China takes control of its foreign exchange surplus and leverages it in Asia’s infrastructure development, an area long abandoned by governments and banks, redrawing the Bretton Woods-derived world financial architecture in the process.
The first round of the coal blocks auction points to the fact that coal extraction is an extremely lucrative activity that the government could have benefited from by expanding public sector coal production and garnering the profits.
The worsening atmospheric pollution in India threatens the basic health of people, but almost nothing is being done in terms of effective public policy to address this serious problem.
The problem in rural India is not one of too much credit to poor households that leads to debt waivers that damage bank balance sheets, but one of inadequate access to credit from formal sources.
Githa Hariharan’s “Almost Home" shows how the word “home” represents a shifting, semantically uncertain and politically ill-defined concept and how under its placid surface lie the turbulent tales of lost and broken homes, homes fervently sought and seldom won, destined to inhabit sighs and tears.
In a situation that is still fluid, what Greece needs is a fallback option that will allow it to negotiate from a position of strength knowing that it has other schemes worked out for life beyond the euro.
The right to offend, perhaps implicit in the right to free expression, is a value to hold on to but to be wielded with discretion and care. And religion cannot, in a secular democracy, be wholly exempt from scrutiny and criticism.
Of intrusive health advisories on cinema screens and the suspicion of many a sip between the shot and the sound bite on prime time television news.