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Watch out! Umpiring standards have become a joke

Umpiring standards have fallen to abysmal levels in the country. Not a single Indian has really been worthy of a place on the ICC’s Elite Panel. Ever since Srinivas Venkataragahvan retired from the scene, India has not had an umpire of international standard.

We predict the world won’t end today

Regardless of whether they are sceptics or believers, most people love predictions. If interpretations of the end of the Long Calendar of the Mayans prove right, the world could be ending at 4.42 pm IST on Friday. The chances are that we will just be reminded once again that predictions have a long history of going wrong because the human crystal ball is at best cloudy.

Assembly gears up for diamond jubliee today

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The Tamil Nadu Legislat­i­ve Assembly has a fascinating history that goes back se­veral more years than the completion of 60 years of the state Assembly in a free India, that is being celebrated in a

GenNext steps out of the shadows of giants

The younger generation stepping out of the shadow of the seniors is the real positive development to emerge in the first Test of the revenge series against England which Team India won comprehensively

Kohli is next in line for long-term captaincy


Virat Kohli is Indian cricket’s batting prince who is the clear heir to the throne. The day cannot be far off when he will be leading Team India, perhaps as soon as Dhoni gives up his occupation of th

Faults in 143 N-reactors in Europe: EU report

The European Union’s energy chief may have declared that the bloc’s 143 nuclear power stations are “satisfactory” but a report on the state of each of those nuclear reactors has pointed to hundreds of

India’s new caste system defines success in cricket


In a land in which offspring of politicians become politicians and sons and daughters of film stars seem ready to enter the cinema field even as they are born, it should surprise no one if sons follow

Yuvi’s back, will T20 cup come home?

It is cricket’s equivalent of the silly season but one of enormous significance from the game’s points of view. The T20 world championship may not have gained in importance with each successive tourna

Playing at home, spinners are always winners

Team India followed the home formula to a T. Bowl the spinners and win Tests is a well-oiled principle that has inevitably worked. Even so, it was a bit of a shock to see the red cherry being handed o

Taming Oz in their own den a significant achievement

There should be no more carping at the BCCI just for the heck of it. That pastime should no more be in fashion. The Under-19 team’s win in the World Cup would suggest that the board has got many things right with regard to preparing teams.

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I want to begin with a little story that was told to me by a leading executive at Aptech. He was exercising in a gym with a lot of younger people.

Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen didn’t make the cut. Neither did Shaji Karun’s Piravi, which bagged 31 international awards.