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Mamta Singh, Inspector-General of Police (Crime againt Women) in Haryana, interviewed by Chitleen K Sethi (ThePrint.in)Mamta Singh, Inspector-General of Police (Crime againt Women) in Haryana, interviewed by Chitleen K Sethi (ThePrint.in)

-ThePrint.in IGP Mamta Singh says since most rapists are known to victims, the problem seems to be that women and their families have ‘too much faith’ in men around them. Chandigarh: Haryana has witnessed nine cases of rape in the past one week alone, raising serious questions about the competence of the police, their sensitivity to such crimes and the larger issue of the increased targeting of women in a state known for its patriarchy and the worst sex ratio in the country. Going by cold figures, the numbers are not shocking. The latest National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data shows that Haryana witnessed 1,187 rapes in 2016, roughly three rapes a day. Of these, 191 were gang rapes, the highest in the country. In almost half the rape cases, the victim was less than 18 years old. And these figures do not include incidents where the victim was murdered as they are...

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Reetika Khera, Associate Professor of Economics at IIT-Delhi, interviewed by Surabhi (The Hindu Business Line)Reetika Khera, Associate Professor of Economics at IIT-Delhi, interviewed by Surabhi (The Hindu Business Line)

-The Hindu Business Line The government must universalise social security pensions for the elderly, single women and persons with disabilities and also operationalise the maternity entitlement scheme at the earliest, says Reetika Khera, Associate Professor of Economics at IIT-Delhi. In an interview to BusinessLine, Khera argued against the use of Aadhaar for authentication of beneficiaries and said it has “no role in plugging leakages or in the identification of correct beneficiaries”. Excerpts: * In the last four years, the NDA government has been working on schemes for direct benefit transfer for food, and other welfare schemes. What has been the impact on people's lives? The Public Distribution System (PDS) has faced continuous, disguised, assaults in the NDA regime. First, the government imposed compulsory Aadhaar-based biometric authentication. A recent survey of 900 households in Jharkhand found that it excludes the most vulnerable (such as old widows who cannot go to the shop to authenticate...

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Shaktikanta Das, the former secretary of the Department of Economic Affairs, interviewed by Richa Mishra (The Hindu Business Line)Shaktikanta Das, the former secretary of the Department of Economic Affairs, interviewed by Richa Mishra (The Hindu Business Line)

-The Hindu Business Line Who would know better than Shaktikanta Das, the former secretary of the Department of Economic Affairs, the ‘Good, Bad, and Ugly’ side of demonetisation and GST, the two factors that disrupted the balance sheets of not only the government and corporates but also that of the common man. Das would like to call it “positive disruption” as he believes that the turbulence caused was short-term, and that once stability sets in, things will improve. As the Narendra Modi-led government prepares to present probably its last Budget before the general elections, BusinessLine caught up with Das to know the challenges remaining; it is time to further push the agriculture reforms and strengthen the subsidy mechanism, as the government contends with the issue of fiscal deficit. * Two critical decisions of the government – demonetisation and GST – have impacted the entire economic structure. The after-effects were also seen in the...

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Bhargavi Zaveri, senior research associate at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, interviewed by Nitin Sethi (Scroll.in)Bhargavi Zaveri, senior research associate at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, interviewed by Nitin Sethi (Scroll.in)

-Scroll.in The Insolvency and Banking Code was brought in as a law in May 2016 to resolve cases of unpaid debts by companies. It allows creditors to initiate insolvency proceedings against defaulting companies so as to recover their money. The code was thought necessary because existing systems of dealing with insolvent companies had failed to deliver, with cases dragging on for years without result. The code sets up an Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India to lay down the rules and regulations for two tribunals to oversee the proceedings. These tribunals – the National Company Law Tribunal and the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal – oversee the resolution of cases between creditors and debtors by insolvency professionals. But a year after the board and the tribunals started functioning, some experts have grown wary. The resolution process is being carried out in secret even though, at times, it involves recovering vast sums of public...

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TCA Anant, Chief Statistician of India and Secretary -- MoSPI, interviewed by Vikas Dhoot and TCA Sharad Raghavan (The Hindu)TCA Anant, Chief Statistician of India and Secretary -- MoSPI, interviewed by Vikas Dhoot and TCA Sharad Raghavan (The Hindu)

-The Hindu The Chief Statistician of India on the economy, the meaning of the new series of GDP data, and the need to wait for the impact of demonetisation to unfold T.C.A. Anant is the Chief Statistician of India, and Secretary, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation. He has been in charge of several notable changes in the way economic data has been recently presented, including the new GDP and Gross Value Added data series, and the rebased Wholesale Price Index, updated to incorporate more recent items and methods. In this interview, he speaks of capturing data and the effects of demonetisation. Excerpts: * What has been the impact of restocking on the growth of the manufacturing sector in Q2? What is our data for restocking or inventory? There are two things. Let me go back a little to the period just before the GST was launched and the Q1 estimates. There was a...

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