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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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Fixing Shadow Banks

Arijit Barman February 19, 2021

NBFCs fell out of favour after the IL&FS imbroglio but a spate of recent acquisitions has brought them back into the spotlight. Krishnan Sitharaman, Senior Director at CRISIL, Sridhar Sivaram, Investment Director at Enam Holdings, and ET’s Saikat Das help us decode this resurgence.

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Licence to Map

Devina Sengupta February 18, 2021

India has opened up access to geospatial data for local companies to spur innovation in mapping. Lalitesh Katragadda, Founder of Google Map Maker, Rohan Verma, CEO of MapmyIndia, and ET’s Shantanu Nandan Sharma explain how Indian companies will benefit from the new policy, the hurdles in implementation and if existing players will feel the pinch.

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Exit The Dragon?

Indulekha Aravind February 16, 2021

China and India seem to be moving towards military disengagement at the LAC after a standoff lasting months. Nirupama Rao, Former Indian Foreign Secretary, and ET’s Pranab Dhal Samanta tell us what led to this development, whether India can trust China and the impact on bilateral trade relations.

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Koo D’état

Arijit Barman February 12, 2021

Koo, the locally developed microblogging site that allows users to share their thoughts in Indian languages, is gaining ground as Twitter-government standoff continues. But do alt social networks work? Aprameya Radhakrishna, Founder & CEO of Koo, and ET’s Surabhi Agarwal and Venkat Anath discuss its strategy.

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The Himalayan Disaster

Rachita Prasad February 11, 2021

A suspected glacial collapse led to a destructive flash flood in Uttarakhand. What is the impact of global warming and large-scale development projects on ecologically fragile regions, and how can they be mitigated? Farooq Azam, Glaciologist, Anjal Prakash, lead author of a UN report on the issue, and ET’s Urmi Goswami discuss.

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Dissent #Blocked

Devina Sengupta February 9, 2021

Social media platforms Twitter and Facebook are at a crossroads over whether to uphold freedom of expression or follow the government’s orders to take down several accounts in the wake of the farmer protests. Apar Gupta, Executive Director of Internet Freedom Foundation, and ET’s Anumeha Chaturvedi explain what’s happening.

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Get Shorty

Arijit Barman February 5, 2021

A bunch of Redditors in the US shook Wall Street by banding together to buy up shares of ailing video game seller GameStop, taking short-sellers by surprise. Nithin Kamath, Co-Founder of Zerodha, and Pravin Palande of ET Prime decode the saga and tell us if a similar frenzy can take place in India.

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Budget Booster for Sensex

Rachita Prasad February 4, 2021

The Sensex closed at a record high on Wednesday as the stock markets continued to cheer measures proposed in the budget. Aditya Sood, Fund Manager at InCred Finance, and Nishanth Vasudevan, ET’s Markets Editor, discuss the options and precautions for investors riding this bull run.

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Budget to Rebuild

Indulekha Aravind February 2, 2021

A year after the Covid-19 outbreak, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented a budget aimed at spending and job creation in a bid to spur economic growth. ET’s Chief Editor (news) Sugata Ghosh and Consulting Editor Mythili Bhusnurmath tell us why this budget has brought industry and markets cheer, although questions remain on the execution of plans.

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Divestment Dilemmas

Arijit Barman January 29, 2021

It remains an obvious source of funds for the government and the Modi government had even kickstarted big bang privatisation of PSUs. But like always intent has not yet translated into reality. Former finance secretary Subhash Chandra Garg and ET’s Gulveen Aulakh examine why.

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Will Tata’s Super App Click?

Indulekha Aravind January 28, 2021

The Tata Group’s plan to buy BigBasket & 1 mg is considered a stepping stone to creating a one-stop digital service, a super app. ET’s Senior Editor Kala Vijayraghavan and Mumbai Deputy Resident Editor, Arijit Barman tell us why these acquisitions are important for the Tatas and the chances of their super app succeeding in the highly competitive consumer internet space.

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The Republic’s March

Devina Sengupta January 26, 2021

The roar of Rafale jets may make up for the absence of a chief guest and fewer spectators at India’s 72nd Republic Day parade in New Delhi. ET’s Vikram Doctor and Manu Pubby discuss the history of this annual procession, its appeal among today’s social media-obsessed youth and whether it is truly representative of modern India.