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Leadership Spotlight Siemens Armin Bruck admires business leaders Deepak Parekh

Siemens Armin Bruck admires business leaders Deepak Parekh

Armin Bruck, Managing Director, Siemens Ltd; CEO, Siemens South Asia Cluster admires Deepak Parekh.
Book Book review: The Arab World Unbound

Book review: The Arab World Unbound

Despite its problems, the region has immense business potential, says this book.
Features Despite slowing sales, consumer electronics business still attracting investments

Despite slowing sales, consumer electronics business still attracting investments

The consumer electronics market may have slowed down, but continues to attract sizeable investment. This is because of the massive untapped potential in both rural and urban areas and the country's steadily growing young working population.

Many NBFCs may soon morph into banks

The corporate-backed NBFCs have a brand presence across the country through the diversified operations of their groups. Like banks, these large NBFCs are also selling a range of products to their customers in metros and urban areas. Analysts say it would be easier for these NBFCs to transform into banks because of their financial muscle, management bandwidth and a well-established brand name.

Business confidence continues upward trend

For the second successive quarter, optimism has risen from the nadir of mid-2012, finds the latest Business Today-C fore Business Confidence Survey.

Regional retailers are thriving despite a tough economic environment

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Green hurdles drive highway projects off course

Many road projects are stuck due to delays in environmental clearances. The highway authority is lobbying to get forest clearance delinked from environmental clearance.
Careers Employers using psychometric tests as hiring tools

Employers using psychometric tests as hiring tools

An increasing number of infotech and consulting firms are using psychometric tests to map the minds of job applicants.
Focus Peugeot changes plan but Sanand on track to be auto hub

Peugeot changes plan but Sanand on track to be auto hub

Industry executives say the French automaker decision to go slow on its India plans will not affect Sanand's fortunes. Tata Motors is already making Nano cars at its factory, Ford is constructing a plant and several auto parts suppliers have also set up units.

Will SEBI's proposals help in checking misuse of the share buy-back route by companies

Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), has mooted an overhaul of share buy-back norms to safeguard the interests of small shareholders and check manipulation of share prices by companies. Analysts, though, are divided on the need for reworking the guidelines.

Why imposing an additional tax on the super-rich will be self-defeating

The practice of taxing the rich has been tried in India with disastrous consequences. At their zenith, income tax rates soared to 97.75 per cent and this achieved the unintended twin objectives of massive tax evasion with serious erosion of our national character.

Bet on the right sectors to make money in the stock markets in 2013

After the strong rally in 2012, stock market valuations are back at long-term averages. Mean reversion is our core theme for the next two years - FY 2014 and FY 2015. We see mean reversion across the board - government policy, macro economy, corporate earnings and stock markets.

Outlook for Indian industry in 2013: Who said what

The pace of reforms, investor-friendly amendments and steps taken to ensure that large projects are implemented … are enough proof that 2013 will be a much better year than 2012, says Adi Godrej, Chairman, Godrej Group, and President, CII, to CNBC-TV18.

Fourteenth Finance Commission is asked to insulate the economy from politics

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LBS Case Study How Burberry capitalised on the social media revolution

How Burberry capitalised on the social media revolution

In 2009, British luxury brand Burberry, like its competitors, was still unsure of how to build a valuable presence in social media. This case study looks at how it eventually capitalised on the new medium - without eroding the exclusive, aspirational qualities that are core to the world of luxury.
Technology Devices, appliances will soon be much faster and smarter

Devices, appliances will soon be much faster and smarter

Trends at this year's Consumer Electronics Show suggest devices and appliances will soon be much faster and smarter than before.
Letters Letters To The Editor

Letters To The Editor

The cover story The Pipe Runneth Over (January 20) was thoughtprovoking. It is good to know that by 2020 India will get abundant fuel at cheap rates from many countries, which will make our subsidies shrink, and debt servicing easy.

Readers Response to Diageo case study

BT receives many responses to its case studies. Below is the best one on Diageo (November 25, 2012).
Chiaroscuro Round-up: Events of the fortnight

Round-up: Events of the fortnight

Kingfisher Airlines Chairman Vijay Mallya has reassured employees that the airline will fly by summer with a Rs 650 crore infusion from the UB Group.
Columns US presidential polls has deep implications for India's immigration policy

US presidential polls has deep implications for India's immigration policy

The US presidential election has deep implications for the country's immigration policy and also has lessons for governments around the world.
Editors note 'Start-ups always get our adrenaline going'

'Start-ups always get our adrenaline going'

Start-ups always get our adrenaline going, and an able group of writers joined Das in telling the tales. Deputy Chief Photographer Shekhar Ghosh shot the cool cover and the gatefold after, helped by the intrepid pictures team.
People People who made news last fortnight

People who made news last fortnight

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