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


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Who Stole my Data?

Ratna Bhushan January 27, 2022

In the absence of a concrete data protection law in India, instances of consumer data breach are turning a lot more frequent. Host Ratna Bhushan explores how this is a case of lack of policy, traceability and accountability, in conversation with leading cyber law expert Pavan Duggal, Rajshekhar Rajaharia, a popular internet security researcher and Rajat Wahi, Partner at Deloitte India.Credits: WION, NDTV, editorji

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Taxing our Billionaires

kiran somvanshi January 25, 2022

“Tax us now”, said no Indian billionaire ever! But with growing wealth inequality in the pandemic, and hundreds of the world’s super rich asking to be taxed more, should wealth tax make a comeback in India? Kiran Somvanshi discusses with Morris Pearl, chair of Patriotic Millionaires, Amitabh Behra, CEO of Oxfam India and Hitesh Gajaria, partner at KPMG. Credits: NBC News,ABC News, Fortune, Wall Street Journal, The Economic Times, Lok Sabha Tv, Mirror Now, India Today, ET Now

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Bad News for Google

Anirban Chowdhury January 21, 2022

Google has faced four probes from the competition watchdog in India in recent years amidst growing allegations of abuse of market dominance by big tech companies. This negatively impacts the local tech ecosystem and consumers will pay the cost ultimately, host Anirban Chowdhury finds out in conversation with Amber Sinha, Executive Director at Centre for Internet and Society, Sijo George, Executive Director at ADIF, and ET’s Megha Mandavia.

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Foxconn Furore

Dia Rekhi January 20, 2022

Apple supplier Foxconn has landed in the soup again with its workers complaining of poor working conditions. Host Dia Rekhi in conversation with Sana Hashmi, Visiting Fellow at the Taiwan-Asia Exchange Foundation, Sasikumar Gendham, Salcomp India’s managing director and Justice K Chandru, former judge of the Madras High Court find out what led to this issue and how will this impact the growing electronics manufacturing ecosystem in India.

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Paracetamol Pandemic

Devina Sengupta January 18, 2022

The consumption of painkillers shot up by 23% in India last year with Dolo 650 becoming a household name. Have we turned into excessive pill-poppers during the pandemic? Host Devina Sengupta talks with Dr SP Kalantri, Medical Superintendent at Kasturba Hospital, ET Prime’s Vikas Dandekar and ET’s Kiran Somvanshi to find out.

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Voda-Idea: Survive, Not Thrive

Arijit Barman January 14, 2022

Vodafone Idea insists that despite the government becoming its largest shareholder, it will not become a public-sector company. Host Arijit Barman explores the quirks of this transaction and what’s next for the troubled telecom operator with Peter Milliken, Head of Company Research – APAC at Deutsche Bank and ET’s Anandita Singh Mankotia.Credits: Mirror Now, NDTV, CNBC-TV18

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Testing Times

Ratna Bhushan January 13, 2022

Demand-supply gaps, small town challenges, false positives or negatives, record surge in demand for home testing, shortage of technicians who’re themselves getting infected, pressures on turnaround time. Are India’s Covid Labs overwhelmed? Is testing overload compromising on quality? Are home test kits the solution? Host Ratna Bhushan speaks to Dr Lal Pathlabs MD Om Manchanda, Hasmukh Rawal, MD of Mylab Discovery Solutions, and Dilip Jose, CEO of Manipal Hospitals to find out how prepared India’s Covid labs are for the third wave. Credits: The Quint

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Omicron is NOT Mild!

Nehal Chaliawala January 11, 2022

The Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 is causing less severe disease but the virus itself is not becoming less pathogenic, a new study has found. Cambridge University’s Dr Ravindra Gupta explains the implications of this study and the future of the pandemic in an interview to host Nehal Chaliawala.

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Bulli Bai: No Country for Women

Bhavya Dilipkumar January 7, 2022

Bulli Bai and Sulli Deals are just two new applications making headlines for fake auction of Muslim women. But cyber bullying is not new and most cases unreported. Host Bhavya Dilipkumar talks to Hasiba Amin, an Indian National Congress office holder and a victim, NS Nappinai, a Supreme Court advocate and ET’s Krishna Kumar to understand the modus operandi of these hate crimes and the recourse for victims.Credits: India Today, Mirror Now

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Is India Omicron ready?

Devina Sengupta January 6, 2022

As the number of cases in the country surge and fear of a third wave looms large, host Devina Sengupta speaks to virologist Dr Gagandeep Kang, Dr. Alok Khullar, CEO, Gleneagles Global Health City and ET’s Nidhi Sharma to assess whether India is better prepared than last year to deal with the Covid onslaught. Credits: TRT World, NDTV, CNN-News 18, WION

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Ringside with RC Bhargava

Anirban Chowdhury January 4, 2022

Challenges from two Covid waves and fears of a third; cost pressures and supply constraints; slow growth in the manufacturing sector and high taxes; hybrid vehicles and Totoya tie-up. Host Anirban Chowdhury in conversation with Maruti’s Chairman RC. Bhargava, finds out what’s ahead for the auto industry and what’s keeping the chairman occupied in 2022?

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UP and Beyond

Arijit Barman December 31, 2021

Year-ender series Theme Five: Assembly polls in 5 states in 2022 but all eyes are on Uttar Pradesh. Host Arijit Barman along with the general secretary of All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS)Hannan Molla, BJP spokesperson Shalabh Mani Tripathi and veteran journalist Sharat Pradhan decode how the outcome of 2022 polls in UP will shape the national political narrative for BJP and its mascot Prime Minister Narendra Modi.