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Policy and regulations

Vidhi and the making of India’s data protection law

Policymaking in India continues to be caught in the intellectual inadequacy of government officials who can’t match the prowess and resources of the private sector. While the apex court has steadfastly stood by citizens’ privacy, what worries legal experts is that the making of the law is focused on using data for efficiency, commerce, and surveillance.

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Vidhi: inside India’s most influential legal think tank

An independent non-profit with intellectual prowess was an ideal foil for an administration eager to run up business-friendliness rankings. With a strong focus on laws governing the cross-relationships among the state, citizens, and businesses, Vidhi fit like a glove on the hand. Today, it has emerged as an influential think tank and the government’s go-to firm for all seasons.

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The IBC puzzle: new provisions stir confusion, mar Covid-19 relief for insolvency stakeholders

Over four months into the pandemic, the insolvency ecosystem is still struggling with the ambiguities in the notification that increased the default trigger to INR1 crore from INR1 lakh earlier. An ordinance that came two months later has not put the matter to rest. As debtors and creditors play a cat-and-mouse game, confusion prevails.

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Sustainability scorecard: Top NSE companies understand the letter of the law better than its spirit

Compliances and disclosures in the area of governance seem far better than in environment and social, where rules are yet to be codified. ESG (environment, social, and governance) standards and processes, therefore, need to be uniform and implemented well for companies to ensure long-term sustainability and enjoy high levels of investor confidence. Voluntary disclosures don’t work.

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The cost of a unilateral ban: The pesticides industry stares at an INR9,600 crore hole in business

The agri ministry's decision to ban 27 commonly used generic pesticides has stirred up a hornets' nest. A further review is necessary, as most of the pesticides falling under the proposed ban are highly cost-effective compared to their so-called alternatives. However, an addendum allowing export of the same pesticides has brought some relief to the industry.

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