RBI can’t further ignore the inflation spell

India’s headline inflation data is subdued for now, but there are mounting risks that are difficult to ignore: a currency at a record-low, high oil prices, and looming elections that’s prompting the government to raise food prices to placate farmers. Consumer prices rose 3.77 percent in September from a year earlier, the Statistics ministry said […]

WhatsApp – Change to be better

The beauty of WhatsApp was – and in ways it still is – the simplicity of its one-to-one messages. With over 200 million users in India, it also has a massive Fake News, misinformation and plain malicious rumour problem. The platform is now rife with all kinds of misinformation, whether political, religious, historical, medical, social […]

Rise Conference 2018 eyes upcoming new technologies

Rise Technology Conference, the largest tech conference in Asia, was held from July 8 to 11 in Hong Kong. Now in its fourth year, Rise brings speakers from the world’s biggest companies together with the world’s most exciting start-ups. It has grown from 1,000 attendees in 2015 to an expected 15,000 attendees from more than […]

Conclave 2018 – FREEDOM

The second edition of Manorama News Conclave 2018 was attended by stalwarts from various frontiers of life. The conclave witnessed prominent politicians, police chief and film stars pondering and arguing over the definition of ‘Freedom’. From freedom of thought, to freedom to choose, the conclave witnessed high octane discussions. The audience witnessed convergence of ideas […]

GICI records highest consumer sentiment in India

Consumer sentiments in India rose to a new record high in July as respondents were bullish about future prospects for both business conditions and household finances, as per the recent reports. The GICI (Genesis India Consumer Indicator) – a monthly indicator tracking consumer sentiment pan India across personal finances, business conditions and buying conditions – […]

Modi govt.: Welfare plan set to help 500 million Indians

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to extend a welfare program to India’s 500 million workers as he bids for re-election in 2019, but he has limited time and resources to implement the ambitious plan. PM Modi aims to initially provide three programs — old age pension, life insurance and maternity benefits, while leaving out […]

UDAN - Bud-Jet air travel for all

The UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) Scheme is a key component of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP) which was released by the Ministry of Civil Aviation (India) on June 15, 2016. UDAN is a regional airport development and “Regional Connectivity Scheme” (RCS) initiated by the Government of India. The […]

Sridevi - An Untimely demise for a legacy

Sridevi was one of the strongest actors of Indian cinema, a role model to many actors in the domain irrespective of the language. She had starred in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Malayalam and Kannada films. Regarded as Indian cinema’s biggest female superstar, she won six Filmfare Awards: three for Hindi films, two for Tamil films and […]

Cosmologist, space traveler and hero

Stephen Hawking was regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists in history. His work on the origins and structure of the universe, from the Big Bang to black holes, revolutionized the field, while his best-selling books have appealed to readers who may not have Hawking’s scientific background. Professor Stephen William Hawking was born […]

European 'digital tax' to blow tech giants

Big technology firms face paying more tax under plans announced by the European Commission. It said companies with significant online revenues should pay a 3% tax on turnover for various online services, bringing in an estimated €5bn (£4.4bn). The proposal would affect firms such as Facebook and Google with global annual revenues above €750m and […]