As India enters the last year of the Eleventh Five-Year Plan period, it
is certain to miss quite a few key targets. Telecom is an exception.
An opportunity has been wasted in this please-all Budget, says Harsh Goenka of RPG Enterprises.
Healthcare needs have not been adequately addressed, says Dr Prathap C. Reddy of Apollo Hospitals.
All budgets are important, but some budgets are more important than
others. Business Today chooses ten that have had the most impact on the
The inside story of how Indian realty industry has become the repository of illicit money. Its dalliance with black money goes back a long way. The $9-billion deal between Reliance Industries and British oil major BP could open fresh chapters for both. For RIL, the BP deal could mean a way out of its current stagnating situation. For BP, the tie-up comes
as part of its continuing efforts to reposition its operations.
The bug stops here Insects released by an Indian Council of Agricultural Research lab are saving crops worth crores.
Juicy returns Mega food parks are eliminating middlemen from the farm-to-fork chain.
External combustion Leadership in scooters is not enough. Honda has a long way to go in motorcycles.
Rough road ahead Sales of passenger cars in India increased by a third in 2010, but
rising fuel prices and shrinking margins for carmakers mean 2011 may not
be so hot.
Data upswing A Russian conglomerate takes a contrarian stance in India wagering on
mobile data services and, two years later, sticks by that bet.
Long on India Exits dent a valuable venture and private equity business Sequoia Capital built, but the firm is unperturbed.
Highways to prosperity Toll road developers are making the most of the country's ambitious highway expansion plan but challenges remain.
Comic relief The slow-moving comic books and graphic novels space is looking up with the entry of new players and a rise in interest.
Plugging the grain drain Karnataka launches unique clean-up drive against bogus ration cards and fake LPG connections.
Bare-knuckled wireless Telecom business models get ready for an overhaul as pressures of maintaining margins - and, indeed, survival - mount.
Batting for the Minnows Sponsorships of lesser-known teams in the ICC World Cup are going for a song, and Indian companies are cashing in.
Anatomy of a scam The behind-the-scenes story of how former telecom minister A. Raja manipulated government rules to rob the exchequer. Healthy skin and hair can boost your personality and self-confidence at the workplace. Joseph Baladi is not going to be very popular with Asian CEOs after this book, says Harish Bijoor It is now critical to nurture individuals through their primary and
tertiary education journeys by providing them life skills that combine
core hard skills like vocational skills, with soft skills like mindsets,
aspirations, and values.
Cuts like a knife Pranab-da may or may not be a Bryan Adams fan, but let us hope his
Budget does better than this for India's infrastructure sector.
Youth key to agri transformation M.S. Swaminathan says the future of agriculture depends on youth in farming; and on providing the economy
and power of scale to farm families operating small and marginal
holdings. Can tying up help Nokia and Microsoft stay relevant in the world of mobile devices? Playing with India Inc.'s leading lights, lady pros from India and
abroad added competitiveness and glamour to the 16th BT-Honda Pro-Am of
Champions. Balanced funds provide the best of both equity and debt, enabling the
investor to maximise profits or cut losses in a volatile market.
Looking beyond borders Buoyed by liquidity, global funds have beaten domestic ones over the
past six months. The rally is expected to continue, especially for
commodity funds. In an attempt to control the scale of protests in the country, the then
reigning Egyptian dictator, Hosni Mubarak, pulled the plug off the
Internet for five days.
'India is my no. 1 global sourcing destination' F. Thaddeus Arroyo, Chief Information Officer of telecom giant AT&T,
was among the most sought after executives at the recently concluded
NASSCOM India Leadership Forum in Mumbai.
BT Retro The Sensex P-E has been quoting at a premium to other emerging market
indices. Analysts feel the India growth story justifies the premium.
5 steps to here Crude crosses $100 again
Caught and bowled India's passion for cricket is the lifeline of the world cricket
economy. But according to the TAM ratings, TV viewership of the sport
has plunged in the past few years.
On record I am conscious about personal
responsibility. I feel about it… I don't say I have never made a
mistake. But I am not that big a culprit as is being made out.
The 10 most watched ads With all the hype and hoopla around the World Cup and mobile number
portability, or MNP, corporate India was expected to launch high decibel
promotional campaigns around these events.
Should the RBI persist with a high interest rate regime to tame inflation? Most agree that a hard interest rate regime may not yield the desired results for the Reserve Bank of India, or RBI.
Deal watch The Aditya Birla Group will acquire a 100 per cent stake in Columbian
Chemicals, an Atlanta-based carbon black producer, from One Equity
Partners for Rs 4,006.6 crore ($875 million).
Numbers of note Rs 2,000 cr Equity sought from the government by Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi for financially-troubled Air India.
Small screen, big stakes TV manufacturers are betting big on the World Cup to drive sales but Team India will have to deliver on the field.
Find out the meaning of a new business word: Elvis Year What it means: The peak of popularity of a product or a phenomenon.
Get cracking on reforms Manmohan Singh must recover the spirit of 1991 and become a reformer
again to restore the credibility of his government, argues Gurcharan
A taxing resolve The Central government pushes ahead with India's most ambitious indirect
tax reform, the Goods and Services Tax, but it will not be smooth
Review A new laptop from the Acer stable and the fourth iteration of the BlackBerry Bold. Today, MapmyIndia navigation devices - available at Rs 8,000 upwards -
have local address information relating to 18 Indian cities. Director, Lite Bite Foods; and Vice Chairman, Dabur Foods Amit Burman talks about what works for him. If the state of markets at the start of 2011 is any indication, the
See-saw Sensex (BT cover, March 6) may continue in that mode throughout
the year. But there is no need to panic. In the hunt for talent, many Indian organisations are arming themselves
with a formal strategy to employ and retain women, says a study. Bihar Finance Minister Sushil Kumar Modi admires Pranabda but cannot help criticising some of his budget proposals. Pranab Mukherjee's latest budget speech listed some welcome steps like a
million-a-day Aadhar numbers, a roster of delayed financial
legislation, and the first stabs at routing cash subsidies directly to
the poor. By and large, however, it was a safe budget.
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