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P Vaidyanathan Iyer


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.

Express Investigation Part-2: End user key, govt looks at ‘depth’ of data mined by China
Tue, Sep 15, 2020

Sources said that while many companies collect personal data of similar nature by scraping open source platforms, given that this involves a Chinese firm which works with the military and security agencies, the government is concerned about the end use and the end user.

China is watching — Political Establishment: 5 PMs, two dozen CMs, 350 MPs across all parties dominate key influencers tracked
Mon, Sep 14, 2020

China is Watching: From Ministers to Mayors, sarpanches, and legislators to Members of Parliament, the database includes at least 1,350 politicians and lawmakers across parties.

China is watching — Hybrid warfare: What data they collect, why it’s cause for concern
Wed, Sep 16, 2020

What kind of data has it collected on the targets, what does it mean when it says it’s engaged in hybrid warfare, what’s the cause for concern?

China watching: President, PM, key Opposition leaders, Cabinet, CMs, Chief Justice of India…the list goes on
Tue, Sep 15, 2020

China is Watching: Over 10,000 Indians, entities from politics to business, judiciary to media, even crime-accused, tracked by big-data firm linked to Chinese govt.

100 days and GDP shrink: Government works on a fresh stimulus
Mon, Sep 07, 2020

In mid-May, Sitharaman had announced five tranches of the AtmaNirbhar package, adding up to an economic package of Rs 20 lakh crore.

After years, Govt plans new development bank for big infra funding
Sun, Sep 06, 2020

The proposed DFI will be used to finance both social and economic infrastructure projects identified under the National Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP).

Mehbooba Mufti still held under PSA, some raise questions
Sat, Aug 01, 2020

Mehbooba Mufti, 61, was arrested on August 5 last year, the day the Central government abrogated the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and downgraded the state into two Union Territories. While Mufti was lodged under preventive detention for six months, she was booked under PSA in February this year.

Security paradox: Dip in violence, locals in militant ranks and LoC heating up
Fri, Jul 31, 2020

After 21-year old Burhan Wani was killed by security forces, thousands thronged the streets in protest, pelted stones, snatched weapons of police, overturned and burnt their vehicles, and damaged property of security forces.

Omar Abdullah: I will fight, will not engineer protests to score a point
Wed, Jul 29, 2020

Won’t stand up for them tomorrow, says NC Vice president, on Opposition ‘betrayal’ over Centre’s August 5 move

‘I will raise my voice, I will fight, but I will not give somebody in a uniform with a gun an excuse or a reason to kill one of us’
Wed, Jul 29, 2020

In his first interview to The Indian Express since the abrogation of the special status of Jammu & Kashmir and his release from detention, Omar Abdullah speaks about a range of issues, from the Gupkar Declaration to “disappointment” by the reaction of India’s political leaders post August 5, 2019, to the future as he sees it.

Change in stand: 4G won’t be a problem, J&K to Home Ministry
Sun, Jul 26, 2020

Media policy will be ‘re-checked’, Information Dept can’t decide what content is fake, anti-national, says Lieutenant Governor G C Murmu

Sanctions by India alone will hardly sting China. There’s a need to think beyond trade barriers
Wed, Jul 08, 2020

The ongoing crisis opens a window for New Delhi to reset relations with China. New Delhi’s trade policy needs to be alive to the imperative of higher growth, which can be achieved only through more, not less, globalisation.

Apps ban: Retaliatory step signals intent, blocks China access to growing youth market
Thu, Jul 02, 2020

Banning 59 mobile apps that have Chinese overhang is both a statement of intent and a strong signal. This may not hurt India given the alternatives in the app space but for China, the Indian app market is growing and valuable.

Rathin Roy: ‘Need to settle NREGA the moment work is executed… pay by end of working day’
Mon, Jun 29, 2020

In this E-Xplained held a few weeks before he quit as Director, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, Rathin Roy, ex-member of PM’s Economic Advisory Council, discusses challenges and options in a likely recessionary year.

Manish Sabharwal: ‘India is inadequately industrialised, skilled… Covid-19 leaves no choice but to change’
Fri, Jun 19, 2020

In this E-Xplained event on Zoom, Manish Sabharwal, chairman & co-founder of the staffing and human capital firm Teamlease Services, and Director, RBI Central Board, discusses lockdown, unlockdown and jobs.

As Delhi plans next steps, on the table: Chinese stakes in Indian tech
Fri, Jun 19, 2020

While China may not be a big investor in the traditional sense, and business relations are viewed more in terms of the trade deficit that India suffers, it is the new economy and start-up space where China has increased its influence.

Last thing we want at time of health crisis is to do something that creates a financial crisis: Uday Kotak
Mon, Jun 08, 2020

Uday Kotak said that there is an opportunity to rebalance rural and urban and that the state needs to work towards the aspect of providing a social security net to not only migrants but also businesses across the board.

ACs made in India but costlier: experts red-flag return to ’70s
Thu, Jun 04, 2020

Indeed, addressing the CII annual session Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi cited ACs as a priority sector, besides furniture, leather and footwear, for the government’s Make in India push to generate jobs.

Industry chorus: Package not much help, govt must do the heavy lifting
Fri, May 29, 2020

The survey was conducted after the latest round of easing, and the respondents included large companies, regional trade bodies, and also some small and medium enterprises across the manufacturing and services sectors.

Nilesh Shah: ‘Until a medical solution emerges, markets will keep swinging from fear to hope’
Thu, May 21, 2020

In this edition of E-Xplained before a country-wide Zoom audience last week, Nilesh Shah discussed the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the economy, and ways to contain the damage.

Nirmala Sitharaman: ‘Too many unknowns, I have to be ready, I can’t finish my story with these announcements’
Wed, May 20, 2020

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman says she is open to deficit monetisation, won't hazard a guess on where growth is headed.

FM Nirmala Sitharaman interview: ‘Thought about it (bigger cash transfers), but grant for how many, of how much?’
Wed, May 20, 2020

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman says all suggestions were heard till the level of the Prime Minister before the package was finalised.