2000 News (July - December)

ET: 3 July 2000
p.1: HDFC plans food outlets JV with HK co
p.10: Real numbers around Sankhya Vahini
p.12: Tata-Birla-AT&T look at life beyond merger
p.13: Mars breaks sweet tooth, takes to selling vending machines; Mobile phone cos eye M&A path to growth
Investor’s Guide: p.5: Building blocks of the life-saving industry

ET: 4 July 2000
p.14: DotComGuy passes six months in Net world; Sony, Matsushita, Toshiba link up for interactive TV
p.16: J&K Bank identifies 2 partners for entry into insurance sector
p.17: Merger with Smithkline to make Glaxo largest drug company
p.18: Govt projects, SOHO demand to boost software segment; Wipro to hive off peripherals unit as separate entity
p.19: (Xerox Modicorp; Maharishi Ayurveda); Ford chooses India as IT hub…; Tatas may set up outfit for laying optic fibre cable

ET: 5 July 2000
p.1: ICICI car finance strategy gives rivals sleepless nights; L&T board okays plan to demerge cement business
p.5: Shell gains advantage in Indian gas sector…
p.8: Empires strike back (e-com)
p.15: Lease Plan ready to drive on Indian roads
Brand Equity: Bringing up Dabur (p.1); Haldiram

ET: 6 July 2000
p.5: Orange buys UK news site Ananova…; Indians find pride of place in Forbes list of top B2B portals
p.9: L&T wakes up to B2B call, floats JV with
p.10: Selective VRS package for banks…

ET: 7 July 2000
p.5: Home PCs will soon be Made in India: Murthy
p.6: Relocate industry, slums would vanish
p.11: (Max India; SAB—South African Breweries; Jet Airways; Reckitt and Colman; Godrej Sara Lee)
p.12: Bajaj Auto, S Kumars group plan to enter insurance sector

ET: 10 July 2000
p.1: Topsy turvy: Rural rich go for premium CTVs, cities stay poor

ET: 11 July 2000
p.1: Govt. to give privatisation shots to ailing health sector
p.10: Nothing changes at Castrol despite Amoco takeover
p.17: HLL’s young turks to take on role of business leaders

ET: 12 July 2000
p.1: Govt. seeks to dilute VSNL control over bandwidth
p.8: Will MNCs provide rural telecom
p.19: (Advt.) J&K Bank: Chairman’s Speech (M.Y. Khan)

ET: 13 July 2000
p.3: to offer broking services at rock bottom rates
p.9: More than just research reports (Gartner group)
p.10: Manager must see the larger picture: Vaghul
p.17: Intel to brace up distribution network, upgrade R&D centre

ET: 14 July 2000
p.6: The mirage in rural markets
p.11: Wipro gives 61% to employees in peripherals outfit; ITC takes the plunge into retailing, leisurewear
p.12: Weak banks revival plan…; Max New York first insurance JV under Cos Act; Infy banks on unique banking products
Corporate Dossier: First page: We’re closing in (Convergent services); Last page: Do you have heart capital? (The way to your customers’ wallet is through your employee’s heart.)

ET: 17 July 2000
p.1: Reliance all set for entry into insurance, to set up three cos
p.5: Apollo Hospitals to launch family medicine courses; (Advt.) New thinking about arterial plaque (arteriosclerosis)
p.13: ISPL (Gillette) eyes Eveready battery business

ET: 18 July 2000
p.14: London, Frankfurt bourses weigh option of merger with NASDAQ; Strong Pound dampens Japan car cos’ investment spirit in UK
p.17: [Cutting edge plans: Ernst & Young helps co with alliances] Saw Pipes to sell majority in non-core units, reduce debt

ET: 19 July 2000
p.1: Sell-off spat scares investors, oil PSU scrips test lower levels
p.6: US verdict may singe Indian tobacco cos
p.7: Alliance Air may be fully compensated for air crash
p.9: Corporate Valuation: What is your firm worth
p.11: (Advt.) Growth is Beautiful (Vijaya Bank)
p.12: General Mills buys Pillsbury…
p.13: Local insurance cos can take on global biggies; Syndicate Bank in pact with Stanchart for co-branded cards

ET: 20 July 2000
p.1: Reliance stake in BSES rises to 26.7%…; The debate is over at last: Oil is no longer a strategic sector; Mumbai paints trains in corporate colours
p.7: (Advt.) ACC Chairman’s Speech (Mr. Tarun Das)
p.10: Tisco weighs buyout of three Thai plants
p.12: Apple stays on forecast track…
p.13: Vysya Bank looks for CEO, aims at operation revamp
p.15: Planetcustomer, Productorium to merge

ET: 21 July 2000
p.6: Microsoft woos Apple users via Mac-friendly Office 2001
p.9: Say hello to competition (national long-distance: NLD); A crash course in change
p.15: GIC revamp may be delayed…
Corporare Dossier: A meeting of minds [Efficient Customer Response (ECR)]; p.2: Kothari Pioneer; p.3: Le Meridien;

ET: 24 July 2000
p.1: MNCs knock out swadeshi cos from consumer durables market
p.5: [Industrialist uncomfortable with Old-New Economy talk, feels what matters is competition] K. K. Birla sticks to tradition…
p.10: Electric vs. Diesel debate rages within Railway Board
p.15: BT weighs demerger option, to float Cellnet
Investor’s Guide: p.8: “Diversify across business models, maturities” (Bharat Shah)

ET: 25 July 2000
p.1: SBIMF, Alliance, Kothari Pioneer enter hall of fame (Mutual fund awards)
p.5: Net subscriptions cross 1 million mark (in India)
p.9: Grey Advertising takes 100% of Trikaya Grey; Global Tele picks up two IT firms
p.10: The viagra called competition
p.14: Govt. agrees to give Rs.1750-cr recap aid to Indian Bank
p.15: Cognizant to set up software development centre

ET: 26 July 2000
p.1: 8 desi auto major join hands to launch e-commerce vortal
p.8: ‘An R&D focus is inevitable’ (Areef Mithani, Chairman, Zap Infotech Group)
p.9: Health Insurance; E-money revisited

ET: 27 July 2000
p.1: BPL, Zee lead race for setting up uplinking hub on home turf; 83% of Net users in India shy away from e-commerce; Hutchison acquires 95% in UMTL (Usha Martin Telekom Ltd.)
p.4: ICRA-CARE merger in final lap…
p.5: P2P—Will it be the next generation…
p.6: ‘Privatise the distribution of water’ (Harindran Nair, Associate Director, KPMG)
p.7: Sky is the limit (high-capacity removable storage products)
p.8: FM, RBI set up panel to review corporate governance

ET: 28 July 2000
p.5: Net shrinks travel agents’ business…
p.7: US judge pulls the plug on Napster
p.8: A bottom line for dotcoms
p.8: ‘Competition need not be deemed a threat’ (Mr. R. J. Kamath, CMD, Canara Bank)
p.12: Profit quarter (Durgapur Steel Plant)
p.17: Dell takes to direct selling: Scraps dealer network; BP Amoco considering investment in oil industry
Corporate Dossier: (Wipro, Maruti, NSE, Juniper Networks)

ET: 31 July 2000
p.1: The new Tata code: Tune in to group philosophy or get out; Slice and grow: Soap cos create new niches…; An American nightmare: India ADR prices crash; A study in volatility: Markets sway to the tunes of IT stocks; Desi cos beat MNCs in capital efficiency
p.5: (Advt.) ITC: In pursuit of value creation (Speech by Y. C. Deveshwar, Chairman)
p.7: ABN to remain in recast mode till December
p.13: On a whirlwind… (Whirlpool)
p.15: Open Sesame (on relationship marketing); (Advt.) The Karur Vysya Bank (Speech by A. D. Navaneethan, Chairman)
p.17: Marks and Spencer fights hard to improve margins…
p.18: Digital gap widens…
p.20: Consumer cos struggle to hit high note
Investor’s Guide: p.5: (on the pharmaceuticals sector)

ET: 1 August 2000
p.1: Srei, Alpic, two other NBFCs chalk out mega marriage plans; Godrej Soaps approves demerger of CP business
p.4: SAP customises software solutions for Nike, Reebok
p.7: Govt. plans lifeline for 12 PSUs, writes off Rs. 1616 cr loss
p.12: House of thermocol…
p.13: A collapsed grid
p.15: Core group ‘banks’ on new-gen training spree
p.16: (Advt.) Corporation Bank (Speech by N. S. Gujral, Chairman)
p.32: Piracy may spell doom for entertainment sector

ET: 2 August 2000
p.7: Everything cannot be sold online: Hayward
p.8: 38 IIM-A grads head for world’s finest B-schools
p.10: Citings: Excerpts from Kenichi Ohmae
p.12: Essar Steel turns around…
p.13: eMusic in talks with Napster on co-marketing
p.15: SBI introduces internet banking facility
Brand Equity: Broadband; Music industry; Cosmetics

ET: 3 August 2000
p.1: Manu Seth quits before time as Tata Chem MD; VSNL dreams of becoming boss of the information superhighway; FM clears generous severance package for banking sector; Depository war hots up as 42 CSE brokers join CDSL [Central Depository Services (India) Limited]
p.3: Top NBFCs to begin talks on proposed mega merger today
p.7: We are yet to see the real E, says Gartner VP
p.13: HDFC Bank facility for retrenched employees
p.14: Zee not to acquire Asianet, announces strategic alliance

ET: 4 August 2000
p.1: Co governance: Shareholders put corporate biggies on notice; Lip service: Comsumer care is all glib talk
p.3: SBI plans tie-up with IT co to set up infotech arm (KPMG to chalk out strategy)
p.5: Govt forms IT taskforce to prepare HRD strategy
p.8: Chanakya and corporate governance; Citings: (Excerpts from Peter Drucker’s Practice of Management); ‘Indian Liquor market is like 25 different markets’ (Ravi Jain, Vice-chairman and MD of Millennium Alcobev Ltd.—a UB Group co.)
p.10: Sony plans direct marketing programme via internet; Time to say goodbye: Another courtier quits Bombay House
p.11: E-valuers change rules of the game
p.16: (Advt.) Speech by Mr. V. S. Kalsiwal, Chaiman of (at the1st AGM)
Corporate Dossier: Drawing the bottom line (revenue models); Whirlpool (turnaround strategy); p.2: Ready for battle (Pharmacia; drug industry merger)

ET: 7 August 2000
p.1: Ravi Suria: Bringing giants of cyberspace to their knees; Corporates reduce dependence on interest-bearing funds
p.8: Citings: (“… and this was one of Adam Smith’s major insights…”)
p.12: Merrill official says it’s time for ISPs to merge

ET: 8 August 2000
p.1: Internet trading volume up 10-fold
p.10: Andersen Consulting loses name
p.12: The steel saga

ET: 9 August 2000
p.1: Airlines united on capping commissions
p.7: Microsoft brings out Reader-friendly software
p.10: Konkan Ry plans to set up Sky Bus Metros in 3 cities
p.14: (Advt.) Bank of Baroda: Speech by Mr. P. S. Shenoy, CMD
Brand Equity: p.1: Channel [V]; p.2: E-tail revolution; p.3: Cartoon Network

ET: 10 August 2000
p.4: Co Bill decision gets jammed in definition over ‘securities’
p.9: Collaboration: dotcom survival kit

ET: 11 August 2000
p.5: Globsyn launches ‘knowledge pubs’
p.6: Riots in the new economy; ‘The placement fair…’
p.9: Koshika to demerge, sell stakes of 4 cellular cos to pay DoT dues
p.10: Bank of Baroda eyes overseas market for expansion; Insurance cells in cos get ready for action
p.11: Ford to build new Aston unit in UK
p.13: Gramophone Co is now Saregama
Corporate Dossier: Interview with Wharton’s Dean, Patrick Hacker; (Tata Group; Trikaya Grey; Wipro)

ET: 14 August 2000
p.1: PwC may marry Andersen Consulting…
p.7: India’s software exports to touch $50bn by 2008
p.10: Citings (Excerpts from W. Edwards Deming)

ET: 15 August 2000
p.1: Brick-and-mortar companies move in to acquire dotcoms; Chemical cos band together, import fuel at lower prices
p.4: For real Ring Roads, not flyovers

ET: 17 August 2000
p.1: Here is the latest: Fixed fee travel agents
p.7: Draft IT Act…; Microsoft, Compaq launch non-PC Net drive for home use
p.16: Corel founder Cowpland calls it a day, to develop start-ups

ET: 18 August 2000
p.1: Private banking is worth Rs.5,000cr and exploding; Orissa is the new IT hotspot of the east
p.10: Small investors to be kept out of corporate board rooms
Corporate Dossier: p.2: Making a B2B-line; Some cookies for thought; Making alliances work

ET: 21 August 2000
p.9: Col.1: Varsity Fare: Indians abroad (IIMC’s international student exchange programme)
p.10: Fertiliser cos prefer naphtha import
p.11: Welcome to the New Economy’s semantic jungle
p.15: China beer maker ousts foreign rivals
Investor’s Guide: p.5: Looking for the right chemistry (Caustic soda segment)

ET: 22 August 2000
p.1: GIC plans insurance cover for Indians on overseas assignment
p.4: Air craft: Boeing, Airbus vie for IA order
p.5: Ramamoorthy (Chairman, Vysya Bank) for integrated personal finance planning
p.12: Developing a global mindset; Citings: (On the role of imagery in buyer behaviour)
p.15: UK becoming new showcase for Indian IT skills in Europe
p.17: Motorola to invest $1.9bn in Chinese chip complex
p.23: Win-win run (on strategic alliance)

ET: 23 August 2000
p.1: Diesel overflow may force refineries to cut production
p.8: What’s new about the New Economy
pp.14-15: Net banking (feature)
p.26: Advt.: Speech by Mr. P. R. S. Oberoi, MD of EIH Ltd. (A member of The Oberoi Group)

ET: 24 August 2000
p.1: IA loses some more sky to Jet, Sahara
p.9: Beeline for mass-customisation; What is your DNA? (‘…innovation is the ability to do things differently’)
p.12: Advt: Statement of H. S. Singhania, Chairman, J. K. Industries

ET: 25 August 2000
p.6: Perils of piecemeal privatisation; ‘Para-banking is the backbone of our expansion’ (Subroto Roy, Chairman, Sahara Group); Selective disclosure
p.8: Hindalco, Nalco enter price war…
p.12: Merchant Bankers are back on the prowl for vanishing companies
Corporate Dossier: p.1: Max India group; Insurance sector

ET: 28 August 2000
p.10: GIC puts healthcare foray on hold
p.13: (Chaebols: Hyundai, Daewoo; Nicholas Piramal; IIS Infotech; Ayurvedic Concepts)
p.15: E-com transactions in steel…; Marketing to special people; Advt: (Speech by T. S. Santhanam, Chairman of Sundaram Finance Ltd.)
Investor’s Guide: p.8: Exposure to IT…

ET: 29 August 2000
p.11: ‘Each private sector bank is exploring its niche’ (P. J. Nayak, CMD, UTI Bank)
p.12: Birlas rope in PwC in bid to boost garments business; Ad men labour over building distinct insurance brand
p.14: United Western Bank on the move to take on competition
p.17: Hughes looks beyond Maharashtra

ET: 30 August 2000
p.1: Top banks home in on e-com, may join Net payment gateways; Power of knowledge…
p.3: Power equipment makers face a Chinese threat
p.15: United Breweries to split into two; SRF to spin New yarn with IT foray

ET: 31 August 2000
p.8: Myths about public sector enterprises
p.9: Training guns for future... (... turn of ASPs to consolidate and merge)

ET: 1 September 2000
p.4: 'We have to cut costs and improve the product mix' (Vikrant Gujral, MD, Bhilai Steel Plant)
p.5: Cable Vision; A flight to the future
p.16: Dell investment subsidiary to look for Indian buy-outs
Corporate Dossier: (Ranbaxy; knowledge management)

ET: 4 September 2000
p.1: RBI gives go-ahead to execs with lust for corporate life
p.8: Citings: (on non-hierarchical organisations); Regulating competition
p.9: Have you what IT takes (hybrid manager)
p.12: New economy stocks outperform...

ET: 5 September 2000
p.1: 20 years on, it's going to be broadband Net
p.4: The world hasn't seen impact of Indian brain power
p.8: Patriotic officials stifle Microsoft's growth in China
p.9: FTC (US Federal Trade Commission) worried by Time Warner domination over cable markets
p.10: The scapegot (globalisation)
p.11: 'Competition does not always lead to lowered prices'
p.17: (Electrolux; Goodlass Nerolac; ModiLuft; Citicorp; Tata Chem)

ET: 6 September 2000
p.1: Stringent EPS norms to make India Inc. more transparent; The ad guys are quitting, and in droves
p.7: Steel cos turn to value added products
p.10: Citings: (on mergers); Governance to corporate governance; 'Insurance will be a buyers' market'
p.11: Corporate Banking: A way to grow
p.15: (integrated marketing service)
p.17: (Voltas; FritoLay; Shaw Wallace)
Brand Equity: (Ad industry--poaching; NIIT; De Beers; JD Corp--the Taiwanese co, makers of Razor, the little scooter)

ET: 7 September 2000
p.1: Sabeer Bhatia still gets high on dotcoms
p.4: STAR TV to log on to infotainment world
p.9: BPL's mobile, Net marketing channels set for convergence

ET: 8 September 2000
p.1: Pvt producers have the last laugh amid rising oil prices; What's a McBurger without a pudina pep?
p.4: How much should a call to the US cost?
p.11: Federal Bank draws up IT strategy
p.13: Konka to split India operations into three different companies
Corporate Dossier: Making millionaires work (implications of ESOP); Leadership at a Loss (Column by Prof. Nitin Nohria); The Millennium Brand: FT-Engines

ET: 11 September 2000
p.1: Net signals merger of professional and personal lives; Desi FMCG cos eat into MNC market share
p.9: Building resource champs (on knowledge management)
Investor's Guide: p.3: (Sonata Software); p.5: (polyester films industry)

ET: 12 September 2000
p.1: Hutch holding co to pick up 15-20% in Videocon; Will it? Won't it? The buzz is IPCL may sing along with HPL
p.3: Convergence blurs fund portfolios
p.6: Microsoft, Ericsson launch mobile e-mail JV; Charge of MNCs: Compaq, HP ride bulk PC sales wave
p.8: Citings: (Internet strategy); The ant... and the planner
p.10: A new channel: IBM adopts direct selling model in India
p.15: HP in talks to buy PwC's consultancy arm
p.17: Melstar acquires 3 foreign cos...

ET: 13 September 2000
p.1: PSU banks find private sector rivals a bit too hot to handle
p.3: SHCIL draws up future roadmap
p.5: Jakarta co to be LCC's hub for SE Asia
p.9: English to hold sway on Net: Gates
p.10: Citings: (Bill Gates on information); 'India's biggest strength is its people'
p.12: NBFC merger scenario worries banks
p.15: Electrolux asks IBM to take it on e-drive
Brand Equity: p.1: Esops of all kinds

ET: 14 September 2000
p.1: Chase to buy J. P. Morgan...
p.3: Rabo to launch India-specific technology fund
p.5: Advt. (Speech by Mr. V. C. Burman, Chairman of Dabur India Ltd.)
p.6: Citings: (Bill Gates on Corporate IQ)
p.7: From the house of inventions (IBM)
p.12: India calling: Microsoft to make software with Infosys (also see 15 Sep, p.1)
p.13: (HP; Reliance Petro; Ranbaxy)

ET: 15 September 2000
p.1: Seize the future...: Here's a glimpse of Bill's vision; Infy, Microsoft ink global strategic pact (also p.8); Thiagarajan retires, Wipro announces major recast
p.3: Advt. (Speech by Mr. P. K. Tayal, Chairman, Bank of Rajasthan)
p.7: Gateway to competition (VSNL); A tech-a-tate on convergence (conversation with Andrew Gold, Exec. VP, Schlumberger)
p.10: Andersen Consulting hunts for a new name; Novartis India to demerge agribusiness to new co
p.12: Power problem
p.14: IDBI to morph into universal bank...
Corporate Dossier: p.1: Global warning (globalisation of business); p.2: Inventory innovation (organised retailing); End of Growth (consolidation); (UB Group; Kmart)

ET: 18 September 2000
p.1: Brick and mortar cos will escape to victory (Jack Welch)
p.6: Click back to brick...
p.8: Code of conduct for companies and intermediaries
p.10: Reliance scraps satphone co plan
p.11: Feature: RBI--Agenda for Freedom
p.13: (Videocon International; Ford; DiamlerChrysler)
p.15: AT&T to weigh strategies for reversin fortunes

ET: 19 September 2000
p.3: Management gurus lament sad state of governance
p.8: DCA crack down on 93 vanishing companies... (also 22 Sep 2000, p.3)
p.9: Indian safari: GE to invest $130 m in largest R&D centre outside of US; Exploring options: BT confirms recast talks with AT&T
p.10: Synergistic congruence of old and new economy
13: 3 Japan insurers merge to fend off foreign threat
p.19: (Air Sahara; I-Venture; Nicholas Piramal)

ET: 20 September 2000
p.1: Maruti slams brakes on production to trim stocks
p.3: Bank of Madura reorganises operations
p.7: Yahoo! dump Amazon for Barnes & Noble
p.8: AT&T crash: Implications for India; Citings: (on work systems in the 21st century); 'Large, medium, small firms all co-exist'
p.9: Europe's stock exchanges: Beating a retreat
p.13: Old order changes: Virgin wants to 'take over' BA flight; (Sundaram Fasteners; Jindal Vijaynagar Steel; Colgate)

ET: 21 September 2000
p.5: GE plans facility to focus on e-commerce; Intel to set up 100 community educational clubs in India
p.6: Citings: (Peter Senge on governance systems)
pp. 9-11: Feature: Cosumer 2000
Brand Equity: The brand is dead, long live the brand

ET: 22 September 2000
p.1: Thomas Cook dumps plan to buy TCI
p.5: Advt: Speech by Mr. K. P. Padmakumar, Chairman of Federal Bank
p.7: Microsoft forges alliance with Fujitsu
p.8: Dealing with adoloscence (IT industry)
p.10: Usha Beltron acquires wire rope unit...
p.11: BA, KLM talks collapse...
p.13: KPMG to help UTI Bank...
p.17: (HCL; Bangur Group; Bilt-ing capacity...)
p.21: Advt: Speech by Mr. Deepak S. Parekh, Chairman of ILFS
Corporate Dossier: Jack Welch; Aptech; Coca-Cola India

ET: 25 September 2000
p.1: STAR to take 35% stake in ISP venture with Pacific Internet; Stat TV plans more cable JVs (also p.12)
Investor's Guide: (p.3: HCL Technologies; p.5: Paper industry)

ET: 26 September 2000
p.3: Bhagawati panel gives final touches to takeover code (Also ET: 27 Sep; p.3)
p.4: Wadias break off insurance ties with Britain's CGNU
p.17: LNM plans to sell 50% steel online
International Times: p.1: Connect for e-metal; p.4: Steel Will (Mittal)

ET: 27 September 2000
p.3: Goldman rates Infy, HCL as market outperformers
p.8: Bringing competition to bureaucracy; Citings: (on lateral thinking by De Bono); Globalisation and givernance
Brand Equity: (Cadbury India)

ET: 28 September 2000
p.1: Infy wants to climb value chain, to buy out US consultancy firm
p.3: Tata Chem quits detergent business
p.8: India can be a superpower in pharma R&D
p.12: Kotak Mahindra bitten by banking bug; SBI to offer 'complete' loan packages

ET: 29 September 2000
p.5: (Foodworld; Star TV)
p.8: Sony reinvents Walkman, digitally
Corporate Dossier: p.1: Death of disintermediation; ; p.2: Death of hierarchy;

ET: 2 Oct 2000
p.3: New economy CEOs dwell on virtues of HRD
p.8: MetaCapitalism...
p.9: e-Brands
p.10: Increased profitability...
Investor's Guide: p.3: A faltering giant (Hero Honda); p.8: Korea's digital quest

ET: 3 Oct 2000
p.3: Foreign banks rush to set up AMCs
p.4: Advt. Speech by Mr. P. Parvathisem, Chairman, NALCO
p.7: B2B brings cheer amid clouds of B2C
p.9: 'LIC will be ready to meet the competition'
p.13: (UDV -- United Distrillers and Vintners; F2C; Eveready; Tractabel)
p.14: Powerhouse (NTPC, Talcher)

ET: 4 Oct 2000
p.1: Frito lays dows the law...; Rahejas plan second retail chain under pavilion
p.8: Citings: (Prof. Abrahamson on Change); 'It's consolidation time in Indian pharma industry'; Cross-border M&As
p.9: Insurance alliances; VRS in banks
p.10: IDBI agrees to bail out Neelachal, MEsco; After Germany, IT's destination Hungary
p.12: Advt. (Speech by Mr. C. R. Prasad, CMD of GAIL)
p.13: Inside Intel: Pentium geeks are good toymakers too
p.14: IDBI charts grand web strategy...
p.15: Corel, Microsft forge strategic alliance; Nike cancels deal with Asian co over child labour
p.19: ITC launches agri-commodities site; (Mastek; Binani)
Brand Equity:

ET: 5 Oct 2000
p.8: Who needs product development?
p.11: (Max Group; Electrolux; HLL)

ET: 6 Oct 2000
p.3: MFs need better governance...; Financial services becoming more technology-oriented
p.4: Asian business families defy demands for reforms
p.5: [Oracle's] Larry predicts end of Bill's SQL
p.6: The rise of short-term loyalty; Citings: (on ideas)
p.12: The great paperchase (Ballarpur Industries)

ET: 10 Oct 2000
p.7: Travel sector plans to push India as brand
p.8: Advt. (Statement of Mr. U. Sundararajan, CMD of Bharat Petroleum)
p.12: Banga banks on redifining values to prop HLL growth
p.14: HSBC to provide insurance broking through subsidiary
p.15: BA plans total overhaul of...
p.17: (HDFC+TCS; Telco; Indus League); Multinationals edge desi brands off premium segment
p.21: Volvo... plans ties with Indian software cos
Investor's Guide: p.5: Learning different lessons; Severe oil shock

ET: 11 Oct 2000
p.8: Choice of service provider still a dream; Citings: (on intuition and reasoning); Globally competitive
p.9: Feature: VIEW FROM THE BOARDROOM (Looking forward to a robust financial system, and other articles)
p.15: Cos wary of papreless world...
p.17: (PowerGen; Videocon; ABB ABL; Aptech); Hi-Tech IBM advisor... (post-WTO global competition in the auto sector)
Brand Equity: p.1: HLL; p.3: Castrol; p.4: Old brands...

ET: 12 Oct 2000
p.1: Jewel in the crown: Tatas may buy The Carlyle...; 3rd party mystery in Bajoria saga baffles industry biggies
p.5: BMG goes Napster way, to offer digital downloads; Microsoft launches Office for Apple
p.6: Provident fund: Taxing labour painlessly
p.7: From projects to products; Virtual school
p.8: AI officials in quandary over sudden reshuffle; SAIL may shut Bhilai plant on scarcity of water

ET: 13 Oct 2000
p.6: Affordable mobile technology for the masses; 'The east Asian miracle only suffered a setback' (Dr. Raj Agarwal)
p.7: (British Gas)
p.8: StanChart India may be global back-office
p.9: latest legal alternative to Napster service
p.13: (Bayer+Ranbaxy; Maruti; TVS Suzuki)
Corporate Dossier: p.1: GE; Derivatives; p.2: Outsourcing; 'Utility' computing; p.3: Customer relationship management

ET: 16 Oct 2000
p.1: Electrical engineer sets Silicon Valey on fire with new product code (Moti Jiandani)
p.6: SEBI not to exempt SAIL from corporate governance norms
p.8: Prospects for the consumer goods sector; Citings: (On bad decisions)
p.13: Cholamandalam to undertake major restructuring
p.15: Indian leather industry...

ET: 17 Oct 2000
p.1: Bajaj Auto to shed 2000 jobs
p.4: Bilt does not rule out creeping acquisition; Advt. (Speech by Mr. T. N. Thakur, CMD, Power Trading Corporation)
p.6: Cable system will end up the winner
p.19: (Alstom; Nike; HLL)

ET: 18 Oct 2000
p.1: Tatas to buy GujPowerGen for Rs. 2000cr
p.3: Aptech to use GDR proceeds to fund US buys
p.7: Garments to be off reserved list
p.19: (Jenson and Nicholson; Moet-Hennessy; Samsung; Velvette
p.20: PowerTech India 2000

ET: 19 Oct 2000
p.1: Investors see goldmine in takeover code
p.4: Cellular revolution?
p.5: You in London... (global co-operation in engineering projects); Switching layers of technology
p.8: (construction industry); (financing power projects)
p.12: High time to teach some constructive thinking
p.13: (HM; Bajaj Auto; Shriram Honda; Skoda; Wyeth Ayerst)

ET: 20 Oct 2000
p.1: NYSE bell rings for Wipro
p.6: Citings: (on the travel industry)
p.15: (Nicholas Piramal; Pantaloons; Tata Tea)
Corporate Dossier: p.1: (StanChart+ANZ Grindlays); p.1: MTNL; p.2: Ebony retail chain; p.3: Domino's Pizza; The Millennium Brand: Ermenegildo Zegna

ET: 23 Oct 2000
p.6: Tisco to set eyes on high-value products
p.8: Occupying the commanding hights of product development
p.9: B-schools get a foreign tinge
p.10: PowerGen finds it difficult to dispose off assets in India
p.11: New TCS programme can revolutionise literacy programme
p.13: (Warburg Pincus; Orient Paper; FMCGs; Indian Hotels); Hedging risks: Software woes leave NIIT, Aptech, SSI unscathed
p.17: GE's Welch moves at speed of light, acquires Honeywell
Investor's Guide: p.5: A passage to India (India's infotech industry); Boeing's big bet

ET: 24 Oct 2000
p.1: Born-again private insurers...; (JD Power survey); Net will put India in the middle of a revolution
p.3: HDFC Std 1st policy by end-December
p.4: (Polaris)
p.11: 'We see explosive growth in consumer PC sales' [Compaq]
p.12: Virtual reality: Online retailers expect...
p.15: PSU banks suffer from staff communication gap
p.17: Fiat to source Punto parts from India

ET: 25 Oct 2000
p.1: It's different: Kissan sauces prove a bit too hot for Maggi; EU drags Indian aoto policy to WTO's disputes panel; Citi is not sleeping at all...
p.3: TVS returns to insurance under Royal Sundaram banner
p.5: Indiatimes, Hutchison in WAP pact; Get connected to wireless...
p.8: (Tracmail)
p.10: The new tyranny of the auto industry; Private insurance
p.12: Cisco eyes India as major market for ICM (intelligent contact management)
p.13: (SPA Agro; IPCL; Asian Paints; BPL, ICRA)
p.14: Syndicate Bankt to enter insurance; Acquisitions likely in India
p.15: (Lucent; AT&T; GM)

ET: 26 Oct 2000
p.1: Westward ho! ITC to buy up 50% in US marketing co; Videocon to launch Net TV at Rs.17,000-21,000
p.2: Advt. (Speech by Mr. Pradipsingh Jadeja, Chairman, GNFC)
p.4: Bandwidth demand to rise in 3 years
p.5: Share of organised sector jobs down 14% in last decade; SAIL power units divestment okayed
p.9: Sow in Pounds, reap in Rupees (Indian software cos...); It's quality that has done the trick (India's software)
p.11: Extra small packaging a big hit with FMCG brands
p.12: Falling premiums hit GIC arms' net
p.13: AT&T to recast group into 4 separate cos; Amazon beats Wall St. forecasts...; Xerox eyes major revamp after $167mn quarterly loss

ET: 30 Oct 2000
p.1: Controller of insurance to be revived...; 2 Ranbaxy executives fall prey to lures of New Economy
p.5: Molasses can save 800 mn litres of petrol annually:FICCI
p.6: Vital policy implementation issues... (VSNL)
p.12: BA to fight Virgin over Indian skies
p.13: New HR exercise at L&T to retain top talent; Sodexho to restructure Indian operations

ET: 31 Oct 2000
p.1: Sold on India: MNCs go desi with a vengeance
p.3: Allianz AG, Alpic Finance call off partnership
p.4: UK to ease immigration norms for Indian software pros
p.6: Exporters of e-services, watch out!
p.9: Microsoft to kick off .Net services in India with server launch
p.10: Environment and industry
p.12: Nissan hits comeback trail with lower costs, higher sales
p.15: British Indian sells newspaper chain
p.16: Generation X insurance cos promise to process claims in a jiffy
p.18: Banking behemoth (SBI) in top gear, consolidates position
p.19: (Panasonic; JCT Electronics); Insurance to breed a million lucrative jobs

ET: 1 Nov 2000
p.1: Software exports up 63%...; Here's Evelux, BPL's new babe in the CTV market
p.5: BSNL to go for direct recruits
p.12: Reliance to hold 50% stake in infocom venture
p.13: Packet switching to disable telephony ('The subscription model will die.')
p.14: Microsoft, Compaq launch Net device
p.15: StanChart to set up global centre at Chennai; IDBI to reshape business strategy
p.17: (Pepsi beats Coke; AstraZeneca; Cipla stops export to Ghana...; Bajaj Tempo)
p.18: SSI bottomline leaps...
p.21: Daewoo Motor to lay off 3,500 workers
Brand Equity: (On ISPs; Virgin)
Feature on Andhra Pradesh

ET: 2 Nov 2000
p.1: Export obligation clause heading for the dustbin; GIC subsidiaries set for major top level recast
p.7: Step next: Microsoft test launches Whistler; IBM unveils wireless products to tap corporate databases
p.8: The real treasure of India (is its intellectual capital)
p.10: takes NIIT, 4 top tea broakers to court
p.17: (Exide Holdings; Indal; Morepan)
p.18: GTB to reorganise business

ET: 3 Nov 2000
p.1: Cabinet clears DTH (direct-to-home)...; Garment sector thrown open...; HSBC chalks out 5-year India strategy
p.6: CEOs of tomorrow find full Xpressions in XIMB festival
p.7: Solvent extractors body wary of cheap imports
p.13: Hindujas in GB Pound 120 mn bid for Express (London)
p.17: (Ceat; Asian Paints)
Corporate Dossier: (On hostile take-over bids; NSE; Asian Paints; Motorola; Bluetooth technology)

ET: 6 Nov 2000
p.1: India Inc reduces capital goods imports
p.7: Juniper ties up with Ericsson, Nortel to sell internet routers
p.8: The times... (disappearing walls between insurance and banking)
p.10: FMCG cos feels the heat of imports, competition
p.11: Global gurus to coach potential Tata CEOs; India Rayon plans spread, new garb for garments unit
p.12: (Companies ranked according to net forex earning)
p.13: Jain Irrigation lowers equity capital
p.16: BK (Birla) open to sale of non-core units
Investor's Guide: p.5: How the LSE (London Stock Exchange) lost its impressive lead; p.8: Software: Uncertain present, bright future; Small IT companies with niche products will be interesting

ET: 7 Nov 2000
p.1: Cisco buys Indian-held IPCell...
p.8: Lafarge India buys Raymond's cement unit for Rs. 785 cr
p.9: Industry has to prepare for competition
p.12: New India still non-life insurance king
p.17: S. Korean banks blacklist unviable firms
p.19: Britannia plans to expand kingdom; Auto MNCs slam brakes on product launches; Haw Par, Elder plan Tiger den in India

ET: 8 Nov 2000
p.6: Thomas Cook travel card to make life easier for the jetset
p.7: Sony; Matsushita, DoCoMo design wireless music; Toshiba, Siemens to work on 3G mobile phones
p.8: Citings: (on creation of wealth)
p.9: Risk management
p.11: Battling bankruptcy: South Korean chaebols make desparate efforts... (Execs, unions meet to stave off Daewoo crisis)
p.12: Vijaya Bank to enter insurance...; StanChart plans new Net products
p.15: Metro's here... (German supermarket)
Brand Equity: Life after sale (after-sales service); Where is the Beeb? (BBC)

ET: 9 Nov 2000
p.1: Caterpillar acquires HM's EED (earth-moving equipment division)(Also see ET: 14 Nov 2000, p.10); GIC gets national reinsurer status, outfits delinked
p.3: Mutuals prefer predictability, not assurance
p.13: Daewoo Motor forced into bankruptcy...

ET: 10 Nov 2000
p.4: Kettle cartel: Tea producers to join hands to fight falling prices
p.5: Great wall of language is falling down; Iomega offers cheap storage option for digital snaps; British Telecom breaks up...; Daewoo Motor's assembly line grinds to a halt
p.6: How to be and remain Brand No.1
p.8: Bankrupt parent not to dent cash-rich Daewoo India; Asian Paints buys out Aussie paint company...
p.9: LIC, others in brainstorming session on coping with change
p.10: Country roads (road sector)
p.12: Thomas Cook to expand product line
p.13: Hero IT wing buys US call centre...; Wipro ePeripherals raises Rs.19.8 cr from employees; Pizza Hut to have 30 more outlets by 2001
Corporate Dossier: Nortel; Retailing; Internet technologies; London Stock Exchange

ET: 14 Nov 2000
p.3: Global shares the next big thing for cos (Deutsche Bank)
p.6: Cetma, Elcina get to 'see' eye to eye at last; Germany goes all out to woo Indian post-grad students
p.7: Gridco planning financial recast
p.8: Battle for water bottle: MNCs to the fore
p.10: HP backs out of multi-billion dollar bid for PwC
p.15: BT to sell stake in Swiss JV for GBP 460 mn
p.17: HLL to make mirch masala again; After the slump, hotel business booms

ET: 15 Nov 2000
p.6: New Microsoft tools to allow others to create .NET products; IBM ties up with Nortel, Lucent for networking; Icann plans meet as naming game hots up
p.7: Fund management: Beware of the potholes; Internet banking: The hollow promises
p.8: Shah Rukh jumps aboard the virtual Dreamz boat
Brand Equity: (Retailing; Idodex)

ET: 16 Nov 2000
p.1: Wake up call: It's the age of convergence, RBI tells banks; Customised products are the new key (Insurance)
p.5: Dell not excited by wireless devices; HP charts roadmap via e-PC launch; (Advt.) e-PGDM from TAPMI
p.6: Citings: (on the importance of how organisations manage their work)
p.7: The challenge of sustainability (in the IT sector)
p.8: (... marriage is in the air): Essel Packaging buys (acquires) Propack Outfits
p.13: NASDAQ planning alliance with LSE; Diamler grabs upperhand in merger of equals with Chrysler; Quirky culture rings in Nokia's success

ET: 17 Nov 2000
p.1: Managing soccer at Liverpool University
p.5: 'Call' it what you will, but call centre are the in thing
p.6: 'We are the No. 1 among branded manufacturers' (Compaq)
p.7: Daewoo India
p.8: (Banking sector reforms)
p.10: (Public Mobile Radio Trunking System, PMRTS)
p.12: PwC begins risk managemenr practice in India
p.15: Corporate assets go beyond capital; (NyloBryte; Ranbaxy)
Corporate Dossier: (Leadership programmes); Levers' Listers (school for CEOs); What really happened to the Class of GE

ET: 20 Nov 2000
p.1: ICICI reduces 'stress' assets; Snowcem to buy Geekay unit... (see p.13); Flex group company set to merge with Cincom (see p.13)
p.3: BoI, Zurich Insurance go separate ways
p.8: Understanding the low-income consumer
p.9: The twain did meet... (Confluence 2000, IIMA)
p.10: VSNL to redeploy Iridium assets for web hosting; Philip Morris to invest Rs.70 cr for new facilities; Sonkh Tech, EDS in e-governance pact
p.11: Branded software products on the rise
p.13: Nirma enters retail segment with Radhe supermart; Auto ASCs (authorised service centres) fail to blaze ahead of local service centres
p.16: French health scare on Nestle icecreams
p.18: Big brother is watching (the marketer is watching the consumer)
p.19: Denim to diversify into sports entertainment via M&As; Airbus scouts for Indian cos to outsource aircraft components
Investor's Guide: p.5: Last days of the industrial raj (on hostile takeovers); Managers without borders (in European companies)

ET: 21 Nov 2000
p.1: Coca-Cola offers $15bn to bottle Quaker Oats (also see ET: 22 Nov 2000, p.7); GM, Fiat plan to live-in in India to reduce costs; Travel tales: 99 new hotels planned in budget segment; One co's poison... (on 'outsourcing customers'!)
p.7: What is the takeover code?
p.8: Now B2B is Back to Basic and B2C is...
p.10: ICI India to sell off polyurathanes unit to Huntsman of US
p.11: Intel unveils P4 chip; PwC plans content management group...
p.12: Catch them young (recruiting in the insurance industry)
p.14: NIIT goes 'fast forward' on restructuring
p.15: Hyundai Group implements spinoff, revamp in most units
p.19: Hero Honda plans 3rd plant to meet demand; Cash is passe...; Fuller to be Sanghi partner in Rs.1200cr cement project; Parry's targets masses...

ET: 22 Nov 2000
p.1:'s India brew fast running out of steam; Old economy giants set corporate street on fire (Aditya Aluminium, Tata Steel, see also p.10)
p.4: ICI hires Arthur Andersen, Miebach... seeks approval of shareholders for Berger JV
p.7: Employee expenses of MNC drug cos almost double of Indian outfits
p.8: 'Risk is industry and company specific' (risks in banking)
p.12: (On medical transcription)
p.13: New Chrysler execs (from the new German management) oust top (American) honchos
Brand Equity: p.4: (On brand switching: The Conversion Model)

ET: 23 Nov 2000
p.1: UB to pull out of non-drinks biz...
p.4: India likely to emerge as global insurance hub: FM; Uncovered: Initial euphoria ebbing in insurance sector; PNB tying up with Zurich, Hero Honda for insurance foray
p.5: Talent search: It's a war among IT companies; Nokia unveils colour display cell to connect people further
p.7: Coca-Cola gives up pursuit of Quaker
p.9: To dot or not...; The end of TV as we know it?
p.11: Vijaya Bank hopes to pick up token stakes in insurance cos
p.12: DD plans to draw revamp strategy within six months
p.13: (Hyundai; UB; Ambuja Cement; Cabletron System)

ET: 24 Nov 2000
p.6: Citings: (On relationship management)
p.9: MP3 players making waves in Indian market; Integra Micro develops WAP browser; Pentium IV unlikely to be a hit; RSC plans global standard for software development
p.11: Is Great Britain replicating the US productivity miracle?
p.13: ACC to sell mining JV stake to partner Rio Tinto; Botanical brew...
p.14: Entry barriers (On entrepreneurship)
Corporate Dossier: (On post-merger organisational problems); Own your company (on ESOPs); Outbound antics (on developing 'soft skills')

ET: 27 Nov 2000
p.8: 'Click and brick is the model banks will adopt' (ANZ's e-transformation strategy)
p.12: BA to expand freight operations in India by 60%

ET: 28 Nov 2000
p.5: Reliance plans to link 115 cities through broadband; Cos to share software in future
p.6: (Advt.) IT World 2000: COMDEX India
p.7: Bancassurance: A lucrative arena for banking sector
p.8: Cyber-terrorism: A major threat
p.12: Shrei Intl, Alpic Finance, Apple call off merger
p.14: Human face (employee relations)
p.17: LG, Philips Electronics to merge cathode tude outfits; Berger Paints plans to splash colour vis Decor Services

ET: 29 Nov 2000
p.1: France Telecom to grow with BPL
p.17: Thapars to sell 25% in Phoenix Paper; HFCL to divest 30% in basic services...; Steel players plan production, price cuts
Brand Equity: Where there is a Vim, there is a way

ET: 30 Nov 2000
p.5: Steel majors gear up for price hike
p.9: HP takes aim at Sun with speedy low-end server; to stock cellular phones...
p.11: Diamler hits bumps on Street Legal ('merger' or 'takeover'?); Kellog ready to restructure business...
p.12: Britannia may go on buying spree, eyes Kwality Biscuits
p.13: Timex is unwell...

ET: 1 Dec 2000
p.1: Divest dilemma: It is good to lose weight, but how?
p.4: Expert's choice: Quick and easy CRM solutions
p.5: Sify to dot indian roads with 600 cybercafés
p.6: Electronic education; 'Consulting is now more preventive in nature'
p.9: Desi, videshi liquor cos lose premium spirit of adventure
p.12: Canlife to bypass insurance agents
Corporate Dossier: Shah Rukh Unlimited; Out of Site (why some Internet site do not do well)

ET: 4 Dec 2000
p.1: Cable Internet makes slow progress in Indian metros
p.6: SCI flags off vessel acquisition spree; Advantageous location counts in cable business
p.8: Telecom chiefs to review Asian picture; In the line of fire: Red alert sounded for cos doing business on the Net

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