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PNB fraud accused Nirav Modi. (HT)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi being welcomed by BJP National President Amit Shah as he arrives to attend the BJP Central Election Committee (CEC) meeting for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, at BJP headquarters. (PTI )
Prime Minister Narendra Modi being welcomed by BJP National President Amit Shah as he arrives to attend the BJP Central Election Committee (CEC) meeting for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, at BJP headquarters. (PTI )

National security, corruption, economic reforms on agenda this election

BJP will stress India’s response to Pulwama was possible due to a strong and stable govt

Stay true to the process but don’t try to time it. iStockphoto
Electoral compulsions are bound to guide the behaviour of political parties, especially in running down opponents. 
Shatrughan Sinha, the BJP MP from Patna, had been making his displeasure with the BJP top leadership amply clear ever since Modi outsmarted his mentor, L. K. Advani, to seize control of the party. (Amal KS/Hindustan Times)
Shatrughan Sinha, the BJP MP from Patna, had been making his displeasure with the BJP top leadership amply clear ever since Modi outsmarted his mentor, L. K. Advani, to seize control of the party. (Amal KS/Hindustan Times)

Opinion | Has the BJP got the better of dissident Shatrughan Sinha?

The game of nerves that Sinha and his party have been playing over who snaps ties first is finally headed for a climax

Encouraged by consistently high growth and profits over the previous decade, Unilever increased its stake in HUL in 2013 from 52.5% to 67.3%, with a  ₹29,000-crore open offer,
Encouraged by consistently high growth and profits over the previous decade, Unilever increased its stake in HUL in 2013 from 52.5% to 67.3%, with a 29,000-crore open offer,

Opinion | Unilever should move its global head office to India

The move would meet a crucial criterion for such a choice, which is to be closer to the firm’s end users 

Darryl told stories to readers not aware of all the facts but who were willing to listen. (Facebook)
We must make a distinction between what’s designed to incite and what some folk get incited by. 
We must make a distinction between what’s designed to incite and what some folk get incited by. 

Opinion | If you ban PUBG, why not cricket as well?

It makes no sense to deprive people of a particular game’s thrills on vague allegations of its bad influence. Arbitrary bans reveal a lack of clarity on the principles of governance 

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The GST muddle

Allowing a choice of GST rates on under-construction real estate projects has added fresh complexity to GST's already complicated structure

Mindtree founders want the glory and value of public markets, but, at the same time, don’t want to cede control. Here's where dual-class shares can come into play. (Mint)
Mindtree founders want the glory and value of public markets, but, at the same time, don’t want to cede control. Here's where dual-class shares can come into play. (Mint)

Opinion | L&T-Mindtree deal makes a case for dual-class shares in India

Dual-class shares can spell boon for companies, like in the case of Google and Facebook. A lack thereof can result in a Flipkart-type situation

Hearing and listening are two different things at the workplace.
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The role of the government vis-à-vis the private initiatives is to be clearly defined, so that the efforts are complementary. afp
The recently released mortality report on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) clearly shows the looming threat of such diseases in all Indian states. Priyanka Parashar/Mint
The recently released mortality report on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) clearly shows the looming threat of such diseases in all Indian states. Priyanka Parashar/Mint

Opinion: Nation needs a multi-pronged plan to improve health standards

  • Health is a state subject and it can’t continue to be dominated by a top-down approach from the centre
  • While re-looking at the role of the public sector, we should keep in mind the impressive role it played in combating HIV/AIDS

If L&T does get to acquire Mindtree, it might kickstart an activity that could shake Corporate India up—for the better.
If L&T does get to acquire Mindtree, it might kickstart an activity that could shake Corporate India up—for the better.

Opinion | Hostile takeovers can enrich shareholders

Aggressive bids to acquire Indian companies have been few and far between. L&T’s attempt to take Mindtree over, however, could shake things up in Corporate India for the better

In the last 10 years, every time a large tech acquisition was announced, analysts have fallen over themselves to proclaim that the acquirer was overpaying for the target. 
In the last 10 years, every time a large tech acquisition was announced, analysts have fallen over themselves to proclaim that the acquirer was overpaying for the target. 

Opinion | Of digital competition and data transfer principles

Setting up an Indian equivalent of the UK’s proposed Digital Markets Unit would help  

It is unlikely that these newer forms of data will completely replace the more traditional numbers derived from surveys, national accounts and administrative data—they will complement each other.
It is unlikely that these newer forms of data will completely replace the more traditional numbers derived from surveys, national accounts and administrative data—they will complement each other.

Opinion | Big data economists and their role in shaping the future

The growing use of digital transactions and the rise of new forms of data collection could revolutionise Indian public policy

Data on employment that shows a rise in joblessness has been rubbished on the argument that with such high growth, a decline in employment is not imaginable. 
Data on employment that shows a rise in joblessness has been rubbished on the argument that with such high growth, a decline in employment is not imaginable. 

Opinion | Recent economic growth could not have exceeded 6%

The new series overestimated growth in all years except 2015-16 by an average margin of around 1.3%

PM Narendra Modi, (Photo: Bloomberg)
PM Narendra Modi, (Photo: Bloomberg)

Opinion | DeMo, #MainBhiChowkidar and politics of non-cynicism

A key feature of Modi’s tenure is an appeal to the voter to help oneself and think beyond self-interest

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