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Cover story | November 20, 2016

Ratan Tata vs Cyrus Mistry: The boardroom coup raises more questions than it answers

Ratan Tata vs Cyrus Mistry: The boardroom coup raises more questions than it answers

The group that prides itself on ethics, highest standards of corporate governance and social change, has a lot of explaining to do for the issues raised to contain further reputational damage.

A Messy Breakup

The conclusions one can draw from the abrupt removal of Cyrus Mistry

November 20, 2016

Editor's Note


The Tata Sons Imbroglio

This year, the fireworks started a week before Diwali. On Monday, October 24, the board of directors of Tata Sons, on the advice of the principal shareholders - the Tata Trusts - decided to "replace" the chairman of Tata Sons, Cyrus Mistry.





BT 500 to 1000: India's Most Valuable Companies

Check out the list of India's top 500 to 1000 companies based on their market capitalisation.

BT 500: India's Most Valuable Companies

Check out the list of India's top 500 companies based on their market capitalisation.

BT 500: The numbers game

Discernible trends from an analysis of BT500 data

And the winner is...

iPhone 7 Plus vs Pixel XL

HDFC Bank faces challenges from new entrants

In the past two decades, HDFC Bank has perfected its business model of consumer banking, SMES and corporate banking with a focus largely on working capital loans. It is now creating new growth engines.


Rs 5.63 lakh crore, worth of investment commitments to Madhya Pradesh across sectors during the two-day Global Investors' Summit in Bhopal, said Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.


What (un)follows when brands turn annoying on social media.

"Technology is not cheap in India"

Sushobhan Dasgupta, Managing Director, Johnson & Johnson Medical India, & VP, Diabetes Care, Asia Pacific, talks to P.B. Jayakumar about the changes that need to be brought about in the Indian medical devices industry.

Stitching it Right

Indian textile and apparel companies benefit as global brands look beyond China for sourcing. The sector also shows the highest growth in market cap in the BT500.

The Big Two

The gap between No. 1 TCS and No. 2 RIL has begun to reduce, but the difference is still significant.

Private banks are beating PSBs in terms of market cap growth

Private banks are consistently beating the public sector banks in terms of the market cap growth. And the difference is only widening.

Bitter Pill

Many major pharma stocks, seen as safe bets in the worst of times, have seen their market caps slip in the past year. Is pharma losing its sheen on the bourses?

Slipping on Oil

Oil producer ONGC lost the most market cap in the BT500. But with OPEC talking about production cut and price corrections, the company will hope for a change in fortune.

Digging Deep

With the worst performance among sectors in BT500, most mining and metal companies continue to struggle.

How we did it

When we decided to tweak the methodology of the BT500 this year, it was only the third time in our flagship listing's 24-year history.

The mega churn

Seven changes in Top 10 and 19 in Top 25 mark the latest edition of BT500 rankings as markets punished the reckless. After a difficult year, India Inc can expect a sunnier 2016/17.

Indian Oil Corporation rakes up the highest growth in profits

Oil marketing company Indian Oil Corporation continued to ride the softening of oil prices, raking up the highest growth in profits among the BT500 companies.

Back in the Reckoning

Infosys makes a comeback to the Top 5 of the BT500 listing, after a five-year hiatus.

Top of the World

Newly-listed IndiGo is the top new entrant in BT500 and, expectedly, the market's favourite in its sector.

Sailing Through the Rough

The biggest gainer in market cap in the Top 10, Housing Development Finance Corp is consistently focusing on improving ROE and operational efficiency to generate wealth for its shareholders.


India Inc. reined in dividend payouts in 2015/16, a consequence of subdued corporate results in the fiscal year.

Ready for battle

The rising competition in the telecom sector has spoiled Bharti Airtel's party. The company is gearing up for a prolonged fight.

Against the Odds

This story of how an Indian entrepreneur painstakingly built a microfinance institution is both genuine and inspiring.



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GST: Hopes of a simpler tax regime look remote

As things stand today, the GST will comprise a minimum tax of 6 per cent, two standard rates of 12 per cent and 18 per cent, and a peak rate of 26 per cent, besides additional cesses on sin goods.

Telangana needs more administrative efficiency to cover 31 districts

 In a little over two years since its formation, Telangana now has 31 smaller districts from the earlier 10. But it may not add to administrative efficiency.

Will FM's formula solve banks' NPAs problem?

In a little over one year after coming to power, the Narendra Modi government had launched an 'Indradanush' package to recapitalise PSU banks that were reeling under bad debts.

Is IT the End?

The growth of India's famed software companies has slowed. It may be a new normal.

Quality Over Quantity

The Centre's policies have made India an attractive FDI destination, but a more liberal environment would give the much-needed boost to the economy.