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Moneylife Digital Team 07 April 2011
Ahmedabad-based air traveller receives a misplaced bag from an unidentified person without verification of the lost baggage claim; airline refuses any compensation When Bharat Joshi took a Kingfisher Airlines flight from Ahmedabad to Delhi, his baggage went missing at the airport. Mr Joshi...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 07 April 2011
The soldier-turned-social reformer has grabbed the national headlines in the past 24 hours with his campaign for an effective anti-corruption law. But very few are aware of the die-hard Gandhian’s nearly four-decade long struggle to improve the lot of common people from his village in...

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Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 06 April 2011
Where does the private sector in India stand on corruption, is the question being asked at Jantar Mantar—so will it please answer it? The politicians are silent, but why is India Inc not logging in? Rallies and demonstrations are not new for those of us who live and work in Delhi, and by...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 06 April 2011
While the RTI Act states that only those private organisations which have “substantial” funding from the government come under the purview of the RTI Act, in cases where these entities are in partnership with the government, it is possible to get necessary information. The Pune-Mumbai Expressway...

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William Gamble William Gamble 04 April 2011
The real problem with bribery is paradoxically a problem with law. So, the best and most economically efficient method of eliminating corruption would be simply to eliminate the laws themselves Kaushik Basu is a professor of economics at Cornell University. Cornell is located in the quaint,...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 02 April 2011
RTI Forum for Instant Information to petition Maharashtra chief minister, file public interest litigation, to check the toll charges collected by IRB that has a contract till 2019 Thanks to the Right To Information Act (RTI), it is pretty clear now that Ideal Road Builders (IRB), the private...

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Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 01 April 2011
Why are we being fed with increasing amounts of neurotoxins in our diet, in the name of processed foods, when the rest of the world is moving away from them? Pepsi and Coke will actually share the World Cup win on Saturday, as India and Sri Lanka fight for the crumbs As we head in for the...

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Moneylife Digital Team 01 April 2011
Central Information Commission gives directive on an RTI query by an applicant who was directed to individual ministries The Central Information Commission (CIC) has said that information relating to air travel by union ministers-both domestic and international-should be maintained centrally...

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Moneylife Digital Team 31 March 2011
The much-awaited encounter between the two neighbours attained a record viewership of 20.02 points, unheard of in the Indian television space. Cricket fever has led to a 514% increase in the ratings for the sports genre over the average on the last four Wednesdays The Indian cricket team, which...

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Exports of the king of fruits will be affected too; horticulturists blame low-quality pesticides for crop loss Alphonso, the king of fruits which grows mainly in Maharashtra’s Konkan region, will be costlier this season. A whopping 80% of the crop in the region has been destroyed due to a...

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Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 31 March 2011
Over 90% of Indian domestic air passenger travel is supposed to be ‘business travel’, and is paid for by commercial entities. One would have thought that the largest protest would have come from them, since it is their human assets which are out there in the skies, being flown by fakes and...

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Sudhir Badami Sudhir Badami 31 March 2011
Just selling tickets that allow commuters to change multiple services does not make for seamless travel. We must have bus services that are near the point of origin, or a short walking distance away, and similarly at the destination, if travel is to become truly seamless When someone said...

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India is the world’s youngest democracy, but six decades after the republic was set up, it is high time the populace gets the governance it deserves. Our democracy has matured enough, but corruption is a deep-rooted malaise Over a decade back, in 2000, on the occasion of the golden jubilee of...

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Moneylife Digital Team 28 March 2011
Here are some of the issues related to India that crop up in some US Embassy cables and documents released by WikiLeaks and available on The Hindu news website Here are some of the issues related to India that crop up in US Embassy cables and documents, that have been released by WikiLeaks,...

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Moneylife Digital Team 28 March 2011
“We have not said no, but I tell them, there are soooooo many procedures. We have to follow alllllll the procedures!” This is how Indian politicians, bureaucrats have been dealing with the insistent demands and pressures from the US, especially on defence deals. A look at the WikiLeaks cables,...

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Moneylife Digital Team 28 March 2011
Whoever Wednesday’s winner may be, the cricket clash is going to cost both countries millions of man-hours—and crores in revenues Corruption and poverty are the twin demons that will eventually derail the economic progress of India and Pakistan. But working citizens of both countries would...

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Debashis Basu Debashis Basu 24 March 2011
The Budget has done nothing to change the market outlook. This report, which was first published in Moneylife magazine a fortnight ago, describes how the Budget affects you, why it won't attract foreign savers, and does nothing to boost an expensive market The Union Budget of 2011-12 was...

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Students say the new norms, enforced with retrospective effect from July 2009, upsets the choice of subjects that they have made and which have been officially approved The University of Mumbai's new admission procedure for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is creating trouble for those...

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Moneylife Digital Team 23 March 2011
Medical fraternity happy over rollback of service tax on healthcare, but thinks it could be introduced in another form next year Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday announced a rollback of the proposed 5% service tax on healthcare that was opposed by the medical fraternity who chose...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 23 March 2011
The RTI Act lists special instances where the authorities are exempt from disclosing information. But this provision has been misused to avoid giving information. Here are a couple of cases where people have persisted and won While the Right to Information (RTI) Act is all about transparency...

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