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  • Infosys, a company that grew from a seven man start-up in 1981 to the 155,629 person, $7 billion enterprise it is today, has time and again been called India's most admired and respected company. But its halo has dimmed.
Feb 17, 2013
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Food Eemerging trends in the food industry in 2013

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Will commissioning of Dabhol LNG terminal end problems for its owner?

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Contract workers are often poorly skilled and get paid less than regular employees for the same work, leading to resentment among these workers. Industry-wide efforts have now started to improve the situation, particularly in the wake of the violence at car maker Maruti Suzuki's Manesar factory last July.

How vibrant is the Gujarat growth story?

Gujarat has been one of India's most industrialised states for decades and its people known for their enterprise. Chief Minister Narendra Modi, for his part, has been more successful than any of his predecessors in packaging the state's strengths.

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KyaZoonga. Zovi. Yebhi. Jabong. Sounds like gobbledygook, right? Yet, believe it or not, Indian online shopping site names are not chosen arbitrarily. Electronic retailers, or e-tailers, give much thought to these seemingly meaningless names and try to select something that best reflects their image.

Steps taken for economic revival will have a positive impact: Baba Kalyani

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