Opinion

Disruptive, pioneering technologies are the future! Indian companies should direct their innovation expenditure towards them

An Accenture report surveyed 106 companies in India. It found that approximately 25% of Indian organisations surveyed are generating significant value from their innovation investments.

Moving beyond coal for green power: How to create an alternative economy using DMF funds in coal mining areas

The existing overcapacity, coupled with increasing non-competitiveness of coal power plants, means that the country doesn’t need to construct new coal power plants till 2027.

Regulating payments systems: Is the trinity of Jan Dhan, Aadhaar and mobile banking being ignored?

Across India, there are 12-15 lakh Ola/Uber drivers, who have taken loans amounting to Rs 32,000 crore and these small-ticket loans at risk, too, demand attention.

What are Renewable Purchase Obligations and how to effectively meet RPO targets?

Enforcement of RPO targets, despite availability of RECs, is poor. The government has launched RPO Compliance Cell, which will coordinate with states, CERC and SERCs on matters relating to RPO complia

Saving environment: Decentralised composting & treatment of water can convert municipal waste and sewage as inputs for new products

India has around 70-80 million tonnes (MT) of municipal waste, 7-8 MT of construction & demolition (C&D) waste, 1.8 MT of e-waste per annum, and 8.7 million ELVs (end-of-life vehicles).

Divided on Earth, united in space: Global community comes together on World Space Week to discuss the impact of outer space on the human race

This year has been particularly eventful in outer space affairs, with NASA sending its Parker Solar Probe with the aim to assess the Sun’s atmosphere more deeply.

Maharashtra CM Fadnavis did well by dismantling APMC monopoly, but can he make it work now

The reason for this was simple, since the government created no other options for farmers to trade in, they had no option but to continue to bring their produce to Vashi and Azadpur.

RISC: An avenue for a rethink on university innovation

RISC – V, having the ability to process commands faster and in fewer cycles, is expected to fuel the growth of the fourth industrial revolution by providing basic infrastructure for artificial intel

Will mandating performance-linked appraisals in CIT ensure greater efficiency and less wastage

Tax experts say that the new system will mean that the CIT (appeals) would be focussed on strengthening the tax officer’s stand rather being neutral and that this could amount to a conflict of inter

RBI vs Govt tussle: Is the government right to question the Reserve Bank?

What action has been taken against govt-nominated board members for allowing banks to lend to unviable projects?

Gender equality is an idea whose time has come: Jamal Mecklai, CEO, Mecklai Financial

The real reason #MeToo has caught fire now is because the global political landscape is increasingly barren and is crying out for change.

How to turn around the power sector and solve the coal supply issues

Power-generating companies should not be saddled with the burden of cross-subsidising the renewable sector. Promoting renewable energy is laudable, but it has a cost. This has to be borne by the socie

Why there is an urgent need to reduce the economic & social costs of mental health

A recent NIMHANS survey found that 150 million Indians are in need of intervention for mental health and over 10% of them require immediate treatment.

Fiscal stimulus powers US household income & consumption, Europe and Japan not able to capitalise

By Mohamed A El-Erian The divergence among economies, and the asset-price dispersion that has come with it, remains one of the key global issues for policymakers and investors this year. The phenomen

NBFCs loans will slow, but there’s no need for special credit lines; here’s why

Today, it is the better-rated companies alone that are able to borrow, and those with weak ratings will find it very difficult to access funds.

Going gets tough for India Inc! Ex-RIL and TCS, Q2 profits rose just 3.8%, sales 20.4%

Economists at Nomura pointed out recently that while rural demand had been holding up, that, too, may have started moderating; sales of tractors and two-wheelers have been very subdued in recent month

Rationalising Welfare: DBT transfers should be prioritised over subsidies; here’s why

The direct benefit transfer (DBT) had raked in savings of over Rs 30,000 crore in 2017-18 and the target has been set for it to save over Rs 40,000 this fiscal year.

SC Judgement on Aadhaar: Here’s why it is a blow to microfinance industry

The only data from Aadhaar received additionally was the borrower’s name, address and age all of which anyway, as a lender, they would capture.

Will Robots eat your job in future? No. Here’s why

Automation has been happening for centuries—machine tools, steam shovels, word processors, street sweepers—as some jobs get automated, others will be created to take their place.

Over the barrel: The challenges petroleum minister faces and how to deal with petro-state bosses

The petroleum minister has to achieve supply security & balance the country’s strategic interests. He should focus on longterm fundamentals demand management, accelerated development of electric veh

Why the consumer durable industry is moving from stores to digital

The consumer durables industry has been on a high growth trajectory in the recent past, aided by government support, emergence of innovative technological solutions, increased disposal incomes, and ea

Towards ‘forming’ and ‘performing’ teams: What firms should learn from Tuckman’s ‘stages of group development’

Team development exercises are conducted to improve effectiveness, sometimes even to improve interpersonal relations.

Across The Aisle: RBI Act’s Section 7 has never been invoked, that’s because its power lies in non-use

Section 7 of the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934 reads: “The Central Government may from time to time give such directions to the Bank as it may, after consultation with the Governor of the Bank, co

Inside Track: From alleged Raw hand in CBI row to Rahul Gandhi’s missing party cadres – all you need to know

The midnight removal of CBI chief Alok Verma on October 23 was reportedly triggered by a meeting between R&AW chief Anil Dhasmana and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 21.

Over the top: On trip to Scotland, Super Golfer finds himself inebriated with spirit of Golf

The Superb Golfer is well acquainted with imperfection; given its rampant pervasiveness in the world he inhabits, and has learnt to accept it as a cross he must bear for his unfailing excellence.

Helping MSMEs is not just about credit availability; And it mustn’t deteriorate into a loan mela, resulting in high NPAs

PM’s MSME plan welcome, but boosting credit mustn’t deteriorate into a loan mela, with high NPAs resulting

This is the best and an old-fashioned way for the Reserve Bank to earn genuine independence for itself

The real question, which I will address in this and a subsequent article, is whether RBI’s policy on very high real interest rates has been necessary to achieve the objective of either containment o

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