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Make ‘swadeshi’ uniforms and food items a must in schools, RSS affiliate tells Modi govt

Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas also suggests changes to National Education Policy for a post-pandemic world, calls for India to become 'powerful exporter'.
An employee walks past gantry cranes loading shipping containers onto trucks from the Cosco New York container ship docked at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port, operated by Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), in Navi Mumbai. Photographer: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Cancelled orders, halted production — how coronavirus threatens bleak fiscal for exporters

Indian exporters are facing massive shortage, and even cancellation in some cases, of orders. Labour-intensive sectors are fearing job cuts.
File photo Khan Market. | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

India’s animal spirits show the slowdown could be bottoming out

Despite the green shoots, Indian economy is set for another quarter of sub-par growth, and still in need of support from the government and RBI.

Promoting garment exports could be single-biggest boost to jobs, so let the rupee fall

Garment exports offer a solution to a number of economic problems, but India faces an unlevel playing field. Correcting rupee’s bloated value can be a start.
Shaktikanta Das

India’s current account deficit is at risk from global slowdown & oil prices: RBI Governor

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das says India needs structural reforms across sectors and assurance to investors of macroeconomic stability.

Modi govt has set another daunting target – tripling exports to $1 trillion in next 5 yrs

India managed to grow its exports by a meagre $16 billion in the last 5 years and has to now overcome slowing global growth & escalating trade tensions.
A cashier counts Indian rupee bank notes. | Photographer: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Behind India’s chronic trade deficit, a few ignorant accounting formulas

A persistent and large deficit fails to pressure the dollar upwards, relative to the rupee, resulting in the latter’s overvaluation.
Commuters and pedestrians walk past the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station in Mumbai (Representational image)

India is the only major Asian nation that’s growing its export share after tariff wars

India’s share of world exports rose to 1.71% in Q1 of 2019 from 1.58% in Q4 of 2017 – because it’s less integrated with global trade chains.
Illustration: Arindam Mukherjee | ThePrint

Ambitious economic targets could embarrass Modi govt if it doesn’t show greater purpose

Targets like a GDP of $5 trillion, increasing manufacturing to 25% of GDP, doubling farmers’ incomes and exports will not make Modi govt’s life easier.
People line up to fill water in Chennai | ANI Photos

India is the largest exporter of water, even as taps run dry across the country

In a country where a third of the population lives in cities, agriculture uses about 90% of fresh water in India, compared with 64% in China, 60% in Brazil, and 44% in Nigeria.

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Coronavirus attacks blood vessels, creates strange clots, autopsy studies show

Autopsies have revealed that Covid-19 is no ordinary respiratory disease. The virus is killing people by ravaging the circulatory system.

40 Covid apps across India: Lack of coordination or needed for micro-management?

India now has nearly 40 Covid-19 apps, including Aarogya Setu. The purpose of these apps range from contact tracing to providing health information and issuing e-passes.

Defence

File image of Chinese President Xi Jinping | Photo: Andrey Rudakov | Bloomberg

Ladakh military operation has President Xi Jinping’s sanction: China expert Jayadeva Ranade

Jayadeva Ranade says India shouldn’t hurry to settle the issue, questions why China carried out an operation that needed so much planning and money.

The Chinese are so predictable, Modi & Shah should’ve seen them coming on 5 August 2019

India should’ve anticipated the Chinese appearance in Ladakh, even the timing of it, when the status of Jammu & Kashmir was changed.