Why Tamil versions of Mahabharata differ from other narratives

Why Tamil versions of Mahabharata differ from other narratives

Shimla, India, January 26, 2020 From the Wire, New Delhi: This is a condensed version of a lecture by Professor Vijaya Ramaswamy, titled ‘Reluctant Brides, Deviant Wives and Cunning Witches: Women in Tamil Mahabharatas,’ focusing on Draupadi, Alli and Aravalli-Suravall. The event was scheduled to be held at the C P Ramaswami Aiyar Institute of Indological Research, Chennai, on January 4,…

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Massey turns the Maths magic on school students

Massey turns the Maths magic on school students

Supplied Content Auckland, January 26, 2020 Summer holidays plus Maths classes would not normally add up. But that is exactly what more than 150 Auckland primary school pupils signed up for: a holiday Maths programme, combining a Pasifika cultural approach with the latest robotics technology. Massey University Mathematics researchers Dr Jodie Hunter and her mother Professor Bobbie Hunter, based at…

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National integrity at risk over political funding

National integrity at risk over political funding

Sourced Content TINZ, Wellington, January 25, 2020 In November 2019, Transparency International UK launched the updated Anti-Corruption Pledge Tracker. This global Tracker monitors the progress of the commitments made by governments at the 2016 Anti-Corruption Summit held in London. It is common for country leaders to move on to their next challenge, even when the last has not yet been completed.…

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Enforceable ministerial ethical standards gain relevance in Australia

Enforceable ministerial ethical standards gain relevance in Australia

Howard Whitton Canberra, Australia, January 25, 2020 (Australia’s) Prime Minister Scott Morrison has asked the Head of his Department to investigate whether Bridget McKenzie violated ministerial standards when she dispensed sports grants to clubs in marginal seats and those being targeted by the Coalition in last year’s election. Fragile democracy It is generally accepted by Australians that “public office is a public trust.”…

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Cairns Group advocates cut in agricultural subsidies at Davos

Cairns Group advocates cut in agricultural subsidies at Davos

Davos, Switzerland, January 24, 2020   A proposal to cut “trade and production-distorting subsidies” in the agricultural sector by 2030 has set out important measures to ensure a fair agricultural trading system. Speaking after attending meetings of Trade Ministers in Davos, Switzerland, Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker welcomed the joint proposal from the 19-member “Cairns Group” of…

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