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January 31, 2006



Europe tour for 4 @ Rs 3186 a month
A holiday package price war has brought Europe nicely within Indian reach.




January 30, 2006



What Money Monarchs expect this year
Seven stock market stalwarts debate the prospects for Indian stocks in the annual round-table organised by Capitalideasonline.com.




January 28, 2006



Mumbai's second business district
In the years to come, the Bandra-Kurla Complex will be world class

How Bhalla will change Kolkata's skyline
The Mumbai-based architect, who founded the Studio for Environment and Architecture in 1990

How to look for the right gift
So, finally, if you're up against all odds, and aren't considering cash or a cheque, deos, perfumes and after-shaves are always a good bet

Check out these stylish mobiles
Many new mobile phones are wooing consumers with stylishness rather than new features

The story of India's 3 IT biggies
India's three leading software companies are almost identical, yet they have highly differentiated marketing strategies and are anything but me-too brands

No more cheap airline tickets?
Middle-class consumers have been shifting in droves from making arduous train journeys to discovering the joys of air travel




January 27, 2006



The story behind General Motors' fall
It could be the largest turnaround story in the history of business and there will be many volumes to be written on the recov

A venture capitalist with a difference
It's about funding real startups, and that's what Vishnu Varshney pledges to do.

The world is their R&D lab
Innovation middlemen try to put inventors and businesses together. It's a way for companies to find great ideas outside their own R&D labs.

He changed the way we watch movies
Just in time for Oscar season, Netflix founder Reed Hastings opens up to Inc. about the secret to his success, how he beat back Wal-Mart, and what's next for his Internet-based movie delivery service.

HCL: wooing the masses
HCL zeroes in on the binary system to advertise its presence in the infotech world.

Your B-school won't teach you this
B-school education falls short on two counts: teaching you how to deal with people; and teaching the ability to make decisions in real-time, with limited information.

How Apple could mess up, again
The Innovator's Dilemma author Clayton Christensen outlines his case for why Apple's proprietary strategy will soon fail, just as it did before.

Telecom firms holding customers hostage?
Can number portability enthuse competition and offer customers a choice?




January 25, 2006



Why Indian Airlines changed logo, name
There's more to an image makeover than cosmetic changes, and Indian Airlines Limited says it knows the difference.

4 hottest biotech firms to watch
Fast Company's Innovation Scorecard takes a look at one of the hottest industries around, and comes up with four companies to watch.

25 great careers in the US
The best jobs to pursue today? Fast Company draws on data from the Bureau of Labour Statistics to compile a list of 25 great careers for the years ahead.




January 24, 2006



Top 10 predictions for Indian IT in 2006
India will be the fastest growing IT market in the Asia Pacific region with its domestic IT market set to grow at an estimated 19% in 2006.

Infosys is a global company: Narayana Murthy
We are Indians but it is not necessary to be Indian in every one of our aspirations.

Paying bills for profit
Rahul Munjal's Easy Bill gets MTNL and gains critical mass as a network.

No takers for Net telephony yet in India
Despite the green light from government, domestic net telephony hasn't taken off.

The 10 faces of innovation
In an exclusive book excerpt from the general manager of Ideo, we meet the personality types it takes to keep creativity thriving.

Looking for a dream job? Just send an SMS
Naukri.com, which gets about 10,000 to 12,000 users per day will target millions of mobile users looking out for jobs in India. Mobile users will get a range of offerings by just sending an SMS or making a call to a naukri.com call centre.




January 23, 2006



all correction and looks poised for another leap.

Jet Air stocks will take time to fly
The Sahara acquisition instantly gives Jet more market-share at a time when competition is keen. But the sentiment on the stock may not change untill the benefits are fully visible.

Sebi, scams and reforms
SEBI has often been accused, unfairly and otherwise, of not being proactive enough. But not the regulator seems to be getting its act together.




January 21, 2006



Check out these super luxury flats
Short of shooting people as they walk through the gates, DLF has done almost everything else to keep up an almost superhuman aura of exclusivity around these two projects.

They design architectural wonders
Created in 1996, the firm has established itself as one of the top players in design; however, it is now that they seem to be coming into their own with new and unique projects.

What's coming up in retail
From 25 operational malls in 2003, the country is expecting over 220 malls by 2006 and over 600 malls by 2010, according to the Edelweiss Securities study.

Naresh Goyal's success story
Naresh Goyal had to walk for a few miles everyday to school as his parents could not afford a bicycle for him, and started his career as a cashier at his maternal uncle's company at a starting salary of Rs 300 a month.

Zee gives new twist to airports revamp row
The Zee/Essel group has written a letter to the prime minister urging him to have a 'relook' at the entire process and 'revisit' it 'from the expression of interest stage.




January 20, 2006



Tips to be a champion at marketing
Today's marketers need to think strategically not tactically. Launch initiatives that are cross-functional and bottomline-orientated, advises Nirmalya Kumar.




January 18, 2006



10 global trends to watch in 2006
Global economy and the corporate world's landscape could see a paradigm shift this year, according to an article in the latest issue of The McKinsey Quarterly.

Kalam's 10-point vision for a competitive India
President AJP Abdul Kalam says India can wipe out poverty through a network of connectivities encompassing a knowledge grid, a healthcare grid, e-governance grid and the knowledge grid.

World's top biz guru on innovation
The book 'Ten Rules For Strategic Innovators' is out. And this is what its bestselling author has to say.

Most & least successful Indian brand launches
The results of the annual Brand Derby have some disconcerting results for Indian marketers.




January 17, 2006



Reliance demerger: What should you do?
Some analysts say there will be unlocking of value and if an RIL shareholder holds these shares, he will continue to receive benefits in terms of growth from unrelated Reliance Capital, Energy and Infocomm businesses anyway.

Anil Ambani to be India's entertainment czar
The ADAE group has identified fast-track growth in all segments to keep India swinging to its beat.




January 16, 2006



The man behind Sebi's makeover
In the one year he's been at Sebi, G Anantaraman has passed some 100 orders.

Is the party over for the Indian flier?
If Jet Airways' acquisition of Air Sahara goes through, it will, without a doubt, create a dominant market player, thus opening the spectre of higher air tariffs, or even predatory pricing, which that could eventually kill the low-cost carriers.

All about 'incoming free for life' mobile plans
First and foremost, it is not 'free for life' as all the service providers specify that the user must recharge every six months to stay mobile! And more importantly, every call you make will be more expensive than the normal prepaid call charge.

7 top skills for great relationships
The Grid theory empowers people to create relationships built on candour, confidence, mutual trust and respect. How can that happen in just four-and-a-half days?




January 14, 2006



Rs 30 lakh TV, anyone?
Here's a closer look at the new babes on the block in tech town: plasma and LCD TVs.

India's first high quality township
The recent inauguration of the India Expo Centre has drawn attention to the infrastructural facilities in Greater Noida.

Wipro and the green buildings
The potential of environmental-friendly architecture is huge.




January 13, 2006



Hot products, hotter problems
Team BS takes a look at some of the niggling problems no one's going to tell you about.




January 12, 2006



The hottest tech stuff for 2006
We ask decision-makers which technologies will make or break it in 2006. Here's what they have to say...

The man who said no to Wal-Mart
Thousands hope to get their products onto the shelves of the world's biggest retailer. But Jim Wier wanted Wal-Mart to stop selling his Snapper mowers.




January 11, 2006



Is there a market for eveningers?
Rajasthan Patrika launches its eveninger News Today. Will it sustain the hype?

Top 10 tech trends for India
Check out the happening infotech, communications and entertainment trends of 2006.

Save tax with Fidelity
An interesting feature about the NFO is that the AMC will absorb all the initial issue expenses; it will not pass on the cost to the investor, which is the standard industry practice. The same will reflect in the investor's return.




January 10, 2006



Does your customer love you?
How to tell if your customer is brand-loyal -- and why it matters.

The battle in India's toy market
How are international toy makers battling the unorganised sector?

Tax benefits from pension plans, life insurance
To reiterate, individuals should evaluate their needs first and then build a life insurance portfolio. In the tax planning exercise, the long-term financial goals should not be lost.




January 09, 2006



Will Sensex boom in 2006?
Two experts debate the technical prospects for year 2006. One is bullish while the other feels that the market will move sideways over the next six months.




January 07, 2006



To build or not to build...
Real estate in the next five years will primarily be driven by the retail, logistics and warehousing sectors.

Check out this TriPort CD player
Overall, it boasts of a great visual appeal with slick-looking design and high-tech finishes and at Rs 11,999 I think it's an aural treat.

Small-town goes mall town
Lucknow has got a makeover with a posh new mall

Swift: BS Motoring Car Of The Year 2006
The Swift's contender was the Toyota Innova, and not the Fiesta as many expected.

It's weird, it's wonderful, it's Wiki!
Wikipedia offers well over ten times as much as the Encyclopaedia Britannica (over 50 languages) and thus, makes a great starting point for research.




January 06, 2006



Read this before buying a laptop
The Rs 1-lakh plus highend notebooks still need to pack many more features to match the price tags.

NRI makes a fortune from floss
38-year-old Puneet Nanda, or Dr Fresh, is quietly building an oral hygiene empire.




January 05, 2006



Fog: Why airlines are in a daze
Private airlines that have been told to train their pilots, so that they can land even in thick foggy conditions, are still hesitant to obey the government's ultimatum.




January 04, 2006



How airports revamp scheme was manipulated
And how the government could get a better deal by re-bidding.

Candy is dandy, and big money too
After succeeding in the metros, candy store Sweet World is tapping smaller towns with kiosks and franchisee outlets.

Mobile users never had it so good
Mobile content providers are offering a slew of value-added services to Indian mobile users.

Airtel vs Hutch: And the winner is...
The mobile subscriber base crossed 65 million in September 2005, an over-30 per cent increase over the previous year.

Venky's plans veg foray
Venky's Chicken has become a believer in flour power.

The BIG lesson that B-schools don't teach
An ability to junk the step-by-step thinking process and thinking on your feet is vital.

How to do labour reform
It would be na´ve to expect a big bang reform of the labour laws.




January 03, 2006



Can Hollywood build a better business?
Hollywood is the iconic American industry. But audiences are vanishing, piracy is soaring, and new technology is treacherous. Can Tinseltown innovate its way out of trouble?

How Menon turned around Tata Chemicals
Under Menon, Tata Chemicals has smoothly progressed from a company that was sheltered by government policies to one that is market-driven, customer-centric and focussed on cost control.

The year's best digital buys
As prices have tumbled and the capabilities of portable PCs have grown, laptops have taken an increasingly large part of the retail PC market.

4 tips on investing in art
Investing in art can be a fulfilling experience. Both aesthetically and financially.




January 02, 2006



Check out these 14 great stocks
With two and half years of bull run behind us, could this year be the grand finale with a euphoric spike? May be. But it is safer to adopt a strategy that does not count on euphoria.




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