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Wireless Rules
Apple's first generation wireless AirPods initially drew flak because they might get lost anytime and one would have to buy a new pair for $160 instead of spending just $30 on a new pair of 'wired' EarPods. Nevertheless, they turned out to be the mo
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Goodies At A Premium Price
The new hardware from Google, the Pixel 3a XL, is a toned down version of its flagship Pixel 3 but comes with the same good camera. Still, does it justify the high price tag in India? One will find some excellent features, though. For instance, unli
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Fear In The Financial System
The Indian corporate bond market is jittery. Debt mutual fund managers are also feeling the heat. And the commercial paper market has almost dried up. The general nervousness is because of a chain of events that started with the first Infrastructure
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Swipe To Drink
Life is tough for residents of the 1,800 unauthorised colonies scattered across Delhi as they do not have access to piped water supply. In these areas, there is no sewerage also due to lack of legal property ownership and transfer rights. But of late
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Leaderspeak
Q. The biggest challenge you faced in your career A. When Zendesk entered Japan, SaaS was a relatively new concept and we needed to convince people. Then again, when an overseas company enters a foreign market that speaks a different language, operat
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Healthy Hydration
We often hear that minerals are essential for human body and play a vital role in keeping bones healthy. They also keep nerves and muscles ticking. In this day and age, when maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle is a challenge, can adding minerals
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The Shadow Banking Crisis
Sometime in 1996, a high profile non banking finance company, or NBFC, that had grown meteorically over the past few years started defaulting on payments to lenders. When the first few cheques bounced, thousands of depositors landed up at its branche
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Sea Of Change
Situated off India's south west coast, Kavaratti Island, the capital of Union Territory Lakshadweep, is surrounded by pristine beaches and calm waters. But finding potable water was a challenge for the islanders. High saline content made groundwater
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Stuck In Quicksand
Debt funds are fast losing sheen as they draw fire for falling prey to defaulting securities. A host of negative incidents such as fixed maturity plans (FMPs) not paying full maturity amounts, and erosion of debt funds' NAVs have put a question mark
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'YouTube Should Be The Platform For The Next Million Channels'
Q. The world thinks you are a media company. You are convinced you are a technology platform. How do you marry the two realities? What is the vision? A. The vision for YouTube is that we become a platform for the next million channels. When I was her
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Back To The Wall
The liquidity crisis that is roiling non banking finance companies (NBFCs) has hit the one part of Anil Ambani's debt strapped business empire that was going strong its financial services business. Three rating agencies CARE, ICRA and Brickwork
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A Scarcity Pollution Tango In India
Another two billion people, or one quarter of the current global population, are expected to move to cities just three decades from now. They will all need water to drink, bathe, wash clothes and dishes, and for electricity even as weather patter
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Debt Markets For All
There have been many reforms in debt markets over the past few years, but it's important to hasten the pace utilising digitisation to create market transparency, higher liquidity and appropriate safety vaults. The debt markets will thrive and be acc
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Making Millennials Money Wise
1) The Founders Samant Sikka, Sanjeev Sharma and Dhananjay Singh. A 20 year stint with asset management companies helped Sikka realise how difficult it could be for young people to understand the importance of saving money and making the right invest
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A Strong Foundation
The Indian mutual fund (MF) industry has grown exponentially over the last decade. However, defaults by the IL&FS group last year brought attention to the credit risks in debt mutual funds and exposures to NBFCs. Assets under management grew from Rs
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Why Gut Matters
The hot and humid Indian summer is back and with it comes a host of health issues, ranging from exhaustion and muscle cramp to sunstroke, dehydration and more. Do not be too worried, though, as a few precautions and some home remedies can ward off ma
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Getting Resilient
The Odisha government's disaster management during the recent Cyclone Fani has been lauded the world over. Despite a wind speed of close to 200 kilometres per hour, Cyclone Fani led to 35 odd casualties as opposed to over 10,000 deaths in the 1999 Su
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When Dumb Tech Plays Boss
Software developer Ibrahim Diallo had a nightmarish experience last July. When he tried to walk into his office, nestled within a Los Angeles skyscraper, his security pass did not allow him in. A friendly guard did, but it was not the end of the stor
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Time To Play
It's a Sunday afternoon and five year old Sara is busy building a toy house with her favourite Magna Tiles (3D magnetic building tiles said to be good for developing a child's fine motors skills). "It will take me 10 days to finish building my toy ho
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Block Snoopers And Hackers
We have all been there got excited by trending apps, downloaded them in a hurry and ended up giving them access to our data without being overly concerned. Unlike feature phones, smartphones store a huge amount of information, not just product pref
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Weighed Down
Up until the first half of fiscal 2018/19, the Indian economy was holding on despite the twin shocks of DeMo and GST. At least two of its engines public investment (government investment into infrastructure and development) and internal consumption
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One Man, Many Realities
Over the past five years, a goodly number of books have positioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the fulcrum around which their economic and political discourses have flourished. Almost all content formats have been used for this purpose, right fro
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Hot Potatoes
May 2: PepsiCo India, a subsidiary of the $64 billion snack food and drinks major PepsiCo Inc., USA, announced a decision to withdraw all the cases it had filed against some farmers of Gujarat for unauthorised use of a potato variety developed by the
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Overwhelmed
It was a sweltering afternoon in late April, and the 6th and 7th floor corridors of New Delhi's CGO Complex wore a deserted look. This should not be the case, given that four benches of the National Companies Law Tribunal (NCLT), including the Prin
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Falling Short
A 90 minute drive from Delhi lies Birondi Chakrasenpur village in Dadri block of Uttar Pradesh's Gautam Buddha Nagar district. The government run secondary school in the village is as plush as any private institution its well maintained classrooms
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The Water Balance
Budhera, a rocky and water deficit village 60 kilometres from Hyderabad, on the Mumbai highway, would seem an unlikely area to showcase sustainable growth for the NYSE listed pharmaceuticals major, Dr Reddy's. Much has changed since the company shelv
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Ticking Water Bomb
Parched soil, dead cattle, young girls walking miles for a litre of muddy water and villagers digging up dried wells hoping to find a few more drops are a common sight in the eight districts of Maharashtra's Marathwada region. The region was declared
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Fitness Made Affordable
Smartwatches tracking health and fitness are must have gadgets but do pared down versions work equally well? Versa Lite is the most affordable iteration of the US based company's 2018 best seller Fitbit Versa but skips a few features although the omi
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Powerful Performer
Just when we thought the iPad Mini was dead, Apple has revived it after four years. The series has always been popular among professionals and other users due to its compact size, but the latest version does not feature any change in design. The 2019
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What Custodians of Governance Earn
In the world of extreme business complexities, non executive directors (NEDs) protect the interests of shareholders. Independent directors specifically represent the interests of minority shareholders along with other stakeholders and are true custod
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