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31st October – PM’s Diwali Gift to the Economy

India is slipping pathetically from its high growth trajectory. Exports continue to decline. Major financial institutions and donors have downgraded the country’s growth prospects in the coming year. Good news – The recent World Bank’s Doing Business rankings provided the spark the economy badly needed. India made impressive improvements in the 2019 rankings of Ease …

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30th October – Naga Peace Talks

The deadline set by the Centre for wrapping up the Naga peace talks, October 31, arrives this week. While the Centre’s interlocutor and now Nagaland’s Governor, R N Ravi, has stressed that the government intends to meet the deadline, some key issues remain unresolved with the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah), or NSCN(I-M). What …

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29th October – What is INS Baaz?

On Friday, Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh visited INS Baaz, the southernmost air station of the Indian Armed Forces and spent a day with personnel stationed there. Details – INS Baaz is located at Campbell Bay on the Great Nicobar island, the southernmost and largest island in the Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. …

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28th October – What is ‘Quantum Supremacy’?

This week, Google has announced that it has reached ‘Quantum Supremacy’ in computing. What is ‘Quantum Supremacy’? It is a term proposed in 2012 by John Preskill, professor of theoretical physics at the California Institute of Technology. It describes the point where quantum computers can do things that classical computers cannot. In Google’s case, researchers …

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26th October – What lessons from the past could imply for our future?

For much of modernity, the study of history has been a largely political narrative of great men, their decisions, victories, and follies. History is in fact much broader than political history. It can involve, for example, the history of science and technology, or more specifically, the history of how water has shaped the course of …

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25th October – Minding the gaps in India’s digital data infrastructure

Much of the data quality discussions in the past have erupted when politically sensitive results around topics such as GDP growth rate or poverty rates have been released and partisan bickering allows for little room to think about data collection systems. How can we improve data collection? If we are to move towards developing a …

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24th October – Fighting Fake News

The Maharashtra cyber police recently tied up with a fact-checking app, Logically, to detect fake news and bias ahead of the assembly elections; Logically was monitoring social media platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, and Instagram for violations of the Model Code of Conduct, and reporting these to the Election Commission. Threat – During the general …

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23rd October – A roadmap for criminal justice reforms

Home Minister Amit Shah recently said that the Bureau of Police Research and Development should work on a proposal to amend various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC). The reason for this decision, the direction the exercise should take, and the changes envisaged in the laws are …

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22nd October – Icy challenge : Distrust towards Chinese interference in Arctic an opportunity for India

India, as we know, is not an Arctic nation, or even a ‘near-Arctic’ one, but China has designated itself to be one. India seems to have little business interest in the resource-rich area, and the proposed sea and land routes that are strategically emerging in the region with the melting of the sea ice, are …

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19th October – An inclusive strategy for India to revive its economic growth

From a peak of 8.1% in the fourth quarter of 2017-18, growth in gross domestic product (GDP) has now decelerated to a six-year low of 5% in the fiscal first quarter, with a slowdown visible across all sectors. We now require a macroeconomic strategy to revive aggregate demand in the short-run, while initiating structural reforms …

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