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The OpenAI saga has placed technology governance back in the spotlight Tue, 28 Nov 2023 19:07:43 IST
Corporate entities are driven by narrow commercial incentives, which render them incapable of finding a balance between their financial imperatives and the larger interests of humanity.
India must learn from China's patent chase and focus on quality over quantity Tue, 28 Nov 2023 19:00:48 IST
We must avoid the ‘patent paradox’ suffered by China—where policy has spawned a patent-filing frenzy of very little value. What we need is innovation and that’s a question of quality.
We must not over-interpret China's grand moves of diplomacy on the world stage Tue, 28 Nov 2023 18:49:40 IST
Beijing is not doing as well as it would like us to think. Its economic challenges and isolation have meant it is keener than its put-off partners to achieve some normalcy in ties with other countries.
Climate inequality is a glaring reality: No regressive burdens please Tue, 28 Nov 2023 18:17:06 IST
The rich caused the crisis whose brunt will be borne by the poor. The ‘polluter pays’ principle ought to guide policies for climate action.
Why Gautam Singhania’s personal troubles should not be allowed to destroy shareholder wealth Tue, 28 Nov 2023 11:35:56 IST
The development highlights regulatory gaps when it comes to feuds among promoters that have a direct bearing on the fortunes of publicly held companies. The role of the board of directors should also be spelt out clearly in such cases
Raising the stakes on climate funding – the significance of blended finance Tue, 28 Nov 2023 11:00:07 IST
Blended finance structures, which combine concessional and commercial capital, can help balance risk-reward profiles and lower the risk threshold for private capital
Gandhar Oil Refinery IPO’s giddy success exposes the sloppiness holding up BPCL disinvestment Tue, 28 Nov 2023 10:01:11 IST
BPCL has deep pockets but its strategy makes little sense. No wonder while the markets have cheered Gandhar Oil, they aren't as gung-ho about the state-owned producer
S&P has upped its GDP forecast for India Tue, 28 Nov 2023 08:00:04 IST
Our economy is projected to fare well despite global turbulence and monetary tightening.
From farm to fork: conscious eating can help mitigate methane emissions Tue, 28 Nov 2023 08:00:03 IST
Aiming for net zero, the UN’s FAO wants people in the rich world to eat less meat. We need to discuss this sticky aspect of climate change without any guilt or stigma slapped onto diets.
Beware the prolonged hidden costs that terror attacks saddle us with Tue, 28 Nov 2023 08:00:03 IST
Inertia means ritualized anti-terror measures of dubious efficacy often get to take an endless toll. Pointless measures must be periodically revised, but too many things survive long past their utility.
Is Altman's return to OpenAI a loss for humanity? Mon, 27 Nov 2023 23:54:43 IST
The last barrier to a commercial takeover of AI advances has fallen after the recent OpenAI tussle, leaving us with a free-for-all in this vital field even as biotech businesses rush brashly ahead in another.
Scientists should admit their covid errors to regain the trust they lost Mon, 27 Nov 2023 23:46:54 IST
American trust in them has dropped, given their pandemic mis-calls, but they could earn it back. Their dedication to the pursuit of truth is under watch.
India's political economy challenge is to contain ‘transfer union’ discord Mon, 27 Nov 2023 23:41:31 IST
Perceptions have grown in the Eurozone and India that transfers from richer states are funding profligacy in poorer ones. Measures need to be taken to assuage growing resentment.
India’s topsy-turvy money market needs a remedial plan Mon, 27 Nov 2023 23:37:48 IST
Varying liquidity at banks in recent months has played a big role in anomalies that could possibly be fixed by a shift in RBI’s approach.
Countdown to COP28: Can we end the year on a high note? Mon, 27 Nov 2023 15:26:47 IST
Climate action and policies are discussed at every COP. What needs to be done differently this time around to prioritise action rather than reiterate commitments?
Low-cost IndiGo's business class foray signals K-shaped growth here to stay Mon, 27 Nov 2023 14:29:46 IST
The strategy reflects a broader economic pattern in India, where there is a noticeable shift towards premium products and services
Xi Jinping’s grip on Chinese enterprise gets uncomfortably tight Mon, 27 Nov 2023 10:29:07 IST
Welcome to the era of party-state capitalism
The business idea is the easiest part of starting up Mon, 27 Nov 2023 08:00:10 IST
It must be followed by good execution, accurate market validation, correct timing and complementary team dynamics to flourish and sustain growth.
Be Indian, marry in India Mon, 27 Nov 2023 08:00:09 IST
It’ll help the local economy, sure: But how to-be-weds spend their money and where should be their own prerogative. Let’s not send them on a guilt trip.
Penal code woes: Enact laws that have a good chance to endure Mon, 27 Nov 2023 08:00:09 IST
Proposals for India’s criminal law overhaul need close scrutiny. In casting off a colonial legacy, we must adopt a legal framework that’s Constitutional and can survive political tides. Let’s not be hasty.
When do minors have to pay tax on their income? Sun, 26 Nov 2023 23:51:59 IST
Typically, any income that minors get from investments is clubbed with a parent’s income
Developmental gaps between Indian states pose challenges and opportunities Sun, 26 Nov 2023 22:24:06 IST
In key areas like education, health and infrastructure, all states should aspire to catch up with the best. Beyond that, a state needs to prioritize reforms in areas where it is lagging.
Nurture all universities for Indian higher education to get globally competitive Sun, 26 Nov 2023 22:15:26 IST
The quest for higher rankings must start with a comprehensive ground report of the current status of higher education in the country. We must exercise care to see that all changes are aligned with our goals.
India’s action post 26/11 is a template Israel can follow Sun, 26 Nov 2023 20:03:33 IST
Kasab’s capture was a milestone in the history of counter-terror operations. It was the first instance of a terrorist being apprehended alive after such an attack and provided undeniable evidence of Pakistan’s sinister intentions
DPI in the purple sector: Disability-inclusive infrastructure can spark a boom Sun, 26 Nov 2023 18:58:10 IST
Digital platforms are on their way that can ensure everyone can contribute to the country's economic growth—as consumers and value creators.
A ‘killer app’ could help crypto evolve past its current troubles Sun, 26 Nov 2023 18:33:43 IST
A chastened Binance will not be enough to revive a crypto boom. Crypto’s inherent strengths could help the concept spring back.
Climate Finance: The Solution to All Climate-driven Ills? Sun, 26 Nov 2023 12:16:09 IST
India is also insisting on new climate finance targets by 2024, asserting that the required amounts be set in trillions to meet the actual needs of climate change mitigation
The agony of 24 hostages is over. The Gaza war isn’t Sun, 26 Nov 2023 11:43:47 IST
Several uncertainties remain. Will Israel modify its tactics to reduce the number of civilians it is killing in Gaza, and opt for lower-intensity raids to kill or capture Hamas’s leaders and fighters
China's pneumonia scare: Transparency please Fri, 24 Nov 2023 08:00:17 IST
Given China's record of suppressing inconvenient news, the world must keep its eyes peeled for what's going on there.
Technology alone is not enough to combat deepfakes, we need a concerted effort Fri, 24 Nov 2023 08:00:16 IST
Technology, regulation, education and social action must join forces to tackle this serious problem. We must become savvy media consumers and question the authenticity of any suspicious content.
Elections near and deepfakes loom: Seeing isn’t believing Fri, 24 Nov 2023 08:00:16 IST
Too many deep-fake video clips have been going viral. As AI restraints will take time and Indian general elections near, campaigners must caution India’s electorate against these.
The 41 men stuck in the tunnel Thu, 23 Nov 2023 23:12:49 IST
41 people have been trapped inside a collapsed tunnel in Uttarakhand for 12 days, with efforts being made to drill through to install a pipe for their evacuation.
Nitish Kumar's remarks sparked outrage but the issues he raised are vital Thu, 23 Nov 2023 23:12:17 IST
Bihar’s chief minister spoke of ‘withdrawal’ for contraception, suggesting that awareness among women as education levels rise could help achieve a stable population. India may have attained a replacement rate of fertility but Bihar lags and reproductive health needs attention.
Narratives of India’s labour market vary but the reality doesn’t Thu, 23 Nov 2023 23:07:35 IST
PLFS and CMIE numbers diverge on women-at-work and employment but the latter’s gloomy picture is less than convincing. A closer look at the data may explain some of what’s going on in the country.
IPEF agreement: India has played its cards deftly Thu, 23 Nov 2023 23:03:43 IST
India recently signed up for the supply chain resilience pillar of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity and this can help the country join global value chain networks. New Delhi has been careful to join only those aspects of the framework that are deemed to be in the national interest.