In today's interconnected world data is the lifeline of any economy. Free-flow of data across the world has made it easier for a person sitting in one part of the world to access the data in any other part of the world. This has made it easier for any business to expand its reach at a global level. However, the importance and use of data does not stop at connecting the individuals and the businesses. Business worth trillions of dollar is done annually where the primary input is data. Five most valuable listed firms in the world - Apple, Amazon, Alphabet (Google's parent company), Microsoft and Facebook - deal primarily in data.
There's consensus now across the political and ideological divide that even in the high- growth years, a large section of the population was not receiving the dividends of the progress India has made. There are a number of deeply-entrenched factors because of which every Indian has not been able to benefit from the GDP growth India has seen in the last two and a half decades post-liberalisation in 1991.
Sometime back Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an ambitious target of 175 GW by 2022 for renewable energy. India has a low consumption of energy and will need to increase it several fold in the coming decades. With the global community working on reducing carbon footprint and the commitment of each nation being already in public domain with the international community as Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC), the pressures for improving energy efficiency and increasing share of non-fossil fuel generation has become more intense.
Professing Indianness has taken media spending to a new high and journalistic ethics to a new low. There are marketing as well as editorial solutions to 'nationality laundering'. A Chinese company of yesterday becomes an Indian company of today by simply advertising so. Uber CEO is happy to take on Indian nationality alongwith Indian Guest Editorship.
Pradhan Mantri MUDRA Yojana (PMMY), which provides access to institutional finance (MUDRA Loans of <10L) to small business units and entrepreneurs, has led to 5.5 crore jobs in just over two years, addressing the most critical challenge facing the country. According to the survey titled 'MUDRA Scheme: a Game Changer Initiative on Job Creation', a total of 54,479,763 jobs have been generated through MUDRA. These include 37,753,217 direct jobs and 16,726,545 indirect jobs. The report was released at the 49th SKOCH Summit at New Delhi.
"You have to dream before your dreams can come true." This famous quote of former President APJ Abdul Kalam, who himself turned his dream into a reality as a nuclear scientist and has "ignited" many minds with his ideas, is perhaps the most appropriate theme for present day India aspiring to become an economic and knowledge superpower.It is the culmination of the dreams of 1.2 billion people that has led Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ideate his plan of making the $2 trillion economy a $20 trillion behemoth within the next two decades, eradicating poverty and making India a knowledge society.
Anupam Verma, who works for a multi-national company in Mumbai, was deeply disturbed after reading a report regarding the presence of poisonous chemicals in conventionally grown fruits and vegetables that he and his family used to eat everyday. The report was indeed scary. It said the consumption of these produce might cause life-threatening diseases like cancer, neurological defects, autism and respiratory and reproductive problems. Verma did not want to take a chance and decided to use only 'organic produce', which are presented in the report as a healthy alternative.
In 2015-16 Union Budget, the government enhanced credit target for farm sector by Rs 50,000 crore to Rs 8.5 lakh crore. This was in line with a common perception that farm credit translates into the growth of the national economy. Statistically this might be unfounded, however it is undeniable that the farm sector that constitutes the core of the economy needs to be in focus of banks and other financial institutions.