THE most recent trend in privatisation of health services is medical tourism, which is gaining prominence in developing countries. Globalisation has promoted a consumerist culture, thereby promoting goods and services that can feed the aspirations … Read moreMedical Tourism and Public Health
THE failure of the Orissa power reforms – separation of generation, transmission and distribution first and then their privatisation – has received little attention considering that similar reforms are now the lynchpin of current government … Read moreOrissa Restructuring and Privatisation: A Failed Paradigm
THE latest ruling of the Supreme Court reiterating mandatory and exclusive use of CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) in public road transport vehicles in Delhi, turning down the appeal by the Delhi and central governments to … Read moreAir Gets Murkier: Latest Supreme Court Ruling On CNG
It is shocking that the Madhya Pradesh government has decided to guarantee bonds to the tune of Rs. 350 crore to be floated by S. Kumar for the Maheshwar Hydel Power Corporation Ltd. It appears … Read moreMaheshwar Project MP Govt Takes The Dabhol Route
THE US publication Defense Monitor reported an unnamed Pakistani defense ministry source as saying, during General Musharraf’s US visit, that Pakistan wants “the kind of relationship the United States has with Egypt in terms of … Read moreUS-India Military Links: Heads They Win, Tails We Lose- II
Suresh Prabhu in a recent interview (Business Line: January 22, 2002) spelt out his views on power sector reforms. He has admitted that the policies of the past ten years have failed to address the … Read morePrabhu’s Power-Sector Reforms Public Investment For Private Appropriation
INDIA embarked on its present path of economic liberalisation, on instructions from the World Bank and the IMF, relatively late. But in 1991 the infamous Manmohan Singh budget set things in motion. The immediate fallout … Read moreGlobalisation, Reforms And Health Care
Andhra Pradesh has recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with a set of Financial Institutions (FIs), primarily Power Finance Corporation (PFC) and Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI), so that that these FIs can … Read moreAndhra’s IPP Policy: Private Loot of Public Finances
(The first part of this article appeared in last week’s issue dated 30-12-2001) CHAIRMAN of the US Senate’s powerful Foreign Relations Committee, Democrat Joseph R Biden Jr forcefully argued that “the ultimate test in deciding … Read moreUS Withdrawal From ABM Treaty- II
THE Convergence Bill 2000 placed before the Parliament is based on the hype that information technology (IT), telecommunications and entertainment industry are merging together. This completely obscures what is converging in the above areas and … Read moreConvergence Bill 2000 Or A Con Job On The People!
THE Basmati patents debate has once again hit the headlines with the recent report that a US company, Ricetec, has been granted a Patent in the US by the US Patent and Trademark office. The … Read moreVictory On Basmati?