Day: May 14, 2019

High alert on mass extinction of species (The Economic Times)

The planet’s natural systems are rapidly degrading because of human activities such that a million species of plants and animals are on the verge of extinction. Human actions are ravaging the earth’s ecosystems and undermining the systems that sustain life. A new report from UN’s Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, the most...

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Mamata Banerjee’s bhakts in intolerant Bengal (The Economic Times)

Bengalis would like the rest of the world to believe they can have a jolly laugh at themselves. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee counts herself to be one such person, recently quipping how the only difference between newbie Trinamool Lok Sabha candidate and actress Nusrat Jahan, and herself is that “Nusrat is pretty and...

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Loan waivers for all a terrible idea (The Economic Times)

The ministry of corporate affairs is reported to be working on a universal debt relief scheme for small borrowers. If loans can be written off for farmers and big companies, why discriminate against small borrowers? Such an argument for equality is misplaced. Writing off loans for micro enterprises might not harm banks in the short...

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छलांग मारते परीक्षाफल के मायने (हिन्दुस्तान)

हरिवंश चतुर्वेदी डायरेक्टर, बिमटेक परीक्षाफलों की घोषणाओं का सीजन है। सीबीएसई ने 2 मई को 12वीं कक्षा के जो नतीजे घोषित किए हैं, उनमें 83.4 प्रतिशत परीक्षार्थी उत्तीर्ण हुए हैं। इनमें से 95,000 विद्यार्थियों ने 90 प्रतिशत या उससे अधिक और 17,693 विद्यार्थियों ने 95 प्रतिशत या उससे अधिक अंक हासिल किए हैं। इस परीक्षा...

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मौके की ताक में दक्षिण भारतीय नेता (हिन्दुस्तान)

एस श्रीनिवासन वरिष्ठ पत्रकार साल 2019 का संसदीय चुनाव शायद देश के सबसे मुश्किल चुनावों में से एक है। लेकिन दो खास सियासी बातें इस चुनाव में साफ-साफ उभरती दिख रही हैं- एक, उत्तर व दक्षिण भारत के बीच का राजनीतिक विभाजन और दूसरी, उत्तर भारत के भीतर शहरी व ग्रामीण विभाजन। उत्तर भारत में...

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The new government must begin agricultural reforms fast (Hindustan Times)

Latest government data that shows the slowing of rural wages is worrying. As is the detail that they actually declined for several months in 2018-19. The situation is exacerbated by the ongoing agrarian crisis which, at least to date, hasn’t been addressed adequately by either the spate of farm loan waivers across India or the...

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How representative are our representatives? (Hindustan Times)

India’s general elections are not just one of the most complex administrative exercises in the world, they also attract a wide variety of candidates from different social and economic backgrounds. According to the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), nearly a fifth or 19% of the close to 8,000 candidates contesting the 2019 polls have criminal...

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छोटी-छोटी रेल दुर्घटनाएं दे रहीं बड़े खतरे की चेतावनी (पंजाब केसरी)

भारतीय रेलें एशिया का दूसरा सबसे बड़ा रेल नैटवर्क है। हालांकि कुछ समय से कोई बड़ी रेल दुर्घटना नहीं हुई है परंतु समय-समय पर हो रही छिटपुट दुर्घटनाएं सचेत कर रही हैं कि भारतीय रेल में सब कुछ ठीक नहीं है :  20 अप्रैल को हावड़ा से दिल्ली जा रही पूर्वा एक्सप्रैस कानपुर के निकट...

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Seven likely outcomes of the US-China trade war (Livemint)

Ajay Srivastava With the collapse of trade talks on May 10, the US might soon charge a steep 25% import duty on almost all products coming from China, though a 25% tariff on $325 billion of mostly consumer goods is yet to be imposed. The escalated tensions will affect more trade than just US imports...

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India’s Chabahar gambit (Livemint)

Against the backdrop of US-Iran tensions, Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is scheduled to hold talks with his Indian counterpart in New Delhi today. Apart from the US-imposed oil export clamp on Iran, an issue that is likely to dominate the bilateral discussion is Iran’s Chabahar port, in which India has strategic interests. Although...

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