Opinion
Budget 2018: Opportunity to fulfil housing expectations of millions

The "Housing for All by 2022" mission has set the stage for a robust recovery in the residential property market. In the past two years, we have seen an unprecedented focus on reforms channelised through the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Act 2016, demonetisation, Real Estate Regulatory Act (RERA) and the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime. So, this time, the Budget for FY2018-19 will be much more critical than ever. The provisions, if moved in positive directions, will have the power to continue the momentum and cement home buyers' confidence.

This budget will be Modi government's biggest challenge in 4 years

Unlike most countries, the budget is usually an eventful affair in India and is a heated topic of national conversation around the time of its release. The underlying national interest behind it is mostly because the budget holds something for everyone -- ranging from a small farmer to a big industrialist. However, from this year onwards, much of its sheen will be off by a bit.

Ripple: Potential tech giant mistaken for a crypto currency

Isaac Newton once said that he could calculate the motion of heavenly bodies but not the madness of people. Newton is believed to have lost almost all of his fortune during the South Sea bubble in the spring of 1720.

Rahul must move away from his mother's populism

JOB CREATION: revamping of the education system and making India the global hub of health care are the three goals which Rahul Gandhi has set for a "new, shining" Congress, as he told a convention of NRIs in Bahrain recently.

Plenty of cricket still to be played in the series

Free-flowing advice has poured in from across the cricketing world for Virat Kohli and his teammates after the setback at Newlands. Much of it for the batsmen, a little to bowlers and the team management.

Indian cities need integrated development agenda

One of the fastest-growing economies in the world, India has grown at a rate of above seven per cent over the last decade. Much of this growth can be explained by the growth of its cities. Cities have emerged as economic powerhouses that have defined job growth within the country.

Need GST anti-profiteering rules to avoid price rise: CII

New Delhi: Noting that the GST anti-profiteering clause could lead to hardship, industry chamber Assocham on Sunday urged more clarity in rules to curb price hike arising from a rollout of the new indirect tax regime, saying tax authorities will need to be more sensitive to avoid undue harassment of assessees.

Indian economy's growth estimated at 6.5% in 2017-18

New Delhi:The Indian economy is expected to grow at 6.5 per cent in 2017-18 compared with 7.1 per cent in 2016-17, official data showed on Friday.

Global warming of 2 degrees may up drought, wildfires

New York:A rise of just 2 degrees Celsius in global warming could make over a quarter of the world's land to become drier and more desert like, increasing the threat of widespread drought and wildfires, new research led by one of Indian origin has found.

Triple talaq: Need to fine-tune a good law

Only the naive will believe that deep concern for the welfare of Muslim "sisters" and for the maintenance of the "dignity of women" and "gender equality" persuaded the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to introduce the bill in parliament to ban the practice of triple talaq.

Final and real autonomy for IIMs is here

The struggle for autonomy has been going on within the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) from inception.

The pitfalls of urbanisation -- as reiterated by the Gujarat polls

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) victory in Gujarat was largely based on the support it received in the urban areas. In rural areas, however, the Congress generally held sway. As a result, the urban-rural divide, or what has been called the gulf between "India" and "Bharat", was quite prominent in the state.

India's tallest Christmas tree reaches up to the heavens

MUMBAI: Over 10,000 twinkling colourful fairy lights, cherubic angels and fairies, reindeer and snowmen, bells, streamers and festoons, tiny crosses, and a beaming paunchy Santa Claus waving from the "cotton snow" adorn this famous and majestic Christmas tree -- said to be the tallest in India.

Universities Can Achieve ‘Global’ Goals By Solving ‘Local’ Challenges

NEW DELHI: Can universities in Punjab help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals by focusing on the state’s recent ecological challenges? Considering the huge capital and resources available with universities and colleges in Punjab, this is the most opportune moment to place a demand on them to deliver in ways which helps the state move forward in the direction of achieving ‘global SDGs’, by addressing ‘local’ challenges.

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