Monthly Archives: January 2019

Fabrication and falsification

Chunni Devi (name changed), an Adivasi woman in her late 20s, lives with her three under-nourished children in Mahuadand, Jharkhand. Her husband died more than a year ago due to the cold conditions in the area. She is yet to get a widow’s pension and ration under the Antyodaya category. …

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This is not the future we want

In what appears to be draft zero of the BJP’s election manifesto, NITI Aayog released the ‘Strategy for New India @ 75’ document in 2018. This high-sounding and aspirational strategy aims to achieve a ‘New India’ by 2022, when the country celebrates its 75th year of Independence.The strategy has many …

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Steel frame or steel cage?

In his letter of resignation from the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in early January, Shah Faesal cites a number of reasons. He became an icon and a celebrity when he topped the IAS examination, in 2010. He was the first Kashmiri to do so. Now, after his resignation, he is …

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Dandiya moves

Folk artists from Gujarat performing Maniyaro, a version of dandiya, at a cultural event on the sidelines of Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2019 in Ahmedabad.Vijay Soneji Source :

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Climate change: toast of a German town

In the basement of the new Van Volxem vinery building, Christoph Dirksen, one of the Mosel region’s most important wine tasters, was making his rounds sampling from giant stainless-steel tanks.It’s early to make a final judgment on the wines of 2018, even for Dirksen, a critic for Vinum , an …

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#10YearChallenge: viral trend or a boon to giant tech firms?

The #10YearChallenge was all fun and memes until last week after a tweet moved thousands of people to worry: are we unknowingly helping giant corporations to improve their algorithms for biometric identification and age progression?The #10YearChallenge gained widespread traction on social media this month. It calls for posting two photos …

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‘In 2019, India to beat U.K. in economy size’

India is likely to surpass the United Kingdom in the world’s largest economy rankings in 2019, according to a report by global consultancy firm PwC.As per the report, while the U.K. and France have regularly switched places owing to similar levels of development and roughly equal populations, India’s climb up …

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Soon, no e-way bills for non-filers of GST returns

Non-filers of GST returns for six consecutive months will soon be barred from generating e-way bills for movement of goods.The Goods and Services Tax Network is developing an IT system such that businesses that have not filed returns for two straight returns filing cycles, which is six months, would be …

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GST: construction equipment gets a boost

GST implementation was indeed a long-awaited, welcome decision by the government which has helped construction equipment industry to align tax rates at a single point.It has helped the industry by relieving them from various procedural restrictions which existed while goods were under transit, like waybills, transit passes and its connected …

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