Former UN Secretary-General and Nobel laureate Kofi Annan dies at 80

The 80-year-old had served as the seventh UN chief for almost 10 years from 1997 to 2006 and was awarded a Nobel Prize in 2001, which he shared with the UN

UN offers help as worst Kerala floods kill 324, cause Rs20,000-crore loss

The UN has offered help in tackling the flood situation in Kerala if a request is made,after the worst flood in a century killed over 324 and caused losses estimated at Rs20,000 crore

New back series data shows India's GDP grew fastest under UPA

New GDP data shows the economic performance of the Manmohan Singh-led UPA fared better than the Modi-led NDA despite the headwind of high oil prices, during its second term

Demonetisation, GST hit MSMEs: RBI study

The controversial note ban imposed on 8 November 2016 has worsened the already falling credit to the MSME sector, notes an RBI study

Over 167 dead as water released from 33 dams soak Kerala

Thirty people died in rain-related incidents in Kerala on Thursday alone with the state receiving 10 times the normal rainfall in the last 24 hours — with no signs of a let up before Saturday, the Met office said

Agricultural income 23% higher than non-farm incomes

Agricultural households earned 23 per cent more than non-agricultural households, although agricultural households had an average outstanding debt of Rs1,04,602 against Rs76,731 for nonfarm households, says a Nabard survey

Water use for fracking has risen by up to 770% since 2011

The volume of wastewater new wells generate during their first year of production has also increased -- by up to 1,440 per cent 

Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee passes away

Vajpayee, 93 and a diabetic patient, was under life support for the past 24 hours at AIIMS, where he was under treatment for the past two months



Migrating under entrepreneur programs can be big plus for SMEs

Migrating to foreign shores is almost a must for Indian small or medium enterprises, as it offers many advantages like fresh markets, ease of doing business, a buffer against domestic shocks, and not least, a better future for one’s kids, says Ajay Sharma, president of visa consultancy Abhinav Outsourcings

US sanctions on Iran and its cascading effect on India

While India's official stand is that it  'follows only UN sanctions, and not unilateral sanctions by any country',  the oil ministry has nonetheless asked refiners to drastically reduce or end import of Iranian oil by the US-set deadline of 4 November. A better option might be to revive the credit and rupee-rial payment mechanisms that were used earlier, says  Abhishek Bansal, founder and chairman, ABans Group

Grab, grab, grab!

There has been a growing trend of a handful of rich and powerful people grabbing national resources for personal profit. Laws have been bent and broken, the political system corrupted, and the common people’s interests thrown to the winds. Yogi Aggarwal’s book, Plunder of the Commons, goes into great detail to describe the plunder, says Kiron Kasbekar.

Pioneering change is the key for successful business leaders

Change is not encoded in the DNA of an organization, yet it is essential for growth. The key requirement is a visionary leader who can create a core team with a common vision and focus to spearhead change, says Tapas Gupta, founder and MD of BEI Confluence Communication and formerly president and CEO of a McCann-Erickson agency