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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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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 »

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Regulating e-commerce business – The Hindu BusinessLine

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BusinessLine The traders’ association is pleased with the draft e-commerce rules, The Consumer Protection (e-commerce) Rules, 2019, issued by the Department of Consumers Affairs earlier this week. They reckon such rules will curb the so-called malpractices of ... More »

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Crisis in WTO, breather for India

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BusinessLine The legal team in the Ministry and Commerce and Industry is busy preparing an appeal against the judgment given by the World Trade Organisation’s dispute panel which ruled that several of India’s export incentive schemes go against multilateral tr... More »

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New challenges for Indian techies

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BusinessLine Has the software services industry moved quickly enough to avoid getting hurt by the Trump administration’s tightening up on H-1B visas? The industry has been preparing for this visa squeeze for several years, especially since Donald Trump amped u... More »

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Learning about the environment – The Hindu BusinessLine

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BusinessLine The draft National Education Policy 2019 (NEP), which was finalised recently, has suggested some significant changes in India’s education system. While it covers various aspects, from medium of instruction to examination cycles, in detail, there’s... More »

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In the Eden of day-night cricket

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BusinessLine One of the first major decisions that the newly anointed BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly took was to green-light ‘day-night’ Test matches. The first one will be played in Ganguly’s home ground — Eden Gardens, Kolkata — against Bangladesh later this mont... More »

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RCEP negotiations: India must make its position transparent

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BusinessLine India’s position on the highly ambitious Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) pact it is negotiating with 15 others, including China, remains shrouded in mystery even as top leaders from most of the participating nations are keen to ... More »

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Whose lungs are these anyway!

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BusinessLine It would be amusing, if it were not so disconcerting, to see the arguments being made to protect the right to light firecrackers. The louder and brighter the firecracker, the bigger the point scored against — well, there’s the twist, scored agains... More »

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Hunger pangs – The Hindu BusinessLine

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BusinessLine India’s child ‘wasting’, at 20.8 per cent, is the highest for any country, says this year’s Global Hunger Index (GHI), in which India is a shameful 102nd among the 117 countries ranked. With a score of 30.3, India suffers from a hunger level that ... More »

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Flying less for a cooler Earth

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BusinessLine Scientists often fly from one corner of the world to another for attending scientific meetings. While many of such air travels are unavoidable, a growing section in the international scientific community feels that it’s time that scientists find c... More »