- Jul 04, 2015 22:04 IST
Besides causing TV news anchors to go apoplectic daily, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s studied silence on the charges of impropriety against his cabinet colleague external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, and party colleague Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje has given rise to several theories in Delhi’s circle of political pundits about what he may eventually do with regard to the two episodes — both involving a controversial former cricket tournament organiser, Lalit Modi.
- Jun 27, 2015 23:03 IST
At 7.3% India’s GDP growth rate during 2014-15 was the highest in the world; and, if you consider the final quarter of that period (Jan-Mar 2015), the growth rate in inflation-adjusted terms works out to 7.5%, a good half a percentage point higher than what China’s growth was during the same time. But have we really grown that fast?
- Jun 13, 2015 22:56 IST
His trips - he’s been out of India for 52 days and visited 17 countries in his first year as PM - have been very visible and it is clear that he wants India to play a more decisive and leading role in the world with an emphasis on economic development. That can happen only with the help of India’s diplomats. But that’s also where there’s a problem. India has too few diplomats.
- Jun 06, 2015 22:21 IST
When was the last time you read closely the list of ingredients on the package of food — cookies, jam, sauce or anything — that you bought before you ate it?
- May 30, 2015 23:18 IST
America’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the powerful regulator for all communication, has proposed that poor citizens of the US should have subsidised access to the internet via broadband.
- May 16, 2015 23:22 IST
The potential is huge for setting up household solar power systems on rooftops, terraces and balconies in Indian cities and towns where sunlight is in abundance most of the year. And while it is true that the cost of setting up photovoltaic solar panels is not cheap, technology and innovation are constantly pushing those costs down.
- May 02, 2015 23:53 IST
India’s e-commerce ventures are growing at an explosive pace but their underlying business models seem to be fundamentally flawed.
- Apr 18, 2015 22:45 IST
Last summer, while a debate over net neutrality was on in the US, in his very funny news satire show, Last Week Tonight, the comedian John Oliver used a typically risqué example to explain what a non-neutral Internet could do to small web-based entrepreneurs and startups.
- Apr 11, 2015 23:21 IST
It took nearly 15 years for India’s Right to Information Act (RTI) to finally become a law in 2005 after the late VP Singh (who was India’s prime minister briefly) first stressed the importance of a law that would give citizens the right to seek and get information.
- Apr 04, 2015 22:43 IST
Giriraj Singh’s first response after making despicable comments about Congress president Sonia Gandhi was not an apology but an expression of indignation delivered with misplaced candour: he thought what he had remarked to reporters during an informal chat would be “off the record”.
- Mar 21, 2015 21:58 IST
India’s economy, if analysts are to be believed, could be on the verge of a surge. Its growth rate could outstrip China’s, which has been slowing down, and beat other emerging markets, notably Brazil and Russia, about both of which forecasters are downbeat.
- Mar 14, 2015 22:20 IST
In early January 2014, less than two weeks after Arvind Kejriwal had been sworn in as Delhi’s chief minister for the first time, a few of us went to meet him in his office at the Delhi Secretariat building.
- Mar 07, 2015 21:20 IST
Budgets routinely had proposals to scrutinise transactions such as credit card purchases, cheque payments, bank transfers and even fixed deposits, all of which involved money that was lawfully accounted for. That sort of approach, instead of dissuading people from resorting to unaccounted transactions, encouraged them to avoid tax and generate black money.
- Feb 21, 2015 21:46 IST
Saturdays are holidays for the Bombay Stock Exchange, which remains shut for the weekend, but next Saturday when finance minister Arun Jaitley rises in Parliament to present the Narendra Modi government’s first full-year budget, the stock market will be open for trading.
- Feb 14, 2015 23:00 IST
For Kejriwal, there could be another pressing reason to tackle pollution in the city that he has just won: politics. The most vulnerable to the risks of urban air pollution are the cities poorest — many of whom are the real aam aadmi who’ve reposed their faith in AAP, writes Sanjoy Narayan.