The Financial Express

The Financial Express

Rich vs Poor States: Why business-as-usual is no longer an option

According to a Crisil study of the performance of various states, for instance, Bihar’s per capita income was Rs 11,955 lower than the all-India average in FY03, but this rose to Rs 73,975 in FY18; the gap rose from Rs 7,05

Opinion News

Govt curbs on NPPA good, but distrust of the market is the real malaise

Continuing with a drug-price-capping regime, even with checks on the regulator’s powers, does nothing to reduce the potential of arbitrary regulation.

Opinion News

Kapil Sibal’s presence at EVM hackathon was quite unseemly

EVM-tampering is a hotly debated topic worldwide, but somehow has become a frequent feature of political vitriol in India, right from the year they were introduced.

Opinion News

Budget 2019: Why Indian economy can’t afford an interim budget

Both consumption and investment need reviving, and govt needs to move to a UBI while subsuming subsidies in this

Opinion News

UPI boost for small merchants: Treating them as ‘peers’ will cut out transaction costs

While UPI transactions have grown manifold since the launch of the payment mode in 2016, with volumes of 620 million in December, merchant transactions account for just 15-20% of these.

Opinion News

From Earth to Moon: US-China rivalry goes galactic as race to celestial resources heats up

Beijing aims to build a space station and a base on the moon, as well as send a probe to Mars by 2020 and carry out a mission to Jupiter by 2029.

Opinion News

India’s new assertiveness against foreign MNCs a fallout of the reforms undertaken

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) last week slammed auto major Volkswagen (VW) for not depositing `100 crore that the tribunal had ordered it to pay for causing “serious environmental damage” by using its engineering geni

Opinion News

The policymaking dilemma: Even govt clarifications making some issues worse

After the huge furore following every third start-up in the country getting a tax notice over their angel-funding, the finance ministry issued a statement saying it would set up a panel with experts from the IITs and IIMs to

ecommerce sector, ecommerce industry News

Scrap sedition law: Kapil Sibal is right, but Congress must recognise its own hypocrisy

Congress leader Kapil Sibal is right in demanding that the sedition law (Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code)—a colonial vestige—be scrapped. Its preponderance in cases where a political leader is critiqued or dissent i

Kapil Sibal, congress, sedition law News

Lokpal debate: Is an extra layer of monitoring really necessary?

Given the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act was passed in 2013, and no Lokpal has been appointed since, the Supreme Court pressing the search committee to recommend potentials to the selection committee led by prime minister Narendra

Supreme Court, lokpal, lokpal bill News

Data Drive: Decline in learning levels reveal shocking state of India’s school education system

The learning outcome of students at the elementary education level in rural India is showing gradual improvement.

education, education sector News

Devil in the details: Why the angel-funding notification won’t help much

The angel-funding notification doesn’t help much; in any case, it only applies to cases where tax orders haven’t been passed.

Opinion News

What’s in name? Earth Science Ministry may be renamed as Bharat Mata Mantralaya

Prithvi vigyan mantralaya simply won’t do when Bharat Mata means the world to minister Vardhan.

Union minister Harsh Vardhan, earth science ministry News

Lower taxes, quick permits the right niti on minerals

Even non-oil minerals account for 30% of imports, yet our levies very high and permissions time-consuming.

niti aayog, taxes, minerals News

Research first: How to make India a R&D force?

In 2016, data from the US’s National Science Foundation (NSF) shows India overtook Japan as the fourth-largest producer of science and engineering (S&E) research. Between 2003 and 2016, India’s article count in Scopus

research, research and analysis News

Controversy over latest SC appointments show how opaque the collegium system still is

The fact that one of the four judges who sought greater probity from the then Chief Justice Dipak Misra should himself face similar demands—albeit in a matter where the lack of transparency is institutional—is rich in iro

Supreme Court, sc, supreme court collegium News

Appropriate wage structure in remote areas will boost rural healthcare

Three boat ambulances launched to serve 33 tribal villages inaccessible by road in Nandurbar district of Maharashtra lying unused for two months.

rural healthcare, healthcare industry News

How poor is poor? Congress declared two-thirds of India poor with food bill, the BJP takes it to four-fifths by quota bill

Narendra Modi government decided to implement a 10% jobs and education reservations scheme, what is worse is the income cut-off used.

Opinion News

Why capping royalty payments by MNCs is not a good idea

MNCs make large investments in research and development (R&D), unlike Indian companies, and there is a cost attached to that.

Opinion News

Andy Murray’s impending retirement brings with it the end of an era in tennis

Andy Murray, who’s been absent from the tour for the past 18 months due to a troublesome right hip, announced his decision to retire sometime this year.

Opinion News

Fertility lesson: Improving women”s educational attainment is key

Lower fertility, contrary to all the alarms being sounded on depopulation and the communal scare-mongering some politicians have indulged in, could prove a blessing for India.

Opinion News

Citizenship Bill: Sedition charges against Hiren Gohain, others shows government losing grip in Assam

The Bill gives citizenship to non-Muslims from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan who entered India before December 1, 2014.

Opinion News

Participative democracy: The correct approach for poverty eradication

Participative democracy could make policies more efficient, but only when there is no asymmetry of information

Opinion News

Budget 2019: Why have deficit target if it doesn’t reflect reality?

CAG does well to point out that off-budget financing and delaying payments make a mockery of the budget

Opinion News

DigitalPay: UPI payments growing well, but still quite small

Given smartphones are selling in big numbers and tipped to hit 700 million by 2020, there is a big opportunity—not to mention, a big need—to push digital transactions.

Opinion News
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