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Mobile ATM: When joy knew no bounds

Someone breathlessly said: “Mobile ATM has come. Mobile ATM has come.” The message had an electrifying effect on the employees. Amid whoops of joy, they promptly went scurrying out of their office to find out more. And

The unending queue and a proud banker

“Mom, I have no cash, can’t come home. Can you come here and bring along some money?”  The early morning SOS message from my daughter, a student of tourism studies in Agra, over phone was distressing. She had been looking fo

Purple is the new black

The man standing in front of me shifted his weight from his left leg to the right leg. A minute later he gazed forlornly at the serpentine queue outside the ATM, adjusted his spectacles and shifted back his weight on to his left leg.

A long road ahead in curbing black economy

Although I am not an expert on economy, I do understand that the latest step taken by the Narendra Modi-led NDA government has created a lot of noise and will play a significant role in combating black economy. This move, however, will alone not b

Amar Singh: Samajwadi Party’s stormtrooper

The portly and balding Amar Singh is back in the news – and how. A close confidante of Mulayam Singh, the patriarch of the Samajwadi Party, the return of Amar Singh is being cited as one of the reasons for the current turbulence in the p

Be cautious or else you may fall prey to debit card fraud

 The news of vital data of thousands of debit cards being exposed to fraudsters has sent many into a tizzy, with people now calling up their banks and looking up Google on what to do next. Though banks have been sending alerts, to all those w

Railway budget-Union budget merger: Let’s do away with general budget too

Now that the rail budget has chugged into history, the spotlight needs to be turned on the annual financial statement in Article 112 of the Constitution of India – better known as the general budget that is in desperate need of reform.

Why 1.2 bn people have just one Sakshi Malik and one P V Sindhu

 Watching the ecstatic parents of Sakshi Malik and P V Sindhu on the television as the girls picked medals and ended a drought for team India at the Rio Olympics, I remembered that long time ago, I too had played a sporty mom. Like most paren

Liquor ban is overreach by Bihar government

 Since we ‘made our tryst with destiny’ and woke up “to life and freedom”, in every aspect of our lives, we have been trying to move towards a comparatively more open and liberal society, which gives people more and be

And dirty flows the Ganga

“The river [Ganga] is no ordinary image in which the divine has come to dwell. She is celestial-unmediated and immediate. Whatever is holy, whatever is merciful, whatever is utterly auspicious is already there,” writes Diana L. Eck in

Carnivalesque columnist

Shiv Visvanathan rightly prefers to be introduced as a social science nomad. He is an itinerant thinker, wandering across boundaries of academic disciplines and professions. An anthology of his writings naturally displays that eclecticism.

Resolving Indo-Pak conflict

What is today the mother of all imbroglios, Kashmir, was a script directed by the wily British rulers, as part of their design to divide India. The British had used Mohammad Ali Jinnah to veto the idea of an independent India without a sep

Hillary versus Trump: Who will be the winner?

United States presidential elections are hardly three months away. Voting will take place on November 8. The Tuesday following the very first Monday in November is observed as Election Day in USA. USA has a presidential system of d

Noida real estate: How UP strangled its goose that laid golden eggs

Noida’s once booming real estate sector is today sailing through choppy waters, and the weather is only expected to turn rougher, with the Akhilesh Yadav government contemplating to hike the circle rate and also increase the stamp duty.

BJP, Congress not in the clear as they slam AAP government advertisements

 Opposition is not necessarily enmity; it is merely misused and made an occasion for enmity, said          Sigmund Freud, one of 20th century’s most influential thinkers. In what seems to be a classic examp

A season of political surprises

This is no laughing matter. Navjot Singh Sidhu, a former Indian cricketer who guffaws throughout The Kapil Sharma Show on television, has quit the BJP and his Rajya Sabha seat and there is a distinct possibility of his joining the Aam Aadmi Party

Smriti Irani no more fire and brimstone

Smriti Zubin Irani’s fall from grace is dramatic. The minister who would regularly wade into nasty controversies had it coming all this while and one needn’t be taken aback. Irani headed a crucial ministry that dealt wit

How dare you trivialise rape?

It is outrageous that rape and rape survivors are being taken so lightly. It is as if rape has been turned into some kind of a flippant drawing room conversation and we have stooped so low as to dehumanise women whose lives have been ravaged.

UK was always a bit different from Europe

The rush of immigrants to Europe and harsh realities of global economy may be the trigger for the United Kingdom to seek a formal divorce from the European Union, but the differences and tensions between the two were visible to even a first time t

Brand Modi changing the rules

There is something unique in Narendra Modi, even his enemies will admit that. The kind of stir his foreign trips create and the impact they leave is something that has not been witnessed before. His style, his oratory skills, the way he takes prid



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