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    High-Speed Trains in India: implications for domestic aviation

High-Speed Trains in India: implications for domestic aviation

Although High-speed trains have been on the Indian government’s agenda for nearly a decade, there has been little assessment of their impact on domestic airlines, Varun Shridhar writes. 

High-speed trains, competition for flights around the world, have been part of the Indian government’s plans at least since the Railway Budget for 2007-08. Yet they find no mention in the National Civil […]

November 13th, 2017|Featured, Technology|0 Comments|
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    Youth, democracy and dialogue are the keys to the future of Pakistan

Youth, democracy and dialogue are the keys to the future of Pakistan

In its second year, the Future of Pakistan Conference was co-organised by LSESU Pakistan Development Society, LSE South Asia Centre and LSE Pakistan Society at the Shaw Library, LSE. The conference had panel discussions on politics, economy and foreign policy, with Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi delivering the keynote address at LSE. Mahima A. Jain reports.

On 4 November 2017, […]

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    One year later, has demonetisation created a new digital divide? 

One year later, has demonetisation created a new digital divide? 

On the first anniversary of demonetisation in India, Silvia Masiero argues that the “cashless” economy entails the risk of a new geography of exclusion, dividing those who own and operate digital means of transaction and those who are structurally unable to access them.

A year after the Indian government demonetised Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, which was around 86 percent of […]

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    As scaling effects of research productivity diminish, India must step up R&D investment

As scaling effects of research productivity diminish, India must step up R&D investment

Advanced economies may be facing declining returns on research effort. This makes it all the more imperative that the Modi government gets its house, with regard to R&D, in order write Aniruddha Ghosh and Sujan Bandyopadhyay.

Demonetisation, the goods and services tax (GST), a structural slowdown, or some other unknown factor – the jury is still out on what has caused the Q1 GDP […]

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    A bittersweet legal victory in India helps privacy but could hurt the economy

A bittersweet legal victory in India helps privacy but could hurt the economy

The Supreme Court of India’s ruling that privacy is a fundamental right is a victory for privacy advocates. However, by questioning the foundations of India’s unique identity scheme it may prove a roadblock to fighting corruption and modernising the economy, writes Abhishek Parajuli.

On 24th August, India’s Supreme Court decided that India’s 1.3 billion citizens have a fundamental right […]

September 13th, 2017|Corruption, Economy, Featured, Law, Technology|Comments Off on A bittersweet legal victory in India helps privacy but could hurt the economy|
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    “CSR is no longer a ‘feel-good’ activity but rather a diligently monitored exercise designed to instigate meaningful change” – Mukund Govind Rajan

“CSR is no longer a ‘feel-good’ activity but rather a diligently monitored exercise designed to instigate meaningful change” – Mukund Govind Rajan

Dr Mukund Govind Rajan participated in the Corporate Social Responsibility panel at the LSE India Summit 2017, where he discussed the benefits and drawbacks of ‘forced philanthropy’ brought in as part of the Companies Act (2013). After the session, he spoke to Alexander Spalding about Tatas’ longstanding commitment to using its expertise to achieve effective CSR and social change.
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August 30th, 2017|Development, Education, Featured, Health, Interviews, Technology|Comments Off on “CSR is no longer a ‘feel-good’ activity but rather a diligently monitored exercise designed to instigate meaningful change” – Mukund Govind Rajan|
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    The potential (and limitations) of digital media for sexual health interventions in India

The potential (and limitations) of digital media for sexual health interventions in India

In a new study, researchers in the UK and India have been investigating how digital platforms can be used to complement traditional community mobilisation and sexual health prevention approaches in West Bengal. In this article, Rohit K Dasgupta and Pawan Dhall discuss the key findings, and the extent to which digital media could be effective in reaching out to […]

July 31st, 2017|Featured, Health, Society and Culture, Technology|Comments Off on The potential (and limitations) of digital media for sexual health interventions in India|
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    Addressing the migrant skills gap in Bangladesh through mobile and e-learning solutions

Addressing the migrant skills gap in Bangladesh through mobile and e-learning solutions

Temporary labour migration from Bangladesh to the Middle East is commonplace, but workers are often at risk of being exploited because they don’t speak the local language or lack basic skills. The Government of Bangladesh offers training but in the past the time and cost commitments involved have been prohibitive for many aspiring migrants. Here Ayesha Khanom and Shakhwatul […]

July 4th, 2017|Development, Education, Featured, Gender, Security and Foreign Policy, Technology|Comments Off on Addressing the migrant skills gap in Bangladesh through mobile and e-learning solutions|
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    Aadhaar and the Mid Day Meal Scheme: A denial of basic rights

Aadhaar and the Mid Day Meal Scheme: A denial of basic rights

Earlier this month, the government of the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh announced children would require an Aadhaar card to claim food from the Mid Day Meal Scheme as of 30 June, in line with central government policy. As the cut-off point looms, Ananye Krishna writes that the move is legally questionable and risks denying millions of children […]

June 26th, 2017|Development, Education, Featured, Law, Technology|Comments Off on Aadhaar and the Mid Day Meal Scheme: A denial of basic rights|
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    What the government is (and isn’t) doing to fix urban issues in Pakistan

What the government is (and isn’t) doing to fix urban issues in Pakistan

Pakistan currently faces staggering challenges across a range of urban issues. In this post, Ijaz Nabi and Hina Shaikh identify the critical issues, outline initiatives the government has introduced and discuss where further work is required.
Housing
Pakistan faces a growing housing shortfall of approximately 4.4 million units. When provided, the quality is often substandard and low income groups receive little benefit. To redress […]

June 12th, 2017|Development, Education, Featured, Health, Technology|Comments Off on What the government is (and isn’t) doing to fix urban issues in Pakistan|

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