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FM walks the talk, honestly and judiciously, but very diffidently

SANJEEV AHLUWALIA ore reassurance comes from the fiscal deficit target for 2018-19 set at 3.3 per cent of GDP. BUDGET 2018 FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY AND BUDGET MANAGEMENT The Union Budget 2018-19 appears an honest and judicious construct when conveyed aurally. The...

Budget 2018 – An unusual effort to focus on rural poor

JAYSHREE SENGUPTA Source: PARI BUDGET 2018 Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s Budget 2018 was clearly an election budget. A lot of big changes have been offered, especially in the health sector, but why at the fag end of the NDA...

Maldives democracy takes another twist with Nasheed, others freed by SC

N. SATHIYA MOORTHY MALDIVES NASHEED Thursday, February 1, 2018, will be unlike any other day in the history of the Indian Ocean archipelago – if only a shade less celebratory than the first multi-party, democratic presidential polls of 2008....

Syria’s lost generation

ANCHAL VOHRA As the world powers are busy carving up Syria’s new boundaries in Geneva and Sochi, a countless number of new lives and their future is not taken on priority. SYRIA Seven months old Sam is biting into a...

Why have we failed to create institutes of excellence, like in West?

ANTARA SENGUPTA There is reluctance in offering absolute autonomy to institutes in something as basic as issuing degrees. When it comes to financial autonomy, it is assumed that the institutes are incapable of funding themselves and are tied...

Great walls: Addressing domestic barriers to climate action projects in India

ISSUE BRIEFS AND SPECIAL REPORTS DEC 11 2017 VIKROM MATHUR APARAJIT PANDEY CLIMATE ACTION CLIMATE ADAPTATION CLIMATE FINANCE FINANCING GREEN TRANSITIONS PRIVATE CAPITAL This report is part of the Observer Research Foundation’s “Financing Green Transitions” series which aims to...

Trump’s ‘social insecurity’ bill

MANOJ JOSHI The solipsistic Trump “revolution” is unfolding on fantasies about economic growth. DEFICIT DONALD TRUMP INDO-PACIFIC REX TILLERSON TAX On Saturday, the Republican Party passed a tax bill which critics say will make the rich richer and the poor poorer. The...

Combating corporate corruption in India through Deferred prosecution agreements

ISSUE BRIEFS AND SPECIAL REPORTS NOV 23 2017 PERCIVAL BILLIMORIA VIVAN MARWAHA JHOOMAR MEHTA CORRUPTION Corruption has plagued India’s political and corporate landscape since Independence. In the United Kingdom (UK), Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs) have proved to be an...

Securing our borders with blinders on

DEEPAK SINHA Practitioners dealing with national security see the subject of borders from a traditional viewpoint. BORDER SECURITY ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION At a recent workshop at Observer Research Foundation on the subject of “Revisiting India’s Border Security” one could not help...

Trump’s Asia visit leaves China stronger

MAYURI BANERJEE Trump’s Asia visit was ripe with opportunities for mending political ties and reinstating credibility in the US leadership. Instead, President Trump used the platform to push through his election winning agenda of “America First”. AMERICA FIRST DONALD...

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Uttarakhand high court revokes dissolution of temple panel

The Uttarakhand High Court has revoked the state government’s order dissolving the Badrinath-Kedarnath Temple committee and ordered its restoration. Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia issued the...

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