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Features Bihar continues struggle despite positive indicators

Bihar continues struggle despite positive indicators

All the major indicators for Bihar are up, but the state is still at the bottom of key development indices.

Indian IT firms hiring more Americans under political, business pressure

There are around 25,000 US nationals and Green Card holders working for Indian IT companies. Indian firms may have to hire about 10,000 Americans every year to avoid losing out on lucrative business opportunities in the US.

Indian handset makers face stiff competition from the big boys

Stiff competition from the big boys has halted the march of Indian handset makers. Quality issues have not helped.

If Kingfisher Airlines goes belly up, the government will hurt too

If Kingfisher Airlines goes belly up, the government will hurt too, not just Vijay Mallya. Banks effectively own 75 per cent of the airline, and the impact on their books could be devastating. FULL COVERAGE

Uttar Pradesh assembly polls: Poor governance, policy paralysis and corruption ail the state

Resentment is rife among the Uttar Pradesh voters over the mismanagement of government schemes and widespread corruption in the last five years.

Corporate governance: 'Companies are keen to detect corruption, but do not always act'

In its first India Fraud Survey, Ernst & Young finds that companies are keen to detect corruption, but do not always act when they find it.

How companies divert funds raised through IPOs

Promoters get a free hand to play around with investors' money because there are many regulatory gaps in monitoring IPO proceeds.

Can Air India's MRO facility in Mumbai be leveraged to rescue the beleaguered carrier

Maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of aircraft is a Rs 3,000-crore industry in India. Can Air India's MRO facility in Mumbai, the only one in the country where heavy maintenance tests for civil aircraft are carried out, be leveraged to rescue the beleaguered carrier?

Mendha Lekha is the first village to be granted community forest rights

Mendha Lekha, the first village to be granted community forest rights, has used the opportunity to the fullest.

Ford India is changing the way its parent Ford Motor Company functions

The Indian arm is fast changing the way Ford functions. The Corporate Blue Book of Ford Motor Company is full of innovations from India which other regions are replicating.
Smart executive Appraisal tips: Writing down your goals can be tricky

Appraisal tips: Writing down your goals can be tricky

Writing down your goals can help in navigating the tricky part of an appraisal.
Technology Navigation devices have become cheaper and much better than before

Navigation devices have become cheaper and much better than before

Improved navigation aids have made reaching unfamiliar destinations easy.
Real Estate Investment funds still coming into real estate despite slowdown

Investment funds still coming into real estate despite slowdown

Investment funds are still coming into real estate, but the rules of the game have changed following the slowdown.
Focus Affordable access to lifesaving drugs remains an issue in India

Affordable access to lifesaving drugs remains an issue in India

Home to the highest concentration of makers of generic drugs, India has been a global source of cheap medicines. But seven years into the product patent regime, affordable access to some lifesaving drugs remains an issue.

How differnet things work

The 'sticky bomb' used in an attack in New Delhi on an Israeli diplomat's car on February 14, setting the vehicle aflame and injuring its occupants, was the first such used in India.

Biggest deals in the past 30 days*

Ajay Piramal is getting serious about diversifying his business interests. Piramal Healthcare has agreed to acquire an additional 5.5 per cent stake in Vodafone India from ETHL Communications Holdings (Essar) for approximately Rs 3,007 crore ($606.2 million).

Top CFOs remain optimistic about the economy despite slowdown

Despite the gloomy economic scenario, top CFOs remain optimistic, says a Deloitte India survey exclusive to Business Today readers.

Cadbury Bournvita tops 20 most watched ads list

Cadbury Bournvita tops 20 most watched ads list

Roundup: Events of the fortnight

Kingfisher Airlines is battling on many fronts - huge debt, cancellations, and mounting weariness from the government and public.
Money Technical tools used by experts to predict stock market trends

Technical tools used by experts to predict stock market trends

Equip yourself with some of the technical tools used by experts to predict stock market trends.
Event BT-Honda Pro-Am tournament in Mumbai: Corporate honchos had a field day

BT-Honda Pro-Am tournament in Mumbai: Corporate honchos had a field day

Mumbai's charming Willingdon Sports Club played host to the latest chapter of the BT-Honda Pro-Am tournament.
Special Budget 2012: Pranab should focus on boosting investment to accelerate growth

Budget 2012: Pranab should focus on boosting investment to accelerate growth

Pranab Mukherjee is aware that there will be no real infrastructure and capacity addition in the economy unless there is growth in investments.

Budget 2012: Will taxpayers get some relief today?

Fiscal compulsions might prevent Pranab Mukherjee from granting significant tax concessions. So, the chances of any tax breaks in the Budget are slim, concluded a Business Today panel that discussed Finance Minister's options.

Budget 2012: Will revenue department try to make up for the losses

People have been speculating whether the revenue department will respond by including provisions in Budget 2012 to stem the tide of perceived loss of tax revenues in broadly similar cases.

Budget making: The nuances behind it

Preparing the annual Union Budget is a laborious and lengthy exercise that takes over five months, and is accompanied, in the fi nal stages, by an obsessive emphasis on secrecy
Leadership Spotlight Kirloskar Technologies Geetanjali Kirloskar admires Akio Toyoda

Kirloskar Technologies Geetanjali Kirloskar admires Akio Toyoda

Geetanjali Kirloskar, Chairperson, Kirloskar Technologies shares her leadership style.
Book Review: An Idea Whose Time has Come - The Story of the Indian School of Business

Review: An Idea Whose Time has Come - The Story of the Indian School of Business

ISB's story has valuable lessons for those seeking to create world-class institutions.
Careers Career watch: Hotel chains in expansion mode, go small-town hunting for recruits

Career watch: Hotel chains in expansion mode, go small-town hunting for recruits

While there are some 1,20,000 hotel rooms in the country at present, supply is struggling to keep pace. The country's hotel management schools graduate just over 10,000 students a year.
People People who made news in last fortnight

People who made news in last fortnight

Starring: Shahabuddin Yaqoob Quraishi, Vikram Gandhi, Romesh Wadhwani, Matthew Shattock, George M. Keune
Drive Small cars with automatic transmission still a niche segment

Small cars with automatic transmission still a niche segment

Automatics outnumber manual variants overseas. With increasing numbers of Indians having travelled abroad and driven them, small cars with automatic transmission are bound to get more popular despite their higher cost.
Editors note 'There is so much happening in business and the economy that we storytellers are fit to burst'

'There is so much happening in business and the economy that we storytellers are fit to burst'

Large chunks of our 'mind space' are taken up by big events, and the government's annual Budget is truly like an assault on Everest - lots of base camps, sherpas carrying in demands and requests from the praja to the raja.