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Is Urban India Being Cheated of Cheap Power?

Is Urban India Being Cheated of Cheap Power?

One of the first steps of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi has been to slash electricity tariffs for domestic users consuming less than 400 units a month. Some characterise the move as a handout.…

AAP Effect: Delhi’s Power Now Cheapest Among Metros

AAP Effect: Delhi’s Power Now Cheapest Among Metros

  With the reduction in electricity tariffs announced by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi will have the cheapest domestic electricity among major Indian cities for consumption up to 400 units, an IndiaSpend analysis reveals…

Revealed: Docklands Revival, Mumbai’s Last Chance

Revealed: Docklands Revival, Mumbai’s Last Chance

For more than a half a century now, the forbidding ramparts of the Mumbai Port Trust have marked the mysterious, south-eastern boundary of India's crumbling, financial megapolis. Walled off from its grand, old port, Mumbai remains oblivious to the gateway’s pivotal role in the city's and India's 20th-century economy.…

Blown Pakistani Boat Furore Hides Coastal Insecurities

Blown Pakistani Boat Furore Hides Coastal Insecurities

“Blow the boat off…we don’t want to serve them biryani.” That controversial order from a Coast Guard deputy inspector general to sink an Pakistani trawler in December 2014, revealed in an Indian Express video on February17…

100% Wrong: Rural Medical Staff Make Diarrhoea Life-Threatening

100% Wrong: Rural Medical Staff Make Diarrhoea Life-Threatening

More than 90% of treatment for childhood diarrhoea and pneumonia--the leading causes of death among Indian children--is incorrect, a new study has said. Instead, largely unqualified medical practitioners, unfamiliar with relatively simple life-saving medication, prescribe antibiotics and other potentially harmful drugs, said the study…

Huge, Growing Crisis In Public-Sector Banks

Huge, Growing Crisis In Public-Sector Banks

The financial results of the just completed December 2014 quarter, compiled by IndiaSpend, point to a worsening crisis in India’s public-sector banks.…

Budget 2015: Modi's Moment of Reckoning

A Layer of Jam For Individual Empowerment

A Layer of Jam For Individual Empowerment

One big failure of the Indian state has been the ability to empower the Indian citizen by creating a financial identity.…

Budget 2015-16: What India’s Cities Should Expect

Budget 2015-16: What India’s Cities Should Expect

  India’s urban population makes up 31 per cent of the total, and is expected to rise to 590 million by 2030, which is an increase of more than 200 million over 2011…

Renewable Energy Prepares For Great Budget Push

Renewable Energy Prepares For Great Budget Push

“Power To all”is a mantraused by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently spoke about the “seven horses” of energy, adding renewable energy sources—solar, wind and biomass—to the present energy mix of thermal, gas, hydro and nuclear.…

Rs 18,782-crore Hole Stares At Suresh Prabhu

Rs 18,782-crore Hole Stares At Suresh Prabhu

“Prabhu, yeh kaise hoga? (God, how will this happen?)” In droll fashion, that was the rhetorical question Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu posed to himself and God, as he presented the first full railway budget of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).…

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Viznomics: A Quick Glance At Big Issues

45 Million Railway Travellers Went Ticketless In 4 Years

45 Million Railway Travellers Went Ticketless In 4 Years

The Indian Railways are expected to earn more than Rs 50,000 crore ($8 billion) over the next financial year, but ticketless travel has cost them almost Rs 2,000 crore ($300 million) over the last four years.…

Train Accidents Continue But Fewer Are Dying

Train Accidents Continue But Fewer Are Dying

When the Bangalore-City-Ernakulam Intercity Express smashed into a rock and derailed on February 13, killing 11 passengers and injuring more than 100, it was the latest of more than 400 train accidents over five years to June 2014.…

The Highs And Lows Of India’s Mango

The Highs And Lows Of India’s Mango

With the lifting of the ban by European Union on mango imports from India, shipments are expected to see a jump of 40-50% over the next financial year, according to Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh.…

India’s Growth Rate To Overtake China in 2016: IMF

India’s Growth Rate To Overtake China in 2016: IMF

India is expected to grow at 6.5% in 2016 ahead of China, which is likely to grow at only 6.3%, according to a recent report released by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The IMF has raised the growth projections for the global economy from 3.5% in 2015 to 3.7% in 2016 due to lower oil prices.…