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Conversations with Adoor Gopalakrishnan

The novel and the cinema are often autobiographies in disguise; they can be more intimate and revealing than diaries or memoirs. During long afternoons and evenings in Shimla last summer with Adoor Gopalakrishnan, who steps into his 80th year this July, I found myself searching for the person behind Elippathayam (1982) and Mathilukal (1990). Critics now hail vulnerable male characters in recent Malayalam films like Kumbalangi Nights (2019); few recall that Adoor has been portraying such fragile men for five decades. Men who don’t impose themselves on women, are always unsure and anxious of their choices and not ashamed of admitting their vulnerabilities.........Read more

'I May Take Meds Too': Trump Calls Modi, Asks Him to OK Malaria Drug Export for Covid-19 Treatment

US President Donald Trump has said that he has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to release the amount of Hydroxychloroquine ordered by the United States after India last month banned the drugs for exports. Trump said that he spoke to Prime Minister Modi on Saturday morning and made a request to release Hydroxycholoroquine for the US. "I called Prime Minister Modi of India this morning. They make large amounts of Hydroxychloroquine. India is giving it a serious consideration," Trump said at his daily news conference at the White House on Saturday.........Read more

Bengaluru: Woman booked for sedition for chanting Pakistan Zindabad slogan at Asaduddin Owaisi's rally

Amulya, the woman who shouted raised "Pakistan Zindabad" slogan in the presence of AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi at an anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) rally in Bengaluru, has been booked under sedition case of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). A case under Sec124A (Offence of sedition) of the Indian Penal Code was registered against Amulya shortly after she raised Pakistan Zindabad slogan at Asaduddin Owaisi's rally. The police are expected to interrogate her regarding the slogan. She will also be produced before a court after her interrogation.........Read more

Jeff Bezos loses world’s richest man title to Bill Gates

Amazon shares fell 7 per cent in after-hours trading on Thursday, leaving Bezos down to $103.9 billion. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is currently worth $105.7 billion. ........Read more

Bangladesh Tour of India in Doubt After Top Players Threaten Strike

Bangladesh tour of India starting November 3 is in doubt after top players of the national side threatened to go on strike unless their 11-point demand are not met by Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). ........Read more

IRCTC shares rise over 100% in blockbuster stock market debut

The IRCTC shares rose to Rs 673 at BSE and were trading at Rs 662 on NSE, almost double the issue price of Rs 320. IRCTC is the fourth railway company to be listed on the bourses. ........Read more

‘Don’t see Jonty Rhodes fitting in,’ MSK Prasad reveals reason behind not selecting the South African as India fielding coach

Chairman of selectors MSK Prasad on Thursday explained that Jonty Rhodes wasn’t shortlisted as a man of his stature wouldn’t have fitted it in for India A or U-19 fielding coach’s job. Jonty did not even feature in the fielding coach’s shortlist and incumbent R Sridhar predictably is set to continue. India A and U-19 fielding coach Abhay Sharma came second while T Dilip was third. “We don’t see Jonty (Rhodes) fitting in there (choice Nos 2 and 3), because those roles are more for India A level and NCA.” Prasad said Sridhar is now one of the best fielding coaches in the world. The full list of finalized India support staff and coaches “We are convinced with skill sets of Sridhar. He is one of the best fielding coaches in the world today,” he said. Prasad said Sridhar has transformed the Indian team into a “wonderful fielding unit”. “Unfortunately in the World Cup, may be he (Sridhar) would not have got the desired result as there were two three-keepers in the side (and) the combinations were like that. He has transformed this side into a wonderful fielding unit. So, there is no second thought with regard to Sridhar.” ........Read more

India to consider security and economic interests before deciding on letting Huawei take part in 5G trials

The government will take a call on whether to allow participation of Chinese telecom giant Huawei in the 5G trials based on the country's economic and security interests, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said Thursday. MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said there are several companies that have shown interest in the trial for 5G services. He said that a committee set up to look into the matter has received inputs from different ministries and departments and various stakeholders. "Our understanding is there are several factors which will go into making a decision. Our size of the market is one. Our capabilities in R&D (research and development) is another and what Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) mentioned in Osaka (during G-20 meet) on how do we leverage all this with an emphasis on Make in India. "Whatever we decide, that is something I would like to point out, will take into account our economic and security interest. So whatever fits in that decision will be taken by the committee," Kumar said in response to a question on the participation of Huawei in the 5G trials. The US has banned Huawei over security concerns and Washington has been pressuring other countries to restrict the operations of the Chinese telecom firm.........Read more

Mumbai airport suspends operation, traffic crawls as heavy rains lash city

Heavy rains lashed Mumbai on Monday disrupting flights and causing traffic jams across the city, officials said, as the weather department forecast more showers in parts of Maharashtra. A spokesperson for the Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) said operations of flights were being temporarily suspended amid less visibility since 9.15am due to the heavy rains. “Safety of the passengers cannot be compromised. If the weather is not conducive to land, the operations will have to be kept on hold,” the MIAL spokesperson said. Traffic snarls were reported at 9.30am from several roads across the western and eastern suburbs, especially in Bandra, Santacruz and Vile Parle. Office goers said it was taking close to two hours to travel from Borivali to Bandra because of the ongoing Metro construction which has narrowed down the Western Express Highway. They said potholes near the airport flyover at Vile Parle (east) also added to their problems. Potholes on this particular stretch caused traffic jams all the way till Goregaon (east). ........Read more

Away from the terrorism debates, an artist is drawing each of the 258 victims of Sri Lanka blasts

It is often the case that when a nation is blindsided by tragedy, its people will translate their grief into fear and anger. This is what graphic designer and illustrator, Tahira Rifath, found to be the case when a series of coordinated explosions hit Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, killing 258 people and injuring scores more. In the aftermath of the attacks, Rifath felt immense grief over what had happened, and yet, when she went on to social media or turned on the news, she didn’t find this feeling reflected back at her. “When I opened Twitter, all I could see were people fighting, and accusing each other of various things,” she said. “I was up till 7 am, not sleeping, just wondering about the people who went through this; what kind of trauma they must be feeling. I’m sure others felt this way, but that isn’t how people seemed to be communicating.” The attacks have prompted furious online debates about the failures to national security, the spectre of global terrorism and a growing distrust among communities. These narratives dominated Rifath’s newsfeed, and she felt the victims had been buried once again beneath all the noise. This is when she decided to pay tribute to them herself, by embarking on the arduous task of drawing a portrait of each person who died as a result of the attacks.........Read more

Ahead of Amit Shah’s Kashmir Visit, Forces Prepare Plan to Deal With Pulwama-like Attack on Amarnath Yatra

A day before Amit Shah is set to make his first visit to Kashmir after taking oath as Home Minister, security agencies in the Valley have drafted a detailed plan for the security of Amarnath pilgrims. Sources have told News18 that this year's yatra will see highest ever deployment — roughly 42,000 paramilitary soldiers, apart from army and J&K police personnel — to secure lakhs of expected yatris over 46 days beginning from July 1. According to sources in the Home Ministry, the agencies have highlighted two big security concerns — a vehicle-borne IED attack and an attack in area around Jawahar tunnel — and the prepared detailed responses to both. ........Read more

Jammu And Kashmir: CRPF Jawan Shoots Three Colleagues Dead in Udhampur

Three Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed after a colleague allegedly fired at them after an altercation at their camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur. The constable who shot at his colleagues has been identified as Ajit Kumar.........Read more

UIDAI introduces virtual ID for Aadhaar card holders

The UIDAI on Wednesday introduced a new concept of 'Virtual ID' which Aadhaar-card holder can generate from its website and give for various purposes, including SIM verification, instead of sharing the actual 12-digit biometric ID.With this UIDAI aims to address privacy concerns of cardholders.........Read more

Pakistan Inspecting Shoes of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s Wife For Suspicious Object: Report

Pakistan authorities claimed that they suspected the presence of a suspicious object in the shoes of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife Chetankul and took it into their custody. Pakistan’s foreign office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal confirmed that the authorities were inspecting the shoes of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife.........Read more

Bajaj To Launch New Avenger 220 In India

Bajaj will launch the updated Avenger 220 Street and Cruise variants in the country in January 2018. Both the Avenger Street and Cruise will feature several cosmetic upgrades, but all the mechanical components will be identical to the currently sold model. That said, Bajaj might be bringing in more features to take on the newly launched Suzuki Intruder 150.........Read more

PV Sindhu Beats Chen Yufei, Qualifies For Final of Dubai World Super Series Finals

Rio Olympic silver-medallist PV Sindhu has made it to the final of the Dubai World Super Series Finals after defeating China’s Chen Yufei in the last-four clash today (December 16). The ace Indian shuttler defeated her Chinese counterpart in straight games 21-15, 21-18 in a contest that lasted 58 minutes.........Read more

Iran Likely Providing Ballistic Missiles to Houthi Shiite Rebels in Yemen: United Nations

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that Iran is likely providing ballistic missiles to Houthi Shiite rebels in Yemen and may be defying a UN call to halt development of such missiles. However, according to Guterres, Iran still complies with the nuclear deal with six world powers.........Read more

The Bugatti Chiron Gets A Worldwide Recall

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the USA, was made aware by Bugatti that some of their Chiron models had faulty welds in the front seat recliner brackets.........Read more

AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships: Jyoti, Shashi Chopra, Ankushita Boro Cruise Into Finals

Indian boxers Jyoti (flyweight), Shashi Chopra (feather) and local star Ankushita Boro (lightwelter) qualified for the finals of AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships in Guwahati after winning their respective bouts. The trio looked impressive as they outclassed their opponents in front of packed stands.........Read more

Rukh movie review: Manoj Bajpayee’s film has a secret that’ll kill you from inside

Director Atanu Mukherjee’s Rukh challenges existing norms and our sensibilities as we get confused in our attempt to fit this suspense drama in a bracket. It might look like a typical whodunit in the beginning, but you realise within minutes that Rukh is more about fighting the inner demons than those outside.........Read more

Excise duty cut in bid to cool petrol, diesel prices

Facing flak for the recent rise in petrol and diesel prices, the Centre on Tuesday reduced the basic excise duty on both by Rs 2 a litre, while acknowledging that fuel prices were fuelling inflationary pressures. Pump prices were to go down by Tuesday midnight.........Read more

Iraqi PM says fate of Indian workers unknown

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says the fate of 39 Indians captured by the Islamic State group when the extremists initially overran Mosul three years ago is still unknown. He says the situation is still under investigation at the moment. I cannot comment any further.........Read more

TDS, TCS deductors can apply for GST registration from 18 September

The goods and services tax (GST) registrations for entities mandated to collect and deduct tax at source will start from 18 September. However, the date from which tax deducted at source (TDS) or tax collected at source (TCS) is to be done will be notified later.........Read more

Nokia 8 photos hint at dual-cameras, copper gold color variant

Nokia 8 has seen multiple leaks in the past, but this is the first time a leak flaunting a working smartphone has emerged online. HMD Global is expected to announce the Nokia 8 on August 16, and the company has already rolled out invites for the event. Nokia 8 was initially expected to debut at MWC 2017, but the announcement has been postponed. It is reportedly the Nokia flagship for 2017, and will be more premium and come with top-of-the-line specs when compared to the existing Nokia Android devices. The latest leak shows the Nokia 8 in a new color, one which hasn’t been spotted before.........Read more

Sunanda Pushkar Death Case: Delhi High Court Asks Delhi Police to Submit Report in Three Days

The Delhi high Court began its hearing on BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s plea seeking a Special Investigation Team enquiry into the death of Shashi Tharoor wife Sunanda Pushkar. A division bench of Justice GS Sistani and Justice PS Teji asked the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the CBI and the Delhi Police to submit the current status of the Sunanda Pushkar death case.........Read more

Govt plans to eliminate malaria by 2027

The government today launched a national strategic plan for elimination of malaria and pledged to eradicate the vector-borne disease by 2027. The strategic plan gives year-wise elimination targets in various parts of the country depending upon the endemicity of malaria in the next five years.........Read more

Healing wounds with cell therapy

Diabetic patients frequently have lesions on their feet that are very difficult to heal due to poor blood circulation. In cases of serious non-healing infections, a decision to amputate could be made. A new therapeutic approach, presented recently in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology by Canadian researchers affiliated with the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM), could prevent these complications by promoting wound healing.........Read more

CBSE Class 10,12 results 2017: Moderation policy won't be scrapped this year says Delhi HC

The CBSE Class 12 and 10 result 2017 will be announced shortly and for students there comes a major relief. The CBSE has been told not to implement the decision to scrap the moderation policy this year. This comes as a relief to lakhs of students who had complained that the last minute decision will affect their career.........Read more

Abis Rizvi Champions Trophy: 19-year-old Mumbai student makes history with 67-ball double hundred in Twenty-20 game

Mumbai batsman Rudra Dhanday, 19, made it to the record books of Twenty20 cricket when he scored a 67-ball double hundred in an Mumbai University’s Inter-College Cricket Tournament at the Matunga Gymkhana ground on Thursday.........Read more

7th Pay Commission: Arrears on higher allowances soon says government

The government has assured that the demand for the arrears on higher allowances as per the 7th Pay Commission would be met soon. The assurance was given by the Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha after a meeting with the National Joint Council of Action or NJCA the consolidated body of employee unions.........Read more

Jawans' mutilation: World won't accept India's claim says Sartaj Aziz

Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Tuesday downplayed the news of Pakistan army who mutilated Indian soldiers along Line of Control in Poonch district on Monday Morning. In a statement, Aziz said no one in the world is prepared to accept India's contention that Pakistani forces killed two Indian soldiers and mutilated their bodies.........Read more

Senior official's transfer creates power tussele between Kiran bedi and V. Narayanasamy

A power struggle between Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi and the V. Narayanasamy headed Congress Government is underway in Puducherry over the transfer of Municipal Commissioner Mr Chandresekharan.........Read more

China warns India against inviting Dalai Lama to Buddhist meet

China on Monday warned India not to go against its "core concerns" to avoid disruption in bilateral ties after New Delhi invited the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama to an international Buddhist seminar in Bihar.........Read more

Having kids linked to a longer life compared to being childless, finds a study

Men and women with at least one child had “lower death risks” than childless ones, the team concluded. “At 60 years of age, the difference in life expectancy was two years for men and 1.5 years for women” compared to peers with no kids, the researchers found. By age 80, men who fathered children had a remaining life expectancy of seven years and eight months, compared to seven years for childless men, said the team.........Read more

New CM Palaniswami confident of passing floor test on Feb 18; OPS vows to oust Sasikala's regime

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami will seek a vote of confidence on February 18. Speaker P Dhanapal has convened the session of the Tamil Nadu assembly at 11 am on Saturday for the trust vote, Assembly Secretary A M P Jamaludeen said in a statement. "On that day, the vote of confidence will be taken up," he said.........Read more

Vishwaroopam on hold due to payment delay

I have six months of post-production work on the project left. My producer Aascar Ravi was busy bringing Arnold Schwarzenneger to release a Tamil film’s music and even busier buying rights for distribution of various films. Till he pays his due, the film stays mine on contract.........Read more

Caught driving drunk? Show original DL or face FIR

Offenders promise to come back with their original DLs after we seize their vehicle. But later, they come up with excuses for not producing their DLs. Some even try to bribe our men, said a senior police officer. There is no spot fine for drunk driving. The person will be given a notice, which will be sent to the court and the offender will have to pay a fine there. The punishment for drunk driving is six months imprisonment or fine up to Rs 2,000 or both. ........Read more

Valve is making it easier to publish games with Steam Direct

This spring, Greenlight will be replaced with Steam Direct, a program where any developer can publish their games on Steam -- after they pay a submission fee. With Direct, all devs need to do is fill out some paperwork and hand over an as-yet-to-be-determined amount of cash.........Read more

Pune techie murder: Trupti Desai assaults accused outside court

Four activists of Bhumata Ranragini Brigade including its president Trupti Desai today allegedly assaulted Bhaben Saikia, arrested for the murder of a woman software professional at Infosys building, when he was being taken out of Shivajinagar court here.........Read more

Kyrgyzstan: 32 killed as Turkish plane crashes into homes in thick fog

A Turkish Airlines cargo plane crashed into a village near Kyrgyzstan’s main airport today, killing 32 people and destroying homes after attempting to land in thick fog, authorities said. The majority of the dead were from the village of Dacha-Suu where the cargo plane crashed at around 7.30 am local time........Read more

Nitin Gadkari looks to make Char Dham yatra more comfy for pilgrims, sanctions Rs 12k cr for project upgrade

Pilgrimage to Char Dham is likely to become a lot safer and comfortable as the government has set out to widen the existing, geometrically deficient 900-km highway.........Read more

Living in the world's most reputable countries

What people believe about a country can influence everything from foreign policy to foreign investment – to whether or not people want to visit or live there.........Read more

New American research study reconfirms distressing state of education in India

The recent report of New York based PEW Research Centre has analysed an inter-country comparison on the state of education, focusing on educational attainment among the major religions of the world.........Read more

Political parties get tax exemptions for old notes but subject to conditions

The government said on Friday that political parties depositing old 500- and 1,000-rupee notes in their accounts will be exempt from income tax provided the donations taken are below Rs 20,000 per individual and properly documented.........Read more

Keep away from government and party: Sasikalaa tells family

Late CM J Jayalalithaa’s associate Sasikalaa has warned her close relatives, including her siblings and a host of nephews and nieces, to keep off the government and the party. Sasikalaa conveyed this to her family members at a meeting convened by her on Wednesday at Jaya’s Poes Garden residence.........Read more

Under construction: Distant galaxy churning out stars at remarkable rate

Astronomers have used NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and other telescopes to show that a recently-discovered galaxy is undergoing an extraordinary boom of stellar construction. The galaxy is 12.7 billion light years from Earth, seen at a critical stage in the evolution of galaxies about a billion years after the Big Bang.........Read more

The Ethics of Crossing Humans with Animals | Glenn Cohen

Harvard bioethics specialist Glenn Cohen considers the complex question of whether humans should mix their genetic material with other animals to create chim...........Read more

Samajwadi Party open for alliance with Congress, says Akhilesh Yadav

The UP CM, however, said that such a tie-up would only be considered if the Congress was willing to contest fewer seats, adding that such an alliance would not work out if they kept thinking about “profit and loss”. “It (UP polls) is a big battle. If the ally is good, then we can sort out other parties," he said, while vehemently ruling out any alliance with Bahujan Samaj Party.........Read more

Kahaani 2 movie review: Vidya Balan is lovely but Sujoy Ghosh's climax is a let-down

Kahaani 2 begins with a young single mother in Chandan Nagar (Vidya Balan) hanging out with her bedridden daughter. Then one day an abduction followed by another tragic turn of events ruptures their happy, middle-class existence.........Read more

PM Modi asks BJP MPs, MLAs to submit bank transaction details between Nov 8 and Dec 31 to Amit Shah

November 8 was when PM Modi announced that the old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes would be scrapped at midnight, and December 31 is the last day on which the demonetised notes can be exchanged for new, valid ones at banks.........Read more

Demonetisation is monumental mismanagement by Modi govt: Manmohan Singh in RS

The government's decision to demonetise high value currency notes was implemented with 'monumental mismanagement', said former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Rajya Sabha on Thursday.........Read more

Life in Kashmir affected as separatists resume shutdown

Life in Kashmir was affected again today as the separatists resumed their shutdown after suspending it over the weekend.........Read more

'Indians underestimate public Wi-Fi risks'

At a time when Wi-Fi is becoming more popular among Indians, only 56% of consumers surveyed said that they were aware of determining whether the Wi-Fi network they are using is secure or not.........Read more

Obama celebrates Diwali, lights first-ever diya in Oval Office

US President Barack Obama has celebrated Diwali by lighting the first-ever diya in the Oval Office of the White House and hoped that his successors would continue the tradition.........Read more

Shocks in the early universe could be detectable today

(Phys.org)—Physicists have discovered a surprising consequence of a widely supported model of the early universe: according to the model, tiny cosmological perturbations produced shocks in the radiation fluid just a fraction of a second after the big bang. These shocks would have collided with each other to generate gravitational waves that are large enough to be detected by today's gravitational wave detectors.........Read more

Govt to ease visa regime to boost tourism, biz: Swaraj

We plan to further liberalise our visa regime for tourism, business as well as other areas shortly, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said at the valedictory session of the Global Investors Meet here.........Read more

Hyundai Creta Facelift Teased In Brazil; Might Come To India Next Year

Hyundai Creta, the top-selling compact SUV from the South Korean carmaker, might soon come with some minor facelift. Might come to India next year.........Read more

Govt orders probe into debit card data breach

Banks, National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) and the government got into damage control mode on Thursday to curtail the risks arising out of the security breach in 3.2 million debit cards.NPCI issued a statement quantifying the damage. It........Read more

For all its IT prowess, cyberspace is one frontier on which India remains seriously vulnerable

Recent vandalisation of some Indian websites by hackers from Pakistan has excited public opinion in the aftermath of the surgical strikes carried out by Indian Special Forces across the the Line of Control in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir. But the more serious attacks – before and after – have not attracted the attention they deserve.........Read more

Bihar Village Panchayat Bans All ‘Made In China’ Goods As China Supports Pakistan

“We have decided to ban ‘Made in China’ goods and appealed to people not to use any Chinese goods. China is an enemy as it is supporting Pakistan against India,” – Gudiya Devi, Sarpanch, Village court........Read more

Triple Talaq Has No Place In A Secular Country: Centre To Supreme Court

The centre is opposed to the Muslim practice of triple talaq, it has informed the Supreme Court, describing it as "misplaced in a secular country." The constitution allows Muslims, the biggest religious minority group in the country, to regulate matters such as marriage, divorce and inheritance through their own civil code.........Read more

Jaguar F-Pace Launch Dates Confirmed For This Month

Jaguar's first-ever SUV, the F-Pace, is all set to hit the Indian roads and well and it will be here by Diwali this. The F-Pace is not a sedan on stilts, it isn't a plush little crossover, and nor is it a soft-roader. Yes, the concept of Jaguar coming out with an SUV is a bit alien but the F-Pace brushes aside all the doubts you ever had. Jaguar was very sure it needed a Crossover/SUV given the massive growth that space has been seeing.........Read more

Why has the demand for Gorkhaland returned to Darjeeling?

In 2009, Mamata Banerjee’s proximity to Bimal Gurung was a cause of great concern for the Left. At the time, Gurung-led GJM had perfected the bandh-boycott movement in their Gorkhaland movement – indefinite shutdowns, boycotting government taxes, telephone, electricity bills, blocking national highways to paralysing panchayats. As a 12-hour bandh returns to Darjeeling, it is apparent that while a lot has changed since 2009 – some things haven’t.........Read more

French court suspends burkini ban

France’s highest administrative court on Friday suspended a ban on full-body burkini swimsuits that has outraged Muslims and opened divisions within the government, pending a definitive ruling, the court said in a statement.........Read more

Longing to Belong: Afghan Sikhs and Hindus in India

For decades, a lack of legal status has left Afghanistan's persecuted religious minorities without a home.........Read more

Digvijaya Singh refers to ‘India-occupied Kashmir’, clarifies when poked by reporter

Digvijaya Singh clarified soon after that Kashmir remained an integral part of India........Read more

Invoking Vajpayee, Mehbooba asks Modi to open dialogue with people of J&K

Facing a month-long turbulence and violence in the state, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to open a dialogue process with the people of the state.........Read more

India lifts veil on army as Narendra Modi prepares to spend $150 billion

Transparency is part of Narendra Modi’s efforts to transform India into a defence manufacturing powerhouse as he spends $150 billion to modernize the Indian armed forces........Read more

2nd Test: Joe Root, Alastair Cook Tons Take England to 314/4 on Day 1

Joe Root and captain Alastair Cook hit comfortable centuries as England reached 314 for 4 at stumps on Friday to take an early advantage in the second Test against Pakistan.........Read more

To cut costs, hyperlocal firms start outsourcing their deliveries

Development comes at a time when investors are growing increasingly cautious about their bets in India and coaxing start-ups to trim costs........Read more

How cloud is paying dividends for Nadella’s Microsoft

Microsoft’s commercial cloud computing business helped the firm up its overall quarterly revenue indicating that Satya Nadella is on the right track........Read more

Greece fell in love with Nargis and Madhubala in the 1950s – and is still singing songs of love

And they will not be all Greek to you: A new genre of music, indoprepi, was built on the musical structures – even ragas – of the Hindi film songs.........Read more

Book excerpt: Ringside With Vijender

This ‘mini book’ explores the way India’s only Olympic medallist in boxing is turning himself into a pro boxer of great promise........Read more

Armed men loot nearly Rs 11 crore from a private company in Thane

Police officials said the group stopped the van at Hiradip society, belonging to Checkmate Service Private Limited, when it was on its way to deposit the money in private banks.........Read more

Uncertain Future Awaits Women's Boxing: Mary Kom

With five World Championship titles under her belt, MC Mary Kom is one of the legends of women's boxing, but she is not sure that the next generation of Indian women boxers will yield too many icons.........Read more

India's Satish Kumar, Sumit Sangwan win to advance in World Olympic Qualifying tournament

Satish Kumar ( 91kg) and Sumit Sangwan (81kg) notched up facile wins to enter the second round of the AIBA's World Olympic Qualification........Read more

The Indian Conception of History - The Rediscovery of India

The Indian approach of viewing history as a value is rooted in the Indian conception of time as cyclic.........Read more