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  • newRent vs. Investment? How to make the correct investment decisions in the real estate sector
    The COVID-19 outbreak and the resultant nationwide lockdown have put immense pressure on the economy, consequently affecting job creation. Unemployment continues to be on an upward trajectory, as we enter the 4th month of lockdown,...
    - 15 hours ago 14 Jul 20, 8:12pm -
  • newQuality medical diagnostics: Making it affordable and accessible
    The Indian diagnostic industry is characterised by a very high level of fragmentation. It is estimated that there are nearly 100,000 clinical labs operating in the country with the majority classified as unorganised. These have...
    - 16 hours ago 14 Jul 20, 7:50pm -
  • newThe arcane argot of alphanomics 😊
    The notoriously dismal science of economics, which in India has been hit by the triple whammy of demonetisation, an ill-planned roll-out of the Goods and Services Tax, and then the coronavirus pandemic, has become even...
    - 20 hours ago 14 Jul 20, 3:17pm -
  • newEncourage more Googles through legislation that opens the door to disruptors
    Google has announced that it plans to deepen its engagement with India over the next five to seven years by outlining a proposal which envisages an investment of $10 billion. This investment will span both...
    - 21 hours ago 14 Jul 20, 2:03pm -
  • newThe business of funeral direction during pandemic times
    “How is business?” I ask a friend living in the neighborhood. “It was slow during the lockdown. Now it’s pickin’ up. Pretty busy today!” I ask a neighbor who runs a multi-million dollar funeral direction...
    - 21 hours ago 14 Jul 20, 1:56pm -
  • newBeyond the cheery CBSE results
    With the Central Board of Secondary Education taking student-friendly steps to grade students hit by myriad disruptions originating in the pandemic, the Class XII result has brought a measure of cheer. The overall pass percentage...
    - 21 hours ago 14 Jul 20, 1:54pm -
  • newThe Dragon blinks
    “Take up arms, newly Arisen. For my kind do not heed the toothless.” – Dragon’s Dogma Introduction Third of the six wars that China is sure to fight in the next fifty years will be...
    - 22 hours ago 14 Jul 20, 1:02pm -
  • newThe scope for new normality in the India-EU relations
    India and the EU will hold a virtual summit on July 15. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was supposed to visit Brussels in March to attend the 15th India-EU Summit. But that summit had to be...
    - 23 hours ago 14 Jul 20, 12:34pm -
  • newIndia’s banks peddle bad-loan black holes: Reuters
    India’s lenders are up against a great unknown. The $31 billion ICICI Bank is among those now looking to raise capital as borrowers avail themselves of an interest holiday on about one-third of the $1.3...
    - 23 hours ago 14 Jul 20, 11:53am -
  • Bold decisions, strong political will: Economic reforms are sustained, deep and pronounced under PM Modi
    Economic reforms are a matter of continuing interest in India. Only recently, marking the birth anniversary of former PM Narasimha Rao, decisions taken during his time to open the Indian economy were recalled. They were...
    - 1 day ago 14 Jul 20, 2:25am -

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  • ET View: Even before Covid, economy was slumping

    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.
    - 47 days ago 29 May 20, 7:53pm -
  • ET View: Welcome steps by RBI; it can surely do more

    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.
    - 54 days ago 22 May 20, 7:05pm -
  • ET View: A big bang for small and medium enterprises

    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.
    - 63 days ago 13 May 20, 7:28pm -
  • Time to junk captive mining policy

    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.
    - 72 days ago 4 May 20, 7:47pm -
  • ET View: Extension of lockdown uncalled for

    ET View: Extension of lockdown uncalled for

    The government is making a hash of loosening restrictions while extending the lockdown.
    - 75 days ago 1 May 20, 10:31pm -
  • ET View: Give liquidity directly to companies and state governments, RBI

    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.
    - 89 days ago 17 Apr 20, 5:09pm -
  • ET View: Normal monsoons good augury

    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.
    - 91 days ago 15 Apr 20, 7:19pm -
  • ET View: Welcome end to total lockdown

    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.
    - 92 days ago 14 Apr 20, 11:38am -
  • ET View: RBI should better target liquidity injection

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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’

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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 -

Drishtikone Blogs

  • newVirtual Water Trade: Complete Guide on What it is and its impact

    Virtual Water Trade: Complete Guide on What it is and its impact

    Water is a scarce commodity.  It is not just needed for drinking purposes, but most importantly for agriculture.  If you lose water or don’t have freshwater resources, you cannot have any crops.  There is a trade going on – often unbeknownst to many countries which are the victims of these surreptitious flows – where some
    - 2 hours ago 15 Jul 20, 8:53am -
  • Soft Power: What is it and why is it important?

    Soft Power: What is it and why is it important?

    Soft power is an important ingredient for the geopolitical strategy of any country. How do countries do it and why is soft power so critical?
    - 21 days ago 24 Jun 20, 3:13am -
  • Moral Ethics and the Quantum Mind

    Moral Ethics and the Quantum Mind

    The real utility of Moral ethics is for the times when one faces choices that are repugnant. In normal times, there is not much morality to exercise. Western moral constructs need crutches of theories and pre-determined ideas to make decisions when situations are not straight-forward. Morality, therefore, depends on edicts and commandments and philosophical pronouncements.
    - 40 days ago 5 Jun 20, 4:58am -
  • Anti-CAA Carnage Chargesheets – Actors and Motives

    Anti-CAA Carnage Chargesheets – Actors and Motives

    Anti-CAA violence was unprecedented in India. It was well-orchestrated and pre-planned. The chargesheets recently filed by Delhi Police validate that!
    - 42 days ago 3 Jun 20, 10:03pm -
  • Black lives matter only when Blacks are Free

    Black lives matter only when Blacks are Free

    America is burning today because one half of America believes they don’t matter. And they are crying as their young men are killed and all they are saying is that they matter – that Black lives matter… too! That is the legitimate part of the situation. But not the whole thing. Over 50 Secret Service
    - 43 days ago 2 Jun 20, 6:08am -
  • Libya war – US and Russia’s new battleground

    Libya war – US and Russia’s new battleground

    The Libya war is raging as we speak. The oil rich country is now in a big mess. And, it is becoming the main war theater in the Middle-East along with Syria. The way the geopolitical chess is being played, this promises to be another Afghanistan. Read Af-Pak historical account. Libya war – the two
    - 44 days ago 1 Jun 20, 3:37am -
  • The Oversight Board at Facebook is Loaded with Ideologues

    The Oversight Board at Facebook is Loaded with Ideologues

    The Facebook Oversight Board is a group constituted by the Social Media giant to moderate content on Instagram and FB. It is loaded with Anti-Hindu and Islamist people.
    - 46 days ago 30 May 20, 9:15am -
  • Another Pulwama style Terror Attack averted in Kashmir

    Another Pulwama style Terror Attack averted in Kashmir

    This is the stuff of spy thriller stories.  In a remarkable intelligence victory, Indian forces neutralized a 2019 Pulwama style attack once again in Pulwama thus preventing a major bloodbath in a CRPF convoy of over 400 personnel. On 14 February 2019, a CRPF convoy was attacked by Adil Ahmad Dar of Jaish-e-Mohammed killing 40
    - 47 days ago 29 May 20, 2:07am -
  • Work from Home – Studies show Incredible benefits

    Work from Home – Studies show Incredible benefits

    Work from Home arrangements have come to the fore during the COVID-19 lockdown. Are they good? How is productivity impact? Read about it.
    - 51 days ago 25 May 20, 7:14pm -
  • Disgusting Jaipur Gangrape – Zishan Ali, friends rape his sister

    Disgusting Jaipur Gangrape – Zishan Ali, friends rape his sister

    There are many crimes that just shock you. Nirbhaya’s case was one such incident.  In that incident, it was a juvenile, Mohammad Afroz, who had been the most brutal to the girl.  Shockingly, he went scott-free because he pleaded as a juvenile based on the certificate from his Madras.  While the rest of the rapists
    - 52 days ago 24 May 20, 10:27pm -

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