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Are Micro Lending Institutions Back In Business?

Are India’s microfinance institutions (MFIs) on a comeback trail? Data suggests the industry is recovering from the 2010 crisis triggered by a tough law that nearly banned the industry in…

Poor PM, All He Did Was Talk About Growth

Aruna Roy, well known social activist, decided recently to quit the National Advisory Council (NAC), an advisory board led by United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson and Congress president Sonia Gandhi.…

Growth hits decade-low of 5%

The economy grew 5% in the year ended March, the slowest pace in a decade, in line with the projection of the statistics office. Growth in the fourth quarter slowed…

UPA-II’s bias is in favour of growth: Aruna Roy

Social activist Aruna Roy has opted out of Sonia Gandhi-led National Advisory Council (NAC), which sets the social agenda of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, because she wants to…

Direct cash transfer will not lead to misuse: Montek

Enthused by encouraging findings of a UNICEF-SEWA joint study on direct cash transfer, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia said its implementation in large scale will not lead to…

Towards 2050: development imperatives

The challenge of rapid urbanisation is perhaps the one we are least equipped to meet. Our development priorities are dominated by the demands for rural infrastructure and poverty alleviation. The…

Rural India in decline

Four states have actually seen their rural populations decline since 2001: Kerala, Goa, Nagaland and Sikkim. The rural population of Andhra Pradesh has almost stagnated. It is growing at a…

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