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1.Just 20 percent conviction rate in POSCO cases.

Concerned over the low conviction rate in cases registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012, the Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights has decided to look into the reasons behind the dismal figures.  read more

2.Make medical education a public good.

When thought leaders like Gurcharan Das and leading newspapers root for commercialising medical education, one has to sit up and take note. The justification for commercialising medical education is that it will incentivise investors to set up medical colleges, increase the supply of doctors, induce competition and reduce the cost of tuition fees and services. Understanding the downside impact of such a policy, as unfolding in the U.S., can be illustrative. read more

3.Will ENDS justify the means?

The global anti-tobacco conference winded down on Saturday toeing a hard line towards e-cigarettes and other vaping devices. The seventh session of the Conference of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) ended with Southeast Asian countries voting for complete prohibition of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) and Electronic Non-Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENNDS) in the region.  read more

4.A global age before globalisation.

In 1848, as a series of revolutions swept and failed across Europe, the French poet Charles Baudelaire wrote: “The world is drawing to a close…  read more

1. Less black in cash means more in gold

Black deals in Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes have been stopped by demonetisation. Optimists hope this will end the scourge of black money. Pessimists say no, the new Rs 2,000 notes will soon replace Rs 1,000 notes in black deals. read more

2.When netas see votes in clean air, they'll cut through the smog THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS:

Two apparently unrelated events occured in Delhi in the past few days. In the first, Narendra Modi made a tough, risky move -one of the riski est in his career -against the long-festering problem of black money. In the second, Arvind Kejriwal was seen floundering as he tried to cope with Delhi’s foul air. What connects the two events is the stark contrast between the decisive action in the case of black money and a sense of helplessness in response to pollution. The dissimilar behaviours of the two politicans are explained by the Theory of Public Choice, enunciated by the American economist, James Buchanan, which won him the Nobel Prize in 1986.  read more

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