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Irrespective of macro-economic indicators used to prove the point that the economy is doing well, voters are worried about the empirically lived economy that they experience. Image for representation | Photo Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto As the campaign hots up and voters in some parts gear up for voting, all the masala required for the Opposition to corner the ruling BJP is in place and over the next few weeks we shall witness a keen battle on the questions of economy.Does economics trump politics or does politics sidestep economics? This has been a perennial debate while analysing electoral politics. This debate is…

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Job seekers at attend Aspire 2024 jointly organised by District Employment office and Vocational Higher Secondary Department at SRV Government Vocational Higher Secondary School in the city. | Photo Credit: THULASI KAKKAT In an electoral battle, issues are shaped through three processes. First, issues that are pushed by the talking classes, the media, the opinion makers, and the like. This is often known as ‘agenda setting’. Second, the political parties try and focus on issues that they believe are of importance and/or issues that they find easy to mobilise. Finally, irrespective of the former two processes, some issues may be…

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People find it hard to get economically sustainable occupations in big cities, small towns, and even in rural areas. Image for representation. File | Photo Credit: AFP Price rise and unemployment have emerged as serious concerns for a significant majority of Indians. There is a consensus that employment opportunities at all levels have gone down in the last five years. At the same time, the prices of essential commodities continue to increase. The interlinkages between these two issues have affected the ability of a household to maintain its standard of living in the ever-changing economic life of the country. Our…

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A decorated structure in the shape of a lotus at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi. File | Photo Credit: The Hindu The BJP promised good days — a prosperous future — for the citizens in its 2014 campaign. There has also been a lot of talk about expanding India’s economy in order to make it one among the leading economies of the world. Critics of the BJP point out to the increasing inequality in India. Ten years down the line, debates among economists notwithstanding, how do citizens perceive their economic condition?Also Read | Has the economy improved in the…

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Job seekers gather to attend a walk-in-interview during a State-level job fair organised by Karnataka in Bengaluru on February 26. | Photo Credit: AFP A recent report released by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Institute for Human Development (IHD) revealed that two out of every three unemployed individuals was a young graduate, highlighting the need for urgent policy intervention. Little is understood about the causes of unemployment in India, a knowledge gap that requires urgent redressal.This analysis looks at unemployment in the major States of India — excluding the Union Territories —among individuals aged 15 and above as…

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Twelve of the 20 new companies which bought electoral bonds were from Hyderabad Despite companies in existence for less than three years not being allowed to make political contributions — even through the electoral bonds route — data shows that at least 20 such newly incorporated firms purchased poll bonds worth about ₹103 crore (Table 1).At the time when they purchased their first electoral bonds, five of these firms were in existence for less than a year, seven of them were a year old and the eight others had only completed two years. Notably, many of these firms were started…

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Representational file image. | Photo Credit: AP The global airline industry is facing a summer squeeze, with travel demand expected to surpass pre-pandemic levels while aircraft deliveries drop sharply due to production problems at Boeing and Airbus.Air carriers are spending billions on repairs to keep flying older, less fuel-efficient jets, and paying a premium to secure aircraft from lessors. But some carriers are still being forced to trim their schedules to cope with the lack of available planes. At the same time, the number of travelers globally is set to hit historic levels, with 4.7 billion people expected to travel…

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ULIP is a life insurance plan, through which you can earn income along with life insurance cover and also take advantage of tax saving. Teacher Sunanda is very happy in the government school. They have come to know that some insurance companies have introduced new Unit Linked Insurance Plans i.e. ULIPs. It has been told in the brochure of a policy that many types of charges have been waived off in this investment. Mortality charges collected for the insurance cover will also be refunded. The reason for Sunanda's happiness is that she will invest like a mutual fund and…

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RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das. | Photo Credit: ANI Reserve Bank Governor Shaktikanta Das on April 8 stressed the need for greater participation of Indian banks in rupee derivatives market, both domestically and offshore, while being prudent.The Governor noted that participation of domestic banks in derivative markets remains limited with only a small set of active market-makers. Also, participation of Indian banks in global markets is growing but it is quite small.”Domestic banks are dealing with market-makers in global markets rather than with end clients and are yet to emerge as market-makers of note globally,” Das said in his keynote address…

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In the MSME clusters in Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu and Ludhiana in Punjab, industrial associations have submitted their demands related to GST to candidates contesting the elections in the respective constituencies. | Photo Credit: Kamal Narang More than six years since the Narendra Modi regime rolled out the Goods and Services Tax (GST), the issue remains a bone of contention in several MSME (micro, small and medium enterprises) clusters in different parts of the country, including in Tamil Nadu. Reduction in GST rates is a core demand for representatives of MSMEs as the country gears up for the Lok Sabha…

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