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Features Two entrepreneurs hope to make beer as ubiquitous as coffee in India

Two entrepreneurs hope to make beer as ubiquitous as coffee in India

At least two entrepreneurs hope so. Pradeep Gidwani and Rahul Singh, owners of two respective beer cafe chains, want to make the drink as easily available and as widely consumed as coffee in India.

India's drug regulator is getting a makeover but better enforcement and safer medicines are yet a chimera

A close look at the Indian pharmaceutical industry shows a complicated regulatory structure and a web of entities at the central and state levels tasked with monitoring the sector. The regulator is now getting a makeover but better enforcement and safer medicines are yet a chimera.

Indian mobile gaming companies change tack to woo the world

Finding few takers within the country, Indian mobile gaming companies change tack to woo the world.

Ranbaxy has very high credibility even today: Arun Sawhney

Arun Sawhney, MD and CEO, Ranbaxy, defended the company in an interview with Chaitanya Kalbag. Edited excerpts:

Rising royalty payments by Indian subsidiaries worry tax authorities

Many multinationals have jacked up royalty rates from local subsidiaries ever since the Indian government scrapped a cap on royalties to overseas parents about three years ago. Shareholders say the higher royalty payouts are cutting into net profits and, in effect, reducing their dividend payouts.

Ranbaxy is not a lemon, it's a fantastic company: Malvinder Singh

Fortis Healthcare Executive Chairman Malvinder Singh, while rebutting Japanese firm Daiichi Sankyo's charges, says the company failed in growing the Ranbaxy business.

Disgraced Ranbaxy has a long way to go before it regains the lost trust

The pharma major is still to get its Paonta Sahib and Dewas units back on track for inspection and approval by the FDA so that it can resume supplies to the US from these facilities.

Phaneesh Murthy does not have a glad eye but attracts people

A glimpse into the working style of India's star IT salesman, who is embroiled in a sexual harassment case for the third time.

FDA has learnt from the Ranbaxy Case: Dinesh S. Thakur

Dinesh S. Thakur, who blew the whistle on Ranbaxy's wrongdoings, spoke over the phone from the US with Chaitanya Kalbag and E. Kumar Sharma.
Focus China will invest in Indian infrastructure to offset the skewed trade balance

China will invest in Indian infrastructure to offset the skewed trade balance

China will invest in Indian infrastructure to offset the skewed trade balance.

Why the rupee keeps losing value and what it means for your budget

A weaker rupee makes India's oil imports costlier and could push up the inflation rate. This may force the central bank to revisit its current policy of lowering interest rates.

United Progressive Alliance report card: Some numbers left out

On May 22, the United Progressive Alliance completed nine years in office. It marked the occasion by releasing a 'report card' of its performance. Here are some numbers the report card left out.

Review: Samsung UA46F7500BJ and Asus Fonepad

Samsung UA46F7500BJ-a cutting edge TV and Asus Fonepad - a cutting edge TV

Four high-profile regulators who retire in the next 12 months

Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai - who quit office on May 22 - is the first of four high-profile regulators who retire in the next 12 months. The highlights of their tenures and the challenges their successors will face:

News that you may have missed last fortnight

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang promised to open up his country's services industry, during a recent visit to TCS headquarters in Mumbai. Tata Group is the biggest Indian group working in China.
Columns India should set a global drug quality benchmark: Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

India should set a global drug quality benchmark: Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

The issuing of manufacturing licences should be strictly regulated and the frequency of spot audits stepped up along with severe penalties for non-compliance, writes Biocon CMD Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw.

Economic projections have vastly underestimated the severity of the Eurozone crisis

Economic projections have vastly underestimated the severity of the Eurozone crisis, as well as its impact on the rest of the world.
Careers Why jobseekers are flocking to staid old public sector units

Why jobseekers are flocking to staid old public sector units

Jobseekers are flocking to staid old public sector units, many of which now pay better than their private counterparts, and offer security as well.
Case Study How Eicher and Volvo leveraged their respective strengths to achieve their disparate goals

How Eicher and Volvo leveraged their respective strengths to achieve their disparate goals

In 2008, Eicher Motors tied up with Swedish truck maker Volvo in its bid to become a larger player and build a global presence in the commercial vehicle business. Volvo, on the other hand, wanted to crack the small and medium-truck segment in India. This case study looks at how the two companies leveraged their respective strengths to achieve their disparate goals.
Editors note 'N. Srinivasan's story is a reminder of the intertwining of politics, patronage, cricket and money'

'N. Srinivasan's story is a reminder of the intertwining of politics, patronage, cricket and money'

When I met Srinivasan at his India Cements office in December 2010, he spoke at length about his business and his passion for cricket: his company had traditionally employed some of India's best cricketers. His story is a reminder of the intertwining of politics, patronage, cricket and money.
Special India's Best CFOs: A BT-YES Bank survey

India's Best CFOs: A BT-YES Bank survey

The Business Today Best CFO Awards recognise the people who have perhaps the most difficult job in corporate India - heading the finance department - especially at a time when the economy is struggling. Full coverage

India's Best CFos 2013: How We Did It

The search for India's best CFOs begins from another elite list - the BT500 listing of India's biggest corporations by market capitalisation.

BT-YES Bank Best CFO survey: Kolkata's Captains of Cash

Kamal Kishore Baheti, Director and CFO, McLeod Russel; Naresh Bhansali, CEO (Finance, Strategy and Business Development), Emami; and A.K. Mukherjee, Director - Finance and CFO, Exide Industries.

BT-YES Bank Best CFO survey: Mumbai's Money Moguls

Yogesh Dhingra, Director - Finance and COO, Blue Dart Express; R. Shankar Raman, Director and CFO, L&T; P. Ganesh, Executive V-P - Finance and Commercial, Godrej Consumer Products; Sushil Agarwal, CFO, Aditya Birla Nuvo and Kailash C. Birla, CFO, UltraTech Cement

Rajiv Tandon is BT-YES Bank Best CFO survey Overall Winner Sustained Wealth Creation (Large)

ITC's Rajiv Tandon has led several initiatives to cut costs, improve margins and boost earnings.
Best CFO Awards 2013 BT-YES Bank Best CFO survey: Delhi's Doyens of Dough

BT-YES Bank Best CFO survey: Delhi's Doyens of Dough

P.K. Bajpai, Director - Finance, Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd, Ram Singh, Director - Finance, Engineers India Ltd, P. Alli Rani, Director - Finance, Container Corporation of India and Ambarish Raghuvanshi, Director, Group President (Finance) and CFO, Info Edge
Technology How to digitise your contacts

How to digitise your contacts

Digitise your contacts so you don't have to transfer them manually to your new phone.
Book Book review: Street Smarts: Adventures on the Road and in the Markets

Book review: Street Smarts: Adventures on the Road and in the Markets

Jim Rogers on his own life and why he is betting on Asia, especially China.
People People who made news last fornight

People who made news last fornight

Starring: Boris Becker, Sashwati Banerjee,  Shashi Kant Sharma, Latif Nathani, Varun Berry, Vivek Ranadive
Leadership Spotlight Sapient India's Rajdeep Endow on his first role model and more

Sapient India's Rajdeep Endow on his first role model and more

Sapient India's Rajdeep Endow's first role model was Bhagat Singh
Letters Cross-badging of cars: Best of the lot

Cross-badging of cars: Best of the lot

BT receives scores of responses to its case studies. Below is Best Of The Lot the best one on cross-badging of cars (April 28, 2013)