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Globally active China (opinion)
  • Globally active China (opinion)(12:52)
    By Asad Mirza

    The aggressive and planned manner in which Chinese companies have forayed globally, poses a risk not just to the economic interests but also the defence interests of the collaborating and neighbour nations.

Markets not yet out of the woods, exercise caution
  • Markets not yet out of the woods, exercise caution(14:26)
    By Arun Kejriwal

    Markets in the week gone by began on an ominous note with sharp losses on the very first day of the week. They ended the week with even more ominous signs, losing 1.5 times more on Friday than what they lost on Monday, and leaving the world guessing what the new week would unfold for markets globally.

Security goes beyond deterrence of uniform (Column: Spy's Eye)
Cummins will make for an unbelievable captain: James Pattinson
  • Cummins will make for an unbelievable captain: James Pattinson(10:12)

    Sydney, Nov 24 (IANS) Australian pacer Pat Cummins' former Test team-mate James Pattinson has said that the fast bowler would make for an "unbelievable" captain if he is given the opportunity to lead the side during the Ashes, beginning at the Gabba on December 8.

Abrahamia: A new religion on the horizon? (Opinion)
Expiry week will induce volatility and sharp movements (Market Watch)
  • Expiry week will induce volatility and sharp movements (Market Watch)(13:52)
    By Arun Kejriwal

    The week gone by was a four-day week with Friday being a holiday. The week began on a positive note but that was all the positive news for the week. Markets lost ground on all the remaining three days. BSESENSEX ended the week with losses of 1,050.68 points or 1.73 per cent to close the week at 59,636.01 points. NIFTY lost 337.95 points or 1.87 per cent to close at 17,764.80 points. The broader indices saw BSE100, BSE200 and BSE500 lose 1.74 per cent, 1.85 per cent and 1.81 per cent, respectively. BSEMIDCAP lost 1.71 per cent, while BSESMALLCAP lost 1.49 per cent.

India's rise on the world horizon (Column: Spy's Eye)
  • India's rise on the world horizon (Column: Spy's Eye)(09:04)
    BY D.C. PATHAK

    In the narrow narrative of domestic politics - marked by minority versus majority controversy whipped up in the name of 'secularism', a distorted projection of the strong governance of Prime Minister Modi as a symbol of 'authoritarianism' and a deliberate attempt to misinterpret nationalism as the promotion of 'Hindutva', what stands out in bold relief is the rapid advance India has made internationally to get an unprecedented recognition from the world community as a major power influencing the issues of war and peace. This is a major development.

Truth behind government's approach to Sikh religious affairs in Pak
  • Truth behind government's approach to Sikh religious affairs in Pak(15:50)
    By Prof Sarchand Singh

    Pakistan always tries to wash away its stigma of being a pro-terrorist country in the world community. The idea of opening the Kartarpur Corridor was also hatched to improve its image and mislead Sikhs around the world. But in reality, Pakistan holds a guileful attitude towards minorities. Despite its best efforts for progress and economic prosperity, the oppressive system/mindset has never been lenient for minorities. Hindus and Sikhs are infidels and persecution of infidels is like 'charity' for Islamic fundamentalists.

Seeds of hope and trust: Here is how India can bend the arc of hunger, optopolitics in Afghanistan
  • Seeds of hope and trust: Here is how India can bend the arc of hunger, optopolitics in Afghanistan(16:36)
    By Robinder Nath Sachdev & Dr. Anand Kumar Agnihotri

    New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) The title of this column today is inspired by the title of a piece that your author wrote way back in 2007, when the US-India civil nuclear deal was being negotiated. Therein I had argued that the US-India nuclear deal was not only about energy -- but that rather it was more a deal about "Atoms of Peace and Trust" between the United States and India.

Old foes poised against each other again (Opinion)
Markets to trade with a positive bias (Market Watch)
  • Markets to trade with a positive bias (Market Watch)(13:56)
    By Arun Kejriwal

    Markets behaved during the week gone by on expected lines. It was volatile and choppy and we saw gains on Monday and Friday. The remaining three days in between were days of correction with a mini sell-off on Thursday. At the end of the week, BSESENSEX gained 619.07 points or 1.03 per cent to close at 60,686.69 points, while NIFTY gained 185.95 points or 1.04 per cent to close at 18,102.75 points. The broader indices like the BSE100, BSE200 and BSE500 saw them gain 1.26 per cent, 1.32 per cent and 1.33 per cent respectively. BSEMIDCAP gained 1.45 per cent and BSESMALLCAP gained 1.15 per cent, respectively.

Uttar Pradesh on the cusp of economic transformation
  • Uttar Pradesh on the cusp of economic transformation(12:46)
    By Prof Arvind Mohan

    Uttar Pradesh is one of the largest markets in the world, it has over 8 per cent of the nations purchasing power; it is blessed with variety of resources/ raw material, out of over 10 major lines of agri-production, the state ranks first in seven of them. Any production facility located in Uttar Pradesh has access to over 50 per cent of nations market (including neighbouring states). This should have made Uttar Pradesh one of the most blessed and fastest growing states of India. For long, Uttar Pradesh has strived to find a place of glory but in vain. Of late, however, a story of structural shift seems to be scripting itself. Its not merely about new found buoyancy; rather it is more about inherent resilience that is clearly discernible. Emerging scenario is fraught with possibilities and cannot be allowed to go unnoticed.

Tinted analysis can not help the opposition (Column: Spy's Eye)
  • Tinted analysis can not help the opposition (Column: Spy's Eye)(09:12)
    BY D.C. PATHAK

    Some strategic experts known for their slant against the security policies of the Modi government have declared that the constitution of the State Investigation Agency in J&K to probe into terror-related cases, demonstrated the 'failure' of NIA in dealing with the problem of terrorism in Kashmir even after the governance of the border state had been taken over by the Centre by turning it into a Union Territory in August 2019. This off-the-cuff 'verdict' is as illogical as it is ill-informed and typically illustrates how tinted writings run down the government on every policy issue. They seek to provide an 'intellectual' route to politics by proxy. The critics would not say that the government did not make a serious effort to handle a national security issue but would raise the question as to why was the threat not eradicated totally at one go. Kashmir apart, this is what seemed to be the content of the critique on the handling of the Corona pandemic or the policy of working for economic recovery bottom up through the calls of 'vocal for local' and 'make in India'. Any advance of the secular policy of 'development for all' or a tough approach on national security matters, became problematic for the opposition if it did not fit in with its Minority politics, the handle often used by it against the Modi government. The Kashmir scenario can be examined in its broad spectrum in this context.

The 'Good', the 'Bad' and the 'Deobandi' Taliban
Markets to remain volatile and choppy (Market Watch)
  • Markets to remain volatile and choppy (Market Watch)(13:30)
    By Arun Kejriwal

    Markets behaved in the short three-day week on expected lines. There was a dead cat bounce on the opening day with markets gaining ground quite sharply. They lost ground on the remaining two days thereafter. Thursday saw 'Muhurat trading begin for new Samvat 2078 on an auspicious note with markets gaining. At the end of the three-days and Muhurat trading, BSESENSEX gained 760.69 points or 1.28 per cent to close at 60,067.62 points. NIFTY gained 245.15 points or 1.39 per cent to close at 17,916.80 points. The broader markets saw BSE100, BSE200 and BSE500 gain 1.60 per cent, 1.74 per cent and 1.91 per cent, respectively. BSEMIDCAP gained 2.83 per cent, while BSESMALLCAP fared even better gaining 3.28 per cent.

Diwali fest as a tool of 'Soft Power' (Comment)
  • Diwali fest as a tool of 'Soft Power' (Comment)(18:30)
    By Nirendra Dev

    The move by US lawmakers led by Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney from New York to get a new draft law that would declare Diwali as a federal holiday is a landmark event of our time.

Long term strategic interest demands US to revisit CAATSA (Opinion)
  • Long term strategic interest demands US to revisit CAATSA (Opinion)(10:32)
    By Maj Gen S.B. Asthana

    When former US President Donald Trump signed the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) in August 2017, a US Federal Law to impose sanctions on Iran, North Korea and Russia, he believed the legislation was "seriously flawed", notwithstanding the overwhelming majority with which it was passed by the House (419-3). At that time American's anger over Russia on Ukraine issue and allegations of meddling in US elections was such that no-one realised that it could create foreign policy dilemmas later. Recently two key Senators have urged President Joe Biden to waive possible sanctions against India for purchase of Russian S-400 to conserve important strategic partnership in the interest of national security of US.

When you (and everyone else) expect interest rates to rise
  • When you (and everyone else) expect interest rates to rise(15:28)
    By Suyash Choudhary

    The last few weeks have been notable from a global rates environment standpoint, particularly in developed markets. Markets across many such geographies have brought forward their expectations for interest rate hikes, as unprecedented supply side shortages (including energy shocks) meet equally unprecedented fiscal stimuli in some of these economies, thereby challenging the 'transitory' narrative on inflation. Developed markets, at least in the near term, are facing the kind of inflation one normally associates with their developing counterparts. Front end rates, which are most susceptible to interest rate hike expectations, have risen sharply in many geographies over the past month; more than doubling in some cases over this relatively brief span.

Diwali resolution we need in Covid times for a breathable future
  • Diwali resolution we need in Covid times for a breathable future(13:12)
    By Dr Rajat Arora

    The much-awaited festival of lights stands at our threshold -- the harbinger of peace and prosperity. With the economy coming back on track after the jolt suffered on account of the lockdown during the pandemic, spirits are rising, as they should.

TLP is not about the sanctity of Islam (Opinion)
  • TLP is not about the sanctity of Islam (Opinion)(13:02)
    By Dr Amjad Ayub Mirza

    The Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistans (TLP) long march to Islamabad had camped at Wazirabad for four days before it finally reached an agreement with the government on October 31.

Short week may see a dead cat bounce (Market Watch)
  • Short week may see a dead cat bounce (Market Watch)(15:02)
    By Arun Kejriwal

    Markets behaved on expected lines and gained ground on the first two trading sessions of the week gone by. Thereafter it was the pain of seeing markets fall for the remaining three days. The net change for the week saw BSESENSEX lose 1,514.69 points or 2.49 per cent to close at 59,306.93 points while NIFTY lost 443.25 points or 2.45 per cent to close at 17,671.65 points.

Social Media: A saviour or a predator? (Opinion)
  • Social Media: A saviour or a predator? (Opinion)(13:02)
    By Asad Mirza

    The details published by The Washington Post of a misinformation campaign pursued by Facebook against the Covid-19 vaccine, also outlines other irregularities committed by the tech giant. A consortium of media organisations, including The Washington Post, reviewed the information, which was disclosed by the lawyers of Frances Haugen, a former Facebook employee, to the US Securities and Exchange Commission and the Congress.

US expects no terrorism from Afghanistan but Russia, China, Iran do (Comment)
Glasgow Climate Change Summit (Opinion)
  • Glasgow Climate Change Summit (Opinion)(11:20)
    By Asad Mirza

    The upcoming Glasgow Summit will prove whether the global leaders are ready to put the entire mankind to peril or whether sagaciously they'll work out a roadmap to counter climate change effectively and wisely.