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Cover story | December 20, 2015

Telcos ready to battle it out for India's 4G data mkt

Telcos ready to battle it out for India's 4G data mkt

While Airtel has introduced 4G services, Reliance Jio's launch is round the corner. Vodafone is due to launch 4G services this month while Idea will introduce it in the first half of 2016.

December 20, 2015

Editor's Note

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The New Telecom War

Telecom industry's big fight will take place between Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio. Both are formidable players and both are using very different strategies in the 4G market.

Policy Watch

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Travel plans stay unaffected due to cash ban

Sustaining growth momentum in foreign tourists arrivals despite demonetisation and push for adventure tourism were some of the highlights of Tourism Ministry in 2016.

Leadership Spotlight

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Challenge was of partial portfolio: Merc-Benz India

Roland S Folger, MD & CEO of Mercedes-Benz India, talks to Chanchal Pal Chauhan about how he attained pole position in India's luxury car market.

Features

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Self drive rental service cos offer a string of benefits

Self-driven cars companies like Revv, Zoomcar and Myles allow the luxury of a holiday trip. Some even offer 24x7 road-side assistance, making the experience less stressful.

Tough road ahead for start-ups behind online medical tools

A bunch of start-ups is not only arming doctors with the tools to manage their business efficiently, but also helping them spread their reach through online search tools and even private chat tools in the WhatsApp mould.

Maggi will take a long haul to return to its charm

The TRA's 2015 report on India's Most Attractive Brands shows Maggi's overall attractiveness ranking having fallen from 44th in 2013 to 100th in 2015, a 56-rank drop.

Corporates should focus on creating long-term value for employees

Corporates are forced to deconstruct due to their size or diversification, investor engagement as well as strategy and governance issues.

Level of optimism on GST has gone up: Jayant Sinha

The Minister of State for Finance says that any further delay in GST implementation will be a setback for the economy.

Fall in gold prices has gold loan companies reeling

The price of gold declined from a high of more than Rs 29,000 per 10 gm in January 2013 to Rs 25,550 per ten gm (as of December 2).

Fast food firms vie for a big slice of burger mkt

While India's growing economy and favourable demographics is a natural pull, the fast evolving Indian consumer is perhaps making this a right time for burger bigwigs to enter.

Widening tax base needs more efficient taxman

Income Tax employees are demanding better infrastructure and manpower to handle the ever-increasing responsibilities.

Scooters have resurfaced in India's two-wheeler mkt

Scooters have returned from near-oblivion in the 2000s to claim 30 per cent of the two-wheeler market. The dramatic tale of their rise, decline and recovery.

Columns

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Analysing Budget 2018 and the saving-investment climate

The Economic Survey also pointed to the criticality of private investment through its finding that three-fifths of the investment slowdown episodes.

Event

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Top CEO's participate in the Lloyd Business Today Pro-Am of Champions 2016

Played on the Stableford format with Double Peoria handicap, the cool November morning witnessed some great golfing action with players vying for both individual as well as team prizes.

Corporate

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How V Resorts moved up from a hospitality startup

It is the story of a successful pivot, from a budget accommodation play to a more premium one where experiences hold the key.

Maruti bets on NEXA outlets to shed mass mkt tag

Maruti is opening to re-invent itself for the premium segment. The idea is to shed its image as a maker of budget cars. NEXA, it says, will offer options to customers looking for upgrades.

Technology

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Xiaomi India set to cross $2-billion revenue benchmark this year, says MD Manu Kumar Jain

Within a year Xiaomi has reached the top spot in the mobile phone market in India - giving a tough competition to Samsung - though it does not have a very significant offline presence

Markets

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Bull rocks the street

Experts aren't interested to ride the bull on concerns over valuations, but when everyone on the street seen to be cautious, markets never oblige.

Focus

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THE LOOMING CRISIS

A drought looms over half of India. Some 18 states are staring at a drought like situation in several districts. It has forced the Union government to announce a raft of relief measures for the farmers. But, clearly, more needs to be done.

FIIs still positive despite bearish sentiment on mkts

Foreign institutional investors which is the lifeline of the Indian equity market, have turned net sellers and pulled out $3.5 billion in the past four months.

Defending the Web

Preventing cyber attacks is impossible. However, companies can minimise the damage.

Science

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Fiat Chrysler and Renault in tie-up talks: Sources

FCA and Renault have a combined market capitalization approaching 33 billion euros ($37 billion) and total global sales of 8.7 million vehicles

Sector Report

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Govt to start identifying new spectrum bands for 5G rollout

Harmonised and contiguous spectrum needed for deployment of next generation access technologies will also be made available, a DoT note said.

India's Best B-Schools 2018

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Integration of Brahmos missiles on over 50 Sukhoi jets to be fast-tracked

Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) and the BrahMos Aerospace Ltd were told to expedite implementation of the project so that it can be completed much before the scheduled deadline of December 2020

Best Companies to Work For 2019

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DIAL plans to connect Delhi's IGI Airport terminals, Aerocity with 'air train'

As per DIAL, the project would be completed in 3-4 years. This timeframe fits with other timelines given by IGIA for the completion of ongoing and future phase-wise expansion projects.

Money Today

11 financial mistakes people in their 30s make to regret later

You are young and healthy. You do not worry about the future. You like splurging and partying. You want to spend today than save for tomorrow. After all, who knows what future has in store for us. It's all fine until you realise one day that retirement is not far and you need to start saving for it.

A Brand New Vista

Instead of rushed flights, check into Vivanta by Taj Dwarka and get refreshed with Vistara's fly and stay package

OYO Rooms' CEO on how to be a successful entrepreneur

Ritesh Agarwal's highly successful start-up allows users to log on and book rooms at budget hotels and guesthouses around the country.

The Raw Basics Of Power Eating

Treat your body well to get the most out of it. Healthy diet plans deconstructed for easy consumption.

Sangria Days in Spain

Barcelona isn't the only place worth visiting. There's a lot more to Spain, both famous and not-so-famous that deserves a visit.

How to travel smart & light to an important biz conference

Travelling shouldn't be a stressful experience even if you're headed to an important business conference

Ace The Pocket Square

Will Ayers of WILLIAM shares all the tips you need on wearing those otherwise intimidating squares with elan.

For the Long Run

Reebok's ZJet Run Ghost shoe gets its inspiration from a jet engine and is equipped with the proprietary Speed Channel moving air technology offering maximum cushioning and flexibility.

Mexican Wave

The food festival at Eggspectation, Jaypee Vasant Continental's all-day coffee shop which is on till the 13th of Dec is proving to be popular with many in Delhi.

European Rhapsody

Indigo Deli, located at the Golden Mile off Bhikaji Cama Place invites those looking for a fine meal at an elegant destination.

Pilot Project

Breitling's first boutique in India has many delights for the discerning horophiliac.

Not just a backyard

Situated on the main road that flanks Green Park, The Backyard is a fun space for a night out in town.