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What Happened at the Bali WTO Meet and Why

Download PDF version The food security issue was not the only one of importance at the Bali ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organisation; the “Bali package” contained a number of decisions of far-reaching importance for India, other developing countries and possibly for the future of multilateral trade organisations. A

Bitcoins: missing the real revolution

APBTC: Some investors have been smart enough to spot the potential for innovations that are proliferating on diverse fronts. A representational picture. The strength of cryptocurrencies like bitcoins has little to do with its monetary potential and more to do with its technical potential The year 2013 was unequivocally the

‘Swabhimaan’- Transforming Rural India through Financial Inclusion

Swabhimaan” is a path-breaking initiative by the Union Government and the Indian Banks’ Association to bridge economic gap between rural and urban India. This campaign is a big step towards socio-economic equality by bringing the underprivileged segments of Indian population into the formal banking fold for the first time. The vision for this

One step forward, two steps back

The National Pension System (NPS; later renamed as National Pension Scheme) was born on the first day of 2004. It was expected to provide 300 million low-income informal sector Indians meaningful old-age income security through thrift and self-help. The committee that formed the scheme emphasized the importance of harnessing existing,

With great power comes greater responsibility and even greater scepticism

Primus inter Parus: Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister with Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, first Home Minister and C. Rajagopalachari, last Governor-General. – PHOTO: The Hindu archives India’s Constitutent Assembly played a major role in codifying our democratic ethos. Here, picture of the first day (9 December 1946) of the Constituent

Lokpal Bill gets President’s nod

The HinduThe much-awaited Lokpal Bill on Wednesday got the assent from President Pranab Mukherjee, providing for creation of an anti-graft watchdog which will bring under its purview even the Prime Minister with certain safeguards.File photo The much-awaited Lokpal Bill on Wednesday got the assent from President Pranab Mukherjee, providing for