Balanced funds: Are they balanced?

Tuesday, 10 Jul 2018 | Hima Bindu Kota | in Oped

Although creation of new categories of balanced funds is designed to provide more options to investors, it may also be confusing No two investors are the same. Individual beliefs and aspirations are influenced by previous environment and experiences; and different mutual funds are designed for investors with different risk appetites. Equity...

Big step for Samsung; can they take on Chinese rivals

Tuesday, 10 Jul 2018 | Kushan Mitra | New Delhi | in Business

When Finnish phone-maker Nokia had their big fall from grade, South Korean Samsung Electronics was sitting pretty. The company was proving to be Apple Computer’s biggest competitor in the high-end smartphone space, Samsung’s series of high-end Galaxy S smartphones have been the iPhone’s biggest rivals for years. In India, Samsung became...

We must demand better of our rulers

Monday, 09 Jul 2018 | Ajoy Kumar | in Edit

A sexist, misogynist social order needs a proactive Government to effect change and give women a sense of security. We must, as a society, set ourselves higher standards Disheartening does not begin to describe the past two weeks. It has been a week where the Thomson Reuters Foundation came out with...

Save the boys

Monday, 09 Jul 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

The world is transfixed by the ongoing rescue effort for the boys trapped in a cave in Thailand and their will to survive Hardly does a story of human endeavour feature in the chaos and conflict of information and interpretation. Neither does faith find a place if it is not trawling...

Europe rules

Monday, 09 Jul 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

There’s nothing certain in this World Cup apart from the fact that a South American team won’t win it! Between them, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay have won the football World Cup nine times, eleven if you consider the football tournaments at the Olympic Games before football became an independent sport —...

Get him

Monday, 09 Jul 2018 | Pioneer | in Edit

Extraditing supremacist hate-preacher Zakir Naik from Malaysia should be as much if not more of a priority for the Government than getting back the Mallyas and the Modis. Naik’s incendiary sermons and offensive statements have not only give Indian Muslims a bad name but also encouraged other educated whackos. Kuala...

Oil is the constant

Monday, 09 Jul 2018 | Shivani Sandhu | in Oped

For long, the US has been accused of meddling in West Asia to keep its oil supplies running. Now, Iraqis and Kurds are fighting over the same commodity The significance of oil and energy resources as drivers of economic activity and growth can be seen throughout history. One of...

Tackling doctors’ shortage

Monday, 09 Jul 2018 | Daljit Singh/Anjan bose | in Oped

Lack of physicians and healthcare infrastructure is acute in rural areas. We should learn from our failures and ensure course correction As a part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), India committed to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC). However, its total healthcare expenditure (under five per cent of its GDP) resulted...

Making of the world’s skill capital

Monday, 09 Jul 2018 | Pramod Kumar Singh | in Oped

Skill development is required along with degrees for the youth to be employable. Practical training is essential In a bid to realise Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of making India the skill capital of the world, the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) has forged several international partnerships across the globe. Through...

Why UP is crucial for Modi’s 2019 Lok Sabha poll strategy

Sunday, 08 Jul 2018 | Hari shankar vyas | in GupShup

It was UP that had pushed the BJP into power with full majority. This time, the party’s greatest challenge is to save its 73 seats. Of the 73, the BJP has 71 of its own and two seats belong to its alliance partner, Apna Dal. That is why UP is...


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