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August 30, 2003

Ladies' footwear to come of age
UK-based shoe company Carlton London has big plans for India. Will it succeed, asks Smita Tripathi

Blockbuster season on small screen
The small screen is getting a lot bigger as TV channels pour crores of rupees into making high-profile serials with big-name stars, says Surajeet Das Gupta and Arti Sharma

Call centre conundrum
Business process outsourcing may be the hottest business in town but the industry is struggling to fight high attrition rates, says Rumman Ahmed

August 29, 2003

Punishment via promotion
Several companies find punishment through promotions a trifle expensive but trouble-free way to free up critical positions from incompetent incumbents

August 28, 2003

Funding for power
Giving tax benefits is not the best way of bank rolling political parties, says T N Pandey

Jalan's farewell to foreign exchanges
Jalan's exchange rate management worked by keeping the rupee under-valued, says Sudhir Mulji

August 27, 2003

Should the government adopt open-source technology?
The use of open-source software programmes lowers the cost of IT, but it is also a major source of security vulnerability.

Meet Chirag Mehta, the Icenet man
Today, with dedicated fibre optic cable networks, digital modems, a fully automated helpdesk and a user-to-lines ratio conforming to global standards, Icenet, India's first private sector Internet service provider, stands out in a pool of 25 ISPs.

Tee-time glossy
Living Media's Golf Digest will soon have competition. Magazine publishing house, Media Transasia India Ltd is launching a new glossy for golfers.

Squeezing an opportunity
Two juice bar chains expect to make a splash in the next few months with their national expansion plans, syas Anuradha Kapoor.

Cancun WTO meet: Focus should be on greater market access
The World Trade Organisation ministerial conference in Cancun will set the course the Indian economy has to pursue in the coming years.

August 26, 2003

From crisis to Harvard B-school
The Harvard Business School will have little choice but to include a brief profile of Damodaran in its case study, concludes P Vaidyanathan Iyer

Economist who could talk to the layman
Khusro was Vice Chancellor of the Aligarh Muslim University and India's ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany; he was a member of the Planning Commission and later headed the Agha Khan Foundation's office in India

August 25, 2003

Scrap the Trai/TDSAT
Since the government ignores the regulators whenever it wants to, why even go through the sham of consulting them? argues Sunil Jain

The fundamentals of fund-raising
Donations to political parties by corporations have a chequered history and the issue continues to be a matter of debate, says T N Pandey

FMCG Vs durables
With durables fighting non-durables for a share of the consumer's wallet, should investors follow the same logic? Analysts say autos qualify, but not consumer durables. The best companies in the latter group are not listed

Fixing India's healthcare system
Given that even the poor are not using public healthcare services, it is time to take this sector seriously, says S Sivakumar

August 23, 2003

The Independence decade
Modern India needs another freedom movement! A movement that can free its billion plus population from dogma.

To buy or not to buy
In circumstances like the present, where equity keeps climbing, unreality sets in. Logic suggests that there must be an eventual correction, writes Devangshu Datta.

Directives for directors
The corporate world is in a fix as a new bill proposes stringent guidelines on who can, and who can't be a director, reports Nandini Lakshman

Honda Accord vs Toyota Camry
The new Honda Accord is big and capable. So how does it fare against the equally big and capable Toyota Camry? Sameer Kumar

A fruitful venture
NDDB entry into horticulture auctions could change the way fruits and vegetables are marketed in India. Joydeep Ray looks at the impact on the industry.

The lowdown on Haier
Chinese white goods giant Haier is all set to enter the Indian market. But can it make a dent in an already overcrowded segment, asks Surajeet Das Gupta.

Two zones that'll change Maharashtra
Two special economic zones are set to come up in Maharashtra. Arti Sharma finds out how both will change the face of the state.

August 22, 2003

All your worst fears confirmed
Trade reform is bad for employment, except when the labour market is rigid opines T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan

August 21, 2003

Bimal Jalan: The knight of January 14
Jalan should be remembered for what he did when he came in, rather than what he leaves behind, opines Haseeb A Drabu.

August 20, 2003

Losing trust, the MNC way
It is a pity that the cola giants have failed to see the basic point about building trust and relationship with their customers, feels A K Bhattacharya.

August 19, 2003

How to plan your finances
To be sure, financial planning is not rocket science. But it does require some simple arithmetic abilities. The rest of it is easy if you are disciplined.

Why blame the cola giants?
We should raise the bar for purifying ground water rather than squarely blame the cola giants, says Kirit S Parikh.

August 18, 2003

Should you borrow against shares?
Borrowing against shares to invest in equities can be rewarding, but you have to be doubly sure of the potential gains therein.

The watchdog who barks and bites
Sebi chief G N Bajpai's mission seems to be to make the capital markets a safer place for small investors, say Sangita Shah and Rakesh P Sharma.

August 16, 2003

Road safety: India needs to raise the bar
As India's motor industry matures, it's clear that the country desperately needs to raise the bar on safety, says Sanjay Pillai.

Tough times await Nikhil Sen
At 44, Nikhil Sen, chief operating officer of Britannia, is one of the youngest, if not the youngest, top dog of a listed Indian blue chip.

Sathya Sai Trust gets most foreign donations
Foreign contributions and donations to scores of Indian voluntary organisations, religious groups and charitable institutions have touched a high of Rs 4,535.23 crore.

Luxor rewrites script with Waterman
The launch of Waterman pens pushes Luxor into a new arena. Smita Tripathi outlines its strategy

Wireless messaging comes of age
Having hit the bull's eye with the wireless messaging service, Delhi-based startup ACL Wireless is hungry for more, says Soumik Sen

Interactive shows, hot new genre on TV
Interactive shows are the hot new genre on television. And viewers are tuning in like never before, says Soumik Sen

Telecom tussle: the final round?
The telecom industry is now focussed on TDSAT's ruling on the use of mobile switching centres. Surajeet Das Gupta reports

August 14, 2003

Why has credit not picked up?
The reason could lie in increasing corporate reliance on external borrowing to prepay domestic debt, says Manas Chakravarty

Is free trade really free?
Indian farmers will gain only if Green Box subsidies are removed, says Bharat Jhunjhunwala

August 13, 2003

Lazy bankers
Slim chances of a large decline in interest rates should motivate banks to improve their credit spread, says Ila Patnaik

Casio's plan: Music labs in Indian schools
Casio India Co Pvt Ltd, the wholly owned subsidiary of the $6 billion Japanese consumer electronics major Casio, is tying up with schools to set-up 'music labs' and 'maths labs.'

Designer chocolates are here!
Designer chocolate brands expand retail network to meet the festive season demand.

World Bank and GoI on same wavelength
It seems a bit unreal to talk right now about a crisis looming ahead of the Indian economy.

Is the ban on strikes by government employees justified?
It may help do away with the economic loss and inconvenience, but it also curtails the workers' right to air their grievance.

August 12, 2003

Communication gap at FinMin
P Vaidyanathan Iyer underlines that, a classic example of a poor communication strategy during Singh's tenure was the bank return of equity confusion

Do planets affect farming activity?
A new farming practice takes into account the effects of planets on agriculture, says Surinder Sud

August 11, 2003

NSID designing chips for 'smarter' watches
These wristwatches will spew out stock quotes, traffic information and even sports and weather updates.

Is the mid-cap tech story over?
Analysts say mid-cap technology firms may not be able to sustain themselves for long without reliable growth drivers

August 09, 2003

Kishore Chhabria: A pugnacious dreamer
The story began in the mid-1980s when Manu and Kishore wrested control of the Kolkata-based Shaw Wallace & Co, even as the then management led by S B Acharya fought tooth and nail to block their entry.

Mindspace, a suburban success
K Raheja's development in a Mumbai suburb has altered the contours of commercial space in the city says Arti Sharma

Smoke without fire
A new bidi launched by Dalmia Consumer Care claims to provide the tobacco kick without the harmful effects, says Jai Arjun Singh

Dial U for uniformity
The debate over the unified licensing policy is likely to start another battle in the telecom industry, says Surajeet Das Gupta

Lessons in lighting
New York's lumen guru had Alpana Chowdhury all charged after a presentation in Mumbai.

Girdling the globe
All the world's a stage as a host of Indian managers head for plum posts in multinational corporations abroad, says Bhupesh Bhandari

August 08, 2003

Want 'safe' bottled water? Wait till January
The new norms regulating the safety of bottled water will come into force from January, 2004.

Top 10 stocks in a crowded market
Check out the top 10 picks, which investors should look at, whether backed by a short- or medium-term investment perspective.

August 07, 2003

End of employment generation
Official numbers very clearly show that in the last 15 years, there has been a total collapse of employment generation in the economy.

Bancassurance boom
Cash registers are ringing as banks capitalise on their network to hawk insurance. Freny Patel explains the changes driving the sector.

August 05, 2003

'Sludge at Coke factory is deadly'
A BBC report says the sludge, which the Coke factory in Kerala supplies as fertiliser to local farmers has 'dangerous levels of the known carcinogen cadmium.'

Govt's selection procedure stinks
It is not enough to select the right person to head an organisation. It is equally important that the right procedures for selection are followed in a fair and transparent manner, advocates A K Bhattacharya.

India's flawed economic policy needs change
Interaction between policy making bodies and academic institutions is essential, says Mihir Rakshit.

August 04, 2003

Don't drink that water!
A BBC report says the sludge, which the Coke factory in Kerala supplies as fertiliser to local farmers has 'dangerous levels of the known carcinogen cadmium.'

Time to look at ETFs again
With the stock indices heading north, exchange-traded funds -- which are effectively listed index funds -- are worth a second look. Liquidity is still an issue though.

The super-auditor gets a reform agenda
A colleague of Comptroller and Auditor General Vijayendra N Kaul says, decision-making in India has become a casualty of 3Cs: CVC, CBI and CAG.

August 02, 2003

Tech giants building new citadels
TCS, Cognizant, Wipro and a spate of other techie companies are building their own low-rise campuses, reports Vasanth Kumar

Bagging a new market
Hidesign is expanding its portfolio to include more fashionable leather products, reports Jai Arjun Singh

PSUs no match for private sector
How long does it take a new private sector challenger to overtake the erstwhile public sector monopoly? About 10 years, it would seem.

Now, customer is king for banks
Public-sector banks are turning the spotlight on the customer and offering better services than ever before, reports Arti Sharma

DD looks far ahead
Everyone likes to portray Doordarshan as an organisation run by a bunch of bungling bureaucrats. I think that's complete nonsense.

Dressing up dreams
Today, after struggling to deal with the unorganised sector and other ups and downs, Kulkarni's firm -- Sakshi of Bombay -- has posted a turnover of Rs 1.8 crore (18 million).

Steel on the upswing
After a difficult decade, India's steelmakers are drawing up ambitious expansion plans, report Bhupesh Bhandari and Surajeet Das Gupta

August 01, 2003

IIT, Oops bring the world to village kids
An innovative software - Oops I see - developed by the engineers of Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and the Chennai-based Oops Private Ltd, allows these village kids to take tuitions through video conferencing on the Internet.

'Why can't I use my mother's name?'
Despite a Supreme Court order which says that the mother's name can be used by a person in all places, instead of the father's, mum's the word in officialdom.

'Leadership is all about courage to dream big'
'It is the ability to raise the aspirations of people, to be open minded, to accept great ideas from different cultures, to recognize that there are two Indias, and to work towards the growth of both of them.'

Connecting with the audience
Success in advertising, as in films, lies in presenting a product in a refreshing manner, says Madhukar Sabnavis


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