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Maha's youngest sarpanch keeps his village COVID free

Implementation of a five-point programme and inculcating a sense of responsibility among people was the mainstay of various measures undertaken by Ruturaj Deshmukh, the youngest sarpanch in......

'Damage to Election Commission will take 20 years to undo'

'No Indian political party functions in a democratic way.' IMAGE: Election officials prepare to open postal ballots for the Tamil Nadu assembly election at a counting centre in Chennai, May 2,......

Why Xi's China resembles Nazi Germany

Chinese hubris and the slippery slope it finds itself on have important lessons for authoritarian leaders elsewhere, including in India, observes Colonel Anil A Athale (retd). IMAGE: Xi Jinping,......

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

The "Bangla nijer meyekei chay" slogan underpinned her aggressive election campaign that helped her outsmart the Bharatiya Janata Party. On Wednesday, Bengal's own daughter she firmly pitched......

Security provided to Nandigram returning officer: Bengal govt to EC

The West Bengal government has informed the Election Commission that it has provided security to the returning officer of the Nandigram assembly constituency which saw a cliffhanger between......

GST cut on Covid drugs, equipment, retained for vaccines

The GST Council on Saturday slashed tax rate on Covid-19 drugs such as Remdesivir and Tocilizumab as well as on medical oxygen and oxygen concentrators but ignored demands for reduction in taxes on......

GVR, the man who put the bite in Sebi's orders

In a tribute to GVR, former Sebi chairman C B Bhave says, a brilliant mind, he delighted in hard work and meticulous preparation. G V Ramakrishna (GVR as he was popularly known) breathed his......

Why costly diesel is a bigger worry than petrol

While consumers feel that petrol pinches directly, diesel hurts indirectly, as it is an input in almost all the goods and services we use. Diesel, the most used retail fuel by almost all......

Budget: Nothing but Housekeeping

The Budget would have been the perfect vehicle to introduce some bold initiatives.That opportunity has been lost through this Budget, observes Shreekant Sambrani. Illustration: Dominic......

Why are govts out to de-fang FAANG?

So far, there seems to be limited debate about their activities in India, where virtually all FAANG companies have teamed up in different ways with India's most powerful businessman, observes T N......

Is Nayattu anti-Dalit? Is Karnan pro-Dalit?

'If questioning and dethroning hierarchies is your primary motive, why not put an end to the practice of announcing your shining star, your box office draw, in big flaming letters and mentioning......

'No one is interested in you unless...'

...'You create your own success.' Photograph: Kind courtesy Pratik Gandhi/Instagram It's an exciting time to be Pratik Gandhi. The actor who played Harshad Mehta in Hansal Mehta's Scam 1992 is......

'Rajinikanth will establish a new benchmark in politics'

'People will vote for Rajinikanth without expecting any money.' Photograph: Kind courtesy Rajinikanth/Instagram Rajinikanth started his movie career as a villain and went on to become a hero. And......

Serious Men review

Serious Men is one of the sharpest movies of Sudhir Mishra's career, observes Sukanya Verma. A father's desire to see his kid succeed is a sentiment. A Dalit father's desire to see his kid succeed......

Which actor's films foresaw virus and locust attacks?

Tamil star Suriya's 7aum Arivu was about a virus from China sent to Chennai to wreak havoc while Kaappan was about a locust attack the hero prevents in time -- both films in a sense foresaw what......

Robinson's apology accepted; he's got full team support: Anderson

IMAGE: England bowler Ollie Robinson has apologised for his racist and sexist tweets from 2012-13 that resurfaced on the day he made his Test debut last week. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty......

Here's why Olympics must go ahead next year...

'I want to host them (Olympics) as a symbol of the world coming together to overcome this tough situation' IMAGE:  Fake blood in seen in test tubes labelled with coronavirus disease......

'When the police came knocking at my door...'

'People tell me to forget, but it is something to learn from.''A couple of seconds can change your life completely.' IMAGE: Shanthakumaran Sreesanth will be eligible to return to cricket after his......
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