Holcim shareholders reject revised terms of merger with Lafarge
Russian businessman Filaret Galchev, Holcim's second-largest shareholder, has rejected the revised merger terms as too low, and objected to the move to remove Lafarge boss Bruno Lafont as CEO of the combined group
Swiss banks ask Indian clients to come clean on the cash
Swiss banks are asking their Indian corporate and individual clients to furnish auditor certificates certifying the"clean status" of funds, assets and income related to their accounts
More countries to join BRICS-led AIIB
As the joining deadline of 31 March draws near, more nations are committing to join the BRICS-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, despite US criticism and the belief that it will be a competitor to the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank
SBI buying Air India properties in South Mumbai for Rs90 crore
The state-run banking major is planning to allocate these flats to top executives of the rank of deputy managing directors and general managers
Switzerland's Dufry to buy majority stake in World Duty Free for $3.8 bn
Switzerland's duty-free shop operator Dufry AG has agreed to buy a 50.1 per cent majority stake in smaller Italian rival  World Duty Free S.p.A, controlled by the Benetton family, aiming to create the world's biggest travel retailer
Engineers working to pack more laser beams, and data, into fibre optic strands
As digital traffic soars, researchers strive to send multiple laser beams, each with it's own data stream, through fibre-optic strands that can only handle a single beam today
 
Union Budget: 2015-16
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Interviews
  Hostile boss? study finds advantages to giving it right back
  A new study finds that employees who had hostile bosses were better off on several measures if they returned the hostility
  Managing choice overload while deciding which one to buy
  Having more choices is generally considered a good thing until buyers actually have to choose that one cell phone or car from among a dozen or so options
  Boxing the ghosts of the past
  Writer-director Nidhie Sharma, who is passionate about adventure, talks to Swetha Amit about her first novel, Dancing with Demons, set in the backdrop of boxing, which is soon to be made into a mainstream feature film
  Novel method projects growth potential of new firms
  A detailed study by MIT economists, based on an empirical study, shows with new precision which tech businesses tend to thrive. By Peter Dizikes
  Delving deep into the mind of a story teller
  Former Member of the Parliament, Lord Jeffrey Archer, best-selling author who has topped the bestsellers' charts 18 times, talks to Swetha Amit about his undying passion for being a good story teller
  The Red Sari tells us just who Sonia Gandhi is
  Javier Moro's The Red Sari, far from being a scandalous work, humanizes Sonia Gandhi; trying to suppress it was simply absurd, writes author and journalist Sidharth Bhatia
  New materials from waste CO2
  Waste CO2, captured from emissions can be used to produce polymers which are important in the production of materials called polyurethanes
  An architect's journey from the sole to her soul
  Parul Sheth, architect and marathon runner, talks to Swetha Amit about her new book The Running Soul and how being a marathon runner subconsciously transformed her life
  A Budget with multiple focus areas
  This is a budget that can boost both infrastructure and manufacturing, which in turn, will create employment and augment India's competitiveness vis--vis its peers. By Hemant Kanoria, CMD, Srei Infrastructure Finance Limited
  The Intersection of Three Crises
  Within the past two weeks, a cease-fire roadmap was agreed upon in Minsk, a temporary deal to keep Greece in the eurozone was reached in Brussels, and US and Iranian negotiators advanced a potential nuclear deal in Geneva. Understanding how these crises are linked is the first step toward assessing when and where the next flare-up is likely to occur, says Stratfor analyst Reva Bhalla.
  IAS memories: Voting day tamashas
  Retired IAS officer Vivek Agnihotri, a former secretary to government of India, and secretary-general, Rajya Sabha, recalls voting day malpractices before EVMs were introduced
  In defence of Duryodhana
  V Raghunathan, CEO of GMR Varalakshmi Foundation, and former IIM-Ahemedabad profesor of finance, has authored several books. In this interview, with Swetha Amit he talks about his advocacy for the mythological character of Duryodhana, in the Mahabhrat what constitutes evil in this world and his upcoming book
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