Thursday, 22 February, 2018


Narendra Modi

India’s Ease of Doing Business rank improved due to new methodology, not ‘Modi magic’

While Modi has celebrated India’s rapid rise in the Doing Business rankings, the World Bank’s Chief Economist recently resigned amid controversy over methodological changes. Without those changes, India’s “jump” in the rankings looks much more modest.
Women working in an office, PF cut in half Budget 2018

PF contribution cut for women employees a half-hearted measure

Women entrepreneurs and activists give thumbs down to Jaitley’s ‘gender budget’, say more steps needed to increase women’s participation in workforce.
Narendra Modi with a statue of Mahatma Gandhi

The Modi govt is going to spend Rs 150 cr on the Mahatma’s 150th...

Union Budget 2018-19 has allocated funds for the commemoration programme that a committee is expected to finalise. 

It’s an election year budget and govt has made sure its ad plans are...

The allocation for ‘information’ under the I&B ministry has gone up to Rs 212.51 crore in the last two years — a rise of more than 1,800 per cent from 2016-17.
Rakesh Bharti Mittal-CII president and VC, Bharti Enterprises watching budget 2018

What India’s industrialists thought about Budget 2018

The general consensus is that while the Budget is slightly populist, it's good that it focuses on healthcare rather than handing out sops.
Arun Jaitley and Amit Shah

The perfect word to describe Arun Jaitley’s budget: Restless

The budget has the fingerprints of a worried, impatient government not as sure of a second term with a clear majority. Thankfully, it isn’t irresponsible.
Farmers working | Representational image | commons

The Modi govt never understood the problems of Indian farmers. Budget 2018 proves it

Arun Jaitley seemed to make a grand declaration as if he was fulfilling a manifesto promise. But he just shifted the goal posts with Budget 2018.
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat

Happy that budget has taken our concerns into account: RSS affiliates

Swadeshi Jagran Manch, Bharatiya Kisan Sangh call this budget as the first that truly addresses the concerns of ‘70 per cent India’s population’.
Arun Jaitley arrives in the Parliament ahead of budget

The biggest numbers from Modi government’s last full budget are mixed

The govt has been struggling with managing its spending following the rollout of the GST last year as well as the impact of demonetisation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi

In Davos, Modi said protectionism is terrorism. Jaitley shows he didn’t mean it

An election Budget is usually marked by fiscal profligacy to voter-friendly finance schemes. But this government is confident about selling empty promises.
Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump

The bling of billionaires like Trump Jr bedazzles Indians. They’re the gods of achhe din

Meanwhile in Washington DC, the Trump Hotel recently got an extreme makeover with the words “This Place is a Shithole” and poop emojis projected on its wall.
Illustration by Peali Dezine on bank privatisation

If Modi wants a real legacy, he must undo Indira Gandhi’s disastrous bank nationalisation

From Jimmy Nagarwala’s Rs 60 lakh from SBI to Nirav Modi’s Rs 11,000 crore-plus from PNB, India has a 47-year record of scams in govt banks. Why do all govts still love them?

Gujarat Elections 2017