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Airtel takes a leaf out of Jio as telecom battle intensifies

Airtel takes a leaf out of Jio as telecom battle intensifies

Rediff.com7 days ago

When, recently, Bharti Airtel announced a Rs 21,000 crore rights issue, analysts pointed out that its structure was similar to that of Reliance's issue in June 2020. One similarity is that shareholders in both companies have to pay only 25 per cent of the money on application. The rest is to be paid in two tranches. In Bharti Airtel's case, it is within 36 months; in Reliance Jio's, it is within 17 months.

US could have defeated the Taliban...

US could have defeated the Taliban...

Rediff.com27 Aug 2021

The US military efforts in Afghanistan were akin to filling a bucket that had gaping holes, asserts Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).

Law must recognise tech advances: HC on solemnising marriage online

Law must recognise tech advances: HC on solemnising marriage online

Rediff.com26 Aug 2021

Law must not only change with changing social needs, it must recognise technological advancements, the Kerala high court has said while referring to a larger bench the question -- whether a wedding under the Special Marriage Act (SMA) can be solemnised online via video conferencing.

Can special marriages be done online? Kerala HC to examine

Can special marriages be done online? Kerala HC to examine

Rediff.com25 Aug 2021

A larger bench of the Kerala High Court will examine whether a wedding under the Special Marriage Act (SMA) can be solemnised online via video conferencing.

The Importance of Ajit Doval

The Importance of Ajit Doval

Rediff.com20 Aug 2021

'Under Doval, foreign powers traditionally suspicious of India were wooed.' 'Enemies were embraced.'

'I have never believed in Gandhiji's doctrine of Non-Violence'

'I have never believed in Gandhiji's doctrine of Non-Violence'

Rediff.com10 Aug 2021

'Absolute non-violence is not only sinful, but immoral.' 'This doctrine of non-violence benumbed the revolutionary fervor, softened the limbs and hearts of the Hindus, and stiffened the bones of enemies.' A revealing excerpt from Vikram Sampath's Savarkar (Part 2): A Contested Legacy, 1924-1966.

'Real money in the market is made by remaining invested for long'

'Real money in the market is made by remaining invested for long'

Rediff.com9 Aug 2021

'Waiting for a market correction and optimising entry time in the markets will be akin to missing the woods for the trees.'

How DMK's Bharat Mata temple flummoxed the BJP

How DMK's Bharat Mata temple flummoxed the BJP

Rediff.com6 Aug 2021

Chief Minister Stalin seems to have drawn a line between his personal beliefs and those of others in the family, beginning with wife Durga Stalin, observes N Sathiya Moorthy.

BJP MPs from Northeast meet PM over Assam, Mizoram clash

BJP MPs from Northeast meet PM over Assam, Mizoram clash

Rediff.com2 Aug 2021

The prime minister told the MPs that the northeast is very close to his heart and his love for the region is very natural. Quoting Modi, Rijiju saidthe PM asserted that he doesn't look at the region from the prism of politics.

JD-S to contest in at least 150 seats in 2023 Karnataka polls: HDK

JD-S to contest in at least 150 seats in 2023 Karnataka polls: HDK

Rediff.com15 Jul 2021

"Before January 15 next year, when the election will be one year away, we are planning to select candidates for at least 150 assembly constituencies, so that they can start working," Kumaraswamy told reporters.

BJP confronts Munde sisters's 'rebellion'

BJP confronts Munde sisters's 'rebellion'

Rediff.com13 Jul 2021

150 BJP elected local representatives in Beed resign in protest against Pritam Munde's exclusion from the Union ministry.

'No guarantee only educated people can run govt well'

'No guarantee only educated people can run govt well'

Rediff.com9 Jul 2021

'Why do the English-speaking class feel they are the only ones who are efficient in work?' 'My own mother was from a village and she was more efficient than me. She used to handle crises better than me.' 'We will have to come out of our elite perception of governance.'

Zomato mega IPO likely this month following Sebi nod

Zomato mega IPO likely this month following Sebi nod

Rediff.com6 Jul 2021

The company, backed by China's Ant Group, is planning to issue fresh shares worth Rs 7,500 crore in the IPO. This will make this India's third-largest offering after Reliance Power and DLF.

Congress, BJP spar as France begins probe into Rafale deal

Congress, BJP spar as France begins probe into Rafale deal

Rediff.com3 Jul 2021

Rahul acting as 'agent' of rival firms, BJP alleges as Congress attacks govt on Rafale deal

France begins judicial probe into Rafale deal

France begins judicial probe into Rafale deal

Rediff.com3 Jul 2021

The Congress urged Modi to come forward and order a JPC probe into the Rafale deal.

Air force veterans critical of IAF being 'supporting arm' remark by CDS

Air force veterans critical of IAF being 'supporting arm' remark by CDS

Rediff.com3 Jul 2021

'The statement that Indian Air Force is supporting arm to the other two services is incorrect and wrong'

UNFORGETTABLE Opening Movie Scenes

UNFORGETTABLE Opening Movie Scenes

Rediff.com29 Jun 2021

Sukanya Verma offers some amazing opening scenes in Hindi films that fuels an excitement for what happens next.

Chhetri brushes aside Messi comparison

Chhetri brushes aside Messi comparison

Rediff.com12 Jun 2021

Chhetri still takes advice from former captain Bhutia who has a huge influence on him.

Holding criticises England team's 'moment of unity' gesture

Holding criticises England team's 'moment of unity' gesture

Rediff.com12 Jun 2021

West Indies great Michael Holding criticised England cricket team's "moment of unity" gesture in the ongoing two-Test series against New Zealand, saying it was not supporting Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement but giving subtle meaning of "all lives matter".

India will be hard to beat: England skipper Knight

India will be hard to beat: England skipper Knight

Rediff.com10 Jun 2021

The one-off Test against India, scheduled to be held from 16-19 June, starts an important summer for Knight's team that has an Ashes series followed by a World Cup title defense in New Zealand.

Indian equity markets join elite list; record new all-time highs

Indian equity markets join elite list; record new all-time highs

Rediff.com8 Jun 2021

Domestic equity markets are in elite company. In May, Indian markets joined select developed markets (DMs) such as the US, UK and Germany to record new all-time highs. Among emerging markets (EMs), Brazil is the other market to have logged new highs this month. Asian peers such as South Korea, Taiwan and New Zealand are currently between 2 per cent and 10 per cent below their previous highs made earlier this year. The domestic markets were among the worst-performing major global markets in April amid a lethal second-wave of covid-19 infections.

Investing in gold bonds? Read this

Investing in gold bonds? Read this

Rediff.com28 May 2021

Anil Rego, CEO, Right Horizons, answers your personal income tax queries.

'Muslims in India have never had it this bad'

'Muslims in India have never had it this bad'

Rediff.com21 May 2021

'Today, there is pervasive fear in society; an uncertainty of what might happen.' 'This has forced Muslims to shrink further into mental ghettos, with many considering extreme measures like pretending to change their identity.'

PM's meet super flop, wasn't allowed to speak: Mamata

PM's meet super flop, wasn't allowed to speak: Mamata

Rediff.com21 May 2021

She said the prime minister neither asked how West Bengal is handling the COVID situation and nor did he enquire about the stock of vaccines or oxygen.

Covid effect: Banks prefer govt bonds to giving loans

Covid effect: Banks prefer govt bonds to giving loans

Rediff.com20 May 2021

Record liquidity infusion by the central bank in the banking system during the financial year 2020-21 amid sluggish economic activity resulted in banks investing more in safe government papers than in extending loans, data from Reserve Bank of India (RBI) showed. This trend has not been seen in nearly two decades, barring 2016 - the year of demonetisation.

Not in veins of politicians, bureaucrats to accept failure: HC

Not in veins of politicians, bureaucrats to accept failure: HC

Rediff.com19 May 2021

Politicians and bureaucrats find it very difficult to accept their failure and inability as it is not in their veins, the Delhi high court Wednesday said while expressing concerns over the condition of subordinate judiciary's judicial officers who are at risk of contracting COVID-19 owing to the nature of duties.

EPL: Brighton stun City; Chelsea beat Leicester

EPL: Brighton stun City; Chelsea beat Leicester

Rediff.com19 May 2021

Brighton & Hove Albion scored three times in the second half to fight back from two goals down and beat Manchester City

HC stays bail given to Bengal ministers in Narada case

HC stays bail given to Bengal ministers in Narada case

Rediff.com18 May 2021

The division bench said it deemed it appropriate to stay the special court's order and direct that the "accused person shall be treated to be in judicial custody till further orders".

Narada case: Political storm in WB after CBI arrests 3 TMC leaders

Narada case: Political storm in WB after CBI arrests 3 TMC leaders

Rediff.com17 May 2021

Bengal ministers Firhad Hakim and Subrata Mukherjee were taken to the Central Bureau of Investigation office on Monday in connection with the Narada sting operation, officials said.

Mamata offers arrest, protests erupt across Bengal

Mamata offers arrest, protests erupt across Bengal

Rediff.com17 May 2021

Trinamool Congress supporters held demonstrations defying lockdown norms in various places, while Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee offered to court arrest on Monday against the arrest of two West Bengal ministers in the Narada case by the CBI.

'Being little under-prepared can help India in WTC final'

'Being little under-prepared can help India in WTC final'

Rediff.com12 May 2021

Quarantine restrictions might hamper the Indian team's preparations for next month's ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand but bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach Ramakrishnan Sridhar feel that the players' abundant experience will be enough to counter that challenge.

'Modi govt failed to understand or to tackle COVID'

'Modi govt failed to understand or to tackle COVID'

Rediff.com1 May 2021

As India logged a world record of over four lakh coronavirus infections on Saturday, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said the entire world is shaken by what is happening here and accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of "dropping the ball and throwing it to states" after prematurely taking credit for having "won against COVID-19" when the second wave was already underway. "Rely on yourself is the motto. No one will come to help you. Definitely, not the prime minister," Gandhi said, while alleging that the COVID-19 situation has gone completely out of control for the Modi government, and wondered whether it was their way of making the states and the citizens truly 'Aatmanirbhar'.

Tamil Nadu and the forgotten clamour for prohibition last election

Tamil Nadu and the forgotten clamour for prohibition last election

Rediff.com29 Apr 2021

If purists are surprised as to why and how people are not demanding prohibition or not talking about past promises, both in the election manifestos five years back and even those made to the courts, the answer lies in how the state has been evolving and changing these past few years, says N Sathiya Moorthy.

Former CBI director Ranjit Sinha passes away

Former CBI director Ranjit Sinha passes away

Rediff.com16 Apr 2021

It is understood that he was confirmed positive for coronavirus on Thursday night.

Local lockdowns: No need for loan moratorium at present, says RBI

Local lockdowns: No need for loan moratorium at present, says RBI

Rediff.com7 Apr 2021

Amid an increase in localised lockdowns across the country, Reserve Bank Governor Shaktikanta Das on Wednesday said there is no need for a loan repayments moratorium at present, stating that businesses are better prepared to face the situation. It can be noted that the RBI had announced a six-month moratorium in the early days of the national lockdown last year to help borrowers impacted by a chilling in economic activity. The entire state of Maharashtra is in a lockdown for non-essential services and localised and night lockdowns are being observed in many pockets of the country, including the national capital, to restrict the surge in cases.

Ken-Betwa project: 'Tiger population won't survive'

Ken-Betwa project: 'Tiger population won't survive'

Rediff.com7 Apr 2021

'Tiger reserves were created to protect areas from developmental activities.' 'If we go ahead with these projects, then it is a complete mockery of our institutions and our laws, it is against everything we have stood for, our Forest Conservation Act, our Wildlife Biodiversity Act.'

Govt amends insolvency law; special package for MSMEs

Govt amends insolvency law; special package for MSMEs

Rediff.com5 Apr 2021

Seeking to provide a quicker and value-maximising outcome for stressed MSMEs, the government has introduced a pre-packaged resolution process for such enterprises by amending the insolvency law. Now, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) can seek resolution for their stress through the pre-packaged process under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC). An ordinance was promulgated to amend the IBC on April 4. Many MSMEs have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and experts opined that the latest amendment, which comes less than two weeks after the suspension of certain IBC provisions ended, is a welcome move.

SC slams NCLAT for 'tinkering' with power in Tata-Mistry case

SC slams NCLAT for 'tinkering' with power in Tata-Mistry case

Rediff.com27 Mar 2021

The NCLAT, in its December 18, 2019 order, had restrained the company, its board of directors and shareholders from exercising the power under the article against minority members except in exceptional circumstances and in the interest of company. A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde dealt with this issue in its 282-page verdict which set aside the NCLAT's order that had restored Cyrus Mistry as the executive chairman of the USD 100 billion salt-to-software conglomerate.

Tatas win corporate India's most bitter boardroom battle

Tatas win corporate India's most bitter boardroom battle

Rediff.com26 Mar 2021

In a major victory for the Tata Group, the Supreme Court on Friday set aside the NCLAT order restoring Cyrus Mistry as the executive chairman of the conglomerate.

Modi govt must continue with inflation targeting: Subbarao

Modi govt must continue with inflation targeting: Subbarao

Rediff.com25 Mar 2021

Inflation targeting has worked well and the government must stay with it, and the framework is going to work well in the period ahead also, former RBI Governor D Subbarao said on Thursday. He also said low inflation contributes to sustainable growth. Addressing the 'Times Network India Economic Conclave' virtually, Subbarao said the government's proposal to privatise some public sector units is not akin to selling family silver but it is a route for putting India on a sustainable growth path.

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