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New team

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has done now what he should have done soon after assuming office – set up his own economic advisory council (EAC) as a replacement for his predecessor Dr Manmohan Singh’s council. He was quick to disband the council headed by former Reserve Bank Governor C Rangarajan but took three-and-a-half years to realise that he needed to revive the institution. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is indeed a

Recovery plans

The last few weeks for the NDA government have been harrowing with criticism being voiced in various quarters about the faulty implementation of demonetisation which was intrinsically a well-intentioned move and Goods and Services Tax (GST) which too has been a victim of glitches. The economy in general has shown infirmities with weak numbers adding to a mood of despondency. The National Executive meeting organised by the BJP in New

Prison puzzle

Taking a serious view of custodial violence and inhuman conditions in jails, the Supreme Court has ordered far-reaching reforms as well as payment of compensation for unnatural deaths recorded in prisons since 2012. The court says prisoners too have their rights, including a fundamental right to health, and they should have access to counsellors and support persons. The National Crime Records Bureau has listed 552 unnatural deaths of prisoners between

Punching Pak

If India’s reply to Pakistan’s charges at the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly session is any indication, India would no longer tolerate any false allegation from its neighbour for harbouring terrorism and human rights’ violations. In one of the most strongly-worded counters to Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s address there, India called the neighbouring country ‘Terroristan’ – which produces and exports global terrorism. This was in

Right decision

The Calcutta High Court order revoking the ban on immersion of Durga idols on 1 October on which the holy idol immersion coincides with the Muslim festival of Muharram is a major setback for West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who had made it a prestige issue. The State government ban was being seen by people at large as a means to appease the minority community whom the Chief Minister

Rings a bell

In a move that could benefit millions of mobile phone users in the country, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has reduced Interconnection Usage Charge (IUC) to six paise per minute from the existing 14 paise per minute. The telecom regulator further made it clear that the charge would completely be removed from the year 2020. IUC or the call connect charge is an amount that a telecom operator