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Shreehari Paliath (IndiaSpend) 24 April 2024
The COVID-19 pandemic has had the most impact on jobs and livelihoods in the last five years. Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), the rural jobs programme which guarantees 100 days of work per household, had become a lifeline for millions of rural workers. A majority of...

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The Delhi High Court has dismissed a petition to postpone the chartered accountants (CA) intermediate and final examinations due to the Lok Sabha polls in May.   The petition, moved by 27 candidates, proposed shifting the examination dates from May to June to avoid clashes with the election...

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In the corporate world, there are times when you have senior managers who develop into 'Tigers' over a period of time. Brusque, sharp and cruel when they can—these are noticeable and formidable stripes and roars. But there are times when they lack the courage to face a situation, when they...

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Moneylife Digital Team 02 April 2024
The new financial year in India updates rules for your savings plans, taxes and other investment matters. In this manner, from 1 April 2024, the employees’ provident fund organisation (EPFO) has introduced significant changes that should help individuals when requesting provident fund (PF)...

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It was Yogesh Sapkale of Moneylife who reminded me that I had finished 100 articles in this series and, at this point, I may want to say something special (or different?). Hence, this article, at a point of 60 years of my working life, where I feel the great need to go back to timeless...

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Many decades ago, I was greatly impressed by Aesop’s Management Fables. I picked out the files recently and I enjoyed them as much as I did at that time. It may seem flippant—but especially in management, the learning is more important than the way you learn. That is why there are lectures,...

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People working in the corporate world repeatedly talk about how much better it is to be 'on one’s own'—where they can do what they like and be totally independent; where they can freely implement their innovative ideas and need not kowtow to the boss; where they are not constrained by the...

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There was a lot of media coverage on 30 November 2023, on the death of Charles Munger, the alter ego and foil of Warren Buffett for over 60 years, as they together built Berkshire Hathaway into an empire. Though many of us always heard about Mr Buffett, the name of Mr Munger hardly featured...

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In standard books on the theory of selling, there would be three seemingly innocuous directions, lost in the vast verbiage of a standard text, under the chapter on closing the sale. These are a) never be insulted by a refusal; b) never write off a customer; and c) never give up. It seems so...

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“When I grow up, I won’t have children,” said my six-year-old granddaughter. “They are too much work.”   Yes, parenting is a lot more work today than it was 30 years ago. And more expensive, too, in more ways than one. First, of course, the cost.   As far back as 2018, a...

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The usual refrain in many companies today is that most of the unemployed are unemployable. They sometimes have poor technical knowledge (even though they have graduated) and even poorer communication skills and human skills. As I have said in earlier articles—technical, human and...

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IANS 27 December 2023
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued a notification warning that students should not enrol in MPhil Degree courses being offered by universities as they are no longer recognised.   The notification comes as the UGC had earlier directed all higher educational institutions...

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If you have not set values and a design for the kind of life you wish to lead in the corporate world (and outside it), you can end up having very flexible standards. This can even mean no standards at all! As you go up the executive ladder, keep looking around you at the people who have...

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Sparks flew after Narayana Murthy asked the nation’s youth to work 70 hours a week. Though a few industrialists did support Mr Murthy, most of the other opinions were decidedly against the notion.   Now that feelings have been vented, and the dust has settled, it is time to look at...

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It is a turbulent world. A world of change and chaos. I see that old solutions, which I had successfully applied to problems 40 years ago, are no longer suitable for the same problems. This is compounded by the fact that even the basic nature of many problems has changed. Hark back to the old...

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While there was great hope with the historic August 2011 Supreme Court (SC) judgment, which ordered that copies of answer sheets should be given to students under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, a later SC judgment of 2018 has somewhat diluted the hopes of students who seek them for the...

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Long revered as the ‘simple’ middle-class, super-success story, the Murthys of Infosys are perhaps perplexed at why social media (with often leads the mainstream media coverage) seems to explode at their comments these days. This time around, it was NR Narayana Murthy’s ‘request’ that India’s...

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I have greatly admired and learnt a lot from Charles Vance, who wrote Manager Today, Executive Tomorrow. One of the 10 principles he propounds in his book is that ‘from birth to death you are alone’. You may have parents to help you up to a point; you may have your spouse and children to help...

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IANS 30 October 2023
Infosys founder Narayana Murthy's advice to youngsters in India, urging them to work 70 hours a week, has sparked sharp reactions from founders and leaders who said that while extended working hours can boost productivity, a balanced approach is equally necessary.   During a podcast,...

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IANS 27 October 2023
Infosys founder NR Narayana Murthy, in a conversation with Padma Shri Awardee and Chairman of Aarin Capital, T.V. Mohandas Pai on the first episode of 3one4 Capital's podcast 'The Record', said that if India wants to compete with developed economies that have made remarkable progress in...

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