Contrasting Poll Narratives: The Possible Good Outcomes

The ensuing long-drawn Indian General Elections are just around the corner. Manifestos or not, the narratives in public meets and through the media are for all to see. Lets first take the party and alliance in power. There are four pillars to the BJP/NDA narrative. First, there is the...
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George H.W. Bush

He was president for only four years, but George H.W. Bush shaped U.S. history for decades, taking on tough jobs from Beijing to the CIA, ousting Iraqi forces from Kuwait, sealing a breakthrough budget deal that cost him an election and fathering a future president. He died on Friday...
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Stan Lee, Marvel Comics’ Real-Life Superhero

Stan Lee, the legendary writer, editor and publisher of Marvel Comics whose fantabulous but flawed creations made him a real-life superhero to comic book lovers everywhere, has died. He was 95. Lee, who began his career in 1939 and created or co-created Black Panther, Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Mighty...
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Cryptocurrency

When cryptocurrency issuers want positive coverage for their virtual coins, they buy it. Self-proclaimed social media personalities charge thousands of dollars for video reviews. Research houses accept payments in the cryptocurrencies they are analyzing. Rating “experts” will grade anything positively, for a price. All this is common, according to...
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Brexit worries push UK house price gauge to six-year low

A measure of British house prices hit a six-year low in November as the approach of Brexit put off buyers and sellers, according to a survey conducted by property valuers. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) said its house price balance sank to -11 in November from -10...
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Kerala Floods 2018 – A state under water

August 15. Just like a normal day under the sun when India celebrated Independence Day. This year in 2018, India celebrated its 72nd Independence Day to pay tribute and remember all the freedom fighters who had contributed a lot and fought for the Independence of India. But little did...
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Bank NPAs: A 5Ws-2Hs Analysis

What is an NPA? Conceptually speaking a credit facility becomes an NPA when it ceases to generate income for bank. NPAs can be sub-standard if pending for 12 months, doubtful if above 12 months, and lost NPA if it is long-drawn with little hope of recovery. A loss of...
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RBI can’t further ignore the inflation spell

India’s headline inflation data is subdued for now, but there are mounting risks that are difficult to ignore: a currency at a record-low, high oil prices, and looming elections that’s prompting the government to raise food prices to placate farmers. Consumer prices rose 3.77 percent in September from a...
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