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  • Amuleek Singh Bijral started Chai Point in Bangalore in April 2010 to serve tea in clean and congenial surroundings. The single outlet has grown to nine.
MUST SEE In Pics: 100-year-old Indian companies

In Pics: 100-year-old Indian companies

Two World Wars, the Great Depression, India's independence struggle, the Hindu rate of growth, the licence-permit raj, controls on foreign exchange and expansion, and the reforms of the 1990s: a handful of Indian companies have seen it all, and adapted along the way to do well.
Special How we arrived at Lipper Mutual Fund Awards 2011 winners

How we arrived at Lipper Mutual Fund Awards 2011 winners

To arrive at the Lipper Mutual Fund Awards 2011 winners, Thomson Reuters used several criteria.

Lipper Awards 2011: The best fund houses

Here are the fund houses that have emerged winners for being good at what they do - delivering returns.

Winner fund managers prove money can be made in long term

In the long term we are all dead, said John Maynard Keynes. But winner fund managers prove that money can be made in the long term.

Winners of the Lipper Awards 2011

The boom-bust-boom cycle of the last three years has been an acid test for fund managers. Winners of the Lipper Awards 2011 reveal what they did, or did not do, or did differently, to emerge victorious.

Fund managers who steered through debt crises

The boom-bust-boom cycle of the last three years has been an acid test for fund managers. BT and Thomson Reuters fete fund managers who steered through tsunamis and debt crises with aplomb.

Escorts Mutual Fund guarantees high return

With a mix of the right strategies and calculated risks, Delhi-based Escorts Mutual Fund, or EMF, has turned in a performance that enabled it to bag the Best Bond Fund House Award this year.

Fidelity Mutual Funds follows investment philosophy

Ashu Suyash, Managing Director and Country Head, Fidelity International, which won the award for Best Equity Fund House, says the group's achievements are the result of its investment philosophy.
Features IPOs that hit the markets between 2007 and 2009 are trading below

IPOs that hit the markets between 2007 and 2009 are trading below

The tide has gone out of the Indian stock markets, leaving several listed companies thoroughly exposed. More than half the IPOs that hit the markets between 2007 and 2009 are trading under water.

International hotel chains betting big on Indian hospitality industry

Favourable government policies, improved roads and airport infrastructure are attracting international hotel chains to set up base in India. Eschewing five-star indulgences and deluxe amenities, these mid-market hotels - a notch above budget or economy hotels - are fast rising on the popularity charts in the country.

Non-performing assets to blame for SBI Q4 net falling 99%

India's largest lender registered its worst-ever performance in the fourth quarter of 2010-11 -  the net profit plunged 99 per cent to Rs 20.88 crore from Rs 1,867 crore last year. SBI took the body blow by not provisioning for non-performing assets in time.

100 companies in trouble as FCCBs date nears maturity

About 100 Indian companies which took the FCCB route aggressively during the 2006/2008 bull run to raise funds, now find it is payback time - bonds worth Rs 31,500 crore are coming up for redemption within the next 24 months. Stock prices of many of the issuers are far below their conversion prices.

Private airlines lose fliers to Air India

The state-owned carrier's aggressive pricing policy has dented profits of private carriers who are now looking at their international operations to recover.

Dharavi redevelopment may affect a host of thriving small industries

The Maharashtra government's decision to redevelop Dharavi, Asia's biggest slum in north central Mumbai, will shatter a host of thriving small industries.

Arch rivals Zee, STAR JV on TV distribution could be a game changer

The Zee-STAR deal could be a game changer.

Delays in allotment of coal blocks casts shadow on power situation

Coal shortages and power cuts return despite new policies and penalty-backed agreements.

Small and medium enterprises revive engineering exports

Small and medium enterprises lead the remarkable revival in engineering exports.
Money Which Mutual funds are good bets for the risk-averse

Which Mutual funds are good bets for the risk-averse

Mutual Funds that adopt a guarded approach towards investing in equities show low volatility and are good bets for the risk-averse.

Index funds lends stability to portfolio

Index funds do not promise benchmark-beating returns, but their low-cost, low-risk fund management lends stability to your portfolio.
Utility The rise of online library to suit changed lifestyles

The rise of online library to suit changed lifestyles

As visitors decline, both traditional libraries and start-ups put catalogues online and begin delivering books at home, says Saranya Kapur.
Technology MIT alumnus Salman Khan free education site for all

MIT alumnus Salman Khan free education site for all

This MIT alumnus's free website is transforming online education.
Book Book challenges the so-called specialists

Book challenges the so-called specialists

Bonner challenges the so-called specialists who gamble with our future, says Somnath Dasgupta.
Jobs Medical devices industry drawing workers from different quarters

Medical devices industry drawing workers from different quarters

The medical devices industry is drawing workers from different quarters, says Shamni Pande.

How to defend ideas at work

How to defend ideas at work and get your listeners buy into them.
People People who made news in the business world

People who made news in the business world

Newsmakers: Ashok Chawla, Girish S. Paranjpe, Jerome Favie, Manu Sawhney, Nallicheri Vaidyanathan Tyagaraja, Attilio Capuano
Focus How different things work

How different things work

Google Maps allows viewers to zoom right down to the level of the street and view it in 360 degrees.

India's and world's most talked-about CEOs in May

Sanjay Chandra of Unitech was the most-discussed CEO in May, albeit for all the wrong reasons.

Inflation will peak in the next three months: Jonathan Garner

Jonathan Garner, MD and Chief Asian and Emerging Market Strategist at Morgan Stanley, shared his views on problems afflicting emerging economies such as high inflation, rising interest rates and elevated oil prices.

Total PC sales in the country has seen a big growth

According to IDC India, total PC sales in the country in 2010 stood at 9.89 million units, a growth of 30 per cent over 2009. It was the highest growth in the last four years.

The long road to number portability

The long road to number portability

Super rich in India are brand conscious

Today's ultra high net worth individuals flash their wealth, are highly brand conscious, and consult family on big-ticket purchases, reveals a new study by Kotak Wealth and CRISIL Research.

best quotes of the business and politcal leaders

I have basically become a vegetarian since the only meat I am eating is from animals I have killed myself. Mark Zuckerberg

Does the change of government in West Bengal augur well for business?

Does the change of government in West Bengal augur well for business?

A feature-rich prosumer camera and the new King of Android Hill

 A feature-rich prosumer camera and the new King of Android Hill

Indian consumers are shopping online with a vengeance

Indian consumers are shopping online with a vengeance

Sebi sticks to ban on entry load for mutual funds

The market regulator sticks to the ban on entry load for mutual funds while looking into ways to incentivise distributors.

Govt takes first towards labour law reforms

The government takes the first step on the long and tortuous road to labour law reforms.

Rate of GDP growth will slow down further to 8 per cent

The rate of GDP growth will slow down further to eight per cent in the current financial year, says Sonal Varma.
Letters 'HUL is no different'

'HUL is no different'

Every company goes through ups and downs and Hindustan Unilever is no different.
Leadership Spotlight Chairman & CEO of PepsiCo India Manu Anand admires Steve Jobs

Chairman & CEO of PepsiCo India Manu Anand admires Steve Jobs

The chairman and CEO of PepsiCo India Manu Anand talks about his leadership style.
Drive Diesel subsidy skewing the Indian car market

Diesel subsidy skewing the Indian car market

Buyers who can afford extra payment on a diesel car tend to be the ones who are better off. The reluctance of the government to increase the price of diesel has led to a strange situation - the demand for petrol cars is declining sharply.
Editors note Chaitanya Kalbag on Ramdev satyagraha, coolest start-ups

Chaitanya Kalbag on Ramdev satyagraha, coolest start-ups

There's an entrepreneur waiting to get out inside each one of us, but only those who dare, win.  Our annual listing of India's coolest start-ups.