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Big wedding, bigger government – The Hindu BusinessLine

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BusinessLine On the face of it, there is nothing exceptionable about the Delhi government’s move to frame regulations in respect of “social functions”, including weddings, at farmhouses and motels in ‘low-density residential areas’ in Outer Delhi. The draft pr... More »

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Budget Halwa turns bitter – The Hindu BusinessLine

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BusinessLine The Budget exercise always starts with the “halwa” ceremony and ends with debates. But this time, it has ended on a bitter note. Finance Minister Nirmala Sithararman’s decision to restrict entry of media, including those who hold Press Information... More »

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Heartbreak at Manchester – The Hindu BusinessLine

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BusinessLine India’s World Cup dream came crashing down in Old Trafford, Manchester in a match that lasted two days. On a difficult pitch and overcast conditions the Indian batsmen were found wanting. India’s almost imperious performance in the group matches, ... More »

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Dealing with disasters – The Hindu BusinessLine

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BusinessLine The massive earthquake in Southern California last week was horrific in its magnitude, but surprisingly caused no loss of life. That was indeed a telling testimony to the preparedness and disaster management protocols the authorities in the region... More »

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What’s eating Dhoni baiters? – The Hindu BusinessLine

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BusinessLine If cricket is a religion in India — and it is! — believers today are extremely fickle of faith. The Men in Blue (and, occasionally, in orange) may have qualified for the World Cup semi-finals after an emphatic run of victories in the league stage,... More »

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Indian IT is no crashing failure

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BusinessLine If a company tries to cut its costs and opts for a cheaper software vendor who uses low paid engineers and a technology glitch develops in its product, who is to blame? The vendor or the company? If a company uses software as a cost centre and not... More »

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AI needs intelligent plans – The Hindu BusinessLine

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BusinessLine Presenting the interim budget last February, the then finance minister Piyush Goyal waxed eloquent of India’s digital-driven future and how emerging technologies, especially artificial intelligence and machine learning, could boost it. Goyal revea... More »

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Our glitzy but unsafe airports

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BusinessLine Urban planners need to put themselves in a woman’s shoes to understand how even a simple drive to the airport, for instance, can be a traumatic incident waiting to happen. For women travelling solo in a cab to airports even in savvy cities such as... More »

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Remembering MJ, and music industry’s survival blues

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BusinessLine Michael Jackson? You beat it! In case you’ve missed it, this weeks marked the tenth anniversary of the untimely and super controversial death of the ‘King of Pop’. Inarguably, Jackson is one of the most successful singers the global music industry... More »

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The $5-trillion GDP dream – The Hindu BusinessLine

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BusinessLine In the month since the Narendra Modi government returned to power with a thunderous majority, it has repeatedly given voice to an ambitious target to grow the economy to $5 trillion by 2024. That aspiration found mention in President Ram Nath Kovi... More »