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December 26, 2014
A wake up call for Indian carmakers
If carmakers don't explore innovations to improve safety, they could be relegated to the garbage heap by new players, says Indrajit Gupta

December 24, 2014
By not paying staff on time, are airlines taking risks with safety?
Commercial aviation is safe because the crew is paid well and trained extensively for contingencies

December 23, 2014
Why is Ajay Singh playing the SpiceJet saviour?
Lessors of SpiceJet have in panic taken back some aircraft but if they see fresh investors coming in and taking charge, they are likely to relent and return the planes.

December 22, 2014
Carry your bank everywhere, literally
The preference for digital banking now cuts across all customer segments.

3 themes that will dominate the markets in 2015
The rise in US interest rates and associated change in the direction of capital flows, the fall in oil prices and the slowdown in China will dominate the markets, say Abheek Barua and Bidisha Ganguly

December 18, 2014
Why RBI wants the rupee to weaken
This will encourage exports and discourage non-essential imports such as precious metals

December 17, 2014
Salboni land issue bears striking resemblance to Singur
Salboni, in West Medinipur district, is where JSW Steel in 2007 said it would be putting up a 10 million tonne a year steel factory, plus a big captive power plant.

December 16, 2014
Why we shouldn't celebrate 0% inflation yet
Last week, the Consumer Price Index-based inflation for the month had contracted to 4.4 per cent.

The rise, fall & return of Vikram Akula
It might be difficult to repeat the SKS success with VAYA Finserv, say analysts

Are Indian stock markets moving ahead of reality?
Does the rally reflect expectations of improving fundamentals or they are likely to correct?

December 15, 2014
Be a confident market investor: Here's how!
You cannot sow today and reap tomorrow.

Better growth for IT companies? Here's Rohan Murty's prescription!
Rohan Murty was speaking at the 50th anniversary symposium of the computer science department at Cornell University.

December 11, 2014
Can Chinese firepower rescue Vimal?
Reliance had been trying to bring the brand back to the forefront recently, after years of lull, through new ad campaigns highlighting a youthful range, called Unformal, in workwear.

December 05, 2014
The Rs 30,000 crore fight over gas
A Texas company will submit a report by June on whether a company controlled by RIL 'stole' natural gas from the wells where ONGC is contracted to operate in the KG basin, as alleged by ONGC.

December 03, 2014
Private stations? Railways must reform first!
The idea of modernising railway stations under a PPP arrangement was aired several years ago by the then railway minister, Lalu Prasad, who visualised attracting Rs 15,000 crore (Rs 150 billion) investment in 22 stations.

Why is the RBI playing it safe?
Credible fiscal consolidation has been a consistent pre-condition to easing the monetary policy stance as far as the RBI is concerned.

December 01, 2014
The first substantive trade agreement at WTO
If India does not wish to continually violate the WTO rules, it must also continue to push the WTO to either revisit the reference point of 1986-88 prices for calculating subsidies and pitch it at a recent period, or raise the ceiling on subsidies to enable countries like India to stay within the envisaged cap.

November 28, 2014
How the PropTiger team vowed Rupert Murdoch
In just three years, PropTiger.com, an online real estate portal started by friends Dhruv Agarwala, Kartik Varma and Prashan Agarwal, has managed to raise about Rs 270 crore in funding from various sources.

November 20, 2014
Kisan Vikas Patra, gold curbs: Old, bad ideas
The government is doubling down on existing 'temporary' restrictions on the import of gold. Some were introduced under the last administration, and had a transitory effect, reducing gold imports through the official channel.

Why Jan Dhan scheme is keeping bankers worried
Relaxation in KYC guidelines has helped meet the target but this could lead to money laundering and financial malfeasance, it is feared.

November 19, 2014
Is Jan Dhan really a success?
Government's financial inclusion mission is well intentioned, but it may be putting a severe strain on the banking sector.

November 18, 2014
Has India achieved economic recovery? Not yet!
Profits grow, but not because of recovering demand.

November 14, 2014
How Gujarat is luring investors with industrial parks
Companies are drawn to the parks by the infrastructure and ready-to-occupy land.

November 12, 2014
Tough tracks ahead for the new railway minister
Suresh Prabhu must first work to repair damage to railways.

November 11, 2014
Why divestment of Indian PSUs won't be easy
A look into the challenges of selling loss-making public units.

November 06, 2014
40 years have passed, the Nirma girl still endears
The mascot has gone off air now, but not before helping the Gujarat-based detergent brand script the perfect win for an underdog in the eighties.

India 4th most vacation-deprived country
Employers are less supportive of their employees taking holidays, says a survey.

November 05, 2014
Wockhardt: Recovery not in sight yet
The news that exports to the US will not restart before next year as well as the September quarter performance are sentiment dampeners.

October 31, 2014
The India of 2025: 49 city clusters to drive growth
A new report from McKinsey, titled 'India's economic geography in 2025: states, clusters and cities', looks at how the next decade will unfold.

October 30, 2014
40 years and now: Britannia has crowned many as 'biscuit king'
But their reign has been tumultuous as the company has seen compelling battles for ownership.

October 27, 2014
A start-up that doubles revenue, every year!
From an idea inititated in a hostel room, Hearing Plus went on to become a national chain of hearing treatment clinics.

October 22, 2014
40 years ago and now: How Ranbaxy moved out of family control
Ranbaxy did its maiden public issue in 1973.

October 20, 2014
'For many years, it upset me that I was a businessman'
'I wondered what mistakes I made in my life to be a businessman. Deep down, I still have doubts about it.'

October 16, 2014
40 Years Ago and now: The Liril Girl showed how to target a state of mind
The sight and sound of the Liril Girl set the tone for ads that work at a subliminal level, and captivates viewers even to this day.

October 13, 2014
Practising Reiki to ride the raging bull on Street
As the bull-run in Dalal Street gathers pace, people keen on riding it are looking to arm themselves with new tools and techniques.

Is Fiat Punto better than Hyundai Elite and Volkswagen Polo?
People have embraced these compact cars because they are not only well appointed, but are also more practical, cheaper to own, have higher fuel efficiency, and are easy to park.

October 11, 2014
Amazon's big-week sale begins smoothly
This was only four days after many aggrieved buyers chose social networking sites to attack Flipkart's 'Big Billion Day' discount this Monday (October 6), followed by an apology from the company's co-founders, Sachin and Binny Bansal.

Will the rupee remain steady?
Possible slowdown of FII money into debt and equity markets could add pressure on currency.

October 09, 2014
Why did Nokia suspend manufacturing in India?
While the tax holiday for the factory coming to an end might be a factor, many say the business model of Microsoft (which acquired Nokia's handset division last year), as well as freebies offered by the Vietnamese government, might also have played a role.

October 08, 2014
What's so special in officers of govt-run Dena Bank?
Many from this small lender have made it to other bank boards over the past 5 years

Indo-Pak gas deal is more than hot air
The agreement on pricing last month marks a significant step towards promoting energy security in the region, say .

Reviving Air India: How Rohit Nandan is doing it
The CMD's focus on raising employee morale and cutting costs is paying off. The airline's operating losses have shrunk and earnings are looking up

September 30, 2014
These business leaders gave away billions in charity
India's billionaires are pledging a decent amount of their wealth for the welfare of society.

Nitin Gadkari has many plans for India!
Nitin Gadkari has seven portfolios, but does not seem weighed down at all by the many things on his plate. The minister is brimming with ideas...

Flexible inflation targeting: Here's what Rajan needs to do
CPI-based inflation on a (year-on-year) basis has come down from 8.59 per cent in April 2014 to 7.80 per cent in August 2014.

September 26, 2014
Ambassador's journey: From 'wheels of India' to 'world's best taxi'
The Ambassador was a durable enough brand to outlive the licence raj.

September 22, 2014
Key numbers that RBI will consider for its policy stance
In spite of Governor Raghuram Rajan's repeated concerns about inflation, many think there may still be a loosening of stance.

4 decades and still shining: How India's romance with gold peaked
Despite the recent imposition of import rule and high duties, the yellow metal continues to attract buyers.

September 15, 2014
Factors that helped Honda's turnaround
In this industry, a company's strategy needs to be adaptable in order to keep up with the pace of change.

Why time ran out for HMT
Even though HMT has survived for over 50 years, it failed to find a new peg to sell itself even as later entrants captured market share.

September 09, 2014
10 cities in the world with worst traffic jams
The TomTom Traffic Index compares travel time during non-congested hours with travel times in peak hours experienced by passenger vehicles.

September 08, 2014
Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG: Beauty with a beast's heart
The Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG's biggest strength is that despite its uber luxe branding, it can be a car for your daily drive

After Plan Panel revamp, evaluation office to go as well?
Officials said as part of the reorganisation in the Commission, a move is afoot to strengthen the PEO with new roles, powers and jurisdiction.

India's most astute deal maker is now a bankrupt entrepreneur
A look at the life and times of maverick businessman Chinnakannan Sivasankaran

How India can achieve economic redemption
The optimism in global markets could help India as the rebound in GDP is expected to continue and get more broad-based.

September 05, 2014
'New breed' Indian Diaspora has its heart in the right place
Indians all over the US are going beyond being human and are learning to be humanitarian and expand their philanthropy activities finds .

September 04, 2014
Amul: Amazing story of India's most successful brand
The creation of the Amul brand and its famous mascot gave a rural revolution a durable competitive edge.

September 03, 2014
Bright GDP just a small step in long road to sustained revival
Based on the evidence at hand, Modi's goal of scripting a broader, lasting upturn appears some way off, says Rajesh Kumar Singh.

What makes Mallya a 'wilful defaulter'?
Such classfication brings with a high cost, including closing of formal credit channels, and likely criminal proceedings.

September 02, 2014
The best airline staff in the world
Here are the world's most courteous, friendly, helpful and efficient airline crews from each continent.

Two bogus traders and an innocent exchange
If at all it was some great strategy, the delay has only helped the person they eventually arrested.

August 30, 2014
The story of Marans: Sun King and his brother
The man who led this journey is 50-year-old Kalanithi Maran, chairman and managing director of the Sun Group.

August 29, 2014
Build toilets in the mind first
According to the 2011 census, 67 per cent of rural households and 13 per cent of urban households defecate in the open.

August 28, 2014
How small entrepreneurs are making it big on Flipkart, Amazon
The e-commerce story in India has begun to look up.

A daily wage labourer who turned multimillionaire
The 39-year-old, the fifth child of an illiterate labourer couple and only the second of their eight to be educated, now helms various ventures that bring in a turnover of between Rs 75 crore and Rs 90 crore.

August 27, 2014
100 days of Modi Govt: No major decisions yet, but on right path
Most top industrialists rate PM's first 100 days in office as 'good', primarily due to his intentions, not concrete policy measures.

August 26, 2014
India's e-vehicle dream crashes
If the drop in sales over the past two years is anything to go by, India's dream of putting seven million electric vehicles on road by the end of this decade has come a cropper.

It's the population, stupid!
India is poorer than the world average and so naturally has a greater percentage of poor people and a lower percentage of rich people. Yet using absolute numbers, India has more of almost everything, which is misleading, says .

August 25, 2014
Godrej MD reveals how the company beats the blues
Vivek Gambhir revels in his two-city life between the Godrej-owned flagship in Mumbai and his own family in New Delhi.

August 20, 2014
Can public sectors banks clean up the rot within?
The finance ministry is not only keen to split the roles of CMD, but also wants to appoint them for a fixed tenure of five years.

August 18, 2014
The sad business of smuggling red sanders wood
The illegal trade in red sanders wood, which sells for up to Rs 80 lakh a tonne in some Asian countries, involves a complex nexus of smugglers and impoverished woodcutters.

August 15, 2014
Bribery, bad loans and India's nationalised banks
The incidence of corruption cases can be checked to a large extent if the suggestions already available with RBI and the government are taken seriously, says .

July 09, 2014
What legacy does Raghav Bahl leave behind?
For some, he is a visionary who grew his one-channel firm into a media giant by the sheer dint of his courage; for others, he is a compulsive risk-taker.

July 02, 2014
An open letter to the finance minister
The sector faces many challenges and calls for prompt corrective action.

June 25, 2014
MNC funds a good option
Going by 5-year returns, one can allocate 10-15% to pure schemes or go for a large-cap fund with exposure to these stocks.

April 15, 2014
Infosys shares closed 1% up on subdued FY'15 revenue guidance
Infosys management has guided for a seven per cent growth in FY15.

April 14, 2014
Election adds bounce to sugar demand in India
India is the world's second-biggest sugar producer after Brazil and has been looking to offload a surplus in an already well-supplied world market.

February 24, 2014
Find out how rural craftsmen can reach out to wider market.
Cooperatives which earlier found it difficult to sell their wares have now found an online market via several e-commerce websites.

January 14, 2014
Why romance turned sour for Apollo and Cooper
Apollo and Cooper are yet to make the customary rounds of courts to settle termination charges and break-up fees, but the mood already is buoyant among institutional investors who had red-flagged the highly leveraged transaction agreed upon by the Indian company.

January 11, 2014
Murthy allays fears of leadership crisis
At a time when speculation was rife about its course after the organisational rejig last week, Infosys on Friday validated the changes, exuding strong faith in its leadership pipeline and gave a clear signal that the company was unperturbed by the slew of senior exits in the recent past.

December 26, 2013
Companies hoping for the tide to turn
Year 2013 saw business leaders facing the ire of hostile investigative agencies.

December 16, 2013
Recession? Shareholders hardly felt the pain
Dividend payouts seem recession-proof.

November 18, 2013
Financial numbers: How correct are they?
Financial numbers can sometimes paint a rosy picture because of changes in the accounting policy or a one-time income.

November 12, 2013
A few facts about the potato crisis in Bengal
Lessons of Bengal's ill-advised restriction on potato trade.

November 07, 2013
Is private banks' golden era over?
These have always been pro-cyclical bets but new banks could erode RoEs.

October 28, 2013
Superman or not, Raghuram Rajan has indeed made a difference
He endorsed transparency and financial stability in addition to issues related to inclusive growth and development, write .

October 14, 2013
The man who lost 90 per cent of his fortune twice
The 91.9 per cent slide in the stock price of Gitanjali Gems since April has depleted the value of promoter Mehul Choksi's holding in the company by at least Rs 17 crore (Rs 170 million) a day on an average.

October 08, 2013
Why women are dropping out of work in India
This could be a major drag, not just on the empowerment of women but on the India growth story as well.

September 25, 2013
Is Aadhaar necessary or not?
This is likely to put a brake on the fast pace at which Aadhaar cards have been issued so far to more than 400 million people.

September 23, 2013
Why India Inc is not happy with the new land bill
The Land Acquisition Bill, passed by Parliament last month, will either make projects unviable or expensive for large infrastructure or real estate projects.

September 13, 2013
Are IIP figures better this time? Well, not really!
After a string of extremely low and even negative monthly numbers, the industrial sector grew by 2.6 per cent year on year, far exceeding expectations.

September 11, 2013
The man behind Akula's plan to make a comeback at SKS
Biksham Gujja contributed to major global initiatives such as the World Commission on Dams, World Water Commission and World Water Forum.

Big data analytics changes the rules of road travel
Meru Cabs and OlaCabs among radio cabs and bus ticket booking provider Redbus have been using big data analytics.

September 09, 2013
Things you must know about the Land Acquisition Bill
The definition of affected family includes farm labourers, tenants, sharecroppers and workers in the area for three years prior to acquisition.

September 06, 2013
How young policymakers could change climate of gloom
The stock market responded to his speech by going up by over two per cent; the rupee also gained in strength, by about 1.45 per cent, against the dollar.

Raghuram Rajan has begun well
Raghuram Rajan takes the long view.

September 05, 2013
Understanding India's economic mess
The central bank measures though are also taking a toll on the banking sector, which is heavily reliant on short-term money markets for capital.

September 04, 2013
Is RBI's forex swapping window actually useful?
RBI's forex swap window for oil marketing companies addresses an urgent issue but what happens when the dollars have to be returned?

Indo-US economic ties: Time for a rethink?
India Inc enables the US' frostiness to India.

August 31, 2013
Decoding the food security legislation
The government had pegged food subsidy at Rs 90,000 crore (Rs 900 billion) in the 2013-14 Union Budget.

August 30, 2013
Why are FIIs selling?
The catalyst is the run on emerging market equities, but many investors are just tired of waiting for India to get its act together.

August 09, 2013
The Bhagwati-Sen Debate: An Epitaph
Only reforms that accelerate economic growth can generate the revenues to finance expenditure on social infrastructure for the poor, not the other way round, insists .

August 05, 2013
How to make 1,245 tonnes of wool disappear without trace
National Spot Exchange data shows huge amount of wool going out of its warehouse, but a visit to the storage reveals a different picture.

How drug firms dodge government rules
A probe finds several pharma majors in breach of the law; and in turn they blame the government.

Govt's dash for cash triggers meltdown in PSU stocks
In the last two months, these stocks have lost nearly a quarter of their market cap.

July 29, 2013
It's time for India Inc to go on a diet
Slowdown and liquidity squeeze by RBI have put India's top 10 indebted firms in a tight spot. But they have a few options.

July 22, 2013
Why govt should scrap Adani's Mundra plan
By refusing permission for the proposed ship-breaking facility, India can send a categorical message to the foreign ship owning countries that they should keep their own waste and recycle

July 19, 2013
'We have had one bad year, we will get out of it': Dr Singh
The most immediate cause of worry is the recent volatility in foreign exchange markets, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh tells the Assocham annual general meeting.

July 15, 2013
Remembering Amar Bose: The label 'Great Man' fits him to a T
recalls his encounters with the pioneer of sound who passed away on Friday and gives a sense of how many lives he touched -- in big and small ways.

July 12, 2013
When the parent comes out of sub-brands' shadows
UTC India is playing up the umbrella brand of Carrier and OTIS to push integrated services.

July 10, 2013
Is luxury housing slowdown-proof?
The year so far has witnessed several luxury project launches by major real estate companies such as DLF, Unitech, Supertech, Tata Housing and Godrej Properties.

July 06, 2013
Premature crowing over Dhaka's textile sector problems
Despite the recent Western criticism on Bangladesh's labour standards, India has a long way to go before it overtakes the neighbour in global exports.

June 25, 2013
Growing corporate frauds should worry regulators
The size of corporate fraud in India almost doubled after 2009, and such cases also increased in number, said a report from Thought Arbitrage, a think tank in Delhi.

June 22, 2013
The issue of gender diversity in the workplace
Globally, white-collar gender diversity in the workplace has become as politically correct a cause to espouse as, say, corporate social responsibility.

June 21, 2013
Why Trai's cutting roaming charges is wrong
Instead of tinkering with roaming, the circle system should be ended.

June 19, 2013
Why price control for drugs is wrong
For the poorest 20 per cent of Indians, the expenditure on medicines alone is 85 per cent of what they spend on their health, according to the National Sample Survey.

June 18, 2013
RBI opts for a strategic timeout on rate cuts
From inflation, central bank shifts focus to rupee stability and capital flows.

June 17, 2013
COLUMN: Mis-selling or fraud?
The onus is on you to reject financial products that don't suit your needs.

June 14, 2013
HUL's legacy brands foster more trust
Relatively new brands of HUL, such as Closeup, play second fiddle to other legacy brands such as Colgate from Colgate-Palmolive and Vicco.

Why Forbes' editors in India were sacked
Indrajit Gupta believes the edit team was forced out because it had become more vocal in demanding ESOPs that were expressly promised in their appointment letters in 2008.

June 13, 2013
Why there is nothing surprising about the rupee slide
The rupee is being driven into a vicious circle.

June 12, 2013
Short selling can be profitable, but it is dangerous, too
Timing is crucial for a short-sell, so is an understanding of likely float.

June 10, 2013
From ICICI to YES Bank: Meet Shagun Kapur Gogia
Shagun Kapur Gogia might not have convinced her uncle Rana Kapoor, managing director and chief executive of YES Bank, to appoint her as a board member of the bank, but it appears she has successfully carved out her own space in the financial world.

June 09, 2013
Lifestyle expenses can wreck important goals
While an occasional big expense is fine, it is important to maintain a lifestyle that leaves enough surplus to invest and save.

MARKET INSIGHT: Don't blindly believe preliminary data
If government statistics are at variance with private data flow, chances are high that the latter presents a picture closer to reality.

Falling rupee a dampener for several firms
While information technology companies will benefit, firms with high foreign borrowings or heavy dependence on imports will be hurt.

May 30, 2013
Why the govt should streamline its free medicines plan
A few states are already running their own schemes for providing free drugs from the government health centres.

May 17, 2013
Should India's telecom backbone be made in China?
In 2011-12, India imported Rs 52,400-crore (Rs 524 billion) worth of telecom equipment; most estimates are that the figure in 2012-13 will match or even cross that number.

May 14, 2013
Carbon threshold crossed
While long term solution depends on each one of us altering our consumption patterns, the future depends on next generation technologists and entrepreneurs creating business models that naturally reduce the green house gas emissions.

May 13, 2013
Will the real inflation rate stand up please?
The RBI's idiosyncratic focus on wholesale price inflation at the expense of retail inflation is a serious policy error.

April 27, 2013
Help yourself to get filthy rich
With the cunning of a master thief, author Mohsin Hamid has stolen the form of a self-improvement guide with chapter heads that alternate between the mundane and the cynical

Sole searching ends right here
This 75-year-old hallowed store in Mumbai supplies shoes to Amitabh Bachchan, Tatas, Birlas among others.

April 15, 2013
RPG: A visionary tycoon who believed in his gut feeling
RP would agree that his four years in Presidency College, the influence of great teachers such as historian Sushobhan Sarkar ("I would go into a trance, listening to his lectures"), and regular visits to bookshops like Dasgupta and Dhar & Sons in College Street, made a bibliophile of him.

April 07, 2013
Why the Supreme Court got it right on Novartis
The judgment will save taxpayers' money without hurting the pharma industry or R&D.

April 01, 2013
Debt funds score over fixed deposits
Medium- and long-term debt funds are likely to perform better with each rate cut; returns from FDs will improve but may remain negative

March 29, 2013
Are US equities cheap?
If investors decide that US equities are good value, the consequences for the Indian market will be dire.

March 20, 2013
In India, it's a rural wageless job scheme
State governments yet to act on sorting MGNREGA wage delays

March 09, 2013
India needs a better deal from trade pacts
Political rather than purely economic concerns govern negotiations with other countries and regions, write .

March 04, 2013
The problem with gas pricing
As domestic demand for gas will rapidly increase, new gas sources need to be explored.

February 25, 2013
Multi-cap funds work for small portfolios
Though more diverse than other funds, one has to rely on the fund manager's capabilities

Market insight: How to play the Budget 2013
Going long on Budget day announcement can go horribly wrong.

February 19, 2013
A Budget for the banks
Companies that loaded up on debt when India was being hailed as the world's second-fastest-growing economy are now deleveraging to clean up their balance sheets.

February 11, 2013
Rate cut will lead to jump in growth
The economy could rebound if the right policy decisions are taken and implemented quickly

Are consumer courts friendly enough?
Inordinate delays, difficulty in getting orders implemented put off litigants.

February 07, 2013
Spectrum sharing should be the next step
By sharing the infrastructure with others, telecom companies can drive down their costs, reduce investments and, in the process, improve their bottom line.

February 06, 2013
The Supreme Court and spectrum
Only the Supreme Court can rectify spectrum management in line with other resources, but all stakeholders can contribute, writes .

January 16, 2013
Why IT companies' prospects remain subdued
Infosys has done better than otherwise would have been the case.

January 14, 2013
Bengal: The Tea Party state
Very high tax rates can make states turn from extractive to rapacious, and in the process killing the goose that lays the golden egg.

January 11, 2013
Dropping the telecom price, again
The government takes pragmatic steps on telecom.

December 17, 2012
Why land Bill cannot be delayed
In what Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh has called the UPA's 'slog overs', several policy changes were announced, and proposed laws cleared.

December 12, 2012
Lunch and more with IT's marathon man
"I tell all my guys in the office to see this as running a marathon. The front runners are a million times our size. In a marathon, you don't run in front of the pack; you stay in the back and wait for your turn, otherwise you'll run out of steam."

November 20, 2012
All about greenhouse miracles
India's first exposure to truly hi-tech protected farming of vegetables and other high-value horticultural produce came through the Indo-Israel project on greenhouse cultivation, initiated at the New Delhi-based Indian Agricultural Research Institute in 1998, shortly after the establishment of diplomatic ties with that country.

November 19, 2012
Are public-sector 'wives' better placed?
There is a general perception that public sector banks treat their wives better as compared to their private sector counterparts.

November 06, 2012
Battles over food future
A wide range of activist organisations representing holistic and organic farming are at logger-heads with bodies which favour industrial agriculture.

September 29, 2012
Don't make up answers, listen to others: Tips from top CEOs
Customers are conscious about prices but they don't want to compromise on quality, according to GE's main man John Flannery. reports

August 08, 2012
The UPA gravy train wreck
Lo and behold the UPA magic. The share of the poor, in whose name all subsidy is created by liberal bleeding hearts, has shrunk from a little under half to just about one-third, write

July 11, 2012
All about the patent wars
Apple and Google got a judicial rap on the knuckles recently for indulging in 'silly' patent battles.

June 20, 2012
A CEO who uses free time to teach IIT students
The 'outsider' CEO of India's fifth largest pharma company says working in a family-owned outfit has been an unexpectedly easy ride.

March 20, 2012
Understanding climate change and India
Much has been said and written on climate change in the Indian media, especially in the run-up to Copenhagen in 2010 and since.

March 12, 2012
Why the SME exchange needs a big hand
Much is riding on the role of market intermediaries to get this platform going

November 25, 2011
Antony opposes FDI in Retail
Defence Minister A K Antony expressed his displeasure to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in presence of their Cabinet colleagues on Thursday, for permitting 51% Foreign Direct Investment in multi-brand retail.

June 07, 2011
Adani becomes largest pvt thermal power producer
Adani says the company would have a generation capacity of 6,000 Mw by 2011-12.

June 03, 2011
Did India derail WTO talks or US?
No one expects the US to sign up on any real deal till the next presidential elections are over.

June 01, 2011
Rao ready to make Lenovo big player in SMB segment
Lenovo had just 3.8 per cent share in the SMB segment.

May 11, 2011
Should the savings bank rate be deregulated?
The initiative will neither help banks nor borrowers since the cost of funds will rise, but it will provide greater scope for product innovation and service excellence.

March 31, 2011
Is it time to close down Competition Commission?
The cost of continuing with an ineffective the CCI is much more than giving it a decent burial.

March 25, 2011
No need to subsidise urban healthcare
But every sector has its own complexity and the nuancing that the health ministry has sought for such subsidy to healthcare infrastructure needs serious attention.

March 17, 2011
Govt should not let private sector hijack healthcare
The key idea seems to be to move away from the discredited US model of private insurance based healthcare, and focus more on publicly-funded preventive, primary and secondary healthcare.

February 18, 2011
'Anil Ambani left CBI headquarters in a huff'
The entire CBI investigation is veering around how, when, why and under which terms and conditions Shahid Balwa became a frontman for A Raja!

January 14, 2011
Can Phaneesh Murthy break into the big league?
For iGate CEO Phaneesh Murthy, slipping into Patni's shoes as promoter of the company that bears the latter's name could prove one of the biggest challenges of his career.

January 06, 2011
Bypassing you, products to reach your brain
Market research based on interviews or questionnaires to understand the consumer mind will soon become passť.

December 01, 2010
Climate summit: Developed world's sleight of hand
What is sometimes unofficially referred to as a new Green Fund will be an outcome of the Copenhagen accord.

November 30, 2010
Two tracks ahead for Cancun climate talks. Which way will the world go?
'Neither India nor China are ready to convert national actions into international commitments.' Senior environmental journalist Darryl D'Monte will cover the annual climate change conference in Cancun for Rediff.com

November 25, 2010
CBI quizzes top real estate tycoon
Shahid U Balwa, one of the promoters of the leading real estate company, DB Realty, as well as the controversial Swan Telecom (now Etilisat DB Telecom), has been questioned by the Central Bureau of Investigation.

October 18, 2010
Woodland's strategy for success
The outdoor shoe and apparel maker wants eco-friendliness to become its brand recall.

October 11, 2010
Indian Hotels' four-brand strategy for success
The Indian Hotels Company has got four brands to cater to different markets.

Sabeer Bhatia's next mega project
The Live Documents service offered by the Bhatia-promoted InstaColl is already a big success in India, especially among the education fraternity.

October 08, 2010
Why it's curtains at SKS for Suresh Gurumani
Gurumani have been roundly criticised for booking eye-popping profits on share sales of exercised options.

October 05, 2010
Sanjiv Bajaj on life after Bajaj Auto demerger
For the younger Bajaj sibling, life after Bajaj Auto is all about revving up the financial services business.

September 23, 2010
Meet India's biggest collector of banknotes
Rezwan Razack, a real estate developer, is opening the country's first museum of banknotes printed in India since 1770s

September 22, 2010
Should new 2G licensees be bailed out?
Doing so would reverse a dubious set of licensing decisions but the government must also consider the question of 'moral hazard' with the government as the last guarantor of industry risk.

Sensex rise: Why you need to be cautious
While experts suggest that the outlook remains positive, there is also a need to be cautious due to the sharp rise in prices and the fact that markets have already started to factor in 2011-12 earnings.

September 21, 2010
Indira Sagar canal project: A sea of tribal tears
For 2,705 Koyas, compensation doesn't mean just money.

September 20, 2010
Why Vodafone grabs global headlines!
The landmark Vodafone ruling was delivered last fortnight amid fiercely debated proceedings lasting nine days and putting to test skills of a battery of lawyers assisting Vodafone and the Indian government.

September 15, 2010
How India Inc can transform the society
There is a case for more stringent evaluation of CSR plans based on voluntary allocations, but a rule-based approach might be more effective.

September 06, 2010
How he made a profitable biz from online ticketing
Today, bookMyShow is India's premiere online ticketing site, having sold movie tickets worth Rs 6.21 crore (Rs 62.1 million) for Avatar and Rs 9 crore (Rs 90 million) for 3 idiots early this year.

August 30, 2010
Is China's economy waiting to collapse?
China's journey up the growth curve has been so fast that the ride down could be equally nerve-racking.

Crony capitalism is riding high in India
As a jurisdiction for investment, India seems to be cutting quite a sorry figure of late.

July 28, 2010
Why is inflation in India so stubbornly high
Land market distortions, capital inflows, and services may help explain India's inflation.

July 26, 2010
Credit policy: Will your loans become costlier?
Any change in the credit policy could affect more than just your loans

July 23, 2010
The man behind the takeover code
Sebi's go-to consultant for legal issues works a 16-hour day but yearns to play with his two-year-old grandson.

July 21, 2010
Are private hospitals ripping off customers?
insurance firms need to look at solutions like co-payment to help reduce their rising losses.

Sona chief steers a new course
Turning around a leading German precision forging firm has Sona's chief living in Munich like a 'university student'.

July 09, 2010
How to invest profitably in volatile markets
Making money in such times demands both a cool head and some appropriate tweaking of your normal investing tools and skills.

July 02, 2010
Indian mobile brands ring loud and clear
Young people have come to believe in these start-ups and their dream to change the world.

July 01, 2010
Planning to buy a house? A MUST read
There is a complete income tax exemption in respect of capital gains in Section 54.

June 30, 2010
Consumer favourites: Small packs, discounts
Consumers have reduced their purchase basket and are clamouring for discounts. It's not a seller's market, finds out an IMRB retail trade confidence survey.

Sanjeev Aga: The middle class CEO
Revenue and profitability are more important to the Idea Cellular boss than the ranking of the company.

June 22, 2010
Warren Buffett's 2 most favourite investing principles
Good investment is quantified fussiness: when you buy, you want to hold out for the lowest price you really can buy for, and when you sell, you want to hold out for the highest price you really can receive.

June 17, 2010
Mamata's dream: Turning Kolkata into London
It will take a lot more than just tinkering with the city - it's a whole new urban challenge.

June 15, 2010
7 successful trading rules from a master
Even if you have money management under control, have a valid system, approach or premise to act upon - you still need control of yourself.

June 14, 2010
'Developing world will be the biggest story of our era'
says the biggest story from our era will be what has happened in the developing world and in the world's emerging markets.

The real state of Kerala
Today the investments in Kerala are limited to flats.

Architects of G20: Sarkozy and Singh
France and India have become partners in building a multipolar world.

June 11, 2010
Are you a multi-tasking, fast-forwarding zombie?
Check out your score fast, as working smart and hard does not mean you have to keep a 60 miles per hour life.

June 08, 2010
Now, India gives lessons in management, strategy
Some of these learnings may appear basic or low-tech, but Indian firms are finding that their unique approach to lean manufacturing may well have global applicability in higher technology as well.

What can Tata Nano do for India?
The Nano has taken the world by storm with its simplicity, tactful engineering and the mere fact that such an audacious project could be done in a developing economy.

June 04, 2010
How the madness of crowds creates asset bubbles
Ever since the global financial meltdown of 2008, and the earlier dot-com collapse, contemporary investors have grown familiar with the phenomenon of asset bubbles

June 02, 2010
When stability becomes a liability
Dr Singh has shown little initiative in either disciplining or getting meaningful work out of his errant ministers belonging to coalition partners.

Rising gold prices? Blame it on the Greek debacle
Already dearer, gold is set to appreciate in the aftermath of the Greek debacle, says .

June 01, 2010
How credit cards can make money for you
Credit cards if used prudently will help you in managing your cash flow better, and at the same time, will provide you monetary benefits.

May 25, 2010
New CEOs, old problems
Can the television industry's new generation work at solving its old problems?

May 21, 2010
How '3 Idiots' became a top brand
The 2009 Brand Derby, threw up some interesting issues. A film, 3 Idiots, topped the chart.

May 17, 2010
'Business has lost society's trust, so has business education'
People are no longer sure we are educating leaders who have the requisite competence and character to fulfill the responsibilities that come with their positions of power and privilege, says Harvard Business School dean .

May 13, 2010
Will the crisis in Europe spread?
The euro 750-bn package shows the will to protect the EU, but yoking structurally surplus nations to deficit ones makes the euro's survival risky - more capital flows to the US and emerging markets will hurt them.

May 12, 2010
Get ready to pay Rs 100 cr for an Indian painting
As confidence for Indian modern art returns, prices will rise in the same proportion as they did in the last decade.

May 10, 2010
Gas dispute: Precious little left for Anil Ambani's RNRL
RNRL had sought 28 mscmd of gas for 17 years at $2.34 per million British thermal units (mBtu) from Mukesh Ambani's RIL.

May 07, 2010
Capitalism: A zero-sum game
Stock markets and entrepreneurism are linked and private equity is about taking the start-up to the IPO stage.

May 05, 2010
Why lobbyists are back in corridors of power
Successful economic reforms should ideally result in liaison officers losing both their relevance and jobs

The gripping story of Wall Street's collapse
Halfway through the book, Lewis describes this scene in Las Vegas where, shortly before Wall Street's meltdown, investment bankers are gambling furiously.

Are telcos paying too much for 3G spectrum?
Since telcos have bid way above their comfort band, they need to get a much higher share of subscribers to use 3G services, and with significantly higher monthly billings.

May 04, 2010
Meet Coke's captain in India
Coca-Cola's sports-loving CEO on the strategy that has helped him steer the soft drinks giant out of various crises.

April 30, 2010
From miners to investors
Coal India wants to organise PAN cards and demat accounts for each of its 400,000 staff ahead of its IPO.

April 26, 2010
Prahalad taught them to think outside the box
The India-born global management guru not only helped companies but also MBA students and faculty to think laterally.

April 20, 2010
Great jobs on offer as firms cut costs!
Job opportunities arise as companies try to cut costs and conform to laws, says .

April 19, 2010
Why marketing is like cricket!
The consumer is spending increased time on-ground and online, he is ready to consume messaging in the last mile -- the smart marketer has to evolve to stay relevant to the changed consumer, says .

How to discover shares that will make you rich
Here are the key earnings ratios to look for discovering which shares will make you money.

April 05, 2010
From B-school to dusty rural roads
Starting with villages in Sangli district of Maharashtra, Dharma today sells products and services.

March 31, 2010
All about Indian Depository Receipts
IDRs are rupee-denominated and created by a domestic depository against the underlying equity shares of a foreign company.

March 24, 2010
Will the foreign education bill help?
Apart from the possibility that top-class foreign universities will not want to set up campuses if they're going to come in as 'deemed universities', there is the issue of a level playing field for Indian institutions. Here are two voices, one for and the other against the Bill. Read on. . .

March 22, 2010
Inflation: Common man's uncommon reaction
Indian households database Consumer Pyramids answers why two years of high inflation did not matter to the consumers of the country.

March 19, 2010
PSUs or Positively Shattered Units?
While the government stifled PSUs' operational autonomy, competition from the private sector hit their market share.

Time to press the policy rate button
The emerging growth-inflation trade-off warrants a shift to policy rates for monetary management.

March 18, 2010
An eye opener on monthly investment plans
MIPs may not always provide monthly returns. But you can surely rely on them to deliver steady income

March 12, 2010
'Govt employees enjoy more freedom'
Rana Som, chairman and managing director of state-owned miner NMDC that is currently raising money through a follow-on public offer, is something of a contrarian. He believes the government gives employees more decision-making freedom than private sector promoters.

March 08, 2010
Primary market and PSU divestment
The recent failure of PSU public issues lies in the present character and structure of the primary market

March 03, 2010
Think of this as Husain's IPO
Emotional chicanery or fiscal prudence? Whatever it turns out to be - artist M F Husain's decision to accept Qatari citizenship will result in the hardening of his prices

March 02, 2010
How to be a successful CFO
The chief financial officer's responsibility has become more complex. He no longer just crunches number but also leads the company on various fronts.

Looking East via the North-East
Opening up borders between India and countries like Bangladesh can make the North-East region the fulcrum of India's 'Look East' policy.

Budgeting for the future
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee's decision to co-contribute, for 3 years, Rs 1,000 per annum to each individual who opens an account under the New Pension Scheme is more than welcome.

February 25, 2010
Create jobs in US, get a green card!
Egged on by more than 160 venture capitalists, including several Indian Americans, US Senators John F Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat and Richard Lugar, Indiana Republican, have introduced a legislation to create jobs in America and increasing America's global competitiveness by helping immigrant entrepreneurs obtain visas to the United States.

February 24, 2010
Expect a market-friendly Budget
Without a market that is positively impressed with the finance minister's Budget, the government will face major problems in offloading its shares in PSUs and bring down its deficit.

February 23, 2010
'Twenteens' and new age marketing
Marketers across sectors like two-wheelers, telecom, lifestyle and fast-moving consumer goods now have on their crosshairs young men and women between 20 and 30 years of age.

February 22, 2010
Is Zain a gain or a pain for Bharti?
Bharti will have to deal with 15 different regulatory regimes in Africa as opposed to just one in India.

February 19, 2010
Carl-Peter Forster: Tata Motors's new driving force
Restructuring Jaguar Land Rover will be only one of the new CEO's many formidable challenges.

February 16, 2010
Bharti Airtel: Third time lucky in Africa?
With competitive pressures increasing at home, Bharti is making a third attempt to gain a foothold in the African market.

Shikha Sharma on banking, rivalry and stress-busters
Axis Bank's chief talks of her stress-busters and brushes over the 'Chanda-Shikha' stories.

Now, McDonald's burger is just a click away!
Burger giant McDonald's is all set to roll out its latest web delivery initiative.

February 12, 2010
The stunning success of SEZs
In 2008-09, SEZ exports grew 10 times as fast as overall exports - this year, they've risen while overall exports fell, says .

February 11, 2010
Stock prices: Reality or fiction?
Stock prices are by far the most sensitive element of a company.

February 10, 2010
Congress accuses Modi govt of Rs 14,296-crore scam
Hitting out at the Narendra Modi government on Wednesday, the Gujarat Congress demanded that the controversial deal between Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation's Pipavav Power Company and Swan Energy Ltd be scrapped since it 'smacked of unprecedented corruption and nepotism'.

February 04, 2010
Bankers see huge challenges in next financial year
The biggest challenge was the large government borrowings that are likely next year to finance the government's fiscal deficit, bankers said at the Business Standard Banking Round Table in Mumbai on Tuesday. According to initial estimates put out by the government, the fiscal deficit will be 5.5 per cent of gross domestic product.

January 29, 2010
How he steered JLR out of crisis
Smith's financial acumen steered the troubled car maker through its toughest times in the recent past.

You can't read us this way, Indian authors tell Google
Having their works made freely available through the planet is a prospect that has infuriated Indian writers and their publishers. And, they want the upstart which has offered to do the job for free stopped before the thoughtcrime proceeds.

January 28, 2010
Are there more IPCC goof-ups on climate change?
Whether it is the blunder over the glaciers or the linking of natural disasters to global warming, the IPCC's credibility has been badly hit. If this encourages laxity over global warming, that will be tragic.

Doctors warm up to co-ownership of health care facilities
In this emerging trend, doctors are joining hands with venture capitalists, drug firms and medical equipment vendors to set up advanced medical care facilities at low costs.

January 27, 2010
How HUL won in rural markets
More than a hundred years ago, Hindustan Unilever launched a soap called Lifebuoy in India.

January 22, 2010
India and the rise of ETFs
A total of over $6 bn has flown into India through ETFs, making this equivalent to the largest country funds

January 18, 2010
A smart card-based solution to hunger and poverty
A physics professor has applied science to suggest ways to help the country get rid of its ills and the result is a comprehensive and smart formula for social change.

January 14, 2010
The fastest growing jobs
Not every sector is going to grow equally this year. Here's a forecast of the jobs scene.

January 12, 2010
A tough fight in the packaged water market
Ramesh Chauhan's Bisleri comes out with a new brand of natural mineral water sourced from a spring in Uttarakhand to take on Tata Tea's Himalayan.

Kurkure adopts an innovative marketing strategy
Kurkure now on will be less about flavours and more about ingredients.

January 08, 2010
Bringing hedgers to the futures market
The continuing efforts of Indian exchanges at user education need to be given a different focus.

January 04, 2010
Private firms to arm police with modern weapons
On December 21, MHA promulgated a draft Arms and Ammunition Manufacturing Policy, which allows the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (Dipp) to issue licence to large private companies that are capable of producing advanced weapons, and invest over Rs 50 crore (Rs 500 million), to manufacture arms and ammunition to be "primarily supplied to the Central Paramilitary Forces, Defence and state governments on tendering basis".

The Leela reflects Gurgaon's rise
The interiors of The Leela Kempinski, Gurgaon have been carefully designed to reflect the city's evolution.

December 31, 2009
India wins slowdown battle; loses rising prices war
India achieved the distinction of being the second fastest growing economy amid the global recession in 2009, but the joy was marred by the decade's sharpest rise in food prices to the chagrin of common man.

December 24, 2009
How Microsoft is 'using' India's skewed patent laws
Microsoft's methods of protecting copyright have been slammed by the court as abuse of its 'money power'.

Why auto parts firms are drooling over aviation, defence space
The opportunity is huge. With Rs 8,000 crore worth of defence contracts signed in the last two years under the offset policy mandated by the government, Indian component suppliers are gearing up to cash in on balance contracts worth Rs 1,30,000 crore, which would be up for grabs in the next few years.

December 22, 2009
Rs 749 water filters: What Tata plans to do
Tata aims to create disruption in the water purifier market with the low-priced Swach.

December 21, 2009
Of financial bubbles and risk management
The quality in the portfolio must be kept in mind even though it means the returns are going to be more modest in the short term.

December 16, 2009
Power is the new dot-com!
Power seems to have become the new dotcom," a market observer said, referring to the surge in the number of companies of all shapes and sizes wanting to get into the power business.

China, India in a huddle over Danish draft
India and China have gone into a huddle over the possible existence of a Danish text, which the rich nations may wield at the climate change talks.

December 14, 2009
How these apps can make your phone a genius!
Mobile application stores, or app stores as they are known, have become the biggest news for cellphone users this year.

December 09, 2009
India's first entrepreneur to sell solar power, commercially
Inderpreet S Wadhwa, a former Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur, sets up India's first commercial solar power plant Awan, Amritsar.

December 03, 2009
Facebook to get rid of India network
Almost 50 per cent of all the 350 million-odd active users on the social networking site are members of regional networks.

December 02, 2009
'Can telcos transfer money?'
With even kiranas now entitled to perform a few banking functions, telcos can be allowed to transfer funds - customers trust them enough to pay crores of rupees in pre-paid revenues.

Loss Rs 7,200 crore, but Air India brass to fly in style
Air India's top brass will now travel like kings with the austerity drive having been given a quiet burial. The airline issued an order on November 27 saying that the airline's chairman and managing director Arvind Jadhav and his spouse can travel first class on its flights, whether on work or on vacation.

December 01, 2009
Karl Slym: GM India's goalkeeper
GM stands fifth in terms of sales in India but its football-loving chief is convinced Chevrolet is now at a tipping point.

November 30, 2009
Dubai property recovery under threat
The fear of government-owned Dubai World reneging on its commitments to global lenders is expected to find an echo in a reversal of a recent tentative recovery in Dubai's real estate values unless the emirate manages to strike some sort of deal with creditors and / or somehow raises the cash to meet its obligations, analysts and industry professionals said on Sunday.

Check out these navigation devices!
With mobile phones and laptops boasting of embedded maps and GPS features, one would think that personal navigation devices (PND) would make a graceful exit from the market.

Check out these smart touchscreen phones
What you need to flaunt this season are touchscreen phones that are smart and sassy.

November 27, 2009
Are hotel key cards safe? Well. . .
Experts are divided over how safe the hotel electronic key cards are. Some say these cards store the guests' credit card numbers, while others deny this and call it a hoax. However, for the individual it is now all the more important to be vigilant.

November 25, 2009
Will number portability hit old telcos?
High-value post-paid subscribers are more likely to use number portability in India where the market is dominated by pre-paid subscribers who look for the cheapest service.

November 20, 2009
Reading Raju's mind
Not to be missed in the book are the personal details of the Rajus.

November 18, 2009
Simplifying a complex financial saga
Inside story of how Wall Street and Washington fought to save the financial system and themselves.

November 17, 2009
Reasons for Vishal Retail's big fall
Today, the chairman of Vishal Retail is eagerly waiting his date with the Corporate Debt Restructuring cell of lenders in the third week of November.

November 16, 2009
Solving the spectrum scarcity
A common carrier policy, as in the petroleum sector, is worth looking at.

Merc takes on the Audi. Who wins?
When you are in the market for a car costing around half a crore of rupees, you want to feel pampered and appreciated, and the Audi just can't muster that.

November 13, 2009
Columbia University gets $3.5 mn to study India's economy
'The Indian economy is at a crossroads,' says Professor Jagdish Bhagwati, a University Professor at Columbia University and senior adviser to the Institute.

Asim Dasgupta: A contrarian communist?
He's the hero for forging consensus on GST, popular in the Left Front and among his students, but industrialists are less than enamoured.

November 10, 2009
How customers are exploited; what's the remedy?
Any deficiency in product or service has recourse under the CP Act.

The soothsayer of Mint Street
Reddy's performance as RBI governor has won him admiration the world over. A year after leaving the RBI, he is a much sought after speaker on matters economic.

The re-invention of the PSU bank
The re-invention that PSU banks have undergone recently is a great story.

Twist in tax regime
The new EET method of taxation needs to be debated extensively.

November 09, 2009
Global recovery: Destination India?
This year, the India Economic Summit has more foreign companies attending than Indian ones.

November 06, 2009
A bleak future awaits India's retail chains
With govt still not keen on FDI, several organised retail chains will find it difficult to fund expansion.

November 04, 2009
Pranab's trump card
Going by available indications from North Block, Mr Mukherjee may like to do a Chidambaram when he presents the Revised Estimates on February 27, 2010

November 03, 2009
Public spending on healthcare should be raised
Big global pharmaceutical firms seeking to buy into prominent Indian generic players is, in fact, a vindication of the Indian pharmaceutical story which began with the decision by Indira Gandhi to rein in the cost of medicines and allow process and not product patents.

November 02, 2009
A good tool to predict a trend reversal
A bar reversal pattern is a good tool to predict when and where a trend will double back.

October 30, 2009
5 great business books to read
There are thousands of 'business' books adorning hundreds of bookstore shelves across the world, and new ones keep being written practically everyday. So given this problem of plenty, how do you select the best business books to read? Well, here's help....

October 29, 2009
Tips to pick the right workplace
Assess whether a company offers what you need to do at various career stages.

October 26, 2009
'Being an entrepreneur makes you a better person'
Go ahead and be an entrepreneur! Don't keep saying, I want to be an entrepreneur and one day, I will be one. There is no some day; just go out and chase your dreams, says Prof. Nandini Vaidyanathan.

October 21, 2009
Divestment without a purpose
Only strategic sales can serve the purpose of disinvestment, by freeing PSUs from govt control.

October 15, 2009
Living L-I-F-E in instalments
It's offers galore. Cash is good, but you could use your credit card too, and pay back in easy instalments.

New-age brain drain
The 'always on' multi-tasking approach to work reduces efficiency levels - a new study suggests ways around it.

October 14, 2009
Time for Anil Ambani to apply moral codes to himself
Whether it was the issue of the treasury stock (which came about when Reliance Industries Limited and Reliance Petroleum merged), or the dependent nature of so-called independent directors of RIL, or the opaque structuring of conflict-of-interest deals, Anil Ambani came out with guns blazing, accusing his older brother Mukesh of trying to diddle the shareholders of the company their father had built.

Do Indian CEOs overpay themselves?
Eventually it boils down to whether Board compensation committees whose job is to fix salary levels have the power to question the CEO, especially owner-CEOs.

October 13, 2009
Where are we in the recovery?
An indication that consumer incomes are stabilising is visible in the demand for residential housing

October 12, 2009
Vavasi: A giant killer in India's telecom arena?
Not too much is known about the middle-aged Arifuddin who is Vavasi's major shareholder, except for the fact that he is a civil engineer from Karnataka and started the group around a decade ago.

October 09, 2009
Natarajan Chandrasekaran : A CEO with a difference
The newest CEO in the Tata group brings an aggressive pace and style to India's largest IT consultancy firm.

October 08, 2009
An IITian's open letter to the prime minister
'If the government cannot provide the best resources to IIT faculty, it has no right to expect the best research either,' says .

MapmyIndia: The successful business of digital maps
MapmyIndia has the first mover's advantage but with players like SatNav Technologies, Reliance ADA group and Google, the competition is hotting up.

October 06, 2009
How fresh is Reliance Fresh?
Everything is a deal-breaker at Reliance Fresh.

October 05, 2009
Why you need new skill sets!
What works in early life may go against you later. Retrain yourself.

October 02, 2009
Is the Indian market overvalued?
It would be incorrect to assume that the markets are cheaper when the Sensex is at 15,000 or that they are more expensive when it is at 20,000.

The man behind the Air India strike
The former Indian Airlines pilot won a good deal for colleagues protesting a pay cut; but others question whether the victory was good for the airline.

Good news for home buyers
The new legislation will replace opacity with transparency

October 01, 2009
India Inc's labour pains
The Pricol and Graziono cases are extreme ones, but there has been a steady rise in the number of worker disputes.

September 28, 2009
Digital ants to the rescue!
Swarms of digital ants may soon crawl all over the Internet, scouting not for food, but computer worms and self-replicating programs designed to steal information or facilitate unauthorised use of machines. Security experts have successfully deployed a new type of network security software which mimics the habits of real-world ants.

September 25, 2009
'Social and political tensions could increase'
'An estimated 90 million people in the developing world are likely to be pushed below the poverty line. Lower revenues will also lead to lower levels of expenditure on rural infrastructure, health and education. This will not only hurt future growth, but also delay achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.' 's speech at the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh, September 25.

September 24, 2009
Insurers bank on celebrity appeal
Vijay is the name of the character that Amitabh Bachhan has played in many of his movies. In most cases, Vijay belonged to the underprivileged class.

September 23, 2009
G-20: What Prime Minister Singh might do
India would like the upcoming G-20 Summit to discuss on ways to prevent regulatory failures that led to the economic crisis from recurring.

September 22, 2009
'We can buy out the Ambanis and Tatas in 5 years'
Villagers from Raigad and Nashik in Maharashtra and Mangalore in Karnataka speak about how their lives and livelihoods will be affected by special economic zones in their regions.

September 21, 2009
How to start a business with Rs 500!
Ask students of the Indian School of Business, who have gone through the 'Make as Much as You Can,' an out-of-the-class entrepreneurship module, and they will vouch that Rs 500 is enough.

Can the best automobile drink diesel?
At Rs 81.2 lakh, the BMW 730Ld is the most sensible 7 Series around. Pity most of them will form part of expensive hotel and travel fleets than that of personal collections.

September 18, 2009
Meet the man behind the Jet pilots' strike
The real mover and shaker behind the development that grounded India's largest airline remained mostly out of the public eye. That was 63-year-old NAG President Captain Girish Kaushik who was doing the heavy lifting in Delhi and Mumbai.

September 17, 2009
Consumer is king, sellers beware!
Despite its shortcomings, the consumer act is still a handy weapon for consumers to ensure accountability as well as compensation for defective goods and deficient services. It is one of the nicest gifts we, through our government, have given to ourselves as consumers.

India's second retail revolution?
If immediate ownership actually ceases to be the mark of success, it could trigger a second retail revolution, this time focused on the higher end of the market.

September 15, 2009
Why India Inc is both upbeat and wary
Green shoots evident, but worries remain.

Indian household savings drop in 2008-09
The effects of the global financial meltdown are not restricted to the corporate sector, but have also precipitated to the savings and investment pattern of Indian households.

A minister's travel expense? It's Rs 2 crore
A relevant question that needs to be answered is what actually triggered the Manmohan Singh government's austerity move?

September 14, 2009
Toothless body to curb monopolies laid to rest
Amendments to the Competition Act 2002, and its slow passage in the Houses of Parliament delayed the introduction of an effective anti trust law.

September 11, 2009
The challenge before Tata Teleservices
Customers have never had more choice; the more you talk the less you pay.

September 04, 2009
Ravi Parthasarathy: The artful deal-maker
Acquiring Maytas Infrastructure could be his chance to show his organisation's ability to think big.

Europe dims Edison's legendary bulb forever
A European Union ban on the traditional light bulb came into effect on Tuesday, despite strenuous opposition from a range of civil society groups. The ban is the EU's latest effort to combat global warming via energy saving.

September 03, 2009
Why Jet pilots' threat sounds hollow
Jet Airways' pilots won't get much sympathy, but the management hasn't quite covered itself in glory either.

August 28, 2009
Who do investors turn to in case of fraud?
The current practice which involves dealing with the Institute of Chartered Accountants to deal with auditors, is long and so tedious, and in practice offers practically no remedy at all.

August 26, 2009
Private labels dent established FMCG brand share
Though private labels comprise 10 to 12 per cent of the overall FMCG volumes, analysts said they were recording double-digit growth annually and could pose problems for the big players in the near future.

August 26, 2009
ASEAN FTA: Good or bad for Indian farmers?
India has historically been unable to muster strong negotiating teams in trade discussions, and this has been made worse by routine disregard for the negative impacts on some communities from trade deals.

August 24, 2009
Anti-tax avoidance: Made in India
Initial findings reveal that the tax code has received an overwhelmingly positive feedback

August 21, 2009
Lakshmi Venu may lead $1-billion TVS one day
Lakshmi Venu's induction on Sundaram Clayton's board is part of the TVS Group's larger succession plan to make way for the women in the family.

August 19, 2009
Trade is good, India finally realises
Korean hardware prowess and Indian software prowess can result in a formidable partnership

August 18, 2009
The secret behind Perfetti's success in India
Globally, Perfetti Van Melle ranks third in the confectionery sweepstakes after Mars and Cadbury. But in India, it leads the pack with a 25 per cent share of the Rs 3,000-crore (Rs 30 billion) per annum market

August 11, 2009
Laid off? A guide to moving to a new job
Repackage and reposition yourself in terms of skills and experience and make your CV appealing to a larger audience. Look beyond your last industry.

Do you have it in you to be an entrepreneur?
You can be an entrepreneur if you can answer 'yes' to most of the questions below.

FBT: Employees to be taxed on perks?
The jettisoning of the Fringe Benefit Tax opens a can of. . . questions, mainly, says Ameet N Patel.

Interest rates may rise due to high fiscal deficit
Captains of the banking industry expect rates to move up, says Rajesh Kumar.

August 10, 2009
The man who powers Anil Ambani's dreams
He worked on the Delhi electricity privatisation

August 07, 2009
Crash-land after the barnstorm
New Delhi, 7 August

Building brands Indian-style
Consistency in spirit is more important than consistency in symbols.

August 06, 2009
CAG says RIL gas-expense audit not over!
Some documents not yet provided, spokesperson tells DNA Money. Murli Deora's Petromin says report submitted! ADAG once again asks for tabling of report, shows 'proof' govt appointed auditors of RIL expense sheet have conflict of interest.

Pvt airlines will collapse soon if fuel prices, taxes not cut: Pawar
That's a surprise since his protege Praful Patel has shouted down requests this week

How silly mistakes can rob you of a great job
Blunders in CVs are common, and poor language skills are only a part of the problem.

Airline losses: It's the management policy that stinks
Airline losses have more to do with their business models than the price of aviation fuel.

August 05, 2009
Building cities for 21st-century India
Our new cities need to be dense and walkable

August 04, 2009
Careful: Bureaucrats are taking up private jobs
Bureaucrats taking up private jobs is another kind of Public Private Partnership, one that needs careful handling.

Why private airlines in India can be trusted
Their battle for survival has actually made them more reliable and brought better customer service to the industry.

July 30, 2009
So what's a brand between friends?
MTNL will be one of the few big telecom companies in the world to allow competitors to offer their brand on its network.

July 21, 2009
Swift Dzire: A runaway success
Swift Dzire delivered on its promise of being a proper sedan and found favour with Derby respondents.

July 20, 2009
'Why can't India have Internet numbers like China?'
Ram Shriram, founding investor and board member of Google, thinks the Indian government should focus on better Internet access to create a conducive business environment.

July 17, 2009
Monsoon: India's true finance minister
Cities are managing to get more water while the majority of people live in villages - the tension is escalating.

Elattuvalapil Sreedharan: The 'Metro man'
It is clear that the final phase of Sreedharan's career may have to pay a lot more attention to undoing the damage caused by the accident that took place on his 77th birthday.

July 16, 2009
Indian Rail's just a snail
India's cargo trains run at 19-30 km an hour, they run at 120 km in China - and the difference is only growing.

July 14, 2009
Investment: Why 'small' is safe
People are increasingly being drawn to trusty small savings instruments

July 10, 2009
Rule your bank, or it will rule you
Follow these simple ways to get your banking practices right

July 09, 2009
Are your investments safe? 5 basic tips
Markets are fraught with risk. here are some time-tested checks that can help you manoeuvre the risks before buying a stock.

Are you insured enough to tackle a crisis?
It's possible to be over- or under-insured. Find out where you stand and how to correct your position.

July 08, 2009
Buying a home? 6 vital steps to follow
By avoiding some common mistakes you can be in command of your real estate investments.

Secrets of a successful start-up
Every start-up that wants to make a difference has to be properly prepared

How to take control of your taxes
Your tax outgo depends on the documentary evidences of income and tax benefits availed

July 07, 2009
Budget brings much-needed relief to the banking sector
The Union Budget 2008-09 has focused on farm credit.

Sugar: Budget will benefit select firms
The Union Budget 2009-10 has proposed to extend the terminal date for starting the power generation by cogen plant by one more year.

Stimulus package to help print media
But the sector will be impacted due to sluggishness in the Indian economy.

Tax sops a boon for power sector
Union Budget 2009-10 has been mildly positive for the power sector.

Transportation costs of petrochemicals may go up
Union budget provides no major fillip to the ailing sector.

Budget fails to cheer oil drilling sector
The increase in liability towards MAT will be matched by an incremental deferred tax credit.

Natural gas: Hike in MAT an irritant
The hike in MAT will not be earnings dilutive but will only be cash flow dilutive.

Removal of FBT: IT/ITES sector to benefit
IT companies are dependant on headcount for their revenues and fringe benefits forms a part of the compensation payable to employees.

Dyes & pigments: Washed out with no specific proposal
The dyestuff industry is at a threshold of momentous change.

Computer education: Industry expectations partly met
Computer education - SSA allocation stagnant with overall allocation up 5%.

Chlor alkali: Select few will benefit
Some chlor alkali producers using naphtha as feedstock for captive power plant will benefit from cut in the excise duty on naphtha from 16% to 14%.

Chemicals: Budget fails to act as catalyst
Contrary to expectations of the chemical sector, Budget turned non event.

Textiles: Cotton yarn producers to gain
The reintroduction of 4 per cent optional excise duty for cotton textile products is welcoming sign.

Mukherjee a free man now
Post-Budget, the FM was at his most relaxed as he would get to use his mobiles, and can take visitors.

Budget jury: A good show
India Inc believes that given the current economic slowdown, it could not have been any better

July 06, 2009
Pranab Mukherjee's Budget Speech
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee presented the Budget for 2009-10 on July 6. Following is the Budget Speech of Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee:

Budget gobbledygook, simplified!
Here is a financial glossary of words and phrases linked to the budgetary exercise to help you manoeuvre your way through the maze that is the Budget.

July 05, 2009
Food chains eye the highways
After commercial districts, residential markets and malls, fast-food chains like McDonald's, Barista Coffee and Nirula's have now trained their guns on highways. With the improved road network, brand-conscious Indians have begun to travel like never before.

July 03, 2009
How Australia woos Indian Inc
Praise Sachin to the hilt, avoid discussions on Slumdog Millionaire and ignore all possible holdups like ringing phones while in a business conversation: these among others are some of the tips by Melbourne-based consultant Stephen Manallack, who has trained many Australian corporates wishing to do business with Indian companies.

Trading volume: What it reveals about the market
Volume is the number of shares of stocks, bonds, options, or futures contracts traded during a period

July 02, 2009
Computer hardware industry wants tax clarifications
Higher impetus on automation through higher funding of e-governance projects and rationalisation and clarity on levy of taxes would bring relief, says the computer hardware industry.

Construction industry wants exemption from customs duty
Here's what the construction industry would like the Budget to do -- introduce GST, exempt customs duty on construction equipment for projects, introduce secondary market for debt trading to facilitate the infra developers to raise money through long term corporate bonds.

July 01, 2009
Power: Extend mega project concessions
Massive capacity additions are required to meet power deficit and rising demand; so the sector seeks the benefit given to mega power projects be extended to 500 to 1000 MW too.

June 30, 2009
How the top hotels have fared
Low occupancy rate and ARR together led to significant fall in RevPAR of the hotel sector, affecting its profitability significantly in the busy quarter ended March 2009.

Hotel industry wants infrastructure status
The hotel industry seeks infrastructure status and tax breaks, considering the huge investments required to meet the growing demand, especially in the NCR region for upcoming Common Wealth Games.

G-Secs: Yields rise on rising government borrowings
The government of India has programmed to raise Rs 241,000 crore, but due to scaling up of issuance size of securities, will end up raising Rs 259,000 crore in April-September 2009.

Rcom unable to sustain momentum
With many new players waiting to launch their operations and Mobile Number Portability to be implemented shortly, the competition will intensify further.

Rubber prices harden on short supply
Natural rubber prices move in sympathy to Crude Oil prices, and the added firmness is due to fall in production in key producing countries.

Extend tax holiday to refineries, govt told
Extend tax holiday for refineries in private sectors, reduce excise duty on Naphtha from 16%, exempt excise duty for captive consumption of intermediate products within the refinery for manufacture of exempted products.

Cut excise duty on large cars, govt told
Passenger Vehicle sector seeks cut in excise duty on large cars too, and to reduce interest on auto loans to boost demand

Tata Teleservices: In search of a USP
Tata Teleservices' GSM innings is likely to be a tough one despite its innovative offerings and tie-up with the Japanese market leader, NTT DOCOMO.

Housing sector seeks fiscal concessions
UPA Govt. has committed itself to a comprehensive programme of urban renewal and to a massive expansion of social housing in towns and cities, paying particular attention to slum dwellers.

Japanese yen: Under pressure to appreciate
Japanese Yen is experiencing an up trend lately, especially after the Japanese government raised its assessment of Japan's economy for the first time in three years.

June 29, 2009
Tyres: Cut customs duty on inputs
The Tyre Industry is one of the industries that have been majorly affected by the global economic meltdown.

Commercial vehicle: Industry seeks more fund
Accelerated depreciation expires by September 2009 while funds under JNNURM for urban transport is available till June 2009; industry seeks these benefits for extended time period.

Banks seek level playing field for deposits
Moderate credit growth at around 22 per cent and relatively higher deposit growth has placed the liquidity situation of banks in more comfortable zone.

Textiles: Remove customs and excise duties on MMF and inputs
The Indian Textile Industry is currently one of the largest and most important industries in the Indian economy in terms of output, foreign exchange earnings and employment.

Alkali: Cut customs duty on capital goods
To reduce the cost of captive power generation, seeks removal of import duty on all capital goods used for small and medium power projects.

AC industry: Big expectations from Budget
The ongoing economic buoyancy in India despite global economic melt down has offered opportunities for rapid growth of consumer durable industry, and in particularly air conditioners and refrigeration industry.

Broking firms seek cut in transaction cost
SST remains as a turnover tax (whether profit or loss) and not tax on income. Day traders and arbitrageurs, who generally trade on thin margins, are affected the most as STT raise their transaction cost. Any further hike in SST could prove negative and damper market sentiments. Removal or reduction in STT will pep up the stock market. Asset pricing is also likely to go up with reduction in transaction cost.

Budget: Will it usher in speedy recovery for India?
Union Budget 2009-10 comes at an opportune time for the New Government. The stake holders expects the New government to spell out its priorities -- be it to spur the economy from the current sluggishness, or to promote inclusive growth, or to contain the alarmingly high and rising fiscal deficit, or perhaps a good blend of all these!

Cement sector seeks duty sops
Only Cement is assessed to retail selling price based excise duty but denied abatement; also seeks imposition of import duty due to emerging surplus supply situation in India

What the two wheeler industry wants from Budget
The growth in two wheelers were triggered by couple of factors such as 4 per cent excise duty cut announced in stimulus package in December 2008, fuel price reduction of Rs 5 per litre in petrol and Rs 2 per litre in diesel as well as the unaffected and untapped demand from the rural market.

Sugar: Govt will focus on checking price rise
As the sugar industry is witnessing an up cycle, the government may not give due consideration to the demands of the Industry. Rather the government is already focusing on curbing the rising sugar prices.

Cut excise duty on pesticides to 4%
Realistically no major reforms are expected for the pesticides industry. Reduction in excise duty is very unlikely, as it would not solve the basic problem of spurious manufacturers.

Busy ministers and a new beginning
In 30 days, there have been a flurry of ministerial pronouncements. It does seem that most ministers have taken seriously the prime minister's observation that this time there can be no excuses.

Why weather forecasting is a tough job
Veteran weather forecaster Dr A B Mazumdar says, "The forecast is made with the help of certain systems and models. But it remains a forecast and hence can go wrong sometimes."

India opposed to 'reinventing' Doha talks
"Our government is fully committed to an early breakthrough in the Doha agreement based on the December 2008 draft texts in agriculture and industrial goods. It must be a balanced agreement that addresses the legitimate concerns of developing countries," Commerce Minister Anand Sharma said.

Land Rover to make inroads into India's defence deals
The company is developing a new model in its research and development centre in the United Kingdom, which will primarily address the defence needs of most countries around the globe, including India, said a senior executive from Land Rover.

June 26, 2009
Budget to carry special 'monsoon' package
Experts agree with the assessment that the Budget next month would respond to the predictions of deficient monsoon rains with a policy package. According to them, rain-fed areas, which are likely to be affected by a 'below normal' monsoon, could see increase in allocation in terms of higher spending through the public distribution system and the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.

June 25, 2009
FMCG: Retain excise duties at current levels
While there is widespread expectation that excise duty is likely to be raised on revenue considerations, the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector pleads for retaining them at current levels to spur demand.

Telecom: Industry body seeks a slew of reforms
Liberalization and telecom reforms are known to be necessary to hasten growth in tele-density.

IEEMA urges the govt to continue with power sector reforms
IEEMA is again approaching the govt. with hope and puts forth the most critical issues / concerns of the industry requiring urgent attention of the govt.

Tatas in search of next 'Nano'
The biggest winner of the Tata drive to drill down innovation to every person on every shop-floor is the Tata conglomerate. While the most visible symbol of this has been the Nano, insiders say Tata has already started asking his senior executives, 'What is the next Nano?' The innovation drive is seeking to answer that question.

June 24, 2009
All about health insurance for senior citizens
In a huge relief for senior citizens, the entry age for health insurance has been extended to 65 years. But, will it come at a cost?

Mumbai steps into rental housing
Rental housing for 43,000 low-income families in Mumbai by March 2015.

June 23, 2009
FINO: Bank to the poor
Mumbai-based FINO, a multi-bank promoted company, is engaged in providing financial and non-financial products and services to the unbanked rural and urban population. It has enrolled 6 million customers since its inception in 2006.

June 22, 2009
Switch hitter: The new Mahindra Scorpio
Does M&M's 'micro hybrid' tech make the world a better place?

DON'T file your tax returns just yet!
Individuals now need to mention a unique transaction number against every tax deducted at source entry.

How their passion became their profession
These four youngsters turned their passion for books into a successful online book lending service, discovers .

June 19, 2009
Anand Sharma: Trading on self-confidence
Industry and Commerce Minister Anand Sharma faces several challenges in his new assignment. He succeeds the redoubtable Kamal Nath, who had made tough negotiating positions his trademark. Sharma's style is certainly softer and more conciliatory, and the country waits to see whether he is also conciliatory when it comes to substance.

Big Pharma comes calling to India
Once despised as a 'dirty business,' generics are now seen as salvation, and Indian cos as experts.

June 18, 2009
Tatas to launch Jaguar, Land Rover on June 28
Tata Motors acquired the luxury vehicles from Ford Motor Co for $2.3 billion in March last year. This is the first time globally that Jaguar and Land Rover will debut together.

Should SBI merge with its subsidiaries?
Merging SBI with its subsidiaries is an iffy proposition. Some of the gains from scale can be achieved without merging operations down the line.

June 17, 2009
RIL gas: The government's stand
If the government accepts the argument put forward by the director-general of hydrocarbons and reproduced in the court judgment, that the government has to accept the $4.20 price while valuing its own share of RIL's gas, then RIL would be faced with a huge setback when it comes to the returns on its gas business.

June 16, 2009
Of EMI and home loan
Of EMI and home loan

GM's damage control strategy
How President and Managing Director Karl Slym is steering General Motors India after its US parent filed for bankruptcy.

Air India: Headed for a crash landing
While the civil aviation ministry's activist supervision of the airline's functioning is said to be responsible for much of the mess, the airline management has its own sins to answer for.

Ordinary women, extraordinary work
Around 160 women, a mix of housewives from middle-class families and slum-dwellers, inaugurated a polythene bag unit called Swamini Mahila Bachat Gat Akhil Sangh Ltd.

June 10, 2009
Dealing with nasty EU customs
The more pernicious of these measures is EC Regulation 1383 that allows customs officials and rights holders to interfere in the legitimate trade of generic medicines.

June 03, 2009
Slowdown: Exporters continue to suffer...
As huge declines continue, the govt can do little. Major trade destinations -- the US, UK, Europe and Japan -- are all gripped by severe recession. Other countries in Asia have experienced declines of comparable magnitude.

May 29, 2009
EQ is the key to successful investing
Roiling emotions are the drivers at market extremes and those who can keep their emotions in check end up winners

How to read the MF account statement
A mutual fund (MF) account statement contains a whole lot of information on your investments in the fund. Here's what they mean.

May 28, 2009
Does India need to police the Internet?
Government-appointed officers, not below the rank of a joint secretary, will determine the nature of the offence and levy a penalty. But government officers are not judicial officers. Are they qualified to define, for instance, what goes against 'friendly relations with foreign states' and what is 'offensive' content?

May 18, 2009
Bharti Airtel's big dream
It's celebration time for Bharti Airtel, which last week became the third telecom brand in the world to cross the magic 100 million-subscriber mark in a single country. The gap between Airtel and its nearest competitor, Vodafone, is now about 26 million subscribers.

May 15, 2009
Business battles on the news-stands
The facsimile edition of The Wall Street Journal and the Indian edition of Forbes, the magazine famous for its global billionaires' list, will be launched next week. A look at what to expect.

Why this businessman takes hard decisions
The head of India's largest realtor is known as a businessman who likes to cut his losses.

May 14, 2009
Why techies turn bureaucrats
The satisfaction of serving the masses is proving to be a bigger lure for some management graduates.

May 13, 2009
Can the stock market rally be sustained?
If FIIs come in looking for higher returns, this will help turn India Incs fortunes but a reform-oriented government is critical, says Nilesh Shah.

Laid off overseas, IIM grads seek institute help
Both IIM-Bangalore and IIM-Calcutta confirmed the development. "We have received placement requests from some students from the 2006-08 batch. We are trying to approach companies at a personal level and help these students get placed," confirmed a professor from IIM Bangalore.

May 11, 2009
Meet the man behind Tatas' nano housing plan
Jamshedpur gave birth to Telco (now Tata Motors) which has just launched the low-cost Nano; Jamshedpur, according to the 35-year old Tata Housing Development Company managing director Brotin Banerjee, is what inspired Tata Housing to launch its Shubh Griha low-cost housing project in Mumbai.

May 08, 2009
IT companies look for commercial space
According to Mayank Saksena, head -- transactions, Kolkata, Jones Lang LaSalle Meghraj, "From January onwards, we have been tackling an increase in live enquiries in Kolkata. The rate of enquiries is significantly higher than in cities such as Hyderabad. Chennai, Pune and Bangalore, primarily because Kolkata has a large number of old business houses that have been occupying prime spaces in the central business district."

May 07, 2009
Industry lobbies divided over need for stimulus
Ficci: Rationalise tax structure; CII: Space for fiscal incentives is limited.

May 06, 2009
New biz: Pre-job training for college grads
Several companies have hit on the idea of offering college freshers pre-job training to make them more employable.

May 04, 2009
Parle-G, the price warrior
Parle-G enjoys close to 70% market share in the glucose biscuit segment and has held its price line for 25 years now. explains how.

Check out these magical mice
If you have been using the same old mouse on your computer for a long time, then you might be surprised to learn the new features that a new mouse sports. Optical and laser technologies are fast replacing the rolling ball that used to adorn the underbelly of the old mouse.

Flu: India safe but ill-equipped on epidemic drugs
Swine flu was first reported in Mexico, SARS and bird flu in China, but India surprisingly escaped being ground zero for any.

May 01, 2009
Why is India being shortchanged?
When word gets around that favouritism is de rigueur, it keeps away serious bidders and also ensures that the winners feel they can get away with shortchanging the country.

IMF warnings get grimmer
The warning being issued by many respected economists to governments across the world has been as follows: do not declare victory too soon since the path ahead is a very long one.

April 29, 2009
"Will banks now start lending more?"
Banks may reduce interest rates in keeping with the RBI's rate cuts, but they are unlikely to lend more till corporate balance sheets start looking healthier.

April 28, 2009
Stove & lantern: The next big thing for Philips
The quest for fortune at the bottom of the value pyramid has driven Philips to markets no multinational lifestyle company has seriously served so far.

Kundapura: India's new solar town
Selco Solar has illuminated the lives of many poor with over 95,000 solar installations.

Meet the Sebi chief C B Bhave
Sebi's chief finds himself helpless as the stock market regulator goes after his former organisation, but doesn't lose his essential optimism and can-do spirit.

April 27, 2009
The success story of rural BPOs
A district collector's experiment in Tamil Nadu is showing the way for more rural BPOs even in times of recession.

April 24, 2009
Why Shikha Sharma should lead Axis Bank
Shikha Sharma's contentious appointment as CEO of Axis Bank doesn't detract from her sound reputation in the financial world.

April 23, 2009
Top 4 IT firms continue to face the slowdown heat
Wipro sees a silver lining in Q1; others say recovery by 2009-end.

April 22, 2009
RBI policy: Cautious but far-reaching
The RBI's assessment of the economy, presented as a prelude to the policy announcement, was relatively downbeat. Conceding the persistence of a hostile global environment and domestic weakness, the RBI expects GDP growth during 2009-10 to be 6 per cent. This is slightly higher than the 5.7 per cent that reflects the median of its external forecasters' survey.

April 22, 2009
RBI policy: Cautious but far-reaching
The RBI's assessment of the economy, presented as a prelude to the policy announcement, was relatively downbeat. Conceding the persistence of a hostile global environment and domestic weakness, the RBI expects GDP growth during 2009-10 to be 6 per cent. This is slightly higher than the 5.7 per cent that reflects the median of its external forecasters' survey.

April 22, 2009
RBI policy: Cautious but far-reaching
The RBI's assessment of the economy, presented as a prelude to the policy announcement, was relatively downbeat. Conceding the persistence of a hostile global environment and domestic weakness, the RBI expects GDP growth during 2009-10 to be 6 per cent. This is slightly higher than the 5.7 per cent that reflects the median of its external forecasters' survey.

April 20, 2009
Tech M-Satyam: Arduous task ahead
While the deal at the bid price of Rs 58 per share may bring some cheer to Satyam's shareholders as it brings to end a host of uncertainties, Tech Mahindra has a tough task on its hands, given that Satyam's revenues and client-base is diminishing slowly.

'Vision' entrepreneurs -- the new rural biz
VisionSpring trains low-income men and women as vision entrepreneurs and equips them with to sell affordable working eyeglasses and other eyecare products. These entrepreneurs screen for blurry up-close vision, an age-related physical condition that sets in between 35 and 40 years, sell affordable working glasses to those in need and refer those requiring more advanced eyecare to partner hospitals.

Should the Satyam name be retained?
The jury is still out on whether Tech Mahindra should retain the Satyam name. Srinivasan Swamy, CMD, R K Swamy BBDO, says. "Brand Satyam took a beating for only one reason -- accounting irregularities by its erstwhile chairman. The employees were not even aware of the fraud. The company's core values and foundation have not been impacted." The task for the new management, he believes, is to retain its clients and people and the brand image would get resurrected.

The man who is fixing DLF
Though the family controls and runs DLF, CFO Ramesh Sanka is said to be playing a key role in mapping the group's future strategy -- including the move to, now, construct lower-cost housing.

April 15, 2009
Slam dunk for Satyam
Satyam has been saved. It has a credible owner after an auction in which reputed companies had bid, it has survived the last three months without much loss of business or desertion by staff, it has coped with a severe cash crunch and a national asset can now be re-built into an IT services powerhouse.

What's in a name? Money!
You can make millions, if you are a celebrity and are willing to license your name to other people's business ventures.

April 11, 2009
Want good returns on your FDs? Lock it NOW
Bank FD rates are expected to go down in the near future. Lock in now if you want stability as well as returns

April 09, 2009
Using maths to trigger sales
Behind the activity initiated by a single purchase is a set of rules and policies, called algorithms, that examine your profile, filter the possibilities that may add value to you, alert the correct officers, agents and delivery systems. The maths behind this process is complex and it gets even more so when it needs to be done in real time. But mining data for usable nuggets of information using mathematical techniques is what businesses need to trigger sales.

April 06, 2009
Why this eye hospital is a case study at Harvard
Sanskara Eye Care's model of charging fee from only 20 per cent of the patients is sufficient to make each hospital self-sustaining in three to five years. But is not the only source of its sustenance. In the US, children are donating their pocket money towards eye surgery in these hospitals. It is $30 for a surgery, says founder R V Ramani.

The man behind RIL's KG achievement
P M S Prasad has been part of Mukesh Ambani's A-team for the last 25 years. The 55-year-old engineer, now president and CEO (petroleum), Reliance Industries, joined the company in 1984, when it was building a captive power plant at Patalganga, 70 kilometres north of Mumbai.

How elections can swing markets
Expect markets to remain volatile as the poll dates come closer as well as if uncertainty prevails post-May 2009.

How safe is the food you are eating?
The govt's move to once again defer the enforcement of detailed nutritional information on packaged food labels is incomprehensible.

April 03, 2009
Global think tanks want Indian biz leaders
Indian CEOs are increasingly finding representation on some of the world's most influential policy bodies.

March 30, 2009
TAL trips skilled immigrants' return to US
A procedure known as the Technology Alert List, used to screen visa applications or stamping of visa extensions of people coming to the United States for graduate studies, research or employment in certain specialized areas, seems to have become a hurdle for some highly qualified Indians who want to return to the US.

Conflict! The finance ministry versus the RBI
The stress of dealing with the crisis, often with potentially conflicting objectives in front of them, appears to have brought the differences between the finance ministry and the RBI back to the surface.

March 27, 2009
Infrastructure: Crippled by the land hurdle
An official review of projects that have been held up is reported to have revealed that as many as 70 per cent of the 190 delayed works are victims of roadblocks in the way of getting land. Some of them have been in limbo for over a decade and may have to be shelved eventually, as cost estimates have gone haywire.

March 25, 2009
'Will the Nano change India's auto industry?'
It signals a major jump in the global acceptance of India as a hub for small cars, but maintaining this will require a lot more including, for starters, large production volumes.

March 24, 2009
The Age of the Nano
Like many other low-unit value, fast-moving consumer goods, the Nano can be expected to alter the dynamics of its market like nothing before.

How suppliers help cut Nano's cost
Some of the biggest and the best component suppliers in the business were roped in, with scissors and ingenuity to bring out solutions within a specified cost structure.

How safe is the Nano?
The Nano is developed to meet all the safety features that are applicable for passenger cars in India -- which is not saying much. What we like is the fact that the car will be able to meet the upcoming safety norms too. Current norms stipulate that the cars sold in India should meet norms set for full frontal crash, head impact on steering wheel, body block impact on steering system and seat belt anchorage strength, etc.

What driving the Nano feels like!
The Nano does not look or feel like a very 'cheap' car. It is a very thoughtfully designed piece of kit, with an agreeable level of fit and finish. Nor would you expect the kind of space it has in its interior. The two-cylinder 624cc engine hisses like a modern scooter before waking up and settling to an idle. The cable-linked gear lever helped select first and presto, we had motion!

March 23, 2009
Despite downturn, Doon auto bulb industry thrives
After a turnaround two years ago driven by heavy tax breaks currently available in Uttarakhand, this auto bulb industrial unit is now enjoying the benefits of slowdown in auto sector as it is mainly producing replacement bulbs only. "Sales in the auto sector have taken a nosedive during the past one year. So it is natural that our bulbs will be used in old vehicles," said Rajiv K Agarwal, managing director of GBPL, which situated at Patel Nagar, Dehra Dun.

Why audit committees need strengthening
Audit is being questioned by investors. Subhiksha is an example. In the case of Siemens India, institutional investors questioned the valuation in a deal involving the sale of Siemens Information Systems to German parent Siemens AG. This shows the low level of investor confidence in the corporate governance system. The audit committee mechanisms need strengthening.

March 20, 2009
H-1B visas: A hot-button issue
A new law and a new study refuel the H-1B debate.

March 19, 2009
PCs, websites to decipher all Indian languages soon
The DIT will have the software ready by end of September which will help decode 22 languages recognised by the Constitution.

Retail growth will miss industry estimates
The chances of organised retail trade crossing the Rs 230,000 crore, as predicted by the Images India Retail Report look remote, says .

Cost-cuts: Jobs lost, tour budgets slashed
The economic slowdown has seen an increase in cost-cutting measures. Tell us what is happening in your company.

March 17, 2009
PF a must for expats working in India
Expatriates working in India and some Indians working abroad for an Indian employer are required to make mandatory contributions to the Indian government's statutory provident fund.

Citigroup, BofA: Fighting to be zombies
Even the poster children of the current banking crisis, like Citibank's Vikram Pandit and Bank of America's Ken Lewis, may be able to grind their way through the recession like the Japanese banks did in the 1990s. But, as a consequence, Japan's economy lost a decade. The alternative -- and one the US consistently urged on the Japanese at the time -- is to bite the bullet, recognise bad assets and recapitalise.

March 16, 2009
Invested in Satyam? Here's what you should do
Existing investors, who have bought at higher levels of Rs 200 and above, should remain invested for at least a quarter until further clarity emerges from the bidding process.

How Infosys is cutting costs
Grappling with falling sales and a dropping bottom line, companies have had no alternate but to put cost-cutting measures in place. Infosys, for example, has cut variable pay, made appraisals more stringent and asked employees to make a one time saving of $10.

March 13, 2009
Economic slowdown: Is the end in sight?
If the numbers for the Index of Industrial Production for January 2009 are in fact a precursor to a bottoming out, they suggest the transmission from policy action to economic response is lightning fast. However, the numbers need to be understood in greater detail, and must be interpreted with caution.

March 09, 2009
Will the rural-urban telecom divide widen?
A further reduction in termination rates would seriously impact mobile operators' plans to expand in rural areas, say .

Goldman Sachs slips on ONGC
Perhaps the most sensible thing Goldman Sachs did in an otherwise poorly-researched report on ONGC was to talk of 'corporate governance issues with cash withdrawals by promoter,' says .

March 06, 2009
5 investment secrets of a self-made millionaire
Accept that you cannot judge the quality of a single trade or investment by whether you made a profit or loss.

All about reverse mortgage
A reverse mortgage (or lifetime mortgage) is a loan available to senior citizens. Reverse mortgage, as its name suggests, is exactly opposite of a typical mortgage, such as a home loan.

March 05, 2009
Loan against property: What you must know
There are many ways you could arrange for money, and one of those ways is taking a loan. You could take a personal loan for the amount required, or you could take a loan against your property.

March 02, 2009
7 golden ways to beat inflation woes
If finances are wisely coordinated, it can greatly help in controlling the continuous process of rising prices. To handle your finances during inflation, this is what you should do. . .

Of global crisis & India's ties with US, China
Habitat Centre in New Delhi arranged Eminent Persons Lecture series on 'Geo-Political Consequences of Current Financial and Economic Crisis: Implications for India.' In his keynote speech, Shyam Saran, special envoy of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and former foreign secretary, spoke about the changes taking place around the world.

February 26, 2009
Subhiksha: Blame it on the directors, again
Both are in serious trouble, but the Satyam and Subhiksha cases appear vastly dissimilar in many respects, except for one stunning similarity.

February 25, 2009
7 signs that you are a bad boss
While goodness tends to be monochromatic, badness comes in every color of the rainbow.

February 24, 2009
One in every three companies reports net loss
As many as 2,431 firms in manufacturing and services sectors post their biggest-ever net profit decline of 42.45 per cent.

February 23, 2009
The dream home bargain
Have you ever considered a home auction that is periodically conducted by several banks? You actually can get a house which is lesser by nearly 20 per cent of the current market value. Let us help you get started on some research for you to build the plan for your steal.

What's the outlook for Indian markets
With growing concerns over global economic growth and further cuts in earnings estimates, a recovery in markets is not expected before end-2009.

February 20, 2009
H1B: Waking up from the American dream
Since early December 2008, Sreehari Gopalakrishnan has applied to 176 firms, and the rate of call back has steadily declined. "Earlier, it used to be from 20 to 30 places but now it is less than 10 per cent", says Gopalakrishnan, an analyst with a firm in Connecticut that does relocation management. With the current economic downturn and the housing slump, his company has several houses in its inventory worth millions of dollars.

February 19, 2009
How HUF status can save you tax
Ccertain tax advantages are attached with HUF under the income tax and wealth tax laws.

Dreams of Indian fabs fading away
Major investment plans for a fabrication facility have put off due to the slowdown. A full-fledged fab requires an investment of $3-4 bn. Moreover, even if a fab were to come up now in the country, the technology would be rendered obsolete by the time it starts production. "If the government was serious about making the electronics manufacturing ecosystem robust, why is it sitting on proposals? How can you sustain a company's interest for so long?" asks an industry source.

The wrong way to get FDI
The new rules for foreign investment issued by the Cabinet committee on economic affairs have two specific problems. Both lie in the new provision that any company which has an Indian majority shareholding and Indian control will be treated as an Indian company.

February 18, 2009
To GSK: With awe and some scepticism
Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline has slashed prices of drugs for the poorest countries and is sharing part of the profits with these countries to beef up health facilities. CEO Andrew Witty said, ' We have the capacity to do more and we can do more. The question is can we, big pharmaceutical companies, rise to the challenge and be a genuine catalyst for change?'

February 16, 2009
Budget at a glance
Budget at a glance.

February 13, 2009
SBI's 8% home loan rate lure
The interest rate scheme where 8 per cent is frozen for one year may not actually be as profitable as it appears upfront.

February 12, 2009
Before Ramalinga Raju, there was Dharma Teja
Long before former Satyam chairman B Ramalinga Raju admitted to a fraud of gigantic proportions, there was the Indian shipping magnate Dharma Teja who defrauded the Indian government by creating a hollow business empire and living off it. He was jailed for seven years and died soon after his release.

February 11, 2009
Why government schemes are slipping badly
Since there is no constraint on the availability of central funds for these programmes -- thanks to additional grants, over and above liberal allocations at the start -- tardy implementation by states seems wholly to blame for the lack of progress.

February 10, 2009
How to make money when RBI cuts interest rates
To find out how and why changes in interest rates impact fixed income investments, read on . . .

February 09, 2009
The story behind the $10 'laptop'
Low-cost computing is all set to grow, but if the Rs 500-Sakshat is also to be called a 'laptop', it confuses users and hurts the market

February 06, 2009
Why do promoters pledge shares?
Most have pledged their shares as collateral to raise working capital or a term loan, to increase their holding or to fund an acquisition as a multinational had done to buy an Indian company. Companies are rushing to make disclosures on pledging of shares by their promoters after Sebi made it mandatory. Promoters have to disclose details of pledged shares if the same exceeds 25,000 shares in a quarter or 1 per cent of the total shareholding or voting rights of the company.

February 04, 2009
Tax relief: Here's what suits you best
The Income Tax Act provides tax relief if you invest in certain financial instruments. Find out which product category suits you best.

How to save for a rainy day
Let us put away that dreaded thought and focus instead on ways to have access to funds when we need them the most like, for instance, a job-loss or an emergency surgery for a loved one! Here budgeting comes into play.

This university targets the world's most pressing problems
Singularity University will train its students to take on and make progress in understanding and applying fast moving technologies to solve the world's 'grandest challenges,' including hunger, global warming, alternative energy, telemedicine and more.

February 03, 2009
Buy American, says Obama. Will it work?
Opponents of the clause argue that the real world is too complicated to be viewed in these terms. The opposition comes from economists as well as politicians in other countries.

10 rules to earn most from your investments
There remains an elite group of investment professionals who manage to produce market-beating returns, year after year.

February 02, 2009
Economic crisis: No end in sight
In any downturn, the turnaround comes only when investors feel asset prices have bottomed out; when consumer demand has fallen so much that it has nowhere to go but up; and when bankers feel that businesses (or those that remain) are on even keel.

Why the NREGA should not rely on banks
Using banks to make NREGA payments has only added to corruption, says .

January 30, 2009
Need more from your home loan? Here's help
To avail a top up loan, factors like your repayment capacity based on your income and commitment towards any other loans other than your home loan etc, will be factored in

January 29, 2009
Should you prepay your home loan?
If you can afford to make larger payments towards your home loan, perhaps because of a promotion or because of a bonus, then making prepayments towards your home loan is a very good idea as it will save you a lot of money over the term of the loan.

January 28, 2009
Amortization table
Home loan amortization table

A new America? Immigrants hold the key
Entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa believes Barack Obama would do well to pay attention to the question of skilled immigrant workers.

January 27, 2009
Doc in a box
Telemedicine sure helps private enterprise. If it also helps the cause of health care, then why not?

Does your reward system measure up?
Companies also realise that their "solid citizens", too, feel insecure and anxious and that they have to be engaged to give their best during these times, rather than being overwhelmed by despair and pessimism.

January 23, 2009
Taking a home loan? Beware of these facts
These clauses are overlooked by most home loan borrowers and some of them eventually end up paying interest rates

Wireless wonders
According to analysis done by Icrier, the teledensity of a country/state plays a big role in determining its economic growth.

How the American housing dream went bust
We also have strict regulatory bodies like the Reserve Bank of India, which ensures that loan products that could produce systemic risk never make it to the market.

January 22, 2009
Tax-smarts for mutual fund investors
With mutual funds becoming an increasingly popular investment avenue, it would pay to be tax-smart.

Who got the benefits of growth?
The ILO's finding that wage-earners haven't benefitted much from globalisation appears unduly pessimistic.

January 21, 2009
ICAI in dire need of complete overhaul
Even seventeen years after the government adopted the new economic policy the ICAI is yet to come to terms with the changing times and changed circumstances

January 20, 2009
Montek's misgivings about AP CM's land deals
Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia had misgivings on how and why the chief minister could raise so much money by selling government land, but eventually cleared the annual plan that was promised to be funded by a 32 per cent increase in the state's tax revenues. He put on record his doubts in a 3-page communication to the prime minister on April 23, 2008, a copy of which is with rediff.com

It's advantage broadcasters in the television war
The TDSAT scrapping the Trai's judgement on channel pricing is a major victory for

Should the RBI cut rates again?
Cutting the rates and the ratio by about a 100 basis points will send the right signal as well as give the RBI credible room to make further reductions in the coming months as the situation warrants.

January 19, 2009
Is this the right time for an oil price cut?
There has been a dramatic decline in oil prices from the high of $147 a barrel in July, to less than a third of that today. However, it is too early to say if this is a fundamental change in the direction of oil prices, resulting from the announced cuts in production by the oil-exporting countries, or a blip in a falling market. The government seems to be assuming (or hoping that it is) the latter and is rushing ahead with its price cut plan.

Are real estate subsidies working?
On the evidence so far, however, these steps have not improved the scale of transactions in the real estate market. Most buyers continue to hold back in the hope of further drops in prices, while developers find that financial succour gives them the staying power to withhold price cuts. The result may, therefore, prove to be the opposite of what was intended, by delaying the price adjustment that is essential if demand and supply are to balance once again.

Corporate governance: What India must do
A well-balanced board of directors, proactive shareholders and swift action against malpractices could restore market confidence.

Is the government going soft on Satyam?
The political consequences of exercising soft options in the Satyam scam would indeed cost the UPA government dearly. The YSR leadership being so close to the guilty group is something that also needs to be scrutinised. Another aspect that has received wider public disapproval is the Centre's reported plan to pump in around Rs 20 billion from public sector banks to bail out Satyam. The government's argument of saving some 50,000 'high-wage islanders' jobs by pumping pubic mon

January 16, 2009
Satyam, Wipro: Ex-World Bank official denies wrongdoing
Sources close to Mohamed Mushin say he regrets the indiscretion of purchasing the shares that he did, and even though it was perfectly legal, it gave the perception of conflict of interest, that his buying them under the Friends and Family IPOs seemed as it was a quid pro quo by the two companies that had secured handsome Bank contracts.

Satyam: What to expect and what to do
Talks of a possible merger or takeover will not have credence for a while

Corruption in India like Africa: WB official
The IPO offerings to Bank officials were "the least of the Bank's problems. At the end of the day, whatever they may have gotten with stock options or whatever, I think is nothing compared to the rampant corruption that is being practiced on the Bank's lending operations," says former Bank official Steve Berkman.

Survival strategies for Indian tourism
One effective solution is to lower luxury taxes. The tourism ministry has requested the finance ministry and the Planning Commission to work with state governments on this, but no one knows when any results will come, if ever. Another solution is to introduce no-frills, clean and functional budget hotels.

January 15, 2009
The avalanche effect of compounding interest
The earlier you start saving for your rainy day (read retirement) the richer you will be when it finally arrives.

January 14, 2009
PwC's letter to new Satyam board
PwC's letter to new Satyam board.

Factors that influence your loan rate
Let's take a quick look at what all these terms mean to see how they affect the loan interest rates.

January 13, 2009
10 rules of successful trading
This is a crucial advantage traders enjoy over investors -- the ability to make money whether the market is moving up or down. This fact should not, however, lead you to believe that trading is easy; it requires both a skill-set and rigorous discipline.

January 08, 2009
Want some great in-car entertainment?
All those who spend a lot of time on the road, gear up your cars with these Road Warrior essentials, spanning GPS navigation systems, in-car sound systems and Bluetooth devices.

January 07, 2009
'Insider trading' acquires a new meaning in Sebi
Surely, the time for introspection for Sebi is right now. The lessons from l'affaire Pyramid are compelling for Sebi. It comprehensively exposes the workings within Sebi and its organisational weakness. It quickly needs to puts its house in order.

Best indicator of when to buy shares
Although it may be impossible to objectively determine current value, in the light of hindsight it is clear that price does tend to revolve around it. Consequently, several indicators have been developed which purport to measure value and thereby provide a reference point for the relationship of price to value.

January 06, 2009
Should you prepay your car, home & study loans?
Prepaying a loan is usually a good idea. And, part-prepaying the principal part of the loan makes even more sense. The reason is that it reduces the total amount of interest you have to pay out and, possibly, the loan tenure. But before doing so, you must look at some factors.

January 05, 2009
What will happen to the economy in 2009?
The problems of financial markets have started affecting the real economy worldwide. Consensus estimates suggest that 2009 will be worse than 2008.

2009 may not be good for the salaried class
Salaried professionals could get unhappy news in 2009. But, patience is the key.

How will Indian stocks do in 2009?
In view of the market downturn since January 2008, will it make sense to invest in stocks in 2009? How will the economy and the stock market fare in the New Year? What are the factors that will affect the market in the coming year and how long should I wait before investing?

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