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Sixth straight win in PM’s home State

Sixth straight win in PM’s home State
Gujarat’s voters handed the BJP its sixth straight victory in the Assembly elections, but tempered the win by reducing the party’s majority to 99 – its lowest tally since 1995. Its dominance in the urban areas appeared to have saved the day for the BJP in what turned out to be a tight contest with…

CM-designate Dhumal loses in Sujanpur, Himachal Pradesh

CM-designate Dhumal loses in Sujanpur, Himachal Pradesh
Keeping alive the State’s record of changing governments at every election, Himachal Pradesh on Monday brought the BJP back to power with a handsome margin. The Congress was reduced to just 21 seats in a House of 68 and most of its Cabinet Ministers also lost the elections. The BJP won 44 seats . Two…

Bigger battles ahead for Congress

Bigger battles ahead for Congress
After losing Himachal Pradesh on Monday, the Congress is now in power only in four States — Punjab, Karnataka, Meghalaya and Mizoram — and the Union Territory of Puducherry. Except Punjab, the other three States are scheduled to go to the polls in 2018. The Hindi heartland States of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh are…

Analysis: Why Gujarat voted the way it did

Analysis: Why Gujarat voted the way it did
Through much of the election campaign in Gujarat in the last two months there has been one refrain that has rung out, “Congress is fighting well but BJP will form the government.” Monday’s results in Gujarat has conformed to that view, with the Congress having improved on its 2012 tally, but still resigned to being…

Three musketeers behind Congress

Three musketeers behind Congress
With 77 seats, the Congress has put up its best performance in Gujarat since 1990, when it won only 33 seats. With the help of three young social activists, the Congress almost dislodged the ruling BJP from its strongest citadel. The three social activists who played a crucial role in creating an anti-BJP environment are…

Focus on income mobility

Focus on income mobility
The World Inequality Report 2018 released by the World Inequality Lab last week says that income inequality in India has increased since economic liberalisation. This, it notes, is in contrast to the earlier decades when inequality dropped under socialist policies. As expected, the finding has been used by many to argue that the rich should…

Congress upbeat, life returns to 24 Akbar Road

Congress upbeat, life returns to 24 Akbar Road
It was clear that the BJP was going to retain Gujarat and wrest Himachal Pradesh from the Congress by 1 p.m. when the leads in both the States had firmed up. But unlike previous elections, 24 Akbar Road, headquarters of the Congress, did not look deserted. Since the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the party has…

Many stalwarts, defectors bite the dust in Gujarat, Himachal

Many stalwarts, defectors bite the dust in Gujarat, Himachal
Opposition leaders lauded Monday’s Assembly poll results with the Congress performing better than expected in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. “The voting percentage has declined, more so if you compare it with the 2014 parliament election, where BJP had a lead in 164 seats. It is a sign of sharp growth in discontent in people,” CPI…

3rd Test, England tour of Australia and New Zealand at Perth,...

3rd Test, England tour of Australia and New Zealand at Perth, Dec 14-18 2017 | Match Report | ESPNCricinfo
Australia 9 for 662 dec (Smith 239, M Marsh 181, Khawaja 50, Anderson 4-116) beat England 403 (Malan 140, Bairstow 119, Stoneman 56, Starc 4-91, Hazlewood 3-92) and 218 (Vince 55, Malan 54, Hazlewood 5-48) by an innings and 41 runsnScorecard and ball-by-ball details If this is Australia's last taste of international cricket at the…

Australians apply Rule 140 to perfection

Australians apply Rule 140 to perfection
In the revered Australian film Breaker Morant, the titular character explains his practice of shooting prisoners of war by saying he enacted "Rule 303", in reference to the .303 calibre rifle in use at the time. In this series, Australia have skated to victory in the bare minimum three matches by invoking another simple and…

Starc decision needed after Smith’s tears of joy

Starc decision needed after Smith’s tears of joy
Australia's captain Steven Smith broke down in tears in the dressing room immediately after regaining the Ashes, but he and the selectors have a decision to make on Mitchell Starc as they set their sights on emulating the teams of 2007 and 2014 by shutting out England 5-0 over the final two Tests in Melbourne…

ECB’s decade of errors led to Ashes failure

ECB’s decade of errors led to Ashes failure
The most honest - and most depressing - comment about England's Ashes campaign came after the third day of the Perth Test. Reflecting on England's bowlers' inability to make a dent in an Australian batting line-up that is, Steve Smith apart, good but unremarkable, the team's assistant coach, Paul Farbrace, said: "There's nothing that's surprised…