NDTV Profit announces its first Business Leadership Awards

Mr Mukesh Ambani, Reliance Industries Ltd. wins the Global Indian Award

- Mr Ratan Tata, Tata Group, wins the Business Leader Award

- Mr Nandan Nilekani, Infosys wins the Inspiring India Viewers Choice Award

New Delhi, July 29, 2006---NDTV Profit, India?s leading business channel announced the launch of its first ?NDTV Profit Business Leadership Awards? in New Delhi. The 'awards that saw India?s best business leaders under one roof were presented by Honb?le Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh across fourteen different categories at a special award ceremony at Taj Palace in New Delhi.

Starting this year, the ?NDTV Profit Business Leadership Awards? will honour business excellence and are aimed at recognizing companies that have shown exceptional ability across industries and have nurtured excellence.

Extensive research was carried over a period of five months to determine the nominees and the winners under the guidance of the jury that comprised of eminent personalities like Dr Amit Mitra, Ms Anu Aga, Dr Bimal Jalan, Mr Narayana Murthy, Mr Suman Dubey and Dr Prannoy Roy. Synovate, as market research partner and Ernst & Young as knowledge/audit partner were appointed by NDTV for these awards. The presenting sponsor was Allianz and the associate sponsors were Hyundai Sonata Embera, Cushman Wakefield, Forbes Group and Hindustan Times.

Mr Mukesh Ambani was presented with the Global Indian Leader award by the Honb?le Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh. Mr Ratan Tata was presented the Business Leader Award. The Business Leader was given to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills and has shown substantial contribution to her organization and the Indian Economy.

Awards winners in 14 different verticals were Jet Airways in Aviation, ICICI Bank in Banking, Nokia India in Consumer Durables, Hindustan Levers Limited in FMCG, Larsen & Toubro in Infrastructure, Life Insurance Corporation of India in Insurance Companies, Hewlett & Packard in IT Hardware, Infosys in IT Software, Fed Ex in Shipping & Logistics, Kotak in Mutual Fund, ONGC in Oil & Gas, Westside in Retail, Bharti Airtel in Telecom and Kerala Tourism in Travel & Tourism respectively.

Announcing the launch of NDTV Profit Business Excellence Awards, Vikram Chandra-CEO, NDTV Convergence, said, ?I would like to congratulate Mr Mukesh Ambani for the Global Indian Award, Mr Ratan Tata for the special Business Leadership Award, Mr Nandan Nilekani for the Inspiring India Viewers Choice Award and all other award winners across different verticals. We have instituted ?NDTV Profit Business Leadership Awards? to look at the bigger picture while paying attention to finer details and in-depth analysis. These awards will focus on companies that have added value for its consumers, investors and the industry on the whole. On behalf of NDTV, I thank everyone for their full support and cooperation to help us develop and present the Business Excellence Awards.?

?Through the ?NDTV Profit Business Leadership Awards? we aim at creating a new benchmark and a platform for recognizing excellence in business. Alongwith, with our partners, Synovate and Ernst & Young we developed a methodology to ensure authentic survey and audit process to provide fair results. I would like to thank Allianz our presenting sponsor and all our associate sponsors. In coming years ?NDTV Profit Business Leadership Awards? will continue to add more innovation and expand in scope. ? added, Raj Nayak- CEO, NDTV Media Ltd.

About NDTV

NDTV Ltd, founded in 1988 is India's first and largest private producer of current affairs, sports and entertainment television. It is home to the country's best and brightest reporters, anchors and producers; 23 offices and studios across the country host India's most modern and sophisticated production, newsgathering and archiving facilities. NDTV has an unmatched track record of successfully launching 3 news channels. NDTV 24x7 is a clear leader in the English news segment, NDTV Profit a 24 hour business plus channel is India's number 1 business news channel, and NDTV India, is amongst the country's leading Hindi news channels. As an organization, NDTV is committed to one cause: to use its extensive expertise, technology and reach to create unparalleled coverage of the latest in domestic and international news, sports and entertainment for viewers at home and around the world. For more information: www.ndtv.com.

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