Articles by Sindhu Bhattacharya
Dec 14, 2017
Air Deccan to return with Re 1 tickets: Why Captain Gopinath's second coming is excitingIn this second innings, Deccan is expected to fly 20-seater planes on regional routes under the UDAN scheme of the government, where some seats on each aircraft are covered under a subsidy and fares anyway capped at Rs 2,500 per hour of flying.
Dec 13, 2017
Gujarat elections 2017: Why PM Narendra Modi's seaplane ride sends mixed signals to his legions of followersDazzle it did, and citizens’ eyes were blinded to such an extent by this Modi mega show that they clean forgot about the safety of it all.
Dec 08, 2017
Jet Airways profit falls 91% in Q2: Is too much reliance on Gulf routes behind airline's falling profitability?Jet Airways has deployed almost half of its international capacity on Gulf routes, where the market growth is tapering off, which obviously means its yields (revenue per passenger) suffered on these routes.
Nov 16, 2017
BS VI rules: Early roll-out for Delhi is a welcome move, but will be a damp squib if delayed for rest of the countryWhile BS VI grade fuel will be made available from next summer in Delhi, what happens if a BS VI compliant vehicle has to tank up outside city limits?
Nov 15, 2017
Trade deficit widens sharply to $14 bn October: Why glitches in GST continue to plague small exportersIn value terms, these small and micro industries comprise 40-45 percent of India’s total export basket whereas in volume terms, their share is even higher, which is why they have the most to lose from GST glitches
Nov 01, 2017
Army called in to build foot-over bridges: Why the move exposes Indian Railways' inefficienciesThere was a time when the railways used to help the Indian Army with its vast knowledge of civil works and transportation during the war time for decades. A role reversal reveals sorry state of affairs at Railways
Oct 23, 2017
Wait-listed Rajdhani passengers may get to fly Air India: Why was this sensible idea given short shrift?Airlines and railways have tried the scheme and failed to make it work. And there has not been any effort to finetune it. Now the officials should first find out what went wrong earlier and fix it
Oct 13, 2017
Bharti Airtel, Tata Tele mobile businesses to merge: Why the deal is a win-win for all stakeholdersUnder the deal with Bharti Airtel, the acquirer, not only gains spectrum at little additional cost, it also gets to absorb a minimal of the 5,000 employees of Tata Teleservices
Oct 12, 2017
Is economic slowdown bottoming out? Vehicle sales, traffic at sea ports and airports riseSome analysts believe at least four to six months of sustained sales/traffic growth in vehicles, port and airport traffic is needed for a firm trend to emerge
Oct 06, 2017
States need to cut VAT on petrol, diesel: After whopping spends on farm loan waivers, they're left with little excuseWith the Centre unable to persuade states to even lower VAT on petrol and diesel, will it find it easy to persuade the same state governments to bring these fuels under the GST regime?