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The practice of taking dowry has long been declared a criminal offence. Yet, it shows no signs of abating even in educated families, with the bride’s side continuing to bestow it in the form of cash, gold, luxury cars, apartments and so on to the groom’s eager family. Why is this? Is there any economics behind it? Is dowry like a scarcity rent? Does the relative bargaining position of women vis-à-vis men affect a woman's ability to find her preferred match?
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I lost 8kg in four months, and what's more, I never went to the gym. And no, before you think the worst, there was no liposuction involved and not one diet pill passed my lips. This is how I did it.
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In the race to out-compete rival cab companies, cheap fares and freebies are relied on to hook passengers, and generous monetary incentives to lure drivers. However, serving customers well -- repeatedly and consistently over a longer period -- is the key to survive in any business. Technology can help but it can't be a substitute for quality service.
It should not come as a surprise to anyone that India has been termed as the world's worst food safety violator by Food Sentry, a global food sourcing monitoring agency. The Maggie contamination row is just the tip of the iceberg, and packaged (junk) food items should not be our only concern.