US sweeps aside net neutrality, allows telcos to erect paywalls
The Republican-led FCC commission voted 3-2 on Thursday to allow ISPs to selectively block web traffic, slow it down or demand payment for faster passage
GST Council eyes real estate, electricity, and petroleum to boost revenues
With Rs39,000-crore shortfall in states' revenues in the four months since the roll-out of the new indirect tax regime, the GST Council is looking to expand the GST base by including real estate, electricity and petroleum products under GST
Jaitley says priority is strengthening banks' capacity to lend
The imperative need now is to complete the task of strengthening the banks through capitalisation to enable them to lend to the MSME sector and trade that is now moving into the formal economy, union minister of finance and corporate affairs Arun Jaitley said
'Tycoon' Mallya forced to live on £5,000 a week as assets frozen
Twelve Indian banks and a financial institution have successfully filed an application in the high court to freeze nearly Rs10,000 cr of the UK assets of businessman Vijay Mallya
NASA's Kepler telescope discovers a solar system with eight planets
The Kepler-90 system seems to echo our own, with small rocky planets (like Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars) closer in to the sun and larger, more gas-rich ones (Jupiter and Saturn, Neptune and Uranus) lying farther out, but none of these are hospitable
New technique could make captured carbon more valuable
Scientists developed an efficient process for turning captured carbon dioxide into syngas, a mixture of H2 and CO that can be used to make fuels and chemicals
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  Interweaving fact and fiction
  Banker trned writer Ravi Subramanian, author of eight books, in conversation with Swetha Amit about his latest thriller In The Name of God, and how logic, superstition and greed play an influential role in decision-making
  2018: what we can predict about cyber security
  In 2018, we expect cyber criminals to cause major service disruptions around the world with greater frequency and deadlier results,  as these attackers will use machine learning and artificial intelligence to launch even more potent attacks, warns Tarun Kaura,director, product management, APJ, Symantec
  Experts see dawn of environmental sustainability in technology-driven 'Age of Optimization'
  The world is entering "a technology-driven Age of Optimization" bringing about more sustainable production, consumption and work in many manifestations and at every scale
  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
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