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The inside story: Mashkoh– Kargil as I saw it #1

This book is a first-hand authentic account of war stories of the ‘Mashkoh Warriors’ by Brig Umesh Singh Bawa, who commanded the 17 Jat during the Kargil war and was awarded Vir Chakra for his gallantary actions in the Mashkoh Valley in 1999.

Remembering Operation Vijay – in Kargil

The whole Nation salutes the valour and sacrifices of Bravehearts who did the Impossible at Kargil

Remember Kargil: those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat their own mistakes

The Kargil Review Committee set up to find what went wrong and how to prevent it from happening again, found that the helicopter-borne Winter Air Surveillance Operations (WASO) failed to detect the intruders even when its helicopter was flying over their heads.

Why daily firing is an India-Pakistan practice match at the LoC?

Firing is such a routine on the LoC that if it does not happen for a few days or hours, you start feeling something is wrong. This random firing has many benefits. Besides inviting the enemy soldier cooped up in a similar 2x2 bunker – on the other side of LoC- 30 meters away -- to come and play, at the end of it—the soldiers can warm their hands on the red-hot barrel of their guns. It is all a time-pass that kills boredom

World War 2: Bare Facts

World War II was the worst war in history and killed many more people than before. The war started from Europe but spread to all parts of the world. Almost 17 million soldiers died during the six year old War

Helicopters- Taxis to War

It is difficult to imagine a future war without helicopters. Helicopters are versatile and lethal fighting machines. They do not need fancy airfields to take off and land. They can engage targets on the ground, air or sea. A typical helicopter gunship fitted with all kinds of armaments and missiles is like a samurai that can destroy around 17 times its cost before being destroyed. At the same time, Choppers can transport men, material, and casualties.

National

Budget 2021 showcases India’s self-belief; industry responds positively

As far as the general sentiment in the business community is concerned this year’s Budget reflects a feel of reality and showcases India’s self-belief....

Why Netaji continues to rule over Bengalis’ heart?

Seven decades after his "disappearance", Subhas Chandra Bose continues to inspire generations and is still the numero uno political hero in Bengal and for Bengalis worldwide.

Union budget 2021-22: greater focus needed to save the children

While the Union Budget has addressed the health and nutrition components for children, it is still far from enough to protect a generation. Only a balanced child-focussed Budget can pave the way for the overall well-being of children to herald a hopeful economic future for them and the nation at large.

No move to criminalise marital rape in India

Historically, sexual intercourse within marriage was regarded as a right of spouses, engaging in the act without the spouse's consent is now widely classified as rape by many societies around the world, repudiated by international conventions, and increasingly criminalized.

Farmers Protest: One step forward, three backwards

There have been large and violent agitations in France in Nov 2019 where thousands of tractors marched into Paris. On 27 Apr 2010, tractors on the France roads had slogan painted, “Carla, help us. We can’t live on love and water”. (Carla Bruni was the wife of the President of France, Nicholas Sarkozy.) It has been happening in Germany, Netherland, Denmark, and Ireland.

Delhi High Court directs telcos to strictly curb unsolicited communication

Delhi High Court ordered TRAI and Telcos to strictly curb unsolicited commercial communication to safeguard innocent users.

International Affairs

Joe Biden’s top priorities during the first 100 days in office

One of Joseph R. Biden’s immediate priorities during the first 100 days in office would be to rebuild America and undo a number of things done by his predecessor Donald Trump

Most Americans don’t have enough assets to withstand 3 months without income

The study compared asset poverty rates in the U.S. and Canada. Canada's asset poverty rate has improved over the past 20 years while the U.S. rate has worsened, but still, 62% of low- to moderate-income Canadians also fall below the asset poverty threshold.

Nigeria: spurt in women and children suicide bombers

Number of incidents of suicide attacks by women and girls first five months of 2015 is more than 2014

The men who ruled America

At least 14 Vice presidents of USA have gone on to become President. John Adams was the first vice president to become president. Now Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. the 15th Vice President is due to become the 46th president on January 20, 2021.

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Investigation

Are woman bankers in India getting a raw deal?

Quite a few women today have reached the top of the hierarchy. But even then banking remains an old-boys club. Only a small proportion of women end up at the top. Just 3% women reach top executive posts, only 11% become officers and 26 % retire as clerks in the public sector banks. It holds true in other sectors of the economy as well -- only 14% of all the 22.6% women employed in business, make it to senior management level.

The man who got promoted for ruining MMTC

A CEO of a loss-making private company may be shown the door, but it seems the same rules do not apply to Teflon coated Indian bureaucrats heading public sector corporations.

Did Defence Minister lie on the floor of the parliament?

In a written reply to Ramdas Athawalein Parrikar claimed that one - the main reason behind most IAF accidents is human error. Two, according to him no air crash occurred in 2015-16 upto 23.4.2015, though six crashes were reported in 2012-13 and 2013-14 and eight in 2014-15. Both the statements are not true and based on false presumptions.

Hidden nexus between NSEL and its defaulting borrowers

On 30 July 2013 Amit Mukherjee promptly sent a mail informing the progress of the loan to Anjani Sinha former chief executive officer (CEO) of National Spot Exchange Ltd (NSEL). It seems strange that Jignesh Shah and other NSEL promoters did not even know of an attempt to procure Rs 4900 crore loan on behalf of the borrowers.

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BUSINESS

Essel Group- the sinking ship?

The multi-billion rupee empire built by Subhash Chandra—the founder of Zee TV and his ancestors is on the verge of collapse. On one side, a financial tsunami emerging over the horizon is clashing with the passionate dream of a full grown adult who wants to buy the most expensive, brightest and best toys in the market but fails each time – because they do not give him adequate return on investment. This, in short, is the nail-biting climax of the story of Subhash Chandra’s life, success, and survival.

The men behind the most sought after and widely circulated autographs

All celebrities are expected to give autograph but hardly any autograph – sells (literally so) more than the Governor of Reserve Bank of India.

Global streaming consumption up 63%, but advertisers wary

While global streaming time was up 63 per cent year-on-year, ad demand dropped 28 per cent in a single quarter, heavily impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Finance Ministers and their dream budgets

What made 10 Prime Ministers - including the first Prime Minister of India, and the first Prime Minister of Pakistan, step into the Finance Minister’s shoes to present the annual budget in the parliament remains a mystery?

India has untapped potential to be a market leader and bauxite exporter

India is favourably endowed with rich and almost inexhaustible resources of bauxite, which is the main raw material for the production of aluminium. India has a huge potential to be a major player in the international bauxite market.

EDUCATION

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Will the Union Budget 2021 promote quality education?

Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ believes that the Union Budget 2021-22 presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will go a long way to bring transparency and promote quality education.

Babu factory: Why does Bihar produce so many IAS, IPS or IIT, IIM grads?

Bihar is a state difficult to understand. On one side, 80% of the population is uneducated. There are hardly any studies throughout the year due to politics, frequent strikes and absenteeism. Many parents have to sell off their property to send their sons or daughters to Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore or any other such metro cities for education. Still the state manages to produce the highest numbers of IAS, IPS & IFS officers. Almost 25 percent of the 700 IAS and IPS officers in the last ten years are Biharis.
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Even English teachers flunked the English language test in Punjab

Many English school teachers in Punjab flunked the English language test. It is hardly a surprise that 80,000 out of the 3.5 lakh Class 10 students in the state failed in English.
Practically School Solution

‘Practically School Solution’, a free app for schools and teachers

The app enables its users to benefit through experiential learning using immersive videos, interactive augmented reality, and 3D simulations helping teachers connect and engage with students as they would in a real classroom.

Meritnation registered 4X growth in live classes during the pandemic

Indian Edtech major Meritnation registered impressive four-fold growth in live classes and paid users during the lockdown. Meritnation is a pioneer in the field of online learning in India having started live classes in 2014. Till date it has over 2.5 crore registered students, 10 million-plus app installs and over 47 million tests attempted.

LIFESTYLE

Make way for a new world

Supreme almighty himself descends on this earth to change the world order. He does his duty first of all by generating a new world order, which is the creation of a completely pure and peaceful world.

Even COVID-19 could not stop people searching for a life partner

BharatMatrimony’s Online Matrimony Trends Report 2020 reveals that even COVID-19 could not stop ready-to-marry singles from searching for a life partner.

Managing stress: pushing that extra mile

Managing your time well will allow you to get more done during the workday and will help you establish clear boundaries between your work and home life. This gives you time to recharge and destress by taking time away from your work stressors. This balance also allows for time to socialize and spend time with your loved ones, which can do wonders to relieve your stress.

Why do Relationship Break?

Isn’t it so ironical that throughout our life we struggle hard to maintain our relationships and yet we cannot achieve that perfect balance in our relations, be it personal or professional?

High heels causes osteoarthritis

According to health experts, high heels cause unequal weight distribution on the metatarsals (foot bones) exposing those areas of foot joints which normally are not designed to bear weight, and this results in painful foot conditions like bunions and meta-tarsalgias (fore-foot pain)

ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE

CRIME

Online Gaming needs regulation

Gaming is a state subject in India. Each state is supposed to frame and implement its own anti-gaming laws. In July 2018, the Law Commission 276th report stated – “legalizing betting and gambling is not desirable in India". Still, no state came forward to ban online gaming. This inaction is leading to a rampant increase in illegal gambling and black-money. Though it is not possible to ban betting and gambling altogether, effective regulation is the only way out.

Why so many crimes in India?

The real reason for rising crimes in India is the change in its policy. Today India with 800 million youth in the country below 35 years of age is the youngest country in the world.71% literacy also is in this youth population only.

FBI is probing 1000s of cases of spying, espionage or IP thefts prompted by...

A number of Chinese nationals have penetrated the US government, corporate houses and campuses allegedly to steal intellectual property and trade secrets

Police officers- were playing a game, when the revolver went off

It was a drama in real life. Two police officers were playing a ‘deadly’ game -- taking turns to fire bullets at each other from a revolver. There was only one bullet in the chamber. But Officer Katlyn Alix, 24, is dead and her colleague Nathaniel Hendren, 29, is facing charges for killing her.

CA arrested for using 50 bogus Companies for circular trading and fake GST claims

Pandey had created a number of companies in the name of his family members for issuing fake invoices without any actual supply of goods/services.

TRAVEL

Top 12 most romantic honeymoon destinations in the World

Greece, Maldives, Thailand, Hawaii, Italy or South Africa-- selecting the ideal honeymoon destination -- is one of the most crucial decision that a newlywed couple has to take. From beautiful sun-kissed beaches to ski trips in snowcapped mountains, fairy-tale theme parks, jungle safaris and far-flung exotic locations -- several options have to be considered while selecting the most romantic, luxurious, hot and sexy destination in the world.

The future of Tourism

At a time when governments and the private sector are embarking on the path to recovery, the time is right to keep advancing towards a more economically, social and environmentally sustainable tourism model.

Handicrafts emporiums near popular monuments

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and Handicrafts and Handlooms Export Corporation of India, have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to open sales outlets in the premises of file centrally protected monuments- like Sarnath Museum in Varanasi and Humayun's Tomb in Delhi.

The shrine of Báb

Bab, the messenger of God and a forerunner to Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Bahá’í Faith was executed in Tabriz. His remains were transferred from place to place due to fear of the enemy for sixty years and ceremoniously deposited in a sacred casket in the shrine on Mt. Carmel on the day of Nawruz.

World’s longest ski slope & largest fountain will be in Dubai

The Meydan One project will cover an area of 3.5 million square metres. It will be located between the 829 metres-tall Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower, and the Meydan racecourse in the emirate's centre.

ENTERTAINMENT

Twitter users watch more movies: survey

Twitter users are 87 percent more likely than non-Twitter users to go watch a movie within the first 10 days of its opening. They were also 340 percent more likely than non-users to have seen more than 12 movies in theatres over the last six months.

Global streaming consumption up 63%, but advertisers wary

While global streaming time was up 63 per cent year-on-year, ad demand dropped 28 per cent in a single quarter, heavily impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.

ICC to promote Facebook sports video during pandemic

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is fully in favour of promoting the game on Facebook, after seeing the results of viewership after the Coronavirus pandemic shook the world.

TV: The New Guardian

It is estimated that 75 per cent of everything on TV, both programming and commercials, is created by approximately 100 large corporations whose only intention is to maximize their profits for their shareholders in whatever ways are legal.

RAM & TAM show growing Radio listenership among young listeners

Radio has and will always make innovative content that connects with the pulse of the youth and will continue to leverage a fertile field for advertisers and brands that target the youth

INTERVIEWS

REAL ESTATE

Nirmala Sitharaman

Budget 2021 expectations: ‘Industry Status’ for the Real Estate sector

With the Union Budget 2021-2022 round the corner everyone wants to know what Nirmala Sitharaman has to announce in her third consecutive Budget.

Tips for buying a ‘starter’ home

Buying a starter home is also significant in another sense - it is the point where most people step into 'adulthood', in the sense that they are finally transitioning from living on rent to a self-owned property. It marks the end of one's association with landlords, and the beginning of autonomy.

Decoding the Indian luxury housing

The luxury housing sector took a big hit with Modi's unexpected move to demonetize high-denomination currency because a not-insignificant number of transactions in this category had large cash components.

Job losses hit residential property in IT cities

According to industry body estimates, the Indian IT and BPO sectors employ close to four million people in over 16,000 companies and the middle management is at maximum risk of job loss in these times of disruption, increased automation and artificial intelligence.

‘High Caution’ Areas In The NCR Real Estate Market

Various issues like delays in delivery, oversupply, speculation and infrastructure deficit have been plaguing these markets, rendering them unsuitable for first-time home purchase.

CORPORATE DOSSIER

Boeing to support Indian Defence Modernization

Boeing is committed to develop F/A-18 Block III Super Hornet, KC-46A tanker, P-8I and AH-64E Apache to develop advanced defence capabilities for the Indian defence forces
Saba

Union Budget 2021-2022 will provide relief to the pandemic-hit common man

Founded by Dr Malini Saba a self-made businesswoman and philanthropist in 1990, the ‘Saba Group’ operates in more than 20 countries and comprises 15 companies across 10 verticals covering Agriculture, Real-estate, healthcare and education.
JK Lakshmi Cement

JK Lakshmi Cement’s Net Profit spirals up to Rs.102.53 Cr

JK Lakshmi Cement Limited is a part of a hundred and twenty-five years old chain that boasts of operations in India and abroad with a leadership presence in the fields of the tyre, cement, paper, power transmissions and sealing solutions, dairy products and textiles.
Sonalika tractors

Sonalika registers highest ever overall January sales of 10,158 tractors

Sonalika manufactures the widest heavy duty tractor range in 20-120 HP and 70+ implements at its Hoshiarpur facility in Punjab that caters to the varied needs of customers across the globe.
food safety

Recognition scheme for hygiene rating audit agencies

Quality Council of India (QCI) and FSSAI have come out with a Scheme for approval of Hygiene Rating Audit Agencies. The detail of the...

PRODUCT LAUNCH

Yippee saucy masala

ITC launches Sunfeast YiPPee! saucy masala

The brand will also be launching a Sunfeast ‘YiPPee! Ki Saucy Googly' campaign, featuring brand ambassador MS Dhoni and a consumer contest on social media for the instant noodle-lovers.

Dabur Red Paste launches new campaign “Desh Ka Lal”

The campaign also shows how Dabur Red Paste is a dear ‘Lal’ to a mother, sister, soldier or a common man. ‘Lal’, which not only denotes the colour ‘Red’ but is also widely used by Indians to show endearment.

New Micro-needle Roller for Skin Rejuvenation

The DermRoller has even been reported to significantly improve hair loss in men and women by provoking the body to stimulate hair growth. Users with thinning hair have experienced thicker hair growth with regular use.
Dabur Himalayan Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

Dabur launches Himalayan organic apple cider vinegar

Dabur India Ltd announced the launch of ‘Dabur Himalayan Organic Apple Cider Vinegar’, which is Organic Certified & helps boost immunity.

Two Porsches to make global debut

Porsche will celebrate the world premiere of two extreme sports cars at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from March 3 to 15.