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The new entrants to the world wide web are usually relegated to suffer a dumbed down limited version of the internet thanks to hurdles in access, affordability or language barriers. But we have been getting this bit wrong.

While the government had done well to announce resetting of interest rates—this was done to align small savings rate to market rates of government securities—every quarter instead of every year in February, the 10-bps cut in the last six months shows that it is still reluctant to follow its own order.   
Considering the perceptible impact of DBT for fertiliser subsidies on stakeholders, it is imperative that the Government comes out with a roadmap so that the beneficiaries get adequate time to prepare for the transition.

There were no takers for tomatoes at the mandi in Mysuru at the beginning of August. Mohan Kumar, a young agronomist with Bigbasket.com, an online grocer that engages with organic farmers, said there was a glut.


The spectrum auction, which kicks off on October 1, is being studied with keen interest by telecom experts, Government, corporates and consumers. There is general consensus that it will turn out to be a major success.


It is disappointing to learn that Indian companies are not serious about CSR despite the mandate being stipulated in Section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013.

After August 3, 2016, any discussion on negotiation will be incomplete without mentioning the way the BJP garnered support for getting the GST Bill passed in the Upper House. A story on negotiation will remain untold unless it features the Prime Minister Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.  

When even the very rich Swiss have rejected the idea of a Universal Basic Income (UBI), it is unclear why the idea is gaining ground amongst Indian academics and policy wonks. 


India can import more from the US air and defence equipment, infrastructural projects, medical equipment and educational services to harmonise standards in IT specially. Increasing trade to $500 billion is probably then attainable!


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Nepal’s deposed king Gyanendra Shah has regretted that the country has lost its Hindu identity and said despair and unhappiness among the people might lead them to revolt once again. 


The first India-Palestine Joint Committee Meeting (JCM) signifies New Delhi’s commitment towards economic development and well being of Palestine writes Muddassir Quamar for South Asia Monitor

Intensifying searches is good. But with all this only about 15% of the tax-defaulters have been caught. Therefore the government must address the major sources of black money, writes Sudip Bhattacharyya for South Asia Monitor. 


BRICS meet in Goa

sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/1_8.jpg India-China differences and their discord over Pakistan are among differences in the BRICS that could “capsize” the grouping if the member nations fail to address competition and disagreements among them, Chinese media said today.

Well that should be it. Game, set and match. The three presidential debates — now mercifully over — have not been kind to Donald Trump, not least the constant use of the split screen which means his peevish, glowering and frequently interrupting persona is permanently on display to viewers.

In the afternoon of October 13, King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, Rama IX of the Chakri dynasty, passed away at the age of 88, in the 70th year of his reign. I ran to a café in Sukhumvit to watch the announcement, as streets in Bangkok grew quiet, people huddled around television screens, many sobbing in disbelief....


Address by M.J. Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs on Regional Integration and Prosperity at Brussels Conference on Afghanistan (October 5, 2016). Read more inside...

The cold, hard reality of the war in Syria is that the violence, bloodshed, and chaos continues unabated while the Left, such as it is, continues on in a state of schizophrenic madness. Different points of view, conflicting ideological tendencies, and a misunderstanding of the reality of the conflict are all relevant issues to be in...

On a sunny morning a young shepherd takes his cattle across the lovely winding Namka Chu into the dense pine forests on the ridge above. The cold wind blows in from the north and the boy looks up at the steep mountain ahead of him covered by rhododendrons.


The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and others of their ilk not only destabilise Pakistan and make it one of the world's most dangerous places but also threaten neighbouring Afghanistan and India -- and even far...


The book, written in the manner of a series of case studies, also points to the lack of a clearly enunciated national security strategy, a defence situational review, a defence strategy and a joint strategy for the armed forces -- all of this h...


The book ‘Pakistan at crossroads: Domestic Dynamics and External Pressures’  is one of the few books in recent years which fixes spotlight on various aspects of Pakistan; the internal flummoxing situation and external forces wh...


In a region which is unexplored as an asset class, performance will be the kingmaker. This book includes the author’s CDCF Portfolio basket for the SAARC asset class, which selects the best fundamental-p...


Sri Lanka has to be the most beautiful country I have ever seen, says John Gimlette, an accomplished travel writer who journeys to the island nation at the end of a long and brutal civil war. Anyone who has se...

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