Cover story | Dec 23, 2012
The money, as ever, is playing its role in deciding telecom regulation. Battered by capricious rules, telecom companies can only pray.
Apollo Hospitals turns focus to new market realities
The health-care sector is changing. Lifestyle diseases such as
diabetes are on the rise, and the growing spread of health insurance has
made costly health-care facilities affordable. In the face of new market realities, Apollo Hospitals is focusing on no-frills hospitals in Tier II and III cities and on specialised clinics.
Gujarat's small businesses grumbling about neglect
While Gujarat plies big firms with incentives, its small businesses are grumbling about neglect. In recent years, the state has focused on wooing large-scale industries.
The Gujarat Industrial Policy of 2009 offers incentives to projects with investments
above Rs 10,000 crore.
L&T Finance Holdings dons a new look with acquisitions
Besides Fidelity, L&T Finance Holdings acquired two other
companies this year. The acquisitions have helped the company expand at a fast
clip. Y.M. Deosthalee, Chairman and Managing Director, L&T Finance Holdings says the company is walking the path outlined in the 2005 roadmap.
How Saraswat Bank beat the odds while others floundered
On the whole, the performance of urban co-operative banks is underwhelming. But since 2001, the total business (deposits plus advances) of Saraswat Bank grew from Rs 4,600 crore to Rs 35,000 crore as on September 30, 2012, making it the country's largest urban co-operative bank.
'M&A not a direct answer to growth'
In an exclusive interview the Infosys CEO S.D. Shibulal spoke on issues ranging from
the need for strategic acquisitions to his new vision, Infosys 3.0.
Online dating biz is India's new love interest
Matrimonial sites are yesterday's news - India's new love interest is online dating. A handful of entrepreneurs has realised that in the business of love,
India could be where the proverbial rainbow touches the ground.
India Inc makes high stakes bet on overseas buys
Indian companies announced a series of big-ticket overseas
acquisitions this year. The acquisitions come at a time when the acquirers are
facing poor growth visibility in their India businesses. They may have
bitten off more than they can chew.
'Ease investment options for insurers'
Standard Life is one of the world's leading savings and investment companies, with six million customers across 50 countries. It is present in India through its investments in HDFC Life and HDFC Asset Management. Gerry Grimstone, Chairman, Standard Life, spoke to Sarbajeet K. Sen on a host of issues concerning the insurance sector.
Five steps to curb corruption in India
In its 2011 Corruption Perception Index, Transparency International
ranked India at 95 out of 183 countries. How can widespread corruption
be curbed? Here are five suggestions.
'Section 66A of IT Act should be scrapped'
The section is absolutely draconian as it gives rulers a weapon to misuse and deprive citizens of their personal liberty, says Madabhushi Sridhar, coordinator at Center for Media Law & Public Policy, NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad.
Reader's forum: Dec 23 2012
Your cover story Pulling Punches (December 9) has brought to light the
general feeling of people about reports on various issues from weather
to wealth, even in health.
Best Of The Lot
BT receives scores of responses to its case studies. Below is the best one on Philips (July 8, 2012).
Happy New Hear
Adopting new and convenient audio technologies makes for a sound idea.
Why Indian business leaders suffer a trust deficit
A global study of business leaders across countries by human resources firms Right Management and Tucker International lists the imperatives of
succeeding in a global set up, and shows Indians are poor at building
The Punjab Tractors turnaround story
Not often does an acquired company give the acquirer a run for its
money in the market. This case study looks at how Punjab Tractors Ltd,
which was hardly in the best of shape when Mahindra & Mahindra
acquired it in 2007, was turned around, and today does exactly that.
IKEA may have to tweak its business model
IKEA has announced plans to invest Rs 10,500 crore in India. The
proposal is now awaiting clearance from the Cabinet Committee on
Economic Affairs. In India, the company may have to alter its business model to comply with riders on its investment proposal.
India's overall share of global tourist traffic up
The rate of growth in the number of foreign tourists visiting and
discovering India has wavered over the past decade. India's overall
share of global tourist traffic, however, has risen substantially.
Inept policy making keeps economy in low equilibrium
The Indian economy is set for its worst performance in a decade with no quick fixes in sight. The economy is jammed - between a government struggling to tame a
burgeoning fiscal deficit and a central bank jittery about elevated
Cash transfer scheme faces implementation challenges
The government aims to transfer Rs 3.2 trillion, or $58 billion, a year to beneficiaries of its subsidy schemes
and welfare programmes by the direct cash transfer scheme. It is still unclear though, how the government arrived at the Rs 3.2 trillion figure.
PepsiCo India will have to work hard to justify the high price it paid to sponsor the Indian Premier League tournament.
On Record/Parliament deadlock over FDI in Retail
When McDonald's and Pizza Hut came, they (the opposition) protested
saying business would go... But Nathu sweets, Bikanerwala shops have
flourished and expanded, Anand Sharma, Commerce and Industry Minister, to agencies
The recent hanging of Pakistani militant Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab,
involved in the November 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, has revived the
centuries-old debate about whether the death penalty is justified.
Mulled wine is a great companion for a cold winter evening. While it's easy to get wrong, it's not hard to make it the right way either. Here's how.
Apple's thinnest and most sophisticated 2012 edition of iMacs come with
21.5-inch and 27-inch screen sizes, 8GB RAM, an Intel Core i5 processor,
and terabytes (TB) of storage.
Adapting broadway for the big screen is a tricky task, and one that's been attempted countless times. From The Phantom of The Opera, to Chicago, Hairspray and Grease; there've been some hits and an equal number of misses.
An electronic dance music festival held annually at Candolim Beach in Goa held from December 27 to 29. India's finest and most respected food and wine exhibition and more...
The City of Nizams, Hyderabad, has made it to Lonely Planet's Top 10 Cities for 2013.
In a campaign to support professional whistleblower and WikiLeaks
founder, Julian Assange, the acclaimed designer has created a unisex
tshirt which features her face and the words 'I'm Julian Assange'
printed on it.
Government planners had hoped the enormous Ryugyong Hotel would symbolise a resurgent North.
Slip on Google's radical new glasses and bring your world to life.
EspressoGrill in New Delhi has the potential to be a superb deli but wait a while for things to settle before heading over.
Arola, the pica pica Spanish restaurant at the W-Opera, brings a whiff of flamenco to upscale Paris.
With philanthropy, you can not only change the world, you will also change yourself.
Venture beyond the tried and tired and allow yourself to be wooed by the new meccas of nightlife across the globe.
The glitzy, sexy French cabaret troupe descends on the Capital. BT More
takes you behind the scenes, and shows how fantasy is made up of
The microbrewery business is booming in India and it is changing beer, as we know it, for the better.
'I wear my stardom like a t-shirt and not a tuxedo', says SRK who
describes his watch collection as casual and classy. Take a cue.
Mount Gay rum, often referred to as the 'rum that invented rum', was
created in Barbados in 1703. With Christmas around the corner, the
company shares its top rum dessert recipes.
Harkirat Singh, MD, Woodland, talks about the qualities that make a good adventure shoe.
Author of Second Sex (1949) and Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter (1958), the French philosopher pioneered the first wave of feminism.
Vinod Aggarwal of Sunshine Stoves is returning to the classic tradition of using lava rocks in stoves.
Dun & Bradstreet is a leading source of global business information,
which helps companies take decisions with confidence. Kaushal Sampat,
President and CEO, gives you quick tips on decision making.
Suchitra Krishnamoorthy, former actress and singer, tells you why candle light is good for you.
It's what you get when you combine a habitual hogger with the plentiful bounties of the Istanbul food scene.
Outdoor winter exercise can be fun. These tips are likely to make workouts safer and give better results
Here are a few tips to keep your mind razor sharp throughout your life.
Here are a few tips to maintain a perfect posture. While standing, hold your head up, chin in and look straight ahead.
New research suggests regular medical check-ups do not necessarily help in preventing illnesses.
Fossil ties up with the American tattoo artist Mr Cartoon for a new, wackier and wickeder chapter in watch wearing.
In an exclusive tete-a-tete with BT More, UK-based celebrity chefs Anjum Anand and Vineet Bhatia share their culinary philosophy and the inspiration behind it.
Your bags are packed and you're all set to move to that new city or
country. But are you mentally ready for this life-changing event? Here's
how you can be.
Here's a bird's eye view of the Windows 8 hardware that are going to remain in the fray in 2013.
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