Opinion

Virat Kohli vs Sachin Tendulkar: Stop making comparisons, let’s celebrate two jewels of Indian Cricket

Tendulkar inspired a whole generation of cricketers, including Kohli, through his mindboggling exploits across formats.

Infrastructure funding: How InvITs could have prevented ILFS debacle

The existing cap on leverage, of 49%, in InvITs is impeding new issuances significantly and their development

Festival season gloom? Despite 25% rise in sales for early-birds, profits grew just 3.5%, know why

Though sales for early-birds rose 25% in the September quarter, high raw material costs ensured profits grew just 3.5%

How vital it is to invest in improving learning outcomes among school students in EMEs

A new World bank study show how vital it is to invest in improving leraning outcomes among school students in EMEs

Chinese threat to cybersecurity: Why India needs a comprehensive & concrete action plan for national security and economic health

India’s first priority must be to promote domestic companies and this must be internalised by every government department and official. The national interest and the future of a billion-plus Indians

Data watch: Post Demonetisation, India’s tax base is growing but buoyancy still low

While the number of individuals declaring income above Rs 1 crore increased about 68%, to 81,344 for the assessment year 2017-18 from 48,416 in assessment year 2015-16, direct tax as percentage of GDP

GST cess question: What is the legal permissibility of levying a cess over and above the tax

The legal permissibility of levying a cess over and above GST has been a source of constant debate, which has amplified in importance and relevance in the past few weeks. 

Collapsing trade order: How the WTO is under attack

The stasis in negotiated liberalisation of trade has, over the last 18 years, whittled down the standing of the WTO as an intergovernmental institution of eminence.

Essar Steel issue: Why the offer made by Ruias can, and must, be refused

The last minute offer by the Ruias to clear their dues to bankers of Essar Steel—so that the insolvency application can be withdrawn under Section 12A—hours after the Committee of Creditors (CoC)

Don’t gag academics: Civil services conduct rules shouldn’t apply to professors

The moribund University Grants Commission (UGC) has been, of late, behaving less like the ombudsman between universities and the government that it is supposed to be and more as the Centre’s messeng

Unwarranted? Odisha government arresting Abhijit Iyer Mitra for satire is action typical of ‘authoritarian regimes’

The arrest of defence and strategic affairs analyst Abhijit Iyer Mitra shows how the state machinery remains hostage to crude political interests.

National Digital Communications Policy 2018 reaching brilliant conclusion, to propel growth of fixed line communications in India

After review and approval by the Telecom Commission and lastly by the Union Cabinet, the finalised policy is now in public domain, and it has won universal acclaim.

Can in-flight connectivity, a $2-3 billion opportunity, take off in India?

In-flight connectivity (IFC) is expected to be a $130 billion market by 2035, contributing $30 billion to airline revenues ($15 billion from broadband access and $15 billion from dependent services su

SITE to INSAT: How India got the best support from both the US and the USSR in space programme

As the United Nations was observing the World Space Week from October 4-10, with the motto “Space Unites the World,” the one space programme that immediately comes to mind for being the hallmark o

National Education Policy: Indian education system needs an action plan make it at par with global standards

Intervention will vary from state to state and there will have to be sufficient flexibility in central schemes to accommodate differences amongst states

The internationalisation of inflation: Assess risk factors of domestic output gaps to global output gaps

Understanding inflation now requires the broadening of the assessment of risk factors of domestic output gaps to global output gaps

Big Question: RBI regulates currency but not clear why it shouldn’t control payments

RBI regulates currency anyway and, since all payments have to connect with banks eventually, a common regulator makes sense

Rising pollution in Delhi: Cracker bans look good but don’t address the real issues

Cracker bans look good but don’t address the real issues

Shocking! Human activity is making entire hills in the Aravallis disappear, with disastrous long-term consequences

Human activity is making entire hills in the Aravallis disappear, with disastrous long-term conequences

UDAY discoms: Why states must do their part on last-mile distribution of power and take politics out of it

While the Centre must resolve issues on thermal power generation, coal sector reforms, deployment of smart meters, and transmission, and states have to do their part on last-mile distribution and take

Digital boost: Reduction in GST, licence fees and SUC to provide respite to telecom sector

Reduction in levies such as GST, licence fees and SUC will provide some respite to telecom sector

Digital banking: Imparting comprehensive digital literacy is crucial in changing times

As part of customer protection, RBI has directed banks to make good the loss on account of unauthorised digital transactions if customers report the same on time

Rising air pollution: Lessons Delhi can learn from Chinese capital Beijing

Delhi faces the same challenge as Beijing did—what we lack is political willingness and public anger to force the govt to take hard action.

India’s Findex data: Reasons behind non-usage phenomenon even after widespread financial services

The Global Findex Survey 2017 reports that 80% of adults in India have an account at a financial institution. This is an important milestone for India and the world.

India’s tax net widens but low number of rich taxpayers, 12.4 percent average tax rate indicate poor compliance

When the number of crorepati taxpayers in the country rises from 88,649 in FY14 to 140,139 in FY17—for individual taxpayers, it rose from 48,416 to 81,344—it is undoubtedly a big achievement.

E-wallets get a leg up as interoperability guidelines make usage more efficient

With RBI giving the green signal to inter-operability of pre-paid instruments (PPI), primarily wallets, digital transactions should gain momentum.

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