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All Things Policy: Oil Prices and the Hidden Game of Governments

Why are consumers paying more for their petrol and diesel when crude oil prices are low? What do the Union and state governments do to control prices at the pump? Who else benefits? Pranay Kotasthane and Utkarsh Narain discuss.

All Things Policy: Will the TikTok Ban Work?

The Government of India has banned 59 apps developed by Chinese companies – but what does it actually mean to “ban” an app? How will this affect tensions between India and China, and does banning ever really work? Anupam Manur and Prateek Waghre join Utkarsh Narain to discuss.

All Things Policy: Lift Off: Space policy reforms and the private sector in India

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman recently announced that the Union government will provide a predictable space policy and regulatory environment for private players. But are the measures announced enough to build capacity in the space sector? Utkarsh Narain talks to Awais Ahmed, CEO of Pixxel, to find out.

All Things Policy: Intervention Using Tech

Technology touches almost every aspect of our daily life. But what’s the use of it during a pandemic? In this episode, Rohan Seth talks to Prateek Waghre, Sapni G Krishna and Utkarsh Narain about the use of technologies such as Bluetooth and GPS to tackle the challenge of social distancing,...

Takshashila Discussion Slidedoc – Technological Interventions for COVID-19 Management: An Analysis

By Prateek Waghre, Sapni GK, Utkarsh Narain Download this slidedoc as a PDF. Executive Summary: This assessment evaluates common technological intervention use-cases in response to COVID-19 through the framework of population penetration, privacy and effectiveness to arrive at a composite ‘Viability Rating‘. We conclude that: Recovery/stimulus package(s) should address the...

Viability Rating of Technological Interventions for COVID-19

Viability Rating The Viability Rating of a technological intervention considers its capacity to complement pandemic management with due regard to its population penetration, privacy and effectiveness implications. Technology interventions are  scored on the basis of: Population Penetration: What portion of its serviceable audience1 can the specific measure cater to. Privacy:...

Recommended Draft Space Activities (Regulation) Bill, 2020

Download the recommended draft bill in PDF. Takshashila’s ‘The New Space Policy 2020‘ proposes a clear policy and regulatory structure that paves the way for growth of the nascent private space sector in India, thus contributing towards national development and advancing the frontiers of science and technology. The recommended Draft...

A new space race in the offing?

As the world is grappling with the coronavirus pandemic and the United States is in a precarious situation, President Donald Trump has passed an executive order allowing Americans ‘the right to engage in commercial exploration, recovery, and use of resources in outer space.’ All major spacefaring nations, including the United...

Let Prices Rise

Supermarkets shelves are empty. Groceries are stocked out. Alcohol-based sanitisers have been missing from racks for a few days now. Even medical masks which generally would sell for Rs 6-10 per piece are being sold for up to Rs 100 a piece. As India enters into the third stage of...

SC Verdict: A positive step to realise VC’s potential

On March 4, in a historic day for the cryptocurrency industry in India, the Supreme Court of India quashed the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) prohibition on the trade of virtual currency (VC). The road towards the day of the verdict has been long and arduous. Even this verdict is a small win...
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