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Why governments must intervene in the financial markets to keep a free-market in the real economy going In mid-2008, when a whirlwind of credit crises hit the global economies, massive State intervention was needed to prop up the pillars of modern finance. Even as their institutions were kept...

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Yashika Krutik Shah visited this unique organisation that lights up lives through guidance, treatment and match-making Do all the good you can, by all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. In any manner you can. To all the people you can. However little you can....

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Was Alan Greenspan a serial bubble-blower with a history of bad decision-making? There are two opinions about Alan Greenspan. One, that he was a brilliant central banker managing market expectations. This is exemplified by the book, Maestro, by Bob Woodward. The second view is that Greenspan...

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There are generally two categories of books about places. One, travelogues that contain a lot of factual information about a city and two, biographical sketches, which trace the history of cities; they seek to bring a place alive by capturing its myriad moods. This book belongs to the latter...

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A unique approach to investing that suggests you watch economic trends, select the right sectors and invest through exchange traded funds Writing this book during the worst periods of market decline, Stein points out that “with the amount of pessimism that we’ve seen in the market, and with...

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Value investing and behavioural finance are among the most popular terms in the investing lexicon. The first says that, for superior gains from stocks, you simply need to buy shares that are below their intrinsic value which the market offers you at times of panic. The gap between the market...

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Aniket Bhatkhande travelled to Dhamapur toexperience Syamantak, a unique learninginstitution inspired by Dr Srinath Kalbag’s work The abiding myth is that kids stay off schools to help parents. The truth is they are leaving in droves because ‘education’ there is boring! Teach them things to do...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee spots a new kind of fairy in Pune -- Pustak Pari When Meenakshi Apte retired as head, family & child welfare department, Tata Institute of Social Science after 32 years and shifted to Pune, she was certain she wanted to continue the work she had started in Mumbai -- mitigation...

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If you were given a choice, where you would choose to live? A survey conducted by International Living Magazine across 194 countries has tried to find out the best places for living. Countries were judged on nine parameters - cost of living, culture & leisure, economy, environment, freedom,...

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Karmayog finds that only 10 Indian companies make the grade in corporate social responsibility. A Moneylife report At a time when ethical investing and corporate social responsibility (CSR) have become buzzwords, not a single one of India’s top 1,000 companies obtained the highest grade (Level...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee describes a voluntary group rehabilitating orphaned and traumatised girls When they come to us, they are in a pitiable state -- battered as they are, physically, mentally and emotionally. Most have gone through such trauma that their world seems to be collapsing around them....

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Dr Nita Mukherjee describes an all-India effort in engaging with development workers The National Foundation for India (NFI) is an autonomous, professionally managed trust working for disadvantaged communities. It was set up in 1992 by a group of eminent citizens led by late C Subramaniam...

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Ajit Mantagani 23 April 2009
Every customer has access to prices and specifications from suppliers anywhere on earth. Customers can play one supplier against the other. Under those conditions, long-standing relationships and good products are not enough.” How true, in a networked world! So, Ram Charan embarks on...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee 09 April 2009
Shikshantar is making a difference in education. Dr Nita Mukherjee describes how At the turn of this century, when Manish and Vidhi Jain returned from the US, many friends asked what they planned to do. Manish’s answer was: “to unlearn my Master’s degree in Education from Harvard University.”...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee describes the efforts of an NGO in improving healthcare in slums When a medical doctor leaves a lucrative practice and settles in the voluntary sector, it speaks of his passion and commitment to medical care. Dr Siddharth Agarwal, executive director, Urban Health Resource...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee describes the AEIOU of fighting ostracism Sasakawa India Leprosy Foundation (SILF) was set up in November 2006 at Delhi as a charitable trust to infuse dignity and meaning into the lives of those affected by leprosy. Its credo is -- A: acceptance; E: education; I: income...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee describes a Mumbai NGO that provides more than sneha When Dr Armida Fernandez, former Dean of Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital (better known as Sion Hospital), Mumbai, founded an NGO in 1999, she aptly called it Sneha -- affection. It is an acronym for Society for...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee describes the Setu experiment in Kutch The concept of a Setu Centre, which could facilitate relief and rehabilitation of the earthquake-affected communities, emerged from the chaos and distress of the earthquake that struck Gujarat on 26 January 2001. Literally, within three...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee describes a medical research NGO that focuses on Dr NH Antia -- the legendary plastic surgeon who did pioneering research on nerve damage caused by leprosy -- had two beacons for the Foundation for Medical Research (FMR) which he set up in 1975. One, demystify medicine for the...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee describes a much-needed training effort in Ahmedabad As a medical rep in Ahmedabad, Rajendra Joshi would notice the appalling state of public health in the slums. He knew that it was the result of poverty, arising from lack of livelihood and income and was determined to do...

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