Category: English Editorials

GST Council, focus on the big picture (The Economic Times)

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council should resist the pressure to offer sectoral relief and focus on systemic reform of the tax: widen the tax base and bring down rates, bringing the peak rate down to 18% exclusive of ‘sin’ cesses. Fewer (and lower) rates, a broader base and a simpler tax structure would...

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Oil not as slippery as it might appear (The Economic Times)

Notwithstanding the flare-up in oil futures following Saturday’s drone strikes on key Saudi Arabian crude assets, oil prices are unlikely to hurt either India’s inflation or the fisc in any serious fashion. Global oil demand is muted against the backdrop of economic uncertainty and continuing trade frictions, and there’s been a surge in petroleum output...

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Challenge for the political executive (The Economic Times)

A notice issued last week by a Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Rohinton Nariman to various arms of the Union government that owe large amounts of money to a construction company deserves wider attention. The company has bank loans under Rs 4,000 crore and around Rs 1,800 crore worth of dues to operational creditors,...

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Raise, don’t waive, urban water charges (The Economic Times)

The Delhi government’s move to waive water charges and arrears for all and sundry, which for commercial establishments alone add up to as much as Rs 10,000 crore including late payment surcharge, is symptomatic of the widespread misallocation of resources for water in our major metropolitan centres. Five of the world’s 20 largest cities under...

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Central Delhi’s redevelopment must reconcile modernisation and heritage | HT editorial

The Union government is planning to give new Delhi’s iconic central vista, a 4km stretch between Rashtrapati Bhavan and India Gate, a brand new look. The area was planned by British architects Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker, and constructed between 1911 and 1931. The new plan includes razing buildings such as the Shastri Bhawan, Udyog...

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The language question | HT editorial

Home Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah’s comments on Saturday, on Hindi and Indian languages, have sparked a controversy. On the occasion of Hindi Diwas, Shah recognised that India was a land of many languages. But he underlined that it was crucial to have one language which became India’s identity globally. Shah...

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Trump’s U-turn on the Taliban is good for India and the world (Livemint)

Sandipan Deb On 7 September, US President Donald Trump tweeted that he had cancelled meetings planned for the next day with Taliban leaders and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, and “called off peace negotiations” on Afghanistan. The immediate reason he cited was a Taliban attack in Kabul that had killed 12 people, including an American soldier....

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Effort worth emulation: On Rajasthan’s public information portal (The Hindu)

Fourteen years since the implementation of the groundbreaking Right to Information (RTI) Act, which has helped shed light on government works and administration, the launch of the “Jan Soochna Portal” (public information portal) by the Rajasthan government on Friday marks a milestone in increasing transparency and accountability in governance. The portal details various schemes run...

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Waiting for reforms: On the economic stimuli (The Hindu)

People who have been yearning for major economic reforms from the Narendra Modi government, it seems, will have to wait to have their dreams come true. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday presented the third round of stimulus measures to resuscitate the struggling economy, but once again these have largely failed to live up to...

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A special fund to finish NPA projects (The Economic Times)

It is welcome that the government keeps up the momentum of its efforts to shore up flagging growth, in a situation where sentiments matter at least as much as actual economic data. Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s third booster shot for the economy comprised a housing package worth Rs 20,000 crore and an export package worth...

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