RBI, govt in pact to bring inflation below 6% by January 2016
Under the monetary policy framework, RBI will publish the operating targets and operating procedures for achieving the targets as also its response to macro-financial conditions
Volvo to trial self-driving cars on Swedish streets by 2017
The cars would be used for daily road commuting with a barrier between the lanes and operate in real traffic situation
Railways can add 2% to India's GDP, says Prabhu
Railway minister Suresh Prabhu said at a CII conference on Sunday that Indian Railways could add up to 2 per cent to the country's GDP growth rate and even help it realise double-digit growth
Ikea introduces lamps, furniture with wireless chargers
Swedish furniture maker Ikea has incorporated induction-charging stations into products from its latest collection, which will allow users to wirelessly charge their smartphones
China launches $80-bn Silk Road infrastructure project
The project involves construction of over 60,000 km of road, including 4,070 km of expressways, to improve the connectivity of existing transportation network
Threatened by Silicon Valley, Swiss watchmakers turning 'smart'
As technology firms like Apple increasingly threaten to intrude into the wristwatch market with 'smart' watches, Switzerland's famed makers of traditional watches are feeling the threat, and responding in kind
How iron feels the heat
New findings regarding iron's unusual thermodynamic stability at high temperatures could one day help researchers design better and stronger steel
Union Budget: 2015-16
Economic Survey: 2014-15

  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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