Zimbabwe invites Indian companies to partner in agriculture

New Delhi: Zimbabwe Tuesday invited Indian companies to partner it in “kick-starting” its agricultural development after a series of setbacks to the sector. “I’m advocating that you come and accompany some of our farmers in food production, in maximising the output from the land”, Zimbabwe’s Minister for Small and Medium Enterprises Sithembiso G. Nyoni said […]

UN warns food security a risk to Asia-Pacific

ULAN BATOR: The world must increase its food production by 60 percent by mid-century or risk serious food shortages that could bring social unrest and civil wars, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Monday. Demand for food will rise rapidly over the next few decades as the world population surpasses 9 billion […]

Hero to launch Disney-branded bicycles in India

NEW Delhi: World’s largest cycle maker Hero Cycles has launched a range of Disney- and Marvel-branded bicycles featuring characters like Mickey Mouse and Spiderman for kids aged 3-12 years. As part of the licensing agreement with Disney India’s Consumer Products arm, Hero Cycles will sell 12 models, priced between Rs 3,300 to Rs 4,500. These […]

India to have 4th highest number of billionaires by 2023: Report

NEW YORK: India is projected to be home to the fourth highest number of billionaires in the world by 2023, according to a report which said wealth creation will accelerate in the country over the next decade. The 2014 Wealth Report, an annual global perspective on prime property and wealth by property management firm Knight […]

‘India is the most difficult country to do business’

New Delhi: New Delhi has emerged as the most difficult country to do business, followed by Indonesia and the Philippines, says a study by marketing firm SPAG Asia. Thailand and Malaysia have emerged as the easiest for foreign investors. “As the second term of the Congress-led coalition government comes to an end in India, its […]

‘Mumbai least expensive major city for expatriates’

London: Singapore has outstripped Tokyo as the world’s most expensive city for expatriates, according to annual rankings by the Economist Intelligence Unit released on Tuesday. Mumbai was the least expensive major city in which to live, partly due to government subsidies on some products and low local wages. The Indian financial capital was followed by […]

Mukest Ambani richest Indian but global rank tumbles to 40’

New York: Business tycoon Mukesh Ambani may have retained his title as India’s richest person for 7th year in a row, but his place among the world’s richest people has dropped to lowest in 8 years. As per latest Forbes rich list, Ambani is ranked 40th globally with net worth of USD 18.6 billion — […]

SMS alert service for waitlisted rail passengers launched

New Delhi: Now you will no longer have to dial 139 or visit the rail website to check the status of your waitlisted ticket as the railways will now send booking status messages to passengers on mobile phones, if the tickets get confirmed before the journey. “For the last 10 days the trial was going […]

Apple launches iPhone voice control for drivers

Frankfurt: Apple makes its next move in hands-free smartphone technology for car drivers when it unveils a new, integrated iPhone voice-control system at the Geneva Motor Show this week. The U.S. company’s CarPlay makes its debut in Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo vehicles at the show, demonstrating the software system that allows drivers to control their […]

India home to 70 billionaires

NEW DELHI: India is home to the fifth largest group of billionaires in the world and Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries, is the country’s richest man with a personal fortune of $18 billion, says a report.  According China-based research firm Hurun’s 2014 global rich list, Mukesh Ambani was ranked 41st in the list that […]

China emerges as India’s top trading partner: study

New Delhi: India’s eastern neighbour China has emerged as its biggest trading partner in the current fiscal replacing the UAE and pushing it to the third spot, according to a study conducted by PHD Chamber of Commerce.India-China trade has reached $49.5 bn with 8.7% share in India’s total trade, while the US comes second at […]

Microsoft to give upgraded Windows for free?

California: As Microsoft plans to wind up Windows 8.1 operating system next month, the firm plans to announce a free version of Windows in a bid to persuade customers to upgrade to latest versions. A new version, called ‘Windows with Bing’, could be given away at a developers’ conference in April, claimed media reports. The […]