Edits & Columns

Facing heat: A new Lancer study on the health costs of climate change should jolt the world into action

A new Lancet study on the health costs of climate change should jolt the world into action

Trouble ahead: Rural demand set to shrink

The post-harvest cum festival season in October and November has been associated with both lower price realisation and slower flow of credit

Year-end compliance under GST: Filing the annual GST return is a tedious task

Filing the annual GST return is a tedious task as businesses will have to match every transaction with their suppliers’ returns and incur significant amounts of time and effort

A bureaucrat’s dilemma: To work in the shadows, or in the public glare?

The quintessential bureaucrat, if there is one, is changing. The invisible civil servant is now attempting to come out of the cocoon. Civil services can’t afford to remain just the foundation. It ha

Can basmati exports meet new EU norms? What export stakeholders need to ensure

Basmati export stakeholders need to ensure the produce doesn’t have traces of pesticides and retains its world-class quality

World War: No let up in trade war at G-20 Summit

There is a glimmer of hope that a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit at Buenos Aires between president Donald Trump of the United States and president Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of

Wall Street may regret China’s opening

Nisha Gopalan Wall Street, be careful what you wish for. Getting that level playing field you want in China might backfire—and not just because its stock market is in the dumps. Shortly after presi

Home truth! Women are most unsafe at home – Correcting this needs a system

The most dangerous place for women in the world is their home—often, with their partner—according to a UN report on gender-related killings of women and girls.

Start-ups learn the hard way, that parts of government still don’t get it

Given India has added around 1,200 start-ups so far this year, and around 7,500 in the last five, you would think every arm of the government would be engaged in trying to nurture the start-ups as muc

BJP’s Rajasthan manifesto signals rethink in welfare-spend

The BJP manifesto for the upcoming Rajasthan Assembly poll seems to have got it right in terms of how welfare spending must be shaped going ahead, to address changing realities.

The rise of flexible employment – Can automation-governed IT flexi staffing industry boost the economy?

The ‘Future of Jobs Report 2018’ by the WEF has yet again brought to the fore the discussion around impact of automation and newer technologies on jobs.

A roadMAP for solving tax disputes – There has been greater traction in mutual agreement procedure (MAP) resolution

The Indian tax department has traditionally been aggressive on tax audits. Transfer pricing regulations, introduced in 2001, witnessed large tax adjustments almost since inception, which till date hav

Britain and the EU: The truth about a no-deal Brexit

The British body politic is again convulsing. Theresa May has appointed new ministers, including her third Brexit secretary and counting, following another round of cabinet resignations.

Promises galore with elections in the air: What Election Commission should ask political parties

At some point, the Election Commission should ask parties to explain how they are going to fund the largesse

Stunted stents: Why India must tighten regulation of medical devices

India must tighten regulation of medical devices

Safe Houses: Roping in AI for sustainable housing could pay off

Roping in AI for sustainable housing could pay off big for mitigating the risks of natural disasters

NPA crisis: Relaxing Prompt Corrective Action would mean a bigger bailout

Unless early intervention is exercised by the regulator, the ‘undercapitalised’ banks may quickly turn into significantly or critically undercapitalised banks

Explained: Brexit effects on the global economy

The Brexit process showcases the risks associated with economic and political fragmentation, and provides a preview of what awaits an increasingly fractured global economy if this continues

Cities at crossroads: The long and the short of domestic hazardous waste

With multiple sets of Rules and weak capacity for enforcement, it is not surprising that the situation on the ground remains bleak, particularly since the awareness of the hazard among those who gener

Electrifying India: Learnings from Ambedkar – What he said about centralised system

He said cheap & abundant electricity can only be provided by a centralised system

What’s the future of handmade soaps? Iconic Medimix is facing tough competition from MNCs

The iconic handmade soap brand Medimix is facing tough competition from MNCs and home-grown brands, but the company believes it can ‘innovate’

Make RBI more consultative, don’t kill its independence

Also, many sectors like power/telecom hit by bad govt policy, real estate by DeMo and RERA; unfair to blame RBI for this

Bankrupt plan: New bankruptcy resolution plan is full of holes, a bad idea

It is hard to understand why the government would want to stray from the IBC process that has been working well, even if there have been some teething troubles.

Why IndiGo and others must rethink charging for online check-in

Charging fliers for checking in online defeats the very purpose of having online check-in.

MPC must prepare for cutting interest rates; risks to core inflation have abated

The central bank must conduct an in-depth research study to examine why food prices are not restoring despite significant cost pressures and price support

The billion-dollar question on rupee: Is it going back to 69?

It is now necessary to monitor kurtosis to assess whether there may be a threat of another rupee dive some time over the next six months

Government and RBI: Moving forward – Basic autonomy of RBI does need to be protected

The basic autonomy of RBI does need to be protected. The most serious, and unprecedented violation of this, not to speak of being a bad policy, was demonetisation

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