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FILE - In this May 15, 2019, file photo, founder of Alibaba group Jack Ma arrives for the Tech for Good summit in Paris. Ma hasn't been seen in public since he angered regulators with an October 2020 speech. That is prompting speculation about what might happen to the billionaire founder of the world's biggest e-commerce company. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File) (AP)
FILE - In this May 15, 2019, file photo, founder of Alibaba group Jack Ma arrives for the Tech for Good summit in Paris. Ma hasn't been seen in public since he angered regulators with an October 2020 speech. That is prompting speculation about what might happen to the billionaire founder of the world's biggest e-commerce company. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File) (AP)

Jack Ma is back

Observers say that Jack Ma's mass popularity is seen as a threat by Beijing and his Silicon Valley-style outspokenness has done little to calm that anxiety. The campaign against Ma, crafted by an insecure regime to show him who’s boss and serve as an example, deserves to fail

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Photo: AFP

The value of institutions that only kowtow to principles

Other countries have much to learn from America’s admirable institutional framework

National Guard patrol a road block leading to the Supreme Court ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (AP)
National Guard patrol a road block leading to the Supreme Court ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (AP)

Scenes from America that were only seen in fallow democracies

The riven country that Trump leaves behind reminds us of eternal vigilance being the price of liberty

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US Capitol (Photo: AFP)
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Photo: iStock

The severe shortage of chips that car-makers are faced with

They partly have themselves to blame for a crisis of undersupply

The west front of the Capitol before the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, in Washington, U.S. January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan Mcdermid (REUTERS)
The west front of the Capitol before the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, in Washington, U.S. January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan Mcdermid (REUTERS)

A new president, and a new start

The harder test for Joe Biden will be to bridge the country’s gaping political divide, while moving quickly on crucial priorities such as Covid relief, jobs, infrastructure, education, inequality, climate change and immigration reform

Governments prioritized the today over the tomorrow with stimulus packages
Governments prioritized the today over the tomorrow with stimulus packages

Build a financial portfolio Darwin would be proud of

Owning portfolios most adaptable to change makes more sense in today’s world

**EDS: IMAGE POSTED BY @BCCI ON JAN. 19, 2021**Brisbane: Indian players celebrate after defeating Australia by three wickets on the final day of the fourth cricket test match at the Gabba, Brisbane, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. India won the four test series 2-1. (PTI Photo) (PTI01_19_2021_000066B) (PTI)
**EDS: IMAGE POSTED BY @BCCI ON JAN. 19, 2021**Brisbane: Indian players celebrate after defeating Australia by three wickets on the final day of the fourth cricket test match at the Gabba, Brisbane, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. India won the four test series 2-1. (PTI Photo) (PTI01_19_2021_000066B) (PTI)

Gift of the Gabba

Our big victory at Gabba made history. It was the first loss in 32 years for the Aussies in their Brisbane stronghold. Youngsters like Rishabh Pant and debutant pacer Mohammed Siraj didn’t let us rue the absence of top bowlers and key all-rounders. Who knew we had such gifted cricketers awaiting discovery?

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Photo: iStock

The internet needs a framework of acceptable content

It’s achievable since filtration tools can be baked into the digital systems that online platforms run

Republic TV’s editor Arnab Goswami
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Sundar Pichai has been laying emphasis on Google News Showcase  (Photo: Mint)
Sundar Pichai has been laying emphasis on Google News Showcase (Photo: Mint)

Google and Facebook should aid a news-business recovery

It’s in their interest to promote financially sustainable news models

The buoyancy in GST revenues being experienced owing to efficiencies brought in the system as well as increasing formalization through digital transactions and ecommerce in the economy.
The buoyancy in GST revenues being experienced owing to efficiencies brought in the system as well as increasing formalization through digital transactions and ecommerce in the economy.

Opinion | Crystal gazing Budget 2021-22

  • ''We can fairly expect a much higher allocation of expenditure for infrastructure sector than has been the trend. The allocations to the health sector will be higher, given the weaknesses exposed in the sector by the pandemic.''

Marital choice shapes women’s say at home
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Photo: PTI

Five stock market trends to watch out for this year

In 2021, we will see signs of what the post-pandemic world will look like

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Photo: AP

Plastic price play

The cost of credit has fallen almost everywhere else. Price competition was needed in this arena, too. The dynamism it spells will do both card users and issuers a favour

A file photo of agitating farmers at Singhu border in Delhi (Photo: HT)
A file photo of agitating farmers at Singhu border in Delhi (Photo: HT)

The judiciary mustn’t violate the separation of powers

It must respect the functional and structural reasons why its role is distinct from that of Parliament

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Photo: Bloomberg

It’s better to stop the creation of bad debt than set up a bad bank

Such a bank is a good idea at the wrong time since the legacy problem of dud loans is almost over

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