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INDIA: SPORTS

CHIRAG SHETTY, ADCOCKS TAKE PUNE TO 2ND CONSECUTIVE WIN AT PBL 2020

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 17:56 GMT-0000
Lucknow: Thailand Open men’s doubles champion Chirag Shetty played a pivotal role alongside world champion Hendra Setiawan as Chris and Gabrielle Adcock took Pune 7 Aces to their second consecutive win at Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium here in Lucknow today.
INDIA: SPORTS

FOOTBALL ISL: BALWANT’S INJURY-TIME WINNER HELPS ATK RECLAIM TOP SPOT

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 16:56 GMT-0000
Kolkata: A last-gasp header from substitute Balwant Singh saw ATK pip NorthEast United 1-0 and go top of the Hero Indian Super League ladder at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan here on Monday.
INDIA: SPORTS

TABLE TENNIS: SETBACK FOR GUJARAT AS TRISHA’S HEROICS PUT ASSAM ON TOP

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 15:57 GMT-0000
Hyderabad: Reigning women champions Bengal A did not need a second invitation as they held sway in Group A, winning both their matches in the UTT 81st National Table Tennis Championships at the Saroonagar Indoor Stadium here today.
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AWADHE WARRIORS LOOK FOR THEIR FIRST HOME WIN AT PBL 2020

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 15:53 GMT-0000
Lucknow: The Awadhe Warriors will look to bounce back to form when they take on the Mumbai Rockets on the final day of their home leg at the Star Sports Premier Badminton League 2020 at the Babu Banarasi Das Badminton Academy here in Lucknow tomorrow.
INDIA

AFTER PAINFUL NRC, ASSAM’S REGIONALISM FACES INTERNAL CHALLENGE

RHETORIC TO SHIFT FROM ‘BANGLADESHI ALIENS’ TO PRESERVING CULTURE
Author: Ashis Biswas - Published 10:49 GMT-0000
Has regionalism run its limit in Assam? Four explosions on Republic day 2020 after a prolonged spell of relative peace and stability certainly breathed new life into the question in Assam’s context. The secessionist wing of the ULFA, which operates from abroad, has claimed responsibility. But even without the ULFA’s explosive intervention, fresh questions had arisen about the relevance of regional parties like the AGP after the recent NRC updating exercise.
INDIA

WAS THIS REPUBLIC DAY MOCKING ‘WE THE PEOPLE’?

DEMOCRACY CANNOT BE REDUCED TO MERE RITUALS
Author: Anand Teltumbde - Published 10:44 GMT-0000
The Republic Day symbolized aspirational metamorphosis of India, into a sovereign, democratic republic as the Constitution proclaimed. It conjured up images of Indian people who were self-governing, who decided to give themselves a democratic republic. Two more words “secular and socialist” were added to this already lofty phrase, paradoxically during the Emergency that spelt the first significant jolt to the concept of democratic republicanism. People welcome them as they were drowned in the moralistic deluge of the constitutional debates. Both these words were taken to spell the spirit of the constitution and perhaps, therefore, were not felt necessary to be explicitly mentioned.

IS INDIA CAPABLE OF DEALING WITH A HEALTH CATASTROPHE?

CHINA-ORIGIN CORONAVIRUS CAN SERIOUSLY TEST OUR LIMITS
Author: Nilanjan Banik - Published 10:41 GMT-0000
Mr Chen was having cough and running temperatures. The family member mistook the symptoms for any other ordinary viral fever, until the time he started complaining about breathing difficulties when he got admitted in a hospital. Mr. Chen died on 22nd January from pneumonia and acute respiratory disorder. The cause of death is a new trait of virus, currently named as coronavirus (2019-nCoV) which has its origin in the Hubei Province of China. As on 26th January, at least 2000 cases of coronavirus are reported and at least 56 people have died. The number is on the rise with every passing day. As a precautionary measure, China has locked down Wuhan (the capital city of Hubei) by putting travel restrictions on around 20.5 million people. Unfortunately, cases of coronavirus are also getting reported from far-off places such as Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Europe, and Australia. During 2002-2003, outbreak of the SARS virus affected 8098 people and resulted in 774 deaths.
INDIA

INDIA’S ECONOMIC AND DIPLOMATIC WOES MULTIPLY

MODI-SHAH STEERING US TOWARDS GLOBAL ISOLATION
Author: Amulya Ganguli - Published 10:38 GMT-0000
It isn’t only the economic slump which is a cause of concern, there is also reason to be worried about how India’s diplomatic ties with countries far and near are deteriorating.
INDIA

NEED CLARITY ON PLAN AND NON-PLAN SPENDING

TIME TO CUT EXPENSES ON ADMINISTRATION
Author: Nantoo Banerjee - Published 10:36 GMT-0000
Going by the government’s annual spending trend, the size of the 2020-21 union budget scheduled to be presented in Parliament on February 1 may be close to Rs. 31,00,000 crore. The large expenditure budget is unavoidable despite the grim picture on the revenue front during the current financial year, mainly because of the economic slowdown and lower revenue generation. It is to be seen how much of such total spending for the next fiscal is on account of plan expenditure or on capital account. The budget must specify the plan expenditure for the next year. That is vital for economic growth. The projection of a futuristic expenditure budget on capital account is okay though it is unlikely to pep up immediately the confidence of industry and consumers. Such an announcement during the 2019-20 budget presentation failed to arrest economic slowdown for the year. Any fiscal deficit on account of annual plan expenditure to create mid- or long-term economic asset is welcome. However, it is time to compress the non-plan expenditure or on the revenue account. This is possible as also highly desirable. The 2020-21 Budget could specify the amount proposed to be saved by compressing the size of the government and cutting down administrative expenditure. Precious public sector assets should not be sold to fund the government’s growing non-plan expenditure. The current trend in this respect looks rather ominous for the future.
INDIA: SPORTS

INDIAN WOMEN'S HOCKEY TEAM LOSE 1-2 TO NEW ZEALAND

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 10:32 GMT-0000
Auckland: After getting off to a good start in the New Zealand Tour with a 4-0 win against the New Zealand Development squad in their first match, the Indian Women's Hockey Team lost 1-2 to hosts in a hard-fought match here today.