Nidhi Gupta

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Smart or dumb: Cities should be safe

Bhubaneswar emerged as the top candidate among the 20 cities chosen to be part of the Government of India’s Smart Cities Mission. One hopes that the plans of turning the city into a smart one will include strengthening risk resilience,...

Six Things That Trigger Government Action

While enough has already been written about the ban on surge pricing by taxi-aggregators, this policy measure is an interesting case study to analyse what are the factors that led to the Karnataka and Delhi Governments’ decision to spring to...

Budget 2016 – Higher education remains in focus

In this year’s union budget, the Finance Minister (FM) announced an increase of 7.1% in the allocation towards education. Overall, Rs 72,394 crore have been allocated in 2016-17 for education, as against Rs 67,585.5 crore in the revised estimate of...

Using behavioural economics insights for vector-borne diseases

Aiming for better health outcomes without addressing the behavioural roots of health problems is bound to be unsuccessful.   A recent public health issue that has made global headlines and has caught the imagination of public health practitioners the world...

Sikkim shows the way

Sikkim has spearheaded the Organic India Mission and has emerged as an example worth emulating. It has taken visionary leadership, political will, and concerted efforts of many state departments to bring a dream to fruition. As if the beautiful landscapes,...

How much for that pothole?

It is seriously worrying that the top 5 Google search results for the word “pothole”, excluding the link to the dictionary meaning, are links to Bangalore related news. According to a conservative government estimate, Bangalore is home to about 4000...

On setting wrong precedents

If we agree that the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) is a world-class institute then we must continue to act in a manner that preserves that image and abstain from acts that do the contrary and denigrate the...

Anatomy of incorrect information

It hasn’t yet been a week since Delhi implemented the odd-even policy on its roads, but analyses abound about the efficacy of the pilot scheme. While the believers are vociferously trying to prove that this is a step in the...

It’s the governance, stupid!

The tech-savvy residents of the outer regions of Bangalore are increasingly taking to public protests to voice their discontent with the myriad infrastructure problems that beset their neighbourhoods. These problems are symptomatic of the underlying issues arising out of a...

Bond Markets – a primer

Markets catering to sale and purchase of financial items such as stocks, commodities, bonds, currencies, etc. are called financial markets. While financial markets can be of various types, two of the most common financial markets are money markets and capital...
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