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There is a method to India’s sell-off agenda

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Livemint Just a few weeks ago, the government gave advocates of privatization reason to cheer by announcing the sale of its stake in several state-owned companies. For a dispensation that was seen as dragging its feet on this agenda in its previous term, it se... More »

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Modi’s flash of wit

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Livemint There is little that can discomfit Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it is believed, and he provided us further evidence on Thursday soon after social media buzzed with a picture of his attempt to watch the morning’s solar eclipse. It was a picture he him... More »

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Opinion | An appeal for peace

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Livemint On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had stern words for those who adopted violence to protest against the amended citizenship law, while urging peace. “People who damaged public property and were involved in violence in the name of protest (in ... More »

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Opinion | Unity of command

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Livemint India will finally have a chief of defence staff (CDS), nearly two decades after the position was first mooted by the Kargil Review Committee. On Tuesday, the cabinet committee on security approved creating the post. Once named, the CDS will be “first... More »

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Why the Centre can’t afford to play Santa

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Livemint Few finance ministers can resist the temptation to play Santa Claus at times, and so long as populism spells good politics, even fewer can be faulted for treating the annual budget like a goodie bag. This time round, spending plans are being worked ou... More »

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Opinion | America’s TikTok anxiety

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Livemint Just as word was in the air that Chinese social media firm ByteDance was thinking of ringfencing its TikTok app amid intensifying US scrutiny, the firm’s chief put to rest such talk. Till recently, the company was reportedly considering a TikTok stake... More »

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Opinion | An unwanted foreign student

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Livemint An exchange student from Germany studying at IIT Madras has reportedly been ordered by our immigration authorities to leave India for violating visa rules. Jakob Lindenthal, 24, was participating in protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA)... More »

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Opinion | Only for sleuths

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Livemint The finance ministry is right in refusing to disclose the Swiss bank account details of Indians that are available to the government thanks to a treaty with Switzerland which has stiff confidentiality conditions. Swiss authorities had agreed to part w... More »

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The logic of playing to India’s centre ground

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Livemint It wasn’t long ago that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) seemed invincible as it swept to power in one state after another. The party’s footprint was spreading fast and the Opposition was at a loss over how to stop the saffron juggernaut. However, tha... More »

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An RBI twist and a market question

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Livemint The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has begun spooning out liquidity at the short-tenure end of the debt market to make credit flow at the long end. The central bank’s sales of short-term treasury bonds and simultaneous purchases of 10-year gilts follow a... More »

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Ease the path for wide 5G network adoption

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Livemint The Digital Communications Commission last week announced base prices for airwaves that telecommunications companies can bid for to expand their fourth generation or 4G networks and roll out 5G services. The industry has been increasingly vocal about ... More »