Saturday, 18 November, 2017

Opinion

An overview of tunnels in which Pakistan is suspected to be storing nuclear weapons.

Pakistan building nuclear weapons storage unit deep in the mountains

The facility in Punjab province consists of 3 tunnels, interconnected under the mountain with each other; can store 12-24 nuclear weapons
Apex court’s judgment on Diwali firecrackers is not the first case of judicial overreach

Apex court’s judgment on Diwali firecrackers is not the first case of judicial overreach

SC-appointed committees in BCCI and MCI cases have powers to virtually run executive affairs, sidelining the government and elected executive bodies
The death of seven brave sons of India in the Tawang helicopter crash should wake us up to a basic need that is missing in many army posts.

No disrespect meant: Understanding the carriage of mortal remains of Tawang chopper crash

The choice is to send bodies in available body bags and others in locally available material or wait for body bags to arrive.
People protesting nuclear weapons, organised by ICAN

No nation can ignore the new global treaty pushed by Nobel-winning ICAN

ICAN won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for campaigning and forming a coalition of nations that adopted the legally binding treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons.

A Tale of Two Countries

A comparison between India and China shows the differences as well as the unexpected similarities.
NPCI is both the operator and infrastructure provider of IMPS and UPI, and does not have the structure to generate the right incentives.

The chicken-and-egg problem of NPCI shows what’s needed to improve its performance

NPCI is both the operator and infrastructure provider of IMPS and UPI, and does not have the structure to generate the right incentives.

To attack critics Modi used Shalya, Mahabharata’s master of psychological warfare

Searches for ‘Shalya’ in Google shot up dramatically after the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech on critics of his government's handling of the economy

GST is a mountain, and SMEs can’t scale it without some support

Considering SMEs in India are largely promoter-driven, entrepreneurs fear they will be spending valuable resources towards compliance.
The satyagraha in Karnataka wants the tax under GST imposed on handmade goods to be removed.

In Karnataka, a ‘Tax Denial Satyagraha’ seeks an end to GST on handmade...

The new tax regime hikes the prices of handloom yarn and other products, and poses a threat to livelihoods of thousands of weavers and artisans.
BJP followers waving flags

Following the Karpoori Thakur model, OBC sub-categorisation could be icing on BJP’s cake

Following the Karpoori Thakur model, OBC sub-categorisation could be icing on BJP’s cake.
Supreme Court

There are some things even the Supreme Court shouldn’t be allowed to change

SC itself has held that certain features of THE Constitution can’t be amended by Parliament; it should be the same when it comes to its own functioning.
An illustration of Modi wearing a hat

Rating the raters

Gujarat Elections 2017

Indira Gandhi

Indira Gandhi at 100: Why She Still Rules India

Indira believed in statist, povertarian economics and crush-the-opposition-to-dust “Total Politics”. If both ideas thrive under Modi now, she still rules our minds.
Shoe shop

Talk Point: The regulatory philosophy of NAPA replaces the invisible hand of the market

Anti-profiteering measures enshrined in the GST law round the circle by already providing an institutional mechanism to ensure that the full benefits of reduced tax rates flow through to the consumer.