India now more confident in dealing economically with other nations: Jaitley

By Arul Louis

New York : India's confidence level in dealing with other countries economically has risen and it is now in a position to boldly consider multilateral trade arrangements as it has emerged as the fastest-growing major economy amid a "grim" global situation, according to Finance Minister Arul Jaitley.

Kohinoor gifted to Britain, government tells SC

New Delhi: The government on Monday told the Supreme Court that the East India Company did not take away the Kohinoor diamond but it was gifted to Britain by Maharaja Duleep Singh.

The government stand was conveyed to the apex court bench of Chief Justice T.S. Thakur and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit in response to a public interest litigation by a NGO.

The NGO, All India Human Rights and Social Justice Forum, has sought directions to the government to make efforts for getting the diamond back to India.

Do Educational Institutions need lectures on Patriotism?

Senior Ghanaian official pays glowing tributes to Ambedkar

By Francis Kokutse

Accra : The president of the Ghana Technology University College (GTUC) here has paid glowing tributes to the memory of B.R. Ambedkar for the role he played in drafting of the Indian constitution, which set the stage for the campaign against all forms of discrimination in the country.

"Ambedkar's life is an inspirational story of achievement to move against discrimination," Osei Darkwa said, adding that his initiatives have influenced a lot of socio-economic policies in India.

All eyes on Election Commision as Mamata's blue-eyed boy runs riot

By Anurag Dey

Kolkata : He is no magician, but assures the opposition would vanish on polling day. He has no qualms about asking his men to "bomb the police". While some call him a "dumb publicity seeker", Anubrata Mondal's opponents blame him for violence, electoral malpractices and all that is wrong in his Birbhum district "fiefdom".

And he is not even standing for elections.

An open letter to Editors of NDTV: Assamese-speaking people are not the only rightful residents of Assam

By Mustafa Barbhuiya for

Dear Editors of NDTV,

I express my deep concerns regarding the kind of generalised comments and commentary on Assam population that I have witnessed on your channel and this is especially disappointing since this comes from people whom I have held in high regard for their work in the Indian media.

नोखा: जानिए एशिया की सबसे बड़ी मोठ मंडी को

अफ़रोज़ आलम साहिल,

नोखा (राजस्थान): दलित छात्रा डेल्टा मेघवाल की मौत ने राजस्थान के बीकानेर जिले के नोखा शहर को चर्चा में ला दिया है. ये शहर उन वजहों से चर्चा के केंद्र में है, उनकी वजह से नोखा के लोग नाउम्मीदी में डूब जाते हैं. लेकिन सच तो यह है कि नोखा की एक अलग अपनी पहचान भी है. ये पहचान एशिया की सबसे बड़ी मोठमंडी होने का है.

Everybody’s Ambedkar ...RSS included!

By Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam,

Over the last few years we have been seeing a cynical game being played with increasing enthusiasm by all kinds of politicians and organisations. People who were never the admirers of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar in his life or later, and have been hostile to his fundamental philosophy of “annihilation of caste”, are today insincerely and cunningly chanting his name to garner support of Dalits in elections.

Political ambitions behind claims for Ambedkar's legacy, say experts

By Sidhartha Dutta and Mohd Asim Khan

New Delhi : Political parties seem to be seeking to outdo each other in claiming the legacy B. R. Ambedkar, the chief architect of the constitution, but are they true to his teachings? Experts say that support for Ambedkar is driven more by political motives rather than a clear understanding of his work.

Modinomics must address the rural economy

By Vatsal Srivastava

For a government that has been voted by a historic majority on the single promise of "ache din" and "vikas", today's agrarian reality can turn into its most potent cause of demise. The agricultural growth rate is creeping towards negative territory from a dismal 0.2 percent seen in 2014-2015. Data from the labour ministry shows that growth in rural wages slowed from a high of nearly 18 percent in August 2013 and 17.5 percent in August 2014 to a dismal 3.8 percent in August 2015.