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Rupee approaching tipping point

For a third year, India is grappling with the implications of a rapidly weakening currency. The trigger was external this time, but outsized outflows from bond markets have once again highlighted India’s external financing risks, lowering investor confidence in the currency. This has pushed the rupee... [Read More]

World’s 10 amazing railway stations

  Grand Central Terminal, New York, US What makes these railway stations unique? Icons of a nation’s booming infrastructure, these grand transport hubs have set several records. Take a look at 10 stations dubbed as ‘world’s record breakers’ by Grand... [Read More]

India’s six diamond kings who rule global empire

  A woman looks at the Diamond Diadem Crown Diamonds are one of the world’s, and specifically Africa’s, major natural resources. An estimated $13 billion worth of rough diamonds are produced per year, of which about $8.5 billion are from Africa (65 per cent). The diamond industry employs... [Read More]

A look at most well-liked consumer brands of 2012

  A view of Stockholm, Sweden. Apple barely missed making the list of the 10 most well-liked in the US, says marketing research firm YouGov BrandIndex, according to Business Insider. YouGov BrandIndex interviews 5,000 people each weekday from a representative US population sample about brands’... [Read More]

Global growth: Nations that lead the race

  A view of Indonesia's Central Bank building in Jakarta. China and India are still at the top among the fastest growing economies in the world. But growth for both is slowing down when comparing their projected growth to the historical three-year average, says a PricewaterhouseCoopers study. India... [Read More]

7 factors that will decide gold’s price this year

  A customer tries on a gold necklace in Hanoi, Vietnam. Societe Generale, a major European bank, has a note out asking whether 2013 will be the first year since 2000 that gold ends the year down, according to Business Insider. In it, they present the bullish and bearish argument in the simplest... [Read More]

World’s top 20 economic superpowers by 2030

  Shanghai World Financial Centre. The world economy is projected to grow at an average rate of just over 3 per cent per annum from 2011 to 2050, doubling in size by 2032 and nearly doubling again by 2050, states a PricewaterhouseCoopers report. According to the report, ‘World in 2050 The... [Read More]

World’s 10 amazing railway stations

Grand Central Terminal, New York, US A historical landmark, this 100-year old sprawling transport hub is the world’s largest station by number of platforms. It has 44 platforms with 67 tracks along them. Grand Central Terminal, New York, US It took 10 years to build this sprawling railway station... [Read More]

Sandy aftermath: US struggles to get back on its feet

  Sandy aftermath The residents of United States east coast continue to struggle with flooding, blackouts and fuel shortages as the death toll from the Superstorm Sandy rises to above 90. The worst hit are New York City and New Jersey. Almost there days after Sandy hit the US east coast, many... [Read More]

Berlin’s spectacular festival of lights

  The Siegessaeule (victory column) is illuminated during a technical check for the Festival of Lights in Berlin Nights in Berlin are lit up once again. Over a million visitors are camping in the German city to witness the annual festival of lights. In the festival, on between October 10-21, Berlin’s... [Read More]

iPhone 5 does not ‘wow’, but. . .

  Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook takes the stage after the introduction of the iPhone 5 during Apple Inc.'s iPhone media event in San Francisco, California The moment Apple’s head of marketing Phil Schiller announced the new iPhone 5, the technology world truly parked itself divided into 2... [Read More]

The world’s top 10 universities 2012

  World's best universities QS rankings 2012 On September 11, Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) released the World University Rankings for the year 2012. The rankings by QS, a leading networking organisation specialising in higher education, are based on each institution’s strengths in research,... [Read More]

Why Infosys is worried and TCS isn’t

  Business Standard The results announced by both companies have been strongly affected by the rapid depreciation of the rupee during the reporting quarter, and show buoyancy in top-line — gross revenue — growth that would not otherwise have been possible. The two leading information... [Read More]

Google takes on iPad with Nexus 7 at Rs 11k

Google Nexus 7 The cat is finally out of the bag! Search giant Google unveiled its Google Nexus 7 tablet PC on the very first day of Google I/O at San Francisco on June 27. Built by Taiwan-based Asus and designed by Google, the 7-inch, $199 (approximately Rs 11,000) tablet comes loaded with top-class... [Read More]

Top 10 STUNNING landscapes from across the world!

  Kashmir From Karnataka to California and beyond, you responded to our invite and posted these travel pictures on Rediff ZaraBol. First up is a view of the sunset from Dal Lake in Srinagar, Kashmir by Arun T.   Mumbai CVSR Sandeep shot this picture of the golden summer sky of Mumbai en route... [Read More]

Most admired car companies in the US

  Let's take a look at the most admired car companies in the US. Car manufacturers are finding it tough to increase their numbers amid the economic slowdown, especially in the United States. But some companies are doing better than others, thanks to new products, lower prices and smart marketing. Let’s... [Read More]

Arizona liberals seek secession, new US state

Arizona-liberals-seek-secession-new-US-state US, Tucson : A boy walks past the flag (AFP Photo / Mamta Popat-Pool)   Liberals living in southern Arizona fed up with the overly conservative remainder of the state are seeking to secede and form their own state – America’s 51st state. A group... [Read More]

Facebook seeks US election law exemptions.

Facebook-seeks-US-election-law-exemptions Facebook website is displayed on a laptop computer (AFP Photo / Justin Sullivan)   The social media giant is asking the Federal Election Commission to exempt the company from rules which require political campaign ads disclose who paid for them. Facebook... [Read More]