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India is in the midst of a major Digital Payment Movement

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*Amitabh Kant India is making an attempt to transition to a digital payment, less cash economy. Given that only a meagre percentage of our population pays taxes, the nation’s economy also grows as more and more transactions come under banking and taxation system through digital payments. Besides, corruption in public life and governance is oiled by cash, so as we ...

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Advancing Budget to Feb 1 will ensure quality in Govt expenditure

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*Prakash Chawla The Central Government earmarked close to Rs 20 lakh crore on the expenditure head of the Budget for 2016-17. It would be safe to assume that for the financial year 2017-18, the total expenditure to be allocated by Finance Minister Mr Arun Jaitley would be between Rs 22 lakh crore and Rs 23 lakh crore. This would be ...

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Swachh Bharat Mission: The Road Ahead

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Umakant Lakhera Two incidents from the South African years of Mahatma Gandhi stand out distinctly. The first is the worst kind of racial discrimination that he suffered on the first class compartment of a train. He was heckled and thrown out of the train by a snobbish European at Pietermaritzburg station. The second is related to cleanliness and sanitation. When ...

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Awesome Ground Realities and the Dream of Literature

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Sitakant Mahapatra For some years now the world is facing the nightmare of terror almost on a continuous basis. Terror is spreading its wings almost all over the world. Gone are the days when terror and violence were occasional aberrations and human society lived in peace and mutual fellow-feeling. Today the news of terror-strikes and deaths seems to have become ...

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The Overseas Indians have come a long way

*PRIYADARSHI DUTTA The 15th edition of PravasiBharatiya Divas convention will be heldin Bengaluru, Karnataka from January 7 to 9, 2017. The first annual convention was held between January 9 and 11, 2003. January 9 was adopted as the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas or Overseas Indian Day based on the recommendations of a High Level Committee constituted in August, 2000. The then ...

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Bringing youth to the mainstream of change

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*Sudhirendar Sharma It is befitting to dedicate Vivekananda’s birthday, January 12, to the youth of the country whose entrepreneurial ambition and consumerist desires need be exposed to countervailing moral and ethical values for bringing sanity to their attitudes and actions. It makes for a compelling case as today’s youth are fed on a celebrity overdose in a market-driven consumerist culture. ...

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Indian Women Still Knocking On Closed Doors of Temples

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Ananya Palit Indian women are demanding equal rights to worship, in sacred places. Have women attained social equality in India? India is most probably the only country, where people worship Goddesses. The purpose for which they pray can be biased. It is totally strange that people pray for a son, offer ‘Prasad’, do ‘Mannat’ before the Goddesses and their masculinity ...

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Successful Test launch of AGNI V

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*Dilip Ghosh India successfully conducted the fourth and final experimental test of its indigenously developed Inter Continental Ballistic Missile, ICBM, Agni-V from Wheeler Island off Odisha coast on yesterday, the 26thDecember 2016.The nuclear-capable missile with its strike range of over 5,000-km was test-fired from its canister on a launcher truck. Designed and developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation, ...

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Modernist Poetics: A Study in Lakshmi Purana Lipipuspa Nayak

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it is both inevitable and distressing that we discuss the trends in our literature by standards in Western Criticism. Inevitable because we find the colonial mindset too deeply ingrained to see anything worth discussing by our pre-colonial literary and aesthetic traditions. Distressing because, it is time we fought this unfortunate syndrome as there is no dearth of material in our ...

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Odisha should Prioritise Industrialization Based on its Resources Prof. Dr. P. K. Jena

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Government of Odisha in line with ‘Make in India’ programme has organized “Make in Odisha” Conclave, a three days programme starting from 30th November 2016 at Bhubaneswar. It is the most welcome event to place Odisha at its rightful place in the country’s Industrial Map. It is surprising that, since independence of India in 1947, inspite of the availability of ...

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