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How India’s Tax System Helps Heavily Taxed Cigarettes Flourish

How India’s Tax System Helps Heavily Taxed Cigarettes Flourish

In March 2015—in response to a drop in sales as taxes more than doubled over four years—India’s leading cigarette company ITC Ltd. shortened its discount Bristol-brand cigarettes by 5 mm.…

Why India Ignores A $16-Billion Smoking-Led Health Crisis

Why India Ignores A $16-Billion Smoking-Led Health Crisis

In January this year, the government asked for public opinion on tougher new laws to curb smoking: To raise the minimum smoking age to 21 from 18, and to ban the sale of single cigarettes, which account for 70% of nationwide cigarette sales.…

The Curious Case Of Onion Prices And Bihar Elections

The Curious Case Of Onion Prices And Bihar Elections

Onion prices and the stock markets have recently been in the news but for contrary reasons—one is rising precipitously while the other is falling rapidly.…

Inside Godda, India’s Heart Of Maternal-Care Darkness

Inside Godda, India’s Heart Of Maternal-Care Darkness

This week, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced--quoting the World Health Organisation (WHO)--that India was free of maternal and neo-natal tetanus, the state of maternal health in the eastern state of Jharkhand indicates the long road still ahead in the country's dark spots.…

Prime Time: India's Grand Challenges

Bhanu’s Story: India’s Quiet Epidemic Of Housewife Suicides

Bhanu’s Story: India’s Quiet Epidemic Of Housewife Suicides

On a cold December day in Jodhpur, 2014, Bhanu, 17, suddenly collapsed. Her parents rushed her to the hospital where doctors said their daughter—a married woman—had attempted suicide by swallowing sleeping pills.…

Why Malnutrition Remains A Challenge For India

Why Malnutrition Remains A Challenge For India

India has reduced malnutrition, but it is 27% worse than Brazil, 26% worse than China and 21% worse than South Africa.…

6 Hurdles To Building 44,000 Homes A Day

6 Hurdles To Building 44,000 Homes A Day

Less than seven years are left for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambitious Housing for All scheme aimed at providing a home to all the urban poor by 2022.…

India: Make-Or-Break Player For Climate Change

India: Make-Or-Break Player For Climate Change

Earlier this month, the U.N.’s climate chief Christina Figueres told the media that an Indian pledge to voluntarily cut carbon emissions is “critically important” to any meaningful agreement at a crucial UN climate summit in Paris in December.…

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Modi's Message: India's States Reply

Delhi Voters Get Rs 253 Crore For Self Rule

Delhi Voters Get Rs 253 Crore For Self Rule

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal (left) and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia at a budget consultation meeting with industry and trade bodies on June 3, 2015…

Agricultural Income Rises, Andhra Plans Industrial Future

Agricultural Income Rises, Andhra Plans Industrial Future

Agriculture’s share in the gross domestic product (GDP) of truncated Andhra Pradesh is growing—unlike the decline India is witnessing—but the state plans an industrial future for itself.…

In Election Year, Bihar Faces Financial Shock

In Election Year, Bihar Faces Financial Shock

Bihar, India'sthird-most-populous state and one of its poorest, faces financial shock in an election year--with a 42% decline in aid from Delhi and a doubling of debt.…

How Will—Unprepared—States Handle A $29-Billion Budget Bonanza?

How Will—Unprepared—States Handle A $29-Billion Budget Bonanza?

Last week the NitiAyog’s sub-group of Chief Ministers helda crucial meeting to discuss the future of Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) in India. CSS, a key instrument through which social-sector priorities are financed, have been at the center of much public debate over the last month.…

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