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Technology Freedom on net comes with responsibilities and reasonable restrictions

Freedom on net comes with responsibilities and reasonable restrictions

The problem with many of us who think access to the Net is our natural right and any attempt to stop us from doing so is a violation of our freedom of expression.
Focus Review: SWYPE Beta Nikon D800E

Review: SWYPE Beta Nikon D800E

The Nikon D800E is way ahead of the competition in the megapixel race with a 36.3 MP FX-format CMOS sensor and a host of top class features.

GDP growth number conceals the extent of the economy's implosion

GDP, the broadest measure of economic activity, grew 5.5 per cent in the April-June period. This was the first sequential rise in five quarters, but growth in the headline number conceals the deterioration in important sectors.

Chidambaram busy undoing his predecessors tax legacy

Finance Minister P. Chidambaram is busy undoing his predecessor's tax legacy. He is taking the much-needed policy initiatives to bridge the trust deficit with foreign investors.

Slowdown fails to impact hiring at B-schools

The economy may be slowing but it seems to have had little impact on hiring at India's leading business schools. Officials at top B-Schools say there would be no dearth of jobs for students graduating next year.

Gold prices remain high despite subdued demand due to current slowdown

Gold prices scaled record highs in Aug as investors in the US and Europe preferred the glitter of the yellow metal to the fickle equity markets. Yet overall global demand remained muted as consumer buying in India and China was subdued because of the current slowdown.

Maharashtra govt's eco-friendly building norms: What it means

The Maharashtra government is evolving eco-friendly building norms which will be mandatory for large construction projects in the state.

Abolishing CRR: Who said what

CRR (cash reserve ratio) is not applicable to insurance companies, non-banking finance companies and mutual funds that also mobilise funds from the public… it is an unfair imposition on banks, says Pratip Chaudhuri, Chairman, State Bank of India, to wire agencies.
Features Biometric project in Karnataka's fair-price shops holds promise for better PDS targeting

Biometric project in Karnataka's fair-price shops holds promise for better PDS targeting

A biometric project in Karnataka's fair-price shops holds promise for better PDS targeting. The state's move is the latest in a series of efforts by states and the Centre to fix the inefficient system of distributing essential items at subsidised rates to the poor.

Challenges Shapoor Mistry faces being at the helm

The new chairman of the $2.5 bn Shapoorji Pallonji Group has his hands full as his younger brother Cyrus prepares to take over from Ratan Tata in Dec. Over a century, the business interests of the group have expanded from construction to include real estate, infrastructure, consumer products and biofuels.

Reliance Life Sciences may have had an indifferent past, but its future is bright

Reliance Life Sciences may have had an indifferent past, but its future is bright. Biosimilars are widely expected to be the next big growth driver in pharmaceuticals, given that around $80 billion worth of innovator biological drugs will be going off patent by 2015.

Companies using music events to build their brands

Bacardi's NH7 Weekender music festival is in its third year. Absolut vodka sponsors Sunburn, a three-day electronic dance music festival, and Nokia sponsors an international karaoke championship. Last year, Coca-Cola launched the Coke Studio @ MTV television series.

Shriram Group faces challenges scaling up its non-lending businesses

With its reputation in the lending business fairly cemented, the group is now intent on scaling up its other businesses. Infrastructure is a key focus area.

Can local digital advertising networks take on Google?

Local digital advertising networks are expanding by leaps and bounds. They are now gaining greater importance as a slowing economy prompts advertisers to tighten their belts and better target clients. Venture capital and private equity firms are also looking at the sector.

Violence at Manesar was a criminal act: Osamu Suzuki

Suzuki Motor Corp Chairman Osamu Suzuki in an exclusive interview with Business Today Editor-in-Chief Aroon Purie and Editor Chaitanya Kalbag says the Manesar trouble has led to the tarnishing of Suzuki Motor Corp worldwide, and pulled down the image of Maruti Suzuki in India.

Why Dentsu is in a tearing hurry to scale up in India

Dentsu, Japan's biggest advertising agency, has been looking to expand business outside its slowing home market. The purchase of a 51 per cent stake in Taproot in India by the company's local subsidiary in end-August was part of that strategy.

Why V.G. Siddhartha is increasing his stake in MindTree

The founder of the Cafe Coffee Day chain was one of MindTree's first venture capitalists, buying an initial 6.6 per cent stake in the company for Rs 41 a share in 1999. He now owns 22 per cent stake in MindTree through his companies and personal holdings.

States chart own growth path even as the centre loses the plot

While the Centre flounders under the impact of a policy paralysis that has followed in the wake of a series of scams, states such as Rajasthan, Bihar, Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Punjab and Kerala are focussing aggressively on development and governance.

All eyes are on Coal India as cancellation of coal contracts looms

In the event of a deallocation, the mines are likely to be handed over to CIL. The state-owned producer is by no means the epitome of efficiency when it comes to production and supply. Many power projects are likely to get delayed without assured supply of coal.
Leadership Spotlight Sona Koyo Steering's Sunjay Kapur shares his leadership style

Sona Koyo Steering's Sunjay Kapur shares his leadership style

Sona Koyo Steering System's Sunjay Kapur shares his leadership style
Drive Renault Duster gives a stiff competition to SUVs from Indian majors

Renault Duster gives a stiff competition to SUVs from Indian majors

The Renault Duster gives great mileage, is comfortable and has lots of boot space. A 'compact' SUV, the Duster is the first affordable one in this category from a foreign car maker, and the first serious competition to the SUVs from Indian majors M&M and Tata Motors.
Careers Defence, aerospace sector faces acute talent deficit

Defence, aerospace sector faces acute talent deficit

The Indian government has raised its defence budget by 17 per cent in 2012-13 alone to $38 billion. And it is increasingly trying to source material and equipment locally for the defence and aerospace sector.
Case Study Case study: Will Philips' attempt at repositioning its products work?

Case study: Will Philips' attempt at repositioning its products work?

Once a household name, Dutch consumer electronics major Philips has slipped over the years to become an 'also ran'. Its repeated attempts to rekindle its mojo have failed. This case study looks at what went wrong and what the company needs to do in order to succeed.
Letters 'The cover package was informative and timely'

'The cover package was informative and timely'

The cover package (The Best Advice I Ever Got, September 16), was very informative and timely.

None could effectively challenge the Indian players like Volvo did

BT receives scores of responses to its case studies. Best of the lot below is the best one on Volvo (July 8, 2012).
Chiaroscuro Roundup: Events of the fortnight

Roundup: Events of the fortnight

Addressing shareholders of Tata Global Beverages in Kolkata, Tata said the group would not walk away from West Bengal despite the state cancelling the Nano project.
Editors note Sseed and angel investors are playing a critical role in development of business in India'

Sseed and angel investors are playing a critical role in development of business in India'

The good news is that, like fireflies on a dark night, hundreds of small businesses are sparkling across India. Seed and angel funding is booming, and more and more very early stage investors are stepping in where banks and the government are absent.
Smart executive Basic template for interaction with colleagues

Basic template for interaction with colleagues

Yes, there is a basic template for interaction with colleagues.
Book Book review: MBA at 16 - A Teenager's Guide to the World of Business

Book review: MBA at 16 - A Teenager's Guide to the World of Business

Bagchi's latest is aimed at students on the verge of taking their first steps towards a career.
People Roundup: People who made news last fortnight

Roundup: People who made news last fortnight

Starring: Pratip Chaudhuri, Vikram Malhi, Digen Varma, Ashish Kapur, Rituraj Sinha