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How Covid-19 has affected finances of state governments?

The Reserve Bank of India’s study on state governments’ finances, released on Tuesday, indicates that gross fiscal deficits (GFDs) of state governments are set to double in 2020-21.

01 January, 1970

Two together: On India-U.S. ties and China

The India-U.S. Foreign and Defence Ministers meet for the “2+2” mechanism just a week before the U.S. elections is proof that bilateral ties between the two countries are on a firm footing.

01 January, 1970

Victim’s account may be more conclusive than medical finding

The alleged gang rape of a woman in Hathras, Uttar Pradesh, in September brought forth an important issue concerning the relevance of forensic evidence of the victim of rape, i.e., about the signs of recent sexual intercourse and struggle.

01 January, 1970

Countering deepfakes, the most serious AI threat

Disinformation and hoaxes have evolved from mere annoyance to high stake warfare for creating social discord, increasing polarisation, and in some cases, influencing an election outcome.

01 January, 1970

The challenges of walking the Indo-Pacific talk

The recently concluded third annual United States-India 2+2 ministerial dialogue has amplified the ongoing conversation in India on the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad), the Indo-Pacific, the threat from China, and, the United States as a potential ‘alliance’ partner.

01 January, 1970

School closure, work from home, ban on public events — which works best to restrict Covid-19?

Restrictions put in place by various countries — school and office closure, ban on public events, travel restrictions etc — did help restrict the spread of Covid-19, but combined measures were more effective than any single restriction, a new study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases has found.

01 January, 1970

The plasma therapy debate

Recently published findings on convalescent plasma therapy on Covid-19 patients have triggered a debate over its efficacy.

01 January, 1970

The shade of grey: On FATF's mandated tasks

The decision by the Paris-based watchdog, the Financial Action Task Force, last week to retain Pakistan on its greylist has clearly disappointed the Imran Khan government.

01 January, 1970

Women at the heart of recovery

The recovery measures undertaken by the government through fiscal stimulus packages is offering India two golden opportunities: one, to build climate resilience for the most vulnerable by ensuring that stimulus measures are green; and two, to meaningfully address long-standing gender equality issues.

01 January, 1970

The many lessons from COVID-19

The most important lesson from COVID-19 is the significance of investing in public health and primary healthcare.

01 January, 1970

Contesting neighbours, revised geopolitical playbooks

The year 2020 has been a watershed moment for relations between India and China following the most serious clashes between the two countries in the Galwan region of Ladakh since the 1962 war.

01 January, 1970

Why US President poll matters to India?

The US relationship is the most important of India’s bilateral ties, having grown in recent years on account of China’s belligerence.

01 January, 1970

Truth must come out

The chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, Jagan Mohan Reddy, in a letter to the Chief Justice of India (CJI) on October 6, has made serious allegations of interference in the course of administration of justice by Justice N V Ramana, the senior-most judge after the CJI and the next in line for the post.

01 January, 1970

Reinventing Non-Alignment

The face-off between India and China in Ladakh and the plans for annexation of the West Bank by Israel have brought matters of global power dynamics to the fore.

01 January, 1970

Down, but not out: On Islamic State

Political instability in parts of West Asia and North Africa is allowing the IS space to operate. The U.N. counterterrorism chief’s statement to the Security Council on the continuing presence of Islamic State (IS) terrorists in West Asia, Africa and elsewhere should be seen as a serious warning by the countries in these regions.

01 January, 1970

The marginalisation of justice in public discourse

Given the compulsion to advance our self-interest, the burden of sacrifice for achieving national goals is easily passed on to those who are powerless to desist it.

01 January, 1970

The uncharted territory of outer space

Today, outer space no longer captures our mind space in the way cyberspace does. Several space events planned well in advance have proceeded amidst the COVID-19 pandemic without much attention.

01 January, 1970

Bringing the Internet to everyone

The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the influence of technology in our lives. We live in times where we can buy or sell anything online.

01 January, 1970

During pandemic, we must keep older people engaged, not isolate them

The most vulnerable persons during the COVID pandemic are the elderly. If infected, their odds of survival are the lowest.

01 January, 1970

Can a digital ID aid India’s primary health ecosystem?

Recently, the Prime Minister launched the National Digital Health Mission and made an announcement on the creation of a digital health ID for every Indian.

01 January, 1970

An air-tight case: On Pulwama attack case charge sheet

The National Investigation Agency has filed a chargesheet against 19 people including Maulana Masood Azhar, the leader of the terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), for planning the Pulwama attack.

01 January, 1970

Targeting Hezbollah: On Israeli attacks in Lebanon

The Israeli attacks on Hezbollah targets in southern Lebanon following what it called “cross border fires” mark a significant escalation in the crisis that has been building up along the border in recent years.

01 January, 1970

National well-being and the counts that matter

The editorial talks about the importance of adopting new ways for India to know its cumulative human capital and potential.

01 January, 1970

Is death in Brazil a blow for AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine?

There has been a death in the late-stage clinical trials of a Covid-19 vaccine being developed by University of Oxford and Swedish-British drugmaker AstraZeneca.

01 January, 1970

What determines onion prices ?

The Centre on Friday reintroduced the stock limit on onions — a move aimed at controlling rising prices, which crossed Rs 80 per kg in many cities on Friday, including nearly Rs 100/kg in Mumbai.

01 January, 1970

Freeing the farmer

The debate on the Farmers’ Produce Trading and Commerce Act 2020 (FPTC Act) has seen some misinformation and qualms among stakeholders, especially farmers in some states.

01 January, 1970

Lockdowns don’t work

On the advice of experts, the world confronted the SARS Cov-2 virus in an unprecedented manner — closures of schools and workplaces and lockdowns became commonplace.

01 January, 1970

India’s UN journey, from outlier to the high table

The 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations (UN) is an opportunity to look at the major trends, patterns and future challenges as far as India is concerned in terms of safeguarding its interests and promoting common good.

01 January, 1970

Taking on the Centre: On States rejecting farm laws

Punjab’s efforts to enact State amendments to override the effects of the Centre’s new agriculture laws epitomise the difficulties in managing the conflict between liberalising the farm sector and protecting the small and marginal farmer from the agonies of the transition.

01 January, 1970

A five-point action plan to manage waste effectively

Years of neglect, lack of foresight and complete absence of urban planning has left India staring at mountains of waste-landfills, waste-choked drains, water bodies and rivers. This is called “legacy waste”, a cumulative consequence of decades of neglect and lack of foresight.

01 January, 1970

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