Can India’s Pseudo-Secularism survive the ‘Hijab Challenge’?

Imagine that a taxpayer-funded college bans its students from wearing shorts on campus and a student approaches the court seeking to overturn the ban. If this happens in India, the first question the courts may ask the student is: Why do you want to wear shorts, is it part of your religious belief? If the […]

TRAI reminds cable, DTH companies to remove multiple listing of channels

Even as the fight between sections of news channels restarts over the resumption of BARC television ratings, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has shot off a directive to cable and DTH operators to ensure that TV channels are listed only once, and only under one ‘genre’, on their set-top-boxes. The directive comes in the […]

Kerala Police crack down on partner swapping

Kerala Police has started cracking down on the phenomenon of ‘couple swapping’ or ‘partner swapping’ — which has gained the status of an alternate lifestyle in the West — after a complaint from a married woman. Police said they have have arrested six people from the districts of Kottayam and nearby areas, without giving details. […]

Delhi High Court to again take up Future Retail’s plea on Amazon’s Singapore arbitration

The court of Chief Justice of Delhi High Court will today hear appeals filed by Future Retail and its promoters against a decision by a single judge bench yesterday that refused to issue directions to a Singapore arbitration panel. Yesterday, a Delhi High Court bench comprising Justice Amit Bansal had refused to accept arguments by […]

Tejas Mark 1A production to start in 2023, BEL gets 2.4k cr order

Plans to bring out a more improved version of India’s indigenous fighter aircraft, Tejas, have moved a step closer to fruition with the award of a Rs 2,400 cr contract by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL). The contract has been awarded for the supply of 20 types of airborne electronic systems […]

‘Gender neutral uniform’ leads to howls of protests in Kerala

A decision by a government school in Kerala to introduce trousers and shirt for both girls and boys has led to protests and demonstrations, especially from Muslim religious and cultural organizations. These organizations have alleged that the move amounts to imposing patriarchy and liberal values on women, and accused the school authorities of denying the […]

Padmaja Venugopal on election setback, Silverline project and Congress leadership

Padmaja Venugopal, daughter of legendary Congress leader K Karunakaran who was the chief minister of Kerala for several years is no new name in Kerala politics. She has been very active in KPCC over the past few decades and is known for taking strong stands on issues within and outside the party. In the recently […]

Survey says allergies may actually protect people from COVID

An interesting, observational study in the UK suggests that the overactive immune system associated with allergic diseases such as asthma and hay fever may have a positive side-effect in the form of greater protection from COVID-19 in the initial stages. The 10-month study, involving around 15,000 people, was carried out between May 2020 and February […]

Fearing crime, Police crack down on football in Kerala

An order by the district police chief of Wayanad, a hill district of Kerala known for its sports enthusiasts and academies, has riled sports lovers across the state. The order issued by District Police Chief Aravind Sukumar two days ago has made it illegal to operate flood-lit football turfs — scores of which have sprung […]

Maruti Suzuki, Toyota’s scrapping factory starts operations

Maruti Suzuki and Toyota Group’s have created the first major, scientific auto-scrapping unit in India at NOIDA near Delhi. The factory can disassemble and recycle 24,000 vehicles per year, and has been constructed at a cost Rs 44 cr. “‚ÄúTill now there was no scientific, clean and healthy way to dispose a car at its […]

BEL gets biggest ever export order as part of IAF’s Airbus C-295 order

Government of India-controlled Bharat Electronics Ltd, a manufacturer of defence electronics, said it received its largest ever export order in the form of a Make in India offset-contract from European aircraft manufacturer Airbus Defence & Space. In September this year, Indian Air Force had signed a Rs 20,000 cr contract with Airbus Defence and Space […]

Revolt bike network to expand to 75 cities by early 2022

RattanIndia Enterprises, led by IndiaBulls founder Rajiv Rattan, has announced plans to open Revolt electric bike showrooms in 60 new cities by early next year, which will take the total number of showrooms to 75. These new cities include Kolkata, Chandigarh, Lucknow and the national capital. The current crop of showrooms are located in Bangalore, […]

Sabu Jacob’s Kitex Garments starts Telangana unit

Kitex Garments has incorporated a new company in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, with an initial capital of Rs 100 cr, in keeping with the company’s earlier announcement of shifting some of its expansion to the new South Indian state. The Kerala-based company had created controversy in its home state several months ago due to political statements […]

Dish TV says YES Bank cannot sell Dish shares

Adding another dimension to the legal battle over the impending extraordinary general meeting called by Dish TV’s largest shareholder YES Bank, the DTH operator said a local office of Uttar Pradesh Police has asked the company to ensure that YES Bank does not deal in or liquidate its Dish TV shares, pending an investigation by […]

L&T to build ministry offices under central vista project

Larsen & Toubro, India’s largest construction company, said it won a contract from the union government to build three 10-storeyed buildings that form part of the new central secretariat. The union government is current redeveloping the central vista — the hub of administration in India that houses most of the major ministries and departments of […]

Hindustan Times group to bid for IPL team

Hindustan Media Ventures, the HT Media subsidiary that runs Hindustan — one of India’s largest newspapers — said it has decided to bid for an IPL team in the ongoing auctions. With this, Hindustan Media Ventures joins a longish list of companies interested in owning the two new franchises. Companies who win the auction will […]

Kerala CPIM warns of Islamist, Christian extremism on campuses

Abandoning its long-held restraint when it comes to commenting on extremists originating from minority communities, the Kerala unit of CPIM has included warnings about ‘attempts to spread extremism’ among students belonging to Muslim and Christian communities in Kerala. The warning, contained in this year’s guidebook for student leaders, was in addition to the traditional instruction […]