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  • COVID-19 doesn’t recognise Mumbai’s class divide Sep 24, 2020 08:33 AM IST

    COVID-19 doesn’t recognise Mumbai’s class divide

    The virus that international travellers brought into Mumbai, through the aviation sector that the poor or migrants have little to do with, has come to settle in gated apartment complexes and high rises

  • The spectre of urban distress hangs over FMCG stocks Sep 23, 2020 02:25 PM IST

    The spectre of urban distress hangs over FMCG stocks

    HUL's chairman is worried by signs of urban distress and wants the government to do more to put money in the hands of consumers. That’s a message for investors in FMCG stocks, too

  • No country for small firms Sep 23, 2020 12:56 PM IST

    No country for small firms

    Small firms have been struggling for the past five years, RBI analysis shows

  • Small tech stocks soar as the future arrives early Sep 18, 2020 05:36 PM IST

    Small tech stocks soar as the future arrives early

    The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated trends that were building for years by forcing large swaths of the population to work from home and shop online. And many obscure companies are taking off

  • A cataclysm of hunger, disease and illiteracy Sep 17, 2020 04:09 PM IST

    A cataclysm of hunger, disease and illiteracy

    The greatest impact of COVID-19 may be not on those whom the virus directly infects, but on those shattered by the collapse of economies and health and education systems in developing countries

  • Three areas Aatmanirbhar Bharat must focus on: health, education and technology Sep 16, 2020 01:08 PM IST

    Three areas Aatmanirbhar Bharat must focus on: health, education and technology

    Reform in urban governance and laws, investment in urban infrastructure and basic amenities for both ease of business and ease of living, and creation of new urban centres can build the critical economic ecosystem necessary for an Aatmanirbhar Bharat

  • There are no ‘two realities’ in the United States Sep 16, 2020 12:40 PM IST

    There are no ‘two realities’ in the United States

    The US is being ravaged by COVID-19, devastating fires, economic and education crises, and more — but nearly half the country doesn’t believe it

  • The challenges of holding a Parliament session now Sep 14, 2020 08:25 AM IST

    The challenges of holding a Parliament session now

    Adhering to COVID-19 protocols would mean that the Parliament session will have many firsts. The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha will sit on alternate days so that members can maintain physical distancing by being spread over both chambers. Even the visitor galleries will be occupied by the MPs

  • COVID-19 has reiterated the importance of India Post Sep 12, 2020 10:21 AM IST

    COVID-19 has reiterated the importance of India Post

    If the humble postal service is serving the larger goal of sustaining democracy in the US, in India, where it works as a bank, pension fund, primary savings instrument and delivery service, it is doing the job of literally saving lives

  • What a survey of consumers reveals about their behaviour post-COVID Sep 11, 2020 12:59 PM IST

    What a survey of consumers reveals about their behaviour post-COVID

    How COVID is affecting the way consumers think about spending can affect the future performance of companies that depend on them

  • Is India staring at stagflation? Sep 04, 2020 10:37 AM IST

    Is India staring at stagflation?

    Numerous international and domestic institutions have estimated economic growth to contract in 2020-21. If there’s no respite from the pandemic in the near future, the adverse impact on the economy would persist, and the recovery would be uneven

  • Indian software biggies ride a third wave Sep 04, 2020 08:41 AM IST

    Indian software biggies ride a third wave

    Goldman Sachs foresees a third wave which will create a rising tide that will lift all boats, particularly the more robust ones like TCS, Infosys and HCL Technologies

  • Could we have a re-run of the Roaring Twenties this decade? Sep 03, 2020 08:17 AM IST

    Could we have a re-run of the Roaring Twenties this decade?

    Will COVID-19 leave long-term economic scars? Economic research says it will, but much of the West had a huge boom after the Spanish Flu of 1918, which killed millions

  • Small-business failures loom as federal aid dries up Sep 02, 2020 01:37 PM IST

    Small-business failures loom as federal aid dries up

    Many experts still expect Democratic and Republican leaders to reach a deal on an aid package that includes support for small businesses, but a new, large-scale programme seems increasingly unlikely

  • Trade policy needs a fresh approach Sep 02, 2020 08:13 AM IST

    Trade policy needs a fresh approach

    Export promotion more than import restriction should be the focus of negotiations with other nations

  • How NBFCs can manage liquidity crisis posed by COVID-19 Aug 31, 2020 12:39 PM IST

    How NBFCs can manage liquidity crisis posed by COVID-19

    Can we expect to see newer business models emerge as the economy restarts post the pandemic and banks and NBFCs are pushed towards prudent lending for retrieving businesses?

  • The challenges of celebrating Onam in the time of COVID-19 Aug 28, 2020 01:09 PM IST

    The challenges of celebrating Onam in the time of COVID-19

    Natural calamities, a pandemic, and political turmoil — Onam is being marked under the shadow of all these developments, and at a time when the local economy is struggling

  • Work from home shouldn’t be a cost-cutting exercise alone Aug 28, 2020 09:45 AM IST

    Work from home shouldn’t be a cost-cutting exercise alone

    In India, most people in cities live in small apartments shared with large families, making working from home difficult

  • Can shopping malls survive COVID-19? Aug 27, 2020 01:22 PM IST

    Can shopping malls survive COVID-19?

    Overwhelmed by the dual onslaught of online shopping and COVID-19, malls have abandoned the concept of traditional shopping and are moving towards businesses that are less likely to suffer the offensive of digital commerce and the requirements of social distancing

  • Time for a policy rethink on crime and poverty eradication Aug 27, 2020 11:48 AM IST

    Time for a policy rethink on crime and poverty eradication

    COVID-19 has changed patterns of crime and poverty levels, but new research in behavioural science holds valuable insights for redrawing effective policies

  • How the UK restarted its restaurant industry: Paying half the bill Aug 26, 2020 02:38 PM IST

    How the UK restarted its restaurant industry: Paying half the bill

    The restaurant industry is grateful for the rush of customers, but there are concerns about whether a temporary discount can trigger a sustainable recovery

  • ADB-ILO study: Youth unemployment in India could go up to 32.5% as a result of the pandemic Aug 19, 2020 10:18 AM IST

    ADB-ILO study: Youth unemployment in India could go up to 32.5% as a result of the pandemic

    If it takes 6 months to control the virus, then job losses among young Indians could go up to 6.1 million

  • Coronavirus vaccine | History of trials does not offer too much comfort Aug 16, 2020 08:05 AM IST

    Coronavirus vaccine | History of trials does not offer too much comfort

    In the pharma industry, the gap between trials and eventual products is huge and there is a tragic history of drugs that have had to be culled just short of being put out in the market. Roughly 9 in 10 drugs and biologics that are tested in humans don’t even reach the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its approval even after Phase 3 testing

  • Survival at stake, many Indian companies need entirely new businesses Aug 14, 2020 10:56 AM IST

    Survival at stake, many Indian companies need entirely new businesses

    This pandemic is only a warning of radical new challenges ahead forced upon us by climate change

  • Coronavirus impact: The thin line of realism in pandemic times Aug 13, 2020 04:04 PM IST

    Coronavirus impact: The thin line of realism in pandemic times

    I do appreciate optimism and having a sense of positivity. But that cannot be equal to being blinded to reality or to be in denial of what the facts are.

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