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How different things work

Recently, there was a midair scare in London after the duct tape used to secure the damaged cockpit window of a Ryanair aircraft came unstuck shortly after take-off. Aircraft windscreens need to be subjected to certain routine checks. Here's a primer:

Mango: Microsoft needs to be complimented for building an innovative mobile operating system

BT tries out Microsoft's innovative smartphone operating system

Powergrid's global footprint

PowerGrid proposes joint ventures in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, entailing an investment of Rs 1,500 crore in October this year.

Micky Jagtiani's retail business growth

Micky Jagtiani is the richest Indian expatriate in the Gulf Cooperation Council with a fortune of $3.2 billion. His Landmark Group's presence has grown in West Asia, Egypt, Pakistan, and India, where it has 101 outlets in retail, hospitality, and mall management.

'Indian households are opting for the relative safety of gold and deposits'

Faced with sticky inflation, sluggish growth, and global uncertainty, Indian households are opting for the relative safety of gold and deposits, says a Morgan Stanley report.

Quotes from business and political leaders

Sometimes something appears in the newspapers in our country, something appears in China, that I think invites comments. But overall, our relations are quite good, says Manmohan Singh.

Biggest deals in the past 30 days*

Goldman Sachs has invested Rs 1,000 crore ($200.3 million) in ReNew Wind Power, a Mumbai-based renewable energy solutions provider, marking the largest deal in the renewable energy generation industry in India

Is the government trying to defang the RTI act?

By initiating a debate on the scope of the Right to Information, or RTI, Act, especially after it has helped unearth some of the biggest corruption cases in the country and put ministers and bureaucrats behind bars, the government has made its intentions very clear.

Car makers cashing in on women's growing empowerment

Car makers put women in the driver's seat in their ads to cash in on their growing empowerment.

ISB's founding dean feels US regulators are using Rajat Gupta

ISB's founding dean feels US regulators are using Rajat Gupta to warn corporate America.

Ranbaxy is set to become the first home-grown company to get a new drug to market

Ranbaxy is set to become the first home-grown company to get a new drug to market.

Reserve Bank of India Governor Duvvuri Subbarao on issues facing the banking industry

Reserve Bank of India Governor Duvvuri Subbarao says the central bank has to be sensitive about being independent. However, when it comes to monetary policy, the central bank has to have autonomy because that is good for the government, the system and for the economy.

Freeing interest rates on savings deposits may give better returns and provide more options

Inflation has, over the past seven years, consistently outpaced returns to savers. The move to free savings rates is expected to trigger product innovation among banks. RBI, on its part, hopes that depositors will benefit not just from higher interest rates, but also from more choices.
Jobs E-commerce as a career for those who have the mettle for it

E-commerce as a career for those who have the mettle for it

E-commerce is suddenly a hot option, but only if you have the mettle for it.
Book Neville Isdell on his book Inside Coca-Cola

Neville Isdell on his book Inside Coca-Cola

Neville Isdell spoke to Suveen K. Sinha on the phone from Barbados, where, at 68, he is enjoying uninterrupted golf in the Caribbean sunshine. Edited excerpts:

Isaacson's book comes closest to understanding the late Steve Jobs

Isaacson's book comes closest to understanding the late Steve Jobs
Executive Health Pick and choose only healthy foods,

Pick and choose only healthy foods,

Pick and choose only healthy foods.
Technology It will not remain an idiot box for much longer

It will not remain an idiot box for much longer

It will not remain an idiot box for much longer.
People People who made news

People who made news

Aamir Khan, Nita Ambani, Kavin Mittal, Narayanan Sivasailam, Narayanan Sivasailam
Leadership Spotlight HDFC's Amitabh Chaudhry on his leadership style

HDFC's Amitabh Chaudhry on his leadership style

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of HDFC Life Amitabh Chaudhry admires N.R. Narayana Murthy
Letters 'The Best of the Lot'

'The Best of the Lot'

Your annual listing of India's Most Valuable Companies (BT500, November 13) was comprehensive and very well put together. I am glad that instead of ranking PSUs and private companies separately, you decided to offer just one listing.
Features Chairman of Piramal Healthcare Ajay Piramal says funds can be raised from within

Chairman of Piramal Healthcare Ajay Piramal says funds can be raised from within

Chairman of Piramal Healthcare Ajay Piramal, talks to BT's Geetanjali Shukla. Edited excerpts:

The strike at Maruti fizzles out a third time as labour leaders take their money and flee

The strike at Maruti fizzles out a third time as labour leaders take their money and flee.

Vaishnavi Corporate Communications shuts shop

After a year of looking over her shoulder, Niira Radia looks beyond Vaishnavi.

Ajay Piramal sets up three teams to work on business opportunities

Ajay Gopikrishna Piramal has not done much with the cash pile of he got as part-payment, when he sold his company's formulations business to the US-based Abbott Lab. While one wonders reasons behind the inaction, Business Today learns that he has set up three strategy groups to look for business opportunities.

E-ticketing websites gain traction

Paid a commission of Rs 15 or above for each ticket sold, online ticketing companies now control a Rs 650 crore to 700 crore market. Ticketing companies are working overtime to ensure public enthusiasm continues to rise.
Chiaroscuro Events of the fornight

Events of the fornight

Caught at Silly Point: Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt and pacers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer became the first cricketers to be sent to prison for corruption, when a London court found them guilty of spot-fixing.
Reporters Diary First Indian Grand Prix: Glitz, glamour and 24 racing cars

First Indian Grand Prix: Glitz, glamour and 24 racing cars

It was glitz, glamour and the small matter of 24 racing cars.
Drive Wish driving Mahindra's new utility vehicle, the XUV5OO felt as good

Wish driving Mahindra's new utility vehicle, the XUV5OO felt as good

Mahindra's new utility vehicle, the XUV5OO, is great to look at and sit inside. Wish driving it felt as good.

BMW X1 is taking the market by storm

Despite initial production problems, the BMW X1 is taking the market by storm.
Columns 'Legal tests for grant of bail continue to remain the same'

'Legal tests for grant of bail continue to remain the same'

The public sentiment even on bail to undertrials in corruption cases has unfortunately been coloured by extreme views on punishment for corruption.
Wordsmith New words in the business - Betamaxed

New words in the business - Betamaxed

Betamaxed means when a superior product or service is overtaken by an inferior but well-marketed competitor.
Money How to build a mutual fund portfolio that can weather all market storms

How to build a mutual fund portfolio that can weather all market storms

How to build a mutual fund portfolio that can weather all market storms.
Editors note 'Though turbulent, these are also exciting and challenging times for banks in India'

'Though turbulent, these are also exciting and challenging times for banks in India'

Our 18th Banks survey sets the gold standard (our cover image is not accidental) and we bring you a vault stocked by Special Projects Editor Alokesh Bhattacharyya and Senior Editor Anand Adhikari with rich detail and analysis from their team of reporters.
Case Study Challenges for Eicher Motors while reviving Bullet

Challenges for Eicher Motors while reviving Bullet

Modernising Royal Enfield risked losing traditional fans without possibly gaining any new customers. The case study details how it met the challenge. Driving change when the chips are down is easy: there is no other option. In Royal Enfield's case the change worked for it. But can Siddhartha Lal and his team do the same when the going is good?