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Airtel preparing to kick off IPO of $5 billion Africa arm in May

Airtel has operations in 14 African markets including Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria and Ghana.
Mukesh Ambani

Mukesh Ambani’s debt-fueled bet on India’s rising middle class is paying off

Mukesh Ambani has ambitions to take on Amazon and Walmart in India, where the middle class is driving the growth of e-commerce.
BSNL

BSNL employees get February salary but their woes aren’t over, blame Modi govt for cash crunch

BSNL employees fear that salaries for next month too might get delayed, blaming the Modi government for the cash crunch at the company.
Billboard for Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd.

Reliance Jio faces Rs 15,000 crore loss over its handset subsidies

This would be a bigger deficit than those of its rivals Bharti Airtel Ltd. and Vodafone Idea Ltd.
Mukesh Ambani | Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Reliance chairman Mukesh Ambani announces Rs 10,000-crore fresh investment in West Bengal

The announced investment will be over and above the Rs 28,000 crore corpus Reliance has already pumped in the state.
Sunil Bharti Mittal

Airtel’s Sunil Bharti Mittal says Indian Telecom can recover by 2020

Bharti slipped to No. 2 in the industry last year after Idea Cellular Ltd. and Vodafone India merged to become India’s largest operator by subscribers.
Mukesh Ambani | Pankaj Nangia/Bloomberg

Mukesh Ambani vs Jeff Bezos is the fight for Indian consumer that was bound to happen

Modi govt is forcing Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to fight Ambani with one hand tied behind his back.
Facebook and Reliance Jio are teaming up to draw hordes of customers with cheap phones, rock-bottom rates and handy messaging services. Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Facebook and Reliance Jio are teaming up to get India on ‘WhatsApp phones’

Facebook and Mukesh Ambani’s Jio are building a massive user base that will boost their own fortunes. One recent afternoon in the Indian city of Pune, a 35-year-old mason named Om Prakash Gaekwad gets a crash course in technology. He watches a street-corner skit explaining the virtues of WhatsApp’s messaging service and Reliance Jio’s wireless network. He then climbs aboard a truck to find out how to set them up. Half an hour later, he’s made up his mind: He’ll upgrade to a new phone so he can negotiate masonry rates on WhatsApp -- and let his six-year-old play mobile games. Such pitches -- part tutorial, part kitsch -- are boosting web adoption in what is already the world’s fastest-growing major internet market. Facebook Inc., WhatsApp’s parent, and India’s richest man, who started Reliance Jio, are teaming up to draw hordes of customers with cheap phones, rock-bottom rates and handy messaging...
Imran Khan

PM Imran Khan gives credit to wife Bushra Bibi for his 100 days’ success

Here’s what’s happening across the border: Pakistan to convert Kapoor family’s ancestral house in Peshawar into museum, and Pak author’s novel to be adapted into Indian TV series.
Illustration by Peali Dezine

Everyone is growing but no one is making money in India’s champion sectors

Aviation, telecom and e-commerce/digital businesses are all success stories, but the issue is the same in all three sectors: Profitability.

On Camera

Why Right-wingers and lapsed liberals hate Romila Thapar, the mother of history in India

The dislike for Romila Thapar is embedded in belief that Left-liberal monopoly on scholarship has denied Hindus their rightful place in history.
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With Lok Sabha elections over, how can India and Pakistan now repair fractured ties?

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is considering appointing a national security adviser to revive backchannel diplomatic talks with India.

Defence

RFID

RAW & IB chiefs, cabinet & defence secretaries — the key appointments awaiting new govt

The new govt will also appoint the IAF chief after incumbent Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa retires in September. 
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.