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Smart executive Understand how business decisions are made

Understand how business decisions are made

To take better decisions, understand how decisions are made.
Technology Facial recognition technology will be password to the future

Facial recognition technology will be password to the future

By making face recognition an optional security feature, Android Ice Cream Sandwich has followed the growing trend of using human attributes as passwords to allow access to private information.
Features Why private equity firms love Genpact

Why private equity firms love Genpact

N.V. 'Tiger' Tyagarajan, President and CEO, Genpact says PE firms like Bain Cap love companies with strong cash flows and revenue growth, as well as a business model that focuses on understanding clients' requirements and delivering accordingly - all of which his company has.

Rapid growth poses new challenges for MCX

The commodities exchange has achieved much in a short span. But its dependence on precious metals has also risen: gold and silver accounted for 49 per cent of the MCX's turnover in 2007 which rose to 63.7 per cent by 2011.

Why India is crucial for Toyota

India contributed less than one per cent of Toyota's revenues last year, but it is crucial to the carmaker's plans for the Asia-Pacific region.

Cash transfer programme: Old diet, new recipe

Perhaps a mix of both cash transfers and the traditional PDS would be the best solution. As Tamil Nadu and Chhattisgarh have shown, PDS is not beyond repair and can function efficiently if there is the will to make it work.

Late night flowers, gift delivery business gaining popularity in India

Deliveries at the stroke of the midnight hour are a still more recent phenomenon, barely a decade old. But they are rapidly growing in popularity. There are both trials - and the rewards - of taking gifts to people's doorsteps late at night.

As MCX-SX pads up for action, Jignesh Shah faces a big test

The man who controls more than a quarter of all assets traded in India eyes even greater dominance.

Poor monsson may not hit economy, but will stoke food inflation

The monsoon in June was 29 per cent below its 50-year average for the month. The full impact of inadequate rainfall will only be visible over the next few months but analysts are already pointing out that the monsoon's importance has diminished.

Business Today-C fore Business Confidence Survey abounds in pessimism

Stagflation concerns mount as businesses struggle with rising input costs and slowing growth.
Focus Review: Sony Vaio SVE14A and Adobe CS 6

Review: Sony Vaio SVE14A and Adobe CS 6

A flashy full-sized laptop and advanced software to add more life to pictures.

Delhi Airport Express: Reliance Infrastructure eyeing exit route?

It was an urban infrastructure showpiece for the country until recently, but the sudden suspension of services has turned the Delhi Airport Metro Express into an expensive eyesore.

More reforms needed to boost growth in mutual fund industry

The mutual fund industry has witnessed several reforms in the last two decades. These have helped it expand. But lately, reforms have focused more on investor protection than on taking a balanced view of the institution.

Grey areas remain in newly introduced service tax regime

Days before stepping down as finance minister to become the UPA's Presidential candidate, Pranab Mukherjee paved the way for introduction of a new service tax regime in India, which is expected to swell the government coffers by Rs 27,000 crore.

Will the Prime Minister, who now holds the finance portfolio as well, take the right steps to save economy?

The prime minister is an astute and experienced politician who undoubtedly recognises the challenges facing the economy. He appears emboldened with his new duties as finance minister, willing to tackle some of the tough issues. The next couple of months will be crucial for him.

India's growth should not be judged on a quarterly basis: Moily

In a candid chat, the corporate affairs minister says he is confident that some important reforms, such as the much-awaited new Companies Bill, will soon see the light of the day.

Big challenges still lies ahead in eradicating poverty

While poverty levels are falling, developing regions lag far behind on most human development indicators, says the United Nation's The Millennium Development Goals Report, 2012.

On Record/Time labels Manmohan Singh an 'underachiever'

The common man of the country has been saying this for a long time that he (the PM) has practically no achievement to his credit...The legacy of Manmohan Singh is [making] India suffer and insecure, Ravi Shankar Prasad, BJP spokesperson, to wire agencies.

Roundup: Events of the fortnight

In a tough year, TCS reported results in line with estimates, with profit after tax rising 14.6 per cent from the last quarter to Rs 3,318 crore, and reaffirming its position as India's top IT company.

How different things work

Scientists have broken fresh ground in their quest to unearth the basic building blocks of the universe with the discovery of the Higgs boson - known as the 'God particle'.
Book Book review: Accountability Angst Awareness Action

Book review: Accountability Angst Awareness Action

The book analyses accountability in public life and suggests ways of increasing it.
Leadership Spotlight Rajeev Mittal, MD, Avaya India, shares his leadership style

Rajeev Mittal, MD, Avaya India, shares his leadership style

Rajeev Mittal, MD, Avaya India shares his leadership style.
Jobs Hiring sentiment, especially at the middle level, remains upbeat

Hiring sentiment, especially at the middle level, remains upbeat

According to the latest BT-TeamLease Employment Outlook survey even companies that are stuck or facing a slowdown are not cutting back on hiring key talent in the middle to senior positions.
People People who made news last fortnight

People who made news last fortnight

Starring: Palaniappan Chidambaram, Franck Fortet and Tarja Visan, Pia Singh and Syed Safawi
Letters Readers' views on Business Today articles

Readers' views on Business Today articles

The cover story (Deal Chahta Hai, July 22) on the rise of boutique investment banks was an excellent one. The main advantage of dealing with these banks is the access they provide clients to experienced financial professionals.
Editors note 'Indian businesses are passing through unaccustomed turbulence'

'Indian businesses are passing through unaccustomed turbulence'

It is also illuminating to read about the journeys to the brink of the financial precipice and how companies - and more importantly the people who stand alone at the top, gazing at the gyrating compass - take that saving step back.