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As the antitrust movement against Big Tech gathers steam, it’s time to find solid solutions

In recent years, the CCI has actively pursued alleged antitrust activities in the technology sector. By Ambika Khanna Antitrust watchdog Competition Commission of India (CCI) recently launched an investigation into the new WhatsApp privacy policy (it allowed the platform to share metadata with parent company Facebook), even as the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology …

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Beating Covid-19: Scaling up India’s vaccination drive

Each citizen’s behaviour in managing their own health risk and exposure will be critical for communities and the country to overcome this devastating pandemic By NK Ganguly India has been vaccinating its citizens with domestically-manufactured Covid-19 vaccines since January 2021. The government has adopted a phased approach in vaccinating its population—first the at-high-risk populations, then …

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Reforming India’s deposit insurance scheme

The government’s incentive to step in and bail out depositors when banks fail is clear from past experience. By Anusha Chari & Amiyatosh Purnanandam The failure of the Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative Bank (PMC) in September 2019 shone a light on the limitations of India’s deposit insurance system. With over Rs 11,000 crore in deposits, …

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Indian economy: Firing on all cylinders

As many as 217 projects worth over Rs 1 lakh crore have been completed under the National Infrastructure Pipeline in the last financial year. Representative Image By Adil Zaidi India sustained stiff lockdowns, deep GDP contractions, supply chain disruptions and still managed to chase the path for economic recuperation. Large parts of the economy have …

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Lending PRESSURES

Some have even suggested that the IMF should wait till “a more accountable government is elected next year.” Representative Image This is perhaps ‘direct democracy’ that governments would dread. Kenyans don’t want the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to lend to their government. To that end, they have been furiously signing online petitions and taking to …

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The curious case of VIPIT: Studies needed to identify susceptibility markers, diagnostic tests, treatments

While the trigger is administration of heparin in HIT, it is the AstraZeneca vaccine that appears to set off this rare reaction in VAPIT. Representative image By K Srinath Reddy A serious but very rare adverse effect. This is the scientific consensus that has emerged after both the European and British regulators examined the association …

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Modi’s vaccine plans may unravel if he doesn’t make up with manufacturers

While Poonawalla spoke of finding alternative funding sources if need be, he seemed to indicate his preference for the government giving this amount as a grant. Surely Adar Poonawalla can afford Rs 3,000 crore, why is he begging the government for it? With some exceptions, that has mostly been the response to the interview the …

Inside Track: Amit Shah and his ‘wry sense of humour’

Shah was clearly referring to the fact that six times he ignored his own political aspirations so that L K Advani could stand from Gandhinagar. (File image) Shah draws parallel Home Minister Amit Shah has a wry sense of humour. Recently, when a prospective candidate grumbled over being denied a ticket, saying it meant he …

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