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A real master

GRACE was his style, his signature -- in the sense it was deeply embedded in his being, ingrained in his psyche, glowing from within! When he stopped playing, sporting arena became bereft of one real master of class, only rarely replaceable by some other personage of equal or greater elan. Now that he has slipped behind the curtain of death, Mr. Nandu Natekar, the legendary badminton superstar of yesteryears, will be missed forever. When he played for India, he left his indelible imprint on the world ..

On the wings of a ‘necessary evil’

I hate all things categorised as ‘necessary evil.’ War, politics, rules, taxes, some quirky relatives, formal dinners, Mondays, dieting, cabbage, gourd etc. etc. etc. Well, so many necessary evils in life! I say, why should anything evil be necessary? But since we live in the world which is more evil than necessary, one has to live with a little of necessary evil, or so I am told. The recent ‘necessary evil’ to have drawn everyone’s attention is spying. Most governments and agencies, world over, ..

WARM CON

SINCE last seven years a subtle but powerful change is being witnessed in leadership model in India. The change has been effected by Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi in such a simple manner that political community in the country could hardly believe what simplicity can offer in form of mass leadership...

‘third’ front?

IS Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal, President of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) suggesting a third front for the next Lok Sabha elections in 2024 -- asking the country’s regional political parties to come together ? If that is the case, then he is almost sure to harm the Opposition cause -- of forming a national front parallel to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its partners in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). ..

Kids Not Active

A RECENT study by an Australia-based non-profit organisation has found that physical activities in children have decreased worldwide and this is a serious cause of concern. It is thus not just an India-specific problem where lack of adequate public spaces curtails opportunities for outdoor activities but a globally declining habit among children to go out and engage in physical activities. A sedentary lifestyle, overdependence on technology and lack of space for outdoor recreation like sports are ..

Incessant rains’ havoc in Amravati: Rivers overflowing, crops lost

AMRAVATI, INCESSANT rainfall in the district in last few days has caused massive disruption and has thrown normal life out of gear. Rivers and nullahs are overflowing while water levels in dams have been risen sharply. Four doors of the Shahanoor dam in Anjangaon Surji tehsil have been open. A youth drowned into flood water of the river in Barugawhan village in Chikhaldara tehsil on Friday night. After rain slowed down on Thursday it again pick up today in Amravati District. The district has been ..

This is how one man created India’s Green Revolution

HE WAS all geared up to pick up his father’s medical practice, and as a medical student looked forward to a settled life. But Mahatma Gandhi interfered -- in a good sense, influencing the thought process of the young fellow who felt emotionally tortured by the terrible scenes from the Great Bengal Famine. So, Mankombu Sambasivan Swaminathan gave up his medical studies and joined an agriculture college -- to earn two Bachelor’s Degrees, one in Zoology and the other in Agriculture Sciences. And from ..

Sheer Obstinacy

  l New Delhi, July 22 (PTI): Amid heavy security, a group of 200 farmers protesting the Centre’s three agri laws started a ‘Kisan Sansad’ at central Delhi’s Jantar Mantar, on Thursday, a few meters from Parliament where the Monsoon Session is underway. Their leaders said, they wanted to show that their agitation was still alive and that they also knew how to run ‘Parliament’. l New Delhi, July 22 (PTI): Congress Members of Parliament (MPs), led by their ..

DIGITAL

  ANOTHER alarm bell has been sounded on the digital front with the latest finding that India witnessed a relatively high rate of tech support scams in the last one year. The survey by Microsoft’s 2021 Global Tech Support Scam Research has revealed that seven in ten consumers in India encountered tech support scams through unsolicited calls, emails, text messages promising financial returns. That the number has seen an eight-point increase in the last 12 months points to the vulnerability ..

OBSTINATE CHINA

  CHINA’S brazen rejection of the World Health Organisation (WHO) plan for another round of investigation into the coronavirus leak theory from the Wuhan laboratory comes on expected lines. The Chinese obstinacy stems from the initial flip-flop by the timid WHO authorities when Intelligence community had provided big evidence into the case. When it got access to the lab in question and an opportunity to go deeper into the origin of the deadly virus, the WHO seemed more than eager to ..

TURBULENT TIMES

DESPITE the V-shaped recovery Indian economy is witnessing in the post-coronavirus world, some sectors are still in distress and need urgent intervention. Hospitality, tourism and aviation sectors were among the worst-hit by the pandemic and as the third wave triggered by the Delta variant threatens to rock the country, a dark future awaits these bleeding sectors. In wake of the their financial problems the Civil Aviation Ministry has taken a correct step by forming advisory..

Peru Turns Left

PERU’S electoral agony is finally over. The Marxist Pedro Castillo will take over as the new President of this Latin American nation on July 28 after the national electoral authorities dismissed all the legal challenges lodged by his Right wing rival Keiko Fujimori on Sunday. The National Jury of Elections (JNE)’s decision brings an end to weeks of uncertainty following Castillo’s narrow victory on June 6 this year, when he won the second round of voting by just over 44,000 votes. Fujimori refused ..

Old script!

THE ambitious West Bengal Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee has launched her campaign for the Lok Sabha elections. And her appeal is straight -- all parties must form a united national front against Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi, and ensure that he is not able to return to the podium in 2024. Obviously, she is trying to revive an outdated political script that was proved useless in 2014 and 2019, buoyed by her landslide victory in her State’s legislative elections two-and-a-half months ago. ..

A grim reminder of social lapse

THE real story of the Golibar Chowk in Central Nagpur -- as brought out by ‘The Hitavada’ Chief Reporter Mr. Kartik Lokhande (The Hitavada CityLine, Sunday, July 18, 2021) -- reminded us of a bright chapter in the city’s history -- of the members of the Koshti community steeled themselves against the mighty British administration to ask for strict prohibition (of production and sale of liquor). But seen from another angle, it also reminded the Nagpurians of a massive social lapse that we have allowed ..

HABITUAL OFFENDER

THE arrest of businessman Mr. Raj Kundra in a case related to alleged creation of pornographic films and publishing them through mobile apps blows the lid off a racket involving top names in the film industry for a few quick bucks. For industry insiders, Mr. Kundra’s arrest has not come as a surprise, for, the man is known for his penchant for illegal activities. It won’t be an exaggeration to call Mr. Kundra, the husband of Bollywood actress Ms. Shilpa Shetty, a serial offender. His immediate past ..

‘Let The Bodies Pile High’

“LET the bodies pile high in their thousands,” expostulated Boris Johnson in his private office, but the door was open and a number of witnesses heard him. This was last October, when the second wave of COVID-19 was gaining speed but the British Prime Minister was determined not to re-impose restrictions like masks and self-isolation on the public. The bodies did pile quite high – into the tens of thousands, in fact. In the five months November 2020-March 2021, COVID killed 86,049 British citizens, ..

why politics?

THE fact that a few Opposition parties such as Congress and Akali Dal did not join the all-party meeting called by Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi to discuss the COVID-19 situation, does not go well with the seriousness of the overall challenge the nation is facing in its combat against the ugly virus. It was only natural for the Prime Minister, therefore, to express his disappointment over this move. This is the time to rise above politics and for all to work as a team to combat the pandemic, he ..

CHANGE IN NEPAL

AFTER the ascension of Mr. Sher Bahadur Deuba as Prime Minister following a Supreme Court ruling, political instability in Nepal is likely to subside. Mr. Deuba has raised hopes of a stable government by winning the confidence vote in the Parliament to succeed Mr. K P Sharma Oli. Now, with Mr. Deuba firmly in the saddle New Delhi can expect improvement in relations with Kathmandu after the murky ride in the last few years. Nepal’s cartographical misadventure and ouster PM Mr. Oli’s open tilt towards ..

South Asia in India’s focus

DEVELOPMENTS in Afghanistan marking a steady rise of Taliban’s hold on that country -- this resulted in the evacuation of staff from the Indian Consulate at Kandahar -- confirms many readings on how the Pakistan-Afghan belt would shape up in the aftermath of the withdrawal of American troops from the messy theatre, the scene of an unending ‘war on terror’ launched by the US in Afghanistan way back in the wake of 9/11. The date of withdrawal finally announced by President Biden had taken into account ..

Once again ...!

ONCE again, the Opposition parties scored a self-goal in Parliament -- by not allowing normal business of the Houses to go on -- in the process prompting Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi to comment that he had not seen such a negative mindset before. The Opposition ruckus also offered the Prime Minister a chance to underline another aspect of Opposition politics as well. He said, in effect, that the Opposition members did not seem happy that for the first time the Union Council of Ministers has ..

Nepal Situation Unstable

THE political kaleidoscope has turned again in Nepal, throwing up yet another Government. The Nepal Supreme Court on Monday restored Parliament which was dissolved by President Bidya Devi Bhandari on May 21, after Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli lost majority in the House. The President announced that elections to the House of Representatives would be held on November 12 and 19. Oli continued to be the Prime Minister because no other party or an alliance of parties could form an alternative Government. ..

Devshayani Ekadashi: The day Lord Vishnu starts Yoga Nidra

Devshayani Ekadashi is very famous festival across Maharashtra State as many devotees of Lord Vitthal gather at Pandharpur on the banks of Chandrabhaga and recites ‘Jai Jai Vitthal Shri Hari Vitthal’. On this day of Ashadha Shukla Ekadashi, the devotees of Lord Vishnu believe Lord Vishnu goes to sleep on this day and wakes up after four months on Prabodhini Ekadashi. Why Devshayani Ekadashi is so popular ensues from the idea that Lord Vishnu chooses to go to a long sleep in the Ksheer Sagar (milky ..

Age Limit of Tribunal Member

The minimum age of 50 years prescribed under the Tribunals Reforms for appointment as Members is “arbitrary and discriminatory. In the majority view-point it has been pointed out that this minimum age limit violates the earlier direction given by the court and that advocates with minimum experience of 10 years should be made eligible for appointment as members of tribunals...

Population Explosion

THE Uttar Pradesh Government is promulgatin a new policy to tame population explosion in the country’s most populous State. The population policy will focus on efforts to increase the accessibility of contraceptive measures issued under the Family Planning Programme and provide a proper system for safe abortion. The Uttar Pradesh Government will give promotions, increments, concessions in housing schemes and other perks to employees who adhere to population control norms, and have two or less children...

most damning

THE assertion of the High Court-appointed investigating committee of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) that the situation in West Bengal showed the ‘law of the ruler’ rather than rule of law, only endorses a damning truth that should make any political leader with moral scruples intact feel a sense of shame or even guilt. But Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee has chosen to dub that report as one full of political vendetta. That is very unfortunate. ..

Think Again

THE Supreme Court has come out with its concern about the misuse of Section 124A (sedition) with a pointed query, asking the Centre why it was not repealing the British era penal law. Keeping aside the legal side of the argument if one sees the political colour the sedition law has assumed over the last few years, then one understands the necessity of the law in the Constitution...

Reopen Schools

EDUCATION for millions of children is still disrupted. As of today, almost about 18 months after the closures of educational institutions, primary and secondary schools are shuttered in 19 countries affecting over 156 million students. The losses children and young people incur from missing out on school may never be recouped. That is why reopening of schools can’t wait, but how to do it is also not less important. “This should not go on. Schools should be the last to close and first to reopen,” ..

Rising Global Hunger Level

GLOBAL hunger level has been skyrocketing since outbreak of COVID-19. In 2020, it rose by more than in the previous five years combined. Between 720 and 811 million people faced hunger during the first year of the pandemic, and the world is off the track to end hunger and malnutrition by 2030. Since India is among the worst hit countries, which is facing the spectre of the third wave while the second wave has hardly been over, a new wave of poverty and hunger is knocking at the door. The new data ..

Geopolitical indicators India cannot ignore

T HE long speech of President Xi Jinping at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on the occasion of the CPC’s centenary celebration on July 1 and the address of US President Joe Biden to the joint session of the Congress earlier on April 29 provide significant inputs on the contemporary global scene that was marked by a developing bipolarity between US-led West and the residual of the world of Communism of the Cold War era now led by China. In that equation the present profile of Pakistan is important for ..

Babadia Kalan Overbridge to be named after Babulal Gaur

Incharge Minister of Bhopal and Urban Administration and Development Minister Bhupendra Singh directed to prepare scheme within one month to ensure adequate supply of drinking water to entire population of Bhopal. He also directed to make all necessary arrangements to prevent possible third wave. He was reviewing development works of Bhopal district on Tuesday. He said that illegal colonies will be shortly legalised so that citizens should get all necessary facilities. He also gave approval to proposal ..

Raise Consumption

CHIEF Economic Adviser Arvind Subramaniam has said that India’s domestic market is small hence it is necessary to focus on increase in exports to jumpstart the economy. There is no gainsaying that provision of national resources for consumption by our own people is “domestic consumption” while providing the same resources for consumption by foreigners is “export.” International bank J P Morgan has agreed with this prognosis and added Government expenditures, especially investments, can help. Our record ..

Courts Summoning Officers

THROUGH the judgement of the case – The State of Uttar Pradesh & Others v. Dr Manoj Kumar Sharma, delivered on July 9, 2021, Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Hemant Gupta, at the Supreme Court have expressed the Court’s unhappiness once again about certain High Courts developing a practice “to call officers at the drop of a hat and to exert direct or indirect pressure”. The line of separation of powers between Judiciary and Executive is sought to be crossed by summoning the officers and in a ..

End Of A Golden Era

THE demise of acting legend Dilip Kumar has also sounded the end of a golden era of Hindi and Indian cinema. Dilip Kumar was one of the three members of the famed troika of cinema’s most celebrated faces that included the evergreen Dev Anand and showman Raj Kapoor. For reference, all three have won the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke award, the highest honour in Indian cinema, which cinematic stalwarts like Ashok Kumar, Manoj Kumar, Satyajit Ray, Pankaj Mallik, Mrinal Sen, Soumitra Chatterjee, Tapan ..

Pakistani Agenda, This!

   The nation will always remain grateful to Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi for leading the courageous process of a historic course-correction in Kashmir. The next part of that process is to snatch back Kashmir occupied by Pakistan.Srinagar, July 6: (Agencies): Even as they opposed the current delimitation process in Kashmir region stating that it should be done only after the 2026 census, representatives of the National Conference (NC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) ..

TASK FOR THAKUR

  ON THE eve of the Tokyo Olympics, India has witnessed a change in the Sports Ministry with Mr. Anurag Singh Thakur replacing Mr. Kiran Rijiju at the helm of the ministry. During his tenure, Mr. Rijiju was instrumental in bringing many changes in the working style of national sports bodies and the significant was the transformation of atmosphere in the Sports Authority of India (SAI) centres. The SAI is the nursery and honing ground for India’s medal hopefuls. That it remained ..

BASEless

  FOR all the hue and cry it raises over being a victim of terrorism, each pathetic claim raked by Pakistan always falls flat at every international platform. Talk about image of a country! Pakistan’s latest bluster, accusing Indian Intelligence agency RAW of orchestrating a bomb blast outside the house of JuD chief Hafiz Saeed is set to find the trash bin soon given the frivolity it consists of. India has totally trashed the claim terming it as Islamabad’s baseless propaganda ..

TOUGH CHALLENGE

AFGHANISTAN President Mr. Ashraf Ghani has put up a brave face amid serious onslaught by Taliban militants on the national forces. In the given situation, where Taliban are running amok in the country on the eve of withdrawal of US and NATO forces, it was expected of Mr. Ghani to send an assuring message to the anxious population. Yet, the truth behind those words is known to the larger Afghan society as also the world community which is fearing a total collapse of governance in the war-torn country ..

Better Future For Chile

THE recent victories of the Left in a number of municipalities and in elections for the Constitutional Convention have set the stage for a categorical rejection of the legacy of the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship and the building of a new Chile. Javiera Reyes, who is 31 years old, is the new Mayor of the Santiago municipality of Lo Espejo in Chile. “I grew up in a home where Salvador Allende was always the good guy,” she told us, “and Augusto Pinochet was a tyrant. That marked my life.” Reyes’ comment ..

Game changer

THE reshuffle of the Union Council of Ministers effected by Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi is slated to be a game-changer not just for the Government but also for the nation as a whole. Every change seems to have come after much thought and focus on what the Government wishes to achieve only partly in politics but mostly for larger national good. Confident that the nation will emerge from the pandemic with right lessons learnt, the Prime Minister has introduced changes in his team as an exercise ..

Selective Privatisation

THE Government decision to disband the Ordnance Factories Board (OFB), under the department of defence production, to convert and regroup its 41 units into seven wholly-owned corporate enterprises may or may not change the business fortune of these factories, but it will certainly reshape the more-than-three centuries old history of new-age armament manufacturing in India pioneered by a Dutch firm, Ostend Company, in 1712 with the setting up of a gun powder factory at Ichhapur, near Kolkata. To be ..

Theatre Commands: Is India on right path, at right time?

IN A major restructuring like reorganising the Indian Military into Theatre Commands, there will be variation of views between stakeholders and many rounds of discussions on merits and demerits of the existing Force Structure vis-a-vis the proposed one; hence it may not be appropriate to call it a ‘Turf War’ as has been referred in some media reports. Is the timing Right? Today India is facing a ‘Two Front Threat’ in real terms, in a manner that it is already in stand-off with the largest military ..

RTI Focus On E-Commerce

E-COMMERCE has provided huge relief to the consumers in the time of the pandemic. The consumer has been able to have the required goods delivered to his doorsteps. The choice of the consumer has also been expanded. I needed a book that was not available in India. I placed an order with an international e-portal and the book was delivered in 15 days. It so happened that the book came in damaged condition. The e-portal replaced it within 3 weeks. It was not possible for me to obtain the book with such ..

Effect Of Widow’s Remarriage

THROUGH the judgment in the case - Sribachahh Kumar Bhoi & Others v.Sindhu Akhil Kolta & Others, delivered on June 28, 2021, Justice Sanjay K. Agrawal, at the Chhattisgarh High Court in Bilaspur, has held that the effect of remarriage would be , widow loses her right in the property inherited from her husband and unless the fact of remarriage is strictly proved after observing the ceremonies required as per section 6 of the Hindu Widows’ remarriage Act,1856, the fact of remarriage cannot be said to ..

Saluting Doctors

AS THE nation observed Doctors’ Day on July 1, in a tweet, PM Modi said, “India is proud of the efforts of all doctors in fighting COVID.” With the medical community playing a lead role in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, the Prime Minister has always been in praise of doctors and other medical professionals. Doctors’ Day is observed in the honour of noted doctor and former West Bengal chief minister Bidhan Chandra Roy, whose birth and death anniversaries fall on July 1. PM Modi in his Sunday ‘Mann ..

golden era

INDIA has scored one more victory in what is generally described as ‘vaccine diplomacy’ (though rather derisively by political opponents of the Modi-Government). As many as nine European countries have accepted to treat India’s vaccines as requisites for ‘Green Pass’ for travel to their lands. More countries are likely to join the ever-lengthening list, thus expanding the influence of India’s diplomacy. This is welcome news, to say the least. ..

KAPIL’S

ONE of the greatest qualities that helped in building the legend of Kapil Dev Nikhanj was his refusal to give up hard efforts in face of all odds. ..

US Gearing Up For Budget

PROGRESSIVE organisations, led by the Poor People’s Campaign, the Institute for Policy Studies, and the Economic Policy Institute, are gathering organisational—and later individual—support for a $6 trillion-plus budget bill that “would meet all of our needs” in domestic spending in United States. “Budgets are moral statements,” the groups declared in opening their drive, with other organisations signing on June 29. And the $1.2 trillion infrastructure framework Democratic President Joe Biden reached ..

Healthcare For All

ON THE Doctors Day the July 1st, it would be appropriate to pay homage to those who sacrificed their lives to save mankind from the catastrophic damage of COVID-19. In addition to taking care of the sick in the hospitals, risking their lives, the health professionals continued to be engaged in the research work on the SARS COV -2 virus which has been mutating very fast and produced new variants of concern. Such work for the doctors is not new, it has centuries old history. Several new treatment methodologi..

The lane that once hosted future Prime Minister

The lane in Sitabuldi is too narrow and too crowded even to imagine anything out-of-the-ordinary. Take a walk down its crooked path lined by non-descript houses, and you will not realise that this little place -- the like of which can be found anywhere -- once hosted quite a few personalities that later made not just headlines but also history. One such personality was Mr. P.V. Narasimha Rao who later became India’s Prime Minister (and whose birth anniversary the nation just celebrated). As a young ..

Great Humility

PRESIDENT Mr. Ram Nath Kovind’s statement that democracy made it possible for a village-boy like him to occupy the nation’s highest office, indicates not just the power of the system, but also the person’s humility of the highest order. The fact that he has not forgotten his roots and also his humble beginnings shows that the nation is blessed to have a person of such human qualities as a resident of the Rashtrapati Bhawan. India is also fortunate to have a Prime Minister coming from a backward community ..

Improve Edn System

It is necessary to improve our competitiveness ranking in the community of nations if we have to stand global competition. That, in turn, requires that we repair our education, environment and health policies that are pulling our competitiveness rank down. We are slipping and continue to slip as the GDP growth rate will continue to fall. ..

NEW CHALLENGE

USING drones to drop bombs at the Air Force Station in Jammu causing two major blasts, is the new mode Pakistan-backed terrorists appear to have adopted to create disturbance in Kashmir. The security Forces also arrested a man with 6 kilos of explosives which he had been tasked to ignite in a crowded place. These developments indicate that terrorists may from now on start using the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to cause trouble in India, particularly after they realise that the Security Forces are ..

Bail To Activist In Sedition Case

IN THE order passed on June 25, 2021, in the case- Aysha Sultana v. Union Territory of Lakshadweep, while granting anticipatory bail to the applicant, who is a film director, actor and model in Lakshadweep, Justice Ashok Menon, at the Kerala High Court, Ernakulam, has held that the statement made by her in discussion will have to be taken in its entirety and words cannot be taken in isolation to suggest motive. After considering the submissions made on both sides, and also the transcript of the discussion, ..

Pakistani Agents, These!

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, on Thursday, demanded that India should start engagement with Pakistan if wanted to resolve the Kashmir tangle. Emerging from the meeting of the Kashmiri leaders with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mehbooba Mufti cited the recent ceasefire pact India and Pakistan entered into. Mufti also said quite vociferously that she told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the abrogation of Article 370 was illegal and unconstitutional. ... BOTH these demands ..

DOVAL’S HARD TALK FOR PAK

 SIGNALLING a welcome shift in calling out Pakistan’s blatant support to terrorist groups operating out of its soil at regional and international platforms, National Security Advisor Mr. Ajit Doval sent out a tough message at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) by singling out Pak-based terror outfits Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) for punitive action. Mr. Doval’s address in Dushanbe was instrumental in breaking the usual subtlety practiced while dealing ..

Oppn Gagged In Myanmar

THE army which overthrew the elected Government in Myanmar and took over power on February 1 has not only gagged the voice of the Opposition but effectively blanked out any news emanating from that country except those vetted by the junta. Since April, hardly any news about the situation prevailing in the country has come out in foreign newspapers. Asian nations have been divided over their approach to the army-ruled country. Japan is unwilling to impose sanctions on Myanmar, fearing that the country ..

Peace-Seekers Panicky

THE more the deadline (September 11) for complete withdrawal of US troops from the Afghan soil draws, the more dreadful is the spectre of Taliban haunting rural areas in eastern, southern, northern, and western Afghanistan. A stark increase in deadly suicide bombings striking urban areas goes hand in hand with the nightmarish Taliban threat. During the last seven weeks and a half, Taliban fighters have seized three districts in Uruzgan including their once strongholds in the south along with Sar-e-Puln ..

Of the thin line between green heaven and hell!!

“HEAVEN must be one such place”! -- was the loosefooter’s comment on the Seminary Hills area having bathed in initial Monsoon showers. As the rainy season deepens, the Seminary Hills area -- and all other forest patches in the city -- will assume fantastic presence. For the loosefooter, that will be the season of repeated visits to those green gifts from Nature -- at all times of the 24-hour day, pre-dawn, dawn, morning, noons, evenings, and even nights -- taking in wonderful coolness, terrific ..

Vat Pournima: A sacred day of blessing health

Vat Pournima is very sacred day for married women in India in general and for married women in Maharashtra in particular. In India, women observe Vat Savitri Vrat for 15 days from no moon day to full moon day in the month of Jyeshtha. Vat Pournima Vrat is similar to Vat Savitri Vrat. Married women observe Vat Pournima Vrat for well-being and long life of their husband. According to ‘Drik Panchanga’, “Most of the festivals in Amanta and Pournimanta lunar calendar fall on the same day. Pournimanta calendar ..

HOW BENJAMIN NETANYAHU WON AMERICA BUT LOST ISRAEL

RECENTLY deposed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is as much American as he is Israeli. While other Israeli leaders have made their strong relationship with Washington a cornerstone in their politics, Netanyahu’s political style was essentially American from the start. Netanyahu spent many of his formative years in the United States. He lived in Philadelphia as a child, graduated from Cheltenham High School, and earned a degree in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology ..

No Right To Privacy Post-Death

BY IMPLICATION through a recent judgement of the case- Krishna Kishore Singh V. Sarla A. Saraogi & Others, delivered on June 10, 2021, at the Delhi High Court, Justice Sanjeev Narula has held that both, the right to privacy and or publicity are not available to a person after his death. These rights are not inheritable and cannot be claimed by his/her parent or other kin post-death. Through this application, the plaintiff, who is the father of late actor Sushant Singh Rajput (SSR) had sought ad-interim ..

POWER GIRLS!

JUST a couple of months ago, Sneh Rana was grappling with a personal tragedy. She had lost her father, a few days after being named in the Indian Test team. His only dream was watching his daughter represent India in international cricket. The proud daughter paid, perhaps, the most apt tribute to the departed soul with a heroic rescue act for the country. Sneh was the toast of the nation at Bristol as she saved the one-off Test against England with an awesome show of grit and gumption. The draw she ..

Home is where hearth is -- heart, too, is

Home is where hearth is! So goes an ancient saying -- defining most accurately what actually constitutes home. Home is where we get our succour for life -- through food, through fun, through fine thought, through fair dealing, through togetherness, through a sense of security, through an awareness that it is home where one can return after facing life in its victories or vagaries ...! Hearth represents all this in one go. It does not provide just the food, but also the warmth that the cinders -- now ..

THE nefarious

designs of Chinese military targeting systems storing critical data in various countries have yet again been exposed by the world’s largest provider of Intelligence for enterprise security Recorded Future. ..

priest of

MINISTER of Defence Mr. Rajnath Singh has used very appropriate words to describe India’s role in the world -- Priest of Peace! As he dedicated to the nation the all-weather Kimin-Potin road in Assam’s Lakhimpur district to mark the country’s renewed push to infrastructure in forward areas, Mr. Rajnath Singh asserted that all effort is directed to improve the strategic standards so that any enemy can be repulsed if he tries a misadventure against India. But what is important is the role India has ..

Advantage Ortega

NICARAGUA is holding its general elections on November 7 this year but the tempo of the poll campaign has already heated up in the wake of the recent victory of the Left candidates in Parliamentary elections in Mexico and presidential elections in Peru. This small Latin American country will be the fourth one in the region which will go for Presidential elections in 2021. Honduras will be the fifth and the last country in the region to elect its President on November 27. Nicaragua is having a running ..

DANGEROUS PROXIES

A DIRTY plan is in play against India through proxy NGOs having links with Pakistan-based terror groups. The NGOs are mopping up huge funds being collected illegitimately in the name of helping India deal with the second wave of the coronavirus. The money is being routed to fund terror groups operating out of Pakistan to foment protests and attacks in India. The dangers have been exposed by Disinfo Lab which found out that some US-based Pakistan-linked NGOs are exploiting India’s goodwill among the ..

Vaccination Strategy Vital

DR LARRY Brilliant, an epidemiologist who helped the WHO eradicate smallpox in the last century says “it’s too late to hope for herd immunity” against COVID-19 and, therefore, the novel coronavirus can be called the “forever virus,” something that wouldn’t sit well with most of us. Dr Brilliant predicts a “long fight” with the coronavirus variants, many of which are in the womb of the future. So COVID-19 isn’t going away, which isn’t exactly news. It has also infected an array of species, animals ..

PARADIGM SHIFT

THE honourable recall of the martyrdom of 20 Indian bravehearts during the Galwan Valley encounter with Chinese troops one year after the happening, is not just a patriotic symbolism of the nation, but also embodies a wonderful paradigm shift in leadership thought and action. If in military terms, the Galwan Valley encounter is a moment to be proud of, it also offers a point of national pride that India’s national leadership has shed all its earlier inhibitions and initiated a concerted action to ..

E-Waste is a treasure trove that needs to be tapped

RECENTLY, Delhi’s civic body tied up with a private firm to collect and dispose of E-Wastes while Bihar Government authorised 142 E -Waste collection points in various districts. So, what is this E Waste, and why is it important to collect and dispose it of? What is E-Waste? Electronic waste can be broadly described as discarded, surplus, obsolete, broken, electrical or electronic devices. It includes all such waste from electronic and electrical appliances that have reached their end-of-life period ..

Ban Bitcoin

THINK of 100 computer professionals sitting in separate cubicles in a hall. They are solving a Sudoku puzzle with 50 rows and 50 columns. One who solves the puzzle first shouts that he has solved it and shares his solution will all the participants. The others checked his solution and, if found correct, confirm his “win” and gave him a Bitcoin as a prize. Then all the 100 participants gave their suggestions for the next stage of the Sudoku which would now be made with, say, 70 rows and 70 columns. ..

From individual to universal

IN THESE few words, Pratibha Prahlad defines the purpose of art so precisely, so meaningfully! Art -- dance or vocal or instrumental music or painting or sculpture or even acting -- offers this challenge, this opportunity, this scope for the artist to reach his or her own full potential. There is a beautiful alternative suggestion to this process -- self-actualisation! Those who pursue art as the pursuit of the soul, therefore, do not chase petty goals such as just fame or money. They seek fullest ..

Mid-caps shine bright if it get more time

As investors search for multi-baggers in the stock market, there is one area they frequent the most - mid-caps. In a growing economy, mid-caps often tend to outperform. So, it is no coincidence that over a ten year period, there is one clear winner among Indian equity funds: mid-cap funds. Mid-cap funds with a 16.35 per cent CAGR have beaten all others categories such as large-cap, flexi-cap, multi-cap and even small-cap schemes. As a result, mid-caps have emerged as a must-have for any superlative ..

Court’s ‘No’ To Scuttling Probe

KARNATAKA High Court has dismissed the two writ petitions filed by the retail trade giants – Amazon and Flipkart against the order passed by the Competition Commission of India on January 13, 2020, directing an investigation under section 26(1) of the Competition Act, 2002, by the Director General, with the observation that it would be unwise to scuttle investigation. The judgement in this case has been delivered by Justice P. S. Dinesh Kumar on June 11, 2021...

Climate Change

A NEW study has found that India may lose anywhere between 3 and 10 per cent of its GDP annually by 2100 and its poverty rate may rise by 3.5 per cent in 2040 due to climate change. The report was released recently by the London-based global think tank Overseas Development Institute. Titled ‘The Costs of Climate Change in India,’ the report looks at the economic costs of climate-related risks in the country and points to the possibility of increased inequality and poverty as a result of cascading ..

Of fake complaints against kids’ on-line classes !!!

THIS postivism expressed by a leading surgeon in response to the last week’s ‘Loud Thinking’ certainly adds a sense of hope that things may assume a reasonable form in due course of time. Despite that, however, one needs to struggle to come to terms with the unavoidable reality that at least for some time, we may have to bear with our kids staring at their computer or tab or mobile screens as a part of their on-line learning at home. This helplessness has a sickening side, no doubt. Frankly, however, ..

Anti-National Designs - II

  “Modi’s bulldozing of Parliament shows him as the architect of a Hindu Taliban” - Headline of an article by a writer with name Anish Kapoor, appearing in ‘The Guardian’WHAT a nauseating way to distort things! And to make it look terrible, an Indian has written the article, and a British newspaper has found pleasure in publishing it -- along with a picture of India’s Parliament building -- suggesting that Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi is representing ..

DINGKO’S EXIT

  HE WAS never aware of the impact his energetic bursts in the ring had on an entire generation of boxers. Dingko Singh never bothered about it. He was happily engrossed with his left hooks, demolishing pugilists ranked much higher in the world. That was his world until it came crashing down when the dreaded cancer challenged him for a bout. Dingko fought hard, much like he fought to make a mark for himself in the world, but could not defeat the disease. At a young age of just 42, Dingko, ..

HACKERS ON PROWL

  CYBER security agencies are on their toes in India to ward off a relentless campaign by China-based hackers through various modes. The latest attack has come through a malicious free gift campaign using the name of Tata Motors. The campaign has gone viral as even highly-educated people are falling to the lure of free gifts offered through a fake website ‘Tata Motor Cars’. Many have lost their browser and system information as well as cookie data to the hackers through this ..

UFOs: The Silly Season

NORMALLY it happens in August, when wicked people all over the northern hemisphere temporarily stop doing evil things to take their children to the beach and enjoy the last of the summer. With no bad news to report, desperate journalists will run any story, however silly. Why is it Silly Season in June this year? Because the US Department of Defence has announced that it will release a report on ‘Unidentified Aerial Phenomena’ (UAPs), which is what people who want to sound grown-up say instead of ..

Polls In Mexico, Peru

AFTER the setback in Ecuador Presidential elections in April this year, the Leftist coalitions recorded clear victories against the right-wing combinations in Mexico and Peru imparting a big boost to the left forces in the other countries of Latin America who are bracing for elections in 2021 end and 2022. In Mexico, the coalition of Left led by Morena, the party of the Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, popularly known as AMLO won between 265 and 292 of the total of 500 seats in the lower ..

Sustainable Devpt - Balance Between Environment, Economy And Ethics

Dr. Ipshita Sengupta : WHEN a word becomes so popular that we start hearing it everywhere, in all kinds of marginally associated or even dissimilar contexts, it implies one of two things. Either the word has got transferred into an insignificant and worthless cliché, or else it has actual theoretical heft. Thus the word “Green” or, even worse, “Going Green”, falls directly into the first kind. However “Sustainable,” which in the same way initially invokes up an indistinct sense of environmentally ..

MASTER STROKE

PRIME Minister Mr. Narendra Modi delivered a master-stroke when he announced to the nation that the Central Government would take over the entire handling of vaccination and ensure that free dosage would be available to all Indians above the age of 18 years. Of course, Mr. Narendra Modi also declared continuation of foodgrain supply to 80 crore poor Indians under the special Prime Minister’s Programme, as was done for eight months previously when first lockdown was announced more than a year ago. ..

OLLIE’S SUSPENSION

NO MATTER how and where you move on in life, there will always be a dark mark of your digital footprint in the cyber space. These footprints possess the ability to bite you back, something which young England pacer Ollie Robinson has found in the most brutal manner. His racist and sexist tweets, posted way back in 2012, have come back to haunt the bowler leading to his suspension from international cricket after an impressive Test debut last week. The England and Wales Cricket Board has adopted a ..

Trial Court’s Obligation

IN THE judgement of the case–Sunil Kumar alias Sudhir Kumar & Another v. The State of Uttar Pradesh delivered on May 25, 2021, Justice Dinesh Maheshwari and Justice Aniruddha Bose, at the Supreme Court have made it abundantly clear once again, that it is legally obligatory for the Court of first instance (Trial Court), while awarding multiple punishments of imprisonment, to specify in clear terms as to whether the sentences would run concurrently or consecutively. The omission to State whether the ..

Practical difficulties in the on-line classes at home

l The photograph a mother posted on a social media platform was shocking. It showed a room with an 8-year-old child in front of a laptop with a bored look writ large on the face. But the focus of the picture was something else -- the mess around in the room. The teacher had asked the ‘class’ to collect at least ten items showing one common colour. The kids had to collect such ten items in five different colours and show those to the teacher on the screens of their computers. It was only natural that ..

T(r)eeming with joy

Years ago, the siblings played around a tree and spent some time almost daily on the branches of a big banyan tree close to their house. Other groups of children too derived the same joy. While one group called the tree ‘adda’ (meeting place) as ‘air-conditioner’, another called it ‘hill station’, and still another group called it ‘Aajoba’ due to age of the tree. For, everyone found a ‘cool’ childhood companion in the tree. Years later, all of them have told their children about these fond childhood ..

Welcome Move

IN A move that most people have welcomed, the Government finally cancelled the Class 12 CBSE board exams this year amid the pandemic crisis. This brings an end to a long and anxious wait for millions of CBSE students across the country and beyond. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced after chairing a crucial meeting that the exams have been decided to be cancelled keeping in view the health concerns of students and the need to ensure their safety. PM Modi said that the decision on the Class 12 CBSE ..

LONG WAY TO GO

THE coronavirus-hit year has brought some good news for India with a significant improvement in the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Index. India’s score has improved by six points -- from 60 in 2019 to 66 in 2020. It includes a fantastic growth in healthcare parameters which bears testimony to India’s resolute response to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. However, there is a hidden message in the NITI Aayog’s SDG India Index 2020-21 where Kerala has retained the top rank. A lot of ..

true development

THE news that the Ministry of Defence has signed a technology an MoU -- Memorandum of Understanding -- for as many as eleven airport surveillance radars for Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guards with the private sector tech-major Mahindra Telephonics makes a happy reading...

China and Climate

THERE is a great anomaly in China’s modern history, but it isn’t the late, unlamented one-child policy. That is endlessly discussed and debated as if it really mattered, while China’s three lost decades of economic growth and their unintended consequences for the climate crisis go almost unmentioned. There was great excitement among journalists last week when China announced its new three-child policy. Some even dared to ask why, if changing the one-child policy to a two-child policy in 2016 did nothing ..

US Investors Shift Focus

AMERICAN investors splurge investment in India in 2020, despite COVID 19 battered the economy. India’s GDP recorded big decline in 2020 but US investment in India surged by over 297 per cent in 2020 (up from US $ 3.6 billion in 2019 to US $14.3 billion in 2020). In contrast, US investment in China plateaued, despite the positive growth in the Chinese economy. In 2020, GDP in China grew by 2.3 per cent. In 2019, US investment in China was more than double of India – US$ 7.4 billion in China against ..

India can play pivotal role in Afghanistan’s stability

AS THE United States prepares to pull out entirely of its remaining 2,500 troops from Afghanistan– a move fast being followed by NATO allies in the war-tattered nation– the onus for security and stability will fall on the regional neighbours. However, this is a window of opportunity in which India can lead the way. It will not be an easy or simple process. As the Taliban became increasingly assertive in the ongoing peace talks and potentially set to govern the country again someday, it is vital that ..

TIGHT SLAP

THE unequivocal verdict of Delhi High Court granting full protection to continuance of the construction work for New Delhi’s ambitious project Central Vista as “essential” and imposition of a fine of Rs. one lakh on the petitioners for having filed a “motivated plea”, is actually a tight slap on the face of those who sought not just to criticise the project as a funds-guzzler, but also to malign Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s image as a national leader. The petition to the High Court was part ..

Of the purpose of music - II

THE legendary vocalist described in these words what he saw as a purpose of music. He was only highlighting what most music masters have often felt and lived for -- to attain through their music -- and to reach a sublime level beyond the normal definition of life and living. The fine-ness of the swar, its mystique, its magnificence, its magnitude, its majesty, its magnetism, its magic have often mesmerised all pursuers of classical music in particular. Pursuers of other forms of music, too, feel equally ..

Changing Patterns

THE intensity and frequency of cyclones have drastically increased in India in the last 50 years. The western coast, which was considered less vulnerable till recent times and had an average cyclonic storm of one per year, is now seeing around five cyclones a year. The changing trends are consistent with rising temperatures in the Indian Ocean. A 2014 study found that while the temperature of the Indian Ocean rose overall by 0.7 degrees Celsius, the generally colder western the Indian Ocean experienced ..

Swatantryaveer Savarkar: Beyond the realm of formality

EVEN as the nation celebrated the birth anniversary of Swatantryaveer Vinayak Damodar Savarkar two days ago, people indulged in the formality of garlanding of statues and picture-frames of the visionary patriot -- as usual. Then everything went quiet -- until the next time when people will get to the point of birth or death anniversary of the man whose multifarious contribution to the idea of India has been immense. And by any standard, that cannot be the way the nation should only feign to remember ..

Inspiration

The problem is not the problem. The problem is that you let the problem stop you. It’s not a lack of preparation that holds you back. It’s not an absence of passion, or resources, or opportunity, that keeps you from achieving. ..

MESSAGE FROM SEA

FIRST cyclone Tauktae and then cyclone Yaas, both have delivered an important message to the country -- Be ready for intense cyclones in the future...

China Enters Afghan Stage

NO SOONER had the USA and NATO announced the unconditional withdrawal of its troops by the twentieth anniversary of 9-11 attack on the World Trade Centre in New York and the Pentagon, rattling the shaky-from-the beginning peace talks, than the diplomatic circles specialising the nebulous geopolitics in the SAARC region had begun keenly awaiting Chinese entry into the Afghan peace process...