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Mar 22, 2016 - India should consider using unclaimed funds in banks: Sir Ronald Cohen

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India should consider using unclaimed funds in banks: Sir Ronald Cohen

Sir Ronald Cohen, known as the rock star of social impact investing in the world, is on a whirlwind tour of India from March 17 to March 22 to promote a unified view of impact investment and to encourage policy change to help the $2-billion nascent industry in India.

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National Payments Corporation of India gets 1,000 banks on its network

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Ola acquires mobile payments firm Quarth

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Godrej Properties raises $275 million

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Food court at T2 Mumbai's first 24x7 eating-out option

Hindustan Times
Food court at T2 Mumbai's first 24x7 eating-out optionA food court coming up outside T2, Mumbai airport's newest terminal, could soon become the city's first 24x7 eat-out option. ... According to T2 retail development plan, the food court is likely to get five to six more branded outlets over the next six ...

Jewellers divided on stir call off; shops closed in many parts

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Popular Indian mobile wallet MobiKwik goes hyperlocal with 'Explore Nearby'

MobiKwik is one of the leading independent mobile payments networks in India connecting 30 million users with 50,000 retailers. The latest update to their Android app has the company venturing into the hyperlocal space with the launch of ‘Explore Nearby’.

The economic growth trajectory of India and China

Depending on which perspective you choose, the decades since 1978 have been either the best of times or the worst of times for India and China

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA) Records 3 Trillion Yuan Milestone Amid GMV Growth Concerns

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Indian ride-hailing app Ola acquires mobile payment startup Qarth to expand Ola Money

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Founded in 2009 by Kapoor and former Sodexo Pass India managing director Ravi Saxena, the company sells premium kitchen appliances, cookware and bakeware.

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Aditya Birla Group to build database of 1.2 lakh employee skillsets

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Will India widen the ambit of ‘Google Tax’ on internet services firms?

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Microsoft India hosts Open Hack challenge for Azure

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Facebook to end support for BlackBerry OS 10 devices too

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Persistent Systems expects 15% growth from IBM Watson alliance : Will set up new subsidiaries

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Ford plans to build smart cars using wearable technology

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India moots 6-8% 'Google Tax' on digital companies

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