May 19, 2017Why banks will have fewer branches
'With technology advancing rapidly, the need for branches is declining.'
May 16, 2017Not just Modi, even Manmohan Sigh has something to cheer
The new IIP numbers should spread cheer among those who were part of the Manmohan Singh-led United Progressive Alliance, earlier accused of having presided over a steady deterioration in industrial performance, particularly in the last two years of its tenure, says A K Bhattacharya.
May 15, 2017How your 'Awfis' might change in future
Awfis stands out for its 'ambience' and 'ease of doing business'.
If the financial year changes...
Businesses coming to terms with Ind-AS (Indian Accounting Standards) implementation, GST can do without further uncertainty and costs, say N Sundaresha Subramanian & Sudipto Dey.
May 12, 2017Watch out for this business star!
'I have been managing people since I was very young. I really enjoy it.'
May 09, 2017'You can't fault this government for what it's done...'
Srei Infrastructure's vice-chairman -- and former Assocham president -- Sunil Kanoria discusses the Kanoria businesses and his impression of the Modi government with Ishita Ayan Dutt and Namrata Acharya.
May 08, 2017Celebrity brand wagons go digital!
The 100MB app casts the cricketer in a digital avatar that can be used in a variety of ways. Celebrities, Urvi Malvania reports, are increasingly leveraging their fan following in the real world to build virtual empires.
May 05, 2017The hotelier who broke the mould
Dominic Jose understood that luxury has a new definition.
May 04, 2017How to build a business in the Himalayas
The Alams saw the magical spot while on a drive to the hills. A few years later they set up home and a small hand woven shawl business, hiring local weavers, using local wool and natural colours made of root, stem and flower.
10 commandments for Modi Sarkar to curb black money
A K Bhattacharya digs into the yet-to-be-public report on ways to curb black money and finds out that Modi's next moves could include action on dabba trading, hawala, and education.
May 03, 2017A man who knows the law too well
Mallya has lived on the edge for long enough to know that his extradition from UK is not a given, says N Sundaresha Subramanian.
May 02, 2017'India has to catch a train that left 25 years ago'
'In contrast to the generally buoyant tone of the Economic Survey in January, he sounds uncharacteristically pessimistic, saying that forces in the world economy -- slowing global trade, protectionism, robots -- will limit India's manufacturing to levels well below what propelled East Asia's economies decades ago.'
It's time to check in to India!
India needs 1.4 million hotel beds a night but has only 2.4 lakh, points out Rahul Pandit, MD and CEO of Ginger Hotels.
April 26, 2017Rs 1 lakh crore: Biyani's target for 2020-21
He's betting big on small stores to help him reach 10 million households by FY21, report Abhineet Kumar and Raghavendra Kamath.
April 25, 2017Are markets ripe for a steep correction?
Number of stocks trading above 50 times and 100 times earnings at record highs.
April 17, 2017Is India investing enough in infrastructure?
Yes. Whilst public expenditure is kicking in, the key reason is the decline in private investment
April 10, 2017Movies, 'masti' and... merchandise!
Global studios and indie content shops tap into the growing fan base for movie and TV characters in India, report Arundhuti Dasgupta & Urvi Malvania.
April 08, 2017When the Mughals turned to demonetisation
It's five months after 8/11.
April 07, 2017Behind Netflix's India push is a VOD market of Rs 1400cr
With a string of deals with telecom service providers, DTH operators and Bollywood stars, Netflix goes all out to protect its turf in India and fend off competition, says Viveat Pinto.
Exit interview: What's next for Mudra Group CEO?
'Degrees get you into the room, it is the attitude that counts,' says adman Madhukar Kamath.
April 05, 2017A home for India's saree traditions
Nikita Puri visits Titan's latest offering, which brings handloom sarees under one roof.
How well do you know D-Mart's Damani?
The stocks Radhakishan Damani enters or exits are closely watched by fund managers, says Joydeep Ghosh.
April 04, 201710 things that will change in FY18
While for the consumers, there is some gain and some pain, for India Inc, it's all about compliance, consolidation and parity
April 03, 2017India's bad loan problem is not a purely financial one!
It is a national economic problem and one that requires a political solution hand in hand with a clear government commitment to stand behind core national assets, says Vinayak Chatterjee.
March 31, 2017Fulfilling promises will add to UP's financial burden
The BJP's manifesto for UP elections promised many things. But, given the state's precarious financial position, fulfilling these promises is likely to prove tricky, says Ishan Bakshi.
March 30, 2017Why closing down can be tougher than starting up
The Stayzilla episode raises questions over the regulations around the closure of a business, says Sudipto Dey.
Your favourite cup of tea could be in trouble!
The world-famous Darjeeling tea is losing its flavour even as it struggles with falling production, says Avishek Rakshit.
March 29, 2017'I expect increased investment from America to India'
Anshuman Magazine of CBRE discusses effective leadership, millenials, Trump's America and his core business -- the real estate market -- with Nivedita Mookerji.
March 27, 2017Explained! The alleged fraud committed by Reliance Industries
What was the fraud? Why did Sebi drag its feet on the order? What options does RIL have now? Samie Modak explains these and more.
The saga of an FB post gone horribly wrong
Of all the tremors to rock the start-up world of late -- Snapdeal's layoffs, Stayzilla's shutting down, Flipkart's frequent devaluations -- nothing will match the rumble at ShopClues for poignancy.
Why Aditya Puri is one of the world's top CEOs
'If you want to live a happy life, you have to help the downtrodden. You have to understand that you have been given a position which is a confluence of your own capability and the grace of God. You must use that position to exemplify to others what has to be followed.'
March 25, 2017He is trying to turn Air India around
'It is not as bad an airline as it is made out to be: We serve wonderful food, the leg space is more, our cabin crew is warm and friendly.'
March 24, 2017India's billionaires' success mantras
Three businessmen disclose their success mantras: One belongs to an old Marwari family, another is a second generation industrialist whose father scripted an amazing rags-to-riches story and the third was a professional till one day he succumbed to the charms of entrepreneurship.
March 22, 2017Meet the man behind GST's IT backbone
GSTN CEO Prakash Kumar tells Sudipto Dey how IT can improve service delivery of government departments.
March 20, 2017The new avatars of India's best known entrepreneurs
Suveen Sinha finds out what the tribe of modern, internet entrepreneurs who no longer run their first start-ups are up to.
March 15, 2017A Hungarian invention that helped the British in WWII
Tracing the early life of the humble ballpoint pen to its present.
March 10, 2017In graphs: The grim story of India's bad loans
According to the RBI's Financial Stability Report, the industry's gross bad-loan is at a 14-year high.
March 09, 2017Can India Inc manage its mergers?
It may be the season for corporate matchmaking but India Inc's record of managing partnerships is far from impressive, says Shailesh Dobhal.
March 07, 2017Can cell phones lead women to temptation?
'It was clear that the cell phone gave her access to a temptation that destroyed her family... she'd never have strayed without it.'
March 03, 2017Telenor's Indian adventure: A bold move that didn't click
After building a subscriber base of nearly 50 million in about eight chequered years, it finally gave up as it saw itself up against a 600-pound gorilla that breezed through double that many subscribers in a fraction of that time, says N Sundaresha Subramanian.
March 01, 2017Six years of U K Sinha in Sebi
Sinha started his tenure at Sebi a bit shakily making people wonder if he'd complete his three years. Eventually, he went on to stay twice that long.
February 28, 2017Remonetisation, albeit with a difference, has happened in Gujarat!
Workers who had gone to their hometowns and did not return for work after Diwali vacation owing to the demonetisation impact have now started trickling back to the industrial hubs in Gujarat, say Vimukt Dave & Sohini Das.
February 23, 2017Why Infosys is no longer a cut above the rest of India Inc
Even before Murthy's reappointment to the board, the decision to let each of the founders have a go at the CEO role was an antithesis of the meritocracy that Infosys had established as its corporate culture, says Hetal Dalal.
February 14, 2017Did demonetization steal the colour from art?
Since the note ban was announced auction houses, galleries and art fairs are witnessing lukewarm sales -- even with masters like Souza, Raza and Padamsee. Ritika Kochhar reports.
February 09, 2017At 50, this CEO decided it was time to try a new career
Heading Crisil would have been the peak of most people's professional lives.
February 01, 2017The Budget as Budgets should be
'We need to put aside our anxieties about the Budget for now and possibly for long, and carry on as best as we can,' advises Shreekant Sambrani.
Rediff Q: Will this Budget be a gamechanger?
Harsh Roongta, Mahesh Padmanabhan, Anil Rego answer the most sought after questions on Budget Day.
January 31, 2017Budget: 10 things common man can look forward to
The people of the nation co-operated and patiently waited for the government's promised "ache din", and now they want their just rewards, says Adhil Shetty.
January 30, 2017How India can survive the Trump years
Devangshu Datta highlights the silver lining for the long-term investor.
'Indian business leaders can be change agents'
'While Silicon Valley is building the latest app to deliver ice cream at 2 am, the really interesting entrepreneurs are taking on major problems of society, poverty, where India becomes not only the marketplace but also the laboratory.'
January 27, 2017The man Flipkart is banking on
Alnoor Peermohamed & Raghu Krishnan find out why the new CEO is said to be the perfect man for turning around Flipkart's fortunes.
January 25, 2017Will the Sensex rise or fall on Budget Day?
Rediff.com's Shailajanand Mishra discovers that the Sensex has fallen 12 times on the 20 Budget Days since this century began.
January 18, 2017Train travel dips, but don't blame demonetisation
The number of poor people travelling by train has followed a similar trend since 2011.
January 13, 2017Now the battle against 'brown money"
There is also an interesting name OLX gave the idle stuff lying in our homes: brown money.
January 03, 2017Vote: Will you buy Amul Girl merchandise?
Even in her 50s, the Amul Girl has far greater clout than any brand ambassador in India. And India's largest dairy organisation may soon cash in on that. Sohini Das reports.
December 31, 20168/11 and after: The going won't be easy for some more time
The bigger worry is that its effects could linger well into the next financial year.
December 30, 2016Demonetisation is done. What should Modi & Jaitley do next?
Adhil Shetty, CEO, BankBazaar.com shares his thoughts on what could help make digitisation and going cashless easier in the New Year.
2016: The ads we loved, the ads that worked
Experts pick the most effective advertisements of the year.
Demonetisation has driven Solapur's beedi workers to loan sharks
In the last of a six-part series Sanjay Jog discovers that if the government and beedi employers don't act now, there could be social unrest soon.
December 29, 2016Note ban: In Assam's tea gardens cash is perennially in demand
In the fifth of a six-part series on the impact of demonetisation, Avishek Rakshit senses a storm brewing over the 850-odd tea gardens in the north eastern state, which have a weekly and fortnightly payment cycle.
December 28, 2016Demonetisation's overnight celebrity
Nivedita Mookerji finds out how Paytm CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma is handling his soaring popularity after the note ban as well as the criticism that comes as a package deal.
December 27, 2016The cost of demonetisation: Jobless hundreds in Jalandhar
In the fourth of a six-part series Sahil Makkar finds out how badly Jalandhar's sports goods industry was hit by the note ban and the price it continues to pay.
In pictures: A tale of two demonetisations
How the demonetisation drives in India and Venezuela have played out.
December 23, 2016April 2017: Earliest India will get its cash back
The crux of the problem is change, specifically the Rs 500 note, which India's presses cannot, currently, print in adequate number, says Sahil Kini/IndiaSpend.
How demonetisation stole Sivakasi's sparkle
In the third of a six-part series T E Narasimhan finds out how the hub of India's firecrackers industry is coping after more than a month of the note ban.
December 22, 2016The fall of the turnaround tycoon
Industrialist Pawan Ruia's (think Dunlop and Jessop) arrest this month for cheating and criminal breach of trust marked a new low, but the tide had been turning against him for a while now. Ishita Ayan Dutt & Avishek Rakshit report.
Why Xiaomi's India head hires people who are smarter than him
Manu Kumar Jain, India head, Xiaomi, tells Sangeeta Tanwar how the Chinese smartphone maker won over the Indian market.
Demonetisation silenced the looms in this 150-year-old town
Cottage industries across India have suffered heavily because of the note ban. In the second of a six-part series, Sanjay Jog travels to Bhiwandi to examine how the power loom industry here is coping five weeks on.
Should India junk tradition and move to Jan-Dec financial year?
The most serious recommendations to change the financial year came in the years preceded by deficient rainfall. The Jha committee was formed after droughts in 1979-80 and 1982-83, reports Rishika Pardikar/IndiaSpend.
December 21, 2016#Notebandi: India's fisherfolk stare at a dark future
Distress sales, market closures and anchoring of fishing fleets have been reported from West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
Cash crunch pain hits Dharavi's leather goods hub
The first of a six-part series examines how the leather workers at Dharavi are coping after five weeks of demonetisation.
Black money cases: IT dept has 5% success rate
In 2014-2015 the I-T department put up 669 cases for prosecution.
December 16, 2016Myntra's mantras for success
"Our artificial intelligence tells us what people are buying at that point, what is in fashion; on the other hand, we have a fair idea of the material available. It gives us a sense of what we should be putting across in the market and we can put them across really quickly," Ananth Narayanan, CEO, Myntra, tells Alokananda Chakraborty.
December 15, 2016When your employees are family
All in kind!
December 14, 2016Why were these workers forced to go home?
Migrant workers are leaving Gujarat, PM Modi's home state, as they have no work.
December 12, 2016 There is something foreign about the Rs 2000 & Rs 500 notes
This press, considered to be one of the most sophisticated, has been printing the new Rs 2,000 and Rs 500 notes since August, three months before demonetisation rolled out, Alnoor Peermohamed/Business Standard reports from Mysuru.
December 11, 2016When did the printing of Rs 2,000 notes actually begin?
In the first of a four-part series, Business Standard takes a look at how a mint in Salboni, West Bengal, is working overtime to print currency notes.
December 09, 2016Acute cash crunch, but this mint can't print Rs 2,000 notes
In the third of a four-part series, Business Standard reporter travels to Nashik to assess how the currency press there is responding to demonetisation.
The mystery behind the Rs 3 lakh crore deposits in 15 days
The second fortnight of September saw Rs 3 lakh crore of time deposits, something unique, followed by liquidation of Rs 1.2 lakh crpre of these right after.
December 08, 2016Why notes ban is good news for people of this MP town
In the second of a four-part series, Business Standard checks out the currency press in Dewas to find target-based allowances have increased the monthly salary of employees from Rs 10,000 to Rs 30,000, at a time when notes are being printed 24x7.
The cashless chaiwallah who swears by Modi
'The mindset of people needs to change.'
December 07, 2016Cashless transaction: Going beyond plastic money
For those who are sceptical about using debit or credit cards, even when faced with cash crunch, Adhil Shetty, CEO of BankBazaar.com, lists out a few safe cashless options that can be exercised through mobile phones.
When did printing of Rs 2,000 notes actually begin?
In the first of a four-part series, Business Standard takes a look at how a mint in Salboni, West Bengal, is working overtime to print currency notes.
Jayalalithaa's legacy: Industrial ranking among India's best
Tamil Nadu now has India's lowest fertility rate - lower than Australia, Finland and Belgium - second best infant mortality and maternal mortality rate; records among the lowest crime rates against women and children; and has more factories and provides more industrial employment than any other Indian state.
December 05, 2016A village that lives Modi's cashless dream
Rediff.com's Prasanna D Zore visited Akodara village that went cashless and digital on January 2, 2015.
December 02, 2016The foot soldiers of Modi's cashless India
As Narendra Modi and his ministers vigorously campaign for a shift to a cashless society, Rediff.com's Syed Firdaus Ashraf reports on what is really happening on the ground.
November 11, 2016Share a selfie with the new currency
Were you one of the lucky Indians who handed over your Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes and got a brand new Rs 500 or Rs 2,000 note in return?
November 09, 2016You can still convert your black money into white!
How will the government's decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes help curb the creation and flow of black money into the Indian economy?
Video: Mumbai reacts to Modi's war on black money
When Hitesh Harisinghani and Jahnavi Patel hit the streets of Mumbai after Modi's demonitisation announcement, here's what they found.
It's a politically astute move by Modi
It has the potential to burnish his image as a strong leader, bring down inflation and could turn out to be common man-friendly.
November 07, 2016Why Theresa May won't go to Bengaluru IT firms
Theresa May's visit to a Bengaluru aerospace systems supplier is seen as the UK's strategy to pursue new defence deals.
'Mistry brought biggest turnaround in Indian biz history'
Cyrus Mistry had put in place a strategy that would have pulled most of the Tata group's 'legacy hotspots' out of the financial mess from legacy issues and helped turn around the group's finances.
November 03, 2016'Superstar chairmen don't want to give up power'
The Tata Sons controversy has raised governance concerns.
November 02, 2016Heard of an airline's Chai Pe Charcha with its pilots?
Most airlines lose 30 pilots a year. Vistara has lost only 2 in 18 months.
November 01, 2016Grappling with succession after Ratan Tata
What would happen to the ownership after Ratan Tata?
October 28, 2016The man who is caught in the crossfire between Tata and Mistry
R Venkataramanan, the managing trustee of the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust who is responsible for all Tata-run trusts, prefers to keep a low profile but has emerged as a power centre in the group - with more clout than many established CEOs, says Dev Chatterjee.
October 27, 2016The Tatas will have to answer many questions in the days ahead
The larger investing community was not complaining at all about Cyrus's conservative approach. This is precisely the reason why investors will demand to know the real reasons for Mistry's sudden sacking, says M K Venu.
5 Ratan Tata plans Cyrus Mistry didn't deliver on
Which were the five businesses Ratan Tata had great hopes for, but his successor failed to deliver?
October 25, 2016Mistry's stint as chairman is the shortest ever at Tata group
Of the six chairmen that Tata group has had in its 148 years, the longest serving was Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy
October 18, 2016Why it's too early for an obit on Indian IT
Though the evolving nature of the IT industry and changing needs of their clients pose a big risk
Why do parents chase this man?
The man sought after by parents when they want to admit their children to Ivy League colleges tells Anjuli Bhargava how a hobby became a source of livelihood.
October 17, 2016Where are oil prices headed?
OPEC's move to cut output has pushed up oil prices. From here it could go either way: oil could reach $100/barrel or an analysis of demand and supply might follow, say Abheek Barua & Bidisha Ganguly.
October 12, 2016Meet the first Indian to head a Swiss company
'Sometimes it's better to ask for forgiveness rather than permission,' Zubin Karkaria, CEO of the Kuoni Group and the first Asian to head a listed Swiss company, tells Niraj Bhatt.
October 05, 2016What rate cut means for India's financial markets
FPIs, which are holding large exposures in Indian debt, could also be expected to book some capital gains as yields slide down
Tamil Nadu, Kerala have most women entrepreneurs
India was ranked 70th of 77 countries in the Female Entrepreneurship Index 2015 released by London-based Global Entrepreneurship Institute
October 04, 2016Are we serious about e-cars?
The electric vehicle market in India needs a policy push that goes beyond targets, says Vandana Gombar.
For the Oswals, a 6-year, multi-billion-dollar legal drama ends
After reaching a deal with ANZ in a six-year tussle, Pankaj and Radhika Oswal have left Australia and plan to start a new venture in New York
Delhi is the world's most polluted megacity!
In 2012, with one million deaths, China reported the highest toll from PM2.5 and PM10 pollution. At the time, India followed, reporting 621,138 deaths, nearly 10 per cent of the global toll associated with outdoor and indoor air pollution
September 28, 2016Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT: The sophisticated SUV
Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT: The sophisticated SUV
September 27, 2016When it comes to business, he's Quickr!
Quikr founder & CEO Pranay Chulet tells Raghu Krishnan and Bibhu Ranjan Mishra why money has never been an issue for Quikr and that someday he will make a romantic comedy.
September 23, 2016India's pizza man gets ready for the future
After 11 years at the helm of Jubilant, Ajay Kaul, the 'nuts and bolts' executive, called it a day amid speculation that his expansionist strategy was not clicking, says Viveat Susan Pinto.
September 22, 2016The Stanford grad who left Oracle to make wine
It's been 16 years since Rajeev Samant launched the first Sula wine by selling 50,000 cases. Today Sula is on track to sell a million cases this year.
September 21, 2016An SC verdict that rattled India's high and mighty
The spectre of Singur and now its verdict is looming large on the future of many of Bengal's projects, especially the state government's industrial parks that are vacant. As many more episodes await, the question uppermost on everyone's minds is, how long will Singur haunt Bengal?
September 20, 2016Indian Railways goes down new track to power growth
It is willing to let go of its budgetary independence and restructure its companies in order to make itself more viable commercially and less important politically, says Jyoti Mukul.
September 16, 2016He is paying the price for rice @ Re 1
The current crisis Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is facing is a cumulative effect of inattention to water management and the fiscal burden of populist promises, says Aditi Phadnis.
September 15, 2016With fatter wallet, Paytm goes for the kill
The mobile wallet player plans to add more Chinese sellers to its e-commerce platform and boost technology for its soon-to-be-launched payments bank
The game corporate India plays
How bridge keeps corporate India sharp and quick-witted.
September 14, 2016How Big Bazaar lost its way online
Three years after launching Big Bazaar Direct, Future group CEO Kishore Biyani's enthusiasm for online ventures has been tempered by growth concerns
The 5 most expensive cars in India
These million-dollar vehicles feature tarmac-shattering speeds, ooze luxury and come loaded with the latest bells and whistles.
September 13, 2016The real reason behind RIL-ONGC dispute
Dispute resolution provisions in the production sharing contract remained unimplemented, while the regulator faltered, points out Jyoti Mukul.
September 06, 2016What do India's GDP numbers tell us?
Private consumption is looking up and will get better as the full effect of the good monsoon is felt on rural income, and the effect of the payout from the Seventh Pay Commission is felt on urban income, say Anis Chakravarty & Rishi Shah.
September 03, 2016Raghuram Rajan: The common man's central banker
Rajan, as expected, furthered his predecessors' agenda and continued with the same resolution to make India's financial system safer, and direct the economy towards further liberalisation
August 31, 2016Ending Rail Budget is Mr Prabhu's first step in the right direction
He has now to show that he can take on the vested interests within the railways which are resisting change through corporatisation
August 30, 2016The real story behind the demise of TaxiForSure
Ola's cash reserves are starting to run dry. The company was in talks to raise $1 billion in funding by the end of July, but no announcement has been made as yet
August 26, 2016He helps Indian banks raise money in London
In India post the success of masala and green bonds on the LSE, Nikhil Rathi tells Rajesh Bhayani that there are many international investors interested in buying into the India story
August 23, 2016Bandhan sprints into new role as universal bank
With over Rs 15,000 crore in deposits, its strategy is a hit for now, but the real test will come when it starts lending to retail and corporate customers in a big way
7 ways GST affects India's infrastructure sector
There are both positive and negative impacts of the tax, but the net result for India's infrastructure sector is advantageous, says Vinayak Chatterjee.
August 19, 2016Gripping tale of an iconic businessman
Over the years, Mr Singh has got in and out of innumerable businesses, cutting across sectors. He is one businessman who I have always found to be in a start-up mode, says Bhupesh Bhandari.
Fulfilling Deveshwar's dreams: Big challenge for ITC's new CEO
The outgoing chairman believed in building for the future; for his successor, the challenge will be to maintain the momentum, says Ishita Ayan Dutt.
Perfect storm gathering over Smriti Irani's ministry
Rising skills gap, falling exports, low productivity, rising debt and low foreign investment is jeopardising the target set for the textile and apparels sector
A tale of crumbling infrastructure in India's IT cities
Can the country afford to have problems of such magnitude in the cities of Gurgaon, Bengaluru, Pune and Hyderabad, which not only are the major growth drivers but are also the biggest revenue contributors in their respective states?
August 18, 2016How safe is your PF money? 10,932 companies caught defaulting
By region, Thiruvananthapuram leads with 247 defaulters, followed by Kolkata with 173 and Bhubaneswar with 115
August 16, 2016Bihar struggles to pay the price of liquor ban
Incentives for industries have been rolled back and teachers have gone without salary for months as the state grapples with the after-effects of the ban
August 14, 2016What happened to the 8 promises Modi made on I-Day 2015?
As Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to deliver his third Independence Day speech on August 15, he is inviting ideas from citizens on issues he should speak on
August 12, 2016Balki: An extraordinary adman
He didn't think much of advertising awards, and yet as he moves on from Mullen Lowe Lintas, he leaves the agency at its strongest ever
August 11, 2016As India steps on gas for infra building, repairs are left out
Little attention is being paid to keep roads, bridges and flyovers in good shape
August 10, 2016Amazing story of how Skymet weathered the storm
If Jatin Singh is right in the long run and his morphed business can help reduce farmer distress, Skymet will provide a service of far more value from where it began
August 05, 2016'Unless you solve somebody's problem, you won't make money'
'If they are not ready for a 10 to 20 year journey, they should not become entrepreneurs.'
3 reasons why RBI should opt for a rate cut
RBI policy surely cannot impact agflation, in any case.
July 29, 2016Ananth Narayanan: The turnaround man
Narayanan's strategy of building exclusive brands for Myntra has been a success as well, and more such brands will be added to the portal's offering in the future
July 19, 2016How Nirma tries to reclaim the golden days of 1980s
Many see Nirma's Lafarge deal as some kind of second coming for the Patels.
July 14, 2016World's fastest-growing economy lags most South Asian neighbours
India's per capita GDP of $5,238 in 2013 was 65 per cent lower than Iran, 54 per cent lower than Maldives, 44 per cent lower than Sri Lanka and 27 per cent lower than Bhutan, according to the Human Development Report 2015
July 11, 2016Mercedes-Benz GLC: Glamour meets comfort
The Mercedes-Benz GLC 220 d 4Matic is both sporty and luxurious
July 04, 2016Advice from an ace investor
Be a fox by temperament and a hedgehog by conviction, Gaurav Dalmia tells Bhupesh Bhandari. Then, he explains why.
July 01, 2016How Renault scored a goal with the Kwid
How did the Kwid become an Indian success story?
June 19, 2016If Vijay Mallya was Thomas Flohr...
...He'd be running a successful aviation business, says Anjuli Bhargava.
June 08, 2016Does Paytm have its finger in too many pies?
What explains Vijay Shekhar Sharma's optimism when other players have started to tread cautiously is Paytm's huge customer base: It has 120 million users and counting, says Nivedita Mookerji.
June 03, 2016India Shining! Forest land wiped away for industrial projects
The government may claim planted trees compensate for forests lost, but that does not mean complex flora and fauna destroyed have been restored, points out Himadri Ghosh.
June 01, 2016How water inequality governs drought-hit Maharashtra
Sugarcane, which is grown by no more than 1.1 million farmers, consumes 70 per cent of water available in Maharashtra for irrigation. In contrast, about 10 million jowar, pulses and oilseeds farmers get only 10 per cent of irrigation water, points out Abhishek Waghmare.
May 31, 2016How India can add an extra $1 trillion to its GDP by 2020
A data plan currently priced at Rs 100 should not cost more than Rs 34, if India has to make the Internet affordable for 80 per cent of its population.
May 25, 2016Slippery road ahead for car makers in India
Toyota, M&M and Honda are making tough adjustments to their growth plans as uncertainty over diesel vehicles and fuel emission norms rises
May 20, 2016Has India's anti-trust watchdog lost its drive?
The number of cases being admitted and investigated by the Competition Commission of India has fallen drastically in recent years.
May 18, 2016Land reforms fail, only 5% of India's farmers control 32% land
The average land given to the rural landless is small and falling, from 0.95 acres in 2002 to 0.88 acres in 2015 - a 7.4 per cent drop over 13 years-and a slowdown is evident in the process of taking land away from rich landlords, the RTI data reveal.
Juggernaut's funky experiment
Juggernaut's mobile reading app could be a game-changer, says Nilanjana S Roy.
May 17, 2016Meet Rahul Gandhi, the smart realty investor
The shops became a subject of a political controversy last week.
May 16, 2016How Amitabh Bachchan tops the brand trust charts
The superstar manages to retain the trust of consumers across age groups.
May 13, 2016Why India Inc still fears MNCs
Business reacted with caution to the reforms of 1991, and demanded protection from multinationals and imports. Twenty-five years later, traces of that demand can still be found, reports Bhupesh Bhandari.
Modi @ 2: Reforms flicker in rural India, other big challenges remain
While many promises remain unrealised, power reforms and the creation of tens of millions of new bank accounts have helped Modi maintain his popularity
May 10, 2016Why govt deals are high-stakes game for IT firms
Even as government projects aren't lucrative from a revenue perspective, companies fight with each other to bag the contracts
Why India's construction slowdown threatens to increase poverty
The construction sector is now India's second-largest employer after agriculture, the trend coinciding with India's high-growth phase and decline in poverty levels
Why Raghuram Rajan deserves a second term
What differentiates Rajan from his predecessors is his proactive steps in anticipating a problem and coming up with out-of-the-box solutions
No electricity, no school here but kids learn with iPads!
Two young engineers educate children with iPads n remote villages.
May 04, 2016It's raining remuneration at MF houses!
Sebi wanted to know how much Mutual Fund head honchos were paid. A look into who got how much...
Maharashtra, Delhi pay 53% of India's income-tax
The government earned Rs 7.42 lakh crore as direct taxes in 2015-16, a 66 per cent increase from Rs 4.45 lakh crore in 2010-11
April 29, 20169 reasons India's rising credit card debt should worry you
Next time you swipe, ask yourself, do you really need it or do you just want it?
Bad loans of state banks = defence + education + roads + health spends
The crisis in Indian banking has now reached a point where the NPAs of many public-sector banks are higher than their net worth
April 25, 2016Why gold refinery consolidation is the need of the hour
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's decision to cut arbitrage may ensure that the standards of purity of the refined gold in the Indian market meet the global benchmark
How Virat Kohli cracked the Rs 100-crore league
Kohli is rated very high on being distinctive, stylish and prestigious.
April 23, 2016How life insurance companies get celebrities on a small budget
Life insurance companies are balancing the increasing use of celebrity endorsers by limiting the association to short, event-led campaigns.
April 22, 2016Oswal vs Oswal: Another murky business family feud
This is the first time the fight is between mother and son.
April 19, 2016The man who's driving Uber in India
Amit Jain tells Shyamal Majumdar about his dream to make Uber the 'safest place in the city'
India's biggest farm reform is 91.6% behind target
The Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee Act of a state regulates the purchase of agricultural products, such as cereals, pulses, fruits and vegetables for that region. It hobbles farmers, imposing multiple levies on produce and disallows direct sales to private companies.
April 18, 2016Indian garment companies help Bangla tiger roar
More than Indian exporters, it is Indian business families based in Sri Lanka and Hong Kong which have exploited the Bangladesh advantage
April 12, 2016Baba Ramdev, Sri Sri and India's skewed corporate laws
The strategies that the gurus adopted to build their successful business empires over the past two decades could hardly be adopted by businesses that openly claim to be businesses, points out Somasekhar Sundaresan.
Had farmers paid taxes, India could have earned Rs 50,000 cr more!
Agricultural incomes can be taxed without hurting farmers, as a substantial section - the small and marginal ones - will remain outside the tax net simply because their incomes are likely to be below the basic exemption limit of Rs 250,000 per annum that is extended to all taxpayers in India, finds out Ishan Bakshi.
April 08, 2016Leave IPL alone; water-guzzling sugarcane is the real culprit
Of 650 billion cubic metres of water available for irrigation nationwide, 15 per cent, or 100 BCM of water, is used by sugarcane , which is planted on no more than 2.5 per cent of India's farmland
When Indian dreams turned sour
Only a handful of overseas acquisitions by Indian firms have survived the bloodbath, says Bhupesh Bhandari.
The Indian tycoon who is the white knight of UK's steel plants
Gupta has expressed an intent to buy Port Talbot, Britain's biggest steelworks
April 05, 2016Why Sri Sri is laughing all the way to the bank
Yoga, wellness, meditation, Ayurveda, software and ... toothpaste - Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has successfully merged business with spirituality
April 04, 2016Renault Duster just got smarter, safer and automatic
The AMT variant comes with a turbo charged diesel engine which produces 108.5bhp@4000 rpm and a peak torque of 245Nm@1750rpm
He is 24, blind, and CEO of a Rs 10-crore company
Srikanth Bolla, CEO of Bollant Industries, has set his sights on changing lives
March 26, 2016How 'gurunomics' is fueling India's consumer boom
Be it consumer products, lifestyle or entertainment, spiritual gurus are stepping into business and are finding success
March 25, 2016A different migration: From small villages to big ones
Between 2001 and 2011, the number of rural habitations with population of less than 1,000 has declined sharply
March 24, 2016When terror strikes, markets go bulletproof
In most cases, they dodged bullets and, in some, recovered the same day
March 22, 2016Why over 50,000 profitable firms pay no tax
Companies making larger profits are now paying a lower rate of effective tax because of concessions
On World Water Day, India faces worst water crisis in decade
Andhra Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu likely to be India's most water-scarce states this summer
March 21, 2016Achhe din: When will it come?
Instead of condemning all businessmen, the PM may like to listen to some of them.
March 18, 20165,275 wilful defaulters (+ Mallya) owe banks Rs 56,621 crore
India's five leading wilful defaulters are Winsome Diamonds & Jewellery Ltd and associate Forever Precious Jewellery & Diamonds, Zoom Developers, Kingfisher Airlines, Beta Naphthol and Raza Textiles
Why Modi cannot use the 'Money Bill' option every time
The Centre needs to have dialogue with the Opposition instead of letting politics come in the way; it needs to stoop to conquer, says Aditi Phadnis.
March 17, 2016This investment banker has Mumbai bhel for lunch
Gaurav Deepak has raised funds for about 100 new-age entrepreneurs.
March 16, 2016Modi's new growth recipe - Just add water
Modi's irrigation push in the Budget is aimed at scoring on the political front along with achieving growth targets
Why is the government reacting in fits and starts to Paris pact
The Niti Aayog has finalised the first draft of a new national energy policy.
Not just rich farmers, even agri cos with Rs 215 cr profit pay no tax
A large number of rich farmers, who earn more than salaried employees in the cities, get away with paying no tax at all in view of the government's lack of will to consider an agricultural income tax
March 15, 2016In India, exactly who benefits from government 'dole'?
'According to the government's Economic Survey, the Indian state's generosity is not restricted to its poorest citizens. In fact, in many cases, the beneficiaries are disproportionately the well-off.'
March 14, 2016Maggi Noodles: Reclaiming faith in an instant
'Maggi noodles belong to the consumers.'
March 10, 2016Why swift action in the Vijay Mallya case is important
Several of his lenders have a lot to answer for.
March 09, 20165 key lessons about women and work in India
With India poised to become the largest economy in the world by 2030, it cannot afford to leave half of its workforce behind.
March 08, 2016How Maruti Suzuki is putting S-Cross back on track
High price, combined with the decision to go only for diesel and position it as a crossover, resulted in its limited success
Is the worst over for the Indian markets?
The markets gained nearly 7 per cent in the 4 trading sessions of March.
Vijay Mallya: The reluctant poster boy of bad debt
Mallya failed to repay loans worth Rs 7,200 cr, did not pay salaries, did not deposit PF, and did not pay income tax. It is still a mystery why banks continued to pour money into the airline when it was on life support
March 04, 2016Films, books that inspire corporate head honchos
Here's a list of the favourites of the billionaires.
March 02, 201610 laws that Jaitley wants to change
Priorities include the amendments of the Companies Act and the Motor Vehicle Act
March 01, 2016Thankfully, Mr Jaitley delivers!
Jaitley has managed the difficult feat of sticking to the fiscal correction.
Budget 2016: A view from the visitor's gallery
Aditi Phadnis brings us a ringside view of the reactions Jaitley's speech generated in Parliament
Budget 2016: Bets are on Bharat rather than India
Budget has laid emphasis on enhancing expenditure in farm & rural, and social sector including healthcare, education, skill development, job creation and infrastructure
February 26, 2016Uttam's Take: 10 cheers for rail travellers!
Uttam Ghosh on how rail passengers will benefit from the Railway Budget.
February 24, 2016A tax notice that affected India's credibility
The retrospective tax decision reversing the January 2012 Supreme Court verdict in the Vodafone case has often been cited as the reason for foreign investors losing confidence in India as an investment destination.
Cheaper, faster way to Make in India
At present, less than one per cent of manufacturing GDP comes from automation in India.
February 22, 2016A garment shop that rings a bell called Freedom 251
The share capital of the company is Rs 1 crore (Rs 10 million).
February 19, 2016Make In India: Expect Rs 12,92,000 cr in actual investment
It rained investments on India as the Make In India programme, envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a focus on the manufacturing sector, raked in Rs 15,20,000 crore in committed investments.
February 16, 2016What 'Make In India' means to these Indians!
Amid all the multi-billion dollar investment announcements and flurry of MoUs at the Make In India event four artists give you a fleeting glimpse into their lives.
BEWARE! 1 in 7 Indian medicines revealed as substandard
More lucrative routinely prescribed drugs are at higher risk of failing quality standards
Inside 'Magnetic Maharashtra'
What does Maharashtra have that others don't?
February 15, 2016'Our choices will shape the markets'
The Budget has to provide for capex on roads, railways, defence and other infrastructure sectors.
The united colours of Make In India
From home-made Dhanush howitzers to mine-protected vehicle to rock bands to folk dances to foreigners posing with Indian artistes to gigantic dumping trucks to families having a gala time, Rediff.com brings you all the action on Day Two of the Make In India Week.
February 14, 2016Modi@Make In India: No time for incremental change. We want a quantum jump
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who envisioned Make In India last September was at his eloquent best as he made a fervent plea to global businesses to come Make In India.
February 11, 2016How PM Modi can ensure the success of 'Make in India'
It has been clear for a while that India needs manufacturing - and it may be true that global manufacturing needs India as well. Time to strike while the iron is hot, say Rajat Dhawan, Anu Madgavkar and Sree Ramaswamy.
February 10, 2016Now, Patanjali is giving toothache to Colgate
Both competitive intensity and environmental factors are contributing to the leading oral care brand's pain points
Half full, half empty: 10 years of UPA's rural job scheme
At its peak five years ago, it was a lifeline for 5.5 crore, or one in every three rural homes
February 08, 2016PHOTOS: Welcome to India's biggest junkyard mela
Images from the Bhanga Mela, India's only e-waste market.
February 02, 2016Story of a Bengaluru-based company's long road to 'Make in India'
Starting as a maker of hydraulic pumps, the Bengaluru-based company graduated to components for automakers like BMW and Audi, and then Airbus and Boeing
February 01, 2016Sahara uses small savers to keep hill resort afloat
Sahara has ploughed at least Rs 1,500 crore from two of its credit cooperatives into the Aamby Valley resort project
January 30, 2016Nandan Nilekani: GSTN, the solution to India's tax problems
'Through the use of technology, the GSTN will tip the balance in favour of compliance rather than tax evasion, lowering the barriers for entry into the tax payment system while making it much harder to cheat on payments,' says Nandan Nilekani.
January 29, 2016China's richest man owns 125 shopping plazas and 68 five-star hotels!
He is widely admired for maintaining an almost military like discipline and is not known to smoke or drink
January 25, 2016Beyond the start-up hype
Budget 2016 may hold some answers to start-up cooncerns.
January 19, 2016Falling oil prices may lead to regime change in Saudi, Russia
'As matters stand, Russia and Saudi Arabia, two of the world's biggest oil producers, are set for a hard landing as they didn't diversify their economies as much as they should have when the oil prices were booming.'
January 18, 2016REVEALED! 62 people in the world have same wealth as 3.5 billion
Wealth of the richest 62 people has risen 44% in the five years since 2010, while that of the bottom half fell by 41%
January 15, 2016Disaster risks grow, as India's cities flounder
Poor land-use planning, indiscriminate approvals of building plans and the absence of disaster-risk assessment in urban design have resulted in what experts term concentrated concretization, predisposing cities to disaster risks
What the odd-even scheme achieved
Load of particulates and nitrous oxides from cars reduced by about 40%.
How cities find new ways to travel
The newest concept is motorcycle taxis.
January 12, 2016Patent delays threaten Modi's 'Make in India' dream
Indian companies need not just make in India, but invent in India too
January 11, 2016Will Netflix shake up global digital content markets?
Netflix is offering a freebie of one month's free service.
January 08, 20164 things that could change India in 2016
More people will be literate, on the Internet, linked to the national identification scheme and likely to receive electricity, especially from alternative-energy sources.
January 06, 2016The corporate story of 2015: When minnows humbled the giants
T N Ninan lists a few David-Goliath encounters in the Indian markets, all of which make life interesting, though difficult if you are an investor looking for the next multi-bagger.
January 04, 2016What lies in store for start-ups in 2016?
Every start-up's dream is to become a unicorn.
January 02, 2016Intriguing tale of Pak PM Nawaz Sharif's business empire
The Sharif group's website claims they are worth $300 million in business and $100 million in real estate holdings
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