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Renowned writer Ved Mehta, who took India to Americans, passes away at 86

Celebrated Indian-American novelist Ved Mehta, who overcame blindness and became widely known as the 20th-century writer most responsible for introducing American readers to India, has died at his......

The Incomparable Ved Mehta

On a visit to India in 2013, writer Ved Mehta -- who passed into the ages on Sunday January 10, 2021 -- gave Rediff.com's Vaihayasi Pande Daniel a rare glimpse into his state of mind and what he......

Can the BJP dethrone Mamata?

Though the BJP is running too close for comfort, populist schemes and support among Muslims may help Mamata Banerjee overcome the challenge, observes Aditi Phadnis. IMAGE: West Bengal Chief......

Need to build guidelines for Indo-Pacific: Outgoing US envoy Juster

Emphasising the need to build guidelines and if necessary, "red lines" for the Info-Pacific region, outgoing United States Ambassador to India Ken Juster said on Tuesday that such an endeavor would......

Nancy Pelosi re-elected as Speaker of House of Representatives

Veteran Democratic Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi has been narrowly re-elected as the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives for a fourth time, as a new Congress took office amidst......

First time in 5 yrs BMS rejects call by other unions for nationwide strike

The ten central trade unions have demanded a cash transfer of Rs 7,500 a month to all families that do not pay income tax, free ration of 10 kg per head in a month to all the needy, expansion of......

Covid-19: MGNREGS funds fast drying up as demand surges

Almost 63 per cent of the increased allocation of around Rs 1.01 trillion has been spent in the first five months of 2020-21. Illustration: Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com Funds allocated for the Mahatma......

Brand Dhoni in 2025: Boom or bust?

Will retirement bedim the sparkle of Captain Cool, asks ad guru Sandeep Goyal? Image: Mahendra Singh Dhoni during an ODI game against New Zealand at the Westpac stadium in Wellington, February 3,......

'In the short-term, the markets will remain volatile'

'There is still scope for selective stockpicking.' Photograph: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters   Mihir Vora, below, director and chief investment officer at Max Life Insurance, tells Puneet Wadhwa......

Rs 2,000 notes were not printed in 2019-20: RBI

The number of Rs 2,000 currency notes in circulation has come down from 33,632 lakh pieces at end-March 2018 to 32,910 lakh pieces at end-March 2019 and further to 27,398 lakh pieces at end-March......

No one knows Kamal Haasan better than I do

'I can write a book about Kamal Haasan. No, make that three books.'Subhash K Jha remembers the fine actor on his 66th birtdhay.   IMAGE: Kamal Haasan in Nayagan.   Everytime he asked me......

India's first Oscar winner Bhanu Athaiya passes away

Costume designer Bhanu Athaiya, India's first Oscar winner, died at her home on Thursday after prolonged illness, her daughter said. She was 91.   Athaiya, who won an Oscar for her work in......

Rakul, Mouni, Kangana show off their saris

Film folk are celebrating their beautiful handloom outfits on social media on National Handloom Day.   Photograph: Kind courtesy Rakul Preet/Instagram Rakul Preet: 'Handloom sarees are love......

25 STRIKING FRAMES of Hum

Agneepath, Hum and Khuda Gawah is a testament to their harmonious actor-director chemistry. Of the three, Hum is a natural crowd-pleaser, feels Sukanya Verma.......

Greg Chappell hails King Kohli

Kohli is the most Australian non-Australian cricketer of all time: Chappell IMAGE: Gerg Chappell called Virat Kohli the most powerful player in world cricket right now. Photograph:......

Sportstars pay respects to Bapu on Gandhi Jayanti

From cricket icons to badminton stars, our sporting heroes took to Twitter to mark Gandhi Jayanti, paying their respects to the Father of the Nation, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, on the Mahatma's......
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