding high on its all-time best performance in the north-eastern state.

Dream may come true for Stalin, Pinarayi’s work earns him second term

The TN election result should come as a shot in the arm for Stalin, who has led the DMK's performance across the state; the credit for winning Kerala would go to Pinarayi Vijayan for his strong leadership displayed during successive cyclones and the COVID crisis

DMK won, but it failed to deliver a knockout blow. Why?

The DMK front has secured a vote-share of 43.65 per cent in the votes counted so far, ahead of the AIADMK-led combine’s vote share of 41.47 per cent, revealing a 2.18 per cent edge over the rival front at the moment, with 60 per cent of the votes still to be counted

COVID censorship on Twitter: What’s the remedy for breach of freedom?

The Central government that ‘locked down’ the whole nation the previous year to fight the corona virus has now chosen to block down the voices to hide corona failures. On its request, Twitter promptly censored 52 tweets.

Vaccine deregulation is bad economics and sinister politics

This marketisation of misery is a last-ditch attempt by the Modi government to exonerate itself in public perception from its monumental failure. Through deregulation, people are left to fend for themselves, first mediated through their state governments, and finally as individuals.

Can PDP survive the new paradigm of Kashmir politics?

How did the PDP reach this stage? Let us go back to the beginning. Multiple theories have been floated with regard to the formation of the PDP in 1999. The most talked about is that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) was allegedly behind the PDP’s creation

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WATCH: Do COVID patients need steroids? If so, when?

Alarmed by the indiscriminate use of steroids by physicians to treat COVID patients, Dr Randeep Guleria, a member of the national COVID-19 task force and director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, has cautioned that it could lead to “faster viral replication and severe viral pneumonia.”

Know the strengths and weaknesses of DRDO’s COVID cure

The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) may have approved Defence Research and Development Organisation’s (DRDO) ‘medicine’ for “emergency use” in treating COVID patients, but health experts are apprehensive about using the drug since they argue its utility has not been established yet.

Maruti, Toyota, Tata, make ride easier; extend warranty, free service

As the second wave of the COVID pandemic rages, India Inc has extended several gestures to provide some relief to its customers; such gestures are, in fact, win-win for the companies and customers, say marketing experts

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British PM drops New Delhi visit amid fears in UK over Indian COVID variant

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was again forced to cancel his trip to India slated for next week as the deadly surge of coronavirus cases made it untenable. Soon after, the UK government also placed India on its travel ‘Red list’ banning Indians from entering Britain amid growing criticism that it was ‘too little, too late’. As recently as F...

Punjab govt peeved over direct bank transfers, while farmers cheer

The Centre’s move to pay Punjab farmers directly for wheat procured from them has been applauded by those who got the first bank transfers. Never in their lives, they said, had such large blobs of money dropped into their accounts. When routed through arhatiyas or commission agents, the payments used to be unnecessarily delayed.An avowed purpose of agricultural marketing reforms is to ensure purchase efficiencies, reduce transaction costs and give farmers a greater share of the retail value. Direct transfers give financial autonomy to farmers. The Punjab government should welcome them. Instead, it is peeved. It tried stalling the change.

Why Cong’s universal basic income promise in Kerala is not far-fetched

The Congress, in its 2019 election manifesto, introduced the concept of Nyay, or Universal Basic Income, a concept pushed by Raghuram Rajan, former governor of the Reserve Bank of India. It did not get any traction with the electorate as the Congress lost badly as a nationalistic wave swept the country  after the Pulwama attack. Rahul Gandhi, however, is persisting with the concept and build the campaign in Kerala in this election around Nyay

Why Sharmila is banking on Telangana Reddys to realise ‘Rajanna Rajyam’ g...

Ever since Andhra Pradesh came into existence in 1956, the state has always been under ‘Reddy Raj’. It did not take much longer for the Reddys, a dominant land-owning caste in Telugu states, to recapture power whenever they were toppled by rivals. Even after the bifurcation of the state in 2014, which resulted in the emergence of the Telugu Desa...

Eight tribunals gone, right to cinematic expression loaded with fresh burden

The Centre has replaced the existing appellate authorities in nine laws and vested those powers in high courts through an ordinance - the Tribunal Reforms (Rationalization and Conditions of Service) Ordinance 2021, promulgated on April 4. The Appellate Tribunals under Cinematography Act, 1952, Trademarks Act, 1999, Customs Act 1962, Patents Act ...

Five ways to understand which way the Kerala elections will go

According to some pre-poll surveys and going by the recent local body elections, the ruling Left Front led by the CPI(M) has the edge in the 140-seat assembly election and is expected to get close to 80 (LDF is sitting on 91 seats) seats.

Corporate bankruptcy, insolvency cases may swell. Is govt ready to tackle them?

The investigation and resolution of corporate disputes as well as the detection of fraud is the job of a few designated agencies in India. One year after the pandemic arrived and caused unprecedented economic havoc, there is widespread belief that corporate insolvency cases as well as instances of large economic frauds may have multiplied. But the designated agencies tasked with tackling insolvency and frauds – the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) and the Serious Frauds Investigation Office (SFIO) - are understaffed and lack required powers. Both the bodies are administered by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.

For the bidders, the difficult part lies in running Air India

After several failed attempts to sell Air India, the central government has finally managed to shortlist two bidders who will now have access to key details about the airline for due diligence before placing their final bids. According to the Union minister of State for Civil Aviation, Hardeep Singh Puri, the entire process will be closed within...

CCI sets stage for showdown with WhatsApp over privacy policy update

On March 24, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) issued an order initiating a formal investigation into whether the updates to WhatsApp’s privacy policy announced in January 2021 amounted to anti-competitive behaviour. While this was not the first instance of competition law being invoked to regulate big tech, the well-argued and cogent order...

Hiren episode opens Pandora’s Box in Maharashtra politics

The Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra is going through a rough weather, though NCP’s Sharad Pawar has rushed in for the firefight post Mukesh Ambani security scare at the billionaire’s residence last month. The government problems got more complicated as the Thane sessions court on Wednesday (March 24) ordered t...

Gender inequality pushes India behind in UN’s sustainable development goals

India slipped two places in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) rankings of the United Nations from 115th position in 2019 to 117th in 2020. While the country has shown significant improvements in fulfilling its commitments to clean energy (Goal No. 7), clean water & sanitation (Goal No. 6), it is severely lagging in zero hunger (Goal No. 2) and gender equality (Goal No. 5).

Farmers criticise Food Corporation of India’s ’bid to end’ MSP

It is being called a “bid to end the minimum support price”: The Food Corporation of India has revised the specifications for foodgrain procurement, making the rules tighter by introducing changes in quality control – as suggested by “some private players”

Amaravati land scam: Is Jagan using SC/ST Act to settle scores with Naidu?

The YS Jagan Mohan Reddy government in Andhra Pradesh has again gone after former chief minister Chandrababu Naidu in the alleged Amaravati land scam. The state Crime Investigation Department (CID) has filed a fresh FIR against Naidu and his former minister P Narayana in various cases. The significance of the move is since the former CM and form...

The fall of Chandrababu Naidu: From inventing solutions to finding excuses

In the mid 1980s, Chandrababu Naidu was seen as a troubleshooter and crisis manager, especially for the legendary actor-turned-politician, late NT Rama Rao, founder of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP).

MPs, stars to the rescue as BJP struggles with Bengal candidature

Kolkata: Riding on a wave of new inductions from rival parties, the BJP is now posed with an unique set of problems in West Bengal. Brewing displeasure and the renewed old-timer-newcomer debate has landed the world’s largest party in a rare dilemma.

Why a wheelchair may decide Mamata vs BJP battle in Bengal

The political significance behind a bed-ridden Mamata promising her return to the campaigning pitch can never be undermined. The opposition knows it well too. Thursday’s message was a testimony to her indomitable fighting spirit and what has been the talkpoint of her entire political career.

Floating solar panels threaten to disturb water ecosystem

As the ambitious national target of “100 GW solar energy by 2022” draws closer, solar panels seems to be popping up almost everywhere. After spanning agricultural lands, obscuring waste lands, and adorning a handful of rooftops, the panels are now dropping anchors on water bodies. With delay in land acquisitions or other challenges associated with land availability for ground-mounted solar panels, governments have turned towards aquatic systems to ride the new wave of floatovoltaics (floating photovoltaics).

Christian-dominated central Kerala, a UDF bastion, may favour the Left again

To conclude, the present scenario is favourable to the LDF in central Kerala. Both the factors - the alliance with KC(M) and BJP expanding its vote share - would facilitate the winning chances of the LDF candidates.

‘Right to repair’, the legislation India needs to save money, minimize e-waste

Product marketing and advertising companies usually valorise durability, but the technology industry thrives on not promising long-lasting products they sell. Although electronic devices are marketed as being “resistant to daily wear and tear”, you are expected and encouraged to replace them periodically. These “upgrades” are not always technically necessary; in fact, companies deliberately make products such that they outlive their usability even when a mere technical upgrade would have been the logical and cost-effective option for consumers.

Pant’s comeback significant as India begins its T20 quest against Eng

The flannels have been put away for the time being; for the next two and a half months, a generous diet of white-ball, coloured-clothing action awaits India’s cricketers, leading up to the final of the World Test Championship against New Zealand in June in Southampton.
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