Economy Bytes

Digital economy and ecological sustainability

There is a general agreement in the academic as well as policy circles, as early as in 1998, that with the advancement of Internet, its allied technologies and wide-range of applications, there will be a change to the “various facets of our society in very fundamental ways as we move into our 21 st century” (Castells 1998). Perhaps, one of the most significant and noticeable of all the changes brought about by the Internet, could be the emergence of a digital economy. The emergence of a digital economy in the contemporary world is “evidenced by the growth of Internet-based businesses for the delivery of goods and services on a global scale” (Sui and Rejeski 2002). The aim of this article is to discern the potential ecological impacts associated with the emergence of digital economy in our contemporary society.


National Manufacturing Policy

Despite the National Manufacturing Policy being in effect since 2011, the sector still suffers on account of insufficient jobs and low contribution to the country’s gross domestic product.


When economics rethinks poverty

Based on social experiments and field observations, Nobel laureate economist Dr Abhijit Banerjee’s coherent vision about the impact of antipoverty policies is quite influential in the domain of policy economics. Grounded to basics, his concept of the ‘Poor Economics’ offers a distinct idea on how psychological and social complexities affecting poverty. This article discusses the core concept of Dr Banerjee’s method of fighting global poverty by informed decision making.

Economy Bytes

Budget Focused on Fiscal Prudence

For the first Budget 2019-20 of Modi 2.0 Government, the silver lining was it’s overseas borrowings plan, reduction in fiscal deficit target and recapitalization of PSU banks. Fiscal prudence was taken well by the bond market. The equity markets however, were unimpressed on buybacks (untaxed before, being now taxable) and lack of sops for the hurting sectors.


Unraveling stories of refugees in Kathmandu

Kathmandu is the city of many stories. It's colourful and very lively. Every corner has its own story to tell to the visitors who come to the city. But, most of the people in Kathmandu don't know there is a refugee community living in the city. The concern for the refugees got into the focus of attention very recently-when Rohingyas escaped to Kathmandu.  Here are some untold stories of the refugees from Myanmar who aspire for a  dream to have a secured and settled life to come true one day! My...


Planktonic diversity of a polluted creek system

The demand for power-generating plants has been increasing regardless of several   appeals in energy  conservation. Factors such as urbanisation and industrialisation propel the need for energy production (Singh,  2015).  Consequently, it increases the need for cooling water at various steps during energy generation procedures. In general, water bodies, such as rivers and ocean were often used as key sources to meet the in-satiated demand for cooling water. Water  drawn  into  power ...

Magazine Articles # Politics

Citizenship and Representative Claims: Implications for 2019

India is among the few nations that have an unbroken history of conducting fair and regular elections. While the credit of a sustained electoral politics goes to the citizens of the country, the definition of a citizen has itself remained debatable and is likely to determine the course of 2019 General Elections.

Magazine Articles # Politics

EVM or Electronic Voting Machines: Reforming the Elections

Electronic voting machines have transformed the system of voting world over. The machines have undergone multiple changes since its inception and even today continue to evolve. In India, EVMs have ensured free and fair elections which are essential to maintain the democratic culture of the country.

Magazine Articles # Politics

Revisiting India’s Electoral Systems

While debates around the relative advantage and disadvantage of electoral systems have usually centred on First-Past-The-Post and Proportional Representation Systems, both these need to be revisited in the context of India.

Magazine Articles # Renewable Energy

Precise and Accurate Testing of Photovoltaic Systems: A Must for Quality Assurance

Sunlight being plentiful in India, the country has the potential to meet its energy needs through renewable sources of energy. While India has been slow in adopting solar energy, it is presently catching up.