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Shifting Gears in the Gig Economy

Shifting Gears in the Gig Economy

In a landmark judgment delivered by the UK Supreme Court, a group of Uber drivers have been finally recognised as ‘workers’ under the Employment Rights Act of 1996. By entitling them to benefits like the national minimum wage, holiday pay, and company pension, the apex court has ended a five-year-long tussle over their legal status.
Although the current verdict only applies to the 25 drivers who have filed the lawsuit, it portends far-reaching implications for the gig economy model in the UK…

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Fists of Fury in the Galwan Valley

Fists of Fury in the Galwan Valley

From my first term in the National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla, Pune, I participated in boxing tournaments. I was not a spectacularly successful boxer, but I volunteered because I enjoyed the adrenalin rush, the skill involved in dodging and landing punches, and the quest for victory. As boxers, we trained vigorously, and when we entered the ring, we carried the hopes and good wishes of our squadrons and friends. Boxing bouts comprised three rounds and the referee controlled the contest…

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Not-so-white House: Is America Ready for Kamala Harris?

Not-so-white House: Is America Ready for Kamala Harris?

August 11 marked an important date in the history of the U.S. presidential elections. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden chose California senator and former San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris as his vice-presidential running mate. Ms. Harris is the first Black woman and Indian American to be nominated for this position by a major party. She is also the third woman in U.S. history to be on a major party ticket, following Geraldine Ferraro in 1984 and Sarah Palin in 2008 apart…

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