An open letter to finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman

Dear Madam Finance Minister, Welcome to the exciting world of finance that you have just taken charge of. I have covered this space as a beat reporter for 25 years and so I am taking the liberty to give a glimpse of this sector as I see it. First, my biases: I have a gender bias and I am truly happy that India has her first woman finance minister (the only previous instance was more a part-timer). Not just me, but even men say women bring more sincerity, honesty,  integrity…

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Tata’s ousted chairman defends himself in letter to shareholders

Ousted Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry has reached out to shareholders of six Tata group companies, defending his position and laying out reasons why he should not be removed as director at their upcoming shareholder meetings. In a bitter boardroom coup Mistry was removed as chairman of Tata Sons in October and patriarch Ratan Tata has returned to the helm temporarily. A very public power struggle has since ensued between Tata Sons and Mistry. Tata Sons, the group holding company, has called shareholder meetings at Tata companies where Mistry still…

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UK: VCs support ‘vital’ EU membership in open letter

With the future of the UK’s position in the European Union set to be decided in a referendum in just under four months, 103 university vice-chancellors in the UK have signed an open letter, urging “the British public to consider the vital role the EU plays in supporting our world-class universities”. Prime Minster David Cameron recently announced the referendum to decide the UK’s membership in the European Union will be held June 23. Photo: Number 10 Natalie is a journalism graduate from City University London, who spent part of her…

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One primary teacher’s open letter to the government: ‘The standards expected are now untenable’

The publication of the new primary assessment materials was the straw that broke the camel’s back for this English coordinator. She decided she had to write an open letter to education secretary Nicky Morgan Dear Nicky Morgan I have been considering writing to you for some time and have decided, in the light of thepublication of the exemplification materials by the Department for Education that I cannot leave it any longer. I am writing to complain about the standards now expected of Year 6 pupils at the end of key stage 2.…

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UK: VCs support ‘vital’ EU membership in open letter

With the future of the UK’s position in the European Union set to be decided in a referendum in just under four months, 103 university vice-chancellors in the UK have signed an open letter, urging “the British public to consider the vital role the EU plays in supporting our world-class universities”. Prime Minster David Cameron recently announced the referendum to decide the UK’s membership in the European Union will be held June 23. Photo: Number 10 Natalie is a journalism graduate from City University London, who spent part of her…

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