Editors Column
For India’s common man to take wings, the government will have to encourage as many of the existing carriers as possible to bolster regional air routes. The likes of Deccan Aviation of Captain Gopinath and SpiceJet of Ajay Singh, figure prominently amongst seven players vying for lucrative routes under the regional connectivity scheme (RCS).
A political tsunami would erupt in case the bad debt of top 100 corporate accounts is written off, as recommended by chief economic advisor Arvind Subramanian, an Oxford alumni and free market economist. As Subramanian himself admitted, if this were to be done, the Narendra Modi government would be accused of pursuing ‘crony capitalism’ of the highest order – if not more.
Atalent crisis stares prime minister Narendra Modi in the face in the first flush of assembly elections in five states, including Uttar Pradesh, where the BJP swamped one and all breaking all caste moulds and arthimetic.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s electoral victories in the Hindi heartland appear to indicate that his personal popularity has touched the kind of heights that it would seem churlish to think that anything or anyone could be a spoiler to the party’s plans for the 2019 general elections.
The mildest way of describing the exit poll results of the assembly elections in five states would be to call them interesting. Less charitable would be to say they were too confusing to be taken seriously.
A complex anti-terrorist operation was brought to a close in Lucknow on Wednesday with the killing of a IS operative identified as Saifullah.
Come women’s day, there’s talk about their empowerment and the leadership roles that they have played across economic, social and political vectors. While there’s been consensus that women should have access to resources as well as opportunities to make a mark, the sluggish progress in several areas continues to stare us in the face.
Should the government go aggressive with tax surveys, a euphemism for searches and raids, to net those that did not explain large cash deposits made during demonetisation?
As reported by this paper on Monday, in order to push the strategic sale divestment process, the government has decided to set up disinvestment cells in the administrative ministries and central public sector enterprises (CPSEs). The move is aimed at improving coordination between all the stakeholders involved in strategic divestment. It is a sound idea, which needs to be followed up.
Supreme Court may have touched a raw nerve when the bench headed by chief justice JS Khehar asked the government to formulate a comprehensive alternative policy framework to deal with farmers’ suicides. The honourable court is right when it hinted that providing compensation to kith and kin of farmers who ended their lives was not the right approach to an issue of gargantuan proportions.

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