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No tax refund, no working capital: How GST is hurting Indian exporters -Mayank Jain

are suffering the most. Earlier this month, the Union government took note of the complaints of exporters and ordered the Adhia-led committee to be set up. It has been tasked with providing recommeNDAtions to fix the problems exporters face. The committee is scheduled to meet next on October 6. However, it remains to be seen if the GST Council, headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, acts on its recommeNDA More »

Damning statistics -Nandini Oza

Contrary to what the Gujarat government says, records show that the Sardar Sarovar Project is far from complete Somabhai Raval was barely seven when prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru laid the fouNDAtion stone for the Sardar Sarovar Project at Kevadia Colony in Gujarat on April 5, 1961. A resident of Fatehpura village in Patan district of north Gujarat, Raval is not well educated. Till seven years ago, when construction of a minor canal near his f

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Activists slam police action on BHU students, write to President, PM

the brutal police action on students sitting on a strike since 22nd of September protesting against the sexual harassment within the campus”. More than 40 rights activists and teachers on SuNDAy wrote to the President, Prime Minister and the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh to register their concern on the violence on the Benaras Hindu University campus where on Saturday night police allegedly lathicharged girl students. The letter, addressed

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Not Doing Away With Hot Meals For Children Under ICDS, Centre Clarifies -Anoo Bhuyan

elopment Services (ICDS), which is a centrally-sponsored scheme. The secretary also said, “The Act, as well as various Supreme Court orders, are very clear that self-help groups and mahila maNDAls are the first choice to provide food to children and women under the ICDS. Only if there is no infrastructure for this can the government consider moving towards private contractors. But the first preference is to be given to women’s groups wh

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Centre to police: Nudge people to achieve goals of demonetisation -Srinath Rao

e Indian Express The move came about, the letter mentions, during a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on August 25, 2017, where it was found that proof of pending recommeNDAtions being implemented was present only on paper. Mumbai: The Union Home Ministry has written to police forces across the country to assess their efforts to encourage citizens to move to cashless transactions and curb fake currency and anti-nationa

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Bullet Train: Do we need it? -TR RaghunaNDAn

iate for India, in the current configuration as negotiated by Prime Minister Narendra and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail line, for which they laid the fouNDAtion stone on September 14. The Shinkansen bullet trains were introduced in Japan in 1964 and traversed the 500-plus kilometre distance between Tokyo with Osaka, the two biggest metropolises in Japan, in just 3 hours and 10 minutes. Japan took a gia

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Forget fast growth, India is barely holding on. Just look at the data -Chaitanya Kalbag

s mostly gas. It’s feeling a lot like that these days, and PM Narendra Modi must have a tough time keeping our spirits up. Every few days there is a saccharine shot, but let’s face it &NDAsh; we are in the doldrums. Demonetisation and the Goods and Services Tax (GST) have both extracted an economic price from nearly every Indian. The drumbeat of dismal data continues. The Index of Industrial Production rose just 1.2% in July compa

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SC Directives on Police Reforms Rejected, Ignored or Diluted by States -Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar

nother area of concern has been that the non-adherence to independent checks and balances as suggested by the apex court. “Where constituted, the State Security Commission, a bi-partisan body maNDAted to develop policy guidelines and conduct police evaluation, either fails to ensure adequate and meaningful representation of independent members and/or does not include leader of the opposition, thereby reducing it to a mere rubber stamp,” th

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The Ghost of Demonetisation Still Haunts Marathwada's Farmers -Parth MN

trader is now saying he will pay by Diwali [by mid-October 2017],” he says. The trader owes Badavne Rs 178,483 for his cotton yield. A cheque he received for this amount on March 24 bounced &NDAsh; thrice.  “I am not the only one,” says Deepak, 31, sitting under a tree in Karajgaon village on the outskirts of Aurangabad city in Marathwada, Maharashtra. “There are others in my village who have been similarly duped.&rdquo

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India Scores Lowest Among BRICS on Health Sustainable Development Goal Index -Swagata Yadavar

18 who had experienced sexual violence (13.6) was poor. The SDGs have set a target to reduce neonatal mortality rate to 12 deaths per 1,000 live births by 2030. India reported a rate of 28 in 2013&NDAsh;worse than the 2016 global average of 17, as IndiaSpend reported in September 2017. On under-five mortality, the SDGs have set a target of under 25 deaths per 1,000 live births. India under-five mortality (50) is much worse than the global average o

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