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When Brecht speaks as Ambedkar

Citing literary sources, turning to parables, prose, plays, poetry is the wherewithal of political discourse Policemen and policewomen are not mindless digits in khaki. They have all been to school. Many of them are MAs, some PhDs. And they have families, friends just like anyone else who has not been …

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‘Carbon taxes key in climate fight’

Fighting global warming will necessarily require taxing carbon emissions, or setting a price on carbon pollution, the World Bank’s chief executive said on Wednesday at a G7 environment meeting in Canada. “We believe very strongly that we can send an economic signal by introducing a shadow price for carbon,” Kristalina …

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Helping women give birth in Afghanistan

Doctors Without Borders reach out to new mothers in Khost province, where the Taliban is active The mother was admitted at 9:30 am, the birth recorded at 9:35. Women often arrive in extremis at the Doctors Without Borders maternity hospital in southeastern Afghanistan, one of the most active in the …

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DNA sleuths bolster case against three ivory cartels

Genetic testing on smuggled elephant tusks is helping investigators find evidence to bring traffickers to book DNA tests on smuggled elephant tusks have identified three major ivory cartels in Africa and are helping investigators bolster the criminal cases against some of the most dangerous traffickers, researchers said on Wednesday. Around …

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A time for genre-defying novels

The Man Booker Prize shortlist includes a book in verse and stories on dystopian themes The shortlist for this year’s Man Booker Prize, one of the world’s most prestigious literary awards, includes for the first time a novel told in verse. The book, The Long Take , by poet Robin …

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Govt. appoints 14 EDs to public sector banks

General managers get new postings As many as 14 general managers have been appointed as executive directors in different public sector banks, according to an official order issued on Thursday. Shanti Lal Jain and Vikramaditya Singh Khichi have been appointed as executive directors in the Bank of Baroda initially for …

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Preventive vigilance is key to good governance in PSEs: Patel

Punitive vigilance may demotivate, says RBI Governor Reserve Bank of India Governor Urjit Patel emphasised on preventive vigilance for improving governance standards in public sector enterprises (PSEs) and said punitive vigilance may not achieve the desired results. “Reserve Bank of India considers preventive vigilance measures as the lynchpin of its …

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Mercedes seeks duty cut on EVs

Reduction in import levy in India will enable viable pricing: vice-president Jopp Mercedes Benz does not see itself producing electric vehicles (EVs) in India at the moment due to limited potential, combined with high investments, said a senior company official. To grow the market for such vehicles in the country, …

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Merged bank could see rise in NPAs: India Ratings

‘In the long run, the move will result in better efficiency’ The proposed merger of three public sector banks, Bank of Baroda, Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank, is expected to result in better operating efficiency in the long run but there could be an increase in slippages in the short-term, …

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