March 31, 2010
'India a compelling market for outbound tourism'
Already well-known for its inbound travel business, being selected to run the Commonwealth Games Travel office has been an additional feather in their cap, managing director Arjun Sharma told Ruchika Chitravanshi in an interview where he also spoke about tourism trends. 'There is rigid monitoring of targets at my level'
Despite many hiccups in project implementation, India on Sunday crossed the earlier 10th Five-Year Plan's total addition to generation capacity of 21,180 Mw. 'The deal is a game-changer for Bharti'
We will introduce the Airtel brand in Africa in all the markets
March 30, 2010
'India's patent policy is discouraging innovation'
US-based Eli Lilly has planned to continue its focus on innovation-driven products, instead of opening up to opportunities in off-patent generic drugs, being tapped by its larger competitors like GSK and Pfizer.
March 29, 2010
'We need to take land reform benefits forward'
Politburo member Sitaram Yechury speaks about the party's strategy and alliances
March 25, 2010
'Number of inbound travellers is quite less'
In an interview with Ruchika Chitravanshi, executive director Rakshit Desai says, while the company does offer high-end products, it also has products that are cheaper than competitors. 'Net-ready tablet PCs to flood market in 2010'
Global consulting firm Deloitte has come out with its predictions on the technology trends that are expected to be seen across technology, media and telecommunications sector
March 23, 2010
'India is a good place to acquire talent'
In an interview with K Rajani Kanth, Synopsys global president and chief operating officer Chi-Foon Chan says the company sees India as an emerging market for intellectual property and systems business.
March 19, 2010
'Coca-Cola will continue to invest in India'
Coca-Cola is bullish about its India operations after recording one of its highest growth numbers in the October-December 2009 quarter
March 10, 2010
'We think IT spends will pick up this year'
Bangalore-based information technology services firm MindTree has set up an ambitious target of becoming a $1-billion (around Rs 4,600-crore) company over the next five years. 'Our Indian operations are a great success story'
Andrew Witty, chief executive of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the world's second-largest drug company, was in India this week as part of the dedication of an albandazole manufacturing facility at Nashik to the World Health Organization (WHO)'s global programme to eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis.
March 05, 2010
'The 3G money raised may be more than estimated'
There is scepticism in some quarters that the Budget for 2010-11, while spreading cheer, may be skating on thin ice. For instance, some of its assumptions will give way if the non-tax revenue projections turn out to be castles in the air.
March 04, 2010
Revenue Secretary on the govt's challenges
By partially rolling back the stimulus that was provided through fiscal incentives in the excise duties and by retaining the service tax at 10 per cent, we are primarily signalling that we are going back to a unified goods and services tax, says Sunil Mitra.
March 03, 2010
'Mukesh Ambani is one of the world's best CEOs'
Entrepreneurs are visionaries since they build what has not been built before, says Ram Charan. FM on how the govt plans to tackle inflation
Taking into account all the increases, inflation will be around 0.4 per cent in the wholesale price index, says Pranab Mukherjee.
March 02, 2010
'The downturn is not yet completely behind us'
In fact, we expect the first half of 2010 to be at least as challenging as the first six months of 2009, says Kishor Patil, MD & CEO, KPIT Cummins Infosystems.
February 27, 2010
'I have been cautious, not adventurous'
'This year was a very difficult time for me, or for any finance minister.'
February 26, 2010
'Unrecognised schools hardly have any teaching'
Unrecognised schools have been given three years to fix their infrastructure and five years for their teachers to get the necessary qualifications, says Kapil Sibal.
February 25, 2010
'India has great campaigns, poor branding'
India indulges in the most sophisticated marketing campaigns but has poorest branding, says Shombit Sengupta, Founder, Shining Consulting.
February 22, 2010
'Industry not at the cost of nature'
The Uttarakhand government is not keen to promote tourism at the cost of flora and fauna. 'India gets leg into Bermuda tax havens'
A tax information exchange agreement will give OECD-mandated exchange to Indian tax authorities and their requests in cases of special inquiries will be better equipped to tackle tax evasion. 'I will be cautious about buying equity now'
Marc Faber, legendary contrarian investor and author of The Gloom, Boom & Doom Report, talks to Jitendra Gupta on recent market correction, road ahead for Indian markets, global economic recovery and whether there is a bubble in China or not.
February 18, 2010
'Need tax breaks to gear up for green technology'
We are looking at different excise duties for products which are labeled energy efficient. So, products which are more energy efficient will pay lower excise, says Ajay Mathur.
February 16, 2010
Kirit Parikh on why govt should free petro prices
'Prices can be adjusted now. The government can even temporarily cut taxes'.
February 11, 2010
'Indians tend to place wealth ahead of health'
The interesting find was how people perceive health insurance in India. It is seen as an instrument to protect savings.
February 10, 2010
'Foreign investors prefer independent managers'
Newly-formed Ascent Capital, which is a separate investment entity carved out of UTI Ventures, recently raised $350 million (Rs 1,575 crore) for its first fund. Capgemini sees recovery in 2010
Paul Hermelin, group chief executive officer of Europe's largest IT services firm, Capgemini, is one of the earliest proponents of the offshoring model.
February 09, 2010
'Jobs to dalits is private sector's social duty'
Positives like dalit music and literature should be promoted while reservations for the community can continue, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Mukul Wasnik, tells Business Standard.
February 08, 2010
'Introducing Bt brinjal will be disastrous'
Our native brinjal has a medicinal value and once there is contamination, the medicinal value in the natural brinjal will automatically be lost.
February 01, 2010
'2010 is going to be a difficult year'
Given the inflation across most economies, especially India, I believe inflation beneficiaries should do well and sectors that are interest rate-sensitive should not do so well, says Punita Kumar Sinha, Senior MD, Blackstone Asia Advisors. Sectors that will do well in 2010
We continue to remain bullish on the telecom and financial services space, says Manish Kejriwal, Country Head (India), Temasek.