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Why India should expose US hypocrisy on cotton subsidies at the WTO

The US’s counter-notification against India’s cotton subsidies is a thinly-veiled attempt at diverting attention away from its own market-distorting practices in this sector, and shifting the blam

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Rational Expectations: Fix government policy, or NPAs will rise again

Telecom and power sectors’ debt alone is `5 lakh crore, so sensible govt policy critical to ensure defaults don’t rise in these sectors.

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The hits and misses of 2018: Govt tackling major environmental problems but there is much to worry about

The year laid down the governance blueprint for tackling some major environmental problems. But there was as much news to cheer as to worry about.

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Challenge for central banks: The Fed and the ECB are retreating from the business of ensuring market calm

This might be more along the lines of what the Bank of England does with its quarterly inflation report.

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NRI men abandoning wives in India: Is revoking passports the best way to deal it?

Need to act against NRI men abandoning their wives in India, but is revoking their passports the best way to do this?

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BJP’s paradox: Is PM Modi right in saying loan-waivers are lollipops by Congress?

PM right to say loan waivers are lollipops and don’t fix the real issues, but BJP did the same in UP, Maharashtra.

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Troubled Maharaja: Can an expat CEO make Air India fly?

The real issue is a bloated workforce and PSU culture.

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Mrinal Sen: His life and art both embodied indefatigable humanism

Mrinal Sen, in life as in his art, embodied indefatigable humanism.

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The economic agenda for 2019: Focus on reforming PSU Banks and managing fiscal situation both at centre and states

The focus has to be on reforming public sector banks and on managing the fiscal situation, at the Centre as well as in states.

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Rupee vs Dollar in 2019: Volatility to remain high, will increase going forward

From a technical standpoint, too, it appears that volatility will remain high and/or increase going forward.

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Fiscal burden: Drastic measures needed for checking spike in food subsidy budget

The government has to take some drastic measures such as capping procurement for maintaining optimum foodgrain stocks, increasing issue price of foodgrains, rolling out DBT in cities, and curbing grai

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New-age business models for EVs: Electric mobility needs integration and innovation, no just sheer investment

Electric mobility needs integration and innovation, rather than sheer investment.

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How to handle the challenging trinity of inflation, wage growth and loan waivers

Inflation, wage growth and loan waivers—a challenging trinity.

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MCI should seriously consider dropping ‘virginity test’ from medical education test

The call for MCI to scrap it from the medical education syllabus is a sane one.

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Food Prices: The big macro-puzzle of 2018

No convincing explanation emerged for their continuous, steep fall. A tentative Proposition is there may be an explanation in Friedman’s Permanent Income hypothesis.

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Central Bank has stopped pretending that US economy is an island

Donald Trump's reported musings about whether he could fire the Fed chairman eclipsed an important signal from the central bank.

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2018 Round-up: Truly, the theatre of the absurd

A lot has been said about tax reforms. Demonetisation has increased the number of taxpayers. GST has increased the number of tax assesses. But where are the collections?

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Why is withholding tax compliance becoming a boardroom agenda?

In a recent case, a director of a private limited firm was found guilty of offence, entailing prosecution by a district court, as a consequence of the firm not depositing withholding tax on time.

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PM-JAY: Can it rise to the challenge?

Draw clear boundaries between political interests and professional conduct.

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P Chidambaram: The year ends on a sombre note

India finds itself at a stage where the question — will democracy survive in India? — looms large.

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Politicians working hard to shed flab ahead of 2019 polls

Politicians are working hard to shed flab before the start of the gruelling campaign for the next elections.

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From Tiger Woods to Jyoti Randhawa, why we’re not going to forget 2018

Shubhankar takes the continental prize; Tiger’s back in the hunt; and Jyoti’s trapped in the woods. We’re not going to forget 2018, that’s for sure.

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Examining role of IL&FS auditors long overdue

Auditors knew there were hundreds of subsidiaries in which debt was parked but never highlighted this.

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Emerging economies are doing a lot better than before in R&D output – India must learn from China

Emerging economies are doing a lot better than before in R&D output. India must learn from China to up its game.

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The myth of an ideal single-rate GST

From both economic and administrative stand-points, a single-rate GST is an anathema. The discussion should be on how to arrive at a moderate median rate.

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No EV shock for oil refineries – The world would still need oil over the next few decades

The world would still need oil over the next few decades— and the demand would have shifted from fuel to petrochemicals.

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