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Locating Bengaliness in the Whatsapp era of nothingness

Sunday, 20 Aug 2017 | Kanchan Gupta | in Agenda

In an era of Twitter, Facebook and Whatsapp, when attention span is restricted to a few seconds and wisdom is sought in bogus posts, it's unlikely today's young Bengalis plod their way through prose or poetry Puja Barshikis, annual literary magazines, showcasing the best Bengali writers and minds, released on the...

The cake must be bigger to be sufficient for all

Sunday, 13 Aug 2017 | Shivaji Sarkar | in Agenda

While it is true that India has made significant progress but it is also a fact that social discontent is on the rise. Prime Minister Modi has the acumen and charisma to create societal dialogue The 71st year of independence bgan with the call by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to eradicate...

Zika virus: Emerging public health crisis

Sunday, 13 Aug 2017 | Vishakh Varma | in Agenda

A few cases of Zika virus have been reported in India. This should serve as a wake-up call for our health planners who must invest in primary healthcare Zika virus is yet to make its perceptible presence felt in India. But given the thriving clan of Aedes mosquitoes, Zika fever outbreak...

Spreading inner peace through spirituality

Sunday, 13 Aug 2017 | OP Sharma | in Agenda

The Ramakrishna Mission in Jammu & Kashmir is fast emerging as a bright spot and a centre for social service. The mission can certainly play a pivotal role in soothing souls of people in the conflict-torn Himalayan region through spiritual enlightenment The Ramakrishna Mission, located in Udheywala, Jammu, is fast emerging...

A rate cut with burgeoning economic concerns ahead

Sunday, 06 Aug 2017 | Shivaji Sarkar | in Agenda

The RBI’s repo rate cut is unlikely to benefit the economy. While interest rates are the lowest, bank charges are the highest. This is where correction is needed. Lower bank charges and not lower interest rates can boost economy The repo rate cut announced by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)...

Transforming India’s public health system

Sunday, 06 Aug 2017 | Chandrakant Lahariya | in Agenda

The healthcare system in India needs complementary solution of increased Government funding so as to bring efficiency in utilisation of available resources India has nearly 938,861 allopathic doctors. However, only 12-14 per cent of them are available to work in public health systems. Training of specialist and super-specialist doctors is highly...

Breastfeeding, for wholesome well-being

Sunday, 06 Aug 2017 | Shacchee Baweja | in Agenda

Even as India stands ahead of many developed nations in terms of maternity benefits, it is unfortunate that the country lags behind in social acceptance for breastfeeding. It is high time to create better infrastructural facilities and generate awareness for breastfeeding Like every year, this year too world breastfeeding week is...

Congress pipe dream goes up in smoke

Sunday, 30 Jul 2017 | Kanchan Gupta | in Agenda

Somebody in the Opposition party ought to stand up and tell Rahul Gandhi: “You have opted for politics, and politics is about power”. But the discredited palace retainers will not speak up So the Bihari, Nitish Kumar, has joined hands with the Bahari, Narendra Modi, of whom he spoke so savagely...

GST, another bubble for e-commerce?

Sunday, 30 Jul 2017 | Rashi Menda | in Agenda

The new tax regime has just kicked in. It is to be seen if the e-commerce industry will flourish under it. Or will Government have to change laws to address concerns On July 1, India witnessed the onset of what is undeniably the biggest and most ambitious tax reform since independence....

Poland: A pause on the march to autocracy

Sunday, 30 Jul 2017 | Gwynne Dyer | in Agenda

The Polish Government cannot plausibly threaten to quit the EU. For the Poles, the EU membership is a counter-balance to the looming presence of Russia to their east. The EU holds the best cards in this game, if it chooses to play them. But will it? It’s not clear. The...


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State lags behind in education status, reveals ASER report

17 Jan 2018 | PRAGYA PALLAVI | Ranchi

Annual Status of Education Report (ASER-2017) released on Tuesday covering 28 districts of 24 States on ‘Beyond Basics’- A survey of rural India youths, presented a gloomy picture of Jharkhand on a few basic parameters in comparison with the districts of Bihar, Odisha, West Bengal and Chhattisgarh. The survey based on 4 As (Activity, Ability, Awareness, Aspirations) covering the age group 14-18 years, Jharkhand lags behind in enrollment status, digital use,...

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