Clara Mary lights an oil lamp in her one-room shack, revealing a 14-inch color television sitting on a blue plastic chair that she hasn’t been able to turn on since the Tamil Nadu government gave it to her three years ago.
Microsoft has offered tech support by phone for decades, from guiding business customers through a tricky Windows installation to making sure grandmas successfully locate Solitaire on the Start menu. But this month, the company launched a new kind of hotline in India to help entrepreneurs navigate the minefield of starting their own business.
The man picked to lead Costa Rica’s central bank rejected Citigroup Inc.’s forecast that economic growth will be cut in half next year after Intel Corp. and Bank of America Corp. said they would fire 3,000 people.
Azerbaijan’s state oil company, known as Socar, is in the final stages of negotiations for a $3.5 billion loan to help build a refinery in Turkey, said Kenan Yavuz, chief executive for the company’s Turkish unit.