March 25, 2023

Good morning. Every Saturday, we publish the results of polls from feature stories that were published the past week. We also give a brief overview of the topics that were discussed.

🗳️ POLL RESULTS – Week 117
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Should India ban e-pharmacies?

Daily | 20 March 2023

Last month, the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) called for a nationwide ban on e-pharmacies alleging violation of norms by selling medicines online. The notice has been met with opposition from online retailers who want to make their case to the government. Are online pharmacies a risk to public health or a way to increase the accessibility of medication? Read more on this here.

Will the PMKVY 4.0 be a game-changer?

Daily | 21 March 2023

PMKVY aims to skill and provide employment to the country’s youth. The Centre will soon launch PMKVY 4.0. Some believe it can be a game-changer in boosting employment opportunities. But the scheme’s track record leaves room for doubt. We discuss it here.

BCI’s decision to allow foreign law firms: Is it a good idea?

Daily | 22 March 2023

The Bar Council of India (BCI) has now decided to allow foreign law firms and lawyers to practice in India. The move could be a significant shake-up for the Indian legal landscape. Some call it exciting, but others are sceptical and worried about how this will impact local firms and lawyers. We unpack this here.

Mrs Chatterjee vs Norway: Is the Norwegian ambassador right in his assessment?

Daily | 23 March 2023

Directed by Ashima Chibber, the movie is inspired by a real-life story about a Bengali immigrant woman’s battle against Norwegian and Indian law enforcement authorities to gain custody of her children. The film became somewhat controversial after Hans Jacob Fridenlund, Norway’s Ambassador to India, claimed that it doesn’t reflect Norway’s deep care for families. Find the debate here.

Internet Archive vs Publishers: Who’s got it right?

Daily | 24 March 2023

The pandemic changed some things. Libraries closed down. Researchers across the globe lost access to essential books. The Internet Archive (IA) found a solution with a massive collection of scanned books. While the everyday person benefitted, some authors saw it as piracy. Now, four major publishers have taken the Internet Archive to court over the issue. Find more here.