Budget 2018: This is what the technology sector wants from FM Arun Jaitley

Key issues Newer technologies such as artificial intelligence, cloud, etc, are changing the rules of the game for incumbent IT players Impact of new regulations such as H1B, GDPR could result in higher deployment costs as well as increased compliance costs Convergence in online-offline business models in the e-commerce sector, largely due to heightened competition… Continue reading Budget 2018: This is what the technology sector wants from FM Arun Jaitley

Maharashtra bandh: Loss of over Rs 7 bn as protests put brakes on business

Business houses in Maharashtra are counting their losses after a day-long bandh brought the state to a grinding halt on Wednesday. While revenue loss from the shutdown is pegged at over Rs 7 billion, the larger worry is that the incident will adversely impact travel and trade in the state. Buses and trains were halted… Continue reading Maharashtra bandh: Loss of over Rs 7 bn as protests put brakes on business

Nine years after 26/11 attack, India is safer today but still vulnerable

India has become inexplicably safer over the past years since the horrific 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attacks but her vulnerabilities have not diminished, argues Ajai Sahni. Crucially, India’s policing apparatus – the ‘first responders’ in case of terrorist attacks and the most productive sources of counter-terrorism intelligence – remains decrepit, ill-equipped, and substantially unprepared. India’s internal… Continue reading Nine years after 26/11 attack, India is safer today but still vulnerable

Padmavati row: A political weapon honed on mythology

A controversy has been raging over the release of the Hindi film Padmavati. As community leaders oppose its release on the grounds of hurt sentiment, others have offered huge bounties for beheading the filmmaker and the female lead. Various political leaders across states have spoken in favour of protesters. What is the political motivation behind… Continue reading Padmavati row: A political weapon honed on mythology

Air purifiers to fight Delhi pollution: When the state abandons public good

The severe air pollution in parts of north India has led people to find private solutions to a public problem in the form of air-purifiers. This follows the purchase of water purifiers by households because of poor quality of water supplied by civic authorities. Do these solutions represent the failure of our state? The author… Continue reading Air purifiers to fight Delhi pollution: When the state abandons public good

GES 2017 highlights: America First, Make in India can co-exist, says Ivanka

With less than a week left for Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), India is getting decked up for the delegates from 150 countries, especially US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump. Ahead of her maiden visit to India, Ivanka Trump said she is looking forward to meeting Prime Minister Modi and external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj… Continue reading GES 2017 highlights: America First, Make in India can co-exist, says Ivanka

After note ban, will Modi govt now ban cheque books for its digital push?

After deciding to revoke the legal tender of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes in November last year, the Narendra Modi -led central government might now be working on another disruptive step to boost digital transactions — banning the cheque book. A senior functionary of the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) on November… Continue reading After note ban, will Modi govt now ban cheque books for its digital push?