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The Rajya Sabha must play its envisaged role

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Livemint With the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) winning easy passage in the Lok Sabha, it will now face a test in the Rajya Sabha, the Upper House, which owes its existence to the need of a parliamentary democracy to subject all Lower House legislation to h... More »

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Don’t drop the GST ball

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Livemint The Centre’s finances are under strain. Goods and services tax (GST) collections are reported to be 40% below the ₹526,000 crore amount budgeted for April to November 2019. This is also a broad indication of the GST shortfall in states, which must mov... More »

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An Indian bill under US watch

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Livemint The Lok Sabha passage of the constitutionally iffy Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) was bound to raise eyebrows in other parts of the world, and it has. The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has taken a grim view of the Bill’s ... More »

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A fundamental right in need of a debate

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Livemint Ever since India’s Supreme Court upheld privacy as a fundamental right in 2017, citizens have awaited legislation to etch the idea into the laws that govern the country. That task is now expected to be achieved by the Personal Data Protection Bill, or... More »

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Opinion | An Indian question

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Livemint The Lok Sabha saw a heated debate over the Citizenship Amendment Bill on Monday, as opposition parties protested that its provisions violate the fundamental principles of our Constitution. The bill, if approved by Parliament, would let members of six ... More »

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Onions as a wedding gift

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Livemint Onion prices in India have been on an upswing for a while. Hapless consumers have groaned about the government’s inability to get the vegetable back within their reach. Just how valuable these bulbs now are was captured by an enterprising group of wed... More »

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Opinion | Defog Indian data

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Livemint As a term, “credible statistics” is oxymoronic. So say cynics, the sort influenced by the “three kinds of lies” that prevail in Western folklore—“lies, damned lies, and statistics”. But modern management is about working on variables, and that require... More »

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Turn the provident fund flexible

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Livemint Reports suggest that the Social Security Code Bill expected to be tabled in Indian Parliament this week may allow employees to contribute less to their employee provident fund (EPF), thus leaving a larger part of their monthly pay in their wallets. Th... More »

Turn the provident fund flexible

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Livemint Reports suggest that the Social Security Code Bill expected to be tabled in Indian Parliament this week may allow employees to contribute less to their employee provident fund (EPF), thus leaving a larger part of their monthly pay in their wallets. Th... More »

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Sitharaman on what the economy needs

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Livemint After Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured his government’s backing for bankers to fearlessly extend loans for genuine business needs, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman has sought to reassure the country of all possible efforts to get the economy go... More »

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Google’s Sundar Pichai could end up in an Alphabet soup

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Livemint Within hours of the announcement of Sundar Pichai’s elevation from Google’s chief executive officer (CEO) to CEO of Google’s parent company Alphabet, cnbc.com ran an opinion piece with a headline that he had just “got the worst job in Silicon Valley”.... More »

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Sitharaman’s tax promise

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Livemint After Prime Minister Narendra assured bankers of his government’s backing to fearlessly extend loans for genuine business needs, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman has sought to reassure Indian industry of a favourable tax regime. Sitharaman said on ... More »