India vs New Zealand: ‘May be inexperienced but are classy’ – Tim Southee on India’s openers

India’s opening pair of Mayank Agarwal and Prithivi Shaw may be inexperienced but has enough talent to make a difference in the upcoming two-Test series, feels senior New Zealand pacer Tim Southee. With Rohit Sharma ruled out due to hamstring injury and KL Rahul not selected, the onus is on Shaw (2 Tests) and Agarwal (9 Tests) to give India a good start against the likes of Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Matt Henry in the series beginning on Friday.

Cheteshwar Pujara becomes first Indian to sign up for Gloucestershire in 25 years

India Test No.3 Cheteshwar Pujara is set to become the first Indian to play for Gloucestershire in 25 years after the right-hander signed up by for the first six matches of the English County Championship. The last Indian to turn up for Gloucestershire was former pacer Javagal Srinath, who took 87 wickets in one season in 1995. Pujara’s stint will be from April 12 to May 22 when the IPL will go on in India. Pujara is not part of any franchise in IPL.

Tech trends that are shaping classrooms education in India

Technology has changed the way we look at the world around us. With various path-breaking technologies emerging every year, we are observing massive changes in different spheres, education being no exception. Keeping up with the emerging technology trends can have a major impact on the way education is being imparted in schools today. It will help offer students with latest opportunities and unique learning experiences that they need and deserve.

The states are financially squeezed

Missing in the analysis of the Union Budget has been any serious debate on the impact of the Government of India’s precarious fiscal math on state finances. Yet, when it comes to government expenditure, India’s states and their fiscal health matter a great deal. Taken together, state expenditure as a share of GDP is today in the range of about 17%, while the Union government’s share of expenditure is about 13.2% of GDP (2019-20 estimates). While state governments are big spenders, they depend significantly on New Delhi for revenue receipts. Between 2015 and 2020 (the period of the 14th finance commission), 47% of state’s revenue receipts came from central transfers. Thus, changes in the fiscal math in the Union Budget have an inevitable impact on state finances.

The Indian State needs administrative reforms, writes Manish Tewari

In the past, I represented a dense urban agglomeration, Ludhiana, once known as the Manchester of India, in Parliament. I now represent a predominantly rural constituency, with small towns scattered all across, called Sri Anandpur Sahib. Both are in Punjab. While both have diverse issues, one problem common to both of them is the quality of governance from the grassroot-level right to the very top of the pyramid. This is common across India.

Motera: The stadium that will host Donald Trump

It is only fitting for India, cricket’s financial powerhouse, to boast of the sport’s biggest stadium in terms of seating capacity. Before Indian cricket grounds embraced individual box seats, the Eden Gardens in Kolkata was said to fit over 100,000 spectators. But that number fell to 66,000 once it was renovated in time for the 2011 World Cup.

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