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Chat with Dr Ajit Ranade, chief economist, Aditya Birla Group
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The economic slowdown has bought with it numerous questions but very few answers.

For example: How can you and the industry, both, cope with the rising job-loss? How long with this economic crisis last? What is the way ahead?

Dr Ajit Ranade will discuss these issues with rediff readers on Friday, March 20, 1 pm.

Dr Ranade is chief economist, Aditya Birla Group, a $29-billion conglomerate, with presence in more than 25 countries, in sectors ranging from metals, textiles, cement to insurance and telecom.

He was awarded the distinguished alumnus award last week by IIT-Bombay, on the occasion of IIT-B's golden jubilee celebration of its Foundation Day. He is currently the chairman of the IIT-Bombay Alumni Association and a member of IIT-B's advisory council and the senate.

He is an active member of the Confederation of Indian Industry and has been on various committees of the government as well as the Reserve Bank of India.

(Due to circumstances beyond our control, the date and time of the chat may change.)
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