He has travelled around the world coercing governments to ban Chinese telecom company Huawei and threatened them with consequences if they fail to cooperate; he has advocated for unilateral sanctions against European companies for joining Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline project; he, together with other hawks in the White House, risked bringing the United States and Iran close to the brink of war; and his provocative all-or-nothing approach in handling denuclearization talks with Pyongyang has so far yielded zero progress. … [Read more...] about Opinion: Pompeo, a modern-day Washington pirate
There is a common saying that only 9% of people turn to Ayush as per a national survey report. But people should understand if 3% of budget allotted to the ministry of Ayush fetches 9% population. Willingness and foot fall will definitely spike if more establishments are there. … [Read more...] about Does Siddha medicine have a Covid cure?
NCLT order that rejected the petition to initiate insolvency proceedings against Tata Chemicals for claimed operational debt of Rs 68.44 crore.A three-member NCLAT bench upheld the order of the Mumbai bench of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) that dismissed the plea of Allied Silica to initiate insolvency proceeding against the Tata group firm.Observing that the NCLT has rightly dismissed the plea as Allied Silica has failed to prove the operational debt and its default and further on the ground of pre-existing dispute, the appellate tribunal rejected the appeal against it.“We are of the considered opinion that the Adjudicating Authority (NCLT) has rightly dismissed the application filed under Section 9 of IBC,” the NCLAT bench headed by Acting Chairman Justice B L Bhat said."We do not find any reason to interfere with the impugned order. There is no substance in the appeal which is accordingly dismissed."Allied Silica and Tata Chemicals had entered into a business … [Read more...] about NCLAT dismisses plea to initiate insolvency proceedings against Tata Chemicals
By conferring the highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, >on former Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee and Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya, who was president of the Indian National Congress more than once before Independence but was better known as the founder of the Banaras Hindu University, the country has recognised the contributions made by these leaders to public life and India’s political evolution. The decision of the Bharatiya Janata Party government is also indicative of a certain resoluteness to emphasise its own political tradition — Mr. Vajpayee was the first BJP Prime Minister of India, for 13 days in 1996, and again, from 1998 to 2004; Malaviya was among the founding leaders of the Hindu Mahasabha in the early 20th century. Mr. Vajpayee, now ailing, still retains appeal that cuts across political divisions because he was particularly mindful of seeking a larger consensus on national issues. As Prime Minister his tenure was eventful, marked by a war with Pakistan, … [Read more...] about Honouring complex legacies
Amongst Delhi’s socially active circles, the old joke goes that government awards are easily buyable; the Padma Shri is available in local neighbourhood markets and the Padma Bhushan requires a trip to Connaught Place. Such cynicism always gets primed in conversations during conferring of the Bharat Ratna. That former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and freedom fighter Madan Mohan Malaviya have been nominated for the award makes no difference. The government sponsorship of an award of such rare merit is its most serious devaluation. The Prime Minister makes the recommendation to the President, who merely signs and endorses the name; the award is conferred. … [Read more...] about Choosing the jewels of India