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Bang On!
Flagship smartphones are getting bigger and taller, but here is a compact, mid range device from HMD Global (the official licensee of Nokia smartphones) that looks and feels premium. The 5.8 inch full HD+ display, with a notch in the front and a glas
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Sound Speaker
If you are looking for a portable Bluetooth speaker, you will find aplenty. But not all of them live up to the promise of an immersive experience. The recently launched Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Freestyle is a great outdoor speaker compact, rounded
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Stay Fit to Fight Diabetes
"I make it a point to run every day," says veteran cricketer Anil Kumble as it helps him stay fit and keep diabetes at bay. He has been associated with Novo Nordisk, a global major focussed on diabetes care, as its ambassador for the Changing Diabete
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Dirty Air Makes You Dumb
We have long known that air pollution causes lung problems, deteriorates the heart's functionality, and may even cause diabetes, some researchers claim. But nobody ever thought it could blunt one's intelligence. However, a recent study involving as m
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Health Buddy
Apple's annual launch day came and went on September 12 and the Cupertino company ritually unveiled bigger and speedier phones iPhone XS, XS Max and a slightly toned down and less expensive iPhone XR. But it was the juiced up Apple Watch Series 4 t
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Kingdom Gone
Over the next few years, a number of entrepreneurs, who had shot to prominence over the past decade and a half, will either have lost their entire businesses or will see their empires shrink dramatically in size, after losing many of their companies.
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Of Power and Class
Vintage and Modern Do you love vintage timepieces? Mumbai based online auction house AstaGuru is hosting an auction on September 24 and 25, which will feature a wide array of vintage pieces, including bracket clocks, carriage clocks, table clocks, po
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Billions to Bust
As the sale of Essar Steel under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, or IBC, moves a step closer, its past owner, the Ruia family, is coming to terms with the fact that re building its business empire to the scale it enjoyed just five years ago might
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The Debt Express
Economic evolution is complicated, and often paradoxical, but its outcomes seem to have a frightening clarity. Towards the end of their book Financial Economy: Evolutions at the Edge of Crises authors Smita Roy Trivedi and Sutanu Bhattacharya sta
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With Bells On
in 2015, Indian Bollywood stars often made news for posting small video clips on social media platforms. In these clips, stars lip synced and acted out famous dialogues or songs, made on the app Dubsmash. In 2017, a similar app called Musical.ly, sta
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Bust! Boom! Bust?
The first week of September brought into the open the growing chasm in the aviation sector. The government, along with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and global industry body IATA, organised a mega event in New Delhi's Taj Palace Hotel to cele
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Connect, Collaborate and Communicate
As blockchain emerges from the shadow of bitcoin, experts are heralding it as the 'mother technology', which has catalysed the massive global fintech revolution and provided cost optimised solutions to a host of financial problems that have been plag
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Making Of A Global Hub
Frank Zappa once said, "You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline." India has six even though a 'beer airline' shut down a few years ago. Zappa was bang on when it came to figuring out India because clearly, we are still "wort
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Lifeasy: Services at Doorstep
1) The Founders Rakesh Gupta, Jeet Narayan Singh and Gagneet Singh Ahuja worked together at Noida Software Technology Park Ltd's JAINHITS, a distributor of satellite services to the media industry. Rakesh has a background in sales and business; Jeet
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Better Late Than Never
On October 15, 1932, when J.R.D. Tata landed his single engine De Havilland Puss Moth aircraft at Mumbai's Juhu airstrip to herald the birth of civil aviation in India it had no terminal building or any other paraphernalia generally associated wi
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Bumper Offers
With an all time high mobilisation of over Rs60,000 crore, 2017 was a blockbuster year for initial public offerings, or IPOs, in India. What went unnoticed, however, was how the country stood out on the global stage (See Change in Pecking Order). In
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Waiting for Clear Skies
Not too long ago, starting an airline was easy. Entry barriers were low as anybody with a moderate understanding of the sector could take aircraft on lease (leased aircraft were easily available with limited upfront capital commitment) and start an a
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Are You Game?
As a teenager, Jeet Rajesh Kundra loved playing games on his mobile. His parents worried that his obsession would affect his studies. Kundra, based in Mumbai, was planning to pursue a degree in commerce. But soon his life made what gamers would call
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Global Gambit
Back in June 2016, the fifth largest airline in the country, GoAir, added the 20th aircraft to its fleet of narrow body Airbus. This was crucial because GoAir had been planning to fly on international routes for several years. Having at least 20 airc
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Permanently Temporary
They are a motley crew young people waiting for a break, women with time consuming family commitments, healthy retirees with domain expertise, people of all ages unwilling to be tied down to a full time job, and more. Some work part time, some full
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Flying Low
In June 2018, Jet Airways and IndiGo started flights under the ambitious regional connectivity scheme (RCS), christened as UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik). As Jet's Delhi to Nashik and IndiGo's Hubli to Kochi flights took to the skies, it marked the tu
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Miles To Go...
Man ideal world, the proverbial glass ceiling no longer hinders the women at work, but the reality remains otherwise. "Women are still hugely under represented in the mutual fund industry," said HDFC Chairman Deepak Parekh while speaking at the 2018
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Go Beyond Sales To Stay Ahead
Managing product brand, as well as corporate branding, has become a challenging area. Today, each firm is making efforts to increase brand equity and public relations (PR) has emerged as the favourite tool. Social media is the most sought after mediu
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"The NDA Government Has Been Very Conservative On The Fiscal Front"
Base changes happen periodically, but why has it become such a big issue this time? What was the problem getting back series data? A: You change base because the structure of the economy is changing. Though the structure is changing daily, you canno
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IL&FS Plans To Sell Mumbai Corporate Headquarters To Raise Funds To Meet Debt Commitments
The crippled Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS), which made headlines earlier this month for defaulting on a Rs 1,000 crore loan from Small Industries Development Bank of India (Sidbi), is now looking to sell off assets to honour its
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Note Worthy
This year's Galaxy Note is not about innovation but perfection. Besides the best in class display, fine build quality and great performance, what makes the Galaxy Note9 special is its S Pen stylus that Samsung has enhanced over the years. But its new
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Nurturing The Neglected
Many in the financial inclusion space look up to her as the "mother of Indian microfinance". Vijayalakshmi Das, 66, was after all involved in handholding some of the biggest names in Indian microfinance in their initial days, be it SKS Microfinance (
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The Messiah
The understated headquarters of Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan located in a nondescript lane of a Mumbai suburb host numerous workshops for the socially backward, lower income Muslim women. Its Founder, Noorjehan Safia Niaz, has a single point agend
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United For A Cause
Rweeta Basu, 50, had never been a writer but now she has seven books and a film script to her credit besides being a theatre artiste and a social worker. It all started when the former homemaker attended creative writing workshops organised by the Ko
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In Top League
A couple of years ago, when 50 year old Vibha Padalkar was holidaying in Barcelona, she was fascinated by flamenco dancing at Theatre City Hall. "The music sounded so Indian," she says. Curiosity led her to dig more. She found that there were Indian
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