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Having lived for a year in Colombia, it's great to hear that peace in that beautiful country may be here to stay. Colombia's government and leftist FARC rebels said on Wednesday they had agreed to end hostilities with a definitive ceasefire that leaves the two sides just a step away from resolving the longest-running conflict in the Western Hemisphere. After more than three years of fraught talks in Havana, the agreement brings into sight an end to a conflict that began as a 1960s peasant revolt before exploding into a cocaine-fueled war that has killed at least 220,000 people and displaced millions. Full story here. Also, watch a BBC correspondent walk through a FARC camp here


 


Sports
Anil Kumble given India’s reins, but without a long rope
Anil Kumble given India’s reins, but without a long  rope
Anil Kumble was appointed as new coach of India cricket team but only for one year.


Sports
On BCCI’s table: IPL in US, three weeks, eight teams
On BCCI’s table: IPL in US, three weeks, eight teams
Proposal to conduct mini-IPL is likely to come up for ratification at BCCI’s working committee meeting on Friday.


Sports
Wayne Rooney wants England to be ruthless against Iceland
Wayne Rooney wants England to be ruthless against Iceland
England were the second highest scoring side during qualification, but have struggled in the tournament so far.


Sports
How former and current players reacted to Anil Kumble’s appointment as India coach
How former and current players reacted to Anil Kumble’s  appointment as India coach
Anil Kumble was appointed coach of the Indian cricket team on Thursday - a post he has been contracted for a year.



Entertainment
On the Record: Killer Instincts
On the Record: Killer Instincts
Sobhita Dhulipala on her debut film Raman Raghav 2.0.


Entertainment
Led Zeppelin did not steal ‘Stairway to Heaven’ riff: US District Court
Led Zeppelin did not steal ‘Stairway  to Heaven’ riff: US District Court
Legal experts said the decision could narrow the grounds on which future copyright infringement challenges are brought in the music industry.


Entertainment
Watch: Mirzya trailer finally released, and it’s visually stunning
Watch: Mirzya trailer finally released, and it’s  visually stunning
The Mirzya trailer does its job of hooking viewers enough to want to immediately book tickets when the movie is released.


Entertainment
Raman Raghav 2.0 movie review: Initial reports claim it’s brilliant
Raman Raghav 2.0 movie review: Initial reports claim  it’s brilliant
Raman Raghav 2.0 movie review: There are some mesmeric bits in here, which belong to Siddiqui. But those are not enough. Without those crucial elements, the film is rendered atmospheric yet hollow, and we are turned into cringing voyeurs, into reluctant participants, without redemption.



Telecom
Vodafone to proceed on IPO in India after spectrum auction
Vodafone to proceed on IPO in  India after spectrum auction - Daily News Analysis
Vodafone to proceed on IPO in India after spectrum auction - Vodafone spokesperson has however said that no final decision has been taken on IPO.


Telecom
Spectrum auction norms get thumbs up; SUC sent back
Spectrum auction norms get  thumbs up; SUC sent back - The Indian Express
The Union Cabinet on Wednesday asked the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to refer the issue of spectrum usage charges to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) and accordingly fix the rates. The spectrum auctions are to be held later this year.


Telecom
India embraces LTE as buzz over 4G gets louder
India embraces LTE as buzz over  4G gets louder - Business Standard
In the quarter ended March 2016, two-third of the smartphones shipped in India are enabled with 4G LTE technology


Telecom
India approves prices for massive spectrum auction
India approves prices for  massive spectrum auction - Telecom Asia
Spectrum to be auctioned is valued at Rs5.66 trillion; telecom regulator Trai asked to make new recommendations on spectrum usage charges



Politics
ISIS Sympathisers From India Write To Wrong Baghdadi Seeking Help To Join Caliphate
ISIS Sympathisers From India Write To Wrong Baghdadi  Seeking Help To Join Caliphate
Mistaking an Arab Spring activist for the leader of the Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, many Indians have written to Iyad El-Baghdadi requesting him to guide them in joining the Caliphate, news re


Politics
Shiv Sena Asks PM Modi If Yoga Can Cure Inflation And Corruption
Shiv Sena Asks PM Modi If Yoga Can Cure Inflation And  Corruption
MUMBAI -- In yet another salvo at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Shiv Sena today said bringing yoga to the centre stage of the world was a praise-worthy effort, but will practising the ancient form of


Politics
FTII Chairman Gajendra Chauhan Meets RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat, Calls Him 'Father Figure'
FTII Chairman Gajendra Chauhan Meets RSS Chief Mohan  Bhagwat, Calls Him 'Father Figure'
FTII Chairman Gajendra Chauhan on Thursday met "father figure" RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat at the Sangh headquarters for the first time after his appointment to the premier institute kicked up a


Politics
Leonardo DiCaprio Is Bringing His Star Power To RSS' Anti Beef Movement: Report
Leonardo DiCaprio Is Bringing His Star Power To RSS'  Anti Beef Movement: Report
NEW DELHI -- Now hear this: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh is going international. The Daily O has reported that RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and Joint General Secretary Dattatreya Hosabale will be in the



Finance
Do not let the days of crony banking make a comeback
Do not let the days of crony  banking make a comeback - Livemint
The RBI governor also proposed a series of innovations to help both students and bankers, when asked about high collateral demands by banks on student loans.


Finance
Early Brexit vote results shake up global markets
Early Brexit vote results shake  up global markets - Livemint
Pound drops, yen, gold surge as results from Britain’s EU referendum showed stronger-than-anticipated support for Brexit


Finance
ITC’s new chief will have a tough act to follow
ITC’s new chief will have  a tough act to follow - Livemint
The management change at the top comes when ITC’s flagship business of cigarettes is facing tough times with rising excise duties and health concerns around tobacco


Finance
Shree Renuka Sugars to sell its 5% stake in NCDEX
Shree Renuka Sugars to sell its  5% stake in NCDEX - Livemint
The deal size is estimated to be a little over `50 crore and will allow SRSL to exit NCDEX fully



Logistics
No changes in ticketing rules from July 1, especilly in the 'Waitlist' category : Indian Railways
No changes in ticketing rules  from July 1, especilly in the 'Waitlist' category : Indian Railways - indiatvnews.com
Indian Railways today said no changes are being made to rules regarding booking and cancellation of wait-listed and Tatkal tickets from July 1 as has been reported on some social media platforms.


Logistics
Size Matters: India's Airlines set to fire dozens of overweight cabin crew, too much leeway already given
Size Matters: India's  Airlines set to fire dozens of overweight cabin crew, too much leeway already given - Sputnik International
India’s state-run carrier Air India is set to either ground or forcibly retired dozens of cabin crew after they have been repeatedly warned to lose some weight.


Logistics
Indian Army warns Rs 40000 crore Arunachal border road could be a liability, should not be along the border for security reasons
Indian Army warns Rs 40000  crore Arunachal border road could be a liability, should not be along the border for security reasons - India Today
A 1,500-km proposed highway along the China border in Arunachal Pradesh connecting remote areas of the hill state has hit a roadblock with the Army raising objections fearing that it could be a strategic blunder due to its proximity to China in case of a confrontation.


Logistics
Riding on strong logistic and distribution, ITC's food business crosses Rs 7,000 crore sales mark in 2015-16
Riding on strong logistic and  distribution, ITC's food business crosses Rs 7,000 crore sales mark in 2015-16
The company said the FMCG industry faced another challenging year with demand conditions remaining sluggish for the third year in succession.



Software
Smartphone manufacturers Micromax, Intex and Lava to start assembling devices locally
Smartphone  manufacturers Micromax, Intex and Lava to start assembling devices locally - Economic Times
Micromax is in talks with component makers for assembling display panels locally, while Intex is planning to begin assembling PCBs at its upcoming Noida plant.


Software
Analytics industry to grow from $2 billion to $16 billion by 2025, says Nasscom
Analytics  industry to grow from $2 billion to $16 billion by 2025, says Nasscom
Nasscom said the industry is witnessing a rapid growth driven by increased demand for cloud-based and predictive analytics solutions by industries.


Software
Google to use high end artificial intelligence to tackle challenge of building an honest robot
Google to use high end  artificial intelligence to tackle challenge of building an honest robot
The motivation for the research is the immense popularity of artificial intelligence, software that can learn about the world and act within it.


Software
Samsung and Apple dominate high-end smartphone category in India, says CMR
Samsung and  Apple dominate high-end smartphone category in India, says CMR
Cyber Media Research said that while Sony, HTC and LG lost the market share in the premium phone market – above Rs 20,000 – incumbents enjoyed higher brand loyalty.



Retail
Amazon outnumbers Flipkart to become number one in overall reach
Amazon  outnumbers Flipkart to become number one in overall reach - YourStory.com
Flipkart has slipped from numero uno position as incumbent Amazon continues to grow with scorching pace. After having over 40 per cent hair cut in valuation, Flipkart knocked down to second position as Amazon has surpassed the Tiger Global funded company in overall website traffic, according to a report by Kotak Institutional Equities.

Retail
Future Group plans biggest retail space addition this yr
Future Group plans biggest  retail space addition this yr - Business Standard
The group would need around Rs 400 crore for the expansion

Retail
Driving growth in retail with analytics
Retailers can benefit immensely form a structured analytics-driven approach that will help them understand how their customers are using their products and services

Retail
KFC has 'healthy' competition: GBC to open 90 outlets by end-2017
KFC has  'healthy' competition: GBC to open 90 outlets by end-2017 - Hindu Business Line
American fast food restaurant chain, Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), which has expanded


Ecommerce
Great Indian startups some way off, will continue to support those with which I was involved: Softbank's Nikesh Arora
Arora, who helped back Indian startups with over $1 bn in SoftBank capital in less than a year, believes that founders need to focus on execution.

Ecommerce
Kunal Shah, founder and chairman of Freecharge will be leading a delegation of 20 CEO's for a week-long trip to China starting on July 24
The focus of the week-long trip is to invite Chinese companies to set up businesses in India, seek investment opportunities in Indian start-ups.

Ecommerce
Amazon India appoints Fashionara co-founder Arun Sirdeshmukh as the head of its fashion portfolio
Sirdeshmukh joined the company on Tuesday, weeks after his online retailing venture folded up after struggling amid dwindling business and cash crunch..

Ecommerce
Amazon India ahead of homegrown etailer Flipkart in overall website traffic, including both PCs and mobile: Report
Amazon India ahead of homegrown  etailer Flipkart in overall website traffic, including both PCs and mobile: Report - Economic Times
Amazon had an average monthly user visit of around 180 million, far ahead of Flipkart's 120 million.


Marketing
India trails in global creativity sweepstakes : Report
The Indian contingent has 22 metals in its kitty at the end of five days at the Cannes Ad Fest. This is a respectable figure and should help the country in its march towards the 25-metal mark.

 


Marketing
Why Digital Ad Spending May Surpass TV Spends in India : Report
Manish Vij, Founder - SVG Media, talks about digital advertising market in India and how they serve its customers with their digital platforms across mobile, video, and social media marketing.

 


Marketing
Advertising Viruses Ruling the Indian Smart phones : Report
Advertising Viruses Ruling the Indian Smart phones - BENGALURU: India, the second largest smart phone market in terms of active unique smart phone users is...


Marketing
On ad transparency, internet, Facebook more : What we're reading
On ad  transparency, internet, Facebook more : What we're reading - Medianama
'We’re not getting full disclosure': Native ad distribution has a transparency problem - Digiday Agencies say it’s OK for paid social to be part of the mix, but they want to know that the audience is as good as the people who are on a publisher’s own site. Organic reach is considere



HR
Are you satisfied with your work schedule? Most Canadians aren't
Are you  satisfied with your work schedule? Most Canadians aren't - Globalnews.ca
Canada ranks 10th when it comes to work-schedule satisfaction. Here are some things managers and employees can do to help change that.


HR
Kalaari Capital strengthens investment team with three appointments
Kalaari Capital  strengthens investment team with three appointments - Economic Times
The new hires come after Kalaari, an early investor in ecommerce firms Snapdeal and Myntra, raised $290 million (Rs 1,922 crore) last year.


HR
Special package to boost textile exports, create jobs
Special package to boost  textile exports, create jobs - India Today
Special package to boost textile exports, create jobs


HR
Trending now! quitting jobs for better future
Trending now! quitting jobs for  better future - The New Indian Express
KOCHI: At a time when the threat of job uncertainty looms large, youngsters have no qualms in quitting their jobs in pursuit of higher studies abroad to improve...



Construction
Video Conference will be used by Officials to update PM on smart city work in Bhubaneswar
Video Conference will be used  by Officials to update PM on smart city work in Bhubaneswar - ET Realty
The interaction is part of the celebration of first anniversary of the launch of Smart City Mission by the Centre.


Construction
Modest recovery seen in Realty sector in Kochi
Modest recovery seen in Realty  sector in Kochi - ET Realty
The Cochin Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) carried out the research among 66 Credai members and 65 non-Credai members in Kochi and Aluva.


Construction
Board approves plan to merge Aadhar Housing and DHFL Vysya Housing to be merged into one
Board approves plan to merge  Aadhar Housing and DHFL Vysya Housing to be merged into one - ET Realty
Aadhar Housing chief executive Deo Shankar Tripathi said that boards of both the companies have approved the plan a few days back.


Construction
Govt ignoring key tips on building rules: IIA Goa
Govt ignoring key tips on  building rules: IIA Goa - ET Realty
As per the new rules, residential complexes with 40 flats or more will compulsorily have to set up sewage treatment plants.



Franchise

Franchise
How these entrepreneurs worked on failed franchises and resurrected the brands
How these  entrepreneurs worked on failed franchises and resurrected the brands - Entrepreneur
Customers loved these franchises once before. New owners are betting they will again.







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