Explained: Is the World Trade Organization becoming a new battlefront?

Explained: Is the World Trade Organization becoming a new battlefront?

The story so far: U.S. President Donald Trump earlier this month attacked the World Trade Organization (WTO) for allowing countries such as India and China to engage in unfair trade practices that affect American economic interests. While addressing a gathering in Pennsylvania, Mr. Trump took issue with the “developing country” status enjoyed by India and…

U.S.-China trade war likely to dominate Narendra Modi-Donald Trump talks

U.S.-China trade war likely to dominate Narendra Modi-Donald Trump talks

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Donald Trump will meet in Biarritz, France, on August 25, where India is a special invitee to the G7 summit. The meeting comes ahead of the one-on-one meeting between the two leaders on August 26, where trade issues are expected to overshadow proceedings.While the impact of the growing…

With Arun Jaitley’s death, second generation of the BJP stands depleted in strength

With Arun Jaitley’s death, second generation of the BJP stands depleted in strength

BJP leaders Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and Ananth Kumar. File Photo.   | Photo Credit: Akhilesh Kumar The party has lost not only former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee last year, but also former Union ministers Ananth Kumar, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley in quick succession. It has been a cruel August from last year…

‘What is govt trying to hide’ asks Congress as Opposition leaders barred entry into Srinagar

‘What is govt trying to hide’ asks Congress as Opposition leaders barred entry into Srinagar

A delegation of Opposition leaders, including former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who landed in Srinagar on August 24 afternoon to take stock of the situation after the dilution of Article 370 for Jammu and Kashmir, was sent back to Delhi from the airport.”If the situation in Jammu & Kashmir is ‘normal’ as the govt claims,…

Arun Jaitley: A sharp mind and a large heart

Arun Jaitley: A sharp mind and a large heart

NEW DELHI: Finance minister in Modi 1.0 and highly-regarded parliamentarian Arun Jaitley passed away shortly after noon on Saturday after a long struggle against diabetes, and more recently soft tissue sarcoma. He was 66. For a person battling multiple illnesses, Jaitley fought till the end, but succumbed to a third cardiac arrest after being revived…

‘Tawaifs’ of Awadh: The first women of Hindi cinema

‘Tawaifs’ of Awadh: The first women of Hindi cinema

A woman floats down the Ganga in an ornate barge, singing and dancing as rose petals are showered on her. The scene is not from a movie. It’s a real woman, a tawaif, performing in Benares on Janmashtami day, a performance so famous it has come down to us as legend.Tawaifs, the Awadhi term for…

When Jaitley was also good food guide

When Jaitley was also good food guide

NEW DELHI: It was a hot April day. A huge crowd of BJP workers and supporters had gathered outside the election office of Arun Jaitley in Amritsar. As we made our way inside, a familiar voice and a trademark broad smile greeted us. The party had nominated Jaitley to contest the 2014 general elections from…

Oppn remembers ‘favourite BJP-ite’, political rival who was a friend to all

Oppn remembers ‘favourite BJP-ite’, political rival who was a friend to all

TNN | Updated: Aug 25, 2019, 4:38 ISTHighlightsBishan Singh Bedi, Bhagwat Chandrasekhar, Erapalli Prasanna and S Venkataraghavan were India’s famous spin quartet in the 1960s and 70s.Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in a condolence message, described Jaitley as an eminent lawyer, an excellent orator, a very good administrator and an outstanding parliamentarian. Congress MP Ghulam…

Separate statute, flag core to peace process, Naga outfit tells Prime Minister

Separate statute, flag core to peace process, Naga outfit tells Prime Minister

GUWAHATI: The National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah), the first Naga outfit with which the government initiated peace talks, has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that there cannot be an “honourable solution” to the Naga peace process without a “separate flag and constitution”. The NSCN (I-M) said that the 22-year-old peace process received the…

Almost 90% of stone-pelting incidents after J&K move were in Srinagar

Almost 90% of stone-pelting incidents after J&K move were in Srinagar

File photo of protesters showing banners with slogans during clashes with police and paramilitary forces in th…Read MoreNEW DELHI: Of the nearly 250 stone-pelting incidents in the Valley between August 5 and 22, around 220 were reported from Srinagar alone. In contrast, Pulwama, the hub of terror activity in recent years, recorded just six stone-pelting…