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COVID, political violence await Mamata as she strides back to office

COVID, political violence await Mamata as she strides back to office

Rediff.com14 hours ago

On Wednesday, Bengal's own daughter she firmly pitched herself as, was sworn in as the chief minister of the turbulent state for the third successive term amid raging fires of political violence and a rampaging pandemic.

IDBI Bank back in black in FY21 after five years

IDBI Bank back in black in FY21 after five years

Rediff.com16 hours ago

The bank expects to grow loan book by 10 per cent in the current financial year with calibrated exposure to corporate accounts and thrust on the retail segment.

Suvendu Adhikari earns reputation as 'giant slayer'

Suvendu Adhikari earns reputation as 'giant slayer'

Rediff.com2 days ago

Though a pyrrhic victory for the BJP, the party he chose to align himself against his former mentor Banerjee, it nevertheless is being seen as a morale booster for the saffron party as his former party, the Trinamool Congress under Banerjee's leadership, has garnered an overwhelming 213 seats out of 292 seats which went to polls.

ELECTION RESULTS: How did the heavyweights fare

ELECTION RESULTS: How did the heavyweights fare

Rediff.com3 days ago

As results pour in for the four states -- West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Assam -- and one Union Territory -- Puducherry - here's a glimpse at the leaders who are trailing and those who are leading.

Mamata Banerjee: Soldier who trumped BJP war machine

Mamata Banerjee: Soldier who trumped BJP war machine

Rediff.com3 days ago

'Didi' became the real 'Dada' as she got past the post, on a wheelchair and a foot in cast, a souvenir from the Nandigram battle against former protege-turned-rival Suvendu Adhikari.

Stalin thanks TN people for voting DMK to power

Stalin thanks TN people for voting DMK to power

Rediff.com3 days ago

Stalin expressed his 'heartfelt thanks' to all the people of the state for mandating his party to govern Tamil Nadu for the sixth time.

M K Stalin: Emerging from Karunanidhi's shadow

M K Stalin: Emerging from Karunanidhi's shadow

Rediff.com3 days ago

Stalin, 68, was contesting as the chief ministerial candidate for the first time during these polls. He was elected unopposed as the DMK chief in August 2018, after the death of his father, a post that Karunanidhi held for 49 years. That didn't come as a surprise to anyone, as during his lifetime, Karunanidhi, on multiple occasions made his preference for his successor abundantly clear and systematically groomed him for the job.

'Trinamool will get 50% of the votes'

'Trinamool will get 50% of the votes'

Rediff.com4 days ago

'The BJP will get the lion's share of the Opposition vote. I would give the Congress-Left around 15 per cent.'

COVID-19 stings: Guj model under scanner

COVID-19 stings: Guj model under scanner

Rediff.com6 days ago

Amid the growing queues of ambulances waiting for patients to be admitted with ventilators and oxygen, only time will tell if the state government has lost the plot or not.

Tamil Nadu and the forgotten clamour for prohibition last election

Tamil Nadu and the forgotten clamour for prohibition last election

Rediff.com6 days ago

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.

Ambani buys Britain's iconic country club Stoke Park

Ambani buys Britain's iconic country club Stoke Park

Rediff.com23 Apr 2021

Billionaire Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Industries Ltd has bought Britain's iconic country club and luxury golf resort, Stoke Park, for 57 million pounds (about Rs 592 crore). The acquisition adds to Reliance's current stake in Oberoi hotels and hotel/managed residences in Mumbai that it's developing. Over the past four years, Reliance has announced $3.3 billion in acquisitions with 14 per cent in retail, 80 per cent in technology, media, and telecom (TMT) sector, and 6 per cent in energy. The UK-based firm, which owns a hotel and golf course in Buckinghamshire, UK, will add to Reliance's consumer and hospitality assets, the firm said in a filing late on Thursday.

10 Amazing Nadeem-Shravan songs

10 Amazing Nadeem-Shravan songs

Rediff.com23 Apr 2021

Subhash K Jha pays tribute to the late Shravan Rathod.

India poised for a long bull market: Jhunjhunwala

India poised for a long bull market: Jhunjhunwala

Rediff.com21 Apr 2021

'If Covid peaks at around 250,000 cases, I don't see the market fall much. If it becomes uncontrollable and goes up to 600,000 a day, then the market may fall.'

Remembering Sunder Navalkar

Remembering Sunder Navalkar

Rediff.com14 Apr 2021

Sunder Navalkar devoted her whole life to the cause of workers' rights, remembers Sanober Keashwaar.

US to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by 9/11

US to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by 9/11

Rediff.com14 Apr 2021

The US president is deeply grateful for the honour, courage and determination of the US' men and women who served in Afghanistan for almost two decades, as well as the sacrifices made not just by those troops, but also by their families, a senior Biden administration official told reporters during a conference call.

Why is BJP shy of naming a CM in Assam?

Why is BJP shy of naming a CM in Assam?

Rediff.com13 Apr 2021

The party is less forthcoming about who the chief minister will be if it stays in power.

Govt extends ceasefire pact with 3 Naga breakaway groups

Govt extends ceasefire pact with 3 Naga breakaway groups

Rediff.com12 Apr 2021

The Centre on Monday extended the ceasefire agreements with three insurgent groups of Nagaland for one more year till April next year.

Guess who she is?!

Guess who she is?!

Rediff.com12 Apr 2021

What is Ranveer doing with V V S Laxman?

Anil Deshmukh's journey in Maha politics hits a roadblock

Anil Deshmukh's journey in Maha politics hits a roadblock

Rediff.com5 Apr 2021

Except for the Devendra Fadnavis- led government during 2014-19, Anil Deshmukh has managed to find a berth in the state ministry irrespective of which party came to power in the last over two decades.

Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein gets a remake

Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein gets a remake

Rediff.com3 Apr 2021

'It's going to be a remake for today's generation. The same soul but a fresh intense love story.'

World Cup qualifiers: Germany stunned; England beat Poland

World Cup qualifiers: Germany stunned; England beat Poland

Rediff.com1 Apr 2021

Germany suffered their first home defeat in a World Cup qualifier in 20 years

Suvendu's fight against Mamata for political survival

Suvendu's fight against Mamata for political survival

Rediff.com30 Mar 2021

A victory in Nandigram would not only establish him as one of the tallest BJP leaders in Bengal but would push him miles ahead of others in the chief ministerial race if the party is voted to power.

Will Covid curbs skew voter turnout in TN?

Will Covid curbs skew voter turnout in TN?

Rediff.com27 Mar 2021

It looks as if competing political parties in Tamil Nadu have not grasped the full impact and import of a sizable section of voters possibly staying away from voting -- voters, supposedly with a predictable polling pattern -- owing to the Covid second wave and more so, how it could affect the outcome in individual constituencies and even booths, says N Sathiya Moorthy.

Elect govt that upholds democracy: Manmohan

Elect govt that upholds democracy: Manmohan

Rediff.com26 Mar 2021

The ex-PM urged the people to elect a government that upholds the Constitution of India and the principles of democracy and brings about inclusive growth for all.

PM Modi, Amitbhai will decide Assam CM: Himanta

PM Modi, Amitbhai will decide Assam CM: Himanta

Rediff.com25 Mar 2021

'They know everyone and have everyone's horoscope. If they feel Himanta Biswa Sarma is the right man for Assam, they will give it to me, if they feel Sarbananda Sonowal is the right man, they will give it to him, or if they feel both of them are not good, let's bring another person'

India to become 3rd largest economy by 2031: BofA Securities

India to become 3rd largest economy by 2031: BofA Securities

Rediff.com24 Mar 2021

Bank of America (BofA) Securities expects India to be the third-largest economy in the world by 2031. The economic rise could become a reality by 2028, but the Covid pandemic delayed the pace, BofA Securities economists Indranil Sen Gupta and Aastha Gudwani wrote in a report.

Bengal: Turncoats rewarded in BJP's list of 148 candidates

Bengal: Turncoats rewarded in BJP's list of 148 candidates

Rediff.com18 Mar 2021

The BJP announced its list of 148 candidates for the last four phases of assembly election in West Bengal, rewarding around 20 turncoats and fielding party heavyweights Mukul Roy and Rahul Sinha.

'Mumbai Saga is John's best performance'

'Mumbai Saga is John's best performance'

Rediff.com16 Mar 2021

Vijay Verma is Alia's Darling... Taimur bakes the family portrait...

Sindhu and Co. chase elusive title at All England Championships

Sindhu and Co. chase elusive title at All England Championships

Rediff.com16 Mar 2021

Indian contingent has an opportunity to go deep in the draw and recapture the trophy which has been won by just two Indians so far -- the legendary Prakash Padukone (1980) and P Gopichand (2001).

Equities outperform bonds in the ultra-long run, says study

Equities outperform bonds in the ultra-long run, says study

Rediff.com16 Mar 2021

Ultra-long term equity investments have been a lot more rewarding than debt, a study published by Credit Suisse Research Institute in collaboration with London Business School shows. "Over the last 121 years, global equities have provided an annualised real return (in dollar terms) of 5.3 per cent versus 2.1 per cent for bonds," shows the study, which has looked at returns for 23 countries since 1900. In the Indian context, equity returns are even more favourable. Since 1953, equities have generated annualised returns of 6.5 per cent and government bonds only 0.4 per cent.

Kolkata 2001: The Odyssey, viewed from the sidelines

Kolkata 2001: The Odyssey, viewed from the sidelines

Rediff.com14 Mar 2021

20 years ago this week, India and Australia played one of the greatest Test matches in cricket history. Sreehari Nair relives the sound and the fury of that unforgettable game at the Eden Gardens.

How several attacks, injuries shaped Mamata's political career

How several attacks, injuries shaped Mamata's political career

Rediff.com12 Mar 2021

A quick look at the 66-year-old leader's political journey in the mid-1970s shows how injuries and physical assaults have shaped her political career over the years.

EPS and Stalin show national allies their place

EPS and Stalin show national allies their place

Rediff.com11 Mar 2021

Without strategising together, Jayalalithaa's successor, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, and M Karunanidhi's son-cum-successor, M K Stalin, have used tough-talking on seat-sharing with allies, to replace charisma that they purportedly lacked, during the run-up to the assembly polls scheduled for April 6, says N Sathiya Moorthy.

Street-fighter Mamata faces her biggest political battle

Street-fighter Mamata faces her biggest political battle

Rediff.com10 Mar 2021

'The way opposition parties such as the Nationalist Congress Party, Shiv Sena, the Samajwadi Party, Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Jharkhand Mukti Morch have supported her, if she wins, she will be the biggest opposition face for 2024'

India, Pakistan on the road to peace

India, Pakistan on the road to peace

Rediff.com9 Mar 2021

The road ahead will be long and winding and much resistance can be expected from the high-flying 'hawks' in our skies. But that should not deter the policymakers from planning a road map with the 'big picture' in mind, observes Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar.

Batla House: Why Inspector Sharma didn't wear a bulletproof jacket

Batla House: Why Inspector Sharma didn't wear a bulletproof jacket

Rediff.com9 Mar 2021

'The operation was planned in a manner so as not to alert the terrorists.' 'Every precaution was taken to keep it low-key so as not to alert the terrorists and surprise them and arrest them.'

World's first space hotel plans to open in 2027

World's first space hotel plans to open in 2027

Rediff.com8 Mar 2021

The world's very first space hotel is slated to open in 2027. Named the Voyager Class space station, the hotel will be able to hold up to 400 guests.

Nandigram to witness Battle Royale as BJP pits Suvendu against Mamata

Nandigram to witness Battle Royale as BJP pits Suvendu against Mamata

Rediff.com6 Mar 2021

The BJP released its first list of 57 candidates for the West Bengal assembly polls and fielded Suvendu Adhikari from his home turf of Nandigram, from where Trinamool Congress president and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has already announced her candidature.

I want to leave my own legacy: Ashwin

I want to leave my own legacy: Ashwin

Rediff.com6 Mar 2021

Being a student of the game Ashwin wants to evolve as a cricketer and a person everyday.

SC to hear plea of mother of Army officer jailed in Pak for 23 yrs

SC to hear plea of mother of Army officer jailed in Pak for 23 yrs

Rediff.com5 Mar 2021

The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a plea filed by the mother of an Army officer seeking direction to the Centre to take immediate steps through diplomatic channel for repatriation of her son, who is lodged in jail in Pakistan for last over 23 years.

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