Author Archives: Loknath Das

Under arrest: The future of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks

On The Listening Post this week: Journalism on trial – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces extradition after arrest in London. Plus, the journalists who exposed Malaysia’s 1MDB scandal. Under arrest: The future of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks Six years, nine months, three weeks, two days after taking refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy, the impasse was broken when Julian Assange was dragged out of the building by British ... Read More »

4th industrial revolution will add unpredictability to future of work: India

As the ILO marks its centenary amid unprecedented technological transformationand disruption in the labour market, Indiahas said the fourth industrial revolution will add unpredictability to the future of work, requiring people’s opportunities and well-being to be localised and re-examined. “Anxiety about the impact of technology on the world of work is not new. The question of how technology shapes work and labour and how society ... Read More »

2019 Porsche 911: Old vs New

It is a special occasion when Porsche launches a new model in India and even more so when the new car in question is the new-generation 911. Yes! The Porsche 911 has been a heartthrob of most car enthusiasts. That is because it’s one of those models which combine the best of good looks, exhilarating performance and it was always billed as an ‘everyday ... Read More »

Ford Likely To End Independent India Business With New Mahindra Deal

Ford will hold a 49 percent stake in the partnership while Mahindra will own 51 per cent. Ford Motor Co is nearing a deal with Mahindra & Mahindra to form a new joint-venture company in India, a move that will see the U.S. automaker cease its independent operations in the country, two sources with direct knowledge of the talks told Reuters. Under the ... Read More »

Future Consumer to raise Rs 350 crore, acquire Athena Life Sciences brands

Kishore Biyani’s Future ConsumerNSE 1.57 % said it plans to raise Rs 350 crore from existing investors – International Finance Corporation, Verlinvest and promoters to fund expansion plans. IFC, a member of the World Bank Group will invest Rs 210 crore while Verlinvest SA, an investment companyNSE 0.22 % of Belgium-based founding families of Anheuser-Busch InBev, will invest Rs 70 crore through preferential allotment of compulsory ... Read More »

Buying used: (2011-2017) BMW 520d

GOOD FOR: Strong engine, comfortable ride LOOK OUT FOR: Faulty steering column, worn-out interior Few deals are more tempting than a used luxury car. Thanks to rapid depreciation, big and expensive luxury sedans can be bought at laughable prices in the used car market. However, there are other costs that follow the purchase. Yes, you get them at a bargain, but the ... Read More »

Connected care will be the future of healthcare: Srinivas Prasad

NEW DELHI: Lack of access and poor quality healthcare claims millions of lives in the developing world every year. According to a September 2018 report in Lancet, 1.6 million people die in India every year due to inadequate healthcare. Experts say that in countries like India where 70% of the population live in rural areas and going to a hospital can be a huge ... Read More »

2019 TRIUMPH STREET TWIN ROAD TEST REVIEW

In just about three years since its launch, the Triumph Street Twin is already one of the most important members of the Bonneville family. It has helped the British bike maker catch the attention of younger buyers (as opposed to older ones who are the traditional target customers for the Bonnie) and Triumph claims to have sold over 18,000 units ... Read More »

The Coolest Vintage Cars of the 2019 Geneva Auto Show

Old-school rides are often deployed at auto shows, used by the automakers that produced them as tangible links to their heritage—especially when they want to evoke said heritage in promoting a new vehicle. They’re also used as stand candy by various companies to lure unsuspecting journalists and potential customers into their booths, and as templates for dreamers looking to be ... Read More »

Hyundai Group to bring a new electric-car platform for B and C segment by 2021

NEW DELHI: South Korean carmaker Hyundai Group is planning to bring a new electric-car platform for the B and C segment by 2021, reports global automobile news website. “A new platform dedicated to electric vehicles is about two years away. It will probably focus on B and C-segment [small and medium-sized] cars.” the report said quoting a source. According to the report, the ... Read More »