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July 31, 2004

More juice in the juice market
From Godrej to Pepsi..all are jumping into the Indian juice market. It has to be seen how long consumers can sip the same concoctions, says Arti Sharma

How Elder Pharma was born
Jagdish Saxena, managing director of Elder Pharmaceuticals calls himself an entrepreneur by accident.

Chocolates! Sinfully good
Welcome to the world of chocolates where the flavour of Jamaican rum truffle melts in your mouth even as your hand reaches out greedily for a kiwi-flavoured concoction.

Banking on a new behemoth
The long-expected merger of IDBI and IDBI Bank seems to have kept all sides happy.

July 30, 2004

The scriptwriter of economic policies
S R Sen was one of the few economists to whom so many owe so much.

GTB deal & the 'people problem'
For OBC, the biggest challenge would be how to treat the brighter of the GTB employees, who would be the most vulnerable at this point.

Who will buy Umaid Bhawan Palace?
Umaid Bhawan looks for a partner even as its promoter, Marudhar Hotels, eyes expansion

July 29, 2004

The downside of entrepreneurship
Institution-backed private banks are more successful than their entrepreneur-led counterparts.

Kelkar II: Corporates accept logic
Both CII and Ficci want a 3-5 year adjustment period.

What if Kelkar proposals are accepted
So what happens if the Kelkar tax proposals II are accepted and implemented by the government? Check out what happens to income tax, customs duties and excise duties.

The Kelkar II report in 2 minutes
Here's the Kelkar Committee Report-II, in a nutshell.

Kelkar reforms? GDP can grow at 13%
Higher growth is expected as reforms will not only free more funds for both equity and debt investment, but also prevent misallocation of resources with the elimination of tax-induced distortions.

July 27, 2004

IT whiz kids: Russia is looking for you
'Russia wants your IT engineers. We want your financial management experience, we want your fantastic designs of furniture, we want pharmaceuticals, we want Indian banks,' say Russian diplomats.

Can NIIT win the global war for talent?
How does NIIT ensure that employees walk the company talk across the globe?

The textiles gold rush
Come January, the end of the quota regime will openup new vistas for the Indian textile companies.

JRD: The legend lives on
The Tatas now have companies in seven sectors: consumer products, services, chemicals, communication and information systems, materials, energy and engineering.

July 26, 2004

Wedding Biz: All Set To Explode!
Rs 50,000 crore business is set to grown by 25% annually.

July 24, 2004

How Magnon was built from scratch
Today Magnan has over 400 clients in seven countries, including the Ministry of Finance and the Uttar Pradesh government

McDonald's, star of the highways
A range of restaurant chains, from McDonald's to Cafe Coffee Day, are out to woo the highway traveller, say Jai Arjun Singh & Nandini Lakshman

Budget '04 -- latest changes
A N Shanbhag discusses the latest amendments made to the Securities Transaction Tax

Korean chaebols rule Indian markets
The two Korean chaebols have swept aside all other competitors and are fighting for the top slots, says Surajeet Das Gupta

TCS: An attractive buy
The Tata Consultancy Services offer price of Rs 775-900 is attractive from a long-term perspective.

July 23, 2004

The last will and testament of Priyamvada Birla
Even as the high court notice was served on the Birlas, The Statesman, carried Priyamvada Birla's last will and testament in its July 23 edition. Here it is.

How to call US at Rs 1.60 per minute
World Phone Internet Services Pvt Ltd, a leading ISP, has launched international pre-paid Internet calling card in India, using which you can call the United States for as low as Rs 1.60 per minute.

July 20, 2004

Time to call the Left's bluff
People's mandate is definitely not for the extreme economic ideologies of the Left parties, says P Vaidyanathan Iyer

Sir Timothy, inventor of World Wide Web
Two decades after an incredible invention, Berners-Lee was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for it. The invention: the World Wide Web.

July 19, 2004

What does the Planning Commission do?
The Commission promotes a rapid rise in the standard of living by efficient exploitation of India's resources.

The insider who became an outsider
Lodha's elevation in the Birla family is owed to Aditya Vikram Birla, arguably the most successful of G D Birla's grandsons, say Sambit Saha & Ishita Ayan Dutt.

Equity funds: Diversified or defensive?
Given strong fundamentals, diversified funds are likely to do well over the long-term.

Capital gains for life insurance
It's good news for the insurance industry. For a sector that feeds on capital, the proposed hike in the foreign direct investment limit in insurance JVs to 49 per cent is a boon.

July 17, 2004

India to have fuel cell cars?
The Reva Electric Car Company has developed India's first fuel cell prototype, says Sameer Kumar

Talent hunt, the two-wheeler way
Indian television companies have fallen in love with talent hunts as a sure-fire way to attract audiences and advertisers.

Cooking up a storm
It was a cross-border romance that blossomed in Africa

Buyer beware: Electric shock
It is advisable for every person going in for the purchase of a property, whether residential or industrial, to ascertain the electricity dues from the seller and ensure that the same were either cleared, says Rosy Kumar

A high-flyer heads home
Indian aviation industry will be watching Rono Dutta's every move with hawk-like attention, say Paran Balakrishnan & Surajeet Das Gupta.

War over a will
The Birlas are getting ready for a long-drwan battle to stop R S lodha becoming the controlling heir of the MP Birla Group.

Dressing for a date
Indian textile companies are sprucing up their wardrobes to face the post-WTO regime, says Nandini Lakshman

53,000 crorepatis by next year
Rural Haryana better off than Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad.

July 16, 2004

Art foundation eyes corporate funds
Bangalore-based philanthropic organisation, India Foundation for the Arts, believes that money should be pumped into the process of creativity and not just the end product.

From glass ceiling to pay gap
Women tend to be employed in a narrower range of occupations than men, and are more likely to work part-time or short-term, says Shyamal Majumdar.

Special effects: Bollywood's Prime Focus
With a clutch of ad & film projects in hand, special effects company Prime Focus is on a roll.

Riches: West Bengal's decline worst
For most categories of the rich, the state's all-India rank has fallen three to five points.

July 15, 2004

Nagpur, fastest growing crorepati city
The major cities may have many more crorepatis but the growth is coming from the smaller metros.

July 14, 2004

Delhi has more crorepatis than Mumbai
The national capital has 15% more crorepatis than Mumbai.

July 13, 2004

What will the fees at the IIMs now be?
Some have increased fees. Some have not. Find out more.

July 12, 2004

Turnover tax: All you want to know
The Finance Minister P Chidambaram walked the rough road last week with one mission - to improve the fiscal health of the country - and remove major clogs, so that India Inc becomes a strong, resilient and well-oiled machine.

Palanimanickam: Making the MoSt of a lesser job
S S Palanimanickam, the four-time elected MP from Thanjavur does not mind being backstage and learning the ropes of trade in the North Block. He claims to have joined politics at the young age of 12.

July 10, 2004

Growing with the masses
Many positive developments have begun to unfold which, if sustained in the coming years, augur well for India and its billion citizens, Arvind Singhal.

Kolkata's onscreen revolution
In Kolkata both the older theatre owners and the multiplex barons are hoping that the audiences will keep flocking to their shows.

Want to be a TV star?
The top entertainment TV channels have launched talent search programmes.

Budget '04: What's in it for me?
This Budget seems to take more than it gives, says A N Shanbhag.

July 07, 2004

The Budget gobbledygook
Here's a glossary of words and phrases linked to the budgetary exercise to help you manoeuvre your way through the maze that is the Budget.

July 06, 2004

The Budget gobbledygook
The Budget is full of technical jargon that is pure gobbledygook to the uninitiated. Here's a financial glossary of words and phrases linked to the budgetary exercise to help you manoeuvre your way through the maze that is the Budget.

July 05, 2004

Pre-Budget breakout unlikely
The market experienced a small pre-budget rally. The BSE Sensex rose 3.37 per cent week on week to close at 4870.58 points.

How to play the markets on B-day
A move past 4,900 for the Sensex and 1,540 for the Nifty would establish an intermediate (medium-term) uptrend.

Turnover tax - a boon or bane?
In the forthcoming Budget, the government is likely to abolish short-term capital gains tax and impose turnover tax instead.

Starter Budget on the cards?
If there is one sure fire way to identify a classic starter Budget, one needs to just check out the populist measures that the Budgets spill forth, in tune with the best intentions of the government.

Budget measures and stock performance
"IT is India's showpiece success story. We have to not just maintain its momentum of growth, but continuously encourage it.

Budget: What the markets want
'Sexy' is not an adjective that you would normally use to describe a Union Budget, but that is what Finance Minister P Chidambaram has promised the public come July 8th.

July 03, 2004

Hotels and parking trouble
A recent judgement makes hotels responsible for the cars parked in their parking lot, says Rosy Kumar

The 6 most fuel efficient cars
Indians generally pay more for a litre of fuel than others in most countries, the recent fuel price hike notwithstanding. So we thought now is a good time to tell you what cars fuel-conscious citizens across the globe are driving.

Look ma, no walls!
No walls or partitions. Brands displaying their wares not in separate shops but sharing space with competitors. That's the USP of Bangalore Central, which was opened last month and is being touted as India's first seamless mall.

Pitching for the top slots
Group M and Madison continue to be front runners in all media buying and planning pitches.

A big budget check-in
Indian Hotels Company (IHC), the 100-year-old Tata Group hotel chain is attempting to rewrite the rules of the hotel business.

July 02, 2004

Divestment: Lessons from China
The need of the hour is to learn from the Chinese example and adopt a restructuring/privatisation model that best suits India.

Budget rollbacks? We have a history
Although budget may outline some 'hard' measures, whether the government will stick to its decisions remains to be seen. This is because we have a history of rollbacks!

July 01, 2004

Your man in India to do your bidding
From helping old parents to finding lost friends--yourmaninindia renders any service called upon to do so by NRIs.

Small savings: More relief needed
Rationalisation in the rates offered by small savings schemes is a must.


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