Author : Prof K Nageshwar


Taxing times

Taxing times

Mar 30,2017 , 03:02 AM IST | Editors Desk
With Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley introducing four GST bills in Lok Sabha earlier this week, India is now inching closer to realising its dream of having a uniform taxation across the country. In all likelihood, the Goods & Services Tax (GST) regime will come into effect from July this year,
Aggression is fine, but…

Aggression is fine, but…

Mar 29,2017 , 03:40 AM IST | Editors Desk
In what can easily be termed as an incredible series and one that also boosts Test cricket as a whole, Team India reclaimed the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with a 2-1 verdict against Australia in Dharamsala on Tuesday. The seventh successive series triumph, which is a rarity these days, marked a surreal icing on the cake to what was India's busiest home season ever. 
Interpreting the Middle Class Mandate

Interpreting the Middle Class Mandate

Mar 29,2017 , 03:37 AM IST | Editors Desk
Notwithstanding the victory of the ruling combine-sponsored candidate in North Coastal Andhra, the discernible trend that cuts across several constituencies is clear rejection of TDP. Any consolidation of opposition vote will be a serious threat to TDP in 2019, given the fact that the difference in the vote share of TDP-BJP and YSR Congress in 2014 was slender. But, the TDP can heave a sigh of rel
Need for fiscal prudence

Need for fiscal prudence

Mar 28,2017 , 04:29 AM IST | Editors Desk
The Comptroller and Auditor General’s (CAG) report on state finances presented to the Telangana legislature has once again underlined the need for fiscal prudence. Despite legislative mandate for fiscal responsibility and prudent budget management, the annual reports of CAG expose the fiscal vulnerabilities in public finances. 
Time to act

Time to act

Mar 27,2017 , 04:58 AM IST | Editors Desk
The new dispensation in United States led by Donald Trump is posing a new challenge to Indian Information Technology sector through a slew of protectionist restrictions.
Commonsense, the uncommon qualification

Commonsense, the uncommon qualification

Mar 26,2017 , 12:33 AM IST | Editors Desk
Once the Viceroy invited Gen Thimayya for a drink and asked him to choose his own brand.  But, the officer was unaware of the choices. Yet, he did not cut a sorry- figure. With his unparallelled commonsense, the General replied, ‘the best that you can offer, your Excellency’. 
To be or not to be

To be or not to be

Mar 24,2017 , 04:17 AM IST | Editors Desk
The Law Commission in its 262nd report has recommended that death penalty be abolished for all crimes other than terrorism-related offences and waging war.  Parliament is informed that the opinions of states and union territories are sought as it is the Constitutional stipulation. A majority of nations have abolished the death sentence for all crimes. 
Inflaming passions

Inflaming passions

Mar 23,2017 , 03:24 AM IST | Editors Desk
In their quest to win, despite the odds, Australian cricketers have always had the dubious distinction of being the worst exponents of the shameful act of sledging. Their notoriety is such that almost any team playing Down Under would be subject to this brazen harassment.  
Much talk, little action

Much talk, little action

Mar 22,2017 , 03:37 AM IST | Editors Desk
Mens sana in corpore sano’ in Latin means a sound mind in a sound body i.e, the better the health, the greater the happiness. This applies to the state of a nation too. On the International Day of Happiness on March 20, India slipped four notches below its previous rank of 122 among 155 nations in the World Happiness Report 2017.  
Neel Nishan over Laal Janda

Neel Nishan over Laal Janda

Mar 22,2017 , 03:33 AM IST | Editors Desk
Contrary to the criticism that the Communists often ignore the issue of caste, the Communist Party of India (Marxist)-CPI (M) organised a massive walkathon that concluded in Hyderabad this week. Leaders of several social organisations converged under the banner of Laal Janda.
R&D linkage to hospitals

R&D linkage to hospitals

Mar 21,2017 , 03:39 AM IST | Editors Desk
Government of India should formulate an effective policy, making it mandatory for all hospitals located both in rural and urban areas to have linkages with medical science research institutions. According to scientists, due to lack of such linkages and consequent dearth of samples and data, research institutions are finding it hard to delve in-depth into the contributory and causative factors of d
Decoding Yogic choice

Decoding Yogic choice

Mar 20,2017 , 02:43 AM IST | Editors Desk
With the choice of Yogi Adityanath as the Chief Minister of the most populous State of Uttar Pradesh, the transition in the Bharatiya Janata Party seems to be complete.
Overcoming Gen Thimayya’s cap syndrome

Overcoming Gen Thimayya’s cap syndrome

Mar 18,2017 , 11:19 PM IST | Editors Desk
This year’s Academy Award function witnessed a goof up in the Best Film category that can be dubbed as the mother of all goof-ups in Oscar history. 
GDP Data Conundrum

GDP Data Conundrum

Mar 18,2017 , 04:37 AM IST | Editors Desk
Even as the official Economic Survey admits that demonetisation has at least short-term risks due to currency swap-induced monetary contraction, the recent GDP estimates of Central Statistical Organization (CSO) claim that the economic growth momentum is sustained despite the note ban. 
Grounding the Budget

Grounding the Budget

Mar 17,2017 , 04:46 AM IST | Editors Desk
Governments spend lakhs of crores every year as legislatures approve appropriation bills. But, how much money is actually spent for whom it is intended for? The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) periodically presents performance appraisal. 
Politics and macroeconomics

Politics and macroeconomics

Mar 16,2017 , 05:15 AM IST | Editors Desk
During the debate on the bifurcation of state, the often repeated argument was that smaller states would dampen growth as it inflicts huge fiscal stress. The burgeoning non-plan expenditure due to reorgansiation would contribute to fiscal stress. 
Bumbling by Congress

Bumbling by Congress

Mar 15,2017 , 04:34 AM IST | Editors Desk
Jonathan Swift says, "Satire is a sort of glass wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own, which is the chief reason for that kind of reception it meets in the world.” That should, perhaps, sum up the Congress party's act, rather, its inaction, in Goa and Manipur, soon after the Assembly results on Saturday last. There is no justification, otherwise, of its satirical..
The 50 per cent Lakshmana Rekha

The 50 per cent Lakshmana Rekha

Mar 15,2017 , 04:28 AM IST | Editors Desk
The Telangana Chief Minister, K Chandrashekar Rao, has announced that his government will legislate for reservations for Muslims and tribals. The promise is to accord 12 per cent quotas for them. Setting aside the discussion on the merits of such legislation, the fundamental question that needs to be answered is how it would overcome the judicially interpreted constitutional stipulation that reser
Outlays to outcomes

Outlays to outcomes

Mar 14,2017 , 04:45 AM IST | Editors Desk
Endowed with fiscal momentum post bifurcation, Telangana Finance Minister presented his budget estimates that saw an allocation of over Rs 88,000 crore for development expenditure. However, realisation of this expenditure is incumbent upon ambitious central fiscal transfers contemplated, apart from increased accruals from state’s own tax revenues.
Promote sustainable tourism

Promote sustainable tourism

Mar 13,2017 , 03:37 AM IST | Editors Desk
The Andhra Pradesh government is embarking upon promoting tourism as a growth engine. The Governor’s address to the joint session of State legislature on the eve of the budget which is considered to be the official policy pronouncement of the government clearly stated the road map to sell the State as a major tourist destination centre.
Vote at 16, why not?

Vote at 16, why not?

Mar 11,2017 , 04:24 AM IST | Editors Desk
Age 16, why can’t it be sweet 16 for democracy too? There is growing debate across the world on the idea of lowering the voting age to 16. Some call it a disruptive move while others opine it would usher in a vibrant democracy. 
Polls punditry

Polls punditry

Mar 10,2017 , 04:51 AM IST | Editors Desk
Yet again, the exit polls conducted by different agencies across the states that went to polls produced different results. Of course, it’s not new. There are many such earlier instances where the exit polls from different sources are at great variance. 
Celebrating a centenary

Celebrating a centenary

Mar 09,2017 , 03:06 AM IST | Editors Desk
The premier university in Telangana, Osmania University, is celebrating 100 years of its existence. It’s a momentous occasion in the history of any university and certainly deserves a befitting festivity. 
Belying doomsday prediction

Belying doomsday prediction

Mar 08,2017 , 03:44 AM IST | Editors Desk
Notwithstanding the continuing political rhetoric on the fiscal woes of Andhra Pradesh, the state, according to the official data itself, recorded an impressive economic growth.  
Promote genome banks

Promote genome banks

Mar 07,2017 , 04:45 AM IST | Editors Desk
The unravelling of the genome sequence has led to the development of an amazing repertoire of diagnostic and predictive DNA tools enabling the scientific and medical fraternity to zero in on the disease causative factors.  
Team first spirit missing

Team first spirit missing

Mar 06,2017 , 03:12 AM IST | Editors Desk
Come Tuesday and all roads for shuttlers will lead to Birmingham where the 2017 edition of the premier All England Championship gets underway.
Means of relief from moments of stress

Means of relief from moments of stress

Mar 04,2017 , 11:56 PM IST | Editors Desk
It is momentary by nature but a sudden burst of stress can wreak havoc at a most critical juncture. Suddenly, something goes amiss and even the most organized mindset can turn topsy-turvy. We all know that such disturbances are momentary but they can be damningly nerve-racking. 
Rejuvenate farm sector

Rejuvenate farm sector

Mar 04,2017 , 03:34 AM IST | Editors Desk
The Supreme Court has rightly expressed its anguish over unabated suicides of farmers. As the apex court exhorted, a policy framework is of an immense importance. Even the highest court of India stated in no unequivocal terms that the government has not taken any action to address the causes behind these suicides happening for so many decades. 
Respect free speech

Respect free speech

Mar 02,2017 , 04:12 AM IST | Editors Desk
Trolls have unleashed an online mafia attack on the daughter of a Kargil martyr, Gurmehar Kaur, for expressing her views on campus violence. The aggrieved party has every right to fiercely express their point of view. 
Politics of dissent and beyond

Politics of dissent and beyond

Mar 01,2017 , 03:36 AM IST | Editors Desk
‘You made me a communist’ is a Malayalam play of yesteryears.  It features a young boy lifted by the police and beaten black and blue. He is accused of being a communist.