Author: Biz India

Book Review: 365 30-Minute Meals

From the Editors of Better Homes and Gardens Publisher: Wiley Publishing Book Review by: Laxmi Chaandi This book deserves a medal for its superb organization of material and its layout. You can easily go to see a list of the type of food you are looking for: breakfast suggestions, meatless dishes, pastas, pizzas and sandwiches, seafood, soups and stews, and other food categories along with easy-to-find page numbers for each dish The page tabs are large to save you time looking. When you turn to the page for the dish you want, its recipe is on a single page – with the list of ingredients and quantities needed on the left and simple steps to preparation on the right. The directions are placed as 1, 2 and 3, and some with a 4 – it’s that simple. Each recipe page shows you how much time it will take, and how many adults it will serve. Of course you can adjust quantities to you preference. Some pages give you a “Make-Ahead Directions” heading, which are some things to do ahead of preparation or cooking, to save time. Some pages treat you with a tip – something to make the dish more flavorful or to save you time. Some pages have a separate heading after the steps to prepare a dressing. And some have a “Nutrition Facts per Serving.” note which...

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Book Review: 101 Best Ways to Land a Job in Troubled Times

Author: Jay A. Block Publisher: McGraw-Hill – 194 pages Book Review by Nano Khilnani As I browsed through this book, I went straight to look for the list of the 101 best ways mentioned on the cover. And I was not disappointed. It begins with a highly inspiring and motivational piece of encouragement in No.1: Develop a fearless constitution as a first step in landing a new job in troubled economic times. But Jay’s approach to helping job seekers land good jobs is not just motivational but highly useful, as in No.3: Change how you think about a job search – look at it as an easy five-step process that is a well-planned and well-executed campaign. When reviewing a book, I typically next read about the author and his qualifications. And not only was I not disappointed, I was impressed by his background of success. Jay has written and published 15 career and motivational books, 10 of those by McGraw Hill, one of the world’s most respected publishing houses. Among his other highly essential – and utilitarian – related books that jobseekers must get hold of are: “101 Best Resumes” and “101 Best Cover Letters.” While he is described as an “industry pioneer” and “one of the nation’s leading executive career and empowerment coaches” (I am often skeptical of descriptions – who writes them – if not the authors...

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Beaten-Down Canadian Stocks Present Good Investing Opportunities

By Tom Essaye Part of being a good contrarian investor is constantly looking beyond your investment “comfort zone” and trying to find less-followed opportunities. In that vein, as I look across the scope of the investing landscape, I can’t help but see that the whole world has been focused on two regions: Europe and China. Obviously people are paying attention to Europe because of the ongoing economic weakness and seemingly ever repeating sovereign debt problems. China, on the other hand, is being closely watched with the hope that it will be able to engineer an economic “soft landing” and continue to help the global economy grow. To be sure, these are two very important regions of the world. And investors must monitor them because the movement of those markets will have an effect on us here at home. But, you shouldn’t have “tunnel vision” and only focus on those two areas — and ignore the other regions of the world where there is opportunity. For example … Canada has often been overshadowed by its much larger neighbor — the United States.   While everyone is focusing on Europe’s problems and Asia’s growth, things in the land to our north have quietly been picking up. Let me give you three reasons why … #1 — Strong banks Canadian banks are some of the best run and well capitalized in the...

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Hindustan Unilever Limited Delivers $132 Million Profit in Fourth Quarter

India’s largest fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) company Hindustan Unilever’s (HUL) fourth quarter net profit rose better-than-expected 21 percent year-on-year to Rs. 687 crore (about $132 million), helped by strong growth across several segments. Analysts on average had expected HUL to report a net profit of Rs 649 crore (about $124 million). The company, a unit of Anglo-Dutch Unilever Plc, reported net sales of Rs5, 660.5 crore ($1.088 billion) in the Jan-March quarter, up 16 percent from a year ago. In the fourth quarter, the consumer goods leader had exceptional items, which included gain of Rs 34.73 crore (about $6.7million) from the sale of properties and Rs 5.78 crore (about $1.1 million) provision for retirement benefits among other things. In the year ago quarter it had exceptional gain of Rs 47.8 crore ($9.19 million) from sale of properties and a few other provisions. Its net profit before exceptional items was up 29 percent, the company announced. During the three-month period, the company’s domestic consumer business grew 20 percent with a volume growth of 10 percent. Among key segments, soaps and detergents revenue rose 28 percent year-on-year to Rs 2,834. crore (about $545,000) in January-March. “Momentum was sustained in both bars and powders with Rin benefiting from the bars relaunch in December quarter. The focus on driving upgradation led to stepped up growth rates in Surf,” HUL said. Personal products revenue...

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Over 300 Business Leaders Converge at US-India Business West Coast Summit

Washington, April 29 — Over 300 top business leaders from India and the United States have highlighted dynamic potential that exists in present and future collaboration between the two countries. The first annual US-India Business West Coast Summit hosted by the US-India Business Council (USIBC) and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in Silicon Valley over the weekend attracted prominent business and policy leaders from both countries. Themed “Building Bridges, Fostering Innovation,” the conference focused on the most pressing political and economic issues impacting US-India relations, as well as technology and innovation, renewable energy and trade and investment, according to USIBC. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice describing India as “a wonderful example of what democratic institutions can achieve”, said, “The Indian democracy cannot be underestimated.” Andy Bird, chairman, Walt Disney International said: “India is all about cricket, film and television, so Disney had to be involved in at least two of those to be successful there. So our strategy in India has been driven by media.” “As part of strategy, we’ve acquired media companies there. We are just learning to walk in India, but pretty soon we’ll be jogging and running and we’re looking forward to a very bright and exciting future there,” he added. “Collaboration is the future,” said Wim Elfrink, EVP, Emerging Solutions & Chief, Globalization Officer, Cisco Systems. Noting that 100...

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