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Riot woes forced Rao govt to drop plan to bring Netaji's ashes to India: Kin

Riot woes forced Rao govt to drop plan to bring Netaji's ashes to India: Kin

Rediff.com23 hours ago

The P V Narasimha Rao government in the 1990s had been on the verge of bringing to India the ashes, believed to be the mortal remains of Subhas Chandra Bose now kept at the Renkoji Temple in Japan, but was dissuaded from doing so due to an intelligence report.

Former Australia batsman Slater charged after domestic incident

Former Australia batsman Slater charged after domestic incident

Rediff.com3 days ago

Former Australia cricketer Michael Slater has admitted himself into care for 'health and mental issues' after being charged by police following a report of a domestic violence incident in Sydney.

Gita Gopinath to quit as IMF chief economist, return to Harvard

Gita Gopinath to quit as IMF chief economist, return to Harvard

Rediff.com3 days ago

IMF's Chief Economist Gita Gopinath will leave her job in January next year and return to the prestigious Harvard University, according to the global financial institution.

This path-breaking vaccine may win a Nobel, and it's for not Covid

This path-breaking vaccine may win a Nobel, and it's for not Covid

Rediff.com3 days ago

The new malaria vaccine (RTS.S/ AS01, tentatively brand-named Mosquirix) is the very first one to offer immunity against a parasite -- specifically the plasmodium falciparum parasite, which is the deadliest of the five parasites that cause malaria.

At 50, can AIADMK reinvent itself?

At 50, can AIADMK reinvent itself?

Rediff.com15 Oct 2021

The AIADMK's staying power is not in question, but it has to regain the winning streak. That will require its leaders and leadership to re-wire themselves, to be able to re-think situations in ways different from what they had been accustomed to, suggests Sathiya Moorthy.

Aryan Khan procured, distributed drugs: NCB to court

Aryan Khan procured, distributed drugs: NCB to court

Rediff.com14 Oct 2021

Senior counsel Amit Desai, appearing for Aryan Khan, termed the NCB's contention as 'inherently absurd' and argued that when there was no recovery of drugs from him, then he should not be penalised at the stage of granting bail.

Birbal Is In the Bigg Boss House

Birbal Is In the Bigg Boss House

Rediff.com13 Oct 2021

What is Vishal Kotian like in real life?

Change in authority in Kabul was neither through negotiations, nor inclusive: India

Change in authority in Kabul was neither through negotiations, nor inclusive: India

Rediff.com13 Oct 2021

Addressing the UNSC High Level Open Debate on 'Peacebuilding and sustaining peace: Diversity, state building and the search for peace', Muraleedharan said the expectations of the international community on Afghanistan, including on combating terrorism, are set out clearly in the UN Security Council Resolution 2593, that was adopted under India's Presidency of the 15-nation Council in August.

Akhilesh launches Mission 2022 with rath yatra, says BJP 'crushed' farmers

Akhilesh launches Mission 2022 with rath yatra, says BJP 'crushed' farmers

Rediff.com12 Oct 2021

Kickstarting his party's 'Mission 2022' with a 'rath yatra,' Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party, saying it has 'crushed farmers' and on return to power in Uttar Pradesh would 'crush the Constitution' as well.

Andaman-Nicobar Command ready for any threats: CDS

Andaman-Nicobar Command ready for any threats: CDS

Rediff.com8 Oct 2021

The Command has successfully evolved in the last 20 years into an operationally efficient template for theaterisation of the armed forces, Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat said.

20 years later: India's privatisation story off to 'Maharaja' start

20 years later: India's privatisation story off to 'Maharaja' start

Rediff.com8 Oct 2021

With the new owner shelling out Rs 18,000 crore for the buyout of 'Maharaja' this would be the highest ever amount garnered through privatisation or even the cumulative sum garnered through strategic sale in 1999-00 to 2003-04. The government had garnered roughly over Rs 5,000 crore during that five-year period by privatising 10 CPSEs.

Modi completes 20 years in public office

Modi completes 20 years in public office

Rediff.com7 Oct 2021

Modi served as Gujarat CM between 2001 and 2014.

Lt Gen Anjum is new ISI chief, Lt Gen Hameed appointed as Peshawar Corps Commander

Lt Gen Anjum is new ISI chief, Lt Gen Hameed appointed as Peshawar Corps Commander

Rediff.com7 Oct 2021

In a surprise military shake-up, the Pakistan Army on Wednesday announced that the powerful spy agency ISI chief Lt Gen Faiz Hameed has been appointed as Peshawar Corps Commander -- a crucial position in view of the Taliban's takeover of neighbouring Afghanistan.

El Salvador's crypto foray offers a cautionary tale for other countries

El Salvador's crypto foray offers a cautionary tale for other countries

Rediff.com6 Oct 2021

The tiny Central American nation of El Salvador has embarked on an interesting experiment by recognising bitcoin as legal tender. This is proving painful for many of its citizens but it's a useful "pilot" project for larger economies that are contemplating the peculiarities of this new asset class. El Salvador has a population of 6.5 million and GDP of about $27 billion.

Biden advised to keep 2500 troops in Afghanistan

Biden advised to keep 2500 troops in Afghanistan

Rediff.com29 Sep 2021

Taliban failed to honour Doha accord, never renounced Al-Qaeda: US general Mark Milley

Pak home to 12 foreign terrorist organisations: Report

Pak home to 12 foreign terrorist organisations: Report

Rediff.com28 Sep 2021

United States officials have identified Pakistan as a base of operations or target for numerous armed and non state militant groups, some of which have existed since the 1980s, the independent Congressional Research Service said in the report.

Xi's foreign policy bad for India-China relations

Xi's foreign policy bad for India-China relations

Rediff.com27 Sep 2021

Chinese foreign policy will acquire a more ideological and less pragmatic character. It will be conducted with more nationalist overtones, predicts former foreign secretary Shyam Saran.

Modi-Biden talks: A call on Taliban to end terror

Modi-Biden talks: A call on Taliban to end terror

Rediff.com25 Sep 2021

In a US-India Joint Leaders' Statement issued after the first in-person bilateral meeting between US President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House on Friday, the two leaders underscored the importance of combating terrorism in Afghanistan.

Journey of Sensex: From 1,000 to 60,000 in over 31 years

Journey of Sensex: From 1,000 to 60,000 in over 31 years

Rediff.com25 Sep 2021

From hitting the 1,000-mark on July 25, 1990 to reaching the 60,000-mark for the first time on Friday, it has been a historic and memorable journey for the benchmark index Sensex. It has taken a little over 31 years for the Sensex to traverse from 1,000 level to the famed 60,000 level now. Over the years, the frontline index has climbed several record levels. The index had reached the 10,000-mark for the first time on February 6, 2006.

How Paes-Bhupathi 'brotherhood' conquered the world

How Paes-Bhupathi 'brotherhood' conquered the world

Rediff.com24 Sep 2021

Many years ago, Leander Paes acted on a whim when he asked Mahesh Bhupathi, "Would you like to win Wimbledon?" and the tennis star says what followed was a partnership that brought many trophies for India.

BJP's Gujarat Rival: AAP, not Congress

BJP's Gujarat Rival: AAP, not Congress

Rediff.com23 Sep 2021

Surveys suggest that the AAP would win 40 seats in the 182-member assembly if elections are held tomorrow.

2 cops among 6 J-K employees sacked for terror links with Hizbul Mujahideen

2 cops among 6 J-K employees sacked for terror links with Hizbul Mujahideen

Rediff.com22 Sep 2021

Six government employees, including two policemen, were on Wednesday dismissed from service for their alleged links with terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir, taking the total number of employees sacked in last nearly six months to 25, officials said.

Taliban bans IPL broadcast in Afghanistan

Taliban bans IPL broadcast in Afghanistan

Rediff.com21 Sep 2021

'Taliban have warned that Afghan media outlets should not broadcast the Indian Cricket League due to girls dancing and the presence of female audience and spectators in stadiums.'

Adani takes on Ambani, to invest $20 bn in renewable energy

Adani takes on Ambani, to invest $20 bn in renewable energy

Rediff.com21 Sep 2021

Unveiling his infrastructure conglomerate's green vision, billionaire Gautam Adani on Tuesday said his group will invest $20 billion over the next 10 years in renewable energy generation and component manufacturing and will produce the world's cheapest green electron. The port-to-energy conglomerate plans to triple its renewable power generation capacity over the next four years, foray into green hydrogen production, power all data centres with renewable energy, turn its ports into net carbon zero by 2025, and plans to spend over 75 per cent of capital expenditure until 2025 in green technologies, he said. Speaking at JP Morgan India Investor Summit, Adani Group chairman said the USD 20 billion investment will be in renewable energy generation, component manufacturing, transmission and distribution.

Aviation: The 9/11, COVID-19 Impact

Aviation: The 9/11, COVID-19 Impact

Rediff.com21 Sep 2021

In order to gauge the financial impact of COVID-19 on the aviation industry, comparing it to what happened after the 9/11 terrorist attack is a helpful yardstick.

How the US Lost the Opium War in Afghanistan

How the US Lost the Opium War in Afghanistan

Rediff.com20 Sep 2021

The US spent $1.5 million a day since 2001 fighting the opium war in Afghanistan. After hundreds of airstrikes failed to curtail the Taliban's $200-million-a-year opium trade, the US military quietly ended the campaign when the Trump administration officials engaged in direct peace talks with the Taliban, notes Atanu Biswas.

PE major Advent snaps up Eureka Forbes for Rs 4,400 cr

PE major Advent snaps up Eureka Forbes for Rs 4,400 cr

Rediff.com20 Sep 2021

After a long wait, the Shapoorji Pallonji Group has closed the sale process of its consumer durables business under the Eureka Forbes label by picking the American private equity fund Advent International's Rs 4,400-crore offer for a 72 per cent stake. The sale process, which began in November 2019, will help the over 156-year-old SP Group pair the debt pile and sharpen the focus on the flagship construction and engineering business under Afcons. The valuation of Rs 4,400 crore for a 72.56 per cent stake is is at an enterprise level and subject to closing adjustments and also includes an open offer for the remaining stake after the demerger and listing of Eureka Forbes, the SP group said in a statement on Sunday.

Must deal with radicalisation in Afghanistan: Modi to SCO

Must deal with radicalisation in Afghanistan: Modi to SCO

Rediff.com17 Sep 2021

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday called for developing a template by the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) to effectively deal with the challenges of extremism and radicalisation.

Modi turns 71, wishes pour in; BJP asks workers to push vax drive

Modi turns 71, wishes pour in; BJP asks workers to push vax drive

Rediff.com17 Sep 2021

To mark the day, the BJP has asked its workers to facilitate the COVID-19 vaccination drive as it eyes record-breaking numbers on Friday.

'If the Taliban see my father, they could harm him'

'If the Taliban see my father, they could harm him'

Rediff.com17 Sep 2021

For Afghans in India, including medical tourists from the war-torn country as well as migrants and refugees staying here much longer, the safety of friends and families is the biggest concern - particularly for those linked to the now collapsed government or who have had work ties with the US.

Targeting Taliban: Does US Want India's Help?

Targeting Taliban: Does US Want India's Help?

Rediff.com16 Sep 2021

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken was asked by US Congressmen if the US had explore the possibility of northwest India for counter terrorism capabilities in Afghanistan. Blinken's remarks on India assume great importance, observes Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar

'Pakistanis are failing magnificently'

'Pakistanis are failing magnificently'

Rediff.com16 Sep 2021

'Pakistan and the jihadis's capacities have been diminished because of increasing dominance of our security forces.'

Afghan female soccer players reach Pakistan; will seek asylum

Afghan female soccer players reach Pakistan; will seek asylum

Rediff.com15 Sep 2021

Players from Afghanistan's female youth soccer teams have arrived in Pakistan and will seek political asylum in third countries amid concern over the status of female athletes under the new Taliban government in Kabul.

'ISI, Leave Afghanistan'

'ISI, Leave Afghanistan'

Rediff.com15 Sep 2021

Afghan refugees in New Delhi protest against the Taliban and Pakistan's interference in Afghanistan.

How US LOST to Pakistan in Afghanistan

How US LOST to Pakistan in Afghanistan

Rediff.com15 Sep 2021

For two decades the US paid in blood and blood money for dependence on Pakistan to carry out one president's boast. Now, having been defeated by its proxies, another president will go into Rawalpindi's embrace to satisfy his constituents, predicts Shekhar Gupta.

25 BREATHTAKING FRAMES of Asoka

25 BREATHTAKING FRAMES of Asoka

Rediff.com14 Sep 2021

Asoka still makes for irresistible viewing, raves Sukanya Verma, and tells us why.

Raikkonen confirms return to action at Russian GP

Raikkonen confirms return to action at Russian GP

Rediff.com13 Sep 2021

Alfa Romeo's Kimi Raikkonen will return to Formula 1 action for the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi which is scheduled to be held from September 24-26.

Bhupendra Patel takes over as 17th Gujarat CM

Bhupendra Patel takes over as 17th Gujarat CM

Rediff.com13 Sep 2021

Union Home Minister Amit Shah and chief ministers of some BJP-ruled states were among those present at the Raj Bhavan ceremony.

Bhupendra Patel to take oath as 17th Gujarat CM today

Bhupendra Patel to take oath as 17th Gujarat CM today

Rediff.com13 Sep 2021

The party's CM choice came as a surprise for many as the low-profile, first-time legislator was not seen to be among the top contenders for the post.

First-term MLA Bhupendra Patel to be new Gujarat CM

First-term MLA Bhupendra Patel to be new Gujarat CM

Rediff.com13 Sep 2021

Patel has never held a ministerial post, just like Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was never a minister when he became Gujarat CM 20 years ago.

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