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India’s data localisation may not protect privacy but could damage businesses

Those interested in India’s economic future need to be careful about tying it down with yesterday’s restrictions.

No, Azim Premji jobs report does not use erroneous data to study employment in India

Soumya Kanti Ghosh and Pulak Ghosh recently picked on the State of Working India report, but they misunderstood the study.

How do Indians fight against data breaches when companies like FreshMenu choose to hide it

Over a lakh usernames, phone numbers, emails, addresses and order histories were exposed. And FreshMenu chose not to tell its customers.
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The World Bank’s terrible response to controversy over India’s Ease of Doing Business jump

The World Bank's response to the criticism of its 'Ease of Doing Business' rankings comes with no substantive rebuttal.

Exclusive: Unemployment is low as people have to work to earn, says India’s chief statistician

Amid talk of jobless growth and the urgent need for India to create employment for its millions of young men and women, the Chief Statistician of India, T.C.A. Ananth, says there is not much evidence to show that the unemployment scenario may have worsened in the last three or four years. Anubhuti Vishnoi

TALK POINT: Can official data be fudged? How can we ensure that the credibility of official data is not damaged?

In recent months, many allegations have been made about fudging of official data by government departments in both the centre and the states. How do the allegations hurt the credibility of institutions and what safeguards can be put in place? We ask experts. The art of book-cooking and “smart” accounting hid the true state of Punjab’s finances -- Manpreet Badal, Punjab Finance Minister On assuming office on March 16, 2017, the Congress government was shocked to learn that the financial position of the state was far worse than even our wildest imagination. The treasury was virtually lying closed under the weight of the bills amounting to Rs 13,000 crore pending clearances, farmers were all set to sell their Rabi crop, and the government was awaiting sanction of the Cash Credit Limit (CCL). And then came the RBI shocker  - a letter on March 29 suspending all payments to the state. Normally, budget...

On Camera

People wearing masks in a park in Shanghai, China | Qilai Shen | Bloomberg

Asians will become the new Muslims — how coronavirus will change our world like 9/11

To control another Covid-19 outbreak, solutions like body screening, temperature guns, sanitising kits will become a permanent part of our lives.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Is there a risk of Modi govt using Covid-19 to curb media and freedoms or is it necessary?

Surveillance is becoming a key concern during the Covid-19 crisis. The Supreme Court has also directed media to publish the official version of the developments.

Defence

A file photo of NCC parade at by SD cadets at IIT Bombay. | Photo: Commons

Modi govt to rope in NCC cadets aged 18 and above to help in fight against coronavirus

The NCC will mobilise its senior division volunteer cadets to be employed in small cohesive groups of 8-20 to assist the civil infrastructure.

Modi’s India isn’t Mao’s China. Silly forecasts assume we’ll let corona kill millions of us

There are many scary scenarios about how badly we Indians may be affected or how many killed by Covid-19. But they presume we will do nothing to influence our fates.