Opening bell: Asian markets open mixed; Tata Motors, Lupin in news

By Rob 0
US equities close higher; Asian markets trade mixed US stocks closed mostly higher on Wednesday, as investors digested economic data and the start of the United Kingdom’s divorce from the European Union. Asian shares traded mixed on Thursday morning. All GST bills passed in Lok Sabha for uniform taxation across India With the Lok Sabha Read More

Renewable energy: poor demand, weak utilities expose challenges

By Selene 0
The gap between good intentions and execution is starkly evident in one area of the renewable energy sector. Capacity additions are gathering pace but 25 states (including Union territories) are lagging on their solar renewable purchase obligation (RPO) targets for the current fiscal year, according to research firm Mercom Capital Group. States have to procure Read More

Shoppers Stop’s stock in fashion

By Selene 0
Retail stocks have been in vogue recently. The retail sector has seen a rerating lately thanks to the success of the initial share sale by Avenue Supermarts Ltd, which runs D-Mart stores. The Shoppers Stop Ltd stock wasn’t immune to the wave. In fact, after closing at an annual low of Rs273.55 at December-end, the Read More

The Indian republic needs a strong state

By Rob 0
In past days, one could stand when the national anthem played—if one wished to. But that equation has changed of late. Now, one dare not do otherwise. Although the Supreme Court has made the playing of the national anthem mandatory in movie theatres and filmgoers are required to stand up and pay respect, it is Read More

The dying embers of the old order in Asia

By Rob 0
Even as the focus of American media and the world largely seems to be on the alleged Russian links with the Donald Trump administration, US secretary of state Rex Tillerson recently undertook a critical trip to East Asia amid rising tensions with North Korea over its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, and a sustained Chinese Read More

A body blow for political transparency

By Rob 0
One of the most intriguing elements of this year’s budget presentation was Union finance minister Arun Jaitley’s pitch for political funding reform. On the heels of demonetisation, analysts cheered the news as exactly the sort of follow-on measure needed if the reality of anti-corruption policy was to catch up with the government’s lofty rhetoric. After Read More

Why national flags don’t change

By Rob 0
All nation-states have armed forces which consist of individuals who are willing to sacrifice their lives for the country. How many corporations in the world, with all their management systems and resources, have managed to create employees with such dedication? This was a question I had raised in my last article. The question that follows Read More