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Bezos vs. Ambani is the bout that had to happen

Ambani’s ability to influence policies in his home market shouldn’t be underestimated. Just as Reliance gets ready to push ahead, the Indian government has tweaked its e-commerce rules and made them more onerous for Amazon and Walmart-Flipkart.

Forty years ago, January 23, 1979: Charan Singh

Forty years ago, January 23, 1979: Of the four ministers of state who had resigned in protest against Charan Singh’s exit from the government, three will come back.

IAF and HAL need to work together for Tejas to fly high

The IAF plans to induct Tejas in all versions to arrest the depletion of combat squadrons. There is no ambiguity about IAF placing orders for more Tejas versions as the aircraft matures. But order for Tejas can only be placed following the due process.

Legislating payments out of RBI’s excess capital could compromise its independence

Putting a part of the country’s assets in a protected entity like the central bank builds fiscal credibility of the country as long as the central bank is viewed by markets as being independent of the government.

Bigotries unchecked

UP MLA’s comments on Mayawati, silence of BJP leadership, show that coarsening of discourse goes to the top, runs deep

Magic box

Rapid DNA analysis is coming to the aid of police forces, but strong regulatory juju is needed to prevent black magic

Congress, like BJP

In Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot government imitates its predecessor’s rhetoric — and blind spots — on the cow

View from the right: Toning down dissent

An editorial in Organiser suggests that the 2016 JNU event was organised on the occasion of the anniversary of Afzal Guru’s hanging and whether this act can be considered just as a criticism of the present government is the key question before the court.

Diving into a revolution

Swachh Bharat Mission has had to overcome a ‘degree of difficulty’ to bring about behavioural change.

ASER data shows early education is crucial, one-size-fits-all policy doesn’t work

While helping children get a head start in the early years is important, it is critical to ensure that all stakeholders — parents, teachers, policymakers and textbook developers — understand that the key words are “quality” and “developmentally appropriate”.

Forty years ago, January 22, 1979: Bank strike over

The representatives of the bankmen had agreed to give up non-cooperation and restore normalcy in the functioning of the banks. About 4 lakh bank workers started their agitiation — “work-to-rule and no overtime” — from December 15.

The afterlife of Section 377

Partial strike-down isn’t enough. Prejudice still haunts the LGBT community