Crumbling middle order to run drought: India’s 3-0 loss to SA an eye-opener

Three-and-a-half weeks back, when India scored their first-ever Test win in Centurion, few would have imagined that that would be the visito...
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Why IT sector cannot ignore the writing on the wall

The IT sector too has been on the back foot because of the third wave of Covid which caught the country completely unawares. 

Govt has no option but to increase share of public health expenditure

A global pandemic has swept through the country killing lakhs of people in the last two years, but there seems to be little urgency from the government in increasing the share of public health expenditure. So, while the amount the Central government spent on public health was 0.9 per cent of GDP in 2015-16, its share had merely increased to 1.1 per cent in 2020-21, the first full year of COVID-19.

Under Kohli, India played every match looking to win, even if risky

The eternal legacies Kohli leaves behind are an uncompromising commitment to fitness and a strengthening of the pace arsenal that has allowed India to be a tremendously competitive force away from home.

India’s ageing middle order blown away by SA’s top-class pace attack

When Virat Kohli’s bunch left Mumbai a month ago, it entertained realistic ambitions of becoming the first Indian team to win a Test series in South Africa. Not only were they the No.1-ranked side in the world and their opponents a lowly No.6, man for man, they also possessed the more experienced, more pedigreed resources. The belief that history ...

Centre is nationalising Vi’s losses while privatising Air India, LIC, PSUs

The government will pick up a 36% stake in a financially bleeding telecom operator even as its own telcos BSNL and MTNL are heaping losses

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What the recent I-T raids on UP perfumers reveal about the state

In the past two weeks or so, there has been a series of tax raids in Uttar Pradesh against businessmen said to be close to the Samajwadi Party (SP), led by former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav. The SP is the state’s main opposition and also the main challenger of the ruling BJP in the upcoming assembly election. The polls are likely to be held fro...

Double whammy? Peasant movement’s political plunge in Punjab

In his recent paper, ‘Farmers’ Movement in Punjab –  Organisation, Stages of Mobilization and Achievements’, farm expert Sucha Singh Gill says between its inception in 1980 and 2019, the Punjab unit of Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) splintered into 35 factions owing to ideological conflicts among its various leaders. An unwitting consequence of the Ce...

Bihar’s ‘Son of Mallah’ eyes a bigger catch in UP

Mukesh Sahani’s Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) is aiming to get the largest possible pie in seat-sharing for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh election. Sahani, popularly known as the ‘Son of Mallah’, recently said the VIP will contest 165 out of the 403 seats in UP. The Bihar animal fisheries resources minister met former chief minister and Hindustani Aw...

Himalayan maelstrom: Why is Ladakh feeling betrayed by the BJP

On December 20, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi moved an adjournment motion in Lok Sabha demanding statehood for Ladakh and inclusion of the Union Territory in the Constitution’s Sixth Schedule. Gandhi’s request was denied. He hit out at the Centre for “not allowing us to raise the issue of the struggle that my brothers and sisters in Ladakh are going...

Ludhiana blast, sacrilege, lynchings… what’s brewing in Punjab?

With crucial Assembly polls due in the state in less than two months, Punjab is once again in turmoil. The bomb blast that claimed one life and left several people injured at Ludhiana’s district court complex on Thursday has, predictably, triggered fear and suspicion. Days earlier, sacrilege attempts in different parts of the state had led to...

What’s behind Sena’s newfound bonhomie with Congress?

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s public snubbing of ex-Congress President Rahul Gandhi and the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) during her three-day visit to the financial capital in the first week of December seems to have—albeit unintentionally—given the Congress a leg-up within the optics of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition tha...

Mighty MNCs find mega hurdle on the road to India — CCI

As the recent Amazon and Apple cases show, the CCI can put paid to many a well-laid plan to tap the nation’s huge market

India to raise legal age of marriage for women to 21. Here are the implications

The government has decided to raise the legal age of marriage for women to 21, from 18, the same as the legal age of marriage for men. Following the decision, the government will introduce an amendment to the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006, and bring amendments to the Special Marriage Act and personal laws such as the Hindu Marriage Act, ...

Even as farmers protested, India’s rabi coverage rose 9% this year

Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, UP see biggest rise; farmers who agitated say they took turns between protesting and tending to crops

The logic behind common entrance test for central universities

Starting next year (2022-23), a common entrance test (CET) will be implemented across central universities for admissions to undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) courses. Last month the University Grants Commission (UGC) wrote to the vice-chancellors of the 45 central varsities that, “after detailed deliberations”, it had been decided that the...

Belated, but Congress is finally putting house in order, Sidhu in place  

The composition of committees constituted by interim Congress president Sonia Gandhi, on Monday (December 6) to look into different aspects of her party’s preparedness for the upcoming Punjab assembly polls is a curious one. With barely three months left for the Punjab polls and no respite to her party’s steadily mounting challenges, Gandhi has tas...

Evicted, harassed, hawkers want Street Vendors Act implemented

As opposed to the farmers who had fought for the repeal of three agricultural legislations, hawkers across the country are protesting for the implementation of an Act, enacted seven years ago, as the BJP government increasingly finds itself in a tight spot to implement laws. The hawkers will hold a nationwide protest on December 8, seeking prope...

The curious case of TRS, BJP and Congress-led Opposition unity

The TRS, known for its changing political affliations, is the surprise addition to old ally Congress's anti-BJP bloc in Parliament

Farm laws aside, Centre faces plenty of bouncers in Winter Session

Repeal of the controversial farm laws is unlikely to provide much respite for the Narendra Modi government during the Winter Session of Parliament as the opposition is gearing up to fire a volley of criticism over rise in prices of essential commodities and plans for disinvestment.  Issues flagged by the farmers including an enabling law for minim...

TN may soon be the largest source of nuclear energy in India

In the recent Climate Change meeting at Glasgow, the International Atomic Energy Agency said that nuclear power provides more than a quarter of the world’s clean power. “Over the last half century, nuclear power has avoided release of more than 70 giga-tonnes of greenhouse gasses. Without nuclear power, many of the world’s biggest economies woul...

Peasants’ anger over farm laws not BJP’s only challenge in UP

Outside the BJP’s ecosystem, there has been near unanimity that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to withdraw the three controversial farm laws was guided not by empathy for the protesting peasantry but by the fear of electoral reverses, particularly in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh. However, Modi’s belated effort at an electoral reconciliation wi...

India on path to meet renewable energy target in 2030, but hurdles remain

The climate summit at Glasgow (COP26) ended last week with promises -- big and small. The representatives of 197 nations signed a mutually agreed document, called The Glasgow Pact, which should set the direction for how humanity tackles the most critical challenge it has ever faced. Going forward, we shall look at four prominent and intricate su...

How Parliament will repeal farm laws: What Constitution says

Prime Minister Narendra Modi surprisingly announced on Friday that the government has decided to withdraw the three controversial farm laws. But how does the government repeal the three laws? What does the Indian Constitution say about a Bill which was passed by both Houses of Parliament and signed by the President, and that needs to be withdraw...

Modi’s repeal of farm laws may not cut ice in poll-bound UP, Punjab

It is, perhaps, no coincidence that in his nearly eight-year stint as prime minister, the otherwise fiercely unyielding Narendra Modi’s second major legislative volte face has come on an issue that directly impacts India’s farmers. In August 2015, barely over a year into his first term as prime minister, Modi had made his first major policy U-tu...

From the horse’s mouth: What caused the crash landing of Jet Airways?

Jet Airways, India’s most successful private airline till date, crash landed due to financial troubles in April, 2019. The airline has since undergone resolution under the Insolvency & Bankruptcy Code (IBC). The new promoters have claimed it will be up and running in a new avatar soon. But there are many unanswered questions. It is unclear w...
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