Reliance Infra to take control of Pipavav Defence in Rs819-cr deal
Reliance Infrastructure said it would make an open offer to public shareholders of the private sector shipyard, at Rs66 per share, in order to take its stake to 26-per cent
Spectrum auction begins; heavy bidding likely despite plaints
The latest round of telecom spectrum auction got under way today, reportedly amidst intense bidding, with the government hoping to garner up to Rs1,00,000 crore
Isro to flight-test reusable launch vehicle technology
The reusable launch vehicle technology demonstrator (RLV-TD), which could bring down the cost of satellite launches, will be test flown by the second quarter of 2015
Govt may suspend trading in stocks to be divested
The government is seeking to stem losses from a plunge in stock prices as it targets to raiseRs69,200 crore in the fiscal year to narrow the budget deficit
Indian firm iVoice challenges Apple's iPhone brandname
In a case that bears all the marks of a long-drawn legal battle, the Indian handset maker says the iPhone brand impinges on its older 'iFon' label
RBI rate cut sends Sensex above 30,000 briefly
The BSE Sensex and the National Stock Exchange's Nifty touched record highs today as interest rate-sensitive stocks such as HDFC Bank gained after the Reserve Bank of India eased monetary policy for a second time this year
China ups 2015 defence spending to over $140 billion
China is ramping up investment in high-tech equipment such as submarines and stealth jets, partly to offset a slowing of economic growth
RBI bends, cuts repo rate by 25 bps to 7.5%
RBI said the rate cut, announced a day after it signed an agreement with the finance ministry on inflation targeting, takes stock of the possible spillover of volatility from international financial markets through exchange rate and asset prices
Revealed: where emperor penguins survived the last ice age
The study of how climate change has affected emperor penguins over the last 30,000 years found that only three populations may have survived during the last ice age
Computer algorithm picks out the drugs that work
Computer algorithms can tell apart the drugs that provide effective pain relief from ineffective placebos, a research team from Oxford University has found
 
Union Budget: 2015-16
Economic Survey : 2014-15

Interviews
  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
  175 grams: the disc that broke barriers
  Former Jaguar Land Rover and Ford Motor executive Aravind Iyer, director of the Sundance film festival award winner 175 grams and Ram Kumar founder and coach  of Fly!Wild talk to Swetha Amit about the emergence of ultimate frisbee as a popular sport
  Indian laws only discipline citizens, protect government, say RTS activists
  Though RTI is now well-known, very few know about a law called Right To Services Act neither bureaucrats nor the public know much about it - says Shailesh Gandhi, RTI activist and former Information Commissioner of Maharashtra
  What was it worth? Assessing the value of Obama's India visit
  Normally, the visit of a high-powered foreign dignitary is the occasion for a lot of announcements about partnerships and projects. This trip was no exception. But while such statements are often forgotten, this time there was evidence that the Obama visit had pushed the government to quick action on various fronts. Republished with permission of Knowledge@Wharton
  India-US nuclear deal: big hype, big hoax
  In the guise of admitting India into the exclusive nuclear club, the US is merely seeking business for its out-of-demand nuclear supply industry - and a short-sighted Indian government is all too ready to cooperate, says C K Unnikrishnan
  Delhi elections: the fourth contestant in a three-way fight
  The electoral fight for the Delhi Assembly has acquired the image of contemporary history's Battle of Plassey, writes senior journalist and political commentator Kumar Ketkar
  The legend of Amrapali: a tale of love, destruction and renunciation
  Anurag Anand, a senior manager at Coca Cola India talks to Swetha Amit about his new book based on the story of royal courtesan 'Amrapali', believed to have lived in Vaishli around 500 BC
  Estimated social cost of climate change not accurate, Stanford scientists say
  The social cost of carbon dioxide emissions may not be $37 per ton, as estimated by a recent US government study, but $220 per ton
  Super Mario strikes, finally
  It took him several years to convince the Germans, but Mario Draghi has finally committed the ECB to full blown quantitative easing. Though it's late, the flood of additional liquidity should benefit Europe. By Vivek Sharma
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