The NDA government is bringing a plan to clean the mess in distribution companies, but a history of failures raises more apprehension than confidence.
For the first time, this corporate golf tournament will be played across seven cities, beginning with Ahmedabad and ending with the National final in Delhi on March 12 and 13. Winners of Business Today Best SME Awards are setting high standards and taking giant strides forward.
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Services industries are being swarmed by the steel warriors - robots that can do practically everything from serving you food to cleaning a high-pressure pipe in a power plant. While the role of drones in civilian life is bound to increase, the DGCA's hesitation in endorsing them also has some basis. Key questions of safety and security are involved. Smart bands and smart watches are the most popular, but there are also smart glasses, smart bracelets, smart shoes, smart socks, smart rings and pendants and much more. Wearable gadgets such as smartwatches, glasses, bracelets, shoes, socks, etc., have moved from the realms of fantasy novels and sci-fi movies to our everyday lives.
Tax experts and industry players are of the opinion that the Centre has not come good when it comes to implementation, in spite of all the right noises it had made initially. Most of the global rating agencies have snipped India's GDP forecast for 2015 because of weak monsoons. But India's macro story still seems much stronger than other emerging nations. India Inc's increasing fascination for issuing stock options to reward employees is very much evident in ESOP volumes, too. In 2014/15, the number of such options totalled 32.2 crore, the highest since 2006/07. The first part of the recently concluded Phase III FM Radio auctions has seen the costliest bids in the history of the FM industry. Close to Rs 522 crore was bid for stations in the metro cities alone. Sebi has the resources to bring in people and develop the required infrastructure but it would not be an easy task for it to give equal attention to both the markets. The Centre's business friendliness rankings are nudging states to carry out significant reforms.
Hospitals for children are emerging as a big business. After taking several baby steps, the leading players in the segment are now striding ahead. Based on mutual agreement and unwritten rules, entrepreneurial HR is disrupting the function and showing a new way for corporations. The hype about growth in smaller towns is over. Hospitals are now taking a more calibrated approach to expansion outside the country's top cities. The private equity industry finds itself trapped in mid-sized companies with no hope of exits in the near future.
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No matter how the future pans out, for now, expectations about explosive growth have made every player gung-ho. Mylan CEO Heather Bresch says India has been doing a pretty good job with its tax-free development zones. Your CSR model is something the rest of the world should follow. It is a great thing to give back to the country, especially when you are developing. Quick takes on major events that happened recently
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The current estimates are that some seven crore households and about 28 crore people in the country still do not have access to electricity, 68 years after Independence.
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