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Retail investors hurt in DHFL free-for-all

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BusinessLine Ever since Cobrapost made its sensational financial scam allegations against Dewan Housing Finance in January this year, the DHFL saga has unfurled like a prime-time mega serial, with so many twists and turns to the plot that most folks have lost ... More »

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How millet farming empowers women

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BusinessLine An unannounced change is taking place in the way some rural women are going about their lives. Simultaneously, public healthcare is paying better attention to what affects them fundamentally. If these changes take root and go forward on their own ... More »

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How India loses by not joining RCEP

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BusinessLine It was during a trip to Brussels back in the 1990s that it was driven home to me just how insignificant India’s economy was in global terms. This was an era when India’s reforms were taking baby steps forward and our politicians would turn up in L... More »

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Is India cyber security ready?

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BusinessLine Towards end-October, social media was agog with reports of a cyber attack at Kudankulam Nuclear Power plant. The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL), on October 29, denied such a development and said both the reactors were running witho... More »

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Markets and the Trump-Modi effect

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BusinessLine Investors in the Indian stock market have been exulting as the Sensex has been notching new life-time highs since last Friday. But the Indian benchmark is not alone in this. The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite too managed to close at record level... More »

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Environmental rights have been denuded

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BusinessLine March 2019 marked the 46th anniversary of the beginning of the Chipko Andolan, which is often credited as India’s first environmental justice movement. However, the history of India’s environmental justice movements can be traced much further back... More »

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Congress has a chance to keep the fight going

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BusinessLine The results of the Maharashtra and Haryana Assembly elections have come as a big boost for the Congress. Though the party lost, it put in a credible performance when the general expectation was that it would be decimated by an NDA walkover. The Co... More »

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MSMEs missing out on mentorship

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BusinessLine If you ask anyone as to what’s holding back micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) from scaling up and becoming successful large corporations, chances are that almost everyone will blame the lack of adequate funding. Such a response would har... More »

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Monetary policy in times of a slowdown

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BusinessLine The GDP numbers for Q1 coming in lower than market predictions led to worries over prospects for Indian growth, but it must be remembered that Q1 was an election quarter. The fall in investment growth visible in January was a worrying indicator of... More »

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Why be prejudiced against loan melas?

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BusinessLine Loans and melas are of different genres. While one is more about a process, the other is about public show. When policy tries to bring them together, the blend might not turn out well. Such programmes, widely prevalent in the 1980s, were symptomat... More »

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How to make the corporate tax cuts work

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BusinessLine The Modi government’s decision to effect a sharp cut in the corporate tax rate on September 20 has been by far the most significant stimulus that has been offered in a bid to revive an economy that has significantly slowed, weighed down by both cy... More »