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Indian regulators finally start to regulate

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Indian regulators finally start to regulate

After years of being pilloried for being soft on the firms they have oversight over, the central bank and the markets regulator, it seems, have decided to intervene before another major scam causes systemic damage of the kind that we have seen in the past with IL&FS and DHFL.

Kolkata's Ho Chi Minh Sarani, Delhi's Janpath: why India renames its streets

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Kolkata's Ho Chi Minh Sarani, Delhi's Janpath: why India renames its streets

The renaming bug has indeed spoilt many wonderful streets in the popular consciousness.

Is Facebook too big to change?

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Is Facebook too big to change?

Public outcry, critical review, regulatory censure, even steep fines, nothing seems to be able to turn the Facebook juggernaut from the path it has chosen 

In Zee saga, shareholders are reduced to bit players

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In Zee saga, shareholders are reduced to bit players

This strange battle for control is increasingly taking on the curious narrative of pitting the company’s management against its own shareholders

When economists’ numbers don’t add up

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When economists’ numbers don’t add up

Forecasts are the bread and butter of economists, the kind of thing they do in their sleep. Indeed in hindsight, many recent forecasts appear to have been made while they were grabbing a few precious winks.

Air India may be Tata’s only chance for success in aviation business

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Air India may be Tata’s only chance for success in aviation business

It is in getting the product and its positioning right that the new owners will face their biggest challenge.

Markets can be cruel: The key lesson from the Zee episode

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Markets can be cruel: The key lesson from the Zee episode

If Zee’s promoters had not pledged their stake to fund their investments into unrelated businesses, they would not be in this position today

Should Tom Peters write his memoir?

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Should Tom Peters write his memoir?

The truly moving memoirs, the ones that inspire, frustrate, amuse or depress us, are few simply because they call for a very high degree of honesty and detachment.

IT market leaders help disrupt industries, but highly resilient themselves  

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IT market leaders help disrupt industries, but highly resilient themselves  

Low debt and exposure to other industries allow big tech companies to sense changes in the environment much faster than others 

Online isn’t the answer to lost schooling

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Online isn’t the answer to lost schooling

Exacerbation of the digital divide is one of the downsides of online learning in a country like India.

The confusing position of the chairman emeritus 

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The confusing position of the chairman emeritus 

Investors don't mind retiring promoters staying on as a chairman emeritus but are drawing the line at paying hefty fees for an extra-constitutional position

How Coronasomnia disrupted our sleep

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How Coronasomnia disrupted our sleep

A 2021 survey showed that Indian adults experienced new sleep challenges like difficulty falling asleep (37 percent), difficulty staying asleep (27 percent), and waking up during the night (39 percent).

Opinion | As investors fight back, Indian promoters are feeling the heat

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Opinion | As investors fight back, Indian promoters are feeling the heat

Large shareholders seeking greater accountability from promoters and the management of their investee companies and not loath to eject them from their positions in case they don’t see commensurate returns on their investments

Ford's exit, while inevitable, denies India access to its future auto technologies

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Ford's exit, while inevitable, denies India access to its future auto technologies

Ford's exit is a loss for India, not in terms of its past performance but in terms of its promise. As we move into the era of smart vehicles and clean energy, India needs the technologies to power the new generation of vehicles 

Speech to text isn’t the answer to writing the next 'War and Peace'

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Speech to text isn’t the answer to writing the next 'War and Peace'

The speech recognition software has to reckon with the accent, the pitch, the speed with which we speak, the lilt and the pauses or their absence. The garbled end result is understandable.

India’s top executives face shareholder scrutiny over their salaries

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India’s top executives face shareholder scrutiny over their salaries

With salary cuts and layoffs becoming the order of the day across Corporate India, the inequity and injustice of well-heeled executives trying to push through enhanced packages for themselves even as their companies posted declining sales and profits has brought the issue to a boil

Our political leaders don’t believe in work-life balance

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Our political leaders don’t believe in work-life balance

Forget vacations, India’s politicians don’t even take an evening off.

Drones get a major policy boost in India

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Drones get a major policy boost in India

Drone usage in areas like mining, construction, film making, commercial delivery, mapping and search & rescue, could potentially alter entire industries ranging from agriculture to logistics 

India has no time for its elderly

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India has no time for its elderly

With hardly any social security net to take care of India's 60+ population, it is building up to a crisis of monumental proportions.

Needed, a plan to handle ripple effects of electric vehicle boom

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Needed, a plan to handle ripple effects of electric vehicle boom

When the inflection point arrives in terms of pricing, the switch to EVs at the expense of conventional vehicles will be dramatic

Meditation goes official as RBI stamps its approval

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Meditation goes official as RBI stamps its approval

Meditation is like a spritzy cooler when you step off the rollercoaster and literally catch your breath with a quick cleanse of the million things that prick your mind at all times.

Can Akasa learn from the mistakes of airline pioneers in India?

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Can Akasa learn from the mistakes of airline pioneers in India?

Akasa has a solid team and has large investors backing it. However, aviation is not an easy business. History is replete with crashes of many Indian airlines with similar pedigree and ambition 

Test cricket has become an anachronism, old chap

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Test cricket has become an anachronism, old chap

Let’s face it, test cricket has become an anachronism, a relic of the past preserved precisely because it is a slice of history and needs to be preserved.

Foray into semiconductors just the latest in Chandrasekaran's plans for Tata

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Foray into semiconductors just the latest in Chandrasekaran's plans for Tata

Manufacturing semiconductors is an imperative for India, but it calls for huge capital investments in a business with high operational costs and one of the longest lead times among industries

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