Reflex Action

Author: 
Dr Arun Mitra & Dr GS Grewal

Admission to medical colleges has been a contentious issue for quite some time. At one time medical education in our country used to be within the reach of students from ordinary families too. This was the time when medical colleges were in the state sector. Going by the information from the website of Medical Council of India, at the time of Independence, there were 20 medical colleges out which only one was in private sector. Most of the new additions were in the state sector till late eighties. But after the shift in economic policies the scenario changed.

Author: 
Amulya Ganguli

In deciding to support Arvind Kejriwal in one of his customary skirmishes with those whom he regards as his enemy, the chief ministers of West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala may be backing the wrong horse.

Author: 
Barun Das Gupta

China is clearly outmaneuvering India in the diplomatic war to win over India’s neighbours. Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made several visits to China, apparently to keep Beijing in good humour, reduce tension between the two countries and to promote that vague thing called ‘confidence building’. The sincerity of the Prime Minister’s efforts to better Sino-Indian relations cannot be questioned. But what can be questioned is the response it has evoked from China.

Author: 
Amritananda Chakravorty

The National Capital Territory of Delhi is not new to political spectacles or drama as they say, especially since the last three years when the AAP Government came to power with Arvind Kejriwal at the helm, but the developments of the past one week have surprised even the weary political experts.

Author: 
Arun Srivastava

The sudden shift in President Donald Trump’s stand on Russia and calling on the world's leading economies to reinstate Russia to the Group of 7 nations four years after it was cast out for annexing Crimea is a gift to President Putin for helping him in winning the trust of the South Korean president.

Author: 
Anjan Roy

China has imposed higher tariffs of 25 percent on imports from the United States worth some $50 billion. This is in response to USA imposing similar tariffs on imports from China of an equal amount.
US had threatened to slap another round of tariffs on Chinese imports running up to imports worth $100 billion. If the US does that, China will have no room for coming with fresh tariffs on imports from US as China does not have imports of that additional amount.

Author: 
K Raveendran

Cartel versus cartel is certainly a fair deal. Oil cartel OPEC has been holding the world to ransom by manipulating supplies so that the buyers pay a price that can sustain the extravagant life of their rulers and citizens for endless time. The whole world has been suffering because they happen to possess a resource without which human progress in its present form is not possible. As such the oil market is more inequitable and arbitrary than the global order, which any way is skewed in favour of the exploiters.

Author: 
Sankar Ray

With a little more than a month to go for the three-day polling during 25- 27 July to elect 272 Members of National Assembly in the 342-seat national parliament, Pakistan’s ten years of uninterrupted freedom from military dictatorship palpitate. The electorate comprises 105.96 million, slightly more than 50 per cent of total population, estimated at 21 million. Ten MNAs will be from religious minorities and 60 are reserved for women while the rest is by proportional representation from parties getting more than 5 per cent of valid votes.

Author: 
Dr Arun Mitra

Climate Change implies significant variations in temperature, wind patterns and precipitation that may occur in cycles over decades, hundreds, thousands and millions of years; sometimes these changes may be random occurrences. These result in rain or hail, snowfall or extreme weather events like thunderstorms, cyclones, tornados etc. We have witnessed such events in much greater frequency in recent years.

Author: 
G. Srinivasan

Promising to replace trust in long-standing institutions such as commercial and central banks with trust in a new, fully decentralized system founded on the block chain and related distribution ledger technology (DLT), are the crypto-currencies emerging from obscurity to prominent position? This is a crucial question engaging the attention of not only businesses and consumers but also central banks and other authorities.

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