Lower sowing to hit kharif output this year

The government estimates have put kharif crop acreage almost same as last year. If the yield is high the production could be even higher than the previous years.

With Khattar-Modi combo, it may take a miracle to defeat BJP in Haryan...

Chennai: The outcome of the forthcoming Haryana Assembly polls is a foregone conclusion given the internal wrangling within the main opposition party, the Congress, and the caste equations stacked in favour of the BJP.

BJP eyes easy victory in Maharashtra as opposition struggles

Chennai: For the Fadnavis-Uddhav Thackeray duo, Diwali would begin in earnest on October 24, when the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) are opened for counting of votes.

Despite FATF fear, Pakistan unable to curb terror groups

If there is one entity that Pakistan genuinely fears, it is the Financial Action Task Force. The Paris-based FATF has been giving Islamabad nightmares ever since it came under global crosshairs for its purported funding and political support to groups deemed terrorists by the United Nations.

How the Singh brothers of Ranbaxy and Religare lost their billions

The arrest of the Singh brothers, Shivender Mohan and Malvinder Mohan, last week for allegedly causing wrongful loss worth ₹2,397 crore to financial service firm, Religare Fininvest could just be the trigger for more skeletons coming out of the cupboard of the accused.

Sino-Indian ties, a motley mix of love, hate, admiration and hostility

Two among the world’s oldest civilisations, China and India, should have been natural allies but ironically what we see are sentiments ranging from mutual suspicion to outright hostility. Amidst this, there are also some who have a grudging admiration for one another.

RJio’s move to charge for calls may force other operators to raise tariffs

One of the biggest brand promises made by Mukesh Ambani while launching Reliance Jio Infocomm (RJio) three years back was that subscribers would never again have to pay a penny to make or receive calls on the RJio network. Of course, Asia’s richest man also promised unprecedented data speeds and other firsts, but the prospect of never again havi...

Andhra unveils new sand mining policy; effect remains to be seen

Illegal sand mining in the river beds have been rampant across Andhra Pradesh. The demand-supply gap spawns sand mafias who often enjoy patronage of local politicians. Over the years, the unregulated mining has caused severe environmental damage to rivers Krishna, Godavari and their tributaries. Reports suggest that over 2,000 truckloads of sand...

How rivers, lands and lives are lost for in-demand sand in Tamil Nadu

Despite the ban, illegal river sand mining is rampant in the basins of Noyyal River in western Tamil Nadu, Cauvery river in delta region, Thamirabarani in the south and Palar in north-eastern Tamil Nadu.

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India two wickets away from 3-0 series clean sweep as SA trail by 203 runs

Chennai/Ranchi: India closed in on a 3-0 whitewash of South Africa by reducing the visitors to 132 for eight in their second innings at stumps on day three of the third and final Test in Ranchi on Monday (October 21).

SC accepts Centre’s revised offer of 400 sq mt land for Guru Ravidas temple

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday accepted the Centre's revised offer of 400 sq mt land in Tughlaqabad forest area here for construction of Guru Ravidas temple which was demolished by Delhi Development Authority following the courts earlier order.

India disappointed over Pak’s ₹1,416 Kartarpur fee but agrees to ink pact

New Delhi: Pakistan’s insistence on charging $20 (₹1,417) as service fee from Indian devotees for visiting Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara has met with sharp criticism from India.

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Illegal sand mining wreaks havoc in Bengaluru suburbs, coastal districts

With a ban imposed in Bengaluru city, Kolar, Chikkaballapur, Tumakuru, Mysuru, Mandya, Dharwad and Bidar, mining activity has become rampant in surrounding districts. Construction activity in prime cities lead the demand for river sand in the state.

Sand series: Shrinking sand, rising demand

Despite bans and restrictions, illegal sand mining has been rampant across states to cater to the rising demand. In a series, The Federal examines the state of affairs in the southern states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

Shortage of sand spares none; world wakes up to a new crisis

“Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink” is among the world’s most-quoted adages. To this, we can now add “sand, sand everywhere but not a speck to construct”.  Reams have been written on the threat facing air and water but strangely a similar crisis facing sand is largely unknown, more often than not under the radar. In fact, after air...

At Mahabalipuram, Modi seeks to send a message to the world, Tamils

Mahabalipuram is being dressed up to receive Chinese President Xi Jinping. The choice of this sleepy tourist town as a venue for India-China bilateral talks is deliberate. PM Narendra Modi is not only keen to introduce the ancient Tamil culture with deep Chinese links to the dignitary but also to reach out to the people of Tamil Nadu.

Crackdown on Kashmir media unnerves journos, hits news gathering

Srinagar/New Delhi: In times of war, they say, truth is the first casualty. In a conflict zone like Kashmir, ‘shooting the messenger’ has been an old practice that refuses to go anywhere. All that the journalists in the Kashmir Valley share is fear and the uncertainty about their future and the future of the profession once deemed noble.

The Nightingale who called Mahatma “Mickey Mouse”

"I went wandering around in search of his lodging in an obscure part of Kensington and climbed up the steep stairs of an old, unfashionable house, to find an open door framing a living picture of a little man with a shaven head seated on the floor on a blank prison blow. Around him were ranged some battered tine of parched ground-nut and tastele...

After experiments with Hindi as national language, how Gandhi changed his mind

The iconic line ‘Ek gaon mein ek kisaan Raghu thaatha’ from the Tamil movie Indru Poi Naalai Vaa resonates every time the debate over imposition of Hindi resurfaces in South India. The teacher in the movie wants his reluctant student to learn Hindi. But every time he says ‘rehta tha’ the student ends up saying ‘Raghu thaatha’. much to the dismay...

Gandhi’s Tamil connection is a story of mutual admiration

Chennai: In 1894, when a young advocate named Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, who was yet to become synonymous with India’s struggle for Independence, encountered a labourer, little did he realise that the meeting would change his life forever. Balasundaram, a Tamil man fell at his feet and pleaded Gandhi to rescue him from his European employer based in Sou...

Why private players in Indian Railways could be a game changer

Considering the prevailing bus, taxi and air fares, the IRCTC-run Tejas trains will offer no concession on tickets and the fares will remain dynamic. This experiment will probably set the tone for some fare overhaul in the Railways itself.

Gandhi will continue to thrive in spite of attempts to turn his legacy on its head

In today’s polarised world where everything Gandhi seems to be turned on its head, it would be tempting to conclude that Gandhism is dead. Such thoughts are unavoidable in an age where his assassin is glorified and his action justified unabashedly in social media platforms.

In Bengal, everyone wants a piece of Gandhi, but Swaraj is so 1947

On the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Kolkata will get a new Gandhi museum. Actually it’s not exactly brand new but Gandhi Bhavan in the Beleghata neighborhood of Kolkata is certainly going to be relaunched bigger and better. A couple of days before October 2, it was buzzing with activity as officious men with badges hanging around t...

Poona Pact: Myths about Gandhi and the calumnies. A few random thoughts

No discussion of Gandhi raises as much passion as the Gandhi-Dr B R Ambedkar confrontation that culminated on September 25th 1932 in the Poona Pact. This is not a comprehensive or even coherent narration of the events related to that pact. This column is, as the title states, a few random thoughts. On September 25th social media was agog with co...

Gandhi @ 150

Over the next few days, through a series of articles and reports, we would revisit Gandhi’s legacy and find answers to two questions that have survived him. One, what made him a global icon? Two, is Gandhi still relevant?

How Gandhi’s views on caste, race and God evolved through the years

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi’s views on the caste system changed in the last years of his life. In the 1920's he had held that every Hindu “must follow the hereditary profession” (varnashrama) and that “prohibition of intermarriage” between people of different varnas was “necessary for the rapid evolution of the soul.” By 1945, Gandhi's position a...

Winning them softly: Modi’s Tamil references keeps protests at bay

With references to Tamil language and the Tamil culture, Prime Minister Narendra Modi seems to have struck a chord with the masses in the state. For, on his latest visit to Chennai on Monday for the Singapore-India Hackathon and the 56th convocation of IIT Madras, there were no protests or black flag demonstrations against him, something that had b...

The myth of a saint, legacy of a politician and appeal of a global inspiration

The sun blazed down on the parched fields of Rajkot while two brothers scrounged around for the poisonous seeds of dhatura. Monia, the younger of the two, was frustrated with their inability to find enough bidis to smoke and had decided that the only way out of the misery was to commit suicide by swallowing seeds of the flowering plant commonly cal...

Congress, JD(S) show no will to fight against BJP in Karnataka

Whether they like it or not, the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) in Karnataka have to combine for the forthcoming Assembly by-elections if they are serious about challenging the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state.

Goa mining ban exposes the dark face that rulers are wary of

About one lakh people have reportedly lost their jobs due to cancellation of licenses of 88 iron ore mines by the Supreme Court in February 2018. Following clamour for a legislation to circumvent the SC order, the Centre had constituted a Group of Ministers to go into the issue, but are yet to come up with a solution.

GST demands ignored, but will corporate tax cut push consumption?

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman chose to announce the largest ever cuts on corporate tax right before the crucial meeting of the GST Council on Friday. As a result, the impending GST Council meet and the significant decisions it was to ponder over were virtually forgotten.

Once a potential rival to Modi, why Nitish now strives to keep his CMship intact

The shift has been unpredictably very fast. The man who was once widely perceived as a potential challenger to Prime Minister Narendra Modi now appears to be battling hard for survival with very few options left.