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Last updated: 23 Jul, 2019  
water.thmb.jpg Economic remedies for water crisis
Amit Kapoor | 23 Jul, 2019
While contemplating our natural resources, past conversations often centered around fossil fuels and them becoming scarce due to overuse. However, recent conversations have stirred our attention to another natural resource that is available in abundance but is still causing a crisis in many parts of the world.  
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India.Growth.9.Thmb.jpg India's balancing act
D.C. Pathak | 11 Jul, 2019
With India, the largest democracy of the world, rapidly rising to its potential as a global player during the Modi regime, its natural placement in the international arena is attracting the limelight after a long period of survival without shine. The hallmark of this is an implicit acknowledgement by the world powers that India stood for sanity in global affairs. 
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budget-indiaTHMB.jpeg Budget 2019: Kickstarting India's Developmental Journey
Amit Kapoor | 09 Jul, 2019
Since the time Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set a bold target of making India a $5 trillion economy by 2024 at a NITI Aayog meeting early last month, the conversations in the mass media have disproportionately centred on the idea.  
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budget-indiaTHMB.jpeg Budget 2019: Boosting new investments through tax-strategy
Taponeel Mukherjee | 30 Jun, 2019
All eyes are on what policy mechanisms will the Hon. Finance Minister of India use in Budget 2019-2020, to boost consumption and investments in India. Amongst the wide variety of available strategies, a focus on utilising tax-rebate strategies such as allowing high accelerated depreciation to promote new investments in areas of the economy that require investments is one that can help significantly.  
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Us.china.9.thmb.jpg Tackling trade tensions
Amit Kapoor | 27 Jun, 2019
The trade war between US and China seemed like a distant conflict to most Indians. As the two largest economies in the world dished out threats and counter-threats of tariff hikes, India was largely a disinterested bystander with the only consequential fear of slower global trade. However, over the course of last few weeks, the US reservations with global trade have expanded across the Asian continent and specifically onto India. 
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Infrastructure.Thmb.jpg Lower global rates: An opportunity for the Indian economy
Taponeel Mukherjee | 24 Jun, 2019
The ten-year United States (US) Treasury yield dipped below two per cent recently. The Indian market participants must view this move as an opportunity to improve and strengthen the investment markets in India. Low yields in developed markets and the consequent need for higher investment returns from investors are trends that have been evident over the last decade as quantitative easing by central banks has led to a lower interest rate world. The dramatic drop in developed market bond yields in the previous thirty days further emphasises the renewed focus investors will have on seeking higher investment returns.  
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budget-indiaTHMB.jpeg The budget and beyond
Amit Kapoor | 18 Jun, 2019
How does one determine the finances of a country where the growth rate is slowing, banks are sceptical to lend and tightening fiscal space leaves little scope for adventurism? That is the impossible conundrum facing Nirmala Sitharaman, Indias first woman Finance Minister in the Modi governments new Cabinet. It will be interesting to note how she addresses these pertinent issues facing the Indian economy when she rises up in Parliament on July 5 to deliver her Budget address. 
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Rupee.9.Thmb.jpg NBFC wounds need salve
Arun Kejriwal | 10 Jun, 2019
Markets began the week on a strong note and registered new lifetime highs on June 3. They surrendered some of the gains on the same day and all of it and a little more by the end of the week to register minor losses. The four-day trading week saw BSE Sensex close at 39615.90 points a loss of 98.30 points or 0.25 per cent, while NIFTY closed at 11,870.65 points a loss of 52.15 points or 0.44 per cent. 
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RBI.9.Thmb.jpg Now for the next steps after rate cut
Taponeel Mukherjee | 08 Jun, 2019
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) rate cut is expected to provide a boost to the economy. Lower interest rates will help in providing support to the economy but are not the sole elixir that India needs. The focus must not be just on the immediate economic issues but on the broader target of implementing changes that have a long-lasting positive impact on the economy.  
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Infrastructure.Thmb.jpg Two focal points to boost investments and infrastructure
SME Times News Bureau | 04 Jun, 2019
Two keywords that will define the investment climate and encourage more investments in India are "balance and focus". And the common factor between the two keywords is the concept of transparent and rational pricing. 
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India.Growth.9.Thmb.jpg After consumption slowdown, India set to face wider trade deficit
Rohit Vaid | 27 May, 2019
Impacted by a consumption slowdown, India's economy faces another peril, that of rising trade protectionism, which, along with tensions in the Middle East, will hamper merchandise exports and widen the trade deficit, as it did in April. 
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Metro.9.Thmb.jpg Art of commuting: Delhi metro stations double up as art galleries
SME Times News Bureau | 20 May, 2019
Most Indians may still need a push to visit art galleries and museums, but when the national capital's favourite commuting mode Metro Rail doubles up as a contemporary art gallery itself, it is not uncommon to see Delhiwallahs stop, look and even click an occasional selfie. 
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Bankruptcy.Thmb.jpg Bankruptcies: The good, the bad and the ugly
Taponeel Mukherjee | 13 May, 2019
Bankruptcies are a painful process for businesses, employees and business partners, but are an inevitable consequence of business dynamics and competition. 
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Rupee.9.New.Thmb.jpg Now's an excellent learning opportunity for Indian credit markets
Taponeel Mukherjee | 06 May, 2019
News on Indian credit markets over the last few weeks provide us with pointers that should help shape policy and business strategy. The struggle to get bidders for Jet Airways and the tepid response from investors towards Indias fledgeling municipal bond market point towards the need for a better-structured credit market, especially as the nature of businesses evolve even as the demand for credit rises to finance consumption and infrastructure needs. 
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Entrepreneur.9.Thmb.jpg How this Hyderabad social entrepreneur is using big data to change farmers' lives
Mohammed Shafeeq | 29 Apr, 2019
At a time of widespread agricultural distress caused by successive droughts, unremunerative farming and debt-trapped rural economies, a young man with his mobile app is showing how change can be brought in the life of farmers at the grassroot level. 
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Parliament.9.Thmb.jpg What if there is a hung parliament?
Amulya Ganguli | 22 Apr, 2019
Conventional wisdom has it that the current polls will not produce a clear-cut result as in 2014. 
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It.Thmb.jpg Technology for security
D.C. Pathak | 15 Apr, 2019
I had the benefit recently of listening to a well established American IT expert on the challenges for security strategists in these times of a literal tsunami of technological advancements. He brought out how the incredible speed at which technology was developing made it difficult to assess its repercussions for the future in terms of both global competition in business as well as the evolution of military domain.  
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Realty.9.Thmb.jpg Mission 2019: Ensuring payments and price transparency
SME Times News Bureau | 06 Apr, 2019
The importance of the flow of capital into the power and housing sectors in India cannot be overemphasised. Recent developments in both sectors once again bring to the fore the critical issues of effective payment mechanisms and price transparency as vital factors to boost the economy.  
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Cement.Mill.Thmb.jpg Aggregating small cement businesses can push India's growth
SME Times News Bureau | 30 Mar, 2019
The slowdown in real estate over the last few years and the constraints that India's infrastructure sector have faced due to non-performing assets (NPAs) have had a significant impact on allied industries, none more than on the cement sector itself.  
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India.Growth.9.Thmb.jpg Democracy on test
D.C. Pathak | 25 Mar, 2019
India has over the decades emerged as a leading light in the democratic world on two counts - the masses here have proven their ability to oust well entrenched regimes from power and have demonstrated their wisdom in opting for clean governance, assurance of development and national stability and security. And this has happened in spite of that typically Indian social phenomenon of caste and creed affinities ruling the political turf. 
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Coffee.9.Thmb.jpg From tribal hamlets to world markets: The amazing journey of Araku coffee
Mohammed Shafeeq | 17 Mar, 2019
From tribal hamlets to Paris, Araku coffee has come a long way and is set to lure the taste buds of New York's coffee aficionados this year. 
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Election.9.Thmb.jpg NDA will marginally fall short of majority but form government
IANS Election Special | 10 Mar, 2019
The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will fall marginally short of a majority in the Lok Sabha but will comfortably form the government with post poll tie-ups. In the eventuality of no Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance of opposition parties) in Uttar Pradesh, the Narendra Modi-led NDA will walk home with over 300 Lok Sabha seats. 
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Information.9.Thmb.jpg Are you well-informed?
D.C. Pathak | 28 Feb, 2019
We live in the Age of Knowledge that set in with the success of the information technology (IT)revolution at the beginning of the Nineties -- 1991 is, in fact, acknowledged as the cut-off year between the new era and the earlier Industrial Age. It gifted a new level of connectivity across geographical frontiers that brought in 'globalisation' unleashing a different degree of competitiveness in business and sharing of ideas that would force socio-political transparency. 
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Infrastructure.Thmb.jpg Land, as vital as ever
Taponeel Mukherjee | 23 Feb, 2019
The availability and usability of land to many investment sectors are essential, and yet these are areas that do not get the attention they deserve while making investment decisions and formulating policies. In the Indian context, this issue assumes greater importance 
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India.Growth.9.Thmb.jpg India should start a Well-Being Index
Frank F. Islam | 19 Feb, 2019
2018 was not a bad year in general for India. GDP growth has been relatively good, the Modi administration has launched several new initiatives, and Indias status and world image has strengthened. The problem is that these are all top-line measures and do not get down to how the Indian people are feeling. 
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Infrastructure.9.thmb.jpg Indian infrastructure: Time to refocus on the basics
Taponeel Mukherjee | 12 Feb, 2019
With 2019 underway, it would serve us well to look at some of the most pressing needs of Indian infrastructure. Trends in global capital markets and the needs of Indian infrastructure have broadly remained the same, but so have the challenges. 
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budget-indiaTHMB.jpeg A budget that is good politics and economics rolled into one
Amit Kapoor | 02 Feb, 2019
As was expected, the interim Budget presented by Piyush Goyal was not a traditional vote-on-account by any means. Contrary to the election-year convention, a full Budget was introduced by the government to pacify the voters.  
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APEC.9.Thmb.jpg India should be an APEC member: Australian Shadow Trade Minister
Biswajit Choudhury | 24 Jan, 2019
With trade becoming fundamental for global peace and stability and preventing the US-China kind of trade wars, it is vital to push for an Indo-Pacific free trade zone like the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) that should include India, a leading Australian politician has said. 
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It.Thmb.jpg Increase in digitalisation and other SME trends in 2019
Sameer Vakil | 17 Jan, 2019
The recent announcement that the GST Council is further easing the compliance requirements for SMEs will come as good news for the sector, which is acknowledged as the growth engine of the Indian economy. There is a collective sigh of relief now that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has raised the sales threshold for GST registration from Rs 20 lakh to Rs 40 lakh. 
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FB.9.Thmb.jpg New Indian IT rules take social media giants to task
IANS | 14 Jan, 2019
As India gears up for general elections, owners of global social media platforms are in a huddle over how to curb the spread of misinformation and fake news in a country where deep mobile penetration has made Facebook, its messaging service WhatsApp and Twitter available at the fingertips of millions.  
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Indo-Us.9.Thmb.jpg Ties with US, Russia, trade talks India's diplomatic priorities in 2019
Aroonim Bhuyan | 04 Jan, 2019
Maintaining a balance between ties with the US and Russia, talks on free trade agreements with Europe and Southeast Asia, and making the Indo-Pacific concept gain global acceptability will be among India's top foreign policy priorities in the year ahead. 
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