Reflex Action

Author: 
Emile Schepers

On Saturday, September 1, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) of Brazil voted six to one that former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the presidential candidate of the Workers’ Party (Partido do Trabalho) in the October elections this year, must be barred from running because of a dubious conviction earlier for corruption and money laundering. The Workers’ Party is now appealing this decision to the country’s Supreme Court.

Author: 
G. Srinivasan

If health is wealth, are we spending sufficiently to maintain the basic health needs of millions of our citizens in the world’s fifth biggest economy as our politicos make braggadocio with little qualms? In his Independence day speech delivered with fervent zest Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared the world’s humongous government-funded healthcare programme designed to provide insurance coverage of five lakh of rupees per family annually to benefit more than 100 million poor families in a country of one billion plus population.

Author: 
Nitya Chakraborty

It will be having adjustments with the smaller parties but finally the responsibility will be with the Congress as the leader. But in the states, where the regional parties are the rulers like West Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, the regional parties naturally will not leave space to the Congress in the name of anti-BJP alliance and there the figyt6s between the regional ruling party and the Congress can take place in Lok Sabha poll, but the understanding will be to be a part of anti-BJP alliance in post poll situation.

Author: 
Anjan Roy

The country’s patience is being tried by the rising price of petroleum and diesel. As the prices are scaling higher, the one question almost on every lip is: what is the government doing? Can’t the price be brought down? The rising prices are being encashed by the politicians. The all-time buffoon among them, Derek O’Brien, was heard screaming on TV discussion sets “It’s a loot, it’s a loot, it’s loot”.

Author: 
L.S. Herdenia

While Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is continuing his Ashrivad Yatra, two controversial events have hit the headlines. One relates to the supply of shoes to tribals and the other about the dispatch of over one crore letters addressed to women voters of the state.

Author: 
Dr Arun Mitra

For the last several years dense smog engulfs large part of north India, including Punjab, Haryana, western UP, parts of Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and NCR Delhi. This happens during the months of October and November when summer has ended and winter is about to set in. During the summer season the air tends to go up in the atmosphere. But during October and November because of fall in temperature the particles do not rise, but get suspended and mix with the vapours.

Author: 
Sushil Kutty

Arnab Goswami is easy to place. He is out-and out 'nationalist’. Rajdeep Sardesai is difficult to make. When he claims he’s ‘anti-national’, he could be joking, sarcastic. The ‘five’ in the eye of the storm give contradictory signals. Sudha Bhardwaj is ‘inherently good’ and just doesn’t fit the ‘assassin-profile.’ Fiery poet Varavara Rao is confirmed ‘revolutionary poet.’ Gautam Navlakha devotes his pen to the separatist. To hordes of people that makes him a slime. Lawyers Arun Ferreira and Vernon Gonsalves are allegedly true-blue ‘Maoists?’

Author: 
Nitya Chakraborty

An 8 year old girl dies in Uttar Pradesh’s Mahua village after being allegedly deprived of timely medical attention after demonetisation in November 2016 as her family had only old notes and had no time for exchange. On November 10, 2016, Teerthraji, 60 died in Gorakhpur after she collapsed in front of a closed gate of a bank. Vishwanath Vartak, 73 collapsed and died on the spot after having waited in a queue at a SBI branch for more than five hours that very month.

Author: 
Dr. S. Ganesan Regional Director, IGNOU

As per medical sciences, the good health indicators are many and we also normally come to know those quantitative data through master health check-ups. In simple way, we can ourselves know the status of health in day-today activities.  For example, while
• Not able to eat all eatable items as per our wish (food restriction)
• Giving order for tea / coffee in a hotel  ( blood sugar)
• Not able to eat outside food at functions / hotels (stomach upset)

Author: 
Raman Swamy

Varavara Rao is 77 years old – he is a well-known Telugu poet, college principal and human rights activist - his house in Hyderabad was raided on Tuesday morning.  The reason, according to the police, is that he is suspected of plotting to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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