Keyword : Infrastructure

India’s FDI doubles and China sees slump

As India eases FDI (foreign direct investment) norms the FDI has more than doubled to $4.48 billion in January, the highest inflow in last 29 months. Compare this to China and India seems to have d

Want of self-belief robs India of global top rank in Resilience Index

Despite being in toppers list of economic powers of the world, India has been ranked 119 out of 130 countries on an index of business resilience of nations based on economic, risk quality and suppl

Govt to rework PPP model, to push for infrastructure projects

The PPP (the public private partnership) has become a favourite model for building infrastructure projects and after encountering numerous hiccups the government has constituted a committee to relo

Why national infra fund may derail India

The union cabinet has given green signal and the ₹20,000-crore National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) will take shape by this year end. The NIIF, which may take the

China ranks higher than India because of its investment in education, infrastructure

The recently released ninth edition of the Global Innovation Index (GII) co-published by the UN’s World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), Cornell University and INSEAD, shows tha

An evolving healthcare system

HLL Infra Tech Services Limited (HITES), a wholly owned subsidiary of public sector firm HLL Lifecare Limited (HLL), has recently secured its first global contract to offer consultancy services

Income tax department irregularly allowed deductions: CAG

 The income tax department irregularly allowed deduction to assessees in 33 cases across 13 states in respect of infrastructure developed by joint venture formed by collaboration with foreign

Road accidents claim 1.5 lakh lives a year

Road accidents are possibly the biggest invisible killers, claiming more lives than terrorism, cancer or any other factor. In 2015, there were about five lakh road accidents in India, which killed

A long road to diplomacy

When India’s longest bridge, the 9.15-km Dhola-Sadiya over the Brahmaputra river, connecting Assam to Arunachal Pradesh, was inaugurated by prime minister Narendra Modi on May 26, China react

Restating the Indian urban problem one more time anew

Here’s a quick brainteaser. Where is the world’s largest mass migration ever in human history taking place? No, it’s not from Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan to Europe. No again. It&rs

Timely delivery

Government projects typically suffer from time overrun and cost overrun. There appears to be no project management discipline, and extension of time and escalation of cost rarely attract the kind o

Quantum urbanism: Step one, dismantle systems thinking once and for all

Feel your favourite city. The words that typically come to your mind are liberally fused with adjectives in a valiant effort to give shape to our deeply felt emotions. It is quite common to find de

Quantum urbanism, step two, let it roll counterintuitively

Only that exceptional logician and philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein could have brought forth the limitations of human intellect in such a pithy and matter of fact manner: the limits of my language a

Industrial performance has weakened: RBI panel

There is a need for speedier clearance of projects by states, RBI’s monetary policy committee said and added that there is an urgent need to reinvigorate private investment, remove infrastr

A costly necklace of ports?

In the sultry May of 2015, union minister of road transport and shipping Nitin Gadkari was meeting officials at Parivahan Bhavan, a stone’s throw from parliament. They were discussing Sagarma

Transforming jobs into work & why it’s good for us and the earth

We are already in an age where some people have a job, some have work and a lucky few have both. ‘Job’ and ‘work’ are used interchangeably. Within a fast changing urban cont

The financial “Catch-22” of Indian cities

 The United Nations General Assembly has designated October 31 as World Cities Day, which has the general theme - Better City, Better Life. It is a well known fact that by 2030 nearl

RINL told to play a vital role as a steel producer

 Ministry of steel’s joint secretary Ruchika Chaudhry has advised Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited, a Navratna PSU, to cash in on the huge infrastructure funding by the government to build

Champions of change

Finally there is a political target and a timetable for transforming 115 most backward districts by 2022, but does the NITI Aayog appreciate the unprecedented nature and scale of the effort?

Rail derailment in Raebareli: Creaky infrastructure leaves seven dead

The derailment of nine coaches of the New Farakka Express near Raebareli, in which seven people have been killed and dozens sustained grievous injuries, has once again exposed the hollow claims of

The road ahead

A fter mixed response from the EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) and BOT-Annuity (build, own, transfer) model, the road sector in India is exploring the Hybrid Annuity Model (HAM) f

Prime Minister dedicates Rs 33,000 crore projects in Begusarai

Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated a host of developmental projects at Ulao airport in Begusarai, Bihar. Modi said these projects will fuel the progress of Bihar and the eastern states.

An engineering disaster

After passing the 12th board exams in 2014, Vikas Kumar, of Madhepura in Bihar, took a year’s break to prepare for the engineering entrance exam. The hard work paid off and he managed to scor

How taxes vanish into a black hole

When a citizen does not pay due taxes, the result is black money. Everybody gets worked up about it, and rightly so. But when the government collects taxes and does not use the revenue for the inte

NBCC bags Rs 463 crore order from IIM Visakhapatnam

NBCC (India) Limited has been roped in as project management consultant for development of a permanent campus in phase one at Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Visakhapatnam. The PSU has bagged

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