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Death of infants in Ahmedabad Civil Hospital: Though grant is available children not provided fruit juice or any other liquid diet

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By Shaktisinh Gohil*
Death of infants in the Civil Hospital of Ahmedabad was due to criminal negligence of the government. Facts and figures in the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report has made it clear that civil hospital of Ahmedabad does not have basic facility for the health of children.
The 24 hour child care was needed in the Neo Natal ICU ward. A child cannot complain his problems like fever and vomiting. In view of this, through letters of 18/12/2013 and 12/06/2015, it was suggested that the ward must have high tech facility like 24 hour CCTV. But no such arrangements have been made. The video of the labour ward and neo natal ward clearly supports this claim.

Charity leaders have a geographic bias: Companies fund projects closer to where they are based

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By Moin Qazi*
The recent years have seen a growing realisation among countries for evolving a doctrine of social responsibility. Like individual citizens who have moral and social responsibilities, business houses are perceived as corporate citizens. Thus they too have r social responsibilies. Apart from the socialist countries which consider this doctrine as a vital element of their policies and programme, the capitalist countries also feel that industries, banks and business corporations should commit a part of their time, talent and resources for the welfare of the society from which they draw their sustenance.

Final battle lines are drawn: Why many Catalonians believe that staying with Spain anymore is counter-productive

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By Sadhan Mukherjee*
The final battle lines appear to have been drawn between Catalonian independence and Spain’s resistance to it. The Catalonian regional parliament has opted for independence while the Spanish Republic has indicated that it will oppose Catalonian secession by all might.

India remains a hazardous place for hardcore journalists irrespective of regime in power at the national or state level

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By Nava Thakuria* For more than one reason, India remains a hazardous place for hardcore journalists irrespective of the regimes in power at the national or province capitals. The populous country witnesses the murder of around five media persons annually and that has not been improved for decades. The land of Bhagwan Vishnu, Mahamuni Buddha and Gandhi Mahatma has not succeeded in resolving any of those journo-murder cases legally or logically.

One year of demonetization: Purpose was to create mayhem in political circles ahead of UP polls, manipulate unofficial cash

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By Anil George*
Demonetization was a calculated scam.
The first purpose was to disable party's that were contesting the UP election by blocking their cash and creating mayhem in political circles.
The second purpose was to exchange unofficial cash through manipulation of the banking system. For this the governor was changed and direct new currency supply lines were established. Cash was exchanged at a discount ranging from 5% to as high as 50% and then eventually tapering to 5% towards the end of the program.

Help from Election Commission was useful to Gujarat govt in making last minute lollipop announcements to win few votes

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By Anand K. Sahay
The extent of devotion shown by the Election Commission to the ruling party in the run-up to the upcoming Gujarat Assembly election is quite extraordinary -- and many will have little difficulty classifying this sorry spectacle as a command performance.

Would Taj Mahal's splendor and glory meet the fate similar to the traumatic demolition of Babri Masjid?

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By Adv Masood Peshimam
Former American President Bill Clinton while sighting the Taj Mahal erupted in joy and amazingly said that he has classified the world into two categories as those who have seen Taj Mahal and those who have not seen Taj Mahal. This was the statement of the most powerful President of the most powerful nation. Such was the statement of a person whose country has made the tremendous strides in science and technology.

Prasanna’s Satyagraha is a reminder to the government that it should withdraw GST on hand made products

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The National Alliance of People's Movements statement in support of the indefinite fast undertaken by Prasanna demanding "Zero Tax" on handmade products:
Noted theatre and social activist Prasanna has been on an indefinite fast from 14th October 2017 demanding “Zero Tax” on handmade products. He took the decision to launch the Satyagraha as several actions nation-wide making this just demand were not responded to by the GST Council of India.

Starvation death due to lack of aadhaar authentication: Why is govt completely apathetic to the entire situation?

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By Aparajita Sharma*
Govt’s drive on making Aadhaar compulsory is excluding millions and killing many. Why is the Government silent? The Right to Education (RTE) Forum highly condemns the tragic death of 11 year old girl in Jharkhand. She was denied of her right to food and eventually died of starvation because her family’s ration card was not seeded with Aadhaar number. The process got further delayed because it got caught in a tech glitch over Aadhaar.

China’s Myanmar bonanza sans responsibility amidst gory clashes between majority Buddhists, Rohingiya Muslim settlers

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By Nava Thakuria*
As the world media continues focusing on Rohingya crisis in Myanmar, its giant neighbour China is not just maintaining aloofness. It is utilizing, full scale, two fuel pipelines, originating in the trouble-torn Arakan (also known as Rakhine), province of western Burma (former name of Myanmar).

RSS-BJP should know: Moplah Muslim family would donate Rs 100,000 annually to Maulana Azad for India’s freedom struggle

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By Aleem Faizee*
In yet another instance to show how the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) distort history to suit their communal agenda and to gain political mileage, the party’s Kerala unit chief Kummanam Rajasekharan called the Malabar Rebellion of 1921, also known as Moplah Rebellion, “the first jihadi massacre” in Kerala.

BJP juggernaut in Gujarat has been steadily going down: It will use every means, fair or foul, to bust its opponent

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By RK Misra*
Even as the Gujarat state assembly elections draw nearer, the Congress should not forget: The August Rajya Sabha polls, which saw Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's political adviser Ahmed Patel victorious under extremely odd circumstances, has clearly brought out that the BJP will use everything at its command, every authority in its armoury, using means fair or foul, to bust its opponent. The ends justify the means. And there are reasons for it.

Wings of government and banks compelling citizens to link aadhaar to bank accounts is gross violation of Supreme Court orders

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Retired major general SG Vombatkere's letter to secretary, Union ministry of finance, Hasmukh Adhia, with copy to Dr Urjit R Patel, governor, Reserve Bank of India, and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Dipak Misra, on linking aadhaar with Bank account, calling it contempt of Supreme Court orders:

#JusticeForGauri: There is only one way forward, more power to the word. Therein lies our hope for tomorrow

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By Fr. Cedric Prakash sj*
Exactly one month after the brutal murder of Gauri Lankesh, the well-known journalist and activist, thousands of citizens gathered for a massive rally in Delhi on October 5th. It was truly a ‘March for Democracy ’ demanding #JusticeForGauri and for intellectuals and journalists like Narendra Dabholkar, M.M. Kalburgi, Govind Pansare , Shantanu Bhowmick and several others, who have been killed in recent times, because of their courage to stand up for truth and justice.

RG is indeed discovering new territories. But there is a long way to go in channelizing the discontent... and building bridges

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By Anand K. Sahay*
Rahul Gandhi, derided as soft in the head by a committed but unprincipled social media army (directed by an invisible hand), with sniper support from regulars, stunned detractors when he made quite a decent speech at Berkeley recently.

Journalist Shantanu Bhowmik was beaten to death by a mob in Tripura: Why did CPI(M) chief minister remained silent?

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By Nava Thakuria*
As India was reacting sharply against the killing of Kannada editor-journalist Gauri Lankesh on September 5 at her Bangaluru (earlier known as Bangalore) residence, a northeastern (NE) State repeated its shocking journo-murder incident on September 20 with brutal killing of a young television scribe Shantanu Bhowmik in Tripura.

Lesson for India: Why Catalonians think secession from Spain would help them better protect their language, culture

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By Sadhan Mukherjee*
The Spanish police tried every trick to halt the Catalonian referendum for secession on Sunday. Over 761 Catalonians were arrested, ballot boxes and voting papers were seized but the voting could not be stopped. Police resorted to baton charge and fired rubber bullets to stop the voters. More than 800 people were injured.

Dealing with ‘Godse’s’ of our times: Truth should be non-negotiable for a more just, peaceful and non-violent world

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By Fr Cedric Prakash sj*
Let us embrace non-violence in these times of violence! These times in which one has no qualms of conscience in aborting the unborn child or cheering for the death penalty to be given to the ‘hardened’ criminal; times in which, child abuse is rampant and one normally looks the other side when women are brutalized in the privacy of their homes and in the full-glare of society; times in which, a simple misunderstanding can lead to a murder or the accidental touch by another vehicle could lead to deadly road rage; times in which, war and bloody conflicts are easily justified by those in power, who control the destinies of ordinary people.

A recipe for new-look Ministry that would appropriately signal government priorities on markets and economy

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By Anand Mazgaonkar*
A Government and Party that won a huge Parliamentary majority; managed to form State Governments even where it did not win elections; did not seem to take one wrong step; one that decimated the Opposition; had most of the print, electronic as well as gutter media in its pocket; one that fulfilled its promise of Congress-mukt Bharat by ‘sucking-like-a-magnet’ all opportunist Congressis as well as by imitating its culture of operating through coteries and cliques, rewarding favourites, harassing nay-sayers and letting loose goons in the streets and on social media, is suddenly having to scratch its head.

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