How CRPF troopers got trapped(19:42) Srinagar/New Delhi, Feb 16 (IANS) The Valentine's Day isn't a very popular event among the forces, yet for over 2,500 men of CRPF's 76th Battalion returning from leave to join duty in Srinagar, the bus ride from Jammu starting as early as 2.33 am was to be memorable -- which turned most tragic as events unfolded in a few hours.
What's the hitch in Congress leading post-poll coalition opposite BJP? (Comment)(13:38) The ghastly news from Kashmir did cast a shadow, otherwise Lucknow has had a festive February. The first week was filled with the five-day annual Sanatkada jamboree with fabled Baradari as the festooned focal point. While the mood still lingered, the city found itself riveted on Priyanka Gandhi's roadshow with her brother and Congress President Rahul Gandhi in tow.
Towards creating a healthier and more productive India (Column: Active Voice)(11:10) The last four years of the Narendra Modi government have seen trajectory-altering policies and programmes covering a broad spectrum of areas, from Sagarmala targeting the waterways and coastline for enhancing port development and pushing the growth of coastal areas; to Digital India enabling online infrastructure and internet connectivity.
Aboard Train 18: A promise that could not be kept(17:24) Chamraula (UP), Feb 16 (IANS) It was an offer one couldn't resist -- a journey back home in Delhi, quicker by at least six hours, by the high-speed Train 18, rechristened Vande Bharat Express.
Housing finance: An opportunity in a storm (Column: Behind Infra Lines)(14:38) The recent NBFC (Non-Banking Financial Company) crisis in India has brought to the fore the funding and low equity capitalisation issues, especially of the housing finance company (HFC) sector. The problems are serious, and therefore the regulators and NBFCs have rightly themselves sprung into action to alleviate the situation.
Opposition unity: Friends at Centre, 'frenemies' in states(14:34) New Delhi, Feb 16 (IANS) Notwithstanding the bonhomie of the opposition parties and talk of a pre-poll grand alliance gaining ground, it appears unlikely the Congress will be able to forge tie-ups with the ruling parties in non-BJP states particularly West Bengal, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala in the Lok Sabha polls.
Deep State-II: The European angle to Rafale (IANS Investigation)(18:56) New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS) It is no surprise that Europe becomes a fiery battleground every time a big aerospace deal is floated -- as happened when the Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) competition was announced by the Indian Air Force in 2007. The French company Dassault Aviation is to deliver 36 fully-loaded Rafale fighters to India. However, Airbus Industrie, which manufactures the Eurofighter, has pitched itself in the game and wants to have a share of the pie through the 'Make in India' programme.
Pulwama fallout: Indian tea exporters ready to stop exports to Pakistan(17:08) Kolkata, Feb 15 (IANS) India can stop exporting tea to Pakistan in the wake of escalating tensions between the two neighbours following the Pulwama terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir that claimed the lives of 45 paramilitary troopers, said the exporters body, which is ready to back the Centre in case of any retaliatory measures, even at the cost of incurring losses.
'5% reservation for Gujjars in Rajasthan would require a constitutional amendment'(12:56) Jaipur, Feb 15 (IANS) The Rajasthan Assembly might have passed a bill granting five per cent reservation to Gujjars in educational institutions and government jobs but the community's leaders are highly sceptical of this clearing judicial scrutiny as it has been shot down on two previous occasions in 2009 and 2015 when a similar quota was granted.
TV-time in class? Textbooks come alive in Gujarat's schools (Educational Feature)(12:36) Bhuj (Gujarat), Feb 15 (IANS) In a small school near Bhuj in Gujarat, a group of class five students sit attentively in class, their eyes glued to an LCD screen. The opened science books on their laps have come alive on the screen before them, as an animated character explains the nuances of the chapter in their native language, Gujarati. Efficient learning, experts say, happens when students enjoy the experience, and in hundreds of schools across Gujarat, digitised school textbooks are opening up children's minds like never before.
'Every bottle of spirits has a tale to tell'(11:34) New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS) Every bottle of alcohol has a tale to tell and to celebrate this, over 20 international masters, distillers, mixologists and story tellers will gather in Mumbai over the weekend on a platform that celebrates the craft of distillers and distilleries. It will also be a rite of passage for the new consumer who is open to experiencing luxury beverages that are a product of passion and commitment and are produced in small batches, without any compromise on quality.
Centre won't procure Chhattisgarh's entire rice produce due to its higher MSP(12:44) New Delhi, Feb 14 (IANS) The Congress party's electoral promise to raise the procurement rate of paddy at Rs 2,500 per quintal in Chhattisgarh is set to put an additional burden on the state treasury. This is because the Centre has refused to procure the entire produce from the state citing violation of the prescribed norms as the state has set a higher procurement price.
IED blasts signal new terror strategy in Kashmir(19:46) New Delhi, Feb 14 (IANS) The ghastly attack on a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday killing 26 personnel indicates a significant tactical shift in the strategy of terrorists as security agencies fear that the vehicle-ramming assaults, last seen in 2001 Jammu and Kashmir Assembly car bombing, could become a new norm.
Leela promoters curious over 'sale' of hotel group (IANS Exclusive)(19:26) New Delhi, Feb 14 (IANS) In a curious tale of a transaction taking place without the owner's knowledge, embattled Hotel Leela Ventures Company Secretary Alen Fernes wrote to both NSE and BSE surveillance departments on February 12 saying "We wish to clarify that the company in consultation with lenders is evaluating various options and there is no binding contract with any investor as on date either for investment in the company or for sale of company's assets.