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The hard-to-please Trump – The Hindu BusinessLine

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BusinessLine Has there ever been a state guest like US President Donald Trump? An earlier President, George Bush Jr, did demand a hamburger rather than Indian delicacies but was, by all accounts, a genial, easy-to-please guest in every other way. Trump is sui ... More »

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When duty calls – The Hindu BusinessLine

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BusinessLine The risk that health workers and medical staff face in the line of duty has been more than brought home in the wake of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Last week, reports from China said that six health workers had died and over 1,700 ... More »

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Unease among assessees – The Hindu BusinessLine

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BusinessLine Lately, the intelligence wing of GST has been successful in unearthing many fraudulent tax-evasion cases. But the flip-side is that many taxpayers see the intelligence wing’s intervention as an ordeal. They want such inquiry/investigation to be li... More »

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Shifting winds at Davos – The Hindu BusinessLine

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BusinessLine In earlier years, the lines were clear: The World Economic Forum in Davos was globalisers’ go-to meeting. Everyone believed in liberal democracy and trade. What could go wrong? Answer: Just about everything. US President Donald Trump is now inform... More »

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DoT’s AGR overreach – The Hindu BusinessLine

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BusinessLine In the din around the Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) imbroglio that threatens to force Vodafone Idea into bankruptcy and turn India’s telecom market into a duopoly or a near-monopoly, the law of unintended consequences on several non-telecom players... More »

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Trampled by Trump – The Hindu BusinessLine

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BusinessLine Globalists often bemoan that the US under President Donald Trump is turning globalisation on its head by cancelling multilateral existing agreements, not joining others, and pursuing ‘America First’ policies. They charge that the US is becoming is... More »

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Lessons from the Emergency – The Hindu BusinessLine

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BusinessLine In hindsight, it appears that the biggest mistake that Indira Gandhi committed during the Emergency was not in declaring it, bypassing constitutional and political propriety; it was rather in the way she handled the ire of the young men and women,... More »

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Demystifying the Union Budget – The Hindu BusinessLine

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BusinessLine In recent times, all the hype and hoopla surrounding the Union Budget presentation has served to obscure the most important aspect of the exercise — taking stock of Central government finances. The truckloads of jargon used to describe Budget metr... More »

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Re-imagining farmers’ welfare – The Hindu BusinessLine

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BusinessLine The numbers are startling. According to a recent report by SBI Research, farm loan waiver announced by the Centre and the State governments in the last 10 years aggregated ₹4.7 lakh crore. This, the report added, was as much as 82 per cent of the ... More »

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India shouldn’t ditch Iran – The Hindu BusinessLine

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BusinessLine “India should have shown more backbone,” Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif told Indian journalists visiting Tehran recently. Zarif was speaking before the drone strike which killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and Iran’s tragic accidental do... More »

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Tech’s 2020 agenda – The Hindu BusinessLine

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BusinessLine Any technological advance can be dangerous, observed Isaac Asimov, legendary sci-fi writer, decades ago. “Fire was dangerous from the start, and so (even more so) was speech — and both are still dangerous to this day — but human beings would not b... More »

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Why BJP lost Jharkhand – The Hindu BusinessLine

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BusinessLine With voter behaviour being a complex phenomenon, it is simply erroneous to attribute an election victory or defeat to a singular factor. Even so, some factors, such as the personality of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, are decidedly more critical th... More »