Business Today Archive July 27, 2008 Issue

Edition: July 27, 2008

Money
The stock market’s massive fall has been swift, sharp and painful. Experts believe there’s going to be more pain before it settles down. Yet, predicting its bottom is like catching a falling knife.
In This Issue
He’s in expansion mode. After reconquering the paper market, which BILT, his flagship company, had long dominated and then lost, he has branched into agriculture and farming. From being a fringe member of the Thapar family to the head of its most powerful branch, Gautam Thapar has come a long way.
Special
Fortunes are made or lost on Dalal Street every day. So, who are the analysts fund managers swear by? BT presents its fifth annual survey of India’s Best Equity Analysts.
Editors note
With inflation at 11.63 per cent (at the time of writing) and rising, it is hardly surprising that the Indian middle class consumer is pinching her pennies. With sharply rising interest rates on loans to finance everything-from homes and cars to two-wheelers, personal computers and holidays-it's no wonder that the credit culture embraced by consumers in a happier, low-interest rate regime not so long ago is now finding few or no takers.
Editorial
If you are one of India’s middle class consumers, chances are you are beginning to tighten your pursestrings. After all, we’ve gone from ‘India Unstoppable’ to ‘India Plummeting’ in just a few months.
Top Mind
What it is not: It is not the millions of insects that came with the monsoons, which have been crunched in an oil press.
Policy Watch
The government is all set to withdraw the concessions extended to embattled exporters last year in the wake of the rising rupee.
News Maker
A former wrestler, who  has been floored several times in the political arena, Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav suddenly appears to have found redemption for his sagging political fortunes, which were being singed by UP Chief Minister Mayawati.
BT More
They may watch cricket, but when it comes to playing a sport themselves, India’s rich and famous choose golf over all others. So, why not invest in a luxury home with a private golf course?
Reporters Diary
It could well be the most sought-after stretch of land in India. Five global car majors, two commercial vehicle companies, one tractor manufacturer, three earth moving equipment companies, a tyre major and over 100 auto parts producers have either made it their home or will do so soon. A 45-km-long corridor near Chennai is on its way to becoming one of the largest automobile centres in the world. N. Madhavan checks it out.
Book
Two Bain consultants on what managers need to know to produce results quickly.
Treadmill
Dumb-bells and barbells, the two main constituents of free weights, are believed to help maintain proper form during workouts.
Printed Circuit
The Bose Computer MusicMonitor delivers great sound, compactness and ease of operation, but it is a tad expensive.
People
Microsoft India’s former Managing Director Rajiv Kaul; Great Lakes Institute of Management’s Bala V. Balachandran; R-ADAG’s Anil Singhvi; Lakshmi N. Mittal, Chairman and CEO, ArcelorMittal; Quatrro’s Raman Roy and SPIC Group’s A. C. Muthiah.
Trends
The BT 50 index
Current
If it all goes as intended, in the next 8 to 10 months Hyderabad could have a place in a special economic zone (SEZ) for small and mid-size IT and IT-enabled services companies, arguably the first such initiative in the country.
Features
The Manmohan Singh government’s performance can, at best, be labelled ‘middling’. With general elections due within the next 6-8 months, we take a look at the UPA's report card.
Letters
The BT-Nielsen ranking of India’s top business schools (BT, July 13) highlights the state of B-school education in the country. Barring the top dozen B-schools or so, and these include the IIMs, there are not enough quality management schools in India.

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