Moodindigo: The bleeding question

Last week a film addressing menstruation was given an “A” certificate by the censor board. The tussles that the film community has been having with the board and its chairman, Pahlaj Nihalani, are now well known. There have been a series of decisions that have caused consternation, outrage and despondency amongst creative people. Not to mention innumerable TV debates, reports and opinion pieces. To write another would not even serve as accelerant in a raging fire, because nothing is going to change, this fire (it looks like) will have to burn itself out.


Social media was flooded with congratulatory messages after ace shuttler Kidambi Srikanth decimated reigning Olympic and All England Open champion Chen Long of China to win the Australia Open Super Series title last Sunday. The 24-year-old took just 45 minutes to script a memorable straight game victory, his first against Chen in six meetings, to bag his career’s fourth Super Series title. World No.

Diplomatic Enclave:A true friend of India

A visit that began with low expectations went into high optics with three hugs and a double-handed handshake as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump set new priorities for bilateral relationship. The fight against terrorism, strategic partnership and fair trade topped the agenda of the two leaders during their meetings in Washington.
Given Trump’s unpredictable nature and penchant for resetting bilateral ties as several leaders including Qatar’s Emir have found recently, the visit was a successful endorsement of India-US relations.


Kashmir Valley remains a sore, 70 years after independence, still being coveted by Pakistan. It is an unfinished business of Partition. Much has been written about the complexity of sub-nationalism and how the people of the Valley want to remain autonomous. But with such a controversial birthing, no one has quite got a handle on what exactly is required.

Getting GST Ready: 5 things to do

The introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) is the most significant economic reform and is slated to be rolled out from July 1. While most businesses would have been preparing to deal with this change over the past few months, it may be instructive to take stock of a few things that are essential to be ready for GST.
1. Migrate to the GST Network or get registered:

Play the waiting game this week

The market seemed to have a mind of its own and did virtually nothing during the week gone by. The Sensex gained 81.81 points or 0.26 per cent to close at 31,138.28 points. The Nifty lost 13.10 points, or 0.14 per cent to close at 9,574.95 points. The broader markets lost and the bigger losers were BSE Midcap, down 1.51 per cent and BSE Smallcap, down 1.82 per cent. It seemed the market was in a mood to correct, though that just didn’t happen.

The things that make a house green

With climate change staring at us, going green is both topical and critical. Today more and more people are becoming aware of adopting green in their lives. When it comes to homes, people are evincing interest in green.

Single tax will help the real estate sector

Bringing in the goods and services tax is a positive development for the real estate sector. GST will bring in more transparency, abolish multiple-taxation and make the system more systematic and streamlined.
Processes will become more transparent, as instead of many agencies, there would be a single nodal agency, which can streamline and help in attracting more FDI.
By levying a single consolidated tax, no tax needs to be paid at different stages at different times. Hence GST will help providing the real estate sector with an audit trail for better control and monitoring.

Find firms with strong growth prospects

Recently, Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance’s assets under management crossed the Rs 50,000-crore mark, a first for a non-bank life insurance company. As chief investment officer, Sampath Reddy has been handling the insurer’s investment strategy from 2011. He has also been managing the company’s funds almost since inception.

GST’s orderly implementation is important

While the macroeconomic fundamentals of economy have improved dramatically over the last three years, the government of the day needs to take utmost care and caution and keep in mind that incremental delays in resolution of NPA problem would delay private capex recovery and also while there are reasons to be positive about the long-term prospects of GST, it’s important that it gets implemented in an orderly manner with less disturbances to the trade, said Harshad Borawake, head of research (equity) at Mirae Asset Global Investments, a leading independent asset managemen