The most challenging of the Alps is Matterhorn, at a height of 4,478 metres and on the border between Italy and Switzerland. Photo: Rasheeda Bhagat
The most challenging of the Alps is Matterhorn, at a height of 4,478 metres and on the border between Italy and Switzerland. Photo: Rasheeda Bhagat

When the Matterhorn peak played hide and seek

Rasheeda Bhagat

At the annual media event of Switzerland Tourism, I am one of the 137 international journalists... »

Are you over-investing in your corporate brand?

Tata Group Chairman Cyrus Mistry (in picture) could play more aggressively in sectors where the perceived risk of purchase is high

Rajeev Batra

There is an obvious imperative today to be as honest and transparent as one can be. And... »

What lies ahead for fairness hard sell


“But what will ads for fairness products do without insecurity being part of the script?... »

Walking the thin line

Prasad Sangameshwaran

About two weeks ago, Johnnie Walker Blue Label, a major luxury blended Scotch Whisky, hosted... »

Creating a buzz around diabetes

The ‘Bee Healthy’ initiative uses honeybees to detect the scent of diabetes on people’s breath

Tirna Ray

It might feel like a pleasant irony to employ honeybees to detect the presence of diabete... »

DoT may advance completion of NOFN project to June 2016


The Department of Telecom (DoT) is likely to work towards bringing forward the target dates for completion of National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) to June 2016 as the project is key to various ‘D... »

Getting VW’s India script in place

Staying relevant Polo models showcased at the Volkswagen showroom in Visakhapatnam. CV SUBRAHMANYAM

Murali Gopalan

It is only too well known by now how important China is to the Volkswagen group. This fact was driven home yet again in the German automaker’s first half results for this year where a break-up of... »

Spice unveils Firefox OS smartphone for Rs 2,299


Aimed at capturing a larger chunk of the booming affordable smartphone market in India, domestic handset maker Spice today launched its new Firefox OS—powered smartphone, priced at Rs 2,299.»

Aircel-Maxis deal case: CBI chargesheets Maran brothers

Former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran (file photo).


Former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran, his brother Kalanidhi Maran and six others, including four companies, were today chargesheeted by the CBI in a special court in the Aircel—Maxis deal case... »

Google drone drops chocolate for Australian farmer


An Australian farmer took delivery of the first Google package sent by drone during secret testing in the state of Queensland last month, a Brisbane newspaper reported on Friday.The Google... »

MphasiS bags 5-year contract from PNB

Our Bureau

IT services provider MphasiS has bagged a five-year deal to setup contact centres for Punjab National Bank in Noida and Mangalore. As a part of this deal, MphasiS would implemen... »

DoT unhappy with slow progress of national optical fibre project

Our Bureau

While the Government has announced an ambitious plan of connecting 1 lakh gram panchayats with broadband network by March 2015, the Department of Telecom has found that the pace of laying optical... »

2015 BMW X3 debuts in India

Philipp von Sahr, President, BMW Group India with the new
2015 BMW X3

Our Bureau

BMW launched the new X3 earlier this week at Deutsche Motoren, the BMW dealership in Noida, according to a company press release. The new version of the SUV is locally produced at the BMW Plan... »

Fiat’s comeback vehicle?

Refreshed interiors: The cabin feels relatively plush and stays quiet at slow speeds. Under hard acceleration the engine noise does seep in

S Muralidhar

The first impression after we stepped into the Fiat Punto, right after its launch in 2008, was marred by the seat height adjustment handle breaking away from its assembly. The car just had 300... »

Club catalyst

What’s in a customer’s name?

Name on a cup: Another interesting use of consumers’ names
can be witnessed at many modern branded cafes across India. In the summer of 2013, Coca-Cola ran a unique marketing campaign in the UK. It began making and selling Coke cans which carried individual consumers’ names. Each can carried a popu... »

Question hour


Star on an ascent

Vis-à-vis …

Autodesk University event to be held in Mumbai from Sept 11

Sharad Haksar’s Creative Showcase

Skillsoft report reveals desire for increased training in cloud solutions

Facebook rolls out new bandwidth linked advertising tool

Patent for governing data

Diesel subsidy down, but free pricing some time away

Big difference: The subsidy element in diesel is now down to barely Rs 1.50 per litre. - NISSAR AHMAD

Murali Gopalan

Till about two years ago, diesel was the darling of the automobile industry. Thanks to its substantial price difference with petrol (nearly 25/litre), customers did not need too much goadi... »

First app to measure alcohol related tremors


Scientists have developed the world’s first app to measure strength of tremors owing to alcohol withdrawal, providing guidance to direct treatment decisions. The app also shows promise in m... »

Apple may launch iPhone 6, smartwatch on Sept 9


Apple is expected to unveil a larger screen version of its popular iPhone along with its first smartwatch on September 9 in its hometown in Cupertino, California. The iconic creator of iPod... »

Nokia to offer maps for Samsung’s Tizen-based handsets

Nokia offers maps for Samsung’s Tizen-powered smart devices.


Nokia has partnered with Samsung to provide its maps and location services to Tizen-powered smart devices by the Korean electronics giant. The Finnish firm’s location-based services arm HER... »

In expansion mode, ValueLabs eyes cloud, analytics segment


ValueLabs, a mid-size technology solutions provider, is focussing on emerging opportunities in cloud, big data analytics and mobility solutions to fuel its growth plans. The Hyderabad-bas... »

Identifying more 3G spectrum is need of the hour, says Qualcomm India’s Agarwal

Qualcomm India and South Asia

Thomas K Thomas

US-based chip maker Qualcomm is at the forefront of ensuring that mobile users have access to more affordable and efficient phones. The company’s chipsets are used by all major brands, inc... »

Volvo unveils the XC90 SUV

Our Bureau

Volvo Cars unveiled the all-new XC90 earlier this week, delivering on its promise to introduce a visually striking, premium quality seven-seat SUV with world leading safety features, new powert... »

Dressed for disco, dances on the streets

Sabyasachi Biswas

For the past ten years, Bajaj has been dabbling with every sort of permutation and combination of features, power, engine size and mileage figures with the Discover family of motorcycles. For t... »

HCL Infosystems posts Rs 198 cr loss in June quarter


IT firm HCL Infosystems today said its standalone net loss has widened to Rs 198.03 crore in the April-June 2014 period. The Noida-based company had posted a net loss of Rs 40.25 crore in the same... »

Going to town

Plenty of responses this time. Those that have GI tags include Darjeeling Tea, Dharwad Pedha, Nagpur Orange, Guntur Sannam Mirchi (a type of chilli), Parmesan cheese, Mangalagiri cotton, Venkatagir... »

Going mobile, like never before

Been there, Daan that



Mobile data spurts telecom growth to Rs 40,834 cr

Teoco Software planning to hire 50 people for Kolkata office

HCL partners with AppDynamics to enable digital IT operations for enterprises

New software to analyse your tweets better

BL Ink

Pelf in the gloom
The lure of officialdom - the white Ambassador, the red beacon, the power. Photo: Monica Tiwari

Kill for the IAS

Nandini Nair, Priyanka Kotamraju

Sunday morning nine lakh candidates will sit for the Civil Services Aptitude Test. Aspirants give years to this exam… this cause. BLink maps their story of hope and inertia »

Whether it is in Delhi and Mumbai or Kochi and Patna, the radio taxi has become ubiquitous. Rashmi Pratap looks at how and why this mode of transport has become so popular across India. »

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