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Delhi pollution: Long-term action on fossil fuels, transport systems needed

Installation of smog towers, which the SC has mentioned in its order, too, must commence once the government is assured of their efficacy.

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CoP25: Why it’s time nations must commit to meaningful climate action

At CoP25, nations, especially developed economies, must commit to meaningful climate action; urgent implementation should follow.

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Telangana: When elongation of debt maturity structure is crucial for economic growth

Given aspirational development agenda of the state, it is a challenge to maintain the stipulated growth path at 14-15% while adhering to fiscal rules by containing debt-GSDP ratio at 20%

But Telangana has a fiscal deficit-GSDP ratio slightly higher than the FRBM-legislated threshold at 3%. (Illustration: rohnit phore) News

Face recognition is changing how we unlock phones, authenticate transactions

In India, a bunch of financial services apps, from ICICI to Paytm Money and HDFC Bank, have started using face recognition, negating the need to enter a PIN for transactions

Apple, meanwhile, has been using Face ID, which is more complex than face unlock on Android phones, as it uses more layers of data. (Representational image) News

India’s first-ever slowdown at a time of political stability

The current slowdown—GDP growth has dropped in every quarter from January-March 2018 down to July-September 2019 and showing little signs of recovery—is unique by contrast.

There has been no BoP crisis either; foreign exchange reserves were, in fact, at a record $448.6 billion as on November 22. News

Taxing C-suite salaries defies global norm

The provision of levying tax on inter-branch cross charges is unworkable and increases compliance costs for businesses. It must be repealed

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Few more tariff hikes will save telcos from near-certain bankruptcy that govt inaction was leading them to

A few more tariff hikes will save telcos from the near-certain bankruptcy that government inaction was leading them to

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Tax revenues: Sequencing the GST reform

Structural and operational reforms—reducing number of tax slabs and broadening the base, etc—must be undertaken once tax revenues become relatively stable

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Amit Shah’s reply to Rahul Bajaj was pitch perfect, but there’s enough to show that govt doesn’t like criticism

Home minister Amit Shah’s reply to Bajaj was pitch perfect, but there’s enough evidence to show the govt doesn’t like criticism

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India’s fertiliser drain: Urea of darkness

A study by Icrier researchers Ashok Gulati and Pritha Banerjee shows how problematic the fertiliser policy is—for farmers, industry, the environment and the government.

With falling farm yields, exacerbated by climate effects, doubling farmers’ real income by FY23 will be difficult, which means continuing to subsidise fertiliser will work against the government’s stated goal for the agriculture sector. (Illustration: rohnit phore) News

Over the barrel: Good governance is good business

It then befalls upon corporate management to define this phrase and to find a pathway that balances the demands of the shareholders for maximal dividends and capital appreciation with the pressures to

There is no one-size-fits-all response to this conundrum, but a tale from 6,000 years ago may offer guideposts for stakeholders of governance to initiate such a process. News

Politics of US-China trade war point toward de-escalation

A recent IMF study found that GVCs accounted for fully 73% of the rapid growth in global trade that occurred over the 20-year period from 1993 to 2013.

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RCEP pullout: Innovation and productivity key to benefiting from FTAs

Given this context, India’s decision to withdraw from RCEP, designed to be the world’s largest trading bloc, was a landmark decision, notwithstanding official comments that we will rejoin if our c

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State-sponsored insurance may not be the best idea

State-sponsored insurance may not be the best idea. Instead, govt should increase spend on offerings.

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National security is paramount, but privacy concerns real

The judgment talked of all such interceptions meeting the tests of “necessity, proportionality and due process”.

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Imports must be a vital part of any fertiliser strategy

Huge subsidies are hurting both the soil and farm profits. Use cheaper imports, give subsidies in cash to farmers.

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In Modi 2.0, there’s a glaring lack of interest in fortunes of the economy

In Maharashtra, however, Sonia Gandhi was happy to play the No. 3 role and waited astutely to secure what she wanted. It could herald the new, modest Congress.

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Who is Akshay Bhatia? The 17-year-old phenom who is being billed as next big thing in golf

For the time being Bhatia has shifted his attention to qualifying schools for the second-tier Korn Ferry Tour and the PGA Tour for the next season.

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GDP growth: Unless credit flows to industry revive quickly, it’s hard to see any pickup

At a time when the economy is slowing, it is only to be expected that tax collections, too, will slow.

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CodeIndia will help govt get meaningful computer education to schools

If the government is serious about changing the dynamics of employment, it must bring about a change in rural areas.

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Design thinking trumps randomised control trials

Design thinking covers the gap between a well-intended policy and a sub-optimal policy outcome by considering the interests of the most vulnerable.

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Why India must rethink RCEP stance

Nothing exemplifies the problems with India’s strategic vision on trade as much as the pullout from RCEP does.

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Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act complete China’s annus horribilis

The Sino-US trade war, Xinjiang leak, Hong Kong turmoil, Hong Kong election results, and on top of that both Houses of the US passing the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act complete China’s, a

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Explained: India’s water crisis and what states need to do to solve it

The data from NSS 76th round (July 2018 to December 2018) conducted by National Statistical Office (NSO) shows that 78.6% households in the country do not have access to piped water in their house.

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VRS for Air India’s staff must be pre-sale priority

Who will buy the airline if govt permission is still required to get rid of staff? Ownership restrictions must also be relaxed

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Breathing innovation! Indian researchers develop low-cost, portable ventilator

Indian researchers develop low-cost, portable ventilator

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Telematics in motor insurance a good idea, will reward good drivers

Insurers will pay the full payable claim amount if the named driver was at the wheel, and deter the insured from permitting unnamed drivers, especially children from using the vehicle.

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