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May 31, 2004

India equities: What now?
Fears of rising interest rates in the US, Chinese slow down and rising oil prices have dragged down emerging market equities over the past four weeks. Additional uncertainties on economic policies could only make matters worse for India.

May 29, 2004

Mother of all diesel cars
Really, launching the E270 D was like the first kiss -- startling for a nanosecond and immensely pleasurable pretty soon.

The quest for black gold
Spearheaded by the ONGC, energy-hungry India is stepping up the hunt for oil and gas.

May 28, 2004

Banks take the hint, to step up farm loans
Funding agriculture is profitable, feel bankers.

May 27, 2004

Maran's 10-point plan to boost IT
Dayanidhi Maran, Union Minister for Communications & IT, announced a 10-point agenda to boost information technology and telecommunications sectors on Wednesday.

May 25, 2004

What you didn't know about P Chidambaram
He's not one for partying and he's not musical because, as he once confessed, he's tone deaf. But he's capable of very, very hard work.

May 24, 2004

Who pulled the trigger on Black Monday?
Despite the regulatory high alert, the markets recorded their highest ever intra-day loss on May 17. There was no Harshad Mehta or Ketan Parekh to blame this time. Did the stock exchanges themselves do some of the damage - albeit unintentionally?

Chidambaram and the art of making a dream Budget
His first Budget was, however, a disappointment, more because a lot was expected from the man who had positioned himself as a champion reformer. It was this Budget that conceived the minimum alternative tax, which stays even today.

May 22, 2004

Healthy profits
Speedway Food and Beverages manufactures and distributes Star Nuts, which it says are 100 per cent cholesterol-free.

Lost in the post
The National Commission's latest judgment is that complainants will be entitled to receive from the couriers only a sum of Rs 100 for the loss of the packets entrusted to them for delivery at the destination

Moving into the driver's seat
Car rental companies including international giants have turned on the ignition and are hiring out self-drive ones

Renovating the playroom
The biggest difficulty is that unbranded Chinese toys are selling for much cheaper prices than Barbie and her friends can cope with

Optimism after the storm
The political uncertainty only exacerbated a host of global issues impacting the markets

Speaking softly & making it stick
In the early 1970s, Manmohan Singh was a mild-mannered academic who went to work on a bicycle and held unfashionable views on economic management.

May 20, 2004

Meet Manmohan Singh, the economist
In the five full budgets that Manmohan Singh presented, the country's finances showed only marginal improvement.

Manmohan and the hand of destiny
Twice in the last 13 years, the helping hand of destiny has picked out Manmohan Singh when it could have been someone else.

May 17, 2004

Politics to drive India's economy
Either way, it is clear that politics will drive the nation's economy in the coming days.

What the Left wants
A ready reckoner to the pound of flesh sought by the Left parties, an intrinsic part of India's new government

Stability or reforms?
After a dream run in the stock markets for the past one year with the Sensex almost doubling before giving away some of its gains amid election uncertainties, it was time for something to go awfully wrong.

May 15, 2004

Is Tavera better than Qualis?
GM's Chevrolet Tavera takes the game to Toyota Qualis territory. Follow the action.

Rajasthan: Cairn's oil fountain
Cairn Energy's focus on the Indian sub-continent has paid off.

A new battle to own the road
JK Tyres has stayed ahead of the pack by being the only Indian manufacturer to produce truck and bus radial tyres in big quantities. But now, the competition is speeding up.

Charting a private route
Retail chains are betting big on in-store brands.

Alarm! Will India lose its growth impetus?
Corporate India, stock market, and foreign investors are holding their breath over what will happen to the country's growth now that the Left is calling the tune.

Is this the end for privatisation?
The Left Front, days away from forming a new government along with the Congress, has begun to dictate its economic blueprint for India.

May 14, 2004

Manmohan Singh: Father of Indian reforms
Dr Manmohan Singh is the 'father of the reform process' in India and his return as finance minister will only bring the original visionary back to the throne.

May 12, 2004

Naidu, India's leading reformer
Fifty-four-year-old N Chandrababu Naidu, who was humbled on Tuesday when Andhra Pradesh voted him out as the state's chief minister, has been the most visible face of India's economic reforms and information technology revolution.

May 10, 2004

Should IPOs be rated?
Sebi's proposal to make the IPO assessment available to investors is a step in the right direction.

RIL's growth story
Fiscal 2004 will go down as a record year in the history of Reliance Industries.

IIMs' one-man demolition squad
Vijay Krishna Shunglu, an economics graduate from St Stephen's, Delhi, and a Masters in history, has certainly had varied experience as a bureaucrat through the ministries of finance, commerce, power, health and family welfare, says Priti Patnaik.

Where is the rupee headed?
Despite constraints, if the new government is able to iron out such drags, the outlook for the rupee will be more positive in the near future.

May 08, 2004

A subsidised cover
Insurance players are bundling their offerings with a bouquet of freebies

Serving up a new course
Why are businessmen moving from industries to the restaurant trade?

Playing to the gallery
Annu Lulla entered the gallery business opening Gallerina in Worli, Mumbai, about eight years ago.

Is the Nissan X-Trail good enough?
it is powered by an engine that should win a few awards by itself

Hotels out to woo domestic travellers
Let's get one thing straight -- holidaying in India is not necessarily the cheapest option any longer.

Tata Tele - Can the tortoise catch up?
Laggard of the telecom industry is spending heavily to make up for lost time

May 05, 2004

Top 10 stocks in a volatile market
Our analysts identify ten stocks -- post-PSU stocks listing -- which people should look for only from a medium-to-long-term investment horizon. These stocks be bought on further declines.

May 04, 2004

India's 'king of gamers'
13-year-old Nickunj Bansal is the 'Final Element' in the world of computer gaming.

May 03, 2004

Can banks still yield rich dividends?
RBI's recent decree on dividend declarations may not slow down the rally in banking scrips, say analysts.

5 steps to boost Indian agriculture
The Confederation of Indian Industry is bullish on the Indian agriculture and feels the sector can lift its growth rate above the last ten years' average of 2 per cent.

May 01, 2004

Chevrolet Tavera: Ready for India
The Chevy Tavera stakes a claim in the Indian UV space.

Fiat searching for a new route
Fiat India is once again in revamp gear. Will it take off now?

Titanic battle in Indian skies
Forget about Boeing and Airbus. This is the new clash of the titans that is being fought out in the Indian airspace, says Surajeet Das Gupta.

Kolkata's new shopping spree
The city's top developers are racing to build new malls as retailers discover that Kolkatans are unexpectedly big spenders.

The world is your ATM
Travelex and SBI introduce pre-paid cards for foreign exchange

Nissan's X-Trail to hit Indian roads soon
In what is likely to intensify the competition in the growing domestic utility-vehicle market, Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co has started bookings for its maiden offering in India, the luxury sports utility vehicle X-Trail.


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