Monetary policy: More questions than answers

The Reserve Bank of India remains unduly optimistic in its growth outlook, despite the glacial pace of inadequate revisions to its growth forecast in recent meetings

Last week, India’s MPC cut the repo rate for the fourth consecutive time since the seasoned and effective bureaucrat Shaktikanta Das took over as Governor in December 2018. (Illustration: rohnit phore) News

Article 370 repeal doesn’t enjoy protections accorded to constitutional amendments

A 1970 Presidential Proclamation sought to annul Privy Purses—a grant to the princes guaranteed under the Constitution, by de-recognising the rulers.

Reducing J&K to a UT is violative of a healthy federal structure since a UT is subordinate to the Centre and doesn’t enjoy freedoms enjoyed by States in the Union. (PTI Photo) News

India’s milk output more than doubled from 79.66 mt in 2000 to 176.27 mt

We have similar “experts” who tell us how India’s milk production isn’t growing enough to keep pace with its rising demand.

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A final solution to arbitration in India

The 2019 amendment Act is intended to fix the loopholes created by the Arbitration and Conciliation Amendment Act, 2015, and is a step towards the government’s objective of making India an arbitrati

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Explained: How geographical indication can boost agriculture exports

An increased thrust on agricultural exports is well documented in the Agriculture Export Policy 2018, and is also visible through alterations in the tariffs and non-tariffs measures.

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Telecom networks: The changing face of conflict

China established the Strategic Support Force to operationalise this evolving doctrine and is thus honing a futuristic, deadly war machine with information warfare at its core, making even the mighty

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Angel Tax: Its time this colonial hangover gets removed

The “Angel Tax”, or Section 56(2)(vii b), is a 2012 insertion by the then UPA government which taxes domestic capital invested into private Indian entities as income, if the investment was made ab

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Reduce cost, risk of doing business to achieve $5 trillion GDP target

ASEAN countries have been the biggest beneficiary of this structural shift in global supply chains—between 2017 and 2018, the total FDI into ASEAN has more than doubled to $180 billion, and so did t

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Indian Air Force’s new game is an innovative way to attract new talent

Now, IAF has come out with an innovative approach for attracting talent, with its newly launched flight simulator mobile game “IAF- A cut above the rest.”

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Delhi does well to move on digital training of teachers

The new digital training universe will include mathematics training for teachers teaching grades IV & V, and curriculum-specific modules across subjects at the senior secondary level.

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Don’t look for silver bullets, all-round reform is needed

While repo rates may be the same now as they were in 2010, he argued, given consumer inflation is dramatically lower today—3-3.5% this year versus over 13% then—the real repo was minus 8.1% in 201

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Make-in-India: Need a brand-new policy to curb imports

IAMAI reports that India exported just 18mn handsets in FY19 for $1.4bn or around a seventh of the target; for some reason, India’s export data shows a number of $2.7bn but that could include some c

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Mapping forest encroachments will take 16 years, FSI says

FSI attributes the delays in mapping is to many states not having provided data on forest dwellers and satellite imagery’s inability to grasp every facet of authentication described by law—non-tim

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Why India’s dalhan success will elude tilhan

Though palm oil has a high proportion of unhealthy saturated fats-45% compared to 6% in mustard oil-there is no way India can affordably meets its growing needs without relying on it.

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Heavy handed moderation and banning of extremists may end up doing more harm than good

Tech executives generally don’t want the burden of setting boundaries for internet discourse. It’s a thankless job on par with being a soccer referee or a schoolmarm.

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Urban planning: Building resilient cities for the future

Over the past couple of decades, with the help of technology and strong policy measures, India’s disaster response mechanism, and specifically Odisha’s, has improved significantly.

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‘Make in India’ has re-emerged as the pivotal talking point

Considering the magnitude of the victory in the General Elections and the current scenario of the Indian economy, this Budget was riding high on expectations.

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Ayushman Bharat: Fulfilling the dream of a healthy India

Ayushman Bharat: It is the world’s largest government-funded scheme, and is targeting more than 50 crore poorest beneficiaries or nearly 10 crore households and each family would have a cover of Rs

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Fairway to heaven: A Cathedral’s nine holes, and the other fairy tales

In a move that’s drawn quite a bit of publicity and a fair bit of derision, the good folk at the second-oldest cathedral in England decided to install a mini-golf course, smack dab in the middle of

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Lok Sabha election results have established BJP as party of the 21st century

The Modi-Shah team obtained a two-thirds majority in the Rajya Sabha and a better than 5:1 majority in the Lok Sabha, which would suffice for a constitutional amendment.

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Just real estate: Before J&K no state was reduced to Únion territory, says P Chidambaram

The new Article 370 with just one clause is no longer a special provision, it simply applies the whole of the Constitution to J&K.

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RBI rate cut: Onus is now on banks to slash rates to spur economy

The earlier RBI announcement to benchmark new floating rate loans to the external benchmarks appears to have been taken off the table.

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Trade dispute: Japan seeks to emerge from the shadow of history

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s attempts to amend the Constitution and the current trade skirmish between Japan and South Korea can be traced back to history—a history that Japan seeks to put behind,

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Policy environment for savings in India is sub-optimal

The battles with RBI on this front have also not helped. Efforts to attract foreign investors will also not achieve too much until the financial sector and corporate balance sheets are cleaned up.

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No economy has sustained GDP growth with a real policy rate above 1.75%

Is India as different as claimed by “experts”? My own experience, and interpretation, is that India is very different because the experts (perhaps including those at the Central Bank) look at mone

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Govt has done well to accept findings of WHO on quacks

The NMC Bill talks of bridge course to enable Ayush practitioners to prescribe allopathic medicines—this will take care of the poor doctor-patient ratio that India has.

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Mob lynching: Rajasthan has come up with a law, other states must

The Bill makes lynching a cognisable, non-bailable and non-compoundable offence, punishable with up to seven years imprisonment and fines of Rs 1 lakh if the victim is injured, and this goes up to lif

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