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Need of the hour is competent economic managers, not just self-appointed watchmen

The shocking story of the National Sample Survey Office is well known despite the media blacking it out.
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Anti-vaccination movement: Why Yale-PennState’ findings need to be probed

The study opens up a new area of scientific enquiry.

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Here’s what a country needs for a happy population

India’s South Asian neighbours ranked higher, with Pakistan pegged at 67, Bhutan at 95, Bangladesh at 125 and Sri Lanka at 130.

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The growth slowdown is spreading — What data tells us

By Sonal Varma & Aurodeep Nandi Consumption indicators continue to show endemic weakness, with auto sales slumping across passenger car, two-wheeler and tractor sales (the latter two being indica

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Govt needs to revisit smart city challenges — Here’s why

Most of the action plans are just replications of successful projects in large cities like Delhi, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, etc, which may not be appropriate for small and/or developing cities of the coun

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Explained: How India’s war on undernutrition fails to address the root causes

India is still grappling with the institutional causes of stunting, wasting and underweight. Therefore, attempting to engineer a reduction in undernutrition in India without confronting the root cause

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Explained: India’s exports and challenges ahead

Trade deficit is expected to rise as exports could slow further owing to weak global demand.

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Why India can’t fix water scarcity without fixing agriculture

India must grow crops based on water-productivity and rethink exports if this means trading away water security

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Digital Divide: How internet exacerbating wage inequalities

For a country like India that has big gaps in education and health outcomes, the internet offers great potential to increase salaries and wages across the board.

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Govt needs to increase spending to control TB

While India has had reasonable success, a Lancet Commission report recommends a four-fold increase in govt spending on the disease

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China’s Boeing threat has more bite than bark

The immediate risk for Boeing is not that some arguably fictitious orders promised in trade talks won’t materialise, it is that China walks away from some of its existing orders

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Cheaper loans? RBI may effect 25 basis point cuts in April, June/August

Liquidity infusion along with RBI rate cuts will contain yields to create room for lending rate cuts.

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Higher Education Bill: Unshackling education from power games

The Indian higher education system is not yet prepared to develop leading professionals, innovators and entrepreneurs for this world. It needs a major upheaval. Ultimately, the market and the principl

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Manufacturing in decline: An industrial note from the hinterland

For India’s manufacturing aspirations to come true, we should consider not just how much we must ‘add’ to our SME base, but also how much of it will die and will need to be replaced.

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Lokpal platform could be used for forum shopping, harassment

Interestingly, while AAP joined other Opposition leaders in pillorying the government for delaying the appointment of the Lokpal, when Kejriwal came up with his Lokpal Bill, members of his party felt

And now, the Lokpal wand of justice News

If RBI can’t force banks to provision then lenders can’t be safe

In its last hearing, the NCLAT said RBI was making “it a prestige issue”. As a regulator, it is RBI’s job to ensure the banking system is safe; if it is not, crores of households are in danger o

NCLAT has got it wrong News

Chopped Chapters: Erasing the history of social reforms in India

The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has decided to remove almost 70 pages from its Class 9 history textbook, titled “India and the Contemporary World – I”.

The syllabus rationalisation exercise shouldn't become one of obliterating significant chapters in the history of Indian social reform (Representational image) News

Why we’re asking wrong questions of facebook after New Zealand

The platforms are not directly to blame for an act of mass terror, but the shooter’s online presence is a chilling reminder of the power of their influence

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5G: A cautionary note on spectrum auctions

The regulators and policymakers need to be aware that the short-term gain for the treasury might turn out to be welfare depleting in the long-run

A cautionary note on spectrum auctions News

Why internet access is an enabler for high returns on skills

A majority of ICT users (40%) are in regular salaried employment followed by self-employment in non-agriculture (26%). ICT non-users are mostly engaged in labour (42%).

Role of ICT in return on skills (Illustration: Rohnit phore) News

How labour reform benefited the workforce

There are certain labour laws that have truly benefited the workforce, such as the fixed-term contract, where the contractual relationship between an employee and an employer is regulated.

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Lokpal Act ushers in a new era of justice

Lokpal can bring in an era of active citizen engagement, transparency and accountability, as well as justice and fairness

Former Supreme Court judge Justice Ghose is the first Lokpal of India News

Information about tainted MPs/MLAs good, but implementation of EC rule important

If a third of MPs and MLAs have criminal cases, it is no longer enough to disclose this, they have to be debarred

Information about tainted MPs/MLAs good, but implementation of EC rule important News

Card-less ATMs: SBI takes lead in cash withdrawal without cards

India’s largest bank, State Bank of India, coming up with card-less ATMs that allow customers to withdraw money from SBI ATMs without using debit or credit cards; while the facility will initially b

Card-less ATMs: SBI takes lead in cash withdrawal without cards (Representational image) News
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