Now, author Aparna Jain focuses on men who broke the mould (IANS Interview)(19:58) By Vishnu Makhijani New Delhi, Dec 10 (IANS) Aparna Jain is not only a certified Integral Master Coach but has also authored two female-centric books - one that takes a searching look at women in the workplace and the other showcasing role models for young girls, as also their parents - and a volume on family recipes. She has now turned her attention to men who broke the mould as males are also subject to partiarchy and tropes.
Markets may remain range bound (Market Watch)(14:04) By Arun Kejriwal Markets continue to remain in a range and seem to be discounting good and bad news as they come. The broad range of 11,800-1,2200 on the NIFTY and 40,000-41,000 on the BSE SENSEX seem to be keeping the indices under control.
Diplomats can do with better home connectivity (Column: Spy's Eye)(09:00) BY D.C. Pathak Diplomacy primarily is an instrument for advancing the cause of the nation's economic and security policy -- foreign policy quite simply is the product of the country's economic and security concerns. The government of the day formulates a policy accordingly and our envoys implement it with all the suavity they can bring to bear in the handling of foreign entities. Sometimes a doctrinaire approach could override the national security angle -- Prime Minister I.K. Gujral adopted a Pak policy that ignored the available Intelligence to the effect that Pak ISI had planned to replicate the success of Afghan Jehad in Kashmir by pumping in Mujahideen into the Valley. The 'covert' offensive of Pakistan later developed into the Kargil invasion.
Implementation of POCSO Act needs scrutiny: Damyanti Biswas (IANS Interview)(15:06) By Vishnu Makhijani New Delhi, Dec 7 (IANS) Author and social activist Damyanti Biswas, whose novel "You Beneath Your Skin" explores the dark underbelly of the national capital and its spiralling crime spree, says though violence against children under 12 attracts the death penalty under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, yet its implementation "needs scrutiny".
A tribute to Bob Willis (Column: Close-In)(09:38) By Yajurvindra Singh The passing away of any cricketer brings sorrow to one's heart. It gets even more painful when one has played, partied and rubbed shoulders together. The sad news of the death of a phenomenal cricketer and one of England's best fast bowlers, Bob Willis, brought a lump to my throat. Memories of him darting in to bowl to me, a huge 6ft 6 inches in frame, with fluffy hair, finally releasing the ball quick and fast with a windmill action, comes immediately to mind.
The paradox of stress (Comment)(09:36) BY HIMANSHU MANGLIK The word 'stress' is a paradox and an enigma. Stress is increasingly becoming a dreaded phenomenon, especially for industry where pressure and stress to increase productivity is incessant and unrelenting. Rajeev Kumar, Vice President HR at NIIT says, "Stress is as constant as change in our corporate life. And Stress-related health issues are rampant -- hypertension/BP; sugar etc. In fact, jokes running around in corporates are that in medical examination reports done at the time of hiring by HR, if someone has no stress-related health issues, it's a question mark on selection and suitability saying, this guys doesn't take pressure, hence not fit for job."
Transmission mechanism: Monetary policy and beyond (Column: Behind Infra Lines)(09:14) BY TAPONEEL MUKHERJEE The Reserve Bank of India decided to hold repo rates unchanged in its meeting on December 5, 2019. In this context, apart from the outlook on inflation, the crucial area of focus should be the "transmission mechanism" of the rate cuts already delivered in 2019. In common parlance, "transmission mechanism" can be interpreted as the chain effect of rate cuts being passed on to the inter-related and inter-linked sectors in the overall ecosystem, to both lower the cost of credit and increase the availability of credit. Primarily, raise the money supply. The concept of an effective "transmission mechanism" is vital for India, both within the context of monetary policy and in the broader contexts of investments, capital flow and effective policymaking. The transmission of monetary policy, capital flows and
Back to the book: RBI Policy Dec 2019 (Opnion)(18:08) By Suyash Choudhary The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) shocked expectations by keeping rates on hold. While not acting on Thursday, the MPC has nevertheless acknowledged monetary policy space for future action. It also reiterated continuation "with the accommodative stance as long as it is necessary to revive growth, while ensuring that inflation remains within the target".
Leg up for Urdu literature, 90,000 titles digitised in 6 years (IANS Interview)(18:16) By Vishnu Makhijani New Delhi, Dec 3 (IANS) It's a virtual library where some 90,000 titles in Urdu - including the Mahabharata and the Quran, as also autobiographies, fiction, travelogues, translations, manuscripts and pop magazines - have been digitised and made available on an internet portal for academicians, scholars and researchers to benefit from. In addition, the Rekhta.org portal offers a collection of 'shers' and 'shayaris' and an essential collection of iconic poets - all this for free!
Bold moves needed to right India's economic ship (Comment)(08:30) By Frank F. Islam Only six months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi won his re-election with a resounding mandate, the economic outlook in the country looks somewhat bleak. The overall state of the economy was not a primary focal point during the recent Lok Sabha election. Still, it was no secret in the run-up to the polls that sectors such as real estate, manufacturing, banking and finance were troubled. Nevertheless, at the beginning of Modi's second term, many hoped that the Prime Minister, voted back to power for another five years in the largest democratic exercise in history, would take some bold moves to improve the countrys economic conditions. However, that hasnt happened to date. As a result, the worlds fifth-largest economy faces strong headwinds that it hasnt seen since the early 1990s.
RBI may cut rate by 35-40 basis points (Market Watch)(14:56) By Arun Kejriwal NIFTY made a new lifetime high on Tuesday, November 26, and did so again two days later. Friday saw a sharp correction with the expected weak GDP numbers. The week ended with the BSESENSEX gaining 434.40 points or 1.08 per cent to close at 40,793.81 points, while the NIFTY gained 141.65 points or 1.19 per cent to close at 12,056.05 points.
Pulitzer Prize winner resurrects 'Oudh' princess from Delhi's Malcha Mahal (Comment)(09:40) BY SAEED NAQVI Ellen Barry of the New York Times walked into my study and, wasting no time, came straight to the point. What did I know about the last "Begum of Oudh"? She had a quizzical, amused look like she knew what the answer would be but would still like to see my expression. The abruptness of the query was her way to establish a point of departure on the theme.
The game of numbers (Column: Spy's Eye)(09:02) BY D.C. PATHAK Uddhav Thackeray's roller coaster ride to chief ministership of Maharashtra reaffirms the supremacy of the democratic principle in electoral politics that a party or a coalition commanding majority in the legislative house alone should be constitutionally allowed to assume power. But, the Maharashtra episode also brings out the stark reality that if a multi-party system gets excessively fractionalised then even a strict law against defection may not be enough to prevent opportunistic breaks and regroupings purely driven by the 'numbers game'. Two well defined pre-poll alliances -- BJP-Shiv Sena and Congress-NCP -- were in the fray in the assembly election in Maharashtra and the first one did secure a comfortable majority but the combine failed to form the government after receiving Governor's invite, due to Shiv Sena's hyped demand for rotational Chief Ministership -- beyond the post of deputy chief minister and a generous share of ministries that were already on the plate.
Hard knocks of Test cricket (Column: Close-In)(09:30) BY YAJURVINDRA SINGH India are in the driving seat as regards the path to qualify for the World Test Championship final to be held in England in 2021. This trophy has a significant place in the history of cricket as this will be the first time that a Test team will be anointed and recognized as the World Champion.
Creating global Indian giants (Column: Behind Infra Lines)(09:28) BY TAPONEEL MUKHERJEE As debates on Indian economic growth, infrastructure and job creation, business environment and corporate balance sheets rage on, an alternative way to boosting the Indian economy would be to create Indian businesses that can scale globally. Essentially, it involves creating global business giants that can help spur economic growth by providing opportunities across the supply chain in India. The focus must be on factors that engender an environment that facilitates the growth of global Indian businesses into global giants, noting that there are Indian businesses that have excelled abroad.
Using the power of words to protect animals (Comment)(09:04) BY MANILAL VALLIYATE Today, society is identifying racist, sexist, homophobic, and certain other types of discriminatory phrases and eliminating them from our language. But what about words that are disrespectful of animals or even promote violence toward them? I know firsthand the influence words have and how they can be used either for good or for bad.
Fashion industry now more inclusive, says Natalia Vodianova(10:58) By Siddhi Jain New Delhi, Nov 26 (IANSlife) Natalia Vodianova, a trailblazing supermodel, and a 71-time Vogue cover girl, has been one of the most successful fashion figures of all time. With a striking eight-season, seven-figure contract with Calvin Klein, she has been the face of campaigns for Louis Vuitton and L'Oreal.
Trade cautiously in volatile market (Market Watch)(13:04) BY ARUN KEJRIWAL Markets continued their choppy movement but kept the momentum intact. While the final outcome of the week could be termed as flat or neutral, the upward move and making new highs continued. BSESENSEX gained 2.72 points or 0.01 per cent to close at 40,359.41 points. It made a new high of 40,816.38 points during the week. NIFTY gained 18.95 points or 0.16 per cent to close at 11,914.40 points. The intraweek high on NIFTY was 12038.60 points.
Not just a Brexit election: Outcome will tilt global balance (Comment)(09:56) BY SAEED NAQVI In a hall somewhere in England, a propagandist for the Tories, a sort of marketing man, is being bombarded by angry citizens on bad schools, bad housing, bad health service. The salesman, wriggling against the wall, furrows his brow and comes up with an explanation. After stuttering a few times, he says:
It is not about faith but about politics of religion (Column: Spy's Eye)(09:34) BY D.C. PATHAK The socio-political scenario in India is moving, over the last few years, towards a goal of cultural correction and realism about the country's national identity. At the core of such an identity is a well-defined and stable geographical boundary, a sense of belonging to the land amongst the citizens -- that was nurtured by the awareness of what they had in common in the present -- and a willingness to outgrow the divisive contours that might have been created by the territorial history of the country in terms of the doings of some 'alien' rulers here.
Indian cricket's young and fiery (Column: Close-In)(09:50) BY YAJURVINDRA SINGH India versus Bangladesh Test match at Eden Garden, Kolkata, their first-ever Day/ Night encounter has been an overwhelming success. The match has a historical significance to it and for a cricket-loving enthusiast a "moment in time". The ball that one identified as a 'cherry' for its redness has now changed over to a 'strawberry'.
Providing momentum to asset monetisation (Column: Behind Infra Lines)(09:48) By Taponeel Mukherjee The success of the third toll-operate-transfer (TOT) auction by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) provides the momentum needed for India to embark on the path of swift and transparent asset monetisation in the next few years. Asset monetisation has received much attention, and a few large government asset monetisations have taken place in the last few years. It is about time the Government pushes the process ahead at a rapid pace.