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Some good, some bad news for the economy

Sunday, 20 May 2018 | Shivaji Sarkar | in Agenda

Rising oil prices and a falling rupee have hurt the country the most. But the silver lining is that the Indian economy is much stronger today. We just need to make the upward trajectory smoother The world economy is in turmoil as crude oil prices touched a new-high since 2014 in...

The elephant in the room

Sunday, 20 May 2018 | nadeem paracha | in Agenda

A discussion about the mutant growth of extremist violence and mindset in Pakistan is never quite complete without lamenting how, in his attempt to appease the Right-wing Opposition, ZA Bhutto and his regime started the rot. And also how what Bhutto began witnessed a manifold expansion during the reactionary Gen...

Palestinian despair fuels Gaza theatre

Sunday, 20 May 2018 | Gwynne Dyer | in Agenda

Deaths in Gaza are but a reflection of the despair of people for whom all seems lost. The current generation know that they are never going ‘home', and will have to live out their lives in what amounts to a not-very-large, open-air prison: The Gaza Strip When all is lost, entire...

Digital utopia is fraught with perils

Sunday, 13 May 2018 | VV SUNDAR | in Agenda

Technology, when it acts as an enabler, can work for the larger social good. But when it displaces our cognitive faculties and makes us tech-dependent addicts, the future looks terrifying and disturbing Artificial intelligence (AI) is the latest fad these days. Apparently, it is so passť now to make your own...

Gate-crashing democracies

Sunday, 13 May 2018 | nadeem paracha | in Agenda

Military dictatorships were once the greatest threat to democracies. But as Levitsky and Ziblatt point out, democracy's greatest gatekeepers are politicians Eminent Spanish political scientist, Juan J Linz did extensive research on the breakdowns of democracy and co-authored The Breakdown of Democratic Regimes with Alfred Stepan, a comparative political scientist. The...

There’s no Plan B for Trump

Sunday, 13 May 2018 | Gwynne Dyer | in Agenda

Trump’s irrational move to re-impose sanctions on Iran did not cause the Rouhani Government to buckle (which is almost unimaginable), but it may certainly hasten war The extraordinary thing is that there is no Plan B. If Donald Trump’s re-imposition of American sanctions on Iran does not cause President Hassan Rouhani’s...

Overlooking the plight of domestic workers

Sunday, 06 May 2018 | UPASANA BEHAR | in Agenda

Household workers are an invisible part of our informal economy. Sadly, as a workforce, they remain vulnerable to exploitation, abuse and modern-day slavery, writes UPASANA BEHAR Domestic work has been one of the oldest jobs in the world. Due to various reasons like drought, lack of agriculture, lack of employment option,...

Not even close to nation branding

Sunday, 06 May 2018 | nadeem paracha | in Agenda

In her 2006 essay, “Branding the nation: What is being branded?” Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Michigan, Ying Fan writes, “People, culture, cuisines, heritage, celebrities, fashion, history and places of a country build perceptions in the minds of international stakeholders. A collective sum of all these perceptions...

Everything is in your ‚Äėhands‚Äô now

Sunday, 06 May 2018 | Poonam khetrapal | in Agenda

Good hand hygiene is a simple, cost-effective way to save lives and transform the quality of healthcare. Patients, health workers, administrators and policymakers can enhance the safety, quality and effectiveness of healthcare by promoting good hand hygiene in both practice and policy Good hand hygiene is the cornerstone of safe and...

A sober look at automated journalism

Sunday, 29 Apr 2018 | VV SUNDAR | in Agenda

With news organistions experimenting with newer technologies like Artificial Intelligence, is it a dawn of a new era in journalism? May be. But machines can never replace journalists The media industry has been at the forefront of technological evolution. In the last decade or so, the rate at which the...


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Kaushik praises PM for 4 glorious years in office

26 May 2018 | Staff Reporter | Raipur

State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Dharamlal Kaushik has congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his four years in office to be completed on Saturday. Kaushik in a statement said the four years of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in office would be known as glorious years in the minds of people...

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