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May 01, 2011
Focus Find out what Warren Buffett, Sushma Swaraj and Mukesh Ambani said in the last fortnight

Find out what Warren Buffett, Sushma Swaraj and Mukesh Ambani said in the last fortnight

'In the first world, people donate to build a baseball stadium. In India we have to decide for ourselves what we want out of philanthropy. It is not for the Americans to tell us,' says Yusuf Hamied.

India's and the world's most talked-about CEOs

Mukesh Ambani tops the list of India's and the world's most talked-about CEOs in March.

Find out the meaning of a new business word: Bloatation

What it means: Filling non-essential positions instead of recruiting core staff. It usually occurs just before bankruptcy.

Reviews: Samsung Wave 2, SonyEricsson Xperia Play

Latest mobile devices from Samsung and Sony Ericsson.

New bank licences may have many pitfalls: Rana Kapoor

Consolidation will deliver the goal of financial inclusion rather than new bank licences, says Rana Kapoor.

What is nuclear meltdown?

Nuclear meltdown' is an informal term for a nuclear reactor accident, from overheating.

Outdoor advertising in India finally arrives

Outdoor advertising is about 17 per cent of the Rs 266 billion Indian advertising industry. It is expected to grow at 12 per cent plus for the next few years.

Essar energy's global footprint

Essar Energy announces the launch of a $500 million convertible bonds issue to raise funds for its future acquisitions.

Census 2011 shows India's demographic dividend

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Numbers of note

70 million The estimated DTH subscriber base by 2015.

Premiums for motor insurance cover to go up

A new directive from the insurance regulator is set to increase premiums for motor insurance cover.

Majority agree that Japan crisis will weigh down stocks in Asia?

Concerns over the impact of the Japanese crisis on the global economy had dragged down Asian stock markets.

India is one of the fastest-growing markets: Andrew M. Miller

Andrew M. Miller, President and CEO of Polycom, a leading player in communications solutions, visited Delhi for the first time recently to inaugurate a demo lab in Gurgaon. He spoke to BT's Sunny Sen on how communications is changing worldwide.

Lokpal Bill: Anna Hazare's crusade against corruption

Anna Hazare's fast has brought back the spotlight on the shortcomings of the Lokpal Bill.
Features Tough road ahead for Dell, HP

Tough road ahead for Dell, HP

Apple's rise has caught both HP and Dell flatfooted, and now both are scrambling to make up for lost time. Leo Apotheker and Michael Dell are re-inventing their companies to stay relevant but it is a tough ask.

Soaring oil prices can push inflation rate up

The political unrest in the West in the past few months sent crude prices soaring. This will impact the macroeconomic scenario in India as high international crude prices stoke inflation and also substantially raise the risk of a rise in the fiscal deficit.

A new online portal for admission to colleges

Vishal Shah's new portal has convinced many educational institutions to go online with their application forms.

India's teleradiology companies thrive

India's teleradiology companies, which decipher scans and X-rays from across the world, are thriving, but they need to spot the next growth curve.

Private players bet on education for big returns

Despite regulatory risks, the education space is seeing corporate-style business models emerge as private players pour in funds for big returns.

Large number of colleges are run by politicians, builders: V. Raghunathan

V. Raghunatha discusses the problems of the Right to Education Act and on the regulatory issues in higher education.

South Korean steel maker Posco expanding its reach in India

The South Korean steel maker's business agenda for India goes beyond the eastern state.

Golden Quadrilateral to connect four metros

The construction of the Golden Quadrilateral is complete, but for just 40 km. N. Madhavan and photographer Nishikant Gamre take a ride in a truck from Chennai to Mumbai to check it out.

Brands betting big on cricket post Team India's World Cup win

Team India's successful World Cup campaign will see more money pouring into the game.

Business Confidence Survey: Why business loves inflation

Prices of clothes sold at Future Group's retail stores have gone up for the first time in 15 years. At least some shoppers should have turned away. Instead, MD and CEO Kishore Biyani says he is "very surprised to see" consumers getting used to inflation-led pricing. The first BT-C fore Business Confidence Survey shows that rapidly rising prices are not a big worry because consumption demand remains strong.

An insider view on Mahatma Gandhi NREGS

An insider view on the workings of the UPA government's blockbuster social security scheme.

Rivals say WPP commoditised the business: Sir Martin Sorrell

Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP, says everyone is creative, even financial people, sometimes they can be too creative.

Prof Jagdish Bhagwati advises PM on economy

Prof Jagdish Bhagwati says is globalisation the integration of national economies into the international economy.
Corporate Growing fortunes fuel appetite for private jets

Growing fortunes fuel appetite for private jets

The private jets market in India takes off, buoyed by the growing number of billionaires and their expanding business interests. India has the maximum number of private jets in Asia.
Technology 3G sevices disappoint

3G sevices disappoint

3G services disappoint but Wi-Fi could power your data. The future might not be 3G or broadband wireless, but may lie in Wi-Fi.
Drive The Rs 12.5 crore machine - Koenigsegg Agera

The Rs 12.5 crore machine - Koenigsegg Agera

The Koenigsegg Agera costs Rs 12,50,00,000, says Kushan Mitra.

General Motors India Managing Director Karl Slym on future plans

General Motors India Managing Director Karl Slym speaks to Kushan Mitra about the carmaker's growth over the past few years and plans for 2011.
Jobs Don't get trapped by fancy designations at work

Don't get trapped by fancy designations at work

Salary hikes are just around the corner. Expecting to move up the designation ladder? Here's why you should go for job profiles and not titles.

BT-TeamLease Employment Outlook Report: Recruiters aggressive on hiring

Large companies hanker after leadership talent, SMEs scout for foot soldiers, says Shamni Pande.
Book Review of book China Inside Out: 10 irreversible trends reshaping China and its relationship with the world

Review of book China Inside Out: 10 irreversible trends reshaping China and its relationship with the world

The author points to the grime and sorrow behind the glitz, says Kirit Parikh
People People business

People business

Among the privileged few who had interactions with Warren Buffett when he visited India in March, was Aryaman Dalmia,who met the billionaire investor for a full 15 minutes.
Leadership Spotlight Leadership style with Francisco D'souza

Leadership style with Francisco D'souza

President & CEO, Cognizant Technology Solutions Francisco D'souza talks about his leadership style.
Insurance Insure yourself while travelling

Insure yourself while travelling

Travel insurance should not be viewed as avoidable expenditure.
Letters 'An oft-bandied number holds caution for New Business Families'

'An oft-bandied number holds caution for New Business Families'

An oft-bandied number holds caution for India's New Business Families (Cover Story, April 17): only four per cent of family businesses survive beyond the third generation.
Editors note How well are Indian businesses prepared for disasters?

How well are Indian businesses prepared for disasters?

Luckily, the earthquake and tsunami did not hit Tokyo. That would have dealt a sledgehammer blow to the global economy. At Business Today we decided to investigate whether Indian businesses are prepared for disaster.