BT Group in talks to buy O2 mobile network from Telefonica for $7.5 bn
British telecom giant BT Group Plc today confirmed media reports that it is in talks with Spain's Telefonica to acquire its O2 mobile network
China to help build Delhi-Chennai high-speed rail corridor
Once completed, the high-speed train on the Delhi-Chennai route could take around six hours to cover the 1,750 km distance against the 28 hours it takes to cover the distance at present
After Nigerian sale, Bharti to sell towers in Brazil to ATC
Bharti Airtel Ltd, India's biggest telecom operator, has struck a deal to sell its towers across Nigeria and Brazil to American Tower Corp. (ATC) in two separate deals for more than $2.2 billion
Chuck Hagel steps down as US defence secretary
Chuck Hagel, the only Republican in the top administration, has resigned as defence secretary less than two years after President Barack Obama appointed him on the all powerful post
Devices maker Stryker mulls $16-bn bid for British peer Smith & Nephew
US medical device maker Stryker Corp is considering structuring the transaction as a tax inversion move, allowing it to move its base to the UK, where the taxes are lower than in the US
Canadian PE firm Onex to acquire Swiss carton maker SIG Combibloc for $4.66 bn
Canadian private equity firm Onex Corp yesterday struck a deal to acquire SIG Combibloc Group, the world's second-largest maker of drink cartons
Union Budget: 2014-15
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Foreign Trade Policy for 2009-14
  IAS memories: so, what's in a surname?
  Retired IAS officer Vivek Agnihotri, a former secretary to government of India, and secretary-general, Rajya Sabha, recounts some parochial scrapes that his surname has landed him during his career
  Security impact of drones
  With the globally inevitable use of drones in armed conflict and the development of drone technology can deliver significant benefits for national security policy and the economy, says a new report in the UK
  A spiritual outlook towards money
  Mehrab Irani, general manager, Tata Investment Corporation, talks to Swetha Amit about his financial thriller, Mad Money Journey, : A Financial Adventure that delves into the relationship between man and money
  Less-numerate investors swayed by style, presentation of CSR reports
  Less-numerate investors are more susceptible to style and presentation effects in corporate social responsibility reports, according to research from W. Brooke Elliott, the Roedgers Fellow in Accountancy and Professor Ken Perry Faculty Fellow at the College of Business, University of Illinois
  Destimoney's strategy factored in its weakness: Sudip Bandyopadhya
  Sudip Bandyopadhya, managing director and CEO of full service financial organisation Destimony Securities,  talks to Swetha Amit about what sets Destimoney apart from its counterparts, its business models and their future plans
  Do we need banks for financial inclusion?
  Government must collaborate with new and existing players by way of technology, platform, product, distribution, points of presence, merchant base, delivery channel, brand, etc to plug the crucial last mile for direct benefit transfers, says Probir Roy and Dr Sumita Kale
  Mars One (and done?)
  MIT team independently assesses the technical feasibility of the proposed Mars One mission, involving sending four astronauts on a one-way trip to Mars, where they would spend the rest of their lives building the first permanent human settlement
  Sailing solo around the world in 151 days
  Abhilash Tomy, Commander, Indian Navy,  has become the first Indian to complete a solo unassisted circumnavigation around the globe in 151 days. He recounts his solo days on the sea in an interview with Swetha Amit
  Fast, cheap, and under control
  A new book, The Innovator's Hypothesis, argues that inexpensive, employee-driven business experiments can help drive innovation.
  Saffron divorce: war of the roses
  Maharashtra has queered the pitch for the BJP, and in a way even for Narendra Modi, with five-cornered contests that will result in legislators with wafer-thin majorities leading to an ideological vacuum, cautions senior journalist and political commentator Kumar Ketkar
  Importance of boardroom diversity, adaptability
  Corporate board members should embrace digital technology, harness risks and diversify their boards if they want to seize new opportunities and help the companies they serve succeed in the digital world, say corporate executives at the 12th annual Corporate Governance Conference held at University of Texas at Dallas' Naveen Jindal School of Management
  Research examines consumers' sense of "deservingness"
  Devoted customers have high expectations of special treatment, even in contexts where they shouldn't, finds a study by Rebecca Walker Reczek, associate professor of marketing at The Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business
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