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What industry can learn from nature

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BusinessLine In the 1990s when the Japanese were perfecting their Shinkansens, bullet trains as we call them, they faced a particularly difficult challenge. As these high-speed trains entered a tunnel (there were many across the country) they created pressure ... More »

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Fortune at the bottom of the financial cycle

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BusinessLine The focus of the government as well as policy advisers is typically on economic growth and the business cycles, formed by the real GDP data. Besides business cycles, it might be a good idea to also look at financial cycles that trace the expansion... More »

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Trade war taking a toll on China’s plans

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BusinessLine It’s a small town in the middle of nowhere in Kazakhstan but it could one day be China’s gateway to Central Asia. Scores of cranes are in action and hundreds of workers are working feverishly to turn the Khorgos Eastern Gates Special Economic Zone... More »

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Quality of FPI inflows is improving

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BusinessLine As the Union Budget draws closer, many are worried about the fate of the equity market since the Sensex is currently poised quite close to its life-time peak. The worries are compounded by the fact that the current leg of the rally has been led by... More »

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The new Cold War – The Hindu BusinessLine

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BusinessLine Using its economic power to meet non-economic objectives is not new for the US. Sanctions against Cuba and Iran deny those countries access to financial networks and markets, and scare away other businesses who fear prosecution in the US. By Secti... More »

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India cannot afford a trade tiff with the US

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BusinessLine As India readies retaliatory duties on 29 goods of US origin worth $200 million (BusinessLine, June 14) in response to the US imposing tariffs on Indian steel and aluminium products, concerns are emerging whether the country is really ready for a ... More »

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The bogey of currency manipulation

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BusinessLine In the past decade, talk of “currency manipulation” has become a frequent trope in discussions of international trade. Much of this stems from the US government’s aggressive position on the bilateral trade deficits the US has with several countrie... More »

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Private sector must build on govt initiatives

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BusinessLine The Indian economy definitely seems to be in a ‘weak spot’ rather than a ‘soft spot’ despite being the fastest growing economy in the world. For the last three years it does appear that employment generation has lagged. GDP growth has been slowing... More »

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A new class seizing the levers of power

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BusinessLine What makes Shashi Tharoor an oddity in Indian politics? That’s an easy one to answer: he’s the ultimate representative of the Indian elite, educated at St Stephen’s, followed by the super-elite Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts Univers... More »

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Harsh realities await the new government

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BusinessLine The exit polls have spoken and almost all of them are giving a thumping victory to the BJP-led NDA, with the average number of seats projected being just short of a more than comfortable 300. A sure shot signal of what the exit polls would bring w... More »

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Why London is a hub for the super-rich

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BusinessLine He’s known online as DanTDM and he’s a British YouTube personality, gamer and author. But 28-year-old Dan Middleton, who makes videos of himself playing video games like Minecraft, is also worth £25 million. His YouTube videos, which attract score... More »