The Ebola crisis of 2014: A snapshot

This September-October issue of Foreign Affairs carries an essay on the Ebola outbreak that hit West Africa in 2014. It gives an account of how the fatal epidemic originated and spread, the efforts of different agencies to fight it, and the way in which the World Health Organization (WHO) apparently “mishandled the crisis”. Continue reading The Ebola crisis of 2014: A snapshot

Post-2015 development agenda

2015 is a landmark year in the field of development. The era of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is coming to a close and the period of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is at the door steps. The United Nations Sustainable Development Summit is going to happen in New York exactly one month from today, from 25 to 27 September, 2015. The key agenda of the Summit is to formally adopt the post-2015 development agenda.

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Windows 10: Review

Microsoft has given out a brand new OS for free, and that’s pretty historic. PCs running on Windows 7 or 8 can be upgraded to Windows 10 free of cost. A notification icon (Get Windows 10) comes on the taskbar of eligible PCs, this has to be clicked to reserve the upgrade. Mind that it’s a 3 GB download! Windows 10 is currently rolled out in phases, so keep checking whether your PC has downloaded it, by clicking the Get Windows 10 notification icon. Once you see that it is downloaded, you can upgrade to Windows 10 by following simple instructions from a UI. Continue reading Windows 10: Review

What is happening with Greece?

Greece has been all over the news for the past couple of years, mostly for the wrong reasons. Words like Grexit, troiko, and IMF and names such as Alexis Tsipras, Yanis Varoufakis, and Angela Merkel have become too familiar. What most of us know is that the country is in a mess. A lot of us may not know why. Well, here is a short (may be incomplete) guide (for the laymen, not economists!) to the troubles in Greece and its present state of affairs. Continue reading What is happening with Greece?

The big challenge of lack of access to basic amenities

India is aspiring to become a developed country. There are many ways to measure the “development” of a country, access to basic amenities is one of them. So a relevant question today would be, what is the status of basic amenities in India, or, what needs to be done with the basic amenities for the people so that India can become a better country? This post intends to propose an answer to these questions. Continue reading The big challenge of lack of access to basic amenities

80 years of Moscow metro

Love trains? I do, absolutely, selflessly. And Russia happens to be one of my dream travel destinations. How can I not spend a night and a day in one of the trains on the great Trans-Siberian railway? That puts me under compulsion to do my bit in celebrating the 80th anniversary of Moscow’s metro. Continue reading 80 years of Moscow metro

Learn anything, online

Internet is a great place to learn. That too for free. edX and Coursera (pronounced course-era) are two platforms that offer hundreds of free online courses. There is an unbelievably large collection of subjects to choose from such as architecture, arts, computer science, economics, statistics, history, business and management, philosophy, languages, environment, music, medicine, literature, law and many many more. All the courses are offered by prestigious universities from all around the world including MIT, Johns Hopkins, University of Zurich etc. Continue reading Learn anything, online

What is poverty?

Most of us are familiar with the word poverty though different people may have different understanding of it. To some it may be not having enough money, to some others it may be hunger, some others may take it as lack of clothes or a house. In this post, I would like to give a simplified conceptualization of poverty.

Poverty In Focus is a publication of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Its December 2006 issue featured an article by Robert Chambers of the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, UK, titled What is Poverty Who asks? Who answers? Here is how he summarizes different understandings of poverty. Continue reading What is poverty?