Opinion

Going need-based: Google’s move to cut requests for data by apps is a security boost for users

Google’s latest security measure seeks to rein in requests of apps for data that are not critical to their functioning

30 mn more jobs than projected? Surjit Bhalla on how correct interpretation of data can lead to the right conclusion

Conventional wisdom of no job growth in 2017/18 is found to be a gross under-estimate by a correct interpretation of household survey data for 2017/18.

Relief for suppliers to insolvent companies: IBC amendment now provides priority to operational creditors

An amendment to the CIRP Regulations provides that the amount due to operational creditors under the resolution plan shall be paid in priority over financial creditors

Public libraries in this day and age; no one has an answer to what they are supposed to do, says Bibek Debroy

In this day and age, we need to think what a public library is supposed to do, its role. The 1954 legislation on public libraries is about the delivery of books and newspapers. Several states have leg

Don’t ban e-cigarettes: UK, Canada that have legalised use, are seeing a historical reduction in smoking!

The government should regulate the e-cigarette market, rather than an outright ban, particularly since tobacco smoking remains legal and products are readily available.

This is not the last upswing in oil prices; India has to make its demand for oil more elastic. Here’s why.

India imported 1.7 billion barrels of crude in the last fiscal, worth $88 billion, when the average price of Indian basket of crude was about $52 a barrel.

SBI purchase of loan portfolios: Bailing out NBFCs critical as regulators slept earlier

Certainly the IL&FS-induced crisis made things tougher for NBFCs, but how did regulators allow such large ALM?

Here is one Aadhaar solution that telcos & fintech cos can use till SC concerns are addressed

When Aadhaar was begun, anyone wanting to use it for authentication had to give his/her Aadhaar number.

Oxford English Dictionary adds new words; in the times of Trump it may be right in adding Idiocracy

Idiocracy may be best depicted by the Trump administration—it refuses climate action even as scientists have sounded the final alarm for action to avoid climate catastrophe, it is caging infants an

Saving the earth from disastrous climate change needs a Plan B. Here is what that could be

The world cannot afford warming of 2°C. To have a fighting chance to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, the goal must be firmly fixed at 1.5°C

Good news! Polluting coal may be nearing its end. Solar & wind could win it for earth

As wind and solar costs continue to decline, the tipping point where new renewables undercut fully depreciated existing plants isn’t far off

US wants Free and Open India Pacific (FOIP) to counter China’s OBOR. But, is the American project good for India?

While advancing ‘Made in China’ is a core objective of the Belt and Road Initiative, ‘America first’ appears to be a similar objective for the Free and Open Indo-Pacific. This is hardly the wa

Net neutrality debate: More transparency needed for ‘specialised’ VoIp and IPTV services

In March 2015, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India issued a consultation paper relating to the regulatory framework for OTT services, which also went into the questions of net neutrality, and t

India’s current account deficit worries: Focus on these two important priorities can give a long-term fix

At present, CAD remains within the 3% safe zone; however, any further rise and monetary and fiscal pressure may build, with limited scope of manoeuvrability.

India’s #MeToo takes off, as institutional redressal fails

If it took women this long to speak up in media/cinema, it will take much longer in more hierarchical professions.

Get Trump to act on climate

The report says that, at the current rate, global warming will breach the 1.5oC threshold between 2030 and 2052.

Maths Divide: The gendered stereotype persists and affects girl students’performance

The researchers found that an increase in bias against girls and their mathematical abilities not only led to lower performances for girls in math tests but also to no significant improvements in thei

RBI did well to pause. Here’s what will be more effective than RBI rate hikes in supporting the Rupee

Looking ahead, expect RBI to be on long hold, although another unsuccessful July 2013-type rate defence of the INR cannot be ruled out.

Fall in Rupee not a problem, but, a symptom. How about an IL&FS-like panel to tackle the real issue?

Our fundamental ailment is weak exports, and the current negative sentiment surrounding the rupee is only a symptom. Any measure to alleviate the same would only be buying time

Why the ideas of Nobel prize winners Nordhaus and Romer are relevant for India

Nordhaus’ work is more on the ‘negative spillover’ of emissions and damage to the environment as a result of growth. Romer’s is on the ‘positive spillovers’ of knowledge and technology.

India may be wrong in insisting on storing user data locally; storage not same as control

Data localisation is opposed to latest technologies like blockchain

Blockchain for lasting change: What every CEO should know before piloting its implementation

There is a case to be made for implementing blockchain across industries—for stock trading, for supply chains to track an SKU from manufacturing to retail, in public sector for land registries.

Shouldn’t IL&FS’s ex-directors be penalised?

It’s not just IL&FS, if directors don't have to pay a price for sleeping on the job, there’s no deterrent to ensure they won’t do this again.

Delhi Pollution: Crop burning set to choke national capital again, government should have acted in advance

Given the short period between early-winter harvesting and start of the next sowing period, fast disposal of farm waste is a virtue above all others.

Shadow Banking: Why and how to strengthen NBFCs

RBI needs to step up the monitoring of NBFCs which belong to large, diversified groups. When there are multiple entities, the ability to shift assets increases.

Agriculture insurance sector needs advance technology; here’s why

So long as the crop losses were reimbursed by the government to the insurance companies beyond the premium amount, there was no incentive to build an unbiased system for production and loss assessment

Rafale deal: P Chidambaram’s 10 reasons why Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman should order an enquiry

The Rafale aircraft deal between the governments of India and France was announced by the Prime Minister in Paris on April 10, 2015, and an agreement was signed on September 23, 2016.

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