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Debug net banking

With digital transactions fast becoming the norm for an ever-increasing proportion of account holders, and people being nudged online, it’s vital that e-facilities can always be relied upon

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Lockdown (Photo: Bloomberg)
Lockdown (Photo: Bloomberg)

When eavesdropping on sounds has a different ding

Pre-pandemic, even pressure cooker whistles going off would be drowned by a cacophony of neighbourhood noises, but our lockdown has acquainted us with myriad new auditory sensations

Srinagar: Specially abled persons raise slogans during a protest over their long-pending demands on the occasion of 'International Day of Disabled Persons', in Srinagar, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. (PTI Photo)(PTI03-12-2020_000083B) (PTI)
Srinagar: Specially abled persons raise slogans during a protest over their long-pending demands on the occasion of 'International Day of Disabled Persons', in Srinagar, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. (PTI Photo)(PTI03-12-2020_000083B) (PTI)

Six reasons India has no disability rights movement

  • Will we need to wait for India's own version of Camp Jened, near Woodstock, which stirred America's disabled to join hands and agitate for their rights as equal citizens?

Farmers protest against the new farm laws, at the Singhu Border in New Delhi. (Photo: ANI)
Farmers protest against the new farm laws, at the Singhu Border in New Delhi. (Photo: ANI)

Farmer protests are a reflection of this sector’s structural crisis

Demands for guaranteed prices should be seen in the context of a sharp decline in farm earnings

Netflix’s most-watched mini-series might be about not sweating the small stuff, and focusing instead on big wins
Netflix’s most-watched mini-series might be about not sweating the small stuff, and focusing instead on big wins

The Gueen’s Gambit that won the US a cold war of chess

The Queen’s Gambit is more than just a chess drama that unfolds through the life of a prodigy. Woven within the story are subtle international political-economy comparisons

Biden’s key challenge would be to win back blue-collar workers in America’s rust belt who switched their party affiliation and left Democrats deprived of a major base of political support.
Its bioplastic bottles are impressive but need special disposal systems
Its bioplastic bottles are impressive but need special disposal systems

Bacardi’s crack at a solution to the world’s big plastic problem

Its bioplastic is promising but not the silver bullet our planet needs

Manisha Mashaal from the NGO Swabhimaan Society takes a selfie with anti-caste activists in Kurukshetra.
Manisha Mashaal from the NGO Swabhimaan Society takes a selfie with anti-caste activists in Kurukshetra.

Count your friends, and theirs

  • Identifying people who have more friends than others is no different from identifying nodes in a network that have more links than others

In the last three-four years, nearly 30 video streaming platforms have been launched in India. Photo: Bloomberg
In the last three-four years, nearly 30 video streaming platforms have been launched in India. Photo: Bloomberg

Blurred lines make case for OTT self-regulation

  • Increasingly, people are streaming their digital content on large TV screens at home

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Photo: Hindustan Times

Cap and trade

A workable way out would be to create a limited set of emission rights that reduce gradually in accordance with our targets, and which industrial units must buy at prices determined by demand and supply

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A health worker handles a vial of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine
A health worker handles a vial of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine

The behavioural barriers that covid vaccines must break

We should devise policies and campaigns that could overcome any reluctance to get a covid jab

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A file photo of an adult education class conducted by NTPC in collaboration with local NGOs.
A file photo of an adult education class conducted by NTPC in collaboration with local NGOs.

The questionable virtue of social sector collaborations

Collaboration is often seen as some sort of panacea but the act of joining hands in itself means little

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Relieving students of college loans has been a recent Democrat aim (Photo: Bloomberg)
Relieving students of college loans has been a recent Democrat aim (Photo: Bloomberg)

Democrats’ education agenda appears aimed at the affluent

The party’s focus on America’s college-educated marks a big shift

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 19, 2020 Travellers who had been aboard the Braemar cruise ship, operated by Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, and wearing face masks as a precautionary measure against covid-19, pass COVID-19 information sign advising
(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 19, 2020 Travellers who had been aboard the Braemar cruise ship, operated by Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, and wearing face masks as a precautionary measure against covid-19, pass COVID-19 information sign advising "self isolating" and "Stayinh ay home" as they arrive at Heathrow Airport in London, after being flown back from Cuba. - Travellers to England from abroad could face a shorter spell in quarantine from mid-December, the UK government announced Tuesday in a move welcomed by the battered aviation sector. From December 15, travellers arriving by air, ferry or train can end their quarantine if testing negative for Covid-19 at least five days after their arrival. New arrivals currently have to self-isolate for 14 days, while Britain has recorded more than 55,000 deaths of people testing positive for coronavirus, the highest figure in Europe. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (AFP)

Covid-19 will soon be like another 9/11 every day

The case count suggests US daily deaths will approach 3,000

The RBI will announce its monetary policy on Friday. (REUTERS)
The RBI will announce its monetary policy on Friday. (REUTERS)

Opinion | RBI's test in an unconventional world

  • While a surge in overseas cash may sound like a positive, it’s actually a problem for the Reserve Bank of India, as it needs to intervene in the currency markets, otherwise the rupee will appreciate and hurt export competitiveness

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Photo Mint

Monetary policy playbook needs some tightening

  • RBI might curb inflation by reducing the amount of liquidity in the economy

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