Breakthrough likely on GST as PM meets Sonia, Manmohan
Finance minister Arun Jaitley said parliamentary affairs minister Venkaiah Naidu will be in touch with Congress leaders to discuss the specific legislations pending in Parliament so that work can proceed next week
Eighteen villages in Varanasi want local Coca-Cola plant shut
Coca-Cola exploits groundwater at the expense of the poor, the women, children, farmers and livestock who have to live with less water because Coca-Cola mines groundwater in a water scarce area for profit
HSBC whistleblower Falciani sentenced to 5 years' jail
Falciani, who leaked details of bank account holders in the Geneva branch of HSBC, which subsequently also reached India, has been charged with industrial espionage
Billionaire hopes to light up rural India with 24-hour-power bicycle
Manoj Bhargava, who made his fortune on 5-hour Energy, a caffeinated drink, has now come up with a 24-hour-power bicycle that can light up a household on 1-hour pedaling
NASA finds an active Black Hole
NASA had in July announced that two of its space telescopes caught a huge burst of X-ray spewing out of a super massive black hole, which confirmed the theory of Indian Scientist Abhas Mitra that black holes are actually ultra hot balls of fire
Now, Nestle's pasta sample found to have high lead content
Test reports received on 2 September showed the samples contained lead as much as 6 parts per million against the permissible limit of 2.5 ppm, says the report
Union Budget: 2015-16
Economic Survey : 2014-15

  Tea for the president
  IAS officers always remember their first posting with nostalgia, reminiscences Vivek Agnihotri, IAS (Retd), former secretary-general, Rajya Sabha
  Ravi Subramanian: shifting gears with his new best seller
  Ravi Subramanian, banker turned author talks to Swetha Amit about his new bestseller, The Bestseller She Wrote, and the reasons for breaking out of his usual banking thriller genre
  Banking sector poised to see interesting times
  With in-principle approval given to 21 new niche banks, and the PM's Jan Dhan Yojana scheme, the Indian banking sector is poised for a shake-up, and inclusive banking has been given a boost. But banks will have to be nimble and make good use of technology to survive in the new scenario, say Probir Roy, co-founder, Paymate and Sumita Kale of Indicus Centre for Financial Inclusion
  Kindling the entrepreneurial spirit
  Co-founders of UpGrad, India's first full-fledged online education company, Ronnie Screwala, founder of UTV group, Unilazer Ventures and Swades Foundation, and Mayank Kumar, in conversation with Swetha Amit about the valuable benefits of their online higher educational program for working professionals which commences from November 2015
  The innings behind a good partnership
  Deborah Kirsten, journalist, motivational speaker and wife of cricketer Gary Kirsten, in conversation with Swetha Amit about her autobiography Chai Tea & Ginger Beer
  After Paris, France contemplates a reckoning
  Instead of pulling back from the global coalition working against jihadism, it appears that the French will renew and perhaps expand their efforts to pursue revenge for the most recent assault. Republished with permission of Stratfor
  The Journey of the Silent Warrior
  Sudha Menon, columnist and bestselling author, talks to Swetha Amit about the silent warrior who touched several lives with his acts of philanthropy
  Why corporations don't always 'learn' their way to success
  A new study of the aircraft industry suggests that the belief in 'learning by doing' may be overstated. This study provides an alternative explanation for why we may observe a strong relationship between experience and performance, even without actual learning, says Jaideep Anand from The Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business
  Decoding the mind of an engineer
  Author of Applied Minds, Guru Madhavan, biomedical engineer and senior policy adviser, talks to Swetha Amit about how engineers view problems as opportunities rather than obstacles
  Consumers resist influence of covert marketing when paid placements are disclosed
  Consumers remember and like products better after seeing covert marketing, such as a product placement in a sitcom, but reminding them that product placement is ''marketing'' eliminates the effect
  Recasting the Mahabharata as a 'historical' fact than a myth
  Aditya Iyengar, senior marketing manager of History TV18, discusses with Swetha Amit the reasons for retelling the Mahabharata as a historical fact rather than as a myth
  Weathering a perfect mobile storm
  It's a great time for mobility but challenging times for mobile network operators, says Conor Carroll, senior vice president of sales for Europe, Asia, and the Americas, Tata Communication
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