ECONOMY & NATION


Sucheta Dalal Sucheta Dalal 30 September 2010
When other steel companies who got into a serious financial mess in the 1990s have made a smart recovery, why wasn’t Ispat Industries monitored more closely? Indian banks and lenders have figured out a nice way to keep lending to Ispat Industries Limited, managed by Pramod and Vinod Mittal. For...

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Raj Pradhan Raj Pradhan 27 September 2010
Counterfeit products affect many industries, including pharmaceuticals. Here is a home-grown alternative that can help weed out the menace of fakes in a number of sectors — ranging from automobiles to security services Counterfeiting and piracy are generally perceived as victimless crimes with...

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Ashok Shaw 27 September 2010
High property prices and lack of completed housing units increase cost of home rentals; consumers are being forced to look for alternatives You might receive a hike of more than double the usual appreciation in your monthly home rent bill when you lease comes up for renewal this time...

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Yogesh Sapkale Yogesh Sapkale 27 September 2010
Intense competition, falling revenues and incremental expenditure have affected the balance sheets of all telecom operators. Post 3G and MNP, they will have to either consolidate or diversify in order to survive With the imminent launch of third generation (3G) network services and mobile...

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R Balakrishnan on saving  and   investing prudently 27 September 2010
Will microfinance companies go the way of NBFCs of the 1980s and early 1990s? 'For I did dream of money-bags tonight…' - Shylock in The Merchant of Venice Microfinance is the new buzzword. The initial public offering (IPO) of the first microfinance company (MFC) was a roaring success. In its...

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Yogesh Sapkale Yogesh Sapkale 24 September 2010
Intense competition, falling revenues and incremental expenditure have affected the balance sheet of almost all telecom operators in India. Post 3G and MNP, they will have to either consolidate or diversify in order to survive With the imminent launch of third generation (3G) network services...

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Sucheta Dalal Sucheta Dalal 21 September 2010
Its revenue model is seriously flawed; and the more it transacts, the more money it will burn In another bizarre example of how bourses are regulated and promoted in India, the United Stock Exchange (USE), India's fourth currency derivatives exchange cornered 52% market share on debut day...

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Raj Pradhan Raj Pradhan 18 September 2010
Taking advantage of poor knowledge of consumers, malpractices by doctors and weak regulation, drug companies are selling medicines at hugely inflated prices. Raj Pradhan exposes how helpless patients, rich and poor, are ripped off day in and day out   Did you know that when the...

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Moneylife Digital Team 18 September 2010
A gold-trading company from Malaysia which claims to be making 96% by converting 24-carat gold into 22 carats! A sucker is born every minute, goes the saying. In India, a pyramid scheme and multi-level marketing company is launched every minute. The latest is a gold-trading company, UniPay2U,...

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Crude oil price declined to a six-month low on the increase in US jobless claims, renewing concern over the revival of the economy. The US labour department said that the weekly jobless claims reached its highest peak since November 2009. Higher stock level also played spoilsport as the...

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Vegetable Oil Vegetable oils inventory rose 9.5% last month on imports and more domestic production. Solvent Extractors’ Association’s data shows July imports at 800,644 tonnes, a 6.3% rise from 732,232 tonnes in the previous month, a rise of 34%, from the 596,024 tonnes imported in the same...

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Munira Dongre 16 September 2010
Bharti’s net additions of 2 million trailed Vodafone, BSNL, and even new entrant Uninor This has been one of the worst performances ever for Bharti. It has reported its lowest-ever net additions since June 2007. With its net additions lower than Vodafone, BSNL and Uninor, it is possible that it...

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Ashok Shaw 14 September 2010
Developers are waiting for the period from 24th September to 7th October (considered inauspicious for property purchase) to be over for markets to pick up; but analysts do not expect many add-on incentives for consumers after this period As always, developers are hoping for improved performance...

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Moneylife Digital Team 13 September 2010
Post monsoon, while cement off-take is likely to pick up, the pressure on cement realisation caused by new capacity will restrict revenue growth, across all regions Cement companies from the southern region, including India Cements, Madras Cements, Dalmia Cement and Chettinad Cement have hiked...

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Ashok Shaw 08 September 2010
The global recession had prompted developers to foray into the affordable housing segment. But low margins and the subsequent economic recovery has made the industry shift its focus to high-end projects During the recession, developers were gung-ho over 'affordable housing' projects, with plans...

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Moneylife Digital Team 06 September 2010
Shareholder complains about irregularities in election process to the post of shareholder director of the State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur A complaint has been registered with the State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur (SBBJ) against the election of Kunal Dalmia as shareholder director of the bank....

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Ashok Shaw 06 September 2010
The real-estate market is not focusing on end-user sales, but higher valuations and raising funds through the capital market, says an independent real estate researcher Real-estate sales fell by 50%-60% in the quarter ended June, as the market turned speculative and developers held prices in...

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Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 03 September 2010
What lies behind these impressive statistics? The urban markets are saturated — rural and semi-urban India, however, are in top gear Statistics can be great fun. Shown variously using multiple software tools provides great relief, often in colour. But looking beyond them is even better. The...

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