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Priyanka Desai 11 October 2010
In India, sell as the locals buy. Marks & Spencer is an example of yet another international player tailoring its offerings for the local market The sheer size of the Indian market and to an extent its inflexibility is driving multinational companies to adapt, adjust and customise...

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In his journey through Uzbekistan, Jaideep Mukerji savours the rich culture, history and the beauty of this dry, landlocked country Tashkent became famous for the wrong reason in India’s recent history—the mystery behind former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri’s death, and the subsequent...

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Veeresh Malik on tales from the auto sector 27 September 2010
As disposable incomes grow exponentially, there is much scope for luxury cars in India. But manufacturers must be careful not to get labelled as a ‘discount brand’ The BMW-3 series sedan is a wonderful car. Enough has been written about it. Likewise, for the C-Class from Mercedes and Audi's A4...

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Yogesh Sapkale  and   Ravi Samalad 07 September 2010
Auto companies are busy producing more and more vehicles to meet increasing demand in the domestic market. However, many dealers,sub-dealers are asking buyers to cough up 'on money' or premium for immediate deliveries Remember the heady days of the mixed economy when an Indian who wanted to...

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Buying an MUV can be a tempting proposition, but are you aware of the pitfalls? A friend of mine, an investment banker turned civil servant turned back into investment banker, sought my advice on—what else—which car to buy. His requirements were simple: he wanted an additional car for the...

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Pallabika Ganguly 10 August 2010
Mumbai-based Navbharat Development Corp did not execute a conveyance deed with a society for over 26 years The Mumbai Suburban District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum fined a city-based developer Navbharat Development Corporation last month for failing to execute a conveyance deed with...

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How do you define the retail in banking? "Ask 10 bank chairmen and each will define the retail borrower differently," says RBI deputy governor, Dr KC Chakrabarty, speaking to Moneylife. He says that that sticky issues relating to retail lending arise because bankers are unclear about who...

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It may be utterly butterly, when it’s available. But Amul butter has virtually vanished from the shop shelves in various parts of the country, as have other brands. The problem is a countrywide shortage of milk which has led to diaries keeping the liquid milk flowing and reducing the supply of...

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Why wine prices may go up Your wine could become scarcer and costlier soon. Incessant rain and hailstorms, in Nashik—the wine capital of India—and other parts of Maharashtra in early October, have damaged the grapes spread over 3,000 hectares of land of 40 wineries in Maharashtra. After...

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What is, actually, a commercial vehicle, and why is this business of getting a loan to own one so difficult? Most articles on motoring in India can be and are researched off the Internet to some extent or the other. On the other hand, there seems to be an amazing dearth of information on the...

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Telecom major Vodafone Essar has launched the Apple iPhone 3GS in India, priced upwards of Rs29,500. The iPhone 3GS is the fastest iPhone yet and is equipped with a three megapixel autofocus camera, video recording and hands-free voice-control features. The handset also provides access to...

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Thinking of ditching your old mobile for a new-fangled, power-packed smartphone? You should know that the transition involves its own set of problems Smartphones—which are high-end mobile handsets that can help you compute and communicate and also download your daily fix of gaming and...

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Ravi Samalad 01 April 2010
Banking channels are starting to gain a foothold for selling mutual funds, but will this new distribution model help out investors? Many private banks are already selling mutual funds (MFs) and now public sector banks are planning to enter this space. According to media reports, the...

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Many of us are not even aware of the privacy settings of social networks and don’t pay any attention to the information we put in the public domain With social networking sites spreading their wings on the Internet, they have become easy targets for hackers and anti-social elements. Recently,...

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Cybercrime has moved on from the spotty teenage hacker to a sophisticated operation. Here are some tips to keep your mailbox spam-free More and more people are falling victim to e-mail frauds. Recently, a well-known editor of a Marathi daily almost lost his e-mail account to hackers....

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Over the last decade, the world seems to have discovered that Indians want to smell good and look younger, fairer and trendier. High-voltage advertising campaigns have led to a boom in these products. Pallabika Ganguly takes a close look at how Indians respond to hair colour Any attempt to...

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The world of display screens is witnessing technological advances that can completely transform the way we view TV, surf the Net or use our mobile phone. Here is a preview of things to come... Display screens are now as ubiquitous in our lives as the air we breathe. Whether at home or...

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Travel website makemytrip.com has come out with an ad that states that it is the ‘fastest’ in booking tatkal tickets. How can the portal make such a claim? Makemytrip.com is actively advertising on the Web that it will be able to provide its customers with tatkal tickets at a much...

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Anil Agashe 28 January 2010
Over the next decade, consumers will have to continue to fight for their rights. Like Chitrangad Wadgaonkar, now 78, did against the postal department. Anil Agashe narrates his story In November 1998, Chitrangad Wadgaonkar made two deposits, as karta of his Hindu Undivided Family (HUF),...

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Your passwords may not be very secure, even if you think they are. Find out how you can create robust passwords Everyone has to keep track of dozens of passwords: for network accounts, online services, premium websites, ATMs or credit cards. It’s difficult to remember all of them, so some...

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