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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

Highlights

  • FDI in food : Where would it take us to?

    There is little doubt that Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is associated with the diffusion of global best practices professionalism technology and work culture essential for market efficiency and competitiveness. In the presence of internationally competitive environment ensured by FDI the domestic agencies are also motivated towards changes that bring efficiency. Studies have shown positive impact...   Read More

  • Accident of life, not birth, causes poverty

    "Our public policies have historically focused on individuals who are poor by virtue of the accident of their birth – dalits adivasis and individuals based in poor states and backward districts. But with declining poverty the accident of birth has become less important than the accident of life. People fall into poverty due to illness...   Read More

  • Gujarat, Delhi, Tamil Nadu top states for fresh investments

    New Delhi: Businesses ranked Gujarat Delhi and Tamil Nadu as the top three states for making new investments and corruption emerged as the biggest concern for investors according to a survey by New Delhi­based think tank National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER). A ranking based on the success rate of states in implementing 98 regulatory...   Read More

  • NCAER survey: Gujarat best state to start new business; UP, Jharkhand the worst

    Gujarat Delhi and Tamil Nadu are the best places to make fresh investments in India while Jharkhand Uttar Pradesh and Bihar lag on this front a latest survey by think-tank National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) has revealed. The NCAER State Investment Potential Index (N-SIPI) is based on five pillars such as labour infrastructure...   Read More

  • Corruption major constraint for businesses: NCAER survey

    Corruption is the biggest constraint being faced by businessmen across states in the country says a survey of economic think tank NCAER. "The results (of the survey) indicate that corruption emerged as the biggest problem" it said adding that business enterprises have consistently ranked corruption as the major obstacle for growth. The NCAER State Investment Potential Index also...   Read More

  • States not able to implement their commitments: Telcom Secy

    As call drop menace continues Telecom Secretary J S Deepak today put the blame on large-scale shutting down of towers for "health reasons" and said states are not able to implement their commitments. He also said that the complaints of call drops were like people refusing to allow water tanks on their roof-tops and at...   Read More

  • Budget lacks political boldness

    The Union Budget lacks political boldness as the government has frittered away its political capital on issues irrelevant to the economy said political scientist and president and chief executive of Centre for Policy Research (CPR) Pratap Bhanu Mehta. “There is no political boldness in the budget. The Government’s political capital has been spent (on) cultural...   Read More

  • NCAER’s wheat output estimate is lower than government’s

    A report prepared by the National Council for Applied Economic Research (NCAER) for the agriculture ministry has pegged India’s wheat production in 2015-16 would be 85 million tonnes (mt) — 1.5 mt less than the final estimate of 2014-15. This is in stark contrast with the government’s estimate that production in 2015-16 would be 7.3...   Read More

  • Farmers say IMD predictions more reliable in past four years: report

    New Delhi: The weatherman is getting better at his job. Or so the farmers feel. Reliability of weather information has improved in the past two to four years according to nine out of ten farmers in six states and a Union Territory. The only two exceptions were Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh where more farmers said...   Read More

  • Rail freight traffic’s growth to double in 2016/17: NCAER study

    The country's railway freight traffic growth is all set to double next year says Delhi based think-tank National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER). In a study carried out for the railway ministry NCAER states that the growth will happen on a business-as-usual situation without any major policy shifts. "Indian Railways' freight volume is likely...   Read More

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