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From postponement of Ayodhya hearing in SC to PMLA law, P Chidambaram must be mulling a bundle of ironies in CBI custody

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.

Sacred Games season 2 tackles multiple socio-political issues, from doomsday gurus to neocolonialism

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.

Direct Tax Code: Government proposes to overhaul taxation system; here is how new rules will affect you

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 vs West Indies, Stats Preview: Virat Kohli's chance to court captaincy glory, Jasprit Bumrah's dash to 50 wickets and other key numbers ahead of series

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.

Healing from the trauma of child sexual abuse: A male adult survivor recounts his journey

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.

Updated Date: Aug 22, 2019 20:53:02 IST