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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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Gone Game

Arijit Barman December 11, 2020

Some states have pulled the plug on the fast-growing online gaming industry and more are likely to join the banned-wagon. Nikhil Narendran, Partner at Trilegal, Salone Sehgal, Co-Founder of Lumikai, and ET’s Megha Mandavia discuss the pros and cons of these restrictions and how they might affect investments. 

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Fuel on Fire

Rachita Prasad December 10, 2020

Petrol and diesel prices are inching towards all-time highs in India where consumers pay some of the highest fuel taxes in the world. K Ravichandran, Executive VP at ICRA, Debasish Mishra, leader for energy resources at Deloitte, and ET’s Deepshikha Sikarwar discuss what triggered the price hike and whether consumers can expect any relief soon.

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(P)honey?

Devina Sengupta December 8, 2020

Some of India’s leading honey makers are facing charges of adulteration, denting their image. Sunita Narain, director of Centre for Science and Environment and ET’s Ratna Bhushan discuss the concerning report, and what’s next for the Rs. 1,800 crore sector.

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Home Truths: To buy or not?

Rachita Prasad December 4, 2020

Declining property prices, record-low home loan rates, government incentives and offers galore from builders – is now the right time to buy your dream home? That’s what we asked author and personal finance coach PV Subramanyam and ET’s Kailash Babar, who closely tracks the real estate market.

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Riders for Ride-Hailing Apps

Indulekha Aravind December 3, 2020

The new Motor Vehicle Aggregator Guidelines propose that states cap surge pricing and increase the commission for drivers to 80%. Rameesh Kailasam, CEO of IndiaTech.Org, and ET’s special correspondent Alnoor Peermohamed tell us the impact of these norms on cab-aggregator startups, drivers and customers.

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Farm Furore 

Arijit Barman December 1, 2020

Since Friday, farmers unhappy with three recently passed farm bills, have laid siege to the capital. We ask Ajay Jakhar, a farmer and chairman of Bharat Krishak Samaj, as well as Himangshu Watts, editor at ET, if the changes will improve efficiencies, farm incomes and boost investments in an otherwise anti-competitive sector or if bigger monopolies will create new cartels.

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Reservations Cancelled

Devina Sengupta November 27, 2020

As another wave of the coronavirus scares vacationers, hoteliers are arming themselves with safety measures and special offers to attract guests. Ajay Bakaya, Managing Director of Sarovar Hotels, and ET’s Anumeha Chaturvedi tell us how hotel owners are also finding opportunities in the midst of the crisis such as hosting film crews and catering to wedding parties.

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Cracking Cyber Attacks

Devina Sengupta November 26, 2020

Cyberattacks in India are getting more sophisticated. The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) says that healthcare has become an attractive target for hackers. Supreme Court lawyer NS Nappinai and ET’s senior correspondent Anandi Chandrashekhar tell us what, apart from a strong cybersecurity law, is needed to deter hacking.

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Vaccine Reality Dose

Indulekha Aravind November 24, 2020

Bharat Biotech failed to halt clinical trials after one person developed serious side-effects during the testing of Covaxin, its indigenously developed Covid-19 vaccine candidate. Dr. K Srinath Reddy, President of Public Health Foundation of India, and ET’s Teena Thacker take us through the protocols and challenges of developing a vaccine.

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Singapore Sling for Lakshmi Vilas Bank

Arijit Barman November 20, 2020

For the first time, the Reserve Bank of India roped in a foreign bank – DBS of Singapore – to take over the assets of an Indian lender, 94-year-old Lakshmi Vilas Bank. ET’s journalists Sugata Ghosh and Atmadip Ray tell us how and why this happened and what it means for banking in the country.

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Is dining-out back in?

Devina Sengupta November 19, 2020

India’s restaurants are trying everything to get customers back. Despite all the safety norms in place, consumers are still being careful about dining out. Sameer Seth, Founder of Hunger Inc., Zorawar  Kalra, MD of Massive Restaurants, and ET’s Senior Editor Ratna Bhushan explain how the Rs 4.25 lakh crore industry is adapting to the new normal.

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Aatmanirbhar Bharat 3.0: Hit or Miss?

Indulekha Aravind November 17, 2020

India’s latest stimulus package to revive the economy includes reforms and incentives for local manufacturing and job creation, but experts are unsure if enough has been done to revive demand. ET’s Resident Editor, North, Vinay Pandey and Consulting Editor TK Arun dissect the Rs 2.65 lakh crore Aatmanirbhar Bharat 3.0 package.