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  • Gujarat is India's new factory hub, a Narendra Modi gameplan that could vault it ahead of other states.Is Gujarat setting an example for other states?Read comment | Post comment
  • An insight into Narendra Modi's hard-nosed management style for the state of Gujarat - one that Corporate India swears by. Is Modi the most development-oriented CM?Read comment | Post comment
  • There is discontent on the ground that the Gujarat state administration has done little to grease the cogs of SME eco-system even while moving decisively on big infrastructure projects - mostly helping large businesses.Is the Modi government doing enough for SMEs?Read comment | Post comment
  • Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi tells Business Today in a wide-ranging interview that policy and process make a heady development cocktail.Is Modi the most development-oriented CM?Read comment | Post comment
Jan 23, 2011
Focus Etcetera


Last fortnight, General Motors recalled over 100,000 Cadillac CTS models in the US to fix a problem with the deployment of airbags in these models.

Lessons in wealth creation

Stocks of public sector firms have performed better than their private sector peers even as MNCs have fallen out of favour with investors.

The 10 most watched ads in November 2010

The stage seems set for some high voltage promotional campaigns of 3G services by telecom giants.

On record

"I sincerely believe that, like Caesar's wife, the Prime Minister should be above suspicion, " Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the All-India Congress Committee plenary session in New Delhi. 

Is Prime Minister Manmohan Singh culpable in the 2G spectrum scam?

The report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, or CAG, with its severe indictment of A. Raja's role as Telecom Minister, has clearly embarrassed the Congress.

Biggest deals of the year 2010

Sunil Mittal is now busy building a global footprint for his group. Bharti Airtel acquired Zain Group's mobile services operation, Zain Africa BV, in the blockbuster deal of the year with an enterprise value of Rs  50,389 crore ($10.7 billion).


Microsoft does make good software for camera Apple. We also check out new Android devices.

Unravelling food inflation

The government must learn lessons from its failures to chalk out a sound strategy for reining in volatility in food prices.

Chainsaw consultant

What it means: An external consultant bought in to reduce headcount in an organisation.

Not the best recipe

SEBI's Jalan Committee recommendations will perpetuate the monopoly of the National Stock Exchange, argues Joseph Massey.

BT Retro

Wal-Mart has developed a network of suppliers in the country and India has emerged as an important supplier of textiles, apparel, home products and jewellery to the world's largest retailer.

5 steps to here

Metro's eight successful year in Delhi.
Money Honey, I shrank the house

Honey, I shrank the house

Affordable housing is the catchword now, but does it make sense to buy a studio or one-bedroom apartment?

Infra Funds: Growth ahead

Infrastructure funds are likely to do well despite their poor performance since 2008.
Event A tale of two cities

A tale of two cities

The Business Today-Honda Pro-Am of Champions ended an action-packed year with a weekend in Kolkata followed by Bangalore.
Technology Piggy killer!

Piggy killer!

Someone should set up Angry Birds' Addicts Anonymous soon.
Book Decisions! Decisions!

Decisions! Decisions!

Paul Rogers, co-author and Managing Partner for the UK office of Bain & Co, the consultants, talks about the secret sauce of business decisions in an email interview with Saumya Bhattacharya.
Features Piped water, unlimited

Piped water, unlimited

A desalination plant coupled with a new business model boosts Chennai's water supply.

Cognizant, frankly

Malcolm Frank bootstrapped Cognizant - from crafting a 10,000-foot strategy to executing it daily.

Wanted: Another lease of life

Tata Steel's raw materials edge could be blunted by the demands of its European empire unless it gets hold of new reserves.

India's electronics renaissance

The exploding electronics market in India is catalysing the establishment of a range of diverse start-ups. According to estimates, there are some 1,000 companies now operating in this market, scattered around the country.
Leadership Spotlight Leaderspeak with Rohinton 'ronnie' Screwvala

Leaderspeak with Rohinton 'ronnie' Screwvala

The Founding Chairman and CEO of UTV Group Rohinton 'ronnie' Screwvala talks about what works for him.
People People Business

People Business

Starring Burberry Global CEO Angela Ahrendts, CEO Uday Sodhi, Opera Software co-founder Jon S. von Tetzchner, Idea Cellular MD Sanjeev Aga, IBM Dakh CEO Pavan Vaish and Toyota Motor President Akio Toyoda.
Executive Health Posture for a healthy back

Posture for a healthy back

That slouch is not just painful. You could be inviting early spinal degeneration.
Jobs Salary hikes to get better

Salary hikes to get better

Jobs are back and so are hefty increments.
Special 'Flood the System'

'Flood the System'

The mandate of the Public Health Foundation of India is to redress the limited institutional capacity in India for training, research and policy development in public health, says  K.Srinath Reddy, President of the PHFI.

Oh! For an ounce of prevention

More than the best doctors and new medicine, the poor need safe and clean environments to stay healthy.

A badly needed shot in the arm

Health insurance that empowers the insured is the need of the day.

Good hair day

Dr Batra has homeopathic treatments for everything from constipation to baldness.

No-frills deliverer

Vaatsalya Healthcare has a no-frills model that does not compromise on quality.

Just what the vaid ordered

An ex-banker is exploiting the potential in ayurveda.

Stay fit with short stays

Columbia Asia's hospitals aim to deliver what most of India needs: skilled and affordable care.

Minimally invasive

Nova Medical Centres focuses on making minor surgeries quicker and less painful on the pocket.

Health critical

Keeping more people healthy in the hinterlands is a compelling business proposition.
Columns Goods and Services Tax: 'A disastrous step'

Goods and Services Tax: 'A disastrous step'

The implementation of the Goods and Services Tax is still mired in controversy and the govt, in attempting to accommodate the objections of the states, has completely distorted this levy.
Editors note From the Editor

From the Editor

The Gujarat of Mohandas Gandhi and Vallabhbhai Patel has just turned fifty, and some would say that Narendra Modi is merely riding on the crest of centuries of entrepreneurial verve.
Letters Reader's forum

Reader's forum

India Central: How We Got Here, And What Lies Ahead (BT, 19th anniversary issue, January 9) is a magisterial account of our economic history and the progress we have made since the early '90s.
Columns 'We hope to spur Indian design innovation'

'We hope to spur Indian design innovation'

Autodesk's Chief Executive Officer Carl Bass wants to focus his attention on education and increase the reach of his products.
Interviews 'Digital business is our first priority'

'Digital business is our first priority'

The French communications and advertising combine, Maurice Levy is one of the most powerful players in world advertising. On a recent visit to India, Levy spoke to BT's Anusha Subramanian. Edited excerpts:
Reporters Diary The real story

The real story

A tour of the sets of a reality TV show proves to be more fascinating than the eventual telecast.