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Existing varsities don’t qualify, yet-to-be-set-up ones do

It is bewildering that the higher education regulator, instead, added to its long record of failures by not recognising this crying need.

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Commercial surrogacy needed to be regulated better, not banned

There is no doubt that commercial surrogacy became an uncontrollable monster after it was legalised in India in 2001.

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Borrowing costs will fall for just top-quality firms

Even if there is more transmission, with the fear of NPAs rising, banks will raise risk premium for weak borrowers

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Why the government’s step of demystifying Article 35 A is a welcome step

There is not a word about the 45,172 lives lost to terrorism from 1988 to 2019, or the presence of Kashmiri shops in virtually every part of India.

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Instead of Kashmir being Indianised, one may see Kashmirisation of India

The BJP thinks it is going to Indianise Kashmir. Instead, we will see, potentially, the Kashmirisation of India

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Why Article 370 had to go in Jammu and Kashmir

The situation emerging in the western neighbourhood and the possible reascendancy of the Taliban in Afghanistan calls for greater attention and care to be taken in what will remain as J&K after bifur

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Trouble and opportunity in India’s north-west

Delhi must now develop an external strategy that will facilitate a final settlement of the Kashmir question

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Article 370 scrapped: Kashmiris let down by politics that doesn’t create economic complexity

Kashmiris have been let down by politics that doesn’t create economic complexity

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Whither fiscal federalism: Carving out defence fund out of the divisible pool hurts constitutional propriety

The Centre wants a special fund for defence even as its defence-spend to GDP ratio has shrunk, and its spending on state subjects rose from 14% (2005) to 20% (2012)

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Andhra Pradesh needs to relook its stand on cancellation of PPA contracts on wind and solar power

Whether or not the tariffs were gold-plated, as has been suggested, is not known. But it would not hurt to review them because it is abundantly clear the AP government can’t afford them.

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Anti-profiteering body’s record shows how little control it has on even the tiny specs of profiteering alleged

Anti-profiteering body’s record shows how little control it has on even the tiny specks of profiteering alleged

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J&K needs special solution not status, this could be it

Under Constitution, Article 370 was to be a temporary measure; Article 35-A wasn’t even passed by Parliament.

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India must not compromise on environmental quality in global trade

We must not compromise on environmental quality in international trade

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What Modi needs to do to revive investor sentiment

Modi 1.0 moved the needle somewhat towards meeting the necessary conditions for incentivising investment. GST, RERA, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Act, the improvement in the ‘ease of doing business

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Efficient capital market may kickstart investment cycle in India

Correction of India’s capital markets more close to medium-term fundamentals may be treated as a healthy sign

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Why solar power is the only option to double farmers’ income

Calculations suggest that using 'solar trees' to generate solar power on farmers' land is the only way to double farmers' incomes by 2022

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Brexit and Boris Johnson: How to create a crisis to solve another

The real danger of Brexit is uncertainty. Is Boris Johnson bluffing just to make the EU give him a better deal or is he serious?

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BrandedLies: Penalisation of brand endorsers is ridiculous

The Bill proposes stringent laws against endorsers, with the only grounds for exception from legal liability being presentation of evidence by the celebrities.

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Does PM Modi know there’s a crisis?

There is little in its policy measures—including in the Budget—since May to suggest govt is too worried about growth

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Taxing super-rich was a political decision, Sitharaman may be merely a scapegoat

It is believed that the BJP top leadership pushed for the richest Indians to be taxed higher, even though finance ministry officials fought against the proposal, pointing out that this would send wron

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BJP is passing laws that will reduce states to municipal administrations: P Chidambaram

The Central government (through Parliament) cannot encroach upon the territory reserved for the state government, the state government (through the Legislature) cannot encroach upon the territory rese

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Manchester United have the squad to be back among the top four

United have the squad to be back among the top four, although title challenge still looks far away

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Both direct and indirect tax departments need a big overhaul

From ongoing GST-mess to raising direct tax demands that can’t be collected, various CAG reports paint worrying picture.

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Abolishing Triple Talaq a big victory for Muslim women

If the Rajiv Gandhi government reversing the Shahbano judgment was a big setback for Muslim women, the Supreme Court ruling against triple talaq—one of the petitioners was a Muslim woman Shayarabano

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Borrow in foreign currency, profit from market imperfections

Sooner India engages in foreign currency borrowing, the quicker it can profit from this market imperfection, shows cross-country evidence for the last twenty years.

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Donal Trump’s China tariffs will hurt consumers

American households haven’t yet felt the impact of the US-China tensions. Following Trump’s promise to add a 10% levy on the remaining goods trade between the two countries, that is about to chang

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North Korea walks diplomatic tightrope

North Korea is seemingly being wooed by two great powers, but in reality is caught in the middle. Between a social-media savvy President Trump manoeuvring his presidential re-election campaign 2020, a

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