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Govt. to take over spot in Birla House

The Government of India “will take over” the grounds of the Birla House, where Gandhiji met his martyrdom, improve it and maintain it with due care, dignity and solemnity, Mr. Jagannath Rao, Minister of Works and Housing announced in the Lok Sabha to-day [December 17, New Delhi]. Mr. Rao did …

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The brilliance Down Under

Memories of tracking cricket in the Australian summer inevitably have the alarm clock’s shrill ring during nippy December dawns. It was an annual ritual: wake up groggy, gulp your morning brew and catch live action beamed in from Channel Nine.The telecast quality was top-drawer; the commentary was a mix of …

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Right prescription

In a crucial development that exposes the flaws in health policy-making in the country, the Delhi High Court quashed a government ban on the retail sale and private manufacture of oxytocin. Notified by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in April, the ban referred to a 2016 Himachal …

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The shadow of 1984

Five years ago, there wasn’t even a sliver of hope that any influential Congress leader would be brought to justice for the anti-Sikh pogrom of 1984. A trial court had acquitted former MP Sajjan Kumar, rejecting the testimony of witnesses who said he was seen instigating riots in the Raj …

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Making every citizen an auditor

A good auditor is a good listener” said President Ram Nath Kovind during his recent speech at the 29th Accountants General Conference. “You will not only see the accounts in their books, but also listen to their accounts,” he said. It is only when this conception is accepted that audits …

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Not a decisive factor

Ever since voters have been provided the ‘None of the Above’ (NOTA) option if they do not want to vote for any of the candidates in the fray, political parties now cite many voters having chosen NOTA as a reason for losing an election. This may be true in very …

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Centrism holds in India

Centrism, as an essential characteristic of Indian politics, signifies the institutional incentive that political parties have to adopt a set of policies aimed at harmonising societal and cultural contradictions rather than accentuating them. Some of its essential elements are: centrality of an accommodative approach, appeal to minorities, welfarism and a …

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Hot air at Katowice

“Until you start focussing on what needs to be done, rather than what is politically possible, there is no hope,” said Greta Thunberg, a 15-year-old activist from Sweden who shook the United Nations gathering at Katowice, Poland, with her plain speaking. But what she said should not happen is exactly …

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healthline ritesh kumar

Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh “broke down crying” when he finally made up with Andrew Symonds after the infamous “monkeygate” scandal had sent the Australian all-rounder into a downward spiral, he revealed on Sunday.A decade on from the ugly incident in the 2008 Sydney Test, where Harbhajan Singh was accused of …

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Choosing the right toys

Toys have ceased to be the simple contraptions, or elementary games of yore that stimulated the imagination in children. They have now morphed into flashy, digital gadgets. But are these toys doing more harm than good to childrenIn a report published online this month in the peer-reviewed Pediatrics , experts …

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