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A world in which empathy is evaporating - Be the change series 3

A world in which empathy is evaporating – Be the change series

It cannot be doubted that it is a world of increasing intolerance. The space for diversity is decreasing everywhere, though the most obvious aspects are those with implications on human rights of large segments of populations and have a political context. This is convenient, because if someone else – say the political system or the …

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GST on Higher Education Services: The downward curve of economic and social growth 4

GST on Higher Education Services: The downward curve of economic and social growth

Levying Goods and Service Ta (GST) on Higher Education Services has been a topic of debate ever since the new tax system was rolled out across the country. While many items are exempt from GST as of today, the logic behind choosing the components taxed suggests a sea of possibilities stalled. While books supplied are …

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Police surveillance: Arbitrary, unchecked and growing 5

Police surveillance: Arbitrary, unchecked and growing

Automated surveillance technology using drones to spot problematic human behavior in crowds is going to be tested at Technozion and Spring Spree festivals at NIT Warangal, reports the Verge. Lead researcher Amarjot Singh of the University of Cambridge claimed that their system has 94% accuracy at identifying violent poses. However, this accuracy drops with more people …

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Do parents really care about child safety or do they want to outsource caring for children?

Disclosure of bias: I am biased against mainstream schools as currently exist in India and think they do more harm than good. We need better schools and for reasons more than security. This is the second murder in a Ryan International School. Last year, in February, a child was found drowned in the Ryan International …

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Atheism, rationalism, free speech and communalism #NotInMyName 7

Atheism, rationalism, free speech and communalism #NotInMyName

It is rare that one needs to speak up as an atheist and disown the speech or behavior of other atheists as communal hatred. Atheists are usually the smallest minority anywhere and where there is communal violence, they are usually on the receiving end, so the question of atheists being perpetrators of communal hatred rarely …

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