Open letter to Health Minister Harsha Vardhan Aug 27, 2014 Medical ethics in this country is non-existent. Corruption is rampant and the MCI, which is meant to control unhealthy practices closes its eyes to this menace. And Dr Harsha Vardhan, the union minister for health & family welfare seems has shown the rare honesty to admit it
Is Narendra Modi right in going back to Aadhaar? Aug 27, 2014 Both Barack Obama and David Cameron-Nick Clegg stood by their words and abandoned national ID schemes. Unfortunately, Narendra Modi and BJP, which promised to scrap biometric Aadhaar during their election campaign, have gone back on their words
The Evo Arrives Aug 27, 2014 The next big churn in the car market may not come from the market leaders
Sickness care or corporate monstrosity? Aug 26, 2014 Cardiac procedures bring in billions of dollars in cash for doctors, hospitals and the instrument manufacturers, in addition to television interviews. Sadly, the procedures are done not to help patients but to benefit these few
Timing Your Stock Buying Aug 26, 2014 The buying price is more important than the time of purchase. Here is how to get the price right
Can You depend on mainstream media to report economic scams? Aug 25, 2014 Moneylife Foundation\'s Event brought together three veteran journalists, Chitra Subramaniam, Sucheta Dalal and Debashis Basu and Ravi Nar, better known as @Mediacrooks for a discussion on the future of journalism and the role of Social Media in it
IRB offered Satish Shetty over Rs2 crore, reveals CBI report Aug 25, 2014 A copy of the CBI closure report in the Satish Shetty murder case reveals scandalous information on officials of IRB offering money and threatening with dire sequences the RTI activist over the company’s land deals in Lonavala. Presently, the CBI has let all the accused off the hook
Before we can \'make it in India\'! Aug 25, 2014 The e-biz initiative of the Cabinet Secretary hopes to help companies get over some 60 clearances on line; but this is likely to take time before a single platform to take care of all the needs are covered
Cheque bouncing: Supreme Court\'s verdict on jurisdiction Aug 21, 2014 Clearing all controversy, the Supreme Court ruled that the jurisdiction of such cases have to be the location where the cheque bounced, meaning the bank of the person, who issued the cheque and not the bank location of the complainant
No New Organization to Replace Planning Commission, Please! Aug 21, 2014 Distribution of resources is no longer a relevant issue and there are plenty of specialized institutions all over India who can do the thinking and planning for the government. Let us allow the Planning Commission to achieve moksha
Medical science-what is science? Aug 21, 2014 Science simply is curiosity. It is the scientist that could be good or bad. The inner secrets of science are not shared outside a small group. The idea of science is enmeshed in philosophy, in myths, in theories, in smugness, in heroism, even in superstition, in fear, and in hindsight what actually happens inside is rarely told openly
\'Hitler\' is a confused word in India Aug 19, 2014 Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, has taken up the gauntlet to be a \'Hitler\', if required. Has `Hitler-ism’ worked in India? An insight
India-China: Important issues to settle in September Aug 19, 2014 Apart from the frequent border incursions in Arunachal Pradesh, China has showed its distinct dislike for even India to explore oil blocks that Vietnam had offered. Can both countries bury the hatchet and settle all impending issues when their chiefs meet in September?
No terms of endearment here: Vaporin E-Cigs Aug 14, 2014 How does one return a product for refund in the same condition as received if one intends on trying it out? Vaporin.com, which sells Vaporin e-cigarette products, says \'the items must be returned in the same condition as received\', after trying it out!
Sugar industry moving towards crisis? Aug 13, 2014 The Centre needs to seriously take up issues of sugar mills and farmers and bring about proposals to resolve it, while ensuring a fair price formula for all concerned. Piece-meal decisions affecting the sugar industry will not be beneficial in the long run
Who is behind the CBI closure report in Satish Shetty murder case? Aug 12, 2014 Sandeep Shetty, brother of slain RTI activist Satish Shetty alleges an invisible hand of a Union Minister behind the filing of closure report in his brother’s murder case. The case was being handled by CBI for the last four years and was coming to a near conclusion
Katju\'s war on the Judiciary continues Aug 12, 2014 Justice Katju ups the heat on judicial corruption with a new blog post. Justice Katju\'s revelations paint a scary picture about the state of our judiciary at a time when public impatience over denial of justice due to cases that drag on for decades
How to make coal suppliers more accountable Aug 11, 2014 The country has 39 mt of coal in stock at various places. On the other hand, power producers are reeling under fuel shortage with a stock that would last for seven days. It is inconceivable that 39 mt of coal piled up in just one day. Hope the government take necessary action against all those responsibile for this situation
SEBI clears setting up of REITs, InvITs, finally! Aug 11, 2014 To help attract greater foreign and domestic investments into real estate and infrastructure, market regulator SEBI has cleared final guidelines for creation and listing of trusts, REITs and InvITs for these key sectors
Growing importance of Indo-Myanmar relations Aug 11, 2014 There are excellent opportunities for setting up urea plants in Myanmar. This would help Myanmar to increase its agricultural production and also help India, as the agreed balance of urea could be shipped back to India
ARC fees: RBI restores sanity Aug 11, 2014 RBI has replaced the 5:95 model with 15:85. Can something be done to retain the current cost structure for ARCs and mitigate the management-fee driven model? Here are the options
Can Bitcoins remain unregulated? Aug 8, 2014 While Bitcoin investors have been quick to revolt against regulations, the system reeks of a lack of transparency and Bitcoins have exhibited a characteristic typical of a highly speculative market
Which Fixed-income Options, Now? Aug 8, 2014 Debt schemes are supposed to have turned unattractive after capital gains tax rules were changed in the Union Budget. Are you sure? Surprising answers inside
Here\'s why NAMC may fail to deal with large NPAs Aug 8, 2014 Will the experiment of handling large NPAs through a new entity, National Asset Management Company -NAMC, succeed? The slow legal process and low accountability at all levels are big hurdles
Do ARCs help resolve NPAs or just bail out banks? Aug 8, 2014 With gross NPA levels of Rs2.17 lakh crore in March 2014 and a restructured portfolio of Rs3.30 lakh crore, of which a lot will become NPAs, banks will continue to sell NPAs to the ARCs.
Don’t Colour Me Red! Aug 8, 2014 Prerana is a path-breaking initiative to show the red light to Mumbai’s red-light areas, says Queency Raichada
Why Infosys Share Buyback is a Bad Idea Aug 8, 2014 Spending Rs11,200 crore on buyback will only create a temporary bump in prices which will be used by some for exit. Infosys has to think about shareholders who would stay with the company post buyback.
What all women need to know about money Aug 8, 2014 Women in India are vulnerable because they remain in the background when important financial decisions are concerned, but they must take charge and they may even be much better than men at making such decisions
Advertising in news: Oliver has it right on native Aug 6, 2014 Consumers of news have the right to know if a particular piece of content was written, produced and paid for by a particular company, whether it makes them less likely to click on it or not
Suspicious prescriptions for HIV drugs abound in Medicare Aug 6, 2014 The inspector general of the US Department of Health and Human Services finds Medicare spent tens of millions of dollars in 2012 for HIV drugs there’s little evidence patients needed. A 77-year-old woman with no record of HIV got $33,500 of medication
How to revamp health care delivery Aug 6, 2014 The essentials of western medicine could be clubbed with the best of other systems like Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Siddha, Unani, Acupuncture, and Herbal medicines to make sickness care less expensive, more useful and less dangerous
The obscure drug with a growing Medicare tab Aug 5, 2014 Experts question the effectiveness of HP Acthar Gel, a drug made from pigs’ pituitary glands. Yet it cost US Medicare more than $141 million in 2012, up from $7 million in 2008
Is the US market sending warning signs? Aug 4, 2014 In late July, the small cap stocks in the US did not follow their larger brethren to new highs, which is called divergence. Divergence along with overvaluation and bullish enthusiasm are signals of a potential sell off. Is that happening now?
Modi Supporters All Confused? Aug 4, 2014 Nobody knows whether Modi Sarkar will modify Congress programmes like Aadhaar before implementing them and how it plans to control inflation
Some immediate measures needed to revive iron ore mining Aug 4, 2014 India exports iron ore at $100 a tonne, depending on grades while steel is imported at $600 to $700 per tonne. Any further delay in increasing iron ore production is dangerous to domestic steel industry and the mining industry will also suffer, creating increased unemployment in the country
Subsidies kill, but are less murderous than political intentions Aug 4, 2014 The government\'s idea to get people to voluntarily forgo their LPG subsidy as an exercise in \"nation building\" has raised peoples\' hackles. The SMS from oil companies says, \"Want to join Nation Building? It\'s simple - just give up LPG subsidy.\" Now if only the minister or the prime minister had said, \"I am giving up my LPG subsidy. Join me in nation building\"
HSBC India manufacturing PMI jumps to 17-month high Aug 1, 2014 Business conditions in the Indian manufacturing sector improved for the ninth consecutive month in July, as companies scaled up production in response to robust levels of demand, the HSBC survey says
RTI Judgement Series: No need for appellant to show any public interest Aug 1, 2014 The Appellant does not have to show any public interest in disclosure of the information unless an exemption under Section 8(1) of the RTI Act applies to the information, the CIC ruled. This is the 205th in a series of important RTI judgements given by former Central Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi
White House secrets: Lobbyists bidding to block govt regulations Aug 1, 2014 When Washington lobbyists fail to derail regulations proposed by federal agencies, they often find a receptive ear within the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, an arm of the White House Office of Management and Budget that conducts much of its business in secret
With Trading Advantage Capital, it’s pay to play Aug 1, 2014 The prospect of trading in thousands and keeping the majority of the profits is the focus of tradingadvantagecapital.com, which never tells you how many people who sign up for its costly educational course ever end up being chosen to trade the money and keep profits