Editors Column
The mildest way of describing the exit poll results of the assembly elections in five states would be to call them interesting. Less charitable would be to say they were too confusing to be taken seriously.
A complex anti-terrorist operation was brought to a close in Lucknow on Wednesday with the killing of a IS operative identified as Saifullah.
Come women’s day, there’s talk about their empowerment and the leadership roles that they have played across economic, social and political vectors. While there’s been consensus that women should have access to resources as well as opportunities to make a mark, the sluggish progress in several areas continues to stare us in the face.
Should the government go aggressive with tax surveys, a euphemism for searches and raids, to net those that did not explain large cash deposits made during demonetisation?
As reported by this paper on Monday, in order to push the strategic sale divestment process, the government has decided to set up disinvestment cells in the administrative ministries and central public sector enterprises (CPSEs). The move is aimed at improving coordination between all the stakeholders involved in strategic divestment. It is a sound idea, which needs to be followed up.
Supreme Court may have touched a raw nerve when the bench headed by chief justice JS Khehar asked the government to formulate a comprehensive alternative policy framework to deal with farmers’ suicides. The honourable court is right when it hinted that providing compensation to kith and kin of farmers who ended their lives was not the right approach to an issue of gargantuan proportions.
India faces a critical shortage of vital organs and tissues and among the key reasons for that is the number of specialists equipped to do organ retrieval and transplants isn’t large enough. The absence of organ banks in the country could be the biggest issue that does not allow the country to store and retrieve organs for people suffering from organ failure.
De-leveraging balance sheets by retiring debt are normally a strategy undertaken by companies or groups especially in the infrastructure sector with long gestation. Volatile market conditions or the urge to consolidate their operations and provide better value to its investors may also force companies to re-balance their debt portfolio.
How does one explain the 7 per cent GDP growth in October-December 2016 quarter during which high value currencies in denomination of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 were withdrawn through a massive demonetisation drive? Well, there are many theories and arguments, both in favour and against these numbers.
A full-blown price war between three top telecom players, Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio and Vodafone-Idea, will leave all of them gasping for liquidity given the un-sustainability of their businesses due to the big churn in the telecom industry and the mounting debt levels.

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