Business Today Archive October 7, 2007 Issue

Edition: October 7, 2007

Cover Story

The 25 most powerful women in Indian business

Listings are horribly hard to put together. This one is more so. For one, how does one measure power? For another, when there are so many talented and successful women in Indian business, how does one zero in on the 25 most powerful? The first question is relatively easy to answer.
Money
Corporate Head Ramesh Khanna, 58, (name changed) plans to retire by 2008, but with a current expense of around Rs 12 lakh, his corpus is a wee-bit short.
In This Issue

It’s raining steel plants, OR, at least, MoUs to set them up, in Jharkhand, Orissa and Chhattisgarh.  At last count, the states had signed MoUs worth Rs 5.4 lakh crore

Editors note
It isn’t a big surprise that 10 of the 25 women on the fourth Business Today Most Powerful Women in Indian Business have earned their spurs in banking or finance. Our three previous listings have also reflected similar proportions.
Editorial
Pyjama cricket, the pejorative used by purists to describe the limited overs version when it was born about 30 years ago, now has a new form—Twenty20.
Top Mind
Reinventing Indian Standard Time.
Policy Watch
RBI’S preoccupation with combating inflation is well known, and so, it was only natural for RBI Deputy Governor Rakesh Mohan to compliment his organisation in a recent conference in Mumbai, when inflation fell to a low of under 4 per cent on September 1.
News Maker
The unabated bull run on the stock markets has resulted in many an investor laughing all the way to the bank. The listing of Motilal Oswal Financial Services (MOFSL) was another reason for them to rejoice.
Noted
LIC has  declared a higher bonus for its policy holders, on the back of a 22 per cent rise in its valuation surplus to Rs 15,127 in 2006-07.
Reporters Diary
Through a series of pilot projects across the country, Intel and its 74-year-old Chairman Craig R. Barrett want to take computing to the masses. Business Today’s Kushan Mitra travelled with Barrett to see one such project.
Book
Could China and India become the new IT partners? Two Gartner analysts seem to think so.
BT More
Modern digital cameras can confuse all but the most knowledgeable. We guide you through the minefield of jargon and specs and tells you what to look for in these machines.
People
Early this month, when Sunil Bharti Mittal, in an interview with the Times of India, mentioned that many telcos had quit during an adverse phase, while his own brand grew against all odds, it raised the hackles of Rajya Sabha MP and former promoter of BPL Mobile, Rajeev Chandrasekhar.
Leadership Spotlight
At 63, most company executives would be considered to be past their prime. Not so Ravi Kant, MD of Tata Motors, who took over as President of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) on September 5.
Trends
The differences between the UPA government and the LEFT parties over the India-US nuclear deal seem to be pushing the country towards mid-term general elections.
Current
Just when it was beginning to look like India’s largest private sector company isn’t in a mood to participate in the frenzy to buy out international assets, it decided to grab a piece of the global action. Two pieces actually.
Features
Bajaj Auto has accused TVS Motors of stealing its technology, a charge it has denied. TVS, which is doing badly in bikes, is entering the three-wheeler market that is dominated by Bajaj. Which way is this battle headed?
Back of the Book
Online buying has come a long way. Virtual assistants and celebrity recos are just some of the cool new features. Pallavi Srivastava trawled the internet to shortlist the 10 best online stores.
Jobs
The excitement and glamour of advertising is luring professionals from the unlikeliest of fields. Dumping their “safe” jobs and (often) better remunerations, doctors, IT consultants, hospitality industry professionals and rural marketers are all heading to the organised chaos of advertising.
Drive
An SUV might never see off-road action in its lifetime, but they are ideal for India’s potholed roads. We feature some of the most popular utes in the market.
Letters
It is admirable the way you have put together India’s Best B-schools issue (BT, September 23, 2007). At the same time, year after year, the same schools steal the show, like the Indian Institutes of Management.
Event
Top-shot executives pick up valuable business lessons during the Microsoft Corporate Challenge 2007.

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