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How The Pandemic Affected Puja

How The Pandemic Affected Puja

Rediff.com11 Oct 2021

The estimated size of the Durga Puja economy could be about Rs 2.75 trillion in 2021 had there been no pandemic, points out Atanu Biswas.

How the US Lost the Opium War in Afghanistan

How the US Lost the Opium War in Afghanistan

Rediff.com20 Sep 2021

The US spent $1.5 million a day since 2001 fighting the opium war in Afghanistan. After hundreds of airstrikes failed to curtail the Taliban's $200-million-a-year opium trade, the US military quietly ended the campaign when the Trump administration officials engaged in direct peace talks with the Taliban, notes Atanu Biswas.

Tokyo Olympics: Yen for Losing Money

Tokyo Olympics: Yen for Losing Money

Rediff.com28 Jul 2021

Atanu Biswas explains the economics behind hosting a Games in pandemic times.

Do we need to take multiple vaccine doses before 2024?

Do we need to take multiple vaccine doses before 2024?

Rediff.com5 Jan 2021

With the virus mutating, can vaccines be assumed safe and effective in the long run?

Why we need to unlock 'intelligently'

Why we need to unlock 'intelligently'

Rediff.com30 Jul 2020

R0 values, or the average number of infections expected to be caused by a Covid carrier, vary between states, and have not stabilised. While unlocking, it would be wise to look at these variations, advises Atanu Biswas.

How vulnerable are bank ATMs?

How vulnerable are bank ATMs?

Rediff.com10 Jan 2020

The war between hackers and banks over ATM security will be dynamically redefined, notes Atanu Biswas.

India's growing coffee culture

India's growing coffee culture

Rediff.com18 Aug 2019

Indian coffee shops market over the next four-five years will grow between 6 and 18 per cent CAGR, all due to the growing coffee culture among the youth, increasing urbanisation, rising disposable income levels and changing eating and drinking preferences, says Atanu Biswas.

Why exit polls go wrong

Why exit polls go wrong

Rediff.com12 Jan 2019

Exit polls often go wrong in India because pollsters don't sample voters in the poorest parts of the country or the core support bases of different political parties, explains Professor Atanu Biswas of the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata.

Should India change Census methods?

Should India change Census methods?

Rediff.com6 Jan 2019

'Is it time to think beyond the traditional questionnaire-based approach in India?' asks Atanu Biswas.

Durga Puja economy is worth Rs 1 lakh cr!

Durga Puja economy is worth Rs 1 lakh cr!

Rediff.com17 Oct 2018

If the Puja as a brand can be marketed more effectively outside Bengal, even overseas, it might do wonders for the economy, says Atanu Biswas.