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Opinion: Sonalde Desai: Population growth and the changing geographic and generational balance of power The United Nations estimates that the world population will reach 8 billion on November 15, 2022. Our minds had barely wrapped around a global population of 7 billion in 2011, and now, only 12 years later, we are looking at a...   Read More

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  • Opinion | Did Delhi’s elections mark a turning point in our politics?

    The massive victory of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the Delhi Assembly elections is momentous. The Arvind Kejriwal-led party won 62 seats while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) managed only eight and the Congress drew a blank. This is not so because Delhi is the capital of India or because AAP has been re-elected...   Read More

  • Unlock the Capital’s economic potential

    Delhi’s urban planning policies have been characterised by the inability of the agencies concerned to facilitate adequate supply of affordable formal housing stock for its residents. As a result informal housing has crept up across large parts of the national Capital. Unauthorised Colonies (UACs) are one form of such informal housing categories and have grown...   Read More

  • Skill schemes should focus on women

    The youth not in education employment or training are often targeted for educational and vocational training programmes. India too has developed such programmes particularly the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) the flagship scheme of the Central government. However as pointed out in the NCAER Skills Report 2018 titled ‘Skilling India: No Time to Lose’...   Read More

  • In pursuit of gender equality

    As another year draws to a close it is pertinent to ruminate Janus-like once again over past and future gender parity trends both in India and abroad. And the picture is not a pleasant one. In fact the year is ending on a grim note for women all over the world with the Global Gender...   Read More

  • Is India getting better for business?

    Business e-Readiness assesses the ability of private businesses to use and produce Information Communication and Technology (ICT)/ICT-enabled goods and services. Adoption of Information Communication and Technology is productivity-enhancing and thus merits an attention. To evaluate medium-term trends in Indian firms’ adoption of ICT business e-readiness was assessed first in September 2016 and then in September...   Read More

  • Back to the past: Energising India’s external trade sector

    With the GDP growth rate falling to 5% in the Q1 of 2019-20 and forecasts suggesting a further fall in the Q2 of 2019-20 there is an urgent need to look at all the demand drivers of economic growth because that is what is driving the current slowdown in the short run. One of the...   Read More

  • Child marriage: Nothing to celebrate

    According to the 2011 census 7.4 million people in the country were married before the age of 18 years 88 per cent of whom were girls. UP Andhra Pradesh West Bengal Rajasthan Bihar Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh together amounted to 70 per cent of child marriages in India We celebrated the fifth anniversary of the...   Read More

  • NCAER forecasts GDP growth at 4.9% for FY20

    India’s economy had grown at 6.8 per cent during the last fiscal but quarterly GDP growth has been on a steady slide for six straight quarters from 8.1 per cent in Q4FY18 to 5 per cent in Q1FY20 NEW DELHI: Joining the steady stream of agencies slashing India’s growth forecasts Delhi-based think tank National Council of...   Read More

  • NCAER pegs India’s FY20 GDP growth at 4.9% as slowing demand weighs

    The National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) has pegged India’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth for 2019-20 at 4.9 per cent the lowest among the recent forecasts by rating agencies multilateral institutions research firms and government institutions. “India is experiencing a decline in growth which is sharper than the global slowdown. The sharp decline...   Read More

  • Business confidence dips to lowest in six years

    The survey by think tank NCAER showed that the Business Confidence Index fell 15.3% from the preceding quarter The numbers suggest a deep and all-pervasive worsening of business sentiments NCAER said in a statement New Delhi: Business confidence of India Inc declined to its lowest in six years in August-October according to the latest survey...   Read More

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