US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross is believed to have said that US has started the process of reviewing H1B visas issues and no decision has been taken on it yet.
The discourse around non-performing assets (NPAs) remains largely focused on private corporations, while NPA concentration in public sector undertakings flies under the radar of scrutiny.
Faced with BJP’s aggression and a dwindling support base, and bereft of its plank of moral politics and good governance, AAP’s political fortunes look bleak.
Whether the Modi government can succeed in assuring the independence of India’s tribunals from the executive remains to be seen.
Uttar Pradesh, and indeed other states, may issue farm loan waiver bonds to banks but everyone knows these bonds will have no takers. The Centre will have to guarantee them.
The court must hear pending cases on Aadhaar urgently, before the government further inhibits people’s rights and liberties under the facade of ’empowerment’.
Will the Modi government’s digital push help it curb “excess cash” and print fewer notes than what was extinguished through demonetisation?
Global experience shows that implementing GST caused severe short to medium term disruption in countries’ economies – we shouldn’t expect better from India’s half-baked version either.
The corporate sector is responsible for 70% of the country’s NPAs, but their loans are being waived off while waiving farming loans is still being frowned upon.
Will the multiple rate structure go against the very idea of GST? How controversial will the proposed anti-profiteering authority be? How will unutilised money in the compensation be shared?
Contrary to the finance minister’s assurance in the Budget speech, amendments to the Finance Bill ensuring anonymity to the donor as well as the receiver will only add opacity to political donations.
The fight over free speech is about the institutional protection of individuals’ basic rights from mob rule and putting a check on the state’s coercive power.
Modi wants to conquer India by hook or by crook. His governors are his co-conspirators. He has put the constitution on a slippery slope.
A penalty of equal amount would be levied in case of any violation of the provision, revenue secretary Hasmukh Adhia tweeted after the amendment was moved.
Alleging that Mridula Sinha’s consultation with Arun Jaitley constituted a breach of constitutional norms, the opposition forced Rajya Sabha to adjourn.
Extracts from C. Rammanohar Reddy’s Demonetisation and Black Money that explore whether the note ban had any impact on the rich, how Digital India entered the narrative and the impact of the move on the poor.
While Parrikar set in motion important reform processes, he was unable to cut through his ministry’s byzantine bureaucracy and ends his tenure with a few achievements.
Senior advocate Ram Jethmalani asked Arun Jaitley a number of tough questions in court, including why he was singling out Arvind Kejriwal.
The Goods and Services Tax (GST) has missed several launch dates. On Saturday, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the measure is on track for a rollout from July 1 with the bills set to be discussed in parliament after it reconvenes next week.
In response to the rape threats issued on a public forum against Gurmehar Kaur, the government and its ministers ought to have clearly come out in support of the young student. They did exactly the opposite.
In the ninth episode of Jan Ki Baat, Vinod Dua talks about those trolling Gurmeher Kaur and Arun Jaitley’s speech on the limits to freedom of expression.
Both the Indian media and policymakers seem to have accepted the report’s findings and recommendations without even a whimper of nuanced discourse about the report itself.
There have been multiple complaints of comments made in the Rajya Sabha being edited out of the official records.
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.
A fortnightly column from The Wire’s Public Editor Media coverage of the Budget in an earlier day had a certain ceremony of passage in the country’s news rooms. Editorial teams would sit in front of television sets with notepads and pens to jot down news points as the Union […]
Scientists think there is a mismatch between the government’s rhetoric on bettering India’s research output and how much it is willing to spend for the cause.
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.
Proposed amendments to RBI Act, IT Act and RP Act would leave the RBI and IT department with no means to probe funding of political parties.
Instead of taking concrete measures on energy, the government is dangling some tantalising proposals.
While the Budget’s effort to include electoral funding issues is commendable, a closer look at the provisions tells a different story.
Activists says solutions should be holistic, piecemeal announcements like making 500 railway stations disabled-friendly will not help much.
Many feel the move is pointless as lowering the disclosure limit requires an amendment to the Representation of Peoples Act, which remains unchanged.
What the health sector needs is much greater attention – in terms of both financial and human resources – to meet the demands of providing universal and free healthcare.
With a new policy on education awaited for more than a year now and no signs of what might be in the offing, any hopes of some indications from the Survey and the Budget have also been belied.
While the planned expenditure on irrigation is commendable, Gulati told The Wire, the major disappointment was the lack of talk on direct benefit transfers.
No matter what steps the government takes, the Indian economy will not revive till real interest rates are lowered.
Expenditure announced does not seem to have any connection to what has worked (or not) in the past.