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Focus Lessons from the results of the recent assembly elections

Lessons from the results of the recent assembly elections

Politicians who move away from exploiting social faultlines like caste to addressing aspirations will be successful.

Behind Sensex spikes and fall in last 15 months

Stock markets are often said to have a will of their own. To what extent do external events influence their behaviour? A look at the way Sensex reacted to key developments of the last 15 months, as well as possible causes behind its biggest spikes and slumps in the same period.

Gagdet Reviews: Samsung Wave Y, Western Digital's MyBook Liv,

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Larsen & Toubro management rejig: AM Naik far from hanging up his gloves

Around the same time Rahul 'The Wall' Dravid announced his retirement from Test cricket in Bangalore on March 9, another man in Mumbai said he was far from hanging up his gloves - Larsen & Toubro's A M Naik.

Will UPA push ahead with reforms?

It is worth recollecting that in the past, some far-reaching reforms were carried out by shaky governments. Ajit Singh, an unlikely reformer, has done more in three months than other aviation ministers in the last three years.

Budget 2012: Disinvestment may not help in easing fiscal deficit pressure

The government decision to make a disinvestment offering signals weakness in its finances. The hype over it masks the fact that it has contributed little to the Budgets in 20 years. FULL COVERAGE: Union Budget 2012-13

New words in business - Walk-trot-run

New words in business - Walk-trot-run

NCTC impasse

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Poll Results: Who said what

"People of UP will get to see the results of our policy in the power sector by 2014. Sad that the new government will take the state backward," said Mayawati, BSP chief, on news channels.

A primer on NGO funding

The 3.3 million NGOs in the country - a 2009 government estimate - get funds from both foreign and domestic donors, both governments and private agencies.
Leadership Spotlight PwC India Chairman Deepak Kapoor admires JRD Tata

PwC India Chairman Deepak Kapoor admires JRD Tata

PwC India Chairman Deepak Kapoor shares his leadership style.
Features The pet care industry is booming

The pet care industry is booming

With owners willing to splurge, pets in India - predominantly dogs - have never had it so good, being clothed in designer outfits, or taken on weekend trips to pet resorts or spas. The pet industry, as a result, has not just stood up on all fours, it is booming.

Day-care clinics mushrooming in India, get popular with 'patients'

Day-care formats are proliferating in India. These day-care centres offer specialised treatment for all kinds of ailments. And they have found huge demand by catering to a widespread health care need.

Behind Crompton Greaves' downfall and plans of a comeback

Its CEO and MD Laurent Demortier is determined to restore the company's profits and reputation, both of which have taken a beating. Its profitability tumbled precipitously in the last four quarters. In stark contrast, between 2005-06 and 2010-11, Crompton's net profit grew at a compound annual growth rate of 25 per cent.

How Karnataka-based farmers' cooperative is following in Amul's success

With 2.1 million dairy farmers supplying milk daily, and projected revenues of over Rs 6,000 crore in 2011/12, it is well poised to challenge Amul, which had a turnover of Rs 9,774 crore during 2010/11.

Lenovo makes a comeback with nimble footwork on strategic front

The Chinese company, with some nimble footwork on the strategic front, is looking to revitalise the brand, since a whole new generation has entered India's workforce over the last five years with little knowledge of the product.

Groupon's Crazeal struggles in India's online shopping space

Groupon has changed the way Americans shop online, but its Indian arm Crazeal finds the going much tougher. As Groupon triggered and rode the daily deals wave in the US, Indian entrepreneurs quickly replicated the model and now have quite a head start.
Case Study What Kolaveri Di's success can teach marketing students

What Kolaveri Di's success can teach marketing students

Within three weeks of its release on YouTube, the Kolaveri Di video garnered 19 million views and was shared by 6.5 million Facebook users.
Special Best mutual fund house: HDFC a consistent performer

Best mutual fund house: HDFC a consistent performer

With the largest assets base under management, HDFC mutual fund is not only the biggest mutual fund house but also the most consistent performer. Full Coverage: India's Best Mutual Funds

Asset management companies should concentrate more on balance sheet, than fund performance

AMCs need to stop obsessing over their funds' performance and start paying more attention to their balance sheets if they are to thrive.

India's best equity fund manager R Srinivasan on how to strike success

Data-driven decisions win the day. Personal style and individual calls have nothing to do with it, says R. Srinivasan, this year's Best Equity Fund Manager.

Best Debt-fund manager Anil Bamboli on how to best manage debt funds

Anil Bamboli of HDFC Mutual Fund believes an understanding of equity is essential to manage debt funds.

Best Mutual Funds: The winners outperform others by quite a distance

Each of this year's winners outperformed its peers by some distance.

Mutual fund watch: The slip is beginning to show for UTI AMC

UTI AMC has not had a full-time chief for over a year. And its slip is beginning to show - in the numbers.

Business Today ranks best mutual funds in India

The BT-Value Research Best Mutual Fund rankings focus on investor appetite for risk. As the industry struggles with tightening regulations, investor-focused ranking is an apt approach for these uncertain times. FULL COVERAGE

How Business Today ranked India's best mutual funds and fund managers

How we selected the best funds and fund managers.

Best Mutual Funds: Value Research CEO Dhirendra Kumar on how rankings help

In the two decades since Business Today and Value Research jointly conducted the first systematic analysis of Indian mutual funds, the number, size and variety of Indian mutual funds have increased massively.

Business Today-Value Research rankings of best mutual funds and fund managers

Business Today in association with Value Research ranks the best mutual funds and fund managers in India. Here's the list.
Money Stock investment tips: Right time to invest in small-cap, mid-cap stocks

Stock investment tips: Right time to invest in small-cap, mid-cap stocks

As the economy recovers, so will small-cap and mid-cap stocks. It may be the right time to invest in them.
Careers Employers using social media to hunt for talent

Employers using social media to hunt for talent

Employers are keenly tracking the social media space.
People People who made news last fortnight

People who made news last fortnight

Newsmaker of the last fortnight: Akhilesh Yadav, Pratik Pota, Chhavi Rajawat, Pradeep Sindhu and Punitha Arumuga.
Chiaroscuro Kingfisher, Air India woes mount

Kingfisher, Air India woes mount

Aviation is still hitting the headlines, for all the wrong reasons. The International Air Transport Association, an umbrella body of all travel agents, suspended Kingfisher Airlines from its clearing house following mounting unpaid dues.
Letters Letters To The Editor

Letters To The Editor

Business Today readers send their feedback on Ramco System case study

Business Today receives many responses to its case studies. Below is BEST OF THE LOT the best one on the Ramco Systems case study (Mar 4, 2012).
Editors note 'India losing edge in voice-based outsourcing'

'India losing edge in voice-based outsourcing'

Indian firms may be losing the voice battle, but they are fighting back.
Technology Driverless car closer to reality

Driverless car closer to reality

It is remarkable how sophisticated vehicles are becoming.
Executive Health How to keep carpal tunnel syndrome at bay

How to keep carpal tunnel syndrome at bay

Carpal tunnel syndrome immobilises the wrist, but can be controlled.
Book Review: The coalition of competitors

Review: The coalition of competitors

The book merely provides a snapshot of the functioning of NASSCOM, says Dinesh C. Sharma.