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Corruption
Democracy
Politics & Political Commentary

Issues with calculating VVPAT Sample Size

Auditing VVPATs has been a headline issue in this election season. A delegation of 22 political parties requested the Election Commission to tally the EVM votes with the VVPAT slips for 50% of the booths in each constituency. The Election Commission rejected the request, leaving the delegation to move the Supreme Court with the same […]

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Democracy
Health
Human rights

Temple carvers unite against scourge of silicosis

Pindwara, a small town in Sirohi district of Rajasthan, is the main hub for India’s temple-building industry. In the past three years, this sector has been found to spread fatal disease and death through silicosis among men, some as young as 19 years. The Swaminarayan sect’s imposing Akshardham temple, Bihar and Jharkhand’s Jain mandirs, renovations…

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National

The Blue Whale Suicide Game Challenge #bluewhalechallenge

This is the second day in a row I’ve discovered something suicidally whacky on Twitter. The first was when I found a profile with a UID number on it. Today was crazier. Vivek Namibar, a journalist with India Today with a verified handle on Twitter, posted a series of tweets that can only be described […]

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Empty offices and Security free: Exploring the New Administrative building

14 July 2012, Mumbai: When activist Sulaiman Bhimani received a hoax-like RTI reply with a wrong phone number from General Administration Department (GAD), inviting him to come an inspection of documents at 3 PM today, little did he suspect that he would stumble on something more important than documents. As it was a government holiday […]

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Former Chief Officers of Mumbai raise alarm on serious fire threat in malls

PD Karguppikar and Amarjit Singh Jhandwal, former Chief Fire Officers of Mumbai, are warning us that malls are a major fire-hazard. Their colleagues are keeping quiet for fear of offending their bosses in the administration. “The fire brigade and administration must not be content with issuing notices and penalties to such dangerous malls, which can […]

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