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‘India would have had a Shiv Sena PM if…’: Sanjay Raut hits out at BJP

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut has accused the BJP of using Hindutva only for power. (File photo) Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Monday said that the country could have seen a prime minister from his party had they not left contesting from North India for the BJP. "We took BJP from bottom to top in Maharashtra. After Babri, there was a Shiv Sena wave in Northern India, if we had fought polls at that time, there would have been our (Shiv Sena) PM in…

India’s ICICI Bank shares rise as earnings beat expectations

A man speaks on the phone outside an ICICI Bank branch in Kolkata, India, July 27, 2018. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri/ BENGALURU, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Shares of ICICI Bank (ICBK.NS) , India’s second-largest private-sector lender, rose as much as 1.5% on Monday in a weak broader market, as analysts cheered the company’s better-than-expected earnings on strong loan growth and lower bad loan provisions. ICICI Bank’s results showed sustained growth in lending to retail customers and small and medium enterprises, as economic activity picked up after…

Pakistan To Hand Over 20 Indian Fishermen To India At Wagah Border: Report

The fishermen were arrested for illegally entering into Pak waters, fishing without permission (File) Islamabad: Twenty Indian fishermen arrested by Pakistan for allegedly entering into the country’s territorial waters are set to be handed over to India through the Wagah border crossing on Monday, according to a senior jail official. The fishermen, kept in Karachi’s Landhi Jail, were released on Sunday on humanitarian grounds. Deputy Superintendent of Police Azeem Thebo said that with the release of these 20 Indian fishermen as a goodwill gesture, there…

Liberals mourning India Gate flame must also recall some dark aspects of the colonial Army

A view of the hologram statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at India Gate, New Delhi, on 23 January 2022 | Twitter @BJP4India I have not soiled my hands with dirty work,” the young Winston Churchill wrote to his mother in October 1872, from the dust-blown outpost of Inayat Killi. He’d watched, instead, as his soldiers fed an injured Pashtun insurgent into a kiln, the man screaming as his skin melted off his bones. Imperial Britain wielded “fire and…

What the latest Devas move means for government’s Air India plans

Air India plans are on track and the transition is going to happen “very soon”. The government does not expect the latest move by Devas shareholders to hinder Air India handover to the Tata Group . Unfazed by the Supreme Court upholding winding up of the company, shareholders of Devas Multimedia will continue to seek seizure of Indian government assets abroad to collect $1.2 billion the firm has been awarded by arbitration tribunals for cancellation of a satellite deal but are open for talks to…

PTC India Financial shares fall 8% on India market regulator notice

BENGALURU, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Shares of PTC India Financial Services Ltd (PTCN.NS) fell as much as 8.3% on Monday after India’s market regulator directed the non-banking financial company over the weekend to address corporate governance issues before holding any board meeting. The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) also asked PTC India Financial to file an action-taken report in four weeks, the company said. The firm was accused of lapses in corporate governance by four independent directors, who resigned last week. read more…

‘Long awaited correction of history’: Jaishankar on Subhas Chandra Bose’s statue at India Gate

Union external affairs minister Dr S Jaishankar hailed the unveiling of a holographic statue of freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at central Delhi’s India Gate, saying it "is a long awaited correction of history". He also said on Twitter that this is a message from New India. "The presence of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose at India Gate is a long awaited correction of history. A leader who fought imperialism and compelled decolonization is being fittingly recognized," Jaishankar said in…

India’s Addiction to Cooking Oil Imports Seen Lasting for Years

(Bloomberg) — Indians will probably buy expensive cooking oils from overseas for at least another 15 years, as demand continues to far outpace domestic production. Most Read from Bloomberg Consumption is expected to climb in India by as much as 17% over the next four years, according to B.V. Mehta, executive director of the Solvent Extractors’ Association. A rise that steep would further widen the manufacturing gap: India will likely produce about 10 million tons of edible oils in 2021-22, compared with local consumption of…

Graeme Smith’s Heartwarming Tweet After Completion Of India’s South Africa Tour

South Africa’s Director of Cricket Graeme Smith © AFP South Africa’s Director of Cricket Graeme Smith has thanked the Indian players and BCCI for showing faith in the hosts’ ability to successfully stage matches amid the COVID-19 pandemic, saying their exemplary commitment has "set the example" for others to follow. The BCCI had decided to go ahead with the highly-anticipated tour of South Africa despite growing concern about the spread of the new COVID-19 variant — Omicron, which was first reported in the Rainbow Nation.…

Shoaib Akhtar backs Rohit Sharma to be India’s next Test captain

Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has said that Virat Kohli’s marriage has affected his career. (File) Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar has said that Virat Kohli was forced to leave the captaincy of India. Speaking to reporters on the sideline of the Legends League Cricket in Muscat, Oman, Akhtar said, “Virat didn’t leave captaincy but was forced to do so. This is not the best of times for him but he needs to prove what he is made of. Is he made of steel or…

Coronavirus Omicron variant in India live updates: Weekly Covid toll doubles, case surge starts slowing

The near exponential increase in cases seen in the previous three weeks slowed considerably. The week-on-week growth in infections slowed to 30%, down from 112% last week and over 500% in the preceding week. This was the first week during the third wave when the growth percentage had dropped to two digits. Weekly Covid toll doubles, case surge starts slowing The death toll from Covid-19 in India nearly doubled during the week ending Sunday even as the surge in cases began to slow down with…

The India Fix: Is India’s bureaucratic ‘steel frame’ fracturing into politicised, state units?

President Ram Nath Kovind meets IAS officers of the 2017 batch at Rashtrapati Bhavan in 2019. | President of India/Twitter Welcome to The India Fix by Shoaib Daniyal, a newsletter on Indian politics. To get it in your inbox every Monday, sign up here . Have feedback, interesting links or memes? Send them to [email protected] In 1922, British prime minister David Lloyd George called the Indian Civil Service the “steel frame” that held up the British Empire in India. Two decades later in 1946, senior…

I hugged India, ignored US in security policy, but that’s theatrics: Pakistani Gen Twitter

Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa | File photo: Flickr Nothing annoys me more than the ads on YouTube when I am watching a video. But here I am, annoyed more than my usual self. It is only January and you, my friends, are discussing things as if it is November — time when I’ll bid adieu as your wold number 1 Sipah Salar, your spiritual father. I am angry. You are discussing my alternatives for the post of Pakistan Army chief as if…

‘We didn’t play smart cricket’ – Dravid admits India given ‘eye-opener’

For India coach Rahul Dravid , the ODI series against South Africa was an "eye-opener". India lost the series 3-0 and Dravid felt it was "poor shots" that cost them the first and the third match . In both those games, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli kept India’s chase on track but neither batter could convert their half-centuries into a big knock. Once Dhawan and Kohli got out, the middle and lower-middle order, in the absence of Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja, failed to finish…