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  • Britain is trying to use the Olympic project to create business opportunities for local companies in other countries. The country's obsession with creating a lasting legacy for the the significant sports events holds lessons for other aspiring host nations. Special: London Olympics 2012
  • For the sake of national pride, governments feel obligated to support sportspersons, especially in the hope of making a splash at the Olympics. But what makes companies and individuals spend money on athletes, when there are limited or no returns on the investment?
Culture Good health guide at workplace and more

Good health guide at workplace and more

You spend a third of your adult life at work. That's reason enough to make the workplace healthier. Here's how

India's top golfers tell us how the game keeps them coming back for more

 The country's top golfers tell us how the game keeps them coming back for more.
Focus How different things work

How different things work

The April 11 earthquake off the west coast of Sumatra, 8.6 on the Richter scale, sparked fears of a tsunami across the Indian Ocean. Fortunately, the fears proved groundless.

Meaning of Cafeteria plan

Cafeteria plan means package of benefits that allows the employee to make choices

India's data management, reporting are under scrutiny

In the last two years, there have been two corrections on important economic indicators tracked by the Central Statistics Office (CSO). Delays in reporting by agencies and the pressure to release data as early as possible are testing the limits of the CSO's structural checks.

Does Infy's labour-intensive model works any longer?

Infosys needs to take a brutal look at whether its high-margin, labour-intensive model works any longer. The company still has the highest operating margin amongst top-tier tech firms, but its pace of revenue growth has slowed.

Govt now needs to balance RBI rate cut to check inflation, boost growth

The RBI has finally eased interest rates. But unless the government responds adequately, it will make no difference to either growth or inflation.

Roundup: Events of the fortnight

Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries has posted a 21 per cent fall in fourthquarter net profit at Rs 4,236 crore. While RIL's total income rose 18.8 per cent to Rs 87,477 crore, its other income saw a jump of 150 per cent at Rs 2,295 crore.

Indian and Pak heads of state visit to neighbour country

Stock markets performance in 2012

The stock markets performed miserably in 2011, the Sensex losing 23.26 per cent between January and December. Many expected it to do worse in 2012. Surprisingly, in the January to March quarter, the Sensex has rebounded, with most sectors gaining value.

RBI's Monetary Policy Review: Who said what

The monetary policy announcements should help in investment revival and contribute to strengthening of business sentiments, says Pranab Mukherjee, Finance Minister, to wire agencies
Money World Bank's outlook on base metals

World Bank's outlook on base metals

In our previous issue, we analysed the World Bank's outlook on farm commodities. Now, we weigh its take on base metals.
Features New breed of skill development companies guarantee jobs

New breed of skill development companies guarantee jobs

A new breed of skill development companies works closely with industry to not only provide training, but also guarantee jobs.

Ratan Tata tweaks retirement policy, leaves clean slate for Cyrus Mistry

Given that Tata Sons recently altered its retirement policy, requiring even the chairman to quit at 70, Chairman-designate Cyrus Mistry gets only 26 years and a few months to find greatness.

Developers grapple with the financial fallout of less-than-expected traffic

The developers are grappling with financial fallout of less-than-expected traffic. Competition is also making things harder for them.

Executives can learn a lot from mountaineers

There is much that executives can learn from mountaineers. As many more Indian Inc. executives expose themselves to mountaineering, they swear by the team effort lessons, risk coping and key biz lessons it imparts.

Hackers are now targeting employees to compromise entire networks of a company

Earlier, hackers targeted servers, so organisations set up firewalls. Now, hackers are targeting employees. Attacks targeting individuals have become the norm as hackers try to compromise entire networks.

Second rung of India Inc is struggling with FCCB redemption

Subex, Cranes Software, Strides Arcolab, GTL Infrastructure, Indowind Energy and Suzlon Energy are just a few names among the Indian mid-sized companies on the long list of FCCB borrowers facing headwinds.

Only one e-grocery start-up has attracted funding so far

There is potential for growth, but only one e-grocery start-up has attracted funding so far.

Growth in multiplexes to be be driven by malls

There are just 10 screens per million people, unlike in the United States, where there are 120 per million. That unmet opportunity is what multiplex chains are lining up to seize. Nearly 500 screens are set to be added in the next year alone.

Online retailers face long road to profitability

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Food Why matching wines with Indian dishes can be exhilarating

Why matching wines with Indian dishes can be exhilarating

An Australian Shiraz with nihari gosht? You'll bless the marriage once you experience the two do the tango on your palate.

Twining family's story from shrub to cup

Thomas Twining was fed up with his country's habit of waking up to ginger ale and coffee so he began serving a range of hot teas in  London.

Restaurant review: Mobius in Delhi and Sky View Bar in Dubai

Mobius at Delhi's Samrat Hotel doesn't just please the palate. The Sky View Bar on top of Dubai's landmark hotel, Burj Al Arab, takes the classic English high tea a notch higher, quite literally.
Travel Place to visit and upcoming events

Place to visit and upcoming events

London's King's Cross station juxtaposes Victorian charm with modern vision.

Macau - The gambling capital of the world

Macau took a chance on an industry with a distinctly shady history but has come away with a big win. In fact, it is now the gambling capital of the world.

The Grand Hyatt in north Goa personalises five-star service

The Grand Hyatt in north Goa personalises five-star service and stamps luxury with its signature style. Sprawling across 28 acres of lush verdure along Bambolim Bay, it establishes itself as the latest go-to address in the Sunshine State.

Adventure sports a regular fix of adrenaline for many

Adventure sports used to be once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Today, more and more people are turning to them for a regular fix of adrenaline.
BT More Getting behind the wheel of an Audi A7 is a He-Man kind of experience

Getting behind the wheel of an Audi A7 is a He-Man kind of experience

Getting behind the wheel of an Audi A7 is a He-Man kind of experience where the sheer force of the car makes you want to shout...I have the power.
Case Study Mahesh Madhavan tastes success at revamping Bacardi India

Mahesh Madhavan tastes success at revamping Bacardi India

After successfully transforming the fortunes of Bacardi Thailand, Mahesh Madhavan took on the challenge of repeating the feat in India by hiring new talent, firing underperformers and steering the company to a new set of long-term goals.
Letters India's Best CFOs shows life of Chief Financial Officer is difficult yet exciting

India's Best CFOs shows life of Chief Financial Officer is difficult yet exciting

Your cover story, India's Best CFOs (Business Today, April 29) shows that the life of a Chief Financial Officer is difficult yet exciting, especially in trying economic conditions like the present.
Editors note 'The inspiring story of how private initiatives are nurturing London Olympics hopefuls'

'The inspiring story of how private initiatives are nurturing London Olympics hopefuls'

With the London Games just three months away, Business Today decided to measure up to the Olympian credo of 'Citius, Altius, Fortius' (faster, higher, stronger) and pull together the cover package.
Event India's Best CFOs award ceremony

India's Best CFOs award ceremony

Ministers Pranab Mukherjee and M. Veerappa Moily give away the awards to India's best CFOs.
Technology Fourth-generation telecom technology gives India entry into a select club

Fourth-generation telecom technology gives India entry into a select club

Fourth-generation telecom technology gives India entry into a select club.
Smart executive How to make a lasting impression in shortest possible time

How to make a lasting impression in shortest possible time

How to make a lasting impression in the shortest possible time.
Book Lori Andrews's new book throws light on how social networking is destroying individual privacy

Lori Andrews's new book throws light on how social networking is destroying individual privacy

The Web, and social networking in particular, is destroying individual privacy, says this book.
Careers Firms are finding novel ways to meet employee expectations

Firms are finding novel ways to meet employee expectations

With hefty increments out of question this year, companies are finding novel ways to meet employee expectations.
People People who made news in last fortnight

People who made news in last fortnight

Starring: R.H. Patil, Vidya Nataraj, Angad Paul, Frederick DeLuca, Ajay Banga and Jack Canfield
Leadership Spotlight Dr Reddy's Laboratories G.V. Prasad shares his leadership style

Dr Reddy's Laboratories G.V. Prasad shares his leadership style

G.V. Prasad, Vice Chairman & CEO, Dr Reddy's Laboratories admires Steve Jobs.
Products New products in the market

New products in the market

Check the desirability quotient of new prodcuts launched in the market.

The story of how Rado arrived on time

Suspended between the past and the future, here's the story of how Rado arrived on time.

A guide to the world's best pens

Warriors of the word have the choicest weapons to stock pure up on. Here's a guide to the world's best pens.

Tips on giving a corporate gift

BT More picks out products and deals that are writing and re-writing the laws of corporate give and take.

'Think about the message gift will convey'

Don't pick corporate gifts just because they look good. Think about the value your associate will put on them and the message the gift will convey.
Fashion A guide on fashion, health, wine and dine

A guide on fashion, health, wine and dine

Summer fashion isn't about dressing down, Gaurav Gupta prepares India Inc for a season in the sun.