Evolving business models of coworking in India (Comment)
  • 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)
  • 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.
Markets to remain range bound and trade in a broad range (Market Watch)
  • 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)
  • 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.
Mind & behavioural coaching a must for Indian cricket (Column: Close-in)
  • 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.
India's Budget 2020:  Needs a few course corrections (Comment)
  • 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 enhance… 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.
After recovery, markets to consolidate this week (Market Watch)
  • 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.
Can AAP save its shrinking vote share in Delhi?
  • 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.
India cricket selection committees need complete overhaul (Column: Close-in)
Resetting of India-Sri Lanka ties (Comment)
  • Resetting of India-Sri Lanka ties (Comment)(09:29)
    BY SHUBHA SINGH
    Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse's state visit to India takes place just over two months after his newly-elected brother, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa visited New Delhi, a visit that took place just weeks after his election as President of Sri Lanka.
Building credit institutions of tomorrow (Column: Behind Infra Lines)
  • Building credit institutions of tomorrow (Column: Behind Infra Lines)(09:27)
    BY TAPONEEL MUKHERJEE
    Given India's need for infrastructure expansion and the infrastructure financing gap, attention needs to turn from the overall macroeconomic view on sectors and funding towards the microstructure of the credit markets in India. This focus on the microstructure is a must to create the necessary dynamics that can help finance and expedite infrastructure creation in India.
Delhi Election: Why there is still fight left for Feb 8
  • Delhi Election: Why there is still fight left for Feb 8(16:13)
    BY RAHUL VATSA
    Even when the Delhi elections were weeks away, many political experts had declared Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party the winner. As for the Bharatiya Janata Party, the electorate of Delhi has very recently shown full confidence in it to administer the country while the Congress party, which has given popular governments to the state for the larger period of time, has been completely written off. So, is the February 8 election in Delhi going to be a mere formality to felicitate one man in the race or is there still some fight left for the other political parties?
Markets to rebound on Monday (Market Watch)
  • Markets to rebound on Monday (Market Watch)(15:39)
    By Arun Kejriwal
    The week gone by saw markets under pressure and lose ground on four of the five trading sessions. Post announcement of budget they simply crashed on Saturday when a special trading session was held, and ended the week with big losses. BSESENSEX lost 1,877.66 points or 4.51 per cent to close at 39,735.53 points while NIFTY was down 586.40 points or 4.79 per cent to close at 11,661.85 points. The broader markets saw BSE100, BSE200 and BSE500 lose 4.96 per cent, 4.88 per cent and 4.78 per cent, respectively. BSEMIDCAP was down 4.44 per cent while BSESMALLCAP was down 3.38 per cent.
  • A safe inclusive Budget in current economic situation (Opinion)(13:50)
    By Sunjay Kapur
    Overall the Budget 2020 has tried to factor in the current economic situation and consumer sentiment. It has taken into cognizance the aspirations of the youth and women, both of whom play significant roles in the economic matrix. Rural and agricultural context, education, healthcare, women, and children feature predominantly; with allocations for the betterment of SC/ST who have long been the marginalised populace within the social fabric.
Shootout at Jamia an aberration: Movement much bigger (Comment)
  • Shootout at Jamia an aberration: Movement much bigger (Comment)(09:30)
    BY SAEED NAQVI
    "Haqeeqat-e-Abadi" or the eternal truth of the nationwide protests will only be energized by the "Police Zindabad" shouting country pistol shooter who fired into a protest outside Jamia Millia Islamia, not far from the peaceful Shaheen Bagh that I had left behind just an hour ago. A row of policemen, arms folded, or leaning on their lathis must have been disappointed by the pistol-mans poor marksmanship. He hit a student on his wrist. But expected TV channels went to town, which was the purpose.
  • De-radicalisation is the new call of security (Column: Spy's Eye)(09:06)
    BY D.C. PATHAK
    Faith-based radicalisation as distinct from ideological or ethnicity-based motivation behind militancy, is at the root of the new global terror of our times that has unfortunately got linked with the so-called 'Islamic world'. In the Indian context, this threat had overtaken the challenge the state faced in the Naxalite belt or the North East. Invoking the war cry of Jehad -- a mandate of Quran to the faithful to fight for the defence of Islam and the Ummah in danger, till the last breath -- has been used in a facile way by many Ulema and the leaders of the community who were striving to retain their political power.
Budget sets stage for economic revival (Opinion)
  • Budget sets stage for economic revival (Opinion)(18:13)
    By Vikram Shreekant Kirloskar
    Budget sets the stage for economic revival while maintaining fiscal balance. Finance Minister does a tight rope walk while adding pace to reforms and sending positive sentiments to Industry.
Removal of DDT & its financial impact (Opinion)
  • Removal of DDT & its financial impact (Opinion)(17:52)
    By Ashok Shah
    Earlier effective Dividend Distribution Tax (DDT)was 16.995 per cent on the dividend declared. The tax was then grossed up in Budget 2014 and the current effective DDT rate was 20.56 per cent on the dividend declared. Further resident (non-corporate) shareholders were liable for an additional tax at 10 per cent (plus applicable surcharge and cess) on dividend exceeding Rs 10 lakh. The effective tax rate for Individuals falling in highest tax slabs was 14.248 per cent.
Operation Cyber Freedom: Securing over a billion dreams from adversarial entities (Comment)
  • Operation Cyber Freedom: Securing over a billion dreams from adversarial entities (Comment)(09:27)
    BY VINIT GOENKA
    We are part of a thriving, young, and vibrant nation. We also belong to a civilization that is timeless in age backed by a culture that has gifted the world spiritual enlightenment, technological progress and unbound and selfless wisdom. At no point in time were we anything but givers to the global community as a whole. Today, as the winds of technology blow, Indian minds are not just powering this revolution but leading it as well.
Sabka Vishwas & the need for more of the same (Column: Behind Infra Lines)
  • Sabka Vishwas & the need for more of the same (Column: Behind Infra Lines)(09:04)
    BY TAPONEEL MUKHERJEE
    As debates rage on the nature of stimulus most appropriate for the Indian economy and on whether increased government expenditure or a reduction in taxes is the best way forward, recent data on the Sabka Vishwas (Legacy Dispute Resolution) Scheme, that reveals that the government will get close to Rs 39,500 crore from the dispute resolution and amnesty scheme, throws light upon another area of focus. The extra revenue available has critical ramifications on both the current revenue perspective and ways to push the economy rapidly forward.