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Indian Firms In Britain In Wait And Watch Mode

Speculation over Brexit casts shadow over Indian businesses in the UK The speculation over the United Kingdom’s ongoing negotiations with the European Union in the wake of the Brexit referendum may throw a spanner in the works of Indian companies located in the UK, and considering expanding their operations. Last month, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) – owned by Tata Motors and Britain’s largest car manufacturer – announced that it was scaling back production in its Halewood plant due to rising diesel prices and “ongoing speculation surrounding Brexit”. There are more than 800 Indian companies in the United Kingdom according to the 2017 Grant Thornton – Confederation of Indian Industries Tracker.…

Right To Education Versus Right To Life

Kerala’s plan to fight anti-vaccine campaign by denying school admissions creates a flutter Kerala has drawn out its much awaited health policy and even before the ink had dried on the draft, it has already started ruffling a few feathers across the state. This is due to one clause which calls upon the state to deny admission to a child at any school if he or she fails to produce a vaccination card against his or her name that is becoming a subject of heated debate. Not just in government schools, but the policy, the first of its kind in the country, calls upon on all schools across the state, from those which follow the state syllabus to those in the CBSE and ICSE streams, aided or fully private, to fall in line. The state government though is yet to pass any legislation around the recommendation, has said that it would implement the policy as and when needed. “The expert panel which has chalked out the health policy has clearly recommended that government take such a step because every year the state is struggling to ensure a near total vaccination for the children in certain areas.…

The Lede Ground Report: As Politicians Holler Caste, Villupuram Faces A Serial Rapist On The Loose

The home where the brutal attack on Meenamma, Latha and Prakash took place The village of Vellamputthur in Tamil Nadu’s Villupuram district is more afraid of caste tensions being ignited than the fact that an unknown serial rapist roams free At the eastern fringe of Vellamputthur village, dotted by mesquite bushes, a small green house sits, forlorn.…

Where The Left Can Do Little Right: Gulf Returnees In ‘No Man’s Land’

The stranglehold of militant trade unionism and deeply embedded historical Leftist practices renders Malayalees returning home from the Gulf vulnerable to the local powers that be In 2003, when Kerala organised its first Global Investors Meet, the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, while talking about Keralites’ Gulf connection, remittances, social progress and economic backwardness, cited the plot of a 1988 Mohanlal-starrer.  “I am told that there is a Malayalam movie called ‘Varavelpu’ in which your famous actor Mohanlal acts as a Gulf-returned Keralite. He invests his savings in a small business venture with high hopes.…

DMK Readies For A Revamp But Will It Work?

With some district secretaries set to lose their posts and an organisational rejig on the cards, the DMK is readying for elections but implementation could spell trouble   At least six to eight district secretaries of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), the key opposition party in Tamil Nadu, are all set to bite the dust. Working President MK Stalin is readying to set an example by giving marching orders to those district leaders of the party who have either not performed or have behaved as local chieftains.…

Malappuram’s Shame

Why Kerala’s Malappuram district consistently records the highest number of crimes against women Religion, patriarchy and literacy are the main reasons behind the high number of cases of crimes against women in the Muslim-dominated Malappuram district in Kerala, social activists and officials said. According to Kerala Police’s Crime Record Bureau provisional data , the number of cases of crimes against women in 2017 was 1323, which is the highest among the 14 districts in Kerala.…

Smartphones Outsmart Maoists

Potential recruits, hooked to smartphones and satellite television provided by government, are unwilling to take up arms Technology might have helped the CPI (Maoists) to hit out at the Congress leaders’ caravan in Darbha valley (Chhattisgarh) in 2013, but that same technology has now become their bear bug and bane, evaporating their ranks. “Electronic devices and internet had kept the youth occupied in rural areas and prevented them from getting attracted to Left-wing extremism,” said Telangana DGP M Mahender Reddy at a press interaction at the end of January.…