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June 30, 2010
'People had doubts when we did the Aircel deal'
Manoj Tirodkar, chairman of GTL Infra, spoke to Arijit Barman & Katya Naidu bout the different aspects of the transaction. 'Deregulation will not cause inflation'
An interview with Kirit S Parikh, former Planning Commission member and chairman of the committee on oil pricing reforms. 'We must replicate the successes of Chinese banks'
Rana Kapoor, Founder and Chief Executive Officer YES Bank, believes further opening up of India's banking sector to foreign players will be mutually beneficial.
June 29, 2010
'Govt's move on fuel a sentiment booster'
The deregulation of fuel prices will mean a valuation re-rating for most stocks in the sector, Amar Ambani, vice-president, research, at IIFL, speaks to the Business Standard. 'India can be world's fastest-growing auto market'
Michael Boneham, President and Managing Director at Ford India talks about Ford's small car Figo as well as the company's future plans.
June 24, 2010
Pranab on how India can achieve 9%-plus growth
The finance minister also says that India requires an investment of $850 billion to $1 trillion in the next 5-7 years.
June 23, 2010
'Boeing comfortable about its position in India'
Back in India nine years after his initial stint in the country, Boeing India president and Boeing International vice-president Dinesh A Keskar stresses that India is an important market for Chicago-based Boeing.
June 21, 2010
'Easy image-sharing will drive Kodak's growth'
Sayantani Kar speaks to Eastman Kodak Company vice-president & general manager (digital capture & imaging devices) John Blake and Kodak India managing director Ravi Karamcheti about the changes the company has brought about and its ambitions.
June 15, 2010
Mercedes-Benz to speed up expansion plans in India
Wilfried Aulbur, MD & CEO of Mercedes-Benz India speaks about his plans for India
June 10, 2010
Meet the man behind 1298 ambulance
Shaffi Mather, founder of the yellow ambulance or the 1298 service, was one among the six Indians who were invited by US President Barack Obama to participate in the entrepreneur summit which was held in recently in US.In an interview with rediff.com, Shaffi Mather speaks about his enterprise and the summit.
June 09, 2010
'We plan to launch a healthcare vertical soon'
CEO Arvind Thakur told Kirtika Suneja the would explore only a few segments for growing this year.
June 07, 2010
'Overwhelming demand hiking home prices'
In a chat with Raghavendra Kamath, the group's co-founder and managing director, Niranjan Hiranandani, talks about the company's plans and the property market in the country.
June 03, 2010
'The key to alliances is innovation'
Alok Sonig, managing director of the India arm, talks to Business Standard about the company's plans for the next five years
June 02, 2010
'We soon want to be a $1-billion company'
Managing director and global chief executive officer, Aparup Sengupta, is working on being a $1-billion company in the next 12-18 months (current turnover is $700 million or Rs 3,150 crore) and believes acquisitions will be a major way of achieving this.
June 01, 2010
'We are the first firm to make global delivery'
Steve Cardell, CEO of HCL Axon, spoke to Pallavi Aiyar about why, despite the reservations many analysts had, the move appears to have paid off for both entities.
May 31, 2010
Women make better managers: IIM-K director
The Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode, which raised its fee to Rs 10 lakh (Rs 1 million) from Rs 800,000 this year, gave away over Rs 2 crore (Rs 20 million) as scholarships to students last year.
May 27, 2010
'We will be a leading player in electric car mart'
Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, India's largest sports utility vehicle and tractor maker, is bullish on its latest acquisition of REVA Electric Car Company.
May 25, 2010
'There could be huge sell-off if crisis worsens'
The current crisis in the euro zone will not create any major problems for India, but a 10-15 per cent correction in markets is not ruled out if it worsens, says Ridham Desai, managing director and head of equities at Morgan Stanley India.
May 24, 2010
'Centre must give us 2,000 MW free power'
In an interview, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank talks about controversies plaguing his government as well as developmental projects and his plans. 'We have challenges but our yields are picking up'
Axel Hilgers, Director, South Asia speaks to Business Standard.
May 21, 2010
'Europe's problems will have a global impact'
Rohit Chatterji, the new managing director and head of investment banking at J P Morgan, is cautious about the European crisis turning from a liquidity issue to a solvency crisis. 'Govt should bring reforms in realty sector'
The newly appointed president of Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry Sunil Mantri speaks on various issues in relty sector
May 18, 2010
All about Iffco's Vision 2015
While planning significant consolidation of its vast expanse of business in the next five years, the Rs 17,000-crore (rs 170 billion) Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative Ltd (Iffco) has demanded "physical support by the government" through excise and Customs exemptions and income tax holidays.
May 17, 2010
'India's role in outsourcing will grow'
An interview with Dilip R Vellodi, chairman and chief executive officer, Sutherland Global Services. 'We run ERP on private clouds today'
Peter Gartenberg, SAP India Managing Director tells about the changes taking place at SAP globally
May 14, 2010
'India's English edge not there in hardware'
Although still behind India's $60 billion-equivalent, many Chinese companies are increasingly confident that India's days as king of software outsourcing are numbered. Business Standard spoke to Dr Liu Jiren, founder and CEO of Neusoft, China's largest outsourcing company, about how Chinese outsourcing firms evaluate themselves against Indian counterparts. Edited excerpts:
May 13, 2010
'We aim to enable people to fly home for dinner'
Air Asia's difference approach has been developing a portfolio first. We were the first airline to fly to Trichy and then after going to newer and uncharted markets. UID number: Challenges and security concerns
People tend to think that online means access to information on the fly. But that does not mean that any individual can access the data, says Sunil Chandiramani.
May 11, 2010
'SC verdict won't affect any project of R-Infra'
Reliance Infrastructure, part of the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group, has said the recent Supreme Court order on gas supply to sister firm Reliance Power (45 per cent owned by R-Infra) will not impact its projects. 'Divestment may take time, diversification is on'
While the government is banking on divestment of its stake in the country's biggest trading giant MMTC Ltd to meet its Rs 40,000-crore (Rs 400 billion) disinvestment target for 2010-11, MMTC chairman and managing director Sanjiv Batra believes it may take more time, as the government is yet to appoint independent directors on its board.
May 10, 2010
'The case of RNRL has been strengthened'
A short-term (five-year) price is not relevant beyond a point when power plants have a life of 15-20 years, says J P Chalasani, CEO, Reliance Power.
May 05, 2010
'Multi-billion dollar deals at an all-time high'
Outbound will be more than inbound and the reason for that is, for inbound, valuations are going up. 'India can play a mini-US role in small countries'
Professor Kavil Ramachandran, a delegate at the Presidential Entrepreneurship Summit, speaks to Aziz Haniffa. 'Nokia to launch N8 smartphone this year'
Nokia India, an undisputed leader in the mobile handset market a few years ago, faces rising competition from home-grown players
May 04, 2010
Job-hunting NRIs turn to astrology
To explore the reasons behind this 'reverse brain drain' as also the company's way of functioning, rediff.com's Indrani Roy Mitra spoke to Meena Kapoor, founder and chief executive officer, Netway India Pvt Ltd, company that owns Astroyogi.com.
April 28, 2010
'Indian cos will be very selective in M&As'
Sunil Sanghai, the head of the investment banking team speaks on Goldman Sachs' India plans, mergers and acquisitions, and the regulatory arena. 'RBI, Sebi helped India overcome economic crisis'
There are a number of factors that helped India remain relatively unscathed. Some of them are to do with RBI and some of them are to do with the Indian economy.
April 27, 2010
Tesco's retail plans in India
The six-year-old Tesco Hindustan Service Centre, the Bangalore-based support centre of Tesco Plc, the world's third largest retailer, is gearing up for the retail giant's cash-and-carry outlet opening by year-end.
April 26, 2010
Business environment is positive: Wipro
The business environment is positive, with an uptick in demand, in both domestic and international markets. 'India should take its innovation to all'
Sylvie Ouziel speaks on some of the key issues companies are facing post-recession, the growth opportunities for businesses in emerging markets and how the business of consulting is changing.
April 23, 2010
'India to spend over $10 billion on e-governance'
India's minister of communications and information technology speaks to Ajit Jain in Toronto.
April 21, 2010
RBI governor on how to boost growth
Growth is coming from sectors which are interest rate-sensitive, says We will try our best to retain performers: TCS
India's largest information technology services provider, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), beat analyst expectations on both net profit and operating margins during the fourth quarter ending March 31. 'Why China, we are not afraid of any competition'
B Prasada Rao, chairman and managing director of state-owned Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd, tells Kanika Datta it's possible to counter the problem with better-performing products.
April 20, 2010
N-tech: US firms want level playing field in India
Ron Somers, president, US-India Business Council, which lobbied to get the US-India nuclear technology deal approved, like the rest of the American business fraternity, is upset by India's recent purchase of nuclear reactors and sophisticated technology and weaponry from Russia.
April 16, 2010
'India allowing Chinese economic invasion'
I am upset with the Chinese economic invasion and the way we are allowing that to happen, says Naik. De Beers to focus more on India
Diamond Trading Corporation, the marketing arm of the world's largest diamond producer De Beers, is planning to increase its intake by 25 per cent from its last year's sale of $3.5 billion.
April 15, 2010
'Private banking in India is at take-off stage'
Private banking in India is still at a nascent stage and can absorb all the lessons learnt the hard way in developed markets, according to Jane Fraser, the global head of Citi Private Bank.
April 14, 2010
Growth is back, employment is back: Infy CEO
S (Kris) Gopalakrishnan speaks on the outlook for Infosys and the sector.
April 05, 2010
What worries the Delhi chief minister
Sheila Dikshit answers the question everyone is asking: 'What after the Commonwealth Games'?
April 02, 2010
How Micromax sells 1 million handsets every month
Though Micromax sold its first mobile phone just two years ago, it appears confident it can pull off a coup - it already has a 5 per cent market share.
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