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  • 04 September, 2015
    Let’s behave, and get ourselves Smart Cities
        In this Mint article, Aakar Patel expresses doubts on Smart Cities Mission. He says "I have no problem with our cities. I have a problem with the people in them. Surat or Bengaluru or even New and Old Delhi are not bad places for visitors. They have their charms (even though one st...
  • 02 September, 2015
    The Political Economy of Data
    In a recent article published in Ideas for India, Florian Blum and Rohini Pande discuss the political economy of data collection.   They state that while India is a notable exception among developing countries when it comes to collecting and releasing data about its poor, it does not measure ...
  • 01 September, 2015
    India should use global turmoil to attract flows
    In an interview with CNBC TV 18, Vikram Limaye, member of the IDFC Institute Executive Council, says:   "Increasingly we are in a networked world... India will certainly face the impact of what happens in China but the positive side is the fact that India has huge opportunity f...
  • 01 September, 2015
    Five States Account for More than Half of India's Factory Jobs
      In this Mint article, the author states some fascinating figures about India's factory jobs. He writes "Just five states—Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Karnataka—account for 56% of factory jobs in the country. The share of the top five states has not changed much ...
  • 27 August, 2015
    African Cities Are Starting to Look Eerily Like Chinese Ones
    In this interview, Roggeveen talks about China’s visible impact on urban development in Africa. He says "Africa is urbanizing at the same pace as China did in the past 30 years, but in a process that is less coordinated and aligned...."   "There are many resemblances. First of al...
  • 25 August, 2015
    75,000 Applicants for 30 Peon Positions in Chhattisgarh
    In a display of the extent of unemployment and underemployment in India, over 75,000 applications were received for 30 available peon positions in the Directorate of Economics and Statistics of the Chhattisgarh government. The eligibility criterion was completing Class V, but engineers and post...
  • 24 August, 2015
    Why Kerala is a development model and Uttar Pradesh a basket case
    In this Mint article, Pramit Bhattacharya discusses 'sub-nationalism' as an explanation of intra-state variation in India.   "In the mid-19th century, both regions that correspond to the present-day states of Kerala and UP, Travancore and the North-Western Provinces, respectively, were poor ...
  • 24 August, 2015
    Study Claims Google Has the Power to Control Elections
    A recent study by Robert Epstein and Ronald Robertson on "The search engine manipulation effect (SEME) and its possible impact on the outcomes of elections" claims: "i) biased search rankings can shift the voting preferences of undecided voters by 20% or more, (ii) the shift can be much high...
  • 21 August, 2015
    World's first solar-powered airport
    Cochin International Airport is all set to emerge as the world's first airport that will use solar energy to meet its energy requirements. This Quartz article says that "On Aug. 18, the Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL)—India’s fourth largest international airport in terms of pass...
    TAGS: Solar , Energy , CIAL
  • 19 August, 2015
    Pricing the OROP
    In this article that appeared in Mint, Ajay Shah and Renuka Sane discuss the importance of considering the cost of implementing OROP.   "Before we make up our minds on OROP, it is useful to ask what it would cost. A pension is like an annuity, a stream of payments until the recipient is alive...
    TAGS: OROP , Defence , Pension
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