Markets will remain volatile, trade cautiously (Column: Market Watch)
  • Markets will remain volatile, trade cautiously (Column: Market Watch)(17:26)
    By Arun Kejriwal
    Markets continued to remain choppy and volatile on expected lines. On the very first day of the week, they traded for quite some time in the band of 11,700-750 and once that broke, all hell was let loose. Markets saw significant losses on Monday. For the next three days they gained and once again gave a feeling that the level mentioned above was sacrosanct. While Friday was another bad day at the markets, the level held. The week ended with BSESENSEX losing 257.58 points or 0.65 per cent to close at 39,194.49 points while NIFTY lost 99.20 points or 0.84 per cent to close at 11,724.10 points. The broader indices saw BSE100, BSE200 and BSE500 lose 0.77 per cent, 0.77 per cent and 0.86 per cent respectively.
Hum Aapke Hain Kaun..! 25 years to an alltime classic (Column: B Town)
  • Hum Aapke Hain Kaun..! 25 years to an alltime classic (Column: B Town)(09:20)
    It is now 25 years to one of the biggest hits and an all-time classic, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun..! In those days, there were factors due to which films had, what was called, repeat value. In Sholay, the special effects and stereophonic sound as well as the film's dialogue drew repeat footfalls. Deewaar because of Amitabh Bachchan’s fiery performance as well as the dialogue. In Rajesh Khanna starrer, Dushman, one song, Vaada tera vaada…, was enough the get the audience back again and again.
This terror is different (Column: Spy's Eye)
  • This terror is different (Column: Spy's Eye)(09:14)
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has done well to push India's campaign against Pak-instigated terror in Kashmir and elsewhere to a new level internationally by bilaterally telling President Xi Jinping of China at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation(SCO) Summit at Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan that India could not engage Pakistan in talks unless that country took 'concrete action' against terrorism. China is a founder of SCO and President Xi has on more than one occasion described Pakistan as its 'all weather friend' - China reportedly did not want Indian Prime Minister to raise the issue of terror at the summit.
Tackling Trade Tensions (Column: Active Voice)
  • Tackling Trade Tensions (Column: Active Voice)(09:28)
    By Amit Kapoor
    The trade war between US and China seemed like a distant conflict to most Indians. As the two largest economies in the world dished out threats and counter-threats of tariff hikes, India was largely a disinterested bystander with the only consequential fear of slower global trade. However, over the course of last few weeks, the US reservations with global trade have expanded across the Asian continent and specifically onto India.
Lower global rates: An opportunity for the Indian economy (Column: Behind Infra Lines)
  • Lower global rates: An opportunity for the Indian economy (Column: Behind Infra Lines)(09:20)
    By Taponeel Mukherjee
    The ten-year United States (US) Treasury yield dipped below two per cent recently. The Indian market participants must view this move as an opportunity to improve and strengthen the investment markets in India. Low yields in developed markets and the consequent need for higher investment returns from investors are trends that have been evident over the last decade as quantitative easing by central banks has led to a lower interest rate world. The dramatic drop in developed market bond yields in the previous thirty days further emphasises the renewed focus investors will have on seeking higher investment returns.
  • Paramhansa Yogananda: Who laid yoga's foundation in West(13:48)
    By M.R. Narayan Swamy
    When India celebrates International Yoga Day on June 21, the one man all Indians must fondly remember is Paramhansa Yogananda, who laid the foundation of yoga in the West at a time when it was nothing more than a bizarre word.
Indo-US trade irritants: Negotiation not retaliation (Comment)
  • Indo-US trade irritants: Negotiation not retaliation (Comment)(09:16)
    By Pradeep S. Mehta
    Since the US announcement of its withdrawal of benefits to India under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) on March 4, 2019, there is speculation that Indo-US trade relations may plunge into a downward spiral. Mark Linscott, Former Assistant US Trade Representative for South and Central Asian Affairs and Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council cautioned that "this action could be a first step in a series that might follow, with a cumulative effect of creating significant new tension in the bilateral trade relationship".
Brexit: Indian companies should explore the Ireland opportunity (Comment)
  • Brexit: Indian companies should explore the Ireland opportunity (Comment)(09:02)
    By Bhaswati Mukherjee
    India has long links with Ireland, a shared history of colonialism by the same coloniser, deep links between the national movements of both countries and similar movements to build national pride and identity. In addition, there exist common myths and traditions binding the two nations together even when full nationhood had not yet been achieved.
Bengal is in national centre-stage but for wrong news (Column: Political Calculus)
Week ahead to be choppy, trade cautiously (Column: Market Watch)
  • Week ahead to be choppy, trade cautiously (Column: Market Watch)(17:00)
    By Arun Kejriwal
    Markets continued to remain choppy and gained on two trading days, lost on two days and were flat on the fifth day. BSE SENSEX lost 163.83 points or 0.41 per cent to close at 39,452.07 points while NIFTY lost 47.35 points or 0.40 per cent to close at 11,823.30 points. The broader indices saw BSE100, BSE200 and BSE500 lose a little more at 0.51 per cent, 0.60 per cent and 0.70 per cent respectively. Dow Jones gained 105.67 points or 0.41 per cent to close at 26,089.61 points.
  • Number game (Column: Tete-a-tete)(09:36)
    By Aditti Ahluwalia
    I am glad to have lived through the times that have made me the person that I am. Nothing has precipitated a major transition but there seems to be a legitimate need to make a shift in priorities. Some of my dreams have been wilfully shrugged off now, knowing as much as accepting the kind of happiness that works for me. One cannot buy emotional love but I do intend to buy lots of tiny experiences and fun adventures which can keep me going till a day after forever.
  • Melody scores over noisemakers (Column: B Town)(09:18)
    By Vinod Mirani
    Caravan pre-recorded digital music player, marketed by Saregama (erstwhile HMV music label), reminiscent of your transistor radio from the 1960s and 70s, has hit the market like a storm. Saregama, a dormant company as far as the music scene goes, has not been active as in buying music rights or marketing them for a long time now. Yet, today, the company makes more money out of its old repertoire than other companies.
Radicalisation comes closer home (Column: Spy's Eye)
  • Radicalisation comes closer home (Column: Spy's Eye)(08:58)
    By D.C. Pathak
    There are fresh Intelligence warnings about Islamic radicals attempting to enter into India through the sea route off the coast of Kerala. Investigations into the horrendous terror attacks made on Easter Sunday congregations in and around Colombo, resulting in a huge loss of life and limb, are meanwhile unraveling the scale of foreign and domestic planning as well as resource mobilisation that had gone into that covert offensive. The Islamic radicals chose soft targets but gave a message loud and clear that they were set to take on their US-led adversaries outside of the two theatres of 'war on terror' - Syria and Afghanistan.
The budget and beyond (Column: Active Voice)
  • The budget and beyond (Column: Active Voice)(09:36)
    By Amit Kapoor
    How does one determine the finances of a country where the growth rate is slowing, banks are sceptical to lend and tightening fiscal space leaves little scope for adventurism? That is the impossible conundrum facing Nirmala Sitharaman, Indias first woman Finance Minister in the Modi governments new Cabinet. It will be interesting to note how she addresses these pertinent issues facing the Indian economy when she rises up in Parliament on July 5 to deliver her Budget address.
  • Effective policies, not deadlines, the need of the hour (Column: Behind Infra Lines)(09:06)
    By Taponeel Mukherjee
    As India looks to balance its twin needs of clean energy and increased energy demand, a look at policies that may help in expediting the process is worthwhile. Additionally, there are valuable lessons that can be learnt from other sectors that can significantly assist in taking a call between effective policies and time-bound ones.
'The Big Bash' of the World Cup 2019 (Column: Close-in)
  • 'The Big Bash' of the World Cup 2019 (Column: Close-in)(08:36)
    England's famous ground, the Old Trafford in Manchester, has been a historic venue for Indian cricket. There have been some wonderful moments and equally depressing ones as well. But, overall, India has come out with some magnificent performances there.
Khadakvasla tales: Reliving 50 years of NDA (Comment)
  • Khadakvasla tales: Reliving 50 years of NDA (Comment)(09:20)
    By C Uday Bhaskar
    Callow young men, still in their teens, join Indias prestigious National Defence Academy (NDA) as cadets every six months and three years later they are well-trained military officers in the making and branch out to the army, navy and air force. The most cherished event is the 50th anniversary of the passing out from the NDA and this week. On June 15 the 36th course will meet at Khadakvasla, Pune for what is a poignant and perhaps last such course get together - the Golden Jubilee Reunion (GJR).
Challenges before the 'Republic of Modi' (Political Calculus)
NBFC wounds need salve (Column: Market Watch)
  • NBFC wounds need salve (Column: Market Watch)(12:48)
    By Arun Kejriwal
    Markets began the week on a strong note and registered new lifetime highs on June 3. They surrendered some of the gains on the same day and all of it and a little more by the end of the week to register minor losses. The four-day trading week saw BSE Sensex close at 39615.90 points a loss of 98.30 points or 0.25 per cent, while NIFTY closed at 11,870.65 points a loss of 52.15 points or 0.44 per cent.
Decoding Congress failure in the 2019 general election (Comment)
  • Decoding Congress failure in the 2019 general election (Comment)(10:28)
    By Rahul Vatsa
    The recently held general election was different from any other held in India in the sense that for this election, the ruling party as well as the opposition were in serious election mode for almost four years before it was held. On the ruling party side, the BJP knew well that its 2014 victory was more a mandate against the incumbent UPA government, and this factor would not be there in 2019.
  • Kashmir: Test of India's national security policy (Column: Spy's Eye)(09:16)
    By D.C. Pathak
    Kashmir has, in recent years, become the fulcrum not only of India's internal security but also of India-Pakistan relations and our foreign policy at large. It goes to the credit of the Modi government that the problem of Kashmir was first put in its right perspective ending a whole lot of ambiguities that were allowed to be enmeshed around this important border state of India. The three basics of the 'issue' in Kashmir were always clear - that the state of Jammu & Kashmir was an integral part of India, that the Valley-centric polity could not disregard the reality that the state was a composite territory housing multiple faiths and therefore not open to a communally-oriented solution finding and that talks with Pakistan on the unfinished agenda symbolised by the existence of LoC fell squarely within the domain of the Centre permitting no third party intervention, external or internal. The earlier regimes - for reasons of our domestic politics largely - seemed to have compromised on these paradigms in a manner that encouraged the pro-Pak separatists in the Valley on one hand and gave leeway to Pakistan to take to cross-border terrorism to destabilise the state, on the other.
Patriotism: End Of A Season; Khans: End Of An Era! (Column: B Town)
  • Patriotism: End Of A Season; Khans: End Of An Era! (Column: B Town)(09:02)
    By Vinod Mirani
    In an earlier column, NDA 2.0: Time filmmakers branched out, dated May 26, 2019, I had suggested that the industry rode on the prevailing nationalism and patriotic fervour under NDA rule. Most of the time, it worked. That was the time to tell the stories about our heroes in various fields like sports, army and so on. Films on war or, otherwise, the stories based on social issues. Like Padman, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, aptly supported by star power, found takers.
A new look Modi cabinet (Column: Political Calculus)
  • A new look Modi cabinet (Column: Political Calculus)(09:24)
    By Jayanta Ghosal
    The evening crept up slowly. Different colours of light over the presidential palace. After sitting in front of a historical architecture, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Damodardas Modi, started his second innings. After he took oath, other ministers took oath one by one.
Now for the next steps after rate cut (Column: Behind Infra Lines)
  • Now for the next steps after rate cut (Column: Behind Infra Lines)(09:24)
    By Taponeel Mukherjee
    The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) rate cut is expected to provide a boost to the economy. Lower interest rates will help in providing support to the economy but are not the sole elixir that India needs. The focus must not be just on the immediate economic issues but on the broader target of implementing changes that have a long-lasting positive impact on the economy.