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To make sense of the week’s hottest stories in business, economy and markets, senior editors from the Economic Times chat with reporters and industry leaders in this thrice-weekly (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) podcast.


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All The NSO’s Men

Indulekha Aravind July 28, 2021

The Pegasus scandal has raised allegations of snooping on politicians, journalists, and technocrats. Public policy lawyer Vrinda Bhandari, ET Prime’s Nirmal John, and ET’s Sachin Dave discuss why corporates and civilians should pull up their firewalls and fight for privacy. Credits: CBS, The Guardian, NDTV, WION, Pro Sound FX, Sound Response, Otternest

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Zomato IPO: First Timers’ FOMO?

Arijit Barman July 23, 2021

Millennial users of the online food delivery app are whetting their investment appetite by subscribing to the public issue. Varun Sridhar, CEO, Paytm Money, Rachana Ranade, CA turned Finance YouTuber & Aditya Kondawar, COO, JST Investments slice and dice the factors behind the frenzy and deliver their verdict on the internet IPO gold rush. Credits: Zomato, Chintamani Jaipuri, TV18, CA Rachana Ranade, CNN, CNBC.

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Supercharging EVs

Rachita Prasad July 22, 2021

The electric vehicle market in India is revving up with ambitious plans of product launches and subsidies from the government have helped in making them price competitive. But are consumers willing to get into the driver’s seat when charging infrastructure is still lagging behind? Ather Energy CEO Tarun Mehta and ET’s Nehal Chaliawala tell us if EVs will live up to the hype. Clips from YouTube channels of NDTV, CNBC-TV18, MOJO STORY, The Car Guide – Rishabh Arora, CA Rachana Phadke’s, Akshat Shrivastava, WION

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The Right Baby Formula

Indulekha Aravind July 20, 2021

The new-found enthusiasm of some states to curb population growth is a misplaced idea that will do more harm than good, experts warn. Poonam Muttreja, executive director of Population Foundation of India and S Irudaya Rajan, chairman of the International Institute of Migration and Development, explain the perils of controlling population through regulations. Credits: CNN-News18, NDTV, Al Jazeera, DW News and Bhandarkar Entertainment

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School’s Out

Rachita Prasad July 16, 2021

The pandemic has laid havoc to the traditional college admission timelines, forcing teachers, students, and lawmakers to adhere to an entirely new system. Is a click-and-mortar college system going to be the way forward? Aseem Chauhan, Chancellor, Amity University, Ayush Bansal, Founder & CEO, iDreamCareer, Santanu Paul, CEO & MD, TalentSprint, and ET Prime’s Debleena Majumdar discuss. Credits: Pink Floyd, SonyMusicIndiaVEVO, NDTV.

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IBC Haircut Saloon

Arijit Barman July 15, 2021

Amidst massive losses and poor recoveries of corporate dues, India’s bankruptcy code is slowly losing its reformatory zeal. Author and founder of financial magazine Moneylife, Debashis Basu, bankruptcy regulator Dr. MS Sahoo and ET’s Mohit Bhalla tell us whether the bankruptcy code is being gamed by opportunistic tycoons and pliant lenders, and ways to fix it. Credits: ET Now, Bloomberg Quint, TV 18, FredsVoice ASMR, Applause Entertainment.

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The Chinese Question

Anjali Venugopalan July 13, 2021

As the Chinese Communist Party marks its 100th anniversary, we look at how China went from being the world’s factory to almost a superpower-like status. Amitendu Palit, Senior Research Fellow at the National University of Singapore and ET’s Pranab Dhal Samanta help answer the question – Who will stand up to China? Credits: WION, Bloomberg Quicktake, CNA Insider

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The Shadow Censor

Bhavya Dilipkumar July 9, 2021

Amendments to the Cinematograph Act of 1952 could completely change the way Indian cinema is produced and released. Why is the government trying to supersede the CBFC and take matters into its own hands? We discuss with film industry veteran Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Kaushik Moitra, Partner at Bharucha and Partners, and independent filmmaker Rushabh Nagraj. Credits: Cinecurry Classics, ETernal ET., MOJO Story, The Wire, India Today, Amazon Prime UK, Netflix India.

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Real Cost, Unreal Tariff

Devina Sengupta July 8, 2021

Indians enjoy some of the lowest telecom charges in the world, but operators say that the current tariffs are not sustainable. Will the government intervene to let them charge you more? Prashant Singhal, TMT Emerging Markets Leader at EY and Lt Gen SP Kochhar, Director General of telecom lobby COAI, discuss the issue of floor tariff rates for the telecom sector.Clip credit: CNBC TV18

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Conditions Apply for E-commerce

Shashwat Mohanty July 6, 2021

E-commerce companies have been thrown into a tizzy after the Department of Consumer Affairs unexpectedly released a draft of rules aimed at protecting consumers. Do the rules really benefit consumers, or will this kill a booming online market through over-regulation? Jehangir Gai, Consumer Rights Activist, Archana Tewary, Partner at J Sagar Associates and ET’s Digbijay Mishra give us the highlights. Credits: Backstage with Millionaires, CNBC-TV18, Flipkart, Amazon, The Economic Times, Times Now, The Lallantop, NDTV.

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Mission Kashmir

Anjali Venugopalan July 2, 2021

Does PM Modi’s meeting with leaders from Kashmir signal a thaw in relations between the Centre and the Valley? Or is it just realpolitik? DS Hooda, Former Army Commander, Northern Command, Policy Analyst Radha Kumar, who was a member Group of Interlocutors for J&K and ET’s Hakeem Irfan Rashid analyse the Valley’s politics. 

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Jet 2.0: Turbulence Ahead

Indulekha Aravind July 1, 2021

The bankruptcy court may have approved the resolution plan for Jet Airways, but challenges, like getting the right airport slots and managing the heavy costs of running and operating the flights, remain even as the new buyers figure how to take off again. Endau Analytics’ Founder, Shukor Yusof and ET’s Anirban Chowdhury and Tarun Shukla tell us what lies ahead for the grounded aviation giant. Credits: NDTV, CNBC, ET NOW, India Ahead News, France 24 English.