Author Archives: Loknath Das

Indiabulls Housing Finance says no loans outstanding from Yes Bank, share price rally 29%

Indiabulls Housing Finance witnessed a rally in Friday’s trading session after the company’s regulatory filing stated clearly it has no outstanding loans from Yes Bank. The filing also added that Sameer Gehlaut is currently in the UK and will cooperate with the investigation surrounding Yes Bank soon after the ban is lifted from international flights. “Indiabulls Housing has no loans ... Read More »

Flexible lending from Compass Business Finance

So, you’ve got your eye on the latest all-singing, all-dancing 5-axis machining centre/CMM/laser profiler/press brake/sliding head lathe (delete as applicable). You need it to keep up with customer demand; enquiry levels are high and you simply must have more capacity – but how do you raise the funds for said purchase? Well you could get in touch with Compass Business ... Read More »

Getting a loan? Your business should be attractive to finance

During my interactions with bankers, one thing that repeatedly finds a mention is that even if a bank wants to lend, small businesses often make it very difficult for themselves to raise money. In fact, my interactions with many small businesses show that a lot of work needs to be done to convince a bank to lend. Many borrowers fail ... Read More »

The secret weapon of a hardcore mobile gamer is a guild of grandmas

When I was a teenager, I spent hours upon hours building friendships in World of Warcraft. We went on raids, hung out on voice chat, and even met in real life. They were tangible, solid connections with other people — some of which I still hold to this day. Mobile games like Homescapes want to mimic this structure: Players are instructed to join ... Read More »

‘Yellow bindis’ mean high-risk: India’s new health map for women and children

Health workers Vimla Gochar and Lata Nayar arrange visits to new mothers, like Nirmala, according to highest priority. All photography by Amrit Dhillon. It’s 10am and time for the first home visit of the day. After consulting a colour-coded map on the wall of the village centre, the three female health workers make their way through the winding lanes of ... Read More »

Family finance: Aggressive investment by Shuklas will ensure they meet goals with ease

Chirag Shukla, 38, stays with his wife, 36, two children, aged 10 and 7, and his mother, in Mumbai. While his wife earns Rs 15,000 a month, he also gets a monthly rental income of Rs 38,000. He has property worth Rs 2.9 crore, which includes a self-occupied house worth Rs 1.6 crore. He has no loans and his net ... Read More »

India needs a new education paradigm

Along with improved administration, the system needs an overhaul to address India’s human capital crisis effectively As we embark upon a new decade, India celebrates the 10th anniversary of its Right to Education Act (RTE), which went into effect in April 2010. While the RTE has been censured for its limited focus on governance and learning outcomes, its achievement in ... Read More »

Friday Kitten Blogging – 28 February 2020

My mother’s kittens are now five weeks old, so I figure it’s time to check in again. It turns out that they have escaped their box and are now energetically exploring the entire bedroom—but not the rest of the house. Not yet, anyway. I’m not sure what’s up with that, but I’m sure that soon they’ll be scampering everywhere that’s ... Read More »

Google Announces First Additions to Stadia Gaming Service Since Its Launch

Alphabet‘s (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google has announced the first planned additions to Stadia’s game selection since the streaming video game platform went live in November. Although not yet available to subscribers, they’ll soon see a remastered version of Panzer Dragoon, Spitlings, the Serious Sam collection, and more on their game selection menus. Other games have been added to the library since Stadia’s Nov. 19 launch, but these five are ... Read More »

Australia slashes Pacific aid funding for health as region battles medical crises

Australia has increased foreign aid to the Pacific, but slashed spending on health, even as the region battles several medical crises. Photograph: Allan Stephen/Unicef/AFP via Getty Images Australia’s aid funding to health programs across the Pacific region has been slashed in the past five years, even as Pacific nations have battled health crises, including a devastating measles outbreak, polio and ... Read More »