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    The Rise of New French Gaullism

    By Dan Steinbock At the eve of the 1st round French election, a gunman opened fire on the Champs-Élysées, the leader of the Front National Marine Le Pen and the centrist Emmanuel Macron garnered about 23-25% in the polls. The two were followed by the center-right François Fillon (19%), whose ratings have been penalized by a funding scandal, and the radical left Jean-Luc Mélenchon (19%). Since no candidate...

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    India is on course to being a major player in steel exports

    By Prachi Srivastava Exports are an important component of the aggregate demand of an economy. A rise in exports leads to an increase in employment and a decrease in current account deficit. Therefore, they are extremely crucial for the economic growth of a nation. Currently, India is the third largest exporter of steel in the world with plans to gain a stronger foothold in the...

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    What led Nifty to cross the 9300-mark for the first time?

    By Ananya Upadhyay There was celebration in the stock market recently when NIFTY 50 crossed the 9300 mark for the first time. Bank Nifty breached the 22,000-level for the first time; mid-cap and small-cap also reached their respective record high levels. The phenomenal mark is said to have been achieved due to a mix of domestic and international cues that created bullish sentiments...

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    China's outbound sports investments have multiple lessons for India

    By Sourajit Aiyer Sport is big business, and it is becoming even bigger, especially in China and India. While inbound investments grew into their new local franchises, these countries are now looking at outbound investments. However, the objectives of their outbound investments vary owing to a difference in priorities. China made the headlines by buying football clubs in...

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    Demise of the 457 visa in Australia

    By Dr Anand Kulkarni The Australian Government has recently announced the removal of the employer-sponsored 457 visa and its replacement with new 2-year and 4-year visas. With more stringent admission requirements based on previous work experience, English language proficiency and a much reduced 'occupations in shortage' list, putting Australian's first has entered the political lexicon....

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    An insider account of data science in action

    By Manan Vyas The beauty of data science is best understood through an example on how it helps real businesses. The Indian Economist teamed up with the data science team at Atidiv to give our readers an exclusive inside view on a data science project that helped rescue a failing company. And thus on a sunny Monday morning, I decide to pay a visit to Atidiv's state of the art office in Pune....

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    How do land ceilings affect corporate finance and investment?

    By Sarmistha Pal, Tiago Pinheiro, Zoya Saher As India strives to grow through liberalization and industrialization, firms find it difficult to purchase land; this often leads to tussles between farmers, industrialists and government. While the reasons behind this difficulty are unclear, anecdotal evidence suggests that the consequences are both visible and sizable: Projects are...

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    In conversation with former Obama aide - Shailesh Kumar

    India Ink: Since taking power in 2014, the BJP has made mixed outcomes on their economic and financial reform. Policies like demonetization and the recent implementation of Goods & Services Tax Bill have been discussed widely. What is your perspective on these reforms? Has the government been relatively successful or unsuccessful? Shailesh Kumar: I think success depends on whether you...

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    Perfectionist workplaces: A vision of next gen employees?

    By Henrik Bresman and Vinika D. Only three percent of working professionals currently use any kind of virtual reality (VR) applications in their workplaces. But 30 percent say VR will revolutionise their work in the coming decade, according to the second part of a three-part study conducted by the INSEAD Emerging Markets Institute, Universum, the MIT Leadership Centre and The Head...

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    A brain's perspective: The art of multi-tasking

    By Steve Sweldens The tide of popular opinion seems to have turned against multitasking. Recent articles scoff at the notion that people could satisfactorily complete more than one activity at a time, labelling it a "myth", a "fallacy", even tantamount to adultery. This purist pushback in the press mirrors common resentment among professionals at the expectation to adjust to...

    • 3 days ago

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