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June 30, 2004

The Budget process stages
The Indian Constitution requires the government to present to Parliament a statement that shows separately the expected revenues and expenditures, both current and capital by heads of account.

How India balances its books
A flow chart explaining how India balances its books.

Budget? What's that?
So what is the Budget? Why is it so important? Why does it affect all of us? And above all, how does one interpret the budgetary lingo flying around? Find out.

June 28, 2004

The billion-dollar comparison
Over the next few quarters, Infosys and Wipro are likely to increase their SG&A expenses which are expected to adversely impact their margins. TCS may not be under so much pressure as its selling spends are already high.

The Greenspan & Reddy show
If you're wondering what's happened to all the bullishness in the stock markets in just six weeks, don't blame it all on the UPA. Try the USA instead.

Son rises at Godrej
Politics is his first love, but it is downright business that he is trying to learn, at the Godrej group. Some three weeks ago, Pirojsha Godrej, Adi and Parmeshwar Godrej's 23-year-old son, joined the family business as a management trainee.

June 26, 2004

Playing the Viano
DaimlerChrysler clinics the Mercedes-Benz Viano for a CBU launch.

Eat out, eat right
Restaurants are wooing health-conscious consumers with innovative, low-cal menus, says Anoothi Vishal

Meet the Baazee billionaires
After having sold to eBay, Avnish Bajaj (Chairman and Co-CEO, and Suvir Sujan (Co-CEO, showed no signs of the customary back-patting that follows a smart sellout.

Booked for growth
TechBooks is well positioned to capitalise on the growth in content outsourcing.

New channel wars
With the busy cricket season around the corner, it is again time for TV channels to open their cheque books and start bidding for rights.

The dotcoming of age?
Buying Baazee is part of eBay's strategy to become an unbeatable global powerhouse, says Parvathy Ullatil

A new healing touch
As drug research has become more expensive the giant pharma companies have started farming out work to companies like Quintiles and Omnicare which are called clinical research organisations.

Adanis: From ports to supermarkets
The Adanis are in high gear in a bewildering clutch of industries, Joydeep Ray

June 25, 2004

A guide to e-mail banking scam
New as it may be in India, it is actually a popular banking scam, a warning against which had been issued by many international banks including Barclays and Citi.

June 21, 2004

Will TCS shake up the market?
Markets have been wobbly on fears that FIIs will sell tech stocks to make way for TCS. So how does TCS compare with the rest of the top techs. Find out.

June 19, 2004

Great Ball of China
From a not-so-popular motoring event in the past, today Auto China 2004 is where all the action is.

Inflated claims a no-no
People filing cases in consumer courts can no longer demand arbitrary amounts as damages.

Feast on this
Eating in style gets a whole new meaning with top-of-the-line tableware.

More TV channels coming your way
The Indian viewer will soon be spoilt for choice as a clutch of new channels go on air.

West Bengal a manufacturing hub?
Dozens of steel projects are underway in West Bengal as companies try to make the state a manufacturing hub.

The bottling king of India
Ravi Kant Jaipuria is the bottling king of India but he's aiming to be much more in everything from fast food to ice cream, schools and real estate.

June 17, 2004

'Nobody has such integrity as Manmohan'
G V Ramakrishna on why Dr Manmohan Singh is the best man to be prime minister.

The numbers game
Tamal Bandyopadhyay takes a close look at some of the magic figures in the banking sector

June 15, 2004

Best recruitment practices
If Chidambaram could use the website to conduct a search for candidates for appointment in his personal office, why can't the same device be used for filling up senior appointments in different ministries?

June 14, 2004

China: rising software power?
Chinese companies are gradually buying more pure software as opposed to bundled hardware-plus-software packages

Will interest rates, inflation firm up?
The Reserve Bank of India signalled a stable interest rate scenario in its latest monetary policy statement. The repo rate has bottomed out and the next big call is on the timing of the first rate hike by the RBI.

June 12, 2004

Buy safety through gadgets
There are several companies that offer security advice on what is needed to turn your home into an electronic fortress, says Jai Arjun Singh.

Diamonds: Future bright for Indian jewellers
The key Indian players are hoping they will be able to dominate the diamond jewellery market as they do the cut and polished diamond market.

Delhi to have a Shaolin Temple
Martial arts isn't a paying proposition. But Kanishka Sharma has turned his so-called 'hobby' into a paying enterprise.

Turbulence for travellers
The battle between foreign airlines & travel agents could hit Indian travellers where it hurts, says Surajeet Das Gupta

Wooing Generation Next
From telecom to apparel & credit cards, companies are reaching out to today's youthful high spenders, says Nandini Lakshman

June 10, 2004

Au revoir to the FCCB?
Global interest rates may be rising but the window of opportunity has not yet closed on FCCBs, says Tamal Bandyopadhyay

June 08, 2004

Small savings, big headache
By demanding a 12 per cent return on the EPF the Left parties are only pushing the case of better-paid employees.

June 05, 2004

The case for flexi-pricing
Ticket prices should be decided by cinema-halls, not by government licensing authorities, says Arvind Kala

Hitting it big in the small towns is turning small town mouse clicks into wads of money, says Soumik Sen

Relaxing on the river
Whether it's the Danube, the Irrawadi or the Yangtze an inland cruise can be the best way to go, says Jai Arjun Singh.

Lord of the four rings
German auto majors are making a beeline for India

Rolls-Royce: A century of Ecstasy
Celebrating 100 years of engineering excellence. The story of Rolls-Royce

Investors search for a safe haven
As the stock markets crash, retail investors are caught in the cross fire, say Smita Tripathi & Nandini Lakshman

Businessmen in Parliament
The 14th Lok Sabha has a cast of high-profile players who've learnt to juggle between business & politics.

June 03, 2004

PM-FM are like Gavaskar-Tendulkar in one team, says Ambani
Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani feels that the new United Progressive Alliance government is reforms-friendly.

Expect a 'sexy' budget, says FM
Here is a sample of 'PC-speak' during a meeting he had with a select group of brokers in Mumbai on Wednesday evening.

June 02, 2004

Post-reform job losses exaggerated
The rising unemployment rate seems to have been reversed a couple of years ago, going by data available from the National Sample Survey.

June 01, 2004

Higher FDI = more jobs
China's booming foreign inflows today account for a fourth of its annual employment growth, according to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.


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