- Evolving business models of coworking in India (Comment)(09:45)
BY RAMESH NAIR
Conducive and productive workspaces have become the need of the hour when it comes to providing the right environment to employees and helping them foster growth. With the introduction of coworking spaces and their acceptance in the country, the industry has changed notions about what a typical workspace is and what the functions of a healthy work environment should be. Where earlier the industry was less agile to the changing market and demographic forces, it is now understanding and incorporating elements that can expand and contract operations quickly and give a range of options to its workforce.
- Hardline Iran and aggressive nationalism (Comment)(09:06)
BY SHUBHA SINGH
Iran's parliamentary polls are likely to elect a hardline Parliament when the country goes to the polls to choose a new Majlis on February 21. With an economy battered by renewed American sanctions and US President Donald Trump's "maximum pressure" policy, Iran will turn more conservative after the new Parliament is elected.
- Donations turn cashless in Magh Mela(09:24)
Prayagraj, Feb 18 (IANS) With barely five days left for the Magh Mela to wrap up, devotees are now rushing with donations to various 'akharas' and camps. The unusual thing about giving 'dakshina' (donations), this year, is that a large section of devotees are making cashless payments, most of them through the BHIM app.
- Kanpur tanneries asked to shut down again(10:52)
Kanpur, Feb 17 (IANS) The Regional Pollution Control Board of Uttar Pradesh has ordered 248 tanneries in Jajmau area of Kanpur to stop their operations from February 19 till further orders, without assigning any reason.
- Markets to remain range bound and trade in a broad range (Market Watch)(15:27)
By Arun Kejriwal
The week gone by saw consolidation and markets rallying as well as the benchmark indices lost on three of the five trading days, while gaining on the remaining two. The weekend saw BSE SENSEX gain 115.89 points or 0.28 per cent to close at 41,257.74 points while NIFTY gained 15.10 points or 0.12 per cent to close at 12,113.45 points. The broader markets saw BSE 100, BSE 200 and BSE 500 lose 0.25 per cent, 0.33 per cent and 0.43 per cent respectively. BSE MIDCAP was down 1.53 per cent, while BSES MALLCAP was down 1.06 per cent. It could be said while the benchmark indices registered small gains, the rest were under pressure.
- What is wrong with RSS? (Comment)(09:57)
BY RATAN SHARDA
The secular forces find everything about the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) abhorrent. Its working, its philosophy, its reach and work for the society, its strong commitment to the nation -- everything is questionable for the established opinion makers, social media influencers and politicians. Our nation is changing in a decisive manner, our narrative is changing in a manner that the established Left-secular lobbies do not like. It is a journey from an idea of a rootless new nation supposedly created by the British and nurtured by Jawaharlal Nehru to an India that is going back to its roots, finally, recognising its ancient genius.
- Creating sustainable business models (Column: Behind Infra Lines)(09:53)
BY TAPONEEL MUKHERJEE
As we move ahead with the next phase of growth and dynamic changes in sectors across the spectrum from consumer-related businesses to infrastructure in India, a focus on long-term sustainable business models that can deliver both growth and cashflows will be essential.
- Delhi election: It is not complicated (Column: Spy's Eye)(09:53)
BY D.C. PATHAK
The poll verdict in Delhi has become a major event in the country's politics -- the AAP victory looks extraordinary in the face of a determined bid of BJP to capture the national capital. On a closer look, however, it can be seen that a fairly even spread of support for the AAP, a substantive increase in the vote share of BJP and a precipitous decline of the Congress because of the transfer of its votes -- particularly those of Muslims -- to AAP, were the basic determinants of the results in the Assembly election.
- From patriotism to nationalism (Column: B-Town)(09:02)
By Vinod Mirani
When the film industry started in India, the best and the safest theme to draw audience was to make mythological films or films with a religious story to tell. Dada Saheb Phalke, the founder of the film industry in India, made his first film, "Raja Harishchandra". The first Indian talkie film, "Alam Ara", also dealt with a religious theme.
- A walk through India's history and culture(12:56)
By Puja Gupta
New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANSlife) Arth, the culture fest is back with its second season in the National Capital Region. The National edition will be held in Delhi from February 21 to 23, at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
- Mind & behavioural coaching a must for Indian cricket (Column: Close-in)(11:28)
By Yajurvindra Singh
This week had three significant moments with regard to Indian cricket. The senior Indian team, having demolished New Zealand in the five-match T20I series were brought down to earth, lost 0-3 in the ODIs. The New Zealand side, that looked like a dazzled rabbit under a spot light after the T20Is, suddenly turned into hunters rather than one that was being hunted.
- J'khand youth beats disability, inspires others(10:19)
By Manoj Pathak
Latehar (Jharkhand), Feb 14 (IANS) If someone thinks that physical impairment could cause failure in the life then Jharkhand's Deepak is a befitting reply for him. Born to a very poor family, Deepak's feet stopped working within two to three years of his birth due to blockage in nerves. Since then he has never walked but that has not made him a burden to anyone.
- California gurdwara pays unique tribute to Kobe Bryant(12:12)
Los Angeles, Feb 13 (IANS) Hundreds of Sikh worshippers turned up wearing the Lakers colours -- purple and yellow -- at the Gurdwara Nanaksar in Fresno, California, in a special prayer meet for the late basketball great Kobe Bryant who was killed in a helicopter crash last month, a media report said.
- Delhi poll results a big relief: Yogendra Yadav (IANS Interview)(10:03)
By Sanjeev Kumar Singh Chauhan
New Delhi, Feb 12 (IANS) Swaraj Party leader Yogendra Yadav, who was once an integral part of the Aam Aadmi Party, has said that the results of Delhi Assembly election are a big relief, but does not show the road ahead on the political landscape of India.
- BJP brought fight to one-sided Delhi polls: Shyam Jaju (IANS Interview)(14:47)
By Navneet Mishra
New Delhi, Feb 11 (IANS) Hectic campaigning and a lot of work by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) brought some fight to the Delhi Assembly elections which otherwise would have become a one-sided affair, Shyam Jaju, BJP national vice-president and Delhi in-charge, told IANS on Tuesday.
- India's Budget 2020: Needs a few course corrections (Comment)(09:50)
BY FRANK ISLAM
In her marathon 2 hours and 46 minutes speech introducing India's 2020 budget, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman painted an optimistic picture of the Indian economy. She stated at the outset that her budget's goal is to boost "incomes and enhanceâ¦ purchasing power" of the people of India. "Only through higher growth can we achieve that and have our youth gainfully and meaningfully employed," Sitharaman added.
- Pro-BJP artists fail to make a mark in Bengal film industry poll(01:27)
Kolkata, Feb 11 (IANS) The BJP suffered a huge setback with none of those who joined the party over the past few months managing to win in the high-profile elections to the Artists forum - the representative body of actors of the Bengali film industry - in the vote count on Monday.
- After recovery, markets to consolidate this week (Market Watch)(22:20)
By Arun Kejriwal
The week gone by saw a sharp recovery in the markets coupled with fresh buying and some short covering as well. The fact that global markets were strong as well helped in the sentiment and strong recovery. Markets gained on the first four days of the week and there was profit taking on Friday. The usual week end profit taking phenomenon. The BSESENSEX gained 1.406.32 points or 3.54 per cent to close at 41,161.85 points while NIFTY gained 436.50 points or 3.74 per cent to close at 12,098.35 points. the broader markets saw BSE100, BSE200 and BSE500 gain 4.06 per cent, 4.014 per cent and 4.05 per cent respectively. BSEMIDCAP was up 519 per cent while BSESMALLCAP was up 3.46 per cent. With these gains, market has not only covered budget day losses but much more and recovered more than half of the previous weeks losses as well.
- Illiberal, identity politics, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, galloping in tandem (Comment)(09:38)
BY SAEED NAQVI
Was Shylock victim or villain? The question never arose when Geoffrey Kendal came to school in the 50s and 60s to perform Shakespeare. The Merchant of Venice was a great favourite because it appealed to us at several levels. There was the continuing suspense on whether or not Shylock, Jewish money lender, would be able to exact the pound of flesh he had meanly inserted in the agreement, should the needy merchant, Antonio, fail to pay back the loan.
- The malaise of fake god men (Column: Spy's Eye)(08:58)
BY D.C. PATHAK
India's proud legacy of its civilisational history would not be complete without the mention of its holy sages and divine thinkers who set an example of how to bring the benefit of spiritual advancement to the man caught in the conundrum of day to day life and who also enriched the human understanding of the universe around us.
- Time to bid farewell to festivals: Aruna Vasudev (IANS Interview)(15:53)
Bhubaneswar, Feb 8 (IANS) Recipient of the French Officer of the Order of the Arts and Letters honour, Aruna Vasudev, a name synonymous with film criticism and film festival curation in India, and one of the country's foremost writers on cinema, feels it's now time to stop getting involved with festivals and just concentrate on writing and Japanese painting.
- Can AAP save its shrinking vote share in Delhi?(14:05)
By Nivedita Singh
New Delhi, Feb 8 (IANS) The vote share of Delhi's ruling Aam Aadmi Party has been shrinking since it swept the 2015 Assembly polls with 54.34 per cent votes, making the 2020 polls even more crucial for the Arvind Kejriwal-led party.