Business Today

Cover story | October 23, 2016

How Sun's prescription affected Ranbaxy

How Sun's prescription affected Ranbaxy

One of the earliest diagnoses made by Sun Pharma in the run-up to the Ranbaxy acquisition was that since the entire management was focusing on resolving the US FDA's negative observations, there was a lack of focus towards expanding the business.

October 23, 2016

Editor's Note


The Medicine Men

The Indian pharmaceutical industry has spawned many fascinating stories of entrepreneurs, who started out with limited or no resources but went on to build multinational operations and highly profitable companies, seizing opportunities in India and abroad as they came along.



People Business

Rajan Anandan, Google's Vice President of South-East Asia & India, along with senior executives of Google, unveiled a host of initiatives and products specifically for India. The new launches include free Wi-Fi at popular places, a new version of YouTube and messaging app Allo.



Moral Consciousness

Using Bhishma as the guide, the author explains the importance of values and morals in businesses and governments.

Shades of Resemblance

The complementarity of India and China is more interesting but less discussed than their differences


CII WR Digitizing India Summit 2016


"Right from the beginning we have kept a very precise focus on security"

Wearables 2.0

From biometric shirts to 'tattoo' touchpads, the wearables space is going through an overhaul.

Robots being used for dangerous, painstaking tasks

Indeed, robotics is making rapid strides across the world, including India, being used in manufacturing, services and even for domestic chores.

Transcending Reality

Whether to make reading more interactive or to enable virtual trial rooms, Augmented Reality is making a comeback.

Start-ups in augmented, mixed and virtual reality spaces making real biz

Like the IT services sector, these start-ups feel that given the amount of affordable and ingenious talent available in the country, India is likely to emerge as a key player in the AR/VR/MR global content and services market.

Scientist invents drug to treat diseases of ageing

Resveratrol XAR is a wonder molecule that, according to Tripathi, can alter the genetic code and revitalise cells to ward off chronic age-related diseases. In fact, he claims to have succeeded in what big multinational pharmaceutical companies could not achieve after spending billions of dollars in genetech research.

Brands using social media for more than just marketing

For a social media trends study, EY surveyed 100 brands and 1,250 consumers across Indian metros and asked them about their reasons for being on social media.

Return to Reform

Arun Jaitley is bringing in much needed structural reforms, but their follow through will present major challenges.


SEBI's diktat to mutual funds to disclose distributors gross commission for greater transparency can stunt the growth of the industry.

IPO mkt revival is here to stay: Investment bankers

The 14 IPOs since April were subscribed over 32 times on average. Those of RBL Bank, Advanced Enzyme Technologies, Quess Corp, Mahanagar Gas, Thyrocare Technologies and Ujjivan Financial were subscribed 40 to 82 times.

IPOs have brought a windfall for promoters

Every bull run leads to the emergence of new billionaires. The current one is no different. Just like the promoters of VRL Logistics, Arvind Lal of Dr Lal Pathlabs, too, has made windfall gains. In fact, listing has nearly doubled his wealth.


Why publishers are worried after the High Court ruling on photocopying books.

"Businesses want more consistency in regulations across borders"

The perception of India outside India has been very positive. Prime Minister Modi has been a key contributor to that increased positive perception. Just from the US perspective, he has been very engaged, very active, says John B. Veihmeyer, Global CEO of KPMG.

Share Buyback - A Double-edged Sword?

An increasing number of companies seem to be designing buybacks with an eye on the tax implications rather than to increase shareholder value.

Shifting into High Gear

Business sentiment improves for the second consecutive quarter as corporate leaders expect urban and rural consumption to rise over the next six months, finds the latest Business Today-C fore Business Confidence Survey.

The Balancing Act

The author believes that the US's ability to strike the right balance with the two burgeoning economies - India and China - will shape the future.


Letters to the Editor

Business Today readers share their feedback on the magazine's coverage.



Ruling the Roost

Business Today felicitated the most powerful women in business in a glittering ceremony in Mumbai



In the comfort zone

India's external debt rose by $10.6 billion in 2015/16, but the situation is relatively stable. with India's foreign exchange reserves at a comfortable 74.2 per cent of total external debt, there is no need to be unduly concerned

Sebi's Fair-Play Doctrine for NSE

Following allegations of certain trading firms gaining unfair access at India's biggest bourse, Sebi acts tough. But does it have an answer to the problem?

Diagnosing banks' NPAs problem

Mid and small companies, and the agriculture sector, are major contributors to banks' bad assets. The NPA levels of large corporations are now all set to change with the central bank closing the corporate debt restructuring window.

Staying The Course

GST roll-out by April 1, 2017 looks possible as initial developments show that the government is meeting the targets set in its roadmap.

Money Today

Worst money mistakes to avoid in 2016

Financial mistakes made in your 30s that may haunt you in your 50s

The EMI trap

Buying something on instalments may appeal to your lifestyle needs, but it may lead you to a debt trap that could potentially ruin you.

Financial Planning: Need to Diversify

Certified Financial Planner Pankaaj Maalde analyses the finances of Pradeep Singh and Rupashree Mitra and suggests how they can fulfil their goals

Road to A Secure Future

We bring you tips for making a financial plan so that you can lead a stress-free life.

Yashish Dahiya: E-com is very, very positive

Yashish Dahiya, CEO and co-founder,, in a conversation with Teena Jain Kaushal, explains how online platforms, including e-commerce players, are contributing to the growth of the insurance industry.

Don't Show Me the Money

With disruptive innovations transforming the digital payments space, India is slowly moving towards a cashless economy.

Land or Apartment: What's the Wiser Choice?

While buying a plot of land gives you a bigger sense of ownership, an apartment offers greater security. Read on to know what's best for you.