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Cover story | June 30, 2019

Fixing Our Crumbling Financial System

Fixing Our Crumbling Financial System

How the Finance Ministry and the RBI can avert an economic disaster

Taming Shadow Banks

NBFCs are facing asset-liability mismatches and undergoing a balance sheet adjustment. But they need more regulatory intervention, too

Finding The Way

Fintech lenders will have to change their business models to survive the ongoing liquidity crisis

How India Can Boost Fintech Growth

An inclusive, co-ordinated approach towards fintech innovation and regulation will go a long way

The Looming Danger

India's banking engine is still to stabilise after RBI's drive to clean up balance sheets and the government's consolidation move even as new pockets of risk build up

Editor's Note

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Time To Fix Financial Holes

The RBI and finance ministry need to work together to fix the problem properly

Leadership Spotlight

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Leaderspeak

Samit Ghosh, MD & CEO, Ujjivan Small Finance Bank After his 30-year stint as a reputed banker, Ghosh set up Ujjivan, a microfinance institution, in 2005. Twelve years later, he turned it into a small finance bank, catering to four million customers, and is now launching a digital interface to serve 40 million customers in seven years.

The Buzz

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Lack Of Sunshine

In the first quarter, solar investments were lower by 12 per cent to $2.8 billion compared to investments during the same period a year ago

Crude Bonanza

When fuel prices were low in the early years of the previous government, it passed on only a fraction of the benefits to consumers and used the high excise duty from sale of petrol and diesel to offset the shortfall in disinvestment income

On A Downslide

In FY2019, luxury segment sales declined 11 per cent to just 3,439 units (Liases Foras)

Skeletons In The Closet

The charge sheet filed by SFIO in the IL&FS default case points to a criminal conspiracy by the top management to hide the worsening financial health of the company

Implementation Issues Ahead

The draft National Education Policy 2019 put out by the government for comments from stakeholders stands out as an excellent text on what needs to be done

Easier Participation

FPIs will be allowed to invest in unlisted companies ahead of their initial public offerings

Batliboi Barred

Of the eight banks audited in 2017/18, four were foreign banks such as Mizuho Bank, Barclays Bank Plc; three were private sector lenders such as Axis Bank and Kotak Mahindra Bank

No Big Impact

The damage is more in the action itself than in monetary terms as it signals tougher bilateral trade negotiations between India and the US in the coming days

No Concentration

The RBI is actually talking about more stringent exposure limits for certain categories of NBFCs

Supplementing Healthcare Cost

The Noida-based healthcare financing platform offers medical loans at zero per cent interest

Niche Bonding

Niche social networks bring to the digital space the way real-life networking happens and could be a gold mine for advertisers

The Hub

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Budget 2019: Starting Point

The full-year budget to be presented on July 5 could change some allocations and other announcements made on February 1, 2019. Here are some high - lights of the interim budget in areas that may see fresh announcements in July

Death Rattle?

Jet Airways might be heading for bankruptcy as it seems to have lost the chance to secure a buyer

Tech Tangle

Huawei is under fire globally and its future in India is not yet certain

Making India Disaster Ready

Natural calamities have become a way of life, but the Indian infrastructure is yet to become resilient

The Sweet Pill

Drug regulatory reforms in China have turned the heat on the Indian pharmaceutical industry and raised the cost of bulk drugs. But some firms have managed to turn the crisis into an opportunity by filling in the space left by the Chinese.

Hello, Goodbye

Why is Ajay Piramal exiting the Shriram Group of companies in which he invested heavily only six years ago?

We Need To Diversify Beyond Kiranas In India

LOTS Wholesale Solutions is a late entrant to India's cash-and-carry market, having started in January 2017, years after formidable rivals such as Metro and Walmart entered the country. It has been very aggressive though - starting its first three stores within seven months and chalking out a plan to open 15 stores within three years. A subsidiary of Siam Makro, the cash-and-carry player with a long history in Thailand, it is part of the CP (Charoen Pokphand) group. Tanit Chearavanont, Managing Director, LOTS, responsible for cracking the Indian retail market, speaks to Business Today's Prosenjit Datta about how he plans to go about it. Edited excerpts

From Reactive To Preventive Wellness

Focus should be on preventive product development to help promote people's wellness over a long period

Anatomy Of Successful Strategic Leaders

They help build a collaborative culture, nurture talent, drive change and work as enterprise guardians

Selling Wellness

How healthcare marketing will become more nutra- and wellness-centric

The Break-Out Zone

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A Gripping Tale

An insight into what has driven India's economic choices over the past 70 years

The Robo Reapers

Fully automated farms may not be functional yet, but robots are ploughing, sowing, reaping and, most importantly, picking fruits and veggies

Design Is The Big Challenge

India is one of the biggest opportunities for infrastructure digitisation

Anytime, Anywhere Health

A wide range of home health gadgets can help people take control of their lives. The only caveat - they must consult doctors and avoid self-medication

Speed Up Your Sluggish Device

From smartphones to laptops and tablets, most devices slow down over time, but there are ways to boost their speed

The Secret Sauce

A look at the factors that work in favour of global managers who have grown up and had their foundational education in a chaotic India

Special Reports

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Far From Healthy

In spite of an expanding healthcare market, prevention and wellness do not get the attention they deserve

Stay Healthy, Office-Goers

Stuck to your computer throughout the day? It could trigger a whole bunch of health issues, but fortunately, there are solutions

Alphas Of The Corner Room

What differentiates business leaders who display high octane stamina and productivity from lesser mortals who also work long hours

The Insidious Enemy

If not addressed soon, the growing burden of non-communicable diseases will take a heavy toll on people, productivity & growth

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