Airtel seeks to enter payment banking with Kotak Mahindra
Bharti Airtel today said it will apply for a payment banking licence, in which Kotak Mahindra Bank hopes to pick up a 19.9-per cent stake
Bill Gates shares Elon Musk's worries about AI
Artificial intelligence would start out as a help but would become ''strong enough to be a concern'', says Microsoft founder Bill Gates
Samsung sales, profits plummet; may lose smart phone lead
Samsung Electronics, the world's largest smart phone maker, looked closer to losing its crown as global smart phone leader after a plunge in its quarterly and annual profits
India, US again at loggerheads in Geneva over farm subsidies
Despite the bonhomie during President Barak Obama's Delhi visit this week, disagreements again flared up between the US and India at the first informal meeting of the World Trade Organisation in Geneva on Wednesday over the stockpiling of grains for food security
Govt not to pursue Vodafone case; avoid appeals in tax cases
The cabinet decided on Wednesday the government will not in future appeal cases that have been decided by appellate bodies in favour of the taxpayer
Govt rewards N-deal maker S Jaishankar with foreign secretary post
Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, who played a key role during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the US in September and US President Barack Obama's just concluded visit here, will replace Sujatha Singh as foreign secretary
CommScope to acquire Tyco spinoff TE Connectivity's network business for $3 bn
The purchase includes TE's telecom, enterprise and wireless businesses but excludes its submarine and data communication assets
Toyota forced to replace car whose roof squirrels chewed up
Going 'green' has its own problems - the owner of a new Toyota Aygo in Britain has complained that squirrels ate parts of his car because they were made from eco-friendly plastics
 
Interviews
  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
  An oil price rebound? Not so fast
  The real reason for the oil price collapse is probably that the market has now realised that prices were previously propped up on premises that are less valid now. When majority of the market participants accepted that, prices had only one way to go - down. By Shivshanker Verma
  The World (in 2030) according to Gates
  The lives of people in poor countries will improve faster over the next 15 years than at any other time in history - all driven by technology - is among the bold prediction being made by Bill and Melinda Gates, billionaire philanthropists, in the 2015 'annual Gates letter,' known as Gates Notes
  Chronicling elections 2014
  Journalist and TV anchor Rajdeep Sardesai, consulting editor of the 'Headlines Today', talks to Swetha Amit about his book 2014 The Election That Changed India
  Oil price slump could make Keystone XL pipeline redundant
  With oil prices plunging to around $46 a barrel on Tuesday, TransCanada Corp's controversial $8-billion Keystone XL pipeline across the US could turn into a white elephant
  Boardroom spirituality is all about values and common sense: Gopika Kapoor
  The author of bestselling books like Spiritual Parenting, Spiritual Pregnancy and Spiritual Relationships, Gopika Kapoor talks to Swetha Amit about her new book, Spiritual Success: wisdom for the boardroom and beyond, co authored with her husband Mohit Kapoor
  Blood work: scientists uncover surprising new tools to rejuvenate the brain
  Researchers have shown that neurons can be generated throughout adulthood, but also that the maddening aspects of ageing, such as memory loss and slower processing speed, can be partially reversed
  2014: The year of a rise, and a fall
  This year will be remembered for two things. The rise of Narendra Modi as a citizen-emperor, an event that is transforming politics in this country in ways few of us had thought possible. Second, the precipitous fall in oil prices that could not have happened at a better time for our economy, notes domain-b columnist Vivek Sharma
  Deciphering God in the lexicon of a banker
  Leading Indian bestselling author, banker Ravi Subramanian is popularly referred to as the 'John Grisham of banking'. In this interview with Swetha Amit Subramanian talks about his latest novel God is a Gamer, his interest in Bitcoins and his future plans
  IAS memories: talking aloud
  Outstation tours can have peculiar consequences on return to home base, writes retired IAS officer Vivek Agnihotri, a former secretary to government of India, and secretary-general, Rajya Sabha
  "We help PC users get organised": Kiron Kasbekar
  Kiron Kasbekar, chairman and managing director of The Information Company, talks to Nasscom's Mukta Anand in an interview about the breakthrough desktop-based software, Organyze, which was recently awarded a patent by the US Patents & Trademarks Office. Reproduced with permission of Nasscom
  Christopher Doyle's Mahabharat quest
  A former multinational CEO, Christopher Doyle, author of 21 titles with more on the way, discusses with Swetha Amit the background of his recent book, The Mahabharata Quest
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