Dinesh Narayanan

  • India 2022: High on skills but low on jobs? 15-07-2013 04:40 PM

    If you plan to seek an exciting career in 'rag chopping' with the paper industry, the government has plans to sharpen your skills. After 60 hours of training and paying a princely sum of Rs 500 for a test, you get a certificate to hang on your wall. Or you...
  • Need private sector to help skill youths: Mallikarjun Kharge 09-07-2013 12:24 PM

    Mallikarjun Kharge Age: 70 Designation: Railway minister Career: Elected to the Karnataka State Assembly 10 times since 1972. Elected to the Lok Sabha in 2009 from Gulbarga Interests: Reading sports books, removing superstition Q. India has set a target of skilling 50 crore young people by 2022. Do you think...
  • A Kochi company satisfies Delhi's seafood cravings 30-07-2012 06:14 PM

    Mathew Joseph did not hit upon the idea of selling fish online at the spur of the moment. It was a carefully thought out strategy to escape competition. Joseph, a 45-year-old Kochi-based entrepreneur, set up seatohome.com, an online fresh fish retailing venture, operating currently in Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Delhi. Its...
  • Compulsory licencing of Bayer's cancer drug is a triumph 12-05-2012 02:17 PM

    Nata Menabde Age: 52 Designation: WHO Representative to India Education: MSc in Pharmacy, PhD in Pharmacology Career: Nearly 20 years at WHO; was deputy regional director for Europe before coming to India in 2010 Interests: Plays the piano and guitar. Likes classical music, jazz, water sports, history and Russian literature...
  • 'Volatile govt Policy is a deterrent to investing' 03-04-2012 10:50 AM

    Jayant Sinha, partner and MD, Omidyar Network India Advisors, tells Dinesh Narayanan that government trying to micro-manage the economy is not good. Edited excerpts from an interview. Jayant Sinha Age: 48 Profile: Partner and managing director, Omidyar Network India Advisors Career: Was a partner at McKinsey and Co; Managing Director,...
  • RTI queries don't affect goverment work 24-02-2012 10:37 AM

    In August 2011, the Supreme Court made an observation which had some unintended consequences on the Right to Information (RTI) process. The judgement by Justice RV Raveendran is turning out to be a seemingly legitimate excuse for government officials to restrict information. Aditya Bandopadhyay went to court when the Central...
  • Dealing with the young at art 21-01-2012 09:25 AM

    A painting is not a bond. A sculpture is not a share certificate. You like an MF Husain or Tyeb Mehta painting because you can look at it for hours and marvel at the brush strokes that evoke history, politics, religion, philosophy; interpreting the scope of human existence itself within...
  • Six Forbes India calls in 2011 that were right 31-12-2011 10:49 AM

    Too Big To Lead The media speculation around L&T supremo AM Naik's succession reached a feverish pitch last year. Yet no one had much of a clue on how L&T could possibly find a replacement to lead the engineering and infrastructure behemoth. It's another matter that by then, the L&T...
  • Afghanistan is emerging out of the rubble 01-12-2011 01:29 PM

    There is no hint in Mahammod Khans boyish face and gentle demeanour that he is a member of Parliament from Kandahar, a province in southern Afghanistan where ordinary citizens have blind dates with violent death almost every day. As he talks of leaving Kandahar for the relative safety of Kabul,...
  • The rebirth of Afghanistan's banking system 14-11-2011 10:47 AM

    Nearly nine million Afghans are living in extreme poverty because of a lack of investment in farming, Mohammad Asif Rahimi, Afghanistans minister for agriculture, livestock and irrigation, said on October 16, World Food Day. The World Bank estimates that about 36 per cent of Afghans live below the poverty line...
  • Europe has a superiority syndrome: Richter 10-10-2011 11:10 AM

    Frank-Jurgen Richter Age: 44 Designation: Chairman, Horasis Education: Diploma in Business Administration and Mechanical Engineering, Doctorate in Business Administration Career: 1994-2000: Robert Bosch GmbH (four years as CFO China, based in Beijing), 2001-2004: Director, World Economic Forum Interests: Travelling the world, learning languages, reading (classics, post-modern writing, history and economy),...
  • Documentary films pitching India to the world 18-03-2011 10:32 AM

    Ally Derks remembers the day she was having a drink with Michael Moore in a small bar in Washington D.C. in 1989. Moore had just made Roger and Me, a searing documentary on the economic devastation of Flint, Michigan, after General Motors shut its plant there leaving thousands of workers...
  • Manmohan Singh The Feeble Patriarch 01-03-2011 05:41 PM

    In a disarming and seemingly innocuous tone, the prime minister of the world’s largest democracy tried to achieve the impossible in his chat with editors on February 16, in the middle of the worst crisis of confidence that his government has faced in its second term. He both accepted and...
  • Book Review: First Draft by BG Verghese 29-11-2010 04:21 PM

    In the preface to First Draft, B.G. Verghese says, “my reports and reflections from day to day were my story, a worm’s eye view of the world as it passed me by.’’ The view is of a person who stood by the ringside as events unfolded, shaping the history of...
  • Rahul Gandhi: A coming of age 05-01-2010 11:05 AM

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