Daily Archives: August 22, 2018

Cochin Finances

The Malayalam State of Cochin, small as it is, has achieved a reputation for being in the ranks of the most advanced and progressive Native States in India. In one respect at least Cochin is distinctly in the leading position and that is in the education of its women, and …

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Questioning Muslims’ loyalty – by Mohammed Ayoob

On two films, past and present, and the Indian Muslims’ loyalty Reviews of the recently released film, Mulk , remind me of the 1974 classic,Garam Hava , in which the late Balraj Sahni excelled himself in the role of Salim Mirza. Both films deal with the question of the loyalty …

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From Ithaca

As Greece celebrates its exit from bailout plans, its creditors must chip in On Tuesday, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras chose Ithaca, home to Odysseus, the protagonist of Homer’s epic, and the place to which he returns after a decade of being lost at sea, to announce the end of …

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Retrograde move

Punjab’s proposal to provide for a life termfor sacrilege is excessive and undesirable The Punjab Cabinet’s decision to amend the law to make acts of sacrilege against the holy books of major religions punishable with life imprisonment is retrograde and fraught with undesirable consequences. It may also set off a …

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A dangerous gamble – by Pallavi Aiyar Extract

The Indonesian President’s choice for running mateis disappointing, though not surprising Indonesian elections have a history of generating strange bedfellows. Yet, even by Indonesia’s flexible standards, President Joko Widodo’s recent announcement of his running mate for the 2019 general elections is disappointing, if not altogether surprising. His pick, Ma’ruf Amin, …

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Pulling back from the brink by Sujatha Byravan Extract

Extraordinary changes are required to prevent a ‘hothouse earth’ pathway Just when we thought the news on climate change could not get worse, a group of scientists have published a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences deliberating on how the planet might move into a high …

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In search of greatness by Sundar Sarukkai

Scientific achievement will only happen in a culture which celebrates great art, philosophy, sports The Fields Medal, popularly seen as the equivalent of a Nobel Prize, is awarded once in four years to two-four mathematicians below the age of 40. In its long history, no woman had won this medal …

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Tilting at windmills by Ravi Arvind Palat

Donald Trump’s trade war ignores the complexity of world supply chains and glosses over issues within U.S. industry In U.S. President Donald Trump’s simplistic world-view, slapping tariffs on the U.S.’s main trading partners — Canada, China, the European Union, and Mexico — will reduce U.S. trade deficits, bring back well-paying …

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Paris Jackson sorry for Harper’s Bazaar cover

Singapore has laws against homosexuality Paris Jackson has apologised for appearing on the front cover ofHarper’s Bazaarmagazine in Singapore, which has laws against homosexuality, after the bisexual actress came under fire for ‘hypocrisy’. She sparked a storm of criticism after posting an Instagram picture of the cover of the September …

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