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Imran Khan | Asad Zaidi/Bloomberg

Imran Khan got Saudi loan for ignoring Khashoggi murder, but he still can’t woo investors

One thing was clear during Imran Khan’s trip to Saudi Arabia—that he was clueless about Pakistan’s economy
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the silver jubilee celebration of National Human Right Commission, in New Delhi,

Narendra Modi had to use the guillotine before the CBI-ED war engulfed him

Narendra Modi knew he had to take charge, even at the cost of exposing the government's security flanks.
Women carry vessels of drinking water along a track in Haryana | Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

UNDP data on poverty shows gains are in line with Modi’s slogan, not a product of it

The idea that all public initiatives to improve well-being are failing or dispensable is evidently wrong.
IAF Spitfires at Ambala before the flew into Srinagar | Polly Singh

Crucial role IAF played in early days of 1947-48 Pakistan war

Exploits of a few daring pilots of the IAF have largely gone unrecognised in the 1947-48 war.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Popow/ullstein bild via Getty Images

What the rebellion of Alok Verma tells us about Narendra Modi

The implosion in CBI adds to a series of events showing Modi no longer sets the agenda.
Maryam Nawaz | AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images

Phone switched off, no tweets: Modern Pakistan is missing Maryam Nawaz

Maryam Nawaz is the true image of tolerant Pakistan where women can break moulds.
Indian Army | representational image | Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Don’t celebrate Army’s Dangari court martial, it gives a false sense of closure

It would be a shame if there was tacit understanding between Army and the accused to abuse the justice system.
Karan Johar | Ritam Banerjee/Getty Images

Waiting for ‘bolder than before’ Karan Johar to shed his sexless personality

Between being BFF on Calling Karan and gossiping on Koffee with Karan, Karan Johar can only play it safe.
File photo of Alok Verma | Ravi Choudhary/PTI

There is a story more baffling than the CBI feud playing on primetime TV

The CBI drama is more confusing than the twists in the current plot of Zee's Kumkum Bhagya
Donald Trump

America’s need for skilled immigrants won’t go away

Skilled immigrants pay for elderly Americans’ retirement & health care, maintenance of roads, sewers, electrical grids, police & firefighters.

OnCamera

Actor Vyjayanthimala

Every Bollywood reincarnation story must tip its hat to Bimal Roy’s Madhumati

Of the many things that Bimal Roy’s Madhumati got right, Pran’s antagonistic turn was one.
space laws

When it comes to space activities in India, are no laws better than bad laws?

The government had put the draft Space Activities Bill in the public domain, inviting suggestions. The bill was never introduced in this Lok Sabha. 

Defence

Convoys to Kashmir can’t be stopped even if aircraft are available, top CRPF officers say

CRPF officer says nearly 4,000 personnel needed to be moved from Jammu to Srinagar due to a backlog caused by weather. Not all could’ve gone by aircraft.
National Interest

Suicidal Pakistan should know Modi may not be scared of its nuclear button

Pakistan has taken too much of a chance with Pulwama — with the wrong government in India, and at the wrong time.