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    • Six events that will matter in 2014 January 20, 2014

      1. Sky City, the world's tallest skyscraper, to open in Changsha, China Burj Khalifa, the tallest skyscraper in the world, officially opened on January 4, 2010. It's both an architectural marvel and a reminder of hubris-for it coincided with Dubai's financial troubles. Its record will be broken by China's Sky...
    • Who will AirAsia India, Tata-SIA send packing from Indian skies? January 20, 2014

      New Delhi: TATA-SIA, the new airline expected to be launched next year, will surely be a game changer and will have a strategic impact on the aviation industry. However, the shockwaves resulting from the two Tata joint ventures (with Singapore Airlines and AirAsia Bhd), will be felt only from 2015-16....
    • Will good governance make a comeback in 2014? January 20, 2014

      The cynic would say the question to ask is whether 'governance', not even 'good governance', will make a comeback in 2014. In the last few years reforms have been dead and there has been very little to write home about on most governance fronts. Good governance as a concept has...
    • 4 investment segments to watch in 2014 January 16, 2014

      1. Real Estate The year 2013 was not really great when it came to investing in real estate. Prime areas in Mumbai actually saw a fall of around 10 percent, while the suburbs managed to maintain the price range. Real estate is a difficult business to understand. Since developers are...
    • Rajan's report card in 2014 January 16, 2014

      There are four elements of the report card that we would write in December 2014. How much has year-on-year CPI inflation declined? Did the exchange rate hijack monetary policy? Has the bond-currency-derivatives nexus started thriving, with liquidity and market efficiency? Has substantial implementation of the Indian Financial Code taken place?...
    • Can India hope for a jobs upturn in 2014? January 16, 2014

      January gets its name from Greek God Janus who has two faces; one looking forward and the other looking back. Since it is that time of the year, and given that job creation is India's most important challenge, it is as good an opportunity as any to reflect on 2013...
    • Debt-fueled growth: Can the west avoid a Japanese future? December 23, 2013

      Scientists study distant galaxies to gain a better understanding of our own planet. In the same way, Japan's experience provides important insights into current global economic problems. Unfortunately, the lessons from Japan are largely being ignored. As John Kenneth Galbraith wryly observed: "There can be few fields of human endeavour...
    • Can Micromax become India's leading smartphone maker? December 2, 2013

      On August 29, 2012, as JK Shin, president of samsung Electronics, unveiled Galaxy Note 2, the second iteration of his company's flagship 'phablet' smartphone series, in Berlin, a guerrilla shipment of 10,000 similar devices was selling big in stores across India. It had been brought in only a week ago....
    • I am no saint, says Bajaj Auto Chairman Rahul Bajaj November 22, 2013

      Rahul Bajaj Chairman, Bajaj Auto Age 75 Rank in the Rich List - 20 Net Worth - $3 billion Key Learning - Every top business school today teaches family business. The basic principles that come to my mind are love, truth and non-violence. You follow those, then there will be...
    • India Rich List 2013: The drop-outs November 19, 2013

      Those whose net worth eroded due to factors such as economic uncertainty, policy changes and, in some cases, sheer bad luck. MG George, Muthoot Finance #55 in 2012 At one point, Muthoot Finance was India's leading lender against gold. Revenues and profits had doubled last year, with the spurt in...
    • Freedom to adopt: How every child fills our lives August 30, 2013

      What these nine years have taught my wife Vibha and me is this: Adoption is not some kind of special or unusual thing to do. Before Surabhi came to us, I think I imagined that it would indeed be a special happening, and that excited me. Yet today, in what...
    • Why the god of jobs doesn't smile on India August 30, 2013

      Manish Sabharwal Profile: Manish Sabharwal is co-founder and chairman of TeamLease Services. He has a management degree from Wharton and sees himself as a crusader for labour reforms in India. Since its inception in 2002, TeamLease has placed more than half a million people in temporary and permanent jobs. There...
    • ZopNow takes a crack at online grocery August 30, 2013

      "Don't forget to get me a 2-kilo pack of Baba Ramdev's detergent powder," said the voice on the other end of the phone to Bal Krishn Birla. Birla, as he is known to most people in Bangalore's closely-knit startup ecosystem, is a jovial 40-year-old who defies classification by virtue of...
    • Freedom from Ageism: Age no Bar is a Myth in India August 27, 2013

      Some years ago, I found myself scrambling for scholarships to pursue a master's degree. At the age of 26, I realised that I was not eligible for most of them. I was too old. I also learnt that 26 was also too old to take up studying for a bachelor's...
    • Between the 'Illfare' State and the Deep Sea August 27, 2013

      Bibek Debroy Profile: Bibek Debroy is Professor at the Centre for Policy Research, Delhi. He is an economist and has worked in universities, institutes, industry bodies and for the government. He has authored several books and articles, with an interest in trade, education, health, law and governance. Welfare state is...
    • India is a State-Nation, Not a Nation-State: Yogendra Yadav August 27, 2013

      Yogendra Yadav Profile: Yogendra Yadav is a senior fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi. His interests include democratic theory, election studies, survey research. In 2009, the International Political Science Association awarded him the first Global South Solidarity Award. The arrival of Narendra Modi at...
    • Freedom from gender: Imagining equality for men and women in India August 26, 2013

      The idea that we are equal stops at the ground beneath our feet. The soil of India, the land of Bharat, is owned chiefly by men. According to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO), women account for only 9.5 per cent of land-holders. Their figures drew on...
    • When business bats against itself: Pratap Bhanu Mehta August 26, 2013

      Profile: Pratap Bhanu Mehta is president of New Delhi-based think tank Centre for Policy Research, and is a member of the National Security Advisory Board and the World Economic Forum's Global Governance Council. His areas of research include political economy, constitutional law, governance and international affairs. There is widespread consensus...
    • Why we need to free our cities from the state's clutches August 26, 2013

      Profile: Bimal Patel is Director, HCP Design and Project Management. Patel designed the Sabarmati Riverfront Development project in Ahmedabad. India is witnessing an epochal transformation. From a country that lived in villages, it is becoming a nation of towns and cities. The last time the country witnessed such a transformation...
    • How to rescue the government-business equation August 21, 2013

      Profile: Keki Mistry is vice chairman and CEO of HDFC; he's been associated with it since 1981. Instrumental in setting up HDFC group companies, including HDFC Bank. A chartered accountant, he has consulted for Mauritius Housing Company, Asian Development Bank and Commonwealth Development Corporation in Thailand, Mauritius and the Caribbean...
    • Tata Elxsi sets up a business incubator August 20, 2013

      Technology services companies across the country face what its executives call 'a linear growth' problem: The more they grow, the more they have to hire. Managers worry about logistical problems associated with larger teams. Also, investors and stock markets tend to give a premium to companies showing non-linear growth -...
    • How Etihad plans to change the way Jet Airways operates August 19, 2013

      Etihad Airways's Australian CEO James Hogan doesn't have to think too hard about what to say. This week, he said: "Etihad will discuss ways to further integrate the two networks and help the airline achieve efficiency, build revenue and reduce costs." He wasn't talking about Jet Airways, his most high-profile...
    • No easy road for Ashok Leyland July 30, 2013

      Dheeraj Hinduja, chairman of Ashok Leyland, India's second-largest truck manufacturer, got a taste of shareholder activism at the company AGM on July 16. During a three-hour meeting, shareholders expressed displeasure at everything including results performance, dividend payout last fiscal (60 paise per share versus Re 1 the previous year) and...
    • What Flipkart's funds mean for its rivals July 30, 2013

      flipkart.com , india's largest ecommerce retailer, announced on July 10 that it has raised $200 million in its fifth round of venture funding from existing investors Naspers, Accel and Tiger Global. It is by far the largest funding raised by any Indian ecommerce company, adding up to $380 million since...
    • Why India needs more banks July 30, 2013

      A shortage mentality, probably a relic from our licence-permit raj days, continues to pervade both officialdom and business. A case in point is banking. India is an underbanked country, and we could certainly do with more banks. So when the Reserve Bank of India opened a window for new bank...
    • Radico Khaitan: A major success in the Indian spirits industry July 26, 2013

      In business, it helps to keep your ears to the ground. For Abhishek Khaitan, that meant doing the rounds of pubs. He had his first 'eureka' moment while pub-hopping in Bangalore. Even as he was studying for an engineering degree in the garden city, the family's distilling and bottling business...
    • Rendezvous with Indian Ocean's Rahul Ram July 25, 2013

      Rahul Ram is super-busy. The fatigue is audible, and you can believe he's on the other side of 50, though the livewire red-bandanaed stage persona wouldn't give you that impression. The Delhi upbringing is evident in the hard Rs and the seamless and frequent switches between English and Hindi. We...
    • Happy to recommend owning India: Morgan Stanley's Jonathan Garner July 23, 2013

      JONATHAN GARNER Age: 48 Designation: Chief Asian and emerging markets equity strategist Career: Joined Morgan Stanley in November 2006. Previously worked with Credit Suisse from 2000 Morgan Stanley's Jonathan Garner tells Pravin Palande and Shravan Bhat that emerging markets have been a huge success story in terms of development and...
    • The latest, quirkest tech toys and home accesories July 15, 2013

      Auto Incredible supercar: The Audi R8 V10 Plus is a blend of great power and many luxuries. It can clock a speed of 100 kph in just 3.5 seconds. Add to that a permanent four-wheel drive, LED lights and a Bang & Olufsen sound system. This one will leave you...
    • Book Review| Captain Cool: The MS Dhoni Story July 11, 2013

      Everyone talks about MS Dhoni's meteoric rise but few have spent time cataloguing his journey as painstakingly as veteran sports journalist Gulu Ezekiel. The 2013 updated version of his book Captain Cool: The MS Dhoni Story is a must-have for die-hard fans of Dhoni and Indian cricket. The book does...