|Doha ´city centre´ part of history|
|THE high sales pitch of the
shop-owners and the flurry of
activity among shoppers, trying
to drive a smart bargain at
Musheireb (popularly called
National), Souq Ahmed bin
Abdullah and the markets in the
lanes and bylanes
of the area
seen over the last
one week or so are
like the flicker of a lamp´s flame
before it dies out in a storm.
The traders are resorting to
distress clearance of their
stocks as the deadline.
|Europe´s Real Problems|
|WHEN the history of the 21st
century is written people
will ask why it was that
Europe was found wanting
during its most intractable
economic crisis. They will ask why
Europe slept as an undercapitalised
banking system floundered, unemployment
remained unacceptably high, and
the Continent´s growth and competitiveness
Worse still, if a reconstruction plan
does not come soon, Europe´s leaders
will be charged with "the decline of...
|NO, WE CAN´T?
|IF you were shocked by Friday´s
job report, if you thought we
were doing well and were taken
aback by the bad news, you
haven´t been paying attention.
The fact is, the United States economy
has been stuck in a rut for a year
and a half.
Yet a destructive passivity has
overtaken our discourse. Turn on
your TV and you´ll see some self-satisfied
pundit declaring that nothing
much can be done about the economy´s
Team India under fire for playing it safe
NEW DELHI INDIAN media on Tuesday lashed out at skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni for not going for the kill in the third and final Test against the West Indies, which ended in a tame draw.
Chasing 180 for victory, India was 94 for 3 when they decided to bring the match to a close with a possible 15 overs left to play on Sunday, the last day of the inaugural Test at Windsor Park.
“At least an effort from Dhoni’s men - especially given the Twenty20 era in which these batsmen continue to prosper - would have been worthwhile, but certainly not a lame draw,” said The Times of India.
“Dhoni, though, is yet to lose a series in 25 Tests as captain.
However, a bit of aggression would have added a few more stars to his captaincy credits.” The Hindustan Times said there was “disbelief and shock” in the end as the world number one Test team decided not to attempt the run-aball chase.
“The euphoria of Dhoni leading a depleted team to India’s second series win in a row in the West Indies vanished as debate raged on why India was timid,” said the paper.
“But it was astounding to see no attempt being made to get closer to the target when it would have been brilliant to make a statement, or at least send the right message.” India needed 86 more runs in the last 15 overs with seven wickets in hand before settling for a draw and a 1-0 series win.
“It was surprising why India did not, at least, attempt to wrap up the series 2-0 when it had big hitters Dhoni and Harbhajan Singh left,” said The Hindu newspaper.
“Dominant teams play to win and are ruthless when they have the adversary down.
India did not display the heart of the world number one in Tests.” Even West Indies skipper Darren Sammy said he was surprised by India’s decision.
“I think if 15 overs were left and 86 to get and the calibre of players they have, Dhoni and the other guys who can hit the ball, I thought they would give it a go, being 1-0 up (in the series),” he said after the match.