Archive for November 20th, 2014

In Finland, Tax Day Is the Best Day..

November 20, 2014

A really interesting story from the Finnish land.

People hate taxes. But this is one country which celebrates the tax day. Not because it is the last day to pay taxes. But because authorities disclose tax figures for all individuals:

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Taxis vs Autos in Bengaluru – the fare war hots up..

November 20, 2014

One serious city level reform (if we can call it reform) in India is asking autorickshaw drivers to behave and charge strictly based on the meter reading. Even in India’s national capital, the authorities have been unable to get this basic measure going. And we talk of big transport proposals which will take many years to complete (and some not completing at all), with no focus on a measure which shall bring immediate relief to lakhs of commuters.

So what does one do, when there is no action from policy to address this? Some enterprising private sector guy/guys take sense an opportunity in the mayhem and make a business case for the same.

In Bengaluru (have to get used to the name change) for instance, private taxi operators are making a case. They have taken the fight right to the auto chaps. First, a company called taxiforsure.com has reduced taxi fares lower than autos. That is something.

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From Berlin to Bengaluru, in search of joint families…

November 20, 2014

An introspecting article for Indian society.

Yesterday’s ToI Bangalore edition has this story of a German woman in search of joint families:

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Where are the philosopher leaders in today’s world?

November 20, 2014

Robert Skidelsky has a much needed piece in Proj Synd.

He generally asks the question — where are the philosopher leaders of today?  He begins quoting from this speech of Irish President Michael D. Higgins. President Higgins criticised the lions in latter’s dens (Chicago school of economics in Univ of Chicago; worthy of a post by itself):

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