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Doyen of sustainable architecture

Doyen of sustainable architecture | Information updates from K. N. Raj Library | Scoop.it
Kerala is celebrating the life and work of one of its most eminent personalities who left a profound impact on the State’s architectural traditions and practices and heralded the transition to an ener
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Laurie Baker centenary celebrations
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Holding a dream in your hand

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Are libraries a thing of the past? How are they surviving and who are the readers? Archana Nathan does a reality check
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Holding a dream in your hand by Archana Nathan, The Hindu, 27-Feb-2015

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A budget to transform

In the present state of the economy, when there is excess capacity in manufacturing, adequate stocks of foodgrain and the inflation rate is trending downwards, there is an opportune moment for a public investment-centred fiscal expansion
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A budget to transform by Pulapre Balakrishnan. The Hindu, Feb 14, 2015

 

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Today’s Britain: where the poor are forced to steal or beg from food banks

Today’s Britain: where the poor are forced to steal or beg from food banks | Information updates from K. N. Raj Library | Scoop.it
Aditya Chakrabortty: MPs who fiddled thousands got off lightly, yet they have created a system where the hungry go to jail
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...people who’ve had their benefits sanctioned stealing televisions or other items sufficiently expensive to guarantee they’re sent down. That way, they get up to four months in a heated cell, with three meals a day. He says: “For them, it’s ten times better than spending a hungry winter in a cold flat.” http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/oct/27/todays-britain-poor-forced-steal-food-banks ;

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Can Narendra Modi do it?

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The new Prime Minister is mistaken in simplistically equating better outcomes with government withdrawal
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by Pulapre Balakrishnan

Business Line, May 27, 2014

 

Courtesy - The Hindu

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Six things to do before writing your manuscript

In this new series — “How to Prepare a Manuscript for International Journals” — a seasoned editor gives advice to boost your chances of acceptance
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1. Think about why you want to publish your work – and whether it's publishable.2. Decide what type of the manuscript to write.3. Choose the target journal.4. Pay attention to journal requirements in the Guide for Authors.5. Pay attention to the structure of the paper.6. Understand publication ethics to avoid violations.
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5 Things That People Don’t Realize their Librarians Do

5 Things That People Don’t Realize their Librarians Do | Information updates from K. N. Raj Library | Scoop.it
by Rebecca Tischler, Head Editor, INALJ Tennessee 5 Things That People Don’t Realize their Librarians Do Many people still have the stereotypical image of a librarian stuck in their head: an older ...
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SAM Manekshaw on Leadership and Discipline

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Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw’s Lecture at Defence Services College, Wellington on Leadership and Discipline 11th November, 1998
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Sam Manekshaw on Leadership and Discipline By IDR News Network, Indian Defence Review,Issue Net Edition| Date : 03 Apr , 2014.

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Post Bank of India: a missed opportunity for UPA-II

Post Bank of India: a missed opportunity for UPA-II | Information updates from K. N. Raj Library | Scoop.it
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Armed with all necessary approvals from various stakeholders, including the Planning Commission and the Ministry of Finance, the DoP had submitted its application with the Public Investment Board to be put before the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) for its approval in January this year. But the matter is yet to be taken up. 
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Reaching out to millions

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With edX and Coursera taking classrooms to the cloud, Australian Universities join in to offer special courses of interest to Indian students
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Exposing inadequacies in emigration policy

Exposing inadequacies in emigration policy | Information updates from K. N. Raj Library | Scoop.it
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Our approach to emigration is not well defined. It is ad hoc or even schizoid. The colonial record of thousands indentured labour shipped to work in sugarcane fields in distant lands continues to haunt us. However, postwar trends in global migration and the impact on economic development have softened our responses somewhat. What distinguishes the current trend from the past is that it is the result of the free will of the individual(s) seeking new pastures to better their lives. Despite several hurdles, globalisation offers a window of opportunity to many...

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We must defend public libraries from the threat of a market-based ideological framework

We must defend public libraries from the threat of a market-based ideological framework | Information updates from K. N. Raj Library | Scoop.it
Since the global financial crash, public libraries in the UK have come under threat in the face of local government budget cuts. It is the logic of market values and profitability, rather than by a...
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SC strikes down Section 66A of IT Act, calls it unconstitutional and untenable

SC strikes down Section 66A of IT Act, calls it unconstitutional and untenable | Information updates from K. N. Raj Library | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down the Section 66A of the Information and Technology Act. The apex court called it unconstitutional and untenable.
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People fake reading to impress partners, finds survey

People fake reading to impress partners, finds survey | Information updates from K. N. Raj Library | Scoop.it
Fake reading is an emerging trend in metros across the country including Bengaluru. Many Indians buy books to decorate their homes, some buy it to impress their prospective partners. In fact, people like to fake read in public places, finds a recent survey on reading habits...
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India ranks 7th in world list for peer citations in research journals

India ranks 7th in world list for peer citations in research journals | Information updates from K. N. Raj Library | Scoop.it
If citations by peers of research work done by scholars is a good benchmarking index, then Indian scholars rank second to China in the Asiatic region but is pushed to seventh place in the world rankings.
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by Vinay Kamath, Business Line, November 6, 2014

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Fight medical apartheid: While Indian pharma keeps drugs affordable, western MNCs can be blatantly discriminatory - The Times of India

Marijn Dekkers, chief executive officer of Bayer, shocked advocates of affordable healthcare by candidly stating that "We did not develop this medicine for Indians, we developed it for western patients who can afford it."
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Of report downloads and impact: Tales of a trending working paper

A recent Policy Research Working Paper “Which World Bank Reports are Widely Read?” garnered a flurry of online coverage over the past week and a half. Unfortunately, several reports misunderstood the paper’s conclusions. As fellow blogger David Evans pointed out yesterday, a few Tweets and stories implied that most Bank reports are not being used at all. That’s clearly not true. In fact, people across the world downloaded World Bank reports millions of times over the past two years. It is true, however, that certain technical, country-specific, and sector-specific reports (the only ones studied by the working paper) are much less widely read, or were not downloaded via the Documents and Reports database that the authors analyzed. Even if not downloaded, these reports were certainly delivered to the clients who commissioned them, and were often emailed to others, or disseminated the old-fashioned way by printing and hand distribution -- a common practice in many parts of the developing world where we work and where internet access is limited.
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World thinkers 2014: The results

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Prospect asked readers to select their favourites from a list of the world’s leading thinkers. The results are in.

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What are researchers looking for in corporate and academic library services?

What are researchers looking for in corporate and academic library services? | Information updates from K. N. Raj Library | Scoop.it
This article explores the 12 core elements of an ideal corporate information center and how they compare and contrast with those of an academic library. The author also provides insight into librarians' skill sets and ideas for communicating information management tools and services.This article is based on Oliver Renn’s Library Connect webinar presentation Compare and contrast: The evolution of academic and corporate library services.Where have all the corporate “libraries” gone?What expectations do researchers have for library support in a corporate setting? The answer is very simple: There are no expectations. Libraries no longer exist in the corporate space, at least if you consider libraries a place where books and printed material are acquired, catalogued and...
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Publishers clash with students over textbook copying - University World News

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Indian academics and university students are fiercely defending their right to use copyrighted reading material for free as Indian publishers intensify their fight against the photocopying and organised counterfeiting of books...

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India - Walk Free Foundation - Global Slavery Index 2013

India - Walk Free Foundation - Global Slavery Index 2013 | Information updates from K. N. Raj Library | Scoop.it
Over 13 million are enslaved in India, some inheriting ancestral slave status, others trafficked for labour and sexual exploitation.
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India has the most enslaved people in the world

 

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The uncertain world of software services

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The Reserve Bank of India’s seventh survey on India’s exports of computer related services points to a revival of India’s exports after the downturn triggered by the Great Recession. In dollar terms, exports grew by 20.7 per cent in 2012-13, as compared with just 4.6 per cent in recession year 2008-09. 

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UN panel on climate change presents gloomy picture for Asia in its fresh report - The Times of India

UN panel on climate change presents gloomy picture for Asia in its fresh report - The Times of India | Information updates from K. N. Raj Library | Scoop.it
Both India and China will have to see "negative impacts on aggregate wheat yields", impacting overall food security in the continent, a UN report says.
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World Reputation Rankings 2014 - Times Higher Education

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Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings 2014 results
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No University from India within the first 250 ranks. Great achievement

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