Congress leader Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi passes away
Dasmunshi, an influential politician from Bengal, was in coma ever since he suffered a massive heart attack and stroke in July 2008
Govt scraps $500 mn Israeli missile deal, to give DRDO a chance
While indigenous development of ATGMs is a desirable objective, the Army, which currently faces a massive shortage of around 68,000 missiles, however, is not amused at the defence ministry's twists and turns
Germany headed for fresh polls as alliance talks collapse
Chancellor Angela Merkel could yet avoid fresh elections by forging a coalition with the Social Democrats or SPD, but this is thought unlikely as the SPD is committed to an opposition role
Nilekanis sign Gates' Giving Pledge, commit half their $1.7 bn wealth
With the Nilekanis, there are now four Indian billionaires – all from Bangaluru – who have signed up for the Gates and Warren Buffet-founded Giving Pledge; but Asia's richest man Mukesh Ambani has never showed any interest
Nobel laureate Thaler clarifies: note ban okay, but Rs2,000 notes bad
After the demonetisation announcement, the government's currency presses worked overtime to print Rs2,000 notes to meet the cash shortfall, clearly indicating that the move was not fully thought out
Robot passes China's medical licensing examination
Xiao Yi, a robot developed by Tsinghua University, has passed China's National Medical Licensing Examination, scoring 456, exceeding the acceptance line by 96 points
Black money: Switzerland okays automatic sharing of bank details with India
While allowing for automatic sharing of infomation, the Commission for Economic Affairs and Taxes of the Council of States, however, sought stronger provisions for individual claims of foreign customers of Swiss banks
Broadcom closes $5.5 bn acquisition of Brocade Communications
Broadcom Ltd yesterday said that it has closed its $5.5-billion acquisition of network gear maker Brocade Communications Systems Inc.
Breakthrough could launch organic electronics beyond cell phone screens
Organic semiconductors are ideal materials for the fabrication of mechanically flexible devices with energy-saving low temperature processes
Union Budget: 2017-18
Economic Survey: 2016-17

  Real estate: the struggle for reforms
  RERA will eliminate fly-by-night operators entering the business of real estate. As the new paradigm emerges, it is clear that developers need to be highly compliant, transparent and extremely well capitalised, says Surendra Hiranandani, CMD, House of Hiranandani
  No cock-and-bull on the road, but real life experiences
  A unique social venture, launched by a former journalist and backed by Mahindra & Mahindra, works for the education of daughters of Indian truck drivers. Ramesh Kumar reports
  First white-box testing model finds thousands of errors in self-driving cars
  Researchers have created the first efficient testing approach for deep learning platforms used in self-driving cars, malware-detection and other systems
  Sita's Sister: a most unusual theme

Kavita Kane, best-selling author of Karna's wife: the outcast's queen, Sita's sister', Menaka's choice and 'Lanka's princess, and a self-confessed afficionado of theatre and cinema,  in conversation with Swetha Amit about her books.

  Heads-up, CEOs - corporate social responsibility may get you fired, study finds
  Investing in product safety, employee diversity and carbon footprint reduction are all examples of CSR  that can result in high praise for a chief executive - or get them fired. New research shows that CSR investments can be a double-edged sword - do well and they'll buffer you from dismissal, do poorly and you're more likely lose your job
  Riding the entrepreneurial wave
  Former executive director of Tata Sons Alan Rosling, and now co-founder of Kiran Energy Solar Power Pvt. Ltd, in conversation with Swetha Amit on his book Boom Country?
  Middle managers may turn to unethical behaviour to face unrealistic expectations
  Unrealistic goal setting leads to deceptive tactics that can harm an organisation in several ways, including its bottom line through the awarding of bonuses based on this deceptive performance, and also because upper management makes strategic decisions and allocates resources based on a business unit's feigned success
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