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Why are central bankers obsessed with inflation? (Comment) (12:48)
By Nikhil Arora
The battle between the Indian government and its central bank is neither new nor unique.

Investment policy: Looking at 2019 and beyond (Column: Behind Infra Lines) (12:26)
By Taponeel Mukherjee
Given the current economic scenario of India, it would be prudent to have our eyes on the pressing issues that need the attention of the government over the next six years. Policy changes, new policies and an environment that facilitates investment will be vital.

India's higher education system needs drastic changes to address tech-induced challenges (Column: Active Voice) (11:54)
By Amit Kapoor
As the world stands on the brink of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, powered by a wide range of new technology breakthroughs such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), advanced robotics, Internet of Things IoT), Cloud computing and 3D printing, major changes are expected in the labour market globally.

The lesser known Maulana who sought 'United India' to the bitter end (Comment) (12:44)
By Saeed Naqvi
Sunday, November 11, happens to be Maulana Abul Kalam Azad's birth anniversary, forgotten this year as it has been in the past. The Maulana is an inconvenient name to remember at a time when Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel towers above every national leader.

Ray of hope as ozone layer recovery on track, world safer than in 1980s (Comment) (15:56)
By Rajendra Shende
Read this: "The world is falling apart. The future of humanity is hanging on a cliff, on the edge of catastrophe. But there still is hope and a window of opportunity to take action." That sounds like a stereotypical UN moralising rhetoric on climate change or loss of biodiversity.

Retail markets in India: Opportunities in a dynamic world (Column: Behind Infra Lines) (13:00)
By Taponeel Mukherjee
As the retail industry story unfolds in India, new strategies come to the fore. Recent news of Amazon acquiring a stake in Future Retail is an indication that the strategy will be differentiated given the nature of the market and consumption trends.

Time now to breathe life into the country's languishing business environment (Column: Active Voice) (12:10)
By Amit Kapoor
In a refreshing change of pace for the government, which has been reeling under challenging economic circumstances of late, the release of the World Banks Doing Business report last week provided some respite.

Why Tim Cook is bullish on the Indian middle class (Tech Trend) (11:34)
By Nishant AroraIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Nov 6 (IANS) Breaking his silence on Apple's India presence, CEO Tim Cook admitted last week that his business was flat in the country in the fourth quarter amid weak currency trends. Cook, however, stressed he is still a big believer in the Indian middle class.

Don't frame government-RBI debate in terms of adversarial engagement (Comment) (11:10)
By G. GurucharanIANS Photo Service
Media reports have portrayed the differences between the government and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) as a face-off, or worse still, as attempts by the government to undermine the independence of the central bank.

Four years of Khattar government: Reforms boost affordable housing, infra poses challenge (Comment) (11:30)
By Vinod BehlIANS Photo Service
The four-year report card of Haryana's Manohar Lal Khattar-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government is marked by significant developments in housing, particularly affordable housing. But the pace of infrastructure development leaves much to be desired.

A new chapter in the saga of the Ram temple (Column: Political Circus) (15:24)
By Amulya Ganguli
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), the two "non-electables", to use Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's term, are among the Hindutva groups which are pushing for immediately starting the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya.

Sabarimala: BJP stirs religious cauldron while Congress stokes the fire (Comment) (13:26)
By Saeed NaqviIANS Photo Service
My own experience of Sabarimala causes me to rub my eyes with disbelief at the spectacle of what poet Niaz Haider called "badsoorat siyasat", not quite the same as ugly politics. I owe my visit to Sabarimala in 1982 entirely to Bob Murari, the distinguished IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre who, along with his brothers, undertook the pilgrimage annually to wash off his sins.

Five tips to decision-making if you want to study abroad (Education Tips) (11:12)
By Amit Dasgupta
Among the more important things we do in life is to take decisions. At a time of information overload, this can be particularly challenging. And yet, this is the time of year when students have to make up their minds on their future course of study. It is one of the most difficult and important decisions they would need to take and would, most certainly, impact them for the rest of their lives.

Industry choice vital to benefit from India growth story (Column: Behind Infra Lines) (12:14)
By Taponeel Mukherjee
The adage that "investing in the right industry is at least as important, if not more, than choosing the right investments" holds true in India as much as it does in any other country.

India can save more than 50 per cent electricity usage through LEDs (Comment) (11:14)
By Vishu Mishra
As per the United States Department of Energy (US-DOE), lighting causes 5-6 per cent of the overall Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions globally. Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) can greatly help in mitigating the adverse effects of GHG emissions. They consume 80-85 per cent less electricity than conventional lighting sources and have much higher operating lifetimes (more than 50,000 hours). Unlike the preceding generation of lights, such as Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs), LEDs release zero mercury toxicity into the environment.

India in dire need of long-term growth strategy (Column: Active Voice) (12:10)
By Amit Kapoor
The 2019 general election is now just months away. This means that the time for any significant change on the ground has passed as the government will soon get into campaign mode.

A Booker-like evening for Indian literati -- and the hypocrisy (Comment) (11:32)
By Saket SumanIANS Photo Service
The Whos Who of Indian literary circles assembled at a five-star hotel here earlier this week to attend the announcement of the winner of the inaugural edition of the JCB Prize for Literature -- conceptualised on the lines of the Man Booker Prize -- at a specially curated dinner. It was a saga steeped in hypocrisy.

The 'New India' we seek (Book Extract) (11:06)
By Shashi TharoorIANS Photo Service
(Attn Editors: Shashi Tharoors new book "The Paradoxical Prime Minister" has just arrived at the stands. Presented below is an exclusive extract from the book)

Khashoggi, Saudi Crown Prince, Thomas Friedman and lamb kebabs (Comment) (12:50)
By Saeed Naqvi
I interviewed Jamal Khashoggi in Jeddah in December 2001, months after 9/11. What struck me were his strong opinions on the Palestinian issue. Since US military action in Afghanistan, following the destruction of the twin towers in New York, was the big story, that naturally was the focus of my interview (it can be seen on but Palestine is what riled Khashoggi.

Government on the backfoot in the CBI affair (Column: Political Circus) (12:16)
By Amulya Ganguli
It cannot but be politically embarrassing for the Narendra Modi government that the decision to send two squabbling Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officials on leave by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), presumably at the government's behest, has barely passed muster in the Supreme Court.

Co-working spaces evolve into community-building centres (Comment) (11:32)
By Pranay Gupta
The co-working revolution has swept across the global business environment and announced itself as the future of work. While 2017 witnessed the absorption of more than 1.5 million sq ft by co-working spaces, CBRE group, the world's largest commercial real-estate services and investment firm, reported that the estimated space acquisition by 2020 is 10 million sq ft. With start-ups looking to cut down on operational costs and professionals opting to work out of places of convenience, the co-working space offers a win-win situation for everybody.

Hospital infrastructure: Specialised focus for private capital (Column: Behind Infra Lines) (14:58)
By Taponeel Mukherjee
Hospital infrastructure is an area of interest for policymakers, the consuming public and investors alike. Access to hospitals is critical for a healthy nation, especially given that there are only 0.9 hospital beds per 1,000 people in India. Lack of infrastructure and poor availability of hospital beds indicate both the opportunity and challenges of creating hospital infrastructure.

Precision agriculture can do wonders for Indian farming (Comment) (11:54)
By Anil K. Rajvanshi
The worrisome reality in India is that agriculture is facing a crisis. In village after village, farmers are looking at selling their land and moving away from farming as a livelihood.

India's economic growth not inclusive enough, inequality rises (Column: Active Voice) (15:56)
By Amit Kapoor
The Indian growth story has been far from perfect. That is not an understatement by any stretch of imagination. A growing challenge for the economy is the fast-evolving problem of inequality.

Mixed fortunes for festive realty (Comment) (14:34)
By Vinod Behl
In the backdrop of stagnant prices, rising interest rates, improving sales and recovering residential real estate, the current trends in the property market during this year's festive season, marked by the onset of Navratras, point to mixed fortunes in store for the real sector.

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