Opinion

Brexit is a lesson in democracy

Theresa May could establish a majority if she can attract the support of the Remainers with a compromise solution, isolating the hard Brexiteers.

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There could be many changes to the very structure of GST in the run up to general elections

The 32nd meeting of the GST Council held recently will go down in history for paving the way for the GST to transition back to the chaotic state VAT era. The very purpose of having GST in the first pl

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Rhetoric no salve for farm distress

Farmers’ distress over the past few years has taken a new dimension so much so that political parties, without exception, are now using it as an opportunity to win elections by promising farm loan w

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Powering the economy

Under the Saubhagya scheme, power to all rural households and poor urban households is envisaged, with just 6.5 lakh targeted households remaining to be electrified.

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Across the aisle: Hope and trust the next government to revive India story, says P Chidambaram

The Christmas-New Year-Pongal/ Sankranthi holidays and festivities must have rejuvenated the hard-working people of India (except members of Parliament who were called to work during many of those day

demonetisation, noteban, economy News

Inside track: Not BJP, but infighting in Congress caused Karnataka crisis

The recent rumbles in H D Kumaraswamy’s government, nicknamed Operation Lotus, have not been caused by the BJP.

H D Kumaraswamy, karnataka, karnataka crisis News

Indian football team qualified for Asia Cup, but no structure in place to ensure its rise

The ISL is going to be Indian football’s official mainstream from the next season onwards.

football, afc asian cup, india, indian footbal, indian football team 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 f

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

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 b

Supreme Court, lokpal, lokpal bill News

Explained: Angel tax will damage India’s entrepreneurial ecosystem

Section 56 of I-T ACt Will cause disastrous collateral damage to India’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, given it is an Unjust Levy on genuine sTart-ups.

start up, start up sector, start up industry News

Taxation troubles faced by India: From digital taxation to experience with tax treaties

A collection of essays edited by Parthasarathi Shome is an illuminating read on some of the tax challenges we face today—from digital taxation to India’s experience with tax treaties and multilate

tax, taxation policy News

24×7 power for all Indians: India catching with the concept of ‘one nation, one grid’

The issue of 34,000MW of financially-stressed assets continued to concern conventional generation sector in 2018.

power, power sctor, power industry 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.

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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

Fiscal trouble: Fallout of lower tax revenues could hurt private investment and growth

Weighed down by lower tax revenues, empty non-tax revenue coffers and expenditure compression, the fiscal fallout could hurt private investment and growth.

gst, economy News

Not an ‘angel tax’, it’s a tax on investment from Indians!

The tax actively taxes investment purely on the basis of this being from Indian sources

start up, start up industry, start up sector News

Broadband for all: Why we aren’t talking about the quality of digital infra?

If India invests in high-quality new optical fibre network, upgrade or replace existing defective cables, and lay bend- and pressure-resistant fibre cables to increase FTTH (fibre to the home) capabil

broadband, digital News

Rythu Bandhu scheme: Is RBS a panacea to loan waivers?

With the 2019 Lok Sabha elections approaching, the government plans to offer a stimulus package in the form of agricultural investment support scheme and group insurance to farmers, which could otherw

agriculture, agriculture sector, agriculture industry News

Financial education needs a paradigm shift, complex market needs better awareness

An RBS-like scheme at the national level, if planned, can be effective if FPCs are targeted to identify beneficiaries

cash, economy News

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

Tax circular on angel funding doesn’t help much and, in any case, only applies where tax orders not passed.

angel tax, start ups 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’

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 insti

Supreme Court, sc, supreme court collegium News

Rural distress: Farm sector needs an Amul-like solution

For tackling farm distress efficiently, all links in the value chain—from input procurement to mandis—need to function well. Else, the farm-sector Rut continues.

farm loan, agriculture sector, agriculture industry News
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