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Setting a proper diet plan

To tackle malnutrition, food prices must be regulated and the PDS strengthened in both developed and poor States Despite being one of the fastest growing economies in the world, India has been ranked at 103 out of 119 countries, with hunger levels categorised as “serious”, in the Global Hunger Index …

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The gold standard for a Prime Minister

Jawaharlal Nehru’s greatness is that the nation often misses his empathy, intellect and competence India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, is now moving through an eclipse that B.R. Ambedkar experienced and yet emerged from more luminous. During his life, Ambedkar was vilified by both the left and the right, and …

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A question of writ

The Sabarimala and Asia Bibi cases put the spotlight on how institutions adhere to constitutional principles On the streets of India and Pakistan, a frightening message is being sent out: that courts must not rush in where politicians fear to tread. In matters of faith, courts must simply sit on …

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Bittersweet judgment

The U.K. Supreme Court has made the mistake of conflating speech with conduct in the gay marriage cake case Bakeries in the U.S. and the U.K. have become the latest sites of contestation about fundamental rights. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a Christian baker’s right to refuse to …

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Human lifespan is increasing, says study

The human lifespan is increasing by approximately three years every generation — a trend likely to continue, a Stanford study has found. A team of researchers analysed life expectancy data from the past 50 years and found that people who survive to age 65 are continuing to live longer than …

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Turn the page

Sri Lankan President Sirisena must find a way to work with Ranil Wickremesinghe After three weeks of political turmoil, Sri Lanka’s controversially dismissed Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, appears to have gained the upper hand. A majority of lawmakers backed a no-confidence motion in Parliament against Mahinda Rajapaksa, a former President …

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NASA wants people on Mars within 25 years

But the technological and medical hurdles are immense Deadly radiation from the cosmos, potential vision loss, and atrophying bones are just some of the challenges scientists must overcome before any future astronaut can set foot on Mars, experts and top NASA officials said on Tuesday. The U.S. space agency believes …

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No accounting for these tastes

U.S. FDA is giving companies two years to purge products that use any of the six artificial flavours Six artificial flavours are being ordered out of the food supply in a dispute over their safety, but good luck to anyone who wants to know which cookies, candies or drinks they’re …

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SpiceJet dives into red on higher fuel cost

Rupee fall, lower fares hit bottom line Low-cost airline SpiceJet Ltd. posted a second quarter net loss of Rs. 389.4 crore for the period ended September 30, 2018 on account of fuel price increase, rupee depreciation and lower fares. The firm had posted a net profit of Rs. 105 crore …

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Full disclosure

Structural reforms are needed to bring accountability to the credit rating industry After the IL&FS crisis, the Securities and Exchange Board of India is now trying to increase the level of scrutiny on credit rating agencies that failed to warn investors about it. SEBI has come out with new guidelines …

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