Neena Gopal


Benteke double sinks Arsenal in opener

Arsenal endured a calamitous start to the Premier League season after conceding two penalties and having Laurent Koscielny dismissed in a 3-1 home defeat by Aston Villa on Saturday.

Miffed BAI gags players

“The BAI doesn’t ask for bouquets but brickbats are a little bit too much,” read a Badminton Association of India letter marked to players and officials of the Indian Badminton League on Monday.

US-Pak, AfPak and India-NA

As Afghanistan braces for the US’ zero-option in 2014, the folly of trying to superimpose the template of India-Pakistan “hostility” over the bigger problem in Afghanistan — the internecine feuding and jockeying for power between Pashtun proxies, one led by Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the other fronted by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence, to pre-empt an Afghan plan to create a Greater Pashtunistan which predates the New Delhi-Islamabad rivalry — has prompted a whole new dynamic.

Kerry, India and the AfPak question

US secretary of state John Kerry’s three-day visit to India commencing today takes place in unpropitious circumstances. The ties between the two countries have grown steadily in recent times, President Barack Obama calling it a defining partnerships of the 21st century.

Mahi Racing team riders crash out

Bad weather dashed Mahi Racing team’s hopes of a a good finish as their riders Kenan Sofuoglu and Fabien Foret crashed out in Monza, Italy.

General in a labyrinth

The warrant issued by the Islamabad high court for former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf’s arrest on Thursday in what is essentially a bailable case adds a new and provocative element ahead of the May 11 elections that have much wider implications for the security of not just Pakistan, but also neighbouring India, China and, in particular, Afghanistan, where the endgame has begun.

Now, ladies special post office in city

The department of postal services is set to open its first “all-woman post office” in Mumbai on April 12.

A Lanka lost?

With India unequivocally backing a vote against Sri Lanka in the UN Human Rights Council resolution that reprimands the Mahinda Rajapakse government for war crimes against the Tamil minority, 40,000 of whom were slaughtered in the final days of a 27-year-old Tamil Tiger insurgency, Delhi’s Lankan challenge has only just begun.

Caught in the Male morass

For a nation that sees its two main threats as emanating from its western neighbour sending in wave after wave of terrorists from the Pakistani jihadi factory, and China’s growing stranglehold of the

Pakistan: Of sieges & stooges

The ground is shifting in Pakistan again. In a few weeks — if not days — the five-year-long experiment that has seen a fledgling democracy take root in a hitherto largely militaristic soil, could well be uprooted.

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