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Getting rich by investing in art is so easy, just figure out what sells for peanuts today

Author and investment adviser William J Bernstein points out that much of the appreciation in art and other collectibles is really just a lesson in the magic of compounding.

Getting rich by investing in art is so easy, just figure out what sells for peanuts today News

Jet Airways crisis: A flight plan gone wrong

Jet, which billed itself as India’s oldest private airline and dominated Indian skies for two decades, turned out to be a disastrous, hollow organisation, taking things day-by-day on dwindling resou

Jet Airways was in debt in excess of Rs 8,500 crore to Indian banks (ILLUSTRATION: ROHNIT PHORE) News

Is the NBFC crisis imminent?

NBFCs’ capital adequacy ratio (CRAR) notched up from 22% in 2016-17 to 22.9% in 2017-18, but decreased from 27.5% in 2013-14.

NBFCs have been plagued with liquidity, maturity problems, but they have reportedly a high capital adequacy ratio News

World telecom day: Role of tech standards, and the need for interdisciplinary approach

The anniversary of the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention and the creation of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is celebrated on May 17 as the World Telecommunicatio

The theme this year is ‘Bridging the Standardization Gap’. News

UPI vs plastic money: Banks don’t want to set up ATMs due to low rural card-usage

The government has reportedly pulled up banks for not putting in place enough point of sales (PoS) terminals for credit and debit cards. Against a target of 2 million machines—mobile and physical—

The government’s dissatisfaction over the small number of machines placed in rural areas is misplaced given the usage in rural India is very low. (Representational image) News

India’s energy investment particulars show the country is committed to climate change mitigation

The 4th World Energy Investment (WEI) report published by International Energy Agency (IEA) highlights that investment in India’s energy sector has grown the most in the last three years.

The credit goes to the government policies supporting solar PVs and wind energy. (Representative image) News

Lok Sabha elections 2019: The mystery behind the highest voter turnout

Increased voter turnout remains concentrated in BJP’s traditional bastions; these are also states where rural distress has been a key electoral issue.

The 2019 election is on track to achieve record voter turnout, but both theoretical and empirical studies have struggled to find causality between voter turnout and election outcomes. (Representational image) News

WhatsApp hack shows how supposedly secure messaging apps are vulnerable

The WhatsApp hack shows how supposedly secure messaging apps have a basic vulnerability.

The WhatsApp episode is likely to increase the backlash against NSO and the export license it has from the Israeli government to sell Pegasus. News

How to move on gold monetisation

Although banks engage in gold imports, metal loans and selling of gold coins, their clientèle in such businesses are not the target audience for the GMS, i.e. retail jewellery sellers/buyers.

Instead, jewellers with their wide presence across the country, better wherewithal in dealing in gold as well as trusted relationship with end-consumers can be cost-effectively roped into the GMS structure (Illustration: rohnit phore) News

Getting ready for e-commerce 2.0: Seeing a change in type of vehicles purchased to cater to growing sector

The number of intraregional and last-mile truck trips has increased, while the average length of haul has declined. Motor carriers must operate with faster turnaround times

Trucks manufactured for the e-commerce sector must now accommodate each shipment’s weight, dimensions, distance to destination, delivery requirements, special handling needs, and other direct-to-customer variables. (Representational image) News

Cleaning India’s rivers: Time to raise the game with better water quality data and transparency measures

Improving river water quality has been a political priority over the years. But what cannot be adequately measured, cannot be improved.

Conventionally, water quality is measured by collecting grab samples and testing them in laboratories. News

An apology for justice, where is this going to stop?

Supreme Court erred badly in insisting that Priyanka Sharma apologize for re-posting a meme; should have censured WB cops

Priyanka Sharma, West Bengal police, Mamata Banerjee morphed image, Supreme Court, Balakot strikes, lok sabha elections 2019, kolkata voilence News

Loan waivers won’t really help small borrowers

With the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) catering for bigger companies rather than micro enterprises the ministry of corporate affairs (MCA) is doing well to focus on finding solutions for very s

MCA secretary Srinivas Injeti’s point that the IBC does not provide any special dispensation for small borrowers and that the personal involvency chapter may need some amendments is well taken. News

Bt brinjal a wake-up call; unfounded anti-GM fears spawn dangerous subversion

Bt brinjal being illegally cultivated in the country—the National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources has just confirmed this for a Haryana farmer’s crop—should hardly shock anyone.

In the Bt brinjal case, paranoia trumped scientific rationale, and it was the farmer that suffered. (Representational photo: IE) News

Road safety audits will help reduce number of accidents

Every year, 1.5 lakh people die in India because of road accidents, and some 5 lakh suffer serious injuries. Among the many reasons, poor infrastructure and safety protocol are two.

If India reduces road accidents by 50%, it may add 14% to its GDP over 24 years. (Representative image) News

Why formalised training and placement for plumbers is a must

An ordinary graduate earns Rs 10,000 per month. A plumber earns Rs 20,000 per month. There is the broader issue of whether the education system delivers marketable skills.

Skilled training for plumbers is a must (Illustration: rohnit phore/ File) News

US-China trade war: No strategy in Trump’s tariff push

As China and the US dig in for what may become a protracted and possibly very painful trade war, a lot of time is being wasted trying to divine whether president Donald Trump has a strategy.

Trump's nascent trade war with China is a reminder that some things for the president are always personal. (Representative image) News

How to maximise return on public investment in medical device innovation

Medical technology start-ups can enter the public procurement system by innovating the existing government procurement process and by leveraging global best practices.

Medical device start-ups are beginning to partner with fab labs, to catalyse their product development and pilot manufacturing. (Illustration: rohnit phore) News

Make students not just work-ready, but also good human beings

It is to present a case that quality education is the one that aims at holistic development of a child, by providing them real-life opportunities where they learn and create simultaneously by taking a

Kids certainly have untapped potential. (Representational image) News

Enabling technology in classrooms can have large impact on overall ecosystem

While enabling technology draws less attention than technology that reaches students, it can have a much larger impact by improving the overall education ecosystem.

The delivery of training material on teachers’ smartphones is better than the traditional (Representational image) News

US desperately trying to suppress the rising stature of India in global trading system

The US is trying to suppress the rising stature of India in the global trading system.

The visit was immediately followed by the US announcement to increase H1B visa fee, which will affect Indian IT services exports to the US. News

Reservations: Now merit is even less about marks!

SC gets over Nagaraj’s maintenance-of-efficiency rule by redefining merit as something that delivers ‘societal’ value.

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India’s 21 million eligible women never register to vote

A new book highlights that 21 million eligible women in the country never register to vote, undermining universal suffrage.

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Brexit trouble: No deal has become the lightening rod for British voters’ unhappiness

No Deal has become the lightening rod for voters’ unhappiness with British politics and though everything has been done to kill it, it rises up again and again.

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Turbocharging India’s digital economy

Making data available to entrepreneurs creating useful apps and services would help, though this requires enacting legal provisions for data privacy and consent-based frameworks.

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How milk can address malnutrition in children

In schools where NDDB-NFN’s Giftmilk scheme was run, there was a 7% decrease in the number of stunted children, kids had better BMI for their age and sex compared to control schools, and there was r

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Push exports to leverage India’s demographic dividend

Encouraging exports for leveraging the demographic dividend.

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