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Man and Machine – the love hate game

Man and Machine – the love hate game

Dec 14,2017 , 03:50 AM IST | Opinion
The results of the elections to the urban local bodies and Panchayati Raj Institutions are out in Uttar Pradesh. The ruling BJP has performed well in the cities. But in the towns and villages, with an electorate of three and half crores, it appears not to have done so well. Independents had the upper hand there. Why this setback? Did the rural voters, comprising largely of unorganized labour and p
ALLERGY TO DISSENT

ALLERGY TO DISSENT

Dec 07,2017 , 03:00 AM IST | Opinion
Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe,” according to Thomas Jefferson. The “Tamil Nadu police on Sunday arrested freelance cartoonist Bala G in Chennai for drawing a cartoon depicting the state’s inability to prevent a family from committing suicide in Tirunelveli.” Burdened by debt, Essakimutthu, a worker in Tirunelveli, had committed suicide along with his wife and chil
History or farce – or a political tool?

History or farce – or a political tool?

Nov 30,2017 , 02:50 AM IST | Opinion
This Tuesday, the Supreme Court of India declined the third plea in a row, to ban “Padmavati.” The Court chided the Chief Ministers of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh for opposing the screening of the film much even before Censor Board has seen it. Even while that judgment was being pronounced, the Bihar Chief Minister joined the banning bandwagon, for what appears to be less than sound admi
Watershed Development Programmes

Watershed Development Programmes

Sep 20,2017 , 04:29 AM IST | Education & Careers
Programmes earlier undertaken by the Department of Land Resources (DoLR) of the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India include Drought Prone Area Programmes (DPAP), Desert Development Programme (DDP), Integrated Wastelands Development Project (IWDP) and Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP).
Sustainable use of the natural resources Part-III

Sustainable use of the natural resources Part-III

Sep 05,2017 , 11:35 PM IST | Education & Careers
The National Commission on Agriculture (1976) emphasized on scientific land use planning for achieving food security, self-reliance and enhanced livelihood security. The National Policy for Farmers (2007) has recommended revival of existing Land Use Boards and their linkage to district-level land-use Committees, so that they can provide quality and proactive advice to farmers on land use.
Sustainable use and management of natural resources

Sustainable use and management of natural resources

Aug 29,2017 , 11:17 PM IST | Young Hans
The current scenario of global land scarcity is only expected to become bleaker given the increase of urbanization rates across the world accompanied by an increase in the demand for agricultural produce. This is expected to cause a multiplicative increase in the complexities associated with land use patterns. Gender aspects concerning equitable land access also become important from a poverty red
History of science & scientific method

History of science & scientific method

Aug 15,2017 , 11:24 PM IST | Hans
And it is after this long, serpentine and complex journey that we have finally arrived at the era of the internet with, however, the caveat that the fundamental issue of unifying all scientific theories, namely the Theory of Everything, by discovering a method of unification of gravitational and electro magnetrons remained answered, the work of Bob Witter and other in the field of string theory no
History of science and scientific method

History of science and scientific method

Aug 02,2017 , 12:15 AM IST | Hans
There are many regularities in nature that the species of homo sapiens has had to recognized for survival. The Sun and the Moon periodically repeat their movements. Some motions, like the daily “motion” of the Sun, are simple to observe, while others, like the annual “motion” of the Sun, are far more difficult. 
The Art of painting

The Art of painting

Jul 26,2017 , 12:16 AM IST | Hans
In the beginning of the previous piece we discussed the positive impact the arts have on human beings. It has also been found that the fine arts have, apart from other things, a beneficial effect on the economies of societies, are good for individuals' mental well-being, and cognitive functioning, creative ability and performance, apart from being able to improve individual health.
Some tips about preparing for interviews for selection to the Central and state Civil Services

Some tips about preparing for interviews for selection to the Central and state Civil Services

Jul 19,2017 , 01:09 AM IST | Hans
My advice is that, every day, you must read one newspaper of your choice from cover to cover. Whatever word, expression or context you fail to understand, you must make sure that you consult a source or person to remove doubts if any. That way you will be able to remain au fait with the happenings around you in the political, economic, cultural and social spheres.
Whistle-blowers the fourth pillar

Whistle-blowers the fourth pillar

Jul 11,2017 , 11:52 PM IST | Hans
Kisan Baburao Hazare (Anna) is a social activist, who has led many, grassroots movements to promote rural development, and increase government transparency. He led many grassroots movements demanding investigations into the misdeeds of those in public office. 
Whistle-blowers the fourth pillar - Part-I

Whistle-blowers the fourth pillar - Part-I

Jun 28,2017 , 02:01 AM IST | Hans
“Quis custodiet ipsos custodies”? is a Latin phrase found in the work of the Roman poet Juvenal from his “Satires”. It translates literally as "Who will guard the guards themselves?", though it is also known by variant translations.
Music and its magic

Music and its magic

Jun 21,2017 , 12:25 AM IST | Hans
Beauty, truth, wonder, love, religion – these strange and difficult words laid the roots of the most curious of all activities of mankind, namely the pursuit and appreciation of the fine arts.
Great orators and their speeches

Great orators and their speeches

Jun 14,2017 , 03:01 AM IST | Hans
William Shakespeare is without doubt among best playwrights in the history of world literature. Indeed it has been said that he "exhausted worlds and created new". It can be said without exaggeration that there would hardly be anyone in this world who has not heard of his play Julius Caesar. 
Great orators and their speeches

Great orators and their speeches

May 30,2017 , 11:12 PM IST | Hans
Man, it is said, is a social animal. Communication with other people is therefore an essential feature of social behavior, and can happen in various forms such as looking, touching, and speaking. Speaking is easily the most powerful of these forms.
Mathematical method universal constants and important numbers Part-II

Mathematical method universal constants and important numbers Part-II

May 23,2017 , 10:31 PM IST | Hans
There are many numbers which occur in nature in the context referred to in the beginning of this piece. Known as "transcendental" numbers, they amaze us with the role they play in the ordered structure of the world around us. Transcendental numbers cannot be expressed as the root of any algebraic equation – examples being s pi, e and the Feigenbaum's number. 
Mathematical method universal constants and important numbers: Part - I

Mathematical method universal constants and important numbers: Part - I

May 16,2017 , 10:39 PM IST | Hans
Before we commence the fascinating journey of discovering the beauty of certain mysterious numbers call the natural numbers I would like to introduce the readers to a few established mathematical methods of arriving at conclusions. 
The Chinese Revolution

The Chinese Revolution

May 08,2017 , 10:13 PM IST | Hans
In the 1960s, Chinese Communist Party leader Mao Zedong, began to feel that the party leadership in the country was, in as case of the Soviet Union, becoming increasingly influenced, by too much emphasis on revisionist thinking – giving greater importance to expertise rather than to ideological purity. 
The Disintegration of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR)

The Disintegration of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR)

Apr 24,2017 , 11:02 PM IST | Hans
The rivalry between different nations for control over the resources and economies of different countries across the world has been a well-known feature of world history for over centuries.Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR).
How the Declaration inspired similar movements elsewhere

How the Declaration inspired similar movements elsewhere

Apr 10,2017 , 10:34 PM IST | Hans
The Declaration inspired many other similar documents in other countries, with its ideas catching the fancy of the low countries, as well as in the Caribbean, Spanish America, the Balkans, West Africa, and Central Europe in the decades up to 1848.
United States Declaration of Independence Part-I

United States Declaration of Independence Part-I

Apr 03,2017 , 10:26 PM IST | Hans
The Declaration of Independence is the statement adopted by the Second Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776, which announced that the thirteen American colonies, then at war with Britain, regarded themselves as newly independent and sovereign and no longer under British They announced formation of new nation-the United States of America. 
A brief history of India’s struggle for freedom from British colonial rule -II

A brief history of India’s struggle for freedom from British colonial rule -II

Mar 28,2017 , 01:31 AM IST | Hans
The "Jallianwala Bagh" massacre, called the "Amritsar massacre" occurred on 13 April 1919. A peaceful group of Baisakhi pilgrims had gathered together and were protesting, unaware that Martial law had been imposed.
A brief history of India’s struggle for freedom from the British colonial rule

A brief history of India’s struggle for freedom from the British colonial rule

Mar 20,2017 , 10:55 PM IST | Hans
When one surveys the history of countries in the world today which have succeeded in freeing themselves from the clutches of colonial powers, the struggle for freedom in India – non-violent and peaceful as it was – surely represents a unique example.
Awards, honors and promotional activities by foundations - around the world and in India

Awards, honors and promotional activities by foundations - around the world and in India

Mar 07,2017 , 12:20 AM IST | Hans
The well known Tata Group has of expresses always believed strongly in sharing the wealth accumulated by its founders instituted a number of philanthropic Trusts to support economic, social and community causes, apart from programmes for the uplift of the underprivileged.
Awards, honors and promotional activities by foundations - around the world and in India

Awards, honors and promotional activities by foundations - around the world and in India

Feb 28,2017 , 12:02 AM IST | Hans
As I have mentioned earlier in this column, it is now accepted around the world that governments alone cannot address effectively issues of the growth and development of countries. This is particularly so in regard to solving the problems of poverty, hunger, inequality, denial of access to basic human needs and exclusion. 
Options and Priorities - the Wood or the Tree Dilemma!

Options and Priorities - the Wood or the Tree Dilemma!

Feb 20,2017 , 11:42 PM IST | Hans
I have, applied the system with spectacular results in many situations and departments. In the Commercial Tax Department a large number of petty cases, accounting for a majority of the number but making only an insignificant contribution to the revenue, were placed in category C. 
Options and Priorities - the Wood or the Tree Dilemma!

Options and Priorities - the Wood or the Tree Dilemma!

Feb 13,2017 , 11:44 PM IST | Hans
As Chief Secretary I started what was called the INSTAX (Instant Access to Exceptional Information) Station. Instead of relying on the slow and hierarchical flow of information, this station directly accessed information from the print and electronic media, the internet and also received telephonic messages, and mails, SMSs from field officers at the cutting-edge level of crucial departments. 
Options and Priorities - the Wood or the Tree Dilemma!

Options and Priorities - the Wood or the Tree Dilemma!

Feb 07,2017 , 12:06 AM IST | Hans
Every situation in administration at any level presents options and priorities. To understand the wide gamut of governance issues that one may face, let us look at a hypothetical example. 
Peeping into the future

Peeping into the future

Jan 30,2017 , 11:51 PM IST | Hans
This week I am going to introduce you to the work of a few authors whose imagination dwelt in the future. They foresaw what the consequences of advanced technology would be like in the distant future, and wove with their imagination stories rich in fantasy.
Some tips about preparing for interviews for selection to the Central, State Civil Services

Some tips about preparing for interviews for selection to the Central, State Civil Services

Jan 23,2017 , 11:36 PM IST | Hans
My advice is that, every day, you must read one newspaper of your choice from cover to cover. Whatever word, expression or context you fail to understand, you must make sure that you consult a source or person to remove doubts if any. That way you will be able to remain au fait with the happenings around you in the political, economic, cultural and social spheres.

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