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Mahesh Nayak
April 1, 2008
When US investment bank Morgan Stanley parted ways with JM Financial last February after a 10-year relationship, the Indian financial services major, in which founder Nimesh Kampani owns 67 per cent of the equity, got richer by a cool $425 million. For decades, Kampani has been a veritable one-man army on Deal Street. He’s now attempting to build a multi-faceted institution, but the going may not to be smooth. BT's Mahesh Nayak reports.


www.businesstoday.in
March 31, 2008
“Inflation is driven by high commodity prices and food prices; since we’re importing commodities, we’re actually importing inflation”


Anand Adhikari
March 31, 2008
The 43-year-old school dropout, Gautam Adani, who was recently ranked #10 among Indian billionaires by Forbes, is thinking big—and ahead—for ways to expand his business empire. He already runs the Mundra Port in Gujarat. That’s only Act I in his plan of becoming India’s largest infrastructure player. A report by BT's Anand Adhikari.


Anusha Subramanian
March 31, 2008
Corporate executives are rediscovering life and work fundamentals in rock climbing, trekking and other outdoor activities. They realize that it is not possible to be very creative and innovative by just being in one place and doing the same mundane job day in and day out. BT’s Anusha Subramanian tells us how executives disconnect from daily tasks to develop efficiencies and different perspectives.


Vijay Govindarajan
March 31, 2008
Beacause it is so hard to manage, innovation comes with more than its fair share of myths. Companies must break free of such misconceptions if they are to become strategic innovators.


www.businesstoday.in
March 31, 2008
Barriers to innovation remain, but the most innovative companies have realised that \"innovation\" is not just about developing new products and services but, more fundamentally, about discovering new ways to create value. A Business Today-Monitor Group study profiles the most innovative Indian firms.


Mahesh Nayak
March 31, 2008
Say hello to the brash new kids on Dalal Street. Flush with funds, thanks to till-recently booming primary and secondary markets as well as generous infusions by venture capital and private equity majors, most of these single-service houses (primarily stockbroking) are now planning to get into areas that have been traditionally the preserve of dyed-in-the-wool deal makers. BT's Mahesh Nayak reports.


Manu Kaushik
March 31, 2008
Multi-modal, all purpose smart cards are the way forward for India, say experts at the seventh BT Round Table.


N. Madhavan
March 31, 2008
TVS currently ranks #8 in the global pecking order of two-wheeler manufacturers, with players such as Hero Honda, Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki and Bajaj Auto way ahead of it. Buoyed by a spate of product launches, including a new 125cc motorbike, TVS Motor’s Venu Srinivasan is looking to not just wrest back market share but also become a global heavyweight. BT's N. Madhavan reports. TVS Motors: Stepping back to win


Sanjoy Narayan
April 6, 2008
It's not as if the recent past has been bad at HUL. In fact, it is quite the opposite: profitability has improved over the past couple of years and, in many of the product categories that the foods, home and personal care marketer operates, it has been able to regain lost market shares.


Brian Carvalho
March 19, 2008
Hindustan Unilever is on a roll again. That HUL has been finally able to stoke up the growth embers, improve profitability, regain market shares, and grow fledgling markets in the past three years, are significant indicators of its business success. But that doesn't make new CEO Nitin Paranjpe's mandate—to pump up HUL's mojo in highly competitive markets—any easier. Business Today's Brian Carvalho reports.


www.businesstoday.in
March 19, 2008
TVS Motor launches new products that may revive its fortune.


www.businesstoday.in
March 18, 2008
Nicholas Piramal India (NPIL), one of India’s leading pharmaceutical companies, is going through a major makeover.


Mahesh Nayak
March 18, 2008
Many stocks have started looking attractive, particularly if you look at them as a long-term investment. As equity markets become cheaper, it’s the perfect opportunity to grab a few growth funds for the long term.


www.businesstoday.in
March 18, 2008
He closely follows football, loves to read and is taking his baby steps towards becoming a collector of Discworld memorabilia. Ambareesh Murty, an alumnus of Delhi College of Engineering and IIM Calcutta, replaces Rajan Mehra as Country Manager of eBay India. Mehra is moving out to pursue an entrepreneurial role in venture capital space.


Manu Kaushik
March 17, 2008
Agriculture is offering unlimited opportunities on the back of retail.


Pallavi Srivastava
March 17, 2008
For all the wannabe partners vying the VC and PE Fund space, here’s the mantra for success.


Krishna Gopalan
March 17, 2008
Jain Irrigation Systems is the second-largest drip irrigation company in the world and one of the largest suppliers of ducting to telcos globally. The stock of Jain Irrigation Systems rose from Rs 411.10 on February 28, 2007, when Chidambaram presented his first “pro-farmer” Budget, to Rs 612.8 on March 13, 2008, a fortnight after the second such Budget. Now, it’s eyeing revenues of $1 billion. BT's Krishna Gopalan reports.


R. Sridharan
March 17, 2008
Family businesses are families first and businesses thereafter, argue two Insead professors.


www.businesstoday.in
March 17, 2008
It was a bizarre sight by all accounts. More than 50 foreigners, expat executives to be precise, were zipping around Bangalore in autorickshaws as they tried to complete a long list of ‘tasks’—ranging from making a chain of flowers to hugging a goat. Inquisitive onlookers were told: “This is a scavenger hunt.” The hunt and more such endeavours are part of the Bangalore Expatriate Club’s idea of letting the good times roll in a foreign land.


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