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Why it's crucial to consider long-term perspective inherent in ESG investing

A growing number of businesses are poised to embrace the net-positive concept. Nations, too, are diligently striving toward the ambitious net-zero 2050 goal. The convergence of cutting-edge technologies, robust regulatory initiatives and compelling cost advantages will push the ESG journey. In corporate boards, this will find its rightful place on the quarterly agenda.

The Economic Times 1 Oct 2023 10:32 pm

Mahatma and the enduring power of his ideology

Gandhi never compromised on his principles and stuck to his convictions even at the cost of his life.

Livemint 1 Oct 2023 10:31 pm

Why the fight against inflation must remain on the front burner

It is all well to say the present bout of inflation is driven by food, and is likely to be transient. But it's not long ago that central banks burnt their fingers, claiming inflation is transitory when it was anything but. They responded much too late, by which time inflation had taken root. So much so that the world is still struggling with inflation almost two years after that.

The Economic Times 1 Oct 2023 10:24 pm

Gandhian wisdom

Too often, he remarked, do we judge others by their worst actions and ourselves by our best principles.

Livemint 1 Oct 2023 10:17 pm

In memory of Gandhis encounters with bio-hacking

Some people have a capacity for ordeals and need to understand their bodies through trauma

Livemint 1 Oct 2023 8:02 pm

Gandhis timeless values inspire young compassionate leaders

A new generation has been inspired to work passionately for compassion, equality and progress

Livemint 1 Oct 2023 7:58 pm

The time is right for another global Gandhian moment

The Mahatma represents for us a meaningful grammar of politics that we have already forgotten

Livemint 1 Oct 2023 4:40 pm

Avoid helicopter parenting in the age of digital surveillance

Children may need more independence than parents tend to allow

Livemint 1 Oct 2023 4:36 pm

A selective OTT ban will impose too heavy a cost on the country

Such a mechanism proposed by TRAI will be hard to implement and potentially violative of Constitutional rights as well

Livemint 1 Oct 2023 4:36 pm

Minding our language

The heavy reliance on autocorrect and predictive typing tools like Autocomplete has led to a decline in people's spelling abilities, according to software engineer Sayani Bhattacharjee, podcaster Abbas Momin, and marketer Nona Uppal. Tech companies are now developing language learning models to adapt to this trend. The writing enhancement software market is valued at $351 million globally, with Grammarly being one of the leading tools.

The Economic Times 1 Oct 2023 1:24 am

Feudal Buddha: The spread of Buddhism to Southeast Asia, Central &East Asia, had a lot to do with politics & economics

It all began in the 19th century when Europeans rediscovered Buddhism. They were able to translate the various Pali texts from Sri Lanka. They were excited that the mysterious giant images of sages that they found across East Asia, were actually the images of the same person. They were representations of a prince who lived 2500 years ago called Gautama Shakyamuni.

The Economic Times 29 Sep 2023 11:32 pm

Rashtrapati Bhavan banquets can be trendsetters

The initial years after independence could have seen India become the trendsetter for a new post-colonial protocol, beginning with the loftiest office in the land, but somehow even the staunchly swadeshi occupants of newly-renamed Rashtrapati Bhavan did not do so. Official banquets were conducted as per the existing norms, much like the Beating Retreat ceremony which, although conceptualised after Independence.

The Economic Times 29 Sep 2023 11:27 pm

Trudeaus Nijjar claims put ally US in a spot; yet, India-US ties remain sturdy

The US was obliged to stand by its ally on the one hand and, on the other, maintain a strategic partnership of the future it has carefully nurtured. The challenge was to find a way to Buddha's middle path - avoiding extremes of self-gratification and self-mortification. It seems India and the US discovered the path filled with mutual interest and equities.

The Economic Times 29 Sep 2023 10:55 pm

It's high time for India to leverage digital upskilling to prepare today's entrepreneurs for tomorrow's challenges

People increasingly seek connections with businesses that are conversational, instant and real-time. They don't want to call and be put on hold or send an email and not know whether it's been read. They want to engage with a business over a message and get a quick, personalised response. Whether it's resolving queries, seeking recommendations or arranging a delivery, the immediacy and ease of messaging foster a sense of convenience that was previously unmatched.

The Economic Times 29 Sep 2023 10:50 pm

ARCs must be allowed to acquire bad assets of mutual funds, AIFs

India undeniably requires a robust secondary market for distressed debt. Both ARCs and regulatory bodies share the responsibility to boost this market's efficiency.

Livemint 29 Sep 2023 7:21 pm

CSR funds can breathe new life into Indian tourism

Due to insufficient prioritisation, we have been unable to leverage our heritage sites and transform them into global attractions. ASI's Adopt a Heritage 2.0 programme could change that

Livemint 29 Sep 2023 6:38 pm

State-owned banks face dilemma amidst govt and RBI directives on wilful defaults

The government is attempting to prevent banks from going in for compromise settlements with borrowers or technical write-offs in the case of loan accounts classified as wilful defaults or frauds.

Livemint 29 Sep 2023 2:31 pm

The future of mobility is MaaS transport

Mobility as a service could aid the adoption of more sustainable modes of transport, enabling greater accessibility and greater participation in economic activity

Livemint 29 Sep 2023 12:06 pm

A five-point guide for India on how to tackle the burgeoning cardiovascular disease epidemic

At a community level, healthcare workers, such as accredited social health activists (ASHAs) and auxiliary nurse midwives (ANMs), are crucial to spreading awareness and connecting rural communities to the public health system. As India grapples with an uptick in non-communicable diseases, initiatives such as the National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke (NPCDCS) become even more significant to provide comprehensive primary healthcare at the grassroots level.

The Economic Times 28 Sep 2023 11:31 pm

Dani created a model for promoters

Ashwin Dani had a major role in ensuring succession went smoothly at Asian Paints

Livemint 28 Sep 2023 11:29 pm

Ticking age clock

India's elderly population is projected to rise to over 20% by 2050, highlighting the need for support as the dependency ratio increases.

Livemint 28 Sep 2023 11:28 pm

Why policymakers should not look for science advice only during emergencies

Science advice is an integration of evidence and dissemination of knowledge from where it is abundant to where it is required. However, it shouldn't be confused with science policy.

The Economic Times 28 Sep 2023 11:15 pm

Letters to the Editordated September 28, 2023

The Hindu Businessline 28 Sep 2023 9:16 pm

We should join the WTOs investment facilitation talks

India has missed the bus on helping shape an investment facilitation agreement that has been under WTO negotiations but its not too late to make the most we can of it to attract FDI.

Livemint 28 Sep 2023 9:15 pm

A study in the US has brought us closer to curing long covid

It features a stress hormone imbalance and immunity exhaustion

Livemint 28 Sep 2023 9:11 pm

Former PM Manmohan Singh at 91: An inspiring life

Singh has been inspirational in various roles as an economist, teacher and bureaucrat, though history will likely focus on Indias 1991 reforms as much as his shift in approach as prime minister.

Livemint 28 Sep 2023 9:06 pm

Finding funds for climate action risks ending up as a pipe dream

But theres a way to bridge the gap between aspirations and realities by helping illiquid countries get in shape for challenges

Livemint 28 Sep 2023 9:00 pm

AI needs a globally coordinated effort for its effective regulation

This may be the best of various proposed approaches even if fractured geopolitics poses challenges

Livemint 28 Sep 2023 8:54 pm

Cardiac health calls for a collective salt rollback

High blood pressure haunts Indians overdosed on salt. To fend off this silent killer, nutrition labelling seems too blunt a tool. To reduce our sodium intake, we need a collective pullback

Livemint 28 Sep 2023 8:54 pm

What a billion-dollar chakna brand can teach MNCs about India

Though Indian consumers are great experimenters and take to foreign foods with gusto, they also demand a certain Indian-ness in what they consume. Hardirams has perfected this fine balance

Livemint 28 Sep 2023 3:53 pm

Govt should distribute cash, not grains, under free food programme

NITI Aayog is set to check whether the benefits of Indias biggest subsidy schemes actually reach their intended targets. This evaluation only makes sense if it helps kickstart long-pending reforms

Livemint 28 Sep 2023 1:11 pm

The emergency fund idea is grossly misunderstood

The emergency fund really has no substitute

Livemint 28 Sep 2023 12:49 pm

All imagineers may apply: Jobs that will grow with the rise of GenAI

GenAI has brought in a new level of sophistication and a wider range of possibilities. Almost any query can now be answered quicker and better by ChatGPT as compared to a human. Activities like coding for software development are more efficiently done by GenAI. History tells us that some vocations will, sooner rather than later, disappear. As old jobs decline and some professions fade away, new and different ones surface. Engineers, for example, will be replaced by 'imagineers'.

The Economic Times 27 Sep 2023 10:57 pm

Gaps we must close

This week, a man suspected of theft died after he was tied to a pole in northeast Delhi and beaten with sticks

Livemint 27 Sep 2023 10:44 pm

Letters to the Editordated September 27, 2023

The Hindu Businessline 27 Sep 2023 8:48 pm

To tip or not to tip and the dilemma of a service charge

Customers should ideally be aware of the dynamics at play and also exercise truly mindful choices

Livemint 27 Sep 2023 8:10 pm

Its Lina Khan versus Amazon in the US antitrust spotlight

Expect an FTC led by her to take a digital-age look at monopolies

Livemint 27 Sep 2023 8:08 pm

What does a drop in household financial savings imply for India?

Though household debt has risen, the overall savings rate hasnt suddenly fallen. But it must rise for faster economic growth

Livemint 27 Sep 2023 8:05 pm

Subjects taught in school are set to emphasize rounded learning

The new national curriculum framework aims to break silos and foster synergy across disciplines

Livemint 27 Sep 2023 7:59 pm

Let us not resurrect the ghost of retro taxation

The Centres argument of its GST law tweak this year being clarificatory in nature may not suffice to defend what looks like retrospective taxation. We must not revive that inequity

Livemint 27 Sep 2023 7:58 pm

A 10 pack of Maggi isnt what it used to be. Neither is the sachet economy

Single-use sachets sparked an FMCG revolution when they were first introduced in India, but persistent inflation and environmental concerns now threaten their future

Livemint 27 Sep 2023 4:22 pm

Equity and emissions: Decoding the EU carbon tax for global climate justice

Global communities are also recognising the need for climate change legislations consisting of the laws and policies that govern action on climate change by setting its legal basis

Business Today 27 Sep 2023 11:15 am

Hard luck for angels

Closing tax loopholes is challenging but necessary. Levying goods and services tax on betting platforms and revising India's 'angel tax' help prevent tax evasion.

Livemint 26 Sep 2023 11:41 pm

View: Western hypocrisy on Mossad-style assassinations apart, they solve nothing

Western critics are not seriously discomfited by India killing terrorists at home, or even covertly in Pakistan. What they cannot stand is the killing of Western citizens. They argue that this is unwarranted since there is rule of law in the West. That is laughable for anyone familiar with Khalistani proponents in Canada. In the US, every Irish bar in Boston used to have a collecting box to fund Irish terrorists.

The Economic Times 26 Sep 2023 11:04 pm

Water wisdom will help us cope with climate change

Innovative solutions exist that could be scaled up to help avert a crisis of acute water scarcity

Livemint 26 Sep 2023 8:28 pm

The Wests relationship with India is not likely to get easier

Indias spat with Canada signals increasingly fraught dynamics

Livemint 26 Sep 2023 8:23 pm

AI regulation must look beyond its immediate impact

We should examine AIs second-order effects and not get fixated on our near-term anxieties

Livemint 26 Sep 2023 8:18 pm

Corporate investments are still to show a long-awaited recovery

Business leaders prefer to cheer the economy than invest because capacity expansion isnt urgent

Livemint 26 Sep 2023 8:15 pm

Aadhaar is not perfect but has proven useful

So long as Aadhaar does its basic job of allowing unique identification, this digital public infrastructure serves its foundational purpose. The critique by Moodys could help improve it

Livemint 26 Sep 2023 8:11 pm

Stricter regulations for large unlisted firms? Bad idea

The government is concerned with recent incidents of governance failures at some large unlisted entities

Livemint 26 Sep 2023 6:52 pm

Back taxes could bury Indias gaming sector

Gaming companies have received GST notices amounting to many times the entire industrys annual turnover. The government should see reason and back off

Livemint 26 Sep 2023 3:52 pm

Investing in small caps: Opportunities and challenges

In bad times, you will not only get valuations in your favor but also liquidity given that flows would be negative and funds would come out to sell stocks at whatever price possible even at some impact cost.

Livemint 26 Sep 2023 1:17 am

A trade reset

While on a tour to China, Valdis Dombrovskis, the EUs chief trade negotiator, said the EU was being forced to act assertively

Livemint 25 Sep 2023 11:29 pm

Who could win this years Nobel Prize for Economics?

The tea leaves suggest the panel might lean towards a different kind of experimental economics

Livemint 25 Sep 2023 7:41 pm

Our institutes of higher learning can produce a green generation

Indias higher education sector must step up as a test bed of tech innovation and behavioural change for a sustainable future

Livemint 25 Sep 2023 7:32 pm

Official statisticians must learn to communicate better

Upfront public engagement will go a long way in winning back some of the trust our system has lately lost

Livemint 25 Sep 2023 7:28 pm

Indias pharma sector should go from volume to value leadership

We should simplify and strengthen our regulatory system for this industry to fulfil its potential

Livemint 25 Sep 2023 7:25 pm

Our chip-making game shows welcome realism

A focus on niche semiconductors is pragmatic in the face of a crowded worldwide race for silicon fabs. Better odds of success are not a guarantee of it, but India is determined to try

Livemint 25 Sep 2023 7:23 pm

India's next census must be a digital one

A digital census can not only speed up the census enumeration exercise but also provide speedier collation and analysis

Livemint 25 Sep 2023 7:19 pm

Cars, buses and trains outdo planes for short journeys

Travelling by road is faster and less harmful to the environment not to mention cheaper than many short-haul flights

Livemint 25 Sep 2023 4:55 pm

Fintechs must brace for rising cybersecurity challenges

Globally, fintech firms saw 2.5 times more attacks in Q1 2022 than in the same quarter the previous year. This figure highlights the need to safeguard sensitive financial data to prevent fraud and ensure confidentiality.

Livemint 25 Sep 2023 2:23 pm

Now is the right time to fire your investment advisor

Unscrupulous advisors, platforms and brokers can do the most damage when markets are euphoric

Livemint 25 Sep 2023 2:01 pm

Dismal record on power to women, despite measures

Last week, the Modi government generated new hope with the passage of the Nari Shakti Vandan Bill in Parliament.

Livemint 24 Sep 2023 10:23 pm

CoP-28 is beset with problems even before it has begun

Backtracking and burden shifting by rich countries have already hinted of what to expect in Dubai

Livemint 24 Sep 2023 6:42 pm

The Khalistan movement is a worry that has not faded away

Separatist impulses of the 1980s should not get a chance to return

Livemint 24 Sep 2023 6:38 pm

Indian stock performance is not dependent on electoral results

The long-term record shows that equity returns and economic reforms are correlated but neither are hurt by political shifts

Livemint 24 Sep 2023 6:31 pm

What could possibly ruin the BJPs dominance one day

The BJP has raised a nation where the majority behaves like a minority. This is hard to sustain

Livemint 24 Sep 2023 6:25 pm

Covert action is a troublesome but often useful tool of statecraft

The notion that democracies do not engage in targeted killings overseas is not supported by facts

Livemint 24 Sep 2023 6:22 pm

Bond inflows: Get ready for a trilemma re-tweak

Greater globalization implied by Indian G-Sec inclusion in a JPMorgan index will attract a capital bulge and weaken RBIs rIin on inflation unless we let the rupee float more freely

Livemint 24 Sep 2023 6:16 pm

A vote of confidence in Indias economic stability

India will be included in at least one of the JPMorgan Emerging Markets bond indices beginning 28 June 2024

Livemint 22 Sep 2023 11:22 pm

Redefining real estate: The evolution from ESG compliance to corporate leadership

The real estate industry is no longer content with tick-marking ESG compliance boxes, but is genuinely committed to redefining the sector and its contribution to bettering business through ESG interventions.

Livemint 22 Sep 2023 8:26 pm

Will long-term rewards of G-Sec inclusion in JPMorgan Index outweigh risks?

The inclusion in the JPMorgan bond index comes with both risks and rewards.

Livemint 22 Sep 2023 7:37 pm

Why the decline in moonlighting is good news for the tech sector - and techies

Skilled individuals can embrace formal gig work, eliminating ethical quandaries over multiple employments.

Livemint 22 Sep 2023 7:13 pm

Freeze the frame

UNESCO adds World War I cemeteries, Rwanda's genocide slopes, and an Argentine torture center turned memorial to World Heritage list.

Livemint 22 Sep 2023 12:24 am

Letters to the Editordated September 21, 2023

The Hindu Businessline 21 Sep 2023 9:26 pm

Digital infrastructure is aiding women too unevenly

Access to mobile phones and the internet has been touted as a solution to bridgeWthe gender gap in labour force participation but worrisome disparities exist in the impact technology has had.

Livemint 21 Sep 2023 8:28 pm

Googles AlphaFold has a new tool to track genetic mutations

Last years AI breakthrough is showing what it can do for health

Livemint 21 Sep 2023 8:21 pm

Climate finance must get beyond greenwishing and greenwashing

Innovation will be crucial as policymakers and asset owners ponder how to channel capital at scale towards climate action

Livemint 21 Sep 2023 8:14 pm

Inflation management: Time to explore an alternative paradigm

We must protect consumers without sacrificing either economic growth or the interests of farmers

Livemint 21 Sep 2023 8:06 pm

Persona theft need not always result in injury

The Delhi high courts order barring the unauthorized use of actor Anil Kapoors persona is understandable in the age of AI. Over-strictness on this, though, could punish harmless fun

Livemint 21 Sep 2023 8:06 pm

REITs: A failed investment avenue or the next big opportunity?

Get your head around this less-understood product and figure out whether the opportunity is already here

Livemint 21 Sep 2023 6:54 pm

It's high time the government reduced taxes on fuel

The government should calibrate the high level of taxes and levies on petrofuels, so as to moderate the direct impact on households and businesses

Livemint 21 Sep 2023 4:48 pm

Indias pilot shortage is compounded by regulatory overreach and unplanned growth

The civil aviation regulator would be better off trying to improve the quality of training that Indian pilots receive

Livemint 21 Sep 2023 4:33 pm

Companies turn creative to go green

For sustainability to be deeply embedded in the organisation, we need a sustainability-oriented culture that promotes environmentally conscious decision making and recognises it as a competitive advantage

Livemint 21 Sep 2023 11:58 am

The yin and yang method of improving employees' performance

Performance management processes in most organisations, including the best, seldom contribute to improving performance. Theres a solution to this

Livemint 21 Sep 2023 11:46 am

Someone in my head

Elon Musk's Neuralink receives approval for human trials of brain implants for patients with paralysis. Ethical concerns remain.

Livemint 21 Sep 2023 12:05 am

The artificial intelligence era needs its own Karl Marx

The profound impact of AI on human inequality will demand that we focus anew on this problem

Livemint 20 Sep 2023 10:56 pm

The US student loan pause is ending and likely to hurt sales

The retail sector could see spending slump as repayments resume

Livemint 20 Sep 2023 10:52 pm

Rice fortification can help tackle our problem of hidden hunger

Micronutrient deficiencies remain widespread in India but we can expect the governments nutritional efforts to bear fruit

Livemint 20 Sep 2023 10:46 pm

The tumble in Indias savings rate needs to be reversed

We need the old formula of fiscal discipline, an inflation vigil, sensible lending and overall macro stability

Livemint 20 Sep 2023 10:38 pm