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Abhijit Kumar Dutta

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B3W vs BRI — World leaders have a B in their bonnets

BUSINESS

B3W vs BRI — World leaders have a B in their bonnets

As the West gears up to counter China’s supremacy, New Delhi’s response is guarded as it has to balance India’s geopolitical and commercial interests

A quick way to crank up the growth engine

BUSINESS

A quick way to crank up the growth engine

The EY-Ficci ready-to-invest list can come in handy for the government to spot projects that can create jobs in low-carbon areas 

Does the government's new vaccine policy go the distance?

CORONAVIRUS

Does the government's new vaccine policy go the distance?

To make the central government’s revised inoculation policy a success, a steady and quick supply of COVID jabs is essential

Global tax deal — India must focus on fine print

BUSINESS

Global tax deal — India must focus on fine print

To protect its own interest, New Delhi has to bargain hard at international fora so that a comprehensive agreement is reached 

Labour hard to step up job-intensive exports

BUSINESS

Labour hard to step up job-intensive exports

Removal of bottlenecks, factor market reforms and free trade pacts are key to boosting outbound shipments of employment-generating products

COVID care — GST panel needs to move more quickly

BUSINESS

COVID care — GST panel needs to move more quickly

Lack of consensus at the Council meeting, formation of GoM will only delay immediate revenue measures needed to help states combat the pandemic

COVID-infected economy needs a cash jab

BUSINESS

COVID-infected economy needs a cash jab

Stimulus measures can boost consumption, build the base for durable growth and help set the course for a lower fiscal deficit, going forward

Solar modules — Price shock absorber need of the hour

BUSINESS

Solar modules — Price shock absorber need of the hour

A rethink on import levy and targeted incentive for the entire value chain in manufacturing can have a benign effect on solar equipment cost

COVID care should be one-point GST meet agenda

BUSINESS

COVID care should be one-point GST meet agenda

GST Council meeting next week must chalk out COVID relief measures and ensure states have enough resources to fight the pandemic.

Exports target of $400 billion tough to achieve

BUSINESS

Exports target of $400 billion tough to achieve

The trend in outbound shipments will depend a lot on the course of the pandemic and the government’s promptness in supporting exporters  

India’s solar power target needs an urgent review

BUSINESS

India’s solar power target needs an urgent review

Apex court order adds to the problems of the renewable energy sector which is already plagued by the pandemic-led slowdown

The COVID curve — The writing is on the wall

BUSINESS

The COVID curve — The writing is on the wall

Government must make a clean breast of the Corona crisis as global support for vaccine IPR waiver will mean little for India if Lancet forecast turns out correct 

India-UK trade initiative — A win-win for both

BUSINESS

India-UK trade initiative — A win-win for both

Strategic partnership with UK can be New Delhi’s template for future trade deals while Britain can benefit from India’s large market size and deep talent pool

Can GST mop-up momentum continue?

BUSINESS

Can GST mop-up momentum continue?

April collection comfort will be short-lived unless government fast-tracks vaccination and comes up with recovery steps once second COVID wave wanes 

Will court jab raise Centre’s COVID consciousness?

BUSINESS

Will court jab raise Centre’s COVID consciousness?

Government should take note of Supreme Court’s posers and make necessary course correction in the COVID vaccination programme

Vax populi — Coordinated planning a must to make inoculation drive a success

BUSINESS

Vax populi — Coordinated planning a must to make inoculation drive a success

If the Centre asks states to fend for themselves in this moment of crisis, it can lead to chaos when demand is set to outstrip vaccine supply

COVID treatment needs an urgent tax-cut tonic

BUSINESS

COVID treatment needs an urgent tax-cut tonic

A GST exemption on COVID-related drugs and medical devices can offer some succour to virus-infected people and their families 

Lower India-China trade deficit — A moment to brag or brood?

BUSINESS

Lower India-China trade deficit — A moment to brag or brood?

An advantage on bilateral trade turf will only make sense if New Delhi manages to match Beijing’s economic recovery pace

Absence of long-term PPAs could pull the plug on power projects

TRENDS

Absence of long-term PPAs could pull the plug on power projects

Revamped PPAs, along with power trading reforms, can enhance off-take of renewable energy and help government fulfil target

Carbon neutrality — Commitment must balance compulsion

BUSINESS

Carbon neutrality — Commitment must balance compulsion

India will have to weigh its development need and economic imperative before announcing a “net zero” target at an international forum 

High time the government broke silence on export support scheme

BUSINESS

High time the government broke silence on export support scheme

Clarity on RoDTEP will not only help local exporters, but also enable India to address concerns of its trade partners

GST — Ride on the glee to fix the glitches

BUSINESS

GST — Ride on the glee to fix the glitches

A steady uptick in revenue collection should give the government the confidence to carry out long-pending rejig in the indirect tax system

Can India wean Bangladesh away from China’s embrace? 

POLITICS

Can India wean Bangladesh away from China’s embrace? 

New Delhi must step up commercial engagements with its eastern neighbour to balance Beijing’s influence on Dhaka

India-US trade ties face Google tax googly

BUSINESS

India-US trade ties face Google tax googly

A quick global consensus on e-commerce equalisation levy is the only way out to avoid bilateral conflicts on this thorny issue

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