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Serum lists one price for Centre, one for state govt; unprecedented and unfair, say states
Thu, Apr 22, 2021

Top Central govt official says open market will stimulate supply, free up resources to vaccinate poor

Sajjid Z Chinoy: Now that fiscal policy has come to forefront, central banks need to step back a little
Tue, Mar 09, 2021

Given the blow from the pandemic, the Budget was seen as make-or-break for the economy. Has it delivered?

NK Singh: No devious centralisation. Revenue deficit grants go to states, they don’t have ideological hue of any party
Mon, Feb 22, 2021

Finance Commission suggests distribution of net proceeds of taxes between Centre and states. In her Budget speech, the Finance Minister said the govt had accepted recommendations of the 15th FC, headed by Singh, “in substantial measure”.

Big spending push blended with bold financial reforms
Tue, Feb 02, 2021

What makes Budget 2021-22 probably the boldest in the last six years is her intent to privatise PSU banks and state insurers — a taboo for all governments — especially at a time when reformist farm laws, facing a backlash, have been put on effective hold.

Union Budget 2021 Explained: The 10 biggest takeaways
Mon, Feb 15, 2021

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's Budget is bold and offers not only a direction for growth but also a strong intent for reforms. Thankfully, it doesn't have a spoiler.

Explained: What top Budget 2021 proposals are trying to do
Wed, Feb 03, 2021

Budget 2021 explained: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman proposed many new measures in the Budget 2021 to prop up the flagging economy amid the Covid-19 pandemic and boost spending across sectors.

Government looks at ‘expenditure’ budget to aid higher growth
Mon, Jan 11, 2021

With the GDP expected to post a negative growth of 7.7 per cent in 2020-21, the government expects a strong rebound next financial year.

First time since August 5 downgrade, crucial political space opens in J&K
Wed, Dec 23, 2020

The J&K DDC polls have kickstarted politics, dormant and locked down since August 5 last year when the state was split and downgraded and its special status abrogated.

Seven branches of China’s ruling party have India link
Fri, Dec 18, 2020

At least one Communist Party of China member was hired by the Indian consulate in Shanghai using the services of a Chinese state-owned recruitment agency, according to data shared by a source with an international consortium of journalists including The Indian Express.

Narendra Singh Tomar interview: Informal talks on with farm leaders, willing to send invitation for more talks
Wed, Dec 16, 2020

Narendra Singh Tomar interview: "I think the mandi system is more robust in Punjab and some people have greater faith in that system. That’s why the protests are taking place. Besides, there is an impact of party politics on the start of the protests," says Tomar.

Narendra Singh Tomar: Talks still on, our 303-seat mandate for change, to push (farm) reforms
Wed, Dec 16, 2020

In an interview to The Indian Express, Tomar linked the laws to the “303-seat mandate,” that, he said, had been given to the government not just to stay in power but to effect change.

Manoj Sinha interview: ‘Where is the contradiction between DDC and Assembly elections?’
Tue, Dec 15, 2020

"There is no treatment for imagined fears. Give me a single example of any outsider having bought land here. Since August 5, 2019, tell me a single name. I challenge anyone to name one person from outside who has bought land here. This is baseless," says Manoj Sinha.

Kashmir, Jammu our two eyes, can’t favour one over other: Manoj Sinha
Mon, Dec 14, 2020

Manoj Sinha, who took oath on August 7, and has visited all 10 districts in Kashmir, and six (of 10) in Jammu, over the last four months, said there were “some people” who have “vested interests” in differentiating Jammu from Kashmir on the lines of “region, religion, caste, colour or area.”

In Centre-farmer talks, on table before 2nd round: stubble fine, MSP, power subsidy
Thu, Dec 03, 2020

Another issue the Central government may be willing to review relates to the dispute resolution mechanism as provided for in the law on contract farming i.e. the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020.

The key theme of Atmanirbhar packages: spur demand rather than cash in hand
Wed, Nov 18, 2020

The new stimulus package reinforces the ‘fiscal conservatism’ ideology of the government — rather than large cash transfers, the growth philosophy centres around creating an ecosystem that aids domestic demand, incentivises companies to generate jobs and boost production.

HUL chief Sanjiv Mehta: Neighbourhood grocer, online channels stood out during pandemic
Sat, Oct 31, 2020

The 3 per cent growth in the September quarter, Mehta said, came from 80 per cent of HUL’s portfolio — food, nutrition and hygiene products — growing at 10 per cent.

‘Now when it is India’s time under the sun, I do hope that globalisation does not retreat’: HUL CMD Sanjiv Mehta
Sat, Oct 31, 2020

Sanjiv Mehta, chairman and managing director of Hindustan Unilever Ltd, said while there is a very clear and apparent improvement in consumption between the June quarter and September quarter, the trends differ in rural and urban areas. Edited excerpts:

Govt’s measures to boost consumption: Bid to put money in hand, then tying it too
Mon, Oct 19, 2020

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s announcement on measures to boost consumer spending is clearly an acknowledgement that people going out and spending is key to a faster turnaround of the economy.

From PM economic council to Niti Aayog, growing disquiet over Govt tight fist
Fri, Oct 02, 2020

Advisors urged fiscal push in form of wage subsidy, rural infrastructure

NK Singh: Federalism desirable for India; concurrent list, 7th Schedule and Article 282 require holistic review
Wed, Sep 30, 2020

He said the Commission, in the backdrop of Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on the economy, is debating whether there is a need for a different approach in determining the targets for fiscal deficit and debt consolidation.

Nirmala Sitharaman interview: ‘Fight us in House, attract smaller parties, keep us under watch…but Cong moving further to fringe’
Wed, Sep 30, 2020

Nirmala Sitharaman Indian Express interview: "I think the Congress party is losing a golden opportunity to show the people of India that they have been in power in this country for several decades and today being in the Opposition they will give that advantage to the Parliamentary system."

No end date, no sure shot vaccine…stimulus rolling, won’t hesitate to spend: Nirmala Sitharaman
Mon, Sep 28, 2020

Rural economy picking up, labour back, Ministry response quicker: FM

Time for forbearance, not rigid adherence: N K Singh on FRBM
Sun, Sep 27, 2020

The Commission is also debating whether the government should follow a particular “range” on issues of fiscal deficit and debt levels, instead of the “fixed point” targets currently prescribed.

Express Investigation Part-4: Foreign secy, Niti CEO on list; Facebook bans Zhenhua Data
Thu, Sep 17, 2020

Responding to The Indian Express reports, Zhenhua Data late Tuesday night said it was privately owned, its partners did not have any background in the Chinese military or the Chinese government, and its operation was “not illegal or unreasonable”.

Explained: Why China harvests India data, why track public figures
Fri, Sep 18, 2020

Zhenhua Data scrapes information that’s in public domain. So what’s the big deal? The big deal is in how big data works, the sweep of the targets — and the uses it can be put to.

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