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  • After a life spent powering TCS to its current position as the country's pre-eminent technology company, S. Ramadorai took over as Advisor to the Prime Minister in the National Council for Skill Development in February 2011. He spoke to Chaitanya Kalbag and Shamni Pande on the gigantic skilling challenge the country faces.
Technology Dolby Atmos transforming the way sounds reach movie audiences

Dolby Atmos transforming the way sounds reach movie audiences

Dolby Atmos is transforming the way sounds reach movie audiences.
Columns International financial crises are often triggered by imbalances

International financial crises are often triggered by imbalances

Michael Pettis, Professor of Finance at Peking University and a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment, says international financial crises are often triggered by imbalances caused by a surge in capital flows from countries with high savings to those with low savings.

Budget 2013: Chidambaram left commodities' sector well alone

Barring a small Commodities Transaction Tax, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram left the commodities' sector well alone.
Focus Pharma company Strides Arcolab on a high

Pharma company Strides Arcolab on a high

Strides's in February sold its injectable medicine business, Agila Specialties, to US drug giant Mylan Inc, for more than $1.6 billion, in one of the biggest deals in the Indian pharmaceutical sector in recent times.

Union Budget 2013-14: Who said what

It is not a big bang Budget but a growth-oriented one… It is an analytic Budget, there is not much fault to be found (with it)Adi Godrej, President, CII, and Chairman, Godrej Group, in The Hindu

Life insurance industry in India is in crisis

Life insurance penetration in India was always low, but, worryingly enough, it has been falling even lower for two consecutive years now.

Bill to create a safe working environment for women may be open to misuse

The Bill to create a safe working environment for women is a positive step, but may be open to misuse.

Events that you have missed last fortnight

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is India's most successful Test cricket captain. His 22nd victory as skipper, achieved in Hyderabad against Australia recently, took him past Sourav Ganguly's 21 victories

Samsung's Knox first comprehensive Android mobile security solution for enterprises

Samsung's Knox is the first comprehensive solution that addresses the "mobile security needs of enterprise IT".

Review: Nokia Lumia 920 and Lenovo K860

Even more than the phone itself, it is the camera on Nokia's latest 4.5-inch Lumia 920 that is making waves.

Big boys of Indian IT need to guard against class action suits

There is a body of experts who feel that as Indian IT companies hire more locals in foreign markets and grow larger in size, exposure to such lawsuits will only increase.

How different things work: Phone tapping

Phone tapping is back in the headlines, thanks to the unauthorised spying on Rajya Sabha opposition leader Arun Jaitley's phone, the discovery of which led to a furore in Parliament and the arrests of four people so far.

Why UPA is keen to woo Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar

The approval of a new ultra-mega power plant for Bihar is yet another pointer to the UPA's keenness to woo Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
Features Budget 2013/14 assumes the economy will perform better

Budget 2013/14 assumes the economy will perform better

Budget 2013/14 assumes the economy will perform better than in the previous year and tax administration will be much more efficient.

Hybrids and convertibles may prove too costly for the Indian market

Hybrids and convertibles are 'two-in-ones' devices that can transform from tablet to notebook and vice-versa.

How Railway caterer IRCTC plans to step up its revenue

Since it lost much of its train catering business, railway caterer IRCTC has begun cooking for companies. Over the past year, IRCTC's corporate client list has grown. It now includes Samsung, the Aditya Birla Group, HCL Technologies, Jaipuria Institute of Management, Lava Mobiles and Tata McGraw-Hill

With e-books and apps, Indian publishing goes mobile

Several electronic publishers are hoping to tap the millions of Indians who spend most of their waking day on their mobile devices and just do not have the time to curl up with a real book. With e-books becoming increasingly popular, many publishers and online book retailers are developing special apps for e-books.

Will govt's shale gas policy woo prospective investors?

The Indian government seems to have belatedly woken up to the potential of shale gas in meeting India's energy needs. It is finally ready with its shale gas policy, but it does not signal the end of the problems in harnessing this resource.

What is attracting Indian start-ups to Singapore?

Not just Flipkart, many Indian start-ups have moved to Singapore to plug into a low-tax regime and gain easier access to Southeast Asian markets.

Endemol scripts a success story in India

With reality shows such as Bigg Boss, Endemol has emerged as one of India's biggest TV production companies. What does it plan to do next?

Top Indian handset makers changing tack to take on MNCs

Micromax, Karbonn Mobiles, Lava International, Spice, and Intex Technologies are the top Indian brands which have adopted new strategies over the past year to better challenge the dominance of Samsung, Nokia and other multinational companies. The changing market dynamics forced them to tweak the way they do business.
Careers Demand for professionals who understand environmentally sustainable business on the rise

Demand for professionals who understand environmentally sustainable business on the rise

The demand for professionals who understand environmentally sustainable business is on the rise. Experts estimate 8,000 to 10,000 green jobs have been opening up each year for the past 10 years.
Event Top corporate honchos putted hard at the BT golf event in Bangalore

Top corporate honchos putted hard at the BT golf event in Bangalore

Top corporate honchos putted hard at the BT golf event in Bangalore.
Money Right kind of MF portfolio combines stability with limited risk

Right kind of MF portfolio combines stability with limited risk

The right kind of mutual fund portfolio combines stability with limited risk.
Letters Letter to the Editor on Business Today stories

Letter to the Editor on Business Today stories

You have brought out a cover story on real estate (Balancing Act, March 17) at the right time. It analyses the real estate business scenario minutely, highlighting the major drawbacks

Burberry case stidy: Best of the lot

BT receives scores of responses to its case studies. Below is the best one on Burberry in the Feb 3, 2013 issue.
Smart executive Some managers mistakenly think they add value by spamming colleagues

Some managers mistakenly think they add value by spamming colleagues

Some managers mistakenly think they add value by spamming colleagues.
Editors note 'Hopefully, we will take the reforms path at the crossroads'

'Hopefully, we will take the reforms path at the crossroads'

How quickly have we moved down the skilling highway? Glacially slow, and frighteningly so. For a nation where tens of millions of young people reach working age every year, we seem unperturbed.
LBS Case Study How Kraft Foods made Oreo a global brand

How Kraft Foods made Oreo a global brand

For most of its 100-year existence, Oreo was America's best loved cookie. Faced with stagnation in the domestic market, Kraft Foods moved it into emerging markets where it made some mistakes, learnt from them and ultimately triumphed.
Book Boom review: Indianomix Making Sense of Modern India

Boom review: Indianomix Making Sense of Modern India

The book draws from a potpourri of academic work to show Indians are far from inscrutable.
People People who made news last fortnight

People who made news last fortnight

Starring: Hani El-Assaad, Vladimir Dubovskiy, Dominic Brand, Neeraj Chauhan, Sanjay Mehrotra
Leadership Spotlight Antony Jacob shares his leadership style

Antony Jacob shares his leadership style

Antony Jacob, CEO, Apollo Munich Health Insurance admires Warren Buffett  as the most admired leader.