How to respond to the right B-school call

At this stage of your B-school journey it’s quite obvious that you will end up with calls from more than one institute. How would you know which one is best for you? Here are some parameters to look into while selecting the B-school of your choice. ... Read More


Financing your MBA

If you are a deserving candidate and have secured admission to a good school on the basis of merit, paying your way through B-school is no longer the challenge it used to be. Scholarships aside, there are several banks that offer loans to fund your MBA education. ... Read More

Scholarship schemes

The second of the two major avenues of financing your MBA programme is to apply for scholarships. There are several scholarship schemes available for needy meritorious students and for minority categories. Some of the major scholarship schemes are listed here. ... Read More

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Changing the world, One Million at a time

A Silicon Valley entrepreneur and strategy consultant, SRAMANA MITRA is the founder of One Million by One Million, a global virtual incubator that aims to help one million entrepreneurs globally to reach $1 million in revenue and beyond. She has run three companies as CEO, been a columnist for Forbes from 2008 to 2010 and is the author of the Entrepreneur Journeys book series. ... Read More

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Budget 2018-19

Finance Miniter Arun Jaitely announced the Union Budget 2018-19. As with budget of all years, there the goods, the usual and the bads in this budget as well. ... Read More

Netflix and Amazon Prime: The streaming disruptors

Increasing Internet penetration has led to the availability of high quality video streaming content. Heavyweights like Netflix and Amazon Prime are already disrupting markets, with movies, TV shows and other entertainment content available at very low prices. ... Read More

PNB scam: What it entails for the banking system

Given the already precarious position of the Indian banking system, the Punjab National Bank scam has come at a bad time. What other can of worms will the scam throw up, and what measures need to be taken, especially in the current scenario, still remains to be seen. ... Read More


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News in brief

ISRO sends record 104 satellites in one go; beats Russia: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has finally scripted history after launching a record 104 satellites, including India's earth observation satellite, on a single rocket from the spaceport in Sriharikota. ... Read More

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Word Dose

Miss Brooke was annoyed at the interruption. This amiable baronet, really a suitable husband for Celia, exaggerated the necessity of making himself agreeable to the elder sister. ... Read More


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More than 450 dead in Iraq and Iran in the world's deadliest earthquake this year
A powerful earthquake struck near the Iraqi border, killing more than 450 people and injuring thousands of others in the world's deadliest earthquake so far this year.

The quake, recorded at 9:18 p.m., was felt as far away as Turkey and Pakistan. The damage was mostly in Iraq and Iran. The epicenter was near Ezgeleh, Iran, about 135 miles northeast of Baghdad, and had a preliminary magnitude of 7.3, according to the United States Geological Survey.

Seismologists in the country said it was the biggest quake to hit the western part of Iran.
Retail inflation at seven-month high
Retail inflation has quickened to 3.58% in October, the fastest pace in seven months. This has been spurred by rising food and fuel prices lately. This development will also rule out the possibility of an interest rate cut by the Reserve Bank of India in its December 6 monetary policy review.

Measured by the Consumer Price Index of CPI, retail inflation rose by 3.28% in September.

Combined food inflation in October was 1.9%, compared with 1.25% a month ago as vegetable prices increased by 7.47% from 3.92% in the previous month.

Prices of milk and egg increased modestly and fruit and fish prices came down marginally. Data released by Central Statistics Office showed that inflation in urban India, at 3.81%, was higher than that in rural India, at 3.36%.
Over 50% cut in stent prices, but treatment costs still not lowered
The move by the Indian drug pricing regulator to cut stent prices by over 50% earlier this year has not lowered the treatment cost as a leading hospital says it has "restructured procedure costs" to compensate for revenue erosion.

A coronary stent is a wire mesh tube used to clear blockages in the arteries that pump blood to the heart and prevent heart attacks.

In February 2017, the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) had slashed prices of drug eluting stents (DES) and bioresorable vascular scaffolds (BVS) as it found companies were making nearly 400% profits on these stents in India.
No PAN card required for jewellery purchase of over Rs 50,000
Any kind of jewellery purchases whose worth is over Rs 50,000 will not require the income tax permanent account number (PAN) to be provided after the government has reversed an earlier notification, providing a big festive cheer for the sector and potential customers.

Jewellers will also not be required to inform authorities on purchases from their stores of over Rs 50,000 after the government cancelled a notification issued on August 23.
Tencent invests $400 million in Ola for 9.57% stake
Chinese internet conglomerate Tencent has invested $400 million in ride-hailing major Ola in a deal, which will help to take the total capital mobilised by the Bengaluru-based company in the last 12 months to $800 million.

Singapore-based Copper Technology Pte Ltd will take a 9.57% stake in Ola, according to filings with the Registrar of Companies.

Copper Technology is an entity owned by Tencent.

Ola's parent company ANI Technologies Pvt. Ltd has issued shares to Copper Technology for Rs 13,521 a piece.