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Devika Bulchandani has shattered the glass ceiling for good

Devika Bulchandani has shattered the glass ceiling for good

Rediff.com21 Sep 2022

'Devika is a people's person, who simply loves what she does. This reflects in her work; the insights she brings to the table and the way she interacts with people and clients. She has the demeanour of a good captain. Her success is well-deserved.'

NDTV posted highest-ever profit in a decade in FY22

NDTV posted highest-ever profit in a decade in FY22

Rediff.com5 Sep 2022

Media company New Delhi Television (NDTV) recorded its highest-ever consolidated profit at the group level in over a decade for financial year 2021-22 (FY22), said co-chairpersons Radhika Roy and Prannoy Roy in the firm's latest annual report. Addressing shareholders, the Roys, founder-promoters of NDTV, said the company had emerged financially strong in FY22, continuing the turnaround of recent years. "Both the television and digital branches of the NDTV group reported their highest-ever profit. NDTV Ltd (television arm) recorded a profit of Rs 59.18 crore.

Adani-NDTV battle: Minority shareholders gain focus

Adani-NDTV battle: Minority shareholders gain focus

Rediff.com1 Sep 2022

In the centre of an ownership battle with Adani Group, New Delhi Television (NDTV) can prevent a takeover by the group if it can buy more shares from public shareholders, corporate lawyers told Business Standard. On Tuesday, the media arm of Adani Group said it had exercised rights to acquire an indirect stake of 29.18 per cent in NDTV through conversion of loans into equity in a promoter group entity of NDTV. This will trigger a mandatory open offer for an additional 26 per cent stake in NDTV, even as the broadcaster said its founder promoters had neither consented to the exercise of rights nor was any conversation or input given on the matter.

Aamir Vs Akshay: Who Will Win BO Battle?

Aamir Vs Akshay: Who Will Win BO Battle?

Rediff.com10 Aug 2022

This is the fourth time in three decades that Aamir Khan and Akshay Kumar have had movie releases on the same day.

Funding winter hits start-up advertising spend across properties

Funding winter hits start-up advertising spend across properties

Rediff.com6 Aug 2022

A long and bitter funding winter in the start-up world is beginning to take its toll on start-up advertising across properties. Earlier this week, Mastercard replaced Paytm as the title sponsor for all international and domestic cricket matches organised by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). But this is just one part of the story. The other side is that organisers of high-impact shows and events on Hindi general entertainment channels, too, are feeling the winter chill.

L&T CEO Subrahmanyan gets 115% jump in salary in FY22 as business grows

L&T CEO Subrahmanyan gets 115% jump in salary in FY22 as business grows

Rediff.com14 Jul 2022

Engineering giant Larsen & Toubro (L&T) handed out a pay cheque of Rs 61.27 crore to its chief executive officer (CEO) and managing director (MD) SN Subrahmanyan in the last financial year (FY22), which is a near 115 per cent hike over FY21, as executive compensation at India Inc comes under sharp focus after two years of Covid-19. In fact, the total compensation of L&T's executive directors (including Subrahmanyan) in FY22 was 120 to 670 times the median remuneration of the company's employees, data from its FY22 annual report shows. This points to sharp hikes that the top management saw in their remuneration during the period, experts in human resources said. In FY21, L&T's executive compensation was 56 to 337 times the median remuneration of company employees.

Hindi Box Office Collects Rs 1,716 Crores!

Hindi Box Office Collects Rs 1,716 Crores!

Rediff.com5 Jul 2022

'The second half of 2022 definitely looks stronger for Bollywood.'

L&T plans to exit road, power concessions, incubate digital business

L&T plans to exit road, power concessions, incubate digital business

Rediff.com30 May 2022

Engineering giant Larsen & Toubro (L&T) is looking to divest its exposure to road and power concessions and incubate digital and e-commerce businesses as part of its new five-year plan ending 2025-26 (FY26). The base year for the plan is 2020-21 (FY21). The blueprint, called Lakshya 2026, is intended to help the company exit sub-scale businesses, concentrate on high-technology (tech) manufacturing, construction and green energy projects, and increase its share from information technology (IT) and digital services. The lending operations of the financial services business, meanwhile, will be reorganised, with focus on retail lending.

Power crisis: Gencos may not switch on idle units soon

Power crisis: Gencos may not switch on idle units soon

Rediff.com9 May 2022

Power generating companies (gencos) that use imported coal to produce electricity, may find it difficult to switch on their idle units immediately in the wake of high fuel costs, several players have told Business Standard. Recently, the Union power ministry had invoked Section 11 of the Electricity Act mandating all imported coal-based plants to generate power at full capacity. However, some generating companies that use imported coal, argue that it is simply unviable for them to produce power when the price of coal in the international market is high, while the per-unit price of power has been capped at Rs 12 per unit on the domestic power exchange.

Box Office May Cross Rs 500 Crore For Second Month In A Row

Box Office May Cross Rs 500 Crore For Second Month In A Row

Rediff.com16 Apr 2022

'A good pipeline of movies is fuelling this trend of revenge consumption.'

Why urban poor remain a worry for FMCG companies

Why urban poor remain a worry for FMCG companies

Rediff.com7 Jul 2021

As the second wave of the pandemic ebbs and the daily caseload falls, the struggles of the urban poor have come into focus. Many have suffered income and job losses after two successive waves. The second wave, in particular, has seen the poor being hit hard on account of lack of medical and financial help. For the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies this has meant that an important segment is under severe distress.

Colgate-Palmolive ready to ride the herbal wave

Colgate-Palmolive ready to ride the herbal wave

Rediff.com21 Jun 2021

Colgate-Palmolive India is placing greater emphasis on freshness, whitening, therapeutic, and family toothpastes, as rivals such as Dabur and Patanjali dominate the growing naturals segment of the market. Once under 5 per cent of the Rs 10,000-crore domestic toothpaste market, the naturals segment, which includes ayurvedic and herbal variants, is now 25-30 per cent of the market, industry executives said. Growth rates of the naturals segment are estimated to be in the region of 8-9 per cent in volume terms. In value terms, the growth rate for naturals is around 10-12 per cent, sector experts said.

Despite Covid surge, TV advertising volumes rise 64% YoY

Despite Covid surge, TV advertising volumes rise 64% YoY

Rediff.com18 Jun 2021

Advertising on television continued to show momentum in May despite the surge in Covid-19 infections and the temporary suspension of the Indian Premier League (IPL), a high-impact television property. The data shared by the Broadcast Audience Research Council of India (BARC) on Thursday shows that advertising volumes in May were up 64 per cent year-on-year. However, there was a marginal dip sequentially, that is, in comparison to April 2021, when advertising had touched a record high owing to the start of the summer season and the return of the IPL to India after being held in the United Arab Emirates in 2020.

Heineken can now buy extra stake in United Breweries

Heineken can now buy extra stake in United Breweries

Rediff.com9 Jun 2021

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) on Tuesday said that the proposed additional stake buy in United Breweries (UB) by Dutch major Heineken does not raise any competition concerns, effectively clearing the deal. In its order, the CCI said, "It is submitted that the proposed transaction does not give rise to competition concerns regardless of delineation of the relevant market for the purpose of this filing." UB is the country's largest beer company, while Heineken is the world's second-largest brewer after Anheuser-Busch (AB) InBev.

How much did Zee earn from Radhe?

How much did Zee earn from Radhe?

Rediff.com4 Jun 2021

Zee is estimated to have paid around Rs 225 crore for the complete rights of Radhe. The total revenue that it may earn could be around Rs 135 crore, implying a shortfall of Rs 90 crore.

'Taming the virus is like fighting a war; all have to pitch in'

'Taming the virus is like fighting a war; all have to pitch in'

Rediff.com11 May 2021

'I remain optimistic that 2021 will be better than 2020 because we have visibility of vaccinations this year.'

Home appliance cos seek place on essential items' list

Home appliance cos seek place on essential items' list

Rediff.com3 May 2021

Some companies argue that the culture of staying, working and learning at home will persist for a while, altering lifestyle habits of consumers.

April likely to be a washout for appliances as fresh Covid-19 curbs hit biz

April likely to be a washout for appliances as fresh Covid-19 curbs hit biz

Rediff.com22 Apr 2021

Maharashtra, which contributes between 12 and 15 per cent of appliances sales, announced lockdown-like curbs, meaning there will be no business for the second half of the month as well from the state.

'Covid or not, show must go on'

'Covid or not, show must go on'

Rediff.com19 Apr 2021

'Post-Covid world will be different from the pre-Covid world.'

Six years after Maggi controversy, Marico serves up instant noodles

Six years after Maggi controversy, Marico serves up instant noodles

Rediff.com20 Feb 2021

The move is significant since it signals the growing importance of foods in Marico's overall strategy. It also comes six months after Marico stepped into honey, a Rs 1,500-crore category dominated by players such as Dabur.

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