Business Today Archive Nov 13, 2011 Issue

Edition: Nov 13, 2011

Cover Story

BT500 2011 list a treasure trove

BT500 2011 list a treasure trove

The 2011 edition of the 'India's Most Valuable Companies' offers just one listing of the private firms and PSUs. The most comprehensive ranking reflects a new world where investors reward, or punish, companies in proportion to the value (shareholder wealth) they create or destroy; ownership is incidental.
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Money
Investing overseas, especially in some east Asian countries, could make you richer.
Editors note
"Any corporate listing is a beauty parade," the very first BT listing said back in March 1992. If you trawl through the 20 listings we have published since then, you will get a very good idea of what enduring "good books" look like.
Reporters Diary
The backdrop of many successful Hindi films, Punjab takes centrestage with its own string of hits.
Book
Mashelkar sets forth a route map for young scientists.
People
Starring: Jonty Rhodes, Ajay Chacko, Olivier Bernheim, Joshua Schulman, Steve Felice
Leadership Spotlight
Bosch's MD V.K. Viswanathan on his leadership style
Features
Growing mistrust sours yet another joint venture as Unitech and Telenor slug it out in the courts. Unitech Wireless has dragged Telenor to the Company Law Board, a quasi-judicial body which deals with corporate disputes, alleging mismanagement of the joint venture's operations.
BT More
While travel liberates you, shopping in a foreign land can, at times, be disconcerting, depending on the strength of the currency in question.
Jobs
There are advantages in taking up temporary employment.
Letters
With the global economy facing the threat of a slowdown, your cover story (The Rainmaker, Oct 30) is timely for the IT industry. Hats off to Francisco D'Souza for turning the fortunes of Cognizant around.
Event
The oldest pro-am in the country - BT-Honda Pro-Am of Champions - hits the road for the 17th year.
Technology
Low-cost need not necessarily mean low value. There are some relatively cheap tablets that do not compromise on performance. But unfortunately many low-cost tablets are low-value as well.
Focus
India's economic situation today is reminiscent of late 2008 when Lehman Brothers collapsed. Inflation is high and the interest rate is being hiked to combat it. If you think this year is bad, wait till the next one comes around.
Chiaroscuro
New wheels for tech town: Bangalore becomes the first city in south India to get a modern metro system. One up on Delhi, the network provides Wi-Fi connectivity on-board, in keeping with the city's image as the one that stole tech jobs from the West.
Smart executive
Self-awareness is needed to turn confrontation into consensus.

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