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‘Rajinikanth can be the messiah voters seek’

Every time Rajinikanth opens his mouth, a million tongues start wagging. A few who met the superstar after his exhortation to fans in May to be prepared for a ‘war’ have predicted his entry into politics, but none of them ...

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Barack Obama senior’s books up for auction

Australia’s most prestigious literary prize, the Miles Franklin award, recognises stories of women, outsiders, ageing and satire for a $60,000 award. The 2017 Miles Franklin literary award has announced five first-time nominees for its shortlist. Established in 1957 by the ...

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Ram Nath Kovind, a lawyer who cracked civils but lost 2 elections

NEW DELHI: His appointment as Bihar governor two years ago was as surprising as his selection as the next ‘probable’ President+ . That’s probably because he was not very well known in political circles. But Ram Nath Kovind was one ...

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Punjab 3rd state to waive farm loans, to take Rs 24,000 crore hit

CHANDIGARH: The farm loan waiver fever is spreading across the country, threatening to place a huge additional burden on the already creaking finances of state governments. On Monday, Punjab became the third state this year — after UP and Maharashtra+ ...

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Chinese loans may put Bangladesh in debt trap

China is arm-twisting Bangladesh to convert soft loans it offered -during PresidentXi Jinping’s visit to Dhaka last year -to commercial credit (incurring higher interest rates) with apparently no headway into projects for which the amount was earmarked.  Bangladesh, however, has ...

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TDP MP may go scot-free, thanks to caste equations

HYDERABAD: Amidst high drama over Anantapur MP JC Diwakar Reddy’sVisakhapatnam airport episode, TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu is scheduled to meet party leaders from the district on Saturday. After Reddy’s rowdyism caught national attention, Naidu is believed to be taking ...

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Presidential poll: EPS faction agrees to support BJP

CHENNAI: The NDA’s president candidate will have it easy if the AIADMK factions keep their word. AIADMK (Amma) leader M Thambidurai, who called on Union information and broadcasting minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday, has pledged support for the NDA ...

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