SAARC Summit: Making Friends Of Enemies

  (The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi with the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Nawaz Sharif, at the 18th SAARC Summit, in Nepal on November 27, 2014.)   Apart from the photo-op between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, the 18th summit of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) … Continued

BRICS Upon BRICS: Now A $100 Billion Bank

   Brazil has been a destination and centre of attraction in recent days, not just for organising the FIFA World Cup 2014 but also for hosting the second cycle of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) Summit.   The key focus of the 6th BRICS Summit in Brazil at Fortaleza was the setting … Continued

Make Rs 3.78 Lakh Income Totally Tax-Free: Survey

The “middle class” feels that the Government must make annual income of Rs 3.78 lakh totally tax-free since Rs 31,500 is needed for an average quality of life for a family of four people.   This was one of the key findings of a nationwide, pre-budget survey done by C-Voter. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will … Continued

The Math Behind Jayalalithaa’s Prime Ministerial Ambitions

  Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa wants to be Prime Minister. “From Fort St George (the legislative assembly of Tamil Nadu) to Red Fort” is the slogan for the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) 2014 Lok Sabha campaign. “First Tamil Prime Minister” hoarding signs litter the entire stretch of Radhakrishnan Salai in Chennai, … Continued

Dear Voter, Why Did You Vote So?

  The recently concluded assembly elections in Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh saw the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) get a strong mandate in three states except in Delhi where it won a 32-seat majority but was followed closely by the debutante Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) which captured a eye popping 28 of the 70 … Continued

New Breed Of Infrastructure Entrepreneurs Will Rise: Vinayak Chatterjee

Vinayak Chatterjee, Chairman, Feedback Infra, feels strongly that the second phase of Indian infrastructure building will start in the next couple of years with long-term stable investors.   Chatterjee spoke to Govindraj Ethiraj, Editor, IndiaSpend, on what ails the sector, what needs to be done and how targets can be met…     Govindraj: India, … Continued

The Modi-Chidambaram GDP Slugfest & Beyond

  The Congress-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) war of words is getting shriller with each passing day as the 2014 general election comes closer. We reckon even pointing this out is passe now.   A few days ago, BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi claimed the Indian economy had grown at 8.4% till 2004 during the … Continued

State Of The Nation: The Mostly Bad

  Rating agency Crisil recently released a report titled State Of The Nation which looked at the economy and business landscape in India. The conclusions were divided into the good, bad and ugly.   Govindraj Ethiraj spoke to D K Joshi, Chief Economist at Crisil to get a overview of the report and also understand … Continued

Pune’s Dependence On Octroi & New Constructions

Highlights  * Pune Municipal Corporation expected to report revenue of Rs 4,100 crore in 2013-14 * Octroi revenue likely to increase 34% to Rs 1,657 crore from Rs 1,235 crore in 2011-12 * Capital and development works to account for 49% of expenditure; down from 58% in 2011-12   Pune city, the second largest in … Continued

Naxal-Related Violence Has Killed Over 5,000 In 6 Years

  Highlights  * Total casualty due to Naxal-related violence is 5,235 in 6 years, which turns out to be around 2 killings per day * Around 3,000 civilians & more than 1,000 security personnel have been killed in the violence * Around 900 Naxals were killed during this period   India’s Union Rural Development Minister … Continued ...