Free Press Journal
  • Production targets met, agri-management next step for MP: Narendra Dhandre, DGM, Netafim

    Increasing the yield of agricultural produce and using water effectively are the need of the hour for farmers in Madhya Pradesh (as is the case for the rest of the country). Despite the increase in production, improvement of yields has not been up to the mark. However, drip irrigation will be vital here, said Narendra Dhandre, DGM, Netafim. While speaking to Pankaj Joshi and R N Bhaskar, Dhandre

  • Meet Venkat Iyer, the farmer who quit IBM

    Hailing from a remote village in Maharashtra, what makes Venkat Iyer stand out from the rest is that he left his successful IT career to become a farmer. SOUNAK MUKHERJEE tries to find out how the man thinks

  • Bankruptcy law will be learning experience for at least 2-3 years: Bahram Vakil, founding partner, AZB & Partners

    Bahram Vakil, the founding partner of leading law firm AZB & Partners, is reckoned among the country’s foremost infrastructure and project finance attorneys. He has worked on several committees that introduced major policy changes in the country. Among them are the U K Sinha Committee— working group on foreign investment in India; SEBI sub-group on regulatory guidelines for redeemable non – convertible preference shares, and the Viswanathan Committee on bankruptcy law reform. 

  • Niklesh Sharma: A pastry chef who makes lives sweeter

    Mumbai: Starting out in 1992 as a chef in Oberoi Hotel, pastry chef Niklesh Sharma has come a long way setting up Academy of Pastry Arts and heading a team of 30 chefs. With centres in Gurgaon, Bangalore, Malaysia and Philippines, The Academy of Pastry Arts has now launched its centre in Mumbai. The launch event saw the likes of Chef Manjit Gill, President of Indian Federation

  • Tapan Kumar Chand, CMD, Nalco: We are going for a mega expansion of Rs 30,000 crore

    Since 1982, Tapan Kumar Chand, the CMD of National Aluminium Company (Nalco), has been serving the mining and metal sector. His over three-decade stint includes the director— commercial of Rashtriya Ispat Nigam /Visakhapatnam Steel Plant and director personnel and director of Central Coalfields. These years of experience give him the confidence over the Indian metals market. He believes that Nalco will not be impacted directly with the current geopolitical concerns.

  • Contract farming now has to take roots in MP: Rajnikant Rai, CEO, ITC Agri Business Division

    The state of Madhya Pradesh has made rapid progress in the agricultural sector. Apart from farmers, players like ITC have also managed to reap the benefit from this progress. On the sidelines of ‘Madhya Pradesh’s glorious agri revolution’ conference, Rajnikant Rai, CEO, ITC Agri Business Division, ITC Ltd spoke to Pankaj Joshi and R N Bhaskar. Excerpts:

  • Niranjan Hiranandani: For affordable homes, MMR region is more happening than Mumbai

    Amidst friends and well-wishers, Niranjan Hiranandani, the founder and MD of Hiranandani group, delivered a speech that painted a futuristic, liveable Mumbai. Despite all the trouble the city is facing as it undergoes a makeover, he believes it is all for Mumbai’s better future. Hiranandani, spoke to Free Press Journal’s Jescilia Karayamparambil on the sidelines of ‘A Speaker Series’ organised by Rotary Club of Bombay on the revamp of Mumbai. Apart from

  • Tata Power CEO and MD Praveer Sinha: We are doing a huge amount of R&D in micro-grids

    Praveer Sinha, the newly-appointed CEO and MD of Tata Power, India’s largest integrated power company, is embarking on new business models to boost the company’s market share. Sinha, who was CEO and MD of Tata Power Delhi Distribution (Tata Power-DDL) before assuming this position, has been involved in a variety of activities which include setting up of greenfield and brownfield projects. In an interaction with Free Press Journal’s R N Bhaskar and