Selling every handset, not dumping units in secret warehouses: Xiaomi India (Lead, correcting name in first para) (15:10)
By Nishant Arora IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) Xiaomi, the Chinese electronics and software company, does not have big, secret warehouses in India where it is dumping unsold inventory and is actually selling smartphones faster than any other brand in the country, Xiaomi India Managing Director and Global Vice President Manu Kumar Jain has emphasised.

The sublime joy of translations (Translating India-10) (14:56) IANS Photo Service
(ATTN EDITORS: This is the last in a 10-part "Translating India" series where noted translators -- in articles written exclusively for IANS -- share their experiences of translating from their respective languages.)

India's Sri Lanka challenge (Comment: Special to IANS) (12:14)
By Amit Dasgupta IANS Photo Service
My wife and I recently visited Sri Lanka on a holiday with friends. For both of us, it was the first visit after almost 15 years. At that time, the idyllic island country was caught up in a deadly civil war that claimed countless lives and devastated the economy. When Mahinda Rajapaksa assumed power as the Sri Lankan President, he made the elimination of the Tamil Tigers his foremost objective. After 30 months of relentless assaults, the 26-year-old civil war finally ended in 2009, with the killing of Tamil Tigers (LTTE) leader Velupillai Prabhakaran and the ruthless decimation of his supporters.

Weighty reading: Books which provide physical exercise too (Column: Bookends) (11:22)
By Vikas Datta
Someone once quipped that the "universal aptitude for ineptitude makes any human accomplishment an incredible miracle" and devoted book readers know it too well. Any of the (sadly-diminishing) tribe would be familiar with responses of wonder over the fact that they manage to read even a modestly-long work in a day or two. Wonder what these amazed people would make of a book termed a "doorstopper"?

Hashimpura, Srebrenica and Rohingyas: Similar and so different (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:57)
By Saeed Naqvi IANS Photo Service
Incidents, similar in their chilling monstrosity, came to mind when I saw photographs of a row of Rohingya Muslim young men, on their knees, hands tied behind their back. Gun-wielding military police, lurking within the frame, eventually mowed them down.

For Modi, road to 2019 will be steeper (Column: Political Circus) (11:32)
By Amulya Ganguli IANS Photo Service
For the Bharatiya Janata Party's supporters, the growing belief that the party is no longer as favourably placed as before must be both bewildering and disheartening.

The emerging India-U.S. role reversal in world leadership (Comment: Special to IANS) (12:32)
By Frank F. Islam
For the last half of the 20th century, the United States was the world's beacon for democracy and economic development and India was a laggard. These roles are reversing as the end of the second decade of the 21st century approaches.

Global macro: Key for Centre to boost Indian infrastructure (Column: Behind Infra Lines) (12:10)
By Taponeel Mukherjee
Current global macro-economic news has two key trends that stand out: Monetary policy tightening and fiscal policy expansion. Hawkish commentary by global central banks regarding rate hikes and balance sheet reduction has started to hit the newswires with regularity. On the fiscal policy side, tax cuts in the US have made news.

Convergence of talents: Modi must join hands with Musk for a shot at Mars (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:16)
By Rajendra Shende IANS Photo Service
"A one-km auto rickshaw ride in Ahmedabad takes Rs 10 and India reached Mars at Rs 7 per km, which is really amazing," Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasised the achievement in his speech in New York in September 2014.

Love profane and sacred - the message of romance from Urdu poetry (Feb 14 is Valentine's Day) (16:26)
By Vikas Datta IANS Photo Service
Another Valentines Day is on us, and will be enthusiastically observed by those who want against the backdrop of usual noises about it being a "western custom", "against Indian traditions" and the efforts of the 'moral' vigilantes. But the opposition seems perplexing given how avidly we look to love in cinema, celebrity culture, popular literature and poetry - particularly Urdu.

India should tap EU, East Asia to overcome 'late convergence stall' (Comment: Active Voice) (11:04)
By Amit Kapoor IANS Photo Service
The usual brouhaha around the Budget strips the Economic Survey of the attention it deserves. The Survey document, especially since Arvind Subramanian has taken over as the Chief Economic Advisor, has consistently pushed the envelope on economic thinking, providing exciting new insights for the Indian economy. The latest one, released three days before the Budget, introduced a new phrase into economic jargon: The "late convergence stall". It is a phenomenon that the Survey fears might affect the growth process of the developing world.

Science writing: A neglected form of literature that needs focus (Column: Bookends) (11:26)
By Vikas Datta IANS Photo Service
Along with philosophers, tax lawyers and computer programmers, scientists are perceived as speaking in a language which is supposedly the same as that of common people, but scarcely intelligible to them. And then they use strange symbols, complicated equations, and considerable jargon to talk of "things" unlikely to affect an average person's life or to be even seen without specialised equipment.

After reverses in Syria, Afghanistan, a quest for propaganda equaliser (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:30)
By Saeed Naqvi
Conspiracy theorists, who prove mostly right in the topsy turvy post-9/11 world, are these days busy switching channels -- Syria, Afghanistan, Korean peninsula and, yes, one more theatre which will be in heavy focus in June-July. All these narratives have Russia in them, including, quite surprisingly, South Korea where the media will gloat over the humiliation heaped on Russian athletes.

With his Parliament speech, Modi undermined his own case (Column: Political Circus) (11:06)
By Amulya Ganguli IANS Photo Service
There are three aspects of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech in parliament -- which was probably his most combative in recent times -- that deserve attention.

In the footsteps of Hollywood, homoeroticism hits Bollywood (Column: Bollywood Spotlight) (11:06)
By Subhash K. Jha IANS Photo Service
In the West it's Armie Hammer and Timothy Chalamet giving interviews as a couple for their gay love story "Call Me By Your Name". We haven't reached that nirvanic stage in India.

Why this journo no longer trusts international media (The Funny Side) (11:06)
By Nury Vittachi
This columnist no longer listens to the international media; luckily I still have the voices in my head. Which leads me to the following query.

India's insular dilemma in Maldives (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:02)
By Admiral Arun Prakash (retd) IANS Photo Service
One hopes that Indian diplomats and national-security managers are doing some serious soul-searching about how and why events spun, so swiftly, out of control in neighbouring Maldives.

Long-awaited market correction finally in full swing (Comment: Special to IANS) (16:26)
By Amit Kapoor & Chirag Yadav IANS Photo Service
History has strange ways of repeating itself. The economic situation in the US and the stock market drop eerily resembles the "Black Monday" of 1987.

More equalising paradigm of Indian growth story vitally required (Column: Active Voice) (11:16)
By Amit Kapoor
About 82 per cent of the growth in global wealth accrued to the world's top one per cent over the last year while the bottom 50 per cent saw no increase at all. This one per cent of the population continues to own more than the rest of humanity combined. These ominous findings emerge from the Oxfam report on world inequality released recently. Such statistics have been making news of late, but the problem has always seemed West-centric in nature.

Winds of Change: A message for Mr Modi from Diggi Palace (Comment) (13:44)
By Saket Suman IANS Photo Service
In its 11-year journey, the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) has seen speakers using the platform to send out strong political messages. But the hundreds of thousands who gather at the literary extravaganza are also adept at sending their own message. And from their cheers and thunderous applause this year, rises a whisper: Things are not all good for Mr Modi -- in the literary space, at least -- and the mood of the nation may be changing.

The city of Stalin that defied and defeated the Nazis -- myths and realities (Column: Bookends) (11:36)
By Vikas Datta IANS Photo Service
When we happen to recall the Second World War's notable battles, the emphasis is more on those fought by the Western Allies -- Dunkirk, Pearl Harbor, El Alamein, Midway Island, D-Day landings and Arnhem, et al, given the large amount of books and films they have inspired. The Eastern Front rarely gets the same attention, though having equally significant clashes -- especially the one by the Volga in southern Russia.

If Woody Allen Is boycotted, why are we still watching Sanjay Dutt's films? (Column: Bollywood Spotlight) (12:06)
By Subhash K. Jha IANS Photo Service
The grossly lopsided witch-hunt that has already claimed the likes of Kevin Spacey and Michael Douglas now threatens to claim the 82-year old movie-making marvel Woody Allen.

Ashram notebook 50 years ago: Beatles, Maharishi, crows and catapults (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:36)
By Saeed Naqvi
I received a call from an editor reminding me of my stay with the Beatles 50 years ago this February in Rishikesh. He was keen that, at this distance in time, I hammer out a piece placing that visitation in perspective.

Outcome in Rajasthan: Is the Modi magic fading? (Column: Political Circus) (11:06)
By Amulya Ganguli IANS Photo Service
The signs which were available about the decline in the influence of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Gujarat's rural areas during the state assembly elections have been substantiated by the drubbing which the BJP has received at the Congress's hands in the byelections in Rajasthan, where the saffron party is in power.

Government addresses affordable housing, but larger issues remain unanswered (Comment: Special to IANS) (13:06)
By Sudhir Pai IANS Photo Service
Much on expected lines, the government in Budget 2018-19 has continued with its thrust for Affordable Housing and Housing for All scheme. The government has been consistent with its efforts in addressing affordable housing in 2017 -- be it giving infrastructure status to this segment in the previous budget, to helping increase the quantum of beneficiaries in CLSS under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) by expanding the carpet area and re-defining income definitions. Now, Budget 2018-19 has further given impetus to affordable housing by creating a dedicated fund under the National Housing Bank (NHB).

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