Archive for December 14th, 2012

Should India become a tiger?

December 14, 2012

Considering the trackrecord of earlier tagged Tiger economies, I am not so sure (Celtic Tiger, East Asian Tigers etc.) . India is too large to be a tiger anyway. Ruchir Sharma nicely calls all this naming a fancy marketing gimmick..

In a recent speech, RBI Dep Gov Dr KC Chakrabarty, looks at six ways India could become a tiger.

First the elephant and the tiger: Which one should we prefer?

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Food Preservation introduced in School Curriculum….

December 14, 2012

I did point to this development earlier. Govt is planning to increase awareness over food preservation and  wastage amidst children. This was to be done by conveying the message in school curriculums.

This has been included in NCERT textbooks:

A reference was received from the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, for the inclusion of content on Avoidance of Food Wastage in the syllabi of the Secondary and Higher Secondary schools through the National Curriculum Framework (NCF) – 2005 under the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). NCF-2005, developed by NCERT, includes food as one among six common themes of the syllabus of Environmental Studies of Classes III to V. The content relating to ‘Wastage of Food’ has been included in the syllabus on Health & Physical Education, a compulsory subject up to the secondary stage, with a focus on avoiding wastage of food. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has issued an advisory to its affiliated schools to sensitize students to incorporate the topics related to Food in their curricular and extracurricular activities under the curriculum provided by the Board.
Super stuff..To be lauded..
A nice paper in making evaluating whether this intervention helped lower food wastage or not…

Is US Post going Greece way?

December 14, 2012

It is all about comparing a crisis to Greece thesedays. Earlier people compared to Latin America, Argentina etc. Now it is just about Greece…

It seems US Post chief Michael Donahoe commented on US post going the Greece way. Michael Schuyler of Tax Foundation writes a nice note drawing similarities and differences between the two cases.

Overall, things are not as bad as Greece but unlike Greece things move much slowly in reforming US post:

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Why We Blab Our Intimate Secrets on Facebook?

December 14, 2012

A question I am sure asked by many…

Apparently there has been some research by HBS Profs on the issue. The findings will please the behavioral economics camp:

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