Uttam Gupta

Uttam Gupta

Govt must take fresh look at gas pricing

Govt must take fresh look at gas pricing

Wednesday, 21 September 2022 | Uttam Gupta

The rising cost of natural gas has become a new challenge for key sectors such as fertiliser and power Faced with steep rise in the international prices of natural gas or NG triggered by Ukraine war and disruption in global supplies, and its attendant impact on cost of energy to industries...

Electricity Bill: Where is the spark?

Electricity Bill: Where is the spark?

Friday, 22 July 2022 | Uttam Gupta

After dilution of its key provisions, the Electricity Bill, 2021, falls short of reform objectives In the draft Electricity (Amendment) Bill or EAB, 2021, proposing amendments to the Electricity Act, 2003 introduced in February last year, the Narendra Modi-led NDA Government intended to bring about two transformative reforms — de-licensing of the...

Hydrocarbons may give India energy freedom

Hydrocarbons may give India energy freedom

Tuesday, 12 July 2022 | Uttam Gupta

Windfall tax on oil firms is justified; a robust ecosystem for hydrocarbons can give India the much-needed relief Amid disruption in the global supply chain and steep spike in the international crude prices, the Union Cabinet last week took two major decisions pertaining to the oil sector—deregulation of the sale of...

India faces sharp fiscal deficit slippage

India faces sharp fiscal deficit slippage

Monday, 04 July 2022 | Uttam Gupta

International crude and fertiliser prices disturbed Government’s budget calculations; welfare expenses are adding to fiscal stress The Modi government has taken a number of measures, including tax cuts and increase in subsidy, to give protection to consumers from the steep rise in international prices of fuel, fertilisers, and food. But it...

Control mindset hurts privatisation process

Control mindset hurts privatisation process

Wednesday, 29 June 2022 | Uttam Gupta

The strategic sale of BPCL couldn’t be carried out because the Government wants to regulate fuel prices After over three years of having initiated the sale of its entire 53.29 per cent shareholding in Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL)—a Central public sector undertaking (PSU) in the sector of refining and marketing...

WTO MC-12: Deft handling by India

WTO MC-12: Deft handling by India

Tuesday, 21 June 2022 | Uttam Gupta

While it was advantage developed countries all the way, India was able to avoid more harm to its interests At the World Trade Organization (WTO), even as all decisions are taken by consensus and every member country has equal voice, when it comes to actual confabulations, there are glaring inequalities. The...

Govt faces a dilemma over e-commerce

Govt faces a dilemma over e-commerce

Saturday, 18 June 2022 | Uttam Gupta

Any tweak in policy will upset foreign investors, while the status quo will hurt small traders Ever since Indian retail was opened to foreign direct investment (FDI)—albeit through the so-called marketplace model in 2016—foreign giants like Amazon and Walmart-owned-Flipkart have been embroiled in protracted legal battles. In a public interest litigation (PIL)...

RBI hikes repo rate but more is needed

RBI hikes repo rate but more is needed

Monday, 13 June 2022 | Uttam Gupta

While there is no guarantee that the RR hike will tame inflation, we can’t rule out the risks to growth Normally, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) conducts a review once in every two months based on which the RBI makes policy announcements at the beginning...

State Editions

Student opens fire on principal

25 September 2022 | PNS | Lucknow

6 PFI members held in Meerut and Varanasi

25 September 2022 | PNS | Lucknow

Maya concern over falling rupee

25 September 2022 | PNS | Lucknow

Complete Vindhya corridor works on time: CM

25 September 2022 | PNS | Lucknow

CM stresses on protection of gauvansh

25 September 2022 | PNS | Lucknow

Sunday Edition

Time to tame the rabble rousers

25 September 2022 | Navin Upadhyay | Agenda

Decode ‘those’ genes

25 September 2022 | HEALTH PIONEER | Agenda

COVID-19 Pandemic: The Battles India Won

25 September 2022 | Prof (Dr) Balram Bhargava | Agenda

NEWS BRIEF

25 September 2022 | HEALTH PIONEER | Agenda

Tobacco ads: Celebrities shirk moral responsibility

25 September 2022 | Nibedita Priyadarshini Jena | Agenda

Address fault lines, Raja yoga will bear fruit

25 September 2022 | Bharat Bhushan Padmadeo | Agenda