• TAX TRAUMA

    For a reform that was cracked up to be India’s biggest tax overhaul(निरीक्षण करना/कायापलट) since Independence, the roll-out of the goods and services tax is off to a less-than-desirable start. Over 80 days after its introduction, the GST Network, its online backb..

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  • TAPER TIMETABLE ON QUANTITATIVE EASING IN U.S.

    Quantitative easing has concluded in the world’s largest economy — at least for now. Almost nine years after the U.S. Federal Reserve started its unprecedented(बेमिसाल/अपूर्व/अनोखा) programme of liquidity infusion(जान फूंकना/संचार)..

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  • A BIG BROOM ON CRACKDOWN ON SHELL COMPANIES

    The decision by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs to crack down on so-called ‘shell companies’, disqualify select directors in these entities and debar(बाधा डालना/निषेध करना/विवर्जित करना) them from taking board positions for a specifi..

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  • TARGETING REFUGEES CENTRE'S POSITION ON ROHINGYA

    The Union government’s position that it considers Rohingya refugees from Myanmar’s Rakhine state as a potential security threat is a disturbing attempt to paint the persecuted(उत्पीडित करना/सताना) community in a poor light so that it could justify their deporta..

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  • A PARTISAN RULING ON DISQUALIFICATION OF DISSIDENT AIADMK MLA'S

    The disqualification of 18 dissident(असन्तुष्ट) AIADMK legislators(विधायक) by the Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker is a partisan(समर्थक/पक्षपातपूर्ण) decision aimed at securing a majority for the seven-month-old Edappadi K. Palaniswami government..

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  • TIME FOR CAUTION : ON INDIA'S CURRENT ACCOUNT DEFICIT

    India’s external balance sheet may have improved significantly since the infamous(बदनाम) taper(शंकु/तंग होना) tantrum(झल्लाहट/खीज का आवेश) of 2013, but there are now signs that warrant(प्रमाणिक ठहराना/अध..

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  • GOOD AND SIMPLE TAX: ON THE GST REGIME

    India’s goods and services tax regime is nearing the end of its first full quarter since roll-out this July. Revenue collections from the first month appear robust(मजबूत), with just 70% of eligible taxpayers bringing in Rs.95,000 crore. At this rate, the total tally could well surge(उम..

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  • A FORMAL BREAK: ON SASIKALA'S OUSTER

    Finally, the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam is without its deeply polarising(ध्रुवीकरण/विपरीत करना) figure, the interim general secretary, V.K. Sasikala. As a close friend of Jayalalithaa, she had played a major role in the party’s affairs for more than..

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  • SLOW CREEP: ON PETROL AND DIESEL PRICES

    Petrol and diesel prices have crept(बढ़ना/खिसकना) up slowly over the last three months, but without inviting the kind of anger and criticism usually directed at such fuel price hikes. The price of petrol in Delhi, for instance(उदाहरणविशेष), has cumulatively(स..

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  • IN THE AIR: ON THE NO-FLY LIST

    The Centre’s decision to put unruly(बेलगाम) air passengers on a no-fly list ranging from three months to a lifetime, depending upon the gravity of the offence, is stringent(कठोर/सख़्त/कठिन आर्थिक हालत) but welcome. The list will be maintained ..

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