Communalised Cricket?

Dear Editor, The charge of sedition against Kashmiri students for supporting Pakistan in a thrilling India-Pakistan cricket match is condemnable. India’s reliance on such an outdated, congealed and reactive precept to punish youngsters rooting for Pakistan in a cricket match is an indictment of an increasingly authoritarian and repressive Indian State rather than of the […]

Sebi says Sahara owes Rs 37,000 crore

NEW DELHI: In a statement that could make matters more difficult for jailed Sahara chief Subrata Roy, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) told the Supreme Court that the sum owed by two group companies is more than Rs 37,000 crore. “According to the affidavit filed by the two companies, the principal amount […]

Why Supporting Pak is Fun

BY ADITYA IYER Pakistan zindabad. There, I said it. Now sue me. Or do whatever you deem is right, just like you labelled those Kashmiri university students in Meerut anti-national. The choice, my friend, is all yours. The other day, a couple of my colleagues and I clapped at our seats as Shahid Khan Afridi […]

Netanyahu’s Anti-Iran, Anti-BDS Rant in US

BY DR LUDWIG WATZAL Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave one of his typical speeches at this year’s AIPAC convention in Washington. Before he delivered his usual sermon about Iran and the other “terrorists” in the region, he implored the friendship and the alliance between Israel and the United States of America. This time, neither President Barack […]

SBI to raise Rs 800-1200 crore by issuing shares to employees

KOLKATA: State Bank of India has proposed to offer share purchase scheme for all its employees which could raise additional equity capital, between Rs 800 crore and Rs 1,200 crore, for the country’s largest lender. “We are planning to offer employees share purchase scheme and not employees stock option scheme,” SBI Chairperson Arundhati Bhattacharya said […]

ICICI Pru Life launches new product

CHANDIGRAH: Private life insurer, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance has launched a unit-linked insurance product ‘ICICI Pru Guaranteed Wealth Protector’, a company release said. This unit-linked product will allow customers to protect their capital on maturity and have a potential for upside through an exposure to equities, it added. As per the company, the product provides […]

Hero to launch Disney-branded bicycles in India

NEW DELHI: World’s largest cycle maker Hero Cycles has launched a range of Disney- and Marvel-branded bicycles featuring characters like Mickey Mouse and Spiderman for kids aged 3-12 years. As part of the licensing agreement with Disney India’s Consumer Products arm, Hero Cycles will sell 12 models, priced between Rs 3,300 to Rs 4,500. These […]

West’s Mad Remix of West Asia

BY ROBERT FISK Borders are becoming a bit odd in the Middle East. They always have been, of course. Ever since Mark Sykes and François Georges Picot – the latter a former French consul in Beirut, by the way, who cost a lot of brave Lebanese their lives by his carelessness in sealing their anti-Ottoman […]

Omar bats for ‘misguided’ students

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday said that slapping of sedition charges against Kashmiri students in Meerut by Uttar Pradesh government for allegedly cheering Pakistan team during a cricket match that India lost was “unacceptably harsh punishment” and should be reversed. “I believe what the students did was wrong and misguided […]