Reliance Retail, India’s largest private sector company, is reportedly in talks with Bata for a joint-venture footwear retail operation . Reliance has reportedly set a three-year turnover objective of about $739 million from the potential deal. Separately, Bata Pakistan has donated 500 pairs of school shoes to a charity in Kandahar, Afghanistan. The shoes were destined for an orphanage and a school that had been destroyed by the Taliban.