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Expurgo – The Novel Cure

  • Part 1

A new virus has been found in Wuhan China, known as the coronavirus. The virus, though old, has mutated to form a deadly infection carrier that has started taking a toll on the lives of Chinese citizens. Scientists across the globe have started worrying about the properties of the virus and nobody is able to understand what exactly happened during the mutation. Although unsure, some scientists believe that Ayurveda can be helpful in the treatment of this deadly virus. One such herbal remedy is Triphala, responsible for boosting the human immune system. Another supposed substance is the Giloy Bark, whose anti-inflammatory properties are supposed to counter the actions of the virus. Though there are a lot of other substances that might prove to be useful, these two have shown the most marvelous properties. The question that is left unanswered now is, how soon can we really get rid of this bane? Will it end right here, or will the world suffer the wrath of the bats?

  • Part 2

In the late summer of 1942, 22 year old Adina Blady Szwajger was working as a doctor at Warsaw’s Children’s Hospital. It was no ordinary summer, though. Some 18 months earlier, the Nazi occupiers of Poland had shut the gates on Warsaw’s Jewish population creating what is now known as the Warsaw ghetto. As a result, Szwajger had for at least a year worked in conditions of almost unimaginable suffering as the hospital filled with children dying of starvation and tuberculosis. In her memoir, she talks of “famished skeletons” lapping up the slops of a spilled soup pot from the floor; and of the attempt to live a “principled life” in circumstances of the utmost moral depravity.

But in August 1942, it became impossible to go on. The Germans had begun to round up the Jewish population, loading them into cattle trucks and shipping them off to the death camps, where their fate was to meet a grisly end. By this point, the hospital was no longer functioning as a hospital – there were “no children’s wards, just the sick, the wounded and the dying everywhere.”

The moment which came to define Szwajger’s life arrived when the Nazis turned up at the hospital, and began the brutal process of shutting it down. A nurse begged Szwajger to end her elderly mother’s life: “Doctor…I can’t do it. I beg you, please. I don’t want them to shoot her in bed, and she can’t walk.” Dr. Szwajger administered morphine, first attending to “families of staff.” Then she went to the ward which housed the smallest infants, and one by one gave each child a lethal dose. “Just as, during those two years of real work in the hospital, I had bent down over the little beds, so now I poured this last medicine into those tiny mouths…And downstairs, there was screaming because the…Germans were already there, taking the sick from the wards to the cattle trucks.” She told the older children “that this medicine was going to make their pain disappear…So they lay down and after a few minutes – I don’t know how many – but the next time I went into that room, they were asleep.”

Adina Szwajger took the lives of her young patients as the final act of what she saw as her duty of care, in order to spare them ignominious and certain death at the hands of the Nazis. But, of course, the infants and children did not and could not have consented. The issue, then, is whether she did the right thing. Was she morally justified in taking the lives of her patients in order to save them from their fate at the hands of the Nazis?

A. Yes, she was morally justified in taking the lives of her young patients.

B. No, she was not morally justified in taking the lives of her young patients.

(You are required to choose just one option out of the given two)

The Jio-Airtel Saga

Since 2016, Mukesh Ambani led Jio Infocomm. Ltd. has shaken the entire industry. Before the entry of Jio, consumers had to pay a hefty amount of Rs. 450-500 for every 1 GB of data. However, Jio brought in such a change, which would never have been expected by the beneficiaries of the telecom services.

GDP as a tool of Economic Misdirection: Moving to and fro on growth bar?

Are we really where we predicted? Or are we here because we overestimated? You, me or a few economists are not alone in thinking of GDP as a miscalculated benchmark for national economic well-being. Adjudged as one of the greatest inventions of the 20th century, it has long been a closely-watched tool for politicians, economists and journalists alike. But for nearly as long as GDP has been revered, it has faced strong criticism, too. That’s because it captures what economic historians call “somewhat arbitrary slice of reality.”

Is the E-Cigarettes ban Justified?

The cultivation of tobacco can be traced back to 600BC. As civilization played its role people went on to chewing tobacco and then started smoking tobacco filled cigarettes. Lately, a new concept of e-cigarettes has entered the current scenario. E-cigarettes are electronic, battery-operated, devices with the same fundamental concept as that of a regular cigarette.

Is Depreciation good for the Indian Economy?

At the time of independence of India, the dollar was at par with 3.30 INR; the exchange rate was 44.91 INR at the beginning of the century, and as of 18th November 2019, it is 72.62 INR. This shows that the rupee has depreciated enormously from the time of our independence, and recently the issue of depreciation has come under a lot of debate.

Minting Too Many Dollars With Too Less Cost

Everything’s a dollar! Candy – food, food – stationery, stationery – toothpaste, name it and they have it, all under a dollar. The Dollar Store, Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Costco; within every mile, near every gas station you can find a huge building with a dollar sign in some cases a 99 cents.

The infamous reality behind Uber rates

You often find people complaining about the poor condition of the public transport where an auto-rickshaw driver fits more than 8 people in the seat of 4, where people cry about the stinky smell from the passengers next to them in the crowded metro, where looking at the condition of vehicle one wonders if it was brought into use way back before independence. Every parent in their life has said this to their kids, “You don’t know the struggle we did to reach school, we used to cycle 5 kilometers every day. Life is very easy for you today.”

How to Recession Proof your Portfolio?

It is not an unfamiliar fact to the Indian citizens that the Indian economy is hitting a rough patch, with slipping GDP, interest rates, the collapse of the automobile and real estate sector, rising Non-Performing Assets (NPA’s) of the banks and sluggish consumer demand. With speculations of the arrival of a global recession, economic activity is at its minimum; investors are too cautious of giving away their hard-earned money to untrustworthy or potentially loss-making sources. Despite this prevailing suspicion, diversion of funds from surplus areas to reliable deficit areas becomes quintessential to pull the economy out of this downturn. But the question remains how?

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