Business Today

Cover story | July 14, 2019

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Capital Leader

A tale of two cities: Bengaluru retains its spot as India's start-up capital but Delhi-NCR is fast catching up

Editor's Note

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The Start-Up Ecosystem

Our special issue on start-ups looks at all the trends worth noting in the ecosystem today

Leadership Spotlight

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Leaderspeak

Born and raised in Mumbai, Zaiwalla was the first Asian to set up a City law firm in London, and has been involved in more than 1,200 arbitrations globally. He has also worked for the Nehru-Gandhi family and the Bachchan brothers

The Buzz

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Legal Hurdles Ahead

First of all, there could be legal hurdles if such a move topples the prevailing reservation and quota system in government jobs

All Eyes On Commercial Assets

By 2018, commercial realty had become the darling of PE firms, attracting 70 per cent of the funding

FDI Drying Up

Analysts say deals have dried up as MNCs no longer view India as a safe haven to invest, despite its potential

Lenders In A Fix

The biggest tangible asset for Jet is its owned aircraft - 10 Boeing 777s and six A330s

Delays Continue

Of the 12 big cases, just three companies - Bhushan Steel, Monnet Ispat and Electrosteel Steels - have been sold so far and the court ordered liquidation of Lanco Infratech and ABG Shipyard

Revenue Concerns Delay Rate Cuts

It was expected that the council would cut the rate on electric vehicles (EVs) from 12 per cent to 5 per cent and on small passenger cars from 28 per cent to 18 per cent, giving a boost to car sales

Back To Business

In this session, 10 bills are slated to be tabled in the lok sabha

On-Tap Bonanza

The RBI should be cautious as initial success of the existing close to a dozen banks came from their erstwhile micro-finance business

Cutting Aviation Fuel Bills

Taxibots are used to tow aircraft from gates to the runway, and saves up to 200 kilogram of aviation fuel (ATF)

Social Backers

Want a Bhojpuri movie dialogue as WhatsApp status or save someone elses Instagram stories? These apps have it all sorted out

The Hub

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Budget 2019 should address issues in agriculture, infra, exports, financial services and taxation

Agriculture, infrastructure, exports, financial services and taxation are some of the critical sectors that need immediate attention. The 2019 Budget needs to address these concerns

Budget 2019: Govt should find long-term solutions to the economy's structural problems

The government should use its massive mandate to find long-term solutions to the economy's structural problems

Budget 2019: The Saffron Hand

Despite a historic mandate, the Modi government will find it difficult to ignore the wish list of RSS affiliates

Budget 2019: Sweet Spot For States

The fiscal deficit of states is lower than estimated, while their share in central taxes and GST compensation has increased.

Budget 2019: 'Government Will Follow An Expansionary Fiscal Policy'

As the Narendra Modi government gets ready to present its first full Budget of the current term on July 5, Gopal Krishna Agarwal, the BJP's National Spokesperson on Economic Affairs, says the focus will be on more efficient revenue realisation rather than increasing the tax burden. Agarwal, a qualified chartered accountant, tells Business Today's Joe C. Mathew that Budget 2019/20 is likely to prioritise infrastructure spending to strengthen agriculture, rural economy and job creation. Edited excerpts:

Big Battle Over Small SUVs

Compact SUVs are an outlier in a sluggish passenger vehicle market in India. With everybody aspiring for a piece of action, competition is set to ratchet up

The Break-Out Zone

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A Mixed Bag

The earphones come with 9 mm audio drivers and the output is sharp and loud

Intelligent, To The Core

The lamp comes with a five-year warranty, but the company claims the light quality will last 60 years

Back To The Fore

Modern-day lifestyle often leads to back and neck pain, but it could be an early symptom of serious health problems

Smart Fitments For Borderless Homes

As cities run out of space, we have little option but to depend on furniture which gets transformed at our command

Up Your Game

Five must-experience apps to improve productivity at work

Summer Offerings

A stunning island resort, haute horology, retro and contemporary fashion - these exclusives from iconic brands will take your breath away

Future Imperfect

Silicon Valley might be the beating heart of Big Tech and the start-up ecosystem, but the way ahead remains unclear as it gets more profit-minded and less caring about humankind

Coolest Start-ups 2019

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Small, Smaller, Smallest

Bhasker 'Bosky' Kode's Bon focusses only on non-salaried borrowers, a segment that most fintech start-ups stay away from

On The Move

Bengaluru-based urban mobility start-up Yulu Bikes provides bicycles and battery-operated two-wheelers to solve first and last-mile connectivity issues

Every Drop Matters

WEGoT's VenAqua tracks water usage and helps reduce consumption

Keeping It Small

Toffee Insurance has made it big by selling insurance for things like bicycles, backpacks and even gym injuries

Exploring New Worlds

Scapic's Web browser helps even non-techies create AR/VR content

Checkpoint

MyGate's easy-to-use app gives gated colonies a way to keep track of entries and exits, improving security

Mother Knows Best

Varun and Ghazal Alagh of Mamaearth have gone from having six chemical-free products for small children to over 60 in just three years

Finding The Stars

An eminent jury selects start-ups that promise to make a difference

Taking Stock

Increff is an analytics enterprise that uses data tools to help fashion and lifestyle brands optimise their inventory turnover

Robo In The Pit

Kerala-based Genrobotics uses automation to address manual scavenging

Intelligent Buildings

Using its SaaS platform, Facilio manages building operations, making them intelligent and energy-efficient

Clean Water, Green Water

Taking a cue from the digestive physiology of a cow, ECOSTP is treating sewage water and finding takers

Clearing The Air

Bengaluru-based B2B start-up Clairco provides clean air through AC as a service

Talking To Angels

What angel investors look at before deciding to fund a start-up

Money Today

What Lies Ahead For Investors

While the NDA's return assures political stability, concerns related to auto, infrastructure, banking, NBFC sectors, apart from reduced consumption, loom large. Here is how you can handle the uncertainty in stock markets

Losing The Safety Tag

Debt funds have eroded substantial investor wealth over the past few months. Are they worth the risk?

Money Matters

Managing your money can be tricky. Send your queries, and personal finance experts will help you resolve any issue

What's New In Tax Filing

This year, there have been a lot of changes in ITR forms. Here is the low-down on new ITR mandates and must-follow steps