Modi vs Manifesto: Hindi heartland to witness battle of ideas, says P Chidambaram

Every Lok Sabha election in India is unique even if the two main contestants are the same.
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Why Mukesh Ambani, Uday Kotak’s endorsement of Milind Deora is a welcome change

Indian businessmen have traditionally operated behind the scenes, whether it comes to getting their work done, or paying for it.

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New MBBS syllabus strengthens dangerous stereotypes about disabled people

The absence of information relating to disabled people in the new MBBS syllabus strengthens dangerous stereotypes about them

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How the internet language barrier is being demolished

One of the ways ICANN is trying to make the use of internet and its content accessible is through the introduction of Internationalised Domain Names (IDN).

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Indian statistical system is in ruins; Why and how it should be resurrected

Indian political leaders would do well not to jeopardise their country’s statistical system for deriving political mileage

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Jobs in India: The challenge of creating more employment

The idea that labour-intensive industries will work without appropriate capital is misguided.

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Explained: Why other operators will find it difficult to fill Jet Airways’ void on top 10 routes

While other airlines will try to lease aircrafts and drive up capacity, it may not be enough to fill the vacuum left by Jet.

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Can brain function be restored after death? Yale research plants the germ

The study, instead, showed that the death of brain cells could be halted and that some connections in the brain were restored, but without any meaningful form of awareness.

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The enigmatic finances of India’s states

India’s public sector borrowings remain sticky and at elevated levels; however, the underlying mix has been changing. The period FY13-17 was characterised by the Central government lowering its fisc

The Central government’s fiscal deficit came in at 3.5% of GDP, the same as in the previous year. News

Endowment funds created through DMFs can protect projects against price fluctuations

Endowment funds created through District Mineral Foundations (DMFs) can increase the period for which funds are available and protect projects against price fluctuations.

While some states have allowed for the creation of endowment funds, there is limited information on the functioning of these funds. News

India’s silent chickpea revolution: How agri-scientists in Andhra Pradesh are resurrecting the crop

Once a winter favourite for farmers in North India, the crop lost ground there to wheat and rice. But, in Andhra Pradesh's hot climes, it is being ressurected by research efforts of agri-scientists.

The chickpea varieties cultivated in northern India thrived in cold winters and matured in about 150 days. (Illustration: rohnit phore) News

Banking on commodities: Banks can enable development of markets

Between Independence and now, though, markets have got transformed, and ICT initiatives and various other infrastructural and legal initiatives have further emerged to safeguard the interests of stake

India’s commodity sector has, likewise, benefitted from bank finance News

By fielding Sadhvi Pragya, BJP has made the election about Hindutva, not development

Digvijay Singh is the father of the so-called ‘Hindu terror’ story, and there are big gaps in the case against Sadhvi Pragya, but Singh can’t be fought by someone who has still not been cleared

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Jet Airways crisis: Why did banks delay work on a solution for so long?

If Jet is close to shutting down, putting all loans at risk, bankers are to blame for not taking control much earlier.

Jet Airways crisis: Why did banks delay work on a solution for so long? News

Lok Sabha election: Low-level talks at the hustings can irreparably damage democracy

Upping the ante for other worthies in the ruling party was Ramesh Kataria, a Gujarat MLA, who said that the prime minister himself had gotten CCTV cameras installed in voting booths and every vote wil

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Preserving cultural heritage: India must take a leaf from France’s book

The Notre Dame 2024 may not be Notre Dame at all—a ship of Theseus paradox, since parts of it dated back to the 12th century—but there is a lesson the rest of the world, particularly, India must d

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Secondary market for loans is the right way to go

RBI has mooted the idea of creating a secondary market for bank loans in the latest credit policy. The idea already exists in modified forms for certain categories of loans. Impaired assets were being

In order to ensure the orderly development of the secondary market, strict regulation is the order of the day and should be pursued by RBI. News

Donald Trump’s trade war with China isn’t a win

Tariffs are only one aspect of the trade war. Although it has been less in the public eye, the struggle to control the future of high technology is arguably even more important to the balance of econo

The tariffs that Trump slapped on Chinese goods—and the additional tariffs he threatened—may have dinged China’s economy. (File photo) News

Reservation a path to social justice, not easing poverty

Over breakfast, the leader of Tamil Nadu’s Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) explains Sushila Ravindranath why caste is still a vital force in Tamil Nadu. He adds that society has changed in the

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Potential for globalisation: Company investments in international ops less than 10% of total fixed capital formation

Cross-border trade, whether regional or global in reach, advances economic prosperity. In that regard, the more than 4.5 billion people living in Asia will prove to be an unstoppable economic force.

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Privacy is a right that encryption secures, data localisation may weaken it

The existing privacy framework under the IT Act 2000 and Telegraph Act 1885 is seriously inadequate when it comes to providing protection to personal data or remedies in case of data breach.

Privacy is a right that encryption secures, data localisation may weaken it News

Jack Ma has it right on work, we ignore him at our peril

Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma has come in for a lot of flak with his 9-9-6 statement—9 to 9 every day, six days a week—for employees in the tech industry in China.

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West Bengal police ‘overreach’ their powers, SC and EC keeping an eye

The case pertains to an assistant commissioner of customs (a central government employee) writing to the inspector in charge of the airport police station to file an FIR—for obstruction and criminal

A two-judge bench of the SC fined the West Bengal government Rs 20 lakh for preventing the release of the movie, Bhobishyoter Bhoot. News

Trump’s pick of US Fed Board of Governors against the will of people

Stephen Moore, US president Donald Trump's pick as the presidential nominee in the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, is almost too “radical”—a description Moore uses for himself—to handle.

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