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Sustainable strategy to eliminate vector-borne diseases

02/03/2017

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[Co-authored with Shubho Roy]

 

In his budget speech of 2017, the Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley announced that the government has prepared an action plan to eliminate two vector-borne diseases by the end of this year (para. 64):

 
"Poverty is usually associated with poor health. It is the poor ...

Building Infrastructure in India: Gap in Budgetary Allocation & Implementation

01/03/2017

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[Co-authored with Satadru Sikdar and Richa Jain]

 

Boosting infrastructure development is a thrust area in the agenda of the present NDA government. The total revenue and capital expenditure in the infrastructure sector as a share  of GDP shows a steady increase over the years.  The share increased from 0 ...


TRAI's consultation towards a net neutrality framework in India

15/02/2017

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[Co-authored with Mayank Mishra and Smriti Parsheera]

 

The context

 
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has issued a Consultation Paper (CP) on Net Neutrality seeking inputs for the formulation of final views on the subject. This comes almost a year after TRAI's regulation prohibiting discriminatory tariffs for data ...

GST Design and Structure - is it freezing or thawing?

13/02/2017

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With the passage of the Constitution 122nd Amendment Bill in the Rajya Sabha in August 2016 and the setting up of GST council, many hoped that the design and structure of Indian GST will be taking shape soon. However, instead, the basic structure of GST has weakened with the proposal ...

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“Shell”tering money

10/02/2017

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The versatile shell companies serve not just as vehicles for corporate tax dodging but have also been used by the rich to get around paying hefty alimony payments. The existence of shell companies is not recent and its rather innocuous beginnings can be traced back to 1960s when Walt Disney ...