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KK Sharma’s remarkable skills have steered Lupin into the big pharma league-Suprotip Ghosh BT

December 26, 2013 at 7:01 pm


K.K. Sharma, Vice-chairman, Lupin

K.K. Sharma, Vice-chairman, Lupin. PHOTO: Rachit Goswami/www.indiatodayimages.com

When Lupin Ltd bought Japanese generic drug maker Kyowa Pharma in 2007, it created more than just a ripple in Japan. Local TV channels showed Kamal K. Sharma, then Managing Director of Lupin, getting out of his aircraft and stepping on Japanese soil, much like a conqueror. When Sharma met government officials, he found emotions running high. Many feared the deal would lead to Japanese losing jobs and Indians taking their place.
Anybody else may have been intimidated – but not Sharma. He managed to carry the Japanese along and grow the company at an impressive clip without ruffling feathers. Lupin Japan is still run by Japanese, with few Indians on its staff. And the Japanese business has grown well: it clocked net sales of Rs 1,304 crore in 2012/13 compared with Rs 860 crore the previous year, or 14 per cent of Lupin’s consolidated revenues.

Cryptolocker ransomware has ‘infected about 250,000 PCs’

December 26, 2013 at 6:48 pm

By Leo Kelion Technology reporter

Cryptolocker Infected victims are given a time limit to release their data before they lose it forever

A virulent form of ransomware has now infected about quarter of a million Windows computers, according to a report by security researchers.

Arvind Kejriwal to form Delhi government on Saturday

December 26, 2013 at 6:45 pm

Arvind Kejriwal (C), leader of the Aam Aadmi Party, at his party office in Delhi The Aam Aadmi (Common Man’s) Party is led by Arvind Kejriwal – a former civil servant
The leader of a new anti-corruption party in India will be sworn in as the chief minister of Delhi on Saturday.

Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), or Common Man’s party, won 28 of the 70 seats in the assembly polls. It would have support from the Congress.

China marks Mao Zedong’s 120th birthday anniversary

December 26, 2013 at 6:37 pm

People stand in line to enter the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong in Beijing People queued to enter the Mao Zedong’s mausoleum in Beijing
Celebrations are being held in China to commemorate the 120th birthday of Mao Zedong, the founder of modern China.

Top leaders including President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang visited the Mao mausoleum in Beijing to pay their respects.

China condemns Japan PM Shinzo Abe’s Yasukuni shrine visit

December 26, 2013 at 6:35 pm

 Shinzo Abe’s visit will make relations with China worse, says the BBC’s Rupert Wingfield-Hayes

China and South Korea have condemned Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for visiting a shrine that honours war dead including convicted war criminals.

Yasser Arafat died of natural causes – Russian report

December 26, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Palestinian presidential guard next to picture of late leader Yasser Arafat (file pic) Yasser Arafat died in a Paris hospital on 8 November 2004, four weeks after falling ill

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat died of natural causes, not radiation poisoning, Russian forensic scientists have said.

Their investigation was one of three carried out on his remains in 2012. Arafat died in Paris in 2004, aged 75.

Let AAP be the strongest alternative!

December 25, 2013 at 5:31 pm

ARINDAM CHAUDHURI |                 New Delhi, December 13, 2013 10:43                Tags :                           Arindam Chaudhuri |Aam Aadmi Party | AAP |

Aam Aadmi Party was counted off as nothing more than an apostate rebel group – as had been done many times before in the past – that could achieve nothing more than being a minor irritant to the national parties. This perception has undoubtedly been proved wrong in the recently held Delhi state elections. But hold on!

Tamil diaspora fleecing Tamils – Pearl Thevanayagam

December 25, 2013 at 5:27 pm


refugeesKindness comes in ways unexpected. During this season of peace and goodwill I wish to share my personal experience of associating with humble people. I apologise for deviating from the norm of journalistic ethics excluding myself in stories unless it is relevant but this is neither breaking news nor expose.

Vladimir the Benevolent- Rajat Ghai ,BS

December 25, 2013 at 5:16 pm

Last weekend, international media was agog with news that Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a prominent Russian oligarch had been released after ten years of incarceration in Karelia, a Russian region that borders Finland.

There was plenty of surprise at the development. After all, Khodorkovsky had been a prominent rival of president Vladimir Putin. The head of Yukos, one of the largest companies to emerge in the Russian Federation due to the privatization of state assets in the 1990s, he was a business magnate, oil baron and philanthrophist and had been seen to have political ambitions – all of which caused Putin to nearly wreck his career.

Barun Roy: Rise of the aam aadmi, BS

December 25, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Barun Roy

 Barun  Roy
A refreshing wind of reason has begun to blow in Indian democracy and it is most welcome. But one has to wait and watch if it is strong enough to prevail because a hot crosswind of emotions and demagoguery is also rising at the same time that could blind rational thinking and distort our democratic future.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)’s astounding debut in the recent Delhi elections proves that it is possible to shake up establishment politics if the intentions of the players are right, their strategy is straightforward, and have an unquestioned integrity of purpose.

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