Business Today

Cover story | Jan 22, 2012

Home finances: 2012 to pinch more than 2011

Home finances: 2012 to pinch more than 2011

If 2011 was full of signs of an economy decelerating - high inflation, a slowdown in manufacturing and rising inventory of unsold apartments - this year will hit Indians where it hurts the most: home finances.

Business confidence takes a big hit

The fourth Business Today-C fore Business Confidence Survey reveals widespread pessimism about the country's business prospects.

Stock mkts face tough times in 2012

Both global uncertainties and domestic challenges will continue to affect the stock markets in 2012.

Who let the Rupee fall?

Rather than maximize from a directional view of rupee weakening or strengthening, the 'Net Open' position a corporate has at any point of time needs to be reduced and managed very delicately by trusted hands.


Fair Tales

A preview of 10 of the hottest new launches and concepts at the Auto Expo 2012 edition.

Auto special: Taking baby steps towards the India car

A few global carmakers have tasted success with cars designed in India, but most are just starting to make inroads into R&D here.

Breaking the mould

For long confined to doing low-end work, Indian companies have emerged as suppliers of critical components to the world's best and biggest carmakers.

Cheap cars make Hyundai walk the tightrope

With demand for cheap cars rising, Hyundai's Indian plants are set to exceed capacity - a challenge for a facility that makes more than 1,000 variants of cars.

Editor's Note

From the Editor: Jan 22, 2012

If you have ever had the misfortune of falling flat when standing erect, you will know that dreadful sensation of the ground rushing up to meet you. That is how India's economy feels.

Deal Watch

Deal Watch

Force Motors, headed by Abhay N. Firodia, Chairman, will exit from Man Force Trucks or MFT, its five-year-old joint venture with Germany's MAN Truck & Bus AG, or MAN.

Reporters Diary

Unisex salon chains on the rise in India

Suddenly, unisex salons are everywhere.


American nightmare

The book spells out succinctly where the US is slipping up.



Starring: Deepak Mehrotra, Harsh Mariwala, Pallavi S. Shroff, Poornima Shenoy, Sunil Dutt, Jean-Claude Monachon

Leadership Spotlight

PVR's Ajay Bijli shares his leadership style

Ajay Bijli, CMD, PVR shares his leadership style.


Pharma firms take combination pill

Though they compete fiercely, Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Aurobindo Pharma, Zydus Cadila, Orchid Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals and Ranbaxy - each one a giant - came together in July 2010 to share their best practices, in a bid to improve efficiency and bring down rising operating costs.

How Ajaita Shah sells solar energy products in villages

Ajaita Shah's Frontier Markets uses village-level community workers to sell solar energy products.

Idea Icons: How these leaders change the way India works

Six of the eight Indians in Thinkers50, a global listing of the world's best business minds, give sharp takes on their respective areas of expertise.

How products and brands have evolved with changing consumers

Once starved of choices, the Indian consumer now has a plethora of them. They are thus influencing the way marketers shape and position their products and brands. Read how products and brands adjust to this new reality and market items mostly the way consumers want them.


2012 going to be tough for jobseekers

The latest Business Today-TeamLease survey says 2012 is going to be tougher for jobseekers.


Reader's forum

The 20th anniversary issue (Change, January 8, 2012) is a collector's delight. As a regular reader of the magazine, I found it sported a new look for this special issue.


Bangalore played perfect host to the BT-Honda Pro-Am tournament

The sprawling course at the Eagleton Golf Village near Bangalore played perfect host to the BT-Honda Pro-Am tournament.


2012 to be a device-filled year

This year will see a host of new service providers who will offer better and cheaper connectivity for high-speed data.


Long way to go for Ambanis reconciliation

The Ambani re-union at Chorwad shows there is a long way to go for reconciliation.

2G: CBI confused on Essar's role

The company is fighting the case on the basis of the group holding just 2.15 per cent in Loop Telecom, which nullifies criminal and civil wrongdoing.

RBI makes it easier for Indian firms to raise funds overseas

The central bank makes it easier for Indian companies to raise funds overseas.

Has the arrest of Rajat Gupta dented the image of the global Indian?

Most seem perturbed by the relentless media coverage of the arrest of Rajat Gupta on insider trading charges as well as his portrayal in sections of the US media as greedy and dishonest.

Review: Canon Powershot s100

An compelling camera Canon Powershot s100 and a mini tablet Samsung Galaxy Note.

Can Pipavav pull out of loan worries?

Pipavav Defence promoters hope to cut their pledged shares by half by March.

On record

There is a general feeling in this country that economic reforms means FDI. If you do something for FDI, then you are a great reformer, says
Yashwant Sinha, BJP leader and Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance, in Mint.

Indian firms can reap huge profits with generic copies of drugs

Indian companies could reap huge profits with the generic copies of drugs that are set to go off-patent between 2012 and 2016. A snapshot of what the top six stand to gain.

5 steps to here

Drug maker Ranbaxy Laboratories has reached an agreement with the US health regulator to lift a ban on import of drugs from its certain factories in India.

How things work

In November, Chief Minister Mayawati had pushed through a resolution in the state assembly to this effect, without taking into consideration economic and administrative issues.



Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, seen with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi, has sealed a $15 billion currency swap line with India, expected to support the falling rupee.

Smart executive

Old fables to help improve work habits

This new year, turn to the old fables to improve your work habits.