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  • WILL KCR’S GAMBLE FOR TELANGANA PAY OFF?    (16-10-2018)
    Telangana, the country’s youngest state, will face elections on December 7 for the second time since its birth in 2014. Chief Minister Chandrashekhar Rao took a big risk by advancing the polls by eight months. It was also his bravado to announce the list of 105 candidates on the same day even before the Election Commission announced the polling date. Will he succeed in his gamble?
  • RAPE-ACCUSED BISHOP OUT ON BAIL    (15-10-2018)
    Women’s rights are taking a beating in Kerala, floundering in the choppy waters of pride and prejudice. Rape accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal is out on bail even as a massive outpouring of ‘belief’ is mocking the Supreme Court verdict on the entry of women of all age in the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple. Religion and politics are stealing a march over the judiciary, rule of law.
  • METOO MOVEMENT IS A GREAT SOCIAL CHURNING PROCESS    (15-10-2018)
    The last two weeks in India have been jolted by allegations of sexual harassment, molestation, stalking and sexual assault levelled by women from various fields, especially in media, entertainment, and even IT companies against men in high and powerful positions. #MeToo Movement, which started in Hollywood.
  • BJP’S PREDATORY POLITICS SAVES AKBAR    (15-10-2018)
    MeToo-struck Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar returns from a foreign tour and imputes that labeling him a sexual predator “at this particular point of time” amounts to macerating and bedevilling the BJP, give the ruling party a hard time in the run-up to the 2019 general elections and finds traction in party and government, never mind the fact that ‘MJ’ has never contested a Lok Sabha election, and probably will not in the next one, not with the 10-11 rather dark clouds of sexual misconduct hovering over him.
  • UZBEKISTAN SHOWCASES BUDDHIST HERITAGE TO THE WORLD    (15-10-2018)
    Tourism has become a mantra for Uzbekistan to bolster its economy. There is a steady rise in the contribution of travel and tourism to the Uzbek economy. With a number of sites in the country designated by UNESCO as heritage sites, the Central Asian Republic has drawn up a perspective plan to market tourism in a big way on a global scale. As most of the UNESCO heritage sites belong to the Islamic period, the country is planning to expand its basket of tourism products by including sites of pre-Islamic period, namely ancient Buddhist sites. It is, therefore, eager to strengthen its cultural and civilization bonds with India from where Buddhism travelled to Central Asia, Tibet, China and Mongolia.
  • JUNGLE RAJ RETURNS TO HAUNT NITISH’S BIHAR    (15-10-2018)
    In a late-night encounter in Salarpur diara (a small island) on the Ganga River on the outskirts of Khagaria, a young police officer Ashish Kumar was shot dead by dreaded gangster Dinesh Muni while Nitish Kumar was hauling up his police officials at a seminar for their abject neglect of citizens’ lives.
  • US SANCTION MAY PROVE TO BE BOON FOR INDIA    (15-10-2018)
    The US trade and economic sanction against Iran and Russia opens an opportunity for the country to explore the possibility of trading in Rupee not only with these two countries, but also with other likeminded nations, including Venezuela, Indonesia and, even, China. India is among the world’s top 10 importing countries. Cumulative value of imports for the period April-March 2017-18 was US$ 459.67 Billion (Rs. 2962897.70 crore). India is the world’s third largest oil importer, after China and the US. India is also the world’s third largest coal importer, after China and Japan. Among top 10 exporters to India, China ranks No.1, followed by the US, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Indonesia, Korean Republic, Germany, Iraq and Australia.
  • HEXING THE CELEBATE AND THE MOB    (13-10-2018)
    A bunch of Brooklyn ‘witches’ are set to hex newly confirmed US Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, make “life hell for him”, because Kavanaugh has become the symbol of the “rape culture”. ‘Hex’ is to “cast a magic spell” and though there is a “wish to do harm”, there will be “no actual harm” done. Attendance at the witches’ council will cost $10 per person and some people are asking, what if actual harm is done?
  • IT IS AN EXCITING TIME TO BE PART OF U.S. LEFT    (13-10-2018)
    Twenty-one months in, we can survey the damage done by the Trump administration. The GOP Congress has been plagued by internal division, giving the resistance some breathing room. But the White House has worked efficiently to advance an agenda of inequality and repression: What it lacks in competence, it makes up in ruthlessness.
  • MADHYA PRADESH MAY BE HEADED FOR HUNG ASSEMBLY    (13-10-2018)
    BHOPAL: In view of the sharp erosion in the traditional vote bank of the BJP and the failure of the Congress to form a united front, the possibility of a hung Vidhan Sabha in Madhya Pradesh cannot be ruled out.

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