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The ‘deep web’: new threat to business

Cyber crime has transcended hacking and other online illegal activities—the black markets of the “hidden” internet are now a potent threat. This “darknet” is used by illicit traders, saboteurs and terrorist groups—with serious financial and security implications for the Indian government and business sector (BY Sameer Patil Associate Fellow, National

War and Peace

The Islamic State’s violence dominated 2014’s news headlines, masking important non-violent initiatives around the world. But endeavors for peaceful solutions are thriving, and India, with its legacy of a non-violent freedom struggle, must contribute to this process as a counter-force against the advocates of violence (BY Rajni Bakshi and Sameer

Decoding conditional cash transfers

The Indian government has undertaken a massive financial inclusion scheme to bring bank accounts to the poor. But poverty alleviation needs to be addressed at multiple levels for which the Latin American example of using targeted and customised conditional cash transfer programmes can help India. (BY Hari Seshasayee ) The

India’s foreign policy priorities 2015

In 2014 the Narendra Modi-led government outlined a neighbourhood-first approach, revitalised traditional ties and invited the world to invest in India’s growth story. But, a new year brings new challenges as well as new goals. Gateway House outlines the priorities for India’s foreign policy for 2015 2014 was the year

A fresh template for GDP growth

Although the informal and small enterprises sector contributes significantly to India’s GDP, and engages the majority of the country’s workforce, it is barely reflected in official growth numbers. Strengthening this segment will revitalise the economy and substantiate the government’s ‘Make in India’ policies Where is India’s GDP coming from? Official

SEBI proposes e-IPO norms

To provide fast-track route for share sales by PSUs To boost fund raising from markets, the Securities and Exchange Board of India, on Thursday, proposed e-IPO norms, where investors can bid for shares through Internet and eventually on mobiles, while already listed public sector undertakings (PSUs) will be provided a

Not anti-Islam, but anti-religion

We need to understand Charlie Hebdo not as an anti-Islamic publication, but as an anti-religion, anti-institutional, anti-extremist publication The French satirical publication, Charlie Hebdo, is an equal opportunity offender. In keeping with France’s secular intellectual tradition, no particular individual, ideology or religion was safe from being lampooned by Charlie Hebdo.

Carnivores in the neighbourhood

The Hindu STAKING TERRITORY: “Protected forests are great for conservation, but they cannot be the only strategy.” Picture shows tourists at the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve, Chandrapur. Photo: Paul Noronha India’s laws and policies guide management of animals inside forests, but there’s no state policy to deal with predators living amongst

The attack on Charlie Hebdo

The horrific terrorist attack in Paris at the office of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo is a direct assault on the freedom of speech, thought and expression, the fundamentals on which all open, democratic societies are built. Ten staff members at the satirical weekly, including four of its top cartoonists,