Section 7 must go

The central government has been invoking Section 7 of the Aadhaar Act to push for its compulsory use in the National Food Security Act, National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, and other cash transfer programmes such as maternity entitlements and social security pensions. There are two...

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Despite good rains

Monsoon rains have arrived three days ahead of schedule in Kerala. This is good news not only for agriculture but also for all spheres of the economy. Rains are expected to be normal for the third year in a row. If agriculture does well, it...

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Utility of God in scheme of things

The vast majority of the world’s population believes in the existence of God. It is true that people are becoming increasingly sceptical of the dogmatic aspects of religion; however, it does not affect their faith in God. According to Pew Research centre, 8 per cent...

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Reviving banking system

The decision by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to grant banks the option to spread provisioning equally over up to four quarters for mark-to-market (MTM) losses on investments is one that merits discussion. These investments are those held in Available for Sale (AFS) and...

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Stick to the book

Amarendra Das The Terms of Reference (ToR) of the 15th Finance Commission of India has drawn flak from southern states and Odisha as it uses population data from Census-2011 to decide the shares of taxes among states. States that have achieved replacement rate of population...

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Voter Is King

The poll process in Karnataka is, most likely, making everyone involved bite their nails now. The talk that it is heading for a hung assembly may not be correct. Campaigning is winding up and the heat and pressure are increasing. Recent examples of state elections...

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Nepal’s Oli

Nepal's relations with India have not been seeing the best of times. This has been so ever since the exit of King Birendra, the 'benevolent' king who maintained very close and brotherly relations with its southern neighbour. Birendra's assassination in a palace intrigue and the...

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Towards Day Zero

Deus ex machina. The only thing that has saved Cape Town, the famed tourist destination in South Africa, from endless queues for drinking water at least immediately is nothing but divine intervention. Rains in catchments of its drinking water reservoirs have pulled the African city...

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