Opinion

Protecting IBC’s spirit: NCLT focus on confidentiality clause in Videocon Industries resolution welcome

The VIL-Twin Star case draws attention to the fact that creditors, at times, are realising pitifully small amounts—in the Alok Industries case, where a whopping Rs 29,523 crore was at stake, the rec

It has requested the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) to examine the issue in depth and to ensure the confidentiality clause was not compromised, in letter or in spirit.

Covid-19: On vaccine interval, follow the science

Review of Covishield dose-interval is welcome; to quell controversy, let independent experts appraise evidence cited

Right now, the Centre can’t afford further trust deficit over vaccines.

From RPOs to PDOs: Time to think of Power Decarbonisation Obligations for discoms

Renewable power costs have fallen drastically, obviating need for Renewable Power Obligations.

Against this backdrop, this article explores options for India’s march towards decarbonisation of the power sector.

Through the Looking Glass: Attracting large pools of capital for green transition

Large funding requirements in India require support from policymakers to crowd-in private investment from other countries, companies and carbon markets

As we head into the 26th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 26) later this year, pressure on such commitments by countries will increase. (Representative image)

On freeing up micro-finance industry space, caution must match intent

The income ceiling for for defining MFI loans, the proposal to free NBFC MFIs from the current cap on spread, etc, need a rethink

However, it is good RBI is calling for all lenders to make the same disclosures so that a price comparison is easier.

The judiciary’s use of AI will be transformative

AI should assist the judiciary, help aid access to material, but remain non-intrusive when it comes to decision making

The responsible use of AI has been explored extensively, including both by NITI Aayog, and recently by the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy in its paper titled ‘Responsible AI for the Justice System.’

The low probability of startup success – and why you should still do it!

"Creative success lies in meeting unarticulated needs, which are generally at the edge of the system," says Karan Bajaj, an author and technology entrepreneur.

Karan Bajaj is an author and technology entrepreneur, and also founder and CEO of WhiteHatJr.

FAME-II & other EV accelerators

The changes to the government scheme will give a big fillip to demand for electric vehicles.

The increased subsidy offered to two-wheelers is likely to bring down the cost of vehicles by 10% to 25%, though the numbers can vary depending upon variable parameters like battery capacity, cost of vehicles, etc.

Scrap sedition law

Lakshadweep episode shows law being used to stifle dissent

Cases are likely pending against the rest, but the success rate in the concluded trials really shows up the State’s efficiency in investigation and prosecution.

A PLI boost to Make in India

While the PLI schemes across sectors are good on paper, govt must address pain points raised by the potential beneficiaries

While a clear picture on the total quantum of investments, across sectors, is yet to emerge, going by the structures and incentives, Credit Suisse’s forecast the PLI could add 1.5-2% to FY27 GDP, doesn’t see out of reach.

India’s inflation shocks and surprises

May CPI inflation rose above the RBI’s 6% upper tolerance threshold; high core inflation proved the biggest surprise

All told, we think the RBI will embark on a gradual normalisation path from 4Q2021.

The coming Industrial Revolution

Given biology is the most elegant and precise way of making (living) things, reasonable to expect that synthetic biology will lead to Industry 5.0

Why social security benefits for gig workers must be expedited

The silent frontline warriors during the pandemic, gig workers deserve social security and allied benefits, which will help motivate more people to join the gig economy.

Resolving the unemployment conundrum

Addressing labour market issues needs deft integration of the diverse contexts reflected in India’s unemployment metrics

Job search through deployment of information and technology, must become more accessible and inexpensive.

Rx: More medical colleges

AISHE shows over two-thirds of India's medical colleges are located in just seven states

From lowering the infrastructure focus meaningfully to harnessing existing healthcare capacity for training medical personnel, the government has many options.

Riding FAME to higher EV adoption

The changes to the scheme will bring down the cost of the vehicles; govt must now focus on getting home-charging right

The increased subsidy offered to two-wheelers is likely to bring down the cost of vehicles by 10% to 25%, though the numbers can vary depending upon variable parameters like battery capacity, cost of vehicles, etc.

Where will markets be without central banks?

Markets are fixated on the inflation debate, but strong recovery with or without inflation will lead to tapering by central banks

Bond markets have become quiescent for the time being, beguiled or bludgeoned by the actions and words of the central banks.

Here’s how online gaming and E-sports are taxed in India

For online gaming to exist just as an exception to the definition of gambling under the law and yet being taxed in the same manner, seems unfair.

How to distribute Covid-19 vaccines

Prioritising states will need to balance many considerations, including population, share of infections in total population, share in overall infections in the country, etc

Slipping on space-launch? India’s satellite customer base shrinking considerably

India must execute a series of micro-reforms. Competitors have been demonstrating capabilities during the pandemic

To maximise the impact of reforms, the government must end hibernation of the space launch sector.

Covid-19: Daily cases fall, but meaningful rebound still some distance away

Outlook on indicators like farm-wages, exports, encouraging but services needs to recover, and signs of that are feeble still

Unfortunately, agriculture cannot pull the economy out of the trough.

Reason for concern: India must comb for variants, step up vaccine innovation efforts

The government needs to roll out support programmes for vaccine and therapeutic innovation, say, US-style funding of Covid-vaccine research.

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Money Trap: The return of the finance threat?

Central banks’ codependent relationship with the financial sector has worsened wealth inequality during the pandemic

The financial sector thus continued to grow markedly, both in absolute terms and relative to national economies.

L-E-A-P culture essential for businesses in a post-COVID world

A recent study by Microsoft has revealed some encouraging, as well as worrying insights about remote work, and organisations need to rethink how they will engage and motivate their workforce in a hybr

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L-E-A-P culture essential for businesses in a post-COVID world

A recent study by Microsoft has revealed some encouraging, as well as worrying insights about remote work, and organisations need to rethink how they will engage and motivate their workforce in a hybr

Across the Aisle: Take responsibility, consult, make plans, writes P Chidambaram

On their part, the state governments and the Opposition must move on. We must clear the mess and achieve the targets set by epidemiologists and health experts.

Even today, the actual production and supply, month-wise, of the two manufacturers have not been disclosed.
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