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UN race over before it begins

The race for the UN secretary-general for 2022-2027 is already over and another term for Antonio Guterres is a foregone conclusion, observes Ambassador T P Sreenivasan. IMAGE: United Nations......

Let contentious issues not distract us: Prez in I-Day address

IMAGE: President Ram Nath Kovind addresses the nation on the eve of India's 72nd Independence Day on Tuesday. Photograph: Kind courtesy presidentofindia.nic.in President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday......

The man Putin fears most

Vaihayasi Pande Daniel glances at the life and political career of Alexey Navalny who has been banned from challenging Vladimir Putin in Russia's presidential election. IMAGE: Alexey Navalny --......

What remains of the October Revolution in St Petersburg

It's been 100 years since Lenin and the Bolsheviks overthrew the government, and its legacy remains visible even today in the buildings and monuments scattered throughout St Petersburg.T N Ninan......

INS Viraat: End of an era

The Indian Navy's flagship carrier, the INS Viraat will be decommissioned on Monday, March 6, after serving the nation for 30 glorious years. Rediff.com's Prasanna D Zore spoke with Captain Puneet......

Strange case of why the handloom board was abolished

The Bharatiya Janata Party manifesto in 2014 announced it would set up a separate ministry for handlooms and handicraft. Instead of doing that, the BJP government has abolished the only institution......

Securing the Future of India's Internet Economy

'Google and Facebook need to be tamed, their garb of 'Investing in India's future' need to be pulled off,' observes Vibhu Arya. Part 1: The Sale and Leaseback of India's Digital Future......

From Russia with love to the private sector

Russian firms expand their footprint in India. And take bigger steps to do business with India’s private sector. If you are not clued in, it’s unlikely you have heard of the VTB Group.......

'As a cancer survivor, I am much more fearless'

'If not now, then when will I take risks and enjoy myself?' IMAGE: Lisa Ray. Photograph: Kind courtesy Lisa Ray/Twitter Lisa Ray -- last seen in Ram Gopal Verma's Veerappan -- is all set for the......

The Remarkable Sunny Leone!

'Her greatest strength is not her acting or her dancing abilities, but that she has an incredible number of fans.'Dilip Mehta -- director of the documentary Mostly Sunny Partly Cloudy on Sunny......

Dil Chahta Hai is 15. Its spirit remains ageless

'The non-cinephiles may hold up Sholay as their personal favourite and the cinephile lot may quote something like 8 1/2 as the movie to load with them on the ark.''But for a good percentage of......

When Bollywood stars shared their HOTTEST PIx

These pix will surely set the temperature soaring! Looking hot is as important as breathing for movie stars. And they oblige us with sexy glamour not just on big screen but outside it too. Check......

Anand finishes second in Croatia Grand Chess Tour, beats Kasparov again

Photograph: Kind Courtesy Grand Chess Tour/Twitter Former world champion Viswanathan Anand finished second in the Croatia Grand Chess Tour, in Zagreb, on Sunday with an impressive performance,......

Clash of legends! Anand downs Kasparov in Croatia...

IMAGE: Viswanthan Anand in action during his fourth round match against Garry Kasparov at the Croatia Grand Chess Tour in Zagreb on Saturday. Photographs: Kind courtesy Lennart Ootes/Croatia Grand......

Croatia Grand Chess: Anand held to draw in sixth round

IMAGE: Viswanathan Anand scored an impressive fifth-round win over Anton Korobov of Ukraine to rise to second position in the rapid competition of the Croatia Grand Chess Tour tournament.......

Mixed fortunes for Anand on Day 1 of Croatia Grand Chess

IMAGE: Viswanathan Anand in action during his first round match against Dutch Grandmaster Jorden van Foreest in the Croatia Grand Chess Tour tournament, in Zagreb, on Wednesday. Photograph: Kind......

India end best-ever World Cup campaign with 2 more gold

Photograph: Kind courtesy, ISSF_official/Instagram India pulled the curtains down on its best-ever ISSF World Cup campaign with two more gold medals on Sunday, somewhat making up for missing out......

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