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Booking profits online

Finally a service that helps you get your hands on that book you really wanted to read for a while now.

Primary's secondary no more

Amid the gloom and doom about the education sector, some good news is beginning to filter from the most unexpected quarter: primary education.

Funds dial IT czars for Satyam deal

Some large investors in Satyam have approached rival firms and buyout funds to sell their stakes and even push for its takeover. All about Satyam-Maytas deal

From year to eternity

Many small players made it big in 2006, and many more are on the path to greatness, standing up to competition and cashing in on opportunities.

Office cab@ 2am. How safe?

Office cabs are the lifelines of graveyard shift workers. But just how safe are they?

Indian eco boom heard around the globe

The world is waking up to the power of the Indian economy as it unleashes its full potential.

Security gizmos to ferry the young techies safely

The boom in the BPO sector in India has opened huge business opportunity for various subsidiary business, one of them being logistics.

Sunday ET: Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu heading into second year of severe power crisis

Power cuts can last up to 16 hours a day in Tamil Nadu while all supply of gas to power stations has been stopped since March 1 in Andhra Pradesh.

E-commerce firms Flipkart, Infibeam, LetsBuy brace for Amazon assault

As Bezos prepares to take off in India with Amazon, rival Indian e-commerce firms are hoping they don't meet the same fate

IIMs, others woo Asian, Gulf recruiters

The global economic slowdown is expected to hit the graduating class from B-schools very hard and the big alma maters in the country are doing their bit to help.

India Inc cuts jobs, frills to stay in shape

The financial sector continued to see more blood-letting, as blows from axe wielded in NY and London were felt in India. Working from home? I Planning for pink slip

'We can 'pick to pack' within a day'

Mr Vineet Chhabra, managing director and group CEO of Global Green spoke to ET about Global Green’s experience, challenges in the agriculture sector in India and other issues.

Terror strikes Delhi; 20 dead, several injured

Four people including a 12-year-old boy, who was a key eye-witness, was detained in connection with the blasts in Delhi. Delhi Blasts in Pics | More on Delhi Blasts

PM sounds terror alert

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday shared with state chief minister’s intelligence inputs warning of an escalation in terrorist activities across the country.

Top five midcap stocks which have doubled investments in 2012

There are already a few stocks which have outperformed the benchmark index and have given a return of over 100 per cent so far in the year 2012.

India faces severe water crisis: Solve major disputes, clean rivers on priority

From water-sharing conflicts to failed clean-up attempts to interlinking, India's rivers could do with some farsighted management.

SIMI, the first among terror suspects

Every time a bomb goes off in some part of the country, the needle of suspicion invariably turns to Students Islamic Movement of India.

Five upcoming investment-banking firms that are going places

These investment-banking firms are thriving in their own niches. They are small, but growing. They don’t do everything, but they do it well.

Extensive use of technology and introduction of conscription can create 20 lakh additional teachers

We need to convert literacy to education and cover the country's youth immediately to make this century truly ours.

Why entrepreneurs are dumping US; Start-up Visa may help

The Start-up Visa, a new bill that is being considered by the US Congress, may yet save immigrant entrepreneurship in the US.

India Inc creates Change Managers

When the joint CEOs at Wipro suddenly quit a few months ago, and a massive restructure was on the cards, one of the first things the company's 150 business heads did was hit the story board.

Sathya Sai Baba passes away, leaves behind Rs 40,000-cr worth empire with no clear succession plan

Speculation has mounted in recent weeks that there will be bitter fight to control the fortune and that the govt may step in to take over and run the trust.

FDI proposals worth Rs 1,820.84 cr cleared

Finance Minister P Chidambaram has approved 18 foreign direct investment proposals worth Rs 1,820.84 crore recommended by the Foreign Investment Promotion Board at its meeting held on May 9.

Central institutes have capacity for quota this year

There is some good news for HRD minister Arjun Singh. Central education institutions seem prepared to take on the increases necessitated by the reservation for Other Backward Classes, at least for the first year.

Elbee's dead, long live Elbee Express

Nikhil Shah went with Elbee, once one of India's largest express logistics company, as he believes the brand name still has resonance with customers.

Infosys, TCS & Wipro go to US campuses to hire local US talent

Indian tech firms are eyeing US universities, as stricter immigration norms and high unemployment rate make local hiring attractive in the country.

Walt Disney to more than double UTV stake to 32%

Walt Disney Co has reached a deal to more than double its stake in Indian TV and movie content maker UTV, the two firms said, underscoring the US entertainment firm’s efforts to expand globally.

Indian software giants wary of US slowdown

TCS, Infosys and Wipro expect clients to send more work to low-cost India even as they pare overall technology budgets. R Power IPO | Business week in pics

New telecom players to ring in $5 bn bonanza

The 9 groups that received a total of 121 LoIs from the DOT can start rolling out their services from late 2008. Day in Pics | Mobile buzz

Man Friday's just a click away: Virtual PAs are in

VPA firms are increasingly becoming one-stop shops for a range of office, administrative and secretarial tasks as executives struggle to juggle routine office and personal tasks, and their core business.

BPOs servicing retailers suffered due to low holiday season sales

The agents at BPO companies across the country haven’t been very busy this holiday season due to low consumer spending in the US and Europe.

Go organic as vegetables turn pricey

Increasing the importance of farmers in the production cycle, gives them a better price for their produce and cuts out middlemen who inflate prices.

Diamond consumer market still reasonably healthy: Stephen Lussier, Forevermark

Stephen Lussier, CEO of Forevermark, a De Beers brand, tells ET how the business has changed since 1981 and why Surat will continue to be a diamond hub despite Chinese competition.

Vote on account 2014: Few major tax changes that happened during last decade

Here are a few major tax changes that happened during the last decade and identify the good, bad and ugly part of it.

Experts reaction on Infosys Q2 results

Infosys Technologies, country's second-largest software services exporter, beat street estimates with a 13 per cent rise in quarterly net profit helped by increased spending on IT projects by clients.

Infy, TCS, Wipro back on track for double-digit growth

TCS, Wipro & Infosys are expected to grow 20% in second quarter as US & Europe step up tech spending.

Brinjal Reheated

The assessment report prepared by six premier science academies has turned out to be a mere compilation of arguments that goes on to recommend ‘‘limited release’’.

BPOs rev up success story, cabs on accident overdrive

BPOs form an integral part of India’s growth story in the new millennium. But their success is riddled with some sad tales too, especially in the NCR.

Companies that understand what ‘freedom at workplace’ means

The Power of Ideas series identifies a few companies that understand what ‘freedom at workplace’ means and are working hard to institute the culture in their organisation. Google has honed that to an art.

How to fund your own startup

Here are the best ways in which you can source money for your own venture in accordance with its growth stage and needs.

India is an underweight for regional investors: Emil Wolter, RBS

Emil Wolter, Head of Regional Strategy, Asian Equities, Global Banking & Markets, RBS, in an interview with ET Now talks about the Indian markets and various sectors.

Food prices unlikely to singe in festive season

Grocery shoppers and branded food makers alike may not have to agonise over buying cooking oil, basmati, maida, pulses, sugar and spices during the approaching festival season as their prices are expected to stay modest.

Why Indian MNCs find it difficult to gain developed world’s approval

After spectacularly announcing their arrival on the global stage in the boom years, India Inc’s global ambitions face a reality check in the developed world.

Watch Sunil Mittal's next moves!

Will Sunil Mittal get into the business of bundling handsets like Vodafone? Watch out for his next strategy.

Banks that took Greenspan’s advice pay the price

It was bound to happen sooner or later, an out-of-the-blue reminder that the froth or the boom or the disconnect between prices and fundamentals in the housing market would have a financial after-shock.

Book publishing business gets facelift with new tech & products

The dynamics of the book publishing business is changing with new tech and products jostling for shelf-space.

Bridge urban-rural divide: Bilimoria

On the closing day of the 5th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, we caught up with Bilimoria, CEO, Cobra Beer.

The Times is Now

Two of the country’s biggest brands come together - as The Times of India marks India’s 60th year of Independence, with a manifesto for change.

Caritas India: The best networked NGO you haven't heard of

The NGO, Caritas India, maintains a low profile but is present in almost every relief operation and has been around for 50 years.

How Premji Jr survived the Wipro interview

The inside story of how Rishad Premji was grilled for hours before finally getting the offer letter.

India, Inc. dishes out 20% mid-term hikes

Intense competition and growing demand have made companies pull out all stops to retain top talent.

It doesn't get more creative than this

Newscasters, techies, engineers and cooks were not creative. But if you were in advertising, you were certainly in a highly creative industry! Not any more. Today, everyone is creative. And everyone makes money being creative.

India draws 25% of global R&D funds

India’s innovation basket is set to swell, as it continues to be a hot R&D destination for global cos.

Thankgod it's Friday

Ladies and gentlemen, good evening and welcome to The Economic Times Awards For Corporate Excellence. It is customary for a welcome address to be extremely formal, and brief.

Why did rich Rajat Gupta turn to grubby business of insider trading?

Federal prosecutors claim that Gupta leaked information to Raj Rajaratnam, the CEO of the Galleon Group about key corporate developments.

Get back to the drawing board

Established contemporary artists will ride out bearish markets. It’s the young, emerging and mid-career artists who need to be prepared for a long and arduous grind.

US zooms in on Indian tech scene, urges firms to expand, create jobs

Indian companies see it as an opportunity to get access to skilled labour & win lucrative deals.

Air India pilots' strike ends: Why hopes of turnaround for the airline are almost over

Key financial numbers in an internal report on Air India show why the problem is worse than previous dire predictions.

Recession a rude wake-up call for NRI-rich villages

Global financial crisis, Dubai trouble force the dollar-dirham rich NRIs to dip into reserves built on emigrant money. NRI investments | Where Re comes from & goes

CEO hiring gathers pace as economy sees a turnaround

India Inc saw a staggering 84% rise in CEO attrition in just 10 months of current calendar year to seek greener pastures. New teen CEOs | Meet the Gen Y CEOs

Fake & sub-standard drugs: India, China may be worst offenders

Despite efforts globally, sales of fake medicines are rising rapidly, and the menace could be worse than the health threat posed by Big Tobacco.

India-China: Cold Peace

Only concerted efforts by New Delhi and Beijing to find ways to cooperate, even as they try to resolve conflicts of varying intensity, can the Asian century prosper.

Technology sector transforms into a giant R&D machine

Indian technology sector has rapidly transformed into a giant R&D machine.

NR Narayana Murthy back as executive chairman: Is this what Infosys needed?

Executive co-chairman Kris Gopalakrishnan has been demoted to the role of vice-chairman and Rohan will be executive assistant to his father.

Grasim to sell cement biz to UltraTech

UltraTech will buy Grasim’s cement division in a deal worth more than $2 billion as the Aditya Birla Group’s attempts to consolidate its cement business under one single roof reaches fruition after 11 long years.

Kolkata breathes easy sans its old vehicles

With 15-year-old commercial vehicles out of Kolkata roads, the city's air is easier on the lungs these days, but many more green miles need to be covered.

Best Companies To Work For 2011: Companies ranked from 21 to 30

The Economic Times and Great Place to Work Institute joined hands to find out the best workplaces; companies that cared for its employees and vice-versa.

Cyber defence: How prepared is India for cyber warfare

Israel did it first. The Chinese copied it. Now the West is revving up its cyber defence prowess. Here’s a look at where India stands.

We don't plan to seek any approval from any regulator: Arindam Chaudhuri of IIPM

A close look at the companies that house the various business interests of Arindam Chaudhuri throw up several operating traits.

If it's election time in Tamil Nadu, Rajinikanth is the Boss

As Tamil Nadu goes to polls on April 13, candidates from virtually every party in the state have been queuing up for a meeting and a photo-op with 'Superstar' Rajinikanth.

Bollywood no longer talks of piracy; but ignoring dangers of online can be costly

Producers adopted new distribution technologies, looking to end the creation of copies within theatres, either directly from reel or by filming the screen.

PEs date hotels, telecom and nature

Its no more only realty, PE money is now pouring in wide range of sectors including hospitality, telecom and alternative energy. FIIs may face tougher entry norms

Inside the war rooms...

It's a frentic activity, everywhere. From Crafting speeches to throwing and defending political punches, both BJP and Congress strategists are ramping up for bruising days ahead.

Direct Cash Transfer scheme: 6 questions UPA need to give convincing answers

On Dec 17, Jairam Ramesh and Nandan Nilekani will brief the NAC and select members of the media about the government’s cash transfer plan.

Some of the most creative minds in media & their stunning achievements

Here are some of the fine men and women who've been making them blur. Team BE brings you some of the most creative minds in media, their story so far and what keeps them going.

Meet Krishnan & Meena Ganesh: The husband-wife duo with 100% success rate in start-up world

They are investors, mentors and entrepreneurs all rolled into one, with the likes of Ratan Tata and Ronnie Screwvala buying into their vision.

Stocks to watch: Satyam, Wipro, Unitech

Stocks are expected to open on a negative note Wednesday tracking the weakness in global markets.

Terror in India not linked to Kashmir: Pranab

Slamming Pakistan for linking Mumbai attacks to non-resolution of Kashmir issue, India on Thursday asked it to take "serious" action to completely dismantle terror infrastructure.

Can SpiceJet's COO Sanjiv Kapoor turn around the cash-strapped airline?

Sanjiv Kapoor, who runs the cash-strapped, crisis-racked low-cost carrier SpiceJet, has the toughest job in Indian aviation.

Does your appearance make you more ‘hireable’ and ‘promotable’?

71% of India says yes, it does. In real life, it's easy to figure out a 36-24-36 from a 40-45-50. But is the equation as simplistic in your workplace?

Bollywood's rivals: TV - short films combo

In a country obsessed with Bollywood, why are television channels looking for short films? TRPs or hara-kiri?

MoF to draw up norms for claim of foreign tax credit

The Ministry of Finance (MoF) is examining issues relating to the grant of foreign tax credit (FTC) in India for taxes paid overseas and is expected to issue guidelines.

Why India's think-tank community fails in raising funds from Indian entrepreneurs

The harsh truth is that many Indian institutions are simply not good at the grubby task of fundraising, which American institutions excel at.

Meet India's hottest YouTube stars who are all the rage with the millennial generation

Sharp growth in internet connections, a surge in smartphone sales and the emergence of YouTube role models like AIB and TVF worked as a catalyst.

Nuclear deal could benefit over 400 companies

The N-deal, if passed, could open up new vistas for equipment makers for nuke power plants. Latest on the trust vote | Fence Sitters | Nuclear melodrama

We're looking at returns on data overall, not returns on technology: Sanjay Kapoor, Bharti Airtel

Sanjay Kapoor spoke exclusively to ET on how he data-enabled the telecom giant that straddles every tech platform in the telco space—2G to 4G.

Buy IT at any opportunity: P N Vijay

P N Vijay, Portfolio Manager, www.askpnvijay.com spoke to ET Now on the way forward for the markets.

The Coke side of a third life

No high-decibel Cola war. No memorable tongue-in-cheek TV campaigns. No big-bang celebrities getting signed on.

Rewards on performance helps create employee connect

Paying people is obviously not a choice. The crucial choice lies first in choosing to invest in building deeper bonds with employees. Beware of common interview Qs

Studying global Indian entrepreneurship

No more local, regional, national. Entrepreneurs today are going global from the start, says Harvard’s Daniel Isenberg.

Cyclicals have seen steep rally, it is time to book profits: Saurabh Mukherjea, Ambit Capital

"Sobha Developers and Torrent Power are the sort of names that I will be looking at quite carefully over the next month and also Federal Bank."

IPL spot-fixing: Despite BCCI chief Srinivasan stepping down, corruption still remains a grave question

IPL gets another season and, despite the SC ordering BCCI chief Srinivasan to step down, albeit temporarily, the cloud of corruption over the league has hardly drifted away.

The five fundamental differences between India's top two corporate law firms Amarchand & Mangaldas and AZB Partners

Respect and rivalry aside, India's top two corporate law firms are anything but cut from the same stone. ET traces the five fundamental differences between the 95-year-old Amarchand & Mangaldas and the 10-year-old AZB Partners.

Angel investor: A life line for rookie entrepreneurs

When a rookie entrepreneur is not yet ready for venture capital funding, it is the angel investor who gives that person wings. 11 tips to grow beyond start-up phase

Old boys' clubs of Doon School, IITs, IIMs, Harvard and others mean more than just databases

Stephen's and Oxbridge alumni networks, step back. IIM, IIT, Harvard, come forward. These are new old boys' clubs with maximum influence.

Five Indian start-ups made in economic slowdown & lessons they offer

ET is profiling five start-ups that have begun their lives during the ongoing tough times and shares lessons these intrepid companies have to offer.

Five Indian start-ups made in economic slowdown & lessons they offer

ET is profiling five start-ups that have begun their lives during the ongoing tough times and shares lessons these intrepid companies have to offer.

Tele-medicine catching up but still a long way to go

Efforts by healthcare providers to reach out to the masses in far flung areas of the country using cutting edge technology appears to be gradually making a headway these days after the initial hype about tele-medicine has weaned away.

Off-site food services hot with young guns

The contract food market in India is at Rs 2,600 cr. Of this, the off-site food market is alone close to Rs 600 cr and is growing at over 25%. ET Awards 2007

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