While international commitments to clean energy have been made, in the absence of a clear energy policy, estimates for increasing power capacity from coal continues to grow.
The explosion of monetary incentives and subsidies triggered a gold rush. With that coming to an end, are Uber and Ola simply reproducing old exploited and informal labour markets?
The VNR-Bihi variety of guava, which often weighs more than half a kilo and has a long shelf life, is being grown by enthusiastic farmers across the country in large numbers for its handsome returns.
While a hue and cry was raised by economists when the government gave oil subsidies, they are all mum now that petroleum taxes have been raised sharply.
Despite repeated reminders from courts that Aadhaar cannot be made mandatory, government violations continue.
The world needs an alternative system, measuring economic value in face of the dissatisfaction that brought Donald Trump to the White House.
If the government is serious about addressing the black economy, fundamental changes in the structure and organisation of the economy and politics are required.
A survey of daily wage labourers in Ranchi and surrounding rural areas shows that demonetisation was more than a short-lived shock for the informal sector.
The Modi government seems rightly intent on building foundational digital infrastructure. This push must be backed by a solid cyber-defence strategy.
Both the former and current RBI governors are surely acquainted with the Gujarati saying “Kona Baapni Diwali”. This cannot be the Centre’s stance when it comes to solving India’s NPA crisis.
Rejecting an investment agreement at the WTO is not the best strategy. It would be better to make sure the agreement addresses India’s concerns.
A golden median between an ex-ante and ex-post approach is possible to achieve, if flexibility is at the core of TRAI’s regulatory ethos.
Unusual citations in the survey could indicate the awkward situation of the chief economic adviser, in the face of interference by the finance minister or even the prime minister’s office.
While Indo-US relations will likely remain the same, an indirect in terms of trade, climate change and security should be watched for.
Computer emergency response teams are looking into the incident, an official said.
Providing a UBI in place of existing schemes will not change the fundamentally unequal income distribution in the country. The way to resolve the crisis is a redistribution from the rich to the poor.
If the government is serious about backing disruptive technologies and finding indigenous applications, it needs to start encouraging disruptive and indigenous policy-making too.
India Gears Up to Defend its Internet Rights Regime as it Fully Operationalises Mass Surveillance Project
New topics in India’s draft UPR report include a section on state control of the Internet, with a reference to the Centralised Monitoring system.
In what poses more scope for worry, the company said the amount of data exfiltrated is “unascertainable due to secure deletion by the malware”.
The RBI’s statement, the first after the Budget, carries forward the Budget’s message of fiscal discipline and consolidation.
The Centre and state governments can now specify which industrial units which will have to pay wages only through cheques or bank transfer.
Spending on Housing for All, road construction and other infrastructure projects is likely to create jobs, but it remains to be seen whether this alone will be enough.
With the implementation of central criminal tracking databases going slow, the Telangana police is effectively building its own StateGRID without any major cyber security or privacy protections.
The country is slowing down imports ahead of the harvest in April and purchases in the months ahead will depend on production this year.
The Budget allocation for the health sector is not even one-third of the target laid out in the draft National Health Policy.
There’s very little sensitivity being shown in forcefully shoving India’s small traders and producers into the formal economy. To what extent will this affect the BJP’s support base?
There is a new arms race taking shape, centred around three interconnected technologies: autonomous weapons; swarms; and cyber-warfare.
If the monetary policy committee waits until April, it will have a better idea of demonetisation’s negative impact and a firmer grasp of global commodity price trends.
Given the imperious attitude of new leaders to institutions of the old order, the questioning of central bank independence is a given.
The Budget appears to be pro-poor and pro-business, but it fails to address the reforms actually needed to structurally transform the economy.
Proposed amendments to the IT Act and the RBI Act will exempt political parties from keeping records of donations made through electoral bonds.
The opposition has submitted 651 amendments to the president’s address to the joint session of parliament – many of them contesting demonetisation.
Universal Basic Income is only an idea in the making, but within its first year of conceptualisation, it seems like the first two terms of the acronym have already been reduced to notional ideas.
Primate populations are declining around the world. The great apes are in danger of disappearing, and that bears a great risk for humanity itself.
If the recently acquired extended employment authorisation for dependents is overturned – which appears increasingly likely under the Trump administration – it will push many people several years behind.
The Scheduled Castes Sub Plan and Tribal Sub Plan have been replaced by ‘allocations for welfare of SC and ST.’
M.K. Venu, founding editor of The Wire, in a discussion with journalist Govindraj Ethiraj on the nuances of this year’s Budget.
The finance minister’s announcements on moving towards a more progressive direct tax structure and tax incentives for MSMEs are heartening.
The Budget does nothing to assure incomes for farmers, lift them out of indebtedness or protect them from natural calamities.
The Budget estimates of gross tax revenues for 2017-18 are the same as the revised estimates for 2016-17 – 11.3% of GDP.