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Chinese imports kill ‘Rampuri knife’ as Jaya Prada & Azam Khan are busy fighting each other

With growing popularity of Chinese knives in local markets, Rampur shopkeepers say city's famed knife, 'Rampuri', is facing imminent death.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi | Paul Miller/Bloomberg

Bleak record on economy – the reason Modi’s BJP has returned to communal politics

Voters have to ask themselves why & what this angry, polarising, ugly campaign foretells for the nation if the BJP wins again.
A giant cut-out of Prime Minister Narendra Modi installed at Ashok Road | Ravi Choudhary/ Getty Images

Pick-up in quarterly sales reflect an upswing in Indian economy as GST regime stabilises

There is finally evidence of formalisation of the economy as the GST regime stabilises & has a big positive effect on the business cycle.
Arun Jaitley and Narendra Modi at a conference in New Delhi | Kuni Takahashi/Bloomberg

Jobless youth are a reality. Modi can’t hide behind misleading data and a media spin

A country in need of over 10 lakh jobs each month has its prime minister, Narendra Modi, latching on to flawed analysis to claim that all is well.
Sanjeev Sanyal at Off The Cuff in Mumbai | ThePrint

Demonetisation was not at all a disaster, led to greater tax compliance: Sanjeev Sanyal

Speaking at Off The Cuff, principal economic advisor to Modi govt Sanjeev Sanyal says every reform is disruptive, but this govt has undertaken major reforms & created infrastructure.
Indian trade union members pose for media holding banned currency notes during a demonstration against demonitisation in Chennai | Arun Sankar/AFP/Getty Images

Minutes prior to demonetisation, RBI had warned PM Modi of no material impact on black money

The RBI board had met just two-and-a-half hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced demonetisation.
farmers

Black money of Indians stashed abroad is in range of $216bn and $490bn, govt reports

The finance ministry concluded there was no scope of arriving at a common estimate of black money as the 3 reports threw up 'wide variations'.
RBI Headquarters in Mumbai

India set to patch up with Nepal over currency crisis, make high-value notes legal tender

RBI will soon issue a notification allowing the circulation of Rs 2,000, Rs 500 and Rs 200 notes in Nepal.
Queues outside an ATM after demonetisation was announced

It’s time policy makers acknowledge the real problem facing India’s shadow banks

The collapse of the highly rated infrastructure operator-financier IL&FS Group exposed the fault lines under Indian shadow banks’ impressive credit edifice.
Modi

By 2017, Modi had belied the hopes he raised in 2014

Modi rapidly expanded same welfare schemes he had called a leading symbol of India’s economic underachievement under the Congress.

On Camera

Industrialisation only hope to eliminate poverty in Africa

African development is key to a stable world. For if it remains underdeveloped, Africa, with its exploding impoverished population, will fall prey to climate disasters and wars.

Sri Lanka terror attack: Did the world let its guard down on ISIS?

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the serial suicide bombings in Sri Lanka, which have killed more than 300 people till last count.

Defence

Indian Coast Guard

Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.