Markets to have wilder swings intra-day (Market Watch)

Reading Time: 4 minutes Markets gained on four of the five trading sessions, yet closed with losses in the week gone by. The BSESENSEX lost 526.51 points or 1.30 per cent to close at 39,982.98 points. NIFTY lost 151.75 points or 1.27 per cent to close at 11,762.45 points. The broader market saw BSE100, BSE200 and BSE500 lose 1.43 per cent, 1.37 per cent and 1.35 per cent, respectively. BSEMIDCAP was down 0.98 per cent while BSESMALLCAP lost 1.40 per cent.

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There can be no intra Afghan talks unless Ghani steps aside (Comment)

Reading Time: 4 minutes President Donald Trump and his National Security Adviser, Robert C. O’ Brien are aching to announce troop withdrawal from Afghanistan as a last-minute sweetener for the American voter, rather like floral touches in an Indian wedding. Gen. Mark A. Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is probably looking at life beyond Trump, unless there is a second coming. He is talking of ending the Afghan war “responsibly”, which means “not in a hurry”.

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Putham Pudhu Kaalai: Many moods of lockdown (IANS Review; Rating: ***)

Reading Time: 4 minutes Putham Pudhu Kaalai (Tamil film streaming on Amazon Prime); Cast: Jayaram, Urvashi, Kalidas Jayaram, Kalyani Priyadarshan, MS Bhaskar, Ritu Varma, Suhasini Maniratnam, Anu Hasan, Kathadi Ramamurthy, Komalam Charuhasan, Shruti Haasan, Andrea Jeremiah, Leela Samson, Gurucharan, Bobby Simha, K. Muthukumar, Sharath Ravi, Ezhil Arasan Babaraj; Direction: Sudha Kongara, Gautham Vasudev Menon, Suhasini Maniratnam, Rajiv Menon, Kartik Subbaraj; Rating: * * * (three stars)

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New Paint On Door One: A Bond Update

Reading Time: 3 minutes The government has executed a re-think on the outstanding GST compensation issues by announcing intent to borrow itself under the Option 1 amount of INR 1,10,000 crores and allocating this to states as loans. It may be remembered that earlier the center had apparently insisted that, while it will ‘facilitate’ the borrowing for states, it will not borrow the amount itself. This had been opposed by some states leading to a non-consensus that had dragged on for some time at the GST council. This should therefore be a welcome development and allow the process to move forward.

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The bounty on young IPL cricketer’s head should just be a number

Reading Time: 4 minutes Cricket was introduced by the British to be played to imbibe the ways of life. The important traits were to learn and develop skills of patience, how to evaluate risks, and to be able to take the ups and downs that the game provides. It taught one not only to compete, but also to appreciate one’s opponents and fellow teammates. The values and learnings that the royal game of cricket brought about was what made its ardent followers appreciate and recognise performances. Patience was a virtue and five days of Test cricket provided that in abundance.

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Pollution divides urban and rural (Opinion)

Reading Time: 3 minutes Expecting others to do the right thing is always a losing expectation. People want everybody else to keep the city clean, everybody else should not honk, everybody else is wasting and polluting and they are creating the problems, not them. This expectation always meets with frustration, hence smart politicians sometime harness it and direct it to people not like ‘them’.

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