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Achhe Din began in 1991

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BusinessLine It is election season and everyone is allowed some latitude to twist the odd truth. BJP supporters have been aggressively pushing a message on social media: Modi deserves re-election because it takes longer than one term to achieve progress. When ... More »

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Engineering education needs serious rethinking

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BusinessLine For nearly two decades now, the Indian tech industry’s unique selling proposition (USP) has been that India, with its vast infrastructure of engineering colleges, can supply the world with well-trained, best-in-class software workers and engineers... More »

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From New Delhi to New York, it’s hell on the streets

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BusinessLine One of the favourite pastimes that Indians indulge in over a cup of tea is to complain about two things they have little control over: traffic and explosive, unplanned urban growth. And for good reason. Petty corruption has led to local government... More »

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We’ve already lost the data privacy battle

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BusinessLine In June, in Bengaluru, an indebted businessman shot and killed his wife leaving her lying in their home before escaping with his three children, two of whom he had also injured during his rampage. The parents of the woman, on a routine visit to th... More »

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Testing times for foreign students in US

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BusinessLine In 2015, there were 1.13 million foreigners studying in the US, a record, having grown more than 50 per cent from 2010, which was 50 per cent higher than from 2005. Foreign students — nearly half of them from China and India alone — have been floc... More »

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Walmart-Flipkart combine faces uphill battle

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BusinessLine As the euphoria settles on the biggest financial deal for either company — and as Sachin Bansal walks away a billionaire — Walmart and Flipkart have to contend with the truth that their battles may have just begun. Mergers happen for all kinds of ... More »

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Medical tourism can be the next big export earner

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BusinessLine Last month the Association of American Medical Colleges issued a sobering report: The US could see a shortage of up to 120,000 physicians by 2030. While the reasons are largely demographic — the over-65 age group is expected to increase by 50 per ... More »