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AbbVie to acquire onclology drugmaker Pharmacyclics for $21 bn
The takeover will give AbbVie access to one of the world's top-selling drugs to fight blood cancer, Imbruvica, which is expected to generate $1 billion in revenue this year
SFO launches investigation into Bank of England liquidity auctions
The UK Serious Fraud Office has begun an unprecedented criminal investigation into the Bank of England's emergency lending measures  at the height of the credit crisis
ECB to launch 1-trillion bond buying programme on 9 March
The European Central Bank will start repurchasing government bonds next week, aimed at pumping 1-trillion additional cash into the euro zone economy,to boost sagging growth
Sun Pharma's Dilip Shanghvi pips Mukesh Ambani to become richest Indian
Dilip Shanghvi, who is also the world's richest pharmaceutical billionaire, added $4.5 billion to his fortune this year, making him fourth-wealthiest in Asia and 37th in the world
SBI plans biggest-ever share sale to garner up to Rs15,000 cr
The fund would be raised either through follow-on public issue, qualified institutional placement (QIP), rights issue, private placement, global depository receipts, American depository receipts or combination of these
Govt garners Rs60,000 cr on day one of spectrum auction
A total of six rounds of bidding took place on the opening day of the auctions of radio spectrum to telecom operators, with offers amounting to Rs60,000 crore on Wednesday
India furious as BBC airs gang-rape documentary in UK
The home ministry is believed to be planning legal action against British film-maker Leslee Udwin for allegedly violating stipulated permission conditions
Teacher scam: HC upholds 10-year jail term for Chautala, son
The Delhi High Court on Thursday upheld a 10-year jail term for former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala and his son Ajay Chautala in the junior basic teacher recruitment scam
Scientists uncover new role for neurotransmitter that helps fight infection
Scientists have shed new light on the complexities of the immune system that could help develop vaccines to boost natural defences against disease
Mystery solved: why seashells' mineral forms differently in seawater
The new discovery could be a step toward enabling the directed synthesis of new materials on demand in the lab - useful for technological applications
 
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Interviews
  An Architect's journey from the sole to her soul
  Parul Sheth, architect and marathon runner, talks to Swetha Amit about her new book The Running Soul and how being a marathon runner subconsciously transformed her life
  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
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