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Eroding the tax base
T N Ninan

Lower excise, customs duty are the biggest reasons for the drop in tax-GDP ratio

Prime Minister Modi ban gaya gentleman?
T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan

It happens to all prime ministers. The bureaucracy first makes them; then it breaks them

A big gift to yoga
Devangshu Datta

The incentive is that yoga has been declared a charitable activity, and the income will be tax-free

Russia's monster
Vikram Johri

Leviathan, a central figure in the Book of Job, represents the evil that is part of the world and which God lets exist without explanation

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PPP problems

State taking most of the risk in shared projects is undesirable

The virtue of self-control

The media must guard its reputation more carefully

Reynolds Holding

Everybody dance
Reynolds Holding

Now (finally) playing: royalties for online music

Jeffrey Goldfarb

BlackRock the boat
Jeffrey Goldfarb

BlackRock should embrace its pushy tendencies

Robyn Mak

The road already taken
Robyn Mak

JD.com tries Alibaba's route to e-commerce profit

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In crowd we trust

Ideas sourced from the Indian public have found a voice in the recent Railway and the Union Budgets. These include views on bio toilets, online ...

Generational shift

On Wednesday, the Lok Sabha passed the Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill but not before the Trinamool Congress' Saugata Roy told the House how it ...

Writing on the wall

It was the turn of the Mahatma to help bureaucrats silence industrialists demanding tax deduction on corporate social responsibility expenses. ...

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Letters: A regressive mindset

Apropos the report "BBC's documentary on Delhi gang rape banned in India"(March 5), the outcry against the documentary "India's Daughter" is ...

Letters: RBI's conviction

This refers to the editorial "RBI's monetary response" (March 5). The 25-basis point rate cut announced by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is ...

Letters: Real development

This refers to the editorial "Sentiment success" (March 4). By and large, this year's budgeting exercises have been able to moderately stimulate ...

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Taking India back to future

The government has provided a long-term vision, avoiding any "big-bang" reforms but the devil will be in the details of the implementation, say ...

Governance pain of public banks

Dual regulation by the finance ministry and RBI, political influence in lending and appointment of board members have taken a toll on governance ...

Budget 2015 would also need reforms in Customs

One of the risks is to get swayed by the idea that exemptions bring popularity

TDS on payment to foreign consultant

A weekly selection of key court orders


Bumps ahead for Financial Code future

With many sections of the financial market unhappy about certain provisions of the FSLRC report, changes are likely in the modified draft


Three approaches to budget-making

The law governing manufacturing is replete with obsolescence on multiple counts

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Cairn's 60% cut in capex to hit reserve ratio

Given the company's strong balance sheet, analysts say capex reduction too severe

NTPC: Awaiting fresh triggers

New rate directives will keep RoE under stress; favourable verdict on rates could boost sentiment

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Does the Shiv Sena's call for dropping the words 'secular' and 'socialist' from the preamble to the Constitution of India betray a Hindutva agenda?

Does the Shiv Sena's call for dropping the words 'secular' and 'socialist' from the preamble to the Constitution of India betray a Hindutva agenda?

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