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Why is sustainable fashion so expensive?

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Sustainable clothing from the Autumn/Winter 2019 collection by Rina Singh, founder, Eka “The term ‘sustainable fashion’ is an oxymoron,” says Rina Singh, founder of Eká. “Because if you are going to create something fashionable, it cannot be sustainable.” The ... More »

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Infosys may need some private time to fix itself

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India’s best-known software exporter is facing an impossible trinity of sorts: Out of sales, margins and governance, Infosys Ltd. can hit only two goals at a time. Or so it would appear from yet-to-be-proven whistle-blower allegations against Chief Executive O... More »

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Snatch and grab what you can in India’s NPA melee

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Snatch-and-grab is the new hallmark of Indian finance. As a banker friend in Mumbai put it to me only half-jokingly, a unit of “grabbed” cash collateral in hand is worth more than two units of hypothetical receivables. Yet this is no laughing matter. Not only ... More »

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World’s longest flights aren’t meant for cattle class

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The question about Qantas Airways Ltd.’s plans to start 20-hour direct flights from Sydney to London and New York isn’t why any passenger would want to take the route — it’s why any carrier would want to offer them. For all the hardship of spending a day coope... More »

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Lessons we could learn from Kremer’s O-Ring theory

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Even as India debates the achievement of a $5 trillion economy, the work of the third Nobel prize winner for economics this year, Michael Kremer, especially his O-Ring Theory of Economic Development, becomes significant. The O-Ring Theory owes its name to the ... More »

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An election that could threaten Sri Lankan democracy

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One of Asia’s oldest democracies may be in jeopardy. Sri Lanka’s presidential election next month is expected to bring to power another member of the Rajapaksa family, whose affinity for authoritarianism, violence and corruption is well known. While Sri Lanka’... More »

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Plus-size couture: The opportunity in diversity

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Akhshaya Navaneethan (left) and Ankit Dawar walk the ramp for designer Rina Dhaka at the 2019 Lakme Fashion Week For Akhshaya Navaneethan, fashion is not just about looking and feeling good. It is political, polarising and a fight to be accepted for who she is... More »