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Women, it's high time you own those five days

By Swara Bhaskar I skulked home one afternoon from school in a particularly muggy hot Delhi summer month and spent the day cursing fate that I was born a girl. I was 14 years old, in class ninth and had just discovered that my period, the first two awful days (!), were going to coincide […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
Budget sets path for reformed realty, inclusive housing

By Vinod Behl Much on expected lines, though this year’s budget does not unveil any big bang measures to give a giant push to the beleaguered real estate. Yet, it aims to revitalise the economy, triggering investments through a series of reform measures. It also seeks to spur infrastructure and boost affordable housing, to provide […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
Indian Population
52 mn Indians may have to depend on rural job plan for 20 years

By Prachi Salve and Saumya Tewari With a 14-percent rise in funding for the programme run under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in the 2016-17 Budget, the world’s largest state-run jobs plan, after a decade of operation, continues to be India’s top poverty alleviation programme. MGNREGA, which guarantees 100 days of […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
Do genes control intolerance and anti-social behaviour?

New Delhi: As Indian society grapples with the issue of intolerance and violence, genetic experts are opening up the hoary discussion on whether genetic makeup can predispose people towards anti-social behaviour. We are back to the debate on nature versus nurture. The answer may not be easy to find, but some experts say that the […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
52 mn Indians may have to depend on rural job plan for 20 years

With a 14-percent rise in funding for the programme run under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in the 2016-17 Budget, the worldÂ’s largest state-run jobs plan, after a decade of operation, continues to be IndiaÂ’s top poverty alleviation programme.

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
For Dhoni, age has different connotations

By Veturi Srivatsa Mahendra Singh Dhoni, from time to time, sends across messages to national selectors, his own teammates and to fans through a prying media. Ever since he quit Test cricket, the one question he is frequently confronted is when will he be quitting the other two formats. After the World Cup, he was […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
Munak Canal, Jat Protest
Jat mayhem: Quota system out of sync in open economy

Just as Prime Minister Narendra Modi described MNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act) as a living monument to the Congress’s decades-old neglect of rural distress, the quota system is the fallout of, first, a similar prolonged failure in the fields of employment and education and, secondly, of political chicanery. Haryana is bearing the […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
Sitaram Yechury
Modi government hurting India's secular credentials: Yechury

New Delhi: CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury on Thursday accused the BJP-led NDA government of attempting to turn India into a Hindu Rashtra and demanded that a house committee probe the issues arising out of the unrest in JNU, Hyderabad University and other institutions. The government’s undue “interference which is not sanctioned by the law” in […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
How India can benefit by leapfrogging into Fourth Industrial Revolution

Last month, the major agenda item at the World Economic Forum in Davos was the Fourth Industrial Revolution (FIR). Since FIR is already under way in some of the advanced economies there are fears that it will be very disruptive and create huge unemployment. The Davos meeting was meant to discuss and allay these fears. […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
Mamata Banerjee
Mamata's playing with fire on illegal Bangladeshi immigrants

By Amitava Mukherjee A dangerous situation may arise in the country if Mamata Banerjee’s demand for granting citizenship to Bangladeshi immigrants living in India for more than five years is conceded. The West Bengal chief minister has called for restoration of the district magistrates’ former rights to grant citizenship which, in effect, may facilitate further […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
Real estate
For realty, mass-housing sops, tax cuts hold key for budget

By Vinod Behl With a focus on strengthening the economy, improving the investment climate with more public spending, boosting infrastructure and spurring demand and growth, the government may have little fiscal room in the national budget for the next fiscal for measures that specifically help the realty sector. But what will still hold the key […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
Indian Bank
In disaster, bank accounts do not provide financial security

By Garima Jain Only 35 percent of Indians above the age of 15 had bank accounts in 2011 (26.5 percent of females and 43 percent of males), according to a World Bank estimate. By 2014, this number, which coincided with cyclones Phailin and Hud-Hud ravaging the coastal states of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, increased to […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
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Non-film music gets a Bollywood spin

New Delhi: The charming looks of Sidharth Malhotra and Fawad Khan can’t be ignored while watching the ups and downs of the Kapoor family in the recently unveiled trailer of “Kapoor & Sons”. But it’s also the upbeat 2014 hit party track “Chull” that keeps the viewers hooked to it. Not just this track alone, […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
Should one revert to a stone-age diet to stay fit and healthy?

New Delhi: Amid all the rush to find a balanced diet that can keep one healthy, prevent from early ageing and kiss lifestyle-induced diseases a goodbye, modern calorie-counters in India have discovered a new fad: eat the way our ancestors ate. The Paleolithic, caveman or Stone Age diet — until now a purely Western phenomenon […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
Priyanka Chopra plays bad roles better: Dwayne Johnson

Los Angeles: Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra, who has now become a popular name in the West due to her role in American thriller series “Quantico”, will next be seen playing a negative character in upcoming film "Baywatch". Her co-star Dwayne Johnson feels the actress plays bad roles “better” than the good ones.

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021