Monthly Archives: November 2011

Downgrade tremors for financial institutions; Why India needs western supermarkets; Global, not Arab, spring; Indian infatuation with the state; No appetite for reform in India

1 The New York Times on more banks being downgraded. Standard & Poor’s on Tuesday downgraded some of the world’s largest financial institutions, another blow to an industry that continues to struggle three years after the darkest hours of the … Continue reading

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Euro crisis tightens global credit; UK on the brink of double-dip R; Jap youth seek life in the slow lane; India compared to EU

1 The New York Times on the euro crisis leading to a tightening of credit across the globe. Europe’s worsening sovereign debt crisis has spread beyond its banks and the spillover now threatens businesses on the continent and around the … Continue reading

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Banks prepare Plan B in case euro zone splits; 10 things to do in Kerala; Neuroeconomics revolution; Time up for the necktie

1 International Herald Tribune on banks preparing a Plan B in case euro zone splits. For the growing chorus of observers who fear that a break-up of the euro zone might be at hand, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany has … Continue reading

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Manila is call centre capital; Age of the superfluous worker; US still most dynamic society; Indian rupee’s travails; Don’t write off pencils

1 The New York Times on Philippines overtaking India as the world’s top call centre. Americans calling the customer service lines of their airlines, phone companies and banks are now more likely to speak to Mark in Manila than Bharat … Continue reading

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Asia’s rich need a new banking system; The world’s getting nicer; Chinese strike over wage cuts; ‘End game’ for Euro; Indian tigers have no votes

1 Khaleej Times on the need for a new banking system for Asia’s rich. Wealth is being created in Asia at a rapid pace by a young generation of entrepreneurs whose private banking needs differ significantly from those of high-net-worth … Continue reading

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The poor, near poor and you; Plaxo founders relish chocolate; ‘Squeezed middle’; Why Israel thrives as a high-tech hub; Getting pregnant for grants

1 The New York Times editorial, The poor, the near poor and you. What is it like to be poor? Thankfully, most Americans do not know, at least not firsthand. But everyone needs to recognize a chilling reality: One in … Continue reading

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Eurozone crisis v/s urology crisis

While the world endured the eurozone crisis, I had my own urology crisis after I was diagnosed with a kidney stone by a doctor in Chennai, southern India. Post surgery, I’m taking the mandatory rest at Kottayam district in Kerala. … Continue reading

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