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    India's fiscal deficit conundrum

    By Vaibhav Yadav India needs to raise its tax base urgently to meet the fiscal deficit target without curbing essential expenditure, says an SBI report. The country's gross fiscal deficit as a percentage of GDP started shooting up after the 2008 financial crisis, said the report India's Public Finance Trends. Staring at a breach However, with economic recovery gaining pace, the government embarked on...

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    How 5G could speed up not just data, but global growth as well

    Börje Ekholm Börje Ekholm is CEO of Ericsson. It's often taken for granted that the most dominant tech companies control the world's most important technology and communications platforms. Instead, the truth is that these giants run on top of the world's most important platform: the mobile communications networks. But it's not only the top internet companies...

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    Cut the Clutter: The key to Big Data management

    By Indraneel Ghosh With the rise in automation in the world, there has been a rise in the amount of data that is being generated due to the interaction of these "sensor-based" systems. It is predicted that the network of these "sensor-based devices" would rise beyond 50 billion by the year 2025. This network of devices forms the components of a network that is known as the...

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    Aziz Ansari and the deafening silence of non-consent

    By Meena S. It has been a year and three months, but I remember the night as clear as the glass of rum that left me vulnerable to a predator. A widely celebrated, feminist, progressive predator. We sat across each other. After some banter, he had his way with me, and I, inebriated to the hilt, didn't push him away. He smiled. I smiled back. And then I ran like the wind. We'd agreed...

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    Application of humanitarian laws to non-international armed conflicts

    By Mahasweta Muthusubbarayan One of the obvious consequences of the World Wars has been the growth of a corpus of international laws, rules and norms governing the conduct of warfare and the treatment of prisoners and victims of war. It has always been a failure of international law that it did not sufficiently address intra-nation conflicts or civil wars. Moreover, it has...

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    Harnessing India's soft power as an instrument of public diplomacy

    By Manali Joshi Soft power refers to the ability to persuade others to do something without using force or coercion. It is the ability to influence the 'perception others have of you' by using other means, such as culture, spirituality, music, cuisine, and political ideologies. Today, most countries use a combination of soft and hard power, together called 'smart...

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    State governments versus Lieutenant Governors in the union territories of Delhi and Puducherry

    By Yash Shukla The elected governments in Delhi and Puducherry, led by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal and V Narayanswami of the Congress party respectively, have accused the Central government of ruling indirectly using Lieutenant Governors (LGs) appointed by it to stall the governance in the union territories. The accusations made by...

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    Beyond #MeToo, Brazilian women rise up against racism and sexism

    By Alvaro Jarrin and Kia Lilly Caldwell. Alvaro Jarrin, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, College of the Holy Cross and Kia Lilly Caldwell, Associate Professor, African, African American, and Diaspora Studies, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. Women's empowerment recently got a big boost at the Golden Globes, but the United States isn't the only place...

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    Is group narcissism a destructive force?

    By Agnieszka Golec de Zavala In 2007, a British school teacher in Sudan received a jail sentence under Sharia law because she allowed her pupils to name a classroom teddy-bear 'Muhammad'. The day after the sentence was announced, more than 10,000 people took to the streets of Khartoum demanding the teacher's execution for blasphemy. While alternative explanations existed - the name...

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    Tracing the history of Tamil Nadu politics

    By Karan Anand During the 1960's, the Dravidian movement or the self-respect movement was at its peak and this ultimately led to the meticulous rise of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), a Dravidian party, as a political powerhouse in Tamil Nadu. Since then, the Dravidian parties have met with break-aways and have often taken contrasting stands against each other. Tamil Nadu politics The seat of...

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