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Why More (1.65 M) Children Die Annually In India Than Anywhere In The World

  Highlights * 1.65 million children under 5 died in 2011; 599,000 deaths due to pneumonia and diarrhea * Only 13% children received antibiotics for pneumonia and 26% received oral…

UPA-II: How to lose the plot and still be arrogant

An orgy of self-destruction is underway in the nation’s capital. A Prime Minister energetically backs his law minister who brazenly intervened in the CBI’s investigations into the coal scam. A…

The obsession with private schools

It has been three years since India’s right to education law came into force. Except for a provision on teacher’s qualifications, compliance on all other provisions was to have been…

Drivers of the gold boom, crash and…

Central banks hold large gold reserve assets. Unlike their treasury assets, these do not yield any return. Central banks are, therefore, known to lease indeterminate volumes of these risk- free…

Need to bring repo rate in line with inflation

RBI’s monetary policy seems to be influenced by two considerations. The interest rate has to be above the rate of inflation and there should a minimum margin between the repo…

India’s labour pangs

A remarkable feature of the current growth slowdown in India is that it has not made getting labourers any easier for employers. Reports of labour shortages keep pouring in from…

Why Bihar’s Miracle Story Might Be Short-Circuited

  Highlights * Bihar grew at an average annual rate of 10.7% over the last seven years * But only 16% of 18.94 million households in Bihar have access to…

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