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Empower states for better law-making

States have started taking the lead in legislative reform on areas under the Concurrent List, especially those affecting industry. Rajasthan was first off the block, amending a set of labour laws. The Factories Act, which regulates conditions of work in factories, will be applicable only for units that employ 20 workers or more (now 10) if it uses energy, or 40 workers (now 20) otherwise. The Industrial Disputes Act has been amended: currently, any industrial establishment employing 100 persons needs prior permission...
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The second chance

What stands out at the end of Narendra Modi’s whirlwind tour of New York and Washington is the prime minister’s demonstration of political will and diplomatic ingenuity to rekindle the romance with America that had gone cold in recent years. In less than a week, Modi has turned the gathering pessimism about India’s relations with the US into an optimistic storyline. The results from the visit might be a while coming, but Modi and President Barack Obama have restored direction and energy to bilateral relations.
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Forward and together in progress

As nations committed to democracy, liberty, diversity and enterprise, India and the United States are bound by common values and mutual interests. We have each shaped the positive trajectory of human history, and through our joint efforts, our natural and unique partnership can help shape international security and peace for years to come. Ties between the United States and India are rooted in the shared desire of our citizens for justice and equality. When Swami Vivekananda presented Hinduism as a world religion...
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Modi vs the old elite

Prime Minister Narendra Modi achieved an unprecedented America vijay at Madison Square Garden, trouncing the Mahishasuras of despondency and voices of doom. His biggest victory is over a section of the highly visible and opinionated English speaking class, who had been biased against him for the last decade. It’s not just a visa-denying US, but the home-grown, rich and self-appointed guardians of pseudo-secular values that have seen their arrogance shredded and dust-binned.
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Dragon now has to deal with a different entity

The direction in which the Xi-Modi talks went made it clear that India under the new Prime Minister is willing to be gracious and accommodating only to the extent that it does not harm the country’s interest. When China’s President Xi Jinping  advanced his visit to India to be present at Ahmedabad on Prime Minster Narendra Modi’s birthday, political observers lauded it as an additional move by Beijing to woo India for the plan China was drawing for an Asian alliance around itself.
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The BJP’s new avatar

The appointment of Amit Shah as Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president, followed by the constitution of a new parliamentary board, firmly announced the takeover of the BJP by a new generation, replacing the previous one. The transformation of the saffron party from the hopeless situation it found itself in May 2009 to the triumph of May 2014 has been phenomenal. In fact, until 2012, by when the anti-corruption movement inspired by Anna Hazare had gained traction, the BJP’s chances were bleak...
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Yes, it is rocket science!

'What is red, is a planet and is the focus of my orbit?' read a playful tweet that officials of the Indian Space Research Organisation ( Isro) said via Twitter after India's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) was successfully inserted into Martian orbit and captured by the Red Planet's gravity. That happened after the MOM probe — also known as Mangalyaan, Sanskrit for 'Mars craft' — executed a 24-minute main engine burn sequence 300 days after its Earth launch in November last year. 
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Lead Story
The curious case of independents - Venkat Ananth, Mint
BJP banks on Modi whirlwind rallies - Deepak K Upreti, Pioneer
'Not easy to quit NDA, decision after talks with Modi' - Ambarish Mishra, ToI
Haryana byelections: Hung assembly likely - Hitender Rao, Hindustan Times
India to seek US help in hunt for Dawood Ibrahim - Harinder Baweja, HT
Modi will take off where Uddhav did - Liz Mathew & Shubhangi Khapre, IE
Jayalalithaa, associates used front companies to mask murky deals: court - Sruthisagar Yamunan & Krishnaprasad, Hindu
Jayalalithaa's political career cannot be written off - TM Veeraraghav, Hindu
Signs of Janata Parivar taking shape - Smita Gupta, Hindu
NCP has handed over the State to BJP: Chavan - Priyanka Kakodkar, Hindu
War on terror tops US, India agenda - Rezaul Hasan Laskar, India Today
Gajapathi slams UPA for Air India losses - Sanjay Singh, India Today
Gandhis missing from Congress’ Maharashtra poll campaign drive - Makarand Gadgil, Mint
BJP banks on brand Modi in Maharashtra, Haryana - Gyan Varma, Mint
PM's 'Swachchh Bharat' dream: Some wield broom, some fume - Archis Mohan & Vrishti Beniwal, Business Standard
D-Company's IPL spot-fixing game is up! - Pioneer
ED's red card to Mohun Bagan, East Bengal - Saugar Sengupta, Pioneer
Haryana: Shah virtually declares Abhimanyu CM face - Raghav Ohri, ET
Maharashtra: No safe seat even for the famous five - Rohit Chandavarkar, ET
Lily Thomas: The lady behind disqualification of politicians - Vasudha Venugopal, Times of India
NDA may be crumbling as NaMo-led BJP grows bigger - Nistula Hebbar, ET
Can Jayalalithaa's brand survive her absence? - Amrith Lal, Indian Express
Moving forward on coal - Shyam Ponappa, Business Standard
Only 2 Indian institutes make it to top 300 in Times ranking - Kalpana Pathak, Business Standard
India, US extend 2005 defence pact for 10 yrs - Financial Express
Jet Airways, DGCA dispute lands pilots in trouble - Roudra Bhattacharya, FE
The Government has dished out the right growth appetisers - Ritika Mankar Mukherjee & Saurabh Mukherjea, Business Line
Markets’ rational complacency - Nouriel Roubini, Project Syndicate
Few teachers, lesser data - Anurag Behar, Mint
Karnataka tax dept issues notices to Amazon sellers - Mihir Dalal, Mint
India, US to set up Investment Initiative - S Rajagopalan, Pioneer
Global nuclear vendors’ India plans runs into Japanese hurdle - Anil Sasi, IE
Govt has ho business to be in business, says Modi - Vikas Dhoot, ET
A tale of two realities - AK Bhattacharya, Business Standard
Tata Motors: The car dream that turned sour - Krishna Kant, Business Standard
Modi, Obama discuss trade; US extends defence pact by 10 years - Nayanima Basu, Business Standard
NDA lights up Sivakasi's Diwali - Kumar Chellappan, Pioneer
Govt should compensate banks hit by coal block ruling: RBI - Economic Times
The e-Visible hand for a Digital push - Tushar Poddar, Economic Times
Fire burn, cauldron bubble? - Swaminathan S Anklesaria Aiyar, Economic Times
Modi’s CEO diplomacy to soon set the cash register ringing - Vikas Dhoot, ET
Top ten reasons for inflation decline - Surjit S Bhalla, Indian Express
Puducherry, Meghalaya top growth chart - Mahendra K Singh, Times of India
500 Indian cities to get US wash - Chidanand Rajghatta, Times of India
Jeff Bezos, Satya Nadella, now Mark Zuckerberg: America comes to India - ET
Modi, Obama bond over business, talk deeper ties - Yashwant Raj, HT
The Neighbourhood/World
Magnificent, yet again , Mary Kom  - Mint

Modi has a road map to execute his vision , Ajay Banga, President and CEO (Mastercard) &Chairman (USIBC)  - Economic Times

Convicted in power makes her angry , Lily Thomas  - Times of India

Xi, Modi reached consensus on handling border issue , Le Yucheng, Chinese ambassador to India  - Times of India

The everything man , Jeff Bezos, Amazon Founder & CEO  - Times of India

BJP has a good chance to fill vacuum in TN , Subramanian Swamy  - Business Standard

First generation fortunes don't believe in dynasties , Bill & Melinda Gates, Co-chairs, Gates Foundation  - Business Standard

She wanted to study…a film role changed her life , Jayalalithaa  - Indian Express

Forthright and unassuming as ever , Naseeruddin Shah  - Business Standard

Success of mission will help us compete globally , K Radhakrishnan, Chairman, Isro  - Business Standard

Isro’s agent Mars , S Arunan, Project director  - Times of India

The man who unearthed coal scam , Hansraj Ahir  - Economic Times



An Englishman's description of “Hindoo” society, as he saw it in the early 1790s, when colonial system had not begun to extract and ravish the land and its indigenous frameworks, makes a fascinating reading of our collective self and capacities. In his “Sketches of the Hindoos” (1790, 1792), Q Craufurd, for example, noted that where the “destructive hand of the conqueror” had not fallen, the Hindoos, under their “native sovereigns” were “governed on principles of the most just and benevolent policy. In those countries (local principalities) the lands were highly cultivated; the towns and their manufacture flourish; the villages were composed of neat and commodious habitations, and filled with cheerful inhabitants; and wherever the eye turned, it beheld marks of the mild protection of the Government, and of ease and industry of the people.” Craufurd saw this especially in the southern parts, a region which had remained relatively insulated from invading hordes.
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The human capacity for making bad decisions about technology seems to be limitless. In many ways, this parallels bad approaches to trading and investing: Lots of unfounded rumours, emotional decision-making, poor risk-reward analysis, an inability to perform simple math. The spasms of technology silliness surrounding the iPhone 6 are just the latest in a never-ending stream going back to the IBM 5100...
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The Amma Bountiful

After canteens, water, drug stores, cinemas, supermarkets, seeds and baby care, Brand Amma comes to cement. From roti, kapda to makaan, how troubled TN CM has been building her aura. A Gilt-edged  portrait of Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa looms like a benign ghost over the newest pharmacy in K K Nagar, an upscale neighbourhood in the city of Madurai. There are three other medical stores in the vicinity...
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Are the robots coming for our jobs?

The imminent arrival of drones delivering parcels, of cars run by Google, and the looming prospect of robots taking over shop floors have led many to worry about the future of jobs. But such concerns are not entirely new. In one of his most famous essays titled, Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren, John Maynard Keynes, arguably the greatest economist of the 20th century, first envisioned a future when...
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To Mars and beyond

By the time you read these lines, India’s maiden inter-planetary mission will have coasted past its ultimate test.  This was one of the most complicated missions so far for our national space agency, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The business of space is costly, complex, competitive and of course, fraught with risks. Executing such missions needs professionalism, top-class scientific...
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