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HDIL is planning to pass the benefit of low commodity prices to consumers by not hiking the prices of its properties Housing Development and Infrastructure Ltd (HDIL) has said that it will not increase property prices following the decline in commodity prices such as steel and cement and would...

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Yogesh Sapkale Yogesh Sapkale 10 November 2009
By the time you read this article, Windows 7 would be there, out in the open riding on praises or curses. Here is a preview Microsoft Corp, the world's largest software company, is all set to release its most ambitious operating system (OS), ‘Windows 7’ (Win7) on 22nd October. Because of its...

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Under severe pressure arising from the tariff war, many mobile operators are trying to push more and more value-added services (VASs) by using their so-called 'power' gained from a huge subscriber base Recently, I found out many mobile operators are sending a communication to their subscribers...

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You’ve bought that dream car and driven home with it to much-adoring looks, many tentative backslaps and measured careful driving. A week goes by and you’ve picked up your first city scratch; the new car smell joins the rest of the city’s smells; the plastic is off the seats. At that stage, if...

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Customer convenience in the use of plastic money is imperative and in a move to significantly enhance this, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has now allowed cash withdrawal from point of sale (PoS) terminals across the country. All customers using debit cards issued in India can withdraw up to...

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Last month, the world’s first ‘registered’ and still active ‘.com’ domain changed hands, after completing its silver jubilee. On 15 March 1985, US-based computer manufacturer, Symbolics Inc, registered ‘symbolics.com’ through the appropriate domain name server (DNS) process, long before the...

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After playing unwarranted ‘political’ games and after delays upon delays, the government has finally announced the auction dates for third-generation (3G) telecom licences. Auctions for 3G-WCDMA spectrum (2.1GHz band) are scheduled to begin on 7th December followed by the auction of 3G-EVDO...

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Global automobile manufacturers are now falling over themselves to customise their products to suit the Indian market. Veeresh Malik takes a peep into the mind of the discerning local customer who is driving this metamorphosis It seems to be raining luxury cars and motorcycles in India...

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Come October and it is holiday time again. With swine flu cautions and recession blues keeping your purse strings tight, planning a holiday and choosing a suitable destination may seem quite a task. However, travel agencies are quite upbeat about good business this festive season and have worked...

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It is one of the few companies that seem unaffected by the economic slowdown, especially in the hospitality sector. Not a day passes when you don’t encounter Country Club India Limited (CCIL) either in the form of a strident sales pitch by a tele-marketer or view its chairman Y Rajeev Reddy...

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Western India Automobile Association has joined hands with Europ Assistance India (EAI), a global travel assistance network, to provide round-the-clock car breakdown services across the country. WIAA currently operates a breakdown service catering only to customers in Mumbai between 8.00am and...

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Lack of liquidity for builders will force real estate prices further down Realty prices, at last, are on the decline in Mumbai. The global story of meltdown in real estate prices, in general, and residential property prices, in particular, had not affected Mumbai until some time back either...

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The government is generating revenues through coercion – even from honest citizens. A report by Dr Nita Mukherjee I am not surprised that India has slipped several notches on Transparency International’s ranking of the most corrupt nations. Some people find it strange that it should happen at...

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How the Internet allowed consumer to truly become the king. A new series on consumer rights by Faisal Farooqui Let me first share my favourite story with you. Once upon a time, in our great country, there dwelt a powerful force called Consumer. This Consumer was so powerful that she was at the...

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Higher oil prices will impact India more than other countries. Here are some solutions from Veeresh Malik Increasingly, large parts of Germany (one-third, according to some reports), much of Scandinavia and rapidly growing areas in California will not be impacted by the rise in fuel prices....

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Dubai is a travellers’ delight and a marvel of human enterprise. Over the past 40 years, this backward desert outpost of Bedouin traders has been transformed into a glittering, ultra-modern city that is also safe and virtually crime-free with strict adherence to the rule of law. It is a melting...

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Italian marble procured from Vietnam and taps from China that are knock-offs of European design! Imported is not always better than home-grown, tried and tested products, says interior designer Namrata Asudani The average Indian homeowner is inundated with a plethora of choices today. She can...

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Going for modular kitchens? Here is what you should know, says Rinky Marwaha In today’s world, the kitchen occupies a place of pride and is in no way inferior in its importance to the drawing room bedroom. ‘Doing up’ one’s cooking space has become synonymous with ‘modular kitchens’. So, what...

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You don’t have to sell the house to buy a boat. Sailing on the high seas may be within your reach, finds Manali Rohinesh If you have the cash to spare and want to splurge on something that will make your neighbours go green with envy, then why not spend on a yacht? A few people have decided to...

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Sucheta Dalal Sucheta Dalal 03 January 2008
The Times group forges unusual alliances with companies which serve the interests of everybody - except those of readers and consumers. This article throws new light on this unique “business strategy”   If you are an investor who depends on India’s largest-selling economic newspaper for...

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