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1 million people travelled by air this Sunday — a promising sign of post-Covid times

The rise in passenger traffic, from 29% of normal levels to 35% on Sunday, shows that virus flare-ups may no longer lead to further backsliding in passenger traffic.
Finance ministercManmohan Singh after presenting historic 1991 budget. | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Manmohan Singh told me weeks before 1992 Budget speech that he’d have to resign

In ‘Portraits of Power’, economist and former civil servant N.K. Singh writes about his decades of working with India’s top bureaucrats and prime ministers.
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Off The Cuff with Raghuram Rajan

Raghuram Rajan, former Reserve Bank of India governor and the Katherine Dusak Miller Professor of Finance at Chicago Booth  was the guest at ThePrint's Off the Cuff.In a conversation with Editor-in-chief Shekhar Gupta, Rajan shares his assessment of the Indian economy and the actions taken by the Narendra Modi government in handling the pandemic and the resultant consequences. Loss of jobs and livelihoods during the pandemic may leave Indians more impoverished, Rajan said. He also talked about how demonetization, the implementation of the goods and services tax and the government's handling of the Covid lockdown have dealt a body blow to the economy. He also delved upon why India needs to bring in comprehensive reforms and pointed out how the last set of serious growth enhancing reforms were during the first tenure of the National Democratic Alliance which ruled between 1999 and 2004. He also weighed in on what Bangladesh has...
Abal Jagdishbhai, a 25-year-old farmer from Lakhapar village in Gujarat, holds a damaged cotton bud. | Photo: Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

Rotting crops, unsold produce, falling incomes — How India’s hopeful rural economy has crashed

Rural economy was meant to push India in a difficult year, but a number of factors are making that difficult. ThePrint travels across the country to find these out.
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Industrial production declines by 8% in August

According to IIP data released today, manufacturing sector production registered a decline of 8.6%, while the output of mining & power segments fell 9.8% and 1.8%, respectively.
Illustration by Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Modi sells India Dream to world but sweeps ugly truth of rapes under the carpet

PM Modi may be a marketing maverick but the world is watching.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

India may have crossed Covid peak, stage set for economic recovery, says finance ministry

In its economic outlook for September, finance ministry claims economic recovery may have gained momentum on account of govt’s economic package as well as Unlock. 

Does universal basic income make us lazy? German study with ‘doppelgangers’ promises answers

The study is a step in the right direction to answer some of the big questions about universal basic income, which just might be an ideal policy tool for recessions.
File photo | Farmers' organisations block a railway track during a protest over farm bills Punjab | PTI

What economists like Ashok Gulati still don’t understand about agriculture in India

Indian farmers have read the writing on the wall. India’s economists have not.
File image of PM Narendra Modi | PTI

Modi govt mustn’t hesitate to make Covid vaccine free for Indians. It only costs Rs 80,000 cr

Serum Institute CEO Adar Poonawalla asked if the government is willing to pay Rs 80,000 crore to vaccinate all Indians. The money isn’t such a big deal.

On Camera

The victim's pyre burns amid heavy police presence in her village, Boolgarhi | Manisha Mondal | ThePrintIndia

Dear upper caste Indians, Hathras is not another Nirbhaya. It is a Khairlanji

From Kilvenmani massacre in 1968 to the Chunduru massacre in 1991 to the Khairlanji atrocity in 2006, Dalits have been vainly hoping to access legal justice in India.
An employee counts Indian rupee banknotes at a Walmart Inc. Best Price Modern Wholesale store in Hyderabad, India, on 16 March 2019 (Representational Image) | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

In ‘Diwali bonus’, govt waives interest-on-interest even for those who didn’t opt for moratorium

After its affidavit to SC, govt orders issues waiver norms including cashback by 5 November. All standard accounts up to 29 February eligible for benefits.

Defence

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Navy demonstrates combat readiness with video of missile destroying ship in Arabian Sea

The missile was fired by frontline corvette INS Prabal as part of a mega naval drill involving aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, attack helicopters, and aircraft.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint Team

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.