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    ...In 2012, the BJP won 116 seats out of 182 while the Congress won 60 seats. The state had a record voter turnout of 71.32%. BJP’s vote share was 47.9% while the Congress had a vote share of 38.9%. The gap between the BJP and the Congress vote share narrowed from 9.49% in 2007 to 9% in 2012 primarily because of Keshubhai Patel, an old Congress Stalwart setting up a new party and taking away 3.6% of the vote share. Gujarat has consistently out-performed most states in terms of GDP growth. Infrastructure in the state is amongst the best in the country. Out of 18,066 villages, 17,856 villages, account for 98.84% of the population have paved roads. Based on some statistics, law and order in Gujarat would place it among the better states of our country. More investments are possibly needed in education and healthcare but once again, the state would be one of the better ones in India. Where else in India would one see well-paved and beautifully lit riverbanks like Ahmedabad and Surat? ...

    TOI on Dec. 1, 2017, 1:59 p.m.

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    ...As someone said, marriage is like a fine wine, if tended properly It just gets better with age. As you reach retirement, you have probably been married for almost three decades. You understand one another well and yet both of you have been so busy with your respective careers that you have not really had the time for one another. Through your married life, you have respected one another’s right to privacy and stayed out of one another’s way, brushing tough issues under the carpet. Now you are looking at the prospect of spending 24 hours a day with your partner of three decades and you are left wondering if you really know the other person as well as you had thought you did. For many unhappy couples, the problem starts when they don’t have the same expectations of retirement and then it gets further exacerbated when they don’t talk about it. For some people, this is a long-awaited time for new adventures, new or deeper connections with loved ones and discovering a new purpose. For others, it means a lot of time relaxing, in the hammock, at the computer or on the golf course. ...

    TOI on Nov. 21, 2017, 1:24 p.m.

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    ...The Supreme Court, on 10 October 2017 decided to examine the concept of a living will. The Government says it is yet to examine the pros and cons of the living will because it feels that given India’s cultural, religious and legal systems, this matter of the living will is very complex. Therefore, like so many previous governments, this one too believes that taking an “ostrich like” approach on this subject is best suited for today’s reality. ...

    TOI on Oct. 12, 2017, 1:14 p.m.

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    ...Japanese Encephalitis is an infection of the brain caused by the mosquito borne Japanese encephalitis virus. This virus makes its annual appearance during the period July – September months in Gorakhpur district and neighbourhood areas. The fatalities in the last few years are as follows: 1. 2012: 557 2. 2013: 650. 3. 2014: 525 4. 2015: 491 5. 2016: 641 6. ...

    TOI on Aug. 23, 2017, 9:37 a.m.

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    ...President Trump has started to vacate the seat at the centre of the head table of World politics as he focuses on America leaving China to assume that they are the natural successors to this seat and therefore the leader of the World. The Chinese spokespersons or their state run mediums threaten every world leader who has the “audacity” to meet Dalai Lama. They do not like anyone who tries to do business with Taiwan. President Xi’s recent threat on the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong of “not crossing the red line” was alarming but Hong Kong residents, knowing the consequences, silently accepted it. China has exhibited its military power in the South China Seas and has claimed islands that do not belong to it. They genuinely believe they have the right to protest against anything they do not like but they are not willing to accept any protests against their actions. ...

    TOI on July 7, 2017, 8:51 a.m.

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    ...Nothing has changed with the Indian Army over the past seven decades. They have served the Indian Government, irrespective of political parties. They have defended our borders, managed insurgency and supported states to quell riots when called in by state governments. Sandeep Dikshit, the son of former Delhi Chief Minister refers to the Army Chief as “sadak ka goonda” and then apologises. He knows that he can make an allegation and then retract very quickly either by saying that he was misquoted or when things gets too hot, apologise meekly and change the subject. He has no concern for the damage caused by his utterances. ...

    TOI on June 12, 2017, 7:08 p.m.

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    ...For sportspersons, retirement comes early, once the body starts to age. For Government employees, retirement happens at age 58. For the private sector, it happens at age 60. For some like Judges, retirement is at 65. The only category which can possibly select his own retirement would be a businessperson or a professional and even these people speak about “hanging up their gloves” to do something else. Politicians are in a class of their own and never retire! Keeping your mind and body healthy, throughout your life is essential, as you get older. Here are a few questions to ponder over as you look ahead to your retirement years. Remember that the answers to each of these lie within yourself. The best time to start planning for your retirement is a couple of years before your date of superannuation. ...

    TOI on June 5, 2017, 10:46 a.m.

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    ...We have seen that Chikungunya results in high fever accompanied with severe debilitating pain, especially in joints. Rashes can also be seen in severe cases. Weakness, dizziness, continuous vomiting leading to dehydration, very poor oral intake and bleeding are dangerous signs. The monsoon season is round the corner. Governments are talking about cleaning the drains, as if this is a one-time annual process. Chief Ministers and Health Ministers have started calling meetings to “take stock of preparedness”. Closer to the rains, messages will be published to “educate” the common person on the problems of breeding mosquitoes in stagnant water. However, are we really prepared for the onset of such viral infections? Why do we have a knee jerk reaction every year with same unfortunate consequences? ...

    TOI on May 15, 2017, 7:16 a.m.