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Recent reports predict gloomy days ahead for the overall economy

Most reports and studies by official agencies, international think tanks and private entities indicate the cataclysmic impact of coronavirus pandemic on economy and society. They anticipate that lockdowns imposed by various countries across the globe to reduce the exponential diffusion of COVID-19 (i.e. for flattening the curve by social distancing and quarantines) would adversely affect economic growth and disrupt supply chains in most sectors, on top of causing economic and...

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Housing for all

-The Hindu Business Line We need a holistic policy to address India’s housing shortage issue With the Union Cabinet clearing a ₹81,975-crore plan to build one crore houses in rural areas over the next three years under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY)-Rural, the Narendra Modi government has given concrete backing to its promise of achieving universal coverage in housing by 2022. While providing housing for all has been the dream of...

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Modi government plans to make all public services available on mobile phones -Aman Sharma

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: The Modi administration wants to make all government services available on mobile phones in the next five years so that citizens don't have to visit offices, making it much easier for them to get their work done efficiently and conveniently. The Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), which reports to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), proposed this last week in a report prepared along...

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Rs. 1.4 lakh crore cess money lies idle -TCA Sharad Raghavan

-The Hindu The funds collected can be used only for the designated purpose and cannot be diverted More than Rs. 1.4 lakh crore of funds collected by the government under various cesses for purposes as varied as higher education, road development and the welfare of construction workers are lying unutilised, shows an analysis by The Hindu of a Comptroller and Auditor-General report on government finances and answers by Ministers in the Lok...

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Internet.org or Facebook Free Basics: Do read the fine print -Leslie D'Monte

-Livemint.com Arguments against the initiative, such as violation of net neutrality, splintering the Internet and compromising security and privacy, remain unchanged Mumbai: Is it better for the poor to access a bit of the Internet for free with a few strings attached rather than have no access to it at all? On the face of it, most of us will find it hard to disagree with this proposition. After all, no one...

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