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28 June, 2014 11:21 AM SBI, BoB seek treatment of gold deposits as part of CRR/SLR

The country's two biggest state-run lenders today pitched for treating a portion of their gold deposits as part of the mandatory cash reserve ratio (CRR) or statutory liquidity ratio (SLR), both of which banks consider as non-productive. "Is it possible that the regulator can treat a little bit of our gold deposits as CRR or SLR? After all, gold is also a store 32

28 June, 2014 6:14 AM Border Crisis Highlights US Immigration Reform Failure

Washington: One year into congressional efforts to overhaul US immigration reform, the nation's 11 million undocumented migrants are no closer to legal status, with a swelling humanitarian border crisis only highlighting the system's dysfunction. Reform efforts are dead in gridlocked Washington, and fingers of blame are pointing every which way. Republican 34

27 June, 2014 7:57 AM Five Players Who Shockingly Left World Cup

The 2014 FIFA World Cup has already seen its share of controversies with the sacking of Ghana players Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng and Uruguay's Luis Suarez, although for completely different reasons. However, these shocking departures from the most watched sporting event in the world are hardly isolated incidents. 1978: Willie Johnston doping 48

27 December, 2013 7:29 PM Of Peculiarities and Dark Romance 

Unlike the path to obsolescence that many bands from the ’90s eventually take,nobody grows out of Belle and Sebastian. Some of the credit goes to the Glaswegian band’s all-pervasive presence in popular culture — with appearances in films such as High Fidelity and TV shows such as Gilmore Girls or How I Met Your Mother. But most of its timelessness lies in its songbook 27

28 June, 2013 10:21 PM The Zombie Returns

Rob Zombie’s voice reminds one of gravel. Not the kind that carpets pristine suburban lawns,but the kind that scrunches around tombstones. It’s little wonder that in his prolific career as vocalist and frontman of various bands,scriptwriter and director (he created one of the bloodiest movie franchises in recent times,chronicling the lives of the psychotic 24

15 June, 2013 12:26 AM Revisiting the classics

There is something about Michael Bublé. The Canadian singer,who is known for his covers of legendary singers such as Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett,easily transports us to an era gone by with his eighth studio album To Be Loved. As Bublé evokes the spirits of William “Smokey” Robinson,Scotty Wiseman and Randy Newman,and of course,Sinatra and Bennett 38

28 September, 2012 7:08 PM The Legend Falters

Every summer,a theory comes up that Bob Dylan is going to open up the vaults of his head and heart again. But each time,the reclusive musician, whose voice is easily the most notorious rasp in the history of music,turns the theory on its head and throws things out there to communicate with his audience. In his 35th studio album,the 10-track Tempest 40

22 April, 2011 10:26 PM As blue as grass can get

Grascals guitarist-cum-vocalist Terry Eldredge and others who were lucky enough to be around in the black ‘n’ white days,it is a sitcom musical called The Andy Griffith Show,televised by CBS between 1960 and 1968. On March 29,2011,as America celebrated the 50th anniversary of the once-popular western comedy,the band came out with a tribute of its own — a down-to-the-roots 63

18 February, 2011 7:03 PM These Guys Can’t Be Caged

No,these guys can’t be caged. In fact,they seem to be getting wilder every step of the way. When Cage the Elephant came out with their eponymous debut album in 2008,critics couldn’t help but look up and take note — especially the naughty-yet-gritty single that advocated No rest for the wicked. For one,their sound was honest. The undercurrents of rebellion 71