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Maldives | Whatever the Distance Maldivians consider the terms of stronger ties with China

A20-MINUTE FERRY RIDE from the Maldivian capital, Malé, lies Hulhumalé, a desolate strip of reclaimed land. Rows of identical four-storey apartment buildings line the artificial island, distinguishable only by metres-high numbers painted on their facades. Buses circle on two routes, slowing to a crawl for speed bumps. The settlement currently

IMF and RBI—lost in transmission

The IMF’s 2014 review has some good GDP news but its reservations on interest rates bears closer attention. It can take 32 months for the effects of a an interest rate cut to be felt. What does this mean for the Indian economy? Christine Lagarde International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director

Assessing India’s aid diplomacy

With the Mo di government’s focus on improving neighbourhood relations, India cannot afford delays in its aid projects in the region—especially because aid is an effective foreign policy instrument. Why are these projects getting delayed? Is the government taking remedial steps to improve India’s aid programme? When Prime Minister Narendra

Mining Acts and Bills

 Mining Acts and Bills   • The Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957 • The Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Bill, 2011 • The Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2015 • The Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Ordinance, 2015 Please follow and

Battling tribunals

A Division Bench of the Madras High Court struck down key provisions relating to the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) established under the Trade Marks Act, 1999, as unconstitutional. This is yet another interlude in the tussle between judiciary and the legislature on the “tribunalisation” of courts. There has been

Five ethical problems that plague Indian journalism

From the Radia tapes in 2010 to the Essar leaks last month, Indian journalism has been creaking under the burden of unethical practices. A new report titled “Untold Stories: How Corruption and Conflicts of Interest Stalk the Newsroom” from the Ethical Journalism Network, an international journalism watchdog, identifies the problems

Bringing justice back

Recognition, redistribution and representation are three distinct but inextricably linked dimensions of justice in contemporary world. However, in the social and political dynamics that we are currently witnessing in India not only are these three different dimensions being pulled in different directions but also are actively undermining, blocking and even