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  • newThe AI revolution in finance: Transforming the global landscape
    The financial sector is undergoing a profound transformation driven by the rapid advancement and integration of artificial intelligence (AI). In 2023, global investment in AI within the financial industry reached an impressive $35 billion. This...
    - 1 hour ago 20 May 24, 10:08pm -
  • newThe life of Jesus Christ must inspire doctors & global health workers
    The intersection of global health, theology and the craft of development has met with limited understanding over centuries which I now try to dissect in broad strokes. There are more believers in this planet than...
    - 2 hours ago 20 May 24, 9:38pm -
  • newNudge nudge: Don’t astray too far
    As the old adage goes, `Don’t ignore words of wisdom’. The grapevine is that certain banks and vigilant agencies are letting drop not so subtle hints to discourage affluent Indians planning opulent weddings abroad. No,...
    - 2 hours ago 20 May 24, 9:27pm -
  • newOf awards and accolades
    One of the challenges that I faced during the years when I worked as a teacher in UAE, was dealing with the ever-disgruntled, (unreasonably) demanding and ‘doting’ parent! There was a ‘Parents’ Whatsapp Group’ where...
    - 2 hours ago 20 May 24, 9:22pm -
  • newUBT’s yelping before the defeat and Dr. Freud’s hypothesis
    UBT group chief Uddhav Thackeray’s frustration and vulnerability has reached Raigad’s ‘takmak tok’. When Uddhav Thackeray declared that he would not allow the hoisting of Sangh’s faded flag, he lost what little political sense remained...
    - 14 hours ago 20 May 24, 9:30am -
  • newVocal dalits, silent muslims
    Notes and whispers from travels in UP in poll season ●Yogi’s made UP better ●Strong opposition is necessary ● MPs don’t inspire ● Who’ll lead Dalits? Life confuses Amit Sharma. Elections too. Not very long...
    - 14 hours ago 20 May 24, 9:03am -
  • newFlying for Democracy: IAF & voting
    Air force works closely with EC to transport election manpower and equipment for every polling booth. There are challenges aplenty. These are also overcome away from public limelight Indian armed forces have a halo of...
    - 15 hours ago 20 May 24, 9:01am -
  • newUNCUET: NTA’s exam prep still leaves much to be desired. Too many students are paying the price
    In its inaugural year the CUET-UG exam stretched up to Aug 30, one painful glitch after another. In 2023, it wrapped up by July 5, snags remained but were dramatically reduced. So when NTA released...
    - 15 hours ago 20 May 24, 8:58am -
  • newDon’t play this game: Poll rhetoric that weaponsises women victims is a new low
    Women voters outnumbered men in the May 13 phase of elections in Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and Bengal. In Lok Sabha election 2019 the gap between male and female turnout ended – women voted at higher...
    - 15 hours ago 20 May 24, 8:51am -
  • newEbony in India: On foreign spouses, desi parents and rough relations
    They just celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary. Was it just the other day in 1979 my friend ‘trunk called’ from Houston (only three minutes) and said, hey I’m getting hitched tomorrow, no one knows, coming...
    - 15 hours ago 20 May 24, 8:44am -
  • newRomancing honeybees that give us life
    By Narayani Ganesh When the bee population dies out, it will spell the end of life on earth, conclude scientific researchers who are ringing alarm bells to conserve and respect bees. Hence, we have a...
    - 15 hours ago 20 May 24, 8:11am -
  • An overview of recent historiography trends in the study of the British Empire in India
    The historiography surrounding the British Empire in India has undergone significant evolution over the years, reflecting changing perspectives, methodologies, and ideological influences. In recent years, scholars have offered diverse interpretations of colonial rule, resistance movements,...
    - 1 day ago 19 May 24, 10:40pm -
  • Fats? Yes. But no Oil
    In a plant-based whole food (PBWF) diet and lifestyle, the use of oil is discouraged. Instead, it is recommended to consume butters made from nuts and seeds. Humans evolved over millions of years consuming natural...
    - 2 days ago 19 May 24, 11:01am -
  • A holistic approach to responsibility: Balancing accountability and empathy
    We were sitting in a colleague’s department when he received a phone call and hurriedly left the college. The next day, he informed us that one of his acquaintances had been injured in a freak...
    - 2 days ago 19 May 24, 12:38am -
  • Travel Zen: How to stay organized before, during, and after your trip
    With the travel and holiday season in full swing in India, many of us are gearing up for exciting adventures and much-needed breaks. Whether you’re planning a relaxing beach getaway, an adventurous mountain trek, or...
    - 2 days ago 19 May 24, 12:33am -
  • Ethics must be expunged from public health
    Ethics is a devious concept that has often been deployed since antiquity by elites to justify their misdemeanours. It is mainly religions that preach ethics and morality but religions themselves don’t always act ethically. For...
    - 2 days ago 19 May 24, 12:24am -
  • What I learnt from a Magic Circle Lawyer at Freshfields
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, one of the world’s most prestigious law firms and part of the elite British ‘Magic Circle’law firms, needs no introduction. It is renowned for its exceptional legal and business advisors. Freshfields’ clientele...
    - 2 days ago 18 May 24, 11:16pm -
  • Mental health awareness: It’s okay to not be okay
    A friend lost her father during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Still she couldn’t get over,  she remained gripped by shock and unable to find solace. She is withdrawn, struggling to communicate her pain....
    - 2 days ago 18 May 24, 9:13pm -
  • Sufi Languor & Krishna’s Leela
    Odissi danseuse Madhulita Mohapatra is on a mission. To introduce the exquisite beauty and richness of Odissi dance to the people of Kerala. Despite being one of the nine classical dances recognized by the Sangeet...
    - 3 days ago 18 May 24, 10:33am -
    The sight was so stunning and majestic that they stood frozen in time. An adult tiger walked past them ignoring their presence, and then she suddenly turned around. Ramesh cannot forget her eyes that remained...
    - 3 days ago 18 May 24, 10:31am -

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  • View: Sitharaman's announcements make a revival in investment look likelier than ever
    Import duties have been tweaked for manufacturing exports that are being pushed through production incentives. Small enterprises that are yet to see an uptick in the investment cycle are in for a beneficial tax treatment. The finance minister has tried to cover all the bases for a revival in investment. It is now a matter of when, not if
    - 1 Feb 23, 4:03pm -
  • Economic Survey 2023 underlines development economics
    The Indian economy's medium term growth is predicated on demographics that require synchronised improvements in inclusion. This requires reforms of governance at the grassroots level, the Economic Survey recommends. The Centre and states would do well to heed it.
    - 31 Jan 23, 8:30pm -
  • ET View: India growing back well, but to grow more, faster....
    This is a direct fallout of economic management during and after the Covid outbreak that vaccinated a labour force in time to resume work, pushed-up public sector capital expenditure to generate higher income and employment, brought inflation to manageable levels relatively quickly, and restored consumption through targeted emergency welfare.
    - 31 Jan 23, 4:19pm -
  • ET View: Many a slip before Shinde rebellion succeeds
    BJP and Shiv Sena together have the numbers to form the government in the 288-member Assembly. With 145 being the majority mark, BJP (106) and Shiv Sena (55) add up to 161. Independents are also likely to support.
    - 22 Jun 22, 5:25pm -
  • ET View: HDFC merger spells consolidation in India's private banking space
    HDFC Bank, in turn, can use its heftier balance sheet to write bigger loan cheques. The costs of the merger have been brought down by the recent streamlining of reporting and delinquency provisioning rules for non-bank finance companies and banks. And HDFC’s exposure to affordable housing and micro-lending makes it easier for its loan book to sit within the development finance requirements of HDFC Bank.
    - 4 Apr 22, 2:15pm -
  • ET View: Make budgetary hay while the economy is turning around
    Recent experience with divestment has dictated a more realistic assessment of capital receipts, although 5G spectrum is up for auction in the next financial year.
    - 1 Feb 22, 7:08pm -
  • ET View: A bold move to bury the retro tax ghost
    The Bill, introduced in the Lok Sabha, nullifies the tax demand on the indirect transfer of Indian assets on transactions prior to 28 May 2012. The law will apply prospectively: gains from the sale of shares of a foreign company will be taxable in India if such shares, directly or indirectly, derive value from assets located in India. This makes eminent sense.
    - 5 Aug 21, 9:13pm -
  • View: The cost of a rate-cut rollback and how to set it right
    ​​Elections are underway in five crucial states, inflation is rising, and the country facing the second wave of the pandemic that has hurt incomes and livelihoods. A crucial policy decision on cutting the administered interest rate on small savings ought to have been thought through well.
    - 1 Apr 21, 10:55am -
  • ET View: In terms of growth contraction, the worst seems over
    In terms of current prices, GDP for Q3 is estimated to have gone up by a credible 4.3%, over the like period in the previous year. It does reflect higher value addition, read dearer prices, in sectors like agriculture, given rigidities in supply amidst pandemic-imposed restrictions in delivery and logistics.
    - 26 Feb 21, 9:00pm -
  • View: Why doesn't the Supreme Court crack down when lower courts violate its orders with disdain?
    The government should stop trying to suppress the voice of dissent through arrests, charges of sedition or causing enmity between communities and arm-twisting of social media platforms. And the Apex Court should pursue contempt charges, not against those who make open criticism of its rulings, but against the lower judiciary that subverts the constitutional order.
    - 11 Feb 21, 5:29pm -
  • ET View: Negative rates as conscious policy
    The RBI’s policies on maintaining high liquidity to fuel recovery, keeping a Targeted Long Term Repo window open is most sensible. It is unlikely to be used much, though, considering the oodles of liquidity being created by the RBI’s attempt to keep the exchange rate reasonably stable, even as foreign capital floods in, as confidence returns to mature markets.
    - 4 Dec 20, 12:29pm -
  • ET View: Remembering Jaswant Singh, the team player
    While valuing his officers’ inputs on reforms to steer the economy, Jaswant Singh had an ear to the ground – be it putting more money in homemakers’ purses or being responsive to industry’s woes. He was quick at decision making.
    - 27 Sep 20, 5:14pm -
  • ET View: Even before Covid, economy was slumping
    The government needs to fix the banks and create a functional bond market. This alone can raise the rate of investment. Gross fixed capital formation as a share of GDP was down to 26% in Q4 of 2019-20, and 26.9% for the year as a whole. Without raising it by six percentage points of GDP, India cannot shed its low growth trap.
    - 29 May 20, 7:53pm -
  • ET View: Welcome steps by RBI; it can surely do more
    While the monetary policy measures announced today are certainly necessary, they can hardly be deemed to be sufficient, in the face of severely weakened demand conditions economy-wide, following two entire months of severe economic lockdown.
    - 22 May 20, 7:05pm -
  • ET View: A big bang for small and medium enterprises
    Liquidity for power utilities, subject to state government guarantees, will ensure that power generation is not shut down. Of course, the power sector cannot be redeemed without a change in the political culture of patronising power theft and open-ended giveaways.
    - 13 May 20, 7:28pm -
  • Time to junk captive mining policy
    The way forward is to policy design a vibrant market for ore, so that steel and other metal producers face no uncertainty in procuring minerals and other raw materials at competitive rates.
    - 4 May 20, 7:47pm -
  • ET View: Extension of lockdown uncalled for
    The government is making a hash of loosening restrictions while extending the lockdown.
    - 1 May 20, 10:31pm -
  • ET View: Give liquidity directly to companies and state governments, RBI
    All the regulatory measures are welcome and will help companies and real estate developers. The liquidity measures have a more mixed import.
    - 17 Apr 20, 5:09pm -
  • ET View: Normal monsoons good augury
    The IMD projection says rainfall is likely to be 100% of the Long Period Average (LPA) precipitation for the country as a whole, with a model error of plus or minus 5%. But note that over the years there has been wide variability in monsoon rainfall patterns across regions.
    - 15 Apr 20, 7:19pm -
  • ET View: Welcome end to total lockdown
    It is welcome that the Prime Minister has restricted extension of the all-India lockdown to six more days after the original deadline of April 20th. The early lockdown has probably saved thousands of lives and helped contain the spread of the disease.
    - 14 Apr 20, 11:38am -
  • ET View: RBI should better target liquidity injection
    ​The central bank is not directly purchasing corporate bonds of large enterprises and major non-bank finance companies (NBFCs), as is par for the course in the mature markets. Instead, RBI has announced long-term repurchase obligations or repo in government securities with banks, so that the latter can then use the liquidity available to subscribe to corporate bonds or commercial paper or debentures.
    - 27 Mar 20, 8:33pm -
  • ET View: Over to the voters of Madhya Pradesh
    It is for the voters to punish defectors by defeating them, their backers or proxies in by-polls. If voters do not care, and allow such shenanigans to proceed apace, political parties would try to grab power by inducing MLAs to defect.
    - 20 Mar 20, 4:00pm -
  • ET View: Focused, forward-looking water policy needed
    The way ahead is to step-up recharge of aquifers and groundwater resources, even as we better allocate resources for surface irrigation systems and their maintenance. We are increasingly dependent on groundwater for irrigation, which is clearly unsustainable. But the maintenance and upkeep of surface irrigation systems is also neglected across states.
    - 12 Mar 20, 10:58pm -
  • ET View: On a wing and invocations of ancient India
    Does it hold out the definite prospect of reversing the growth slowdown? It does not. Does it fix the gaps in financial plumbing that prevent finance from being mediated to viable infrastructure projects? Not quite. A market for corporate bonds is India’s prime requirement now, and that remains a work in eternal progress.
    - 1 Feb 20, 5:45pm -
  • ET View: Economic Survey revives an old tale about Microsoft
    Microsoft has come a long way since then and even became the world’s most valued company. The Survey does not hold out a happy story.
    - 31 Jan 20, 5:16pm -
  • ET View: No-fly overkill over Kamra
    Civil Aviation minister Puri advised other airlines to follow suit. Air India, GoAir and SpiceJet followed suit — if the minister had asked them to do likewise, they would have done likewise — no matter Kamra did not misbehave on their flights. Nor did they convene a meeting of their internal committees that are supposed to ponder over a complaint.
    - 29 Jan 20, 5:35pm -
  • ET View: Why the proposal for PM-Yasasvi is a good idea
    At the broader level, the fact that the students will be selected through a national test is likely to help schools across the country to meet certain basic curriculum and teaching standards. The inclusion of senior citizens in the scheme is a recognition of the untapped capacity for contribution of this segment of the population.
    - 17 Jan 20, 5:55pm -
  • View: SC verdict on internet shutdown in Kashmir rightly demands the restoration of ‘reasonableness’
    The Supreme Court’s verdict that the Internet is a part of Article 19 – key to providing India’s citizenry with the ‘basic freedoms’ that include the freedom of expression – finally calls a spade a spade, and has demanded that Internet service be restored in Kashmir for all essential services.
    - 10 Jan 20, 12:09pm -
  • ET View: Time to boost demand, forget the fiscal deficit target
    The time has come for the government to shed its obsession about fiscal deficit targets and borrow more from the market, both to compensate the states for their shortfall in GST collections and to meet its own expenditure commitments. India still has deep reserves of economic resilience and it is necessary to avoid any self-defeating talk of recession.
    - 29 Nov 19, 7:08pm -
  • ET View: Promptly review levies, charges and the high extent of revenue share in Indian telecom
    The levies, charges and mounting dues would essentially financially cripple and may even bankrupt the leading service providers, and have wholly-avoidable negative effects and signals much beyond the telecom sector itself. The Cabinet needs to purposefully rationalise central levies and charges on telecom operators for the greater national good.
    - 14 Nov 19, 10:35pm -
  • ET View: CPI likely to remain elevated for statistical reasons
    The latest inflation numbers suggest that retail headline inflation, read the overall rise in consumer prices, has gone up beyond the 4% target set up Monetary Policy Committee (MPC). The MPC is mandated to policy-induce a narrow 4-6% range for the retail inflation rate. The CPI has risen at the fastest rate since June last year.
    - 14 Nov 19, 4:23pm -
  • ET View: Sensible decision in Karnataka, now to let the December 5 bypolls decide the ex-MLAs’ future
    The 14 MLAs who quit from Congress and the three from the Janata Dal (Secular) last July, leading to the fall of the JD(S)-Congress government, may have reasons other than pure disagreement and/or disenchantment with the way their own parties were going about governing and such things. Now, it’s for the bypolls on December 5, to decide the fate of the 17.
    - 13 Nov 19, 12:14pm -
  • ET View: September IIP - Lacklustre capital goods output keeps overall index low
    As for manufactures, which account for over 77% weight in the industrial index, production has contracted and posted minus 3.9% growth. The sharp contraction in automobile production, with the output of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers declining by minus 14.9 % y-o-y has clearly adversely affected production.
    - 11 Nov 19, 10:15pm -
  • ET View: Accept the Ayodhya judgement and move on
    It is the duty of all concerned to not just maintain peace but also to work for sustainable unity.
    - 9 Nov 19, 12:19pm -
  • ET View: Economy, the winner
    For the polity, too, an Opposition staging an extinction rebellion is certainly good news. A healthy democracy needs an Opposition that is not a pushover.
    - 24 Oct 19, 11:38am -
  • ET View: Nobel for Abhijit Banerjee
    While Banerjee got his PhD from Harvard, he did his Bachelor’s in economics from Presidency, Calcutta and his Master’s from JNU.
    - 14 Oct 19, 5:46pm -
  • ET View: It’s not so much Peter Handke, but the Nobel Prize that should be judged by its choice
    What has troubled some critics is that he is a public sympathiser of Yugoslavian and Serbian war criminal Slobodan Miloševic.
    - 11 Oct 19, 1:10pm -
  • ET View: Nobel Prize catches up with discovery that has fuelled the smartphone revolution
    John Goodenough, Stanley Whittingham, and Akira Yoshino won the 2019 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for the development of lithium-ion batteries.
    - 9 Oct 19, 7:05pm -
  • View: Growth not a monetary policy problem, says RBI
    By refusing to cut rate by 35 bps or more the RBI wants to make it clear that liquidity availability is not the binding constraint on growth.
    - 4 Oct 19, 12:48pm -
  • Modi and Trump score from Howdy Modi, but what’s in it for India?
    For Trump, Howdy Modi was a golden opportunity to woo a vital segment of American voters.
    - 23 Sep 19, 1:10pm -
  • ET View: Corporate tax rate cut, the best reform so far
    A lower rate, comparable with Asian peers, and sans any exemptions, will make large Indian cos more competitive.
    - 20 Sep 19, 1:16pm -
  • ET View: Third dose of growth boosters: good but not good enough
    The export sops announced are welcome. But they would take time to kick in and boost exports.
    - 14 Sep 19, 6:42pm -
  • ET View: The Moon is not made of insta-cheese
    Indian Space Research Organisation will analyse the mishap to identify what went wrong and rectify the defect that caused it.
    - 7 Sep 19, 1:27pm -
  • ET View: India needs large banks
    It is in the interest of the Indian economy to have large banks that can lend to large companies, given the greater segmentation of credit now.
    - 30 Aug 19, 8:10pm -
  • ET View: Jalan Panel does a fine balancing job
    Essentially, the committee has decided to keep the RBI’s revaluation reserves out of funds that can be used for transfer to any other account.
    - 26 Aug 19, 10:36pm -
  • ET view: Welcome booster package for the economy
    The reform of taxman-taxpayer interface, deploying technology and eliminating direct contact, is most welcome.
    - 23 Aug 19, 11:32pm -
  • ET View: India must reiterate its status as a 'responsible' nuclear state
    While Singh reiterated India's continuation of the 'no first use' policy, Singh's comment comes at a time when the Indian government has been seen to conduct 'radical' moves.
    - 16 Aug 19, 5:02pm -
  • View: A mellower Modi on Independence Day
    The most notable feature of Narendra Modi’s sixth speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort is an absence: an enemy to attack.
    - 15 Aug 19, 11:26am -
  • ET View: Congress dumps Rahul Gandhi
    Sonia Gandhi values counsel, and patient survival informs her action, rather than impetuous entitlement.
    - 11 Aug 19, 1:09pm -
  • ET View: 3 reasons for RBI's 35 bps rate cut
    RBI shares the general concern about slowing growth and would like to do its bit to lift spirits and get the economy moving.
    - 7 Aug 19, 2:30pm -

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