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  • This year's winners successfully steered their companies through one of the most challenging periods in recent times.
The Buzz Drowning in debt

Drowning in debt

Debt and pledged shares numbers show India Inc. is not in the best of shapes.

IDBI Bank Under LIC's Care

The behemoth LIC is now the new promoter for this bank whose NPAs are among the highest in the country.

Haircut Soon

Over 93 lakh houses are lying unsold in India's top eight cities, and another 23 lakh are behind schedule.

Staying In The Game

The new controlled regimen has meant that e-commerce companies could lose nearly 35-40% of e-retail sales.

Billion-Dollar Question

Presently, the MSCI counts shares in Depository Receipts (DRs) and domestic free-float shares when calculating the weight of a company on its indices.

Ailing With Uncertainty

DG Shah, Secretary General of the Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance, sees problems on three fronts: pricing, regulatory and exports.

End Of The Road

New norms mandate that every car is fitted with a driver side airbag, speed warning system, seatbelt reminder, rear parking sensors and better structural stability to withstand crash test norms.

A Saga Of Abuse

Rural India could be a hotbed of cybercrimes due to lack of education and low digital literacy.

Hands-On Learning

This Jaipur-based edtech company helps students become logical thinkers and problem-solvers.

It's Confusing

Cable TV networks discarded pay channels in Tier II & III markets.

Long Road Ahead

The total loan staring at a default comes to Rs 91,000 crore and there's no resolution in sight even four months after the government took control.

The Emperor's New Clothes

Documents from the Interim Budget show that the government earmarked just Rs 1 lakh for Air India's 10-year Turn Around Plan (TAP) approved in 2012 by UPA-II.

Electoral Cut

The RBI surprised the market with a cut in repo rate and may well follow up its inflation bet with another rate cut.
The Break-Out Zone Late, But Impressive

Late, But Impressive

The Galaxy M20 features a bright, 6.3-inch bezel-less display with 2,439x1,080p resolution.

A Tax Expert's Memoirs

Shome's handling of tax reforms is legendary and his autobiography mostly chronicles that; But you will also find glimpses of life's rich hues.

Power Machines

A look at innovative workhorses which will keep you ahead of the pack.

Built In Virtual Reality

Virtual reality has been mostly good for games and entertainment, but Ford is now using it to design cars.

Brain Drain

The real reason behind Alzheimer's is not known yet, but there are ways to delay the onset of this progressively debilitating disease.
Best CEOs 2019 India's Best CEOs

India's Best CEOs

Mukesh Ambani was chosen as the champion of champions by the jury from the four winners of the size categories.

Lateral Thinker

From human hair to shrimp feed to related opportunities - Alluri Indra Kumar can find the link, and make it work.

The Visionary

Azim Premji is not only one of India's biggest entrepreneurs, he is also the face of corporate philanthropy.

Mr Nuts & Bolts

From selling mechanical watch movements in Tata Press way back in 1983, to building The Titan Company into a Rs 15,656 crore-lifestyle brand, Bhaskar Bhat has taken lifestyle to the masses.

Fit For Future

Alliances with right partners will be key in building a sustainable and smart business ecosystem.

A People's Man

CP Gurnani's formula is to break down complex issues and tackle the parts one by one.

Circuit Maker

IS Jha's focus on speed of execution of projects has done wonders for PowerGrid.

The Road Warrior

Kenichi Ayukawa led Maruti to a position of historic strength in 2017/18 and is prepping the company for future challenges.

Mr Big Picture

Mukesh Ambani is betting on consumer businesses to take RIL's story forward.

Value Hunter

Sajjan Jindal, Chairman of JSW Steel, buys when everyone sells.

Crazy Over Cement

Shree Cement believes in being different. So, it expanded during a downturn, and even bought a Gulf-based company. The bold bets are set to pay off.

How We Did It

The shortlisting process accounts for both quantitative as well as qualitative aspects.

The Risk Manager

Rajeev Jain has the unique ability to think like a customer and come up with marketable products.

When Less Is More

Despite no big product launches in the US last year, Natco Pharma gained from its strategy of focussing on a few big products. It now hopes to build on this.

The Taste Meister

Britannia Industries' MD Varun Berry is set to turn the company into a total foods company.

The Moti Vator

Vinod Dasari's focussed leadership helped debt-ridden Ashok Leyland avoid a crash and turn around.
The Hub 'States Free to Top Up Income Support Scheme'

'States Free to Top Up Income Support Scheme'

The country's interim Finance Minister, Piyush Goyal, speaks to Business Today's Prosenjit Datta, Rajeev Dubey and Anilesh S. Mahajan about the Budgets fiscal math, the role of states in the new income support scheme for farmers and the government's plans to fulfil its promises in an election year. Edited excerpts:

Healthy Push

As India goes to polls, the Modi government's flagship health Insurance scheme can be a game changer in some key states. Will it be able to deliver?

An Eye For An Eye

Tata Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra, two home-grown auto firms, find themselves yet again in a pitched battle for the third position in domestic passenger vehicles. But the fight this time promises to be longer and more intense.
Leadership Spotlight Leaderspeak


When Vats took over the reins in 2012, Viacom was a six-channel network. Today, it has grown into 46 channels with a huge regional presence.
Editors note The Leadership Mantras

The Leadership Mantras

Tim Cook of Apple and Elon Musk of Tesla are both known for their insane work hours.