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Mixed fortunes for festive realty (Comment) (14:34)
By Vinod Behl
In the backdrop of stagnant prices, rising interest rates, improving sales and recovering residential real estate, the current trends in the property market during this year's festive season, marked by the onset of Navratras, point to mixed fortunes in store for the real sector.

RSS chief sets BJP's electoral agenda (Column: Political Circus) (12:28)
By Amulya GanguliIANS Photo Service
There was never any doubt about the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) anti-minority electoral gambits but the agenda has now been unambigiously and forcefully articulated by the party's friend, philosopher and guide, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

Importance of rehabilitation care post road accident (Medical Notes) (11:10)
By Dr. Vijay Janagama
Road traffic accidents have become far more common in the past few decades. Young adults between 19 and 29 are more at risk. According to one estimate, two million people are left with physical disabilities due to accidents.

Platform companies: Leveraging the India story in the long run (Column: Behind Infra Lines) (12:10)
By Taponeel Mukherjee
Real per capita GDP, stock market indices and consumption trends in India are currently interesting. Even as real GDP at an aggregate and per capita basis have broadly trended higher, equity market valuations have fluctuated. Amidst the noise of market data, it is often easy to forget that some of the best investment opportunities arise when market valuations arent quite at their peak.

Carbon pricing: How politics makes implementation difficult (Column: Active Voice) (13:20)
By Amit Kapoor
In a curious happenstance last week, two global events put the spotlight on the critical issue of climate change.

"Me-too" movement a bad omen for BJP (Comment) (12:38)
By Amulya GanguliIANS Photo Service
There are several reasons why the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is palpably uneasy about the "Me-too" movement against the sexual harassment of women at the workplace, especially when Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar is in the line of fire. As a newspaper has noted, several ministers literally ran away when asked about the allegations against Akbar.

India needs a world-class higher educational system (Comment) (12:16)
By Frank F. Islam
India has the third-largest higher educational system in the world. In 2016, there were 799 universities and 39,071 colleges spread across the country. These numbers are staggering. The growth of higher education in India over a little more than half a century has been even more staggering.

Why an efficient financial system is crucial to consumption ecosystem (Column: Behind Infra Lines) (12:30)
By Taponeel Mukherjee
Access to financing of the right quality and quantity is critical for the growth of companies, industries and economies. In benign financial markets, the aphorism "A rising tide lifts all boats" holds. It is only when market volatility appears that the quality of various businesses can be truly deciphered.

Nehru should be understood in the context of his times, not ours (Column: Active Voice) (12:00)
By Amit Kapoor
It would hardly be an exaggeration to say that history is a living reality in Indian society. Every day millions across the country begin their day with Bronze age chants and pepper their conversations with Iron Age epics -- an expected outcome in a society that has a fair claim to being the worlds oldest continuous civilisation. The obsession with history also sometimes goes to ridiculous extremes as it distorted by politicians, who regularly make hyperbolic, unsubstantiated claims like the existence of satellite technology and nuclear weaponry in ancient India.

Mindfulness: An ancient remedy for the modern world's stresses (October 10 is World Mental Health Day) (11:10)
By Avinash Saurabh
Todays world is full of an unprecedented number of distractions and anxieties. The cities we work in are denser than ever. Our workplaces move at a faster pace than before. The devices we own and use for work and leisure are always awake and always hungry for more of our attention and time.

Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg can't just jeopardise a billion dreams (Tech Analysis) (11:46)
By Nishant AroraIANS Photo Service
The past few weeks have witnessed some bizarre and never-before-seen occurrences in the world of technology, and the credit, if you want to call it that, goes to Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and Facebook Founder-CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Hopes fading for a 'mahagathbandhan'? (Column: Political Circus) (12:30)
By Amulya GanguliIANS Photo Service
The advent of the festive season has brought good luck for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

India's circumspection has paid off in Maldives (Comment) (12:58)
By Ashok SajjanharIANS Photo Service
Not surprisingly, India was the first country to congratulate Maldives on the results of the September 23 presidential election. A statement by the Ministry of External Affairs welcoming the result was issued immediately after the outcome became known unofficially. This was followed by a telephone call by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih congratulating him on his victory. They agreed to work closely to further strengthen bilateral relations. Solih invited Modi to his swearing-in ceremony on November 17.

Financial services: Short-term volatility & long-term value (12:18)
By Taponeel Mukherjee
In spite of the recent volatility in the stock prices of financial services firms in India, the savings focused on the sector remain an attractive destination for institutional investors. Investing in the financial services sector -- such as asset management and wealth management companies that specialise in managing and investing household and corporate savings -- is a must for investors with a long-term horizon in India.

Revisiting 'My Experiments with Truth' on Gandhi's 149th birth anniversary (12:58)
By Saket SumanIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Oct 2 (IANS) As expressive of his faults and follies as of his vigour and virtues, Mahatma Gandhi's autobiography -- read, discussed, debated, admired and critiqued widely -- is the living testament of Bapus coming to terms with "satya", for he never claimed to have been all truthful, as those who preach his preachings today do. His was a lived faith and his own realisation of truth(s), in its myriad forms, came during the course of penning what became the monumental "The Story of My Experiments with Truth".

How to bridge India's tech-induced skill gap (Column: Active Voice) (12:02)
By Amit Kapoor
The world stands on the brink of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, powered by a wide range of new technology breakthroughs -- Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, advanced robotics, Internet of Things, cloud computing and 3D printing -- and the revolution is expected to result in major changes in the labour market globally by reducing the demand for middle-skilled workers doing repetitive tasks, and increasing the demand for more highly-skilled workers and also low-skilled workers doing non-routine work.

Adopting tech to allow employees flexible work environment (Comment) (11:10)
By Sundar Balasubramanian
Most progressive organisations today recognise that their employees are one of their key stakeholders, apart from their customers, partners, suppliers and shareholders. It is imperative that the needs of employees are addressed adequately.

Why it makes sense for camera makers to create lens for smartphones (Tech Trend) (11:26)
By Nishant Arora
New Delhi, Sep 30 (IANS) Smartphones, which are constantly threatening a whole bunch of devices around us, have now turned their focus on eliminating conventional cameras that have been part and parcel of our lives for years.

Bachchan's generosity on 'special appearances' is not so common (Column: Bollywood Spotlight) (12:50)
By Subhash K. JhaIANS Photo Service
Amitabh Bachchan shares a very special rapport with Ajay Devgn. Ajay's father, the famed stunt co-ordinator Veeru Devgan, is a friend of Bachchan. The friendship continues with the next generation, with Ajay and Abhishek Bachhan sharing very warm vibes.

Does Rahul have what it takes to forge opposition unity? (Column: Political Circus) (12:44)
By Amulya GanguliIANS Photo Service
The Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) hope of avoiding the nightmare of a united opposition may well be fulfilled.

The ultimate guide to effective influencer marketing (Business Tips) (11:46)
By Vani Gupta
Over the years, influencer engagement has become a powerful method of extending brand messaging and escalating brand reach. One of the strongest marketing trends in the world at the moment, collaborating with influencers has given brands an upper hand on the issue of reaching the right audiences effectively.

GST has hit the private security industry badly (Comment) (11:42)
By Vikram SinghIANS Photo Service
The implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) has received much appreciation from various industries, but there are sectors that have been terribly impacted after the introduction of the new tax regime.

Weren't there those who would rather go to India than to Paris? (Book Extract) (Exclusive to IANS) (18:54)
By Paulo CoelhoIANS Photo Service
(Attn Editors: Drawing on the rich experience of his own life, bestselling author Paulo Coelho's "Hippie", dedicated to Kabir, Rumi and Tagore, among others, will hit the bookstores in India on Thursday. Presented below is an exclusive extract from the book)

Infrastructure and economic growth: Of multiplier and network effects (Column: Behind Infra Lines) (12:00)
By Taponeel Mukherjee
The need for infrastructure creation in India is now being widely debated and analysed. It would be prudent to try and better understand how infrastructure creation contributes to the economic well-being of a nation. Some of the fundamental questions that come to mind are: How much does infrastructure creation matter for an economy? What "multiplier effect" does infrastructure have?

5 tips to help you take a power-packed vacation (September 27 is World Tourism Day) (10:58)
By Devendra Parulekar
Taking a break is the best executive decision a CEO can make.

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