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Eight protesters held in late night crackdown at Nilackal

The police cracked down on protesters at Nilackal, the entry point to the Sabarimala hill temple, arresting eight persons from the Namajapa pandal of the Sabarimala Aachara Samrakshana Samiti late on Tuesday. By late evening, the police had also taken control of the main road to Pampa, with Devaswom Minister …

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The Influenza Epidemic.

Influenza is spreading rapidly all over Sind and hundreds of villages are affected as well as Hyderabad, Sukkur, Larkana and other towns. Mortality in Karachi from influenza was 76 and on Sunday 74, which is nearly four times the normal total mortality. All places of amusement are placed out of …

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Day and Night School for Fishermen

Yesterday evening [October 15] the Hon. Mr. Justice T.V. Seshagiri Aiyar, President of the Madras Social Service League, performed the very pleasant function of opening the new day and night school which the league had started for the benefit of the fishermen residing at Nochikuppam at the southern end of …

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Rent-seeking through revolving doors

Patent regulators are likely to favour companies that further their own personal interests, finds a study Many people today view government officials as benevolent guardians of public interest. “From revolving doors to regulatory capture? Evidence from patent examiners,” a 2018 paper by Haris Tabakovic and Thomas G. Wollmann circulated by …

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Taking #MeToo to the subaltern

We need to seek out narratives beyond those of upper-caste, urban, non-disabled, cisgender women Like any other movement, it is hard to define ‘Me Too’ as it unfolds. Historically, it is important to acknowledge its origins in Black feminism and Tarana Burke’s call, in 2006, for solidarity among survivors in …

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The Bhutan vote

As the country prepares for the secondround of elections, change is certain The results of Bhutan’s general election will have significant repercussions for South Asia. The first round held in September has already delivered a surprise verdict, with the ousting of the incumbent People’s Democratic Party. The two parties left …

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Not just liquidity

Policymakers must address the structural problems behind the NBFCs crisis The default of Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS) on several of its debt obligations over the last couple of months has raised serious questions about how regulators missed the growing debt pile of a systemically important financial institution. But …

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Hamstringing the RTI Act

Instead of holding a public debate on making the Act more effective, the government is seeking to dilute its provisions The Right to Information (RTI) Act, operationalised in October 2005, was seen as a powerful tool for citizen empowerment. It showed an early promise by exposing wrongdoings at high places, …

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Castles in the air

Economic ideas such as ‘Charter Cities’ need to be challenged for their implausible premise and iniquitous framework The Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences awarded jointly to William D. Nordhaus and Paul M. Romer for their respective contributions in integrating climate change and technological innovation into macroeconomic analysis is interesting. …

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Falling short on most counts

Insurance-based schemes like Ayushman Bharat are no substitute for public provisioning of health Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s signature Ayushman Bharat programme, rolled out in September, has been touted by most in the mainstream media as nothing short of ‘revolutionary’, with some even calling it the ‘biggest health care programme in …

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