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Companies Bill passed by Parliament

Wrapping up debate, Sachin Pilot termed passage of legislation a 'historic feat'. (AP) Parliament today passed the much-awaited Companies Bill ... Read More

In United States, nearly 6.5 lakh people speak Hindi

'South Asian languages have registered a substantial growth rate in past decade.' (AP) Nearly 6.5 lakh people in the US ... Read More

Now, Metro set to roll into Kashmir

Jehangir Chowk would form the junction of the two Metro lines which would provide reliable connectivity to the core area ... Read More

Kerala: Landslips claim nine lives, Kochi airport runway closed

Periyar river and canals are overflowing after downpour lashed area since Sunday. (AP) Nine persons died and several others were ... Read More

South Korea voices ‘concern’ on US veto of Apple ban

'We hope further decisions by US administration will be made on fair grounds.' (Apple Inc) The South Korean government voiced ... Read More

Hina Rabbani Khar equates Pakistan with India, says PM Manmohan Singh ...

Even as corruption charges threatened to topple Pakistan's second premier in a row, the country's Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar ... Read More

Ashes 2013: Chris Rogers survives broadside

Chris Rogers’s century, which he brought up with this sweep, helped Australia to within 16 runs off England’s 238. (Reuters) ... Read More

US to reopen 18 missions except Lahore, Sanaa

A Yemeni soldier frisks a motorcyclist at a checkpoint on a street leading to the US and British embassies in ... Read More

Curfew continues in violence-hit Kishtwar, bandh in Jammu

The trouble in Kishtwar, erupted when a group of people raised anti-national slogans. (AP) Curfew today remained in force in ... Read More

Edward Snowden is not a patriot: Barack Obama

Days after a US lawmaker compared Edward Snowden with Mahatma Gandhi, US President Barack Obama said the former CIA contractor ... Read More

LoC: Pakistan violates ceasefire again in Poonch

Several posts of the Indian army were targeted by Pakistani army, forcing the Indian army to retaliate. (AP) Four days ... Read More

Apple Inc. patent wins could mean US import ban for Samsung phones

Some older Samsung Electronics Co. mobile devices face a sales and import ban in the United States after a US ... Read More

Ashes 2013: Nathan Lyon four, Three Lions sore 238/9

Lumley castle in Durham forms a picturesque background to the Riverside ground in Chester-le-Street, where the fourth Ashes Test commenced ... Read More

Oprah faces ‘racism’ at Swiss shop, officials later apolog...

A clerk at a Zurich boutique refused to show Winfrey a handbag, saying she ‘will not be able to afford ... Read More

38 killed after Taliban bomber hits policeman’s funeral in Quett...

A man mourns the death of a family member in Quetta Thursday. AP Thirty-eight people, including three top police officers, ... Read More

Movie Review: Chennai Express, starts off well but turns into the same...

Movie Review: Chennai Express, starts off well but turns into the same old story. Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, ... Read More

Thank you!

All things, good and bad, have to come to an end. It is for the readers of 'Thinking Aloud' to ... Read More

The endless war

When the Cold War ended, many people thought this would be the beginning of perpetual peace. There was talk of ... Read More

The giant fix

That's the IPL. Take it to the cleaners, for a thorough scrub down Frankly, it is too tempting not to ... Read More

Spot of Bother

It's time to move on from the IPL scandal overkill The IPL scam has become too much of a muchness, ... Read More

Forming a Government

Almost two weeks after winning an overwhelming mandate, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has still not formed the government, and ... Read More

Neither caged parrot, nor unruly horse

The new law must define CBI 'autonomy' and government 'superintendence' Exasperated with the "sordid saga" of the handling of the ... Read More

US and them

Indian-American activism is acquiring critical force Immigrants and their children now comprise almost 25 per cent of the US population ... Read More

Missing them, again

Low female workforce participation is an intricate challenge of our time India's social self-knowledge is being stunted. Politics is hugely ... Read More

A throwaway threnody for Ray Manzarek

He will always articulate the sound of those briefest of instances before you slip into unconsciousness Ray Manzarek, baroque bespectacled ... Read More

From instability to opportunity

Afghanistan's large transitions promise to rearrange equations in the region Hamid Karzai's visit to India comes at a time when ... Read More

If bureaucrats did their duty, there would be no scams: Ashok Khemka

Khemka said he was opposed to the simplistic categorisation of politicians as villains. (IE Photo) Haryana IAS officer Ashok Khemka, ... Read More

INS Sindhurakshak: Bodies of four sailors pulled out, sent for DNA pro...

The bodies of the sailors have been shifted to naval hospital INS Ashwini for DNA profiling to facilitate identification. Hopes ... Read More

Narendra Modi’s abrasive hunger for power has no limits: Digvija...

Digvijaya's remarks come a day after Modi's attack on the Prime Minister on Independence Day in Bhuj in Gujarat. Latching ... Read More

578: Bodies pile up in Egypt

Supporters of Muslim Brotherhood stormed and torched a government building in Cairo Thursday, while families tried to identify hundreds of ... Read More

Kevin Pietersen – Rebel with a cause

Pietersen has been in fine nick in the ongoing Ashes, having stroked a hundred and a fifty so far. reuters ... Read More

Eight Indian students win British Council IELTS Scholarship Award 2013

Students walk away with a scholarship of Rs 3,00,000 to pursue their academic ambitions abroad Eight Indian students have been ... Read More

England take Ashes 2013 after Australia spontaneously combust

Ashes 2013: Stuart Broad took 6-50 (11 in the match) as Australia lost nine wickets in one session (Reuters) Australia, ... Read More

FM P. Chidambaram lays out new steps to aid Indian rupee but market is...

'Markets were slightly subdued after the industrial production and retail inflation data was released.' (AP) Finance Minister P Chidambaram today ... Read More

BJP decides to target Sonia Gandhi over Vadra-DLF land deal

The BJP has decided to attack Congress president Sonia Gandhi directly over the alleged irregularities in land deals involving her ... Read More

Aarushi murder case: Talwars make London-based DNA expert Dr Andre Sem...

The court has fixed August 16 as the date for recording Semikhodskii's statement. (AP) A special CBI court today rejected ... Read More

Fall from grace

The Ranbaxy scandal is more damaging to Indian pharma's image than its business prospects On May 13, Indian off-patent drugs ... Read More

Not an act of desperation

The Darbha valley attack has occurred when the Maoists are cornered by paramilitary operations and development. Does it mark a ... Read More

Governance in chains

It is now clear that elections alone cannot set everything right in Nepal Last week, Nepal's Acting Chief Justice Damodar ... Read More

Why higher education is sinking

An insistence on uniformity and a mechanical imposition of rules are weakening the university system The Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking ... Read More

A storm of protest

Indira Gandhi's decision to devalue the rupee in 1966, as Lal Bahadur Shastri had intended to do, was controversial On ... Read More

Prize of place

How the Anglophone world still determines the Man Booker International On Thursday, the newspapers baldly reported that the Kannada writer ... Read More

Talking Tokyo

The India-Japan relationship holds rich potential for both. Delhi must ignore the dragon in the room As he lands in ... Read More

Genres of silence

We've revered silence since childhood. Grandmother's stories praise great sages who've attained truth and enlightenment in the Himalayas. This meditative ... Read More

Summer junkets

At a Cabinet meeting last week, there were only 11 ministers present out of the total 29 expected. Cabinet Secretary ... Read More

Demagogues harm democracy

Last week I was in Istanbul to participate in a conference on the future of democracy and the liberal order ... Read More

Call for him snubbed, Modi talks ‘backward Muslims’

Rajnath rebuked the Bihar leaders for trying to pressure the Central leadership. (IE Photo) The BJP's balancing act over Narendra ... Read More

Families of Kishtwar riot victims united by grief, government apathy

Security personnel checking documents of a vehicle during curfew in Jammu. (PTI photo) When Danish, the 16-year-old son of Bashir ... Read More

Cost of crashing currency: How a falling Indian rupee can hit costs, p...

Over time, the depreciation will hit the common man in a number of ways. (Reuters) A fall in the value ... Read More

Assault on elderly Sikh a shameful example of hate crime: Shiromani Ak...

Terming the attack on an elderly Sikh by a teenage British girl as yet another shameful example of hate crime, ... Read More

With eye on polls, BJP sells onion at Rs 25 per kg, raps Delhi govt

Delhi govt is selling onions between Rs 50-55 a kg at over 1,000 points across city. (IE Photo: Amit Mehra) ... Read More

Ram Vilas Paswan attacks Narendra Modi, says media giving too much hyp...

Lok Janshakti Party supremo Ram Vilas Paswan today launched a frontal attack on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for delivering ... Read More

Abdul Karim Tunda says Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi calls the shots in Lashke...

After fleeing to Bangladesh, Tunda married an 18-year-old girl at the age when he was 56. (AP) From an expert ... Read More

Two suspects picked up for Bodhgaya serial blasts

Police has picked up two persons as suspects of Bodh Gaya blasts from Brahmapura village in Madhubani district and handed ... Read More

Indian rupee volatility: No throw back to 1991 crisis, says PM Manmoha...

PM Manmohan Singh was speaking after release of the fourth volume of RBI history titled "RBI History-Looking Back and Looking ... Read More

Manmohanomics in shreds, PM invokes Rao first time on Independence Day

Manmohan Singh's invocation of his mentor P V Narasimha Rao was only for the 7th time in his entire career ... Read More

IPL spot-fixing: A move by BCCI towards openness is not an alternative...

Speaking at a private event to felicitate the Mumbai Indians on their victory at the IPL John Wright, always dignified, ... Read More

Too many Malayalams

Which of these qualify as a classical language? Around 2004, the politics of according classical language status made its presence ... Read More

Power trips

Why the political yatra endures, though SMS and Twitter provide instant outreach They may not seem to matter much in ... Read More

Great expectations of Pep

How much can Guardiola change Bayern's style of play? In sport, the word transition usually crops up while describing either ... Read More

The fall of gold

Softer commodity prices may help growth, widen the window for policy response The crack in gold prices that appeared over ... Read More

Maoist attack

The editorial in the latest issue of CPI(ML) weekly ML Update discusses the Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh. The CPI(ML) alleges ... Read More

Thai Transit

Bangkok is a familiar hub for Indian air travellers heading east; there are nearly 140 flights a week between Indian ... Read More

Missing reel

The south is largely absent from the centenary celebrations of Indian cinema "As per a Deloitte report, the south Indian ... Read More

Surat gets it right on water

It has emerged as a model of response, resilience and sustainability in the face of a challenging jal pareeksha Surat, ... Read More

A winnable war

But a democratic state cannot turn around the Maoist insurgency in two or three years A few days after a ... Read More

Mamata Banerjee’s austerity call: Don’t use make-up, trave...

Didi, who is known for her spartan lifestyle, expects the same from her party people. (Reuters) * Don't put on ... Read More

Abdul Karim Tunda tells police he was in constant touch with ISI

Tunda, a close aide of Dawood, was arrested on Friday after being on the run in several countries. (AP) Abdul ... Read More

Pak troops making serious mistake over ceasefire violations: Army

Army is here to respond to each and every act of Pakistan in which ever way it feels so: Gen ... Read More

Gold to cost Rs 31,000 by December, demand to remain same as last year

Gold MCX price was Rs 28,600, while in the international market it was at USD 1,376.70. (AP) Gold prices are ... Read More

Digivijay Singh slams Narendra Modi, calls him fascist

For would all other non-BJP, non-communal political parties please respond, says Digvijay Singh (AP) Slamming as 'fascist' Gujarat Chief Minister ... Read More

BSE Sensex plunges further by 225 points, NSE Nifty touches 11-month l...

The 30-share index, had lost 769.41 points in previous session, plunged further by 221.94 points. (AP) The BSE benchmark Sensex ... Read More

Indian rupee plunges to record low of 62.45 against dollar

The Indian rupee fell to a record low on Monday as the government's steps unveiled last week seemed inadequate to ... Read More

To settle scores, 32-year-old ‘rapes, kills” 3-yr-old step...

The victim Heena, was strangled to death after her stepfather raped her. (IE Photo: Kamleshwar Singh) The Panchkula police on ... Read More

Congress decides to put Rahul Gandhi in the front, facade intact

While the Congress keeps the country guessing about its prime ministerial candidate in the next general elections, the party is ... Read More

Abdul Karim Tunda says met Hafiz Saeed before I-Day, ISI helped

Lashkar-e-Toiba operative Abdul Karim Tunda. Lashkar-e-Toiba operative Abdul Karim 'Tunda' has told interrogators that he met Mohammed Hafiz Saeed just ... Read More

Can’t bank on it

The RBI board makes no attempt to review its regulatory failures According to a recent press release by the Reserve ... Read More

How objects get to museums

Sending stolen statues back to Cambodia, the Met sets a responsible standard This month, the Metropolitan Museum of Art repatriated ... Read More

Singh and friends

What the PM must get right with Nawaz Sharif and Sheikh Hasina During his visit to Japan last week, Prime ... Read More

‘If the state can’t ensure security for 80 km of road in B...

Former Punjab DGP KPS Gill speaks about his stint as security adviser to the Chhattisgarh government, the recent Naxal attack ... Read More

Maoists, Naxalites or Terrorists?

The media seems confused about the heartland movement While the rest of the mediawallahs were reading dark and nebulous meanings ... Read More

Facing China threat, Vietnam seeks American balance

As India struggles to make sense of the recent military tensions on the border with China, Vietnam, at the receiving ... Read More

Vina Mazumdar, freedom”s child

Pioneering feminist and academic, she successfully troubled the status quo The Indian women's movement has lost two remarkable women in ... Read More

National Interest: The bleeding heartless

On Maoists, UPA's headless chickens are coming home to roost How do we justify using a Bushism as the UPA ... Read More

A sense for silence

Rituparno Ghosh died young, but he was born old That Rituparno Ghosh did a brilliant job of placing complex characters ... Read More

Three can be company

As China and India expand trade corridors, Pakistan could use both to its advantage After the visit of Chinese Premier ... Read More

Parivar divided on timing to name Narendra Modi PM candidate for 2014

The move to announce Narendra Modi as Bharatiya Janata Party's choice for Prime Minister for 2014 has once again exposed ... Read More

New tax code targets super rich, owners of two homes

The Direct Taxes Code to be considered by the Cabinet on Thursday proposes to keep the minimum slab for income ... Read More

How a tip-off from UAE helped track down Tunda on Nepal border

Tunda was visiting mosques and madrasas in the UAE, trying to motivate Indian Muslim youth from lower income backgrounds to ... Read More

US easing hits many emerging market currencies but rupee the worst

The rupee slipped to below 100 against the British pound in the currency market on Tuesday. (Thinkstock) The rupee slipped ... Read More

Robert Vadra paid for land 6 months after registration with advance fr...

Robert Vadra got advance from DLF 2 months before the pact. (AP) Robert Vadra's first cheque of Rs 7.5 crore ... Read More

Pushed, govt admits over 200 coal blocks allocation files missing

Even as Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal assured Parliament on Tuesday that he would leave "no stone unturned" to trace the ... Read More

The hard look: Reclamation a part of culture and history in Mumbai

There is a pressing need for Mumbai to expand and to vastly improve its quality of life for it to ... Read More

Indian rupee breaches 64-level vs US dollar before RBI steps in

Rupee fell to as much as 63.78 to dollar, breaching its previous low of 63.30. (AP) The rupee slumped to ... Read More

18 years after ‘sex scandal’, Kerala woman has to appear i...

The woman was allegedly abducted and raped serially in November 1995. A Kerala woman who was the victim of an ... Read More

Currency and sentiment crash, loans to be dearer

The rupee on Monday plunged 2.3 per cent, or 148 paise, to end at 63.13, its biggest single-day fall since ... Read More

‘I have no say when Environment Ministry gives clearances for mi...

In this Idea Exchange, Tribal Affairs Minister V Kishore Chandra Deo says the Naxal problem shouldn't be seen as a ... Read More

National Interest: The final accommodation

State needs a new manual to counter Maoists, but backed by proven wisdom: hard power first, soft later Chhattisgarh Chief ... Read More

With Champions Trophy, game’s original sounds will return, hopef...

England is tranquil, there is a freshness in the breeze, nature is still a bit uncertain about whether to present ... Read More

Let a fresh wind blow

We need to break the silo culture in higher education Higher education in India looks like a kaleidoscope of degrees, ... Read More
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