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More than Nerve Racking
If you are looking pale and feeling tired all the time, if your skin (especially the knuckles) is darkening, if you have severe joint pains, pins and needles sensation or feel a numbness while walking, you could be suffering from vitamin B12 deficien
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No Liability, says Facebook
No Liability, says Facebook Facebook has agreed to pay a fine of $643,000 to Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), the UK's information rights regulator, to settle the privacy breach probe involving Cambridge Analytica. However, the social media g
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Crunch Time
It's been a tough year, not just for the economy, but for India Inc. too. As the economy wades through a longish slowdown, India Inc. appears to have strengthened its resolve and tightened its belt. Total income of BT 500 companies rose 16.4 per cent
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Out For A Dream Walk
How does it feel when real and virtual worlds merge and you become part of The Matrix in real time? In a Stanford University Microsoft research project on human computer interaction, researchers substituted a real world walking experience with a virt
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Smart And Good Looking
A water purifier is an essential kitchen appliance, but not many companies have thought of making it smart and sleek. Xiaomi is an exception, though. It has come up with a connected gadget that works smart and looks flaunt worthy in matte white. But
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The Odyssey from Classical to Quantum
Once upon a time, there was Moore's Law, an observation by Intel Co founder Gordon Moore, who said computing power (or rather, the number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits) doubled every two years. The law held for decades. But fo
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Shrinking Level
As various investment avenues like real estate, gold and fixed deposits were going through a series of crises, the stock market was thriving, mainly due to domestic investors. The BSE Sensex went up by around 16 per cent and seven per cent in the yea
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Sound Performance
Automation, regulatory pressure and fears of a downturn resulted in heightened volatility in the IT/ITeS space. But unlike other industry segments such as FMCG or automobile, market leaders in this sector managed to do well, with leading stocks witne
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LIC's Bank
If investing is entertaining, if you are having fun, you are probably not making money. Good investment is boring," said the legendary investor George Soros. The 51 per cent investment by Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) in the struggling IDBI Bank h
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Simplistic Solution
Twitter took social media by storm when its CEO Jack Dorsey announced that the company would ban political advertising from November 22. He announced the decision in a series of tweets, highlighting the risks of political ads as these "can be used to
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Feeling the Heat
The average market capitalisation of BT 500 companies has fallen for the first time since 2012 reflecting the economic slowdown, a decline in corporate earnings and the liquidity crisis that have taken the sheen off Dalal Street. BT 500 is a list of
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Demand For Level Playing Field
Solar tariffs are crashing and new project auctions lack response. Solar module and cell makers in India are finding the going tough. No new big capacities have come up in the past 5 6 years. The size of the domestic photovoltaic (PV) and cell manufa
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Motown's Slow Ride
For years I thought what was good for our country was good for General Motors, and vice versa." This is how Charles Erwin Wilson, the legendary former CEO of General Motors and US Defence Secretary after World War II, reacted to a question how he wou
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Counting Unicorns
A report by Nasscom mentions a robust addition of 1,300 start ups in the past one year, taking the total tally in India to 8,900 9,300. Interestingly, seven new companies joined the coveted unicorn club, taking the total unicorn tally in the country
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Helping Hand
The Union Cabinet has approved the establishment of a distress fund to help developers complete unfinished residential real estate projects. The 'Special Window' fund will provide priority debt financing, particularly for stalled affordable and middl
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Eexpedise Medical Tours Made Easy
1) Founders Amit Sharma and Kapil Chadha. Before starting their venture, the duo had worked across several industries and had decades of experience in healthcare and health insurance. 2) The Trigger "In healthcare, the clinical and business sides ha
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Global Business
US, China Get Closer to Trade Deal After trading tariff blows for months, the US and China are finally discussing how to lower some taxes on each other's goods and may even remove some of the trade taxes. But this is likely to happen in stages the
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Coding for Kids
Nine year old Chaitanya Gupta from Gurgaon entered the world of coding two years ago. He started with weekend classes on Scratch, a graphical programming language, followed by HTML and Java. He has recently designed his first website and wants to cod
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Forging Ahead
It has started to feel like another annus horribilis when nothing seems to go right. Business sentiment in India is on a downslide; most economic indicators have fallen; tax collections are way below the target; exports are nowhere near projections a
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Hope over Despair
Just as Business Today has assiduously chronicled the rise and fall of India Inc year after year, this edition of BT 500 in your hands has a legacy that dates back 27 years. Such a long horizon not only tests robustness of businesses and longevity of
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Crunch Time
It's been a tough year, not just for the economy, but for India Inc. too. As the economy wades through a longish slowdown, India Inc. appears to have strengthened its resolve and tightened its belt. Total income of BT 500 companies rose 16.4 per cent
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On A Path To Revival
The uncertainty in Bhushan Steel started in 2014, when it had a hard time convincing its lenders that it can pay off its Rs 40,000 crore debt when Managing Director and Promoter Neeraj Singhal was arrested in a bribery case. The company had high cred
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How We Did It
BUSINESS TODAY has been ranking India's largest companies BT 500 since 1993 based on their market capitalisation. In the early days we based it on the market cap of companies as on March 31. Like in everything else, there is change. In 1997, we t
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Leaderspeak
Q. The biggest challenge in your career A. The biggest challenge lies in finding a balance between building products at scale, which is necessary for speed, and making sure that these products are locally relevant. In many countries, we have local pr
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Free Fall
The year 2019 saw the fall of some mighty companies. While some were buried under debt, some faced governance issues, and others became victims of the liquidity crisis. But the net result was the same deep erosion in market capitalisation. Accordin
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Changing Course
Until a decade back, when Indian conglomerates were shopping around the globe to ride on the economic boom, Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and MD of Reliance Industries (RIL), had been reclusive. He was criticised for an inward looking business approach and
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One Band, Many Benefits
Xiaomi has done an excellent job this time in terms of utility, precision and affordability. This fitness band is lightweight, much like the previous editions, has a simple design but has loads of features and a power packed battery. At the centre of
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Audio Delight
Building on its expertise, Bose has come up with a pair of noise cancelling headphones which look good and boast excellent audio quality (more on that later). The lightweight steel headband is covered with soft foam and connected to angled ear cups,
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Reinventing Kiranas
Residents of Navjivan Cooperative Society, a quiet mid market residential complex in the western suburbs of Mumbai, have in the past few months got used to a small Flipkart truck entering their premises between 10 am and 10.30 am every day. "It's a b
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When Toys Get Smart
Artificial intelligence (AI) is now found almost everywhere in smartphones and smart homes, in schools, on factory floors and even in big scale 3D printing units (the latest revelation is that AI robots can 3D print entire rockets). So, it is not s
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