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Indians living in the Gulf send money to Indian banks as NRE deposits that showed a 27 per cent slump from the previous year 2016.

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As presented, it’s a super-simple idea: tally your income, subtract your saving, and what’s left is your consumption. You pay taxes on that.

We want to encourage thrifty saving and discourage profligate consumption, so what’s not to like?

How much did this household “save”? Should the interest payments count as consumption? The principal payments almost certainly should not. But what about home maintenance? A new paint job increases your home’s asset value. Should you depreciate that asset value over some years? Or say you buy new appliances for your kitchen: You’re cash out of pocket, but your home is worth more. Are those purchases “consumption”?

This notion of some simple tally of your “saving” starts to look more complicated.

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“In the developed world, the average global fixed piped wired-line penetration is 46 per cent, while in India, it is just about 7 per cent. We get 93 per cent of our data from mobile and 7 per cent from the fixed line,” said Sharma.

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“While Google’s Android supports our Do-Not-Disturb (DND) app, Apple has just been discussing, discussing, and discussing. They have not done anything,” Sharma told TOI.

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Indian bureaucrats aren’t generally supporters of effective reform — particularly changes that reduce the power of India’s state.

Judging by the rhetoric surrounding Panagariya’s exit, the government now seems to believe that India doesn’t need a Margaret Thatcher or even a Deng Xiaoping; just cleaning up administration and a few tweaks to existing law are enough to supercharge growth.

“Outsiders” with all their “Western” ideas don’t get Indian realities and try to do too much.

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The Chinese soldiers hurled stones while attempting to enter Ladakh region near Pangong Lake on Tuesday but were confronted by Indian soldiers, said a top police officer.

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The ad may or may not have served its purpose, but it left the question: Is Kerala the No.1 state in India?

“No. 1 in what? Any ranking depends on what criteria are selected in the ranking exercise, which in turn depends on the ranker’s motivations. No academic will be motivated to write that a particular state is No.1, said Chandran, who also operates the ‘Kerala Scholars’ online group, a platform for peer-reviewed research on Kerala.

He points out that there is no basis for such claims, barring odd ranking of states by some media outlets.

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In UP, it was a highly-motivated circular; in Kerala, it was a normal one; but the governments of both states have every right to ensure its implementation.

In Kerala, the order applies to everyone, not just Mr. Bhagwat. There was nothing to stop him from hoisting the flag at any other public place. So there is no question of Mr. Bhagwat being restrained from hoisting the flag as some media channels and papers have reported. No, Mr. Bhagwat is not the victim.

The question arises of why the RSS chief should come all the way to Kerala just to break a rule set by the state government.

It is no secret that the RSS had strongly opposed the decision of the constituent assembly to choose the tricolor as the national flag.

It took 52 years after independence for the national flag to be unfurled by the RSS, and that too, only after the Vajpayee government took office.

On the eve of independence, the official mouthpiece of the RSS, the Organiser, carried an article that stated "the people who have come to power by the kick of fate may give in our hands the tricolor but it will never be respected and owned by Hindus. The word three in itself is evil and a flag having three colors will certainly produce a psychological effect and is injurious to a country."

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Two incidents compel me to write this.

On the day India turned 70 (August 15, 2017), Pinarayi Vijayan, the Chief Minister of Kerala and his party had harsh words to say about two events. The first one was a reference to the public health tragedy in Gorakhpur that will and must remain India’s shame forever. He was right in raising this.

The second were the views of his party workers from the Communist Party of India (Marxist) who told Rashtriya Swayam Sewak (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat that he cannot unfurl the tricolour at a government-aided school as only people’s representatives or the head of the institution could do so.

.. here's my point. Kashmir does not belong only to Kashmiris, not any more than Tamil Nadu belongs to Tamils or Assam to Assamese.

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Palakkad collector P. Marykutty had on Monday issued a memo to Karnakayamman Higher Secondary School, apparently after learning that Bhagwat was set to do the honors.

But the school, managed by RSS sympathizers, went ahead with its original program and allowed the Sangh chief to hoist the flag.
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