Opinion

Per hectare farm income: Does Bihar really outshine Punjab?

Arbitrary use of data from multiple sources can lead to poor analysis

Their success depends on getting farmers to produce these to their specifications!

Allowing business houses to own banks is fraught with risk

Allowing business houses to own banks is fraught with risk; India’s supervisory system is too lax to deal with it

India’s new economic reforms and challenges ahead

New economic reforms barely scratch the surface of what needs to be done to sustain growth that can lift millions out of poverty

Improving medium-term growth rates under these circumstances will require reforms to support investment and boost productivity.

Do we need new banks in the country?

New entrants should consider buying an existing private bank that needs Assistance; This will mean ready infrastructure for the entrant and easy exit for a weak player

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New agri-reforms: Dairy is the farm sector’s growth engine

Central schemes have contributed in improving the productivity of milch animals. However, the sustainability of our dairy sector largely depends on bringing about efficiencies across the dairy value c

Chilling EFFECT of amended Kerala Police Act

The Kerala govt should have never proposed to police cyber content in a manner that muzzles free speech

India was one of the first countries to have a national cybersecurity policy, but the policy focussed on the private sector’s cybersecurity readiness while there was little oversight on the government’s readiness.

India must realise its export potential

The country must work on meeting global standards for exports, policy stability and matching global tastes.

By September 2018, the IT zones had generated more than 14.6 lakh jobs, significantly more than what they had proposed, and contributed 54% of the total SEZ exports.

National Sports Education Board should help India realise its sporting potential

The National Sports Education Board should help India realise its sporting potential.

Medical devices: Regulate, don’t strangulate

Rethinking India’s regulatory framework to foster new investments in medical devices

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Relook agri-subsidies to curb agri-pollution

Taxpayers are paying for agri-pollution via subsidies that prop the cropping culture Driving agri-emissions. A `10,000-cr diversification package, over five years, is needed

An important element to correct in the policy matrix is the policy of subsidies on power, fertilisers and procurement.

Turning left is starting point of reducing inequality

The new voices that are demanding a stronger focus on—again—employment, education and health will perforce drive politics meaningfully to the Left

And, just as the discovery of a “successful” vaccine is turning the cycle of the pandemic, the longer cycle of increasing inequality—which has been running for over 40 years now—also appears to be coming to an end.

Full-fledged economic recovery depends on MSME space

If listed firms’ profits are up & GDP is set to fall by 8-9%, it suggests the larger segment of smaller/unlisted firms is badly hit

Carefully designed regulation for online gaming is need of the hour

Pushing online gambling/gaming-with-wagers underground via bans, like Tamil Nadu’s, doesn’t really tackle the harm they can do

DSM-5 of the American Psychiatric Association, the go-to catalogue of mental health disorders, recognises Internet Gaming Disorder.

Separate carrier & content: A roadmap for power sector reforms

Separate distribution and supply licences can be provided by the state electricity regulatory commissions (SERCs) after effective date of notification of new amendments and existing licences of the in

Only normative technical losses for distribution should be allowed for the distribution network.

Changing trends: Why ‘buy now, pay later’ is selling hot

How Covid-19 has changed the festive season shopping trends.

In the past, offline retail businesses had no problem luring customers with attractive schemes and discounts during the festive season.

The Rashomon effect: How criminals get away with crime

Eyewitness testimony can be one of the most unreliable forms of evidence

The Rashomon effect is a term related to the dishonourable unreliability of eyewitnesses.

Thunder down under: This time Australia are full strength, while India will be without their captain Virat Kohli for 3 Tests

This time Australia are full strength, while India will be without their captain Virat Kohli for three Tests

There's a debate if Kohli has taken the right decision by asking for paternity leave in the middle of such a high-profile series.

Across the aisle: Reforms for what — growth or glory?

"I did reforms" is for self-glorification. "My reforms brought growth" is for the people and for posterity. You be the judge.

I was reminding Dr Panagariya of the gold standard of reforms; I had not "shifted the goalpost", as contended by him.

Data drive: Global concerns

On Friday,India became the second country in the world to cross 9 million infections. While daily cases have come down from the high of 95,000 these touched in September, India can’t afford to be la

RISC Return: Apple’s bet on ARM processors pays off only if mainline companies rejig their apps to be compatible

‘System on a chip’—which is what ARM fundamentally is—is the future of computing; this integrates all CPU power, RAM and processing on a single chip.

However, for Apple’s, or for that matter, any company’s ARM bet to be successful, they will still need to convince developers to redesign apps from scratch.

Reforming power-pricing: Constraints must be reconciled through policy interventions and reforms

State regulators are duty-bound to safeguard consumer interests and encourage competition in the sector, but the contradictions and constraints of power pricing must be reconciled through policy inter

Power sector suffers from problems of plenty due to the surplus generating capacity

The asymptomatics riddle: Role in Covid-19 spread unclear; enforce mask-use, distancing

The lack of a standard definition for pre-symptomatics—in terms of a threshold duration before the onset of symptoms, or some such yardstick—plays its part too.

Many of the patients who had reached the hospital were suffering from involvement of lungs, nervous system, heart and blood vessels, he added.

BSNL 4G tender cancellation: Atmanirbharta has a heavy price, do we want to pay it?

BSNL’s 4G tender is a good example of this, but there is a larger cost as supply costs rise; we need to be aware of this

Why else would a PSU be asked to delay its capex plans and to tailor them to government specifications?

Linking freelancers to jobs: Need AI-powered digital platforms to boost freelancing

By hiring freelancers, companies can stay lean, pay for the work done, and save on tax and benefit costs. Moreover, hiring freelancers is a great way for companies to try out talent before they decide

Other alternatives to hiring also exist, but with problems--one of them being staffing agencies that are too expensive.

Deal market acquires taste for digital: Recent M&As, with conglomerates in fray, pose unique competition challenge

As per Bloomberg data, out of 997 deals amounting to a total of Rs 6,93,776 crore announced in the first half of the financial year, the reigning sectors were e-commerce, IT, retail, consumer, fintech

Inside Track by Coomi Kapoor: Curious delay in finalising CAA rules

The BJP's political opponents fear that the government wants to bring out the rules during the West Bengal election campaign to polarise the atmosphere. Another reason for dragging feet on a follow-up

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Bangladesh on its 50th anniversary in March next year and would not want to sour the atmosphere before his trip.

Indian Railways: Fast-tracking of pending projects

The Covid-19 restrictions on the running of trains allowed for ‘traffic blocks’ needed to undertake upgradation pending for years

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