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A podcast from The Hindu that delves deep into current developments with subject experts, and brings in context, history, perspective and analysis.

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A podcast from The Hindu that delves deep into current developments with subject experts, and brings in context, history, perspective and analysis.

    What is India’s tiger census not telling us? | The Hindu In Focus podcast

    What is India’s tiger census not telling us? | The Hindu In Focus podcast

    The 2020 tiger census numbers were recently released with much fanfare. And the headline is that India is home to 70% of the world’s tiger population. But is the methodology by which the census is conducted outdated? And could we actually be doing a lot more to increase our tiger population?

    Guest: Ullas Karanth, Director, Centre for Wildlife Studies, Bengaluru.

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    • 27 min
    Coronavirus update | Do rapid antigen tests provide reliable enough data to track the pandemic? | The Hindu In Focus podcast

    Coronavirus update | Do rapid antigen tests provide reliable enough data to track the pandemic? | The Hindu In Focus podcast

    In this episode, we take a look at the issues related to rapid antigen tests, as several States, led by Delhi, have started to rely on this form of testing to collate data related to positive cases. What is it not telling us? We also discuss two serological surveys, from Delhi and Mumbai respectively, and what they tell us about the effects of the disease.

    Guest: Srinivasan Ramani, Deputy National Editor, The Hindu.

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    • 22 min
    Can loan moratoria thrive while NPAs rise? | The Hindu In Focus podcast

    Can loan moratoria thrive while NPAs rise? | The Hindu In Focus podcast

    To help people whose cash flows and incomes were suddenly disrupted by COVID-19 and the attendant lockdown, the Reserve Bank of India, back in March, announced a loan moratorium scheme. The scheme was initially for three months, from March to May.

    It was then extended for another three months, till August 31. Now, as we enter the last month of this extension, there is yet another round of debate on whether the moratorium scheme should get another extension, say, till December. So long as the moratorium is in place, and people aren’t tested for their ability to repay, banks have no way to know how many more of their loans have gone bad.

    Should the moratorium be extended or not? What are the issues involved in either of the two options? What’s at stake for the banks? What does it mean for the consumer? What does it mean for the economy?

    Guest: Vivek Kaul, columnist and personal finance expert, bestselling author of The Easy Money Trilogy and Bad Money: Inside the NPA Mess and How it Threatens the Indian Banking System.

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    • 30 min
    Can Reliance Jio’s 5G plans change the game for Indian telecom? | The Hindu In Focus Podcast

    Can Reliance Jio’s 5G plans change the game for Indian telecom? | The Hindu In Focus Podcast

    India’s telecom sector has seen its share of ups and downs over the past year. At the turn of the year it looked to be a sector under serious stress as the looming prospect of AGR dues payments threatened to seriously hamper major players like Vodafone and Airtel. Over the past six months, however, the telecom sector has received significant investments from global tech firms abroad and coupled with that now is the recent news of Reliance Jio planning to develop its own 5G network solution, the first by an Indian entity. What do these developments mean for the telecom sector going forward?

    Guest: Thomas K. Thomas, Mumbai bureau chief, The Hindu Business Line.

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    • 30 min
    What is the actual level of disengagement along the LAC? | The Hindu In Focus podcast

    What is the actual level of disengagement along the LAC? | The Hindu In Focus podcast

    India and China head into yet another round of commander-level talks this week and in the weeks since the disengagement of troops along the LAC was announced and government sources were declared that Chinese troops had pulled back, it’s now clear that the situation on the ground is a lot more complicated. To what level has disengagement happened, what remains to be done and is there a timeline at all for the process?

    Guest: Dinakar Peri, Defence Correspondent, The Hindu; Vijaita Singh, correspondent for Home Ministry and National Security.

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    • 22 min
    The past and present of Kerala’s Padmanabhaswamy temple — Part II | The Hindu In Focus podcast

    The past and present of Kerala’s Padmanabhaswamy temple — Part II | The Hindu In Focus podcast

    The Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, is one of the most storied temples in India, said to hold unimaginable riches within its walls, including gold ornaments and other historical artefacts that are yet to be unearthed. A decade-old dispute about its management and administration was brought to a close a week ago, when the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the Travancore royal family.

    In this two-part podcast, author and historian Manu S. Pillai talks us through the origins of the historical institution before cutting to the present and going into recent developments.

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