I won’t go to another SE Asia market because I don’t have the connect

The Ken: Do your doctors have targets, something that plagues many corporate hospitals? Pai: We never incentivize doctors for any tests or practices. They don’t get any kickbacks for that. We only tell them what their peers have done. When they are hired, in the beginning, they have the minimum [required] salaries; they have to … Read moreI won’t go to another SE Asia market because I don’t have the connect

Two beans in a pot

Luckin, meanwhile, has a cashier-less system, where people pay solely through the Luckin app and not at the store, and get coffee on the go. Stores don’t have billing counters. Chai Point claims to use its tech to understand customer behavior—the user’s previous purchases, their wallet balance, which can help predict what the person could … Read moreTwo beans in a pot

Ministries of Commerce and Electronics and IT

In hardware, most of the products were custom-built for GLXP and carry limited applicability beyond the moon mission. Ironically, while landing a rover on the moon is a far more complex and challenging project than deploying satellites into space, it has limited commercial appeal. Furthermore, Isro’s own moon rover, Chandrayaan-2, is scheduled to be launched … Read moreMinistries of Commerce and Electronics and IT

Algorithm dynamics: Asking Google, Facebook and others to be ‘fair’

Pervasive personalization. Two words that describe how algorithms shape our views and behavior and determine what we see, buy, read online. There’s so much value in personalization that tech companies are giving away algorithmic tools for free; the actual money lies in the application, in manipulating large population groups. And as this happens, much of … Read moreAlgorithm dynamics: Asking Google, Facebook and others to be ‘fair’

What is the Smoking Gun?

Will we put out the fire? Or will we avoid the pain of doubling down on demand? “Volumetric pricing and ensuring 100% metering have been successful ways of controlling demand in other countries,” says Srinivasa Rao Podipireddy, a senior water and sanitation specialist based in Delhi. But in India’s vast water space, he indicates, pricing … Read moreWhat is the Smoking Gun?

A weatherman takes a long, hard look at his life’s work

There are three events in my professional life which I think were clearly avoidable and have caused massive loss of life. Uttarakhand flood, 2013. Kashmir flood in 2014. Cyclone Ockhi. More than 600 fishermen went missing because a cyclone went by the Kerala coast. More than 600. It is not a small number. I wrote … Read moreA weatherman takes a long, hard look at his life’s work