Day: February 1, 2019

The soldier’s minister (The Indian Express)

Written by C. Uday Bhaskar George Fernandes was the last of the larger-than-life figures of Indian politics. George saab, as he was affectionately referred to, had a distinct career graph, making the transition from a would-have-been priest to a fire-brand trade union leader in Mumbai and to a grave cabinet minister. Fernandes served as a...

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बजट से जुड़ी राहत की उम्मीदें, आयकर में रियायत के साथ खेती-बाड़ी में सब्सिडी की आस (दैनिक जागरण)

[डॉ. जयंतीलाल भंडारी]। इस वक्त लोगों की निगाहें मोदी सरकार द्वारा एक फरवरी को पेश किए जाने वाले अंतरिम बजट की ओर हैं। ऐसे संकेत मिले हैं कि इस अंतरिम बजट में सिर्फ चार माह के लिए लेखानुदान ही पेश नहीं किया जाएगा, वरन देश की कुछ आर्थिक-सामाजिक चुनौतियों के समाधान के लिए नीतिगत दिशाएं...

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The regional great game (The Indian Express)

Written by Christophe Jaffrelot Two neighbouring countries, Iran and Pakistan, which were trying to remain close, are today moving in opposite directions. This movement is partly pushed by circumstances, evident from the way India’s presence in Chabahar has been recently upgraded and the way Saudi Arabia is increasing its presence in Pakistan. Last month, on...

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राजनीतिक पार्टियों द्वारा चुनावी वादों की बारिश में आम जनता सूखी ही रह जाती है (दैनिक जागरण)

[ आशुतोष झा ]: चुनावी वक्त में वादों की ऐसी भरपूर बारिश होती है कि लगता है लोकतंत्र नेताओं के लिए ही नहीं, जनता के लिए सचमुच महापर्व होता है। अफसोस यह है कि यह बारिश कुछ ऐसी होती है जिसमें जनता सूखी ही रह जाती है। उसके हाथ भरोसे की डोर ही बचती है।...

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India must join WTO members in e-commerce talks (Hindustan Times)

In opposing discussions on e-commerce rules at the World Trade Organisation (WTO), India continues a quixotic trade policy that further marginalises it in the international political economy. New Delhi’s opposition has accomplished little. As many as 76 WTO members have decided to separately begin a process that will frame rules governing cross-border e-commerce. Since this...

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NSSO jobs report: The NDA government has scored a self goal (Hindustan Times)

The current government takes a lot of pride in the fact that India is the fastest growing major economy in the world. High growth, however, cannot be the be all and end all of economic policy in a democracy as big as India. The fruits of growth have to be distributed equally. The best way...

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विभिन्न देवी-देवताओं के रूप में राजनीतिज्ञों को पेश करने की गलत परम्परा (पंजाब केसरी)

भारत एक धर्म प्रेमी देश है और विभिन्न विचारधाराएं होने के बावजूद यहां के लोग अपने देवी-देवताओं के प्रति अत्यधिक श्रद्धा रखते और उनके जीवन से प्रेरणा प्राप्त करते हैं। दुख की बात है कि इसके बावजूद पिछले कुछ वर्षों से हमारे देश में देवी-देवताओं को भी राजनीतिज्ञों के स्वार्थ साधन का माध्यम बना दिया...

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Budget 2019: No tax on income up to ₹5 lakh; largesse for farmers (Livemint)

New Delhi: Finance minister Piyush Goyal proposed an increase in the income tax exemption limit to ₹5 lakh per year in the 2019-20 interim budget. He also proposed increase in the standard deduction limit to ₹50,000, from ₹40,000. At present, income up to ₹2.5 lakh is exempt from personal income tax. Income between ₹2.5 and...

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Opinion | Payment delays and the fiscal-financial ricochet (Livemint)

Today is the Union budget day for 2019-20. Aggregate borrowing by the centre in the eight months to November, as reported by the Controller General of Accounts, stood at ₹7.2 trillion. In absolutes, it is ₹92,000 crore higher than the budget estimate for the entire fiscal year and works out to 3.8% of gross domestic...

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Opinion: In wing clipping season, Sebi seems to be the next in line (Livemint)

Recent headlines suggest it is wing-clipping season for independent regulators. On 22 January, a Mint headline stated: Drug price regulator’s wings clipped. About a week later, a similar story is being repeated, albeit with a different regulator. “Government moves to clip Sebi’s wings,” Mint reported on 30 January. Worries about the government’s interference with the...

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