The Financial Express

The Financial Express

Every dollar spent on disaster resilient infrastructure in developing nations will earn $4

Despite high investments, the report finds that the quality and adequacy of basic infrastructure services—roads, public transport, power grids, water and sanitation systems—is not up to the mark.

World Bank, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, disaster resilient infrastructure, developing nations, india News

Action on raters just a start

In the case of IL&FS, for instance, it was amazing that rating firms which gave it a good rating for its Rs 75 crore issue as late as August 2018 failed to catch the fact that.

differential voting rights, economic benefits, Facebook, Google, Snapchat, Ali Baba, opinion News

Air India can’t be sold, so best to shut it

Air India’s net debt rose to Rs 58,352 crore at the end of March 2019, rising from about Rs 55,000 crore in FY18.

Air India, Hardeep Singh Puri, oil prices, air india privatisation, Jet Airways, opinion News

Why ‘one nation, one card’ is big for migrant workers

A report put out by the UN World Food Programme in collaboration with the statistics and programme implementation ministry shows nearly one in three Indian children will grow up stunted by 2022.

migrant workers, one nation, one card, Ram Vilas Paswan, Modi 2.0 News

Climate change won’t batter Puri and spare Paris

Against a goal of restricting global increase in temperature from pre-industrial levels to under 2oC and an ideal of 1.5oC, the planet will be warmer by 4.5oC without any action, and by 3.3oC with current action.

Climate change, Puri, Paris, highest temperature, weather, wildfire News

GST revenue still too low, scrap anti-profiteering law

As it happens, the BJP won the assembly in 2017—including in Surat where the protests were the most—and the entire country, including Gujarat, in 2019.

GST, GST revenue, two years of GST, anti-profiteering law, Arun Jaitley News

AccessLINGO: Govt plans to make Science & Tech education resources accessible in regional language

The purpose is to make research and teaching resources on science and technology accessible to all in two languages—one in English and the other in a native Indian language.

Science & Tech, AccessLINGO, regional language, PM-STIAC, MeitY, opinion News

Sebi makes the right move for mutual funds

Through a series of measures, SEBI has made sure fund managers of liquid schemes have enough liquidity and that they are not overexposed to HFCs and the real estate sector.

SEBI, mutual funds, mutual funds investment, small investors, Savings, opinion news

Not just politicians, courts also to blame for quotas

Certainly, the government has amended the Constitution to negate various apex court judgements on quotas and has tried to hide certain laws on reservation from the Supreme Court’s (SC) scrutiny by classifying them under the

Maharashtra’s reservation quota, politicians, quotas, Bombay High Court, Marathas, Narendra Modi News

Conditions that create unemployment affect women disproportionately

The narrative on jobless growth is, by now, a well-known one—at 6.1%, India is witnessing its highest unemployment rate in almost half a century.

women workforce, women workforce n india News

FDI inflows fall – Explained through graphics

Globally, FDI inflows contracted in the past three years.

fdi, fdi inflows News

Why it is critical to get state electricity regulators to work

SEB losses rose 44% in FY19, but regulators raised tariff levels by a mere 3% in FY18 and 1% in FY19 and so far in FY20

power, power sector News

Is Reserve Bank of India abusing RTI?

It should have asked SC for a direction on this.

Microfinance loan, RBI, base rate, NBFC, MFI, Reserve Bank, banking news, finance news, industry news

Law Breaker: BJP MLA Akash Vijayvargiya’s assault on civic officials is inexcusable

By now, most would be familiar with visuals of Akash Vijayvargiya, a BJP leader and member of the Madhya Pradesh Assembly, hitting municipal corporation officials on a demolition drive in Indore with a cricket bat.

Akash Vijayvargiya, kailash vijayvargiya News

How parched Chennai wasted water conservation potential

It didn’t move on rainwater harvesting, reclaiming wastewater; other cities must learn from the crisis

chennai water crisis, water crisis in tamil nadu News

Shades of grey: Black money estimates vary from 7-120% of official GDP

In terms of the total black money, the revenue secretary told the committee that the estimates varied from 7% to 120% of the reported GDP.

gdp, economy News

Offroading Education: Doing away with minimum-education criterion for drivers is a bad idea

An amendment Bill aims at removing Rule 8 of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, which states that a driver needs to be educated up till class 8th for driving a transport vehicle.

driving, driving licence News

The great Indian EV dream: Electrifying vision, sobering reality

2-wheeler firms being asked to junk current plans for a hazy EV future; if that fails to materialise, will govt compensate them?

electronic vehicles, ev News

RBI’s issues go Viral! Deputy Governor’s exit strengthens view that govt uneasy with dissent

It is true that most expected Deputy Governor Viral Acharya to quit when Patel did.

Viral Acharya, rbi, reserve bank of india News

Why south Indian states spend more on tertiary education

The southern states outperform most of their counterparts elsewhere in the country in terms of human development. Recent research, however, has found that regional differences exist not only in educational outcomes but also i

education, education sector, education industry News

Why India must enable country’s space start-ups

Becoming a space power will need India to encourage private sector in space-defence.

spacex, start yp sector, start up industry News

WrongDose: WHO legitimises TCM, traditional medicine shouldn’t be dismissed

WHO legitimises TCM; traditional medicine shouldn't be dismissed, but surely the unscientific should be discarded?

Opinion News

Double farm incomes by investments, not subsidies

WTO scrutiny will prevent a big hike in farm subsidies by govt, but fixing markets is a far more efficient solution anyway.

Opinion News

Higher education regulations still anchored to outdated norms

As Modi 2.0 looks at NEP to inspire its higher education regulation vision, it must also be careful to avoid the risk inherent in some recommendations.

Opinion News

Job creation: World Bank report shows rural roads helped non-farm employment rise

A World Bank report on PMGSY shows rural roads have helped non-farm employment rise in three states.

Opinion News

Lateral hires a great idea, need a Nandan Nilekani now

Between sacking officials and importing talent, big moves on bureaucratic reform; need a Nilekani-type thinker too.

Opinion News

IL&FS thrived due to its bureaucratic cover, go after them

IL&FS thrived due to its bureaucratic cover, time to go after them.

Opinion News
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