Singapore Proposes Carbon Tax

By Gregory Ross & Jane Nakano — Facts On February 20, Singapore released its 2017 budget, which included a proposed carbon tax to begin in 2019. The budget awaits approval from Singapore’s parliament and final assent from the president. The…

Update on India’s States: March 8, 2017

The Goods and Services Tax clears another major hurdle; Bihar, Haryana, and Madhya Pradesh present their budgets; West Bengal passes laws empowering municipal executives and moving towards a single market for agricultural produce; Karnataka replaces its 99-year lease on industrial…

Funding the Panchayati Raj

By Sarah Watson — In his 2016 Budget Speech Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced a landmark change in the way India governs itself. He announced that over the next five years the central government would make grants totaling more than…

Government Capture of (Electric) Power in Punjab

By Sharmila Bellur — Punjab state assembly elections were held on February 4, 2017, with results set to be announced March 11. Punjab, with a population of over 27.7 million, is famed for providing electricity to almost all the households…

The Leaderboard: Kim Jong-nam

Who is he? Kim Jong-nam was the son of Kim Jong Il and Song Hye Rim. He was the half-brother of Kim Jong-un. Kim was initially homeschooled in North Korea before attending international schools in Moscow and Geneva. In the…

Update on India’s States: March 1, 2017

The BJP makes major gains in local elections in Maharashtra and Odisha; India and the ADB agree on loans to develop the East Coast Economic Corridor; Madhya Pradesh begins net metering while Haryana requires rooftop solar at private schools; Sikkim…