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Nov 8: Seminar on Rationalizing Electricity Prices, in Chennai
Published on : Friday, November 8, 2013
Invitation of Seminar on Rationalizing Electricity Prices organised by The Madras Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Liberty Institute & FNST on 8th November 2013 at 9.30 am to 1.30 pm
Indian Budget 2013 One step forward, One step backward
Published on : Sunday, March 3, 2013
With just over an year before the next general election, the government has presented a budget, where it seeks to balance its political needs with economic promises. Either the economy will perform as promised, and the voters may reward the government at the poll. Or the political promises will flounder on an economy that fails to perform, and the voters may hold the government accountable at the election.
Politics of Power: Prospect for reforming the electricity sector
Published on : Thursday, July 26, 2012
Most Indians experience daily power cuts. Now, voters are realising that the price of being powerless without electricity, which may be free yet not available at all, can be quite high. And politicians too are becoming aware of the high political price for promising electric power and then failing to meet the growing demand. This is putting a premium on availability of reliable electricity. The changing political dynamics over electric power is creating new opportunities for politicians and policy makers to explore new and innovative ways to reform the electricity sector, writes Barun Mitra.
Pakistan: Has our banking system become unsound?
Published on : Monday, July 23, 2012
In the light of recently released data by the State Bank in Pakistan, economist, Ali Salman argues that Pakistan's banking system has become unsound. Banks have been swamped with demands of risk free lending from the government, bulging levels of non-performing loans,drying up of genuine business projects and a general risk aversion amongst the bankers.
Retail giant bats for safe food and common sense
Published on : Monday, May 21, 2012
Wal-Mart stands up to activist intimidation, ensuring affordable, wholesome food for customers. Paul Drissen applauds this rare display of corporate courage, ethics and common sense in this article.
Public - Private Partnership: Will it Fix Infrastructure In Nigeria?
Published on : Monday, December 5, 2011
The decrepit infrastructure in Nigeria and the failure of government to adequately address the challenge has fueled the adoption of Public-Private Partnership (PPP). The prevailing regulatory framework and the nature of emerging trend in PPP projects diminish the expectations. Controversies, projects failure and abandonment, protests from the public and allegation of corruption have become the hallmark of many of the projects, write Olusegun Sotola & Thompson Ayodele.
Cleaning up Corruption: An agenda for India
Published on : Monday, August 22, 2011
The current campaign against corruption provides a golden opportunity to Dr Manmohan Singh to lead from the front. There is an urgent need for speeding up the process of economic, administrative and judicial reforms, not only to push the economy to a higher growth path, but also to help reduce the scope for corruption. Being the Prime Minister of India, he must spell out the options before the country. Then it would be for the people to decide in a democracy, writes Barun Mitra.
Chasing Black Money: In search of red herrings
Published on : Tuesday, August 16, 2011
In the past few months, the debate over black money and corruption has been raging across the country. Some social activists and the government have been at loggerheads over the scope and structure of a new anti-corruption authority being proposed. There have been claims ranging from tens of billions of dollars to over a trillion dollar, money that may have been illegally acquired or wealth that evaded taxation. But the issue of corruption is not just about policing, but should be about about policies that help generate black money in the first place. The current focus on the Lok Pal, as a super cop, is only diverting attention from the real roots of corruption, write Barun Mitra and Mohit Satyanand.
Endless populism: Economic insecurity or food security?
Published on : Friday, July 1, 2011
Can India afford the the continous saga of political populism of its leaders? The Food Security bill, will make the country more insecure, says Ravi Kapoor.
Big Boost to Big Retail Needed
Published on : Monday, May 30, 2011
Ravi Shanker Kapoor suggests the government should follow IMG recommendations of FDI in multi-brand retail and changes in agriculture marketing laws to control soaring. He says, "in India, it is not rational discourse and informed debate that seem to be clearing the path for FDI in big retail; it is not that politicians are moving towards a sensible consensus; it is almost a crisis situation that is thrusting policy change on our political masters."

April 15-16: Implementing the Forest Rights Act 2006, Patnagarh, Orissa
Diminishing electoral dividend for the political dynasties
28-29 March 2014 : Assessing the Implementation, Institutions and Impact of Forest Rights, Dediapada taluk in Gujarat
February 15-17 : Forest Rights Act Training Workshop, Sheopur, Madhya Pradesh
24th to 25th January 2014 : Workshop on Forest Rights Act Training at CASA Resources Center, Jharsuguda, Odisha
January 24th-25th : Forest Right Act Training Workshop, CASA Resources Center, Jharsuguda, Odisha
12th January 2014 : Assessing the implementation of Forest Rights Act, Sagai Village, Narmada, Gujarat
The rise and decline of regional parties in the North East
Did the land use policy help Congress win in Mizoram
Mizoram Assembly Election 2013 : A Brief Profile

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