Business Today Archive March 23, 2008 Issue

Edition: March 23, 2008

Money
When it comes to paying utility bills, use your credit card. It is convenient and rewarding.
In This Issue
It’s been more than a year-and-a-half since Prasad Nimmagadda took the back seat at Matrix Laboratories after he sold his 12.1 per cent stake in the Hyderabad-based pharmaceutical company to Mylan Laboratories.
Special
Writing off farm loans worth Rs 60,000 crore, increasing Income Tax exemptions, slashing excise duties…Finance Minister Chidambaram’s Budget 2008 is aimed at winning votes in an early poll.
Editors note
There are some truly remarkable instances of how Indian companies have dreamt big dreams and then gone on to make them happen in real life.
Editorial
In his best seller good to great, management researcher and writer Jim Collins listed surprisingly simple characteristics that make ‘good’ companies ‘great’.
Top Mind
Netcore Solutions’ free daily SMS update service, MyToday Dailies, has tied up with TV guide portal, ZipAZap.com, to sort, rate, and SMS the best movies to watch on TV (all channels) every evening at no cost to the user. During the pilot test, MyToday Dailies has built a subscriber base of about three million users.
Policy Watch
The Commerce Ministry has finally decided to scrap eight special economic zones (SEZs) already approved in Goa. Also, show cause notices have been issued to nine developers.
Noted

The financial media space is turning vernacular with a vengeance. A recent spate of launches have seen English business daily The Economic Times launch its Hindi edition (it launched a Gujarati edition earlier) and Business Standard launch Hindi and Gujarati editions this year.

Deal Watch
Every month, we bring you a listing of the biggest deals struck by Indian companies in India and abroad. Our partner: global professional services firm Ernst & Young. Here are the deals that were struck in February 2008.
Reporters Diary
Bangalore is set to get its world class airport. But the roads don’t measure up yet.
BT More
When you match food with wine, pay more attention to the sauce (or gravy) because your taste buds will register it first... Take a Chianti, for instance. The Tuscan red wine goes particularly well with fish cooked in tomato or mushroom sauce.
Treadmill
Most of us work at a desk or on a computer, and it’s very easy to slip into poor sitting habits. Make sure you follow proper techniques for sitting, standing and driving.
Printed Circuit
But a very big negative of this wonder device from Logitech is its prohibitive price tag.
People
It was less than three years ago that Ranganath ‘rangu’ Salgame, 46, then the newly-appointed India head of networking giant Cisco, shot into the limelight for attracting over $1-billion investment to expand its local operations.
Trends
The BT 50 index
Current
Another player queues up for a piece of Indian telecom.
Features
The financial logic apart, HDFC Bank will gain massive management bandwidth from its merger with Centurion Bank of Punjab.
Back of the Book
The entry of new players is changing the rules of the game for construction industry workers.
Jobs
In times of surplus career opportunities, here’s how to make the most of it.
Drive
The new Endeavour is great for highway cruising, not for negotiating city roads.
Letters
A good pre-budget analysis - What will he do? Clearly And systematically evaluates the issues, considerations and the approach that is likely to be adopted by the Finance Minister in Budget 2008.

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