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News that you may have missed last fortnight

Infosys CEO S.D. Shibulal and CFO Rajiv Bansal have reasons to cheer as India's third-largest IT exporter, which had lost its way over the last two years and was growing somewhat slower than its rivals, reported net profits of Rs 2,374 crore for the quarter ended June 2013. The company held on to its guidance of 6 to 10 per cent growth for 2013/14.
Focus Ishrat Jahan encounter: How things work

Ishrat Jahan encounter: How things work

The recent chargesheet filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation maintaining that Ishrat Jahan and three others had been killed in cold blood by the Gujarat police, has once again drawn attention to the persisting problem of fake encounters in India.

Ensuring rural access to bank credit is one of the keys to poverty alleviation

Rural India is home to some 83 crore people, about 70 per cent of the population. Ensuring rural access to bank credit is one of the keys to poverty alleviation. But financial inclusion is still a distant dream. Rural India gets only a small fraction of the total credit disbursed by banks.

Review: Sony CyberShot DSC-HX300 and LG 55LA8600

A mobile app for office work, the camera with the steadiest zoom, and an awesome TV.

Rupee fall has made the need for energy reform all the more urgent

India's current economic crisis - the current account deficit is at a historic 5 per cent of GDP - has catalysed the steps to reform the sector. A widening CAD has weakened the rupee, making fuel imports costlier.

Implementing the Food Security Ordinance will be a big challenge

The success and failure of the scheme will depend on the states as they need to implement and monitor it. Over the next six months, they will have to identify beneficiaries and frame guidelines for the implementation.
Careers Opportunities growing for those seeking a career in research

Opportunities growing for those seeking a career in research

Opportunities are growing in the corporate world for those seeking a career in research with start-ups mushrooming across sectors from information technology to consumer goods. Many companies say they are spending more on R&D and hiring for R&D is also up.
Features Mumbai-based music instrument dealer is betting that India needs more piano tuners and repairers

Mumbai-based music instrument dealer is betting that India needs more piano tuners and repairers

A Mumbai-based music instrument dealer is betting that India needs more piano tuners and repairers, and has set up a school totrain them.

Cracking the rural market a tough task for organised retail chains

Despite rural incomes and consumption rising steadily in the past few years, rural retail chains have not been able to match the success of their urban counterparts.

Air India's recent performance offers hope of a comeback

The carrier posted earnings before tax, interest, depreciation and amortisation of Rs 19 crore in 2012/13. The achievement is significant, considering that the airline has been making losses for the past seven years.

Why the govt cannot afford to scrap the Jet Airways-Etihad deal

The UAE is New Delhi's largest trading partner: trade between the two countries stood at $74.4 billion in 2012/13.

Uninor, which lost some 10 million subscribers from January to March, is close to breaking even

Despite losing some 10 mn subscribers from Jan to March, Uninor expects to break even in terms of earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation. In other words, it expects revenues to equal the cost of operation. It has also advanced its target to break even on cash flow by two years.

Banking licence: How banks will manage the shift from their existing business models

The biggest challenge for financial services companies in the race to set up new banks will be to manage the shift away from their existing business models. They will also have to gain public trust and establish a strong brand identity amid stiff competition from established private as well as state-run lenders.

Events are connecting start-up entrepreneurs in their lonely journey

Big-ticket events such as NASSCOM's Product Enclave and The Indus Entrepreneur's TiECon, as well as a growing number of small gatherings, are helping the start-up entrepreneurs multiply their opportunities to build product prototypes, present ideas, and meet peers and investors.

Indian rupee's slump has shattered business sentiment

The Business Today-C fore Business Confidence Survey for the April-to-June period of 2013 found that sentiment among corporate leaders turned for the worse for the first time in four quarters, due mainly to a steep drop in the value of the rupee.

HDFC is putting the building blocks in place to grow its education venture Credila

The mortgage lender is putting the building blocks in place to grow its education venture Credila. The demand for education loan is growing at a fast clip because of the rising cost of higher studies and the inability of parents to meet these expenses with their savings.
Technology Innovative uses the tablet is being put to are mind boggling.

Innovative uses the tablet is being put to are mind boggling.

The innovative uses the tablet is being put to are mind boggling.
Railway Budget 2014 Best companies to work for: Indian Railways is an employer like none other

Best companies to work for: Indian Railways is an employer like none other

The statistics are mindboggling! With staff strength of 1.4 million, the Railways - which completed 160 years in April this year - is the biggest employer in the country. In 2012/13 alone, it recruited 156,000 more employees.
People People who made news last fortnight

People who made news last fortnight

Starring: Manish Singh,  V. Shankar, R. Chandrasekhar, Mahesh Samat, Leo Puri and Kiran Kumar Grandhi
Editors note 'Our annual Best Companies to Work For survey is a voyage of discovery'

'Our annual Best Companies to Work For survey is a voyage of discovery'

Our annual Best Companies to Work For survey is a voyage of discovery, and every year the navigational charts are changing as more and more young Indians insert the magic letters "in" before "dependent" and sally forth from pocket money to real money in their pockets.
Leadership Spotlight Luminous Power Technologies Rakesh Malhotra admires his father

Luminous Power Technologies Rakesh Malhotra admires his father

Rakesh Malhotra, Founder & Chairman, Luminous Power Technologies admires his father M.L. Malhotra, an IAS officer, who taught him patience and hard work.
Columns Three new ways to look at employee engagement

Three new ways to look at employee engagement

The past three years' studies were focused purely on the perception and aspirations of employees, but this year's result clearly shows that the employee is looking at hard-core reality with meaningful returns for her career as well as a well carved-out path to meet her aspirations.
Letters Letters to the Editor by readers

Letters to the Editor by readers

Your cover story on Hero MotoCorp (Breaking Free, July 21) was exceptionally good.
Book Book review: American Wheels Chinese Roads

Book review: American Wheels Chinese Roads

The book reveals why doing business in China is an uncertain endeavour.