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Why mandatory rural service for doctors is a bad idea

Mandatory rural service for doctors seems to be an idea that is gaining strength in India.  The Union Health Minister has reportedly said that soon, medical students would have to spend a year in rural areas.    Already, students in Telengana and Andhra Pradesh are being asked to work in rural areas for a year –…

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4 new rules for more goals in World Cup football

One would have thought that those pathologically law-abiding Germans would follow all the rules, even the unwritten ones.  The biggest unwritten one of them all in this FIFA World Cup seems to be that there should be no goal during regulation time. Did Germany not know what Brazil clearly did – that no goals were…

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Polar Vortex Part 2

The Polar Vortex never went away.  Even now, it’s swirling over the Hudson Bay.  Its home is somewhere far away,  On Yukon, Barrow and Prudhoe Bay. Then why is it here, holding its sway, Spoiling my mid-western winter day? Presenting the same My city versus Barrow, Alaska comparison (as before, note the RealFeel temperatures which…

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Polar Vortex in my backyard

The Polar vortex swept through most of the US this week, and like everyone else in the US, I suffered. I suppose I should feel lucky that I was not, for instance, stuck in a snowbound Amtrak train or wasn’t a passenger in one the thousands of cancelled flights.  I shouldn’t be complaining about the…

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New blog theme : Emphaino

It took me a long time to realize that my previous blog theme (Arras) was not mobile friendly by a long shot. It looks all right on a desktop, and passable on a tablet, but on a cellphone it is practically unreadable. (No wonder I don’t get as many questions these days from people looking…

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In Deep Freeze

It’s not just the blog that is in deep freeze.  This was how the weather here looked the other day: Frustrating at so many levels.  This is not unprecedented cold, mind you, just too cold for early December.  We do get this kind of weather in mid-January and February.  But to start winter with this…