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When honesty doesn’t pay | Business Line

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BusinessLine The Sarahah app is the perfect road to cyber-bullying August 20, 2017:   My daughter recently came back from school a little confused because her best friend had said to her, “You are black.” We had not yet had a conversation with her on skin colo... More »

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A tale of two CMs

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BusinessLine What’s fine for Modi is unsuitable for Sarkar. How come? August 17, 2017:   India’s federal structure is under unprecedented attack. DD and AIR refused to air the Independence Day speech by Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, asking him to “resha... More »

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Don’t boycott Chinese products | Business Line

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BusinessLine The move will hurt Indian industry and technological progress August 13, 2017:   We must acknowledge that China has a strategic role to play in India’s growth. It is our largest trading partner: about 16 per cent of our imports, by value, came dir... More »

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Not so NEET | Business Line

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BusinessLine The medical entrance test has been distorted by casteist forces It’s that time of year again when young aspiring doctors wake up to some ground realities: the doors of medical and dental colleges open not on account of merit but on considerations ... More »

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A rubber-stamp Rajya Sabha? | Business Line

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BusinessLine Venkaiah Naidu as House chairman must allay such fears The BJP has gained the much-awaited upper hand in the Upper House as the largest party, even as it does not have a majority. This is owing to three factors: the recent elections to the Rajya S... More »

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Keep it short and sweet

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BusinessLine A plea to the PM not to drone on this I-Day The PM made a rare admission in his Mann ki Baat broadcast this Sunday. He said, “For the previous three 15th August speeches, one consistent complaint has been that my speeches tend to be a little lengt... More »

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Vested interests in derivatives | Business Line

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BusinessLine SEBI should introduce physical-settlement in this segment August 1, 2017:   SEBI has often spoken about protecting retail investors from the perils of derivative speculation, only to make cosmetic changes to the rules. But its rules promote such a... More »

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Bringing accountants to book | Business Line

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BusinessLine The oversight mechanism needs expertise and financial support July 30, 2017:   The time is ripe for the Government to revisit the disciplinary mechanism governing chartered accountants. The current system, introduced in 2006, has not paid dividend... More »

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The yield trick | Business Line

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BusinessLine It’s simple: just based on the wrong formula Many deposit-taking companies are pulling a fast one about the ‘yields’ they offer in order to attract investors. For instance, DHFL which offers an interest rate of 8 per cent per annum on 120-month cu... More »

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A case of double standards

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BusinessLine If a ‘haircut’ on industry loans is fine, so are farm loan waivers A recent Crisil research report has said that the top 50 stressed assets, which account for over half the total NPAs of ₹8 lakh crore, will require a haircut of 60 per cent (₹2.4 l... More »

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Dirty picture | Business Line

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BusinessLine Actor Dileep’s arrest exposes a seamy facet of the film industry The arrest of Malayalam actor Dileep is a seminal moment in many ways. Consider this: In popularity, Dileep was arguably only next to the two legends of Malayalam cinema, Mohanlal an... More »