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The SEBI diktat on auditor resignations is welcome

Editorial | Updated on October 21, 2019 Published on October 21, 2019 But a remedy needs to be found for ... Read More

The IBC process should not be derailed by past promoters’ sins

Editorial | Updated on October 20, 2019 Published on October 20, 2019 When agencies investigating stressed companies’ promoters start attaching ... Read More

A Kathmandu-Lhasa rail link can enhance China’s influence in Nepal, to...

Editorial | Updated on October 18, 2019 Published on October 18, 2019 China sees itself as a global power and ... Read More

End of LIBOR: Indian banks, companies need to be guided by policymaker...

Editorial | Updated on October 17, 2019 Published on October 17, 2019 Despite the announcement of LIBOR’s phase-out, many new ... Read More

IT majors can teach India Inc a thing or two on navigating business ch...

Editorial | Updated on October 16, 2019 Published on October 16, 2019 Indian IT firms have proved skeptics wrong by ... Read More

Putting light rail into the urban mass transit mix is a welcome develo...

Editorial | Updated on October 15, 2019 Published on October 15, 2019 A light rail-based transit system makes more sense ... Read More

Economics Nobel rewards research that tackled poverty

Editorial | Updated on October 14, 2019 Published on October 14, 2019 The Nobel committee said that the winners have ... Read More

RBI’s decision in the LVB-Indiabulls merger case is prudent

Editorial | Updated on October 13, 2019 Published on October 13, 2019 But the regulator owes markets an explanation After ... Read More

Literary merit alone isn’t good enough to win the Nobel

Editorial | Updated on October 11, 2019 Published on October 11, 2019 Peter Handke’s Nobel prize for literature suggests that ... Read More

India’s fall on the competitiveness index is a reminder of its failing...

Editorial | Updated on October 10, 2019 Published on October 10, 2019 Although India has made gradual progress on some ... Read More

China calling

Editorial | Updated on October 08, 2019 Published on October 08, 2019 India is under considerable pressure from the RCEP ... Read More

Faceless Scrutiny

Quick Take | Updated on October 08, 2019 Published on October 08, 2019 The new electronic assessment scheme for faceless ... Read More

Faceless Scrutiny

Opinion | Updated on October 08, 2019 Published on October 08, 2019 The new electronic assessment scheme for faceless scrutiny ... Read More

IRCTC IPO: Not enough to repair investor disinterest in PSUs

Editorial | Updated on October 06, 2019 Published on October 06, 2019 If the Centre is hoping that it can ... Read More

Monetary accommodation continues in push for growth

Editorial | Updated on October 04, 2019 Published on October 04, 2019 But, there are limits to the effectiveness of ... Read More

When children go online

Editorial | Updated on October 03, 2019 Published on October 03, 2019 Parental and corporate initiatives are best suited to ... Read More

India Inc’s debt troubles are showing no signs of easing up

Editorial | Updated on October 02, 2019 Published on October 02, 2019 Despite the aggressive cuts in policy rates by ... Read More

The Mahatma in the modern era

Editorial | Updated on October 01, 2019 Published on October 01, 2019 Gandhi stood for truth and secularism, and against ... Read More

Labour pains: Draft social security code has little to offer

Editorial | Updated on September 30, 2019 Published on September 30, 2019 It merely clubs together existing schemes in the ... Read More

Know your onions

Editorial | Updated on September 30, 2019 Published on September 30, 2019 The Centre should not have banned exports and ... Read More

With rising popular concern, global climate discourse may well change

Editorial | Updated on September 29, 2019 Published on September 29, 2019 We need renewables, more forests and super efficient ... Read More

Ramakrishna Mission’s move to make residents take ownership of their w...

Editorial | Updated on September 27, 2019 Published on September 27, 2019 Caste stratification has, for centuries, stigmatised manual labour ... Read More

Edible oil economy hamstrung by a lack of cohesive policies

Editorial | Updated on September 26, 2019 Published on September 26, 2019 Growers in India find oilseed cultivation patently uneconomical ... Read More

The RBI must bat for conversion of co-operative banks into more regula...

Just as they were coming to terms with the bad loan saga of public sector banks and the crisis in ... Read More

TRAI shouldn’t force 4G adoption through regulation

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s move to review its earlier decision to end the Interconnect Usage Charge by January ... Read More

Beyond ‘Howdy’

By any metric, the ‘Howdy Modi’ rally in Houston on Sunday was a high-on-optics spectacle that projected political power — ... Read More

The dry spell in India’s IPO market

India’s primary market, after showing signs of animation for the last couple of years, seems to be sinking back into ... Read More

Bold move: Sharp cut in direct taxes for domestic companies could revi...

The Centre’s move on Friday to slash corporate tax rate ranks as another landmark reform step, after the implementation of ... Read More

Caution pays: The RBI should learn from the mistakes of other central ...

The policy moves of the global central bankers over the last two weeks highlight the precarious state of the global ... Read More

Institutional credit: Small farmers need better access for farming, al...

Nearly 60 per cent of India’s small and marginal farmers still do not have access to institutional credit from scheduled ... Read More

The GST Council should stop tinkering, focus on simplifying rate slabs

The upcoming GST Council meeting is perhaps the most eagerly awaited one, as numerous industries, including automakers, have petitioned for ... Read More

Saudi Aramco incident: a signal for India to evolve a cohesive plan on...

The 20 per cent spike in the benchmark Brent crude oil price on Monday in a record intra-day move is ... Read More

Push to exports: The third round of the stimulus addresses structural ...

Faced with a 1.53 per cent fall in April-August exports in dollar terms (a 6 per cent drop in August, ... Read More

The gradual withering away of multilateral organisations and platforms

In the late 1990s, when India faced international sanctions following the Pokharan II nuclear tests, BJP leader Jaswant Singh, a ... Read More

India must secure its interests in dealing with ASEAN and RCEP

Mired in a serious industrial downturn, India has done well to secure a review of its bilateral trade pact with ... Read More

Chandrayaan-2: Despite the setback, the lunar mission counts as a succ...

The collective despairing groans of a billion-plus Indians last week, as the Vikram lunar lander careened out of orbit and ... Read More

For sustaining the sugar sector, the Centre should push ethanol produc...

T+ T- This will take care of excess stocks, with positive balance of payments effects In order to help sugar ... Read More

The rules for credit rating agencies need to be overhauled

Along with the news about the slowdown in various parts of the economy, reports about alleged corporate governance problems in ... Read More

NRC needs a reset to prevent another cycle of violence in Assam

The exclusion of over 1.9 million people from the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) for Assam is only the ... Read More

The automobile sector must change gears towards more sustainable produ...

Retail sales of automobiles slumped to their lowest in 20 months in August, and the industry is once again looking ... Read More

Jump in bank frauds: Risk control systems need urgent strengthening

More than a year after Punjab National Bank admitted to the mega-fraud perpetrated by diamantaire Nirav Modi, the furore over ... Read More

Single-brand retail: Relaxing FDI norms is fine, but the shackles rema...

The government’s proposed norms to relax conditions for foreign direct investment in single-brand retail, though coming a bit late in ... Read More

Mega bank mergers: A re-think is needed

Creating globally stronger banks, doing away with needless overlaps in operations and infrastructure, and ushering in economies of scale to ... Read More

India’s GDP growth pulled down by a perfect storm of factors

With India’s growth rate having fallen steeply over the last five quarters — from 8.1 per cent in Q4 of ... Read More

CSR spending obligation on companies needs to be jettisoned in its ent...

Faced with scathing criticism of recent amendments to the Companies Act that made Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) spending a statutory ... Read More

The Centre should lift restrictions on the media in J&K immediate...

In the past few weeks since Article 370 was struck down and the State of Jammu and Kashmir was divided ... Read More

The Jalan committee strikes a good balance

With RBI’s Board accepting the Bimal Jalan committee’s recommendations on a prudent economic capital framework, the annual skirmishes between the ... Read More

G7 summit: Absence of consensus and statesmanship on critical issues

Overt anxiety about a repeat of the last year’s fiasco in the ongoing Group of Seven summit at Biarritz, France, ... Read More

Arun Jaitley: The ‘New India’ man

The untimely demise of Arun Jaitley signals the end of an era where the ruling BJP managed its way through ... Read More

Better late than never: The Centre’s ‘stimulus’ addressessome pain poi...

Finally reacting to the ‘gloom-and-doom’ narrative around the economy, the Finance Minister announced a slew of steps to kickstart growth, ... Read More

Welcome moves: SEBI did well to ease conditions for FPIs, but existing...

The Securities and Exchanges Board of India has made a valiant attempt to address various issues that had been vying ... Read More

Speeding up: An external benchmark may lead to faster transmission, pr...

If there’s one riddle that the RBI has been trying to solve for decades, it has been the issue of ... Read More

Channel churn: TRAI’s attempts to micromanage the broadcasting sector ...

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s attempts to fix tariffs for the broadcasting sector have disrupted the TV broadcasting sector, ... Read More

First among equals: The issue of shares with DVRs to promoters is good...

In a bid to add more muscle to Indian start-up founders in their dealings with private equity investors, the Centre ... Read More

NBFC liquidity crisis: Recent efforts to infuse NBFCs with bank funds ...

Following up on the Budget and announcements of the Monetary Policy Committee that seek to push bank lending to NBFCs, ... Read More

Poor labour policies: Reserving jobs for locals impacts labour flow an...

With more than one State in India now trying to ape the Andhra Pradesh Employment of Local Candidates in the ... Read More

Unfinished business: The PM’s confidence in the economy needs to be ba...

Virtually shrugging aside palpable signs of economic gloom, it was a remarkably sanguine Prime Minister who addressed the nation for ... Read More

Pro consumer: The SC’s IBC ruling gives homebuyers greater say, but ma...

Homebuyers in over one lakh stalled real estate projects across India, at long last, seem to have won some support ... Read More

Broadening the band: RJio’s disruption of the broadband market is good...

Reliance Jio’s aggressive plans to roll out optical fibre-based broadband services could be a game-changer for the industry and consumers ... Read More

Wrong targets: Rather than micromanage PSB lending, the Centre should ...

Its not surprising that the Government of India, having sunk over ₹3 lakh crore into the recapitalisation of public sector ... Read More

Flood-hit Kerala, Karnataka and Maharashtra need to learn their lesson...

In what has now become a familiar pattern, the monsoon began feebly in June but lashed back in July and ... Read More

New guidelines on e-commerce and data protection are largely positive

India’s e-commerce sector, poised to grow four times to $150 billion by 2022, is still a work in progress when ... Read More

RBI’s 35 bps repo rate cut seems appropriate in current circumst...

Given the telltale signs of an economic slowdown, it came as no surprise when the MPC announced a repo rate ... Read More

The BJP has closed the door for political engagement in Kashmir by cur...

The passage of a statutory resolution and a Bill in Parliament — “abrogating” Article 370 which confers special political status ... Read More

Introspect on GST: The CAG report flags the impact of an imperfect GST...

The irony here is hard to ignore: GST was introduced two years back to make it easier for businesses to ... Read More

US Fed fence-sitting on rates offers reprieve on flows into India

After obliging markets with a 25-basis point cut in its policy rates for the first time in eleven years, the ... Read More

The new Consumer Protection Bill is a major step forward in consumer e...

The passing of the Consumer Protection Bill by the Lok Sabha in the ongoing session of Parliament is a welcome ... Read More

Solar storm: AP govt’s bid to renegotiate renewable contracts could ha...

India’s renewable energy sector has made remarkable progress, particularly after Prime Minister Modi launched a big push on renewables during ... Read More

Bitter brew

T+ T- VG Siddhartha’s tragic demise raises concerns about tax terrorism Café Coffee Day founder VG Siddhartha’s suicide — perhaps ... Read More

Finally home

After many twists and turns, over 42,000 home-buyers battling the Amrapali group may finally receive some succour. In a landmark ... Read More

Changing track

Since the Budget, there have been a series of developments pointing to a rapid process of transition in Indian Railways, ... Read More

Democracy and ‘efficiency’

Populist impulses in democracies can often lead to actions that compromise democratic processes. Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan attributes ... Read More

Zero clarity

By announcing a push to zero-budget natural farming (ZBNF) in the Budget, the Centre seemed to have reiterated its policy ... Read More

CSR at gunpoint

In a clutch of new amendments to the Companies Act, the NDA government has sought to tighten the screws on ... Read More

Brexit Johnson

It’s common to talk about a new government’s first 100 days. But newly-anointed UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has exactly ... Read More

Mission mode

For Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), it was a great leap forward when it launched the 3,840-kg Chandrayaan-2 successfully on ... Read More

Welcome move

A positive fallout of the spate of accounting irregularities revealed in recent times is that the regulatory authorities have begun ... Read More

Rebooting labour reforms

The compression of 44 labour laws into four ‘codes’ or broad categories — wages, social security, industrial relations and occupational ... Read More

The terror debate

The debate in Parliament this week over the National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was instructive in understanding our lawmakers’ ... Read More

Pound of flesh

After a skirmish between the Centre and RBI over the latter’s reserves last year, a similar disagreement is now brewing ... Read More

Damage control

The Cabinet approved several amendments to the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) on Wednesday. Two of them — inclusion of ... Read More

IndiGo’s blues

After Jet Airways went off radar in April, market leader IndiGo Airlines is now in the midst of a messy ... Read More

Red flags in the DHFL case

It is not just shareholders and lenders to Dewan Housing Finance (DHFL) who need to sit up and take notice ... Read More

Against national interest

The decision by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India to stick to its stand on pricing 5G spectrum does not ... Read More

Unipolar democracy?

From the moment the BJP won an overwhelming majority in the Lok Sabha elections, reducing the Congress to 52 seats, ... Read More

Stifling taxes can hurt the economy

It is disconcerting that the Budget should ramp up revenue collection from surcharge and cess, despite their being objectionable on ... Read More

Borrow abroad, but with caution

The Finance Minister’s proposal to raise part of the government’s borrowings in external markets and in external currencies, has pleased ... Read More

Giving wings to aviation sector

The usually-ignored aviation sector found considerable mention in the Budget speech. Air India will be put on the block again, ... Read More

Market mayhem

Markets tanked on Monday in response to the Budget’s tax proposals, being spooked in particular by the sharp rise in ... Read More

A business-like approach

For an economy that is undeniably in slowdown mode, it does come as a surprise that the first Budget of ... Read More

Simple prescriptions

India’s annual Economic Surveys once pedantic tomes that very few folks read, have received a fresh lease of life in ... Read More

Financial Stability Report: Halfway house

The latest edition of RBI’s Financial Stability Report (FSR) was much awaited for answers to some of the burning questions ... Read More

A headache for China

For China’s government, Hong Kong’s street protests against a bill allowing extraditions to mainland China couldn’t have come at a ... Read More

New IT dynamics

The sharp rise in wage costs for Indian IT companies due to an increase in overseas hiring, augurs well for ... Read More

Reining in risks

The Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has been the more proactive among India’s financial regulators in responding to the ... Read More

Interesting calibration

The RBI’s new rules relating to rupee interest rate derivatives are an attempt to promote more activity in this segment, ... Read More

Washington’s whims put pressure on India

US President Donald Trump specialises in delivering nasty surprises to friend and foe alike and he also doesn’t hesitate to ... Read More

Decide on Huawei

It’s about time that India thoroughly investigates security concerns around Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei. While countries such as Australia, ... Read More

Labyrinthine disclosures

It is a peculiarity of the Indian direct tax administration that over a third of its tax collections originate from ... Read More

GST Council: Control raj mindset

More than 25 years after reforms, the GST Council seems to have forgotten that profit is not a bad word ... Read More
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