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    Chidambaram: The controversy's child

    New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) The 73-year-old Congress leader and former Union minister Palaniappan Chidambaram is facing the toughest crisis of his career. The lawyer-turned-politician has been slapped with money laundering and corruption charges in the INX Media case and is in the CBI custody following the Delhi High Court's refusal to grant him anticipatory bail on Tuesday. INX Media case In May 2017, the...

    • 12 hrs ago
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    Gaur was too gentle for changing times - Obituary

    Bhopal, Aug 21 (IANS) Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Babulal Gaur, who passed away on Wednesday, belonged to a rare breed of BJP leaders who had accepted the RSS discipline without slipping into right-wing straitjacket. He was close to the league of stalwarts like Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Sunder Singh Bhandari and Bhairon Singh Shekhawat. He rose to prominence in early 1990s when he was made...

    • 19 hrs ago
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    Money creation to pick up pace

    The focus of monetary policy is now conclusively on ensuring better transmission. Towards this, for the first time in recent history the RBI has consciously moved liquidity stance to positive. Indeed, the Governor has lately referred to the Rs 1-1.5 lakh crore positive system liquidity as a comfort factor and facilitator for banks. It thus seems reasonable to infer, in the absence of an official framework on...

    • 19 hrs ago
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    Book captures brilliance of Ranjit Singh's polity, rule

    The secularism of Maharaja Ranjit Singh (1780-1839) needs to be stuided in the current context for the manner in which he brought together a collection of warring misls (confederacies) to create a Sikh Empire that stretched from the Khyber Pass in the west to western Tibet in the east, and from Mithankot in the south to Kashmir in the north, says US-based poet, playwright and commentator...

    • 2 days ago
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    Education and its economic outgrowths

    In his Independence Day speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted the issue of population explosion in the country and the need to address it. He added education as a means of both moderating the trend of rising population and making them productive as well. Development trends throughout history have shown that as literacy levels go up, fertility rate falls and economic growth is easier to achieve....

    • 5 days ago
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    Rajendra Sethia: Acquitted after 34 years in a trumped up case

    New Delhi, Aug 16 : In many ways, Rajendra Singh Sethia - the world's biggest bankrupt in the 1980s, long before the insolvency and bankruptcy code emerged in India, or the US saw its share of Chapter 11 bankruptcies - represents the archetype of a Greek tragic hero. The Nigeria and Sudan experience meant that the wheel of fortune had taken a dive, a death spiral which plunged...

    • 6 days ago
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    Iranian tanker Grace 1 freed by Gibraltar

    London, Aug 15 : Gibraltar on Thursday allowed a detained Iranian supertanker Grace 1 to leave the British overseas territory despite eleventh-hour efforts by the United States to halt the move, thus potentially defusing the tensions between London and Tehran.The Supreme Court in the British territory of Gibraltar approved the release of the Grace 1, which was impounded off the country's coast by...

    • 7 days ago
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    Has Xi Jinping found the answer to Hong Kong?

    What started as a demonstration by 12,000 citizens against a proposed legislation for extradition of criminal undertrials to China has escalated into a daily assembly of over two million protesting against Chinese ainterference' in Hong Kong, an examination of police brutality under the gaze of international press and a demand for full democracy. Meanwhile, Chief Executive Carrie Lam's...

    • 7 days ago
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    With radicals out of Jammu and Kashmir, stone-pelting steeply drops

    Srinagar, Aug 13 (IANS) As security agencies rounded up separatist and radical trouble makers from the Kashmir Valley, incidents of stone pelting have drastically fallen despite escalating tensions between India and Pakistan over the axing of Article 370. In the past 48 hours, the Valley has been more or less calm barring few sporadic incidents of stone-pelting in Soura and...

    • a week ago
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    Rajendra Singh Sethia: 34-year-long karma

    New Delhi, Aug 13 (IANS) From London-based billionaire to the world's biggest bankrupt to derisively being described as Delhi's bootlegger, Rajendra Singh Sethia has seen a gamut of emotions, a roller-coaster life with a strong underpinning of karmic payback. This dogged karmic outlook keeps him afloat, sane and engaged with the world. The 72-year-old fought incessantly for 34 years till he was...

    • a week ago

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