All stories by Subhomoy Bhattacharjee
India in sweet spot as commodity prices are on uptickRediff.com26 Jan 2021
The uptick in prices ranging from steel to wheat could benefit lots of commodity-based companies -- from State-owned SAIL to the agro exporters.
Ministries to get the same budget funds as last yearRediff.com18 Jan 2021
The government, it would seem, is reserving its firepower to spend on big-ticket items that will be announced in the Budget, reports Subhomoy Bhattacharjee.
How Babus did during the Pandemic: A report cardRediff.com18 Jan 2021
The Covid pandemic has left a question mark on how the central government manages its staff.
How Biden's trade team could influence relations between the two countriesRediff.com7 Jan 2021
India will have to show more willingness to import, and since Biden will not encourage sale of oil and gas to bridge the gap, it means there has to be more meaningful duty reduction in other areas even if Delhi baulks at a Free Trade Agreement so soon after walking out of RCEP.
Idle tracks shore up railway financesRediff.com2 Jan 2021
When Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tables her Budget on February 1, the numbers could be something to cheer.
Revealed: Govt's COVID-19 vaccination planRediff.com8 Dec 2020
The modus operandi for immunising the country's 1.35 billion population in stages has been thrashed out in more than one meeting among top government officials in the health ministry and the Prime Minister's Office.
The chinks in India's arbitration lawsRediff.com22 Oct 2020
Brazil's Embraer eyes Indian skiesRediff.com3 Oct 2020
One of the arrangements the Indian government is considering is a tie-up with a sovereign fund to finance the Embraer deal.
Will IFSCA be the boss of India's financial markets?Rediff.com11 Aug 2020
For financial sector companies setting up shop in India, as of now the go-to regulators are obviously Sebi and the RBI with carve-outs for IRDAI or possibly PFRDA. But this could change soon with the International Financial Services Centres Authority, observes Subhomoy Bhattacharjee.
Was this why Murmu was moved out of J&K?Rediff.com10 Aug 2020
G C Murmu rarely speaks in public and when he does, his statements are always in lockstep with the thinking within this government.
How EC plans to hold Bihar poll amid COVID-19Rediff.com20 Jul 2020
'How do you apply indelible ink without coming into contact?' 'There have to be options for other activities like casting of vote where you press a button and that of the signature identifying oneself.' 'None of our procedures should lead to exposure to infections.'
Covid-19: With great power comes great responsibilityRediff.com18 Jul 2020
Cities are setting the rules that now carry life and death implications for their residents, and most of these rules are sought to be set by the municipal authorities who have never wielded such power, reports Subhomoy Bhattacharjee.
China could do a naval blockade in Indian Ocean nextRediff.com3 Jul 2020
Chances are any such disruption will not occur on the major shipping lanes but on some edge of the ocean between India and China. Even if there is no actual disruption, the costs of averting one can be punitive. The setting for this is provided by the energy shortage both countries face, says Subhomoy Bhattacharjee.
How Railways is ferrying 10 mn workersRediff.com15 May 2020
Ferrying migrant workers back to their states would be the largest special service by any railway network in the world in one go. Here's how the transporter manages it.
Finance Ministry, LIC start contact tracing to assess Covid-19 aidRediff.com13 May 2020
The government hopes to use this data to assess the extent of financial support needed to recover from the pandemic.
Prolonged lockdown to make India's water crisis worseRediff.com4 May 2020
Making water available is always a serious challenge in the summer for all public authorities. This year, the challenge is higher when hand-washing at every opportunity has become a necessity. So keeping potable water lines running without a glitch has become most necessary.
All govt departments to make 'savage cuts' in expensesRediff.com9 Apr 2020
Days after cutting the salaries and other allowances of MPs and ministers, the government has passed instructions to all departments to reduce their expenditure by as much as 60 per cent from their first-quarter spending plans.
'Migration of workers should be over in 2-3 days': NDRF chiefRediff.com30 Mar 2020
'We expect the movements to come down to a trickle or even to stop at all these places,' says NDRF DG Satya Pradhan.
PM's speeches to be part of reading material at quarantine centresRediff.com18 Mar 2020
'We regularly distribute the copies of these speeches to various dignitaries, as well as to schools and colleges on various occasions,' said a source aware of the development, and these could also be distributed at all the quarantine centres across the country.
Why FinMin is worried about fund infusion for 3 insurance firmsRediff.com13 Feb 2020
Since no insurance companies share data on their claims with each other, the finance ministry and Irdai suspect that a lot of the resultant claims are duplicates.