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India, Pakistan, Taliban On Same Page?

Delhi has come to accept the Taliban takeover in Kabul as a reality and seems increasingly unsure of its dogmatic view of the Taliban as a mere proxy of the Pakistani military and security......

For Now, US and China Settle for Cold Peace

A genuine attempt was made to reset relations in a positive way, signalling a stepping back from the brink of conflict, much to the relief of the world, observes Ambassador T P Sreenivasan. IMAGE:......

Xi talks tough with Biden, says China can't be stopped; warns him over Taiwan

Striking a tough posture at the much-awaited virtual summit with his United States counterpart Joe Biden on Tuesday, President Xi Jinping said that China will 'certainly defend' its sovereignty and......

4 lions at Singapore zoo test positive for COVID-19

Four Asiatic lions at a Singapore zoo have tested positive for COVID-19 after coming in contact with infected staff, according to a news report. "All the lions remain bright, alert and are eating......

Why Xi Hates This Lady

An independent Taiwan under President Tsai Ing-wen's Democratic Progressive Party is anathema to China, observes Rup Narayan Das. IMAGE: Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen at the national day......

India Has Lost The Way Economically

India has the lowest labour force participation rate in South Asia and one of the lowest in the world, points out Aakar Patel. IMAGE: Workers stitch garments at a factory in Jaipur. Photograph:......

Stock market strategy for Covid times: Buy or sell?

Analysts suggest investors remain in a wait-and-watch mode and not jump in to buy stocks across-the-board. IMAGE: The Bombay Stock Exchange. Photograph: Kunal Patil/ PTI Photo. The new Covid......

Of power, privatisation and politics

The push to privatise discoms has become a major bone of contention between the Centre and states. The irony is the states opposing the amendments on the ground of threat of privatisation already......

Suez, de-globalization, and a Semiconductor Fab for India

'If the almost literally heart-stopping Suez block has any positive outcome, it is to be hoped that it will accelerate the setting up of a fab (perhaps Taiwanese) in India,' asserts Rajeev......

Small wineries have little to cheer amid Covid-19

Most producers have put off plans to make capital investments in their wineries, and implemented cost-reduction measures to conserve cash. Illustration: Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com It’s tough to......

Why Gunjan Saxena's Great Theme Was Wasted

The unfortunate thing is that the film will leave a poor impression of the IAF's and indeed of the armed forces's ability to handle sensitive social matters within their professional space,......

'This is the most important thing I have done'

'I have seen the tears in their eyes.''I want to thank God for giving me an opportunity to help these guys.' IMAGE: Sonu Sood sees off migrant workers in buses. Photographs and Video: Kind......

Why Lisa Ray quit Bollywood

'I wasn't interested in shackling my freedom to a Bollywood actor.'A fascinating excerpt from Lisa Ray's memoir Close To The Bone. IMAGE: Lisa Ray and John Abraham in Water. I was still being......

Olympics: Japan extends COVID-19 state of emergency

'In Osaka and Tokyo, the flow of people is starting to creep up, and there are concerns that infections will rise.' IMAGE: Japan has seen a record number of COVID-19 patients in critical condition......

Singapore F1 promoters say closed-doors race is not feasible

'The top priority remains the well-being and safety of our fans, volunteers, and all Singaporeans.' IMAGE: Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, left, collides with team-mate Kimi Raikkonen during the 2017......

Son of soil: Boxing champ Amit Panghal speaks up for farmers

'Being a farmer's son, it is my responsibility to raise my voice for them' IMAGE: Amit Panghal helped his father with harvesting of wheat and in the process witnessed farmers’ misery.......

'Ryder Cup without fans is no Ryder Cup'

IMAGE: Europe team captain Paul McGinley poses with the Ryder Cup trophy, his team and their partners and wives after the Singles Matches of the 2014 Ryder Cup. Photograph: Mike Ehrmann/Getty......

I didn't know if I was going to play cricket again: Smith

'I lost a bit of love for the game.''I have never had those feelings before, fortunately that love has come back.' IMAGE: Steve Smith scored a brilliant 144 to help Australia recover from 122 for......
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