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Because data is a public good

My resignation from National Statistical Commission was the last act in a long story of disregard for its reports William Setzer, in the working paper, “Politics and Statistics: Independence, Dependence or Interaction”, published by the UN, lists several possible areas where political interference in official data generation and publication can happen. One of these is […]

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Quitting last act in long story of disregard: NSC panel ex-chief

Mohanan said his resignation along with the resignation of another non-official member, J V Meenakshi was the last act in “a long story of disregard” of NSC’s recommendations that “reduced its effectiveness”. Even as the government responded to the controversy over withholding a National Statistical Commission (NSC) employment survey for 2017-18 by calling it a […]

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Bill in Rajya Sabha on registering NRI marriages within 30 days

“It is necessary that the marriage solemnised or otherwise in India or outside India shall be registered within a period of 30 days from the date of marriage,” the Bill’s objectives state. EXTERNAL AFFAIRS Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday introduced the Registration of Marriage of Non-Resident Indians Bill in the Rajya Sabha, which seeks to […]

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Women prime victims of mobocracy, says Meera

Writer stresses need for women to attain absolute freedom Noted fiction writer K.R. Meera has said the world over, women are among prime victims of mobocracy. Elections to the local bodies in Nagaland got stuck at women’s reservation issue for a very long time now as the tribal leaders of Nagaland took to the streets […]

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City hospital successfully treats pregnant swine flu patient

Team of doctors used extracorporeal membrane oxygenation technique for treatment; foetus safe In a rare case, doctors at Fortis Escorts Heart Institute (FEHI), Okhla, treated a 30-year-old pregnant woman, Swapnil Mishra, who had tested positive for swine flu (H1N1 virus). The case was extremely critical and complex as the foetus could not be delivered prematurely, […]

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No integrity pact in other deals too: former IAF official

Ex-IAF officer cites cases of U.S., Russia Responding to the new revelations in the Rafale fighter deal with France that anti-corruption clauses were waived by the government, former Indian Air Force (IAF) official who headed the Indian Negotiating Team (INT) on the deal said there were no anti-corruption clauses even in the Inter-Governmental Agreements (IGA) […]

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CAG report on Rafale deal to be tabled in Lok Sabha today

Officials say it will not go into pricing details that have been withheld by govt. Amid new revelations that anti-corruption clauses in the Rafale deal with France were waived by the government, official sources have said the audit report of the Comptroller and Auditor-General (CAG) is likely to be tabled in the Lok Sabha on […]

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A prayer for Chinna Thambi

Forests will be protected only if elephants are, says tribal man who led the prayer Wild elephant Chinna Thambi has been gaining support of the people from all walks of life since its capture and translocation from Thadagam valley in Coimbatore on January, 25. While a public interest litigation has been moved before the Madras […]