COVER STORY

Cracking the CAT: All you need to know

The last few months prior to the CAT are very important, for both first timers and repeat takers. It's normal to have a lot of questions at this time, when tension starts building up. In this article, we answer some of these most often asked questions for you. ... Read More

CORPORATE INTERVIEW

‘MBA taught me new ways of thinking’

…says serial entrepreneur, KABIR BHASIN. Armed with an MBA from the prestigious S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPJIMR), Kabir shares his entrepreneurial journey, right from transforming East Lifestyle into a brand, to starting new ventures such as Furlenco. In conversation with Kalyani Majumdar ...Read More

YOGA TALK

Keep calm and do Shavasana

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Count DOWN

13 Major Economic Landmarks of Independent India

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STUDENT SPEAK

'Have an answer to the question: Why MBA?'

This is what SNIGDHA DUTTA, a first year MSc Finance student at JBIMS, has to say about the importance of choosing a career path early on, and how to choose a B-school to get that success. In conversation with Advanc’edge, Snigdha shares her learning so far. ... Read More

NEWS SNIPPETS

18 year old, Hima Das created history by winning India’s first gold medal at a global track event. Das clocked the finish line in 51.46 seconds at the IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland. Her father is a farmer and she hails from Dhing, a small village situated around 30 km from Nagaon in Assam. ... Read More

Corporate WORLD

The future: AI, Machine Learning & Analytics

Most of us understand how dependent we are on technology. Companies particularly are painfully aware that emerging uses of technology like artificial intelligence and machine learning can make or break their future. As a future manager, it makes perfect sense for students to delve into this domain. ... Read More

Trading blows in a global trade war

The trade war sparked off by the US primarily with China shows no signs of de-escalating, with both countries retaliating against each other’s measures. The US targeted other countries as well, including India. However, all of this may well result in an actual weakening of the US economy, instead of the opposite. ... Read More

The fall of the Indian rupee: Is all well?

Most Indians have watched the plunge of the rupee to nearly `70 to a dollar with growing concern. Several factors have contributed to this fall, including rising prices of crude oil and the global trade war sparked by the US. An analysis of what led to the rupee’s fall, and what we can expect in the near future. ... Read More

Study HOUR

Word Dose

In this fertile central region of Chile, the rain gauges record ten to eighty inches annually, a precipitation to the liking of that portion of the evergreen sclerophyllous biome, which here faces, across 8000 miles of Pacific Ocean, its more illustrious Australian counterpart.... Read More

Globescan

A quiz to boost your General Knowledge ... Read More
Autonomy on its way for IIM
Followed by months of discussion the premier business schools, IIMs have finally got the go-ahead to become autonomous. The rules for implementing the IIM Act, 2017, are likely to be notified this month, unambiguously affirming the autonomy of the premier business schools. The IIM rules will follow the complete autonomy template pitched by the PMO with the government staying away from key roles on selection and removal of the chairperson and director, fee regulation, student intake, institute expansion and any other overriding powers that the HRD ministry has mostly retained over other institutes.
RIL the most valued firm in India
Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) has surpassed India’s biggest software services firm Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS) to become the country’s most valued firm in terms of market capitalisation—a first since April. Data from the BSE showed RIL has a market cap of ₹ 7.46 trillion, after its shares rose 2.4% on the BSE to record high of ₹ 1177.80. TCS, at ₹ 1930 per share, was valued at ₹ 7.39 trillion.
Alexa gets smarter
Users of Amazon’s digital assistant, Alexa can now teach the app local Indian languages such as, Hindi, Bengali and Marathi.  The e-commerce giant announced this new skill aimed at improving Alexa's speech recognition. At present, Alexa engages with users in English like its competitors such as Apple’s Siri and Google Assistant. Amazon said the process of creating new languages for Alexa benefits from advances in data availability, computing power, and a subset of artificial intelligence called machine learning. Cleo has been built by a team of linguists and data scientists and has already helped improve Alexa's understanding of languages such as French.
A decline in social media users
There has been a drop in the appetite for signing up for social media services among people in recent times.  Snap, the maker of the Snapchat app, said it lost three million daily active users in the second quarter from earlier this year. It was the first time since the company went public in early 2017 that it had reported a decline in users and may be hitting a wall to adding new users. The trend looks the same for Facebook and Twitter as well. Facebook revealed late last month that its number of users in the United States was flat from earlier this year and that its users in Europe had fallen over the same period, even though its total number of members had grown. And Twitter, which has struggled for years to increase interest in its platform, also said in late July that its monthly active users had decreased by one million from earlier this year.