For the last two years we have been reading a lot about the Euro crisis. Some might complain that we have had a bit of an overdose of it. So we at Indicast thought that we should send one of our guys to tour Europe and find out how exactly is the day in the life of an average European in countries like Germany, France, Austria, etc. Akhilesh, our co-host at BiziNation volunteered to do the trip (and sponsored it himself if we might add!) In this podcast, he brings us his on ground experience of his recently concluded Euro trip as we take a look at the Euro crisis from the common man's point of view.

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Kotak Money Watch is a fortnightly podcast series of the latest news in finance and how they affect you. Get indepth insights on investment, markets and much more from the most notable names in the world of finance.

In this episode Indranil Pan, Chief Economist at Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited explains to us rupee Devaluation and its effects on the common man.

Indranil heads Kotak Economics Research and has more than 15 years of experience in the field of Economics research. He has been with the Kotak group for the past 10 years and has been closely associated with the Treasury at the Kotak Bank.

 

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Indicast # 171: The tale of two Armstrongs

Saturday, 01 September 2012 05:30

Lance Armstrong, fed up with the allegations that have hounded him for more than a decade, decided not to contest the doping charges. He has been stripped of his seven Tour-de-France titles. But does that really matter? We talk about him and another legend who passed away in the previous week, Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon. Closer home in India, the prime minister Dr Singh has been hammered with a zillion questions from BJP, the opposition party. In reply, he muttered an urdu verse which hints that his silence is his biggest answer. Great help. A K Hangal, the grandfather of Bollywood died at 98. In sports, VVS Laxman retires and India under-19 wins the world cup for the third time.

 

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Indicast # 170: Assam Burns

Thursday, 09 August 2012 05:30

While India was celebrating its 65th Independence Day Assam was burning. More than 400,000 thousand have been displayed due to ethnic clashes. The problems also spread to Mumbai when a group agitation turned violent. In several incidents people from north east were attacked in cities like Pune and Bangalore. In other news, Olympics concluded with India winning its largest medal tally so far.

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Indicast # 169: Curiosity lands on Mars

Thursday, 09 August 2012 05:30

India's Olympic games report card has four medals to show. In the 100 meter race, Usain Bolt breaks the world record in the fastest race ever run where seven out of the eight runners passed the finish line in less than ten seconds. The big news this week was about American sending an unmanned rover named Curiosity on Mars. In this podcast, two commerce brains try to explain the whole science behind the landmark landing.

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Indicast # 168: The great Indian blackout

Monday, 06 August 2012 05:30

Last week 10 per cent of all mankind took a nap. Most of India suffered a coordinated power failure which put about 600 million people in darkness. Narendra Modi, the chief minister of Gujarat offered help. It came at a price. In other news, Aditya brings up an interesting case study in market research. NDTV is miffed with Nielsen after the market research company allegedly tampered with the TAM ratings. We also bring you a lot of Olympics trivia and updates of the week.

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The Economist's Innovation Editor, Paul Markillie joins us to talk about the magical world of 'digital manufacturing', the subject of his special report which was published earlier this year. In this 20 minute chat Paul shares his experiences which took him to some interesting places across the world. Manufacturing has already gone digital. For instance, in 2008 at the Beijing Olympics, 23 of the 25 world records in swimming were broken not just because the players trained hard, but they wore body suits which mimicked shark skin making them more hydro-dynamic. It had a lot to do with the new-age manufacturing process which has sprung up new kinds of materials. They help make groundbreaking products cheaply.

Although the concept of 3D printing is relatively new, Paul reckons that we may soon see service engineers not having to scratch their heads for that elusive spare part which can fix your washing machine. They could just print that piece of plastic or metal to the exact specifications and get your machine up and running in a jiffy. From making high end jewellery to popping small food filaments for icing your cake, 'digital manufacturing' is an exciting new domain. (photo courtesy: http://www.economist.com)

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Indicast # 167: Olympic Stories

Friday, 27 July 2012 05:30

The presidential post in India is largely a ceremonial role. But when Pranab Mukherjee took oath as the 13th president of India, the top bosses at Congress must have slept well that night. With the prospect of hung parliament alive and well, Pranab da can exercise his presidential powers. In this podcast, we talk a bit about what he inherits from his predecessor and what lies ahead of him. In other big news, London prepares itself for one of the most lavish parties on earth as it hosts its third Olympics.

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