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Mahinda making overtures to Modi

September 25, 2013 at 9:56 pm

by Upul Joseph Fernando

( September 25, 2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Last week, media hounds got whiff of a bit of news that somewhat off the familiar pattern. An Air Force helicopter carrying some Indian personnel made an emergency landing at some place near Dompe, due to an unknown technical failure. What piqued the curiosity of those in the media who received this information was the anonymity of the Indian passengers in that helicopter. When they tried to coax out at least a tiny bit of information from various Air Force sources they were stone-walled.

Singapore ‘match-fixing boss’ faces indefinite limbo

September 25, 2013 at 6:08 pm

By Jonah Fisher BBC News, Singapore

Dan Tan Rarely seen in public, Dan Tan is known as “the boss” or “the capo” by his accomplices

The head of the “world’s largest and most aggressive match-fixing syndicate” was arrested last week in Singapore.

They are not my words, but those of the general secretary of the global policing body Interpol, Ronald Noble, as he hailed the capture of Tan Seet Eng and 13 of his alleged associates.

Pakistan quake island off Gwadar ’emits flammable gas’

September 25, 2013 at 6:02 pm

By Ilyas Khan BBC News, Islamabad

Footage shows people flocking to see the new island, which oceanographer Dr Simon Boxhall describes as “quite extraordinary, but not unique”

Barely half an hour after they were jolted by a major earthquake on Tuesday, people of the Pakistani coastal town of Gwadar had another shock when they saw a new island emerge in the sea, just over a kilometre from the shore.

My Business: Running a newspaper in Burma

September 25, 2013 at 5:52 pm

Thaung Su Nyein, chief executive officer of Information Matrix: “Burma used to censor the word internet”

What makes an entrepreneur? The BBC’s Ko Ko Aung spoke to Thaung Su Nyein about his experience running a media business in an environment where access to information has historically been restricted.

When Thaung Su Nyein started media company Information Matrix in 2002, he only had initial capital of $5,000 (£3,200; 3,800 euros) pulled together from his savings, coupled with a contribution from his parents.

My Business: Running a newspaper in Burma

September 25, 2013 at 5:44 pm

Thaung Su Nyein, chief executive officer of Information Matrix: “Burma used to censor the word internet”

 

What makes an entrepreneur? The BBC’s Ko Ko Aung spoke to Thaung Su Nyein about his experience running a media business in an environment where access to information has historically been restricted.

When Thaung Su Nyein started media company Information Matrix in 2002, he only had initial capital of $5,000 (£3,200; 3,800 euros) pulled together from his savings, coupled with a contribution from his parents.

My Business: Indonesia’s beauty magnate

September 25, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Martha Tilaar: ‘Indonesians had a mind set that everything that comes from the west is the best, because we had yet to have cosmetics that were convenient to use’

 

What makes an entrepreneur? The BBC’s Alice Budisatrijo hears from Martha Tilaar about her journey from beautician to cosmetics magnate.

When Martha Tilaar first tried to open her store in one of Jakarta’s newly sprawling luxury shopping malls in 1996, she was turned down.

My Business: Indian youth brand Happily Unmarried

September 25, 2013 at 5:38 pm

Rahul Anand and Rajat Tuli on how they created a youth brand for India

 

What makes an entrepreneur? The BBC’s Saima Iqbal and Tom Santorelli speak to Rahul Anand and Rajat Tuli, about turning an idea about making products tailored specifically for young, upwardly-mobile Indians into a thriving business.

Business partners Rahul Anand and Rajat Tuli first met while pursuing their Masters degrees.

In 2003 the software company they had joined together went bankrupt and they decided it was time to take the plunge and start their own enterprise.

My Business: Finding paradise and success in retirement

September 25, 2013 at 5:35 pm

Ivy Singh: “We never started as a business”

 

What makes an entrepreneur? The BBC’s Ashleigh Nghiem spoke to Ivy Singh about turning her retirement plans into a successful business and setting up a farm in densely populated Singapore.

Ivy Singh and her husband Lim Ho Seng had their retirement all planned out. They, along with their friends, wanted to move to Margaret River in Western Australia and have a place with enough land to grow plants.

After 20 years, Parle re-enters cola market with Cafe Cuba- PTI Mumbai

September 24, 2013 at 10:24 pm

 

Parle to re-enter cola business with Cafe Cuba

Two decades after it hived off its carbonated soft drinks portfolio, Parle Agro announced its re-entry into the Rs 15,000-crore cola market  early next year with the launch Cafe Cuba, a coffee-flavoured carbonated drink.
Parle Agro had sold its popular and iconic soft drink brands namely Thums Up, Limca, Gold Spot and Citra, to Coca-Cola in 1993 and had also signed a non-compete agreement for ten years.

Tatas, Singapore Airlines not to raise loans in India to capitalise JV – Sanjay Singh New Delhi

September 24, 2013 at 10:19 pm

 

Tatas, Singapore Airlines not to raise loans in India

Photo: Reuters

The Tata Group and Singapore Airlines (SIA) have assured the government that the foreign carrier would not raise any loan in India to capitalise the joint venture  (JV) and further funding beyond its $49-million initial investment will come in as per business requirements.
The joint proposal by the two companies submitted for approval of the Foreign Invest-ment Promotion Board  (FIPB) makes a strong pitch on the ground that “SIA’s investment in India and the operations of the JV company would have the potential for significant foreign exchange earnings in India”. The proposal further states that better services at competitive rates would be provided by the new airline, in which the Tata Group would have a majority stake and management control.


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