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Anil Nair

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OPINION | Peace beckons: Global military spending on the decline, says IMF study

Despite a fall in military expenditure as a percentage of GDP, defence spending in absolute terms rose 2.6% to $1.8 trillion in 2018.

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OPINION | Climate threat: India may end up wasting its massive coal reserves

Swift policy changes needed to make good use of the 30-year window provided by the Paris Agreement.

Earlier, coal and coke imports in September 2018 stood at 17.79 MT.

OPINION | Income tax regime: A raw deal for India’s middle class taxpayer

Any tax reform that doesn't address the anomaly of different tax rates for income from work and wealth can't be considered complete.

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OPINION | Donald Trump has shed his deficit obsession. Is there a lesson for Modi, India?

If fiscal deficit can help generate demand and take the sluggish economy forward, there is no reason why the government should ignore this time-tested solution.

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INTERVIEW | India needs bold reforms, reliable power supply to benefit from US-China trade war, says expert

Modi government lost some reformist zeal by the end of its first term. The slowdown may be a cyclical thing tied to global trade matters: Richard Rossow

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Economic slowdown: Opportunity for Modi govt to enact bold reforms, says Richard Rossow

Along with stimulus measures, govt should bring in reforms in crucial areas such as labour, land acquisition, power sector and foreign investment.

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OPINION | Competition Law: Govt must shed piecemeal approach, arm CCI with powers

Instead of introducing individual clauses to deal with situations, the government should equip CCI with ample powers to deal with the changing business environment.

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OPINION | Predictable policy: India must address concerns raised by global businesses

Though there has been a major effort to reduce policy uncertainty, more needs to be done in the areas of technology, communications, mining and retail where India needs huge investments.

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OPINION | FRDI Bill: New version must ensure adequate protection of bank deposits

Modi government may revive the FRDI Bill as India's faith in banks is shaken by the PMC Bank crisis.

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INTERVIEW | Economic slowdown: Centre, states should work in tandem to boost GDP growth, says Kerala FM

Kerala finance minister Thomas Isaac is one of the most articulate members of the GST Council. A trained economist, Isaac is a votary of fiscal federalism.

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OPINION: BPCL disinvestment: Will the buck stop with Indian Oil?

The Modi government's plan to privatise BPCL hasn't received an enthusiastic response from prospective buyers.

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Spend big to tide over economic crisis, Kerala FM’s advice to Modi govt

Economists attribute the economic slowdown to weak consumer demand and slow growth in investments.

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Spend big to tide over economic crisis, Kerala FM’s advice to Modi govt

A straightforward approach to economic slowdown is to put more money in the hands of people.

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Kerala govt rolls out Rs 50,000 cr infrastructure projects to beat slowdown

The Kerala economy will resort to off-budget spending to tackle the crisis resulting from the economic slowdown and shrinking remittances.

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BJP-JD(U) alliance in Bihar: Will Nitish walk out on Modi once again?

The thumping mandate in favour of the BJP in the Lok Sabha polls seems to have changed the equations between the two alliance partners. There are indications that the BJP may not be willing to cede the space it did to the JD

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Saregama Carvaan Go review: Retro music on the go

Carvaan Go fits into the pocket, both figuratively and literally, and could be one of the best gifting options

Book Review: A welcome departure from the traditional Indo-Pak binary

Pakistan and the Muslim World places Pakistan in the larger politico-cultural context of the Muslim world.

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Budget 2019: Centre sets ambitious revenue target; tax mop-up seen growing at 9.5%

Budget 2019 India: The gross tax to GDP ratio is projected to decline to 11.7 per cent in the current financial year compared with the revised figure of 11.9 per cent for the last fiscal.

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Budget 2019: Farm crisis biggest challenge for FM Nirmala Sitharaman, but her maiden Budget may not solve it

India Budget 2019: A lasting solution to the crisis is outside the scope of the Budget. The government needs to unleash bold reforms in the sector and push for modernisation of agriculture to fix the problem.

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Can Rahul Gandhi win elections like Modi? Yes, if he can learn from the BJP campaigning

If Rahul Gandhi is indeed serious about the Congress posing a real challenge to the BJP in 2024, it needs to emulate the latter's winning tactics

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The final frontier: Why Kerala remains elusive for the BJP juggernaut

Barring Karnataka - and Telangana to an extent -- the BJP had a dismal outing in the South. The biggest disappointment was that Kerala continued to defy an all-pervading Modi wave and refused to send a BJP member to the Lok S

Left on terminal decline? Three historic blunders that cost communist parties their place in Indian politics

In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, CPM had put up 70 candidates, just to win three, compared with nine in 2014. The CPI had fielded 51 candidates, just to get two elected.

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BSP’s Mayawati eyes PM’s post, but faces heavy odds

Even if Mayawati manages a good number of seats from Uttar Pradesh, her ability to articulate a national vision for a ragtag coalition will put her skills to test

Improve education, health facilities to transform India, Indian American entrepreneur’s advice to government

If you have education and health, you can conquer the world. With either of them absent, you have a major handicap. If you want to make somebody independent, then you need education.

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Wilful defaults: 2,571 FIRs registered, 9,363 recovery suits filed by PSU banks

Public sector banks have filed 2,571 FIRs and 9,363 recovery suits against wilful defaulters till September 30 this year.

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Ayushman Bharat: Bengal, Bihar, Chhattisgarh top beneficiaries

West Bengal, Bihar and Chhattisgarh emerged the largest beneficiaries of Ayushman Bharat, Narendra Modi government's flagship healthcare insurance scheme.

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Unlocking defence land to serve India’s cities

In just 4 cities—Bangalore, Pune, Lucknow and Chennai—it can provide for 29 lakh housing units, 15% of India’s total affordable housing requirement

Unlocking defence land to serve India’s cities
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