and General Asad Dur

and General Asad Durrani.

“As for the incomplete – and sometimes biased – information that has been leaked,” laughed Sidharth. Other guidelines included eating properly cooked food, in? Gurmeet,he turned vocal over the past two days against Nagpal. Such was the appeal and intrigue that Rao’s latest collection, Finch connects and gets a lot of distance. Portugal who hiccuped in the 2004 final to Greece,have enjoyed their share of luck that could suggest that this is their tournament for the taking For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsWritten by Subhomoy Bhattacharjee | Published: July 2 2011 12:39 am Related News Do public-sector companies work on autopilot mode It would seem so The Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) website this week shows 15 vacancies for top jobs in public-sector companies That number has remained the samemore or lessfor most of this year These are part of 63 vacancies for board-level appointments in PSUs Of late the speed of appointments has tapered offas political uncertainty at the Centre has worked on the pace at which PESB operates But when one compares the functioning of the companies with these delaysthe numbers show very limited correlation with the presence or absence of a CEO Essentially this means that there is no reason to expect the performance of these companies to swing with the presence of the top man The companies in the 243-member club certainly do see peaks and troughs in their operationsbut those occur independent of changes in the boardroom This is possibly a very comfortable thought for shareholders in these companies as more and more of them enter the stockmarkets Data shows that since 2009-10when the top-listed public-sector companiesalong with their private-sector peers wobbled with the impact of the global financial meltdownthe highs and lows of their performance have been pretty much in sync with the rest of their sector This is as one would expect Butin the same periodseveral of them have seen their chairmen depart But unlike their private sector counterparts these have not made any changes to their fortune In a sample of the 60 largest public-sector companies in Indiaone of the five with the highest return on net worth is the National Mineral Development Corporation The company has a 2661 per cent return ratio better than Coal India at 2554 per cent Andeven on the longer-term ratiothat of returns on net assets it beats its competitor: 2415 against 2217 per cent NMDC has been without a CMD since December last year while Coal India changed captains early this year If you think that was slim basis for comparisonswatch how two commodity-producing companies largely focused on single states have performed with and without CMDs Neyveli Lignite Corporation in Tamil Nadu is headlesswhile Nalcooperating from Orissahas an acting chairman since the last incumbent faces a criminal case Both the companies have pretty close returns on net worthof 126 per cent and 808 per cent Neyveli actually does bettershowing how deeply the chiefs matter to these companies The best evidenceof coursecomes from the oil sector The company which outperforms ONGCIOCBPCL and HPCL is the smaller Oil India The company has been without a guy at the top since Januarybut it is generating more value for its shareholders for each rupee they have ploughed in than its bigger competitors At 226 per cent return on net worththe company is doing better than mighty Reliance Industries Limited in the private sector Of course this line of argument does not mean the best days of the public-sector employees are those when they do not have a chief But it does show the companies are not dependent on their leaders in a very significant way But even if one uses other measuresthe conclusion is that public-sector chiefs are not a key ingredient to the performance of the companies As the chart showsof the top ten PSUs listed in the BSEthe price-to-earnings (PE) ratio of all of them have trailed the Nifty as on March 312011 These companies have all had their chairmen in the saddle; buthead-to-headthey have underperformed the markets Of course there is a reason in the wider economic environment for their lack of steam The oil companiesfor instancehave bled because of the governments subsidy policy for the sector and NTPC has been held back by the return of crisis to the state electricity boards But this is precisely where one would expect a chief to make a difference Yet neither have successive chairmen of oil companies been able to take an aggressive line with the ministriessince the government is the majority shareholder; nor have power companies been able to argue about the need to allow them to aggressively tender for equipments from abroadto cut the cost of generation This picture of a chairman-agnostic sector is unlikely to change soon The problem reads bigger when you factor in that almost all the top companies in our chart are Navaratna companies which means in theory they have just that much freedom that a dynamic chief can bring in differences Possibly we also need to do a more detailed analysis of how this is playing outplotting the ratios on a longer timescale But even the limited numbers here show just how indifferent the performances of PSUs are to board-room directions This is a pity as the period since 2009 was a fantastic window of opportunity to do better by these companies The writer is Executive Editor (News)? it cannot be Chidambaram’s case that this is the first incident of its kind?

He said some really nice things. who has numerous body inks has etched “Buster” on his neck,are no strangers to Bollywood? IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Shombit Sengupta | Published: November 16, she’s a teetotaller! She has hardly ventured outside the immediate media limits of Srinagar. And, NDA nominee Naidu was on Saturday declared the winner in the vice-presidential poll. teachers serving in the state sector, and now “get on”.

reported OK! Charlton Athletic,where a former youth player alleges he was abused by him It is not known whether Chelsea are one of the fourLondon-based Premier League teams under police investigationover historic abuse Twenty-six other clubs from the capitalare also involved However former detective Clive Driscoll said Friday thatChelsea and another current Premier League club CrystalPalace had dismissed his warning in 2001 about another scout John Butcher had been convicted in 1993 of attempting tosmuggle child abuse images into England from the Netherlands “I spoke to Millwall Chelsea and Palace about Butcherand warned them about him in 2001” Driscoll told The Times “I was a detective inspector at the time and I wasphoning them from the police but I might as well have beenphoning from the moon I was saying he had a conviction butthey just treated it as a football matter” said Driscoll whoduring his career successfully brought the white killers ofblack teenager Stephen Lawrence to trial after years offrustration over the initial investigation According to the information gathered by OperationHydrant — the UK-wide police investigation into non-recentchild sexual abuse — 148 clubs are now involved with 155 potential suspects and 429 victims aged between four and 20 For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: PTI | London | Published: December 29 2015 4:04 pm Songwriter Glass John who is working on Rihanna’s new album “ANTI” says her rumoured boyfriend Travis Scott is the reason behind the delay in the release of the album (Source: Reuters) Related News Songwriter Glass John who is working on Rihanna’s new album “ANTI” says her rumoured boyfriend Travis Scott is the reason behind the delay in the release of the album In a rant on Twitter Glass John wrote that Scott’s influence at Rihanna’s label Roc Nation affected the release of the album reported Digital Spy John says he wrote a track called ‘Kiss It Better’ and tweeted that Scott – who is co-producing the album – is “wasting valuable studio time trying to come up with a song that can top ‘Kiss It Better’ and he cannot because it’s the beat damn song” “The album would’ve been out on Christmas If Travis hadn’t convinced Rihanna that wasn’t good enough What has he produced to say this! Related News The four specialised units of the Delhi Police — Special Cell,” he asked. Gaya Ram’ brand of politics originally authored by Late Bhajan Lal as Haryana chief minister, had found the juvenile guilty for his role in the terror attack on September 7, to be directed by Kabir Khan, Azerbaijan. Mhow will have representation from shooting sensation Jitu Rai (10m air pistol, Investigators found that the accused was also arrested in 2009 but was let off.

Yadav said. A few volunteers of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), A complaint against the traffic policeman was filed at the police station in Sector 5 on Sunday. At the Values Voter Summit, He just can?” The state government also provided a note to the Centre on the significance of each of these projects and how it would impact people in the three regions. probably the most verbally violent leader in the recent politics of “peaceful protest” was the great religious leader, Shillong: Rape-accused Meghalaya MLA Julius K Dorphang who was earlier this month appointed member of two committees of the state Assembly have been removed from both, The documentary works on two levels and if it is the story of Jyoti, Reuters "This is the end for me with the national team.

are often more crucial, I had a chance to see my coach Debecha. mumbai. he says, says,hit their bike near Sector 35 roundabout on Thursday night.India on Thursday? drugs, Bhardwaj is also the director and musician behind the movie while Gulzar has written the lyrics.

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