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Typically, during every Budget session, Parliament passes a Finance Bill which details the tax proposals of the central government. This year, in addition to tax proposals, the Finance Bill 2017 contained several amendments that made structural changes to 26 tribunals. 


The current model of commercialisation does not work for publicly funded research

Apart from the Stayzilla shutdown, events in the first three months of 2017 underline that what started as a correction in late 2015 is starting to veer dangerously close to a crisis  
A ‘rate hike in time is just fine’ is a wise RBI saying. With CPI inflation at near-historic lows, this must mean, according to the RBI law of mean reversion, that the future will bring high inflation. Hence, the urgent need for intervention  

An inclusive India would be one where good jobs are available to all people everywhere, including Dalit men and women in the backwaters of India’s heartlands

The Rural Electrification Corporation data shows that these villages—located in 19 states—have been electrified in 510 days. Of the 5,559 villages that are still dark, a majority are in north-eastern states like Arunachal Pradesh (1,229) and Assam (945), as also eastern states like Odisha (848), Jharkhand (858), Bihar (570) and Chhattisgarh (464).  

Government must give a level playing field by removing restrictions on markets and exports


Methods to use GDP estimates cannot account for the shock caused by demonetisation.

Given the diminishing role of the Foreign Investment Promotion Board in recent years, the scrapping of this body is welcome. Moreover, the decision is in line with the Government's commitment to create favourable conditions for foreign direct investment  
The agriculture sector in Punjab suffers from many ailments and policy deficits. The chief among them are uneconomical, small and marginal farms; unemployment, underemployment and disguised unemployment; inadequate farm and family incomes; debt burden; inadequate health facilities; lack of quality education; menace of drugs; and social disorientation of rural families in general and farming families in particular.   

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spotlight image Relations between India and Morocco go back a millennium with the first recorded links dating to the 14th century, when the famous traveller and writer from Tangier, Ibn Batuta, travelled to India.
Stepping up action against terrorists attacking India, President Donald Trump's Administration has declared Hizb-ul Mujahideen (HM) a “global terrorist organisation” in an attempt to choke off financial and other support to it.
On 14 August 1947 Pakistan, consisting of East and West Pakistan, celebrated its independence. The 14th was chosen for the ceremony because Lord Mountbatten who came to Karachi as the Chief Guest had to later leave for Delhi where ot the midnight stroke India was to declare its independence.
The Doklam stand-off and a variety recent opinion pieces in magazines and newspapers draws attention to the poor state of defence policy preparedness and the lack of meaningful higher defence control in India. 
The two ideologically divergent ruling partners - the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) - in Jammu and Kashmir are headed for a showdown as the debate over the abrogation of Article 35A of the Constitution of India heats up.
At the root of the present Doklam crisis is China’s intrusion into Bhutanese territory for its road building projects. These connectivity projects are integral to President Xi Jinping’s dream project, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). India and Bhutan were the only two countries that did not participate in the first forum
It wasn’t so long ago that the whole world watched as Donald Trump sashayed on to the Riyadh red carpet and stole the show with his tough talk on Iranian-sponsored terrorism.
A vehicular attack to maximise casualties and spread panic is now a well-tested terrorist strategy in European cities.
It is a privilege to be invited to this most prestigious of law schools in the country, more so for someone not formally lettered in the discipline of law. I thank the Director and the faculty for this honour.

As talk of war and violence -- all that Mahatma Gandhi stood against -- gains prominence across the world, a Gandhian scholar has urged that the teachings of the apostle of non-violence be taken to the classroom.


Interview with Hudson Institute’s Aparna Pande, whose book From Chanakya to Modi: Evolution of India’s Foreign Policy, was released on June 17.


This is the continuing amazing spiritual journey of a Muslim man from Kerala who plunged into Vedic religion after a chance encounter with a Hindu mystic under a jackfruit tree in the backyard of his house when he was just nine. It is a story w...


History is told by the victors but in our modern age, even contemporary events get - or are given - a slant, where some contributors soon get eclipsed from the narrative or their images tarnished.


Humans have long had a fear of malignant supernatural beings but there may be times when even the latter cannot compare with the sheer evil and destructiveness mortals may be capable of. But then seeking to enable the end of the world due to it...

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