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March 31, 2007
Getz Prime: Great car, low price
Big hatch, small engine, low price. Now what else do you want?

Naya Raipur: Creating a new capital
The urban design of Naya Raipur promises to incorporate the best of international cities as well as traditional Chhattisgarh culture.

India's great channel goldrush!
As if there weren't enough, a spate of new television channels will launch this year against all rational thinking.

Luxury malls to hit India soon
After experimenting with specialised malls, realtors are hard-selling the luxury mall concept.

March 30, 2007
Lanco MD: Caught in a controversy
Overwhelmed by personal as well as the company's big ambitions, he began aggressive pursuit of business goals set by the management.

March 29, 2007
Gaming, India's new fad
The Indian gaming industry is likely to generate revenue worth $100 mn in the current fiscal.

MNCs cozy up to Bollywood films
Taking a lead from in-film advertising, multi-national companies are now eyeing associative marketing partnerships in Bollywood.

March 28, 2007
Cairn etches a success story in India
Cairn India has drawn strength from its Scottish parent, but also built new systems and processes to support its role in the country's oil sector.

'Golden' management lessons from Titan
Titan is reaching down to the mass market for both jewellery and watches.

March 27, 2007
Of swanky airports and travel portals
Check out these ratings to find the best airports where you can spend that extra time in case of flight delays.

Check out these swanky phones
Launching W880i as an extension to the fast-swelling Walkman line up and the K550i Cybershot, Sony Ericsson has re-instated its belief in Walkman and Cybershot series.

March 26, 2007
Safest sectors & stocks to invest in
A closer look at the sectors and companies that have strong prospects and are likely to fall less when markets decline.

How alliance with Dow will help Reliance
The reasons may not appear compelling, but an alliance with Dow Chemical could help RIL. Here are the reasons.

March 24, 2007
Indore set to be a real estate hotspot
The technology sector is fuelling the real estate market in the city of Indore.

Is a ULIP better than a term plan?
So far, no insurance company in India has come up with a long-term policy on health insurance

What is adjustable rate in a home loan?
There is nothing that prevents you from having a car loan and a home loan together

What your insurance agent won't tell you
Of the 15 life insurance companies, just 10 make their portfolios available on their websites

Catch-22 in West Bengal
The policies that kept the Left Front in power for 30 years are proving major obstacles in the state's bid to industrialise.

March 23, 2007
FAQ on IPO grading
IPO grading is a service aimed at facilitating the assessment of equity issues offered to public.

How to get risk-free return in stock market
You can de-risk your stock investing with a long-term relationship with the Sensex. The reward: average returns of 17 per cent per year

Neck deep in debt? Get help from Abhay
Easy credit, consumerism and faulty banking have put many people in debt traps. But all is not lost for them yet. Debt counselling centres can help them beat the financial blues

March 22, 2007
The inspiring success story of CavinKare
An interview with C K Ranganathan, CMD, CavinKare

What caused the market meltdown
Price rationale has finally brought down the high-flying market a peg or two

1 million new accounts! How this bank did it
How United Bank of India's new HR initiatives helped it gain one million new accounts?

All about Optimix Multi Manager Equity Fund
The primary objective of the Scheme is to provide long-term capital appreciation by investing predominantly in equity and equity-related securities

Working from home, India's latest fad
Is commuting to work taking up too much of your time? Do you want to quit your job because you need to be at home? Read on

Relocating? A step-by-step guide
To minimise the panic and pressures of shifting base, all you need is a cool head and our countdown calendar

Future bright, say stock market experts
e strategy of retail investors should be to avoid companies that diluted equity relentlessly.

Buying ULIPs? Read the fine print
Insurers are providing Ulips with guarantee on premiums and returns. Before you invest, know what to expect

March 21, 2007
Can you really trust your LIC agent?
Development officers and agents of LIC are promoting Money Plus claiming to offer astronomical returns

For a 7-figure salary, be an actuary
A future as an actuary could see your fortunes multiply as opportunities open up in every sector. Already have a job? Not to worry, because you can do the course even while working

Be patient, you will be rewarded
Some businesses will last over time. Pick up their stocks when the markets slide

March 20, 2007
Encash your old FDs and reinvest
With rising interest rates, it pays to encash your old bank fixed deposit and reinvest in a new one. But don't restrict yourself and look beyond these to combat tax and inflation

10 GOOD stocks worth buying
10 companies with steady growth in top and bottomlines over four years, at great prices

Growth, volatility and euphoria
If growth acceleration is accompanied by greater volatility, the welfare gains may well be limited.

March 19, 2007
Learning does pay
Education companies have withstood the recent bear onslaught on the stock markets as they have a great future ahead.

March 17, 2007
All about JM Small & Mid-Cap Fund
In JMSMF's case, the flexibility to invest upto 35% in debt should stand it in good stead to counter stock market volatility.

Rich toys for big boys
As daunting as the prospect of public scrutiny and taxman inquisition is, India's wealthy seem to have a steadily expanding list of top-dollar extravagances.

March 16, 2007
Work is fun for this billionaire
Whether it is jumping from a plane at 10,000 feet or just working away at his latest hospitality project, real estate tycoon Vicky, as Oberoi is fondly known to friends, believes in having fun.

7 essentials to be a great leader
The principles of leadership remain constant; it's how leadership is put into practice that keeps getting smarter.

March 14, 2007
No surprises: Real losses in real estate
As we had expected, real estate stocks have seen a slump in prices. The downturn may continue, so it's better to stay away.

Is EPS a fair measure of performance?
EPS is not a good measure of performance because it does not consider the opportunity cost of capital and can be manipulated by short-term actions.

Budget 07 and how it affects SMEs
Budget 2007-08 has been a mixed bag. The small scale sector has received some attention

March 13, 2007
What's hot, what's not with mutual funds?
Mutual funds were predominantly buyers in the banking, engineering, power, IT, and media space in February

What are prenup pacts? How do they help?
The issue of division of property and assets after divorce is as delicate as divorce itself is. Often the process adds further insult to injury.

March 12, 2007
All about UTI Long Term Advantage Fund
UTILTAF is a 10-Yr close-ended tax-saving fund, with an initial 3-Yr lock-in period

Look how I made my riches
No short-cuts, only a sound financial plan with clear goals and objectives will create wealth.

New taxes & new schemes
Some funds may get a direct bite of the infrastructure pie, while taxes add unwanted weight to others.

The Rs 1,000 gift voucher from FM
The Budget doled out exemptions in bits and pieces. We put them together for you Rs 1,000 gift voucher: From FM with love.

Markets: More correction required
Indian market needs a longer correction for valuations to be attractive

March 10, 2007
Ashok Soota: Master of his mind
In a scenario where the stock markets are being ravaged across the world, the MindTree stock which debuted on BSE on Wednesday listed at a premium of more than 40 per cent while the other stocks which opened for listing traded below the listing price

Do inflation control initiatives actually work?
The government move on wheat and cement is irrelevant

'Ramki' dreamt big and won
His venture is to get sense out of data

March 09, 2007
Gold ETFs & how they can make you rich
Paper gold saves your investments from volatility, and you from hassles that come with the physical form. The chance of good returns gives that extra shine.

Second-hand cars? Here's a price guide!
The market for second-hand cars today is almost as big as the one for new wheels. And there are actually good deals to be found. A primer for buying used cars.

March 08, 2007
All about Lotus India Contra Fund
Lotus India Contra Fund (LICF), an open-ended diversified equity fund will adopt the contrarian style of investing for generating capital appreciation.

All about Prudential ICICI Fusion Fund Series - II
The Scheme is a close-ended diversified equity Scheme, with a maturity period of 3 years

India's 1st public stem cell bank soon
LifeCell is India's first such private stem cell bank, where you can store the umbilical cord of your child for a fee, for future use.

New job offer? Some dos and don'ts
The economy is growing fast and there aren't enough skilled people for the jobs. Result: those who are there are getting multiple offers. But how to choose the best job?

ADR/GDR rights under RBI lens
In a circular issued recently, the RBI has directed all banks that have issued GDRs or ADRs to take prior consent of the RBI before amending any agreement

March 07, 2007
Solve this problem, win Rs 25,000!
Keen to avoid devoting previous resources to fire-fighting situations, your suggestions are sought for a long term solution to the problem, without incurring disproportionate additional cost

Multitasking, not a bad idea after all
Today's top priority is to immediately address whatever fraction of a vast, malleable range of tasks has become most critical.

Good entrepreneurs can be bad investors
Hiring a professional can be a good idea for keeping entrepreneurs and their portfolios out of trouble

March 06, 2007
6 US teenagers: Whizkids and entrepreneurs
From Web designers to future fashion moguls, meet high-school students who have already taken the entrepreneurial leap.

March 05, 2007
How math geeks are changing IBM!
Brenda Dietrich revels in theory but lives in the real world--and her team of math geeks is changing the way IBM works.

Strategy guru C K Prahalad on the 'pyramid'
Three years ago, C.K. Prahalad unearthed the 'fortune at the bottom of the pyramid.' It is, he says, still very real.

All about Kotak Emerging Equity Scheme
The investment objective of the scheme is to generate long-term capital appreciation from a portfolio of equity and equity related securities

A look at would-be Microsoft killer
Its products are free. Its work force is largely volunteer. Its meetings are open to anyone. It's a nonprofit body. A look inside Mozilla the maker of Firefox and would-be Microsoft-killer.

March 03, 2007
The inside story of this virtual world
Businesses are lining up to capture a piece of Second Life.

Mr Taxman, can you tell me...
Import duty on a business jet is merely 3 per cent, on a yacht 10 per cent, but it's 60 per cent on cars and a mind-boggling 213 per cent on one's favourite tipple.

Life after Delhi Master Plan 2021
Much ink has been expended on debating the minutiae of MPD 2021, particularly issues such as mixed use. But what has not been understood or acknowledged is that the credibility of the planning exercise itself is presently at stake.

Doing business in South Korea
The Buddhist connection prompted me to remind the 500 bankers and businessmen attending the Bloomberg Emerging Markets Forum that the notion of a clearing house mooted by Ban Ki-Moon before he was called to a higher destiny is not exactly new.

What the FM's speech should have been
We will continue with reform of the tax system, and we have agreed with the states on a road-map for switching to an integrated goods and services tax by 2010. I will also be coming to the House with a new direct tax code, later this year.

Move, and make way, politician
The Indian economy sees a change of guard. Nobody seems to care for, or be afraid of, the politician.

March 02, 2007
Tax evasion to be harder
For starters, the application to the commission will have to be made together with the payment of the tax liability. The application can be made only before the assessment officer has completed proceedings, and not after.

March 01, 2007
Debt management office is good step forward
This is an onerous burden for the RBI, for there is a severe conflict of interest between setting the short interest rate (i.e. the task of monetary policy) and selling bonds for the government.

No revolutionary change, though a lot in the fine print
The overall expectation on the direct tax side was moderate tax rates accompanied by a simpler and less complicated tax regime.

A rate-reducing, uninspiring budget
The service tax rate has remained the same at 12 per cent. It would have been much better to bring it up to 13 per cent and subsequently to 14 per cent to make it same as the reduced goods tax (Cenvat) of 14 per cent.

An anti-reform budget?
This particular FM has always had a stubborn streak, and by golly, I brought some ingenious taxes like the fringe benefit tax and the cash transactions tax, and by golly I am not only going to keep them, but also enhance them.

An eager-to-please budget
The speech was filled with references to a large number of allocations ranging from a few crores of rupees to a few thousand crores, all apparently being given equal importance, at least in terms of word count!

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