August 15, 2011 Issue

August 15, 2011 Issue

Scholar regrets fuss over burqa

An international scholar has regretted the fuss created over Muslim women appearing in public without their faces covered, saying that there was nothing mandatory to

August 15, 2011 Issue

Friendly policies restore growth potential

For the past three years, National has provided stable and responsible economic management. National has ensured that the economy is structurally sound and that we

August 15, 2011 Issue

Bank of India readies Branch

Bank of India, one of the largest commercial banks of India, is scheduled to open its first branch in New Zealand shortly. The Bank has

August 15, 2011 Issue

Memories of another Independence Day

India’s Independence Day conjures up a range of powerful emotions and memories in me. When I was very young in the 1970s, I would jump

Donations to charity come under scrutiny

Institutional and individual taxpayers claiming tax credit for ‘dubious donations’ made to charity would get into trouble with the Inland Revenue Department (IRD), under a

August 15, 2011 Issue

Police Campaigns target young New Zealanders

The New Zealand Police has launched an innovative campaign to attract qualified young people to join its force and help in making communities safer and

August 15, 2011 Issue

Grumpy drivers make bus travel painful

Going through the official guide of a Bus timetable, I was amused by a criterion specified for bus drivers, namely, ‘customer service with a smile.’

August 15, 2011 Issue

2Degrees bags 200,000 customers

The groundswell of New Zealanders taking their whole mobile number to 2degrees – even the 021 or 027 bit – has reached a new high:

August 15, 2011 Issue

Reckless borrowing will throw us off-balance

The sharp fall in share market prices amidst the current global financial turmoil highlights the economic uncertainty we are facing and the need for a

August 15, 2011 Issue

Epsom: A pivotal battleground to watch

New Zealand is at crossroads and we all have a part to play in choosing the right direction. Epsom is set to a pivotal battleground

A second Chamber would fortify democracy

Once upon a time, New Zealand’s Parliament looked quite different. Instead of having just one chamber of Parliament to debate and make laws, we had

August 15, 2011 Issue

Government tightens student loan criteria

The Government has ushered in changes to the Student Loans Scheme to make borrowers more responsible, improve the effectiveness of the benefits extended and ensure

August 15, 2011 Issue

Education leads suffering Indians to success

I have always held the view that in Fiji, Indo-Fijians invested heavily in the education of their children and built schools, while I-Taukei, the indigenous

August 15, 2011 Issue

Maths mavin gets Silver at global contest

When Arun Shanmuganathan won a Silver Medal at the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO 2011) held recently in Amsterdam, we were happy and proud but not

August 15, 2011 Issue

Virtual explorer wins first FP Scholarship

A west Auckland business student researching the marketing secrets of the ‘Virtual Frontier,’ has won a scholarship set up to support innovation. Unitec Institute of

An attempt to rescue people from Dole

Iain Duncan Smith is a man with a lot of responsibility on his shoulders. As Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for the British

Welfare Reforms must be drastic

UK Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith ruffled a few feathers in New Zealand with his hard (extreme?) views

Is Independence Day losing significance?

The concept of blissful enthusiasm comprises rigour, which emerges from conscious turmoil of thought and feeling. When this psycho-mechanical process does not stir us, we

August 15, 2011 Issue

Congress Party reaches Crossroads

A new strategy may be on the anvil for Indian National Congress to refurbish its image, as fresh charges of corruption seem to devour its

August 15, 2011 Issue

Debt-trapped UK pays its price

Back in the 1970s, businesses avoided the UK because of its high taxes, high strike rates and low productivity. We were losing more than 20

August 15, 2011 Issue

Bank of Baroda posts $US1.25 billion profit

Mumbai based Bank of Baroda continued its robust growth, posting a net profit of $US 1.25 billion as at the end of its financial year

August 15, 2011 Issue

Dob a fraudster and do yourself a good turn

All of us can identify what our taxes pay for: roads, schools, hospitals and so on. But as the devastating effects of the Christchurch earthquake

You could keep your own books

I refer to an article by Abdul Rafik of Inland Revenue Department in Indian Newslink (July 15, 2011) regarding tax returns and would like to

Complexity rules Labour’s tax policy

The Capital Gains Tax (GST) and 39% top marginal tax rate proposals will test the political wisdom of going into an election proposing new taxes.

August 15, 2011 Issue

Australian Study Centre honours Roger Kerr

Australia based Centre for Independent Studies (CIS) honoured New Zealand Round Table Executive Director Roger Kerr with the ‘Alan McGregor Fellowship’ at a conference held

August 15, 2011 Issue

Welfare Reforms must be drastic and futuristic

UK Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith ruffled a few feathers in New Zealand with his hard (extreme?) views

Equity in income is no silver bullet

Anyone following the newspapers would have noticed that interest in income inequality has increased in New Zealand. This increased interest is due in no small

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