Business

The boom of fashion e-commerce in India

The boom of fashion e-commerce in India

September 22, 2021

In the last decade, e-commerce has transformed the business landscape worldwide, recently driven by the almost complete shift to online shopping during the Covid-19 pandemic. Although many fashion retailers, even strong, established brands such as Zara, have experienced a fall in...

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Need to regulate human invasion of Space

Need to regulate human invasion of Space

September 14, 2021

For long, it was the purview of the government to decide who would get to the space. But no longer so. Now, almost anyone who can afford to pay for it seems to be getting a ticket. For instance, in the matter of a few weeks, after Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos, another billionai...

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Indian economy: Pandemic recovery long way off

Indian economy: Pandemic recovery long way off

September 8, 2021

On August 31, the Union finance ministry tweeted a self-congratulatory message saying its prediction of a V-shaped, or very rapid, recovery in the Indian economy had come true as the Gross Domestic Product in the first quarter, ending on June 30, 2021, spiked by 20.1 pc over the ...

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Edtech firms ride pandemic waves to dominate Indian education market

Edtech firms ride pandemic waves to dominate India...

September 4, 2021

One of the first successful edtech companies, the non-profit Khan Academy, was launched by an Indian-origin American, Sal Khan. The organisation’s videos have been viewed almost two billion times and later inspired many more edtech startups to come into the market, even winning...

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National Monetisation Pipeline: Backdoor privatisation

National Monetisation Pipeline: Backdoor privatisa...

August 27, 2021

Unveiling the NMP on Monday, Indian finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman was at pains to say that the monetisation plan was not akin to privatisation but “it aims to unlock value in brownfield projects by engaging the private sector, transferring to them revenue rights and not o...

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Small businesses move online in a desperate bid to survive

Small businesses move online in a desperate bid to...

August 16, 2021

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit India last year, the country’s economy was enormously impacted. There was a massive drop in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of 24.4 pc from April to June 2020, making this year the worst in India’s history in terms of economic contraction, with inc...

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Weak governance continues to haunt Indian boardrooms

Weak governance continues to haunt Indian boardroo...

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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Internet of Behaviour: A boon or a breach of privacy?

Internet of Behaviour: A boon or a breach of priva...

July 19, 2021

In 2021, the ease of internet connectivity is something many can take for granted. Most daily tasks and actions that once required a series of actions or human interaction are now simplified and just a couple of clicks away, especially tasks such as food delivery, cinema or show ...

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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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Workers at rough end of lockdowns: Survey

Workers at rough end of lockdowns: Survey

July 4, 2021

A recent report by Stranded Workers Action Network (SWAN) says that the second wave has hit the country’s informal sector workers much harder than the last year, even though nationwide lockdown had not been imposed, unlike in 2020. “Images of hungry and tired migrant workers ...

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