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It Begins With Us: A romance bloomed in the shadow of the 1992 Bombay riots
Mon, Feb 15, 2021

While she was plotting her elopement with a man belonging to another faith, communal riots broke out in Mumbai in December 1992, but a foundation laid then led to a three-decade-strong marriage

Explained: How Budget maps spending route out of pandemic
Wed, Feb 03, 2021

Budget 2021: There are two ways in which the government can boost growth. One is to cut taxes — for the common man and/or for companies. The second is for the government to spend more. Starting next year, the government wants to increase its capital expenditure relative to revenue expenditure.

Explained: Why govt borrows off-budget, and how
Wed, Jan 27, 2021

Union Budget 2021: These loans, not taken directly by the Centre, help meet expenses, but are not counted in fiscal deficit.

Explained: Asset sale targets and revenue generation
Wed, Jan 27, 2021

Governments have often failed to meet their targets for disinvestment. The current year has seen economic activity being severely impacted by the pandemic, and the fiscal deficit is set to worsen.

Reading NFHS data: why findings of the latest round are of concern
Mon, Dec 21, 2020

Between 2015 and 2019, several Indian states suffered a reversal on several child malnutrition parameters. Given the all-round adverse impact of Covid-19, the data from 2020 is expected to be even worse.

‘Alarming’ trend of very high C-section births, says survey
Tue, Dec 15, 2020

The international healthcare community has considered the ideal rate for caesarean sections to be between 10 per cent and 15 per cent. When medically justified, a caesarean section can effectively prevent maternal and perinatal mortality and morbidity.

Malnutrition in kids worsens in key states 2015-19
Mon, Dec 14, 2020

This is one of the startling revelations in the first-phase data of the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) 2019-20 — released by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on December 12 — and marks a shift since the last NFHS in 2015-16.

Explained: Here is why petrol and diesel prices are rising
Fri, Dec 18, 2020

Since India imports most of the fuel required to meet its demands, the price of fuels rises in tandem with global prices.

Explained: How much of India’s population lives with disabilities?
Thu, Dec 03, 2020

Definitions used over the years have differed, but the prevalence of disability has not changed significantly in official records. 

Bhagalpur to Delhi, ’80s to now, seeking way out via coaching hubs
Sat, Nov 07, 2020

The annual exodus from Bihar to places like Mukherjee Nagar and Old Rajinder Nagar in Delhi and Rajasthan’s Kota was one of the reasons LJP chief Chirag Paswan included a promise to create similar coaching hubs in Bihar in his manifesto.

Hit by lockdown, a call for change: from ‘chacha Nitish’ to ‘bhatijas’
Mon, Oct 26, 2020

During the lockdown, the Nitish government that initially urged migrants to stay put, arranged ration kits for them in Delhi and other cities, says Kaushlendra. However, not everyone had access to or knew of such services.

Explained: Why has the comparison between India, Bangladesh per capita GDP got so much attention?
Wed, Oct 28, 2020

In IMF’s latest Economic Outlook, Bangladesh has overtaken India in GDP per capita. While Bangladesh has indeed made strides, its smaller population helps lift this metric. What else matters, what can happen now?

Explained: How remunerative is farming in India? Here’s what data shows
Sun, Sep 27, 2020

Government says its reform Bills will make it easier for farmers to sell their produce to private players. How remunerative is farming at present, and how heavily is the sector regulated? This is what data shows.

Ease of doing business: how states are ranked, and what’s different now
Thu, Sep 17, 2020

Ease of Doing Business: A look at how states performed, and what went into calculating the final rankings.

India GDP growth contracts 23.9%: What is the economics behind the math?
Sun, Sep 06, 2020

India GDP Q1 Data: Demand from individual citizens and private businesses plummeted in Q1, increase in government’s demand made up for just 6% of this fall

Explained: How marriage age and women’s health are linked
Thu, Aug 27, 2020

PM Narendra Modi has announced a panel to fight malnutrition in young women and ensure they get married at the right age. A look at how the two are linked.

Explained: The growth of Indian Americans, in public office and industry
Tue, Aug 18, 2020

Indian Americans, who make up 1% of the US population, own a third of all Silicon Valley start-ups. About 8% of all high-technology firms in the US were founded by Indian Americans.

FM Sitharaman claim of MNREGS spike true only for May, April saw a fall
Fri, May 15, 2020

MGNREGA employment down more than half in April. Currently, out of the 13.74 crore MNREGS job cards issued, only 7.66 crore are “active”.

Credit guarantees to MSMEs: What are they, and how will they help?
Fri, May 15, 2020

Credit guarantees to MSMEs: In the latest tranche of Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan package, the key thrust is a huge increase in credit guarantees to MSMEs. How do such guarantees work, and how is the move expected to help MSMEs?

Explained: What labour law changes by states mean
Sat, May 16, 2020

Last week, a number of state governments made key changes in the application of labour laws. What are the labour laws in the country, and how can such changes impact firms, their workers, and the economy?

Explained: Doubling times, earlier and now
Fri, May 01, 2020

COVID-19 cases in India are taking a longer time to double during the lockdown than they were earlier. A look at nationwide trends, and how widely the doubling rates have varied from one state to another.

Explained: Why oil prices fell below zero
Wed, Apr 22, 2020

Crude Oil Price: On Monday, WTI crude price hit minus $40, which means the seller should pay the buyer. Is that as illogical as it seems? A look at what led to the crash, and what it means for India and the world.

Explained: How COVID-19 is hurting the rupee’s exchange rate with other currencies
Tue, Apr 21, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): The Reserve Bank of India tabulates the rupee’s Nominal Effective Exchange Rate (NEER) in relation to the currencies of 36 trading partner countries.

Ways and Means Advances: what is it, and how far will relaxation of limit help?
Sun, Apr 19, 2020

The Ways and Means Advances (WMA) window is intended only to tide over temporary mismatches in cash flow of receipts and payments.

Higher spend, slump in revenues start straining finances of states
Fri, Apr 10, 2020

On Tuesday, 19 states sought to borrow an aggregate sum of Rs 37,500 crore through sale of bonds, with tenures ranging from two to 15 years, conducted on the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) auction platform.

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