2020: Hit wickets & run outs

With cricket being the flavour of the season, it is apt to put everything in cricketing milieu.  Sadly, the governments (states and Central) are not realising that it is actually a Twenty20 match — literally! Governments opting for the time out is leading to iron ore miners getting hit wicket and steel mills getting run out.

Press The Pause button

In a major decision, the Centre on Wednesday asked security forces not to launch operations in Jammu and Kashmir during the holy month of Ramzan. The security forces, however, reserve the right to retaliate if attacked or if essential to protect the lives of innocent people.  The announcement by the Home Ministry came two days ahead of prime minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday.

Artificial Intelligence for all

The anniversary of the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention and the creation of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) was celebrated on May 17 as World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD). The theme this year is “Enabling the positive use of Artificial Intelligence for all”. One of the objectives is to accelerate the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in furthering United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Is India moving towards Lewis Turning Point fast?

Most of the ongoing debates on job-creation are predominantly revolved around the reigning Modi government. This debate fuelled after two independent experts, who got access to Employees’ Provident Fund’s data and released their report on the payroll data of around 80 million workers earlier this year. They estimated in the report that 7 million jobs will be added in 2017-18.

Disequilibrium: Old Wounds Don’t Heal

With public memory being woefully short and media attention equally so, Nirav Modi has been replaced by Kathua and Unnao rapes only to find it interchangeable with the modern version of Dynasty Chanda Kochhar & family saga, interspersed as it was with the Nataka in Karnataka with all its cheap name calling evoking derision as the political discourse plumbed new depths. Needless to say that one of the dominant headlines of 2016 recently found traction in spurts, but no one has really attempted to connect the dots.

O my lord – inconsistency is thy name!

There is a famous proverb “show me the man I will show you the law”. When decisions are made on the basis of conscience rather than on the basis of written down law then it is likely that conscience of different judges and even of the same judge on a different day, may manifest differently. This way of deciding matters “on case by case basis” rather than on principles of consistency, renders any commercial business activity vulnerable to great uncertainties and throws the Ease of Doing Business out of the window.

Impact of internet on education

Internet impacts education and the impact in India is significant. India has a rich tradition for learning and education since ancient times. The Indian Constitution (article 21-A) provides for free and compulsory education for all children in the age group of six to fourteen years. The literacy rate in India by the end of British rule in 1947 was not even 20 per cent. However, the recent census (2011) shows that India’s literacy rate has grown to 74 per cent, but gender disparity is wide.

Nuclear-free Korea pledge needs decoding beyond optics

The April 27 summit of Korean leaders’ has been covered extensively by the media, highlighting their pledge to end their six decades of hostility. Airing their rhetoric about commitment to peace and “complete” denuclearisation of Korean peninsula and eventually achieve unification, looks too good, but too quick, to be true.

US protectionism spree altering global trade order

Apprehensions on forei-gn trade were a-lways high since Trump assum-ed office, his trade skepticism gained serious currency last year when he threatened to impose ‘big border tax’ on the US auto manufacturers producing outside its shore and then importing back to home country. This led to many auto majors cancelling their proposed expansions and production plans offshore.