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Health, education should be free

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BusinessLine It’s high time diligent taxpayers paid attention to where their money was being used by the government. And it may not be out of line to insist that taxpayer money be used in providing subsidised, if not entirely free, education and healthcare for... More »

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What the return of the Rajapaksa family means – analysis

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HindustanTimes After a campaign many had thought close, Gotabaya Rajapaksa has won a decisive victory in Sri Lanka’s presidential election. Gotabaya, candidate of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) and brother of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, won 52.... More »

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Shooting the messenger – editorials

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HindustanTimes On Friday, the government rejected the Household Consumer Expenditure Survey (CES) 2017-18, conducted by the National Statistical Office (NSO), because of data quality issues. The same morning, the Business Standard had published leaked findings... More »

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How device addiction is affecting real-world productivity

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BusinessLine The 21-year-old male nurse hired to care for an 81-year-old man suffering from severe dementia repeatedly ignored pleas from the patient’s wife to help set her husband bed. The man was busy on his device, having brought two smartphones to work tha... More »

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All you wanted to know about AGR

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BusinessLine Leading telecom companies reported record losses for the quarter ended September 2019 after making provisions toward the Supreme Court’s ruling on the definition of adjusted gross revenue (AGR). The judgment requires private telecom service provid... More »

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A tribute to the Rajya Sabha at 250 – editorials

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HindustanTimes On Monday, the 250th session of the Rajya Sabha (RS) commenced. India’s upper house has been a remarkable institution, which has played an important, and often underrated role, in strengthening India’s parliamentary democracy as well as Indian f... More »

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A crisis of data credibility

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BusinessLine The NDA government’s decision, announced on Friday, not to release the consumer expenditure survey results of 2017-18 citing “data quality issues” is only the latest such instance of its attempt to sweep unflattering datasets under the carpet. Lea... More »