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The world has a Germany problem

The debt obsession that ate the economy You might think that recent events — market turmoil, weakening growth, declining manufacturing ... Read More

Trump’s deficit economy

Redistribution from the bottom to the top reduces aggregate demand, because those at the top spend a smaller fraction of ... Read More

Don’t dismember J&K, don’t do that cardinal sin

You will reduce states to colonies, and you think you are doing something which is constitutional Our foremost duty is ... Read More

What about Rochester?

The rise of megacities as centres of strong job creation is one of the defining characteristics of the twenty-first-century global ... Read More

Let the Oppn have its say and the govt have its way

As the chairman of Rajya Sabha, it pains me if members chose to disregard rules of the Parliament Elections cannot ... Read More

Certain amendments to RTI Act ordered to make CIC toothless: Jairam Ra...

Why are these amendments being brought about now? It is very interesting Why are these amendments being brought about now? ... Read More

Want long and strong hair? Here is how fermented rice water can help y...

Fermented rice water is a rich source of Vitamin E that is known to turn fizzy, damaged hair into soft, ... Read More

When it comes to debt, size doesn’t matter anymore

To address an evaporation of investor demand and potential forced selling, policymakers would have to increase their intervention in markets ... Read More

The right figures

The Budget should have used up-to-date data on revenue A crucial part of the evaluation of any Union Budget is ... Read More

Handle with care

Sovereign borrowing in foreign currency has inherent risk One of the big departures from the past in the first Budget ... Read More

Departure from the past

The BJP has made many procedural changes to the Budget exercise Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s decision to carry her Budget ... Read More

Repair and reform

On the whole, the finance minister has done remarkably well to trim the fiscal deficit to 3.3 per cent of ... Read More

Power for growth

The weak state of discoms is a big risk The government wants to provide uninterrupted power to all households, which ... Read More

The poverty challenge

High, sustainable, and inclusive growth is the only answer The release of the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP’s) annual report ... Read More

50 years later

Chandrayaan-2 is a shining example of Apollo 11's legacy Fifty years ago, on July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 Mission ... Read More

Policing social media

MHRD should focus more on improving the state of higher education The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) is reportedly ... Read More

Pricing impasse

It is vital to revise the reserve price for 5G spectrum The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), by rejecting ... Read More

Nothing much for agriculture

Zero-budget farming is yet to establish its economic viability The 2019-20 Budget failed to impress farmers because it lacked any ... Read More

The missing ‘R’

Recap will help, but PSBs need wider reforms Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman surprised the market by allocating Rs 70,000 crore ... Read More

Tight-fisted on water

The meagre increase in budgetary allocation for Jal Shakti is a surprise Only a marginal increase in the budgetary allocation ... Read More

More protectionism

Budget continues the mistake of raising tariffs The Union Budget for 2019-20 continued the recent tradition of having a long ... Read More

A push too hard

Digital payment mandates should be avoided Budget 2019-20 continued the government’s push towards digitising the Indian economy, particularly digital payments ... Read More

Taxing the super-rich

India needs a predictable, stable, and moderate rate of taxation Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman struck the right chord in the ... Read More

Welcome change

Budget session among the most productive in two decades When Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi ... Read More

Mr Jadhav’s reprieve

ICJ ruling demands skilful diplomatic responses from India The verdict of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Kulbhushan Jadhav ... Read More

50 years of nationalisation

Status quo on banks will increase the burden on the exchequer The Indira Gandhi government’s decision to nationalise 14 commercial ... Read More

Trade trouble

Lower exports reflect structural weaknesses In yet another blow to the prospects of the Indian economy in the medium term, ... Read More

Future demographic shocks

The declining sex ratio points to behavioural regression The growing prosperity of India’s population has had a mixed impact on ... Read More

A road map for PSUs

Time to address the bigger underlying issues Debt in public sector undertakings (PSUs) is on the rise. As reported by ... Read More

Dealing with DHFL

Asset destruction should be minimised Dewan Housing Finance Limited (DHFL) has released its unaudited and uninspected financial results for the ... Read More

Shooting for the moon

It's time ISRO was given more resources The postponement of the Chandrayaan II launch less than an hour before the ... Read More

Crisis for IBC

Secured creditors' rights must not be diluted Two recent judgments relating to the rights of creditors are shaking the financial ... Read More

Policy uncertainty

Businesses avoid environment of policy instability Macroeconomic stability and policy certainty are important determinants of investment as businesses are not ... Read More

Labour migration works

AP law reserving jobs for locals is a bad precedent On Wednesday, the newly elected Andhra Pradesh Assembly passed legislation ... Read More

The telecom divide

Differences in the sector need to be settled swiftly The Digital Communications Commission’s (DCC’s) approval of a cumulative penalty of ... Read More

Embracing innovation

Blanket ban on cryptocurrency isn't a good idea India is open to the use of blockchain technology but not private ... Read More

Untangling labour laws

Govt has made a good start, but glitches remain The government has hit the ground running on reforming India’s complex ... Read More

Don’t tread on Sebi

The market regulator needs financial autonomy The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has asked the finance ministry to ... Read More

Boris and Brexit

His election amplifies the confusion The only certainty about Boris Johnson’s election as British Prime Minister is that trade and ... Read More

Rental boost

The model law can help fix a struggling housing market Urban India has a dysfunctional housing market. Too few houses ... Read More

Expanding powers

Recent decisions have extended govt's reach Many notable successes of the first term of the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance ... Read More

A swift response

Govt has moved fast to address IBC problems Less than a fortnight after the banking and financial system was thrown ... Read More

No windfall gain

Transfers from RBI are unlikely to change fiscal reality The government is unlikely to get the kind of fiscal support ... Read More

Private sector will come in when they see a return, says Hardeep Puri

Any business operation run in the private sector produces its own business plans. We are sensitive to failure, he said ... Read More

Autoimmune diseases rising, 75% of those affected are women: Study

Some common symptoms of autoimmune diseases are pain in joints, stiffness, excessive tiredness and headaches Autoimmune diseases are on the ... Read More

Trump is slowing US economic growth

The US administration's trade agenda is driven by the discredited mercantilist idea that selling stuff (exports) is good and buying ... Read More

Amendments are necessary to make Aadhaar succeed: Rajeev Chandrasekhar

The Narendra Modi government has recognised that new areas like this - legislation needs to keep evolving and hence these ... Read More

In China, censors are Hollywood’s best friends

China's film industry is one of the country's great growth stories over the last two decades The odds were stacked ... Read More

The case for a World Carbon Bank

It is high time to create a new, focused agency, a World Carbon Bank, that provides a vehicle for advanced ... Read More

Thumbs down to Facebook’s cryptocurrency

Technology has enabled us to complete transactions efficiently with good protection. The last thing we need is a new vehicle ... Read More

Anti-EVMs does not mean being anti-technology: TMC MP Derek O’Br...

International companies cannot interfere in Indian elections Derek O’Brien  |  New Delhi  Last Updated at July 6, 2019 21:13 IST ... Read More

The Trumpification of the Fed reserve

Like it or not, its next move will be political In late 2015 then-candidate Donald Trump accused Janet Yellen, chair ... Read More

New internet trends

Smartphone sales fell year-on-year for the first time globally Mary Meeker’s annual report on internet trends is among the most ... Read More

Trade as a weapon or as a boomerang?

Washington has now become the rogue elephant in the china shop The new international buzz concept is the weaponisation of ... Read More

As democracies, we have to work out our differences, says Mike Pompeo

This is a deeply important relationship, and I know that these conversations will finally fulfill the great promise of cooperation ... Read More

Excess or deficit hydration can be fatal for marathon runners, says ex...

In a long-distance race such as a marathon, proper hydration is key to running your best. While adequate hydration helps ... Read More

Dolce & Gabbana’s comeback

Now Dolce & Gabbana's China debacle is starting to look like another fashion fall-and-redemption narrative So much for moral posturing ... Read More

Change or status quo? Reading the many interpretations of election out...

Amid the narrative of change, there seems a deeply conservative preservation of the status quo; major change is reserved for ... Read More

India’s GSP status: US’ attempt to leverage

The US actions go far beyond its stated objective to correct the trade imbalance; a situation dissimilar to China On ... Read More

Transmission problem remains

The RBI has done what it can, but NPA and NBFC issues are a worry The Reserve Bank of India ... Read More

Securing an energy lifeline for the nation

India has come a long way since 1990, having built a Strategic Reserve and acquired oil assets in over 25 ... Read More

China is the real threat

A country's security has many dimensions, of which the military angle is only one; yet it is the most crucial ... Read More

Modi, Sitharaman, Keynes and Fisher

The new finance minister can look at the sky and wait - or do something completely new to put the ... Read More

Stage set for the cricket coach

Although the captains retain lots of agency, the coach and the backroom will contribute far more than ever before to ... Read More

Shekhar Gupta: It’s just not cricket, MS

Dhoni shouldn't take his regiment to the pitch. Sportsmen bring glory for their nations by playing to win, not as ... Read More

Could doomsday be upon us?

Cleaning their beds and employing natural filtration methods is a relatively inexpensive way to recharge underground aquifers today - and ... Read More

From jogger to a birdwatcher

What's turned me into a birdwatcher? Well, dear reader, I wake early to go for a walk my son insists ... Read More

The business of appropriate housing

Minds are bound to work overtime puzzling out why Mr Modi is sending Mr Shah before he reaches the top ... Read More

Facing another slowdown

Finance ministry has at last admitted the economy is slowing - so what will govt do? In spite of optimistic ... Read More

Modi 2.0’s new clothes

The economy has been slowing down for over a year now, but Mr Modi and his government had been in ... Read More

Employment rate differences between PLFS & CPHS

The PLFS-CWS definition of a person being classified as employed allows more people to be called employed than the CMIE-CPHS ... Read More

Revisit administration of agri sector

All political parties should support another Constitution amendment to put agriculture on the Concurrent List for the benefit of the ... Read More

How not to waste the NBFC crisis

The main lesson from this crisis is the role of mutual funds and credit rating agencies, which offered the highest ... Read More

A growth Budget

The Budget speech must include reform measures for PSU banks, a commitment to boost PSU bank lending, and specific measures ... Read More

Encouraging moves by re-elected govt

It is heartening that economic growth is finally receiving the attention of the government and RBI. The new Modi government ... Read More

Building a specialised supervisory cadre at the central bank

The blame for the ongoing banking crises lies not just with bankers but also with the supervisors During the RBI ... Read More

For Reserve Bank of India, small is beautiful

The small finance banks should be rechristened national development banks as their mandate is financial inclusion The Reserve Bank of ... Read More

The revenue challenge

The new government must focus on its revenue streams as it prepares for its first Budget How much of the ... Read More

Confronting macro challenges

With key macro indicators flashing amber or red, business as usual is not an option As the freshly mandated National ... Read More

The insular world of Indian business

Nearly three decades after the shackles on competition were loosened, few Indian companies can be considered truly world class About ... Read More

Infusing new energy into startups

India should encourage startups to use its market as a stepping stone for global expansion. This will inject more excitement ... Read More

Hospital indicted for levying surcharge

The hospital contested the case contending that there was no deficiency in service Usha Kedia, who was suffering from orthopaedic ... Read More

Mutual funds vs the Sebi

Sebi's objections concern the roll-over of maturity (extension of maturity) and a private deal to allow time to the borrower ... Read More

Tech-enabled government

Modi 2.0 should strike a balance between quality access to technology and data security to ensure effective governance Interacting with ... Read More

Technology will drive the new Cold War

It is now the currency of power - one with ominous implications for India The US and China are locked ... Read More

A new India

Contrary to popular discourse, non-market systems are also almost always unfair since they concentrate power and resources in a few ... Read More

Effects of the US-China tariff escalation

Immediate fallout of tariff imposition is the wedge between the prices that producers receive and the prices that consumers pay ... Read More

The lure of floating solar plants

Water is emerging as the new land for solar plants in India, and around the world The concept is simple ... Read More

Getting exchange rates right

Calculating them more accurately could reduce the risk of misguided economic policies The real effective exchange rate (REER) may sound ... Read More

Making China’s tax cuts fiscally sustainable

China should replace administrative restrictions on greenhouse-gas emissions and other pollution with new taxes China is about to slash the ... Read More

Why AI need not displace labour

Its applications can be deployed to restructure tasks and create new activities where labour can be reinstated, thereby generating far-reaching ... Read More

New tune from Pulitzer

Pulitzer remains singularly im­portant - which makes its intricate ru­l­es and shifts of stylistic emphasis big ne­w­s in the music ... Read More

Who’s afraid of low inflation?

Central banks in advanced economies fear that this lack of inflation could quickly turn into falling prices, and that any ... Read More

Leave the renminbi out of US-China trade talks

The accusation that China is manipulating the exchange rate is completely out of touch with recent history Will a possibly ... Read More

We will continue to advance along path of socialism, says Xi Jinping

Going forward, China will take a series of major reform and opening-up measures and make stronger institutional and structural moves ... Read More

Why it’s smart to bet on climate science

Data show that even if investors don't flag environmental cataclysm as a major concern or even express skepticism about it, ... Read More

Is Sebi’s Rs 1,100 cr penalty on NSE too harsh? By global stand...

The bigger impact of Sebi's order may be on NSE's culture. The company achieved dominance in a short time, leaving ... Read More

My best growth forecast ever

The tax reform of 2017, which took effect in 2018, was viewed prospectively, and now retrospectively, as a contributor to ... Read More

Keep updating skills to create a niche for yourself, says Venkaiah Nai...

Though we have expanded the number of higher education institutions, the quality of higher professional education, remains a major concern ... Read More

The euphoria around PMJAY vs neglect of public health schemes

PMJAY is largely based on the erstwhile Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana, a model which was fraught with problems and has ... Read More
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