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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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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.

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Regulating Digital Content

Devina Sengupta November 13, 2020

The government’s move to bring over-the-top (OTT) services such as streaming platforms and digital news channels under the I&B ministry is seen by some as a precursor to content censorship. MediaNama’s founder Nikhil Pahwa and ET’s senior assistant editor Vasudha Venugopal explain the government’s rationale, the impact on the industry and what it could mean for consumers.

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Decoding Battleground Bihar

Rachita Prasad November 12, 2020

The NDA is back in power in Bihar, but this win didn’t come easily. Nitish Kumar will be the chief minister, leading his party as a junior partner of the BJP. Neerja Chowdhury, columnist and political commentator, and ET’s senior assistant editor Kumar Anshuman analyse India’s first election since the Covid-19 outbreak and assess what’s next.

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Are we ready to WhatsApp Pay?

Indulekha Aravind November 10, 2020

WhatsApp Pay finally got the nod to launch last week but with riders. Simultaneously, an unprecedented cap of 30% of monthly UPI transaction volume was announced for all players. We look at the ramifications of these two big developments on a rapidly growing digital payments network.

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The US Presidential Election

Devina Sengupta November 6, 2020

The next US president’s key task will be to return America to global leadership in a world wracked by Covid-19, China’s ambitions and climate change. India will seek more investments and easier visa norms from the US. While Biden has always been supportive of India, Trump has clicked with Modi and a second term could mean business as usual.

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Flipkart Goes Shopping

Arijit Barman November 5, 2020

Flipkart has recently made a number of cherry-picked deals and partnerships. It’s also seen bumper sales during its flagship festive sale. We delve into the company’s strategic focus on wholesale, fashion and grocery and what this means for its plans for an IPO.

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Will India ever get its own Ant?

Indulekha Aravind November 3, 2020

Starting off as a payment unit of Alibaba, Ant is today a fin-tech giant straddling payments, lending, investments, and insurance and is likely to raise over $34 billion in its upcoming listing, making it the world’s biggest IPO. How did it get there, and can India have an Ant equivalent?