Editors Column

Questions have been raised over the future of the Indian aviation industry. Some of those questions have been prompted by prospects of a big churn aimed at survival of airlines. It may be too early to foresee a consolidation in the industry with airlines registering a dip in profitability owing to a combination of factors.

Triggering trade disruptions and causing hiccups for the economy cannot form part of stated policy. India should try and resolve its trade disputes with the US without the matter escalating into a full-scale war. US President Donald Trump has fuelled trade conflict both with friends and enemies of America.

5G spectrum auctions must take place as early as possible for an early launch of data and speed-centric mobile services in India. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) recommendations on 5G spectrum have factored in most issues, especially the pricing for every one of the eleven bands.

High inflation and interest rates seem to have reached tipping point and will begin to pinch consumers — both in rural and urban areas. In the process, India’s GDP growth is likely to suffer though RBI has stuck to its earlier estimate of 7.4 per cent for the current fiscal.

The exercise to draw up a national register of citizens (NRC) in Assam, a border state with a sizeable Muslim population, has expectedly generated a major controversy.

The emergence of Vodafone-Idea as the largest mobile services company in India with a massive 438 million customers is significant in more ways than one. While the mobile services market consolidation continues unabated, approval for Vodafone-Idea merger into one single corporate enterprise seems to have come a wee bit late in the day.

A politically stable, independent and democratically-elected government taking the reins in Pakistan is an imperative to ensure lasting peace in South Asia. Imran Khan’s coronation as prime minister seems imminent in the theocratic muslim state with his 22-year old Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) emerging as the single largest party in the national assembly.

HOW can the value of funds parked by Indians in Swiss banks be estimated? Have these deposits and funds bulged or have holdings by Indians dipped during the four years of NDA rule?

Riding comfortably on claims that the government of Narendra Modi is markedly different from the previous UPA government that had faced a string of corruption allegations and was plagued by policy paralysis, the NDA now faces its biggest challenge so far over the Rafale aircraft deal, a matter that appears to have built a momentum of its own.

Amendments have earlier been made to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) but, in terms of the number of people they would impact, the ones made last week would be the most significant of all in the past year. Right from exempting sanitary pads to lowering the GST on footwear below Rs 1,000, this was like a mini budget with only goodies being given out.

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