Abraham C MathewsEvery now and then, the devout are witness to a contest where stakes are so much higher than mere bragging rights; where both sides in the contest have laid equally strong claims to the title, and revealed their opponents’ weaknesses to an equal extent, leaving the final outcome to be decided by some arbitrary factor that just doesn’t feel representative of the contest.Such as the number of boundaries scored during the match!Close If you thought the cricket world cup final earlier this year -- so closely contested that scores were tied at the end of 50 overs, as well as a super over -- should have been jointly awarded to England and New Zealand, wait till you read the judgment of the Supreme Court in the Babri-Masjid Ram-Janmabhoomi (“Ayodhya”) case. related news VHP suggests Amit Shah, Yogi Adityanath be included in proposed Ram temple trust Supreme Court upholds disqualification of Karnataka MLAs, but allows them to recontest The … [Read more...] about Ayodhya verdict: It was the assertion of beliefs that clinched the title
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Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, on November 13, tweeted the word 'agneepath' thrice, apparently indicating the difficult path ahead for his party in its efforts to form government in Maharashtra. The party is hoping to form the government with the Indian National Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), its political rivals till recently.Raut, who on November 12, quoted poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan to reaffirm his party's resolve to succeed and not give up, on November 13 tweeted: "Agneepath, agneepath, agneepath..."(path of fire), without elaborating.'Agneepath' is a famous poem by renowned literarian Harivansh Rai Bachchan.Close It was also the title of a 1990s Hindi blockbuster featuring megastar Amitabh Bachchan, which depicted how the main protagonist literally traversed the path of fire in his quest for justice. related news India pledges to contribute $5 million in 2020 to UN Palestine refugee agency Maharashtra government formation: Shiv Sena doesn’t … [Read more...] about ‘Agneepath’, says Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut as his party treads tough path with Congress-NCP
Zomato's biggest shareholder, Info Edge, has said that the food delivery platform cut its monthly expenditures to Rs 143 crore ($20 million), The Times of India reported.This is a significant reduction of around 44 percent from the company's Rs 322 crore ($32 million) March spend. The cut was managed despite the start-up expanding operations across 500 more Indian cities, it noted.After announcing its September quarter earnings, Sanjeev Bikhchandani, the co-founder of Info Edge. told analysts that cutting down on discounts and instances of people abusing discounts, and reducing marketing spend brought down the monthly expenditure.Close He added that Zomato would continue to reduce monthly spend and increase volumes. It will be a tough fight as Bengaluru-based rival Swiggy is going all-out at $40-50 million per month to gobble market share. related news Supreme Court to deliver its verdict on pleas seeking Sabarimala judgment review tomorrow 'Vodafone India to head for … [Read more...] about Zomato slashes monthly spends by 44% to Rs 143 crore; company to focus on volume increase: Report
Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel had a telephonic conversation with Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and they spoke about a common minimum programme that can be adopted by the three parties, sources told Moneycontrol.The conversation happened during the November 12 NCP-Congress meet in Mumbai, where senior leaders from both the parties were present."While the common minimum programme has not yet been fully finalised, Patel and Thackeray spoke briefly about it, and Patel also said the Congress has given in-principle approval to the alliance between the parties," a Congress source, aware of the developments during the meeting, said.Close Another source said the programme consists of economic and agrarian issues in Maharashtra, but it will be expanded gradually to other topics as well. related news Supreme Court to deliver its verdict on pleas seeking Sabarimala judgment review tomorrow 'Vodafone India to head for liquidation if Centre does not ease spectrum fees': Report … [Read more...] about Maharashtra government formation: Ahmed Patel, Uddhav Thackeray discuss common minimum programme
When Nitish Kumar abandoned the Grand Alliance with RJD and Congress to join the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in August last year, opinions regarding his decision were divided. Some called it a political masterstroke, others called it a mistake; most were cynical. They felt this was perhaps another one of Kumar’s U-turns in his quest to use realpolitik to maintain power, and it could go either way.Maintaining power, as it is turning out, would be difficult. Once considered to be the Opposition’s pitch for Prime Ministerial candidature, Nitish Kumar now seems to be struggling for seats in a state he has ruled for the past 13 years. Kumar had broken his alliance with the NDA before the 2014 general elections, citing differences with PM Narendra Modi.In the elections that followed, Janata Dal (United), Kumar's party, was trounced by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies in Bihar, reducing the party to two seats while the BJP garnered 22. This was a change from … [Read more...] about Grand Alliance, NDA or go-it-alone: Options galore, but what is Bihar CM Nitish Kumar thinking?