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The new coronavirus strain, first discovered in the central city of Wuhan, has caused alarm because of its connection to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which killed nearly 650 people across mainland China and Hong Kong in 2002-2003. More

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  • ‘Dharavi Model’ is the silver lining in Mumbai’s COVID-19 cloud Jul 03, 2020 12:39 PM IST

    ‘Dharavi Model’ is the silver lining in Mumbai’s COVID-19 cloud

    It’s worthwhile to unpack the strategies that succeeded in Dharavi as they not only reveal much about the settlement, but also hold lessons for rest of Mumbai, and indeed the rest of India

  • Is China facing a Xi Jinping-Li Keqiang rivalry amidst a job crisis? Jun 23, 2020 10:56 AM IST

    Is China facing a Xi Jinping-Li Keqiang rivalry amidst a job crisis?

    Xi Jinping would not want Li Keqiang, who has experience in tackling the 2009 H1N1 virus outbreak, to garner an image as the hero of the current COVID-19 crisis. This is why Xi’s allies are picking holes in Li’s call to revive the stall economy

  • Agriculture | Decentralised cold storages are a key to a self-reliant rural India Jun 17, 2020 11:57 AM IST

    Agriculture | Decentralised cold storages are a key to a self-reliant rural India

    Decentralised cold storage has the potential to create more jobs and livelihoods opportunities. It is still at a nascent stage in India and has tremendous growth potential

  • How COVID-19 gave online gaming a shot in the arm Jun 14, 2020 09:47 AM IST

    How COVID-19 gave online gaming a shot in the arm

    India was in line for emerging as a strong market for gaming, the COVID-19-induced lockdown just catalysed it

  • Government continued to spend despite falling revenues in April 2020 Jun 01, 2020 09:30 AM IST

    Government continued to spend despite falling revenues in April 2020

    The fiscal deficit in April is already 35.1 percent of the entire year’s budgeted deficit.

  • Double blow to the Bengal economy Jun 01, 2020 09:05 AM IST

    Double blow to the Bengal economy

    Cyclone Amphan could not have been more ill-timed for a state scarred by the outbreak of coronavirus.

  • The economy was sick long before COVID-19 struck; the lockdown sent it to the ICU Jun 01, 2020 08:37 AM IST

    The economy was sick long before COVID-19 struck; the lockdown sent it to the ICU

    The coronavirus crisis will worsen India’s Four Balance Sheet problem.

  • Modi Govt 2.0 | Centre-state ties go downhill May 27, 2020 09:52 AM IST

    Modi Govt 2.0 | Centre-state ties go downhill

    COVID-19 was a good opportunity for the Centre to repair relations with the states and rebuild trust. Instead, it seemed keener to use the crisis to emphasise its dominance, and show who the boss was

  • COVID-19 | That women leaders are faring better is simplistic and flawed thinking May 24, 2020 09:47 AM IST

    COVID-19 | That women leaders are faring better is simplistic and flawed thinking

    Attributing the accomplishments of women leaders to just their sex detracts from the value of their contribution. It’s furthers the same sexist stereotypes that have historically held women back

  • Sports during COVID-19 is missing a part of its soul May 22, 2020 02:35 PM IST

    Sports during COVID-19 is missing a part of its soul

    Football is not just sport, or a means to keep people entertained during COVID-19. It’s also business, and the focus of the international market will be to better the home viewing experience

  • India-Nepal ties cannot be left to the vagaries of miscommunication May 22, 2020 10:14 AM IST

    India-Nepal ties cannot be left to the vagaries of miscommunication

    Nepalese Prime Minister KP Oli has upped the ante by being undiplomatic at a time when diplomacy should have been the channel between Nepal and India. New Delhi, too, has not managed the episode well

  • Could this be Modi’s 1991 moment? May 13, 2020 08:30 AM IST

    Could this be Modi’s 1991 moment?

    There is great disorder under Heaven, the situation is excellent​

  • Quick Take | The economic package is finally here, how much will be an actual fiscal stimulus? May 12, 2020 10:04 PM IST

    Quick Take | The economic package is finally here, how much will be an actual fiscal stimulus?

    It is the right thing to do especially since the PM hinted at the continuation of the lockdown.

  • Chart of the Day | Banks’ flight to safety May 11, 2020 09:40 AM IST

    Chart of the Day | Banks’ flight to safety

    Long before the virus struck, loan growth was decelerating, while growth in investment in safe and secure government bonds was rising

  • Crude oil price – positive but don’t uncork the bubbly yet May 11, 2020 09:32 AM IST

    Crude oil price – positive but don’t uncork the bubbly yet

    The government relies excessively on oil receipts – the petroleum sector contributed as much as Rs 5.8tn to the Central and State exchequers, together, in FY19 – equivalent to 3 percent of GDP

  • COVID-19 | Why it was a bad idea to regulate sale of alcohol during lockdown May 10, 2020 10:24 AM IST

    COVID-19 | Why it was a bad idea to regulate sale of alcohol during lockdown

    The ban cost states dearly in terms of revenue, depriving them of monetary resources at a time when they needed to increase spending on the social sector

  • Debt knell for blue chip issuance points to confidence deficit May 08, 2020 12:53 PM IST

    Debt knell for blue chip issuance points to confidence deficit

    High spreads also point to failure of RBI’s targeted long term repos

  • With third investment in three weeks, Jio Platforms barrels into the FAANG club May 08, 2020 10:42 AM IST

    With third investment in three weeks, Jio Platforms barrels into the FAANG club

    Vista deal a ringing endorsement of the opportunity presented by digital India and the execution/tech capability of Reliance Industries to take advantage of said opportunity

  • Who is afraid of printing money May 07, 2020 08:56 AM IST

    Who is afraid of printing money

    Part of the fiscal deficit should be monetized as a one-off measure

  • Markets | Optimism seen in April could be farfetched May 07, 2020 08:47 AM IST

    Markets | Optimism seen in April could be farfetched

    Markets are certainly better, but not well. There is no need to get carried away.

  • Chart of the day | O, what a fall was there, my countrymen! May 06, 2020 12:48 PM IST

    Chart of the day | O, what a fall was there, my countrymen!

    PMIs show economic activity in India slumped to its lowest level since the surveys began over 14 years ago

  • Why real estate players do not deserve a bail-out package May 06, 2020 09:05 AM IST

    Why real estate players do not deserve a bail-out package

    The problems that the real estate sector is facing are its own creation

  • Why India needs a pandemic law desperately May 06, 2020 08:52 AM IST

    Why India needs a pandemic law desperately

    India has been using three outdated laws to decide its response in the Covid-19 pandemic. This needs to change

  • The power sector's coronavirus problems don't stop at weak demand May 05, 2020 12:42 PM IST

    The power sector's coronavirus problems don't stop at weak demand

    Liquidity infusion needed in the short term, reforms for the long term

  • Covid-19| Migrants’ prospects could still be better in truncated factories and construction sites May 04, 2020 05:32 PM IST

    Covid-19| Migrants’ prospects could still be better in truncated factories and construction sites

    Such workers send back Rs 1.5 lakh crore annually to their families in villages; these money transfers serve 10 percent of households in rural India and finance over 30 percent of household consumption in remittance-receiving households, buttressing the importance of urban growth for rural families

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