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  • Faster decision-making is just one of the changes Munjal cites when he talks about the rebranding exercise after Honda walked out in December 2010. What he is enjoying more is the freedom to penetrate new overseas markets.
People People who made news last fortnight

People who made news last fortnight

Starring: Franck Dardenne, Tony Chi, Santosh Padhi (left) & Agnello Dias, Prakash Iyer and Chris Koziol
Focus A closer look at what the various advisors to Manmohan Singh have achieved in the UPA's nine years in power

A closer look at what the various advisors to Manmohan Singh have achieved in the UPA's nine years in power

A closer look at what the various advisors to Singh have achieved in the UPA's nine years in power.

Debt behind Jaypee Group's rising troubles

June has turned out to be a terrible month for the Jaypee Group with shares of its three listed companies plunging. A massive debt and pressure on profitability have been troubling it for the past few quarters.

Defying populist cries, the government opts for a steep hike in gas prices

India is a highly price-sensitive market. Thus the challenge of pricing a natural resource in a way that simultaneously balances the interests of industries in that sector and those of the ordinary citizen is a daunting task.

Jewellery industry hit by govt efforts to cut trade deficit

The falling rupee and widening trade deficit have prompted the government to take steps to rein in gold imports.

Rupee breaches the 60 mark against the US dollar: Who said what

The RBI has enough fire power to deal with rupee volatility and will intervene in the forex market as and when required, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, to wire agencies
Products New products in the market

New products in the market

Pirates of the Caribbean fans can now take pride in possessing their own version of the Black Pearl. The model vessel is 35 inches long, and is crafted from solid wood.

Heading for a nervous breakdown? Here are a few tips to deal with it

Heading for a nervous breakdown? Don't rush to the shrink just yet. Here are some natural ways to set you right.

Bowflex SelectTech 552

Imagine having 30 dumbbells in one! With the turn of a dial on the Bowflex SelectTech 552 dumbbells, you can change its weight all the way from 5 lbs to 52.5 lbs.

5 desktop music players

Foobar2000: Customisable shortcut keys make it easier to manage music without taking your hands off the keyboard. Download add-ons and plug-ins to expand its features. App is Free
Travel Mauritius: Le Prince Maurice by Constance adds to the charm

Mauritius: Le Prince Maurice by Constance adds to the charm

Sunny days in Mauritius are best spent by the sparkling turquoise ocean. Le Prince Maurice by Constance adds to the charm.

India's holistic wellness retreats

Trying to walk the work-life tightrope in the midst of your busy routine? Take some time out to check our list of some of India's holistic wellness retreats.

A guide for frequent fliers

Frequent fliers will be subject to higher rates matching their spending power. The perks remain to be seen

Transit in Tokyo? Here's a hop-skip-and-jump guide to the city

Transit in Tokyo? Here's a hop-skip-and-jump guide to the city. Bask in the city's quaint glory in a 24-hour jaunt; we're sure you'll return for more, and real soon.

Events to look forward to in July

From July 12-21 World-class music, dance and theatre team up with one-of-akind lifestyle programmes and Napa's incomparable wines to culminate in California's Festival del Sole.
Careers Increasingly, young professionals are seeking out the social sector to broaden their horizons

Increasingly, young professionals are seeking out the social sector to broaden their horizons

Increasingly, professionals and students are seeking out opportunities in the development sector to work on some of the most pressing problems of the world, broaden their horizons and be ahead of their peers in terms of exposure and experience.
Food Tips on what to eat during monsoons

Tips on what to eat during monsoons

Monsoon's coming, so watch what you eat! Here are some do's and don'ts for the season.

A list of common foods that don't complement each other

Did you know that an apple a day may actually bring the doctor to your doorstep if eaten right after a meal? A list of common foods that don't complement each other.

A rookie's guide to cooking with wine

Why stop at wine pairing when you can pour it straight into your food? Here's a rookie's guide to cooking with wine:

Restaurant review: De Wallen at the Amsterdam Kitchen and Bar

Bask in the garish red lights of De Wallen at the Amsterdam Kitchen and Bar.

Restaurant review: Baan Tao in Pune

At Baan Tao, diners sit by a wooden deck, pointing childishly at the delicate ripples left behind by the delightful water installation.
Features Mobile devices are making their access to the world's top porn sites easier.

Mobile devices are making their access to the world's top porn sites easier.

Indians are avid consumers of porn, and mobile devices are making their access to the world's top porn sites easier.

Kids' wear retailers are now burdened by heavy debt and poor brand recall

Kids' wear retailers are paying the price for reckless expansion, in the form of heavy debt, poor brand recall, high rent costs, and continued competition from mom-and-pop shops in a highly fragmented market.

Can large advertising networks compete against the specialised digital boutiques?

Over the past few years, many specialised boutiques agencies have not only mastered the art of digital advertising but have also quietly taken away business from large ad networks. Large advertising networks are now making hurried acquisitions to step up their digital skills.

Why multinationals are increasing stakes in their Indian units, which could be the first step to delisting from the bourses.

Experts say some of these acquisitions could be part of a long-term strategy to eventually go private in India and could be the first step to delisting from the bourses. Indian market regulations allow promoters to initiate the process of delisting if they have 75 per cent stake.

Some start-ups pose a challenege to established players in the online payment gateway segment

Until recently, three big players - BillDesk, TechProcess and CCAvenue - dominated the payment gateway segment. But they are suddenly being challenged by a host of newcomers.

RCom is slowly clawing its way out of the debt trap

With some judicious deals, Anil Ambani is getting ready to sprint ahead in the telecom business by turning around Reliance Communications, his Rs 20,561-crore telecom venture saddled with a debt of Rs 38,864 crore.

Partial decontrol to weigh heavy on sugar sector

Many sugar companies are in the red, with some seeking financial restructuring. The union govt has made an effort to restore the industry to health with partial decontrol of the highly regulated sector in April. However, the disconnect between sugarcane and sugar prices continues to weigh heavily on the sector.

Fund managers do not expect any improvement in investment climate

Business Today-Morningstar's second survey shows most fund managers do not expect any dramatic improvement in the investment climate over the next 12 months.

India must brace itself for bigger climate change disasters with severe economic implications

The Uttarakhand floods are a small part of the problem. The country must brace itself for bigger climate change disasters with severe economic implications.

Indian rupee's descent isn't over yet

The currency has lost half its value since touching a record high of 39.13 to a US dollar in October 2007.

A Rough Summer for Pepsi in India

The president's departure and underwhelming market share numbers were just two of the crushing blows.
Technology 4K TVs have great clarity, but that is not enough to ensure their widespread use

4K TVs have great clarity, but that is not enough to ensure their widespread use

4K TVs have great clarity, but that is not enough to ensure their widespread use.
Fashion How to stay cool, crisp and stylish during summer

How to stay cool, crisp and stylish during summer

Even as the summer sun gives way to some rain, it's easy to feel exhausted and wilted thanks to the weather. Follow our six simple-yet-effective commandments to stay cool, crisp and stylish.
LBS Case Study How IKEA adapted its strategies to expand and become profitable in China

How IKEA adapted its strategies to expand and become profitable in China

This case study analyses how IKEA adapted its strategies to become profitable in China. It also assesses some lessons the company learnt in China that might be useful in India, where it plans to open its first store by 2014 and 25 stores in 10 to 15 years.
Leadership Spotlight KPMG India CEO Richard Rekhy shares notes on his leadership style

KPMG India CEO Richard Rekhy shares notes on his leadership style

KPMG India CEO Richard Rekhy shares notes on his leadership style
Culture Right food, exercise and attitude helps in fornication

Right food, exercise and attitude helps in fornication

Fornication no longer requires the consent of the king. What it needs, however, is an aroused sense of being and some extra inches of stamina.

On the Cards: How to Shuffle a Deck

Riffle them halfway into two stacks. Hold one stack in each hand. Pull back the top of the stacks with your thumbs, creating a small bend in the middle of the stack

John Abraham takes the Indian urbane man to a whole new level of wellness and grooming

Through four simple steps, John Abraham takes the Indian urbane man to a whole new level of wellness and grooming

Counting on pills to get you through sleepless nights? Hold your horses, there are alternatives.

Counting on pills to get you through sleepless nights? Hold your horses, there are alternatives.
Chiaroscuro News that you may have missed last fortnight

News that you may have missed last fortnight

American Interest: The strategic dialogue co-chaired by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid reviewed the status of civil nuclear ties and defence trade between the U.S. and India. Kerry wanted India to adopt clean energy technologies. Next, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to visit India in mid-July.
Editors note 'For every dollar you spend abroad, you need to fork out more rupees'

'For every dollar you spend abroad, you need to fork out more rupees'

We are living through a very painful lesson in economics - the more spendthrift you are, and the more careless in managing your finances, the more you will be forced to pay for everything you consume.
Letters Best of the lot

Best of the lot

BT receives scores of responses to its case studies. Below is the best one on 7-Eleven in the issue dated May 26, 2013

'Thanks for the fine report on StarTV'

Thanks for the fine report on StarTV (Master of His Game, July 7). Star TV could be the game changer in sports broadcasting in India. Already it is an established entertainment channel.
Book Book review: The World of International Business 2025

Book review: The World of International Business 2025

The global economy's medium-term future will not be much better than the present, says this book.