Archive for August 11th, 2018

Inequality, myth and reality

Indian inequality is back in the news, thanks to James Crabtree’s excellent description, and analysis, of crony capitalism in India (Billionaire Raj). This book is a must-read for anyone wanting to understand the entrails of crony capitalism, in India or elsewhere. However, Crabtree also wants to paint over…

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UGC approves BITS-Pilani off-campus centres

New Delhi August 11Resolving its three-year-old standoff with Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), the University Grants Commission (UGC) this week approved the institute’s branches in Goa and Hyderabad.

The HRD Ministry will issue a notification announcing “regularisation” of the two off-campus centres next week…

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Rafale ‘biggest ever’ defence scam: Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi August 11 Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday termed the Rafale fighter jet deal as the country’s “biggest ever” defence scam and alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a “partner” in the corruption.

Addressing a party event here, he also said that Modi has not yet…

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Nazi imagery will no longer be banned in video games

Berlin [Germany], August 11: Swastikas or Nazi related imagery will no longer be removed from video games automatically after Germany’s national rating agency USK announced the change.
The agency announced that video games releasing in Germany will be treated as movies and as works of art, they will be…

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Estrogen may help fighting post heart attack depression

Washington D.C. [USA] Aug 11: Turns out, estrogen may help in protecting against heart failure-related depression by preventing the production of inflammation-causing chemicals in the brain.
Research suggests that people with heart failure, including those who survive heart attacks, are two to three times more likely to…

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Happy Birthday Jacqueline!

New Delhi [India] Aug 11: Bollywood diva Jacqueline Fernandez is ringing in her 32nd birthday today.
A former model, the Sri Lankan beauty marked her acting debut with Sujoy Ghosh’s ‘Aladin’, following which she got her first commercial success with the psychological thriller ‘Murder 2’ opposite Emraan Hashmi.

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Knee pain? Watch your diet

Washington D.C. [USA] Aug 11: Turns out, dietary carbohydrates could lead to osteoarthritis.
According to new findings from the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, the carbohydrate composition of diets may increase the risk of osteoarthritis in laboratory mice even when the animals didn’t differ in weight.
OMRF scientist Tim…

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Pakistan’s Imran Nazir set to return to cricket

Lahore [Pakistan], August 11: Pakistan batsman Imran Nazir, who was out of action due to Tendinitis, is all set make a return after a gap of four and half years.

Making the announcement, the 36-year-old said that he has recovered from the illness and is all set to…

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Axis Bank introduces iris authentication for Aadhaar-based transactions

Axis Bank introduces iris authentication for Aadhaar-based transactions.
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Aug 11 : Axis Bank has become the first bank in the country to introduce Iris Scan Authentication feature for Aadhaar-based transactions through its micro ATM tablets.
This service, which requires a customer to scan their iris on…

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