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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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An international network marketing scheme hawking expensive limited edition coins is attracting a huge following. Sucheta Dalal examines this strange quest Over the past few decades, one has seen a variety of chain marketing schemes capture people’s imagination but each of them has either...

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Savvy credit card issuers are changing the way in which customers used to be profiled and evaluated, finds Sucheta Dalal A financial newspaper recently reported that a journalist who accepted a lifetime free credit card offer from State Bank of India (in collaboration with GE) was later...

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Consumers don’t help their cause by either being naive or cunning, argues Sucheta Dalal with some interesting examples of both Most of us have come across plenty of consumer complaints alleging harassment by high-handed and callous companies. The complaints are often genuine and the service...

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Graduates will help you file IT returns! Having made filing income tax returns maddeningly complex and having put taxpayers and their consultants through increasing hardship, the government is now offering a balm. The balm is a bureaucratic concoction and would be as ineffective as the numerous...

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Amazing as it may sound, this old Nigerian fraud keeps claiming new victims, finds Sucheta Dalal Anybody who uses the Internet and operates his or her own email account has already heard of, investigated or stayed away from what is known as the Nigerian scam. Those of us whose email identities...

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It is time to get informed about airline regulations for the occasions when smart foreign airlines fail to meet standards The upwardly mobile Indian today is ready to pack her bags and fly away at the first available opportunity. With increased spending power and relaxation of foreign exchange...

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Fix what is possible, argues Sucheta Dalal Jeremy Seabrook, a renowned dramatist and author, writing in the Financial Express (Embalming the Fractured Society) says that a recent survey by Agewell Research and Advocacy Centre in New Delhi found that about “one-third of elderly people face...

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Ahmedabad is yet to take off in as big a way as Pune or Hyderabad. That’s the opportunity, says Gaver Chatterjee Ask any expert on the five hot cities for investment in the realty sector and Ahmedabad may not quite figure in the list. But no expert will deny that the city holds potential for...

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There is no consensus on where home loan rates are headed The home loans see-saw which has caused considerable consternation in the real estate market is once again in the news and this time the question is “will the rates for home loans dip?” Though rumors have been doing the rounds that...

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Going for a broadband connection? It is important to know what to avoid and what your rights are, points out Sucheta Dalal after extensive research We had taken Tata VSNL broad band connection, hoping the Public Private Partnership would be offering good services. Our experience with Tata VSNL...

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Nashik realty receives a boost with its emergence as an educational hub and migration from neighbouring small towns To the northwest of Maharashtra, situated in the Western Ghats, on the banks of the river Godavari, Nashik is famous for a host of reasons. One them is that it is a religious...

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India is a software powerhouse. But its IT security practices are pathetic and consumers should beware, says Sucheta Dalal Last June an employee with Hongkong Bank in Bangalore was arrested following an investigation into a theft of pound sterling 230,000 from a British customer’s account....

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