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August 31, 2004

Call centres, love life don't mix
Now, the industry sources and psychiatrists fear call centres are changing the way the young business process outsourcing industry executives view commitment in relationships.

How the pre-paids ring
So what are the new rates like in terms of savings and services? Let us find out.

August 30, 2004

Bankable banks
The rethink on PSU banks' divestment and concerns over management autonomy have dragged bank stocks down, But sound financials and renewed thrust on retail outweigh these negatives.

The City of Joy gets hi-tech
Kolkata has leapfrogged into the infotech era and the pace is hotting up, say Ishita Ayan Dutt & Pradeep Gooptu

Small machines, megabyte action
After years of relatively slow growth, mainly because of high prices, customers are putting down their money for the sleek, lightweight computing machines

Where's the PM? Anyone seen him?
A measure of how serious India's new Prime Minister is is the fact that he's rarely to be seen in the country's newspapers or television channels.

PM's far from a PhD in politics
And as the government lurches from managing one political crisis to another, 100 days of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government smack of ineffectual political management.

Back to the babus; PM gets them to perform
Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh's carrying forward the lesson he learnt in 1991 -- the bureaucracy matters, perhaps even more than individual ministers.

I have no promises to make. . .: PM
Between crises, economy gets short shrift.

Sensitive files? PM to check all of them
The Prime Minister's Office has directed important ministries to submit detailed views with more references and not mere summaries on any matter sent for his consideration.

August 28, 2004

Skoda Octavia's turbo treat
The Skoda Octavia RS 1.8T is the very first turbo petrol car in India.

A new bar code
Yangdup Lama started Cocktail and Dreams, a freelancing bartending company in 1999, writes Smita Tripathi

Sailing on a high tide
It's a problem of plenty for Indian shipping companies

The tie that binds
This Raksha Bandhan there is a huge range of gifts to choose from, says Smita Tripathi

August 27, 2004

Pharma: Through Porter's eyes
The pharma industry is likely to see rising competition, but the form of competition will be different. It will be between large players with economies of scale.

August 26, 2004

Truckers threaten 3-mth stir
Truck operators, whose six-day old strike has disrupted movement of goods and shot up prices of essential commodities

August 23, 2004

Reddy to take centre-stage
From his very first day in office, Jaipal Reddy has made it clear that he has no intention of lying low.

August 21, 2004

5 Series BMW: A Winner
Forget its looks, the new 5 Series is about corners at three digit speeds

The Wanderers: Going places
A chance meeting at a personal development course between two strangers, Rajinder Singh and Abhik Dutta, led to the beginning of The Wanderers -- a travel company that focuses on lesser known exotic destinations.

Playing power games
Kawle is in a hurry to change MSEB. He is the fifth person to be in the hot seat of the country's largest state electricity board in just four years.

A bittersweet battle for UP
Kushagra Bajaj's plans to become the world's biggest sugar producer are being challenged by the industry barons in Uttar Pradesh, says Bhupesh Bhandari.

August 20, 2004

China's brand new look
China has come to believe that the uplift of a nation's spirit depends as much on the creation of economic wealth as on that of a beautiful physical environment

FDIs: Is the Left right after all?
Foreign direct investment does not confer any 'growth bonus'

August 19, 2004

The fire in the circus tent
Cooperative bank burn-out is a crisis waiting to happen, says Tamal Bandyopadhyay

India's first e-literate district
A rural e-learning project that the Kerala government launched a year ago has changed the lives of Malappuram residents.

JRD Tata: A life extraordinary
JRD was a philanthropist, a patron of the sciences and the arts, a man of rare sensitivity, a man with a passion for literature, fast cars, skiing, and flying; and above all a great leader.

August 18, 2004

A pipeline through Pakistan
An overland Iran-India pipeline via Pakistan could ease oil supplies to India, but it might also give Pakistan massive leverage. So will the pipeline go through?

August 17, 2004

Want to be a wedding planner?
Aspirants do not need any professional degrees/diplomas to become a wedding planner.

August 16, 2004

The East beckons Indian tourists
Planning your holiday? How about Cambodia, Vietnam and China

Drycleaning the White Tiger way
Today, Padam Singhee has 10 branches in Delhi and NCR and a state-of-the-art washing plant in Noida.

Bookmobiles, the village <I>kitaabwala</I>
Bookmobiles are bridging the digital divide in small towns and villages, says Rajiv Theodore

India Inc gung-ho about 'middle India'
Now a host of companies from FMCG and auto giants to hoteliers are revamping their act in a bid to reach middle class buyers.

August 14, 2004

Are banks liable for locker thefts?
Consumers keep their lifetime savings in lockers -- for which they now pay stiff fees -- and banks on their part must ensure foolproof security.

How NDTV turned around
Despite the similarity in their revenues there's no doubt that Aaj Tak and NDTV are very different beasts.

Is Skoda Superb good enough?
Unfortunately there are a quite a few cars in the market today that make the Superb package look far too expensive.

August 13, 2004

PM's letter to ministers: PSU appointments
On August 9, Dr Singh shot off a curt letter to ensure that his ministers strictly follow guidelines for the

August 11, 2004

Unwise to raise interest rates
Indian economy is getting more and more integrated with the rest of the world, remaining out of line in interest rates will have serious adverse consequences.

Bangalore: Cyber city or Silicon slum?
If Bangalore's infrastructure does not improve, MindTree, Unisys, Borland, Tyco and even Wipro may shift base elsewhere.

August 10, 2004

And now, malls for farmers
These shopping complexes offer a diversity of agriculture-related goods and services, including expert advice.

FTAs: who did the homework?
The apparent provocation has been the great speed at which the commerce ministry has finalised plans to enter into free trade area agreements with several countries in the world.

HDFC Bank is the market favourite
. The primary reason for preferring HDFC Bank lies in the quality of its assets, says Manas Chakravarty.

August 09, 2004

Bihar via Hong Kong
The distance between Bhiwani, Haryana and Patna, Bihar is a long one. Minister of State (independent charge) Company Affairs, Prem Chandra Gupta, made it even longer by stopping at Hong Kong on the way.

August 07, 2004

Can Petra turn around Fiat?
Deep inside Fiat's Kurla plant, I got a glimpse of the Italian car maker's immediate future. No, not necessarily that of Fiat India, but Fiat worldwide, to be more precise.

L&T: Conquering new worlds
In the last year L&T picked up orders worth Rs 2,700 crore inn the bitterly competitive international market and that's only for starters, says Nandini Lakshman

Transaction tax simplified
A N Shanbhag explains various issues related to the Securities Transaction Tax

Cooking up a feast
India's rice kings have moved from being old-fashioned commodity traders to hi-tech marketing whizzes who want to be on dinner tables around the world, says Surajeet Das Gupta.

August 05, 2004

The growth rate riddle
Communist-ruled states have been among the fastest-growing after liberalisation, says Manas Chakravarty

August 04, 2004

Sly takeover of Air-India hurt JRD
JRD even suspected that the airline was deliberately bad-mouthed so that it could be acquired after its value came down


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