Reflex Action

Author: 
Surojit Mahalanobis

The anxiety of the Finance Minister and the Prime Minister about periodically raising salaries and perks of the government employees is well understood, because they cannot afford to keep a very large segment of working force in the government unhappy for long when the governance is in the bargain. Not only the current cabinet, the earlier cabinets also did the same using just different phraseologies. It is because each government has to worry about this segment of people who would be required to carry out its programmes.

Author: 
Nantoo Banerjee

Is the government really serious about the newly proposed insurance-backed national health protection scheme (NHPS) in the budget? Probably not. It may protect insurance firms and private healthcare outfits, but not the common man’s health. Only public hospitals, well-equipped public medical centres, dedicated physicians and para-medical staff and affordable medicines can help protect the health of the public. Not insurance companies. Not certainly in India where healthcare facilities are under acute shortage.

Author: 
Amritananda Chakravorty Mihir Samson

i. Arbitral award against Ranbaxy upheld – The Delhi High Court has upheld international arbitral award against the former promoters of the Ranbaxy group, Malvinder and Shivinder Mohan Singh. Daiichi had filed an execution petition to enforce a Rs 6500 Cr award passed by a Singaporean tribunal, when it reached the conclusion that the brothers had hidden an important document from Daiichi while entering into a Share Purchase and Subscription Agreement.

Author: 
G. Srinivasan

The interminable debate over the final full-fledged General Budget of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) headed by Narendra Modi apart, the 2018-19 budget belied the credo of the Modi government as market-friendly and growth-focused. This is palpably obvious as the feisty Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, presenting his fifth budget, has not refrained from creating hostages to political fortune.

Author: 
Srijata Saha Sahoo

As the overland connectivity in Andaman and Nicobar islands is poised to get a boost, with the Ministry of Railways green-signalling plans for construction of a railway line linking Port Blair, the capital of the island chain, with Diglipur, the largest town of North Andaman Island, the tourism avenues especially along the Jarawa reserve areas is going to open up anew and in the context of the jubilating fact that the number of Jarawas presently are on the rise.

Report by: 
SOUMYA DE SARKAR

In a daring attempt a gang of dacoits robbed of house of an ex-army employee and scampered away looting jewelries and a huge sum at Sovanagar area under Milky police outpost in English Bazaar police station last night. Robbers also injured Mihir Chowdhury, 61 and his family members.

Author: 
Nitya Chakraborty

The stage is set for the next Lok Sabha elections in India within 2018. The way the country’s economic and political situation is developing, Prime Minister Narendra Modi cannot take the risk of waiting till the scheduled period of April/May 2019 for holding the Lok Sabha elections.

Author: 
K Raveendran

Indians gave the zero to the world. Indian sages understood zero to mean absolute nothingness as well as its potential for infinite power. For them, the zero was not just an entity in the place value system, it had a philosophical connotation. The quintessential Indian spirituality saw everything originating in shunya, the Indian word for zero, and ending up in shunya, or nirvana, a state of total bliss in which nothing mattered. There are even suggestions that the mathematical zero originated in the spiritual shunya.

Author: 
Rick Nagin

The war between the Trump Administration and the FBI reflects a deep division in the U.S. capitalist ruling class that could have far-reaching consequences for the progressive movement. The immediate cause stems from the investigation by Robert Mueller into Trump’s ties with the Russians, his collusion with their effort to interfere in the 2016 election, and his efforts to “obstruct justice” by sabotaging Mueller’s probe.

Author: 
Harihar Swarup

I had privilege of covering two elections – 1962 and 1967 – when the polls to the Lok Sabha and State assemblies were held simultaneously. I have seen closely the strain it put on the state election commission and Chief Election Officer. It was a massive exercise for the Election Commission too after every five years. The governance, no doubt, then was better. One advantage to the ruling dispensation, at that time, was that most of the states and Centre were ruled by one party that is Congress.

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