Tuesday 20 Dec '11It was pure happenstance. Here I was, playing the reporter, accompanying the energetic DM of Purnea, Dr N Saravana Kumar, to the Baisi block—a 40-minute drive from Purnea town—trying to get a good story of the management of Samastipur floods of 2007 and the recent changes in Bihar
Friday 26 Aug '11As the Anna-Government battle wages on, and provides maximum grist for the political theatre in a long time, it is easy to lose sight of the central issue of how to best battle corruption behind the clash of personalities and the demands and counter-allegations.
Friday 17 Jun '11Governor Subbarao has dutifully lived up to the market consensus of delivering the 10th rate hike in 15 months—a 25-basis-point rise in the repo and reverse repo rates, bringing them to 7.5% and 6.5%, respectively.
Friday 01 Apr '11The crisis helped them strengthen their competitive position vis-à-vis their private sector rivals, channelled large capital infusions from the exchequer without a murmur and burnished their image as the keepers of the nation’s wealth.
Monday 13 Sep '10There are about 6,38,000 rural settlements in India. The number of rural bank branches in India in March 2009 was just over 20,000. Close to 98% of India’s rural habitations do not have access to a bank.
Saturday 28 Aug '10The government’s recent disclosures in the Rajya Sabha about the participation and concentration in equity and derivatives markets at the NSE have created consternation in a section of the media. This, however, may be an over-reaction.
Saturday 26 Jun '10They say the blackest of the clouds have a silver lining. It is possible that the ongoing Maoist violence will finally focus the nation’s attention on how to deal with the tribals who constitute about 8% of India’s population.
Monday 07 Jun '10The recently concluded civic polls in West Bengal have confirmed—if any further confirmation was necessary—that the tide has indeed turned in the state. The collapse of the Left has been more spectacular than expected.
Saturday 27 Feb '10The budget has done well on the financial sector front. There is actually more in it in terms of major long-term policy announcements than just the bank licences or other immediate steps.
Tuesday 16 Feb '10It was a party with a difference. The evening of February 7 saw the sprawling grounds of Brabourne Stadium teeming with the who’s who of the financial world and the leading lights of...
Tuesday 29 Dec '09As China zooms into the record books with a train linking Wuhan and Guangzhou, over 1,000 km apart, in less than three hours, in India the much-vaunted Indian Railways transformation story of Lalu Yadav is being questioned by his successor Mamata Banerjee.