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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 hubrisfor it coincided with Dubai's financial troubles. Its record will be broken by China's Sky City...
  • Who will AirAsia India, TataSIA send packing from Indian skies? January 20, 2014

    New Delhi: TATASIA, 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 201516....
  • 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 yearonyear CPI inflation declined? Did the exchange rate hijack monetary policy? Has the bondcurrencyderivatives 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...
  • SaifSoha to FarhanZoya: Sibling power in entertainment January 2, 2014

    Farhan + Zoya Akhtar Farhan is the more versatile of the Akhtar siblings, making a name for himself as a director, actor and singer, but Zoya, too, has stamped her class in the industry with awardwinning films like Luck By Chance and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. Word has it that her...
  • Sushant, Ayushmann: TV Actors Who've Struck Gold in Bollywood January 2, 2014

    In his documentary photography book Living The Dream: The Life of The 'Bollywood' Actor, eminent shutterbug Mark Bennington writes, "In Mumbai, the Bollywood dream pours down like the monsoon, drenching every starryeyed actor with hopes of fame and fortune." Down the decades, smallscreen actors have successfully transitioned into silver screen...
  • Rohit Shetty: The hit man of Bollywood January 2, 2014

    When Rohit Shetty steps on the set of any of his movies, he rips off (or, perhaps, more gently removes) his day clothes and slips on his Superman cape. We aren't saying this. He does. Before you peg him as 'typically Bollywood arrogant', listen to why he likens himself to...
  • Debtfueled 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...
  • Narayana Health: Providing worldclass treatment to the poor December 23, 2013

    Award: Good Company Narayana Health Age: 60 Why He Won: For setting up a 6,000bed multispecialty hospital chain across India that provides worldclass treatment based on a crosssubsidised model. His Trigger: Most Indians cannot afford tertiary and specialty health care. One of the biggest reasons for them falling below the poverty...
  • Rohini and Nandan Nilekani: The conscious givers December 23, 2013

    Award: Outstanding Philanthropist Rohini and Nandan Nilekani Age: Rohini54, Nandan58 Why They Won: For having given nearly Rs 350 crore, especially to ideas which CSR doesn't fund. Rohini has committed to giving Rs 20 crore every year; Nandan has spent five years at UIDAI as part of the 'giving back to society'...
  • The philanthropists who built Mumbai December 23, 2013

    When the BandraWorli Sealink was finally opened to traffic on June 30, 2009, the media went into overdrive suggesting that the bridge over the creek separating north and south Mumbai was a symbol of new possibilities. Inaugurated after tens of thousands of residents witnessed a spectacular laser show and fireworks...
  • 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. Well,...
  • 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 nonviolence. You follow those, then there will be no problems. If you don't,...
  • India Rich List 2013: The dropouts 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 gold prices, taking...
  • Biggest gainers and losers on India Rich List 2013 November 19, 2013

    Ups and downs are part and parcel of wealth creation. This list reflects just that. Here are the biggest gainers and losers over the last year, ranked in terms of percentage change in net worth. The Biggest Gainers BR Shetty New Medical Centre Group, UAE + $340 million (+63 per cent) (Rank 72;...
  • IIM-Ahmedabad gets a new dean from Harvard September 4, 2013

    As a sign of change, Harvard professor Ashish Nanda will take over as director of IIM Ahmedabad. He is the first academician from an overseas institute to head any of the 13 IIMs. Nanda, an IIM-A alumnus himself, is the Robert Braucher Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School. Rakesh Basant...
  • 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 is a...
  • 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 being...
  • 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 an...
  • 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 the centrestage...
  • 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 that...
  • 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 was...
  • How to rescue the governmentbusiness 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...
  • The 'what' and 'how' of Google Chromecast August 20, 2013

    Google's latest launch, Chromecast, is a sleek $35 USB dongle that plugs in behind an LCD TV, allowing it to 'cast' videos via smartphones, tablets and PCs. Because screen resolutions, distance to the viewer and remote control devices vary greatly across models, bringing a powerful yet intuitive user interface (UI)...
  • 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 nonlinear growth ...