Business Today Archive December 16, 2007 Issue

Edition: December 16, 2007

Riding the bull will not be a cakewalk as stocks don’t come cheap anymore. With the stock market pausing for a breather, investors must take a focussed approach.
In This Issue
A large population and pent-up demand are fuelling the growth of health insurance in India, but commercial health insurance is still some way from becoming a profitable business.
Editor's Note
This year's BT 500 list of India's most valuable companies reflects the overall bull run on the bourses. But as we analysed the market cap of the BT 500 companies, some distinct trends emerged, which our special cover package will help you discern.

Take the top three automotive companies by market cap (Tata Motors, Maruti Suzuki and Bajaj Auto) and pit them against the top three real estate companies, DLF, Unitech, and Housing Development and Infrastructure.
Top Mind
India has successfully groundtested an indigenously developed upperstage cryogenic engine for use on the next GSLV rocket mission in 2008.
Policy Watch
To gather a crowd is a basic qualification for a grassroots politician. Panchayati Raj Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar is going one step ahead—getting them to Delhi. And no small pack—he has invited all the village heads across the country later next month.
A study by insurer AXA Asia Life has revealed that 82 per cent of the “mass affluent”—the top 25-35 per cent of the population—in India have neither started planning for, nor taken care of their retirement needs.
The BT 50 Index
The relative cost advantage of leading offshore destinations has declined almost universally.
Deal Watch
Reporters Diary
On a trek in the Garhwal Himalayas, BT’s Anusha Subramanian comes back with lessons in micro-financing and community-owned tourism.
The Next Asia is a compilation of 50 essays Stephen Roach's wrote over 2006-07 on not just Asia, but its relevance to the rest of the world.

Winter is here and brings with it, apart from parties and gaiety, all those annoying allergies that kill the fun. But don’t worry, there are ways to fight them.

BT More
They are expensive and delicate. And faulty storage can turn your favourite red wine into vinegar. So, what do you do if you don’t have a cellar at home? Read on and pick up a few crucial tips on how to store your wine as well as other liquor bottles.
Printed Circuit
The Blackberry 8820 from Airtel can be loaded with Airtel’s ‘Wayfinder’ application, now, the maps are a constant download.
Nearly a decade after joining Adobe, Shantanu Narayen, the company’s India-educated President and COO, has been elevated to the top job at the desktop software publishing company.
Leadership Spotlight
It’s all about thinking big. That’s what drives Venugopal Dhoot, Chairman and Managing Director of the Videocon Group, who is in the race to acquire the London-based Burren Energy, valued at nearly $4 billion.
India, Turkey and Hungary are the riskiest economies in the world because of high current account deficits and relatively high consumer price inflation.
It’s a space many media and advertising houses want a toehold in. With good reason. If projections of media services major ZenithOptimedia are anything to go buy, the online advertising market in India is expected to touch Rs 2,250 crore by 2009.
Back of the Book
Landscaping gets a new twist with fully-grown anytime, anywhere trees.
When 24-year-old Arvind Nagasayanam preferred Huawei China over a stint in the US in 2001, most of his peers raised an incredulous eyebrow. Not without reason, though.
The new Nokia N95 8GB comes with an AGPS-based navigation system built into it.
After reading 'We want to be FMCG’S No. 1' (BT, December 2, 2007), one comes to the conclusion that progressive organisations committed to excellence, the world over, pursue a vision.
Corporates of all shapes, sizes and standings test their golfing as well as networking skills at Round One of the 13th Business Today-Honda Pro-Am Championship.
60 minutes

Ten years ago, Barry Bateman realised, there was space for a new global consumer finance brand. A decade down the line, Fidelity International is managing assets of $299.4 billion outside the America with a sizeable presence in Asia-Pacific. As Bateman explains, India and China will be Fidelity’s growth drivers over the next 15-20 years.

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