Jammu and Kashmir: More could have been done by the Court, says P Chidambaram

On August 5, 2019, Constitutional Order 272 was issued by the President stripping J&K of its special status and applying all the provisions of the Constitution of India to the proposed Union Territories.
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Shocking crime and conviction data! Kerala, Delhi register highest crime rate

When it comes to the total IPC and SLL crimes’ cognisable rate, Kerala (1463.2) is the state with the most crime rate, followed by the capital Delhi (1342.5).

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Bold measures needed for economic revival: All eyes now on the budget day!

Budget 2020: Given the current economic situation, all eyes are now on the budget day, hopeful for some measures that can take the economy to the $5-trillion level by FY 25.

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ASER lessons: Fix early learning in govt schools at a big disadvantage

ASER 2019 shows how poor the quality of education in government schools is even at the foundational levels.

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Big foul: SAI’s sexual offences scandal exposes the sorry state of affairs

SAI’s sorry treatment of the very sportspersons whose interests it is supposed to protect and promote is just one aspect of its abject failure.

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Budget priorities: Here’s why large fiscal push revive growth may end up hurting more!

Budget 2020 India: As the Fy18 period shows, a large fiscal push to revive growth may end up hurting rather than helping a recovery.

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CCI probe into Amazon/Walmart easier said than done

CCI will need to explain why it felt RJio’s pricing was not predatory while Amazon/Flipkart’s was

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India could be staring at a low-level growth trap! Must get real on infra-led growth

India’s past does not inspire confidence. If the TOT model fails and insolvency creeps into NHAI, pfc, etc, India could be staring at a low-level growth trap.

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How to revive real estate sector? Government must consider these moves

From increasing the CLSS income caps to reducing GST on cement, there are quite a few moves the government should consider.

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Tax reforms: Get over GST compensation obsession, focus on reforms by states

Can India focus on reforms by states instead of being obsessed with GST Compensation?

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UN report on under-5 mortality: India one of the worst in gender disparities

In India, the under-five mortality rate for boys, in 2018, was 36 per 1,000 population while that for girls was 37.

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Tax pass, through status, to Category-III Alternative Investment Funds? Here’s why

The government may also consider according a tax pass through status to Category-III AIFs.

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Expect fall in UPI volumes if govt doesn’t reverse MDR order; can hit FDI flows also

If fintechs like PhonePe or PayTM can no longer make money through the MDR, and there are going to be more restrictions over how the data of consumers can be used, the government has to ask itself why

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When Vodafone Idea shuts, govt will be biggest loser!

It owes govt over Rs 215,000-crore and banks Rs 50,000-crore; if a Voda shuts after investing $30 billion, this will scare others too .

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How to catch tax theives: Use tech more aggressively!

Finmin does well to scrutinise GST records to catch input tax fraud; use other databases like MCA, income tax, etc.

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Artificial life: Development of Xenobots, programmable organisms to have far-reaching therapeutic implications

Michel Levin, a lead researcher involved in this development, calls xenobots a ‘new form of life’—neither living organisms nor machines, they are something in between.

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Sebi caves in to India Inc: Here’s why extending deadline on splitting CMD job is unfortunate

The Kotak Committee had rightly recommended that companies split the powers between a chairperson and the CEO or MD so that the powers are better distributed.

Sebi, India Inc, CMD job, NPA crisis, Kotak Committee, bank NPA, IL&FS, corporate governance practices News

Why deny broadcasting telecom-like success? Trai must shed intensive regulation

Trai must shed intensive regulation of the broadcasting market. distribution technology doesn’t allow for innumerable channel combinations at consumer-end

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Google’s decision to end third-party tracking of people’s browsing habits to enhance user privacy

Google’s decision to end third-party tracking of people’s browsing habits will better protect user data, but it may also extend the tech giant’s dominance of online advertising

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Don’t lean on fiscal deficit! What the govt must do to arrest the fall

The real deficit in FY19 was 4.7% against the government’s headline number of 3.4%. In FY20, government faces more challenges as revenues will fall short by Rs 2-2.5 lakh, while fiscal deficit is ex

Equity infusion in the PSBs has been done in this manner. As a result, there is no impact on fiscal deficit, but the debt and liabilities increase. News

Urea import by DoF: Here’s why there is well-designed scrutiny of the proposal

The DoF does not import urea at its discretion. There is well-designed scrutiny of the proposals to go for any lot of imports.

DoF is responsible for ensuring adequate and timely supply of fertilisers. News

Here’s is why Medical devices need a separate regulator

The National Health Protection Scheme has led to an increase in patient pool as well as bed capacity, and the medical devices industry is set to be one of the biggest beneficiaries.

If the scheme is implemented effectively, we can expect a compound annual growth rate of at least 30% over three years. (Representative image) News

Charade of austerity: Ruling class remains austere on austerity

Ruling class remains austere on austerity: instead of making austerity a way of life, it chants the slogan from time to time, to no effect

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