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The Union Budget 2023-24 announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has given the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) a bit of a breather. (Illustration: Raj Verma)

Budget breather for the RBI: Rate hike cycle is coming to an end

Feb 05, 2023

With inflation moderating and the Budget sticking to a fiscal consolidation path, the February monetary policy may well see the last of the rate hikes for now.

Technological advancements have become the new normal, with consumers gradually becoming accustomed to technology-enabled services.

Technology and talent: The cornerstones of India’s transformation

Jan 30, 2023

As we enter the next decade of technological transformation, we must focus on reaping the full benefits of this era through robust investments in R&D and innovation, as well as increased capex for skill-based education.

It will take a collaborative effort by the government, educational establishments, and industry to achieve India’s education targets

Democratise and Digitise: Making learning inclusive in India

Jan 27, 2023

It will take a collaborative effort by the government, educational establishments, and industry to achieve India’s education targets. Initiatives such as the National Education Policy and integrated and collaborative digital learning platforms are a step in that direction

Accenture is one of the leading IT services company

'IT firms need to be creators of talent and not just consumers,' says Accenture’s Rekha M. Menon

Jan 27, 2023

In an exclusive exchange with Business Today around the Indian IT sector, Menon said, “Every business will need to evolve to become a creator and not just a consumer of talent and unlock the potential of people by combining the power of technology and human abilities.”

E-commerce has become popular in smaller towns and cities

E-commerce empowering women sellers, tier 2 and tier 3 cities sellers

Jan 23, 2023

E-commerce has become popular in smaller towns and cities (Tier - 2,3,4, and beyond) with the continuing rise in smartphone penetration and digital literacy. Consumers prefer the convenience of having things delivered to their doorstep. E-retail growth has provided sellers, including those in small cities, access to a broader shopper base. 

Today, skills and capabilities are key factors in career growth.

Reskilling, upskilling, continuous learning: Three mantras imperative for both employers and employees

Jan 23, 2023

Skilling employees and clients has always been an important area of focus for the top IT firms in India Infosys. Employees are expected to augment their skills regularly so they can excel in their careers and undertake a deeper refresh of skills every couple of years.

The multi-faceted Lisa Ray is all set for a new beginning with The Upside Space

‘NFTs can help bring art closer to people': Actor Lisa Ray

Jan 21, 2023

From modeling to films and more, Lisa Ray’s career has been spread all over the world and across multiple genres. She now enters the world of digital art and NFTs with The Upside Space, a platform for artists of South Asia. She spoke with Business Today about her fresh start.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharamn will soon announce the union budget

Budget FY 23-24: With general elections around the corner, will we get a populist budget?

Jan 20, 2023

The upcoming budget is important not only from an economic point of view but also has political significance given the General Elections in May 2024. Logically, the ruling party would not want to rock the boat ahead of elections. So do not expect any pathbreaking reforms or policy announcements in this Budget.

All of the chief economists surveyed expect weak or very weak growth in 2023 in Europe, while 91 per cent expect weak or very weak growth in the US.

Davos 2023: WEF returns, with a recession hanging over the globe

Jan 16, 2023

The crux of the outlook is that geopolitical tensions will continue to shape the global economy, and that further monetary tightening can be expected, including in the United States of America (USA) and Europe.

Author, Entrepreneur, Karan Bajaj

‘Secret to extraordinary professional growth lies in great personal growth’: Karaj Bajaj

Jan 14, 2023

In 'The Freedom Manifesto', author and entrepreneur, Karan Bajaj speaks of seven rules to live the life of one’s calling by opening avenues for personal growth. 

Nifty Bank Put options distribution showed that 41,500 and 41,000 strikes have highest open interest (OI) concentration, Bagadia said

Nifty Bank Outlook: Stay cautious till 43,000 is taken out; ICICI Bank, IndusInd, Canara Bank to do well

Jan 14, 2023

Nifty Bank support has shifted to 41,500-41,200 level. The immediate resistance for the index is placed at 43,800, Bagadia said

BYJU's co-founder Divya Gokulnath explains how young Indians can become job creators and not job seekers

BYJU's co-founder Divya Gokulnath explains how young Indians can become job creators and not job seekers

Jan 12, 2023

Gokulnath opines that in a world that is increasingly technology-based and requires strong problem-solving skills, an entrepreneurial mindset will be the new key to success in the 21st-century workforce

Aarti Harbhajanka, Co-Founder, Primus Partners

One in 10 people on the planet will be living in Indian cities by 2047. Are we ready?

Jan 11, 2023

By 2047, Indian cities will be the hubs of economic activities, learning, culture, and innovation. With more than 80 per cent of global GDP generated in cities, India has an immense opportunity to shape the future of the global economy.

At the core, employee experience is linked to every interaction and touch point the employee experiences through their association with the company. Here are some key factors to keep in mind when speaking about this issue

How to improve employee experience in IT sector: Infosys' head of HR has this to say

Jan 10, 2023

At the core, employee experience is linked to every interaction and touch point the employee experiences through their association with the company. Here are some key factors to keep in mind when speaking about this issue

Businesses also need to understand that considering cloud is now the base of all innovation, a primary rule to cloud strategy should be - no trade-offs

Sophisticated cloud environments: How 2023 can be the era that defines smart investments in cloud tech

Jan 09, 2023

Businesses also need to understand that considering cloud is now the base of all innovation, a primary rule to cloud strategy should be - no trade-offs

Vaidyanathan managed a fire sale of the property within 25 days and moved the FIPB once again.

The guitar-strumming CEO: How IDFC First Bank's boss V. Vaidyanathan changed India's NBFC space

Jan 09, 2023

V. Vaidyanathan is a man with many lives. He can strum the guitar, croon to a track from The Scorpions, and is known for his philanthropy. Amongst all these, he also transformed India’s NBFC space. This is his story. 

To be true to the ESG ideal, enterprises should be guided by its spirit of governance, rather than just the law

Why data security and privacy can become a key ESG opportunity

Jan 09, 2023

To be true to the ESG ideal, enterprises should be guided by its spirit of governance, rather than just the law. It means going beyond protecting data privacy and confidentiality to consider the ethics of using a technology solution that might be seen as invasive or find ways to use Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Big Data Analytics more responsibly

Old technologies are now continually transforming. Online connectivity speeds have increased from 2G to 5G, legacy software is becoming SaaS, and security systems have pivoted from passwords to face detection and motion sensors

Digital transformation will lead the way in 2023. Here are some trends that can impact businesses

Jan 04, 2023

Old technologies are now continually transforming. Online connectivity speeds have increased from 2G to 5G, legacy software is becoming SaaS, and security systems have pivoted from passwords to face detection and motion sensors. As we look forward to 2023, here are some trends that shall impact businesses worldwide

Education is where technology has the most meaningful scope of impact, the author believes.

Student-centric, hybrid, and adaptive: How technology will be deeply embedded in future classrooms

Jan 03, 2023

We can already see this in instances where digital solutions have been skillfully harnessed to connect students to teachers, resources, content, expertise, and learning experiences that empower and inspire them.

Year 2023 will continue to be driven by asset allocation. Your alpha will not be driven by stock selection or churn or timing

5 investing mistakes investors can avoid in 2023

Jan 02, 2023

Year 2023 will mark a cusp in India’s long term growth. It is time to seriously look at gradually expanding your investment outlay, at least in a manner that matches your potential

Udayan Mukherjee with Pele

Sleep well, Black Pearl: Udayan Mukherjee's tribute to Pele

Dec 30, 2022

"When my time came, I felt tongue tied, staring at the man I had idolised since my school days; his eyes seemed bloodshot, there may even have been a whiff of alcohol in the air," writes Udayan Mukherjee.