October 2010
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New Delhi: The Government has eased the foreign direct investment (FDI) norms for sectors including wholesale cash-and-carry trading, non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) and certain other segments, besides bringing about procedural simplifications.The Consolidated Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Policy comes in effective from October 1, 2010.In case of non-banking finance companies (NBFCs), the government has decided...
Mumbai: Driven by new market entrants, the magazine segment in the media industry is expected to grow around 10% in three years, say magazine publishers. It’s not only Indian players who find a growth story in the segment, even international brands prefer India to launch new products due to a favourable demography that drives higher readership in this niche segment. Says Nicholas Brett, editor-in-chief and deputy managing director - BBC Worldwide Magazines, “India is an interesting market with a high youth component...
Home-grown manufacturers are luring consumers with an enviable content library to market the hardware.E-books are gaining momentum worldwide. But Indians are yet to join the wave — all things connected to this new world of authors and the Internet. However, that has not come as a damper to home-grown manufacturers of e-readers. They are focusing on content...
Hyderabad: Education management services provider K12 Techno Services has secured $15 million funding from Sequoia Capital and Song Investment Advisors, which is aimed at fuelling its next phase of growth. K12 Techno currently manages over 60 schools run by different trusts under the Gautham Model School and Orchids...

Sponsors in a Spot

Match-fixing allegations enervate audiences, and marketers would do well to have alternative strategies in place.There used to be a fairly banal script idea in the Tamil films that I used to see several years ago. See if this sounds familiar: There is a doting husband and a pretty wife with dubious morals. The husband reluctantly leaves his wife to go on a foreign trip and barely has he reached the airport before the wife gets her paramour into the house...

The Nielsen Company-McKinsey Social Media JV enters India

The social media firm, named NM Incite, will offer social media monitoring and consultancy services to advertisers. Research firms, The Nielsen Company and McKinsey have formally announced the launch of their global joint venture, named NM Incite, in India. The company was soft-launched in July in the country...


After three editions of the hugely-successful Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC), Sony TV has bought the rights for the show this year (earlier it was with Star Plus). The channel aims for 100 per cent growth in its advertising revenue during the fourth season of KBC. Besides getting Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan (the host for seasons 1 and 2) back on the hot seat, the channel will tweak the format ...

Indiatimes to be official online partner for SET's Kaun Banega Crorepati

DELHI: Times Audience Network, the digital video division of Times Internet Limited (TIL), announced its partnership with Multi Screen Media (MSM) to be the official online portal for Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) to be aired on Sony Entertainment Television.As part of this dynamic exclusive arrangement...
Editor of TheGuardian in the UK for the last 15 years and a member of the Scott Trust that runs The Guardian and The Observer news
papers, Alan Rusbridger was in India last week for WAN-IFRA India 2010, a conference of the World Association of Newspapers held in Jaipur.He spoke in an interview on the challenges facing newspapers. Edited excerpts...


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SINGAPORE: India rocked the metal scorecard at Spikes Asia Singapore with 54 metals – 13 gold, 17 silvers and 24 bronze. Times of India’s Aman ki asha – The India-Pakistan Peace Project won two golds in the Media...
MUMBAI: This year, 11 October shall not just be a day to celebrate the birthday of Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan but will also witness the legend himself taking charge as host of the fourth edition of Kaun Banega Crorepati.Betting big on this new flagship property, Sony is pumping in Rs 120 million to market the game-based reality show as it eyes to earn revenues worth Rs 1 billion from the property....

Rendezvous with Personalities

In Conversation with Dr Kiran Bedi

By Jyothi Gosala
Kiran Bedi is the humane and fearless icon who has come to be the most admired lady in the Indian Police Service. This visionary, with her holistic view on betterment of the country, set up ‘Navjyoti’ and ‘India Vision Foundation’ a few years ago as formal organisations to channel her ever-increasing involvement in community services. Born on 9 June 1949 in Amritsar, Ms. Bedi has been a path breaker in prison reforms, community policing, crime prevention strategies...

Race to the top : What sets China and India apart?

Knowledge @ Wharton
Despite their challenges, China and India are winning more important roles on the global stage. However, according to management professors Nandani Lynton of CEIBS in Shanghai and Jitendra V. Singh of the Wharton School, India is outperforming China in the number...

Media & Entertainment

Silicon India unveils platform to strengthen CSR in India
Confused of Indian CSR?

Bangalore: We are so engrossed with our personal and professional lives that it leaves us hardly any time to think or do something about the less fortunate ones. Companies across the globe have the prime motive of making profit and run their business to grow big. Is it then a case of Objectivism as proposed by Ayn Rand, as a philosophy of living on earth...


Is the Gulf dream fading for Indian's Middle East Diaspora?

 Knowledge @ Wharton
Now catching your favourite musical act live is as easy as switching on your computer. ArtistAloud.com, the Mumbai-based portal dedicated to promoting Indian musicians, will be hosting monthly web concerts by leading bands and musicians in India...

Jindal Steel's Naveen Jindal : 'We are Indians first'

 Knowledge @ Wharton
Under Naveen Jindal's leadership, Jindal Steel & Power has grown from a small loss-making division of the Jindal Group conglomerate into a large and profitable enterprise. It has also moved beyond steel to power, mining, fuel and infrastructure. In addition to his duties at the family business...


Kiran Bedi on Social Initiatives and her new book 'Groom & Broom '

India's first woman IPS officer Dr. Kiran Bedi launched her book “Groom & Broom” . Her conviction and honesty snaps you to immediate attention and for as long as she speaks, every word she says stirs feelings of awe and respect within. Remarkable indeed is the fact that despite pressing commitments and limited time, her attention never once wavered during the interview.Bedi is hopeful that “Groom & Broom”...
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