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Emoji Power: A New Mosquito Emoticon May Help Battle Diseases Like Dengue

Smartphones have already been identified as tools for surveillance of mosquito-borne disease outbreaks. A mosquito emoji can help get the message home. Mosquitoes are coming. The Unicode Consortium has just announced that alongside your smiling face – or perhaps crying face – emoji you’ll soon be able to add a …

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NITI Aayog Comes To The Rescue As Health Ministry Clueless On ‘World’s Largest Healthcare Programme’

How much will this scheme cost? What is the timeline for its roll out? Will private sector influence cause exploitation? Only NITI Aayog has the answers. “How much money will the government be spending on insurance premiums in the new Budget announcement?” “Why did the previous scheme which guaranteed a …

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Based On ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas’ The Budget 2018 Makes To Cry ‘Kiska Saath, Kiska Vikas’?

The Dalit and Adivasi community’s analysis of the budget shows gross under allocation – only 50.7% has been allocated towards targeted schemes for SCs and 51.24% for STs. On the 26th January 1950, we are going to enter into a life of contradictions. In politics we will have equality and …

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Indian Richie Mukesh Ambani’s Army Of Expats At Jio

Over the past six years, Reliance Industries has hired many expats to innovate and differentiate at the world’s fastest-growing Telco. Ask any Reliance Jio insider and you will be told Building TC-22 at the Jio headquarters in Navi Mumbai is where the action is. On the seventh floor is Mukesh …

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No Direct Benefits Bank Transfer For Poor In Jharkhand

The Direct Benefits Transfer pilot for subsidised foodgrains in Nagri block has, ironically, led to a quantum jump in cash transactions, inconveniencing beneficiaries and dealers as also putting enormous pressure on banks, even as 25% people still remain excluded. The introduction of any new system is bound to have some …

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Rough Edges: The Motorbike, Bengal And Beyond

The motorbike has, for a long time, been both a symbol of cinematic romance and political violence in Bengal. Besotted couples in love have often romanced while riding bikes and singing songs. In a scene from the famous 1963 Bengali film Saptapadi (Seven Circles), for instance, one of the state’s …

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On-Off, On Again Missile Deal With Israel: Where Has “Make in India” Gone?

Why was the anti-missile deal with Israel cancelled? And why has it been revived again? Or has it? And in what form? The answer to the first question that emanated from official corridors at the time was that the government wanted to give a boost to its Make in India …

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Dropping The Idea Of Islamic Banking In India Will Leave Millions Shortchanged

In India, there is an unmet market need for such products. Why can’t it come in the category of another financial product aimed at a niche audience? There is an air of finality and inevitability to the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) recent decision to rule out introducing Islamic banking …

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Nearly 50,000 Indian Telecom Workers Going To Lose Jobs This Year!

The bloodbath in Indian telecom is set to worsen in 2018, and that may mean more job losses. “In this calendar year, another 50,000 jobs are likely to go (in telecom) and at this point, telecom seems to be the worst-affected sector in terms of jobs. Last year about 40,000 …

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‘Big Money For Small Cities’, Modi’s Ambitious ‘Startup Initiative’ Is Ready To Rock

After facing much criticism for inaction in its first year, the Narendra Modi government’s Startup India programme picked up the pace in 2017. And for 2018, it has set ambitious targets, from more funding to a state-wise ranking based on startup-related initiatives, and a push for woman entrepreneurship. For starters, …

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