SINGAPORE/JAKARTA/PARIS - The captain of the AirAsia jet that crashed into the sea in December was out of his seat conducting an unorthodox procedure when his co-pilot apparently lost control, and by the time he returned it was too late to save the plane, two people familiar with the investigation said.
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Aviation leaders will try to secure a mandate to implement new safety standards when they meet next week after a string of high-profile accidents around the world made 2014 the deadliest year for commercial airlines in almost a decade. Full Article
The India cricket team’s opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan has spent more time in the dressing room than the crease lately. The extended poor form of the left-hander, who saw a dream run with his batting back in 2013, is one of the major concerns as India embarks on a journey to defend their cricket world cup title. Full Article
The 25 bps reduction is not a motivating force and will not revive industrial growth. What is relevant, however, is the change in the RBI’s thinking. If inflation weakens further, more rate cuts will follow. Had the January rate cut been significant, it would have revived India’s stagnant industries. Therefore, the RBI should cut the repo rate by at least 50 bps on Feb.3. Full Article
The government’s “Make in India” initiative is being closely followed by Indian companies and foreign investors. A lot of hope rests on the BJP government’s first full-year budget following its victory in last year’s general election as the announcements made by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will impact the investment cycle. Full Article
When Anando Mukerjee tells people in India that he's an opera singer, they are intrigued - and impressed. Mukerjee wants to change that. As India's only male tenor performing on the global stage, Mukerjee has made it his mission to demystify opera through live shows, social media and by adapting opera to an Indian context. Full Article
One of the few players with the game to trouble Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova's decade-long losing streak to the American great is one of the more curious anomalies in women's tennis. Full Article