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April 10, 2024
RBI's 90 Year Journey
Sir Osborne Smith was the first governor of the Reserve Bank, serving from April 1, 1935, to June 30, 1937.

April 05, 2024
Will EV Policy Lure Tesla?
If Tesla comes in, India's position as a manufacturing hub will rise many notches, as it will become only the second country, after China, to have both Apple as well as Tesla.

March 14, 2024
Is Technology Important In Banking?
'Just the amount of work which is there just to become more and more successful in banking. For this to happen you need to have leaders who understand technology.'

March 13, 2024
Shaktikanta Das: RBI Governor Who Walks The Talk
'Das is friendly, but he finally does what he does. The quality of engagement is very good.'

Why RBI Was Worried About Consumer Credit Growth
The banking regulator was uncomfortable with the runaway pace at which consumer credit was growing.

March 07, 2024
Surprise Journey In The Mahindra XUV400
From Mumbai to Silvassa in Daman, and back.

March 05, 2024
Coming Soon! The Bullet Train!
With land acquisition completed and infrastructure work streamlined, India's bullet train dreams are slowly, but finally, inching closer to reality.

March 01, 2024
Russians Devise Ways To Outwit US, Help India
Russian oil supplies to India will continue to flow unhindered and suppliers will come up with ways to sidestep secondary sanctions, a Russian official told Business Standard.

February 20, 2024
5 Electric SUVs Coming To India
If you are planning to buy an electric car in the near future, it would be highly advisable to wait for these upcoming electric SUVs.

February 02, 2024
How Sensex Has Changed Over Years
A quarter of the stocks have been replaced since 2019, marking the evolution of India's economy.

January 12, 2024
SEBI To Go Soft On Rumour Verification For Listed Cos
The rumour verification process would now be triggered by changes in price or 'material price movements', as the paper defines it.

January 11, 2024
2024 Hyundai Creta Teased: Initial Impressions
The 2024 Hyundai Creta not only promises a stylish and modern design but also offers a technologically advanced cabin and a safer driving experience. With its launch just around the corner, the already crowded mid-size SUV segment is set to get even more competitive.

January 09, 2024
Will RBI Governor Get An Extension?
'After a long time, we have a governor who is approachable. The RBI's interactions with us are now much better.'

January 04, 2024
In non-cigarettes push, how ITC built more than 25 FMCG mother brands
A young couple sharing a laugh - in the living room over a Polish joke book, on the beach, in the rain - with the tagline, "Made for each other", hung from billboards at prominent street corners from the 1960s to the 1990s.

Is Renault Duster Coming Back?
The new Duster will go head-to-head with popular models like Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Volkswagen Taigun, Skoda Kushaq, Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara, Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder, MG Astor, etc in the highly competitive mid-size SUV segment.

December 23, 2023
First Look: The 2024 Kia Sonet Facelift
The 2024 Kia Sonet facelift impresses with its comprehensive upgrades, ranging from a refreshed exterior design to advanced safety and technological features.

December 16, 2023
IBC: Timely support from the judiciary is MUST
IBC has been revolutionary in many ways and is a formidable instrument for stress resolution.

December 08, 2023
India Could Be Next Whisky Superpower
'Indian single malts have a very specific character.'

December 01, 2023
What Does Ranjan Pai's Re-Entry Mean For Byju's?
'Considering Pai is putting his own personal money in Byju's, stakeholders in the company can look forward to more governance and transparency.'

November 18, 2023
Loss At Byju's May Only Be Tip Of Iceberg
'Byju's financials only reflect the core business. At a group level, they are experiencing substantial losses.'

November 14, 2023
Wistron Deal: Tata Gets Global Reach, Apple Gets to Hedge Geopolitical Bets
The government's target of hitting $52 billion to $58 billion in mobile phone exports in FY26 has been faltering; an Indian corporate group with financial muscle will help.

November 07, 2023
Stock Picks: 10 Value Bets For Rich Payoffs
10 non-bank and non-finance stocks from the BSE500 Index universe that offer an optimal blend of low valuation, reasonably robust revenue and earnings growth in recent quarters, a strong balance sheet, and most importantly, positive cash flow from their operations.

November 06, 2023
132,497 Indians Have Income Of 1 Crore Plus
7 states account for over 80 per cent of the total direct tax collections by the Union government.

October 31, 2023
How Vicks Vaporub Become A Blockbuster
Within six months, outlets carrying Vicks jumped from 60,000 pharmacies to 750,000 general stores.

October 26, 2023
Is the Scorpio Classic still relevant in 2023?
If you are looking for an SUV with the latest tech, then the Scorpio Classic is cleary not for you.

October 23, 2023
Crisis Brews In Darjeeling's Tea Gardens
In the last three years, 20 gardens have changed hands, and 90 per cent of the buyers are from non-tea background.

October 11, 2023
How Meta Is Supersizing WhatsApp
WhatsApp's advantage is that it is the first app millions of Indian check first thing in the morning and innumerable times during the day and night.

October 03, 2023
10 Largecaps Stocks To Lead Bulls Charge
These stocks offer the best combination of maximum 'buy' recommendations from brokerages and share price upside over the next 12 months.

PSU Disinvestment: Modi Missing The Bus
'Inter-ministerial coordination, information on the proposed PSUs, and due diligence are taking longer than expected to conclude the process.'

September 22, 2023
Renault gets the Urban Nights to our roads
Renault has launched limited edition versions of its three bestsellers -- the Kwid, Kiger, and Triber -- called the Urban Night.

September 12, 2023
Brand SRK Is Back With A Bang!
'He doesn't need to play eye candy or a boy next door. He has found his mark.'

September 04, 2023
The take-off and crash-landing of Jet's Naresh Goyal
In a dramatic turn of events in May 2019, an Emirates aircraft en-route to Dubai was asked to stop while it was taxiing for a take off in Mumbai.

August 22, 2023
Why TCS Picked Krithivasan As CEO
Krithi Krithivasan is the kind of person one might look to when the need is to calm things down and put things back on track.

August 12, 2023
Can Isha Do What Her Dad Did With Jio?
Isha's stab at the bottom of the laptop pyramid shows she is a true Ambani.

August 10, 2023
Can Akasa Break IndiGo And Tata's Stranglehold?
'Akasa is the dark horse and I believe Go First will be up and running soon and these two together could end up with a 30 per cent share by FY24.'

Debt Collection Goes Digital
Companies don't have to be in the field to nudge people to return money they owe lenders.

July 10, 2023
Dogfight In The Skies For International Routes
West Asian carriers are up against Air India and IndiGo in the battle for seats on lucrative international routes.

June 26, 2023
'Whatever we do, we have to make an impact'
'Professors can teach even when they are 90 because they don't lose their skill with words. Go deeper and there's spirituality in it.'

June 16, 2023
What Went Wrong For Cyrus Mistry At Tatas
If Cyrus's protestations of having no knowledge of his imminent dismissal are to be taken at face value, he was extraordinarily naive and insulated from the ground reality.

June 14, 2023
War Over Amul's Plans For South India
'As long as Amul was coming in with products it was not a problem because it was something value added and with a shelf life.'

June 05, 2023
RBI Rules Make It Difficult To Attract Talent
A top-class board is important from a systemic point of view, more so at a time when the wider financial world and India Inc is chasing the same talent as banks.

June 02, 2023
Why Tesla Is In No Rush In India
India is sceptical that Tesla might import into the country cars made in China.

June 01, 2023
Did RBI Know About Demonetization?
The RBI was not party to the decision to demonetize 500 and 1,000-rupee notes, which was taken at the highest level of India's political leadership.

May 31, 2023
Will Apple Do in India What Samsung Did In Vietnam?
Apple is hoping to assemble in India 25 per cent of all iPhones produced globally to reduce its heavy dependence on China.

May 19, 2023
'FICCI is focusing on start-ups'
'For our traditional membership base, it would be an access to disruptive ideas,' FICCI President Subhrakant Panda tells Asit Mishra/Business Standard.

April 26, 2023
Why Bank Frauds Continue
The average time lag between the date of occurrence of a fraud and its detection is 23 months; for large frauds (Rs 100 crore and above), it was 57 months.

April 21, 2023
Has Apple's Roller-Coaster Ride In India Ended?
The new mantra was to align Apple's ambition with the government's, focusing on Modi's favourite themes of Make in India, employment generation and India as a high-tech export hub.

April 12, 2023
'It's time for caution, not expansion'
'Silicon Valley people are generally used to layoffs.'

April 11, 2023
10 Stocks To Invest For The Long Term
The third-quarter financials didn't excite market watchers. But equity investors can still make money if they invest in the right stocks.

April 04, 2023
'Cyber attackers are 10 steps ahead'
'Hacking of an ID or an account will have the same impact on a user in a city and one in a small town.'

March 23, 2023
Mutual Funds' Rs 100 Trillion Opportunity
Despite strong AUM growth, MFs lag behind other popular investment avenues.

March 20, 2023
10 Safe Stocks To Bet In Volatile Market
10 high dividend paying stocks across sectors that are expected to maintain or even increase their pay-outs in FY23 thanks to faster earnings growth in the last four quarters.

March 17, 2023
Why Consumers Are Denied Discounts From Russian Crude
Officials from State-run refiners contend that savings from purchase of Russian oil are used to offset a part of the losses in revenues from selling transport fuels and LPG at State-set rates.

March 10, 2023
REVEALED: How RBI Operated During Covid
200 staffers, consisting of RBI officials and support teams, who are essential to perform critical functions, were isolated at a separate facility in a dedicated quarantined environment near all three RBI data centres.

March 06, 2023
42% Cars Sold In 2022 Were White
White is easy to maintain, looks brighter than other colours over a longer period, is the least commonly rejected colour among family members, has high resale value, provides better safety at night, absorbs less heat in the summer season, makes small cars look bigger, and is not considered inauspicious.

March 04, 2023
How Quick Commerce Is Changing Shopping
'The focus on easier access and faster delivery is creating a new consumption pattern that allows consumers to satisfy their last-minute cravings and restock essentials at the click of a button.'

March 03, 2023
100% Railways Electrification By 2024
India is now much ahead of other large railway networks in the world in terms of electrification -- with the US at just 1 per cent, China at 72 per cent and Europe at 60 per cent.

February 20, 2023
Neal Mohan, a shy student who is now YouTube boss
What does Neal Mohan, anointed the next CEO of YouTube, have in common with Sir Cliff Richard?

January 14, 2023
WATCH! IDFC CEO V Vaidyanthan Sing!
V Vaidyanathan -- managing director and CEO of IDFC First Bank -- is considered one of India's most astute bankers.

January 13, 2023
Why Raghuram Rajan Raced At RBI
The speed at which he led the central bank in different areas -- ranging from internal reorganisation to inflation fighting, stabilising the currency, taking on rogue corporations, cleaning up bank balance sheets, and opening the sector -- makes one believe that Rajan knew he had only three years to do his job.

January 12, 2023
How Uday Kotak Got Into Banking
The role of a banker in the institutional framework is very different than any other kind of institutions, and along with that comes huge responsibility, Uday Kotak said, explaining in the video how he got into banking.

December 29, 2022
Axis Bank in competition for best bank
Axis Bank has strengthened its positioning -- on both the assets and liability side -- and it may be set to deliver sustained improvement in performance. The valuation gap between Axis Bank (which trades at 1.4x core book value (or BV) and peers like ICICI Bank (valued at 2x BV) is expected to narrow.

December 23, 2022
'India are the good boys of the world'
'People trust India and Indians a lot more than they trust China and the Chinese.'

December 22, 2022
Tata Tiago.ev: The Electric Temptress
It is a perfect city car for both your daily office commute and fun weekend drives.

December 13, 2022
IT sector may be ripe for cherry picking
The information technology (IT) services industry could see value investors taking selective punts in the near future.

December 08, 2022
Key challenge for Sundararaman Ramamurthy, the new BSE chief
Sundararaman Ramamurthy has been an interesting choice for the publicly-listed BSE, which has seen its chief move to bigger rival -- the National Stock Exchange (NSE) -- in July.

December 01, 2022
Vikram Kirloskar: The man who brought Toyota to India
With much sadness, so many of us woke up to the news that Vikram Kirloskar, vice-chairperson of Toyota Kirloskar Motor, had passed away late Tuesday.

November 29, 2022
Indian Techies Write Code For Driverless Cars!
Engineers based in India are estimated to be writing roughly 35 per cent of the 100 million lines of codes required to develop one fully driverless car for global vehicle makers.

November 13, 2022
How drones can give wings to farmers
So far, the drones that were considered important for the agriculture sector were nature-made winged-insects - a key component of the bee-based natural pollination cycle.

November 02, 2022
The Secret of Gautam Adani's Success
Gautambhai has shown that he has ability to withstand payment delays or vexatious court cases. That is where he is on a more comfortable wicket than many others.

October 13, 2022
10 stocks from 5 sectors to stay on Ferris wheel
India's equity markets are on a roller-coaster ride, after delivering spectacular returns for two consecutive years - in 2020 and 2021.

Will Adani Invest Big In Rajasthan Before 2023 Poll?
'I clearly recall how you immediately directed your administration to identify and allocate land, water, and other clearances in the shortest time possible.'

September 21, 2022
Devika Bulchandani has shattered the glass ceiling for good
'Devika is a people's person, who simply loves what she does. This reflects in her work; the insights she brings to the table and the way she interacts with people and clients. She has the demeanour of a good captain. Her success is well-deserved.'

September 19, 2022
Nirmala<em>ji</em>'s Pep Talk To Women
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman captivated her audience at the Women Directors Conclave.

September 18, 2022
Why public sector companies are unable to attract talent for higher posts
Earlier this year, the Union Cabinet gave the management of state-run companies the freedom to decide on divesting their subsidiaries.

August 17, 2022
'There is space for a brand like Vistara'
'I am seven months into the job, but it feels like seven years.'

August 14, 2022
Rakesh Jhunjhunwala's Greatest Legacy
'His track record in the market has been spotless and untainted.'

July 21, 2022
India Inc's missing whistle-blowers
The latest whistle-blower revelations of multiple shenanigans at global ride-hailing app Uber, coming thick and fast after serial exposes of various dodgy practices at Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google in the recent past raises uncomfortable questions about India Inc.

July 16, 2022
Bihar Aquaponics Farm Blazes A Trail
'Aquaponics can effectively cushion the impact of a calamity like COVID.'

July 06, 2022
SEE: First Drive of the All New Scorpio N
Packed to the brim with features that were missing in its predecessor, the all-new Scorpio N is a huge step forward, says Rajesh Karkera.

July 04, 2022
'Amazon In India For Next 100 Years'
'For all of us at Amazon, it is 'Bharat first'.'

July 03, 2022
Collectors' items: Some of these exotic pets cost Rs 150,000!
White-lipped tamarin is a type of monkey that lives in the Amazon area of Brazil and Bolivia.

June 21, 2022
Restaurant to jewellery, brands make a beeline for metaverse
'We're seeing major Bollywood celebrities, fashion icons, and even movie studios all wanting to build Metaverse experiences'

June 20, 2022
All the President's Stock Portfolio
In his capacity as India's First Citizen, the President owns the shares of several public sector enterprises held by the government.

May 29, 2022
Retrofitted EVs: Indian jugaad that's cheap, clean & battery-powered
India has a history of jugaad, and retrofitting vehicles is one such manifestation of the legendary Indian skill.

May 22, 2022
The growing tussle between the govt and CAG
In a first, the Comptroller and Auditor General's (CAG) officers reached out to several ministries in the last week of April as part of a confidence-boosting measure.

May 15, 2022
Now, Godrej locks its history in Amar Chitra Katha
It is not the first time the history of the Godrej family is being written.

May 12, 2022
Why are electric two-wheelers in India catching fire?
Nearly a decade ago, the first fully electric vehicle (EV) caught fire on the road in the US.

10 stocks that FPIs bought and sold the most
The FPI holding in India's top 100 companies, which are part of the Nifty 100 index, declined to 24.23 per cent on average at the end of March this year, from a high of 27.5 per cent at the end of March 2021.

May 09, 2022
How to make the most of RBI's new customer-friendly credit card rules
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced new rules for credit cards, applicable from July 1.

May 02, 2022
10 Most Popular Stocks
10 stocks which are most popular with brokerages right now and are expected to deliver maximum upside over the next 12 months.

April 29, 2022
4 unique features of LIC IPO
Domestic capital market will see the launch of India's largest-ever initial public offering (IPO) next week.

April 22, 2022
Will Jet Manage To Fly This Year?
If that happens, Jet Airways will be the first bankrupt airline which will be revived under the Insolvency process.

April 17, 2022
Kamathipura: From shanty locality to prized real estate
After years of living with his family in a poky 110 sq. ft. 'house', textile worker Sambhaji Surve dreams of moving into a home four times the size once the Maharashtra government starts its ambitious redevelopment of the 39-acre Kamathipura shanty town in south-central Mumbai.

April 16, 2022
In case of war, can India be cut off from internet?
With Western corporations, including Microsoft, AWS and Oracle, shutting down their operations in Russia, the rest of the world has become acutely aware of its dependence on a clutch of technology service providers.

April 15, 2022
Meet India's Latest Billionaire
'It has taken us 15 years to get to where we are. It obviously doesn't happen overnight.'

April 05, 2022
India's fuel pricing mechanism is opaque and removed from reality
What could be more uncertain than Virat Kohli's agonising wait for a century for over two years?

April 01, 2022
Under India's digital infra hood: Growing data centres
As India builds its data centre capabilities, it is imperative that it is supported by green energy. This is because data centres are guzzlers of energy.

March 27, 2022
Why are foreign banks marching out of retail banking?
Foreign banks set the template in consumer banking in its infancy, but have almost vacated this booming space.

March 24, 2022
Will the entry of PEs into banks lead to better governance?
Private equity (PE) is set to play a bigger role in banks.

Is the worst over for Indian banks?
Is the worst over for Indian banks?

March 23, 2022
Mobile Internet User Growth Slowed Down In 2021
By the end of December 2021, India had 389 million users who did not have access to mobile Internet, while there were 765.8 million mobile Internet users in the country.

March 22, 2022
4 IPOs to watch out for in 2022
Once stability returns to the secondary market, companies that have obtained approval from Sebi will start tapping the market.

March 20, 2022
How metaverse is going to make a big difference in our lives
Move over 3D, 4D and 5D.

March 19, 2022
7 key challenges Madhabi Puri Buch faces as new Sebi chief
Samie Modak

March 18, 2022
What Rakesh Gangwal's exit from IndiGo may mean for the airline
On February 19, India's largest private low-fare airline IndiGo announced the resignation of one of the two founders, Rakesh Gangwal, from the airline's board and his intentions of offloading his stake in the airline over the next five years.

March 02, 2022
IPO Is Right Time For LIC To Take Hard Decisions
LIC identifies the problems well, but what the markets will watch is how nimble it is with the solutions.

February 23, 2022
Confusion In The Crypto Universe
While the tax treatment does legitimise past crypto transactions, there is a possibility that any, or all, private cryptocurrencies will be banned in future.

February 14, 2022
Rahul Bajaj was a true nationalist
Rahul Bajaj was transparent, outspoken, and not ready to bend the rules, says R C Bhargava.

February 04, 2022
'It's a 6/10 Budget'
'The most important expenditure in the Budget that indicates employment generation is infrastructure.'

Digital Rupee: Pros And Cons
'The Digital Rupee will be equal to the Indian rupee in value and backed by the full faith and credit of the RBI/Indian government.'

February 03, 2022
All You Want To Know About Digital Rupee
'The government will carefully regulate and monitor the Digital Rupee, and because the currency is supposed to be tied to INR or supported by reserves, we should expect little fluctuation in pricing.'

February 02, 2022
The Strange Death Of India's Pen King
If there is a morality tale here, it is that debt and death spare no king.

January 24, 2022
Record Rs 32,000 Crore Seized in Tax Raids
Since arraignment under money laundering is a tougher offence, the CBDT hopes it will also overcome its dismal score sheet to prove satisfactorily to the courts that these cases were genuine ones of tax evasion.

January 23, 2022
Advertisements that Indians find 'offensive'
An advertisement showing two women talking about Cars24's promise that you can test drive the car and return it with full refund in seven days if it doesn't work for you has upset a section of men.

January 21, 2022
What happens if Vodafone Idea isn't out of the woods in 4 years?

January 19, 2022
BPCL privatisation: How long will govt wait for the right suitor?
In 2017, a consortium led by Russian state oil company Rosneft agreed to buy Essar Oil for $12.9 billion in India's biggest foreign acquisition of a homegrown company.

January 16, 2022
Beauty takes natural turn, demand for ayurveda products soars in India
Immunity boosting foods and drinks. Sustainable fashion. Beauty products with natural ingredients.

January 08, 2022
India's E-Commerce: Great Leap Forward
Live commerce, quick commerce, group buying, WhatsApp commerce, dukaantech have made their mark.

January 03, 2022
'Current bull run calls for caution'
'It could tempt investors to pick stocks that are not fundamentally sound.'

December 31, 2021
How To Invest in 2022: Market Gurus' <em>Gyaan</em>
'There is no need to do anything, let your SIPs get deducted every month, and stick to your allocation between equity, fixed income and emergency funds and your risk covers.'

Business Families and their UGLY succession battles
The world is full of family businesses that withered away with the passing of generations, creating much bitterness and ill will.

December 07, 2021
Meet The Man behind Skoda VW India
'Approach people with respect, mindful that they know their job better than you do, and that you're not superior to them just because you may be better educated or their boss.'

December 05, 2021
Uttar Pradesh and its 'sugarcane politics'
Nitin Tyagi is a young farmer in Budhagaon village of Baghpat district of Uttar Pradesh.

November 29, 2021
What does 5G spectrum auction delay mean for India?
Discussing the prospect of more reform earlier this month, telecom minister Ashwini Vaishnaw announced a delay in the 5G spectrum auction.

November 27, 2021
Why Amit Mitra is important to Mamata
No longer Bengal's finance minister, Amit Mitra, Mamata's principal chief advisor, will still advise and aid the 'chief minister and finance department on all matters relating to management of state finance', represent the 'state government in national and international events/meetings/committees' and examine 'important proposals/files and policy issues relating to financial matters referred to him for advice/views'.

November 21, 2021
Is Gurugram going the Kolkata way?
Militant labour policies compounded a poor security environment for capital in West Bengal and encouraged the business community to relocate. constraining the private sector's right to hire freely could well be the coup de grace. As with Calcutta/Kolkata, it will probably take a decade for Gurgaon/Gurugram to feel the difference, says Kanika Datta.

November 14, 2021
It's clear, regulatory woes can't kill online gaming in India
Even as the gaming industry battles multiple regulations in different Indian states, it has received more than double the amount of investment this year compared to 2020.

November 12, 2021
'India will eventually come through'
No government can 'ignore inclusiveness in a democracy', Montek Singh Ahluwalia tells Anjuli Bhargava.

November 08, 2021
'Even the RBI was caught by surprise and was totally unprepared to handle its fallout'
I kept insisting that Rs 100 notes were in short supply and there was an urgent need to augment the supply of 100 rupee notes while also rapidly bringing into circulation the proposed new Rs 500 notes.

November 07, 2021
How TCS is reconfiguring its future
In March this year, when Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) unveiled a new brand statement of "Building on Belief", many wondered if it was the right strategy.

November 03, 2021
'Our employees are the most important part in any business'
'To get success in business one should know how to create and attract talent and how to retain it.'

October 31, 2021
What makes Reliance Retail a unique venture in India?
Even as regulatory focus has zeroed in on foreign e-commerce giant Amazon, a domestic retail giant has been created almost below the radar in Reliance Retail (RR), one of the most crucial businesses for the group's future.

October 28, 2021
Nykaa's Falguni Nayar: UNAFRAID To Take Risks
Beauty, Nykaa's founder Falguni Nayar realised, is a very long-tailed business and with e-commerce picking up in India, it seemed like a good idea to venture into.

October 21, 2021
Will the Tatas manage to get Air India soaring again?

October 12, 2021
Zee: Whose company is it anyway?
The Zee saga will see a long-drawn-out court battle before shareholders get any chance to vote on any proposal by the management or Invesco, says Prosenjit Datta.

October 10, 2021
Who will win the Super App race in India?
Unlike the race to buy airwaves by telecom companies, airports by infrastructure companies and city gas networks by energy companies, the race to develop super apps by consumer-facing companies in India has not brushed up against any regulatory issues.

October 01, 2021
Check Out The Tata Safari Gold!
The Tata Safari Gold Edition is available in a Manual trim for 21.89 lakh and Automatic for ₹23.17 Lakh ex-showroom.

Dubai Expo 2020 Begins!
When it comes to showcasing glitz and glitter, Dubai is always ahead.

September 25, 2021
Balloons, Cake Celebrate Sensex 60,000
Glimpses of the celebrations as the BSE Sensex on Friday crossed the 60,000 mark for the first time.

September 23, 2021
Explained: Why shareholders are angry at promoter-directors' remuneration
Earlier this month, Sobha Kapoor and Ekta Kapoor, part of the promoter group of Balaji Telefilms, faced shareholder ire when they failed to obtain the requisite votes on resolutions proposing pay increases for them.

September 22, 2021
Workers Protest Ford's Exit From India
As Ford Motor Co shuts down its manufacturing plants in India, hundreds of workers will lose jobs.

September 21, 2021
From Ford to Harley-Davidson, why US automakers failed in India
Besides their country of origin, General Motors, Ford Motor and Harley-Davidson have another trait in common: all three have failed in India, the world's fifth largest automobile market.

5 years of Reliance Jio: Disruption to Data Revolution
'There is no doubt at all that Jio's disruption of the mobile broadband market was a turning point for India's digital economy.'

September 20, 2021
How to save yourself from financial frauds, online and offline
India recorded 50,035 cases of cyber crime in 2020, an 11.8 per cent surge in such offences over the previous year, according to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data.

September 17, 2021
Explained: What tokenisation means and how it will affect card users
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) recently said no entity in the card transaction or payment chain, apart from the card issuers and card networks, will be allowed to store sensitive user data from January 1, 2022.

September 16, 2021
Meet the man behind CoinDCX, India's first crypto unicorn
A large part of the work that CEO Sumit Gupta does is focused on educating users and the larger community about investing in cryptocurrencies, reports Neha Alawadhi.

September 04, 2021
How veganism is spawning a robust plant-based industry
In India, as elsewhere, veganism has spawned an industry of plant-based products such as tofu, tempeh, peanut curd, cashew cheese, almond butter, flax eggs, sauerkraut, seitan, mock meats, apple honey, vegan chocolates, nutritional yeast and plant-based milks.

September 02, 2021
The Mystery of Narayana Murthy's Retail Biz
In a short span of time, with the help of Amazon, Cloudtail was able to devise a model that could protect it from the vagaries of online retail business.

August 31, 2021
Anita Kishore, Brain behind Byju's Acquisitions
Byju's, says Anita Kishore, has given the founders of the businesses it has acquired the independence to operate separately and maintain their core culture.

August 29, 2021
Why Simplilearn founders picked a rewarding but risky game plan
Why settle for $400-500 million when you can make a billion or even more?

August 26, 2021
Of power, privatisation and politics
As the Centre pushes reforms in the power sector, especially for the beleaguered electricity distribution segment, several states, especially those ruled by Opposition parties, are clamouring against it.

August 22, 2021
How top realtors plan to transform Central Mumbai
One of Mumbai's biggest real estate redevelopment projects of Bombay Development Directorate's (BDD's) chawls (large buildings divided into many separate tenements, offering cheap, basic accommodation) has taken off in Central Mumbai, opening up a Rs 20,000-crore opportunity for real estate companies.

August 17, 2021
Why it is not so easy for a retail investor to make money in an IPO
Allotment could be low, and expected listing-day gains can quickly morph into losses if sentiment takes a turn for the worse

August 12, 2021
What Brought Economy to Its Knees
A combination of demonetisation, a poorly and hurriedly implemented GST, and more recently the "botched up" lockdown of the economy to control the spread of Covid has brought the economy to its knees.

August 11, 2021
Neeraj Chopra: Next Brand Superstar
The man with the golden arm could surpass some, if not all, top cricketers -- the demigods who stand well above athletes from other disciplines in India

August 10, 2021
How Tatas plan to grab the $100 billion-plus global 5G market
The Tata group's tryst with mobile services, with either CDMA or GSM technology, did not really fly, forcing it to close operations and write off los­s­es.

August 08, 2021
Meet C Vijayakumar, Shiv Nadar's successor at HCL Tech
C Vijayakumar, the reticent chief executive of HCL Technologies, India's third-largest IT services firm, was recently appointed managing director, succeeding the founder, Shiv Nadar.

August 05, 2021
Mumbai all set for its BIGGEST infra transformation
Mumbai, India's financial capital, is set for a mega transformation with a massive patch of land opening up for redevelopment; a new metro railway ready to start services by the year-end; and the country's oldest railway station, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, going for modernisation with private sector participation.

July 28, 2021
Air India stake sale: SpiceJet's Ajay Singh has a risky flight plan
In March 2020, soon after the cessation of airline operations globally and domestic flights within India, many in the aviation sector had written Delhi-headquartered low-fare airline SpiceJet's obituary well before that of most of its rivals.

Can Zomato match the exuberance over its IPO?
Food delivery platform Zomato had investors eating out of its hand recently.

July 27, 2021
Don't have Form 16? You can still file your tax return
If a salaried employee does not possess Form 16, he can still file the I-T Return with the help of his salary slips and Form 26 AS.

July 20, 2021
Tata, Reliance ready for mother of all battles
'The competition between the two is definitely going to be of great interest to the Indian market.'

July 19, 2021
Before Nirav Modi, there was Jatin Mehta
Jatin Mehta beat Nirav Mehta and Mehul Choksi in precedent and modus operandi, reports Pavan Lall/Business Standard.

July 10, 2021
The e-com draft policy still needs plenty of rewriting
The proposed e-commerce rule book issued recently by the ministry of consumer affairs does not mention foreign companies or foreign direct investment (FDI) at any place, unlike most other government guidelines for the sector so far.

July 08, 2021
The many battles that Amazon is fighting in India
Among all the geographies where Amazon is fighting regulators, India is the only place where its lines are also tangled in a major corpor­ate battle, this one with India's largest company by market capitalisation over the ac­quisition of Mumbai-based Future Group's retail chain, the country's second largest.

HDFC Bank's S Jagdishan: 'Not a P&L person'
'He's at best a holding-CEO. Not one who will re-imagine the bank,' a senior banker and former colleague tells Raghu Mohan about HDFC Bank CEO &amp; MD Sashidhar Jagdishan.

Will Jet Airways manage to get enough airport slots?
As and when Jet Airways applies for slots, these would be allocated among all airlines according to guidelines, without any claim of historicity in favour of any airline.

July 07, 2021
Will Sudhir Valia, Suraksha's 'deal maker' manage to bag Jaypee Infra?
With the Jaypee acquisition, the Suraksha group, which made lenders an offer of Rs 7,736 crore, will be able to expand its footprint in north India after making inroads in Mumbai's real estate market over the past year.

July 04, 2021
Gourmet meals on wheels, 5-stars' latest success mantra
Since home-delivered meals from five-stars are cheaper by 15 to 20 per cent as compared to eating at the destination outside, food delivery has emerged as an important part of every restaurant's service portfolio.

July 03, 2021
Glimmers of Mehul Choksi's 'empire' that was built on fraud
Despite recent developments that have accelerated the impending extradition of fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi, who has been in custody in London's Wandsworth Prison for over two years, the last month has seen his uncle Mehul Choksi dominate the headlines instead with his circus-like exhibition in the Caribbean that has involved red herrings such as a "girlfriend", to whom his wife seemed to have no objection, and possibly concocted stories of being kidnapped and manhandled.

June 29, 2021
Cyber Fraud Helpline: How it Works
Since its launch in April, helpline 155260 has been able to prevent more than Rs 18.5 million of defrauded money from reaching the hands of fraudsters.

June 28, 2021
How the Rich fuel Demand for Private Jets
'The need for added safety has bolstered demand for charter flights in the last year and is expected to continue.'

June 24, 2021
Why Mehul Choksi is not returning anytime soon
It was perhaps over-enthusiasm that prompted the Indian investigative agencies to take a private jet to Dominica to bring back fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi.

June 23, 2021
In Sebi's Fire: Vivek & Roopa Kudva
After Chanda and Deepak Kochchar, the Kudvas are the second power couple in the financial world to come under the regulatory glare.

June 20, 2021
Despite its FMCG push, for D-Street ITC is still a tobacco play
Most of the changes have come about in the last four years and ITC is now reaping the dividends - standalone revenues from the non-cigarettes FMCG business have grown 40 per cent from FY17 to Rs 14,728.21 crore in FY21 and pre-tax profits 30 times to Rs 823.69 crore.

June 19, 2021
Decoded: What went wrong with the six schemes of Franklin Templeton
The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has directed Franklin Templeton MF to pay Rs 5 crore as penalty, return over Rs 450 crore collected as 22-month investment management and advisory fees, and imposed a two-year ban on launching new debt schemes for alleged irregularities in running six of its debt schemes that were shuttered last year.

June 14, 2021
Uttam's Take: Fuel Prices Rise Again!
offers his take on the constantly zooming fuel prices in the country.

June 12, 2021
Back to the wall, will Choksi still manage to pull off a trick or two?
Given how everything has played out, Mehul Choksi, now 62, achieved all that he wanted but for all the wrong reasons, says Pavan Lall.

June 03, 2021
Dom's Take: 22 MILLION Jobs LOST
Dominic Xavier offers his take on India's grim employment situation.

June 02, 2021
How RBI's tough rules impact audit companies
The central bank's tough new rules spell major changes in the competitive landscape for financial services audits.

June 01, 2021
Dom's Take: <em>Achche Din</em>?
Dominic Xavier offers his take on the economy.

May 25, 2021
How roads are turning smart with IoT, AI, telematics
Roads are becoming smarter even if the people driving on it are not.

May 20, 2021
Covid effect: Banks prefer govt bonds to giving loans
Record liquidity infusion by the central bank in the banking system during the financial year 2020-21 amid sluggish economic activity resulted in banks investing more in safe government papers than in extending loans, data from Reserve Bank of India (RBI) showed.

May 15, 2021
Amazon's next CEO Andy Jassy's India Plan
'We look forward to providing great customer experiences in India.'

May 12, 2021
Markets in vulnerable zone, full-fledged bear phase less likely: Analysts

Is Zomato's Deepinder Goyal up for a challenge?
With scrutiny that comes with a public listing, Deepinder Goyal's leadership could face its sternest test yet.

May 11, 2021
What pandemic, ask India's insurance companies
Though COVID-19 will wreak more damage to the finances of the Indian population, the insurance sector is unlikely to get hurt.

May 10, 2021
Why Citi is exiting India
The Indian regulatory framework forced Citi to hibernate -- contrary to the claim that it never sleeps!

Why India's healthcare system is near collapse today
Shortage of ICU beds, oxygen, ventilators, vaccines, doctors, nurses and crematorium sp­a­ce in India has dominated headlines around the world in the past few weeks with Covid-19 cases surging beyond control and the government failing to deliver.

May 07, 2021
What's behind Adani group's meteoric rise on the stock exchanges?
The group companies now lead the market capitalisation league table in sectors such as ports, power generation, gas distribution and transmission, and power transmission and distribution, ahead of incumbents in both public and private sector.

May 06, 2021
Decoded: Why higher circulation of currency is normal in abnormal times
Theoretically, the currency with the public should expand in sync with the nominal income, which again moves in relation to the nominal growth rate of the economy.

May 01, 2021
IL&FS case reveals what India's resolution mechanism is lacking
The infra-major going belly up cracked open some major flaws in the system - the most evident being weak corporate governance and how layers of corporate structures could be formed adding to the opaqueness of the group.

April 28, 2021
Modi era: Private banks grow; PSBs don't
Since 2014, the public sector banks' branch network in rural and semi urban has grown by a mere 4,000 while for private sector banks, it doubled from 9,673 to 18,437.

April 26, 2021
Amid Covid, exports could come as a saviour for India
Developed countries are relaxing restrictions on economic activity at a faster rate than expected. Global demand for consumer goods, intermediates and commodities is growing at a fast pace. Most exporters are flushed with orders, says T N C Rajagopalan.

April 23, 2021
Ajay Singh's toughest challenge: How to save SpiceJet
The fairy tale turnaround story has, however, taken a few knocks after a second wave of the pandemic has brought a series of default notices and has posed the toughest test for the 55-year old Singh to save the airline he founded and sold to the Marans only to assume control later.

April 22, 2021
The myth and magic of unicorns
Becoming a unicorn is surely a marker for a company in its growth story, but it's not a major achievement nor is it a turning point of any significant worth.

April 20, 2021
How to build a world-class ventilator in 90 days, at one-third the cost
The start-up mentors debated if they could drive the price further down, but feared an even lower price would raise doubts about its quality, as was the case with the Tata Nano, reports Amrita Singh.

April 19, 2021
Is Nirav Modi a Suicide Risk?
The British home secretary has granted permission for jeweller Nirav Modi's extradition to India.

April 16, 2021
How Xiaomi passed the Covid lockdown test
'One out of three phones sold in India is a Xiaomi phone.'

April 15, 2021
India, Pakistan and the story of lost trading opportunity
Despite being a neighbour, Pakistan has never accounted for more than 2 per cent of India's total exports, and its share in India's total imports is less than 1 per cent.

April 14, 2021
Why EVs can be only slightly cleaner than petrol cars in India
Given India's reliance on coal, electric vehicles could at best be 10% more efficient than petrol in terms of CO2 savings.

April 11, 2021
From Matinee to Rahasya, breweries are out to lift your spirit
Young Indians seem genuinely enthusiastic about craft brands that are hip, aspirational and have plenty of the novelty quotient, says Dhruv Munjal.

April 04, 2021
How govt can boost infra funding in India
For development finance institution to succeed now, the government must stand like a rock behind it and be patient.

March 22, 2021
GVR, the man who put the bite in Sebi's orders
In a tribute to GVR, former Sebi chairman C B Bhave says, a brilliant mind, he delighted in hard work and meticulous preparation.

March 21, 2021
Is the NFT phenomenon a bubble? Or a new beginning?
Welcome to Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT) - digital constructs authenticated using an abstract mathematical application.

March 19, 2021
Has Amazon actually broken India's e-commerce laws?
Last November, a lawyer for Future Retail Limited (FRL) told Delhi high court that Amazon is interfering with its lawful business and thousands may lose their jobs and FRL may go bankrupt.

When Mallya bought Lewis Hamilton's dad's home
This property has all the hallmarks of being owned and occupied by Vijay Mallya.

March 18, 2021
How India can protect itself from cyber attacks
The recent report in the New York Times that China had brought India's financial capital - Mumbai - to a halt by hacking the electricity supply grid has not come as a surprise to the CTOs (chief technology officers) and cyber security experts.

March 12, 2021
Atmanirbhar and PLI: Why Modi's ambitious manufacturing targets are unachievable
Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met over 40 CEOs across broad swathes of industry, ranging from makers of mobile devices, auto components, food products to telecom networking equipment and pharmaceuticals.

March 09, 2021
'Cyber attacks meant to smear India's reputation'
'The hackers' objectives were centred around smearing India's reputation, causing productivity loss, creating operational damage and seeking financial gains.'

February 28, 2021
A masterstroke that keeps demand for Rolex watches sky-high
Rolex has been masterful at playing the demand-supply game, limiting its issue of coveted and in-demand watches to only one or two pieces per dealership.

February 21, 2021
How Covid changed the lives of Amazon India's employees
From virtual yoga to empathy, the pandemic has prompted the e-commerce giant to double down on building innovations focused on improving remote work culture especially employee well-being, both mental and physical.

February 19, 2021
Explained: Why are fuel prices rising in India?
The oil crisis could not have come at a worse time for the Modi government as its tax collection has fallen short of its 2020-2021 target by Rs 5.2 lakh crore.

February 17, 2021
Seizing India's foreign assets won't be easy for Cairn Energy
Cairn Energy has threatened the Indian government that it is looking at executing the favourable $1.2 billion international tribunal award in the retrospective taxation case by seizing India's overseas assets.

Dom's Take: Fuel prices hit a century!
Dominic Xavier offers his take on fuel prices as they surge across the country.

February 06, 2021
Dom's Take: No <em>Acche Din</em> only for Fuel Prices
Dominic Xavier offers his take on the latest blow to personal finances.

February 02, 2021
Dom's Take: Will Nirmala<em>ji</em> Deliver?
Dominic Xavier offers his take on Budget 2021.

February 01, 2021
Sitharaman to explain Budget in 15 states
The finance minister will also visit the school in Tamil Nadu where she studied from KG to Class 5.

January 31, 2021
States worry as Centre plans to trim schemes in Budget
'It is just an excuse to say that the Centre has run out of money.'

Dear Nirmala<em>ji</em>, are you listening?
Dr Samar Sen Popuri from Hyderabad tells's A Ganesh Nadar what he would like to see in Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's Budget.

January 30, 2021
Dear Nirmala<em>ji</em>: Concentrate on healthcare
Jitendra Chouksey from Pune tells's A Ganesh Nadar what he would like to see in Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's Budget.

January 29, 2021
Dear Nirmalaji: Don't tax online transactions
Adhiraj Parthasarathy, a professional from Telangana, tells's A Ganesh Nadar what he would like to see in Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's Budget.

January 28, 2021
Dear Nirmala<em>ji</em>: Reduce taxes on medicine, insurance
Archana Ramanan, a homemaker from Tamil Nadu, tells's A Ganesh Nadar what she would like to see in Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's Budget.

January 27, 2021
Dear Nirmala<em>ji</em>: Please CREATE JOBS!
Dimrailiu Moita, a teacher from Manipur, tells's A Ganesh Nadar what she would like to see in Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's Budget.

Dom's Take: Will it be Common Man's Budget?
Dominic Xavier hopes Budget 2021-2022 will belong to the common man.

January 25, 2021
Dear Nirmala<em>ji</em>, what services do we get for our taxes?
Navarino Narah, a travel and luxury boutique hotels consultant from Arunachal Pradesh, tells's A Ganesh Nadar what he would like to see in Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's Budget.

January 22, 2021
Dear Nirmala<em>ji</em>, let homemakers get a salary
Hatneihoi Hangshing, a law student from Nagaland, tells's A Ganesh Nadar what she would like to see in Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's Budget.

January 21, 2021
Dear Nirmala<em>ji</em>, spend more on education
Monalisa Mondol, a law student from Tripura, tells's A Ganesh Nadar what she would like to see in Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's Budget.

January 20, 2021
Dear Nirmala<em>ji</em>, make it easy to get bank loans
Bhaswati Choudhary, a student from Assam, tells's A Ganesh Nadar what she would like to see in Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's Budget.

January 19, 2021
Dear Nirmala<em>ji</em>, please control rising prices
Mudasir Ahmed, a businessman from Kashmir, tells's A Ganesh Nadar what he would like to see in Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's Budget.

January 18, 2021
Dear Nirmala<em>ji</em>, please increase tax exemption
Shalini Gupta, a freelance writer from Pudicherry, tells's A Ganesh Nadar what she would like to see in Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's Budget.

January 15, 2021
Dear Nirmala<em>ji</em>, please encourage tourism
Nangiohbok Rymbai, a graduate in economics who works as a daily wage labourer in Shillong, tells's A Ganesh Nadar what he would like to see in Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's Budget.

January 14, 2021
Dear Nirmala<em>ji</em>, please incentivise savings
Esha Wali, who is the vice president of technology at a Mumbai bank, tells's A Ganesh Nadar what she would like to see in Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's Budget.

January 13, 2021
Dom's Take: Fly, Robin, Fly!
In the first of the series on Budget 2021, Dominic Xavier hopes the FinMIn will give India's struggling airlines a break.

Dear Nirmala<em>ji</em>: 'Everybody should be given a job'
Dhrupadi Ghosh, who works for a magazine in Kolkata, tells's A Ganesh Nadar what she would like to see in Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's Budget.

January 12, 2021
Dear Nirmala<em>ji</em>, please boost private investment
Tanvi Dubey, a supreme Court lawyer, tells's A Ganesh Nadar what she would like to see in Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's Budget.

January 11, 2021
Dear Nirmala<em>ji</em>, please consider affordable housing
Akansha Dixit, who works in a firm in Mumbai, tells's A Ganesh Nadar what she would like to see in Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's Budget.

January 08, 2021
Dear Nirmala<em>ji</em>, increase home loan deduction limit
A businesswoman from Gujarat tells's A Ganesh Nadar what she would like to see in Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's Budget.

January 07, 2021
Dear Nirmala<em>ji</em>, reduce income tax
A banker from Jaipur in Rajasthan tells's A Ganesh Nadar what he would like to see in Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's Budget.

January 06, 2021
Dear Nirmala<em>ji</em>, please reduce the tax on diesel
A truck driver from Kerala tells's A Ganesh Nadar what he would like to see in Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's Budget.

Meet the Jeep so beloved of the Indian Army
For all those auto enthusiasts who thought Mahindra have only been manufacturing Jeeps and trucks in the '90s, Timeless Mahindra offers plenty of interesting surprises, discovers Rajesh Kareka/

January 05, 2021
Dear Nirmala<em>ji</em>, please make cooking oil cheaper
A newspaper vendor from Neknoor in Maharashtra tells's A Ganesh Nadar what he would like to see in Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's Budget.

My Top Stock Picks for 2021
Three stockmarket experts give their best picks for the New Year.

January 04, 2021
Modi's hardest task in 2021: Creating jobs
The biggest worry is not the shrinking of the labour market, but the collapse of good jobs.

Dear Nirmala<em>ji</em>: What I want from the Budget
A security guard in Mumbai tells's A Ganesh Nadar what he would like to see in Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman's Budget.

January 02, 2021
'Under him, the RBI delivered strong, timely, and decisive policy initiatives'
Economists praise Das for his pragmatism and willingness to face challenges head on.

December 29, 2020
Want to drive a BMW? Check out 2 Series
For those who've always wanted to drive a BMW in India, the 2 Series is easily the most fun to drive everyday car that money can buy.

December 21, 2020
Is India's 5G dream in trouble?
Nivedita Mookerji explains why a timely rollout of 5G may not be easy in India.

December 18, 2020
Sunil Mittal's $2 bn gamble on space
Bharti Global is planning to put up more satellites and has set a stiff deadline to launch commercial Internet services by October in the UK, Alaska, northern Russia and northern Europe.

Vintage Beetle gets new life as electric car
Besides opening up the possibility of a policy that allows vintage cars retrofitted with electric batteries to ply on roads, this also gives a clue to how cars older than 15 years that are banned can be valued again by a similar conversion to EVs, says Ritwik Sharma.

December 17, 2020
Land Rover Defender Hybrid is here!
On December 15, 2020, JLR announced that it has opened bookings of its first Plug-In Hybrid in India, the New Defender P400e.

Meet Asha, the robotic nurse
'Imagine taking care of a patient who is infected with Covid. A human nurse is unable to do that due to fear of infection. The robot can do that task, while it is controlled or supervised by the human nurse. So the robot becomes an extension of the nurse.'

December 16, 2020
Tata Harrier 2020: It can't get better than this!
Long have I waited for a car to replace the Tata Safari feel in driving, and this updated version of the Tata Harrier is just IT, exclaims Rajesh Karkera/

December 13, 2020
Following the footsteps of Sandeep Kataria, Bata's Global CEO
Kataria, 49, an IIT-XLRI alumnus, was quick to implement a number of initiatives during the Covid-19 crisis including launching D2C initiatives such as mobile stores, WhatsApp messaging, video calling and home deliveries.

December 12, 2020
Was Peter Kerkar responsible for the 'death' of Cox & Kings?
Was Kerkar duped by his employees, as he claims, or did a cocktail of greed, poor cost control and bad management bring the travel firm down, wonder Pavan Lall and Aneesh Phadnis.

December 10, 2020
Why Modi visited Serum's Covid vaccine unit
The PM's visit would signal a strong intent towards making sure India becomes a beneficiary as vaccines become a massively traded commodity in the coming years.

J R D Tata and the birth of Infosys
Mr Tata said a letter had arrived in his office from a young woman who had applied for the graduate engineering programme of TELCO Pune and been turned down.

December 08, 2020
India's 10 Top Philanthropists
Azim Premji and his family gave away Rs 7,904 crore (Rs 79.04 billion) in philanthropy, up 1,645 per cent!!! over the previous year.

Uttam's Take: Petrol price erupt
Uttam Ghosh offers his take on the latest hike in fuel prices at a time when the economy is in its worst condition ever.

Can Murari Lal Jalan revive Jet Airways?
For Jet's revival, Mr Jalan should be on the scene long enough for everyone to get to know him, appreciate his skills, and not vanish into thin air within a matter of months or even weeks, observes Anjuli Bhargava.

December 07, 2020
How F C Kohli and TCS conquered the world
Combining affordable IT with native Indian ingenuity and entrepreneurship F C Kohli believed would enable Indian small businesses match anyone and thrive.

December 06, 2020
Rise of Cars24, India's latest unicorn
Co-founders of India's latest unicorn expected Covid-19 to be a speed breaker; instead it accelerated sales. Cars24 now enjoys more than 90 per cent market share among all other similar online transaction platforms.

December 05, 2020
How 'working in office' will never be the same again
Fear of the disease has affected the way employees commute, the number of coffee breaks they take, and even their conversations with colleagues.

December 02, 2020
The visionary who made Indian IT industry global
One should appreciate the sagacity and audacity of JRD and Nani Palkhivala in founding TCS on April 1, 1968.

November 30, 2020
Online disrupts India's wholesale business
Online play is a priority now -- so far unthinkable in a business that's all about a meaningful interface with kirana stores.

November 27, 2020
How the Kerala-based CSB Bank made a dramatic turnaround
For FY21, CSB is looking at growth of around 25 per cent and is confident of doubling it in two years.

November 22, 2020
The bank branch is dead; long live the branch
Banks now ride on what is defined as a "banking outlet".

November 20, 2020
Why Mumbai Indians is the brand to bet on
Much of this has been made possible by the owners's insistence on building a team, rather than banking on a collection of talented individuals not necessarily suited to play alongside one another.

November 19, 2020
Madurai boy Anand Selvakesari is breaking the mould at Citigroup
A career Citibanker, 'Selva' came into the spotlight as the person who rewired the financial behemoth's Indian retail operations.

November 13, 2020
Google's new Play Store policy making app developers nervous
Google is going ahead with a policy revision mandating 30% charge on in-app purchases across all apps on Play Store.

Ravi Shastri turns entrepreneur
23 Yards will include body wash, beard oil, shaving gel, deodorant and sanitizer.

November 11, 2020
How Kerala 'lost' the battle against Adani
Court documents show that the Kerala government, whose case was treated as the 'lead case' among all the petitions filed against Adani, made four allegations to convince the court to cancel the contract for the Thiruvanathapuram airport.

November 10, 2020
As trouble brews for the Big 4, VCs, start-ups wait with bated breath
Amazon, Google, Apple and Facebook are both a boon and a bane for angel investors, VCs as well as start-ups.

November 08, 2020
Will Samsung continue to rule global electronics industry?
History of electronics indicates that no company, nor any nation for that matter, has been able to cement pole position and maintain it through several cycles.

November 07, 2020
The missing pieces in Jet Air's revival plan
After 18 months of closure, what really could be salvaged? And the answer sadly is, precious little, Patience, perseverance and plenty of moolah is the way forward even assuming intent is in place, says Anjuli Bhargava.

November 03, 2020
Arrest of a Banker
This is one of the many such cases that helped to create an acute fear psychosis among public sector bankers, reveals Tamal Bandyopadhyay in his fascinating new book Pandemonium: The Great Indian Banking Tragedy.

October 23, 2020
In Digital India, SAAS firms are lapping up young execcutives
Indian firms selling SAAS products have got a bonanza as companies meet, manage and sell remotely. The top five firms - Zoho, Freshworks HighRadius, Druva, and Icertis - account for 33 per cent of the market share.

The Kerala minister who's fighting for states in GST Council
Thomas Isaac has been in and out of the national news in his role as Kerala's finance minister since 2018 for various path-breaking tax initiatives.

October 12, 2020
Despite airpockets, airlines will stay airborne
The initial speculation over who is likely to down shutters seems to have given way to a resigned acceptance that all the players are determined to stay in the game.

October 10, 2020
Your WhatsApp messages are encrypted but are they safe?
Apart from physical access to handsets, metadata and backups are two common ways in which private communications can be broken.

October 06, 2020
Will new Thar put the mojo back in 2-door cars in India?
The 2-door vehicle may finds its way back in India with the launch of the all-new Thar by Mahindra and Mahindra, says Rajesh Karkera.

October 04, 2020
Now Alexa will respond in Bachchan's voice
Every word spoken by "Alexa Bachchan" is computer-generated, not a recording.

September 21, 2020
Brand Dhoni pads up for new innings
He has slashed his price by half after retiring.

September 20, 2020
Covid-19 could be the boost Indian pharma cos need
The western world had largely considered India to be a production hub, and also, a good potential geography for clinical trials, and a big market.

September 04, 2020
How Anant Agrawal built edX into a global giant
'Many who have experimented with online education will adopt a blended model once things return to normal,' edX CEO and founder Anant Agrawal tells Anjuli Bhargava.

September 02, 2020
Why a flop called SEZ remains attractive to politicians
SEZs account for just about a third of India's merchandise exports (and roughly the same proportion of services exports).

September 01, 2020
'Modi wants to do away with permanent government jobs'
The new government order to review the service record of employees who have completed 30 years in the job to identify inefficient or corrupt staff and retire them prematurely has invited the ire of labour unions, who believe that this is a step towards privatisation.

August 25, 2020
Brand Dhoni remains unbeatable despite slow fadeout
Dhoni presently endorses a healthy 25 brands, and found himself in fifth place on the Forbes India Celebrity 100 list last year, with earnings worth almost Rs 136 crore.

August 24, 2020
At a Glance: Jio's stake sale
Jio Platforms is expected to use its 388 million mobile phone subscribers as the cornerstone of an e-commerce and digital services business to rival Amazon and Walmart's Flipkart.

August 23, 2020
Amid the gloom of Covid-19, art paints a happy picture
All rumours regarding the premature death of the art market have proven to be just that -- rumours -- with a healthy appetite for masters pushing prices up.

August 21, 2020
As Microsoft's Internet Explorer bows out, a look at its chequered life
The potted history of the browser wars indicates how much the online space has altered in the last 25 years.

August 20, 2020
Requiem for the Pajero: An SUV like none other!
With Mitsubishi pulling the plug on it the days of the Pajero maybe over, but nobody who ever owned one will forget it. Some even learnt life-long lessons from it, says Pavan Lall.

The curious case of Jack Ma's India plans
Jack Ma who had five years ago said he was inspired and excited by "Make in India" possibly understood the essence of the signature campaign better than some others and decided to stay away from India other than as an investor, says Nivedita Mookerji.

August 18, 2020
First Drive: The New Gen Thar
A blend of traditional as well as contemporary features, the All-New Thar exceeds expectations by far, says Rajesh Karkera/

August 16, 2020
Should Big Tech be broken up?
Are the big five using their dominance to shut out rivals? That is the key question, says Prosenjit Datta.

August 14, 2020
How Aditya Puri 'built' the HDFC Bank
Puri gave up the comforts of Citibank to set up a new-age bank from a rat-infested room in the Kamala Mills Compound in Worli, Mumbai and build a marquee brand. A look at his 26-year stint as HDFC Bank's boss.

25 years of telecom in India: Who won, who lost
While smart boys like the Ruias of Essar, Ajay Piramal, Max India promoter Analjit Singh laughed all the way to the bank, the Tatas, Anil Ambani, Malaysian tycoon T Ananda Krishna of Maxis (which invested in Aircel), Sistema, and Norway's Telenor burnt their fingers, notes Surajeet Das Gupta.

August 12, 2020
The Mahindra Thar: Beauty and the beast
As Mahindra readies to unveil its latest version of the Jeep that is so beloved of adventure enthusiasts, the urban crowd as well as the countryside, Rajesh Karkera/ traces the vehicle's journey through the decades.

August 11, 2020
Will IFSCA be the boss of India's financial markets?
For financial sector companies setting up shop in India, as of now the go-to regulators are obviously Sebi and the RBI with carve-outs for IRDAI or possibly PFRDA.

August 05, 2020
Meet Adar Poonawala, india's Covid vaccine man
Serum Institute is investing $200 million to create capacities for the COVID-19 vaccine.

July 27, 2020
Cloud kitchens: The future of India's food biz
The cloud kitchen market in India will hit $1.05 billion by 2023.

July 25, 2020
For AirAsia's Tony Fernandes, Indian sky is out of bounds
With cash shortage and plans going awry, the AirAsia owner is looking to cash out of the venture he built with Ratan Tata in 2013.

July 19, 2020
Robots to the rescue in times of coronavirus
From scanning hospital entrants to disinfecting hospital areas and floors, robots are being roped in for tasks considered high-risk, says Peerzada Abrar.

July 18, 2020
How this young artist changed the lives of hapless migrants
In the midst of all the self-flagellation at our collective inability to assist the country's migrants through their misery, at least one person (or a group of people) decided to do more than just chest beating.

July 09, 2020
The lockdown has been good for Grofers
'One good thing that has come out of all this is that it shown people that online ordering is the way forward.'

July 07, 2020
Street vendors left out of Unlock 1.0's purview
'In states where all shops are allowed to function and pedestrians are allowed to move around, there is no reason to presume that vendors are not allowed to operate.

June 27, 2020
How Big Tech failed us in coronavirus pandemic
None of the Big Tech companies or tycoons appears to be playing a meaningful role in the testing, spread, cure, or eradication of the virus or even in contact tracing so far, says Prosenjit Datta.

June 26, 2020
The day K P Singh wanted to sell DLF for 26 lakh
Persuaded not to sell that day in January 1975, DLF today has assets of over Rs 52,237 crore and a net worth of around Rs 40,000 crore.

June 25, 2020
'India can market itself better'
'India is still hierarchical, but not as much as Japan and people appreciate a flat working culture,' Charles Frump, managing director, Volvo Cars India, tells Pavan Lall.

May 23, 2020
'Corona is a wake up call for all of us'
'I'm not surprised with what's happening in India,' 'Tiger' Tyagarajan tells Nivedita Mookerji.

Serum Institute's race to produce COVID-19 vaccine
'People are already sending congratulatory messages. But I have said, "Please don't until the trials are over".'

Email spoofing is the latest cyber fraud
Email providers can stop spoof emails impersonating them from reaching their customer's inbox or junk/bulk folder by enabling DMARC, says Venkata Satish Guttula.

May 20, 2020
Email spoofing is the latest cyber fraud
Email providers can stop spoof emails impersonating them from reaching their customer's inbox or junk/bulk folder by enabling DMARC, says Venkata Satish Guttula.

May 16, 2020
What <em>Telecom Man</em> reveals about India's business-politics links
'It's the brazen corruption involving politicians that makes you sit up years after the event,' notes Nivedita Mookerji after reading B K Syngal's Telecom Man.

May 15, 2020
How your workplace will change forever
From properly spaced desks to visual signals, office life is expected to change beyond recognition, predicts Shyamal Majumdar.

May 08, 2020
The businessman who got richer during the lockdown
Radhakishan Damani is the only billionaire to see his wealth grow by around 20% during the lockdown.

May 07, 2020
How Airbnb's Brian Chesky told I,900 employees they had lost their jobs
There is much to learn from how Brian Chesky, co-founder and CEO, Airbnb, let 1,900 employees know they had lost their jobs.

May 04, 2020
Prolonged lockdown to make India's water crisis worse
Making water available is always a serious challenge in the summer for all public authorities.

April 12, 2020
The coming vegetable crisis
There have been several instances of traders dumping fruits and vegetables outside mandis.

April 11, 2020
Ecommerce cos hit roadblock as lockdown set to continue
What is aggravating the situation is that e-commerce firms are facing huge shortage of delivery personnel. They have not been able to bring back their staff to work, despite offering higher pay and Covid-related insurance packages.

April 07, 2020
'Why the fuss over hydroxychloroquine?'
'India is a pharma dada. We can manufacture enough for our people and for the world.'

April 06, 2020
The rise and mighty fall of Rana Kapoor
'What made him different was that he was not a banker at all by temperament.'

April 03, 2020
How COVID-19 could change India's political economy
'While the poor have little say in shaping India's intellectual or public discourse, they do have a significant role in deciding political outcomes,' points out Roshan Kishore.

March 27, 2020
RBI loan moratorium: 'Which bank will refuse?'
How will the RBI announcement on loan moratorium work for those with home loans, auto loans, personal loans, consumer durables loan?

March 26, 2020
Coronavirus crisis pushes India to work on drug security
The current crisis has forced the government to announce measures to ensure that India becomes self-sustaining for any kind of bulk drug.

March 19, 2020
Rana Kapoor: The banker who said 'YES' to a chosen few
The bank was worth over Rs 80,000 crore as recently as September 2017.

March 17, 2020
How companies deal with coronavirus panic
Employees asked to work from home... cancelled travel plans... curtailed meetings...

How robots and AI can help fight coronavirus
A densely populated India does not have the luxury of resources nor can it wait for western countries to develop a solution.

March 16, 2020
The Risk-Taker
'An entrepreneur should always remain under pressure or he will die,' Vineet Rai tells Anjuli Bhargava.

March 11, 2020
How much will this painting sell for?
This is the largest single-owner sale of Indian modern art, but it is for reasons other than this historicity that it will be remembered, says Kishore Singh.

March 04, 2020
What the economy needs: Painful medium-term steps
''Even without major reforms, with a business as usual scenario, and with current inflation trends, we should be clocking around 11 to 12 per cent nominal growth.'

February 26, 2020
Naturals Ice Cream: An amazing start-up story!
When its founder, Raghunandan Kamath, took a calculated risk, his Bollywood customers backed him all the way, say Rohith Potti and Pooja Bhula.

February 21, 2020
AI to the rescue in fight against coronavirus
Artificial intelligence is being used to mine data to identify and isolate potential carriers and victims, and to guesstimate the likely course of the disease.

February 18, 2020
How NIIT became a big success in China
The job placement rate for students trained by NIIT in China is over 90 per cent.'

February 12, 2020
Sachin Bansal wants to start a bank
'If the RBI blesses us with a banking licence, we would like to launch a successful bank.'

February 07, 2020
How Palanpur's diamond merchants conquered the world
'We did not know we would one day dominate nearly 70 per cent of the market.'

January 24, 2020
Jaydeep Barman is changing India's restaurant business
'As long as people are eating we will be there,' Rebel Foods CEO Jaydeep Barman tells Viveat Susan Pinto and Niraj Bhatt.

Humble potato takes tech route to health food status
The technology for producing healthy potato seeding material through aeroponic system, which has already been passed on by the CPRI to about 18 entrepreneurs, would expedite multiplication of seeds of potato, including those of the specialty potatoes, to promote their cultivation, says Surinder Sud.

January 20, 2020
7 charts explain how gold performed in 2019
In comparison to other asset classes, globally, gold rallied significantly after many years to deliver 18.4 per cent returns in 2019.

January 07, 2020
How the Rs 42000-cr Essar Steel deal was sealed
To make the deal happen, Aditya Mittal, president and chief financial officer, ArcelorMittal fought a gruelling battle - in courts and outside - for 865 days.

January 06, 2020
10 laws that changed how India does business
Experts consider Sebi's takeover code in its present form to be on a par with any foreign code governing public mergers and acquisitions.

How Nirmalaji compares with earlier FMs
While the situation Sitharaman finds herself in may not be that good, how does it stack up against her three immediate predecessors Pranab Mukherjee, P Chidambaram and the late Arun Jaitley?

Is India ready for what's next in tech?
As consumers, we have learnt to adapt and apply.

December 30, 2019
Why India must worry over the Data Protection Bill
Sections in the draft Personal Data Protection Bill are a blatant violation of the Right to Privacy as guaranteed by the Constitution.

The men behind Sitharaman's 2nd Budget
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present her second Budget a little more than a month from now.

December 20, 2019
Tata Nexon EV: Electric car with an 8 year warranty!
'One can charge it at home, in the office, on the go. All it needs is a 15 Amp electric socket which is found is all our homes.'

December 18, 2019
Renault Triber is everyman's budget car
'The Triber, which sits between the Kwid and the Duster in the Renault portfolio, is an affordable option for those who have their sights set on a multipurpose vehicle and want to get something different from, say, a Maruti Suzuki Ertiga,' says Pavan Lall.

December 16, 2019
Why Indian abstract art is so valuable
What makes Indian abstract art more valuable is its relative rarity.

December 04, 2019
VOTE! India's BEST airport
Delhi's Indira Gandhi airport and Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji airport handle more than half of India's air traffic.

December 02, 2019
'Always have a Plan B, Plan C and a Plan D'
Don't bet everything you have, Lemon Tree's Patu Keswani tells Pavan Lall.

December 01, 2019
Delhi choking: Cheaper options available to deal with paddy stubble
One way would be to encourage farmers to come out of the long-standing paddy-wheat cycle. But for that to happen, farmers want income assurances akin to what they get for paddy and wheat, writes Sanjeeb Mukherjee.

November 30, 2019
This RBI museum blends technology with history
In the museum, RBI's history is shown in panels that illuminate while moving on a rotating table, and begins with the commencement of RBI in 1934 and ends with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's famous speech on November 8, 2016 announcing demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 notes.

November 28, 2019
Gold economies: Why China is way ahead of India
'Lack of a coherent policy and the unwillingness of Indian jewellers to reform and have products to suit millennials, are tarnishing the industry', says Rajesh Bhayani.

November 24, 2019
The story behind Vodafone's fall in India
Cut-throat competition, high spectrum costs, and frequent flip-flops in government policies have made it difficult for Vodafone to make money in the country.

November 20, 2019
What is Ronnie Screwvala up to these days?
"If telecom changed the game for how business was done in India, then we need 20 more of those systemic game-changers to take us to the next level," Ronnie Screwvala tells Pavan Lall.

How not to get scammed online
Making digital payments to known or trusted merchants, use of a dedicated computer and a separate email address only for financial transactions can reduce the exposure to fraud and data theft, says Arpinder Singh.

November 15, 2019
It is the script, not the star, stupid!
'Virat Kohli features in 25 campaigns, Ranveer Singh in 24, Akshay Kumar in 22, Deepika Padukone in 20, Ranbir Kapoor in 13, M S Dhoni in 12, Amitabh Bachchan in 12, Alia Bhatt in 11... but not one celebrity campaign is a sizzler,' says ad guru Sandeep Goyal.

November 13, 2019
Tata's Chandra on India and its Jobs Problem
Nearly 490 million people of working age are outside the bounds of India's unemployment assessments.

November 05, 2019
The Ticking Time Bomb
Nearly 31 million Indians are unemployed and looking for jobs.

3 sectors where corporate-underworld nexus flourishes
'History shows that links between corporate powerhouses and terror financing are not new.

November 02, 2019
Discovery of dark matter opens up new areas of research
The Nobel Prize to physicists for their work on dark matter could fuel further research into the cosmos and eventually lead to better understanding of places where life is most likely to exist, says Devangshu Datta.

October 28, 2019
Power from temperature differences is the way to go
Several types of experimental thermoelectric generators are being tested out in labs, and under real-life conditions, says Devangshu Datta.

October 26, 2019
Costlier green crackers may just dampen Delhi's Diwali spirits
Delhi, which has gained infamy as one of the world's most polluted cities, has for some years now witnessed a sustained campaign from various quarters seeking a ban on firecrackers. While the Centre launched the newly approved, eco-friendly firecrackers earlier this month as a "safer and cheaper" alternative, the mood in the market is tepid, says Ritwik Sharma.

October 25, 2019
'Vijay came across as a force of nature'
Long before he launched Paytm, Vijay Shankar Sharma, a 32 year old from Aligarh, embarked on his ambitious entrepreneurial journey.

How did Nirav Modi pull off PNB fraud?
Theoretically, Modi, who understood corporate finance, committed no crime by raising debt to fund a growing business.

Crossed wires at South Asia's biggest telecom meet
The noise over call tariffs and interconnection usage charges drowned out issues related to customer choice at the India Mobile Congress, says Nivedita Mookerji.

October 23, 2019
Adani takes the Jio route to disrupt airports business
The Adani group's debut in the airports business has been equally audacious. Despite its Rs 1.26 trillion debt pile, the group emerged the highest bidder for as many as six airports in the government's first such auction in 13 years since the GMR and GVK groups won the right to manage Delhi and Mumbai airports in 2006, reports Shyamal Majumdar.

October 22, 2019
Explained: Where India stands in global trade
While India's growth stands shoulder-to-shoulder with a slowing China, the IMF expects the US to grow at a slower pace in the coming years, and smaller Asian economies such as Bangladesh to grow faster than India.

October 21, 2019
How the once mighty Singh brothers fell from grace
From Ranbaxy to Religare, Aashish Aryan takes you through a maze of legal cases involving Malvinder Mohan Singh and his younger brother Shivinder Mohan Singh. Both are in police custody following a complaint of fund siphoning.

October 17, 2019
Why India should reject Facebook's Libra
India's policy makers must be alert to any attempt by Facebook, Mastercard and others to force a cryptocurrency on us, says Pranjal Sharma.

October 15, 2019
The Abhijit Banerjee I know
Uddalok Bhattacharya looks back at his friendship with 'Jhima', the Nobel Laureate.

Meet the Chennai-born heading Alexa's Hindi project in LA
Since 2015, Prem Natarajan had been watching from the outside and with growing interest the emergence of Alexa.

October 12, 2019
Is data the new oil or not?
Mukesh Ambani is neither the first nor the only one to say so. Many have said it before. He made the line popular in India along with Jio, says Nivedita Mookerji.

Why Apple's strategy is different from Jio's
The difference is small but significant.

October 10, 2019
Explained: The mystery of Jio's missed calls
Why are missed calls such a big deal for leading telcos? Surajeet Das Gupta finds out.

October 04, 2019
Revealed: How PM planned demonetisation
November 8 will mark three years after demonetisation.

A textile tycoon who also spins dreams
Despite presiding over scores of factories in what is today India's largest garment exporter with 105,000 employees, Ahuja is a modest man with much to be immodest about. He tells Rahul Jacob that the government needs a free trade agreement with Europe fast to ensure a level-playing field with Bangladesh and Vietnam.

End of an era in Indian banking
With Allahabad Bank set to be amalgamated with Indian Bank, the legacy of the oldest existing joint stock bank in India is set to fade. The post-nationalisation period marked the turbulent journey to transform for Allahabad Bank from bank of nawabs and rajahs to one of farmers and artisans. It also marks the end of a bank in which two states with contrasting identities - Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal - took equal pride, says Namrata Acharya.

Indian banking business just got more complex
Rating agency Moody's Investor Services has already warned that the move would be credit negative for banks, causing volatility in net interest margins. One of the key changes that banks may have to make is how they price their deposits, says Joydeep Ghosh.

October 03, 2019
Bank mergers and death of forex brokerages
Business is down to such an extent that last year these firms could not even meet RBI's capital norm of Rs 50 million for partnerships and Rs 100 million for public and private firms in this line of business.

Why linking loans to external benchmark won't be easy for banks
Senior bankers are trying to impress upon the central bank that the shift to external benchmark-linked lending be postponed to April 1, 2020.

Has the Vande Bharat Express project gone offtrack?
Despite being the prime minister's pet project -- on a par with the Chandrayaan missions -- the Vande Bharat trainset, or Train 18, project, is currently on a very bumpy track, reports Shine Jacob.

September 29, 2019
Reimaging India's transportation for the future
Both US and Indian firms have risen to the challenge, recognising the huge market potential for companies with the capacity to think outside the box, says Nisha Biswal.

September 28, 2019
All about the A13 Bionic chip that's powering the new iPhone 11
Apple says the A13 Bionic was the most power-efficient chip it's ever made -- it needs 40 per cent less power than the previous chip in the Apple Bionic series to perform the same tasks as the previous phones, says Devangshu Datta.

September 25, 2019
IndiGo or Oyo, for Aditya Ghosh it's business as usual
'Till two years ago, Ghosh led one of the largest low-cost airlines in the world and now he heads the fastest growing low-cost hotel chain in the world.

September 17, 2019
Fear of flying in the Indian skies
'The pressing point is that, for air passengers to get home safe, a combination of factors needs to work in perfect harmony. It's time for India's aviation industry to wake up and ensure that this orchestration is in good working order, says Anjuli Bhargava.

September 16, 2019
Explained in charts: Growth of India's start-up universe
Over the years, start-ups are struggling more to garner funds as they pass the elementary stages of growth.

Motown crisis: Contract workers are the worst hit
Motown crisis

September 15, 2019
The simple number trick behind secure communication
This is one of the wonderful paradoxes of modern technology. Having designed machines to predictably and accurately perform the same tasks again and again, we protect these machines by finding numbers that are as unpredictable as possible, says Devangshu Datta.

September 13, 2019
What is all the fuss about RBI's fund transfer?
As far as the Jalan committee recommendation is concerned, the transfer of Rs 52,637 crore is far lower than what analysts were expecting.

September 12, 2019
WATCH! Millennials react to Sitharaman's Ola-Uber remark's Syed Firdaus Ashraf and Hitesh Harisinghani speak to millennials to find out if the ease of ride-sharing apps like Ola and Uber was a reason for them not buying a car.

September 11, 2019
Bimal Jalan, the 'go-to man' for most political parties
'One of the reasons Jalan, the only bureaucrat in India who has been executive director at both the IMF and then the World Bank, successively, can afford to be forthright is that he has seen it all in his 78 years,' says Subhomoy Bhattacharjee.

What Mark Mobius thinks Modi Sarkar should do
'One thing the government has failed to do is to spend on infrastructure. The other thing is to make it easier for people to invest. The government needs to loosen up investment regulations and allow infrastructure spending to be shared with the private sector.'

September 10, 2019
Apple may finally dip its toes in Indian retail pool
Still, the earliest India will get to experience Apple online will be early 2020 and the company's first fully-owned signature store should be up around 2022 -- almost two decades after it had opened its first store worldwide, writes Nivedita Mookerji.

September 09, 2019
When Vodafone dialled a wrong number in India
'If Vodafone decides to quit India, the telecom market in the country will be left poorer. We need international players, especially in a sector like telecom, for global best practices and the latest in technology, if nothing else', says Nivedita Mookerji.

September 04, 2019
Will Voda-Idea's five pillar strategy manage to revive its fortune?
Vodafone Idea lost 115 million subscribers over the last four quarters. Rating agency Care downgraded Vodafone Idea to Care A with a negative outlook on account of weak financial performance. Crisil, too, downgraded credit value of Vodafone Idea.

September 03, 2019
Cutting edge technology+crowd sourced research=Life-saver
A wide range of diseases including thalassemia, retinitis, muscular dystrophy, cancers, HIV, AIDS can be treated with Antisense therapy that targets the mRNA to prevent information from a mutated gene from being expressed, says Devangshu Datta.

September 01, 2019
Meet Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, India's Cyclone Man
Mohapatra tells Abhishek Waghmare and Sanjeeb Mukherjee that India's cyclone warning system is now better than that of Japan and Australia.

August 29, 2019
65 years of Computer Science in India
Shivanand Kanavi, former VP, TCS and adjunct faculty at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, marks the milestones in India's computer journey.

August 26, 2019
In mourning Jaitley, we also mourn for ourselves
His sharp mind, sober head, and restraining hand will forever be unavailable as India navigates its uncertain economic and political future, says Arvind Subramanian, Chief Economic Advisor under former finance minister Arun Jaitley.

August 24, 2019
Post FM's lifeline, markets to see best Monday so far in 2019?
Market experts on why the bulls will be on the rampage first thing on Monday after the scrapping of enhanced surcharge on FPIs and other measures to ease the systemic liquidity squeeze and boost demand.

The age of 5G is just around the corner
While 5G's features, such as enhanced speed, ultra-reliable and low-latency connectivity and guaranteed quality of service, promise to transform the digital experience in both the industrial and consumer space, they are of particular interest to a subset of organisations -- industrial manufacturers, says Subrahmanyam Kanakadandi.

August 19, 2019
Despite Jet crisis, domestic air traffic set for double-digit growth again
One reason is that airlines have ramped up capacity and expanded their presence in tier-II markets.

August 18, 2019
6 major trends that will shape India's real estate sector
Despite the absence of any notable price growth, transaction volumes are picking up in major Indian cities. The surge in sentiments is also backed by a significant rise in transparency in the industry.

August 09, 2019
Amrapali: How the treacherous trio diverted homebuyers money
The three promoters - Anil Kumar Sharma, Ajay Kumar and Shiv Priya - had diverted Rs 1,500-1,600 crore through bogus methods like loans and advances between group firms at inflated rates.

August 06, 2019
IndiGo has finally decided to fly without Rakesh Gangwal - its architect
While a defamation suit is unlikely, Rahul Bhatia's InterGlobe Enterprise, which owns 37 per cent stake in IndiGo, will support groups of minority investors if they sue Gangwal for causing erosion of shareholder's wealth. After their bitter public spat, it's unlikely that Bhatia will allow any more room to Gangwal, says Arindam Majumdar.

August 01, 2019
Siddhartha lived by his honour code, and died by it
M D Riti pays tribute to Bangalore's homegrown business giant.

July 28, 2019
With voice assistants Big Brother is also listening in
It can seem like magic when Amazon offers you a choice of TV shows, music and books that you really like, or Google throws up ads about destinations you're interested in visiting.

3 years after joining Marriott, Sheraton finds its own mojo
Often perceived by travellers as tired and dated, the world's largest hotel chain operator is getting a fresh and contemporary look.

July 27, 2019
Govt's dilemma: To ban or not ban e-cigarettes?
With the government dragging its feet in the matter, e-cigarette manufacturers and sellers are in limbo between an outright ban and a classification that will put them at a disadvantage vis-à-vis regular cigarettes.

Will the brand-new Jal Shakti ministry keep India's head above water?
Can the newly-minted Jal Shakti ministry bring water to some 19 crore Indian households that have never had taps or heard the sound of flowing water, wonders Vinayak Chatterjee.

July 26, 2019
How Amrapali's Anil Sharma had a great fall
Cut to 2019, and his name evokes grief and anger among more than 40,000 homebuyers who are fighting for the keys to their flats, which they should have rightfully got more than seven years back.

July 25, 2019
IndiGo: A saga of mistrust, broken friendship and a bruised airline
Whatever the final outcome of this unhappy episode, one thing is clear: a glass once cracked cannot be fixed.

July 24, 2019
'Gold will be the best asset class to invest in 2019'
'Gold could return 10% to 12% in the next two-three years.'

July 23, 2019
Battle for IndiGo - The story so far
The hiring of Ronojoy Datta as the airline's CEO - done primarily by Bhatia himself - may have been one of the two factors that marked the end of a relationship that was already beginning to fray.

July 22, 2019
Why are FIIs selling off Indian stocks?
Since the Budget announcement on July 5, FIIs have been busy unloading their stock.

Rise and fall of the <em>Dosa</em> King
His blind faith in astrology took him down a tragic path that has now come to define his life.

July 21, 2019
Is the Age of Smart Clothing here?
Indian textile companies have started using tech to become both smart and sustainable, says Romita Majumdar.

July 19, 2019
'We have been a bit like a fast tortoise'
'My biggest contribution is the creation of the first 'modern Indian law firm',' Cyril Shroff tells Sudipto Dey.

July 18, 2019
Why Mallya sold Berger Paints to a 'shopkeeper'
Mallya understood, astutely, that the Dhingras were very keen to acquire Berger Paints.

July 16, 2019
Last-minute changes in ITR 2 and 3 hits taxpayers
Prasanna D Zore/ reports on the chaos facing taxpayers with the income tax department making changes to ITR 2 and 3 forms just before tax-filing deadline.

July 11, 2019
How Economy Stalled Under Manmohan & Modi
The Indian economy was on an impressive growth path through the first decade of this century till it was brought to an abrupt halt by the policy inertia during UPA2 and the Modi government's inability to restore economic and financial momentum.

July 04, 2019
How to fix India's banking problems
Advice to the new finance minister from former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan:

July 01, 2019
Hazards of investing in ponzi schemes
The news of Bengaluru-based IMA cheating thousands once again underlines the need for investors to steer clear of unregulated deposit schemes.

June 26, 2019
Will Modi govt manage to push labour reforms this time?
After assuming power in 2014 with a full majority of its own, the BJP-led NDA government started an ambitious process of reforming labour laws in the form of codes aimed at making the framework less cumbersome with a variety of alterations.

June 24, 2019
For McDonald's, making a comeback won't be easy. Here's why
It is not easy for an FMCG brand to make a comeback if it has been out of consumer's reckoning for some time.

How Chandra plans to tackle the 2 key challenges of Tata group
At the end of 2018-19, the Tata group had a consolidated debt of Rs 2.77 trillion. Tatas not only plan to avoid big-ticket acquisitions for now, the group's main focus will be on improving key metrics and reduce debt, say Shally Seth Mohile & Dev Chatterjee.

How Haryana govt helped Patanjali to buy lands illegally
When agricultural holdings get fragmented over years, the state government has the power to step in and help farmers pool their land parcels for improving land productivity, after which the pooled land is divided up into larger plots.

June 21, 2019
Why are India's tycoons selling out?
Ballooning debt forces more and more Indian promoters to sell out to global majors and PE players.

The latest member of the $100 bn club!
Its latest member is a Frenchman. Bernard Arnault's fortune is now estimated at $100.4 billion.

Patanjali's maze of firms that do shady land dealing in Haryana
Restricted by state government orders, the ownership of such land could not be formally registered, so the advances made continued to be reflected in the accounts as 'advances against land'.

June 20, 2019
Gautam Singhania likes Trump's feud with China
'Trump's sparring with China is good for business,' Raymond's CMD tells Pavan Lall.

June 19, 2019
Why is Raghuram Rajan talking about Taylor Swift?
At the Mumbai launch of his latest book, The Third Pillar: How Markets And States Leave The Community Behind, former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan served up an interesting mix that included Taylor Swift, Donald Trump, privileged families and a strong dose of commonsense economics.

How Patanjali 'broke' laws to acquire land in Aravalli hills
The land acquisition, the consolidation process in Kot and a slew of other decisions by the Haryana government to open the hills to privatisation and commercial activity run contrary to court orders, environmentalists' demand, and at times the Union government's measures to protect the Aravalli hills, say Nitin Sethi & Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava.

June 14, 2019
This man's mission is a university
India needs a 1,000 more Ashoka universities, Founder Sanjeev Bikhchandani tells Anjuli Bhargava.

June 13, 2019
IL&FS fallout: Lessons for the rating agencies
Perhaps the way forward could be the introduction of uniform rating standards - on the lines of accounting standards for the accounting profession - with a separate regulating authority for enforcing those standards, says Sudipto Dey.

Dream 11 founders: Fantasy sports champs
Following their passion paid off for Harsh Jain and Bhavit Sheth with their fantasy sports platform Dream11 entering the unicorn club with a valuation of over $1 billion.

June 12, 2019
World's most dangerous laptop auctioned as 'work of art'
Six pieces of malware present in the laptop had truly terrible track records.

June 10, 2019
Do you know what impact investing is?
'India is the largest stomping ground in the world for impact investing as we have an extraordinary combination of entrepreneurial drive with huge, absolute demand for all kinds of social services,' IDFC First Bank's chief Rajiv Lall tells Anjuli Bhargava.

June 07, 2019
Net closing in on PNB, IL&FS, ICICI-Videocon, AugustaWestland
'The web of transactions is so complex that it requires expertise to understand the strategies involved in each fraud.'

June 06, 2019
Is Zia Mody planning to retire?
'I'm an unbalanced human,' the founding partner of AZB, India's top law firm, tells Pavan Lall.

May 21, 2019
8 superstar investors everyone wants to copy
These investors are not only betting on little-known stocks, but also sectors that the market participants are not paying much heed to. Some of these stocks can be potential multi-baggers, while others may not live up to the expectations of these stock-pickers, says Jash Kriplani.

May 18, 2019
Meet India's best known teacher
'Kids like something when it is interesting, focused, and offers scope for self-exploration.'

May 14, 2019
Post poll, India faces fuel price hike
The Saudi and Iraq offer to replace Iranian crude supplies comes with a catch: Higher prices for the same quality of crude.

May 12, 2019
Yogi Deveshwar: The Risk Taker
During his time as executive chairman, the company's net revenues grew 17-fold to Rs 42,777 crore and profit after tax nearly 40 times to Rs 10,289 crore.

May 04, 2019
Have you seen a car collection like this?!
Dr Ravi Prakash's 250 vintage car collection includes J R D Tata's 1940 Buick Limousine and a Sunbeam-Talbot used by Lord Mountbatten.

May 02, 2019
From top jeweller to liquidation, how Gitanjali Gems lost its sheen
Once a stock market darling, the jewellery chain heads for liquidation.

April 30, 2019
In 5 years Tata group's poll funding up 20 times
From disbursing Rs 25.11 crore to political parties in 2014-2015, the Tata group is learnt to have contributed Rs about Rs 600 crore towards the 2019 Lok Sabha election.

April 29, 2019
Naresh Goyal flew too close to the sun
'The airline business is very dynamic. If you are unable to keep up and lead, you end up last.'

April 24, 2019
How Indian handset cos lost to the Chinese
'The Chinese outdid them in the price game and turned the competitive dynamics at the lower end of the handset market from price to value.'

April 22, 2019
Meet Nirav Modi's core team
The common denominator: They were predominantly Gujarati, mostly male, and either related by blood or very well-known to Nirav.

April 14, 2019
'India needs businessmen in Parliament'
'When you come through the hassles and struggles of business life, your mind is wired differently.'

March 30, 2019
The man who sold Nirav Modi's art
Dinesh Vazirani on how he built Saffronart into an institution.

Will Raghuram Rajan be our next finance minister?
There were two questions everyone wanted to know the answer to.

March 27, 2019
Working with Ratan Tata
Mukund Rajan, who worked closely with Ratan Tata, recalls the unique experience of working with the corporate titan.

March 26, 2019
Businessman. Leader. Philanthropist. Role model. Convicted felon. Author
Rajat Gupta, 70, the first Indian managing director of McKinsey and who of 17 months in US prison for insider trading, gets ready to tell his side of the story.

March 13, 2019
Why telecom service providers need to work with Netflix, Saavn, etc
Blind categorisation of OTTs with TSPs is damaging as the two are fundamentally different. It is naive to claim 'same service, same rules' when the services are so utterly different, says T V Ramachandran.

March 12, 2019
Vande Bharat Express: Love at first sight
The train has a lot to offer to its passengers: Silent run, fully-sealed gangway connecting two coaches, GPS-based passenger information system, modular bio-vacuum and disabled-friendly toilets, intelligent air conditioning that adjusts cooling according to the climate and closed-circuit television for safety.

March 08, 2019
US-China trade war: What India must do
'If we play our cards right, we may even benefit from the competition between the US and China as seen from increased investment from each of these countries into India.'

20 years later, founders of India's first e-tailer are back 'Again'
Again would offer two variants of double-toned milk with almonds, cashews, dates; and strawberry, chocolate, jaggery - and two variants of double-toned yoghurt - alphonso mango; and carrot, orange, banana.

February 27, 2019
Is Mukesh Ambani being too ambitious with his retail plans?
While Reliance has the clout to negotiate prices with suppliers for its e-commerce, not to forget the cost advantage of integrated warehouse and supply chains, Amazon and Walmart are no pushovers, they too have deep pockets.

February 26, 2019
With $2 bn in charity, Jeff Bezos is top donor of 2018
Surprisingly, Jeff Bezos is the new entrant to the list and ends up holding the first position.

February 16, 2019
Why crypto-assets need to be regulated, not banned
Crypto-assets are essential to blockchain technology, which has the potential to be one of the next major growth drivers for the software ecosystem in India. A prohibition would nip this opportunity in the bud, say Vaibhav Parikh and Jaideep Reddy.

February 15, 2019
What govt's new tax return and refund policy means for you
If, as promised, the refunds are done within 24 hours it will obviate one of the biggest reasons that taxpayers distrust the tax department -- delayed refunds especially in cases of large refunds.

February 13, 2019
How PM-Kisan scores over loan waivers and Rythu Bandhu
The experience of direct cash transfer under PM-Kisan will be useful in designing a larger scheme of DBT for farmers combining all subsidies and support for the agriculture sector in the future, say

February 12, 2019
India's Top 10 cash generating monuments
Check out which monuments make the most money for the government.

February 11, 2019
10 stocks most likely to make investors RICH!
From Dabur to HUL, here are 10 stocks with significant rural exposure in the auto, agri-chemical and fast moving consumer goods sectors, which should see an uptick in sales growth.

February 08, 2019
The blind spot on India's biggest banking whodunit
The PNB fiasco falls into a family line that involves non-fund limits - read contingent liabilities which are off-books. Harshad Mehta did it with bankers' receipts in 1992.

February 03, 2019
Growing crops in space, reaping the benefits on Earth
The ongoing experiments on Moon, Mars and elsewhere could translate into better crop yields and hardier plants that could thrive in inhospitable parts of the world, says Devangshu Datta.

January 31, 2019
Melas, rallies and the problem of unemployment
If everyone had decent meaningful jobs, the rally maidans would be largely empty and, save for the Akhara babas and curious foreigners and the devout senior citizens, not very many would spare time for the Kumbh Mela, says Mahesh Vyas.

January 29, 2019
Why retail investors should pay homage to John Bogle
John Bogle figured that cheap mutual funds, which just mirrored indices with little tracking error, would be a useful vehicle for wealth creation, recalls Devangshu Datta.

January 26, 2019
Why vegetarianism is not all that great an idea for India
Indian farmers practise an agro-silvo-pastoral system and that livestock is a crucial part of their economy. Taking away the meat would demonetise their assets. It would kill their income, says Sunita Narain.

January 23, 2019
All you wanted to know about tokenisation and its impact on card transactions
Tokenisation acts as an additional layer of security as it masks sensitive card data such as the 16-digit account number, expiry date and security code.

January 21, 2019
Lessons from anti-profiteering order against HUL
The investigation against HUL was initiated on the basis of an anonymous complaint. It alleged 'profiteering' of around Rs 535 crore between November 15, 2017, and February 28, 2018.

January 17, 2019
5 likely GST changes after 2019 polls
After the 2019 election, one thing is sure: GST will see a number of changes, explains Indivjal Dhasmana.

January 16, 2019
How Mahabharata applies to board of directors
Many lay folks cannot fathom the arcane language of the corporate governance brouhaha. I found that a mythological story connects very well, says R Gopalakrishnan.

How to make flying accessible to all
UDAN demonstrates that good policy-making can fulfill important public requirements without requiring budgetary support, says MoS for civil aviation Jayant Sinha.

January 15, 2019
SHOCKING! 11 million jobs were lost in 2018
The 30-day moving average of the unemployment rate had climbed up much ahead by January 6, to 7.8%, says Mahesh Vyas.

January 11, 2019
Here's how Jaitley's on course to meet FY19 fiscal deficit target
However, independent economists are not as gung-ho as the finance ministry over the likelihood of deficit target being met this time around, says Indivjal Dhasmana.

January 10, 2019
Why farm loan waivers are no magic wand
Be it loan waiver or DBT transfer, it only helps in creating a "feel good" factor and postpones the problem for some time if structural problems are not handled.

January 07, 2019
Did JRD think Patel would have been a better PM than Nehru?
'Nehru once told JRD, "I hate the mention of the very word profit".'

December 28, 2018
2018: Year of reckoning for India Inc
A glance back at some of the important ups and down Indian Inc faced in 2018.

Adi Godrej: 'There's no dearth of jobs in India'
'What exists instead is a clear gap between skilled people and the work at hand.'

From BJP's 3-0 loss to oil at $86.29, 12 numbers that defined 2018
If you looked back at 2018 and had to give it a name, the Year of Limitations might be the most accurate.

December 27, 2018
The Events of 2018
A glance back at some important events that occurred in 2018.

Can Shaktikanta Das be a peacemaker between RBI, govt?
If the new governor can think out of the box even as he signals that he can bat for the RBI cadre and respect its institutional memory, that will go a long way in getting out of the current impasse.

December 21, 2018
What exactly are geographical indications?
Latha Nair, partner at K&S Partners, examines what constitutes a GI tag and what the gaps in the Indian GI law are.

December 14, 2018
Boeing's India Man
Till high school, his medium of learning was Marathi.

December 04, 2018
How Mahindra's Igatpuri factory became carbon neutral
The Mahindra group's Igatpuri plant becomes the first in India to be declared carbon-neutral. Ashish Narsale / finds out how this was achieved.

November 30, 2018
'Dr Kurien was beyond caste, creed and religion'
'The controversy created by a Gujarat minister was totally unnecessary and unwanted.'

November 27, 2018
How Shardul Shroff built India's top law firm
'Power is always transitory, and you should be the same person whether you have it or not,' the head of the number one law firm in India tells Pavan Lall.

November 22, 2018
Enemy shares may become govt's friend in need
The government's move to sell enemy shares comes when it is struggling to meet its target of raising Rs 800 billion from the sale of State assets in the fiscal year ending in March 2019.

Holy cow! Now even India Inc spends money on them
41 listed firms made 73 donations to gaushalas (cow shelters) and other cow-related charities over the last four years. The donations range from a few thousand rupees to a million.

November 21, 2018
How Sanjiv Bajaj changed Indian finance
'Research shows that customers want their loans instantly.'

November 19, 2018
How Jamsetji Tata created the Indian Institute of Science
The Indian Institute of Science topped the HRD ministry's 2017 national rankings.

There won't be another Alyque
'One of his favourite slogans was, "Show, don't tell".'

November 18, 2018
'A Colossus who changed Indian advertising forever'
'He was the first creative person to recognise and fully realise the power of film in an era when press ads were the only competence of Indian creatives.'

November 14, 2018
Why is Iran crude so important for India?
One of the major advantages of buying Iran crude is the additional credit period of 90 days that the country gives to India, compared to 30 days by other countries.

November 13, 2018
Ease of doing business: The truth behind India's phenomenal rise
India could do even better next year if the two structural reforms - Goods and Services Taxes and the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code process - stabilise and get counted in next year's rankings.

November 09, 2018
Ease of Doing Business: How REAL is India's ranking?
For the second year in a row, India has been recognised as the fifth-best performing nation in reforming the business environment.

<em>Acche Din</em> for super-rich in Modi regime
Crorepatis' income rose by a staggering 40% between 2015-2016 and 2017-2018.

November 06, 2018
5 reasons why markets are likely to remain volatile in Samvat 2075
The next 12 months will be quite challenging marked by uncertain political events and evolving macroeconomic scenario

October 31, 2018
Why is Harsh Mariwala getting into aquatherapy?
'Hardly any aqua centres exist in India though they are popular abroad.'

Amul Chocolates plans to be a Rs 10 bn brand
From modest milk chocolate for kids 45 years ago to sophisticated dark chocolate for adults, Amul is a part of India's history.

October 30, 2018
An RBI governor, two finance ministers and a quiet war
Duvvuri Subbarao recounts how his tensions with P Chidambaram and Pranab Mukherjee, then finance ministers, over monetary policy spilled over into other issues in the central bank in this excerpt from Who Moved My Interest Rate?, his memoir of his term as Reserve Bank of India governor.

October 29, 2018
Investment advice from a Guru
'As the interest rates rise, people are going to say why should I be taking big risks when I can get 4 to 5 per cent in a bank account.'

October 28, 2018
'Great risk to nations from undermining independence of central bank'
'The Reserve Bank's independence has remained a work in progress, an enduring challenge that the nation has been grappling with on an ongoing basis,' says RBI Deputy Governor Dr Viral Acharya.

October 22, 2018
FAQs: How to combat sexual harassment at workplace
Trial by the media can be avoided if the industry itself devises effective mechanisms to bring this to an end

October 18, 2018
How he makes billions selling <em>idli</em>s and <em>dosa</em>s
His rags-to-riches story would make a film. Meet Musthafa P C, the man behind ready-to-use breakfast foods that countless Indians trust.

October 17, 2018
USCIS sued for tweaking H-1B duration
'USCIS has been making arbitrary rules for over eight years, it's our top priority to set things right.'

October 16, 2018
IMF's new chief economist Gita Gopinath has some advice on rupee
What my research says is that you want to pay attention to the exchange rate relative to the dollar, doesn't matter who you trade with or how the exchange rate moves, one way or the other, says Gita Gopinath. Will the government listen?

October 12, 2018
Investment tips: What you can learn from Warren Buffett
The markets are in meltdown.

October 11, 2018
Startups offer solutions to water problems
As India reels from a severe water shortage, startups have begun offering innovative ways to help people access safe drinking water.

Akshaya Patra takes tech help to better feed 1,761,734 children a day
Its newly-built Jigani kitchen in Bengaluru is piloting the use of technologies such as data analytics, blockchain and Internet of Things to speed up the huge volume of its operations while ensuring strict quality control, reports Samreen Ahmad.

October 10, 2018
Why has Subhash Chandra invested in a bus start-up?
Mass mobility in India is in a race when the light turns from yellow to green. Just that this moment has lasted three years. The renewed enthusiasm, however, indicates that the lights may finally be about to change, says Patanjali Pahwa.

October 09, 2018
Why IL&FS crisis has made investors so nervous
Given that there are hundreds of players in the shadow banking space, it's hard to make a credible estimate of potential NPAs. That creates more scope for panic, says Devangshu Datta.

October 06, 2018
10 things to know about Gita Gopinath, IMF's new chief economist
Announcing her appointment, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde hailed the Mysore-born Gopinath as "one of the world's outstanding economists with impeccable academic credentials, a proven track record of intellectual leadership and extensive international experience".

September 28, 2018
All you want to know about Atal Bimit Vyakti Kalyan Yojana
The Ministry of Labour and Employment on Wednesday announced a scheme to financially support those who lost their jobs and were covered under the Employees' State Insurance Act, 1948. Somesh Jha explains the key features.

September 20, 2018
The biggest hurdle Ayushman Bharat will face in Bengal
West Bengal signed an MoU with the Centre for jointly implementing Ayushman Bharat but so far officials have received no word about how it will be done and the deadline is almost here.

Godrej & Boyce: From locks and safes to rockets and missiles
An industrial house bred in old-school manufacturing values, Godrej &amp; Boyce has displayed unusual agility to become a trusted builder of advanced weaponry, discovers Ajai Shukla.

September 18, 2018
The 39 year old who wants to make Audi No 1 again
'To become more Indianised we had to be more colourful,' Rahil Ansari, Audi's India head, tells Ajay Modi.

September 17, 2018
Lehman crisis@10: Has the financial world changed for the better?
On the 10th anniversary of the global financial crisis, a multi-part series analyses the lessons learnt and those not learnt.

150 years on: How the Tatas flew with their dreams
The Tata empire turns 150 this year.

September 15, 2018
Beetle mania comes to a close
Here's capturing the car's 80-year-old legacy, and popularity, in photographs.

September 14, 2018
Where the health of Ayushman Bharat is in a shambles
From coming up with the correct list of beneficiaries to finding enough people to work as Ayushman Mitras to generating awareness about the scheme - many things need to fall in place before it can be successfully launched in a few days.

September 12, 2018
Why Gujarat is better prepared to launch Ayushman Bharat
While Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Ayushman Bharat health care scheme is just a slogan for the moment, it is the state's Mukhyamantri Amrutum health assurance scheme which is a comforting reality for many.

4 mn garments. 300 stores. Rs 6.8 bn. The Anita Dongre story
'Fashion changes fast and if you are not keeping up you're getting left behind,' design diva Anita Dongre tells Pavan Lall.

September 03, 2018
Law panel wants tax benefits to Hindu Undivided Family abolished
The recommendation, if implemented, is likely to face opposition from the government's key support base among Hindu traders and businesspersons.

September 01, 2018
Piyush Goyal bats for team India
'This country today is demonstrating to the world the true meaning of federalism, the true meaning of working in partnership between the central government and the state governments.'

What awaits Urjit Patel in 3rd year as RBI governor
Heading to the third year, will Urjit Patel be busy firefighting a currency crisis? Almost no governor of the RBI managed to evade it and Patel perhaps knows it.

August 29, 2018
The Indian tycoon who sparked talk of UAE aid
For many, he is the Dhirubhai Ambani of Kerala.

In lieu of a haircut, will banks go bald?
'I suspect the recovery that the banks are going to get out of this IBC is not going to be more than 30 per cent.'

Meet the ex-banker who will look after Modicare
For the past five months, ever since he was appointed the Ayushman CEO, Indu Bhushan, a former bureaucrat, has made Nirman Bhawan his second home, working nine to nine with his "dedicated team" on the Modi government's biggest initiative after the Goods and Services Tax, says Nivedita Mookerji.

August 27, 2018
Why India's telecom secretary feels like a chess player
'I feel more like a chess player, thinking for long hours how to make the next move," Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan tells Surajeet Das Gupta.

August 24, 2018
Why outside food is giving 'indigestion' to multiplexes
In a competitive market, pricing is the management's business. The consumer has so many choices -- single screens, multiplexes, TV, online streaming or DVDs.

August 21, 2018
How Honda Jazz matches up to i20 and Baleno
The Hyundai i20 is the classiest looking vehicle of the three -- the Jazz, while not exactly a bad looker, is a bit plain Jane (but, of course, classicists may prefer this aesthetic, says Aakash S Paul. But if you are on the lookout for a combination of space and sporty performance, the new Honda Jazz is the best-suited car for you.

August 18, 2018
How Gurumurthy may change the RBI
With his strong views on Bharatiya economics, his appointment to the RBI board may well presage interesting times, says Archis Mohan.

August 17, 2018
The BIG threat facing the fund houses
New technologies such as block chain are throwing up new opportunities; so the axe is bound to fall on those who are still stuck in the past and not reskilling themselves, says Shyamal Majumdar.

August 08, 2018
How Parle plans to capture the premium category
The home-grown biscuit brand looks to get inside the customer's mind as it steps outside the boundaries of its mass-market identity

August 06, 2018
Discover India's poshest homes
These exist in a unique world of by-invitation-only properties -- those that are never advertised and which money alone cannot buy.

Indian co dreams of halting Facebook-Google
Bengaluru-based InMobi and Microsoft combine their powers to break the stranglehold of Google and Facebook in the digital advertising space.

August 02, 2018
The legacy of Arvind Subramanian

July 26, 2018
At Starbucks, the hunt is on for coffee with a difference
Faced with a clutter of coffee houses and cafes that also serve the brew, the chain that has 119 stores in seven cities in India is looking at ways to differentiate its brand from the rest.

July 24, 2018
The 'naughty boy' who runs a hotel empire
'A heavy tanker takes time to move, but when it starts rolling, it's difficult to stop it,' Indian Hotels CEO Puneet Chhatwal tells Shyamal Majumdar.

July 17, 2018
Contagion fears have started reappearing in emerging markets
A strengthening dollar, rising interest rates, tightening liquidity and a surge in oil prices - all are combining to create a toxic atmosphere for EM assets, says Akash Prakash.

July 16, 2018
Meet Analjit Singh's 'hand-brake'
'The smartest businessmen are shopkeepers as their return on investment is better than anyone else.'

July 10, 2018
How Rajesh Gopinathan came to lead India's most valuable firm
Niraj Bhatt discovers how a CFO 'without a finance background' made it to the corner office at TCS.

July 05, 2018
Why Sajjan Jindal now wants to make cars
'We will have a well-designed product, and not a compromise.'

July 04, 2018
Why ICICI Bank chose Girish Chaturvedi as its chairman
The ICICI board is looking to the retired petroleum secretary to provide 'maturity and sagacity'.

June 26, 2018
Maharashtra refinery hit by mega project jinx
The Rs 3-trillion West Coast or Nanar refinery has all the potential to become India's flagship petrochemicals project, with the planet's largest oil producer Saudi Aramco as its biggest shareholder. Yet the locals don't see the plant as a harbinger of better times.

June 19, 2018
The judge who will decide Chanda Kochhar's fate
'It's still very early. I have just been handed over the matter and therefore I haven't formed any views on it as yet,' Justice B N Srikrishna tells Pavan Lall.

June 16, 2018
If Amul's for butter, will Licious be for meat?
With India already having a huge population of meat eaters and about 70 per cent of the people being non-vegetarian, Indian entrepreneurs are hotting up the online meat market.

June 12, 2018
Roadblocks that could derail the Walmart, Flipkart deal
'If Walmart is a physical retailer, why is it striking a deal with Flipkart for the online space?'

Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code gets off to a slow start
The first of a two-part series explores how the proceedings under the IBC have taken off and whether the code is helping banks recover their unpaid loans

Get ready to meet Vistara's RADA at Delhi's T3
The Tata-SIA airline Vistara is gearing up to station an indigenously developed robot, RADA, at its signature lounge at Delhi airport's Terminal 3.

June 09, 2018
It's raining malls in India this year
7.8 million square feet of mall space is under construction this year, the highest ever since 2011.

June 05, 2018
Patanjali: A prisoner of its own ambition
To stay in the race for the long term, the company has to innovate continuously - something that MNCs and some of the home-grown Indian firms have been doing successfully, says Sangeeta Tanwar.

June 02, 2018
The man who invested $2 bn in India
'In the end, investing is about people.'

Why Baba Ramdev's Patanjali Ayurved is faltering
Ramdev made nature-to-goodness products popular, and reaped benefits.

May 29, 2018
What I learnt from Warren Buffett
Fund manager Gautam Sinha Roy shares what he has learnt from Warren Buffett, after attending Berkshire Hathaway AGMs over the years

May 28, 2018
The CEO behind the Voda-Idea merger
To outgoing Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao, negotiating big deals was an art form, as an international report pointed out after the $130-billion sale of Vodafone's 45 per cent stake in Verizon Wireless, says Nivedita Mookerji.

May 27, 2018
A Yojana way to 2nd term?
Can welfare schemes truly transform from being flagship to flag-bearers for a government that is looking to get a second term in 2019?

May 26, 2018
What has Arctic weather got to do with Indian monsoon? A lot, actually
Data spanning the years 1951 to 2014 show that temperature and pressure conditions at specific locations in the Arctic region during the pre-monsoon period correlate with the Indian summer monsoon rainfall, points out Charu Bahri.

May 25, 2018
Did NDA govt help Vedanta's Tuticorin factory?
The environment ministry till May 2014 (still under UPA) ordered that cases like Vedanta's expansion plans need to consult people.

May 22, 2018
The boss who nurtures
It is all about a C and C model -- of choices and consequences -- for women.

May 14, 2018
Why Aditya Ghosh had to quit IndiGo
The founders of IndiGo may have thought it's time to go for a rejig of the top leadership team which can take care of the growing demands of an airline that has grown much bigger than they could have ever imagined, says Shyamal Majumdar.

May 13, 2018
Why Jet Airways has hit an air pocket
As the country's once premier airline completes 25 years of flying, aviation industry questions where it is headed.

May 11, 2018
Will Jio conquer the sky also?
The decision of the Telecom Commission to approve in-flight connectivity won't just bring cheer to the chat-friendly passengers, but even more to the telecom industry facing severe financial stress, says Nivedita Mookerji.

May 10, 2018
Is India ready to roll out 5G?
While moving towards the new technology is compelling and inevitable, powering 5G would also mean massive initial investments for telcos, says Surajeet Das Gupta.

May 03, 2018
Coping with the Jio challenge
But the road map of telecom will be decided by one thing: Whether Jio sticks to its ambitious plan and whether incumbents have enough financial muscle or ability to raise money every year to ensure that Jio does not reach its target, says Surajeet Das Gupta.

April 30, 2018
As Sorrell's reign ends WPP stares at an uncertain future
Whatever happens to WPP, the marketing communications business will no longer be the same again, says Sreekant Khandekar.

From Rs 15 lakh to Rs 1K crore: The meteoric rise of Prataap Snacks
Among the top 10 fastest growing consumer brands in the country, Yellow Diamond leverages the growing preference for local flavours in the snacks market, says Samreen Ahmad.

April 26, 2018
Sterlite protest: Villagers versus Anil Agarwal
Villagers have been protesting against the Sterlite factory since February 12, with an effigy of Vedanta Chairman Anil Agarwal as the backdrop.

April 18, 2018
The lady behind Good Earth's success
'Good Earth was more a passion than a business for a long time,' Anita Lal tells Anjuli Bhargava.

The many problems confronting the IITs
Third of faculty positions vacant.

April 13, 2018
'India is a great place to do business, come back. Jai Hind'
Businessman P C Mustafa wants Indian Americans to return home, Cognizant CEO Francisco D'Souza outlines how Indian tech companies could grow, Gaurav Dalmia has some investment recommendations while Subramanian Swamy warns that India is flirting with a debt trap.

April 11, 2018
Is your low-cost airline pilot overworked, tired and bored?
Here's why you should care.

April 06, 2018
'Employees should enjoy coming to work every day'
What matters is the culture and the atmosphere of the workplace, and whether employees get treated fairly.

March 31, 2018
TCS@50: Why India must be in eternal debt to F C Kohli
50 years ago, on April 1, 1968, Tata Consultancy Services -- now India's leading IT company -- was born.

March 27, 2018
Indian soldiers use this start-up's smart bandage, but others need it too
Beside the defence forces in India, the start-up has shipped around 350,000 units to 12 countries -- the United Kingdom, France, Poland, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kenya, South Africa, Romania, Indonesia, Qatar and Oman.

March 21, 2018
'Like any great leader, Modi demands performance'
'We are making a transition from governance to campaign mode.'

How banks can minimise losses from fraud
25,600 cases of banking fraud totalling Rs 1.79 billion were reported up to December 2017.

March 20, 2018
At 40, Thums Up's thunder is still intact
Despite the onslaught of international brands -- Coke and Pepsi -- the fizz has not gone out of India's very own cola brand, Surajeet Das Gupta.

March 19, 2018
Why environmentalists are worried about rubber plantations in Northeast
These plantations are not only eating into the land occupied by the region's native forests, they could also disturb the ground water reserve and soil quality

How the Communists killed Bengal's industry
Then chief minister Jyoti Basu once told an industrialist that capitalists were class enemies and he should expect no sympathy.

'We at the RBI feel the anger, hurt and pain at banking frauds'
'In plain simple English, these practices amount to a looting of our country's future by some in the business community, in cahoots with some lenders,' says RBI Governor Dr Urjit R Patel.

March 18, 2018
Why India remains critical for Uber and Ola
Both are focused on the overall transportation business, in which taxi services are only a part; the extended ambit includes autos, motorbikes, cycles, electric vehicles, water transport as well as food delivery services, says Surajeet Das Gupta.

March 17, 2018
Jio! The winner takes it all
The big advantage that Jio is able to garner currently is its low cost of operations.

March 16, 2018
Flying buyers to UK and all that it takes to sell one Rolls Royce
Among other things, the buyer can spend a day watching his/her car being hand-assembled.

March 09, 2018
India's head housekeeper, by appointment
A century-old company -- that started as an infrastructure provider for large religious gatherings like the Kumbh Mela -- has expanded its role to keeping the premises of such gatherings litter-free.

Remembering TT
T Thomas, former chairman of Hindustan Unilever, passed away March 2.

March 08, 2018
Knitting human bonds
Making woollen garments empowers women in two Uttarakhand villages.

March 07, 2018
The Ambani who got sucked in
Vipul Ambani, a runner who participated in city marathons, never wore his last name on his sleeve, was easy-going, mild-mannered and always smiling. Yet, the question that begs to be asked is why would he join a luxury jewellery company, says Pavan Lall.

February 26, 2018
Farewell, AVR
One of the finest minds on foreign exchange management, monetary and fiscal policies, on debt and currency markets, on bank management and governance, and indeed on almost every aspect of modern finance and banking passes into the ages.

The Crisis at India's public sector banks
The banking sector's credibility is on thin ice.

February 23, 2018
Must Read: The Great Diamond Heist
'If there is any industry that is unfit for modern corporate form it is the diamond trade.'

February 21, 2018
A year of Chandra, Tata Sons' lucky mascot
A financial turnaround in Tata Steel and Tata Motors has come as a shot in the arm for Chandra.

February 20, 2018
Taj takes another U-turn on branding
The multi-brand strategy could drive profitability to a 25% profit margin in the next five years from 17% now.

February 06, 2018
Biggest challenge facing India's financial sector
The most pressing issue facing the financial sector is the rising stock of non-performing assets in the banking system

February 02, 2018
Market crash: What should you do?
'It is only fear and speculation, without much substance, that has led to the fall.'

February 01, 2018
EXPLAINED: Budget's 10% LTCG tax and Rs 40K deduction
'The only good thing is people will not be required to maintain their medical bills and invest time in that.'

January 30, 2018
What went wrong with Jagdish Khattar's 1st entrepreneurial venture?
Entities like CarDekho, Cartrade and a host of other online players went live even as Carnation, former Maruti managing director Jagdish Khattar's first entrepreneurial venture, was searching for the right business model, says Ajay Modi.

January 29, 2018
Lessons from India's 'brightest investment minds'
'Indians are great savers, but they are lousy investors.'

January 18, 2018
Companies that made shareholders RICH
The one common theme across companies that have rewarded shareholders is consumption.

January 15, 2018
One of India's brilliant CEOS no one knows about
The unknown architect of Balrampur Chini, Meenakshi Saraogi's biggest achievement lay in inspiring farmers to grow more cane.

January 08, 2018
4 reasons why Rera will bring cheers to homebuyers in 2018
It is expected to bring transparency and reinstate consumer faith in the industry, says Brotin Banerjee.

January 03, 2018
What went wrong with RCom, once India's No 2 telco?
Jio's disruptive strategy, including free voice services and data at throwaway rates, apart from offering all services free for six months, triggered a consolidation in the telecom sector.

How TED hopes to change the world
'Our real future is the boy in the slum and the girl in the village.'

December 23, 2017
'Entrepreneurs not only shape but create the future'
Five inspiring women who travelled thousands of miles to Hyderabad recently to grow their business and skills share their tales of global entrepreneurship. Vaihayasi Pande Daniel listened in.

December 13, 2017
How the 73-year old Havmor plans to change its Lotte
Havmor will now make its next journey, across India, under the banner of South Korea's Lotte Group, the confectioner best known for manufacturing and marketing chocolate marshmellow pies under the Choco Pie brand, says Sohini Das.

December 12, 2017
Shopping 3.0 is here
Turbocharged with technology is becoming the Holy Grail of retail.

December 11, 2017
Why the world's cheapest car failed to win India's heart
The distinction between "cheap" and "affordable" is a fine one, but no one understands this better than India's aspirational first-time car-owner, says Kanika Datta.

December 08, 2017
Jamshedpur's new man of steel
'He was sought after because he delivered.'

November 30, 2017
Mukesh plans another disruption, RIL to enter e-commerce
Make no mistake, Reliance's entry into Indian e-commerce cannot be taken lightly. It is akin to a combine of AT&T and Wal-Mart challenging Amazon on its home turf, says Shailesh Dobhal.

November 16, 2017
'Modi made rich richer, poor poorer'
'People are angry.'

November 15, 2017
DeMo@Ground Zero: 'No savings, no profits, only losses'
'After household expenses, we are left with nothing...'

November 13, 2017
Mahindra's ambitious plan to become future-ready
E-mobility is only one among the several fronts on which Mahindra is waging a battle of aspirations, to future-proof the $19-billion tractor-to-technology conglomerate, says Nikhil Inamdar.

November 11, 2017
More bad news: Household savings fall to 2 decade low
The decline is attributed to lower salary growth and a rise in households' financial liabilities.

November 08, 2017
This businessman thinks Demo/GST are good
'In a country like ours, people talk about wanting to be like Singapore, but when it comes to paying taxes, they start criticising.'

November 01, 2017
Entrepreneurship is not the solving of a sum but the painting of a picture
India's salvation lies in job creation by entrepreneurs, say Manish Sabharwal and Ashok Reddy.

October 30, 2017
Uttam's Take: Gabbar Singh Tax
Uttam Ghosh offers his take on the tax that was meant to fiscally unite India, but which one leader described recently as the 'Gabbar Singh Tax', an allusion to the famed villain in Sholay.

October 25, 2017
Meet India's highest paid CEO
His compensation in FY17 was more than the combined salaries of the entire boards of TCS, Wipro and Infosys.

October 21, 2017
How Big Brother Stole Diwali
Gone are the days of over-the-top Diwali parties, says Kishore Singh.

October 16, 2017
Arun Jaitley: 'In India, tax evasion the rule'
'For the first month, we have only had 5.5 million who have paid the tax.'

October 12, 2017
The extraordinary story of Radha Daga and Triguni Food
One's dreams never end. If you don't dream, you don't exist. You need to dream to look forward to in life, Radha Daga, who went from a textile exporter to food entrepreneur at 60 years of age, shares her incredible journey with Shobha Warrier.

October 09, 2017
Nachiket Mor has his heart in the right place
After a 25-year stint at ICICI Bank, Mor suddenly quit as he wanted to add more value in the bigger areas of health care and financial inclusion.

October 06, 2017
How Vishal Nevatia built a Rs 700 cr company
PE firm True North's investment model is to take 51% stake in mid-sized companies and make them large, says Niraj Bhatt.

September 29, 2017
The challenge before India
A must-read excerpt from former RBI governor and former Rajya Sabha member Bimal Jalan's India: Priorities For The Future.

September 28, 2017
Super-rich young Indians have a new success mantra!
Nikita Puri and Dhruv Munjal explain why new-age businessmen are turning to exclusive, uber-rich clubs.

September 26, 2017
The Mercedes Man
Roland Folger has told the ministries concerned that they are cutting India off from the rest of the world by making it a highly protected market, the Mercedes Benz India CEO &amp; MD tells Ajay Modi.

Why are our airports in such a mess?
Domestic airports across the country are bursting at the seams. And new ones are stuck.

September 18, 2017
GST: As legal battles loom
Compliance requirements, valuation, input tax credit transfers are likely to lead to tax litigation, says Sayan Ghosal.

September 15, 2017
The daunting tasks facing Suresh Prabhu
Mr Prabhu has a big challenge ahead in implementing trade reforms to regain the lost export momentum, says Jayanta Roy.

Making the Infosys story extraordinary again
With employees as brand ambassadors, can the company get the grime off its image?

September 14, 2017
Why automobile vendors are flocking to Gujarat
Apart from around 40 Japanese companies and five global vendors of MG Motor India, many other biggies are eyeing Gujarat for either greenfield opportunities or brownfield expansion.

Why Sunil Godhwani's exit is a big blow to Religare
Godhwani's exit comes at a time when the company's fund raising plans and proposed related party transactions are under scrutiny, says N Sundaresha Subramanian.

September 12, 2017
'We have great demographics, and are the fastest growing large economy. And we save.'

The meteoric rise of Brand Sindhu
The third highest paid endorser after Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni, Sindhu is the highest paid among woman athletes and non-cricket sportspersons in the country, says Urvi Malvania.

September 09, 2017
Gadkari wants e-cars by 2030, but...
Customers won't shift to electric cars until there is countrywide infrastructure for charging stations, which should be as spread out as petrol pumps now.

September 08, 2017
Meet IBM's Transformation Man
'My simple instruction to every IBM salesperson is, "When you go to the customer, use less of this (he points to his mouth) and more of this (ear)".'

September 05, 2017
Keeping Cadbury relevant: 'Chocolate is not all about sugar'
The Mondelez portfolio in India also includes brands like Bournvita, 5-Star. Nikhat Hetavkar finds out how it stays relevant amid strong pushback from millennials over health effects of its products.

August 25, 2017
How Neemuchwala broke the jinx at Wipro
Under Neemuchwala's digital-first vision, Wipro has accelerated investments in automation, analytics, cloud and cognitive technologies over the past three years, says Ayan Pramanik.

August 17, 2017
She's taking the fight to the tobacco companies
'Imagine the message it sends to people. They will think tobacco cannot be a killer because LIC is investing in it.'

August 09, 2017
Why resorting to insolvency courts is not the best solution
The new Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code has serious drawbacks, finds out Somasekhar Sundaresan.

August 07, 2017
The Chaos Theory Guy
'Look at Mr Modi. He is a part of this new middle class.'

August 01, 2017
How to make Money from Growing Old
Senior living services, Tara Singh Vachani tells Anjuli Bhargava, could be a big business opportunity in India.

July 31, 2017
Lessons to learn from a dying business
K Vaitheeswaran, co-founder of Indiaplaza, one of India's first e-commerce companies, shares the lessons he learnt from its failure.

Inside the miserable world of India's domestic workers
'We eat first, they later; we sit on chairs and they on the floor; we call them by their names and they address us by titles,' writes Tripti Lahiri, author of Maid in India.

July 28, 2017
How to protect your online data from hackers
Beware, it's not just criminals who want your data!

July 25, 2017
Padding up for GST
Businesses that are engaged in both taxable and non-GST supply have re-structured themselves into separate entities to avoid elaborate compliance, says Sudipto Dey.

'RJio broke no rules with cheap data plan'
'We referred the case to the attorney general.'

How to protect yourself from ransomware hackers
With thousands of people receiving ransom messages from cybercriminals every day, Devangshu Dutta explains how you can defeat the hackers.

July 21, 2017
GST woes: How Surat's powerloom industry is dying a slow death
Surat houses more than 650,000 powerlooms. Of this, at least 60 per cent have been shut since a month, a loss of Rs 900 crore, finds out Vinay Umarji.

July 18, 2017
To counter OBOR, India plans to 'bridge' the gap with Asean
These ambitious projects are littered with every possible acronyms and include proposed road links, air connectivity plans, electricity grids and special economic zones on coasts, says Subhomoy Bhattacharjee.

July 13, 2017
Slow to start, banks wrestle with insolvency regime
Insolvency professionals feel the bankruptcy code will deter defaulters, but NPAs will not cease unless banks are sensitised on credit appraisal and experts are hired by banks to inspect what is happening with their loans.

Nandini Piramal gallops away in the OTC business
'Younger people are taking steps to prevent lifestyle diseases.'<br>'It is fascinating to partner with consumers on the journey of self-discovery and to help shape people's preferences -- that is what I find most exciting,' Nandini Piramal tells Abhineet Kumar and Aneesh Phadnis.

July 12, 2017
The world's best airlines in 2017
Asian and Middle Eastern airlines -- but no Indian names -- dominated the Top 10 slots at the World Airline Awards.

July 10, 2017
How Eureka Forbes remains relevant 25 years on
The company behind brands like Aquaguard focuses on technology to differentiate brand, rethinks communication strategy.

July 07, 2017
'Jobs are not a problem in India'
'If we chose to do the right things, it is possible to avoid job losses at a mass scale,' ABB MD Sanjeev Sharma tells Raghu Krishnan.

July 06, 2017
The rot inside Air India
Enormous debt isn't the only thing afflicting Air India.

July 05, 2017
How India's pharma growth story fizzled out
Once tipped to emerge as the biggest exporter, the pharmaceutical industry is yet to acquire the scale of those in software services, says Krishna Kant.

June 30, 2017
One nation, one tax: 5 things you should know
GST is levied on every transaction in the supply of goods and services, barring certain exempted items

June 27, 2017
The case for boomerang hires
A growing number of firms are putting in formal policy frameworks to tap into company alumni and facilitate the return of former employees, discovers Sangeeta Tanwar.

June 23, 2017
Is Amitabh Bachchan the right choice to promote GST?
The question that is being asked is: Does the GST campaign gain from his all-too-familiar face taking forward its message or will brand fatigue flatten the impact?

Shopping: It's no longer about offline or online
Companies like Ace Turtle are helping brands enable omni-channel retail, bridging the offline and online gap. Abhishek Jejani reports.

June 22, 2017
Building a 'Uber'culture
The cab-hailing firm needs to jettison its baggage of dysfunctional corporate and gender insensitivity, finds out Ritwik Sharma.

June 21, 2017
Airline pilots, moles and motor cars!
Anjuli Bhargava finds out that an astonishing number of relatives of DGCA officials over the years are and have been employed in the airline industry.

Success story of an Indian beer with a Belgian heart
Arnab Dutta traces how Bira 91 is already among the top two in the premium segment in all the cities that it is present in today and how it is giving larger brands Kingfisher and Budweiser a run for their market share.

June 19, 2017
Why Sumant Sinha is betting on the wind
His father is a former finance minister.

June 16, 2017
How Ajay Singh weaved his magic on SpiceJet
The secret behind Singh's success was that he mostly set about undoing all the mistakes made by the Marans, points out Anjuli Bhargava.

June 13, 2017
GST: Promise and pitfalls
Under GST, the small and medium industries would have to handle things on their own, says V S Krishnan.

June 12, 2017
How NOT to celebrate Environment Day
Growing and harvesting trees for productive and economic uses are once again dead in the water, says Sunita Narain.

June 09, 2017
PM Modi faces a bureaucratic test
Here comes the moment of truth. Modi prides himself on offering an "incorruptible" government. Will he dilute the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill to coax the administration's fealty and compromise his self-image?

June 02, 2017
Meet the Lord of Battles
Saurabh Mahajan, a former Indian Army officer, is making history in medieval battles grounds.

May 30, 2017
The dancing legends wowing India
Bharata Natyam legends Shanta and V P Dhananjayan discover they are a national sentation after their Vodafone ads.

May 26, 2017
Saving the heart of Make in India
Will private firms really boost Make in India in the defence sector? Ajai Shukla seeks answers.

Why Rising Pune Supergiant changed its name!
'Last year, someone told us you must remove 's' otherwise you won't perform well and we didn't perform well.' 'Obviously, that's not the reason for not performing well, but it didn't hurt us to remove the 's'.'

May 19, 2017
Why banks will have fewer branches
'With technology advancing rapidly, the need for branches is declining.'

May 16, 2017
Not just Modi, even Manmohan Sigh has something to cheer
The new IIP numbers should spread cheer among those who were part of the Manmohan Singh-led United Progressive Alliance, earlier accused of having presided over a steady deterioration in industrial performance, particularly in the last two years of its tenure, says A K Bhattacharya.

May 15, 2017
How your 'Awfis' might change in future
Awfis stands out for its 'ambience' and 'ease of doing business'.

If the financial year changes...
Businesses coming to terms with Ind-AS (Indian Accounting Standards) implementation, GST can do without further uncertainty and costs, say N Sundaresha Subramanian & Sudipto Dey.

May 12, 2017
Watch out for this business star!
'I have been managing people since I was very young. I really enjoy it.'

May 09, 2017
'You can't fault this government for what it's done...'
Srei Infrastructure's vice-chairman -- and former Assocham president -- Sunil Kanoria discusses the Kanoria businesses and his impression of the Modi government with Ishita Ayan Dutt and Namrata Acharya.

May 05, 2017
The hotelier who broke the mould
Dominic Jose understood that luxury has a new definition.

May 04, 2017
How to build a business in the Himalayas
The Alams saw the magical spot while on a drive to the hills. A few years later they set up home and a small hand woven shawl business, hiring local weavers, using local wool and natural colours made of root, stem and flower.

10 commandments for Modi Sarkar to curb black money
A K Bhattacharya digs into the yet-to-be-public report on ways to curb black money and finds out that Modi's next moves could include action on dabba trading, hawala, and education.

May 03, 2017
Vijay Mallya: A man who knows the law too well
Mallya has lived on the edge for long enough to know that his extradition from UK is not a given, says N Sundaresha Subramanian.

May 02, 2017
'India has to catch a train that left 25 years ago'
'In contrast to the generally buoyant tone of the Economic Survey in January, he sounds uncharacteristically pessimistic, saying that forces in the world economy -- slowing global trade, protectionism, robots -- will limit India's manufacturing to levels well below what propelled East Asia's economies decades ago.'

It's time to check in to India!
India needs 1.4 million hotel beds a night but has only 2.4 lakh, points out Rahul Pandit, MD and CEO of Ginger Hotels.

April 26, 2017
Rs 1 lakh crore: Biyani's target for 2020-21
He's betting big on small stores to help him reach 10 million households by FY21, report Abhineet Kumar and Raghavendra Kamath.

April 25, 2017
Are markets ripe for a steep correction?
Number of stocks trading above 50 times and 100 times earnings at record highs.

April 17, 2017
Is India investing enough in infrastructure?
Yes. Whilst public expenditure is kicking in, the key reason is the decline in private investment

April 10, 2017
Movies, <em>masti</em> and... merchandise!
Global studios and indie content shops tap into the growing fan base for movie and TV characters in India, report Arundhuti Dasgupta & Urvi Malvania.

April 08, 2017
When the Mughals turned to demonetisation
It's five months after 8/11.

April 07, 2017
Behind Netflix's India push is a VOD market of Rs 1400cr
With a string of deals with telecom service providers, DTH operators and Bollywood stars, Netflix goes all out to protect its turf in India and fend off competition, says Viveat Pinto.

Exit interview: What's next for Mudra CEO Madhukar Kamath?
'Degrees get you into the room, it is the attitude that counts,' says adman Madhukar Kamath.

April 05, 2017
Taneira: A home for India's saree traditions
Nikita Puri visits Titan's latest offering, which brings handloom sarees under one roof.

The silent giant of the stock market
The stocks Radhakishan Damani enters or exits are closely watched by fund managers, says Joydeep Ghosh.

April 04, 2017
10 things that will change in FY18
While for the consumers, there is some gain and some pain, for India Inc, it's all about compliance, consolidation and parity

April 03, 2017
India's bad loan problem is not a purely financial one!
It is a national economic problem and one that requires a political solution hand in hand with a clear government commitment to stand behind core national assets, says Vinayak Chatterjee.

March 31, 2017
Fulfilling promises will add to UP's financial burden
The BJP's manifesto for UP elections promised many things. But, given the state's precarious financial position, fulfilling these promises is likely to prove tricky, says Ishan Bakshi.

March 30, 2017
Start-up FAQ: Why closing down can be tougher than starting up
The Stayzilla episode raises questions over the regulations around the closure of a business, says Sudipto Dey.

Your favourite cup of tea could be in trouble!
The world-famous Darjeeling tea is losing its flavour even as it struggles with falling production, says Avishek Rakshit.

March 29, 2017
Anshuman Magazine: I expect increased investment from America to India
Anshuman Magazine of CBRE discusses effective leadership, millenials, Trump's America and his core business -- the real estate market -- with Nivedita Mookerji.

March 27, 2017
Explained! The alleged fraud committed by Reliance Industries
What was the fraud? Why did Sebi drag its feet on the order? What options does RIL have now? Samie Modak explains these and more.

The saga of an FB post gone horribly wrong
Of all the tremors to rock the start-up world of late -- Snapdeal's layoffs, Stayzilla's shutting down, Flipkart's frequent devaluations -- nothing will match the rumble at ShopClues for poignancy.

Why Aditya Puri is one of the world's top CEOs
'If you want to live a happy life, you have to help the downtrodden. You have to understand that you have been given a position which is a confluence of your own capability and the grace of God. You must use that position to exemplify to others what has to be followed.'

March 25, 2017
He is trying to turn Air India around
'It is not as bad an airline as it is made out to be: We serve wonderful food, the leg space is more, our cabin crew is warm and friendly.'

March 24, 2017
India's billionaires' success mantras
Three businessmen disclose their success mantras: One belongs to an old Marwari family, another is a second generation industrialist whose father scripted an amazing rags-to-riches story and the third was a professional till one day he succumbed to the charms of entrepreneurship.

March 22, 2017
Meet the man behind GST's IT backbone
GSTN CEO Prakash Kumar tells Sudipto Dey how IT can improve service delivery of government departments.

March 20, 2017
The new avatars of India's best known entrepreneurs
Suveen Sinha finds out what the tribe of modern, internet entrepreneurs who no longer run their first start-ups are up to.

March 15, 2017
A Hungarian invention that helped the British in WWII
Tracing the early life of the humble ballpoint pen to its present.

March 10, 2017
In graphs: The grim story of India's bad loans
According to the RBI's Financial Stability Report, the industry's gross bad-loan is at a 14-year high.

March 09, 2017
Can India Inc manage its mergers?
It may be the season for corporate matchmaking but India Inc's record of managing partnerships is far from impressive, says Shailesh Dobhal.

March 07, 2017
Can cell phones lead women to temptation?
'It was clear that the cell phone gave her access to a temptation that destroyed her family... she'd never have strayed without it.'

March 03, 2017
Telenor's Indian adventure: A bold move that didn't click
After building a subscriber base of nearly 50 million in about eight chequered years, it finally gave up as it saw itself up against a 600-pound gorilla that breezed through double that many subscribers in a fraction of that time, says N Sundaresha Subramanian.

March 01, 2017
Six years of U K Sinha in Sebi
Sinha started his tenure at Sebi a bit shakily making people wonder if he'd complete his three years. Eventually, he went on to stay twice that long.

February 28, 2017
Remonetisation, albeit with a difference, has happened in Gujarat
Workers who had gone to their hometowns and did not return for work after Diwali vacation owing to the demonetisation impact have now started trickling back to the industrial hubs in Gujarat, say Vimukt Dave & Sohini Das.

February 23, 2017
Infosys is no longer a cut above the rest of India Inc
Even before Murthy's reappointment to the board, the decision to let each of the founders have a go at the CEO role was an antithesis of the meritocracy that Infosys had established as its corporate culture, says Hetal Dalal.

February 14, 2017
Did demonetization steal the colour from art?
Since the note ban was announced auction houses, galleries and art fairs are witnessing lukewarm sales -- even with masters like Souza, Raza and Padamsee. Ritika Kochhar reports.

February 09, 2017
At 50, this CEO decided it was time to try a new career
Heading Crisil would have been the peak of most people's professional lives.

February 01, 2017
The Budget as Budgets should be
'We need to put aside our anxieties about the Budget for now and possibly for long, and carry on as best as we can,' advises Shreekant Sambrani.

Rediff Q: Will this Budget be a gamechanger?
Harsh Roongta, Mahesh Padmanabhan, Anil Rego answer the most sought after questions on Budget Day.

January 31, 2017
Budget: 10 things common man can look forward to
The people of the nation co-operated and patiently waited for the government's promised "ache din", and now they want their just rewards, says Adhil Shetty.

January 30, 2017
How India can survive the Trump years
Devangshu Datta highlights the silver lining for the long-term investor.

'Indian business leaders can be change agents'
'While Silicon Valley is building the latest app to deliver ice cream at 2 am, the really interesting entrepreneurs are taking on major problems of society, poverty, where India becomes not only the marketplace but also the laboratory.'

January 27, 2017
Kalyan Krishnamurthy: The man Flipkart is banking on
Alnoor Peermohamed & Raghu Krishnan find out why the new CEO is said to be the perfect man for turning around Flipkart's fortunes.

January 25, 2017
Will the Sensex rise or fall on Budget Day?'s Shailajanand Mishra discovers that the Sensex has fallen 12 times on the 20 Budget Days since this century began.

January 18, 2017
Train travel dips, but don't blame demonetisation
The number of poor people travelling by train has followed a similar trend since 2011.

January 13, 2017
Now the battle against 'brown money"
There is also an interesting name OLX gave the idle stuff lying in our homes: brown money.

January 03, 2017
Vote: Will you buy Amul Girl merchandise?
Even in her 50s, the Amul Girl has far greater clout than any brand ambassador in India. And India's largest dairy organisation may soon cash in on that. Sohini Das reports.

December 31, 2016
8/11 and after: The going won't be easy for some more time
The bigger worry is that its effects could linger well into the next financial year.

December 30, 2016
Demonetisation is done. What should Modi & Jaitley do next?
Adhil Shetty, CEO, shares his thoughts on what could help make digitisation and going cashless easier in the New Year.

2016: The ads we loved, the ads that worked
Experts pick the most effective advertisements of the year.

Demonetisation has driven Solapur's beedi workers to loan sharks
In the last of a six-part series Sanjay Jog discovers that if the government and beedi employers don't act now, there could be social unrest soon.

December 29, 2016
Note ban: In Assam's tea gardens cash is perennially in demand
In the fifth of a six-part series on the impact of demonetisation, Avishek Rakshit senses a storm brewing over the 850-odd tea gardens in the north eastern state, which have a weekly and fortnightly payment cycle.

December 28, 2016
Demonetisation's overnight celebrity
Nivedita Mookerji finds out how Paytm CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma is handling his soaring popularity after the note ban as well as the criticism that comes as a package deal.

December 27, 2016
The cost of demonetisation: Jobless hundreds in Jalandhar
In the fourth of a six-part series Sahil Makkar finds out how badly Jalandhar's sports goods industry was hit by the note ban and the price it continues to pay.

In pictures: A tale of two demonetisations
How the demonetisation drives in India and Venezuela have played out.

December 23, 2016
April 2017: Earliest India will get its cash back
The crux of the problem is change, specifically the Rs 500 note, which India's presses cannot, currently, print in adequate number, says Sahil Kini/IndiaSpend.

How demonetisation stole Sivakasi's sparkle
In the third of a six-part series T E Narasimhan finds out how the hub of India's firecrackers industry is coping after more than a month of the note ban.

December 22, 2016
The fall of the turnaround tycoon
Industrialist Pawan Ruia's (think Dunlop and Jessop) arrest this month for cheating and criminal breach of trust marked a new low, but the tide had been turning against him for a while now. Ishita Ayan Dutt & Avishek Rakshit report.

Why Xiaomi's India head hires people who are smarter than him
Manu Kumar Jain, India head, Xiaomi, tells Sangeeta Tanwar how the Chinese smartphone maker won over the Indian market.

Demonetisation silenced the looms in this 150-year-old town
Cottage industries across India have suffered heavily because of the note ban. In the second of a six-part series, Sanjay Jog travels to Bhiwandi to examine how the power loom industry here is coping five weeks on.

Is it time to end a 150-year-old tradition and move to a Jan-Dec financial year?
The most serious recommendations to change the financial year came in the years preceded by deficient rainfall. The Jha committee was formed after droughts in 1979-80 and 1982-83, reports Rishika Pardikar/IndiaSpend.

December 21, 2016
#Notebandi: India's fisherfolk stare at a dark future
Distress sales, market closures and anchoring of fishing fleets have been reported from West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Cash crunch pain hits Dharavi's leather goods hub
The first of a six-part series examines how the leather workers at Dharavi are coping after five weeks of demonetisation.

Black money cases: IT dept has 5% success rate
In 2014-2015 the I-T department put up 669 cases for prosecution.

December 16, 2016
Myntra's mantras for success
"Our artificial intelligence tells us what people are buying at that point, what is in fashion; on the other hand, we have a fair idea of the material available. It gives us a sense of what we should be putting across in the market and we can put them across really quickly," Ananth Narayanan, CEO, Myntra, tells Alokananda Chakraborty.

December 15, 2016
When your employees are family
All in kind!

December 14, 2016
Why were these workers forced to go home?
Migrant workers are leaving Gujarat, PM Modi's home state, as they have no work.

December 12, 2016
There is something foreign about the Rs 2000 & Rs 500 notes
This press, considered to be one of the most sophisticated, has been printing the new Rs 2,000 and Rs 500 notes since August, three months before demonetisation rolled out, Alnoor Peermohamed/Business Standard reports from Mysuru.

December 11, 2016
When did the printing of Rs 2,000 notes actually begin?
In the first of a four-part series, Business Standard takes a look at how a mint in Salboni, West Bengal, is working overtime to print currency notes.

December 09, 2016
India reeling under cash crunch, but this mint can't print Rs 2,000 notes
In the third of a four-part series, Business Standard reporter travels to Nashik to assess how the currency press there is responding to demonetisation.

The mystery behind the Rs 3 lakh crore deposits in 15 days
The second fortnight of September saw Rs 3 lakh crore of time deposits, something unique, followed by liquidation of Rs 1.2 lakh crpre of these right after.

December 08, 2016
Why notes ban is good news for people of this MP town
In the second of a four-part series, Business Standard checks out the currency press in Dewas to find target-based allowances have increased the monthly salary of employees from Rs 10,000 to Rs 30,000, at a time when notes are being printed 24x7.

The cashless chaiwallah who swears by Modi
'The mindset of people needs to change.'

December 07, 2016
Cashless transaction: Going beyond plastic money
For those who are sceptical about using debit or credit cards, even when faced with cash crunch, Adhil Shetty, CEO of, lists out a few safe cashless options that can be exercised through mobile phones.

When did printing of Rs 2,000 notes actually begin?
In the first of a four-part series, Business Standard takes a look at how a mint in Salboni, West Bengal, is working overtime to print currency notes.

Jayalalithaa's legacy: Industrial, social, crime rankings among India's best
Tamil Nadu now has India's lowest fertility rate - lower than Australia, Finland and Belgium - second best infant mortality and maternal mortality rate; records among the lowest crime rates against women and children; and has more factories and provides more industrial employment than any other Indian state.

December 05, 2016
A day in the life of Cashless India's Prasanna D Zore visited Akodara village that went cashless and digital on January 2, 2015.

December 02, 2016
The foot soldiers of Modi's cashless India
As Narendra Modi and his ministers vigorously campaign for a shift to a cashless society,'s Syed Firdaus Ashraf reports on what is really happening on the ground.

November 11, 2016
Share a selfie with the new currency
Were you one of the lucky Indians who handed over your Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes and got a brand new Rs 500 or Rs 2,000 note in return?

November 09, 2016
You can still convert your black money into white!
How will the government's decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes help curb the creation and flow of black money into the Indian economy?

Video: Mumbai reacts to Modi's war on black money
When Hitesh Harisinghani and Jahnavi Patel hit the streets of Mumbai after Modi's demonitisation announcement, here's what they found.

It's a politically astute move by Modi
It has the potential to burnish his image as a strong leader, bring down inflation and could turn out to be common man-friendly.

November 07, 2016
Why Theresa May won't go to Bengaluru IT firms
Theresa May's visit to a Bengaluru aerospace systems supplier is seen as the UK's strategy to pursue new defence deals.

'Mistry brought biggest turnaround in Indian corporate history'
Cyrus Mistry had put in place a strategy that would have pulled most of the Tata group's 'legacy hotspots' out of the financial mess from legacy issues and helped turn around the group's finances.

November 03, 2016
'Superstar chairmen across corporate India don't want to give up power'
The Tata Sons controversy has raised governance concerns.

November 02, 2016
Heard of an airline's <em>Chai Pe Charcha</em> with its pilots?
Most airlines lose 30 pilots a year. Vistara has lost only 2 in 18 months.

November 01, 2016
Grappling with succession after Ratan Tata
What would happen to the ownership after Ratan Tata?

October 28, 2016
The man who is caught in the crossfire between Tata and Mistry
R Venkataramanan, the managing trustee of the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust who is responsible for all Tata-run trusts, prefers to keep a low profile but has emerged as a power centre in the group - with more clout than many established CEOs, says Dev Chatterjee.

October 27, 2016
The Tatas will have to answer many questions in the days ahead
The larger investing community was not complaining at all about Cyrus's conservative approach. This is precisely the reason why investors will demand to know the real reasons for Mistry's sudden sacking, says M K Venu.

5 Ratan Tata plans Cyrus Mistry didn't deliver on
Which were the five businesses Ratan Tata had great hopes for, but his successor failed to deliver?

October 25, 2016
Cyrus Mistry's stint as chairman is the shortest ever at Tata group
Of the six chairmen that Tata group has had in its 148 years, the longest serving was Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy

October 18, 2016
Not the endgame for Infosys, TCS: Why it's too early for an obit on Indian IT
Though the evolving nature of the IT industry and changing needs of their clients pose a big risk

Why do parents chase this man?
The man sought after by parents when they want to admit their children to Ivy League colleges tells Anjuli Bhargava how a hobby became a source of livelihood.

October 17, 2016
Where are oil prices headed?
OPEC's move to cut output has pushed up oil prices. From here it could go either way: oil could reach $100/barrel or an analysis of demand and supply might follow, say Abheek Barua & Bidisha Ganguly.

October 12, 2016
Meet the first Indian to head a Swiss company
'Sometimes it's better to ask for forgiveness rather than permission,' Zubin Karkaria, CEO of the Kuoni Group and the first Asian to head a listed Swiss company, tells Niraj Bhatt.

October 05, 2016
What rate cut means for India's financial markets
FPIs, which are holding large exposures in Indian debt, could also be expected to book some capital gains as yields slide down

Tamil Nadu, Kerala have most women entrepreneurs, and high female literacy
India was ranked 70th of 77 countries in the Female Entrepreneurship Index 2015 released by London-based Global Entrepreneurship Institute

October 04, 2016
Are we serious about e-cars?
The electric vehicle market in India needs a policy push that goes beyond targets, says Vandana Gombar.

For the Oswals, a 6-year, multi-billion-dollar legal drama ends
After reaching a deal with ANZ in a six-year tussle, Pankaj and Radhika Oswal have left Australia and plan to start a new venture in New York

Delhi is the world's most polluted megacity!
In 2012, with one million deaths, China reported the highest toll from PM2.5 and PM10 pollution. At the time, India followed, reporting 621,138 deaths, nearly 10 per cent of the global toll associated with outdoor and indoor air pollution

September 28, 2016
Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT: The sophisticated SUV
Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT: The sophisticated SUV

September 27, 2016
When it comes to business, he's Quickr!
Quikr founder & CEO Pranay Chulet tells Raghu Krishnan and Bibhu Ranjan Mishra why money has never been an issue for Quikr and that someday he will make a romantic comedy.

September 23, 2016
India's pizza man gets ready for the future
After 11 years at the helm of Jubilant, Ajay Kaul, the 'nuts and bolts' executive, called it a day amid speculation that his expansionist strategy was not clicking, says Viveat Susan Pinto.

September 22, 2016
The Stanford graduate who left Oracle to make wine
It's been 16 years since Rajeev Samant launched the first Sula wine by selling 50,000 cases. Today Sula is on track to sell a million cases this year.

September 21, 2016
An SC verdict that rattled India's high and mighty
The spectre of Singur and now its verdict is looming large on the future of many of Bengal's projects, especially the state government's industrial parks that are vacant. As many more episodes await, the question uppermost on everyone's minds is, how long will Singur haunt Bengal?

September 20, 2016
Indian Railways goes down new track to power growth
It is willing to let go of its budgetary independence and restructure its companies in order to make itself more viable commercially and less important politically, says Jyoti Mukul.

September 16, 2016
He is paying the price for rice @ Re 1
The current crisis Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is facing is a cumulative effect of inattention to water management and the fiscal burden of populist promises, says Aditi Phadnis.

September 15, 2016
With fatter wallet, Paytm goes for the kill
The mobile wallet player plans to add more Chinese sellers to its e-commerce platform and boost technology for its soon-to-be-launched payments bank

The game corporate India plays
How bridge keeps corporate India sharp and quick-witted.

September 13, 2016
The real reason behind RIL-ONGC dispute
Dispute resolution provisions in the production sharing contract remained unimplemented, while the regulator faltered, points out Jyoti Mukul.

September 06, 2016
What do India's GDP numbers tell us?
Private consumption is looking up and will get better as the full effect of the good monsoon is felt on rural income, and the effect of the payout from the Seventh Pay Commission is felt on urban income, say Anis Chakravarty & Rishi Shah.

September 03, 2016
Raghuram Rajan: The common man's central banker
Rajan, as expected, furthered his predecessors' agenda and continued with the same resolution to make India's financial system safer, and direct the economy towards further liberalisation

August 31, 2016
Ending Rail Budget is Mr Prabhu's first step in the right direction
He has now to show that he can take on the vested interests within the railways which are resisting change through corporatisation

August 30, 2016
The real story behind the demise of TaxiForSure
Ola's cash reserves are starting to run dry. The company was in talks to raise $1 billion in funding by the end of July, but no announcement has been made as yet

August 26, 2016
He helps Indian banks raise money in London
In India post the success of masala and green bonds on the LSE, Nikhil Rathi tells Rajesh Bhayani that there are many international investors interested in buying into the India story

August 23, 2016
Bandhan sprints into new role as universal bank
With over Rs 15,000 crore in deposits, its strategy is a hit for now, but the real test will come when it starts lending to retail and corporate customers in a big way

7 ways GST affects India's infrastructure sector
There are both positive and negative impacts of the tax, but the net result for India's infrastructure sector is advantageous, says Vinayak Chatterjee.

August 19, 2016
Gripping tale of an iconic businessman
Over the years, Mr Singh has got in and out of innumerable businesses, cutting across sectors. He is one businessman who I have always found to be in a start-up mode, says Bhupesh Bhandari.

Fulfilling Deveshwar's dreams: A big challenge for ITC's new chief
The outgoing chairman believed in building for the future; for his successor, the challenge will be to maintain the momentum, says Ishita Ayan Dutt.

Perfect storm gathering over Smriti Irani's ministry
Rising skills gap, falling exports, low productivity, rising debt and low foreign investment is jeopardising the target set for the textile and apparels sector

A tale of crumbling infrastructure in India's IT cities
Can the country afford to have problems of such magnitude in the cities of Gurgaon, Bengaluru, Pune and Hyderabad, which not only are the major growth drivers but are also the biggest revenue contributors in their respective states?

August 18, 2016
How safe is your PF money? 10,932 companies caught defaulting
By region, Thiruvananthapuram leads with 247 defaulters, followed by Kolkata with 173 and Bhubaneswar with 115

August 16, 2016
Bihar struggles to pay the price of liquor ban
Incentives for industries have been rolled back and teachers have gone without salary for months as the state grapples with the after-effects of the ban

August 14, 2016
8 promises Modi made on I-Day 2015: Some met, some are works-in-progress
As Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to deliver his third Independence Day speech on August 15, he is inviting ideas from citizens on issues he should speak on

August 12, 2016
Balki: An extraordinary adman
He didn't think much of advertising awards, and yet as he moves on from Mullen Lowe Lintas, he leaves the agency at its strongest ever

August 11, 2016
As India steps on gas for infra building, repairs are left out
Little attention is being paid to keep roads, bridges and flyovers in good shape

August 10, 2016
How Skymet weathered the storm
If Jatin Singh is right in the long run and his morphed business can help reduce farmer distress, Skymet will provide a service of far more value from where it began

August 05, 2016
'Unless you solve somebody's problem, you won't make money'
'If they are not ready for a 10 to 20 year journey, they should not become entrepreneurs.'

3 reasons why RBI should opt for a rate cut
RBI policy surely cannot impact agflation, in any case.

July 29, 2016
Ananth Narayanan: The turnaround man
Narayanan's strategy of building exclusive brands for Myntra has been a success as well, and more such brands will be added to the portal's offering in the future

July 19, 2016
How Nirma tries to reclaim the golden days of 1980s
Many see Nirma's Lafarge deal as some kind of second coming for the Patels.

July 14, 2016
World's fastest-growing economy lags most South Asian neighbours
India's per capita GDP of $5,238 in 2013 was 65 per cent lower than Iran, 54 per cent lower than Maldives, 44 per cent lower than Sri Lanka and 27 per cent lower than Bhutan, according to the Human Development Report 2015

July 11, 2016
Mercedes-Benz GLC: Glamour meets comfort
The Mercedes-Benz GLC 220 d 4Matic is both sporty and luxurious

July 04, 2016
Advice from an ace investor
Be a fox by temperament and a hedgehog by conviction, Gaurav Dalmia tells Bhupesh Bhandari. Then, he explains why.

July 01, 2016
How Renault scored a goal with the Kwid
How did the Kwid become an Indian success story?

June 19, 2016
If Vijay Mallya was Thomas Flohr...
...He'd be running a successful aviation business, says Anjuli Bhargava.

June 08, 2016
Does Paytm have its finger in too many pies?
What explains Vijay Shekhar Sharma's optimism when other players have started to tread cautiously is Paytm's huge customer base: It has 120 million users and counting, says Nivedita Mookerji.

June 03, 2016
India Shining! Precious forest land wiped away for 23,716 industrial projects
The government may claim planted trees compensate for forests lost, but that does not mean complex flora and fauna destroyed have been restored, points out Himadri Ghosh.

June 01, 2016
How water inequality governs drought-hit Maharashtra
Sugarcane, which is grown by no more than 1.1 million farmers, consumes 70 per cent of water available in Maharashtra for irrigation. In contrast, about 10 million jowar, pulses and oilseeds farmers get only 10 per cent of irrigation water, points out Abhishek Waghmare.

May 31, 2016
How India can add an extra $1 trillion to its GDP by 2020
A data plan currently priced at Rs 100 should not cost more than Rs 34, if India has to make the Internet affordable for 80 per cent of its population.

May 25, 2016
Slippery road ahead for car makers in India
Toyota, M&M and Honda are making tough adjustments to their growth plans as uncertainty over diesel vehicles and fuel emission norms rises

May 20, 2016
Has India's anti-trust watchdog lost its drive?
The number of cases being admitted and investigated by the Competition Commission of India has fallen drastically in recent years.

May 18, 2016
Land reforms fail, only 5% of India's farmers control 32% land
The average land given to the rural landless is small and falling, from 0.95 acres in 2002 to 0.88 acres in 2015 - a 7.4 per cent drop over 13 years-and a slowdown is evident in the process of taking land away from rich landlords, the RTI data reveal.

Juggernaut's funky experiment
Juggernaut's mobile reading app could be a game-changer, says Nilanjana S Roy.

May 16, 2016
How Amitabh Bachchan tops the brand trust charts
The superstar manages to retain the trust of consumers across age groups.

May 13, 2016
Why India Inc still fears MNCs
Business reacted with caution to the reforms of 1991, and demanded protection from multinationals and imports. Twenty-five years later, traces of that demand can still be found, reports Bhupesh Bhandari.

Modi reforms flicker in rural India, other big challenges remain
While many promises remain unrealised, power reforms and the creation of tens of millions of new bank accounts have helped Modi maintain his popularity

May 10, 2016
Why govt deals are high-stakes game for IT firms
Even as government projects aren't lucrative from a revenue perspective, companies fight with each other to bag the contracts

Why India's construction slowdown threatens to increase poverty
The construction sector is now India's second-largest employer after agriculture, the trend coinciding with India's high-growth phase and decline in poverty levels

Why Raghuram Rajan deserves a second term
What differentiates Rajan from his predecessors is his proactive steps in anticipating a problem and coming up with out-of-the-box solutions

No electricity, no school here but kids learn with iPads!
Two young engineers educate children with iPads n remote villages.

May 04, 2016
It's raining remuneration at MF houses!
Sebi wanted to know how much Mutual Fund head honchos were paid. A look into who got how much...

Maharashtra, Delhi pay 53% of India's income-tax
The government earned Rs 7.42 lakh crore as direct taxes in 2015-16, a 66 per cent increase from Rs 4.45 lakh crore in 2010-11

April 29, 2016
9 reasons India's rising credit card debt should worry you
Next time you swipe, ask yourself, do you really need it or do you just want it?

Bad loans of state banks = defence + education + roads + health spends
The crisis in Indian banking has now reached a point where the NPAs of many public-sector banks are higher than their net worth

April 25, 2016
Why gold refinery consolidation is the need of the hour
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's decision to cut arbitrage may ensure that the standards of purity of the refined gold in the Indian market meet the global benchmark

How Virat Kohli cracked the Rs 100-crore league
Kohli is rated very high on being distinctive, stylish and prestigious.

April 23, 2016
How life insurance companies get celebrities on a small budget
Life insurance companies are balancing the increasing use of celebrity endorsers by limiting the association to short, event-led campaigns.

April 22, 2016
Oswal vs Oswal: Another murky business family feud
This is the first time the fight is between mother and son.

April 19, 2016
The man who's driving Uber in India
Amit Jain tells Shyamal Majumdar about his dream to make Uber the 'safest place in the city'

India's biggest farm reform is 91.6% behind target
The Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee Act of a state regulates the purchase of agricultural products, such as cereals, pulses, fruits and vegetables for that region. It hobbles farmers, imposing multiple levies on produce and disallows direct sales to private companies.

April 18, 2016
Indian garment companies help Bangla tiger roar
More than Indian exporters, it is Indian business families based in Sri Lanka and Hong Kong which have exploited the Bangladesh advantage

April 12, 2016
Baba Ramdev, Sri Sri and India's skewed corporate laws
The strategies that the gurus adopted to build their successful business empires over the past two decades could hardly be adopted by businesses that openly claim to be businesses, points out Somasekhar Sundaresan.

Had farmers paid taxes, India could have earned an extra Rs 50,000 crore
Agricultural incomes can be taxed without hurting farmers, as a substantial section - the small and marginal ones - will remain outside the tax net simply because their incomes are likely to be below the basic exemption limit of Rs 250,000 per annum that is extended to all taxpayers in India, finds out Ishan Bakshi.

April 08, 2016
Leave IPL alone; water-guzzling sugarcane is the real culprit
Of 650 billion cubic metres of water available for irrigation nationwide, 15 per cent, or 100 BCM of water, is used by sugarcane , which is planted on no more than 2.5 per cent of India's farmland

When Indian dreams turned sour
Only a handful of overseas acquisitions by Indian firms have survived the bloodbath, says Bhupesh Bhandari.

Ta-ta Tata, another Indian tycoon steps in to rescue British steel industry
Gupta has expressed an intent to buy Port Talbot, Britain's biggest steelworks

April 05, 2016
Why Sri Sri is laughing all the way to the bank
Yoga, wellness, meditation, Ayurveda, software and ... toothpaste - Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has successfully merged business with spirituality

April 04, 2016
Renault Duster just got smarter, safer and automatic
The AMT variant comes with a turbo charged diesel engine which produces 108.5bhp@4000 rpm and a peak torque of 245Nm@1750rpm

He is 24, blind, and CEO of a Rs 10-crore company
Srikanth Bolla, CEO of Bollant Industries, has set his sights on changing lives

March 26, 2016
How 'gurunomics' is fueling India's consumer boom
Be it consumer products, lifestyle or entertainment, spiritual gurus are stepping into business and are finding success

March 25, 2016
A different migration: From small villages to big ones
Between 2001 and 2011, the number of rural habitations with population of less than 1,000 has declined sharply

March 24, 2016
When terror strikes, markets go bulletproof
In most cases, they dodged bullets and, in some, recovered the same day

March 22, 2016
Why over 50,000 profitable firms pay no tax
Companies making larger profits are now paying a lower rate of effective tax because of concessions

On World Water Day, India faces worst water crisis in decade
Andhra Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu likely to be India's most water-scarce states this summer

March 21, 2016
Achhe din: When will it come?
Instead of condemning all businessmen, the PM may like to listen to some of them.

March 18, 2016
5,275 wilful defaulters (+ Mallya) owe banks Rs 56,621 crore
India's five leading wilful defaulters are Winsome Diamonds & Jewellery Ltd and associate Forever Precious Jewellery & Diamonds, Zoom Developers, Kingfisher Airlines, Beta Naphthol and Raza Textiles

Aadhaar cleared through Money Bill route: Why Modi cannot use this option every time
The Centre needs to have dialogue with the Opposition instead of letting politics come in the way; it needs to stoop to conquer, says Aditi Phadnis.

March 17, 2016
This investment banker has Mumbai bhel for lunch
Gaurav Deepak has raised funds for about 100 new-age entrepreneurs.

March 16, 2016
Modi's new growth recipe - Just add water
Modi's irrigation push in the Budget is aimed at scoring on the political front along with achieving growth targets

Why is the government reacting in fits and starts to Paris agreement
The Niti Aayog has finalised the first draft of a new national energy policy.

Not just rich farmers, even agri cos with Rs 215 cr profit pay no tax
A large number of rich farmers, who earn more than salaried employees in the cities, get away with paying no tax at all in view of the government's lack of will to consider an agricultural income tax

March 15, 2016
In India, exactly who benefits from government 'dole'?
'According to the government's Economic Survey, the Indian state's generosity is not restricted to its poorest citizens. In fact, in many cases, the beneficiaries are disproportionately the well-off.'

March 14, 2016
Maggi Noodles: Reclaiming faith in an instant
'Maggi noodles belong to the consumers.'

March 08, 2016
How Maruti Suzuki is putting S-Cross back on track
High price, combined with the decision to go only for diesel and position it as a crossover, resulted in its limited success

Is the worst over for the Indian markets?
The markets gained nearly 7 per cent in the 4 trading sessions of March.

Vijay Mallya: The reluctant poster boy of bad debt
Mallya failed to repay loans worth Rs 7,200 cr, did not pay salaries, did not deposit PF, and did not pay income tax. It is still a mystery why banks continued to pour money into the airline when it was on life support

March 04, 2016
Films, books that inspire corporate head honchos
Here's a list of the favourites of the billionaires.

March 01, 2016
Thankfully, Mr Jaitley delivers!
Jaitley has managed the difficult feat of sticking to the fiscal correction.

Budget 2016: A view from the visitor's gallery
Aditi Phadnis brings us a ringside view of the reactions Jaitley's speech generated in Parliament

Budget 2016: Bets are on Bharat rather than India
Budget has laid emphasis on enhancing expenditure in farm & rural, and social sector including healthcare, education, skill development, job creation and infrastructure

February 26, 2016
Uttam's Take: 10 cheers for rail travellers!
Uttam Ghosh on how rail passengers will benefit from the Railway Budget.

February 24, 2016
A tax notice that affected India's credibility
The retrospective tax decision reversing the January 2012 Supreme Court verdict in the Vodafone case has often been cited as the reason for foreign investors losing confidence in India as an investment destination.

Cheaper, faster way to Make in India
At present, less than one per cent of manufacturing GDP comes from automation in India.

February 22, 2016
A garment shop that rings a bell called Freedom 251
The share capital of the company is Rs 1 crore (Rs 10 million).

February 19, 2016
Make In India: Expect Rs 12,92,000 crore in actual investment
It rained investments on India as the Make In India programme, envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a focus on the manufacturing sector, raked in Rs 15,20,000 crore in committed investments.

February 16, 2016
What 'Make In India' means to these Indians!
Amid all the multi-billion dollar investment announcements and flurry of MoUs at the Make In India event four artists give you a fleeting glimpse into their lives.

1 in 7 Indian drugs revealed as substandard
More lucrative routinely prescribed drugs are at higher risk of failing quality standards

Inside 'Magnetic Maharashtra'
What does Maharashtra have that others don't?

February 15, 2016
'Our choices will shape the markets'
The Budget has to provide for capex on roads, railways, defence and other infrastructure sectors.

The united colours of Make In India
From home-made Dhanush howitzers to mine-protected vehicle to rock bands to folk dances to foreigners posing with Indian artistes to gigantic dumping trucks to families having a gala time, brings you all the action on Day Two of the Make In India Week.

February 14, 2016
Modi@Make In India: No time for incremental change. We want a quantum jump
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who envisioned Make In India last September was at his eloquent best as he made a fervent plea to global businesses to come Make In India.

February 11, 2016
How PM Modi can ensure the success of 'Make in India'
It has been clear for a while that India needs manufacturing - and it may be true that global manufacturing needs India as well. Time to strike while the iron is hot, say Rajat Dhawan, Anu Madgavkar and Sree Ramaswamy.

February 10, 2016
Now, Patanjali is giving toothache to Colgate
Both competitive intensity and environmental factors are contributing to the leading oral care brand's pain points

Half full, half empty: 10 years of NREGA
At its peak five years ago, it was a lifeline for 5.5 crore, or one in every three rural homes

February 08, 2016
Welcome to India's biggest junkyard mela
Images from the Bhanga Mela, India's only e-waste market.

February 02, 2016
Dynamatic and the long road to 'Make in India'
Starting as a maker of hydraulic pumps, the Bengaluru-based company graduated to components for automakers like BMW and Audi, and then Airbus and Boeing

February 01, 2016
Sahara uses small savers to keep hill resort afloat
Sahara has ploughed at least Rs 1,500 crore from two of its credit cooperatives into the Aamby Valley resort project

January 30, 2016
GSTN: The solution to India's tax problems
'Through the use of technology, the GSTN will tip the balance in favour of compliance rather than tax evasion, lowering the barriers for entry into the tax payment system while making it much harder to cheat on payments,' says Nandan Nilekani.

January 29, 2016
Chinese movie mogul's big bet on Haryana
He is widely admired for maintaining an almost military like discipline and is not known to smoke or drink

January 25, 2016
Beyond the start-up hype
Budget 2016 may hold some answers to start-up cooncerns.

January 19, 2016
Falling oil prices may lead to regime change in Saudi, Russia
'As matters stand, Russia and Saudi Arabia, two of the world's biggest oil producers, are set for a hard landing as they didn't diversify their economies as much as they should have when the oil prices were booming.'

January 18, 2016
62 people in the world have same wealth as 3.5 billion
Wealth of the richest 62 people has risen 44% in the five years since 2010, while that of the bottom half fell by 41%

January 15, 2016
Disaster risks grow, as India's cities flounder
Poor land-use planning, indiscriminate approvals of building plans and the absence of disaster-risk assessment in urban design have resulted in what experts term concentrated concretization, predisposing cities to disaster risks

What the odd-even scheme achieved
Load of particulates and nitrous oxides from cars reduced by about 40%.

How cities find new ways to travel
The newest concept is motorcycle taxis.

January 12, 2016
Patent delays threaten Modi's 'Make in India' dream
Indian companies need not just make in India, but invent in India too

January 11, 2016
Will Netflix shake up global digital content markets?
Netflix is offering a freebie of one month's free service.

January 08, 2016
4 things that could change India in 2016
More people will be literate, on the Internet, linked to the national identification scheme and likely to receive electricity, especially from alternative-energy sources.

January 04, 2016
What lies in store for start-ups in 2016?
Every start-up's dream is to become a unicorn.

January 02, 2016
Interesting facts about the Sharif family and its business interests
The Sharif group's website claims they are worth $300 million in business and $100 million in real estate holdings

December 29, 2015
15 things that went wrong in '15
Here are 15 things that would have made 2015 a great year.

December 28, 2015
How some SC judgements changed the game for corporate India
The 1995 judgment in the Union of India vs Cricket Association of Bengal case emphasised that free speech is essential for a successful democracy and citizens must have a plurality of views and a range of opinions on all public issues, says M J Antony.

2015: A good year for rupee, bad for G-sec
The reason for the stickiness in bond yields can be many, but the most responsible is the liquidity deficit stance taken by RBI, says Anup Roy.

December 24, 2015
Bullet train faces hurdles down the line
The high-speed train line in a region already well-connected by rail, road and airways may have to struggle to stay viable

December 23, 2015
India's pride: A stunning cable-stayed bridge in Jammu & Kashmir
Strategically important and first of the kind in North India and Jammu and Kashmir, the 592-meter long Basohli Bridge over River Ravi will be fourth of its kind in the country

December 22, 2015
Low oil prices: What impact will it have?
Global supply is staying in excess of demand.

A bruising price war looms as Ambani prepares to launch Reliance Jio
Ambani's $15 bn bet will upend Indian telecom

December 21, 2015
Delhi's transport sector 3 times more polluting than Mumbai's
Despite a 187 km, seven-line metro network carrying 2.4 million commuters every day, private vehicles rose 92% over the last 15 years

December 14, 2015
When a typo saved Climate Change summit from the brink of collapse
And the US won the evening

December 08, 2015
Climate change and the unfolding dilemma for Narendra Modi
Some of the World Bank's suggestions to hold back the predicted tide of fresh poverty appear to run counter to the economic policies of Narendra Modi's government

December 07, 2015
Bihar's liquor ban is good politics, bad economics
Several states that imposed prohibition in the past lifted it once revenue loss began to pinch

December 02, 2015
Sassy woman or machine? Tech giants divided over digital assistants
Digital assistants are a gateway to powerful artificial intelligence tools

No rate cut is good news for depositors
Use this window to lock into bank FDs; unless govt cuts small savings rates, banks may not cut deposit rates

December 01, 2015
Paris climate talks: Why it's trouble for the world - and India
COP 21 is about how much carbon space is left and who gets how much of that space

November 25, 2015
Why the gold deposit scheme lacks in shine
In 5 years, the average demand for gold has been 895 tonnes annually.

November 20, 2015
Toilets are fine but what about waste management?
In India, 173 people defecate in the open for every square km.

Why the 7th Pay panel report made some people unhappy
Currently, an IAS and IFS officer are accorded a pay advantage or financial edge.

November 03, 2015
Chinese imports threaten India's largest non-farm employers
The top 10 in terms of the number of MSMEs is dominated by the larger states with Uttar Pradesh at the top.

October 28, 2015
'India's in a sweet spot, but that's not going to last forever'
India's good fortune, experts in the US feel, is not the result of a fundamentally strong economy, but because it is the best of a bad set of options.

October 15, 2015
Why India's poverty rate has fallen to 12.4%
The World Bank said improved infrastructure, specifically rural electrification, has had far-ranging effects

October 01, 2015
From heroes to bystanders? Central banks' growth challenge
By piling more pressure on governments, central banks risk not accomplishing much and yet provoking a political backlash that could threaten their independence.

September 11, 2015
Indian black money deposits moved out of Switzerland
The Swiss National Bank, the country's central banking authority, has estimated the funds currently held by Indians in Swiss banks at a mere $1.98 billion.

September 07, 2015
Does India's food regulator remind us of the 'inspector raj'?
Regulator's nod assumed more importance after the Maggi issue.

September 04, 2015
How India's tax system helps cigarettes flourish
Cigarette companies have substantial wriggle room thanks to India's complex tax structure, which categorises them by length and filter

September 03, 2015
2 years of Raghuram Rajan: Many hits but some misses, too
We need a change in mindset, says the RBI Governor.

September 01, 2015
Why we should watch out for global market mood swings
A quick bounce back of the Chinese stocks looks improbable now.

August 31, 2015
The curious case of onion prices and Bihar elections
Onion prices have increased 150% over the last few months

August 20, 2015
World's ten richest people under 35
Zuckerberg has a fortune of $41.6 million

August 17, 2015
2nd innings: Yuvraj Singh bats for startups
Yuvraj has switched focus to business.

August 05, 2015
Jaipur fast becoming the next start-up hub
What work in Jaipur's favour are lower costs, a good talent pool, better quality of life, and proximity to the Delhi National Capital Region

August 04, 2015
Brand Dhoni on a sticky wicket
Dhoni's track record as captain of the Indian team is formidable.

July 28, 2015
What ails Bengal's economy
The state needs great numbers of new-generation entrepreneurs.

July 17, 2015
Tamil Nadu, Kerala lead surge in financial inclusion
South leads; North-East at bottom but moves ahead, finds out the IndiaSpend Team

Can real estate in India recover from its slump?
A new report joins the dots to bring out the harsh realities of the Indian realty space, and predicts a price correction to clear inventory, finds out Nivedita Mookerji.

4 ways to address the net-neutrality issue
A DoT panel has backed net neutrality and made some recommendations to push the cause

July 15, 2015
How TCS is fighting the slowdown
Technology, not just cost, is key to IT's future.

Start-up diaries: Waging battle in a brave new world
India is witnessing its own tech tsunami, and is poised to become the second largest global startup hub by the end of the decade

July 10, 2015
Why the Rs 322-crore/km Mumbai highway may be a 'disaster'
Govt says coastal road is meant to decongest Mumbai, experts believe it would be counter-productive.

Tracking 140 years' journey of the Bombay Stock Exchange
The exchange moved through many ups and downs through the years.

Emergency and the Maruti story: Start of a small wonder
The whole project smacks of cronyism and corruption

July 09, 2015
5 ways China market meltdown can impact India
From smart cities to gold, the fallout of the Chinese meltdown will have far-reaching consequences

July 08, 2015
How inflation impacts India's 'aam aadmi'
Inflation pegs down currency value, re-allocates resources, reduces potential economic growth and leads to the attrition of gross domestic savings.

India to be home to 4.37 lakh millionaires by 2018: Study
Mumbai is the only Indian city in the top 30 cities in the world for multi-millionaires.

It's not Greece, but Portugal who owes the most to IMF
Top 10 debtor countries owe 86% of total IMF loans

In India, 3 of 4 companies adulterating, mis-branding food go unpunished
Adulterated food can cause cancer, insomnia and other neurological problems, and adulteration is a growing concern across India

Etihad beats Gulf rivals to become fastest growing foreign airline
Jet Airways remains the number one airline serving foreign routes.

Fall in Indian markets will be a buying opportunity
It is useful to note that Indian markets have not gone into a tailspin as the Greece crisis has developed, says Devangshu Datta.

6 event risks investors must track this July
In a recent report, BofA-ML suggests investors to track these six event risks in July apart from the Greek drama

July 04, 2015
Why education does not interest Delhi's child workers
As many as 82 per cent of child workers in the national capital said that given an opportunity, they would not like to attend school

July 03, 2015
The rise and 'fall' of a brilliant entrepreneur
Yadav may have forgotten that leadership of a larger scaled-up venture requires something more than individual brilliance, says Shyamal Majumdar.

July 02, 2015
JLR launches new variant of XF saloon @ Rs 52 lakh
Jaguar India model range is available at 21 outlets across 19 cities.

Making sense of the real exchange rate of the rupee
If the REER is to be restored to its 2004-05 level, the rupee has to depreciate a lot, says V K

Cyrus Mistry drives a Tata Safari. Will TCS investors ride in Jaguars?
Does India's most valued company give hope to its investors that they, too, might drive a Jaguar some day?

June 27, 2015
How Tom Uncle's Maggi Point is surviving the noodles crisis
The popular DU kiosk is losing approximately Rs 2,000 per day, even though they still serve instant noodles

June 26, 2015
Why Flipkart and Snapdeal may still not list in India
Most e-commerce firms with 'Singapore holding structures' would opt out of the new Sebi platform

June 25, 2015
Kishore Biyani's limitless ambitions
He wants to transform his retail-led enterprise into a consumer goods giant, and reach Rs 1 lakh crore in turnover by 2021, but is that feasible?

India among top 10 FDI destinations in 2014
FDI inflows into India were $34 billion in 2014, up 22%.

June 24, 2015
Black money: Truth behind FinMin's 'compliance window'
Clever wordplay does not change the fact that the government is going pretty easy on some tax offenders, says Arup Roychoudhury.

June 23, 2015
UP's free-housing mess a national warning
With nearly a million identified slums, UP urgently requires housing for the poor

Why does a rate cut matter?
With inflation figures expected to be well within RBI's target, there may be room for further rate cut.

June 22, 2015
Monsoon getaways are cheaper on your pocket
A monsoon holiday can be cheaper because of discounts.

June 18, 2015
Kartik Wahi: Lessons from my entrepreneurial journey
In the first of a four-part series, Claro Energy co-founder Kartik Wahi takes you through his entrepreneurial journey

June 15, 2015
Markets keep an ear to the ground
The second half of June could be driven more or less by technical factors triggered by news flow from Greece, the US Federal Reserve and the monsoon. The technical picture seems bearish as of now, says Devangshu Datta.

Softly, softly, India's influence rises in crude oil
Saudis are interested in expanding their relationship with India, given it is becoming the main driver of crude demand growth in Asia

June 12, 2015
From the mud floor to designing algorithms
Tanmoy's story is one of hope in times of despair, courage in times of trouble and confidence in times of adversity. His story is a reminder that no matter what the situation is today, you can hope for a better tomorrow, say Jimmy John and Anoop Khanna.

Top 10 wind power countries
The price of wind power may soon compete with conventional fossil fuels, according to researchers in the United States

June 11, 2015
Sikka finds place in Glassdoor's top 50 CEOs list
Sikka ranks 35th in the list.

Brijmohan Lall Munjal: The people's man who shaped Hero
Brijmohan Lall Munjal, 92, who recently became chairman emeritus of Hero MotoCorp, single-handedly rewrote the rules of the motorcycle business

How Mumbai Metro is building its brand
In a first, a public transport facility is beating its own drum.

Ahmedabad: Two steps forward, one step back
Since many of Modi's urban policies were initiated in Ahmedabad, the city may act as a template to examine what can be expected in a country that is witnessing the biggest migration from rural to urban areas in the world

June 04, 2015
Kalpana Saroj's incredible journey from despair to success
Hers is a rags-to-riches story for the ages, peppered with risks, determination and strokes of luck.

June 02, 2015
This IIT-ian wants to bring changes to the education system
Gunvant Jain chose to take the road less travelled.

May 29, 2015
Why the child labour law should not be amended
The proposed changes to the child labour law to allow children and adolescents to work for their families would be most retrograde and regressive, say Shinzani Jain and Paranjoy Guha Thakurta.

What's behind Delhi's air pollution?
Air toxics emissions are high from older vehicles.

May 28, 2015
Zishaan Hayath: The start-up evangelist
His tryst with investing in start-ups began when his juniors started approaching him for guidance and capital.

May 27, 2015
Nita & Devashish narrate a beautiful story of hope, love, laughter
Nita Doshi and Devashish Sharma share a common goal to help poor patients who cannot afford treatment for cancer.

How IIT Kharagpur researchers are leading a 'green revolution'
The farmers of Khentia are now working in tandem with the IIT team.

May 25, 2015
An anti-poverty guide for Modi
A programme that endeavours to graduate the poorest people could have seminal implications for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government.

May 23, 2015
Lack of jobs prompts long journey from Assam to Kerala
Modi's name sparks muted enthusiasm, scepticism among youth; people expect better development pace from the prime minister

<i>'Yeh sarkar paisewalon ke liye theek hai'</I>
'Promise less, exceed expectations' should be the lesson for the Modi government

May 22, 2015
How Nupur Ghuliani developed a environment-friendly fuel for rural homes
Nupur was able to successfully build a prototype of a biomass briquette, an alternative fuel from waste materials.

May 18, 2015
What makes Zaveri Bazaar the most precious gold market in India
The iconinc Zaveri Bazaar in south Mumbai does business of around Rs 3 trillion a year.

Can Modi government defy global challenges?
World trade has been growing slower than world GDP since 2012.

May 15, 2015
Current account worries are back for India
It's time to step on the reforms accelerator.

May 12, 2015
How India is building its oil reserves
India is building its oil reserves in underground rock caverns and tanks

Will the market rally sustain?
There are a few factors that can spoil the party

May 06, 2015
Why Modi deserves the flak he is getting
From lack of big reforms to regressive tax policies, the Modi govt has surrendered its initial momentum, says Shishir Asthana.

May 05, 2015
Birth of a new super king
CSK is reinventing itself to get rid of the controversies and improve brand value

May 01, 2015
'Make in India' not by protecting but by eliminating negative protectionism
In part four of a series, Arbind Modi & Arvind Subramanian explain how scrapping the exemptions for the countervailing duty will eliminate the negative protection facing Indian manufacturers

April 29, 2015
Are markets heading for a long-term bear phase?
It's been a roller-coaster ride since 2015 Budget.

April 28, 2015
Ultimate luxury on wheels: The Rs 1.5 cr BMW ActiveHybrid7
ActiveHybrid7 is a full-sized gas-electric luxury sedan, offered in the long wheelbase 740Li trim.

Can Indian elephant take on Chinese dragon? 'Not in the next 20 years'
'If India and China come together, 40 per cent of the world's people are going to be prosperous'

April 24, 2015
50 years later, will Moore's Law last?
While chips have become ubiquitous, Moore's Law has remained a self-fulfilling prophecy even half a century later. Not bad for an industry where the time scale is not measured in decades and centuries, but in annual quarters, says Shivanand Kanavi.

A Bolt out of the blue!
A long-time driver of SUVs from Tata Motors, Rajesh Karkera/ steps on the gas with the Bolt, the new turbocharged petrol hatchback and comes away impressed.

April 22, 2015
Case building up for a weaker rupee
The rupee's strength has had an overall negative effect on merchandise trade

April 21, 2015
Reliance Insurance and the Rs 18 cr windfall from IRDA ex-chief
The CBI is probing whether the former IRDA chief J Hari Narayan had misused his discretionary powers to favour Reliance General Insurance Company, which has admitted that the extra amount collected by it way of premium was not Rs 1.07 crore, as originally believed, but 20 times as much, report Paranjoy Guha Thakurta and Pranati B Mehra.

April 09, 2015
'Now, I am reduced to nothing'
'I have tutored my family and myself to fight hunger,' the former agent for the disgraced Saradha chit fund says, his eyes welling up.

March 31, 2015
Has Posco's Odisha plan finally hit the wall?
The 2,500-hectares lease included both notified and non-notified areas.

Why India's hunger for petro products at 2-year high? 10 reasons
The growth, however, may not indicate a major revival of economic activity.

March 30, 2015
The changing face of Kolkata's Kabuliwala
The Kabuliwalas of Kolkata, traditional moneylenders, have seen their numbers shrink.

March 26, 2015
Subrata Roy's saviour firm had capital of Rs 1 lakh, director in a chawl
'A law firm checked credentials of Karan Ajit Judge and Nouam'

March 20, 2015
Old Spice: No longer the mark of a man?
In India, there is still a long way for Old Spice.

March 18, 2015
Deepak Parekh: The man with a penchant for doing things right
Parekh ensures that he never forgets the importance of correctness.

March 17, 2015
Abid Ali Neemuchwala: A CEO in the making
Appointing Neemuchwala is seen as a big shift for Wipro.

A new challenge for the railways
Mr Prabhu has set the railways on a course of investing big .

March 13, 2015
40 years ago and now: Not just germs, Dettol fights rivals too
Dettol came to India in 1932.

Anil Swarup: Man who can clean up the coal mess
He is known for his paperless style of working.

March 10, 2015
Think tanks: Budget's numbers, fiscal path still suspects
Several speakers noted that Budget carried the weight of expectations.

Jobs for women: Why India does worse than Somalia
Reasons include include dropping out of education, raising children and family pressure

March 08, 2015
Lessons from market volatility
Diversification and asset allocation can reduce uncertainty

March 07, 2015
The growing divide between markets and fundamentals
Stock prices is due to valuation expansion

Rohan Murty, the master of many trades
Rahul is fascinated by history and ancient texts

March 03, 2015
What the Budget has for banks and regulators
The proposed IFC disrupts existing regulatory structures.

February 28, 2015
Will the Budget deliver 'Big Bang' reforms?
Market hopes govt will hike capital expenditure.

February 26, 2015
A something-for-everyone Budget or an epoch-making one <I>a la</I> 1991?
The Budget shouldn't be stuck on fiscal numbers, the PMO apparently said.

February 25, 2015
5 Budget announcements that can stimulate the markets
Fiscal consolidation is keenly awaited.

February 23, 2015
Thoughts for the Budget Day
For growth in export, continuous gain in productivity is essential.

February 19, 2015
A 'successful' Budget won't be an easy task for Jaitley
FM needs to convince Indians to invest more in stocks.

February 12, 2015
Here's how to efficiently recapitalise public sector banks
Public resources are scarce and need to be used well.

February 10, 2015
From 2 laptops to Tata's mentorship,'s founders' lives come full circle
The Jain brothers' $300 mn-worth Girnar Software has really humble roots.

February 04, 2015
40 Years ago... and now- Faqir Chand Kohli: The original Indian techie
Kohli is a pioneer and a visionary.

February 03, 2015
Chandrakant Sampat: One of India's foremost value investors
He believed in investing in companies with strong cash flows

January 31, 2015
Gopichand Katragadda: Tata group's lab-to-market man
Deep down, Katragadda is still that boy who makes as well as sells soap

January 30, 2015
Coal India mega share sale: Retail investors' guide
CIL aims to sell 12.6 mn shares to retail investors

January 28, 2015
US-India bonhomie missing on climate change
Delhi concedes one climate issue on Obama's agenda

January 22, 2015
Can Nikhil Nanda turn around Escorts?
His plan revolves around new products, a renewed thrust on exports and some serious cost savings

January 21, 2015
Why Ratan Tata remains the king of India's corporate world
Ratan Tata was the first one to realise that Indian companies had become a prisoner to tradition and needed to radically innovate.

January 20, 2015
Modi's vision is welcome but what about the crucial gap?
The challenge will be to force the officials of his government to own this vision.

January 18, 2015
Kolkata's rickshaw pullers stare at a bleak future
The West Bengal government wants to replace hand-pulled rickshaws with battery-operated ones. But the rickshaw pullers are apprehensive that they will lose their livelihood

January 15, 2015
It's 0.25%! Why the RBI cut the repo rate
The muted CPI inflation print at 5% earlier this week, followed by a similar WPI number released Wednesday, seems to have spurred India's central bank into action, is how the economists are reading into Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan's 25 basis point cut in repo rate.

40 years ago and now: Rasna fights to keep the love affair going
Rasna was the ubiquitous soft drink served at home and large gatherings from the late-70s to the early-90s.

Vibrant Gujarat: Do the numbers add up?
The tall claims that the state administration, particularly Modi's highly charged PR machinery has created to hardsell the state, and in turn Modi himself, are not reinforced by the numbers

January 14, 2015
How Dhirubhai Ambani changed the style of doing business in India
During his lifetime and after, Ambani aroused extreme responses in others.

January 13, 2015
IIP figures not so bad: Should we be happy?
In October, the general index had declined by 4.2 per cent, while its manufacturing component went down by an even more alarming 7.6 per cent.

The intricate route from Yojana to NITI
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced its imminent replacement in his Independence Day address, but the new name, structure and key personnel became known only a week ago.

January 12, 2015
Is a low Brent crude oil price good for India?
The real benefits can be seen when prices stabilise, preferably at levels acceptable to both consumers and producers.

January 09, 2015
With Vistara, a Tata airline is reborn
An airline's birth is a result of passion and enterprise, often not without its challenges and ordeals. And, Tata-run airlines are no exception

January 07, 2015
Govt's land law revives lost order of sarkar raj
The ordinance has returned near absolute power of discretion in land acquisition, except in tribal areas, into the hands of the bureaucracy yet again

Yes, crude oil and Sensex do move together
Higher crude oil prices also translate into better corporate earnings for India's top companies

January 02, 2015
Raymond and the many shades of its 'complete man'
Raymond was one of the first to start organised apparel retail in India.

Why splitting banks' CMD post is a half-baked move
Many bankers say the move will have a serious impact on the chain of command of nationalised banks and that it would only enable the government to dish out favours to a few of their own men.

January 01, 2015
Land Acquisition Act: Right step, wrong route
The changes in the ordinance have been made after taking inputs from states suggesting changes to the Act which would make it more industry-friendly

15 things that Indian markets expect in 2015
2015 is set for a lot of changes - and some that we would like to happen

December 29, 2014
Why 2015 won't be good for emerging market economies
Hitting GDP growth of more than six per cent will require substantial foreign direct investment, especially if household savings largely continue to remain locked.

December 26, 2014
A wake up call for Indian carmakers
If carmakers don't explore innovations to improve safety, they could be relegated to the garbage heap by new players, says Indrajit Gupta

December 24, 2014
By not paying staff on time, are airlines taking risks with safety?
Commercial aviation is safe because the crew is paid well and trained extensively for contingencies

December 23, 2014
Why is Ajay Singh playing the SpiceJet saviour?
Lessors of SpiceJet have in panic taken back some aircraft but if they see fresh investors coming in and taking charge, they are likely to relent and return the planes.

December 22, 2014
Carry your bank everywhere, literally
The preference for digital banking now cuts across all customer segments.

3 themes that will dominate the markets in 2015
The rise in US interest rates and associated change in the direction of capital flows, the fall in oil prices and the slowdown in China will dominate the markets, say Abheek Barua and Bidisha Ganguly

December 18, 2014
Why RBI wants the rupee to weaken
This will encourage exports and discourage non-essential imports such as precious metals

December 17, 2014
Salboni land issue bears striking resemblance to Singur
Salboni, in West Medinipur district, is where JSW Steel in 2007 said it would be putting up a 10 million tonne a year steel factory, plus a big captive power plant.

December 16, 2014
Why we shouldn't celebrate 0% inflation yet
Last week, the Consumer Price Index-based inflation for the month had contracted to 4.4 per cent.

The rise, fall & return of Vikram Akula
It might be difficult to repeat the SKS success with VAYA Finserv, say analysts

Are Indian stock markets moving ahead of reality?
Does the rally reflect expectations of improving fundamentals or they are likely to correct?

December 15, 2014
Be a confident market investor: Here's how!
You cannot sow today and reap tomorrow.

Better growth for IT companies? Here's Rohan Murty's prescription!
Rohan Murty was speaking at the 50th anniversary symposium of the computer science department at Cornell University.

December 11, 2014
Can Chinese firepower rescue Vimal?
Reliance had been trying to bring the brand back to the forefront recently, after years of lull, through new ad campaigns highlighting a youthful range, called Unformal, in workwear.

December 05, 2014
The Rs 30,000 crore fight over gas
A Texas company will submit a report by June on whether a company controlled by RIL 'stole' natural gas from the wells where ONGC is contracted to operate in the KG basin, as alleged by ONGC.

December 03, 2014
Private stations? Railways must reform first!
The idea of modernising railway stations under a PPP arrangement was aired several years ago by the then railway minister, Lalu Prasad, who visualised attracting Rs 15,000 crore (Rs 150 billion) investment in 22 stations.

Why is the RBI playing it safe?
Credible fiscal consolidation has been a consistent pre-condition to easing the monetary policy stance as far as the RBI is concerned.

December 01, 2014
The first substantive trade agreement at WTO
If India does not wish to continually violate the WTO rules, it must also continue to push the WTO to either revisit the reference point of 1986-88 prices for calculating subsidies and pitch it at a recent period, or raise the ceiling on subsidies to enable countries like India to stay within the envisaged cap.

November 28, 2014
How the PropTiger team vowed Rupert Murdoch
In just three years,, an online real estate portal started by friends Dhruv Agarwala, Kartik Varma and Prashan Agarwal, has managed to raise about Rs 270 crore in funding from various sources.

November 20, 2014
Kisan Vikas Patra, gold curbs: Old, bad ideas
The government is doubling down on existing 'temporary' restrictions on the import of gold. Some were introduced under the last administration, and had a transitory effect, reducing gold imports through the official channel.

Why Jan Dhan scheme is keeping bankers worried
Relaxation in KYC guidelines has helped meet the target but this could lead to money laundering and financial malfeasance, it is feared.

November 19, 2014
Is Jan Dhan really a success?
Government's financial inclusion mission is well intentioned, but it may be putting a severe strain on the banking sector.

November 18, 2014
Has India achieved economic recovery? Not yet!
Profits grow, but not because of recovering demand.

November 14, 2014
How Gujarat is luring investors with industrial parks
Companies are drawn to the parks by the infrastructure and ready-to-occupy land.

November 12, 2014
Tough tracks ahead for the new railway minister
Suresh Prabhu must first work to repair damage to railways.

November 11, 2014
Why divestment of Indian PSUs won't be easy
A look into the challenges of selling loss-making public units.

November 06, 2014
40 years have passed, the Nirma girl still endears
The mascot has gone off air now, but not before helping the Gujarat-based detergent brand script the perfect win for an underdog in the eighties.

India 4th most vacation-deprived country
Employers are less supportive of their employees taking holidays, says a survey.

November 05, 2014
Wockhardt: Recovery not in sight yet
The news that exports to the US will not restart before next year as well as the September quarter performance are sentiment dampeners.

October 31, 2014
The India of 2025: 49 city clusters to drive growth
A new report from McKinsey, titled 'India's economic geography in 2025: states, clusters and cities', looks at how the next decade will unfold.

October 30, 2014
40 years and now: Britannia has crowned many as 'biscuit king'
But their reign has been tumultuous as the company has seen compelling battles for ownership.

October 27, 2014
A start-up that doubles revenue, every year!
From an idea inititated in a hostel room, Hearing Plus went on to become a national chain of hearing treatment clinics.

October 22, 2014
40 years ago and now: How Ranbaxy moved out of family control
Ranbaxy did its maiden public issue in 1973.

October 20, 2014
'For many years, it upset me that I was a businessman'
'I wondered what mistakes I made in my life to be a businessman. Deep down, I still have doubts about it.'

October 16, 2014
40 Years Ago and now: The Liril Girl showed how to target a state of mind
The sight and sound of the Liril Girl set the tone for ads that work at a subliminal level, and captivates viewers even to this day.

October 13, 2014
Practising Reiki to ride the raging bull on Street
As the bull-run in Dalal Street gathers pace, people keen on riding it are looking to arm themselves with new tools and techniques.

Is Fiat Punto better than Hyundai Elite and Volkswagen Polo?
People have embraced these compact cars because they are not only well appointed, but are also more practical, cheaper to own, have higher fuel efficiency, and are easy to park.

October 11, 2014
Amazon's big-week sale begins smoothly
This was only four days after many aggrieved buyers chose social networking sites to attack Flipkart's 'Big Billion Day' discount this Monday (October 6), followed by an apology from the company's co-founders, Sachin and Binny Bansal.

Will the rupee remain steady?
Possible slowdown of FII money into debt and equity markets could add pressure on currency.

October 09, 2014
Why did Nokia suspend manufacturing in India?
While the tax holiday for the factory coming to an end might be a factor, many say the business model of Microsoft (which acquired Nokia's handset division last year), as well as freebies offered by the Vietnamese government, might also have played a role.

October 08, 2014
What's so special in officers of govt-run Dena Bank?
Many from this small lender have made it to other bank boards over the past 5 years

Indo-Pak gas deal is more than hot air
The agreement on pricing last month marks a significant step towards promoting energy security in the region, say .

Reviving Air India: How Rohit Nandan is doing it
The CMD's focus on raising employee morale and cutting costs is paying off. The airline's operating losses have shrunk and earnings are looking up

September 30, 2014
These business leaders gave away billions in charity
India's billionaires are pledging a decent amount of their wealth for the welfare of society.

Nitin Gadkari has many plans for India!
Nitin Gadkari has seven portfolios, but does not seem weighed down at all by the many things on his plate. The minister is brimming with ideas...

Flexible inflation targeting: Here's what Rajan needs to do
CPI-based inflation on a (year-on-year) basis has come down from 8.59 per cent in April 2014 to 7.80 per cent in August 2014.

September 26, 2014
Ambassador's journey: From 'wheels of India' to 'world's best taxi'
The Ambassador was a durable enough brand to outlive the licence raj.

September 22, 2014
Key numbers that RBI will consider for its policy stance
In spite of Governor Raghuram Rajan's repeated concerns about inflation, many think there may still be a loosening of stance.

4 decades and still shining: How India's romance with gold peaked
Despite the recent imposition of import rule and high duties, the yellow metal continues to attract buyers.

September 15, 2014
Factors that helped Honda's turnaround
In this industry, a company's strategy needs to be adaptable in order to keep up with the pace of change.

Why time ran out for HMT
Even though HMT has survived for over 50 years, it failed to find a new peg to sell itself even as later entrants captured market share.

September 09, 2014
10 cities in the world with worst traffic jams
The TomTom Traffic Index compares travel time during non-congested hours with travel times in peak hours experienced by passenger vehicles.

September 08, 2014
Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG: Beauty with a beast's heart
The Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG's biggest strength is that despite its uber luxe branding, it can be a car for your daily drive

After Plan Panel revamp, evaluation office to go as well?
Officials said as part of the reorganisation in the Commission, a move is afoot to strengthen the PEO with new roles, powers and jurisdiction.

India's most astute deal maker is now a bankrupt entrepreneur
A look at the life and times of maverick businessman Chinnakannan Sivasankaran

How India can achieve economic redemption
The optimism in global markets could help India as the rebound in GDP is expected to continue and get more broad-based.

September 05, 2014
'New breed' Indian Diaspora has its heart in the right place
Indians all over the US are going beyond being human and are learning to be humanitarian and expand their philanthropy activities finds .

September 04, 2014
Amul: Amazing story of India's most successful brand
The creation of the Amul brand and its famous mascot gave a rural revolution a durable competitive edge.

September 03, 2014
Bright GDP just a small step in long road to sustained revival
Based on the evidence at hand, Modi's goal of scripting a broader, lasting upturn appears some way off, says Rajesh Kumar Singh.

What makes Mallya a 'wilful defaulter'?
Such classfication brings with a high cost, including closing of formal credit channels, and likely criminal proceedings.

September 02, 2014
The best airline staff in the world
Here are the world's most courteous, friendly, helpful and efficient airline crews from each continent.

Two bogus traders and an innocent exchange
If at all it was some great strategy, the delay has only helped the person they eventually arrested.

August 30, 2014
The story of Marans: Sun King and his brother
The man who led this journey is 50-year-old Kalanithi Maran, chairman and managing director of the Sun Group.

August 29, 2014
Build toilets in the mind first
According to the 2011 census, 67 per cent of rural households and 13 per cent of urban households defecate in the open.

August 28, 2014
How small entrepreneurs are making it big on Flipkart, Amazon
The e-commerce story in India has begun to look up.

A daily wage labourer who turned multimillionaire
The 39-year-old, the fifth child of an illiterate labourer couple and only the second of their eight to be educated, now helms various ventures that bring in a turnover of between Rs 75 crore and Rs 90 crore.

August 27, 2014
100 days of Modi Govt: No major decisions yet, but on right path
Most top industrialists rate PM's first 100 days in office as 'good', primarily due to his intentions, not concrete policy measures.

August 26, 2014
India's e-vehicle dream crashes
If the drop in sales over the past two years is anything to go by, India's dream of putting seven million electric vehicles on road by the end of this decade has come a cropper.

It's the population, stupid!
India is poorer than the world average and so naturally has a greater percentage of poor people and a lower percentage of rich people. Yet using absolute numbers, India has more of almost everything, which is misleading, says .

August 25, 2014
Godrej MD reveals how the company beats the blues
Vivek Gambhir revels in his two-city life between the Godrej-owned flagship in Mumbai and his own family in New Delhi.

August 20, 2014
Can public sectors banks clean up the rot within?
The finance ministry is not only keen to split the roles of CMD, but also wants to appoint them for a fixed tenure of five years.

August 18, 2014
The sad business of smuggling red sanders wood
The illegal trade in red sanders wood, which sells for up to Rs 80 lakh a tonne in some Asian countries, involves a complex nexus of smugglers and impoverished woodcutters.

August 15, 2014
Bribery, bad loans and India's nationalised banks
The incidence of corruption cases can be checked to a large extent if the suggestions already available with RBI and the government are taken seriously, says .

July 09, 2014
What legacy does Raghav Bahl leave behind?
For some, he is a visionary who grew his one-channel firm into a media giant by the sheer dint of his courage; for others, he is a compulsive risk-taker.

July 02, 2014
An open letter to the finance minister
The sector faces many challenges and calls for prompt corrective action.

June 25, 2014
MNC funds a good option
Going by 5-year returns, one can allocate 10-15% to pure schemes or go for a large-cap fund with exposure to these stocks.

April 15, 2014
Infosys shares closed 1% up on subdued FY'15 revenue guidance
Infosys management has guided for a seven per cent growth in FY15.

April 14, 2014
Election adds bounce to sugar demand in India
India is the world's second-biggest sugar producer after Brazil and has been looking to offload a surplus in an already well-supplied world market.

February 24, 2014
Find out how rural craftsmen can reach out to wider market.
Cooperatives which earlier found it difficult to sell their wares have now found an online market via several e-commerce websites.

January 14, 2014
Why romance turned sour for Apollo and Cooper
Apollo and Cooper are yet to make the customary rounds of courts to settle termination charges and break-up fees, but the mood already is buoyant among institutional investors who had red-flagged the highly leveraged transaction agreed upon by the Indian company.

January 11, 2014
Murthy allays fears of leadership crisis
At a time when speculation was rife about its course after the organisational rejig last week, Infosys on Friday validated the changes, exuding strong faith in its leadership pipeline and gave a clear signal that the company was unperturbed by the slew of senior exits in the recent past.

December 26, 2013
Companies hoping for the tide to turn
Year 2013 saw business leaders facing the ire of hostile investigative agencies.

December 16, 2013
Recession? Shareholders hardly felt the pain
Dividend payouts seem recession-proof.

November 18, 2013
Financial numbers: How correct are they?
Financial numbers can sometimes paint a rosy picture because of changes in the accounting policy or a one-time income.

November 12, 2013
A few facts about the potato crisis in Bengal
Lessons of Bengal's ill-advised restriction on potato trade.

November 07, 2013
Is private banks' golden era over?
These have always been pro-cyclical bets but new banks could erode RoEs.

October 28, 2013
Superman or not, Raghuram Rajan has indeed made a difference
He endorsed transparency and financial stability in addition to issues related to inclusive growth and development, write .

October 14, 2013
The man who lost 90 per cent of his fortune twice
The 91.9 per cent slide in the stock price of Gitanjali Gems since April has depleted the value of promoter Mehul Choksi's holding in the company by at least Rs 17 crore (Rs 170 million) a day on an average.

October 08, 2013
Why women are dropping out of work in India
This could be a major drag, not just on the empowerment of women but on the India growth story as well.

September 25, 2013
Is Aadhaar necessary or not?
This is likely to put a brake on the fast pace at which Aadhaar cards have been issued so far to more than 400 million people.

September 23, 2013
Why India Inc is not happy with the new land bill
The Land Acquisition Bill, passed by Parliament last month, will either make projects unviable or expensive for large infrastructure or real estate projects.

September 13, 2013
Are IIP figures better this time? Well, not really!
After a string of extremely low and even negative monthly numbers, the industrial sector grew by 2.6 per cent year on year, far exceeding expectations.

September 11, 2013
The man behind Akula's plan to make a comeback at SKS
Biksham Gujja contributed to major global initiatives such as the World Commission on Dams, World Water Commission and World Water Forum.

Big data analytics changes the rules of road travel
Meru Cabs and OlaCabs among radio cabs and bus ticket booking provider Redbus have been using big data analytics.

September 09, 2013
Things you must know about the Land Acquisition Bill
The definition of affected family includes farm labourers, tenants, sharecroppers and workers in the area for three years prior to acquisition.

September 06, 2013
How young policymakers could change climate of gloom
The stock market responded to his speech by going up by over two per cent; the rupee also gained in strength, by about 1.45 per cent, against the dollar.

Raghuram Rajan has begun well
Raghuram Rajan takes the long view.

September 05, 2013
Understanding India's economic mess
The central bank measures though are also taking a toll on the banking sector, which is heavily reliant on short-term money markets for capital.

September 04, 2013
Is RBI's forex swapping window actually useful?
RBI's forex swap window for oil marketing companies addresses an urgent issue but what happens when the dollars have to be returned?

Indo-US economic ties: Time for a rethink?
India Inc enables the US' frostiness to India.

August 31, 2013
Decoding the food security legislation
The government had pegged food subsidy at Rs 90,000 crore (Rs 900 billion) in the 2013-14 Union Budget.

August 30, 2013
Why are FIIs selling?
The catalyst is the run on emerging market equities, but many investors are just tired of waiting for India to get its act together.

August 09, 2013
The Bhagwati-Sen Debate: An Epitaph
Only reforms that accelerate economic growth can generate the revenues to finance expenditure on social infrastructure for the poor, not the other way round, insists .

August 05, 2013
How to make 1,245 tonnes of wool disappear without trace
National Spot Exchange data shows huge amount of wool going out of its warehouse, but a visit to the storage reveals a different picture.

How drug firms dodge government rules
A probe finds several pharma majors in breach of the law; and in turn they blame the government.

Govt's dash for cash triggers meltdown in PSU stocks
In the last two months, these stocks have lost nearly a quarter of their market cap.

July 29, 2013
It's time for India Inc to go on a diet
Slowdown and liquidity squeeze by RBI have put India's top 10 indebted firms in a tight spot. But they have a few options.

July 22, 2013
Why govt should scrap Adani's Mundra plan
By refusing permission for the proposed ship-breaking facility, India can send a categorical message to the foreign ship owning countries that they should keep their own waste and recycle

July 19, 2013
'We have had one bad year, we will get out of it': Dr Singh
The most immediate cause of worry is the recent volatility in foreign exchange markets, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh tells the Assocham annual general meeting.

July 15, 2013
Remembering Amar Bose: The label 'Great Man' fits him to a T
recalls his encounters with the pioneer of sound who passed away on Friday and gives a sense of how many lives he touched -- in big and small ways.

July 12, 2013
When the parent comes out of sub-brands' shadows
UTC India is playing up the umbrella brand of Carrier and OTIS to push integrated services.

July 10, 2013
Is luxury housing slowdown-proof?
The year so far has witnessed several luxury project launches by major real estate companies such as DLF, Unitech, Supertech, Tata Housing and Godrej Properties.

July 06, 2013
Premature crowing over Dhaka's textile sector problems
Despite the recent Western criticism on Bangladesh's labour standards, India has a long way to go before it overtakes the neighbour in global exports.

June 25, 2013
Growing corporate frauds should worry regulators
The size of corporate fraud in India almost doubled after 2009, and such cases also increased in number, said a report from Thought Arbitrage, a think tank in Delhi.

June 22, 2013
The issue of gender diversity in the workplace
Globally, white-collar gender diversity in the workplace has become as politically correct a cause to espouse as, say, corporate social responsibility.

June 21, 2013
Why Trai's cutting roaming charges is wrong
Instead of tinkering with roaming, the circle system should be ended.

June 19, 2013
Why price control for drugs is wrong
For the poorest 20 per cent of Indians, the expenditure on medicines alone is 85 per cent of what they spend on their health, according to the National Sample Survey.

June 18, 2013
RBI opts for a strategic timeout on rate cuts
From inflation, central bank shifts focus to rupee stability and capital flows.

June 17, 2013
COLUMN: Mis-selling or fraud?
The onus is on you to reject financial products that don't suit your needs.

June 14, 2013
HUL's legacy brands foster more trust
Relatively new brands of HUL, such as Closeup, play second fiddle to other legacy brands such as Colgate from Colgate-Palmolive and Vicco.

Why Forbes' editors in India were sacked
Indrajit Gupta believes the edit team was forced out because it had become more vocal in demanding ESOPs that were expressly promised in their appointment letters in 2008.

June 13, 2013
Why there is nothing surprising about the rupee slide
The rupee is being driven into a vicious circle.

June 12, 2013
Short selling can be profitable, but it is dangerous, too
Timing is crucial for a short-sell, so is an understanding of likely float.

June 10, 2013
From ICICI to YES Bank: Meet Shagun Kapur Gogia
Shagun Kapur Gogia might not have convinced her uncle Rana Kapoor, managing director and chief executive of YES Bank, to appoint her as a board member of the bank, but it appears she has successfully carved out her own space in the financial world.

June 09, 2013
Lifestyle expenses can wreck important goals
While an occasional big expense is fine, it is important to maintain a lifestyle that leaves enough surplus to invest and save.

MARKET INSIGHT: Don't blindly believe preliminary data
If government statistics are at variance with private data flow, chances are high that the latter presents a picture closer to reality.

Falling rupee a dampener for several firms
While information technology companies will benefit, firms with high foreign borrowings or heavy dependence on imports will be hurt.

May 30, 2013
Why the govt should streamline its free medicines plan
A few states are already running their own schemes for providing free drugs from the government health centres.

May 17, 2013
Should India's telecom backbone be made in China?
In 2011-12, India imported Rs 52,400-crore (Rs 524 billion) worth of telecom equipment; most estimates are that the figure in 2012-13 will match or even cross that number.

May 14, 2013
Carbon threshold crossed
While long term solution depends on each one of us altering our consumption patterns, the future depends on next generation technologists and entrepreneurs creating business models that naturally reduce the green house gas emissions.

May 13, 2013
Will the real inflation rate stand up please?
The RBI's idiosyncratic focus on wholesale price inflation at the expense of retail inflation is a serious policy error.

April 27, 2013
Help yourself to get filthy rich
With the cunning of a master thief, author Mohsin Hamid has stolen the form of a self-improvement guide with chapter heads that alternate between the mundane and the cynical

Sole searching ends right here
This 75-year-old hallowed store in Mumbai supplies shoes to Amitabh Bachchan, Tatas, Birlas among others.

April 15, 2013
RPG: A visionary tycoon who believed in his gut feeling
RP would agree that his four years in Presidency College, the influence of great teachers such as historian Sushobhan Sarkar ("I would go into a trance, listening to his lectures"), and regular visits to bookshops like Dasgupta and Dhar & Sons in College Street, made a bibliophile of him.

April 07, 2013
Why the Supreme Court got it right on Novartis
The judgment will save taxpayers' money without hurting the pharma industry or R&D.

April 01, 2013
Debt funds score over fixed deposits
Medium- and long-term debt funds are likely to perform better with each rate cut; returns from FDs will improve but may remain negative

March 29, 2013
Are US equities cheap?
If investors decide that US equities are good value, the consequences for the Indian market will be dire.

March 20, 2013
In India, it's a rural wageless job scheme
State governments yet to act on sorting MGNREGA wage delays

March 09, 2013
India needs a better deal from trade pacts
Political rather than purely economic concerns govern negotiations with other countries and regions, write .

March 04, 2013
The problem with gas pricing
As domestic demand for gas will rapidly increase, new gas sources need to be explored.

February 25, 2013
Multi-cap funds work for small portfolios
Though more diverse than other funds, one has to rely on the fund manager's capabilities

Market insight: How to play the Budget 2013
Going long on Budget day announcement can go horribly wrong.

February 19, 2013
A Budget for the banks
Companies that loaded up on debt when India was being hailed as the world's second-fastest-growing economy are now deleveraging to clean up their balance sheets.

February 11, 2013
Rate cut will lead to jump in growth
The economy could rebound if the right policy decisions are taken and implemented quickly

Are consumer courts friendly enough?
Inordinate delays, difficulty in getting orders implemented put off litigants.

February 07, 2013
Spectrum sharing should be the next step
By sharing the infrastructure with others, telecom companies can drive down their costs, reduce investments and, in the process, improve their bottom line.

February 06, 2013
The Supreme Court and spectrum
Only the Supreme Court can rectify spectrum management in line with other resources, but all stakeholders can contribute, writes .

January 16, 2013
Why IT companies' prospects remain subdued
Infosys has done better than otherwise would have been the case.

January 14, 2013
Bengal: The Tea Party state
Very high tax rates can make states turn from extractive to rapacious, and in the process killing the goose that lays the golden egg.

January 11, 2013
Dropping the telecom price, again
The government takes pragmatic steps on telecom.

December 17, 2012
Why land Bill cannot be delayed
In what Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh has called the UPA's 'slog overs', several policy changes were announced, and proposed laws cleared.

December 12, 2012
Lunch and more with IT's marathon man
"I tell all my guys in the office to see this as running a marathon. The front runners are a million times our size. In a marathon, you don't run in front of the pack; you stay in the back and wait for your turn, otherwise you'll run out of steam."

November 20, 2012
All about greenhouse miracles
India's first exposure to truly hi-tech protected farming of vegetables and other high-value horticultural produce came through the Indo-Israel project on greenhouse cultivation, initiated at the New Delhi-based Indian Agricultural Research Institute in 1998, shortly after the establishment of diplomatic ties with that country.

November 19, 2012
Are public-sector 'wives' better placed?
There is a general perception that public sector banks treat their wives better as compared to their private sector counterparts.

November 06, 2012
Battles over food future
A wide range of activist organisations representing holistic and organic farming are at logger-heads with bodies which favour industrial agriculture.

September 29, 2012
Don't make up answers, listen to others: Tips from top CEOs
Customers are conscious about prices but they don't want to compromise on quality, according to GE's main man John Flannery. reports

August 08, 2012
The UPA gravy train wreck
Lo and behold the UPA magic. The share of the poor, in whose name all subsidy is created by liberal bleeding hearts, has shrunk from a little under half to just about one-third, write

July 11, 2012
All about the patent wars
Apple and Google got a judicial rap on the knuckles recently for indulging in 'silly' patent battles.

June 20, 2012
A CEO who uses free time to teach IIT students
The 'outsider' CEO of India's fifth largest pharma company says working in a family-owned outfit has been an unexpectedly easy ride.

March 20, 2012
Understanding climate change and India
Much has been said and written on climate change in the Indian media, especially in the run-up to Copenhagen in 2010 and since.

March 12, 2012
Why the SME exchange needs a big hand
Much is riding on the role of market intermediaries to get this platform going

November 25, 2011
Antony opposes FDI in Retail
Defence Minister A K Antony expressed his displeasure to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in presence of their Cabinet colleagues on Thursday, for permitting 51% Foreign Direct Investment in multi-brand retail.

June 07, 2011
Adani becomes largest pvt thermal power producer
Adani says the company would have a generation capacity of 6,000 Mw by 2011-12.

June 03, 2011
Did India derail WTO talks or US?
No one expects the US to sign up on any real deal till the next presidential elections are over.

June 01, 2011
Rao ready to make Lenovo big player in SMB segment
Lenovo had just 3.8 per cent share in the SMB segment.

May 11, 2011
Should the savings bank rate be deregulated?
The initiative will neither help banks nor borrowers since the cost of funds will rise, but it will provide greater scope for product innovation and service excellence.

March 31, 2011
Is it time to close down Competition Commission?
The cost of continuing with an ineffective the CCI is much more than giving it a decent burial.

March 25, 2011
No need to subsidise urban healthcare
But every sector has its own complexity and the nuancing that the health ministry has sought for such subsidy to healthcare infrastructure needs serious attention.

March 17, 2011
Govt should not let private sector hijack healthcare
The key idea seems to be to move away from the discredited US model of private insurance based healthcare, and focus more on publicly-funded preventive, primary and secondary healthcare.

February 18, 2011
'Anil Ambani left CBI headquarters in a huff'
The entire CBI investigation is veering around how, when, why and under which terms and conditions Shahid Balwa became a frontman for A Raja!

January 14, 2011
Can Phaneesh Murthy break into the big league?
For iGate CEO Phaneesh Murthy, slipping into Patni's shoes as promoter of the company that bears the latter's name could prove one of the biggest challenges of his career.

January 06, 2011
Bypassing you, products to reach your brain
Market research based on interviews or questionnaires to understand the consumer mind will soon become passť.

December 01, 2010
Climate summit: Developed world's sleight of hand
What is sometimes unofficially referred to as a new Green Fund will be an outcome of the Copenhagen accord.

November 30, 2010
Two tracks ahead for Cancun climate talks. Which way will the world go?
'Neither India nor China are ready to convert national actions into international commitments.' Senior environmental journalist Darryl D'Monte will cover the annual climate change conference in Cancun for

November 25, 2010
CBI quizzes top real estate tycoon
Shahid U Balwa, one of the promoters of the leading real estate company, DB Realty, as well as the controversial Swan Telecom (now Etilisat DB Telecom), has been questioned by the Central Bureau of Investigation.

October 18, 2010
Woodland's strategy for success
The outdoor shoe and apparel maker wants eco-friendliness to become its brand recall.

October 11, 2010
Indian Hotels' four-brand strategy for success
The Indian Hotels Company has got four brands to cater to different markets.

Sabeer Bhatia's next mega project
The Live Documents service offered by the Bhatia-promoted InstaColl is already a big success in India, especially among the education fraternity.

October 08, 2010
Why it's curtains at SKS for Suresh Gurumani
Gurumani have been roundly criticised for booking eye-popping profits on share sales of exercised options.

October 05, 2010
Sanjiv Bajaj on life after Bajaj Auto demerger
For the younger Bajaj sibling, life after Bajaj Auto is all about revving up the financial services business.

September 23, 2010
Meet India's biggest collector of banknotes
Rezwan Razack, a real estate developer, is opening the country's first museum of banknotes printed in India since 1770s

September 22, 2010
Should new 2G licensees be bailed out?
Doing so would reverse a dubious set of licensing decisions but the government must also consider the question of 'moral hazard' with the government as the last guarantor of industry risk.

Sensex rise: Why you need to be cautious
While experts suggest that the outlook remains positive, there is also a need to be cautious due to the sharp rise in prices and the fact that markets have already started to factor in 2011-12 earnings.

September 21, 2010
Indira Sagar canal project: A sea of tribal tears
For 2,705 Koyas, compensation doesn't mean just money.

September 20, 2010
Why Vodafone grabs global headlines!
The landmark Vodafone ruling was delivered last fortnight amid fiercely debated proceedings lasting nine days and putting to test skills of a battery of lawyers assisting Vodafone and the Indian government.

September 15, 2010
How India Inc can transform the society
There is a case for more stringent evaluation of CSR plans based on voluntary allocations, but a rule-based approach might be more effective.

September 06, 2010
How he made a profitable biz from online ticketing
Today, bookMyShow is India's premiere online ticketing site, having sold movie tickets worth Rs 6.21 crore (Rs 62.1 million) for Avatar and Rs 9 crore (Rs 90 million) for 3 idiots early this year.

August 30, 2010
Is China's economy waiting to collapse?
China's journey up the growth curve has been so fast that the ride down could be equally nerve-racking.

Crony capitalism is riding high in India
As a jurisdiction for investment, India seems to be cutting quite a sorry figure of late.

July 28, 2010
Why is inflation in India so stubbornly high
Land market distortions, capital inflows, and services may help explain India's inflation.

July 26, 2010
Credit policy: Will your loans become costlier?
Any change in the credit policy could affect more than just your loans

July 23, 2010
The man behind the takeover code
Sebi's go-to consultant for legal issues works a 16-hour day but yearns to play with his two-year-old grandson.

July 21, 2010
Are private hospitals ripping off customers?
insurance firms need to look at solutions like co-payment to help reduce their rising losses.

Sona chief steers a new course
Turning around a leading German precision forging firm has Sona's chief living in Munich like a 'university student'.

July 09, 2010
How to invest profitably in volatile markets
Making money in such times demands both a cool head and some appropriate tweaking of your normal investing tools and skills.

July 02, 2010
Indian mobile brands ring loud and clear
Young people have come to believe in these start-ups and their dream to change the world.

July 01, 2010
Planning to buy a house? A MUST read
There is a complete income tax exemption in respect of capital gains in Section 54.

June 30, 2010
Consumer favourites: Small packs, discounts
Consumers have reduced their purchase basket and are clamouring for discounts. It's not a seller's market, finds out an IMRB retail trade confidence survey.

Sanjeev Aga: The middle class CEO
Revenue and profitability are more important to the Idea Cellular boss than the ranking of the company.

June 22, 2010
Warren Buffett's 2 most favourite investing principles
Good investment is quantified fussiness: when you buy, you want to hold out for the lowest price you really can buy for, and when you sell, you want to hold out for the highest price you really can receive.

June 17, 2010
Mamata's dream: Turning Kolkata into London
It will take a lot more than just tinkering with the city - it's a whole new urban challenge.

June 15, 2010
7 successful trading rules from a master
Even if you have money management under control, have a valid system, approach or premise to act upon - you still need control of yourself.

June 14, 2010
'Developing world will be the biggest story of our era'
says the biggest story from our era will be what has happened in the developing world and in the world's emerging markets.

The real state of Kerala
Today the investments in Kerala are limited to flats.

Architects of G20: Sarkozy and Singh
France and India have become partners in building a multipolar world.

June 11, 2010
Are you a multi-tasking, fast-forwarding zombie?
Check out your score fast, as working smart and hard does not mean you have to keep a 60 miles per hour life.

June 08, 2010
Now, India gives lessons in management, strategy
Some of these learnings may appear basic or low-tech, but Indian firms are finding that their unique approach to lean manufacturing may well have global applicability in higher technology as well.

What can Tata Nano do for India?
The Nano has taken the world by storm with its simplicity, tactful engineering and the mere fact that such an audacious project could be done in a developing economy.

June 04, 2010
How the madness of crowds creates asset bubbles
Ever since the global financial meltdown of 2008, and the earlier dot-com collapse, contemporary investors have grown familiar with the phenomenon of asset bubbles

June 02, 2010
When stability becomes a liability
Dr Singh has shown little initiative in either disciplining or getting meaningful work out of his errant ministers belonging to coalition partners.

Rising gold prices? Blame it on the Greek debacle
Already dearer, gold is set to appreciate in the aftermath of the Greek debacle, says .

June 01, 2010
How credit cards can make money for you
Credit cards if used prudently will help you in managing your cash flow better, and at the same time, will provide you monetary benefits.

May 25, 2010
New CEOs, old problems
Can the television industry's new generation work at solving its old problems?

May 21, 2010
How '3 Idiots' became a top brand
The 2009 Brand Derby, threw up some interesting issues. A film, 3 Idiots, topped the chart.

May 17, 2010
'Business has lost society's trust, so has business education'
People are no longer sure we are educating leaders who have the requisite competence and character to fulfill the responsibilities that come with their positions of power and privilege, says Harvard Business School dean .

May 13, 2010
Will the crisis in Europe spread?
The euro 750-bn package shows the will to protect the EU, but yoking structurally surplus nations to deficit ones makes the euro's survival risky - more capital flows to the US and emerging markets will hurt them.

May 12, 2010
Get ready to pay Rs 100 cr for an Indian painting
As confidence for Indian modern art returns, prices will rise in the same proportion as they did in the last decade.

May 10, 2010
Gas dispute: Precious little left for Anil Ambani's RNRL
RNRL had sought 28 mscmd of gas for 17 years at $2.34 per million British thermal units (mBtu) from Mukesh Ambani's RIL.

May 07, 2010
Capitalism: A zero-sum game
Stock markets and entrepreneurism are linked and private equity is about taking the start-up to the IPO stage.

May 05, 2010
Why lobbyists are back in corridors of power
Successful economic reforms should ideally result in liaison officers losing both their relevance and jobs

The gripping story of Wall Street's collapse
Halfway through the book, Lewis describes this scene in Las Vegas where, shortly before Wall Street's meltdown, investment bankers are gambling furiously.

Are telcos paying too much for 3G spectrum?
Since telcos have bid way above their comfort band, they need to get a much higher share of subscribers to use 3G services, and with significantly higher monthly billings.

May 04, 2010
Meet Coke's captain in India
Coca-Cola's sports-loving CEO on the strategy that has helped him steer the soft drinks giant out of various crises.

April 30, 2010
From miners to investors
Coal India wants to organise PAN cards and demat accounts for each of its 400,000 staff ahead of its IPO.

April 26, 2010
Prahalad taught them to think outside the box
The India-born global management guru not only helped companies but also MBA students and faculty to think laterally.

April 20, 2010
Great jobs on offer as firms cut costs!
Job opportunities arise as companies try to cut costs and conform to laws, says .

April 19, 2010
Why marketing is like cricket!
The consumer is spending increased time on-ground and online, he is ready to consume messaging in the last mile -- the smart marketer has to evolve to stay relevant to the changed consumer, says .

How to discover shares that will make you rich
Here are the key earnings ratios to look for discovering which shares will make you money.

April 05, 2010
From B-school to dusty rural roads
Starting with villages in Sangli district of Maharashtra, Dharma today sells products and services.

March 31, 2010
All about Indian Depository Receipts
IDRs are rupee-denominated and created by a domestic depository against the underlying equity shares of a foreign company.

March 24, 2010
Will the foreign education bill help?
Apart from the possibility that top-class foreign universities will not want to set up campuses if they're going to come in as 'deemed universities', there is the issue of a level playing field for Indian institutions. Here are two voices, one for and the other against the Bill. Read on. . .

March 22, 2010
Inflation: Common man's uncommon reaction
Indian households database Consumer Pyramids answers why two years of high inflation did not matter to the consumers of the country.

March 19, 2010
PSUs or Positively Shattered Units?
While the government stifled PSUs' operational autonomy, competition from the private sector hit their market share.

Time to press the policy rate button
The emerging growth-inflation trade-off warrants a shift to policy rates for monetary management.

March 18, 2010
An eye opener on monthly investment plans
MIPs may not always provide monthly returns. But you can surely rely on them to deliver steady income

March 12, 2010
'Govt employees enjoy more freedom'
Rana Som, chairman and managing director of state-owned miner NMDC that is currently raising money through a follow-on public offer, is something of a contrarian. He believes the government gives employees more decision-making freedom than private sector promoters.

March 08, 2010
Primary market and PSU divestment
The recent failure of PSU public issues lies in the present character and structure of the primary market

March 03, 2010
Think of this as Husain's IPO
Emotional chicanery or fiscal prudence? Whatever it turns out to be - artist M F Husain's decision to accept Qatari citizenship will result in the hardening of his prices

March 02, 2010
How to be a successful CFO
The chief financial officer's responsibility has become more complex. He no longer just crunches number but also leads the company on various fronts.

Looking East via the North-East
Opening up borders between India and countries like Bangladesh can make the North-East region the fulcrum of India's 'Look East' policy.

Budgeting for the future
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee's decision to co-contribute, for 3 years, Rs 1,000 per annum to each individual who opens an account under the New Pension Scheme is more than welcome.

February 25, 2010
Create jobs in US, get a green card!
Egged on by more than 160 venture capitalists, including several Indian Americans, US Senators John F Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat and Richard Lugar, Indiana Republican, have introduced a legislation to create jobs in America and increasing America's global competitiveness by helping immigrant entrepreneurs obtain visas to the United States.

February 24, 2010
Expect a market-friendly Budget
Without a market that is positively impressed with the finance minister's Budget, the government will face major problems in offloading its shares in PSUs and bring down its deficit.

February 23, 2010
'Twenteens' and new age marketing
Marketers across sectors like two-wheelers, telecom, lifestyle and fast-moving consumer goods now have on their crosshairs young men and women between 20 and 30 years of age.

February 22, 2010
Is Zain a gain or a pain for Bharti?
Bharti will have to deal with 15 different regulatory regimes in Africa as opposed to just one in India.

February 19, 2010
Carl-Peter Forster: Tata Motors's new driving force
Restructuring Jaguar Land Rover will be only one of the new CEO's many formidable challenges.

February 16, 2010
Bharti Airtel: Third time lucky in Africa?
With competitive pressures increasing at home, Bharti is making a third attempt to gain a foothold in the African market.

Shikha Sharma on banking, rivalry and stress-busters
Axis Bank's chief talks of her stress-busters and brushes over the 'Chanda-Shikha' stories.

Now, McDonald's burger is just a click away!
Burger giant McDonald's is all set to roll out its latest web delivery initiative.

February 12, 2010
The stunning success of SEZs
In 2008-09, SEZ exports grew 10 times as fast as overall exports - this year, they've risen while overall exports fell, says .

February 11, 2010
Stock prices: Reality or fiction?
Stock prices are by far the most sensitive element of a company.

February 10, 2010
Congress accuses Modi govt of Rs 14,296-crore scam
Hitting out at the Narendra Modi government on Wednesday, the Gujarat Congress demanded that the controversial deal between Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation's Pipavav Power Company and Swan Energy Ltd be scrapped since it 'smacked of unprecedented corruption and nepotism'.

February 04, 2010
Bankers see huge challenges in next financial year
The biggest challenge was the large government borrowings that are likely next year to finance the government's fiscal deficit, bankers said at the Business Standard Banking Round Table in Mumbai on Tuesday. According to initial estimates put out by the government, the fiscal deficit will be 5.5 per cent of gross domestic product.

January 29, 2010
How he steered JLR out of crisis
Smith's financial acumen steered the troubled car maker through its toughest times in the recent past.

You can't read us this way, Indian authors tell Google
Having their works made freely available through the planet is a prospect that has infuriated Indian writers and their publishers. And, they want the upstart which has offered to do the job for free stopped before the thoughtcrime proceeds.

January 28, 2010
Are there more IPCC goof-ups on climate change?
Whether it is the blunder over the glaciers or the linking of natural disasters to global warming, the IPCC's credibility has been badly hit. If this encourages laxity over global warming, that will be tragic.

Doctors warm up to co-ownership of health care facilities
In this emerging trend, doctors are joining hands with venture capitalists, drug firms and medical equipment vendors to set up advanced medical care facilities at low costs.

January 27, 2010
How HUL won in rural markets
More than a hundred years ago, Hindustan Unilever launched a soap called Lifebuoy in India.

January 22, 2010
India and the rise of ETFs
A total of over $6 bn has flown into India through ETFs, making this equivalent to the largest country funds

January 18, 2010
A smart card-based solution to hunger and poverty
A physics professor has applied science to suggest ways to help the country get rid of its ills and the result is a comprehensive and smart formula for social change.

January 14, 2010
The fastest growing jobs
Not every sector is going to grow equally this year. Here's a forecast of the jobs scene.

January 12, 2010
A tough fight in the packaged water market
Ramesh Chauhan's Bisleri comes out with a new brand of natural mineral water sourced from a spring in Uttarakhand to take on Tata Tea's Himalayan.

Kurkure adopts an innovative marketing strategy
Kurkure now on will be less about flavours and more about ingredients.

January 08, 2010
Bringing hedgers to the futures market
The continuing efforts of Indian exchanges at user education need to be given a different focus.

January 04, 2010
Private firms to arm police with modern weapons
On December 21, MHA promulgated a draft Arms and Ammunition Manufacturing Policy, which allows the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (Dipp) to issue licence to large private companies that are capable of producing advanced weapons, and invest over Rs 50 crore (Rs 500 million), to manufacture arms and ammunition to be "primarily supplied to the Central Paramilitary Forces, Defence and state governments on tendering basis".

The Leela reflects Gurgaon's rise
The interiors of The Leela Kempinski, Gurgaon have been carefully designed to reflect the city's evolution.

December 31, 2009
India wins slowdown battle; loses rising prices war
India achieved the distinction of being the second fastest growing economy amid the global recession in 2009, but the joy was marred by the decade's sharpest rise in food prices to the chagrin of common man.

December 24, 2009
How Microsoft is 'using' India's skewed patent laws
Microsoft's methods of protecting copyright have been slammed by the court as abuse of its 'money power'.

Why auto parts firms are drooling over aviation, defence space
The opportunity is huge. With Rs 8,000 crore worth of defence contracts signed in the last two years under the offset policy mandated by the government, Indian component suppliers are gearing up to cash in on balance contracts worth Rs 1,30,000 crore, which would be up for grabs in the next few years.

December 22, 2009
Rs 749 water filters: What Tata plans to do
Tata aims to create disruption in the water purifier market with the low-priced Swach.

December 21, 2009
Of financial bubbles and risk management
The quality in the portfolio must be kept in mind even though it means the returns are going to be more modest in the short term.

December 16, 2009
Power is the new dot-com!
Power seems to have become the new dotcom," a market observer said, referring to the surge in the number of companies of all shapes and sizes wanting to get into the power business.

China, India in a huddle over Danish draft
India and China have gone into a huddle over the possible existence of a Danish text, which the rich nations may wield at the climate change talks.

December 14, 2009
How these apps can make your phone a genius!
Mobile application stores, or app stores as they are known, have become the biggest news for cellphone users this year.

December 09, 2009
India's first entrepreneur to sell solar power, commercially
Inderpreet S Wadhwa, a former Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur, sets up India's first commercial solar power plant Awan, Amritsar.

December 03, 2009
Facebook to get rid of India network
Almost 50 per cent of all the 350 million-odd active users on the social networking site are members of regional networks.

December 02, 2009
'Can telcos transfer money?'
With even kiranas now entitled to perform a few banking functions, telcos can be allowed to transfer funds - customers trust them enough to pay crores of rupees in pre-paid revenues.

Loss Rs 7,200 crore, but Air India brass to fly in style
Air India's top brass will now travel like kings with the austerity drive having been given a quiet burial. The airline issued an order on November 27 saying that the airline's chairman and managing director Arvind Jadhav and his spouse can travel first class on its flights, whether on work or on vacation.

December 01, 2009
Karl Slym: GM India's goalkeeper
GM stands fifth in terms of sales in India but its football-loving chief is convinced Chevrolet is now at a tipping point.

November 30, 2009
Dubai property recovery under threat
The fear of government-owned Dubai World reneging on its commitments to global lenders is expected to find an echo in a reversal of a recent tentative recovery in Dubai's real estate values unless the emirate manages to strike some sort of deal with creditors and / or somehow raises the cash to meet its obligations, analysts and industry professionals said on Sunday.

Check out these navigation devices!
With mobile phones and laptops boasting of embedded maps and GPS features, one would think that personal navigation devices (PND) would make a graceful exit from the market.

Check out these smart touchscreen phones
What you need to flaunt this season are touchscreen phones that are smart and sassy.

November 27, 2009
Are hotel key cards safe? Well. . .
Experts are divided over how safe the hotel electronic key cards are. Some say these cards store the guests' credit card numbers, while others deny this and call it a hoax. However, for the individual it is now all the more important to be vigilant.

November 25, 2009
Will number portability hit old telcos?
High-value post-paid subscribers are more likely to use number portability in India where the market is dominated by pre-paid subscribers who look for the cheapest service.

November 20, 2009
Reading Raju's mind
Not to be missed in the book are the personal details of the Rajus.

November 18, 2009
Simplifying a complex financial saga
Inside story of how Wall Street and Washington fought to save the financial system and themselves.

November 17, 2009
Reasons for Vishal Retail's big fall
Today, the chairman of Vishal Retail is eagerly waiting his date with the Corporate Debt Restructuring cell of lenders in the third week of November.

November 16, 2009
Solving the spectrum scarcity
A common carrier policy, as in the petroleum sector, is worth looking at.

Merc takes on the Audi. Who wins?
When you are in the market for a car costing around half a crore of rupees, you want to feel pampered and appreciated, and the Audi just can't muster that.

November 13, 2009
Columbia University gets $3.5 mn to study India's economy
'The Indian economy is at a crossroads,' says Professor Jagdish Bhagwati, a University Professor at Columbia University and senior adviser to the Institute.

Asim Dasgupta: A contrarian communist?
He's the hero for forging consensus on GST, popular in the Left Front and among his students, but industrialists are less than enamoured.

November 10, 2009
How customers are exploited; what's the remedy?
Any deficiency in product or service has recourse under the CP Act.

The soothsayer of Mint Street
Reddy's performance as RBI governor has won him admiration the world over. A year after leaving the RBI, he is a much sought after speaker on matters economic.

The re-invention of the PSU bank
The re-invention that PSU banks have undergone recently is a great story.

Twist in tax regime
The new EET method of taxation needs to be debated extensively.

November 09, 2009
Global recovery: Destination India?
This year, the India Economic Summit has more foreign companies attending than Indian ones.

November 06, 2009
A bleak future awaits India's retail chains
With govt still not keen on FDI, several organised retail chains will find it difficult to fund expansion.

November 04, 2009
Pranab's trump card
Going by available indications from North Block, Mr Mukherjee may like to do a Chidambaram when he presents the Revised Estimates on February 27, 2010

November 03, 2009
Public spending on healthcare should be raised
Big global pharmaceutical firms seeking to buy into prominent Indian generic players is, in fact, a vindication of the Indian pharmaceutical story which began with the decision by Indira Gandhi to rein in the cost of medicines and allow process and not product patents.

November 02, 2009
A good tool to predict a trend reversal
A bar reversal pattern is a good tool to predict when and where a trend will double back.

October 30, 2009
5 great business books to read
There are thousands of 'business' books adorning hundreds of bookstore shelves across the world, and new ones keep being written practically everyday. So given this problem of plenty, how do you select the best business books to read? Well, here's help....

October 29, 2009
Tips to pick the right workplace
Assess whether a company offers what you need to do at various career stages.

October 26, 2009
'Being an entrepreneur makes you a better person'
Go ahead and be an entrepreneur! Don't keep saying, I want to be an entrepreneur and one day, I will be one. There is no some day; just go out and chase your dreams, says Prof. Nandini Vaidyanathan.

October 21, 2009
Divestment without a purpose
Only strategic sales can serve the purpose of disinvestment, by freeing PSUs from govt control.

October 15, 2009
Living L-I-F-E in instalments
It's offers galore. Cash is good, but you could use your credit card too, and pay back in easy instalments.

New-age brain drain
The 'always on' multi-tasking approach to work reduces efficiency levels - a new study suggests ways around it.

October 14, 2009
Time for Anil Ambani to apply moral codes to himself
Whether it was the issue of the treasury stock (which came about when Reliance Industries Limited and Reliance Petroleum merged), or the dependent nature of so-called independent directors of RIL, or the opaque structuring of conflict-of-interest deals, Anil Ambani came out with guns blazing, accusing his older brother Mukesh of trying to diddle the shareholders of the company their father had built.

Do Indian CEOs overpay themselves?
Eventually it boils down to whether Board compensation committees whose job is to fix salary levels have the power to question the CEO, especially owner-CEOs.

October 13, 2009
Where are we in the recovery?
An indication that consumer incomes are stabilising is visible in the demand for residential housing

October 12, 2009
Vavasi: A giant killer in India's telecom arena?
Not too much is known about the middle-aged Arifuddin who is Vavasi's major shareholder, except for the fact that he is a civil engineer from Karnataka and started the group around a decade ago.

October 09, 2009
Natarajan Chandrasekaran : A CEO with a difference
The newest CEO in the Tata group brings an aggressive pace and style to India's largest IT consultancy firm.

October 08, 2009
An IITian's open letter to the prime minister
'If the government cannot provide the best resources to IIT faculty, it has no right to expect the best research either,' says .

MapmyIndia: The successful business of digital maps
MapmyIndia has the first mover's advantage but with players like SatNav Technologies, Reliance ADA group and Google, the competition is hotting up.

October 06, 2009
How fresh is Reliance Fresh?
Everything is a deal-breaker at Reliance Fresh.

October 05, 2009
Why you need new skill sets!
What works in early life may go against you later. Retrain yourself.

October 02, 2009
Is the Indian market overvalued?
It would be incorrect to assume that the markets are cheaper when the Sensex is at 15,000 or that they are more expensive when it is at 20,000.

The man behind the Air India strike
The former Indian Airlines pilot won a good deal for colleagues protesting a pay cut; but others question whether the victory was good for the airline.

Good news for home buyers
The new legislation will replace opacity with transparency

October 01, 2009
India Inc's labour pains
The Pricol and Graziono cases are extreme ones, but there has been a steady rise in the number of worker disputes.

September 28, 2009
Digital ants to the rescue!
Swarms of digital ants may soon crawl all over the Internet, scouting not for food, but computer worms and self-replicating programs designed to steal information or facilitate unauthorised use of machines. Security experts have successfully deployed a new type of network security software which mimics the habits of real-world ants.

September 25, 2009
'Social and political tensions could increase'
'An estimated 90 million people in the developing world are likely to be pushed below the poverty line. Lower revenues will also lead to lower levels of expenditure on rural infrastructure, health and education. This will not only hurt future growth, but also delay achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.' 's speech at the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh, September 25.

September 24, 2009
Insurers bank on celebrity appeal
Vijay is the name of the character that Amitabh Bachhan has played in many of his movies. In most cases, Vijay belonged to the underprivileged class.

September 23, 2009
G-20: What Prime Minister Singh might do
India would like the upcoming G-20 Summit to discuss on ways to prevent regulatory failures that led to the economic crisis from recurring.

September 22, 2009
'We can buy out the Ambanis and Tatas in 5 years'
Villagers from Raigad and Nashik in Maharashtra and Mangalore in Karnataka speak about how their lives and livelihoods will be affected by special economic zones in their regions.

September 21, 2009
How to start a business with Rs 500!
Ask students of the Indian School of Business, who have gone through the 'Make as Much as You Can,' an out-of-the-class entrepreneurship module, and they will vouch that Rs 500 is enough.

Can the best automobile drink diesel?
At Rs 81.2 lakh, the BMW 730Ld is the most sensible 7 Series around. Pity most of them will form part of expensive hotel and travel fleets than that of personal collections.

September 18, 2009
Meet the man behind the Jet pilots' strike
The real mover and shaker behind the development that grounded India's largest airline remained mostly out of the public eye. That was 63-year-old NAG President Captain Girish Kaushik who was doing the heavy lifting in Delhi and Mumbai.

September 17, 2009
Consumer is king, sellers beware!
Despite its shortcomings, the consumer act is still a handy weapon for consumers to ensure accountability as well as compensation for defective goods and deficient services. It is one of the nicest gifts we, through our government, have given to ourselves as consumers.

India's second retail revolution?
If immediate ownership actually ceases to be the mark of success, it could trigger a second retail revolution, this time focused on the higher end of the market.

September 15, 2009
Why India Inc is both upbeat and wary
Green shoots evident, but worries remain.

Indian household savings drop in 2008-09
The effects of the global financial meltdown are not restricted to the corporate sector, but have also precipitated to the savings and investment pattern of Indian households.

A minister's travel expense? It's Rs 2 crore
A relevant question that needs to be answered is what actually triggered the Manmohan Singh government's austerity move?

September 14, 2009
Toothless body to curb monopolies laid to rest
Amendments to the Competition Act 2002, and its slow passage in the Houses of Parliament delayed the introduction of an effective anti trust law.

September 11, 2009
The challenge before Tata Teleservices
Customers have never had more choice; the more you talk the less you pay.

September 04, 2009
Ravi Parthasarathy: The artful deal-maker
Acquiring Maytas Infrastructure could be his chance to show his organisation's ability to think big.

Europe dims Edison's legendary bulb forever
A European Union ban on the traditional light bulb came into effect on Tuesday, despite strenuous opposition from a range of civil society groups. The ban is the EU's latest effort to combat global warming via energy saving.

September 03, 2009
Why Jet pilots' threat sounds hollow
Jet Airways' pilots won't get much sympathy, but the management hasn't quite covered itself in glory either.

August 28, 2009
Who do investors turn to in case of fraud?
The current practice which involves dealing with the Institute of Chartered Accountants to deal with auditors, is long and so tedious, and in practice offers practically no remedy at all.

August 26, 2009
Private labels dent established FMCG brand share
Though private labels comprise 10 to 12 per cent of the overall FMCG volumes, analysts said they were recording double-digit growth annually and could pose problems for the big players in the near future.

August 26, 2009
ASEAN FTA: Good or bad for Indian farmers?
India has historically been unable to muster strong negotiating teams in trade discussions, and this has been made worse by routine disregard for the negative impacts on some communities from trade deals.

August 24, 2009
Anti-tax avoidance: Made in India
Initial findings reveal that the tax code has received an overwhelmingly positive feedback

August 21, 2009
Lakshmi Venu may lead $1-billion TVS one day
Lakshmi Venu's induction on Sundaram Clayton's board is part of the TVS Group's larger succession plan to make way for the women in the family.

August 19, 2009
Trade is good, India finally realises
Korean hardware prowess and Indian software prowess can result in a formidable partnership

August 18, 2009
The secret behind Perfetti's success in India
Globally, Perfetti Van Melle ranks third in the confectionery sweepstakes after Mars and Cadbury. But in India, it leads the pack with a 25 per cent share of the Rs 3,000-crore (Rs 30 billion) per annum market

August 11, 2009
Laid off? A guide to moving to a new job
Repackage and reposition yourself in terms of skills and experience and make your CV appealing to a larger audience. Look beyond your last industry.

Do you have it in you to be an entrepreneur?
You can be an entrepreneur if you can answer 'yes' to most of the questions below.

FBT: Employees to be taxed on perks?
The jettisoning of the Fringe Benefit Tax opens a can of. . . questions, mainly, says Ameet N Patel.

Interest rates may rise due to high fiscal deficit
Captains of the banking industry expect rates to move up, says Rajesh Kumar.

August 10, 2009
The man who powers Anil Ambani's dreams
He worked on the Delhi electricity privatisation

August 07, 2009
Crash-land after the barnstorm
New Delhi, 7 August

Building brands Indian-style
Consistency in spirit is more important than consistency in symbols.

August 06, 2009
CAG says RIL gas-expense audit not over!
Some documents not yet provided, spokesperson tells DNA Money. Murli Deora's Petromin says report submitted! ADAG once again asks for tabling of report, shows 'proof' govt appointed auditors of RIL expense sheet have conflict of interest.

Pvt airlines will collapse soon if fuel prices, taxes not cut: Pawar
That's a surprise since his protege Praful Patel has shouted down requests this week

How silly mistakes can rob you of a great job
Blunders in CVs are common, and poor language skills are only a part of the problem.

Airline losses: It's the management policy that stinks
Airline losses have more to do with their business models than the price of aviation fuel.

August 05, 2009
Building cities for 21st-century India
Our new cities need to be dense and walkable

August 04, 2009
Careful: Bureaucrats are taking up private jobs
Bureaucrats taking up private jobs is another kind of Public Private Partnership, one that needs careful handling.

Why private airlines in India can be trusted
Their battle for survival has actually made them more reliable and brought better customer service to the industry.

July 30, 2009
So what's a brand between friends?
MTNL will be one of the few big telecom companies in the world to allow competitors to offer their brand on its network.

July 21, 2009
Swift Dzire: A runaway success
Swift Dzire delivered on its promise of being a proper sedan and found favour with Derby respondents.

July 20, 2009
'Why can't India have Internet numbers like China?'
Ram Shriram, founding investor and board member of Google, thinks the Indian government should focus on better Internet access to create a conducive business environment.

July 17, 2009
Monsoon: India's true finance minister
Cities are managing to get more water while the majority of people live in villages - the tension is escalating.

Elattuvalapil Sreedharan: The 'Metro man'
It is clear that the final phase of Sreedharan's career may have to pay a lot more attention to undoing the damage caused by the accident that took place on his 77th birthday.

July 16, 2009
Indian Rail's just a snail
India's cargo trains run at 19-30 km an hour, they run at 120 km in China - and the difference is only growing.

July 14, 2009
Investment: Why 'small' is safe
People are increasingly being drawn to trusty small savings instruments

July 10, 2009
Rule your bank, or it will rule you
Follow these simple ways to get your banking practices right

July 09, 2009
Are your investments safe? 5 basic tips
Markets are fraught with risk. here are some time-tested checks that can help you manoeuvre the risks before buying a stock.

Are you insured enough to tackle a crisis?
It's possible to be over- or under-insured. Find out where you stand and how to correct your position.

July 08, 2009
Buying a home? 6 vital steps to follow
By avoiding some common mistakes you can be in command of your real estate investments.

Secrets of a successful start-up
Every start-up that wants to make a difference has to be properly prepared

How to take control of your taxes
Your tax outgo depends on the documentary evidences of income and tax benefits availed

July 07, 2009
Budget brings much-needed relief to the banking sector
The Union Budget 2008-09 has focused on farm credit.

Sugar: Budget will benefit select firms
The Union Budget 2009-10 has proposed to extend the terminal date for starting the power generation by cogen plant by one more year.

Stimulus package to help print media
But the sector will be impacted due to sluggishness in the Indian economy.

Tax sops a boon for power sector
Union Budget 2009-10 has been mildly positive for the power sector.

Transportation costs of petrochemicals may go up
Union budget provides no major fillip to the ailing sector.

Budget fails to cheer oil drilling sector
The increase in liability towards MAT will be matched by an incremental deferred tax credit.

Natural gas: Hike in MAT an irritant
The hike in MAT will not be earnings dilutive but will only be cash flow dilutive.

Removal of FBT: IT/ITES sector to benefit
IT companies are dependant on headcount for their revenues and fringe benefits forms a part of the compensation payable to employees.

Dyes & pigments: Washed out with no specific proposal
The dyestuff industry is at a threshold of momentous change.

Computer education: Industry expectations partly met
Computer education - SSA allocation stagnant with overall allocation up 5%.

Chlor alkali: Select few will benefit
Some chlor alkali producers using naphtha as feedstock for captive power plant will benefit from cut in the excise duty on naphtha from 16% to 14%.

Chemicals: Budget fails to act as catalyst
Contrary to expectations of the chemical sector, Budget turned non event.

Textiles: Cotton yarn producers to gain
The reintroduction of 4 per cent optional excise duty for cotton textile products is welcoming sign.

Mukherjee a free man now
Post-Budget, the FM was at his most relaxed as he would get to use his mobiles, and can take visitors.

Budget jury: A good show
India Inc believes that given the current economic slowdown, it could not have been any better

July 06, 2009
Pranab Mukherjee's Budget Speech
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee presented the Budget for 2009-10 on July 6. Following is the Budget Speech of Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee:

Budget gobbledygook, simplified!
Here is a financial glossary of words and phrases linked to the budgetary exercise to help you manoeuvre your way through the maze that is the Budget.

July 05, 2009
Food chains eye the highways
After commercial districts, residential markets and malls, fast-food chains like McDonald's, Barista Coffee and Nirula's have now trained their guns on highways. With the improved road network, brand-conscious Indians have begun to travel like never before.

July 03, 2009
How Australia woos Indian Inc
Praise Sachin to the hilt, avoid discussions on Slumdog Millionaire and ignore all possible holdups like ringing phones while in a business conversation: these among others are some of the tips by Melbourne-based consultant Stephen Manallack, who has trained many Australian corporates wishing to do business with Indian companies.

Trading volume: What it reveals about the market
Volume is the number of shares of stocks, bonds, options, or futures contracts traded during a period

July 02, 2009
Computer hardware industry wants tax clarifications
Higher impetus on automation through higher funding of e-governance projects and rationalisation and clarity on levy of taxes would bring relief, says the computer hardware industry.

Construction industry wants exemption from customs duty
Here's what the construction industry would like the Budget to do -- introduce GST, exempt customs duty on construction equipment for projects, introduce secondary market for debt trading to facilitate the infra developers to raise money through long term corporate bonds.

July 01, 2009
Power: Extend mega project concessions
Massive capacity additions are required to meet power deficit and rising demand; so the sector seeks the benefit given to mega power projects be extended to 500 to 1000 MW too.

June 30, 2009
How the top hotels have fared
Low occupancy rate and ARR together led to significant fall in RevPAR of the hotel sector, affecting its profitability significantly in the busy quarter ended March 2009.

Hotel industry wants infrastructure status
The hotel industry seeks infrastructure status and tax breaks, considering the huge investments required to meet the growing demand, especially in the NCR region for upcoming Common Wealth Games.

G-Secs: Yields rise on rising government borrowings
The government of India has programmed to raise Rs 241,000 crore, but due to scaling up of issuance size of securities, will end up raising Rs 259,000 crore in April-September 2009.

Rcom unable to sustain momentum
With many new players waiting to launch their operations and Mobile Number Portability to be implemented shortly, the competition will intensify further.

Rubber prices harden on short supply
Natural rubber prices move in sympathy to Crude Oil prices, and the added firmness is due to fall in production in key producing countries.

Extend tax holiday to refineries, govt told
Extend tax holiday for refineries in private sectors, reduce excise duty on Naphtha from 16%, exempt excise duty for captive consumption of intermediate products within the refinery for manufacture of exempted products.

Cut excise duty on large cars, govt told
Passenger Vehicle sector seeks cut in excise duty on large cars too, and to reduce interest on auto loans to boost demand

Tata Teleservices: In search of a USP
Tata Teleservices' GSM innings is likely to be a tough one despite its innovative offerings and tie-up with the Japanese market leader, NTT DOCOMO.

Housing sector seeks fiscal concessions
UPA Govt. has committed itself to a comprehensive programme of urban renewal and to a massive expansion of social housing in towns and cities, paying particular attention to slum dwellers.

Japanese yen: Under pressure to appreciate
Japanese Yen is experiencing an up trend lately, especially after the Japanese government raised its assessment of Japan's economy for the first time in three years.

June 29, 2009
Tyres: Cut customs duty on inputs
The Tyre Industry is one of the industries that have been majorly affected by the global economic meltdown.

Commercial vehicle: Industry seeks more fund
Accelerated depreciation expires by September 2009 while funds under JNNURM for urban transport is available till June 2009; industry seeks these benefits for extended time period.

Banks seek level playing field for deposits
Moderate credit growth at around 22 per cent and relatively higher deposit growth has placed the liquidity situation of banks in more comfortable zone.

Textiles: Remove customs and excise duties on MMF and inputs
The Indian Textile Industry is currently one of the largest and most important industries in the Indian economy in terms of output, foreign exchange earnings and employment.

Alkali: Cut customs duty on capital goods
To reduce the cost of captive power generation, seeks removal of import duty on all capital goods used for small and medium power projects.

AC industry: Big expectations from Budget
The ongoing economic buoyancy in India despite global economic melt down has offered opportunities for rapid growth of consumer durable industry, and in particularly air conditioners and refrigeration industry.

Broking firms seek cut in transaction cost
SST remains as a turnover tax (whether profit or loss) and not tax on income. Day traders and arbitrageurs, who generally trade on thin margins, are affected the most as STT raise their transaction cost. Any further hike in SST could prove negative and damper market sentiments. Removal or reduction in STT will pep up the stock market. Asset pricing is also likely to go up with reduction in transaction cost.

Budget: Will it usher in speedy recovery for India?
Union Budget 2009-10 comes at an opportune time for the New Government. The stake holders expects the New government to spell out its priorities -- be it to spur the economy from the current sluggishness, or to promote inclusive growth, or to contain the alarmingly high and rising fiscal deficit, or perhaps a good blend of all these!

Cement sector seeks duty sops
Only Cement is assessed to retail selling price based excise duty but denied abatement; also seeks imposition of import duty due to emerging surplus supply situation in India

What the two wheeler industry wants from Budget
The growth in two wheelers were triggered by couple of factors such as 4 per cent excise duty cut announced in stimulus package in December 2008, fuel price reduction of Rs 5 per litre in petrol and Rs 2 per litre in diesel as well as the unaffected and untapped demand from the rural market.

Sugar: Govt will focus on checking price rise
As the sugar industry is witnessing an up cycle, the government may not give due consideration to the demands of the Industry. Rather the government is already focusing on curbing the rising sugar prices.

Cut excise duty on pesticides to 4%
Realistically no major reforms are expected for the pesticides industry. Reduction in excise duty is very unlikely, as it would not solve the basic problem of spurious manufacturers.

Busy ministers and a new beginning
In 30 days, there have been a flurry of ministerial pronouncements. It does seem that most ministers have taken seriously the prime minister's observation that this time there can be no excuses.

Why weather forecasting is a tough job
Veteran weather forecaster Dr A B Mazumdar says, "The forecast is made with the help of certain systems and models. But it remains a forecast and hence can go wrong sometimes."

India opposed to 'reinventing' Doha talks
"Our government is fully committed to an early breakthrough in the Doha agreement based on the December 2008 draft texts in agriculture and industrial goods. It must be a balanced agreement that addresses the legitimate concerns of developing countries," Commerce Minister Anand Sharma said.

Land Rover to make inroads into India's defence deals
The company is developing a new model in its research and development centre in the United Kingdom, which will primarily address the defence needs of most countries around the globe, including India, said a senior executive from Land Rover.

June 26, 2009
Budget to carry special 'monsoon' package
Experts agree with the assessment that the Budget next month would respond to the predictions of deficient monsoon rains with a policy package. According to them, rain-fed areas, which are likely to be affected by a 'below normal' monsoon, could see increase in allocation in terms of higher spending through the public distribution system and the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.

June 25, 2009
FMCG: Retain excise duties at current levels
While there is widespread expectation that excise duty is likely to be raised on revenue considerations, the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector pleads for retaining them at current levels to spur demand.

Telecom: Industry body seeks a slew of reforms
Liberalization and telecom reforms are known to be necessary to hasten growth in tele-density.

IEEMA urges the govt to continue with power sector reforms
IEEMA is again approaching the govt. with hope and puts forth the most critical issues / concerns of the industry requiring urgent attention of the govt.

Tatas in search of next 'Nano'
The biggest winner of the Tata drive to drill down innovation to every person on every shop-floor is the Tata conglomerate. While the most visible symbol of this has been the Nano, insiders say Tata has already started asking his senior executives, 'What is the next Nano?' The innovation drive is seeking to answer that question.

June 24, 2009
All about health insurance for senior citizens
In a huge relief for senior citizens, the entry age for health insurance has been extended to 65 years. But, will it come at a cost?

Mumbai steps into rental housing
Rental housing for 43,000 low-income families in Mumbai by March 2015.

June 23, 2009
FINO: Bank to the poor
Mumbai-based FINO, a multi-bank promoted company, is engaged in providing financial and non-financial products and services to the unbanked rural and urban population. It has enrolled 6 million customers since its inception in 2006.

June 22, 2009
Switch hitter: The new Mahindra Scorpio
Does M&M's 'micro hybrid' tech make the world a better place?

DON'T file your tax returns just yet!
Individuals now need to mention a unique transaction number against every tax deducted at source entry.

How their passion became their profession
These four youngsters turned their passion for books into a successful online book lending service, discovers .

June 19, 2009
Anand Sharma: Trading on self-confidence
Industry and Commerce Minister Anand Sharma faces several challenges in his new assignment. He succeeds the redoubtable Kamal Nath, who had made tough negotiating positions his trademark. Sharma's style is certainly softer and more conciliatory, and the country waits to see whether he is also conciliatory when it comes to substance.

Big Pharma comes calling to India
Once despised as a 'dirty business,' generics are now seen as salvation, and Indian cos as experts.

June 18, 2009
Tatas to launch Jaguar, Land Rover on June 28
Tata Motors acquired the luxury vehicles from Ford Motor Co for $2.3 billion in March last year. This is the first time globally that Jaguar and Land Rover will debut together.

Should SBI merge with its subsidiaries?
Merging SBI with its subsidiaries is an iffy proposition. Some of the gains from scale can be achieved without merging operations down the line.

June 17, 2009
RIL gas: The government's stand
If the government accepts the argument put forward by the director-general of hydrocarbons and reproduced in the court judgment, that the government has to accept the $4.20 price while valuing its own share of RIL's gas, then RIL would be faced with a huge setback when it comes to the returns on its gas business.

June 16, 2009
Of EMI and home loan
Of EMI and home loan

GM's damage control strategy
How President and Managing Director Karl Slym is steering General Motors India after its US parent filed for bankruptcy.

Air India: Headed for a crash landing
While the civil aviation ministry's activist supervision of the airline's functioning is said to be responsible for much of the mess, the airline management has its own sins to answer for.

Ordinary women, extraordinary work
Around 160 women, a mix of housewives from middle-class families and slum-dwellers, inaugurated a polythene bag unit called Swamini Mahila Bachat Gat Akhil Sangh Ltd.

June 10, 2009
Dealing with nasty EU customs
The more pernicious of these measures is EC Regulation 1383 that allows customs officials and rights holders to interfere in the legitimate trade of generic medicines.

June 03, 2009
Slowdown: Exporters continue to suffer...
As huge declines continue, the govt can do little. Major trade destinations -- the US, UK, Europe and Japan -- are all gripped by severe recession. Other countries in Asia have experienced declines of comparable magnitude.

May 29, 2009
EQ is the key to successful investing
Roiling emotions are the drivers at market extremes and those who can keep their emotions in check end up winners

How to read the MF account statement
A mutual fund (MF) account statement contains a whole lot of information on your investments in the fund. Here's what they mean.

May 28, 2009
Does India need to police the Internet?
Government-appointed officers, not below the rank of a joint secretary, will determine the nature of the offence and levy a penalty. But government officers are not judicial officers. Are they qualified to define, for instance, what goes against 'friendly relations with foreign states' and what is 'offensive' content?

May 18, 2009
Bharti Airtel's big dream
It's celebration time for Bharti Airtel, which last week became the third telecom brand in the world to cross the magic 100 million-subscriber mark in a single country. The gap between Airtel and its nearest competitor, Vodafone, is now about 26 million subscribers.

May 15, 2009
Business battles on the news-stands
The facsimile edition of The Wall Street Journal and the Indian edition of Forbes, the magazine famous for its global billionaires' list, will be launched next week. A look at what to expect.

Why this businessman takes hard decisions
The head of India's largest realtor is known as a businessman who likes to cut his losses.

May 14, 2009
Why techies turn bureaucrats
The satisfaction of serving the masses is proving to be a bigger lure for some management graduates.

May 13, 2009
Can the stock market rally be sustained?
If FIIs come in looking for higher returns, this will help turn India Incs fortunes but a reform-oriented government is critical, says Nilesh Shah.

Laid off overseas, IIM grads seek institute help
Both IIM-Bangalore and IIM-Calcutta confirmed the development. "We have received placement requests from some students from the 2006-08 batch. We are trying to approach companies at a personal level and help these students get placed," confirmed a professor from IIM Bangalore.

May 11, 2009
Meet the man behind Tatas' nano housing plan
Jamshedpur gave birth to Telco (now Tata Motors) which has just launched the low-cost Nano; Jamshedpur, according to the 35-year old Tata Housing Development Company managing director Brotin Banerjee, is what inspired Tata Housing to launch its Shubh Griha low-cost housing project in Mumbai.

May 08, 2009
IT companies look for commercial space
According to Mayank Saksena, head -- transactions, Kolkata, Jones Lang LaSalle Meghraj, "From January onwards, we have been tackling an increase in live enquiries in Kolkata. The rate of enquiries is significantly higher than in cities such as Hyderabad. Chennai, Pune and Bangalore, primarily because Kolkata has a large number of old business houses that have been occupying prime spaces in the central business district."

May 07, 2009
Industry lobbies divided over need for stimulus
Ficci: Rationalise tax structure; CII: Space for fiscal incentives is limited.

May 06, 2009
New biz: Pre-job training for college grads
Several companies have hit on the idea of offering college freshers pre-job training to make them more employable.

May 04, 2009
Parle-G, the price warrior
Parle-G enjoys close to 70% market share in the glucose biscuit segment and has held its price line for 25 years now. explains how.

Check out these magical mice
If you have been using the same old mouse on your computer for a long time, then you might be surprised to learn the new features that a new mouse sports. Optical and laser technologies are fast replacing the rolling ball that used to adorn the underbelly of the old mouse.

Flu: India safe but ill-equipped on epidemic drugs
Swine flu was first reported in Mexico, SARS and bird flu in China, but India surprisingly escaped being ground zero for any.

May 01, 2009
Why is India being shortchanged?
When word gets around that favouritism is de rigueur, it keeps away serious bidders and also ensures that the winners feel they can get away with shortchanging the country.

IMF warnings get grimmer
The warning being issued by many respected economists to governments across the world has been as follows: do not declare victory too soon since the path ahead is a very long one.

April 29, 2009
"Will banks now start lending more?"
Banks may reduce interest rates in keeping with the RBI's rate cuts, but they are unlikely to lend more till corporate balance sheets start looking healthier.

April 28, 2009
Stove & lantern: The next big thing for Philips
The quest for fortune at the bottom of the value pyramid has driven Philips to markets no multinational lifestyle company has seriously served so far.

Kundapura: India's new solar town
Selco Solar has illuminated the lives of many poor with over 95,000 solar installations.

Meet the Sebi chief C B Bhave
Sebi's chief finds himself helpless as the stock market regulator goes after his former organisation, but doesn't lose his essential optimism and can-do spirit.

April 27, 2009
The success story of rural BPOs
A district collector's experiment in Tamil Nadu is showing the way for more rural BPOs even in times of recession.

April 24, 2009
Why Shikha Sharma should lead Axis Bank
Shikha Sharma's contentious appointment as CEO of Axis Bank doesn't detract from her sound reputation in the financial world.

April 23, 2009
Top 4 IT firms continue to face the slowdown heat
Wipro sees a silver lining in Q1; others say recovery by 2009-end.

April 22, 2009
RBI policy: Cautious but far-reaching
The RBI's assessment of the economy, presented as a prelude to the policy announcement, was relatively downbeat. Conceding the persistence of a hostile global environment and domestic weakness, the RBI expects GDP growth during 2009-10 to be 6 per cent. This is slightly higher than the 5.7 per cent that reflects the median of its external forecasters' survey.

April 22, 2009
RBI policy: Cautious but far-reaching
The RBI's assessment of the economy, presented as a prelude to the policy announcement, was relatively downbeat. Conceding the persistence of a hostile global environment and domestic weakness, the RBI expects GDP growth during 2009-10 to be 6 per cent. This is slightly higher than the 5.7 per cent that reflects the median of its external forecasters' survey.

April 22, 2009
RBI policy: Cautious but far-reaching
The RBI's assessment of the economy, presented as a prelude to the policy announcement, was relatively downbeat. Conceding the persistence of a hostile global environment and domestic weakness, the RBI expects GDP growth during 2009-10 to be 6 per cent. This is slightly higher than the 5.7 per cent that reflects the median of its external forecasters' survey.

April 20, 2009
Tech M-Satyam: Arduous task ahead
While the deal at the bid price of Rs 58 per share may bring some cheer to Satyam's shareholders as it brings to end a host of uncertainties, Tech Mahindra has a tough task on its hands, given that Satyam's revenues and client-base is diminishing slowly.

'Vision' entrepreneurs -- the new rural biz
VisionSpring trains low-income men and women as vision entrepreneurs and equips them with to sell affordable working eyeglasses and other eyecare products. These entrepreneurs screen for blurry up-close vision, an age-related physical condition that sets in between 35 and 40 years, sell affordable working glasses to those in need and refer those requiring more advanced eyecare to partner hospitals.

Should the Satyam name be retained?
The jury is still out on whether Tech Mahindra should retain the Satyam name. Srinivasan Swamy, CMD, R K Swamy BBDO, says. "Brand Satyam took a beating for only one reason -- accounting irregularities by its erstwhile chairman. The employees were not even aware of the fraud. The company's core values and foundation have not been impacted." The task for the new management, he believes, is to retain its clients and people and the brand image would get resurrected.

The man who is fixing DLF
Though the family controls and runs DLF, CFO Ramesh Sanka is said to be playing a key role in mapping the group's future strategy -- including the move to, now, construct lower-cost housing.

April 15, 2009
Slam dunk for Satyam
Satyam has been saved. It has a credible owner after an auction in which reputed companies had bid, it has survived the last three months without much loss of business or desertion by staff, it has coped with a severe cash crunch and a national asset can now be re-built into an IT services powerhouse.

What's in a name? Money!
You can make millions, if you are a celebrity and are willing to license your name to other people's business ventures.

April 11, 2009
Want good returns on your FDs? Lock it NOW
Bank FD rates are expected to go down in the near future. Lock in now if you want stability as well as returns

April 09, 2009
Using maths to trigger sales
Behind the activity initiated by a single purchase is a set of rules and policies, called algorithms, that examine your profile, filter the possibilities that may add value to you, alert the correct officers, agents and delivery systems. The maths behind this process is complex and it gets even more so when it needs to be done in real time. But mining data for usable nuggets of information using mathematical techniques is what businesses need to trigger sales.

April 06, 2009
Why this eye hospital is a case study at Harvard
Sanskara Eye Care's model of charging fee from only 20 per cent of the patients is sufficient to make each hospital self-sustaining in three to five years. But is not the only source of its sustenance. In the US, children are donating their pocket money towards eye surgery in these hospitals. It is $30 for a surgery, says founder R V Ramani.

The man behind RIL's KG achievement
P M S Prasad has been part of Mukesh Ambani's A-team for the last 25 years. The 55-year-old engineer, now president and CEO (petroleum), Reliance Industries, joined the company in 1984, when it was building a captive power plant at Patalganga, 70 kilometres north of Mumbai.

How elections can swing markets
Expect markets to remain volatile as the poll dates come closer as well as if uncertainty prevails post-May 2009.

How safe is the food you are eating?
The govt's move to once again defer the enforcement of detailed nutritional information on packaged food labels is incomprehensible.

April 03, 2009
Global think tanks want Indian biz leaders
Indian CEOs are increasingly finding representation on some of the world's most influential policy bodies.

March 30, 2009
TAL trips skilled immigrants' return to US
A procedure known as the Technology Alert List, used to screen visa applications or stamping of visa extensions of people coming to the United States for graduate studies, research or employment in certain specialized areas, seems to have become a hurdle for some highly qualified Indians who want to return to the US.

Conflict! The finance ministry versus the RBI
The stress of dealing with the crisis, often with potentially conflicting objectives in front of them, appears to have brought the differences between the finance ministry and the RBI back to the surface.

March 27, 2009
Infrastructure: Crippled by the land hurdle
An official review of projects that have been held up is reported to have revealed that as many as 70 per cent of the 190 delayed works are victims of roadblocks in the way of getting land. Some of them have been in limbo for over a decade and may have to be shelved eventually, as cost estimates have gone haywire.

March 25, 2009
'Will the Nano change India's auto industry?'
It signals a major jump in the global acceptance of India as a hub for small cars, but maintaining this will require a lot more including, for starters, large production volumes.

March 24, 2009
The Age of the Nano
Like many other low-unit value, fast-moving consumer goods, the Nano can be expected to alter the dynamics of its market like nothing before.

How suppliers help cut Nano's cost
Some of the biggest and the best component suppliers in the business were roped in, with scissors and ingenuity to bring out solutions within a specified cost structure.

How safe is the Nano?
The Nano is developed to meet all the safety features that are applicable for passenger cars in India -- which is not saying much. What we like is the fact that the car will be able to meet the upcoming safety norms too. Current norms stipulate that the cars sold in India should meet norms set for full frontal crash, head impact on steering wheel, body block impact on steering system and seat belt anchorage strength, etc.

What driving the Nano feels like!
The Nano does not look or feel like a very 'cheap' car. It is a very thoughtfully designed piece of kit, with an agreeable level of fit and finish. Nor would you expect the kind of space it has in its interior. The two-cylinder 624cc engine hisses like a modern scooter before waking up and settling to an idle. The cable-linked gear lever helped select first and presto, we had motion!

March 23, 2009
Despite downturn, Doon auto bulb industry thrives
After a turnaround two years ago driven by heavy tax breaks currently available in Uttarakhand, this auto bulb industrial unit is now enjoying the benefits of slowdown in auto sector as it is mainly producing replacement bulbs only. "Sales in the auto sector have taken a nosedive during the past one year. So it is natural that our bulbs will be used in old vehicles," said Rajiv K Agarwal, managing director of GBPL, which situated at Patel Nagar, Dehra Dun.

Why audit committees need strengthening
Audit is being questioned by investors. Subhiksha is an example. In the case of Siemens India, institutional investors questioned the valuation in a deal involving the sale of Siemens Information Systems to German parent Siemens AG. This shows the low level of investor confidence in the corporate governance system. The audit committee mechanisms need strengthening.

March 20, 2009
H-1B visas: A hot-button issue
A new law and a new study refuel the H-1B debate.

March 19, 2009
PCs, websites to decipher all Indian languages soon
The DIT will have the software ready by end of September which will help decode 22 languages recognised by the Constitution.

Retail growth will miss industry estimates
The chances of organised retail trade crossing the Rs 230,000 crore, as predicted by the Images India Retail Report look remote, says .

Cost-cuts: Jobs lost, tour budgets slashed
The economic slowdown has seen an increase in cost-cutting measures. Tell us what is happening in your company.

March 17, 2009
PF a must for expats working in India
Expatriates working in India and some Indians working abroad for an Indian employer are required to make mandatory contributions to the Indian government's statutory provident fund.

Citigroup, BofA: Fighting to be zombies
Even the poster children of the current banking crisis, like Citibank's Vikram Pandit and Bank of America's Ken Lewis, may be able to grind their way through the recession like the Japanese banks did in the 1990s. But, as a consequence, Japan's economy lost a decade. The alternative -- and one the US consistently urged on the Japanese at the time -- is to bite the bullet, recognise bad assets and recapitalise.

March 16, 2009
Invested in Satyam? Here's what you should do
Existing investors, who have bought at higher levels of Rs 200 and above, should remain invested for at least a quarter until further clarity emerges from the bidding process.

How Infosys is cutting costs
Grappling with falling sales and a dropping bottom line, companies have had no alternate but to put cost-cutting measures in place. Infosys, for example, has cut variable pay, made appraisals more stringent and asked employees to make a one time saving of $10.

March 13, 2009
Economic slowdown: Is the end in sight?
If the numbers for the Index of Industrial Production for January 2009 are in fact a precursor to a bottoming out, they suggest the transmission from policy action to economic response is lightning fast. However, the numbers need to be understood in greater detail, and must be interpreted with caution.

March 09, 2009
Will the rural-urban telecom divide widen?
A further reduction in termination rates would seriously impact mobile operators' plans to expand in rural areas, say .

Goldman Sachs slips on ONGC
Perhaps the most sensible thing Goldman Sachs did in an otherwise poorly-researched report on ONGC was to talk of 'corporate governance issues with cash withdrawals by promoter,' says .

March 06, 2009
5 investment secrets of a self-made millionaire
Accept that you cannot judge the quality of a single trade or investment by whether you made a profit or loss.

All about reverse mortgage
A reverse mortgage (or lifetime mortgage) is a loan available to senior citizens. Reverse mortgage, as its name suggests, is exactly opposite of a typical mortgage, such as a home loan.

March 05, 2009
Loan against property: What you must know
There are many ways you could arrange for money, and one of those ways is taking a loan. You could take a personal loan for the amount required, or you could take a loan against your property.

March 02, 2009
7 golden ways to beat inflation woes
If finances are wisely coordinated, it can greatly help in controlling the continuous process of rising prices. To handle your finances during inflation, this is what you should do. . .

Of global crisis & India's ties with US, China
Habitat Centre in New Delhi arranged Eminent Persons Lecture series on 'Geo-Political Consequences of Current Financial and Economic Crisis: Implications for India.' In his keynote speech, Shyam Saran, special envoy of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and former foreign secretary, spoke about the changes taking place around the world.

February 26, 2009
Subhiksha: Blame it on the directors, again
Both are in serious trouble, but the Satyam and Subhiksha cases appear vastly dissimilar in many respects, except for one stunning similarity.

February 25, 2009
7 signs that you are a bad boss
While goodness tends to be monochromatic, badness comes in every color of the rainbow.

February 24, 2009
One in every three companies reports net loss
As many as 2,431 firms in manufacturing and services sectors post their biggest-ever net profit decline of 42.45 per cent.

February 23, 2009
The dream home bargain
Have you ever considered a home auction that is periodically conducted by several banks? You actually can get a house which is lesser by nearly 20 per cent of the current market value. Let us help you get started on some research for you to build the plan for your steal.

What's the outlook for Indian markets
With growing concerns over global economic growth and further cuts in earnings estimates, a recovery in markets is not expected before end-2009.

February 20, 2009
H1B: Waking up from the American dream
Since early December 2008, Sreehari Gopalakrishnan has applied to 176 firms, and the rate of call back has steadily declined. "Earlier, it used to be from 20 to 30 places but now it is less than 10 per cent", says Gopalakrishnan, an analyst with a firm in Connecticut that does relocation management. With the current economic downturn and the housing slump, his company has several houses in its inventory worth millions of dollars.

February 19, 2009
How HUF status can save you tax
Ccertain tax advantages are attached with HUF under the income tax and wealth tax laws.

Dreams of Indian fabs fading away
Major investment plans for a fabrication facility have put off due to the slowdown. A full-fledged fab requires an investment of $3-4 bn. Moreover, even if a fab were to come up now in the country, the technology would be rendered obsolete by the time it starts production. "If the government was serious about making the electronics manufacturing ecosystem robust, why is it sitting on proposals? How can you sustain a company's interest for so long?" asks an industry source.

The wrong way to get FDI
The new rules for foreign investment issued by the Cabinet committee on economic affairs have two specific problems. Both lie in the new provision that any company which has an Indian majority shareholding and Indian control will be treated as an Indian company.

February 18, 2009
To GSK: With awe and some scepticism
Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline has slashed prices of drugs for the poorest countries and is sharing part of the profits with these countries to beef up health facilities. CEO Andrew Witty said, ' We have the capacity to do more and we can do more. The question is can we, big pharmaceutical companies, rise to the challenge and be a genuine catalyst for change?'

February 16, 2009
Budget at a glance
Budget at a glance.

February 13, 2009
SBI's 8% home loan rate lure
The interest rate scheme where 8 per cent is frozen for one year may not actually be as profitable as it appears upfront.

February 12, 2009
Before Ramalinga Raju, there was Dharma Teja
Long before former Satyam chairman B Ramalinga Raju admitted to a fraud of gigantic proportions, there was the Indian shipping magnate Dharma Teja who defrauded the Indian government by creating a hollow business empire and living off it. He was jailed for seven years and died soon after his release.

February 11, 2009
Why government schemes are slipping badly
Since there is no constraint on the availability of central funds for these programmes -- thanks to additional grants, over and above liberal allocations at the start -- tardy implementation by states seems wholly to blame for the lack of progress.

February 10, 2009
How to make money when RBI cuts interest rates
To find out how and why changes in interest rates impact fixed income investments, read on . . .

February 09, 2009
The story behind the $10 'laptop'
Low-cost computing is all set to grow, but if the Rs 500-Sakshat is also to be called a 'laptop', it confuses users and hurts the market

February 06, 2009
Why do promoters pledge shares?
Most have pledged their shares as collateral to raise working capital or a term loan, to increase their holding or to fund an acquisition as a multinational had done to buy an Indian company. Companies are rushing to make disclosures on pledging of shares by their promoters after Sebi made it mandatory. Promoters have to disclose details of pledged shares if the same exceeds 25,000 shares in a quarter or 1 per cent of the total shareholding or voting rights of the company.

February 04, 2009
Tax relief: Here's what suits you best
The Income Tax Act provides tax relief if you invest in certain financial instruments. Find out which product category suits you best.

How to save for a rainy day
Let us put away that dreaded thought and focus instead on ways to have access to funds when we need them the most like, for instance, a job-loss or an emergency surgery for a loved one! Here budgeting comes into play.

This university targets the world's most pressing problems
Singularity University will train its students to take on and make progress in understanding and applying fast moving technologies to solve the world's 'grandest challenges,' including hunger, global warming, alternative energy, telemedicine and more.

February 03, 2009
Buy American, says Obama. Will it work?
Opponents of the clause argue that the real world is too complicated to be viewed in these terms. The opposition comes from economists as well as politicians in other countries.

10 rules to earn most from your investments
There remains an elite group of investment professionals who manage to produce market-beating returns, year after year.

February 02, 2009
Economic crisis: No end in sight
In any downturn, the turnaround comes only when investors feel asset prices have bottomed out; when consumer demand has fallen so much that it has nowhere to go but up; and when bankers feel that businesses (or those that remain) are on even keel.

Why the NREGA should not rely on banks
Using banks to make NREGA payments has only added to corruption, says .

January 30, 2009
Need more from your home loan? Here's help
To avail a top up loan, factors like your repayment capacity based on your income and commitment towards any other loans other than your home loan etc, will be factored in

January 29, 2009
Should you prepay your home loan?
If you can afford to make larger payments towards your home loan, perhaps because of a promotion or because of a bonus, then making prepayments towards your home loan is a very good idea as it will save you a lot of money over the term of the loan.

January 28, 2009
Amortization table
Home loan amortization table

A new America? Immigrants hold the key
Entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa believes Barack Obama would do well to pay attention to the question of skilled immigrant workers.

January 27, 2009
Doc in a box
Telemedicine sure helps private enterprise. If it also helps the cause of health care, then why not?

Does your reward system measure up?
Companies also realise that their "solid citizens", too, feel insecure and anxious and that they have to be engaged to give their best during these times, rather than being overwhelmed by despair and pessimism.

January 23, 2009
Taking a home loan? Beware of these facts
These clauses are overlooked by most home loan borrowers and some of them eventually end up paying interest rates

Wireless wonders
According to analysis done by Icrier, the teledensity of a country/state plays a big role in determining its economic growth.

How the American housing dream went bust
We also have strict regulatory bodies like the Reserve Bank of India, which ensures that loan products that could produce systemic risk never make it to the market.

January 22, 2009
Tax-smarts for mutual fund investors
With mutual funds becoming an increasingly popular investment avenue, it would pay to be tax-smart.

Who got the benefits of growth?
The ILO's finding that wage-earners haven't benefitted much from globalisation appears unduly pessimistic.

January 21, 2009
ICAI in dire need of complete overhaul
Even seventeen years after the government adopted the new economic policy the ICAI is yet to come to terms with the changing times and changed circumstances

January 20, 2009
Montek's misgivings about AP CM's land deals
Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia had misgivings on how and why the chief minister could raise so much money by selling government land, but eventually cleared the annual plan that was promised to be funded by a 32 per cent increase in the state's tax revenues. He put on record his doubts in a 3-page communication to the prime minister on April 23, 2008, a copy of which is with

It's advantage broadcasters in the television war
The TDSAT scrapping the Trai's judgement on channel pricing is a major victory for

Should the RBI cut rates again?
Cutting the rates and the ratio by about a 100 basis points will send the right signal as well as give the RBI credible room to make further reductions in the coming months as the situation warrants.

January 19, 2009
Is this the right time for an oil price cut?
There has been a dramatic decline in oil prices from the high of $147 a barrel in July, to less than a third of that today. However, it is too early to say if this is a fundamental change in the direction of oil prices, resulting from the announced cuts in production by the oil-exporting countries, or a blip in a falling market. The government seems to be assuming (or hoping that it is) the latter and is rushing ahead with its price cut plan.

Are real estate subsidies working?
On the evidence so far, however, these steps have not improved the scale of transactions in the real estate market. Most buyers continue to hold back in the hope of further drops in prices, while developers find that financial succour gives them the staying power to withhold price cuts. The result may, therefore, prove to be the opposite of what was intended, by delaying the price adjustment that is essential if demand and supply are to balance once again.

Corporate governance: What India must do
A well-balanced board of directors, proactive shareholders and swift action against malpractices could restore market confidence.

Is the government going soft on Satyam?
The political consequences of exercising soft options in the Satyam scam would indeed cost the UPA government dearly. The YSR leadership being so close to the guilty group is something that also needs to be scrutinised. Another aspect that has received wider public disapproval is the Centre's reported plan to pump in around Rs 20 billion from public sector banks to bail out Satyam. The government's argument of saving some 50,000 'high-wage islanders' jobs by pumping pubic mon

January 16, 2009
Satyam, Wipro: Ex-World Bank official denies wrongdoing
Sources close to Mohamed Mushin say he regrets the indiscretion of purchasing the shares that he did, and even though it was perfectly legal, it gave the perception of conflict of interest, that his buying them under the Friends and Family IPOs seemed as it was a quid pro quo by the two companies that had secured handsome Bank contracts.

Satyam: What to expect and what to do
Talks of a possible merger or takeover will not have credence for a while

Corruption in India like Africa: WB official
The IPO offerings to Bank officials were "the least of the Bank's problems. At the end of the day, whatever they may have gotten with stock options or whatever, I think is nothing compared to the rampant corruption that is being practiced on the Bank's lending operations," says former Bank official Steve Berkman.

Survival strategies for Indian tourism
One effective solution is to lower luxury taxes. The tourism ministry has requested the finance ministry and the Planning Commission to work with state governments on this, but no one knows when any results will come, if ever. Another solution is to introduce no-frills, clean and functional budget hotels.

January 15, 2009
The avalanche effect of compounding interest
The earlier you start saving for your rainy day (read retirement) the richer you will be when it finally arrives.

January 14, 2009
PwC's letter to new Satyam board
PwC's letter to new Satyam board.

Factors that influence your loan rate
Let's take a quick look at what all these terms mean to see how they affect the loan interest rates.

January 13, 2009
10 rules of successful trading
This is a crucial advantage traders enjoy over investors -- the ability to make money whether the market is moving up or down. This fact should not, however, lead you to believe that trading is easy; it requires both a skill-set and rigorous discipline.

January 08, 2009
Want some great in-car entertainment?
All those who spend a lot of time on the road, gear up your cars with these Road Warrior essentials, spanning GPS navigation systems, in-car sound systems and Bluetooth devices.

January 07, 2009
'Insider trading' acquires a new meaning in Sebi
Surely, the time for introspection for Sebi is right now. The lessons from l'affaire Pyramid are compelling for Sebi. It comprehensively exposes the workings within Sebi and its organisational weakness. It quickly needs to puts its house in order.

Best indicator of when to buy shares
Although it may be impossible to objectively determine current value, in the light of hindsight it is clear that price does tend to revolve around it. Consequently, several indicators have been developed which purport to measure value and thereby provide a reference point for the relationship of price to value.

January 06, 2009
Should you prepay your car, home & study loans?
Prepaying a loan is usually a good idea. And, part-prepaying the principal part of the loan makes even more sense. The reason is that it reduces the total amount of interest you have to pay out and, possibly, the loan tenure. But before doing so, you must look at some factors.

January 05, 2009
What will happen to the economy in 2009?
The problems of financial markets have started affecting the real economy worldwide. Consensus estimates suggest that 2009 will be worse than 2008.

2009 may not be good for the salaried class
Salaried professionals could get unhappy news in 2009. But, patience is the key.

How will Indian stocks do in 2009?
In view of the market downturn since January 2008, will it make sense to invest in stocks in 2009? How will the economy and the stock market fare in the New Year? What are the factors that will affect the market in the coming year and how long should I wait before investing?

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