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The next big churn in the car market may not come from the market leaders   The one brand name which has everything going for it in India, but still does not make the cut in terms of number of cars sold, has brought price and warranty to the bargaining table once again, in an attempt...

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Can Tata Motors shed its low-quality tag and deliver a blockbuster with its new car?   The  big buzz in Indian motoring circles, over the past few weeks, has been the trial drives of the new Tata Zest. The reviews are based on controlled exposure and drives, and a high-pressure...

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The government offers subsidy for using solar power but, at the moment, the investment costs are high and these deter owners in residential areas from taking the risk   A workshop on "Energy Secure Outlook for India” organised by both the Planning Commission and the Centre for Study...

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Moneylife Digital Team 06 August 2014
The Travel Card helps overseas students to pay for application fee, university admission and other course-related fees, hostel fee and day-to-day living expenses, while their parents can reload the card from India   ICICI Bank, the country’s largest private sector lender has launched...

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Anand Desai 06 August 2014
A travelogue going deep into the Himalayas, ending at Gaumukh   Uttarakhand is still recovering from last year’s disaster. It’ll be a while before the state returns to the way things were; but this is an ode not a eulogy. I made a trip to Uttarakhand the year before the floods. I am...

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Savita Narayan 25 July 2014
Wind energy, solar panels, rainwater harvesting, water recycling and composting: the Date home in Pune is one of the greenest homes in India today   Just look out for the pavanchakki on the roof. You can’t miss it,” said the watchman as he directed me to the house of Dhananjay Date in...

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TruthInAdvertising.org 24 July 2014
The mileage claims in auto advertising are often misleading as the manufacturer gives figures of mileage obtained under certain specific conditions, and not based on general use of the vehicle   As a consumer, there are few things more maddening than getting slammed at the pump. The...

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TruthInAdvertising.org 21 July 2014
The lesson here is twofold: First, don’t wire money to anyone you don’t know. Ever. If the deal turns out to be a scam, you’re not likely to get your money back. Second, book your vacations — no matter the duration — through reputable businesses You need a vacation – no, deserve...

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It appears that Zav Airways plans to enter the Eastern and North Eastern regions to cater to their needs, while Air Carnival will be based in the south GM Siddeshwara, minister of state for civil aviation told the Parliament that the government has cleared two regional airlines, Air...

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Anand Desai  and   Vishrut Patel 13 June 2014
What is common between Charles Dickens, King George, Alfred Hitchcock and Cary Grant? Could it be a barber?   There was a time when the rebels among men got facial treatments, pedicures, and exfoliations. Times have changed and today's rebels are the ones not 'taking care' of...

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Are the taxes in your repair and service bill going to the government?   Have you looked closely at your automobile repair & service bills, and re-checked the vast variety of taxes and other charges levied on everything—from spare parts to lubricants to labour charges? Chances are...

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Puneetkumar Pattar 04 June 2014
While many appreciate the progress from ATM cards to debit cards, there are many bank customers out there who do not see any real reason for shelling out a hundred rupees every year as annual fees The banking industry has come a long way and today we are almost at a stage where everyone...

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Moneylife Digital Team 29 May 2014
AirAsia may look at making airfares 35% lower than the current average airfares as its officials had promised to make the carrier one of the cheapest airlines in India   AirAsia India, the $30-million tripartite joint venture between Tata Sons, AirAsia Berhad and Tekestra Tradeplace,...

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TruthInAdvertising.org 27 May 2014
Be wary of advertisements posing as independent sites — if it’s promoting something as if it were an ad, be suspicious   We saw this web “ad” amid links to third-party articles across the web — “news from across the web.” That is, we saw it in a place you wouldn’t expect to see an ad,...

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It is hoped that the High Court's verdict will make it possible for Air Asia to take to the sky soon and serve the air travellers the best service that money can buy Mittu Chandilya, chief executive of Air Asia, speaking to newspersons after receiving the operating permit from the...

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Moneylife Digital Team 10 April 2014
100bestbuy.com is accused of delivering sub-standard or different products than what were ordered online by customers. Also the online shopping site is allegedly luring gullible customers with its ‘pay & get a chance to win’ contests Singapore-based (as per info from ScamAdvisor.com)...

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Naveena Israni 13 March 2014
If there’s one city on earth that knows how to ‘live the crazy life’, it’s Madrid. Naveena Israni explores the passion and vibes of this effervescent city For years considered the ugly stepsister of beautiful Barcelona, Madrid has finally come into its own. It has emerged as the beating...

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Moneylife Digital Team 26 February 2014
During the December quarter, Samsung maintained its leadership with a 38% share in the Indian smartphone market, followed by Micromax (16%), Karbonn (10%), Sony (5%) and Lava (4.7%), says IDC Smartphone sales in India grew almost three-fold to over 44 million during 2013, buoyed by a...

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Instead of raising objections, it is time for existing domestic carriers to welcome a new member, Air Costa in their fold, and serve the travelling public Just three weeks ago, on 31st January, SpiceJet offered a 30% discount to flyers who book at least 30 days before their travel date,...

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Just nine of these have been made. One Indian entrepreneur is one of the buyers Lamborghini has manufactured just nine Veneno, a limited edition of its latest, and most expensive, cars. Each costs a whopping $4.25 million (without taxes and duty). Of these, it is known that two have gone...

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