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21st November – Trade Agreements

Why trade deals are the next logical step ]Reacting to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement signed by 15 Asia-Pacific countries, India’s External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar, gave a scathing assessment of trade agreements. “In the name of openness we have allowed subsidised products and unfair production advantages from abroad to prevail,” he said, …

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20th November – ‘Nudge’ in public policy

Nudge – A desirable public policy tool This is a classic example of businesses using behavioural foibles to upsell products to customers. There is now a school of thought that the understanding of human behaviour can be used by policymakers to nudge citizens to act in a way that is good for them or for …

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19th November – Asian Drama

Shifting sands for Asian economies Discussions on the post-pandemic global economy have often predicted that China’s appeal as a business destination would fade, losing favour as the global manufacturing hub. Arguments have been made that production would be dispersed to other appealing locations mostly in Asia, and even to those outside. It was expected that …

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18th November – Andhra Pradesh’s capital conundrum

Andhra Pradesh’s capital conundrums Andhra Pradesh is witnessing a ‘Game of Thrones’-like gritty politics involving capital cities. Chief Minister Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy’s government proposed a three-capital plan in the previous session of the Assembly. As per the Andhra Pradesh Decentralisation and Inclusive Development of All Regions Bill, 2020, the State will have Visakhapatnam, Amaravati and …

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17th November – Trade Unions

A recipe to tear down trade unions Labour law ‘reform’ has been on the table since 1991 as every government’s favourite solution for economic growth. Yet, there was no consensus between governments, political parties, workers and their trade unions, and employers, on what this meant. Trade Unions – Historical Background – Trade unions first emerged …

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16th November – Western bias in Science

Western bias in Science Recently NASA released a news about the discovery of molecular water on the sunlit side of moon by the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), piggybacked on a Boeing-747 aircraft at approximately 45,000 feet above the ground. The finding of 100-412 parts per million water (equivalent to a 12-ounce bottle) in …

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14th November – Media regulation

Media regulation The government’s move bringing online news and current affairs portals along with “films and audio-visual programmes made available by online content providers” under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is as brazen as it is wily. Brazen, because this is an attack on the free press, targeted at a section that has been …

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13th November – Judgements should be simple

Judgements should be made easier to comprehend A lawyer has recently filed a PIL in Supreme Court (Subhash Vijayran versus Union of India). He wants the legislature and the executive to use plain English in drafting laws, Bar Council to introduce plain English in law curricula and Supreme Court to only allow concise and precise …

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12th November – Strengthening Public Healthcare

Strengthening public health capacities in disasters In 2005, India enacted the Disaster Management Act, which laid an institutional framework for managing disasters across the country. Disaster management considerations were to be incorporated into every aspect of development and the activities of different sectors, including health. While some headway has indeed been achieved, the approach continues …

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11th November – Purchasing Managers’ Index

Purchasing Managers’ Index With India’s PMI for manufacturing, at 58.9 in October, recording the strongest growth in 13 years, and that for services expanding for the first time in eight months, there is a spring in policymakers’ step. They would like to point out that their fiscal and monetary responses for COVID times are yielding …

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