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Congress-like Budget by BJP Govt

Reading out a mammoth document in the name of Budget 2014-2015, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented to Parliament on 10 July proposals that touch upon perhaps all aspects of governance, but it will take economists to get a sense of direction from the speech, as it had too much of minutiae as if prepared […]

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Able Charioteer For BJP Juggernaut

Amit Shah’s elevation as president of the BJP is certain to bring new dynamism in the party that was suffering due to lethargy and absence of strong organisational network. The party needed a dynamic leader who would work single-mindedly to strengthen the BJP’s roots across the nation. The second dimension to his elevation is re-assessment […]

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Imagine tomorrow with android TV anchors

Imagine being assisted inside a museum by androids so hyper-realistic in looks and smooth in speech that they appear almost human. You only need to go to Tokyo’s National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation to meet Kodomoroid and Otonaroid, the two lifelike androids designed to look like an adolescent girl and a woman, respectively. […]

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I deny I proposed a ban on sex education

An unseemly controversy is sought to be generated in some media over the criticism of the so-called sex education in my personal website. While respecting the media’s tradition of highlighting diversity of opinion on social, political and economic matters, I have comprehensively denied that I propose a ban on sex education as suggested by a […]

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Private sector needed for better health

I told a multilateral forum of health ministers, officials, professionals, NGO heads and United Nations functionaries in Washington yesterday that governments should actively involve private sector corporations in ending preventable deaths from happening in their respective countries. By roping in private entities, governments would benefit much from innovative managerial and technical inputs that they often […]

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Use your credit cards judiciously

On Tuesday, 24 June, सिर्फ़ News received a mail with the request to publish it in the form of an article. Our edited version follows: Credit card interest rate, role of CIBIL and its effect on SocietyWe  would like to draw your attention to a serious issue of credit cards and the role CIBIL plays […]

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Ta-ta tiki-taka?

As Eduardo Vargas and Charles Aranguiz found the back of the Spanish net once each at the Maracana on the bright afternoon of 18 June, Chile advanced to the round of 16 with a game to spare. In the minds of the followers of the beautiful game, however, what stood out stronger than the jubilation […]

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رہنما جن کو بنایا وہی رہ زن نکلے

ہماری آپسی گفتگو کے دوران جب کبھی لیڈر، نیتا یا قائد کا ذکرآتا ہے تواسی لمحہ ہمارے ذہن کےافق پرسفید لباس میں ملبوس عمموماً اور شیروانی ٹوپی پہنے خصوصاً مگرزیادہ ترمکروہ شکل والی ایک انسان نما مخلوق ابھرآتی ہے. جسے ہم بھارت کےعوام بطور لیڈر، نیتا یا قائد اپنی قسمت یا بدقسمتی سمجھ کرتسلیم یا […]

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Applicability of laws of war to cyberspace

Recent years have seen a profusion of Internet security-related incidents, with the situation becoming increasingly serious. Internationally, there has been an endless succession of calls and proposals to make rules on cyber security in order to tackle online threats. In this discourse the issue of the applicability of existing laws of war to cyberspace has […]

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The blackmail that wasn’t

Here is a letter (to the right) the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Babul Supriyo from Asansol, West Bengal, has issued, rubbishing reports in a section of the media that he had “blackmailed” Baba Ramdev to secure his election nomination. It is, of course, a matter of interpretation. What his article in the Sunday supplement […]