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Moneylife Digital Team 08 March 2011
Medical activists to observe 12th March as ‘Misery Day’ to protest against proposed service tax, demand rollback The Union Budget proposal to levy 5% service tax on healthcare services has been severely criticised by the medical community, which has described it as a "misery tax". The...

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Moneylife Digital Team 08 March 2011
India Against Corruption to hold public meetings on Sunday, to mobilise for countrywide fast from 5th April With the ruckus over Hasan Ali Khan's Swiss bank accounts and the Supreme Court quashing the appointment of PJ Thomas as Central Vigilance Commissioner, one would have expected the...

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Yogesh Sapkale Yogesh Sapkale 08 March 2011
Subscribers of MTNL and BSNL are being charged for 3G data services irrespective of whether the 3G network is available at all locations in the telecom circle. Similarly, operators are charging for VAS on data services, even from subscribers who have not subscribed for this, while some are...

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Moneylife Digital Team 07 March 2011
In Chennai, exam postponed following agitation; regional bar councils object to exam saying that it puts graduates from rural, impoverished background at a disadvantage The All India Bar Examination (AIBE) was held on Sunday at about 45 centres across the country, despite a pending petition...

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Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 07 March 2011
The toll tax was introduced with the objective of dissuading heavy vehicles going through the national capital territory with an aim to minimize pollution. Today, it has turned into a revenue- gathering exercise that is encouraging more and more vehicles to come into the city Some of the...

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Moneylife Digital Team 04 March 2011
Law students and advocates have challenged the Bar Council order that makes the examination compulsory. But while the court has not decided on the issue yet, the exam, which was postponed twice, is to be held on 6th March A decision on the legitimacy of the All-India Bar Examination (AIBE)...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 02 March 2011
Section 6 of the RTI Act makes it mandatory for every government department to provide whatever information that a citizen may apply for, within a specified period. Section 4 empowers citizens to examine official files on the spot Does it bother you that trees have been felled in your...

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Moneylife Digital Team 01 March 2011
In a situation where few officials of the Indian Railways are trying to prove ACD systems vulnerable in order to prepare ground for buying more expensive foreign technology, whether the indigenously developed device would see the light of the day remains a question. In the Railway Budget,...

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Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 28 February 2011
This year’s effort will not do anything to impact the huge mass just above the poverty line—or for those who aspire to join the Great Indian Middle Class How, actually, does the Budget impact the large number of people on or around the upper limits of the poverty line heading into those who...

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Moneylife Digital Team 28 February 2011
Delivery point man assures to hand over prize of £35,000 and an iPad after receiving customs duty payment. Police say without any proof of wrong-doing they cannot arrest or detain anyone Over and again, police and bank authorities warn about 'Nigerian email scams', which have successfully...

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Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 28 February 2011
A number of bureaucrats in New Delhi have done away with their beacons or red lights on their official vehicles. The reason: every person arrested or hauled up for any sort of corruption-related activity—including the babu involved in the NALCO scandal—has been found in or around a car with a...

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Anand Datla Anand Datla 25 February 2011
Regardless of the recent turbulence, most mobile service providers are charting aggressive plans to continue on the steep growth trajectory, before the onset of consolidation a couple of years down the line The second largest population in the world, relatively low tele-density and a...

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Sucheta Dalal Sucheta Dalal 24 February 2011
A few hours before the former telecom minister A Raja was hauled away to jail on television cameras, an insider was telling us how the industry had, in fact, hatched a neat plan to neutralise the entire basis of the Comptroller and Auditor General’s (CAG) report which put the loot of the nation...

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Raj Pradhan Raj Pradhan 24 February 2011
An email offering high-yield guaranteed bonds tries to lure investors with the promise of an unbelievable 14% return. It uses the Bajaj Allianz company name, but the company says it does not have any such product On the face of it, it seems to be a super offer from a well-known name like...

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Sucheta Dalal Sucheta Dalal 24 February 2011
The events of Egypt and Tunisia have probably shaken up Indian business rather badly; but nobody is saying anything yet. For the past two years, India’s leading businessmen have been quietly telling the world that they are moving their new investments out of India to hedge their bets against...

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Sucheta Dalal Sucheta Dalal 24 February 2011
Jawed Habib Akhtar’s ancestors may have been the barbers to Lord Mountbatten and Jawaharlal Nehru, but outside the Page3 community, he was credited with having former Indian president APJ Abdul Kalam as a client. It is hard to imagine the scholarly Dr Kalam opting for designer haircuts, but...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 23 February 2011
Right to information is a formidable weapon that promotes transparency and helps to curb corruption. While there are some drawbacks that can be addressed separately, we must use this law to its full potential Just who can use the Right to Information Act? This would seem a strange or at best...

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Sudhir Badami Sudhir Badami 17 February 2011
The MSRDC did not conduct a public consultation on the proposal for a viaduct on Pedder Road, or consider alternatives before arriving at the decision. Sadly, simple observation of the traffic flow at another flyover suggests that this project will hardly improve the situation In 1999, the...

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Moneylife Digital Team 16 February 2011
In an address to TV editors, prime minister says he was restricted by the compulsions of the coalition government and that he did not take quicker action on 2G as he did not think there was anything wrong at that time  Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today underlined that he would stay in...

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