The Great Debate (India)

Will the Congress bow to Mamata’s demand and roll back economic reforms?

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Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress, the biggest ally in Manmohan Singh’s UPA government, pulled out of the ruling coalition on Tuesday, escalating a political firestorm over big-ticket reform measures launched last week.

Will the Congress roll back reforms?

PM defends himself in rare media roundtable

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh speaks during a news conference in Washington November November 25, 2009. REUTERS/Molly Riley/Files Prime Minister Manmohan Singh defends himself against accusations his government was a lame duck, saying it was trying to bring justice in some of the country’s biggest corruption scandals in decades.

The 78-year-old Singh has been under increasing pressure to stamp out corruption.

Finns have legal right to broadband – should India follow suit?

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In a first of its kind legislation by any country, Finland has made broadband internet access a legal right for all its citizens.

Visitors to a New Delhi trade fair pass a billboard showing a large computer screen at a fair stall in New Delhi November 16. REUTERS/FilesAs per the new law that came into effect from July 1, Finnish telecom companies will have to provide its citizens broadband lines with a minimum speed of 1Mbps.

Has the fuel price hike hurt your budget?

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Motorists wait at a petrol pump to fill petrol in Lucknow June 7, 2010. REUTERS/Pawan KumarThe government has freed up state-subsidised petrol prices and also hiked the prices of diesel, cooking gas and kerosene.

Petrol prices would be market driven and have been raised by 3.50 rupees per litre, while kerosene prices were hiked by 3 rupees a litre. Diesel prices saw an addition of 2 rupees per litre and will be freed up in the future. Cooking gas prices were raised by 35 rupees a cylinder.

Congress or BJP – who will win?

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With just hours to go before the counting of votes, several exit polls have shown that India’s ruling Congress-led coalition is slightly ahead of the BJP-led alliance.

The probable lack of a clear winner has stoked concerns that the coalition that emerges after a month of elections may be unstable.

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