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Ranvir Nayar

Managing Director & Founder at Media India Group

Vaccine passports: Bad idea with terrible timing traumatises tourism industry

Vaccine passports: Bad idea with terrible timing traumatises tourism industry

August 24, 2021

For a long while now, international travellers have been used to finding different queues at immigration counters at various airports, especially in developed world, queues that classify arrivals by origin of their country. Most of the rich countries are clubbed together and then...

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India to be first to feel pinch of Taliban takeover of Afghanistan

India to be first to feel pinch of Taliban takeover of Afghanistan

August 15, 2021

How dramatically military and political fortunes can change within a week? And that too in a historically unstable region like Afghanistan where control over cities and even capital Kabul can change hands faster than a click on the internet. Till earlier this week, most analysts ...

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Weak governance continues to haunt Indian boardrooms

Weak governance continues to haunt Indian boardrooms

August 8, 2021

Earlier this week, Gautam Thapar, head of Avantha Group, a paper, power and real estate conglomerate, was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on charges of money laundering. Thapar was arrested following an alleged property transaction where Thapar’s firm ‘gifted’ INR 3...

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UNSDGs: Sustainable development remains a goal too far

UNSDGs: Sustainable development remains a goal too far

July 13, 2021

In many ways it was heartening to see that the G7 Summit 2021, held in the United Kingdom on June 11-13, delved in detail on topics beyond business, trade, investment, strategy and power. For once, it took up issues that concern people and their well-being – health, poverty, ed...

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4 years of GST: Anything but a Good, Simple Tax

4 years of GST: Anything but a Good, Simple Tax

July 10, 2021

When the Narendra Modi government rushed with the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), within weeks of its passage in the Parliament, several economists and opposition leaders had cautioned the government against a hurried implementation, advocating that that more ...

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Stan Swamy: Killed by callousness

Stan Swamy: Killed by callousness

July 5, 2021

On Monday, doctors of Holy Family hospital in Mumbai where tribal rights activist and Jesuit priest Father Stan Swamy, one of the accused in the Bhima Koregaon case, was being treated, told the Mumbai High Court that he had suffered from a cardiac arrest early this morning and di...

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Better regulation needed to prevent marine disasters

Better regulation needed to prevent marine disasters

June 29, 2021

After two weeks of on-board fire, the Singapore-registered container ship X-Press Pearl split into two earlier this month and sank just off the coast of Sri Lanka, while the other half followed suit soon afterwards. The cargo ship was carrying 1,486 containers, including 23 tonne...

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CCI probe against Amazon, Flipkart: An unfair practice?

CCI probe against Amazon, Flipkart: An unfair practice?

June 23, 2021

After having dominated the rapidly growing ecommerce market in India for over five years, with a combined market share of over 90 pc in the USD 64 billion market in 2020, ecommerce giants Amazon and Walmart-owned Flipkart are facing multiple challenges that could see their market...

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Chasm between deeds & words: Modi’s speech on freedom & democracy at G7 Summit

Chasm between deeds & words: Modi’s speech on freedom & democracy at G7 Summit

June 15, 2021

On Sunday, participating in a session at the G7 Summit in Cornwall, United Kingdom, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke of democracy and freedom being part of Indian ethos. He also said that it was important to ensure that “cyberspace remains an avenue for advancing democ...

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With BigBasket, 1mg & CureFit in the bag, Tatas get serious about online shopping

With BigBasket, 1mg & CureFit in the bag, Tatas get serious about online shopping

June 11, 2021

Better late than never, seems to be the message emanating from Bombay House, the headquarter of the oldest and most diversified Indian conglomerate, the House of Tatas, as it finally ventured into online grocery, one of the fastest growing segments of the Indian economy. Last wee...

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Amidst pandemic mishandling, BJP faces internecine warfare

Amidst pandemic mishandling, BJP faces internecine warfare

June 8, 2021

Though a humble pie is not his favourite dish, Prime Minister Narendra Modi must be feeling a bit relieved the day after he made his nth, and by far the most sensible, U-turn in the vaccination policy when he said that government would provide free vaccination for all Indians. Ce...

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World Environment Day: Business of lip service to environment

World Environment Day: Business of lip service to environment

June 5, 2021

As you observe the World Environment Day, consider this. Each year, about 1.5 billion tyres are burnt around the world, leading to severe pollution. Nearly 91 pc of the 313 million tonnes of plastic produced in 2019 ended up in landfills or the ocean. In the same year, 53.6 milli...

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