The rewards of awards

Scientists all over the world look forward to the first week of October when the Nobel Prizes for the year are announced. This announcement begins with physiology and medicine and ends with the Nobel Peace Prize. The award relating to economics bear the name of Nobel but does not form a part of the Nobel Prizes given on the basis of Nobel’s will.

Cut & Thrust: Thespian in winter

Mortuus Diu. Amitabh Bachchan is familiar with that expression for he has cheated death twice in his amazing lifetime, once when Puneet Issar punched him in the stomach on the sets of Coolie and then again many years later, a perilous escape with financial ruin. Both times, his grit and determination brought him back. A mistimed jump and punch which Bachchan should have dodged ended up with the star rupturing an intestine. He was rushed from Bangalore to Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital for an emergency splenectomy.

Cometh the hour, cometh the man

Argentina made a trip to Ecuador for their final World Cup qualifying campaign knowing they are in danger of missing out on the world’s biggest football event for only the second time since 1970. The situation looked unpromising, especially after three successive draws in the campaign. Only a victory would keep Argentina alive, with automatic qualification out of reach, that too depending on the other results of the final night of South American World Cup qualifiers.

Raise the benchmark, PM

Those who run out of arguments to prove that staccato of supposedly game changing schemes fired by the Modi government with much fanfare have been a resounding success take a recourse in prime minister’s unblemished integrity and his righteous intention of making a new India.

Having heart in the place of logic is similar to the mind of a teacher who is tempted to give marks purely on beautiful hand- writing of the student who has   answered all the questions wrong.

Singing the tune of oppression

Pakistani theatre actress and dancer Shamim was shot dead on Monday by unidentified gunmen in Shah town of Multan in Punjab province. The 29-year-old artist was killed early in the morning outside her house. Her brother, Saifur Rehman said she had been receiving threats for performing in theatres. Shamim's family also suspects that her estranged husband might be involved in the murder. Last year, another theatre actress Kismat Baig was killed by her estranged lover in Lahore. She was shot 11 times in her legs, stomach and hands.

A Drive too ambitious

Indians, by temperament and virtue, believe that everyone else should follow rules but feel exempted from doing the same. At any given point in time, one would be able to see at least a dozen cases of pedestrians jaywalking, riding without helmets, speeding in cars without seat belts, dangerous lane cutting and driving insanely. Road rage is common. Rash driving, it seems, gives a sense of power to people. So much so, that any sane driver has to be careful to safeguard oneself from the instances of any violations by others.

Establishing The new normal

Any debate on real issues of economy is always welcome, instead of manufactured and imaginary issues like intolerance. In this light, we welcome Yashwant Sinha’s concerns on the state of economy, though his deliberations seems to be motivated and with many technical flaws. We should bear in our minds that there are no free lunches in economics. There is always a trade off in resource allocation and the government has to ensure that they are allocated in the most efficient manner.

DISEQUILIBRIUM: Reforms aren’t a switch

Like a television loop, which runs with monotonous and unerring synchronicity, the last four years has seen many reruns, but in the absence of any killer application which provides a breakthrough benefit, there is only more of the same. Deep administrative reform has without a doubt been a huge success, but beyond that the reticence and hesitance to undertake anything material or transformative despite a humongous mandate remains most galling.

When passion becomes profession

What began as passion for travel soon became a profession for Ritu Goyal Harish. She formally set up Ease India Travel, a bootstrapped start-up based in Pune in January. It specialises in curated holidays to Bhutan, paragliding trips in Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra Valley, birding and hiking trips in Coorg, Karnataka, and temple tours across nine famous religious landmarks in Kerala and beyond.

The bone of contention called China

Barely a month has passed since India and China agreed to pull out troops from the disputed Doklam Plateau area of Bhutan near Sikkim, the focus is back on the region amidst report that People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has strengthened its build up in the area.

The presence of Chinese troops in Chumbi valley overlooking the Doklam Pleateau was confirmed by Indian Air Force chief Birender Singh Dhanoa on Thursday signalling that another round of diplomatic effort would be required to diffuse the situation before it reaches the escalation point.