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PM Modi at the traders's convention held in New Delhi, 19 April

In photos, Modi woos traders by announcing collateral-free loan & other schemes

PM Modi at the convention also announced that if re-elected, he would form a National Traders' Welfare Board.
A representational image of a corporate meeting

The simple way non-MBAs can be as good as MBA types in India

If you don’t want an MBA to have an advantage over a non-MBA, you should be comfortable losing the advantage of your education to an uneducated person.
File photo of Rajat Gupta, former Goldman Sachs Inc. director and former senior partner at McKinsey & Co. | Peter Foley/Bloomberg

Indian CEOs and rich IITians are giving Rajat Gupta a second chance

IIT grad who was friends with Bill Clinton is now treading the road to redemption.
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The US business whiz-kid is likely a 45-year-old, at least 15 years older than India’s

The founders of the fastest-growing American startups are well into their 40s, while the domestic landscape is dominated by youth.  

Vedanta plant’s closure to quadruple India’s copper imports

It won’t help much even if top producer Hindalco boosts its production, because a third of its output is committed for export.
Air India

Air India debacle shows Modi doesn’t get business

For a government that was supposed to be business-friendly, the Modi administration has shown little or no understanding of what businesses actually want, as proved by the conditions set for AI sale.
Tom Wolfe and Philip Roth

Goodbye, Columbus: A look into the dwindling world of rare books

Roth and Wolfe were generous book signers, and copies are plentiful. However, supply of signed copies just halted and increased demand has only begun.
A market in Karachi, Pakistan

Businesses in Pakistan worried that China is ‘eating up their economy’

Here's what's happening across the border: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's first female driver was murdered, and the Hazara community of Quetta is protesting against their targeted killing.
A "WalMart supercentre" logo above the entrance to an Asda supermarket in the UK

Acquiring Flipkart is one of the many big risk & reward global games Walmart is playing

Walmart is venturing into other ambitious deals in the international market, but the payoff will take patience. 
Vijay Mallya

Indian prisons and prime-time media may just save Vijay Mallya from extradition

The evidence on prison conditions have been cited to argue that the unsatisfactory and unhygienic nature of Indian prisons would be a breach of Mallya’s human rights were he to be sent back to India.

On Camera

File photo | Dimple Yadav (R), Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav (L) at a rally | Facebook/Dimple Yadav

Why Dimple Yadav touching Mayawati’s feet still riles upper caste Indians

Dimple Yadav’s gesture challenges the class system of Hindu society which categorises women and backwards of all castes as low and inferior.
crash

Budgam friendly fire: Should charge of culpable homicide be on the table in the fog of war?

A senior IAF officer and 3 other personnel could be booked for “culpable homicide not amounting to murder” in the February Mi-17 helicopter downing.

Defence

IAF men face action in Kashmir Mi-17 chopper crash as probe ‘almost confirms’ friendly fire

Six IAF personnel, one civilian were killed as an Mi-17 chopper was shot down in Kashmir on 27 February while Indian and Pakistan air forces were locked in a dogfoght 100 km away.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.