Investigation of crime and expectations from criminal investigators

Investigation of any crime or unlawful activity is a precursor to bring guilty to the rule of law and deliver justice. Therefore, investigators play a crucial role in detecting and deterring crimes and other unlawful activities in any society, be it the United States from which perspective this article is specially written or elsewhere. In addition, investigations may also be for the satisfaction of a personal client, such as enquiring or verifying about the prospective…

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The role of Income Tax Department of India and how effectively it played its role during and after demonetization

Direct taxes are computed directly on the income of a person, rates depending on the level of income. These include income tax, real property tax, personal property tax, taxes on assets. It’s charged to individuals, co-operative societies, firms, companies, Hindu Undivided Families (HUFs), trusts and any artificial judicial person. The Income Tax Department or IT Department is a government body monitoring the income tax collection by the Government of India. Central Board of Direct Taxes…

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Civil disobedience movement revisited

At a time when there is a wave of new form of civil movement under the likes of Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal (founder of Aam Admi Party, now Chief Minister of Delhi) against corruption, there is a need to revisit virtues of peaceful civil disobedience movement used successfully by Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948) against British Empire in India and Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) against racism in United States of America. In this article, a close look will be taken…

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Gold economics in the time of falling international prices of gold

Last updated:  Nov 27, 2016 India closely followed by China is the largest importer of gold. Around half of the imported gold is used in gold jewelry. Also, gold is a place to invest for tens and thousands of middle class and an upper-class populace who find real estate tricky and stock market underperforming for the last five years. At a time when the price of gold in the international market is down by more than 30…

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Future of journalism in India better with social media

Last updated: November 29, 2016 When it comes to journalism, there is an opinion that mainstream newspapers right from The Times of India to herds following it betrayed. What is expected from newspapers is reporting with a human touch. On the contrary, these popular newspapers contradicted themselves by advocating for an ethical society in their editorial pages while promoting illicit life-style elsewhere in the name of commercial ads, indecent contents to push sales. Reports about improving economic conditions and…

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Community college in US: An overview

In the United States of America, community college refers to public institutions imparting education at a plane beyond that delivered by schools. Associate’s degrees, certificates, and diplomas are granted by such community colleges. After graduating, some candidates enroll to a four-year liberal arts college or two to three years in university to secure a bachelor’s degree. Community colleges have open door admission policy which is appealing to students seeking associate’s degree or who have plans to enroll…

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The new communitarian movement: What makes it so popular since 1990s

Continuing Erosion-Cum-Disintegration of Moral Order since 1960s Statistics reveals that proportion of nuclear families in US had decreased from 42 percent in 1960 to 26 percent in 1990; rate of divorce doubled while rates of illegitimacy rose from 21 per 1000 births in 1960 to 42 in 1989. These, according to communitarian leaders, speak amply of gradual erosion-cum-disintegration of moral order in society during the period. Ordinary people find it hard to understand what family stands for;…

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Gioconda Belli and Slavenka Drakulic: Contemporary women writers witness to totalitarian regimes

Gioconda Belli (1948) from Nicaragua, Africa and Slavenka Drakulic (1949) from erstwhile Yugoslavia, Europe are contemporary women writers and social activists who witnessed totalitarian regimes somewhat different in ideologies: Nicaragua had a right wing dynastic rule from 1936 till 1979 while Yugoslavia was under left wing communists from 1946 till 1991. In this article, an analysis of these two women writers regarding their roles and experience under dictatorship will be made keeping in context the book ‘The Country under My Skin: A Memoir of Love‘ written by Belli and ‘How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed‘ by Drakulic.…

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Africa before Transatlantic Enslavement

The study ‘Africa before Transatlantic Enslavement‘ by USI(Understanding Slavery Initiative), a UK national learning project which specializes in researches regarding transatlantic slavery and its legacies through museum and heritage collections, reminds that some of the world’s great civilizations such as Kush, Axum, Mali, and Great Zimbabwe flourished in the years before 1500. It was wealth, especially gold in great empires of West Africa such as Ghana, Mali, and Songhay, that induced Europeans to make voyages to…

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A Clockwise Orange by Anthony Burgess

The novel A Clockwise Orange by Anthony Burgess raises questions on the manner a typical so-called free society in modern times deals with habitual criminal lawbreakers. The overwhelming question that is examined is if society can curb violence by implementing laws that by themselves are violent. Society is expected to function properly only when people can carry out their day-to-day activities without being threatened by violent acts like stealing, sexual harassment. When unsocial acts from the likes of eve-teasing and pickpocketing cross limits…

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What is wrong with Single Member Plurality? Case study in context of electoral reform in Canada

Canada’s current electoral system is built on the British model of parliamentary system which it inherited from its colonial past. The existing SMP (Single Member Plurality) system which divides a country into number of geographical divisions (ridings) and from the winners (Members of Parliament or MPs) of each division or riding government formed metaphorically finds its expression in horse racing where only one horse who manages to pass the post first counts: First-Past-The-Post (FPTP). Instead of a…

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