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Centre keen to bring in non-adversarial taxation

Retrospective tax has hit investor sentiment: Jaitley Pointing to the adverse impact of retrospective taxation on investor sentiment, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday assured industry that the Centre was determined to bring in “perfectly non-adversarial taxation.” “We are creating mechanisms inside the Revenue department to suggest changes in

Speaking power to satirical truth

A joke or laughter from a position of superiority over other people is unworthy of moral support, although it may obtain legal protection Charlie Hebdo was brutally attacked for its dark sketches of humour; for apparently talking ‘satire to power.’ French President Francois Hollande called the attacks an assault on

Meeting the Maoist Challenge

In a spectacular strike on the security forces, cadres belonging to the CPI-Maoist ambushed a large team of police and paramilitary forces and killed 14 personnel of the CRPF in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh in December 2014. Ironically, two days before the attack, Chief Minister Raman Singh had declared that,

A New Era in Sri Lanka’s Politics?

The election of Maithripala Sirisena, the common opposition candidate and Health Minister in Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government until November 2014, as Sri Lanka’s sixth Executive President is remarkable on many counts. When Rajapaksa announced his decision to seek a third term as president by amending the constitution, almost two years before

An uncertain Hobbesian life

The Hindu NO SAY: “Schemes like NREGA focus on creating jobs and roads, while resisting localised decision-making.” Picture shows farmers involved in NREGA work in Srikakulum, Andhra Pradesh. India’s small farmers have been struggling for centuries now and they need social and governmental action to change their future Of India’s

Policy distorts gender equity

In India, the right to vote is only a statutory right, but the act of voting is a constitutionally protected ‘freedom of expression’ under Article 19, as a fundamental right (PUCL, 2013). The Supreme Court recently refused to hear a petition challenging the Rajasthan Panchayati Raj (Second Amendment) Ordinance, 2014