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When he isn't being interrogated by sleuths at CBI headquarters, P Chidambaram — who has been remanded to the agency's custody till 26 August — will have plenty of time to mull the various ironies confronting him in his present situation.
When he isn't being interrogated by sleuths at CBI headquarters, P Chidambaram — who has been remanded to the agency's custody till 26 August — will have plenty of time to mull the various ironies confronting him in his present situation. First and foremost: The reasons why senior counsel and his party colleague Kapil Sibal couldn’t secure a hearing for him in the Supreme Court because Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi was busy heading a Constitution bench on the Ayodhya matter.
It goes without saying, of course, that Sacred Games lays it on thick with the religious symbolism. By the time you’re done registering the insignia, the pravachans, not to mention the circular doublespeak of its godman-villain, Sacred Games also squeezes in a brief, testy interrogation scene inside a church. As it so happens, the show’s most persistent religious theme is, curiously enough, a Catholic one — the Biblical concept of ‘sins of the father’, i.e. future generations paying the price for (or being goaded into action by) the actions of their parents.
The government proposes to bring in a significant change by way of replacing the 58-year-old income tax law with the Direct Tax Code. On account of numerous amendments to the Income-tax Act, 1961, over a period of time, the income tax law has become lengthy and complicated. The objective of the Direct Tax Code (‘the Code’) is to simplify the tax system and make it easy to understand and implement.
India will play their first match of the World Test Championship against West Indies in Antigua where the hosts have won last two Tests. It will be a direct tussle between both teams’ pacers. Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel, and Jason Holder are in the top 15 of ICC Test Bowlers Rankings. It will be intriguing to see the approach of Indian batsmen, especially the openers, and Ajinkya Rahane against them.
Despite the unimaginable horror he lived through, Ishank didn’t have many memories of the ordeal until he turned 25. That isn’t unusual: repressed memories are a common but under-discussed psychological phenomenon for people who survive traumatic experiences. The physical scars, however — there was no hiding them.
Ravi Shastri said Virat Kohli could have won 50-60 Tests as the captain had he continued, but a "lot of people would have not been able to digest that fact".
Spin legend Shane Warne has thanked star batter Virat Kohli for "passionately supporting" Test cricket, a day after he stepped down as skipper of the Indian Test team.
Emotionally charged Virat Kohli, a product of the times, chose courage to stand apart as India captain
Over the past seven years, Virat Kohli has been the force driving the Indian team to produce such memorable results, making it believe that it could turn the tide and stun the opposition even when the chips were down.