India,World roundup Jan 6

India 1.SC refuses urgent hearing on plea to put off Union Budget.The Supreme Court on Friday refused to give an urgent hearing on a plea seeking deferment of the Union Budget for 2017-18 till April after the elections in five states get…

Dhoni does a Dhoni, again

Given his reputation for being the calmest person on the ground, it’s surprising how Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s announcement to step down as India’s one-day and T20 captain has made so many people emotional. Was the decision timely, or premature? Should he have…

Diplomatic enclave: Interesting ties

Indian foreign policy is expected to face a challenging year. In the evolving global power dynamics, international alliances and rivalries have been changing while the new American presidency under Donald Trump promises to stir up global relations in myriad ways. Trump’s dalliance…

Spy’s eye: A big push for democracy

The landmark judgement of a 7- member Constitutional Bench of India’s Supreme Court, literally putting a ban on candidates and their agents in any election appealing for votes by invoking religion, race, community, caste or language, has halted an ongoing degeneration of…

Kohli in command

Friday named Virat Kohli as the limited overs skipper as India sets its sights on winning back its title as one-day cricket’s world champions.Two days after India’s most successful ever captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni stood down from the helm of both Twenty20…