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Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 15 March 2012
A new way to cheat you at the pump Once again a fresh scam has been uncovered; we seem to learn something new everyday. This one has to do with the increasingly high cost of fuel for your vehicle and deserves special mention because it is so innovative. Honours go to one of the oldest and...

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Jaideep Mukerji  and   Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 03 March 2012
With modern four- and six-lane highways linking major towns, inexpensive rail links and excellent air connections, it is easy to make a 7-10-day tour to the beautiful province of Yunnan, says Jaideep Mukerji In the 12th January issue of Moneylife, I had written about my travels to...

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N Madhavan 17 February 2012
Want to complain online?  N Madhavan suggests how to go about it One of the key problems of savers in India is that they are often short-changed by market intermediaries and sellers of financial products. Earlier, getting your complaint redressed was tough. It still is; but technology...

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Jaideep Mukerji  and   Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 04 February 2012
Andalucia, with Flamenco dances, beautiful beaches, resorts and palaces and remnants of Moor culture, is often overlooked by tourists who don’t go beyond Madrid and Barcelona, Jaideep Mukerji explores Andalucia, with its main city of Seville, conjures up images of colourful Flamenco...

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Dr SD Israni 01 February 2012
Will our interests be better-protected with a new law? The Consumer Protection Act, 1986 (CPA) was a landmark in empowerment of consumers. For the first time, consumers were provided with a simple, legal means of seeking redressal of their grievances against manufacturers and providers...

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Moneylife Digital Team 31 January 2012
The government has proposed amendments to the Consumer Protection Act, 1986. Non-compliance with the orders of the consumer forums could attract a fine of Rs500 or 1.5% of the penalty amount. The orders of consumer courts will have the force of a decree of a civil court. The amendments also...

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Jaideep Mukerji  and   Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 07 January 2012
Also known as ‘the City of Eternal Spring’, Kunming is characterised by a diversity of cultures and varied topography, Jaideep Mukerji explores Connected by a short two-hour direct flight from Kolkata, Kunming, capital of China’s Yunnan province, is the nearest gateway to China—to begin...

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Moneylife Digital Team 04 January 2012
Tata Motors and its authorised dealer, following directions from the state consumer commission, had to pay the compensation to an aggrieved customer from Ahmedabad for a faulty Indigo car Tata Motors, the country's largest vehicle maker and its authorised dealer Cargo Motors Pvt Ltd have paid...

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Moneylife Digital Team 03 January 2012
RBI’s Consumer Confidence Survey September 2011 has revealed that public perception of the current economic scenario has worsened since June 2011. Positive perceptions on the economy declined from 61.2% in the June quarter to 56.9% in the September quarter. Optimism regarding an increase in...

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Naveena Israni 24 December 2011
Though Paris is a breathtakingly beautiful city, the place can be a stark revelation for first-time tourists. Enjoy its wonders with a sense of adventure, says Naveena Israni Few cities in Europe evoke such passionate response as Paris: snooty, sexy, fashionable and arrogant, in equal...

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Moneylife Digital Team 22 December 2011
Coupons, consumer electronics and comparison sites are the top three most popular sites in India with coupon sites witnessing a growth of 629% during last year Nearly 60% of online users in India visited a retail site in November 2011, with the number of online shoppers increasing 18% in...

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Jaideep Mukerji  and   Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 10 December 2011
Situated on the north-west of the Indian subcontinent, the picture-postcard beauty of Kashmir valley is breathtaking Recent newspaper reports that over a million tourists from different parts of India visited the Kashmir valley this summer set me reminiscing about my travels to this...

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Gurpur Gurpur 21 November 2011
The utilities companies should be asked to pay interest to their consumers, who have given a security deposit, whether they are in the public or private sector. Though this does not amount to any substantial benefit individually, this is required to be implemented to ensure equity and justice to...

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Jaideep Mukerji  and   Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 17 November 2011
Jaideep Mukerji gives a glimpse of an ancient culture that is fast disappearing In a far corner of the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, tucked away amongst the folds of the middle Himalayas, are located the Kinnaur and Spiti valleys. The dramatic change in forest cover and...

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Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 14 November 2011
Despite media hype, air fares have not shot up if you book in advance. In any case, travelling by air has become extremely expensive, when you factor in all the add-on costs, as compared to when you travel by train. Here's a simple truth – in spite of all the media hype about rampant...

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Jaideep Mukerji  and   Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 05 November 2011
Jaideep Mukerji explores a wealth of history & grand architectural traditions and basks in a unique cultural experience—not too far from home A jewel of South Asian cultural heritage, the Kathmandu valley, is located a short flight away from India’s metros. Within less than a...

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Jaideep Mukerji  and   Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 20 October 2011
This country has a number of historical sites that cannot be covered in a single visit. Jaideep Mukerji brings you more on this shoe-shaped Mediterranean marvel In our previous issue (Moneylife, 6th October), we had given you a glimpse of Italy’s rich culture and history. Italy is a...

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Jaideep Mukerji  and   Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 06 October 2011
Located in southern Europe and bordered by the Mediterranean Sea, Italy is a country full of rich history and culture that amazes the world If there is one country that combines the best of history, culture and landscapes together with superlative cuisine and shopping, it is Italy. I...

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Jaideep Mukerji  and   Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 22 September 2011
Jaideep Mukerji visits an iconic state in the US which offers grand landscapes and endless opportunities to visit historic, cultural and scenic locations In the far northwest of the continental United States is located the state of Washington. Not to be confused with the American...

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Jaideep Mukerji  and   Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 08 September 2011
Spend a fortnight enjoying some grand mountain scenery along the curves of a river that defines India. You’ll capture the very soul of our country, The Garhwal region of the north Indian state of Uttarakhand has mythological and spiritual connections with Indian civilisation dating back...

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