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India's Covid-19 Challenge: A Crisis Management Perspective
India is in a state of biological war against an invisible enemy (coronavirus), which has imposed unprecedented health emergency of this century. While the magnitude of cases and sudden spike, in second wave, has pushed many countries into unsurmountable shortages, but it does put a question mark on handling of the pandemic this time, in comparison to much better handling of pandemic last year during first wave by India. While specialists may cite many reasons for such hike, from double mutation to casualness by all, including election rallies, religious gatherings, and slowing down of momentum in capacity building for forthcoming second wave; hence, revisiting existing management responses, in context of indigenous best practices/structures is necessary to improve the situation.
2021-05-10
Category: India, New Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary
India's Central Vista must dedicate a memorial to "Live.And Let Live" (Opinion)
The Central Vista Redevelopment Project in the heart of New Delhi has run into a sharp controversy ? especially over its timingand continuing construction during the peak times of Covid19 in India.
2021-05-10
Category: India, New Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary
Indecisiveness of markets and volatility to continue (Market Watch)
The week began with losses and recovered as the same progressed. By the close of the week, BSESENSEX had gained 424.11 points or 0.87 per cent to close at 49,206.47 points, while NIFTY gained 192.05 points or 1.31 per cent to close at 14,823.15 points. The broader indices saw BSE100, BSE200 and BSE500 gain 1.38 per cent, 1.54 per cent and 1.58 per cent, respectively. BSEMIDCAP was up 1.46 per cent, while BSESMALLCAP was up 2.53 per cent. The top sectoral gainer was BSEMETAL up 10.29 per cent. In the previous week it had gained quite similarly at 10.3 per cent. In individual stocks one saw Tata Steel gain 14.31 per cent, Hindalco gain 10.13 per cent and Vedanta gain 10.04 per cent. Steel Authority of India Limited gained 20.76 per cent.
2021-05-09
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Opinion/Commentary
Victimisation of social activists & dissidents in Pak-occupied J&K
At a hurriedly called press conference in Nakyal on May 6 in Pakistani Occupied Jammu Kashmir (PoJK), Awami Workers Party leader Nissar Shah advocate criticised the local Assistant Commissioner, Omar Farooq, for launching what Shah called a vindictive FIR against Shamsher Ali Sher advocate of Samaj Badlo Tehreeks (Change Society Movement) and a candidate in upcoming general elections.
2021-05-08
Category: India, Delhi,National,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Opinion/Commentary,Politics,Immigration/Law/Rights
History of pandemics
As we all know, a pandemic is an epidemic of an infectious disease that has spread across the world and created havoc. For instance, you might have heard this term when COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic by the WHO. Although the history of pandemics is quite long and extensive, from the 1918 Spanish Flu to COVID-19 now, pandemics have always impacted life as we know it. It all started with the earliest recorded pandemic which happened during the Peloponnesian War. After it affected Libya, Ethiopia and Egypt, it not only crossed the Athenian walls but also lay siege to the Spartans -- as many as two-thirds of the population died of it. Even though this was the first ever pandemic, it was not as deadly in comparison to other subsequent pandemics.
2021-05-06
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Health/Medicine,Opinion/Commentary
Ahead in the GDP race - USA or China?
New Delhi, May 6 (IANS) Everyone talks of China overtaking the USA in GDP and 5G. We now live in a globalised and digital world where productivity and technologies decide GDP growth. I have extensively written on both subjects, and find the subjects of immense interest to India. What is so special about 5G? Is it just a communication technology?
2021-05-06
Category: India, Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary
Making our Zakat more constructive
Zakat is one of the five basic tenets of Islam. Zakat means purity. Thus, this implies that a man purifies his yearly earnings by giving away one part of it in the path of the God. This further implies that man should understand that his earnings or his possessions are not a result of his own making but they are a bounty given by Allah. Thus, Zakat is, in essence, a practical acknowledgement of God's bounties. And this admission is no doubt the greatest form of worship.
2021-05-04
Category: India, Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary
Aus Treasurer 'encouraged' by drop in welfare recipients
Canberra, May 3 (IANS) Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg on Monday defended the decision to end the government's coronavirus wage subsidy scheme after thousands of people came off welfare in April.
2021-05-03
Category: International, Australia,Opinion/Commentary,Politics
Volatility in markets to continue (Market Watch)
Markets have a mind of their own and they show what they can do. Last week they rose on four of the five trading sessions and the benchmark indices touched around the highs made in the middle of March. From there on they fell and corrected quite sharply. They ended the week with gains of 903.91 points on BSE SENSEX or 1.89 per cent to close at 48,782.36 points. NIFTY gained 289.75 points or 2.02 per cent to close at 14,631.10 points. The broader indices saw BSE100, BSE200 and BSE500 gain 2.07 per cent, 2.06 per cent and 2.17 per cent respectively. BSEMIDCAP gained 1.80 per cent while BSESMALLCAP was up 3.17 per cent.
2021-05-02
Category: India, Madhya Pradesh,National,Opinion/Commentary
Ninth Sikh Guru Tegh Bahadur led a dharmic path (Opinion) (Ld correcting headline)
In Indian history, Guru Shri Tegh Bahadurs personality shines resplendent like a bright constellation. He was born in Amritsar to Guru Hargobindji and Nankiji on Krishna Panchami in the Baisakhi month. As per the Nanakshahi calendar, Guru Tegh Bahadurs 400th birth anniversary falls on May 1 this year.
2021-05-01
Category: India, New Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary
Ninth Sikh Guru Teg Bahadur led a dharmic path (Opinion)
In Indian history, Guru Shri Tegh Bahadurs personality shines resplendent like a bright constellation. He was born in Amritsar to Guru Hargobindji and Nankiji on Krishna Panchami in the Baisakhi month. As per the Nanakshahi calendar, Guru Tegh Bahadurs 400th birth anniversary falls on May 1 this year.
2021-05-01
Category: India, Tamil Nadu,National,Opinion/Commentary
CCP's growing censorship - Is Xi losing the plot? (Opinion)
Earlier this month, during the Chinese 'tomb sweeping festival, CCP leader and former Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao published a personal essay on his 'mother in the Macau Herald. The essay was, ostensibly, a tribute to the lady who had raised him through some of Chinas most troubled periods, enabling him to achieve what he had in life.
2021-04-29
Category: India, New Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary
Centre lashes out at Delhi govt for mismanagement of Covid crisis
New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) The Ministry of Home Affairs lashed out at the Delhi government for mismanagement of available infrastructure and support in the fight against Covid-19, leading to tragic loss of lives. The ministry directed the state government to resolve the logistics issue immediately and set up a control room to address the crisis on an "urgent, effective, innovative and result oriented" way.
2021-04-27
Category: India, Delhi,National,Health/Medicine,Opinion/Commentary
Quad and Quad-plus Cooperation: Limiting Chinese assertive behaviour in SE Asia (Opinion)
The world is again in the midst of a great power competition, a competition that has the potential to cascade into conflict or worse catastrophe. The territorial disputes are widespread and occur in both the terrestrial and maritime domains. The re-emergence of China as a global power is reshaping associations and alliances with smaller and mid-sized powers feeling squeezed between China and the US.
2021-04-27
Category: India, New Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary
Immunity Boosting Millets (Opinion)
Millets need to be promoted more proactively by the government, to boost its demand and consumption to turn it into a profitable crop for the farmers.
2021-04-26
Category: India, New Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary
The future is unmanned
The manned fighter aircraft is dead!
2021-04-23
Category: India, Bihar,National,Opinion/Commentary
Gloom for Pakistan's maritime economy, boom for Bahria Foundation (Opinion)
Zubaida Jalal, Pakistans Minister for Defence Production, recently oversaw the signing of a MoU for construction of a Shipyard at Gwadar. This is a project that has been in the works for many years; at least since 2008.
2021-04-20
Category: India, Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary
Russia-US rapprochement? (Opinion)
The recent announcement by the White House sources that US President Joe Biden has proposed that he and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin hold a summit in a third country in the coming months, has increased hopes of a rapprochement between the two old rivals.
2021-04-19
Category: India, New Delhi,Opinion/Commentary
Covid-19 headwinds to make markets trade with negative bias (Market Watch)
Markets began last week under tremendous pressure on the back of a massive surge in Covid-19 cases. The stringent norms on movement of people imposed in Maharashtra which amounts to a night curfew and almost a day lockdown added to the woes. BSESENSEX lost 759.29 points or 1.53 per cent to close at 48,832.03 points. NIFTY lost 217 points or 1.46 per cent to close at 14,617.85 points. The broader markets saw BSE100, BSE200 and BSE500 lose 1.61 per cent, 1.70 per cent and 1.83 per cent respectively. BSEMIDCAP was down 2.91 per cent while BSESMALLCAP lost 2.68 per cent. In sectoral indices there were no gainers with BSEMETAL losing the least at 0.31 per cent. Incidentally in the previous week, BSEMETAL had gained the most.
2021-04-18
Category: India, New Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary
April 2003: US in Iraq, Vajpayee's Pak initiative and Worldview India (Comment)
April 2003 was the cruelest month for the people of Iraq, a month of reflection on Pakistan by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and a rare opportunity for Worldview India, a dedicated group of Indian journalists who helped lift the mist from the historic events that month.
2021-04-18
Category: India, Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary
Four Sikhs massacred while at work in US shooting (Ld)
New York, April 17 (IANS) Four Sikhs were massacred at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis when a former employee stormed the complex in the latest of series of mass shootings in the US, according to the Sikh Coalition.
2021-04-17
Category: International, United States,Opinion/Commentary,Diaspora
Who funds Pak's purchase of western military equipment
New Delhi, April 13 (IANS) A third world country that is on the brink of economic implosion, living on IMF loans and unable to guarantee the necessities of life to its people is still procuring military equipment from some of the most advanced nations in the world! A country which has been kept on the FATF grey list yet again and regularly signs dubious deals with proscribed organisations and faces strictures by the UK High Court with millions being debited from the bankrupt nations accounts due to the aforementioned shady deals. A country whose foreign exchange reserves stand as on date at only $13 billion- barely adequate for two months imports.
2021-04-13
Category: International, India,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Opinion/Commentary
A model mosque (Opinion)
The Muslim community should try to evolve the construction of the mosques, at a lesser cost besides fulfilling both functional and practical needs, and making it a centre of learning and practice.
2021-04-12
Category: India, New Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary
Ambedkar, a torchbearer of social transformation: Kataria
Much revered Bodhisattva, Bharat Ratna, Baba Saheb Dr. Ambedkar, the harbinger of social transformation and revolution imbibed in the ideas of great personalities like Buddha, Kabir, Mahatma Phule was born to divert the currents of the era and tides if time. The multifaceted personality of Baba Saheb is so deep, vast and diversified that, it would not be wrong to assert that, it would take years even for an erudite scholar to understand and fathom its depth. On the Occasion of the 130th birth anniversary of Babasaheb on April 14, 2021, the entire world in its heartfelt offering will seek inspiration from his indomitable spirit.
2021-04-11
Category: International, Norway,National,Opinion/Commentary,Politics
Lockdown fears after Covid surge haunt markets (Market Watch)
Markets were under pressure last week and failed to recover from the onslaught they faced on Monday because of rising covid-19 cases all over the country. They were marginally up on Tuesday, recovered ground on Wednesday, were again marginally up on Thursday and slipped on Friday.
2021-04-11
Category: India, New Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary
India, China disengagement at Ladakh: An unfinished agenda (Opinion)
The 11th round of India China Corps Commander's meeting has ended with good optics and pleasantly worded PIB release, with no concrete agreement (if any) disseminated so far. Post disengagement of troops in Eastern Ladakh from North and South of Pangong Tso, no disengagement in other areas to include Depsang plains, Gogra, Hot Spring, Demchok, and no further de-escalation, was well predicted by most analysts.
2021-04-11
Category: India, New Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary
Indian agriculture: Maladies and remedies
Since Independence, the agriculture sector has remained the main source of national income and occupation in India. In 1947, 72 per cent of the total working population was engaged in agricultural sector, but still a majority of Indias poor (some 770 million people or about 70 per cent) inhabit the rural areas.
2021-04-05
Category: India, New Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary
Market in trading zone (Market Watch)
The short and truncated week gone by had a mere three trading days but was highly volatile. Each of the three days saw the benchmark indices move by more than 1 per cent with Tuesday, which was the first day of the week seeing a movement in excess of 2 per cent. Markets gained on two of the three days. BSESENSEX gained 1,021.33 points or 2.08 per cent to close at 50,029.83 points, while NIFTY gained 360.05 points or 2.48 per cent to close at 14,867.35 points. The broader indices saw BSE100, BSE200 and BSE500 gained 2.42 per cent, 2.62 per cent and 2.70 per cent respectively. BSEMIDCAP was up 2.73 per cent, while BSESMALLCAP was up 3.91 per cent. There were no sectoral losers during the week with BSEMETAL gaining 8.54 per cent on the back of an expected stimulus in the US which would lead to increased spending on infrastructure.
2021-04-04
Category: India, New Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary
England done and dusted, now the IPL (Column: Close-in)
The Indian cricket team has done magnificently well with their resounding win over England in all formats of the game. The Test series was important since a convincing series win was required for India to qualify for the World Test Championship final against New Zealand in June.
2021-04-02
Category: India, New Delhi,Sports,Cricket,Opinion/Commentary
A Global Concert for a new Global Era?
Promising the best and most realistic way to advance a new world order, the Global Concert promises peace and prosperity for every human being.
2021-03-30
Category: India, Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary
Markets to remain in a trading zone (Opinion)
A choppy and volatile week came to an end with markets losing some ground. Fridays recovery at the start of the new April series saw markets post gains and hence recover some ground. BSESENSEX lost 849.74 points or 1.70% to close at 49,008.50 points, while NIFTY lost 236.70 points or 1.61 per cent to close at 14,507.30 points. The broader markets saw BSE100, BSE200 and BSE500 lose 1.50 per cent, 1.34 per cent and 1.36 per cent respectively. BSEMIDCAP lot 0.37 per cent while BSESMALLCAP lost 0.94 per cent.
2021-03-29
Category: India, New Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary
Holi reminds us of the value of turmeric during the Covid-19 pandemic (Opinion)
India is a land of multiculturalism wherein human life is woven with the pearls of festivals in a very systematic series around the year for a smooth, recreational, pleasurable and healthy life. In that order, Holi is one of the festivals directly linked to environmental science, naturopathy and medication if the science behind it is taken into consideration, more particularly, during the Covid-19 pandemic and understood in its fullest sense.
2021-03-29
Category: India, New Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary
Tenth anniversary of Syrian crisis: Home truths from an eyewitness (Comment)
In 1952, like a bolt from the blue, came UP Chief Minister Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant's order abolishing zamindari (landlordism). The abrupt drop in prestige and lifestyle caused a relative across the Ganga to hide his arsenal of a few rifles and 12 bore shotguns along with boxes of Eley cartridges with LG or Large-Goose loads.
2021-03-28
Category: India, New Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary
A bill in solidarity with six million Tibetans (Opinion)
The Tibetan Support and Policy Act of 2020 was passed by the US Congress, which is a landmark victory for the people of Tibet and their struggle. This bill acknowledges the struggle of people of Tibet against the brutal and oppressive Chinese occupation and is in solidarity with six million Tibetans who are suffering inside Tibet. Washington has always fought the non-democratic forces and stands firm hand in hand with the Tibetan brothers and sisters and their freedom struggle. Washington D.C. has always supported the justice of Tibetan people and will continue to pursue and support the cause. This is also the recognition of the legacy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his earnest efforts towards the justice for Tibetan brothers. This will be a major boost to the Tibetan freedom struggle, and is thus of historic importance.
2021-03-25
Category: India, New Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary
A bill in solidarity with six million Tibetans (Opinion)
The Tibetan Support and Policy Act of 2020 was passed by the US Congress, which is a landmark victory for the people of Tibet and their struggle. This bill acknowledges the struggle of people of Tibet against the brutal and oppressive Chinese occupation and is in solidarity with six million Tibetans who are suffering inside Tibet. Washington has always fought the non-democratic forces and stands firm hand in hand with the Tibetan brothers and sisters and their freedom struggle. Washington D.C. has always supported the justice of Tibetan people and will continue to pursue and support the cause. This is also the recognition of the legacy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his earnest efforts towards the justice for Tibetan brothers. This will be a major boost to the Tibetan freedom struggle, and is thus of historic importance.
2021-03-25
Category: India, Andhra Pradesh,National,Opinion/Commentary
Bangladesh's Twitter-FB war with Pak ahead of Modi visit
Dhaka, March 24 (IANS) A fierce social media 'war' has erupted between pro-Liberation Bangladeshis and the Pakistanis resenting Bangladesh's much vaunted progress and growing relations with India ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the country.
2021-03-24
Category: International, Bangladesh,Diplomacy,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Opinion/Commentary,Politics,Religion
India central to the Indo-Pacific region (Opinion)
The importance attached by the US to the Indo-Pacific, places India at an advantageous position, both in defence and economic sectors.
2021-03-22
Category: India, New Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary
Volatility to continue, new listings would decide sentiment (Market Watch)
Markets continued to remain highly volatile and the trend of the previous week which saw markets gain on Monday and lose ground on Friday, was reversed.
2021-03-21
Category: India, New Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary
Quad Summit 2021: Forward trajectory disturbs China (Opinion)
The visit of US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin to India, along with Japan and South Korea within a week of Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) Summit held on March 12, indicates a quick follow up. The Summit did not name China directly, but Beijing seemed nervous and rattled about the event, as its mouthpiece Global times accused the Quad members to be hyping the "China threat" before the event and expressed that India will not go US way due to its own ambition and economic dependency on China, after the visit. Apparently, China saw a major challenge to its dream of China Centric Asia Pa-cific, in Quad's call for a free, open, inclusive, healthy, Indo-Pacific region that is "anchored by democratic values, and unconstrained by coercion". China's hope that the four-country group hasn't formed a cohesive force from within, may need a revisit, after the Quad leaders agreed to give joint statement, committed to holding an in-person leaders' summit by the end of 2021 and agreed to pursue important agendas through three focused working groups.
2021-03-21
Category: India, New Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary
Pope Francis and Ayatollah Sistani talks: Balm for bruised souls (Comment)
Pardon my Lucknow chauvinism, but the benighted city once had intimate links with the centre of Shia Islam, Najaf, in Iraq, which Pope Francis visited early March in what must be counted among the Pontiff's most epoch-making journeys. His 50-minute conversation with Shia Islam's highest spiritual authority, Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, in his modest, rented house in a Najaf alley, must have enriched both.
2021-03-21
Category: India, New Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary
Vision 2024: RSS ready with 3-D plan to reach out to farmers, youth and intellectuals
Bengaluru, March 20 (IANS) The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is bracing up to commemorate 100 years of the outfit in 2025. Newly elected Sarkaryavaha Dattatreya Hosabale on Saturday revealed the RSS's three dimension (3-D) outreach plan which aims at ensuring that the BJP comes to power in 2024, a year ahead of the RSS completing 100 years in 2025.
2021-03-20
Category: India, Karnataka,National,Opinion/Commentary
Batting at an innovative stage in cricket (Column: Close-in)
Cricket has always had the aura of being an elite sport that stood for values appreciated in different walks of life. This is precisely why it has been a popular game for so long. The players in white amid the village greens, or at the stadium, were looked up to as gritty warriors representing a community, village, city, or a country, all aiming to succeed.
2021-03-19
Category: India, New Delhi,Sports,Cricket,Opinion/Commentary
Penumbra Dragon in Bangladesh's sky (Opinion)
Before reading this article, you just glance at the landscape of Southeast Asia. Have you seen it carefully? Okay, now hear the ground reality.
2021-03-19
Category: India, Jammu And Kashmir,National,Opinion/Commentary
China: The Ruffain who sees bully in everyone else
"We dont see things as they are, we see them as we are," said Anais Nin once.
2021-03-17
Category: India, Bihar,National,Opinion/Commentary,Politics
IPO week to increase volatility in markets (Opinion)
Markets continued their volatile way in the four-day trading week gone by. We saw markets opening with a gap on Monday as expected but profit taking followed. The gains continued on Tuesday and Wednesday before the holiday on Thursday. Friday saw markets opening strong but were rattled by savage profit taking which saw more than half the weekly gains being erased. BSESENSEX ended the week with gains of 386.76 points or 0.77 per cent to close at 50,792.08 points, while NIFTY gained 92.85 points or 0.62 per cent to close at 15,030.95 points. The broader markets saw BSE100, BSE200 and BSE500 gain 0.43 per cent, 0.41 per cent and 0.49 per cent respectively.
2021-03-14
Category: India, New Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary
Indo-Pak pirouette on Afghan talks: Will they be in step? (Comment)
It is exactly a decade since President Barack Obama set the deadline to start withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. Even then, Obama recalled how the 2001 Bonn conference had only "provisionally" installed Hamid Karzai in Kabul. We all know how long that "provisional" government lasted: 15 years. For Afghanistan, deadlines do not matter.
2021-03-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary
Equity and Debt Outlook for March (Opinion)
Global equities continued to trade higher and exhibited unusually broad momentum, delivering 12-month highs on several equities benchmarks up until the middle of the month.
2021-03-09
Category: India, New Delhi,National,Opinion/Commentary
Equity and Debt Outlook for March (Opinion)
Global equities continued to trade higher and exhibited unusually broad momentum, delivering 12-month highs on several equities benchmarks up until the middle of the month.
2021-03-09
Category: International, Costa Rica,National,Opinion/Commentary
SL serves kick-in-teeth for Imran
Pakistans Prime minister Imran Khans attempt to bluff his way into appeasing the Sri Lanka government and her people during his two-day visit on February 23 has back-fired. His attempt to sell himself as an ambassador of Belt and Road Initiative and its secondary project known as CPEC, a crusader of the Muslim ummah so that he could boost his image both at home and to the international money lenders and foreign investors has proven nothing more than a Kick-in-the-teeth for Imran Khan.
2021-03-08
Category: India, New Delhi,National,Diplomacy,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Opinion/Commentary,Politics
Tolerance and coexistence central to humanity (Opinion)
Pope Francis' historical Iraq visit underlined his commitment to interfaith dialogue, tolerance and coexistence, and their necessity in today's world.
2021-03-08
Category: India, New Delhi,Opinion/Commentary