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January 31, 2004

What is a vote-on-account?
This sanction of Parliament for withdrawal of money from the Consolidated Fund of India to meet the government's expenses is generally known as a vote-on-account.

Forgery: Banks can't escape liability
Banks cannot easily escape their liability if they encash forged cheques, says Rosy Kumar

Calling from Seattle
Ex-Microsoft techie Sanjay Kumar spotted the BPO opportunity early and, as a result, he is constantly commuting between Seattle and New Delhi, says Paran Balakrishnan

Indian Post makes investing easy
Does the Indian Postal Department's new facility of purchasing NSC and KVP through demat form actually make an investor's life easy, asks Arti Sharma

Swipe war sweeps credit card mart
A blistering battle is underway in the credit card market. The Indian banks have come into the market late but they are moving aggressively, say Shweta Jain and George Smith Alexander

Ad agencies in revamp mode
Ad agencies are once again on a diversification spree. Deepa Krishnan finds out how different it is this time

FTA: Auto sector hits roadblock
The auto industry is deeply divided about India's free trade agreement with Thailand, says Surajeet Das Gupta

January 28, 2004

The politics and economics of CAS
Kala Seetharam Sridhar and Varadharajan Sridhar explain what will determine the success of conditional access system, and why it is needed

January 27, 2004

How MFs beat the Street in 2003
As an investment class, equity funds posted average returns of 93.50 per cent in 2003, much better than the 72.89 per cent recorded by the Sensex.

January 24, 2004

A digital world view
Is it time to go digital? Smita Tripathi examines the pros and cons of entering the new electronic era in photography

What is driving the Asian dynamo?
There is no question that the "new Asia" -- primarily India and China and others in "developing" and "transition" Asia -- is poised to become one of the world's growth regions.

Dogfight over open skies
While private airlines cheer Government's policy to allow them to fly to foreign destinations, IA and A-I say they are being dealt a deathblow.

The human resource challenge
Indian industry, unfortunately, has usually given human resource development practically no priority says Arvind Singhal.

Cricket's mad ad rush
Every time an Indian cricket team gets ready for yet another series, ad planners train their attention on the Indian performance too, says V Krishnaswamy.

A charter for change
The Government's new, liberalised charter policy could have a dramatic impact on the Indian tourism industry, say Surajeet Das Gupta and Arti Sharma

January 23, 2004

IIMs must say 'No' to govt
If IIMs refuse central aid, and raise funds on their own, they will be surprised at their success, says T Thomas.

January 22, 2004

Credit cards look for an Ace
Credit card usage in India is still minuscule compared with other countries in the region. Tamal Bandyopadhyay examines why

January 21, 2004

We are front-runners in our field: Dr Anji Reddy
I would like to renew our commitment to advancing the frontiers of science in drug discovery, says the chairman of Dr Reddy's Labs.

January 20, 2004

A 'deficit' in the banking division
The finance ministry's banking division seems to have mastered the art of putting its foot in its mouth.

January 17, 2004

Great getaways!
Indian travellers are getting more adventurous when choosing their holiday spots. Jai Arjun Singh looks at some options.

Footwear's fast-moving star
California-based Killick Datta is racing to the goal of selling $1billion worth of fashion footwear every year, says S Kalyana Ramanathan.

Pill-popping around the world
India's top pharmaceuticals companies are on shopping spree to build their strength in international markets, say Bhupesh Bhandari and Nandini Lakshman.

January 16, 2004

The great Indian bazaar
Equity issues in the new and improved Indian market make all the more sense now. Tamal Bandyopadhyay explains why.

January 15, 2004

Mini-Budget: What's in it for you and me
The tax cuts announced in the mini-Budget will lead to a drop in the cost of air travel, PCs, cell phones, air-conditioners, washing machines, soaps, and even home loans from employers.

January 14, 2004

Should PIOs be given special treatment?
We don't have to ask for their money, but should welcome them as a sign that India is at ease with itself.

January 13, 2004

Small investors, avoid margin trading
Margin trading is a high-risk strategy. You stand to make higher profits, but might also lose heavily, if the market conditions move against you.

January 10, 2004

Bengali films zoom in on profits
The corporate world is watching closely as quality Bengali movies turn into box-office hits, say Ishita Ayan Dutt and Sambit Saha

MTNL moves into redial mode
MTNL has been losing subscribers but it's gearing for a fightback, say Thomas K Thomas and Arti Sharma

January 07, 2004

Kamath sees retail loan boom
Retail loans and lending to small and medium enterprises will emerge as the two biggest areas of growth in the future for the Indian banking sector.

January 06, 2004

2004: Will the unexpected happen?
While interest rates and FII inflows could throw up some surprises, the biggest imponderable is the looming general election.

January 05, 2004

Pharma, the hottest sector for investors
Here's news for you. Business process outsourcing is not the hottest sector as far as investments by venture capital and private equity firms are concerned. Pharmaceuticals has emerged as the new hot favourite for investment.

The coming IPO boom
If 2003 made history by recording the highest annual return in equities ever, 2004 may well create a record of sorts in the history of Indian primary markets. Here's how you can profit from it.

Deconstructing 8 per cent
The more interesting growth stories are in non-agricultural sectors, says Subir Gokarn

January 03, 2004

Gardens in the sky
Terrace gardens can be messy but they are a great option for city dwellers who are short of space, says Smita Tripathi

An insane interlude in history
An account of India's first stock market boom and the crash that followed. Extracts from The Oxford History of Indian Business by Prof Dwijendra Tripathi

Battle for the right brew
The Tea Board is stepping up its efforts to turn Darjeeling into a globally recognised brand, says Ishita Ayan Dutt

Clash of the channels
Television broadcasters in Andhra Pradesh are competing fiercely for eyeballs as fledgling news channels take on established ones, says P Vasanta Kumar

Pouring out a new growth plan
Hatsun Agro has metamorphosed from a small ice cream maker to a milk giant and has even bigger plans for the future, says S Kalyana Ramanathan

January 02, 2004

More good cheer
The impact of the appreciating rupee may not be as serious as originally envisaged

The professional promoters
It matters little whether the man at the helm belongs to the promoter family or not.

January 01, 2004

Gold glitters in bullion boom!
Even as year 2003 cam to an end, the rising trend in gold remained unabated on the bullion market in Mumbai when on December 30 pure gold zoomed further to close at a new record high of Rs 6,235 per ten gram.


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