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A Lantern Lecture.

Under the auspices of the Madras Publicity Board Mr. Young Necker delivered an interesting lecture on the “War” in the Y.M.C.A. Hall last evening [October 8]. Mr. Justice Kumaraswamy Sastry presided. The lecturer traced the development of the German Empire down to the commencement of the present war and said …

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The Influenza Epidemic.

Influenza appears to have broken out in parts of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. It is much regretted that this should have come when plague is still virulent and more or less widespread. At Bombay, it is hoped that the corner has been turned with the terrible second influenza epidemic that has …

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Estimating India’s population

Researchers find that education levels are an important factor in projecting a country’s population Sometime in 2017, the UN released projections on India’s population. It said that the population would peak at around 1.675 billion people in the 2056-2066 period, and then decline slowly. However, these projections may have been …

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Arise and a-woke

Corporates should be virtue warriors and earn the admiration of customers Though the wheels of justice moved slowly and it took more than 150 years to decriminalise homosexuality in India, the Internet dispenses instant justice, as illustrated by the case of a former employee of IT major Tech Mahindra. That …

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Hard justice

With Brett Kavanaugh confirmed, Republicans enjoy great power to shape the U.S. agenda The U.S. Senate has confirmed the nomination of conservative-leaning judge Brett Kavanaugh, by a vote of 50-48, and he was sworn in as a ninth justice of the Supreme Court (SCOTUS). The narrow victory of the second …

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Five States

This round of polls has more than one thread; using them to spin a forecast for 2019 is risky As five States go to the polls with just months left for the Lok Sabha election, the temptation to read the results as pointers will be great. What makes the contest …

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Time to avoid phrases that mock disabilities

We must stop the casual use of terms like‘turning a blind eye’ and ‘paralysed economy’ In our day-to-day interactions, we come across words and phrases like ‘turning a blind eye’; ‘falling on deaf ears’; ‘a paralysed economy’; ‘institutions running on crutches’; and ‘mute leadership’. What is common among these is …

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The diaspora and disasters

As the Kerala floods have shown, the diaspora can shape political and economic responses Between August 8 and 20, the devastating floods in Kerala claimed nearly 500 lives, displaced over a million people, and directly affected over a sixth of the State’s total population. The State government’s latest report estimates …

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Power politics at play

Proposed changes in the Electricity Act could leave the poor behind A few months before the next general election, the Central government has proposed a set of changes to the Electricity Act 2003. The amendments seek to enable a market transformation in electricity. The link between political power and electrical …

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Indian democracy’s Westphalian moment

The Congress and non-NDA regional parties must forge ‘a practical accommodation to reality’ With the Election Commission having announced the schedule for elections to the Legislative Assemblies of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan and Telangana in November-December, the stage has been set for a ‘dress rehearsal’ of the elections to …

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