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Budget 2020: Hope for the best, prepare for the worst, says P Chidambaram

Budget 2020 India: It cannot define its relationship with the RBI and determine how the two can maintain financial stability, promote growth and contain inflation.
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Sebi never asked PSUs why they didn’t disclose AGR case!

On January 16, the telco informed the exchanges its review petition had been dismissed, and that it was looking at filing a curative petition.

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Should we be suspicious of every govt appointment?

There is no denying that Speakers have often violated their constitutional commitment to impartiality

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Facts and fiction of GDP growth: Let ‘economic slump’ debate be mature and based on verifiable facts

GDP and consumption growth did very well from FY12 to FY18; GDP growth slowed beyond expectations starting late 2018. Let us not mix and match the two events.

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Budget 2020: Income tax on interest income from bank deposits merits abolition

Budget 2020-21: In today’s falling interest rate regime, deposit rates have been declining at a faster clip than lending rates.

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US-China trade deal: A win-win for the US and President Trump, not for China; Here’s why

China’s manufactures will benefit, as will consumers reeling from high prices of pork, milk powder and supplements.

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Budget 2020: Making India less taxing; Here why It is time now to rationalise income tax rates

Budget 2020-21: On the personal income tax rate, the general expectation is that it will be reduced to boost domestic consumption.

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India-Brazil ties: Getting ready for the carnival

With much in common, the door is wide open to forge a social, cultural, people to people and economic relationship to boost trade from an insignificant $7 billion at present. This will send out a stro

Both countries are multi-cultural, with a commitment to democracy; where the leadership has a strong mandate and a compatible profile. News

Budget 2020: India needs to push for investments to kickstart growth

Budget 2020 India: First, the government should not cut back capital expenditure in view of the revenue shortfall.

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WhatsApp data to govt? Mechanism needed to ensure citizen’s rights and privacy

Even in the case of phone taps, the Justice Srikrishna panel has said India “lacks sufficient legal and procedural safeguards to protect individual civil liberties”.

While a WhatsApp has consistently claimed it cannot trace messages, some cyber experts claim it can share meta-data; but meta-data also reveals a lot of other information about individuals. News

A capital mistake: Andhra Pradesh’s three-capital vision is deeply flawed

The legislature, earlier this week, passed the Andhra Pradesh Decentralisation and Equal Development of All Regions Act, under which, Amravati will be the legislative capital; Visakhapatnam and Kurno

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Maximum city! Here’s why letting Mumbai shops, malls and eateries stay open 24 hours is a great idea

Maharashtra’s proposal for letting shops, malls and eateries stay open 24 hours is a great idea

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Economic and job market slump: IMF and the NDA’s magic mirror syndrome

With publicly available data and sophisticated forecasting models, it is hard to fathom why the IMF was so upbeat about India exactly a year ago

And, like the World Bank, the IMF is dependent on national datasets provided by its member countries. News

Integrity pact against corruption: An effective tool or a paper tiger?

In highly-corrupt environments where it is impossible to win a contract without bribery, alongside a low probability of detection of bribery and/or low penalties, an integrity pact serves no useful pu

When there is low probability of detection and/or low penalties, the propensity to seek bribes will be greater. News

Uttar Pradesh taking progressive steps in Ease of Doing Business and Ease of Living

The foundation of investment projects worth more than Rs 2 lakh crore has been laid in UP through two ground-breaking ceremonies and other events.

Overall, under CM Adityanath’s leadership, the environment of development, trust and order has helped UP move towards both Ease of Doing Business as well as Ease of Living. (File image) News

Success for PM Modi’s Demonetisation and GST move? Here’s what data analytics suggests

Taxman nabs several jewellers laundering black money, but this has to be measured by big step-up in tax revenues

While personal income tax collections rose by 21-22% in FY17 (DeMo year) and FY18, FY19 growth fell to a mere 9.9% and Apr-Nov growth this year was just 7%. (Representative image) News

What justice? SC panel absolved Justice Gogoi, but SC reinstates his accuser

The SC’s handling of the matter, on the other hand, sharply underlines the need for urgent reform to make the judiciary more transparent and accountable.

This hasn’t done the institution’s image any good, more so, because the Patnaik committee report was submitted in September last year, but little seems to have happened since. News

Should judiciary desist from intervening in matters of faith?

Allahabad HC’s order against loudspeaker use for azaan fair, but courts must desist from intervening in matters of faith

The HC’s decision certainly seems unimpeachable. News

Worldwide, Central banks face a year of challenges

Long-term economic well-being, and financial stability call for comprehensive multi-year engagement using structural, fiscal, and cross-border tools

The ECB, too, pushed its interest-rate structure further into negative territory and restarted its asset-purchase program. News

Budget 2020: Why FM Sitharaman should prioritise infrastructure spending

Budget 2020 India: The GoI’s FY21 expenditure and fiscal deficit projections should adequately reflect the amount required for the NIP for the market to consider them credible.

Budget 2020-21: Accordingly, the GoI is now likely to consider a significantly wider fiscal deficit for FY21, compared to the rolling target of 3% of GDP. News

Budget 2020-21: Here’s how to make Budget numbers relevant

Budget 2020 India: Bring back the relevance of budgeted numbers by introducing public sector borrowing requirement (PSBR)

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Forget inequality, focus on growth: Here’s why India must focus on job-creation

Oxfam data on 1% Indians owning 43% wealth dodgy, but even if true, best to focus on job-creation as taxing them won’t be easy

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Climate change top global risk for next decade: WEF Report

As per a recent WEF report, climate change will be the top global risk over the next decade

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Rethinking India’s economic strategy: Needs for concise document of objectives and priorities

India needs a concise document providing an integrated view of objectives and priorities, along with implications for policy formulation and implementation

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