Business Today Archive June 1, 2008 Issue

Edition: June 1, 2008

Cover Story

Will cricket's new czars rake in the moolah?

Hard-nosed and uber-successful tycoons like Mukesh Ambani,Vijay Mallya and others paid millions for their IPL teams and players. The revenues they earn by way of ticket sales, team sponsorships, merchandising, etc., are expected to rise each year, thus making it easier for them to become profitable as the years go by. BT's Shamni Pande and Tejeesh N.S. Behl report.
Money
It has been a good recovery for the stock markets so far. Whether stock markets rise or fall, smart money will always chase sound stocks. Here’s what you should keep an eye on.
In This Issue
With the business environment getting more competitive, advertising agencies are redrawing job profiles to tap deeper into the talent pool.
Special
Can information technology be transformational? Without doubt, yes. And here are 20 examples to prove it. Our annual listing of the most IT-savvy outfits in the country.
Editors note
The Indian Premier League (IPL) is now in the "middle overs", and, by all accounts, is already a massive hit. If there was a question mark, it was over how the eight franchise owners-among them such big names of India Inc. as Mukesh Ambani, Vijay Mallya, Ness Wadia and others-and Sony Entertainment Television (SET), the official broadcaster, would recover their investments.
Editorial
The Indian Premier League has already claimed its first high-profile casualty. Vijay Mallya, owner of the Royal Challengers Bangalore team, has sacked Charu Sharma, CEO of the franchise, following the poor performance of the team in the first half of the tournament.
Policy Watch
A desperate government has resorted to drastic measures to tackle inflation. Its latest salvo is the decision to ban futures trading in four commodities— potato, soya oil, chana and rubber.
News Maker
Over the last four years, Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss, a qualified medical doctor, has been in the news for reasons more wrong than right.
Noted
Relaxed: By RBI, lending norms for infrastructure projects to encourage banks to earmark more funds for core sector projects.
BT More
Stop reading books on wines to increase your grape quotient. Go on any of these five amazing wine tours around the world. Call your travel agent. Pronto!
Book
Globalisation and geopolitics will intertwine and become the new global paradigm this century.
Treadmill
VO2 max is the maximal volume of oxygen that the body can consume during intensive exercise while breathing at sea level.
Printed Circuit
Flat Panel TVs are getting cheaper, so maybe, it’s time you bought one. Here’s a ready reckoner.
People
Ravi Singh, CEO & Founder of Election Mall Technologies Inc.; Bharti Airtel’s Gopal Vittal; Ashwin Kapur, Executive Director, Atlas Laboratories & Pharmaceuticals; Ford India’s Michael Boneham; NCDEX CEO & MD R. Ramaseshan and Videocon’s K.R. Kim.
Trends
Much has been said about how India's top executives take home large salaries. We take a glance at the top companies by market capitalization in the world's top economies and see what their bosses make.
Current
Dr Reddy’s makes three niche acquisitions in 30 days.
Features
While India Inc. had managed to avert a sharp deceleration in its topline and bottomline growth in the first three quarters of fiscal 2008, it’s the last quarter that perhaps gives a clear picture of where they are headed. Hit by higher input prices and interest rates, corporate earnings growth was down sharply in the last quarter of 2007-08. Now with derivatives losses growing, India Inc. faces anxious times ahead.
Jobs
High compensation awaits clinical research professionals.
Letters

Your cover story Real Estate, Correction or Crash? was timely, as a churn is already evident in the realty space in the country. It gave a clear picture of the actual situation prevailing in the different regions, metros and peripheral towns, and put in perspective all the factors affecting realty prices.


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