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BSE.New4.THMB.jpg Year end and expiry to see markets more circumspect
Arun Kejriwal | 28 Dec, 2021
The week gone by made us realise the vulnerability that affects our markets. Friday, from the previous week and continuing into Monday, the first day of the current week, rattled markets and virtually knocked them off their feet.  
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Crude.Thmb.jpg Rosneft plays a key role in energy dialogue with India
IANS | 21 Dec, 2021
Russian energy company Rosneft is playing a pivotal role in the energy dialogue between Moscow and New Delhi, actively developing an integrated format of cooperation with Indian partners. 
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It.Thmb.jpg Will work from home come to stay?
D.C. Pathak | 13 Dec, 2021
There is a lot of deliberation among human resource developers, chief executive officers and corporate consultants on the long-term viability of the switch to 'work from home' mode compelled by the Covid fallout across the spectrum of businesses. 
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It.Thmb.jpg Virtual Trade Fairs - Technology to the rescue of SMEs
Moonis Rehman | 07 Dec, 2021
As businesses seemed to be limping back to normalcy after suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic for almost two years now, a new variant “Omicron '' is posing a renewed threat to mankind. Reports suggest that the new variant is more contagious than the previous ones and may deal a big blow to the already impacted MSMEs in India.  
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china.9.THMB.jpg Globally active China
Asad Mirza | 29 Nov, 2021
The aggressive and planned manner in which  
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India.Growth.9.Thmb.jpg India's rise on the world horizon
D.C. PATHAK | 23 Nov, 2021
In the narrow narrative of domestic politics - marked by minority versus majority controversy whipped up in the name of 'secularism', a distorted projection of the strong governance of Prime Minister Modi  
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Accounting.9.Thmb.jpg How to select the right accounting software that simplifies business operations for SMEs
Anand Jajodia, Co-founder of Align Info solution "AlignBooks" | 09 Nov, 2021
Technology is a great enabler for SMEs today. What used to happen on clunky spreadsheets and with limited functions happens on cloud servers in real-time. SMEs have also relied on digitization to do more with less. 
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Diwali.9.Thmb.jpg Diwali fest as a tool of 'Soft Power'
Nirendra Dev | 07 Nov, 2021
The move by US lawmakers led by Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney from New York to get a new draft law that would declare Diwali as a federal holiday is a landmark event of our time. 
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Rupee.9.Thmb.jpg When you (and everyone else) expect interest rates to rise
Suyash Choudhary | 01 Nov, 2021
The last few weeks have been notable from a global rates environment standpoint, particularly in developed markets. Markets across many such geographies have brought 
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Accounting.9.Thmb.jpg How deploying accounting software can ease inventory management for MSMEs
Anand Jajodia, Co-founder of Alignbooks | 26 Oct, 2021
Inventory is one of the most important building blocks for every business. As a small business, it can be challenging to purchase a large number of raw materials in advance due to a capital crunch. 
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Us.china.9.thmb.jpg In soup over labour abuses in Africa, Beijing attacks US for funding anti-China stories
Shankar Kumar | 24 Oct, 2021
Engaged in a bitter slugfest with the US on economic, technological and strategic fronts, China is taking its fight with the US in the third country, especially Zimbabwe where the alleged expose by the African country's largest daily newspaper 'The Herald' is being used by Beijing to badger the US left, right and centre. 
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Population.9.Thmb.jpg In the light of the population explosion debate
NIRENDRA DEV | 17 Oct, 2021
Mizoram has made news -- not necessarily for the wrong reasons but certainly for quite unexpected reasons. North-Eastern India generally makes news due to insurgency-related incidents or other instances of violence and killings. This time a mother of 15 children and a widow has been honoured and rewarded with a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh by Mizoram's Sports Minister Robert Romawia Royte.  
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EU.9.Thmb.jpg How feasible is a EU Army?
Asad Mirza | 11 Oct, 2021
Proposals for a European Union (EU) army have re-emerged after the Afghan fiasco – but many member states still remain ‘hard to convince, about its feasibility. 
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china.9.THMB.jpg Chinese chequers in the Middle East - First stop Oman
Sumit Kumar Singh | 04 Oct, 2021
The Chinese pursuit of its rightful place on the global stage and emergence from a century of humiliation at foreign hands has an intricate design. Sun Tzu's golden nuggets of winning without firing a shot and winning through cunning seem to be at the core of its approach 
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Handshake.9.Thmb.jpg The Hocus Pocus about Quad and AUKUS
Saeed Naqvi | 26 Sep, 2021
Robert Blackwill, US ambassador at the time of anti-terror fireworks over Afghanistan, had established a tradition of seating guests at lunch around a circular table, where he grandly held forth, initiating a discussion. "Imagine I am Henry Kissinger" would be one of his opening gambits. An idea was tossed up. A discussion followed. The one who spoke the most,  
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startup.thmb.jpg Flipping of Indian Unicorns
SME Times News Bureau | 25 Sep, 2021
India has been proud of its startups creating immense value and adding to the GDP of the country. Our startups could be a reason for envy of our competitors too.  
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Biden.9.Thmb.jpg Biden's QUAD summit could yield up to $100bn in military sales
Robinder Sachdev | 19 Sep, 2021
US President Joe Biden will be hosting the QUAD countries' heads of governments summit this coming week, in Washington D.C. comprising of the US, Japan, Australia, and India. By end of the week, there could be announcements of military deals with Japan, Australia, and India, that may total up to $100 billion in American defence exports. 
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Handshake.9.Thmb.jpg New avenues for collaboration between India, Israel in drone-related technology and solutions
Jonathan Zadka | 14 Sep, 2021
Out of the different innovative technology-driven solutions and platforms, 'drones' must be one of the most intriguing and mind captivating in nature. 
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Industry.9.Thmb.jpg Strategy of the greats - Moving towards IR 5.0
Pradip Baijal
The world is changing at a frightening speed. The world did not change for 18 centuries after 1 AD with India and China owning half the world's GDP almost throughout this period, till 1760. 
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It.Thmb.jpg Time for a progressive law on online gaming - lessons from Tamil Nadu
Abhishek Ranjan | 30 Aug, 2021
The Tamil Nadu government played to the gallery, when in November 2020, in the backdrop of the Assembly elections, it decided to pass an ordinance banning online games. 
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Entrepreneur.9.Thmb.jpg From Trust Deficits to Trust Deposits
Samir Sathe | 24 Aug, 2021
"I do not trust our people to deliver their best", "I do not trust my customers to pay us on time". Or "I do not trust our government to make judicious use of our tax money".  
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Afghanistan.9..Thmb.jpg Afghanistan's future
Asad Mirza | 23 Aug, 2021
The Talibans takeover of Afghanistan has once again put a big question mark on its future, but it has also offered a glimmer of hope for the redevelopment of this war-ravaged country utilising its natural resources. 
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Farmer.9.Thmb.jpg Committed for farmers welfare and rural prosperity
Shobha Karandlaje | 15 Aug, 2021
Even after seven decades of development in India, agriculture remains the critical sector as a source of raw material and key inputs to several other sectors. 
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Rupee.9.Thmb.jpg Credit Consciousness: A fixed income behaviour assessment
Suyash Choudhary | 10 Aug, 2021
The credit market had approached the first wave of the pandemic last year with a certain amount of caution. The economic fallout was hard to predict given the unique nature of the shock.  
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India.China.9.Thmb.jpg Yesterday Tibet! Today India! Tomorrow Ceylon?
K. Vigneswaran | 02 Aug, 2021
The relationship between the Chinese and Tamil people date back to the Han dynasty in the second century BC. There had been cultural and trade relationships between the two peoples since then. 
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Entrepreneurs.9.Thmb.jpg Are you an MSME? Move the needle from potential failure to Success… ADD this one Element
Ratish Pandey | 23 Jul, 2021
SMEs account for being the largest business sector in every economy across the world. Thus, subsidies and growth stimulation packages for this sector are a part of every Government's national development plan. Not only do they dominate in terms of numbers, but, are also the key drivers of economic expansion and employment. 
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India.Growth.9.Thmb.jpg South Asia in India's focus
D.C. PATHAK | 20 Jul, 2021
Developments in Afghanistan marking a steady rise of Taliban's hold on that country -- this resulted in the evacuation of staff from the Indian Consulate at Kandahar -- confirms many readings on how the Pak-Afghan belt would shape up in the aftermath of the withdrawal of American troops from the messy theatre, the scene of an unending 'war on terror' launched by the US in Afghanistan way back in the wake of 9/11. 
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Rupee.9.Thmb.jpg Outliers: A Macro and Bond Update
Suyash Choudhary | 15 Jul, 2021
A persistent theme of Indias bond curve is its very attractive steepness even up to mid-duration points. This has allowed for substantial carry plus roll down benefits from a portfolio standpoint. The assumption in this sort of a strategy is that, while bond yields can rise, they should do so relatively modestly and in an orderly fashion for the excess carry and the benefit of roll down to manifest itself. 
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India.Growth.9.Thmb.jpg Geopolitical indicators India cannot ignore
D.C. PATHAK | 13 Jul, 2021
The long speech of President Xi Jinping at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on the occasion of the CPC's centenary celebration on July 1 and the address of US President Joe Biden 
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Entrepreneur.9.Thmb.jpg Saving the small contractor
Vikash Khandelwal, CEO, Eqaro Surety Private Limited | 02 Jul, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a debilitating impact on the Indian economy. The 2nd wave which was far more lethal and ravaging in its impact than the first one, has pushed us into the midst of heightened levels of economic uncertainty. The viciousness of the wave necessitated the re-imposing of curbs on movement of goods, interstate travel, attendance at offices, functioning of malls, market places etc. Travellers from India were also barred from most countries. The focus shifted to survival at any cost and making it to the other side of the pandemic, ALIVE.  
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china.9.THMB.jpg China's biggest challenge: Surviving autocratic Xi
NC Bipindra | 29 Jun, 2021
Mao Zedong, it is said, was furious over the slights he had received at the Eighth Party Congress (1956 and 1958) -- the call for collective leadership, the assertions that China would never have a cult of personality, the removal of Mao's thought as the guiding principle for the nation, and the criticisms of adventurism. 
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BSE.9.Thmb.jpg Market correction has just begun
Arun Kejriwal | 21 Jun, 2021
It was an eventful week at the markets and in hindsight looks as one, where indices have turned downwards at least in the short term.  
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Employee.Thmb.jpg US labour market: Heed the signs
Sreejith Balasubramanian | 13 Jun, 2021
Imported tightening is a possible risk to the Reserve Bank of Indias (RBI) current accommodative monetary policy stance, but it is likely mitigated now.  
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Modi.9.Thmb.jpg Seven years of 'statesmanship'
Raman Suri | 30 May, 2021
India, like the rest of the world, is facing a pandemic, which till today has affected 168,599,045 people and resulted in 3,507,477 deaths worldwide. 
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bitcoin-thmb.jpg The great Indian Crypto circus
Srinath Sridharan | 23 May, 2021
Amongst all its Indian stakeholders, there are strong undercurrents, deafening official-silence and unofficial-posturing, all around. Over the past few months, the government has had its varying views & intent about crypto. The RBI has been silent about Crypto.  
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Covid.9.thmb.jpg India's Covid-19 challenge: A crisis management perspective
S.B. Asthana | 18 May, 2021
India is in a state of biological war against an invisible enemy (coronavirus), which has imposed unprecedented health emergency of this century. While the magnitude of cases and sudden spike, in second wave, has pushed many countries into 
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SME.India.Us.9.jpg Does one need to infuse socialism in the SME ecosystems?
Samir Sathe | 07 May, 2021
(Especially in the context of global pandemic and the paralyzing of global economies in 2020 and 2021)  
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china.9.THMB.jpg Quad and Quad-plus Cooperation: Limiting Chinese assertive behaviour in SE Asia
Dr. Stephen Nagy | 04 May, 2021
The world is again in the midst of a great power competition, a competition that has the potential to cascade into conflict or worse catastrophe.  
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Food.Grain.9.Thmb.jpg Immunity boosting millets
Asad Mirza | 27 Apr, 2021
Millets need to be promoted more proactively by the government, to boost its demand and consumption to turn it into a profitable crop for the farmers. 
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China.Russia.9.THmb.jpg Russia-US rapprochement?
Asad Mirza | 19 Apr, 2021
The recent announcement by the White House sources that US President Joe Biden has proposed that he and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin hold a summit in a third country in the coming months, has increased hopes of a rapprochement between the two old rivals. 
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India.China.9.Thmb.jpg India, China disengagement at Ladakh: An unfinished agenda
S B Asthana | 13 Apr, 2021
The 11th round of India China Corps Commander's meeting has ended with good optics and pleasantly worded PIB release, with no concrete agreement (if any) disseminated so far.  
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Farmer.9.Thmb.jpg Indian agriculture: Maladies and remedies
Asad Mirza | 05 Apr, 2021
Since Independence, the agriculture sector has remained the main source of national income and occupation in India. In 1947, 72 per cent of the total working population was engaged in agricultural sector, but still a majority of Indias poor (some 770 million people or about 70 per cent) inhabit the rural areas. 
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India.Growth.9.Thmb.jpg India central to the Indo-Pacific region
Asad Mirza | 30 Mar, 2021
The importance attached by the US to the Indo-Pacific, places India at an advantageous position, both in defence and economic sectors. 
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India.China.9.Thmb.jpg Quad Summit 2021: Forward trajectory disturbs China
Major General S.B. Asthana | 23 Mar, 2021
The visit of US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin to India, along with Japan and South Korea within a week of Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) Summit held on March 12 
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BSE.9.thmb.jpg Equity and debt outlook for March
IANS | 16 Mar, 2021
Global equities continued to trade higher and exhibited unusually broad momentum, delivering 12-month highs on several equities benchmarks up until the middle of the month. 
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India.Growth.9.Thmb.jpg India: Growth turned positive, albeit divergence in recovery
Sok Yin Yong | 08 Mar, 2021
India has exited technical recession as growth finally returned to positive territory in Q3 FY 2021 on easing lockdown restrictions, leading to a rebound in activity. Yet, the recovery is uneven, with the informal sector lagging.  
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RBI.Thmb.jpg Acceleration: A Macro And Bond Update
Suyash Choudhary | 02 Mar, 2021
Bond markets around the world are not liking 2021 so far. As an illustration, magnitude of rise in many major markets at the 10 year point is of the order of 35 - 75 bps just in the last couple of months. 
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bitcoin-thmb.jpg Cryptocurrency Bill: Killing the messenger?
Srinath Sridharan | 21 Feb, 2021
The Indian government is planning to ban all operations of cryptocurrencies in the country, except for a state-backed digital currency. The ban will be operationalised with a new law coming to effect. 
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India.China.9.Thmb.jpg Disengagement at LAC: Decoding China-India moves ahead
S.B. Asthana | 15 Feb, 2021
China and India have announced the disengagement of troops along Line of Actual Control (LAC), at the southern and northern bank of the Pangong Tso Lake having commenced since February 10.  
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BUDGET-GENERIC-THMB.jpg Don't think twice, it's all right: Union Budget FY22
Suyash Choudhary | 02 Feb, 2021
The budget exercise has tended to be seen with both wariness as well as weariness; the former because many a time the assumptions embedded dont pass muster with private forecasters and the latter because such an exercise is often accorded more importance than it usually deserves. However the present budget may just go down as a notable exception to these perceptions, especially the one about wariness. To that extent, it indeed signifies a break and is consistent with markets expectation of an exercise worthy of the unprecedented times that have been brought upon us. 
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Biden.9.Thmb.jpg Under Biden, America will be a force for good again
Frank F. Islam | 31 Jan, 2021
With the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States, America is closing one of the darkest and saddest chapters in its history and opening a new one filled with hope and optimism. The swearing-in of the former Vice President and Senator heralds a new dawn not just in the United States but the world as well. 
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India.9.Thmb.jpg India at 72
Asad Mirza | 26 Jan, 2021
In the first year of the new decade, we'll mark the 75 years of our Independence and 72 years of India as a Republic, but there are many questions, which assail the common Indian 
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BSE.New4.THMB.jpg Will budget be the tipping point?
Arun Kejriwal | 19 Jan, 2021
Markets continued their upward movement but not without their corrections and sharp intraday moves as well. On three of the five trading days we saw markets slipping into the red or negative territory and then recovering to close higher. This also led to sharp movements between the high and the low of the day.  
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Women generic THMB Salary to housewives vs counting women's unpaid work
Jeemol Unni | 12 Jan, 2021
Kamal Hasan's political party in Tamil Nadu promised salaries to housewives as part of its electoral campaign. And the idea was welcomed by Congress politician Shashi Tharoor. 
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brexitTHMB.jpg Brexit: Finale at last
SME Times News Bureau | 05 Jan, 2021
The British public will have to face the repercussions of the sordid Brexit saga, mostly based on lies, during the pandemic times. 
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