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Building India’s healthcare services

Sanchita Sharma When India rolled out the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY) in September 2018 to provide cashless annual hospitalisation cover of up to `5 lakh to at least 107.4 million families, it was building on the experience of the country’s first nationwide social health insurance scheme, the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY), which used public-private partnerships (PPP) to …

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Goa-ing strong

Frederick Noronha If you’d want to run into a Goan sometime in end-July or early August, where would you head to? Cuncolim? Agonda? Or Mandrem? You may have guessed differently, but I think the answer could as well be Streetsville, Ontario, or in Hounslow. This is the time of year when a Goan village – and more – comes to …

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Remembering Kamal Joshi

Ramachandra Guha Back in 1983, when Arvind Kejriwal was a little schoolboy in short pants, a friend and I founded an organisation called AAP. This stood for the Association of Asthma Patients. My co-founder was a Garhwali scientist named Kamal Joshi, and we discovered our common ailment while huffing and puffing on a hill outside the town of Pithoragarh. Kamal …

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Were there Sumerians in Komkan?

TENSING RODRIGUES Thapar’s location of Meluhha [Thapar, 1975: A Possible Identification Of Meluhha, Dilmun And Makan, in Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, Volume 18, Number 1] could give us a lot of insight into what we are looking for: how important trade was in the formation of the kathiyavadi ksatriya identity, and how this trade …

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New capitalists on the block

Sujoy Gupta This book has a promising title and describes itself on the cover rather grandly as “the first serious study of Indian business in the period since Independence.” The title page carries a subtitle: Caste, Business and Industry in a Modern Nation that doesn’t appear on the cover. The first word, ‘caste’ is the subaltern giveaway. The author has …

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Unity in diversity on Pride Rock

Luis Dias If you are a parent of a little child, or if you just love a good musical, chances are that you saw ‘The Lion King’ in its 2019 avatar, this time featuring photo-realistic graphics in 3-D. Many in my family preferred it over the ‘original’, more conventional, 1994 cartoon version. Sometimes the story behind the camera can be …

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Vulnerability in connected cars

A consumer advocacy group has warned that automakers are rolling out new vehicles increasingly vulnerable to hackers, which could result in thousands of deaths in the event of a mass cyberattack. In a new report entitled “Kill Switch: Why Connected Cars Can Be Killing Machines And How To Turn Them Off,” Los Angeles-based Consumer Watchdog said cars connected to the …

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Why breastfeeding is best feeding

Nandkumar M Kamat Twenty years ago, I had a chat with one of the finest paediatricians in India, professor Bhujanga Rao of Goa Medical College. “I am alarmed by the rising trend of children being born with low weight at birth,” he said, and pointed that about one third (37 per cent) of the newly born in Goa were found …

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Players’ body inadequate in scope

Amrit Mathur Will the players’ association work? The unluckiest dismissal in cricket is a batsman getting run out without facing a ball, at the non-striker’s end while backing up. The new BCCI-approved Indian Cricketers’ Association (ICA) is doomed to suffer a similar fate. A player association was a long-felt need in India but what we get is a body unrepresentative …

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Shooting silenced at the Commonwealth

Mahavir Rawat Imagine India in place of New Zealand in the recently concluded controversial ICC World Cup final. One thing is for sure; we would not have taken that decision the way the New Zealand cricket team took it. Another thing that is for sure, in my opinion, is that ICC would have found a reason or a rule to …

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