Surrogacy Bill: patriarchal mindset shines through

It is almost unanimously accepted that the path economies take to attain high competitiveness—where firms embrace international competition—goes through innovation. To increase competitiveness, this path enables innovators to acclimatise swiftly to perennial gales of technological change. Enterprises that are competitive in open global markets are key drivers in a nation’s competitiveness. Intellectual property rights (IPRs) are critical to incentivising innovation, which, in turn, is key to sustaining economic growth. Scholars have found this statement to hold true based on rigorous empirical testing across a cross-section of countries and time periods.

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Commentary: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s tweet on Myanmar horrifies us because it’s the truth

Justice Adarsh Goel, retired Supreme Court judge, was appointed chair of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) for a period of five years in July 2018. He stepped into the shoes of Justice Swatanter Kumar, who passed several landmark decisions including a ban on 10-year-old diesel and 15-year-old petrol vehicles; the demolition of illegal hotels in Himachal Pradesh; and a ban on plastic items in Delhi, Haridwar and Punjab.

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On a path of rapid de-industrialisation

The past year has seen several controversies in India’s higher education sector. These pertain to the selection of institutions for full or partial autonomy or recognising “Institutions of Eminence”. The debate essentially centres around one question: Should institutions of excellence be about good students, with little focus on infrastructure, or should they be about world-class facilities that only a select few can afford? In other words, is education a merit good or should education policies follow the public choice theory?

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