Somasekhar Sundaresan

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How to remove Delhi's smog

How to remove Delhi's smog

Rediff.com18 Nov 2019

'It is time to think up a policy of incentivising farmers in the states around Delhi.' 'Let's say a farmer is given an incentive for not burning his crop stubble and instead handing over the task of incinerating the crop stubble to a State-run-or-funded community initiative.' 'The incentive can take the form of, say, fertilisers, or even direct cash transfers,' recommends Somasekhar Sundaresan.

Whistleblowing and handling whistleblowers is tricky

Whistleblowing and handling whistleblowers is tricky

Rediff.com5 Nov 2019

'Handled poorly, it could either lead to a witch-hunt in organisations that is fertile soil for yes-men; or lead to even bona fide decisions and entire organisational systems being held to ransom,' says Somasekhar Sundaresan.

Two major tasks for Sitharaman

Two major tasks for Sitharaman

Rediff.com13 Jun 2019

First, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, much-lauded as a game changer, needs serious reform. Second, some vital policy choices would need to be made as far as competition law is concerned., says Somasekhar Sundaresan.

Shah Rukh in trouble! I-T dept attaches Alibag farmhouse

Shah Rukh in trouble! I-T dept attaches Alibag farmhouse

Rediff.com31 Jan 2018

The allegation against Khan is that he had applied to purchase the agricultural land for farming but constructed a farmhouse for personal use instead.

When perception matters more than evidence

When perception matters more than evidence

Rediff.com8 Nov 2017

When a crime is committed, everyone seems to have a view on who has done wrong, and regardless of judicial outcome through due process of law, theories of how justice was done or not done mushroom

It's roll back time at Sebi

It's roll back time at Sebi

Rediff.com10 Aug 2017

After initiating stern action against 331 companies, the market regulator seems willing to revoke its stringent restrictions for some entities.

Why resorting to insolvency courts is not the best solution

Why resorting to insolvency courts is not the best solution

Rediff.com9 Aug 2017

The new Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code has serious drawbacks, finds out Somasekhar Sundaresan.

Why resorting to insolvency courts is not the best solution

Why resorting to insolvency courts is not the best solution

Rediff.com9 Aug 2017

The new Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code has serious drawbacks, finds out Somasekhar Sundaresan.

What would happen if 'Kashmir's law' was applied to India Inc

What would happen if 'Kashmir's law' was applied to India Inc

Rediff.com28 Apr 2017

When powers vested by the Finance Bill 2017 begin to get mildly used, fellow Indians living in the corporate bubble will get a faint whiff of what life can be like when you run a grocery store in the streets of Kashmir or the North East.

What Modi learned from Indira Gandhi

What Modi learned from Indira Gandhi

Rediff.com1 Apr 2017

'The choice of chief minister after the win is a pointer to what issues really mattered at the polls.' 'Perhaps, demonetisation was an electoral side issue -- a reflection of the disconnect between commentators in the cities and the realities on the ground,' says Somasekhar Sundaresan.

Should Aadhaar card be linked with midday meal?

Should Aadhaar card be linked with midday meal?

Rediff.com17 Mar 2017

Corruption in the scheme may have nothing to do with fake children being shown to siphon out money, says Somasekhar Sundaresan.

Should Aadhaar card be linked with midday meal?

Should Aadhaar card be linked with midday meal?

Rediff.com17 Mar 2017

Corruption in the scheme may have nothing to do with fake children being shown to siphon out money, says Somasekhar Sundaresan.

4 big challenges the new Sebi chief faces

4 big challenges the new Sebi chief faces

Rediff.com3 Mar 2017

Within Sebi, the chairman should hold an umbrella for both young and old employees, says Somasekhar Sundaresan.

Uber: Innovator today, violator tomorrow?

Uber: Innovator today, violator tomorrow?

Rediff.com26 Apr 2016

What perhaps turned the tide against Uber was the plight of the consumer.

Baba Ramdev, Sri Sri and India's skewed corporate laws

Baba Ramdev, Sri Sri and India's skewed corporate laws

Rediff.com12 Apr 2016

The strategies that the gurus adopted to build their successful business empires over the past two decades could hardly be adopted by businesses that openly claim to be businesses, points out Somasekhar Sundaresan.

Why India has failed to deal with bad loans

Why India has failed to deal with bad loans

Rediff.com29 Mar 2016

The problem of stressed assets needs to be addressed with effective recovery.

In India, exactly who benefits from government 'dole'?

In India, exactly who benefits from government 'dole'?

Rediff.com15 Mar 2016

'According to the government's Economic Survey, the Indian state's generosity is not restricted to its poorest citizens. In fact, in many cases, the beneficiaries are disproportionately the well-off.'

Visionary Budget but devil lies in the implementation

Visionary Budget but devil lies in the implementation

Rediff.com2 Mar 2015

The government has provided a long-term vision.

Few factors Jaitley must consider before presenting the Budget

Few factors Jaitley must consider before presenting the Budget

Rediff.com16 Feb 2015

India Inc has high hopes from the upcoming Budget.

What to learn and unlearn from the US

What to learn and unlearn from the US

Rediff.com26 Jan 2015

Prior public consultations when making regulations is a critical feature

What to learn and unlearn from the US

What to learn and unlearn from the US

Rediff.com26 Jan 2015

Prior public consultations when making regulations is a critical feature

The govt must relook at M&A rules for investor-friendly deals

The govt must relook at M&A rules for investor-friendly deals

Rediff.com18 Aug 2014

For deals to be investor-friendly in India, review of merger and acquisition law is a prerequisite.

A public interest litigation to be imagined without contempt

A public interest litigation to be imagined without contempt

Rediff.com15 Jul 2013

The justice delivery system is struggling to cope, creaking at the joints and bursting at the seams. Indian courts have to deal with about 30 million cases with a judicial strength of just about 19,000 judges.

Sebi could play a role in Ranbaxy-Daiichi episode

Sebi could play a role in Ranbaxy-Daiichi episode

Rediff.com24 May 2013

Markets regulator remains silent but could probe possible violations of takeover code or under fraudulent trade practices, say lawyers.

Sebi norms may stump foreign airlines

Sebi norms may stump foreign airlines

Rediff.com19 Jan 2012

According to the new takeover guidelines, if they buy 25 per cent or more, they will have to make an open offer for another 26 per cent.

Nation is living a Peepli Live moment

Nation is living a Peepli Live moment

Rediff.com11 Apr 2011

Lok Pal Bill has some disastrous simplistic provisions that need serious repair.

Deceleration in FDI is no surprise

Deceleration in FDI is no surprise

Rediff.com31 Jan 2011

Foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows into India in 2010 are said to have decelerated by 31 per cent in 2010, according to a report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), which is based on data from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

State power over corporates all set to increase

State power over corporates all set to increase

Rediff.com11 Oct 2010

House Panel loses opportunity to correct anomalies.

Crony capitalism is riding high in India

Crony capitalism is riding high in India

Rediff.com30 Aug 2010

As a jurisdiction for investment, India seems to be cutting quite a sorry figure of late.

Crony capitalism is riding high in India

Crony capitalism is riding high in India

Rediff.com30 Aug 2010

As a jurisdiction for investment, India seems to be cutting quite a sorry figure of late.

'Sebi has greater powers than US SEC'

'Sebi has greater powers than US SEC'

Rediff.com26 Oct 2009

The latest in this class is the complaint of insider trading filed by the United States Securities Exchange Commission against many individuals in a Manhattan court. The list of individuals includes Anil Kumar, a member of the much-feted Indian School of Business and reputed hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam.

Special: Pay control will corrupt corporates

Special: Pay control will corrupt corporates

Rediff.com12 Oct 2009

Affluent politicians in India are obviously upset with what the affluent corporate Indian is permitted to legitimately take home as a pay package.

'New govt has an enormous task'

'New govt has an enormous task'

Rediff.com18 May 2009

One can only hope the euphoria and sycophancy attendant with such electoral triumph does not blind the Singh government into believing its own electoral sales pitch

Govt cuts sorry figure with money laundering

Govt cuts sorry figure with money laundering

Rediff.com6 Apr 2009

One is really left wondering how India can ever claim to fare better than the United States and the United Kingdom in this space.

Laws may have to intrude on hospitality

Laws may have to intrude on hospitality

Rediff.com1 Dec 2008

Rules of conducting businesses likely to be impacted.

Pfizer may counter Daiichi's Ranbaxy offer

Pfizer may counter Daiichi's Ranbaxy offer

Rediff.com13 Jun 2008

US giant expected to bid for 65% non-promoter stake.

P-Note policy faces existential questions

P-Note policy faces existential questions

Rediff.com26 May 2008

The Securities Appellate Tribunal has ruled that the Securities and Exchange Board of India was wrong in insisting that foreign institutional investors should furnish an undertaking that they have not issued P-Notes to certain select types of persons. A quick look at the law regulating FIIs would be useful. FIIs are persons resident outside India who, once registered with Sebi, enjoy a right to freely buy and sell securities on Indian stock exchanges.

Sebi may allow NRIs to manage FII funds

Sebi may allow NRIs to manage FII funds

Rediff.com19 May 2008

"We are looking into the issue because we have received many requests. We will permit NRI fund managers who have at least a year's experience in managing FII funds as long as they do not put their proprietary funds into it," confirmed a senior Sebi official.

India shining. Really?

India shining. Really?

Rediff.com18 Feb 2008

While a lot of risk-factor writing has become a template activity, one is often tempted to reconsider if the depiction of Indian circumstances ought to change. After all, India has never seen such near-pristine times in its world standing. However, a reality check would be in order. And our polity never fails to provide such reality checks.

RTI Act to keep stock exchanges on high alert

RTI Act to keep stock exchanges on high alert

Rediff.com18 Jun 2007

The Central Information Commission's decision to bring stock exchanges within the purview of Right to Information Act will keep the bourses on high alert and ensure that necessary information is made available to public in cases of manipulation.

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