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Energy efficiency norms for cars are full of holes, finds Veeresh Malik The new fuel consumption and efficiency standards for automobiles made and sold in India have finally been announced. This comes after a direct involvement of the prime minister’s office, and after almost a decade of...

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Jaideep Mukerji  and   Veeresh Malik`` 05 May 2012
A perfect fusion of past and present, Yucatan is a legendary land that offers impressive archaeological sites, historical stately cities, cenotes and beaches. Jaideep Mukerji explores The Yucatan Peninsula in southern Mexico is physically and culturally distinct from the rest of the...

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Lufthansa and Japan Airways are putting up their newest planes on Indian routes. The media talks about how this is to ‘woo’ the Indian flyer. The truth lies elsewhere   The Boeing 787 Dreamliner project has been of personal interest to me, because it was the first one in a long time...

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Moneylife Digital Team 02 May 2012
With uncertainty (still) looming in the telecom industry, mobile operators are trying to increase tariffs in selective circles. In such scenario, the least they can do is to keep their loyal subscribers informed, which Vodafone has failed to do Vodafone India has increased call rates by...

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Your credit card can offer you more travel benefits than just being a mode of payment. Here's hoping your plastic money can help you travel more comfortably in the days ahead Plastic money is increasingly becoming the mainstay of urban India; an increasing number of establishments are now...

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Moneylife Digital Team 26 April 2012
TRAI said that the charges for such SMS or calls should not be more than four times of the applicable local charges. Consumer organisations have welcomed the move but feel that the rates should be reduced further The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has ordered telecom service...

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Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 25 April 2012
The most dangerous thing in a car is not the person behind the wheel. But it is the steering lock inside the wheel We expect our manufacturers and dealers to be honest at every level with us, more so, after the warranty is over. This is especially relevant when continuing with the saga...

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Moneylife Digital Team 23 April 2012
According to a report by the comptroller and auditor general (CAG), the food, civil supplies & consumer affairs department of Karnataka has wasted Rs54.53 crore by awarding to a private company a computerisation project to digitise the data collected through a house-to-house survey and issue...

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Moneylife Digital Team 23 April 2012
While hearing a case on the legality of the environmental clearance given to the controversial Posco project, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) advocated putting an end to the use of drinking water for industrial projects, reported newspaper DNA. The tribunal also directed the Union ministry...

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Jet, Air India and Go Air have made changes to their frequent flyer programmes to benefit their flyers. For the frequent traveller, it is these perks that keep them loyal to a particular airline. Make the most out of these while it lasts Various domestic airlines have been making changes...

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Moneylife Digital Team 04 April 2012
Sky high prices have put off customers. Add to that the confusion created by the new DCR. However, there are some who expect matters to improve To buy or not to buy? Despite a profusion of analyses and research reports on housing prices and their future direction, home buyers remain as...

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Jaideep Mukerji  and   Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 31 March 2012
The Indonesian island of Bali is one of the world’s topmost travel destinations with many attractions Bali is a tiny speck amongst the approximately 17,500 islands that make up the Indonesian archipelago. With a population of less than four million, it also has less than 2% of...

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Moneylife Digital team 27 March 2012
Dr Manmohan Singh’s hard-selling of nuclear plants and genetically modified (GM) crops and blaming ‘foreign hand’ for protests against these issues has raised the ire of some former bureaucrats. In a letter, EAS Sarma, former Union power secretary, and Krishna Swamy Iyer, former Supreme Court...

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Moneylife Digital Team 26 March 2012
As if the spiralling prices were not enough due to cost increase of 5%-15% in cement, steel and labour, the state government is proposing to increase stamp duty on rentals to 160 times. While people often accuse builders and developers for hiking property rates, they are not the only...

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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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