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Quality Of Fiscal Consolidation In Question

R K Pattnaik The Union Budget 2019-20 presented in the  Parliament on July 5, 2019 is in many ways a non-event even though there were promises to move the Indian economy to a five trillion economy in dollar terms. The budget is an annual financial exercise of the government, and therefore, it is expected that the Finance Minister should in …

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Give Vacations To Judges, Not Courts

SUBHASH CHANDRA AGRAWAL,  Delhi There is a British legacy of long court-vacations. Give judges vacations by rotation instead of closing courts for long. Long summer vacations in courts were designed by erstwhile British rulers to save British judges in India from severe hot weather of this country and also to facilitate them to visit their homeland in England. This costly …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Budget Not Encouraging Budget 2019-20 has projected a total expenditure of Rs 27,86,349 crore for the financial year 2019-20 which is an increase of Rs 3,29,114 crore  over the previous year and in percentage terms it is increased by 13 percent which is positive as the inflation rate is below 5 percent, but when one looks into the details of expenditure, things are …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Keeping Citizens Informed On Bills Passed In Parliament The current monsoon session of both, the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha is witnessing an important phase through the approval of several important Bills. The Bills are tabled after Zero Hour in both the Houses through pending, amendment and introduction of Bills respectively by the members of the Parliament through a consensus …

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Disciplining Youngsters

PACHU MENON, MARGAO It is quite a fad among elders these days to attribute the rashness observed in youth to a serious lack of discipline. Even before they are on the threshold of adolescence they manage to get themselves accustomed to mannerisms that would otherwise be inviting the strictest of reprimands. The society too has come to accept the arrogance …

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Indo-Saudi Relationship: Going Beyond Oil

CAUVERY GANAPATHY Bilateral relations, where the indices of energy or economic needs and strategic considerations coincide, exhibit a robustness which usually outlives the everyday flux of international politics. India’s relations with Saudi Arabia represent such an intersection. Indo-Saudi ties presently are defined by the large Indian diaspora, the attendant remittances (11.6 per cent of total inflow in 2018), the $28 …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Repairs of Goa’s Potholed Roads With reference to the news report ‘All Goa roads to be cleared of potholes’ (NT June 30), I would like to comment as follows: The term ‘pothole’ is too innocuous a word to describe the pathetic state of roads in Goa today, which are in a dilapidated condition, riddled by potholes and large craters that …

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Time For Modi To Revive Investment Cycle

RAJDEEP SARDESAI Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a well-deserved reputation for throwing up catchy phrases and acronyms which is why his economic policies have often been loosely branded as ‘Modi-nomics’. And yet, now in his sixth year in power and as his government prepares for a seventh budget (including one interim budget), the question could well be asked: what really …

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Don’t let Cablemen Use Electricity Poles

STEPHEN DIAS, DONA PAULA Power Minister Nilesh Cabral met a delegation of cable operators to discuss their practice of tying cables to electricity poles in order to provide cable services to consumers/subscribers of cable TV in various parts of the state. The cable operators mostly route the cables over high-rises or housing societies/colonies and it becomes a nuisance because most …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

CM Right In Backing GoaMiles Chief Minister Pramod Sawant deserves to be complimented for taking a firm stand in support of GoaMiles app-based taxi service. Our experience shows that services of GoaMiles are a big relief to the locals as well as travellers visiting Goa. Enough is written and talked about on how tourists, visitors and even local Goans are …

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