Slow & steady goes GST

Awaiting favourable news after a GST Council meeting is a trite routine for trade and industry. Each Council meeting seems to bring vivid yet mixed reactions from all corners. The 26th Council Meeting held on March 10 followed this same design.

The meeting keeps a status quo on the litigated issues under GST and focuses more on addressing systemic difficulties. Assessees expecting grandiose declarations on simplification of returns and change in invoice matching system were surely disappointed.

More crop per drop to save farmers

World Water Day is held annually on March 22 to advocate strongly sustainable management of freshwater resources the world over. In fact, an international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). On the eve of World Water Day, Watershed Organisation Trust, popularly known as WOTR, made a significant presentation to the law makers of the Maharashtra legislature. It was part of an event titled “Tackling climate change in Maharashtra” presided over by chief minister, DevendraFadnavis.

Disequilibrium: How cheap is talk, indeed

CBI arrests Accountant General (ACCOUNTS & ENTITLEMENTS) Chennai and three others in an alleged bribery case
The Central Bureau of Investigation has today arrested an Accountant General (Accounts & Entitlements), Chennai (Tamil Nadu); Senior Accounts Officer in the said office; an Assistant, PWD, Government of Tamil Nadu, Thiruvannamalai and another official working in PWD, Government of Tamil Nadu in Thiruvallur Collectorate in an alleged bribery case.

Let’s get sparrows back in our homes

Where have all the sparrows gone? If you’ve ever wondered about that here’s the answer. Noted ornithologist UN Deb has blamed house construction engineers for disappearance of house sparrows in urban centres as they have failed to give space for the tiny bird while designing house plans. “The house sparrows generally build their nests in thatched houses. As the concrete structures no longer have such facilities, the house sparrows are not seen in the urban as well as rural areas.

Is it really a data breach?

The human is the weakest link in any cyber security attack. Most cyber security breaches happen because of the human error. Facebook breach is no exception.

The privacy laws should be intelligent enough to identify the active breach and the passive breach. Active breach is where the security are breached and compromised deliberately by a hacker. A passive breach is where human beings are tricked to part with their personal data. Personally, I feel that the data breach at Facebook should be treated as a passive breach.

The Taiwanese question

When US President Donald Trump approved a travel bill allowing American representatives to meet their counterparts on the self-ruled Taiwan calling itself “Republic of China,” he was very much conscious of their ‘One China Policy’ and the likely reaction of Chinese, which would have been well thought through. This is sequel to newly declared trade war by US, slapping very heavy trade tariff on China.


Illusion of a free will is as dangerous as its actual suspension, for surreal as the dream is, a noxious chimera, a world of make belief; it leads to a comfort zone which requires instant tearing down. For if this eco-system is used to imperil a democratic institution by removing the scope of robust debate then anarchic legislation like  the draconian land acquisition bill of Sonia Gandhi, which can de-industrialise India is a by product for decelerating development.

The Abstraction of Numbers

Professor Jairus Banaji  suggested to a New Delhi audience,  in  millennial year 2001, that we should be concerned about how our  provident fund and pension savings  are invested in local businesses. In the following years, we saw how global capital created crises after crises, and the relief that Indians felt when concurrent recessions were not experienced in India. However, we know that post office and SBI savings were the spine of the  Indian economy.

In a man’s world

Women play a key role in Indian agriculture, although their important contributions go unrecognised and unrewarded. On the International Women’s Day (March 8), a conference was organised by the National Academy of Sciences in Allahabad to identify methods of recognising and rewarding women as farmers. The earlier definitions of farmer were gender insensitive, therefore the National Commission on Farmers (NCF) proposed the following definition: Woman farmer means and includes, irrespective of marital status or ownership of land, any woman who is a farmer which includes:

Mining troubles

Following the order by the Supreme Court to stop all iron ore mining operations from March 16, it appears that the government of Goa is most likely to auction the mines which so far have been operated primarily by the Goans. This may be the eventual destiny of the Goan mining leases, but the duration of a fresh start of mining on or after March 16, is likely to be prolonged than what is being projected. The Goan community who are highly dependent of mining business is no doubt likely to suffer from the long lull period.