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Beyond Big Data
If you pick up a book on how to make data work for you, it is assumed that you like numbers and statistical terms. The Model Thinker by Scott E. Page is all about models formal structures presented through mathematics and diagrams to help us unders
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A Near Perfect Companion
Smart speakers with built in voice assistants could be a great way to fetch information and control compatible household appliances. Add to that a neat rectangular screen and affordable pricing, and you get Echo Show 5, a near perfect household compa
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Low Cost Camera Fest
A quad camera set up in a smartphone is not a new concept, but it is a lucrative deal when a sub Rs 15,000 device sports it, including a 48 MP Sony IMX586, an 8 MP ultra wide sensor, a 2 MP macro lens and a 2 MP depth sensor besides a waterdrop notch
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Align CSR With National Goals
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) in India has evolved since 1965 when Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, at an event inauguration in New Delhi, urged the corporate fraternity to fulfil its obligations towards customers, workers, shareholders an
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India Could Establish Itself As A Leader For The Region In Energy Storage
US energy storage major AES Corporation recently installed India's first grid scale energy storage unit with Tata Power. Andres Gluski, President and CEO of this Fortune 500 company, talks to Business Today's Anilesh S. Mahajan about the global energ
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The Tyranny Of Debt
India has a debt problem at every level. The government's official debt to GDP ratio has been rising. If you add the debt it has taken but kept off the balance sheet, the picture gets much worse. A big chunk of the debt now goes into servicing inte
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Pain Of Debt
A few months ago, when the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) rapped the Union Finance Ministry for its off balance sheet borrowings, the news did not come as a surprise to anyone following the government's finances. As several economists
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Ballooning Danger
The global financial meltdown of 2008 was brought on by a choppy U.S. mortgage market. Part of the crisis was triggered by high household debt besides lending to borrowers with not so good credit history. The world's largest economy saw its household
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It's All In The Blood
Most of us do not like the painful needle poke and the tense wait afterwards before our blood tests tell us what has gone wrong. The system was first introduced in the 20th century, but it evolved fast, much like medical science. Now blood tests are
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Clear And Present Danger
For three decades up to the 2008 global financial crisis, China's gross domestic product (GDP) grew close to double digits. Government debt to GDP remained low at 20 25 per cent. As growth rate slipped to 6 7 per cent after that, government debt star
Business Today3 min readTech
Beware Of The Voice Trap
Forget mouse and touch; voice is taking over. The sheer convenience of going hands free and commanding voice assistants to access information or get tasks done may come back to bite us sooner than we imagine. By now, just about every technology major
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Till Debt Do Us Part
In his book How the Mighty Fall, American business consultant and author Jim Collins outlines five stages of decline that even the best of companies could witness beginning with hubris born of success and ending with the entity becoming irrelevant
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Make Them Strong
We live in a digital age where just about every retailer, bank, credit agency, website and social media platform is under attack. Like it or not, hackers can easily crack our passwords, access our smart devices, steal our data and hijack our identiti
Business Today2 min readLeadership & Mentoring
Leaderspeak
Q. The biggest challenge in your career A. When I took on my current role, it was a big challenge. It came right after the global merger between SABMiller and AB InBev and I had the opportunity to spearhead change in India, an extremely diverse marke
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A Maverick In Politics
The time: June 1998. The place: A room in Parliament. Finance minister Yashwant Sinha had presented the Budget and raised petrol and urea prices. Members of Parliament erupted in protest. Sinha stormed into his room where I had been waiting to inte
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Brands With A Social Voice
Food aggregator and delivery company Zomato recently won hearts for its stand against an unusual demand. The Gurgaon based firm refused to appease a customer demanding that a Hindu delivery boy bring in his order. Taking a courageous stand unlike m
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Fine Living Beckons
The Japanese Swag Japanese fashion brand Uniqlo may not be what you imagine couture to be, given its price point. But thanks to superb cuts, superior fabric and high on comfort clothes, it is a favourite across ranks. The iconic brand, which appeals
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Fixing The Slowdown
The last week of August has witnessed a series of economic stimulus announcements by the Narendra Modi government, which seems to have finally accepted that the economy is in serious trouble. On August 23, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announce
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Long Way To Go
Dancing Crow Farm, near Seattle, US, finds a special mention in gatesnotes.com, the personal blog of Bill Gates, the founder of information technology (IT) behemoth Microsoft. The farm is a pilot site for FarmBeats, a key research project of Microsof
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Happy Ending
The fight between the government and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) over the latter's surplus capital has had a happy ending, though after some casualties, as Governor Urjit Patel and his deputy Viral Acharya exited because of differences over many
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For A Better Harvest
When the Ashok Dalwai Committee on Doubling of Farmers' Income sat down to finalise its report on the role of extension services in increasing farm incomes 18 months ago, it faced a technical problem. It found that the definition of "agricultural ext
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Battle For Mumbai Airport
GVK and Adani are both big names in infrastructure. Both symbolise entrepreneurship spawned by the post 1991 economic liberalisation. Yet, both are distinctly different. One broke the mould as developer of the Mumbai International Airport, and turned
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Maximising Income
Officials administering the Narendra Modi government's flagship crop insurance programme the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) were mystified for some time by a pattern in payout of insurance claims. Around 50 out of India's 600 odd distri
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Breaking The Barrier Of Blindness
1) Founders Sanskriti Dawle, Aman Srivastava, Dilip Ramesh and Saif Shaikh all of them engineering graduates from BITS Pilani, Goa. 2) The Concept Not many college projects turn into full fledged businesses, but the four managed to develop a self l
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Tech Enabled Future
The agriculture sector is one of the largest employers in India with more than 265 million engaged in farming. Close to 70 per cent of rural India works in farms and depends on agriculture for livelihood. However, farm incomes have seen a steady decl
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Plugging Into The Future
In the last few months, if there is one sector that has benefited from the largesse that policymakers can sometimes bestow on industries, it is the nascent electric vehicle (EV) industry in India. For long all that this industry got from the governme
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The Tyranny Of Debt
India has a debt problem at every level. The government's official debt to GDP ratio has been rising. If you add the debt it has taken but kept off the balance sheet, the picture gets much worse. A big chunk of the debt now goes into servicing inte
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The Pet Bet
Delhi based media professional Arushi Sharma is a proud parent of three year old black labrador Alex. Weekends mean trips to cafes, pool parties, parlours and parks where he plays with friends. Alex goes to spas and fun games every now and then. On w
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Entertainment in 4K
You cannot do without a powerful home theatre nowadays if you are addicted to the endless high resolution content streamed by OTT players. The options: Either invest in a 4K TV or go for a movie grade projector like the W1700M from BenQ. In spite of
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Value for Money
The popularity of Apple AirPods and Samsung Galaxy Buds has paved the way for a new category Bluetooth earbuds with a charging case. The latest in this line, from the German car audio manufacturer, is not very impressive, though. The charging cum c
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