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Ads: Lying creatively?

Sunday, 18 Feb 2018 | Pramod Pathak | in Spirituality

There was a very interesting commercial shown on the television sometime back. The advertisement was about the promotion of a ceiling fan. The commercial started with a simple looking person going to a shop that was selling electrical goods. He wants to buy a fan and asks the shopkeeper to...

Opp’s Nirav mud unlikely to reach PM

Sunday, 18 Feb 2018 | Swapan Dasgupta | in Usual Suspects

The only two things Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nirav Modi — the businessman now at the centre of a huge scam involving a public sector bank — have in common is a common surname and, maybe, a common mother tongue. Otherwise, the two individuals occupy different universes. Yet, these...

Rojava: Road to Kurdish motherland

Saturday, 17 Feb 2018 | Makhan Saikia | in Oped

The long struggle of over 14.5 million Kurds for an independent homeland has reached a turning point as the ISIS’ diabolical empire is on the verge of extinction in West Asia and “Rojava” or “the land where the sun sets”, an autonomous region in the Northern Turkey, is emerging as...

Begum’s arrest and rising sentiments in Dhaka

Saturday, 17 Feb 2018 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Edit

After Begum Zia’s arrest, allegations of it being politically motivated were expected from the BNP; after all, they could hardly have hailed the judgement. Bangladesh's population, however, is now polarised Not surprisingly, Begum Khaleda Zia’s jailing, following her sentencing to five years of rigorous imprisonment by Special Judge’s Court-5 in Dhaka,...

Communication blip

Saturday, 17 Feb 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

PNB fraud is helping BJP's opponents trump its strongest suit: Communication strategy Some did the math early and put out a ‘simple' question: Given the over Rs 11,000 crore swindle of tax-payers' money by diamond merchant Nirav Modi and family in which Punjab National Bank and other public sector banks were...

Challenges before Nepal

Saturday, 17 Feb 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

KP Oli must put the welfare and prosperity of the Nepalese people before ideological affinity With a Left coalition led by the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) regime taking over the helm of affairs in Kathmandu, it is expected that the Government, now headed by Prime Minister KP Oli which...

Never let the truth get in the way…

Friday, 16 Feb 2018 | Ajoy Kumar | in Edit

Before promising a great future or speculating on the past, the BJP Government must ensure it doesn’t lose its handle on the present The Bharatiya Janata Party has been on a mission to weave stories that they believe will help distract from the fact that this Government is struggling. It’s the...

A fraud for the ages

Friday, 16 Feb 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

Scale of fraud in PNB shows there is something deeply rotten in India’s public sector banks As you drive past Nirav Modi’s flagship store in South Delhi’s tony Defence Colony you see billboards of Bollywood and Hollywood stars adorned with Modi’s diamonds. In the last few years, Nirav Modi had become...

Lost in translation

Friday, 16 Feb 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

With an innocent wink, Priya Prakash set millions of teen hearts aflutter. Enter, the fringe It doesn’t take 15 minutes to be famous anymore. As the Priya Warrier video — a clip from the young actor’s debut film on innocent love — shows, it happens in the wink of an eye....

Agenda for farm revival

Friday, 16 Feb 2018 | VK Bahuguna | in Oped

That the Government has announced schemes for the agricultural sector is welcome. But it must ensure farmers’ interests are not sacrificed at the altar of checking price rise India celebrated its 69th Republic Day last month with great fanfare. It invited the Heads of State of all 10 Asean nations...


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