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Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 14 March 2011
A number of foreign flagships have their own armed personnel on board, they call them “seamen”, and organise documents for them from the flag state. But India has made it extremely difficult for armed personnel to sail on board Indian merchant  flagships In the world of shipping, flags and...

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Moneylife Digital Team 14 March 2011
Telangana supporters unleashed mayhem on the streets of Hyderabad on 10th March, vandalising statues of eminent personalities, similar to the destruction of ancient Buddha statues at Bamiyan by the Taliban Friday, 11th March, was when Japan was shaken by an act of God. But on 10th March,...

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Moneylife Digital Team 14 March 2011
Government confirms blast; says inner container housing fuel rods still intact; allays fears of massive radioactive leak TOKYO: A hydrogen explosion erupted at the earthquake-hit Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan today, troubled second reactor, injuring at least three workers, Japan's nuclear...

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Moneylife Digital Team 12 March 2011
Authorities warn of a meltdown at a nuclear plant after Friday’s devastating earthquake. A huge rescue and relief operation gets underway to help thousands trapped and suffering from the impact of the worst quake and tsunami in the country’s history TOKYO: More than 1,300 people are feared...

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Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 11 March 2011
The inside story behind why Somali pirates released the 23 crewmembers on board, after nearly one year of captivity  First of all, for all those in the media and outside going shrill about wanting the Indian Navy to go into 'hot pursuit' on pirates hijacking ships, a small question-would you...

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Alekh Angre 10 March 2011
Is the Indian Railways hoarding seats under the tatkal scheme to earn more revenue, enriching agents and touts in the process? It seems that the Indian Railways (IR) has found a novel idea of earning more money. While passengers complain that wait-list tickets remain unconfirmed, tatkal...

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Shukti Sarma 10 March 2011
Sanjay Kaul, former joint secretary, Department of Food and Public Distribution, says that the much-awaited Bill has a number of lacunae, and will do little to mitigate the appalling levels of malnutrition and will not curb rising food prices The much awaited Food Security Bill may not be...

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R Balakrishnan R Balakrishnan 10 March 2011
I dislike dealing with ‘individual’ agents who offer advice. There is no guarantee of getting continuing service. Always deal with an institutional agent—especially if you know what you want Of late, I have noticed a marked animosity from self-styled independent financial advisors (IFAs) in...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee 10 March 2011
Yesterday, we touched upon one aspect of the life of HT Parekh, truly the architect of home finance in India. Today, on his birth centenary, we explore his fearless integrity and his role in ensuring how household savings of ordinary Indians could be gainfully employed in industrialisation, and...

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Sucheta Dalal Sucheta Dalal 10 March 2011
Why are tax authorities so lax? The mysterious and low-profile Pune-based horse-breeder has become the pivotal figure in the fight against black money. An income-tax (IT) raid in 2007 had yielded documents to show that Hassan Ali Khan, owner of multiple passports, had over $8 billion (around...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 09 March 2011
How information procured under the law led to Dow scrapping its proposed plant near Pune and a road supposed to run through a heritage botanical garden was abandoned Last week, we discussed the contents of Section 4 of the Right to Information Act (RTI). Here are two classic examples which...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee 09 March 2011
Click here to see more photographs On this day, let’s take the time to remember HT Parekh, and say a prayer of gratitude for this towering man of finance and understand his farsightedness. HTP, as he was called by all, is inarguably the father of home finance or mortgage lending in India

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Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 09 March 2011
The biggest ‘income’ from these privatised toll checkpoints is from the intelligence angle, both commercial and security. And you cannot put a number on the speed money being generated from these checkpoints In the first part of this series (Delhi toll tax: Corruption, or daylight robbery?)...

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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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