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April 19, 2014
This man is betting on India's unquenchable thirst for whiskey
The liquor company is going all out to ensure it captures significant share in the market.

Reliance's retail chain now largest in India: Mukesh Ambani
Revenue at Reliance Retail rose 34 per cent to Rs 14,496 crore (Rs 144.96 billion) in 2013-14 from a year earlier.

April 18, 2014
Reliance posts marginal rise in 4Q profit to Rs 5,631 crore
For the full financial year, the company reported a 4.7 per cent increase in net profit.

Can you invest and grow rich like Warren Buffett?
He invests like an owner and keeps himself aware of his own weaknesses.

Market boom: Are stock prices inflated?
Despite what partisan fund managers are projecting, the rise in the Indian equity market has to be evaluated carefully.

Why TCS is bullish on growth prospects
With revenues of $13.4 billion for FY14, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has managed to deliver consistent growth for both the fourth quarter and the full year.

Wipro, HCL Tech outshine TCS and Infy in March quarter
Both firms have broken TCS' streak of industry-leading performance over the past few quarters by posting higher revenue and earnings growth this quarter.

Sahara offers new plan for Subrata Roy's release
Sahara offers new plan for Subrata Roy's release

Is Ajay Piramal the Warren Buffett of India?
His strategy of acquiring cheap assets and selling at high valuations may not have impressed shareholders, but after the mega deal with Vodafone peers are quick to compare him with the Oracle of Omaha.

How buyers brought Supertech builders to its knees
Possession of the flats in Supertech project has already been delayed by over a year.

April 17, 2014
China's economy slowing? It still posts highest growth
Latest IMF predictions say global economic growth is 3.6 per cent.

Why is the IMF bullish on India's growth story
Indian economy is expected to grow at decade low of 4.9 per cent in 2013-14.

Wipro Q4 profit rises 29%, beats estimates
Wipro Q4 results beat estimates.

Soon, Google Glass to assist surgeons
Google Glass is worn like conventional glasses, but that combines a computerised central processing unit, touch-pad, display screen, high-definition camera, microphone, bone-conduction transducer, and wireless connectivity.

15 Steve Jobs quotes that will change your life
Here's why the world Apple co-founder.

How a mysterious professor made billions from stocks
Mankekar has significant stakes in USL, Talwalkars, etc, but the worth of his overall holdings isn't known.

How Jaguar-Land Rover pulled Tata Motors out of local crisis
UK-based JLR posted 16 per cent growth in retail sales in the past year, highest in the luxury car segment globally, on the back of launches, output ramp-up and better reach in world markets.

Sensex to hit 40,000 in two years: CLSA
On a fundamental basis, too, CLSA expects Indian markets to do well.

Competition from Germany, China, India a big challenge: Obama
Countries like Germany, China and India are working every day to out-educate kids so they can out-compete American businesses and are making more progress than US, President Barack Obama said.

How to make money once election results are out
A month from now, once election results are out, prices could move with dizzying rapidity.

Infosys vs TCS: Which company performed better?
On key parameters, TCS appears to be on a better wicket.

Markets have an upbeat closing
The markets snapped their three-day losing streak due to buying in index heavyweights and a rebound in IT stocks.

Inflation unlikely to moderate significantly this fiscal
RBI might retain rates at current levels, upside risks to inflation rise.

These holiday apps can make your trips more enjoyable
You can also use WorldMate, which offers similar services like TripIt, or dedicated apps like FlightAware to track your flight status.

15 bizarre buildings around the world
These are the modern architectural wonders of the world.

Microsoft is India's most attractive employer
Global software major Microsoft is the 'most attractive employer' in India, while IT, telecom and ITes are the most preferred sectors by the workforce, a survey by HR services firm Randstad said.

A Rs 20.4 lakh watch that can control your car!
Jaeger-LeCoultre's latest offering will give the exclusive group of Aston Martin owners a Bond film experience.

7 awesome entry-level luxury coming soon to India
Audi, Mercedes and BMW will soon hot up the market.

Why official gold supply is drying up further
Hawala premium crosses 4 per cent%, as Akshay Tritiya boosts demand; spot delivery premium also doubles.

April 16, 2014
Sahara group apologises for earlier ads against Sebi
The Sahara group apologised for its earlier advertisements expressing regret for 'unintentional wrongs, disrespectful feelings, hurt and annoyance.'

We are willing to defreeze Sahara's bank accounts: SC
The court had previously rejected Roy's plea to move to a house arrest in its last hearing on April 9 and asked the lawyers to file short written submissions on April 16.

TCS Q4 net profit at Rs 5,358 crore
The company's revenue rose 29.87 per cent to Rs 81,809 crore.

BSE: Top losers and gainers
The Sensex ended at 22,277, weaker by 207 points and the Nifty ended at 6675, down 58 points.

India's best selling hatchbacks
Though Maruti Swift remains on top of the list, Hyundai Grand i10 is catching up Soon.

China shadow on India's jewellery manufacturing
In China, the government regulates the entire jewellery market.

Reliance Industries is a parallel state: Former WB governor
Former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi dubbed Reliance Industries as a "parallel state" that exercised power "brazenly" over natural and financial resources.

Maruti added Rs 19,000 crore to shareholders' wealth
Analysts say in spite of its recent recall of 100,000 Swift, Ertiga and Dzire cars, Maruti's outlook remains stable.

China's economy grows at 7.4% in first quarter
The first-quarter growth exceeded market estimates of 7.3 per cent, China's National Bureau of Statistics said on Wednesday.

Don't portray Steve Jobs as a 'bully', say top tech cos
Tech workers filed a class action lawsuit against Apple Inc, Google Inc , Intel Inc and Adobe Systems Inc in 2011, alleging they conspired to avoid competing for each other's employees in order to avert a salary war.

FY14 was tough for Infosys, but co assures growth this fiscal
For FY15, Infosys has given a revenue growth outlook of seven-nine per cent.

Bernanke's message to new govt: Ensure RBI's autonomy
Emerging economies should also be mindful of growth.

Infosys' struggle with growth continues
Infosys' commentary suggests its growth pangs are not yet over.

We are much stronger and younger today: Infosys CEO
It has always been a high point for me at Infosys, says Shibulal.

Why hope of RBI's rate cut is dashed
WPI at 3-month high; surge in all broad categories; CPI at 2-month high.

Markets falter on FII sales, inflation woes
The markets ended lower on FII outflows and concerns over rising inflation.

Why is the inflation northbound again?
Core inflation, a measure of demand-side pressure on prices also rose sharply in March.

Honda unveils anniversary edition Amaze to take on Xcent
Honda Cars India has launched the special edition of its compact sedan Amaze to mark the first anniversary of the car in the Indian market.

Mercedes launches GL 63 AMG luxury SUV at Rs 1.66 crore
The car can go from 0 to 100 kmp in 4.9 seconds.

Murthy effect: Infosys sees highest staff exodus
Staff left India's second largest IT services exporter Infosys Ltd at an unprecedented pace in the last quarter, worrying its management and raising investors' concerns about its ability to win lucrative contracts even as it posted a higher-than-expected net profit for the period.

April 15, 2014
Infosys lifts suspense over Rohan Murty's tenure at the firm
The son is not being groomed for a bigger role in the company as of now.

Petrol price cut by 70 paise/litre
Petrol price has been cut by 70 paise per litre with effect from midnight tonight.

Hyundai Xcent is the most value for money sedan
It is cheaper than its competitors and comes loaded with much more features.

10 companies that tried to buy Facebook
Microsoft came the closest and acquired 1.6 per cent stake in the company for $250 million valuing it at $15 billion.

Can India afford bullet trains? Go for super-fast ones
Taking up the speeds of inter-city Shatabdi Express trains from the present average of 70-75 km/hour to about 100 km/hour will cut the Mumbai-Ahmedabad travel time from seven to five hours.

CCI's fine on Google: A wake up call for Indian companies
The fair trade body's penalty on the internet giant should be a wake-up call for Indian companies that tend to be lackadaisical towards regulatory investigations.

Costlier food items push inflation higher at 5.7% in March
Overall the inflation in vegetable segment was 8.57 per cent as compared to about 4 per cent in February.

Will a foreigner become Infosys' next CEO?
We have initiated the search now to ensure we have a seamless management transition to the next leader, says K V Kamath.

What Infosys must remember before hiring a new CEO
The new Infosys CEO will be the first non-founder to take over the leadership of the company.

Infosys sees up to 9% sales growth in 2014-15
The company sees that IT spending in US and Europe will increase this financial year.

Markets end lower as rate cut hopes fade
The 30-share Sensex ended down 144 points at 22,485 and the 50-share Nifty ended down 43 points at 6,733.

Infosys Q4 net rises 25% to Rs 2,992 crore
Year-on-year revenues rose 23.2 per cent.

PM gave the nod for controversial GM food crop trials
For almost two years, Manmohan Singh and his office have been the moving force behind the decision to go ahead with field trials of GM crops, including food crops, without awaiting regulatory reforms.

How you can get maximum returns from poll rally
The sensex has reached an all-time high on the election hope rally.

Boom or bubble? Unravelling the mirage that is DUBAI
Swanky Ferraris, theme parks with European climes and vanity plates may reflect the Emirate's expensive tastes, but how sustainable are these?

April 14, 2014
5 most notorious car recalls in India
American car makers are know for it but Indian manufacturers are soon catching up with the trend.

Is the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro worth Rs 65,575?
The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro is an ideal partner that will handle your work-related stuff effortlessly.

7 engineering wonders of the world
Projects that show nothing is impossible for mankind.

How safe are medicines made in India?
Patients have become wary of India-made drugs after a number of reports highlighted their substandard quality.

Elections: Chartered flights get costly, Rs 2.85 lakh an hour!
Companies running chartered planes are having a field day.

Guard your tax papers, an identity thief can steal them
Sensitive information such as PAN data can be misused to claim a fraudulent tax refund or obtain a credit card or a loan.

BJP can't afford to rollback retail FDI policy, says minister
Minister says states have no legal way to revoke decision.

Ranbaxy may have to pay huge fine, again
Last year, Ranbaxy had to pay a fine of $500 million to the US authorities after it pleaded guilty to fraudulent activities and misrepresenting data to seek fast approvals.

Modi magic: Market cap of these 13 companies have zoomed
Since September 13, 2013, when the Gujarat chief minister was announced as the party's choice for the country's top job, the Indian markets have rallied over 14 per cent, with Sensex companies adding Rs 4.7 lakh crore in value.

Is Narayana Murthy grooming his son for the top post?
The company requires a change in leadership, says T V Mohandas Pai, former board member and head of HR & administration at Infosys.

April 12, 2014
Who is to be blamed for Infosys' poor performance?
Since August 2011, the company has not only lost out to closest peer Cognizant but also increased the gap with larger competitor TCS.

April 11, 2014
Samsung unveils Galaxy S5 for Rs 51,500
The company said it has sold 3.5 crore Galaxy devices, including smartphones and tablets, in India so far.

Spice launches 3G-enable Android smartphone for Rs 5,199
The phone comes with 13.Ghz dual core processor and 512MB RAM.

Rajan's mantra for stable and sustainable growth
"My remarks are motivated by the desire for a more stable international system, a system that works equally for rich and poor, large and small, and not the specifics of our situation," Raghuram G Rajan, Governor, Reserve Bank of India said at the Brookings Institution on April 10, 2014.

Ratan Tata gets UK's highest civilian award
Ratan Tata is the only Indian among five foreigners to be awarded as part of the 'Honorary British Awards to Foreign Nationals' for 2014.

Dilip Shanghvi: Billionaire with Midas touch
Aespite an enviable track record, Sun Pharma's MD has always been modest about his achievements.

Differences with BJP a media speculation, says Rajan
Rajan's comment comes against the backdrop of certain BJP leaders questioning his policies to deal with the current economic woes.

Maruti to recall 103,311 units of Ertiga, Swift, DZire
There is a possibility of fuel smell and in extreme condition there may be some fuel leakage.

First in FY14: RBI didn't buy dollars in Feb, sold $530 mn
Between October and December of 2013, the central bank net purchased $17.498 billion from the market.

Infosys Board starts search for Shibulal's successor
Infosys said the nominations committee will shortlist and evaluate an internal slate of candidates with the assistance of Development Dimensions International, a company

Slowdown: Car sales fall, 1.5 lakh to lose jobs
Car sales in India fell for the second consecutive fiscal in 2013-14 with a drop of 4.65 per

Why investors are bullish on Indian markets
Investors are willing to wait to give a new government a chance.

Sun Pharma has all the reasons to cheer Ranbaxy deal
One of the suitors says that Ranbaxy's Indian portfolio alone is worth $2 billion, or approximately Rs 11,900 crore.

SPECIAL: The man who changed the game at Marico
Marico is expected to close 2013-14 with a turnover in excess of Rs 4,700-crore (Rs 47 billion).

No forex reserves large enough to counter external shocks: Rajan
By March 28, the reserves rose by a whopping $5.038 billion to $303.673 billion, the second highest in the fiscal.

5 big infrastructure projects to kick-start the economy
Whatever be the political coalition that comes to power at the Centre after May 16, the new government will have five ongoing projects to kick-start a sluggish economy.

Star performers: Stocks that rallied over 100% since August
FIIs continue to invest in India, with their net investment since September 2013 standing at about Rs 82,000 crore(Rs 820 billion)

Diamond trade looks towards Russia
India's direct import of roughs was $767 million from Russia in 2013, a little less than five per cent of India's total import of roughs.

Realty check: Boon for farmers or a stumbling block
The farmers' agitation, spread over months, had halted construction and delayed supply of thousands of residential units.

Gurgaon, Mumbai see biggest dip in house sales
Price escalation seems to be one of the primary reasons for the sales trend.

Markets slip on global cues; IIP data eyed
Markets ended lower, amid weak global cues, on profit taking and February IIP data due later today.

RBI issues fresh norms to curb customer discrimination
The panel's report, made public on Thursday, has suggested stringent norms to make loan pricing more transparent.

How India's takeover tycoon reaped a fortune
The Vodafone stake yields Piramal 52% return in 2 years.

Fiat to launch 3 stunning cars in India soon
Here's how the carmaker plans to cover lost ground.

April 10, 2014
If Modi becomes PM, Adani could be the next Ambani
Investors are pouring money in the tycoon's companies hoping he will benefit if BJP comes to power.

Tata Motors launches Aria @ Rs 9.95 lakh
The updated Aria will be available in three variants, with the base model priced at Rs 9.95 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

Deadly 'Heartbleed' hits the Internet: Are you safe?
The bug that has been found makes the website vulnerable and the information that you are typing in could land into the hand of a dirty hacker.

Walmart's 'truck of the future' will blow your mind
It is fuel neutral, which means it can run on any type of fuel.

From boom to doom: Carmakers face tough times
Car sales in terms of numbers in India in the just-concluded financial year (2013-14) have gone down in over a decade, confirming once again the extent of the economic slowdown.

A tough job for India's next finance minister
The onus of framing and implementation of reform-oriented policies will be in the Finance Ministry.

How the oil ministry justifies KG gas price rise
It added this wasn't aimed at benefiting Reliance Industries Ltd alone.

Why foreign investors are bullish on Infosys
Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) have continued to remain bullish on the Narayana Murthy-led Infosys, taking their holdings to record levels.

How a financial centre turned into a 'skyscraper slum'
It boasts a helicopter landing pad, glorious views of the Avila mountain range, and large balconies for weekend barbecues.

Digital media drives political advertising to record high
India has over 150 million first-time voters, around 100 million Facebook users, and 30 million Twitter and WhatsApp users.

Elections: How to protect your portfolio from a market crash
One possibility is to completely ignore the political situation and keep systematically investing in whatever he fancies.

Golden tips to plan tax investment wisely
Don't plan investment at the eleventh hour.

Windows XP support ends: Here's how to protect your bank accounts
Banking services can be hit as there is expected to be a delay of 30 minutes in every transaction now.

Starting with Rs 2 lakh, he built a Rs 5,000-cr business!
Chandra Shekhar Ghosh started the micro-lending unit Bandhan in 2001 with only two employees in Howrah.

Sensex ends flat; Nifty loses tussle with 6,800
After trading with gains for most of the day, selling pressure in software manufacturer Infosys, cigarette to hotel conglomerate ITC and private lender ICICI Bank pulled the benchmarks lower.

Vote and avail of discounts this poll season
Companies are luring voters with special discounts, offers and freebies.

Pre-election rally: Will the markets bring more cheer?
While some argue there is more upside left, others suggest valuations might have run up far ahead of fundamentals.

Cars with the BEST engines
Maruti and Tata are gearing up to fight the onslaught from American giants.

April 09, 2014
Toyota to recall 45,000 units of Innova in India
Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) on Wednesday said it will recall 44,989 units of multi-purpose vehicle Innova manufactured between February 2005 and December 2008 in India to rectify a faulty cable on the steering wheel.

Toyota to launch Etios Cross on May 7
The pre-bookings of the car has already started.

BSE: Top gainers and losers
The 30-share Sensex galloped by 370 points or 1.6% at 22,714 points and the 50-share Nifty raced ahead by 101 points at 6,796.

Chinese firms to tap Windows XP market given up by Microsoft
China has about 200 million XP users, 70 per cent of the entire PC market.

10 most amazing ice hotels
The fancy of ice hotels are catching up with new hotels coming up every year. We present the best from around the world.

Datsun GO: An affordable car made for Indian buyers
For Nissan, Datsun is something of a legacy brand and the current launch marks its return to the market after nearly three decades.

Microsoft's India start-up point man gets global role
Mukund Mohan, Microsoft Ventures India director, to head US, China, India operations.

Maharajas' Express: Onboard India's most luxurious train
Maharajas' Express is the most luxurious train in India offering 5 journeys covering some of the most beautiful and historic destinations.

SC rejects Sahara's plea for house arrest of Subrata Roy
Sahara Group chief Subrata Roy and two directors have been in Tihar Jail since March 4.

Sun Pharma-Ranbaxy deal may come under Sebi lens
Regulator likely to probe possible violation of insider-trading norms.

DGCA to inspect all scheduled airlines, charter flights
Regulator in action after grounding pilots for allowing passengers into the cockpit.

Bank shares catapult markets to record closing highs
Benchmark indices ended at record closing highs due to strength in banking stocks.

Black money: Swiss in wait-and-watch mode over sharing info
The country is biding time to assess the mood of the next Indian government.

Modi win is blow for Tesco but good for investors
The BJP counts the owners of several million mom-and-pop stores as among its most loyal supporters.

Modi-led govt to boost rupee, lead to stocks rally: Nomura
Japanese brokerage Nomura has said a Narendra Modi-led government will help the rupee jump to 58 against the US dollar and trigger up to a 10 per cent rally in the stock market.

April 08, 2014
NSEL settles Rs 330 crore of Rs 5,500 crore dues in 33 weeks
The bourse had proposed to settle all dues amounting to Rs 5,574.31 crore (Rs 55.74 billion) in 30 weeks, according to a settlement schedule issued by NSEL on August 16.

Maruti likely to recall 100,000 Dzire cars
The company sold 1,97,685 units of Dzire in 2013-14 fiscal.

Hyundai Xcent diesel vs Maruti Dzire vs Honda Amaze
The new entrant beats competition for the features it offers.

Learn from China, transform the Indian Railways
The next government should view Indian Railways as a strategic tool, not legacy problem.

Gupta asks court to rethink order to pay $13.9-mn penalty
Gupta's lawyers said he did not accrue any 'direct financial benefit' from the insider trading offences and yet he has been ordered to pay a 'heavy price' of two years in prison, a $5 million fine and a separate $6 million in restitution to Goldman Sachs.

US plans to allow H-1B visa holder's spouse to work in America
The H-1B work visas for highly skilled professionals have been most beneficial from IT sector professionals from India.

US facing competition from India, China for jobs: Obama
Obama announced to launch a new competition, backed by America's Departments of Education and Labor, to start redesigning some of high schools.

Indian-American is Obama's ambassador for global entrepreneurship
Salman Khan of Khan Academy is changing the way education is imparted.

Nokia X: Better than Android phones in its price band
The Nokia X is based on the Lumia- and Asha-like designs.

SPECIAL: Brand Ranbaxy may be axed soon
Sun's acquisition of Ranbaxy would create the fifth-largest specialty generics company in the world and the largest Indian pharma company, with an estimated revenue of $4.2 billion.

US H-1B visa cap reached in 5 days
The mandated Congressional cap is of 65,000.

A look at Ranbaxy's interesting and eventful history
Sun Pharma's acquisition of Ranbaxy has once again revived evaluation of the troubled past of the latter, which had changed hands from the promoters merely five years ago.

5 economic challenges a Modi government would face
Should Modi win the elections, his government will face its first credibility test with markets when he delivers a budget.

Microsoft Office for iPad: Hit or miss?
The Office suite for the Apple device has touched users, and desktop users will be glad to shift to the mobile platform.

Big leap for Sun Pharma, Sunshine for Ranbaxy
Ranbaxy's troubled plants in India could see a turnaround as Sun Pharma has experience in doing so.

A man who is giving Samsung sleepless nights
Shaikh Allauddin Pakir Maiddin is giving sleepless nights to the top brass of South Korean consumer electronics maker Samsung and its chairman, Lee Kun-hee.

Make credit card interest payment easier: RBI to banks
The central bank says interest on card balance should not be levied till next bill.

Hyderabad: An affordable and well-developed realty hotspot
Hyderabad evolved as a preferred investment destination during 2007-2008.

Lenders to sell Kingfisher Airlines' brand to recover dues
The brand name was pledged to 14 lenders, including State Bank of India (SBI), under a debt recast agreement in which loans valuing Rs 6,500 crore were restructured and converted into equity.

April 07, 2014
Scorpio is India's best selling SUV; beats Duster, EcoSport
Elections and festival time in north India helped the Indian auto firm to pip its foreign competitors.

BSE: Top losers and gainers
At 1130 hours, the Sensex was up 99 points at 22,260 and the 50-unit Nifty shed 26 points at 6,669 levels.

Fiat lines up 4 new exciting launches this year
The company will also bring global products such as Abarth.

Superjumbo A-380 to fly to India from May
Commercial operations of the largest aircraft, Airbus A-380, will begin in India from May 30, with Singapore Airlines on Monday announcing it would start daily flights of the superjumbo to Mumbai and Delhi from then.

BJP promises bullet trains, 100 new cities, industrial corridors
The party wants to focus on urbanisation with newer and eco-friendly technologies.

Moto X: It is the BEST smartphone for Rs 23,999!
With exciting features and an apt price tag, the Moto X could give flagships a run for their money.

In muscular manifesto, BJP shuns global retailers
The party promised to contain inflation, pursue tax reforms and promote foreign investments.

Should you play the pre-election rally?
You can start an SIP but don't overhaul the portfolio.

Ranbaxy sale shows risk in Japanese M&A adventures
The investment has lost almost 40 percent of its value in six years.

Audi pips Mercedes in Q1 in best-ever India sales
The company retains tag of being India's largest luxury car seller.

Engineering marvels: 15 amazing underwater tunnels
Infrastructure projects that transformed the world.

Election fever has brought enthusiasm back on D-Street
If a BJP-led government does, indeed, perform as well as the opinion polls predict, the 16th Lok Sabha will have fair chances of stability.

Remittances rise as NRIs bet on strong rupee
Hopes soar on currency gaining more if Modi becomes the Prime Minister.

Markets ended flat amid a volatile trading session
Sun Pharma and Ranbaxy Labs hogged the limelight after Sun Pharma announced the acquisition of Ranbaxy Labs.

Oil and gas pricing: Another episode in UPA's policy flops
The game changer could have been cash transfers of the cooking gas subsidy.

India's gold imports hit 10-month high in March
The precious metal is understood to have arrived in large quantities through official channels, including direct import by export-oriented units, in the last week of March.

Sun Pharma to buy Ranbaxy in $3.2-billion deal
Sun Pharmaceutical said Ranbaxy shareholders will get 0.8 Sun Pharma shares for each Ranbaxy share.

April 05, 2014
Vision 2030: Reforms that can make India a developed nation
Policy reforms in education, agriculture and infra sectors can push India into developed nations' league.

Debt burden hobbles Indian infra on road to recovery
Delays in getting road, rail and power projects approved have eaten into the cashflow of companies burdened by debts that are still rising, slowing capital expenditure to a trickle.

April 04, 2014
BSE: Top losers and gainers
The Sensex gave off 150 points to close at 22,360.

Buying a Toyota car? You will have to wait for 2 months
Launch of Etios Cross, upgraded Corolla likely to see delay of at least 2 months.

Keep these factors in mind while buying a property
While buying a property do not go by what everyone around says, evalaute the situation as per your requirement.

UPA's decade of growth the highest for India
Figures don't lie. And they say the UPA's 10 years of economic growth is slightly better than the previous 10 years of growth. End of debate.

India to get 200 new hotels in 5 years
About 52,000 rooms are expected to come on stream by 2017.

The inspiring success story of Bandhan
What sets Bandhan apart is the roots it has in the world of the rural poor.

How Amazon is building its India business
The online retailer offers largest assortment of products.

Windows Phone 8.1: Check out the best features
Nokia Lumia 630, 635 and 930 to be the first to have the latest Microsoft's OS.

Soon, medicines to cost a lot!
Experts say given the annual inflation, the increase might not be substantial for the industry, which has to deal with rising cost of manufacturing, raw material as well as packaging and logistics.

TiE honours 3 entrepreneurial legends
The Washington, DC Chapter of The Indus Entrepreneurs recently honoured three pioneers in information technology, the restaurant business and mobile technology.

SPECIAL: What actually went wrong with Aadhaar?
The government hurried through the scheme, which required a complete re-engineering of welfare delivery, severely challenging its implementation.

Markets blink in face of US job data
Oil and gas majors, ITC and L&T among the top losers.

Nokia to launch 1st dual-SIM Lumia phone in India
Nokia will launch four Lumia smartphones in India starting with its first dual SIM handset Lumia 630 in May for around Rs 10,000 excluding taxes.

Bonanza for travellers: AI, IndiGo, GoAir offer big discounts
Air India launched a short-term 'Monsoon Bonanza' scheme under which tickets on 40 select domestic sectors can be bought till Saturday for travel till September 30.

Honda has serious plans to take on Mahindra
It has lined up formidable product line.

5 stocks that can give you HIGH returns
They are large-caps, leaders in their business and have good brand value.

CBI to examine Ratan Tata, Cyrus Mistry in Radia tapes case
The matter related to supply of low floor buses by Tata Motors to Government of Tamil Nadu.

What helped Bandhan get the banking licence?
Bandhan has a strong presence in India's under-banked eastern and northeastern regions.

April 03, 2014
Forex reserves below Chinese level not comfortable: Rajan
The comments assume importance as the traditional position of the central bank has been not to set a forex reserves target.

Air India to raise Rs 300-crore loan to pay for 3 Dreamliners
Air India is seeking the loan offer by April 16, it said.

BSE: Top losers and gainers
The 30-share BSE Sensex closed 42 points lower at 22,509 levels and NSE Nifty slipped over 16 points at 6,736 levels.

BMW launches M6 Gran Coupe @ Rs 1.75 crore
The new M6 Gran Coupe, which comes as a completely built unit, will be available with a 560 HP petrol engine in the country.

Samsung unveils 3 new Galaxy tablets
These include 7-inch, 8-inch and 10.1 inch devices.

Maharashra pips Gujarat as best investment destination
Maharashtra has become the hub for the service and electricity industries which together attracted investment over Rs 67,000 crore (Rs 670 billion) in 2013.

Check these 16 products sold at record-breaking prices!
A violin that costs $45 million, a dress that costs $1.27 million are some of the most expensive collectible

5 upcoming competitors to Maruti Swift, Hyundai Grand i10
This year you will be spoiled for choice.

How Facebook, Apple, Intel plan to take on Google Glass
Smart glasses give a new dimension to the way we look at the world around us.

Will Nokia's gamble with Android work wonders?
After a long wait, the handset maker adopts the ubiquitous operating system to gain volumes in the smartphone market.

Can't pay Rs 10,000 crore for Roy's bail: Sahara
Sahara Chairman Roy was arrested on February 28 and has been held in a Delhi jail since March 4.

Microsoft to offer Windows for free on phones, tablets
It comes a week after new Chief Executive Satya Nadella unveiled new versions of Word, PowerPoint and Excel applications for Apple Inc's iPad.

Axis Bank offers home loans for below Rs 10,000 earners
Private sector lender Axis Bank has launched a home loan product for households earning as low as Rs 8,000 a month, targeting disbursals of up to Rs 1,000 crore (Rs 10 billion) in a year's time, a senior bank official said.

Desi brands are outpacing foreign labels
Local brands like Nalli and Kalaniketan are flavour of the season.

Twists and turns in the new bank licence saga
Many experts, including Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz, also suggested that industrial groups should not be allowed to do banking business.

Re 1 for a ticket: SpiceJet saw 220,000 bookings on Tuesday
Typically, the airline sells 40,000 seats a day.

MTS' viral ad leads to 10% rise in dongle sales
The script was triggered by today's kids who seem so comfortable with gadgets and the Internet right from infancy.

Markets snap 10-day winning streak; Sensex loses 40 points
A recovery from lower levels in the last hour of trade led by buying in banking, metals and realty stocks, capped losses.

Rail tickets could cost more at counters
IRCTC is gearing up to promote online sale of tickets.

How Bandhan won the banking licence
Bandhan Financial Services, the first microfinance institution in the country to win a bank licence, is also one of the youngest entities to be allowed to enter the banking space.

Home loans: How much did Indians borrow in FY14?
Indians borrowed nearly Rs 1.60 lakh crore in housing loans in 2013-14, helping home finance firms' books move closer to the Rs 10 lakh crore mark.

Bank licence to corporate houses: FinMin proposes, RBI disposes
Contrary to the finance ministry's initial idea that some large industrial houses could be given bank licences, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) did not name any big corporate in the first round of licensing.

April 02, 2014
Why car recalls are NOT a bad thing
The manufacturer bears cost of replacement and it helps to establish trust with the customer.

Mary Barra calls GM's actions on deadly defect 'unacceptable'
General Motors Co CEO Mary Barra on Tuesday called her company's slow response to faulty ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths "unacceptable," but could not give U.S. lawmakers many answers as to what went wrong.

IDFC, Bandhan get bank licences, corporate houses left out
Ending days of suspense, the Reserve Bank on Wednesday granted banking licences to infrastructure financing firm IDFC and microfinance institution Bandhan from among 25 applicants that included corporate heavyweights ADAG Group, Aditya Birla Group and Bajaj Group.

RBI expects new government to be active in restoring growth
RBI's policy statement highlights the fact that core consumer price inflation remains obdurately high at about eight per cent.

India's apex court summons Samsung Chairman Lee Kun-hee
The court made it clear that it was not expressing any opinion on the merit of the case pending before the trial court.

FinMin study to assess quantum of black money complete
The study was ordered in March 2011 when the nation was debating on the amount of unaccounted income with figures projected by politicians and civil society in crores of

Hyundai Xcent is the best family car; beats Dzire, Amaze
It has a feature rich cabin, well appointed interiors and competitive price tag.

Courtroom battle: Apple was in a 'Holy War' with Google
Apple Inc and Samsung faced off once again in their long-running courtroom battle, with the iPhone maker asking jurors to award more than $2 billion for patent violations.

Future gadget: LG's flexible and self-healing smartphone
Here's the future of smartphones

Onboard the Airbus' stunning corporate jets
Corporate travel takes a new dimension with these luxurious aircraft.

No favouritism shown towards Reliance in KG Basin: Centre
Solicitor General Mohan Parasaran was replying to the charges made by the parliamentarian Gurudas Dasgupta and Common Cause, a public interest organisation

UN's latest climate change report has put India on high alert
India is among the most vulnerable countries. It could lose 1.7 per cent of its GDP even if the annual mean temperature rises by just a degree.

Senior-level exits spark worries at toy maker Mattel India
The resignations follow an audit of the Indian operations of Mattel by a well-known audit firm, experts say.

The saga of Subrata Roy: From a flamboyant boss to Tihar inmate
Sahara's propensity to issue full-page advertisements indirectly targeting the court's wisdom every time it suffered a setback could have hardly helped its cause.

What makes this phone worth Rs 4.72 lakh!
Encrusted with sapphires and replete with features, Mobiado's phones have set out to balance luxury with utility.

Markets: 10 hits in a row; Sensex up over 100 points
It was the tenth session of consecutive gains as investors lapped up heavyweight oil & gas and auto stocks among others.

With inflation under control, RBI may go easy on rates: Rajan
Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan said, in an election year, it is better to be ready for any eventuality.

Elections: Namo, AAP products are selling like hot cakes
Products like Aam Aadmi Party wall clocks and mobile & tablet covers (both BJP and AAP) are also very popular among online buyers.

April 01, 2014
It was a mixed bag for auto makers in March
Auto makers are keen to boost sales in ensuing months.

Reserve Bank gets EC approval to grant new bank licences
The RBI on March 12 approached the Election Commission seeking its approval for granting bank lincences as the model code of conduct had come in place after the general

BSE: Top losers and gainers
The Sensex was up 60 points at 22,446 and the Nifty added 17 points to close the trade at 6,721.

Here's CII's 100-day agenda for the new government
The industry body said a strong inter-ministerial coordination group is required to resolve sticky issues like the 'mining

Flying gets cheaper! SpiceJet offers fares for Re 1
Budget airline SpiceJet has launched the best offer this summer.

Audi RS5: Fast, good-looking, and practical
The car is is both powerful and utilitarian.

Granting of new bank licences not a political process: Rajan
The EC is yet to decide on RBI's request to grant new licences during the election season.

Why Infosys has failed on corporate governance
Infosys has has the highest proportion of non-independent directors on its board.

Factors that will impact gold price this year
Gold price is likely to remain under pressure due to geopolitical tensions.

Hybrid cars more fuel efficient in India than US
In a pair of studies using real-world driving conditions, researchers found that hybrid cars are significantly more fuel-efficient in India and China than they are in the US.

What makes a manufacturing difficult in India
The longer India delays in creating a manufacturing-based middle class, the more difficult it may be to create one.

An economic agenda for the new Prime Minister
The new prime minister should learn from the mistakes of the current government and pay more attention to inflation.

RBI keeps key rates unchanged
The RBI wants CPI inflation to ease further to 6 per cent by January 2016.

Railways takes down curtains from third AC coaches
The decision is taken to improve fire safety.

Markets retreat from record highs; IT gains
Profit taking in financials weigh on the indices.

March salary for Sahara staff may get delayed
HR head Gaurav Sharma blamed Sebi-imposed restrictions on operating bank accounts for the delay.

Gionee launches world's slimmest phone in India at Rs 22,999
It has an Octa-core 1.7GHz processor and 13 megapixel camera.

Sales of used cars set to rise, new ones to decline
In India, the pre-owned car market is growing at 15-18 per cent; the organised segment is growing 40 per cent annually.

March 31, 2014
Petrol price cut by 75 paise a litre; diesel hike put off
In Mumbai it now costs Rs 80.89 and in Delhi Rs 72.26.

Indians see more L-1B visa application rejections than others
A US think-tank believe that Indians could have been treated unfairly.

Samsung's Shin now EARNS more than Apple's Cook
J.K. Shin received a $5.8 million compensation package last year.

The UGLY side of Indian IT companies
Firms such as Infosys and Tech Mahindra score low on corporate governance, according to Ambit Capital.

When to go for online insurance plans
Having an agent can help in the case of older consumers with pre-existing diseases or if there is a break in policy. Otherwise, online is cheaper and there is help, too

Will smartwatches catch the fancy of Swiss companies?
With their hundreds of years of watch making experience, Swiss watchmakers can afford to take a long view of technological fads and fashions.

6 stunning undersea hotels
The engineering marvels are once in a lifetime experience.

Preparing for mandate 2014, the Raghuram Rajan way
RBI adds $5 bn to forex kitty since mid-March; rupee breaches 60-a-dollar mark but analysts say central bank will cap further gains

Is the Samsung Galaxy S5 a good buy?
The S5 is bigger than its previous iterations, and design-wise, is similar to the Note 3.

March 30, 2014
RBI likely to maintain status quo on April 1
In its third quarter review of monetary policy, the RBI in January raised the key repo

Economy ready to take off, says minister
Minister says rupee and market surge caused by current recovery in the external sector, 8% economic growth possible in next three years.

March 28, 2014
Appeal goes out to Sahara Pariwar to shell out Rs 1 lakh each for Roy's bail
The contribution 'appeal' was made through a one-page letter signed by directors of a hitherto unknown society and 'associates' of the group. Company officials, however, disowned any connection with the appeal.

BSE: Top gainers and losers
For the day, the Sensex was up 125 points at 22,340 and the Nifty gained 54 points to end at 6,696.

Toyota should know India is a unique market
Toyota unions may challenge the management on the legality of the bonds.

Reforms to give India 110 million jobs in 10 years
The report said the Gujarat government amended the Industrial Disputes Act in 2004 to allow for greater flexibility in the labour market for special economic zones.

China's Baidu defeats US lawsuit over censored search results
Chinese Internet company Baidu Inc won the dismissal of a US lawsuit by pro-democracy activists who complained that Baidu illegally suppressed political speech on China's most widely used Internet search engine.

Is India's war against multinational corporations justified?
The realisation has struck people that multinationals have been doing all those things that Indian businessmen have long been accused of doing.

Believe in karma, keep doing right things, says new Marico MD
Innovation and quick decision making are key to growth in business.

COLUMN: Why RBI needs to clean up home loan rules
Six public sector banks have been identified as having a particularly problematic housing loan portfolio.

How Facebook plans to offer Internet to people in remote places
Facebook Inc is harnessing satellite, drone and other technology as part of an ambitious and costly effort to beam Internet connectivity to people in underdeveloped parts of the world.

Wal-Mart sues Visa for $5 billion over card swipe fees
Wal-Mart has accused Visa of excessively high card swipe fees, several months after the retailer opted out of a class action settlement between merchants and Visa and MasterCard Inc.

Splitting stock pays rich dividends
A sub-division in the face value of equity shares -- from a higher to a lower denomination

Satya Nadella signals new course with Office for iPad
Microsoft Corp's new Chief Executive Officer, Satya Nadella, finally unveiled Office for Apple Inc's iPad in a polished debut.

How India became a high-priority market for PepsiCo
PepsiCo is trying to dislodge Coca-Cola in drinks, though the gap is still large.

Should Reserve Bank of India target inflation?
There are respected names arguing both for and against this recommendation of the Urjit Patel committee.

Travellers' paradise: World's 10 best airports
The world's best airports are from Asia and Europe.

SPECIAL: How DGCA plans to sort out aviation mess
The aviation regulator has taken some good steps lately.

Indian companies generated 81,000 jobs in US in 2013
India has emerged as one of the 10 fastest growing sources of foreign direct investment into the US.

Markets end on a strong note; Sensex up 125 points
In intra-day trades, Sensex and Nifty scaled new highs at 22,363 and 6,703 respectively.

8 start-ups that boast of astonishing valuations
Airbnb, started in 2008, is now a $10 billion company.

Ford may launch new Fiesta in April
The car will take on Honda City and Hyundai Verna.

Maruti captures 50% market share while others struggle
Alto, Swift, and Dzire remained the top selling cars in the country.

Report puts Infosys in the dock over governance
The report, published by brokerage firm Ambit Capital Research, also says the promoters hold disproportionately high board representation with respect to their total shareholding in the Bengaluru-based company.

Samsung to unveil stunning S5 in India at Rs 51,000
Samsung also launched three wearable devices, Gear 2,priced at Rs 21,900, and the Gear Fit and Gear 2 Neo, costing

Why it makes little sense to buy child plans
Parents should opt for a combination of mutual funds and fixed deposits.

March 27, 2014
Subrata Roy to remain in jail, Sahara can't afford bail amount
In a setback to Sahara Group chairman Subrata Roy, the company on Thursday informed the Supreme Court that it will not be able to deposit Rs 10,000 crore (Rs 100 billion) to release Subrata Roy from jail.

Meet the best Indian American venture capitalists
WhatsApp was the biggest acquisition on the Midas list since it is the largest venture-backed private exit ever.

Conserve nature: Measures that can save Western Ghats ecosystem
The 1,600-km-long Western Ghats range runs along the country's western coast spanning six states.

Switzerland not sharing info on bank accounts of Indians: FM
In 2011, the Indian government received the names of 782 Indians who had accounts with HSBC.

What makes the HTC One M8 a spectacular phone
While the main camera is the same 4-ultrapixel resolution as in the One, HTC claims M8's is a notch above and will work in all lighting conditions.

8 awesome SUVs that will soon launch in India
These cars have more rugged appeal, seven seats, and 4X4 option.

Election cash call puts strain on construction, real estate
More than other businesses, Indian developers and contractors are particularly reliant on ties with the government to acquire land or win contracts.

IT sector upbeat on future despite TCS, Infosys' weakness
In spite of seasonal weakness which may drag Q4 revenue growth in FY14, the sector is upbeat about future.

RIL money-laundering charges under apex court's scanner
RIL on February 27 rejected the allegations of making foreign direct investments in certain Indian companies through the Singapore-based Biometrix.

Markets end at record highs on March expiry
PSU banks and OMCs among the top gainers.

9 billionaires who rule their countries' economies
There are billionaires that a country cannot do without. They may not be the Presidents or Prime Ministers of nation but they are considered to be either equally or more important.

LG launches 4G enabled G2 smartphone at Rs 49,000
To enjoy 4G on move, customers just need to upgrade to a 4G SIM available at stores.

How will IT companies perform in Q4?
Wipro, TechM and HCL to lead sector growth in Q4, while Infosys to report soft quarter.

Bold steps Satya Nadella will take to change Microsoft
His appointment has helped spur Microsoft shares to $40-plus levels.

Investors keep faith in Sahara, for now
It's business as usual for Sahara in some places, but collection agents fend tough questions from investors.

March 26, 2014
Petrol price to be cut by over Re 1
Petrol prices are likely to be cut by over one rupee a litre early next week as appreciation

Bank of America cautions against excessive fear of poll outcome
It can be recalled that the market saw a massive 15.9 per cent sell-off in May 2004 after the surprise defeat of the NDA and a 15 per cent sensex rally after the emphatic re-election of the United Progressive Alliance in May 2009.

HTC launches 'world's best' Android smartphone
it has a 5-inch display, improved camera technology, and a faster processor.

Beware! 'Dendroid' virus threatens Android phones in India
The virus of the deadly 'Trojan' family, once activated, could change the command and control server of a user's personal Android phone and intercept private SMSes coming in

Sahara asked to pay Rs 10,000 cr to release Subrata Roy on bail
Sahara Group chief Subrata Roy was granted interim bail on Wednesday by the Supreme Court.

PSU stocks surge: Should you buy?
The performance has been a clear contrast to the movement in the first two months of 2014, when the S&P E PSU index massively underperformed the S&P E Sensex (down 0.2 per cent) by slipping nearly seven per cent.

How Ray-Ban maker will make Google Glass fashionable
Google has teamed up with Ray-Ban maker Luxottica in a bid to turn its Internet-connected Glass spectacles into a widely-available, stylish consumer product.

Cyber black market is a multi-billion-dollar business
RAND report says the market is replete with buyers, sellers & intermediaries; while rippers abound, they are regularly banned or pushed off the market.

Poll compulsions force diesel price rise rethink
The government will require poll panel's nod if it decides not to effect a price increase.

Facebook to buy virtual reality goggles maker for $2 bn
The acquisition, which comes hot on the heels of its $19 billion deal for messaging service WhatsApp, marks a big bet by Facebook.

Inflation targeting: What are banks, market fretting about?
Inflation targeting is not de facto a kind of shock therapy that the RBI wants to administer.

SPECIAL: How India Post is trying to strike it big
India Post plans to network 25,000 urban post offices by the end of this year and open 2,800 additional ATMs by March 2015.

UPA rule: The poor never had it so good
By all accounts, India's poor, mostly in rural areas, can look back to a 10-year period when their lot clearly improved.

Measures to check tax disputes in next Budget
The idea is to introduce in the next Budget a number of safeguards for preventing disputes with taxpayers.

Markets on steroid: Sensex, Nifty at new highs
Investors are likely to remain cautious tomorrow on account of March series F&O expiry.

End of Windows XP gives life to a new industry
Big security firms and streetside vendors alike are readying updates to protect the operating system against virus attacks and deadly malware.

World's BIGGEST oil consumers; India ranks 4
India consumes less than half the oil China does, which comes at second place.

The world's 10 most eligible billionaire bachelors
They are straight out of the Mills & Boons novel. Some of them fly their own helicopter, some stay in a castle, and yes, they have all the money in the world.

Now, withdraw money from BoI ATMs without an account
Bank of India has become the first state-run lender to allow withdrawal of funds to individuals from its ATMs without an account in the bank.

March 25, 2014
Sahara makes fresh proposal in SC for refunding Rs 20,000 cr
The Sahara group on Tuesday made a fresh proposal before the Supreme Court for depositing Rs 20,000 crore (Rs 200 billion) investors' money with SEBI to secure release of its chief Subrata Roy.

Changes that can make 'Aadhaar' a foolproof identity
The government has started linking Aadhaar numbers to various social security schemes and bank accounts.

Renault launches refreshed Fluence at Rs 13.99 lakh
The car comes with various features including a 3D sound system with eight speakers, automatic headlamps and rain sensing wipers.

Chevrolet drives in new Cruze; price starts at Rs 13.7 lakh
The updated version has new automatic transmission and better mileage.

'Indian carriers tried to block AirAsia's entry'
This is the first time that AirAsia chief has raised concerns about the dual airline strategy of the Tata group, his partner.

India shines in De Beers' supplier selection again
De Beers' will now have 82 sightholders; half are Indian entities.

Bad service: Squash champion Dipika wins case against Axis Bank
A consumer court in Chennai has directed Axis Bank to pay a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to Dipika Pallikal, squash champion and Arjuna awardee.

Essential medicine likely to get dearer as price revision looms
NPPA seeks data from firms to revalidate existing prices.

Biggest health risk: Air pollution killed 7 million in 2012
Most deaths are linked to either acute respiratory infections or chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases.

On DGCA radar for violations, business jets face tighter scrutiny
The European Aviation Safety Agency (which represents all EU countries) has also raised the red flag on the issue.

Best performing stocks: Tata Motors, TCS win, RIL falls
The benchmark Sensex has vaulted 2.7 times in five years.

Galaxy Note 3 Neo: Another winner from Samsung?
The phone is well endowed but comes at a price of Rs 35,000, which is a dampener.

How govt's welfare schemes turn into big scams
In several states, there were cases of falsification of records and money never reached the poor.

Sensex ends flat; Nifty at all-time high
Capital goods, realty and power stocks led from the front while losses in oil & gas heavyweights offset the gains.

6 awesome cars that should come to India
Here are some affordable yet technically advance cars from international markets that Indian consumer should experience.

India's impressive railway stations
The Indian Railways has one of the busiest and largest railway networks in the world.

TCS ranked fastest growing IT services brand
TCS beat tech giants IBM and Hewlett-Packard to become the fastest growing brand within the IT services sector.

These 4 carmakers to hike prices soon
Auto companies are looking to increase prices of their models mainly to offset higher input and operational costs.

March 24, 2014
Buying a home? Beware of builder's pre-launch offers
Home seekers should do a reality check before booking flat in a pre-launch offer.

Virender Sehwag starts new innings as an entrepreneur
With a sleek new school in Haryana, Virender Sehwag starts his new innings as an education entrepreneur.

Dell Venue: Feature rich tablet at a good price
A no non-sense device blessed with regal looks and costs Rs 10,999.

Should you buy the new Google Nexus 7 tablet?
If you have the old Nexus 7 tablet, should you upgrade it to the latest one?

How car pool companies try to lure more passengers
As online travel services pick up in India, car pooling services platforms are trying to keep up and lure more passengers.

How good roads have transformed Uttar Pradesh
The extraordinary thing about UP is that, quietly, there has been an enormous improvement in the quality of roads.

Why US doctors want Indian drugs to be banned
In the final part of a three-part series on America's war on substandard Indian generic drugs, speaks about American doctors' contempt for drugs exported from India and the ineptitude of the US Food and Drug Administration to stop the menace.

Ranchi witnesses a mini white revolution
Raya Dairy plans to expand into allied segments but securing a bigger share in the dairy space remains a challenge.

New Honda City diesel is a hit, beats Hyundai Verna
Honda's segment-first features and a competitively-priced diesel engine could help it reclaim its crown.

Markets bank on lenders; end at record high
Sensex closed up 300 points at 22,055 and the Nifty gained 89 points to close at 6,584.

US generics benefit from pharma see-saw
As India's drug majors in this segment increasingly trip on American standards, increasing the scrutiny on their practices, their counterparts look up there.

Which is the UPA govt's worst legacy?
The law may be good politics, but politics without grounding in basic economics is the surest guarantee of economic disaster.

Mumbai Metro likely to start operations soon
The Railway's research arm RDSO is likely to issue 'speed certificate' to the much-awaited Mumbai Metro this week.

March 22, 2014
Indra Nooyi bagged Rs 113 crore pay package in 2013
PepsiCo has given its India-born chief Indra Nooyi a pay package of $18.6 million (about Rs 113 crore) for 2013, a 7 per cent hike from the previous year.

Rajat Gupta should pay $13.9 mn penalty: SEC
US regulator SEC has asked an appeals court to affirm a district court's decision that India-born former Goldman Sachs director Rajat Gupta pay a $13.9 million penalty and be banned for life from serving as director of a public corporation.

March 21, 2014
India raises $1.4 billion in divestment push
The government on Friday raised as much as $1.4 billion through share sales, in a push to shore up state finances before it heads into a tough parliamentary election next month.

TCS ranked No 1 employer in Europe
The company was recognised as an exceptional performer across six core human resources areas -- primary conditions, secondary benefits, working conditions, training, career development and company culture.

BSE: Top gainers and losers
For the day, the Sensex closed 14 points higher at 21,754 while the Nifty slipped below the 6,500 levels to end the session at 6,493, a 10 point gain.

Wipro, Tata Power among world's most ethical companies
Wipro and Tata Power are among the world's most ethical companies, according to American think tank Ethisphere Institute.

Check out insurance plans designed for working women
According to a recent survey conducted by Nielsen across a few cities in India showed that over 23 percent of the working women now take their own financial decisions.

India's reaction myopic, irrational, says Ranbaxy whistle-blower
Ranbaxy whistleblower Dinesh Thakur tells that a formal Congress hearing on spurious drugs from India is being sought.

Anand Mahindra, Mittal among world's 50 greatest leaders
Indian business honchos Anand Mahindra and Lakshmi Mittal are among the world's 50 greatest leaders, according to Fortune magazine.

Rajan yet to firm up anti-inflation steps
A panel headed by Reserve Bank of India deputy governor Urjit Patel recommended in January moving to an inflation target.

India's dilemma: Raise subsidy or cut fiscal deficit
India's plan to double gas prices from April threatens to hit government efforts to cut its fiscal deficit.

Series: 'To revive economy India must focus on agriculture'
Major problems afflicting the national economy at the moment are unemployment, inflation and corruption, says Asim Dasgupta, former finance minister of Bengal.

Is there remedy to avert rampant corruption in India?
Relatively unnoticed in India is that China is going through its own high-profile battle with corruption.

15 most scenic train journeys in the world
Breathtaking rail rides around the globe.

Now, you can customise Datsun GO at affordable price
The company has also launched range of accessories starting at Rs 484 and going up to Rs 7,920.

Bullish FII bets help markets close higher
However, weakness in RIL and ONGC dragged Nifty below 6,500.

Modi-led govt may not boost economy, says Credit Suisse
It's hard to revive investment, as a quarter of stalled projects need Centre's nod, says the research firm.

Have a filmy name? You will get a discount on Virgin Atlantic!
Passengers with names such as Simran or Karan, Arjun or Kiran can now book with Virgin Atlantic and claim up to 10% discount.

'No-touch' phones, tablets, TV? Microsoft to power new tech
US tech giant Microsoft is working on next generation technology that will enable 'no-touch' phones, tablets and television sets that can be operated from afar, without the need to swipe them.

Reliance uses social media to refute Kejriwal's allegations
Reliance Industries on Thursday took to social media to refute allegations of receiving favours from a Gujarat minister who is related to company promoter Mukesh Ambani, saying that the allegations are baseless and politically motivated.

Becoming Microsoft CEO was beyond my dreams: Nadella
Nadella replaced Steve Ballmer as the CEO of Microsoft in February.

March 20, 2014
9th senior-level exit at Infosys; Chandrashekar Kakal quits
Chandrashekar Kakal was operational head of the India business unit.

Starbucks says India operations fastest growing in its history
The US-based coffee chain, which had sewed up an equal joint venture with Tata Global Beverages, opened its first outlet in Mumbai in October 2012.

BSE: Top losers and gainers
The 30-share Sensex closed 80 points lower at 21,753 levels while the 50-unit NSE Nifty index was down 38 points at 6486 levels. Benchmarks plunged to their lowest levels since March 06, 2014.

Govt halves divestment target, how will it bridge deficit gap?
If disinvestment is to remain a sham, then at least the government should move onto real reforms on ownership and pricing in the crucial oil and gas sector.

A robot that blushes and more exciting gadgets
The world's largest technology exhibition, CeBIT held at Hanover annually showcases technology at its best.

War on made-in-India drugs comes to US Capitol Hill
Whistle-blower Dinesh Thakur tells briefing on US Capitol Hill: 'One in five medicines manufactured and distributed in India are spurious.' reports from Washington, DC.

Sensex to zoom if BJP wins elections: Poll
The Sensex is expected to hit 24,500 by the end of 2014.

There seems to be no end to India's mining woes
A new forest law gives people a greater say over how natural resources are exploited.

Working women face wage gap, questions on capabilities
At the entry level, most organisations do well in hiring and training women but the struggle with retention begins when women reach mid-managerial levels.

Air Costa gets ready for growth amid slowdown
Giving an idea of the scale of its ambitions, the four-month-old airline recently placed an order for 50 aircraft even as the sector is struggling.

UPA's Aadhar: Should next govt take onus of reviving it?
Perhaps the change brought about in the cooking gas economy will not lose its momentum if the next government proves forward-thinking enough to improve on one of the UPA's solid achievements.

The success mantra of Mukesh Ambani's retail foray
Billionaire Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Retail is poised to perform a rare feat by finally turning profitable.

4 ways the new PM can revive the economy
What will it take the next government to revive growth? , Jagdish Bhagwati Professor of Indian Political Economy at Columbia University, and one of the world's leading economists, offers a checklist.

Are IT stocks a good contrarion bet?
With a change in investor preference to cyclical stocks like those of capital goods, infrastructure and automobile firms, the defensives, especially the IT pack, have taken a back seat.

Nissan rolls out Datsun GO at Rs 3.12 lakh
The car holds promise of premium experience at affordable price.

US Fed reduces tapering programme; keeps interest rates low
The US Federal Reserve has announced to maintain its bond purchase tapering programme.

SpiceJet puts passengers at risk, celebrates Holi mid-air
Mid-air Holi celebrations aboard eight flights have cost no-frill carrier SpiceJet heavily.

Sensex plunges to two-week low on global cues
US Federal Reserve Chairper Janet Yellen hinted at raising interest rates sooner than expected, in her first press conference after assuming the top job at US central bank.

World's 10 most dangerous places to work
Global working conditions have worsened in 2014.

A fillip for Modi: Gujarat ranked No 1 in economic freedom
Gujarat tops the list of states in terms of economic freedom, improving its position from the 5th place in 2005.

Boom to doom: TCS warns of weaker Q4 earnings
After Infosys, the country's largest software services firm Tata Consultancy Services has

RBI allows more banks to import gold
RBI has permitted Axis Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, IndusInd Bank and Yes Bank to import gold.

Jignesh Shah's firm not fit and proper to run bourses: Sebi
Gives 90 days time to dispose stake in four entities.

March 19, 2014
Why has Malaysian Airlines lost business in India?
Travel companies are opting for Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines, Sri Lankan Airlines and Air India for holiday-makers.

How tepid realty market is hindering Air India revival
Asset sale plans lag target in both current and next financial years; the airline had a three-year plan to monetise assets worth Rs 5,000 crore (Rs 50 billion) by March 2016.

Coming soon: An Android smartwatch from Google!
The Android Wear project is open to software makers to create apps for the watches, putting Google at the forefront of efforts to jumpstart the nascent wearable computing market.

We miss these awesome cars that went out of production
With increasing competition and slowdown, auto firms are shedding old vehicles to make way for new ones.

COLUMN: How Amit Mitra fixed Bengal's finances
Amit Mitra may have stopped talking about relaxing rules for foreign investment in India, but there is no dilution of his commitment to the cause of fiscal consolidation in West Bengal.

FIFA World Cup: Why are brands looking beyond sponsorships
Big brands are getting involved with Football that is fast gaining traction in the nation, at lower investments that cricket.

How Nadella revived the fortunes of Manipal University
Wall Street might have been lukewarm to Satya Nadella's appointment as the chief executive officer of Microsoft but in India the development has revived the fortunes of Manipal University, his alma mater.

Tribute: Why India must be in eternal debt to F C Kohli
Faqir Chand Kohli, Padma Bhushan, will be 90 on March 19, 2014. It is a day to celebrate for many Indians whose life he has touched directly or indirectly, says , the well-known technology journalist who as vice-president, TCS, has known Mr Kohli for two decades.

MNCs' India honeymoon gets over in UPA-II
Blame the government's huge tax demand, while domestic investors point to their falling corporate governance standards.

Orient-Express may open a luxury hotel in India
Orient-Express Hotels (OEH), the Bermuda-based owner and operator of luxury hotels, trains, river cruises and restaurants, is open to expanding its global reach, which could include a base in India.

3 Indian airports among the world's best
The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) in Hyderabad has retained its second position for the year 2013 in the 5-15 million passengers category.

Behind the scenes: How hackers take control of your life
They can spy on you through the webcam, and use it to annoy, bully and blackmail you.

Meet the man who designed the gorgeous Ford EcoSport
Ehab Kaoud takes you behind the scenes.

American biz body's wishlist to boost Indo-US trade to $500 billion
The USIBC calls for legislation and implementation of the plan that provides certainty in India's international tax treaties and investment structures.

Corporate houses in India may not get bank licences
Only 4-5 applicants could make the cut; India Post has little chance.

Bengaluru troubled by industrial unrest
Bengaluru's manufacturing sector has in the past few years witnessed one of its worst phases, thanks to labour unrest in the region's industrial hub.

Markets consolidate ahead of US Fed meet
The 30-share Sensex ended flat at 21,833 and 50-share Nifty gained 7 points at 6,524.

'India may become a water-scarce country by 2020'
Governments are increasingly putting pressure on industries to adopt best international

Motorola launches Moto X; price starts at Rs 23,999
It comes with dual core processor and 2GB RAM.

Apple to replace iPad 2 with upgraded iPad4
Apple Inc said it would offer an upgraded iPad 4 tablet in place of the mid-range iPad 2 at the same price.

March 18, 2014
BSE: Top gainers and losers
The 30-share Sensex ended up 12 points at 21,822 after touching a fresh intra-day high of 22,040.72 and the 50-share Nifty ended up 12 points at 6,517 after hitting a new intra-day high of 6,574.95.

Want tax benefits? Your relatives can be of help
Claim these last-minute tax savers and get better after-tax returns.

Why industrialist Pawan Ruia is cosying up to Narendra Modi
The performance of his business has moved in tandem with his connections to the ruling party.

How you can survive after MS pulls the plug on Windows XP
After support ends for Windows XP, Microsoft will stop patching vulnerabilities and updating the operating system (OS).

Are Indian drugs safe? US doctors worried over quality
Some US doctors are becoming concerned about the quality of generic drugs supplied by Indian manufacturers following a flurry of recalls and import bans by the Food and Drug Administration.

7 awesome small-cars coming soon to India
Country to witness spate of small and affordable auto launches in next 18 months.

UPA or BJP: Here's how to invest smartly during elections
Existing investors should not make any drastic changes in their portfolio at the onset of elections, say experts.

China to beat US in high-tech trade
Exports of high-tech products will grow more quickly than exports of other goods over the next 15 years as emerging Asia moves away from being a low-cost production hub for foreign brands and toward developing value-added local products, according to research from HSBC.

Challenges Modi will face to revive the economy
Narendra Modi may be able to fix India's ailing domestic economy, but it's the sorry state of world demand that will pose a bigger and more intractable challenge to the country's prime ministerial hopeful.

A tale of changing corporate colours
Chances are the logo would get even more colourful as its steps into new areas going forward.

Markets end flat on profit taking
Bench mark share indices ended marginally higher as investors booked profits at higher levels.

Working in govt projects frustrating, says Infosys
The Bengaluru-based company is currently engaged with around 20 projects in the government sector, including those of central government departments and state governments.

March 17, 2014
India Post's banking dream may not see light of the day
India Post will have to re-align its bloated staff well before getting transformed into a full fledged bank.

Tata Motors to soon reap the hard work put in by Karl Slym
The late leader transformed the company and his work will be reflected in time to come.

Now, Micromax brings its 'knight' in shining armour
This smartphone is promising in every way and its impressive package might even be the next technology breakthrough

25 cars you would love to drive!
With 100 new car models, the 84th Geneva Motor Show has a lot to offer for car enthusiasts.

King of fruits may not bring good times this year
Erratic climate damages crop, could lead to 40% drop in yield from major growing regions

This football field-sized airship can revolutionise travel
The aircraft can fly non-stop for up to 21 days without refuelling.

Indian CEOs root for Modi as next PM
Stalled projects top on priority list.

Heard of poll tourism? Find out what it is all about
Tour operators have gone a step ahead to introduce poll tourism in a bid to cash in on election fever.

12 ways India can revamp its creaky infrastructure
Twelve ways the new government can breathe life into the country's infrastructure agenda.

March 15, 2014
Revealed! Moto X to launch in India by March 20
The phone is expected to cost around Rs 25,000.

March 14, 2014
Sahara investors untraceable, but search empties Sebi coffers
In the high-profile case involving refund of over Rs 24,000 crore (Rs 240 billion) and additional interest of 15 per cent per annum, the Supreme Court had asked Saharas in August 2012 to submit all documents and refund money to Sebi for further repayments

BSE: Top gainers and losers
The Sensex closed at 21,810, up 35 points or 0.2% and the Nifty gained 11 points or 0.2% to close above the psychological 6,500 levels at 6,504.

The flu bug bit Google!
Researchers examined Google Flu Trend, which was designed to provide real-time monitoring of flu cases around the world based on Google searches that matched terms for flu-related activity.

Economy to grow at 5.5% in Q4, says Rangarajan
Retail inflation in February has come down to a 25-month low of 8.1 per cent.

India born Rajeev Suri may become Nokia's next CEO
Rajeev Suri, the head of Nokia's telecoms network equipment division, is likely to become the Finnish group's next chief executive following the sale of its handset business to Microsoft.

SC notice to Centre, Ranbaxy on plea for cancelling its licence
Agreeing to examine the allegations, a bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam, however, refused to pass any interim order for restraining the company from manufacturing drugs.

The man behind Quikr's success story
When Quikr.com, a Mumbai-based online and mobile classifieds firm, recently raised Rs 550 crore ($90 million) from foreign investors, the company drew attention like never before.

Lay-offs: When will the tide turn for India Inc's job market?
Blue chip Indian companies are letting go human resource to attain cost-efficiencies.

Some respite! Inflation eases to 9-month low of 4.68%
Food prices rose 8.12% year-on-year last month, slower than an annual rise of 8.80% in January.

7 most expensive bungalows sold in Mumbai
Mumbai's property market stumps you with eye-popping deals on heritage assets.

Visit Kerala's Technopark, the biggest IT hub in India
The IT hub, Technopark in the state capital Thiruvananthapuram is now the biggest IT park in India with a total built up area of 7.2 million square feet.

Another controversy haunts the Sahara parivar
Battling a long-drawn legal tussle with Sebi, conglomerate Saharas claim to have as many as 4,799 establishments under its fold, but its 'Chief Guardian and Managing Worker' Subrata Roy holds board seats on just a handful of registered group companies.

Secretive 24-year-old is world's youngest billionaire
A secretive 24-year-old woman tops the list.

Maruti Alto is the world's best selling small car
It beats popular cars such as Volkswagen Gold and Toyota Prius.

Tata Global's vision: Aggressive biz models, tie-ups overseas
Tata Global Beverages has set out on a journey to become a global leader in branded beverages through innovation, strategic acquisition and organic growth.

4 infra stocks that have become darlings of D-street
L&T, Engineers India, IRB Infra & VA Tech Wabag have strong balance sheets, beside good earnings visibility. And this makes them a favourite amongst the trader community.

Is employee attrition the biggest challenge for Infosys?
Senior exits and across the board attrition have started affecting the company's ability to grow business

Air India may re-induct 13 sacked flight attendants
Sacked staff say the were misled, have agreed to all guidelines put forth by the company.

Markets stage recovery; Sensex ends in green
L&T, ITC, Infosys and RIL among the top gainers.

March 13, 2014
Nokia to roll out X+, XL in Q2
Nokia India on Thursday announced to roll out Android-based smart phone 'X', with a price tag of Rs 8,599.

BSE: Top losers and gainers
The 30-share Sensex shed 82 points or 0.4% to close at 21,775 levels and the 50-share Nifty was down 24 points or 0.4% at 6,493.10 levels.

Murthy concerned over decline in Infosys' growth
The Infosys co-founder, who was brought back to head the firm in June last year, also expressed unhappiness over the laggard performance in the last two years.

Rajan unlikely to cut rates on April 1
Foreign brokerage HSBC said emergence of pleasing data and the likelihood of RBI holding its key rate on April 1, should not lead to believing that the rate tightening cycle is over.

Boeing in talks with India airlines on 737 MAX jet
This is an increase from a Boeing forecast last year of 1,450 new airplanes worth $175 billion.

No respite for Subrata Roy as SC denies bail
The hearing was adjourned to March 25.

Maruti drives in special edition Swift Dzire
The car is priced at Rs 686,000.

The thorn in India-US business ties
The challenge for India will be to ensure the law does not get out of step with the demands of a country that needs foreign investment and new technologies.

This iconic Mumbai bungalow likely to fetch Rs 280 crore
Mumbai may see the most expensive real estate deal mid this year.

Infosys paints gloomy outlook for Q4
Company's ADR fell 7% on Nasdaq after CEO Shibulal's comments.

Can Modi rescue the Indian economy?
Even if Narendra Modi comes to power, the revival of sustainable growth is far from certain.

Is India better than other fragile economies?
Among the 'Fragile Five' currencies as defined by Morgan Stanley, the rupee has emerged as the biggest gainer since August 28, 2013.

Infosys drags markets; Sensex sheds 82 points
IT major Infosys crashed 8.5 per cent to 3,357.50 on reports that the management expects sluggish growth in January-March quarter in the current financial year.

What went wrong with Tata Motors?
The company whose sales slumped 37 per cent in the nine months to December hopes to stem the tide with a slew of launches starting with the Zest and Bolt.

Why is Dalal steet influenced by upcoming elections?
Marketmen want to make the most of volatility caused due to elections.

Why wealthy Indian maharajas don't make it to billionaires' list
Little-known stories of royal families losing their wealth.

CEO denies Shiv Nadar selling stake in HCL Tech
Last month, a Wall Street Journal report said Nadar planned to sell his stake worth $10 billion (or about Rs 61,000 crore, based on Wednesday's stock price of Rs 1,458.95) and was scouting for potential buyers.

Why Indian managers are top draw for global companies
Humble attitude, capacity to adapt to complex situations make Indian managers much sought-after.

India to slash Iran oil imports
India, with the increases already made in the January-March loading plans from Iran, has to cut its purchases of the crude to about 110,000 barrels per day.

Big Pharma still betting on 'messed up' Indian drugs market
The two top foreign players, Abbott Laboratories and GlaxoSmithKline Plc, are actually stepping up investment into India.

Hyundai Xcent is cheaper than Maruti Dzire, Honda Amaze
This can spark off a price war.

Series: 'Next goverment's biggest challenge is to create jobs'
Our ways of working lack innovation and our thinking is bureaucratic. Policy paralysis will continue, Mudit Jain, executive director of DCW, told Rediff.com's in an exclusive interview on the Indian economy.

Many Sahara real estate projects still on drawing board
Of the 10 projects under Sahara City Homes, at least four -- in Ahmedabad (Gujarat), Aurangabad and Pune (Maharashtra) and Bareilly (Uttar Pradesh) -- have either not taken off or are stuck.

March 12, 2014
BSE: Top gainers and losers
The 30-share Sensex ended 30 points at 21,856 and the 50-share Nifty ended up 5 points at 6,517.

Hyundai launches Xcent sedan at an unbelievable price
The car starts at Rs 4.66 lakh.

Will this city be Australia's Silicon Valley or its Detroit?
Australia largely avoided the turmoil of the global financial crisis by leveraging Chinese demand for its abundant natural resources.

Sahara gets unsolicited offers for prized hotel assets
Embroiled in a major crisis back home, Indian conglomerate Sahara has got unsolicited

SPECIAL: How Yash Birla won one of life's toughest battles
On a Prayer is a book on Birla's journey from a state of oblivion to survival, where his deep belief in spirituality and his faith in true love act as a crutch for him to go on.

Has Subrata Roy's arrest hit sales at Q Shop?
Selling anything from packaged food to home appliances, these kiosk-like shops have sales of Rs 40,000-Rs 50,000 a month in a busy locality, with 25-30 customers a day.

World's 15 richest tech billionaires
While Bill Gates tops the billionaire charts, Mark Zuckerberg is this year's biggest gainer.

Debunking the Indian economy machine
The first of a 4-part article on how the Indian economy functions, and the problems it faces.

Will the Supreme Court release Subrata Roy?
The Supreme Court will hear Subrata Roy's plea against his detention on Thursday.

Gujarat's labour law not industry-friendly: Survey
The government of Gujarat has been projecting its industrial growth as a model for other states but it does not appear so industry-friendly in the number of labour laws one needs to comply with, shows a survey.

Deepika Padukone, the highest paid female brand endorser
Even after increasing her fees, the daughter of badminton star Prakash Padukone poses a challenge to Kareena Kapoor and Katrina Kaif.

Markets end flat ahead of Jan IIP, Feb CPI data
Markets end flat ahead as investors turned cautious and booked profits ahead of Jan IIP, Feb CPI data.

Reasons behind India's poor show in exports
The fall in exports is a product of poor policy from the RBI and laziness from the Centre.

Revealed! Datsun Go to be priced between Rs 3 and 3.8 lakh
The company had started bookings for the hatch for Rs 11,000.

Fitness trainers who keep Ambanis, Birlas, Piramals in shape
Billionaires pay trainers up to Rs 5,000 per hour to keep them in top physical shape.

14 Indians in WEF's Young Global Leaders class of 2014
Out of the 214 Young Global Leaders who were honoured for leadership and service to society, 109 are women.

Good news! SpiceJet, IndiGo offer huge discounts on tickets
In a bid to cash in on upcoming summer holiday season, low-cost carriers SpiceJet and IndiGo on Tuesday launched the fourth round of price war in the bleeding aviation sector, offering massive discounts on tickets.

NRIs on short trips barred from gold imports
Shipments to take further hit.

What's keeping the FIIs interested in India?
Foreign inflows into the equity market appear to be chasing the prospect of a supposed game-changing BJP election victory, with the party's strong performance in recent state elections boosting these hopes

Now, Sahara seeks truckloads of opinions
Sahara has asked its employees and associates to reach out to 12 million people and conduct a survey.

March 11, 2014
BSE: Top losers and gainers
The 30-share Sensex shed 108 points or 0.4% to close at 21,826 levels after hitting an intra-day low of 21772 and the 50-share Nifty recovered from its day's low of 6,494 to close at 6,512 levels, down 25 points or 0.4%.

Malaysia Airlines has one of Asia's best safety records
Malaysia Airlines, the operator of Flight MH370 that went missing en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on Saturday, has established a record as one of the Asia-Pacific's best full-service carriers in terms of safety and service.

Investing in stocks? Be smart, be safe!
Don't rush to buy or sell aggressively. At best, exit stocks and mutual funds performing badly if there are profits.

All-new Tata Aria launched at Rs 9.95 lakh
The new model is also more fuel efficient and returns 15.05 kmpl mileage.

Google's Nikesh Arora to get $3.5 mn bonus
Internet search giant Google's India-born Chief Business Officer Nikesh Arora will receive a bonus of $3.5 million, the highest amount paid to a top executive at the company for performance in fiscal year 2013.

Is the tide turning for cyclical stocks?
Analysts expect momentum to continue but say a progressive govt will be key

Why 'Post Bank of India' is not a workable idea
The prospect of India Post turning into a bank sounds like a capital idea, especially since we are talking about inclusive banking.

7 women make it to Fortune India's 40 under 40 list
The list comprises entrepreneurs and professionals aged 40 and less as of December 31, 2013.

What do India's Swiss banks do?
These companies are not registered with RBI or the Securities and Exchange Board of India, the key agencies regulating the financial markets.

The 10 most FUTURISTIC cities
Some cities today are using technology to fight crime by installing systems that can detect gun shots and biological weapons.

Coming soon: WagonR, Alto K10 with automatic gears
The AMT technology essentially allows a driver to drive both in a fully automatic mode or in a partially-automatic mode.

Is there hope for Maruti's protesting shareholders?
The question in Maruti's relationship with its parent company, Suzuki, is whether the Japanese company intends to treat its minority Indian shareholders fairly.

Indian market costliest among BRICS nations
Difference between India and other BRICS nations has increased recently as India heads into elections and investors hope the next five years will bring in growth

Over 50% jump in ticket rates for premium Jammu train
The booking of tickets for the Premium special train for Jammu on Monday drew a good response with the dynamic fare system in place for the same seeing a more than 50 per cent jump in the rates for AC-II and AC-III tickets.

Markets end low as investors book profits
Reliance Industries, HDFC Bank, Tata Steel, Sun Pharma and ITC were the top Sensex dragging the benchmark 93 points lower.

Daughters of India Inc honchos storm the male bastion
Leading political rallies or taking charge in boardrooms, the next-gen woman is taking it all in her stride.

Narrow escape for Subrata Roy's sons
Sushanto Roy and Seemanto Roy quit the board of Sahara India Real Estate Corp in Feb-Mar 2008; firm filed Red Herring Prospectus on March 13, 2008

March 10, 2014
Sahara fallout: Seaplane service to Aamby Valley put off
With Sahara India chief Subrata Roy behind bars, the country's first seaplane service from the megapolis to Aamby Valley City, which is run by the Sahara group, was today grounded for the time being.

Will UPA manage to implement Food Bill before elections?
If the government manages to deliver on Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's scheme of providing grains to the needy at nominal rates, it could mean an end malnutrition issues in rural areas.

Airlines to travel agents: Pay on time or face suspension
According to the new billing system, travel agents will have to make payment to airlines within seven days.

Nokia launches its first Android phone at Rs 8,599
The company will soon bring two more similar devices to the Indian market.

Why FIIs are in love with 'desi' stocks
Foreign institutional investors which were net sellers in till Feb have started buying shares in Indian market.

Renting an elephant in Kerala? Pay Rs 4.5 lakh a day!
Demand-supply mismatch and diverse govt regulations have sent the price soaring for renting an elephant in Kerala.

Mumbai is the cheapest city in the world, Delhi ranks 3
The inequality between the rich and the poor keeps wages and prices low.

Pre-election markets are likely to stay positive
The metal might see-saw between $1,200 and $1,400. A breakout beyond either of these limits could result in a decisive trend.

Domestic car sales rise 1.39% in February
Vehicle sales across categories registered an increase of 4.99 per cent to 15,23,693 units from 14,51,263 units in February 2013.

What India should do to improve its global image
The more globally integrated the economy becomes, the more this inefficiency costs us, in terms of foregone export opportunities because of higher costs and more expensive imports.

Were international gold prices manipulated?
The metal might see-saw between $1,200 and $1,400. A breakout beyond either of these limits could result in a decisive trend.

How a Rs 3,70,00,00,00,000 mountain rose against Sahara
That's the amount payable by the Sahara group firms, according to Sebi's latest statement

Sensex edges to record high, closes at 21,935
Markets ended flat as gains in cyclicals helped offset losses in defensive sectors.

Mumbai airport plans Rs 1,600-crore upgrade
Metro link, T2 terminal expansion, taxiway and underground tunnel proposed.

The 5 FITTEST CEOs in India
Whether it's running a 42- km marathon or a grinding rally drive, these men take exertions in their stride.

IMAGES: The making of salt in India
India is the third largest producer of salt in the world after the US and China.

Is this a good time to buy a car?
The government seems to have come to the rescue of potential car buyers.

March 09, 2014
Why India Inc needs to be cautious while dealing with China
Since 2009, the average volatility of the yuan has been just a bit over one per cent, with a high of under three per cent.

Sahara case: A classic example of slippages by authorities
The Sahara case reveals that, in today's environment, court intervention is what makes a major difference.

March 08, 2014
Kejriwal takes aim at Modi's economic model
Gujarat CM had denied an audience with AAP chief.

Will Sahara be forced to sell some of its big assets?
With Sebi insisting on getting cash payment of Rs 20,000 crore and interest, it might have to put some of these assets on sale.

Is he the mystery man behind the controversial Bitcoin currency?
Here's the father of the world's first digital currency.

Indian women hesitate to ask for salary hikes, promotions
Indian women still hesitate in asking for promotions and pay raises, unlike men,

March 07, 2014
Has Bihar's growth rate halved in past one year?
Quoting from the report of Central Statistics Office, the former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi said that Bihar's growth rate has reduced to half at 8.82 per cent

Women's Day: Jet, GoAir slash prices
The national carrier Air India is mulling an all-women crew flight.

BSE: Top gainers and losers
The 30-share Sensex ended up 406 points at 21,924 after touching an intra-day high of 21,919 and the 50-share Nifty ended up 126 points at 6,526 after hitting an intra-day high of 6,538.

Proportion of Indian women in senior rank below global average
The representation of Indian women in senior company positions remains a cause of concern at 14 per cent, below the global average.

Samsung wins the court battle against Apple
Judge rejected Apple's request for a permanent sales ban in the US against some older Samsung smartphones.

Is the Facebook-WhatsApp deal under threat?
WhatsApp has stated that it does not intend to collect user data for advertising purposes.

Flickr co-founder hits another gold mine
Caterina Fake, the CEO, believes that there is still space for social networking apps.

New bank licences in a few weeks, says Rajan
The RBI is expected to issue only a few bank licences after completing due diligence.

Reviving the economy: What the next government should do
The new government will have to start by addressing some key policy concerns, says , and draws up a checklist.

How Google plans to encourage more women entrepreneurs
The efforts, a part of '#40 Forward' programme under Google for Entrepreneurs', are aimed at finding new ways to advance female entrepreneurs.

These women CEOs bagged the highest salaries
In the male-dominated corporate world, these brilliant women have proved their mettle and made a big difference.

India Inc's pride: Meet 10 powerful women leaders
Modern Indian women have come a long way from playing the stereotypical role of a housewife to donning the roles of CEOs in leading Indian and foreign companies.

SC rejects Sahara proposal, Roy to remain in Tihar Jail
The company wanted to pay off the depositors' money in instalments.

Top 5 Android tablets under Rs 10,000
Take a look at the top-five tablets under Rs 10,000.

10 things that even millionaires can't afford to buy
Millionaires would be proud of the money in the bank, but there are a handful of things that are still beyond your reach

FIIs lift markets to new heights, Sensex nearly at 22,000
The Sensex and the Nifty ended at fresh closing highs led by banks and index heavyweight RIL.

The 10 most influential women in tech world
These women may not have founded the current-day tech giants but they surely have made them successful.

Two Indians among world's richest women
Two Indian women - Savitri Jindal and Indu Jain - have made it to the Forbes list of the world's billionaires that saw a record number of women this year.

India's HIGHEST paid women CEOs
Here's a look at some who have made a name for themselves through sheer grit and hard work.

Datsun GO: Big car at a small price
The four-wheeler appears costlier than it is.

March 06, 2014
US seeks 'talk and trade' to rebuild India ties
Rows over drug patents, solar panels and software piracy have blighted relations of late.

India to have 4th highest number of billionaires by 2023
India is projected to be home to the fourth highest number of billionaires in the world by 2023.

Loud and clear: Perform or quit, says Air India to staff
In a bid to lower its staff cost, Air India has started sacking under-performing employees. The civil aviation ministry has made it clear to the national carrier to cut down unwanted expenditure in order to get government's support.

Why India must employ half a million ethical hackers
Several organisations have had to repent for not deploying ethical or white hat hackers to test their internal and external technology infrastructure for vulnerabilities which could be exploited.

The 30 HIGHEST paid CEOs in India
You won't believe the compensation Indian CEOs get!

America's biggest swindler stripped of MBA degree
This is the first time the Stanford Graduate School of Business has revoked a graduate's degree.

High charges on spectrum, petroleum: Who benefits from this?
The author examines whether government levies on these critical inputs are beneficial or detrimental.

Buying a home? Beware of fancy claims the agent makes
While buying a property, never trust an estate agent fully. Be doubly sure of the amenities before making any down payment.

Coming soon: Nokia's Android phone in India at Rs 8,500
Nokia's much-awaited Android-based 'Nokia X' will be available in India from March 15, as the Finnish firm takes head-on the likes of Samsung and Micromax to grab a share of the burgeoning affordable smartphone market.

Here's a quick fix to resolve RIL's natural gas pricing issue
RIL is keen to hike gas price from April 2014 but due to some technical glitches, it may not be able to pass on burden of high production cost to customers.

Sahara urgently tries to free chief in bond case
Roy was receiving the same treatment as other inmates, the only privilege being that he gets a bed as he is over 60 years of age.

India is the most difficult country to do business in: Study
The study also pegs India as the country having highest external political risks.

March 05, 2014
Current account deficit narrows sharply to $4.2 bn in Q3
The lower CAD was primarily on account of a decline in the trade deficit.

Advocate who threw ink on Subrata Roy sent to Tihar jail
The lawyer, who threw black ink at Sahara Group chief Subrata Roy in the Supreme Court premises on Tuesday, was today sent to Tihar jail by a Delhi court after

Micromax launches octa-core smartphone for Rs 19,999
The device has a MediaTek 2GHz tru octa-core processor with 2GB RAM and has a 5-inch full high definition display.

Catch them young: Four money saving habits you should teach your kids
Parents should more often talk about financial planning with their children. This will boost saving habit in them at an early age.

Premji, Murthy among world's tech billionaires
Thanks to the technology boom, the Forbes global rich list has a record 123 billionaires including six Indians who made fortunes from technology ventures.

How India can fire itself back to high growth
Fix agriculture to target food inflation, create labour-intensive manufacturing to target the current account deficit, and fiscal restructuring can target the infrastructure deficit.

Honda Mobilio: The biggest car launch of this year
The major rivals of the car include Maruti Ertiga, Chevrolet Enjoy, and Mahindra Xylo.

India must call the US' bluff on patents
The recent US-India friction over trade is being driven by Big Pharma.

Is Reliance 'stealing' gas from ONGC's block?
State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) has written to the Oil Ministry seeking

7 gorgeous mini-SUVs that will soon hit Indian roads
Maruti, Mahindra, Tata are all planning to come up with competitor of Ford Ecosport.

Warren Buffett tells you how to become rich
New entrepreneurs and investment gurus can never miss out on Buffet's tips on investment.

Haven't filed tax returns? You still have time
If belated returns are not filed till March 2014 and there is no outstanding tax, you can be charged a penalty of Rs 5,000.

Petrol cars from M&M, Tata soon
M&M is working on petrol engine while Tata is set to introduce petrol option in Bolt and Zest.

Deutsche sets Sensex target at 24,000 by December
The Sensex is likely to scale 24,000 mark by December-end on receding chances of a fractured verdict in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, lower inflation and improving global risk appetite, German brokerage Deutsche Securities said on Tuesday.

No goof-up in note printing, says RBI
New notes bearing signature of former Governor D Subbarao are legal tender and the process of changing signature is underway

March 04, 2014
Humiliating experience for Subrata Roy at Supreme Court
Sahara Chief Subrata Roy was on Tuesday ordered to remain in custody for a week in Delhi by the Supreme Court which was unhappy over the proposal his group on the refund of investors' money as it has not come up with any concrete proposal.

5 pearls of wisdom from Buffett's 2014 letter to investors
Advice from Oracle of Omaha's to shareholders.

Mukesh Ambani's wealth sinks
Business tycoon Mukesh Ambani may have retained his title as India's richest person for 7th year in a row, but his place among the world's richest people has dropped to lowest in eight years.

Subrata Roy to sleep on the floor at Tihar, eat jail food
Sahara chief Subrata Roy, who was sent in judicial custody for a week in Delhi by the Supreme Court today, will be kept in high-security Tihar prison where he will sleep on the floor and eat jail food like an ordinary prisoner.

India's richest people, Mukesh Ambani is No 1
India ranks fifth in the global rich list with 89 billionaires.

Is this the end of the road for Subrata Roy?
Subrata Roy, the self-styled managing worker of Sahara India Pariwar, India's biggest private-sector employer, will appear before the Supreme Court on Tuesday after spending the weekend in custody at a government nature-reserve guest house.

The rise of new rich and powerful in UP, Bihar
From northern backwaters, a new business elite emerges

Should investors expect optimism on D-Street before elections
If the outcome of the elections is as expected, markets, which have lost hope on the government, will start discounting a brighter future

Bangalore's pride: India's first electric bus
In a move to make Bangalore a greener and cleaner city, the state-run Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) will operate a swanky electric bus on a trial basis for three months.

Mystery shrouds Subrata Roy's movement to Delhi
No one knows when and how the powerful corporate giant was actually carted from Lucknow's state forest guest house.

To cut cost, Infy to use more offshore sites
Infosys is now testing with five or six global clients

Bill Gates regains 'world's richest man' title
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has regained the title of the world's richest man in the Forbes magazine's annual billionaire list.

March 03, 2014
RBI extends deadline for exchanging pre-2005 notes
The Reserve Bank granted an additional nine months for the public to exchange currency notes printed before 2005, including Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denominations.

Maruti chief clarifies on royalty payment to Suzuki
Shares of Maruti Suzuki tanked over 5 percent last week on concerns related to its plant in Gujrat. However, its chairman says, company will deliver good results in ensung quarters.

TCS, Wipro spend crores on US lobbying in 2013
The two company spent about over Rs 3.15 crore.

India tightens checks to curb gold smuggling
The move could aggravate shortages in the physical market as authorities seize gold without a valid provenance.

Two top execs quit Microsoft after Nadella takes charge
In the biggest management reshuffle at Microsoft Corp since Satya Nadella took over as its chief executive, two top executives, Tony Bates and Tami Reller, will leave the company while a former Clinton family aide will become its chief strategy officer, according to media reports.

These are the benefits of keeping your bank account active
An employee should always keep his bank account active inorder to claim PPF after he joins a new office.

6 upcoming competitors of Maruti Ertiga, Toyota Innova
Automakers are betting big on utility vehicles as buyers will soon graduate from small cars to premium ones.

Foxed by ghost investors, Sebi seeks foreign help in Sahara case
The market regulator is seeking help from its peers in Mauritius, the UK and the US to solve the high-profile money laundering case involving Sahara chief Subrata Roy.

Snapdeal's lessons from eBay
In its race to climb up the charts in e-tailing revenues, it is picking new revenue streams that others are yet to adopt, for example, carrying ads

Cities that saw the highest rise and fall in realty prices
Even as demand in the real estate market remains sluggish, Delhi and Mumbai have recoded property price appreciation of 33.3 per cent and 22.65 per cent, respectively.

Cars that Ambanis, Godrej, Birla, Mallya love to drive
From custom-made luxury sedans to fast and furious supercars, India's billionaires rule the roads

The little big men who made Modi's big day
A handful of entities provided the platform for Narendra Modi to unveil his governance agenda.

Think before you go shopping: The taxman is watching
Database planned to capture more individual purchases, reduce tax evasion

March 01, 2014
K M Abraham the man who put Sahara on notice
Abraham, a 1982 Kerala cadre IAS officer, investigated Sahara during his tenure as whole-time member at Sebi.

March 0, 2014
K M Abraham the man who put Sahara on notice
Abraham, a 1982 Kerala cadre IAS officer, investigated Sahara during his tenure as whole-time member at Sebi.

February 28, 2014
Subrata Roy's police custody is more like 'house arrest'
It was tough to say if Roy was in police custody or vice versa.

Petrol, diesel prices hiked again
Petrol price hiked by 60 paise per litre, diesel by 50 paise.

Religious heads should educate masses on climate change
It is difficult to predict whether religious organisations can mobilise enough global public pressure to minimise perils of global warming.

India's GDP disappoints with 4.7% growth in Dec quarter
December's figure was the seventh successive quarter of economic growth below 5 per cent.

RBI may not raise rates on April 1 policy review: BNP Paribas
According to the financial services major, the recent decline in inflation, driven largely by food prices, gives the RBI room to pause monetary tightening.

'Long term view on India remains optimistic'
Jain was honoured by the Jewish Museum at its annual high-profile gala here as a tribute to his personal and professional relationships with the city's Jewish community.

AAP's charges over Singapore deals false, defamatory: RIL
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has sought an investigation into deals in which privately held companies of Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) Chairman Mukesh Ambani received Rs 6,530 crore (Rs 65.30 billion) through a multi-level transaction routed through two companies in Singapore.

Sebi-Sahara case: A saga of big numbers and innocuous names
The high-profile saga -- which on Friday saw the arrest of flamboyant Sahara group chief Subrata Roy, who calls himself 'Managing Worker' of his business empire -- has seen many dramatic events along the way.

SC declines to recall non-bailable warrant against Subrata Roy
The Supreme Court on Friday declined to hear Sahara chief Subrata Roy's plea for recall of the non-bailable warrant (NBW) issued by it against him in a contempt case.

Govt approves 100% DA, Rs 1,000 minimum monthly pension
The move will benefit 50 lakh (5 million) employees and 30 lakh (3 million)

How the UPA killed the Indian economy
looks back at the tragedy of errors that has landed the once buoyant Indian economy in its worst mess in recent times.

Can dollar come to the rescue of India Inc?
Net profit of FMCG, IT and pharma firms was up 33 per cent in the third quarter, accounting for nearly half of India Inc's profits ex-financials and oil.

How Modi plans to eradicate poverty, push growth
The Gujarat chief minister tells business leaders he will focus on poverty removal, jobs while pushing growth.

Subrata Roy to be in police custody till March 4
Over seven hours after he was arrested, Sahara Chief Subrata Roy was produced in a court here which directed the UP police to keep him in custody till March 4 when he will be produced before Supreme Court.

Car buyers refuse to bite excise carrot
Price reduction by auto buyers leads to only a marginal rise in enquiry level.

Can Subrata Roy escape from being arrested?
Having offered unconditional apology to SC, Subrata Roy can now try convincing apex court why he failed to appear before it

Markets end at five-week highs ahead of Q3 GDP data
Markets gained for the fifth straight session to end at five-week highs led by TCS, Tata Motors and pharma shares.

I am not absconding; ready to follow SC order: Subrata Roy
In a dramatic turn of events, Sahara chief Subrata Roy on Friday said he is not absconding from arrest and is ready to "unconditionally follow" whatever direction

IMAGES: How this tribe catches illegal gold miners
The Munduruku tribe in the Amazon searches for and expels illegal gold miners encroaching on their land.

Next one year is the most crucial for WTO trade talks
With the Bali deal settled, countries should now focus on long pending issues such as market access and reduction in green goods tariff

Exciting car launches from Maruti this year
Among these will be all-new Swift and Dzire.

World's 10 best luxury trains
These 10 spectacular trains promise the most exciting and luxurious journeys through historic places, rocky mountains, forests, deserts and even snowcapped landscapes.

Shatabdi speed to go up to 160 km on select routes
The Railways is gearing up to run Shatabdi Express at 160 km per hour speed to reduce travel time between Delhi-Agra and Delhi-Chandigarh by the year-end.

'Smartphone sales growth to slow down to 8.3% by 2017'
The fall is unlikely to be offset by burgeoning demand for smart devices in emerging countries like India and China, IDC said.

Corruption still widespread in India, says US report
According to the report, though the law provides criminal penalties for official corruption, the Indian government did not implement the law effectively.

Sensex seen touching 22,000 level before elections
The 30-stock index is 496.75 points away from its all-time peak of 21,483.74 hit on December 9, 2013.

India's growth declined to 4.8% from 8.4% under UPA: Modi
The Gujarat chief minister said economic growth should be inclusive, speedy and yet sustainable.

Sahara employees repose faith in company
It was business as usual at Sahara Sahar, the sprawling estate in the posh Gomti Nagar area, where Roy's residence and the Group's corporate communication wing are located.

February 27, 2014
Infosys to dole out promotions every quarter
The country's second-largest software services company, which has trailed peers Tata Consultancy Services and Cognizant on growth, is also looking at weeding out non-performers to improve efficiency.

Rural consumers spending more than urban peers
Cities have also see a decline in the savings rate.

Govt spends Rs 3.65 to deliver foodgrain worth Re 1!
The IEO, which has been entrusted to assess public programmes, has found that 57 per cent of the subsidised foodgrains distributed in Delhi, do not reach the target group

'Instant messaging Apps firms should be regulated'
WhatsApp had recently announced that it would start offering voice service by June this year. Social networking site Facebook had already announced acquisition of WhatsApp by $19 billion.

Police raid Sahara chief's home, does not find him
Supreme Court issued non-bailable warrant against Subrata Roy on Wednesday.

Hyundai launches new Verna variants loaded with features
The automatic transmission is now available on the mid-level Verna 1.6 petrol SX AT and the Verna 1.6 diesel SX AT.

Child Restraint System in cars compulsory from Oct 1
The system is much like a racing harness found in performance oriented cars.

Maruti to drive in the gorgeous Ciaz this Sept
The car will also have automatic transmission.

Modi asks small traders to compete with big retailers
The Opposition party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Thursday said India's millions of family-owned traders must learn to work with large modern shops and online retailers, in comments that could signal a shift in thinking.

Buying Life insurance policies to save tax? Read this!
People in their quest to save tax usually end up buying a lot of unwanted insurance products.

Onion price rises 50% in 2 weeks
The off-spot prices were Rs 3.50 a kg two weeks before, with farmers planning to dump on the road instead of selling in mandis.

Online card transactions: Top 10 safety tips
Be it an e-commerce transaction, booking tickets online or availing a service, online transactions has its intrinsic advantages of saving time and convenience.

Maruti seeks to allay investors' fears over Gujarat plant
Elaborating on the pricing formula of cars produced by Maruti Suzuki at its facilities in Haryana, the company said it marked up the cost of production of the car to generate profits.

VCs are betting big on radio taxi services
Five deals worth $30 million had taken place in 2013 against $7 million in 2012.

Shiv Nadar biography shelved before publication
The book was scheduled to hit the stands in October 2013 but has since been aborted.

HSBC taps ex-Homeland Security agent for anti money-laundering role
Daniel Wager, who helped investigate HSBC for the federal agency, joined the HSBC's anti-money laundering team last November as a senior vice-president.

India's shame: The nexus between govt and businessmen
India's government is increasingly for, of and by its biggest businessmen.

Malls want brands to end deep discounts online
Of the country's total retail market size of $500 billion, the e-commerce industry accounts for $3.1 billion (excluding travel).

Cities where you can live life to the fullest
European cities offer the best quality of life.

Now, sea planes to fly from Mumbai to Lonavala!
For Mumbai's corporate honchos, who drive up to about 120 km on weekends to enjoy a game of golf in the plush Aamby Valley, near Lonavala, there is now an alternative.

'Beach row' continues, as Vinod Khosla keeps California surfers away
When Vinod Khosla bought the Martin's beach property he put up a gate with a sign that said, 'Beach closed, keep out'. Ritu Jha reports from California.

10 things you need to know about the Sahara row
On Feb 26, SC issued an arrest warrant against Subrata Roy after he failed to turn up in court for hearing

Infosys to give 5-7% salary hikes in FY15
Much below expected 10-12%; experts say attrition might increase.

It's just not Shibu, by 2015 Infy to have a new board of directors
For the first time since its inception over thirty years ago, these exits will lead the company to have a non-founder CEO.

Air India joins fare war, offers up to 30% discount
The booking for tickets under the will start from Thursday and would continue till March 1.

February 26, 2014
BSE: Top gainers and losers
At close on Wednesday, the 30-share Sensex was up 135 points at 20,987, while the Nifty-50 had increased by 39 points at 6,238.80.

Gold imports rise again, reach 38 tonnes in Jan
Gold imports rose in December to 25 tonnes, higher than 19 tonnes in the previous month, mainly on account of wrong interpretation of the RBI's 80:20 scheme, sources said.

ED attaches Saradha Group assets
The attached assets included buildings, bank accounts and landed properties held in the name of Saradha group and its directors.

Cong messed with power sector, ushered in the dark age: Modi
Addressing a rally, Modi alleged that artificial shortage of coal is being created in the country.

Modi win unlikely to boost growth, says Moody's Analytics
The economy is unlikely to accelerate much in 2014 though the downside risks have receded in recent months with falling inflation and a narrower current account deficit, he said, adding there is no sign of a lift in the real economy.

Pay hike to be 10% this year, lowest since 2009
In 2013, the average salary increase was 10.2 per cent while in 2009, it was 6.6 per cent.

India's smartphone sales surge to 44 mn in 2013
Smartphone shipments stood at 16.2 million in 2012.

Ailing mother stops Subrata from appearing in SC; faces arrest
The Supreme Court on Wednesday has issued a non-bailable warrant against Sahara chief Subrata Roy for his failure to appear in court.

What is wrong with Nissan X-trail, 370Z?
Though the two cars were competitive, the lack of a badge led to their dwindling sales.

Why Indian cities are unlivable
Governance structures have left municipalities uniquely incapable of developing efficient delivery and planning mechanisms.

Recovery? Economy probably grew only 4.9% in Dec quarter
That is a shadow of the close-to-double-digit growth rates in recent years.

30 most powerful cars of all time
Each of this beast come with at least 690 horsepower.

Why prolonged discounts by retailers backfire
While footfalls have fallen after the long period of discounts, retail chains are being forced to continue selling discounted merchandise, as new stock is yet to arrive.

Obama plans twin manufacturing hubs to create more jobs
US President Barack Obama has announced setting up of manufacturing hubs in Michigan and Chicago, asserting that he wanted the next big job-creating discovery to be made in America.

US consumers demand higher caratage of gold
Indian jewellery exporters see a ray of hope as the country opts for more carats.

Brand IPL still rules unchallenged
According to the report, published on Tuesday, the event's prize money of $4.2 million is much more than the combined prize money of all other sports leagues in the country.

Sensex ends at one-month high on February F&O expiry
Benchmark indices increased for the fourth consecutive day amidst volatile trading and expiry of the Feb F&O contracts.

UPA's economic legacy: Good, bad or ugly?
UPA failed to undertake economic, social and administrative reforms to strengthen India's long-term development potential.

For fast-food chains, revenues are a click away
Quick-service restaurants are encouraging orders through apps and sites to benefit both brand and user.

BJP goes digital to spread NaMo chant
The BJP targets 160 seats for cyber coverage through social media, via multi-tasking volunteers; claims good response.

Be ready to shell out more for better bank services
Changes in regulations and the imminent enforcement of some long-standing regulations are pushing up the cost for banks apart from the general cost inflation.

Done for a while, says Zuckerberg on new acquisitions
Calling WhatsApp as a great fit in its plans to connect the next five billion, Mark Zuckerberg said the buyout is 'worth more than $19 billion.'

February 25, 2014
AirAsia offers half-a-million free tickets on select routes
The bookings under the offer, which commenced on Monday, can be made till March 2 and will go on till March 2 for the travel period from October 1 to April 30 next year,

World's fastest car beats Bugatti Veyron
Venom GT is a stretched Lotus Exige with a 7.0-litre, 927kW twin-turbo V8 wedged between its axles.

Maintaining Windows XP after Apr 8 may cost Rs 1,190 crore/year
Windows XP -- launched in October 2001 -- is three generations behind the latest operating system Windows 8, that was launched in October 2012.

Sahara Group case opens can of worms
The transactions between entities of Sahara Group show loopholes in regulation that can be exploited to fool investors and launder money.

Series: 'US economy needs to improve for India to turn around'
The Indian economy is sinking but everyone's busy leading the high life, no one's worried, says veteran economist Ashok Mitra, in an interview to Rediff.com's Indrani Roy.

There is more to UBI's problems than Infosys' software
While a serious damage to the banking system and the economy has been averted, the episode brings in front the hollowness of the reporting structure in banking.

Status update: WhatsApp now a chapter in Facebook
While Facebook and WhatsApp have promised both the entities will not be merged anytime soon and that the latter will remain "independent" and advertisement-free, it is hard to believe there will be no changes to a service that could boost Facebook's mobile numbers immensely.

Hyundai Santa Fe: Gorgeous, powerful and loaded with features
The crossover is not just a good looker - it combines beauty with power.

Samsung launches Galaxy S5 with fingerprint scanner
Samsung launches Galaxy S5 with fingerprint scanner.

'Track gold miners' stocks to predict price trends'
The price of gold has risen 10.63 per cent this year -- from $1,205.65 an ounce at the beginning of the year to $1,333.9 on Monday.

Low-cost airlines start holiday bonanza
SpiceJet says tickets in three day sale will be 75 per cent lower than last minute purchase fares.

Range Rover Sport: The best off-roader, a really fast sport car
The machine is engineered to perfection.

Must-read: How to protect your handset from hackers
Here are some ways of hacking mobile phones and ways to protect your handset.

Volatile markets end in the positive
Upmove in IT heavyweights, ITC and HDFC counters aided the gains in today's trade.

Why Powai is a hotspot for IT start-ups
The locality, home to IIT-Bombay and the National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), is steadily attracting fledgling entrepreneurs for purposes of both work and residence.

Apple wants to open own stores in India
The company seeks easing of sourcing norms for retail FDI; govt unwilling to make exception.

February 24, 2014
Will fight inflation at any cost, says Rajan
Rajan also expressed hope that a stable government after the Lok Sabha elections will continue the broad fiscal policies of the current regime and India may finally get the

BSE: Top gainers and losers
The 30-share Sensex ended up 111 points to end at 20,811 and the 50-share Nifty ended up 31 points at 6,186.

Nissan to discontinue sales of X-Trail SUV and 370Z coupe
Nissan currently imports X-Trail and 370Z coupe as completely built unit.

Revealed! Nokia's Android smartphones range
Targeted at fast growing low-cost smartphone markets like India, Nokia launched the much anticipated Android-based smartphones starting at Rs 7,600.

Bajaj to launch four-wheel vehicle but it's not a car
It's got four wheels and seatbelts but the creator of India's first quadricycle would rather not call it a car.

Microsoft wants Karbonn, Xolo to make low-cost Windows phone
The sub-$100 smartphone market is dominated by Google's Android operating system, which has lower licensing costs, and runs cheaper hardware.

Facebook CEO riding high after WhatsApp deal
It's a twist that is sure to have some telecom bosses in Barcelona gritting their teeth.

8 exciting mid-size sedans you can soon buy in India
The auto space will soon sizzle with these executive cars.

Meet key members of the Reliance Jio team
With the latest spectrum acquisition, the telecom venture would be the holder of the largest quantum of liberalised spectrum.

Personal loans: Should you go to banks or NBFCs?
With the difference between lending rates of banks and NBFCs narrowing, base your choice on urgency of requirement.

Facebook spends a fortune to recover younger users
For some time, the behemoth social networking website Facebook has been plagued by reports that it is losing its edge with younger users.

How prudent states helped in curbing India's fiscal deficit
Had the states not fulfilled their commitment on fiscal consolidation, the overall fiscal deficit would have widened.

Good news for air travelers: SpiceJet slashes fares by 75%
The bookings under the 'Super Summer Sale' offer will remain open till Wednesday mid-night.

Equity outlook: Indian markets set for new highs
Barring the two events of elections and the Fed taper, the markets are well poised to show gradual improvement.

India's growth: How the 'dream team' failed miserably
If P Chidambaram's Budget speech was an hour-long attempt at presenting his government's and his own record in a good light - as he is perfectly entitled to do - such a "marketing" effort invites the recounting of an alternative retelling of the record.

Gold likely to touch Rs 31,500 around polls
A gold bull market this year or the next is highly unlikely.

Sensex rises 111 points to end at 1-month closing high
Markets ended near their one-month closing highs with capital goods and financial shares leading the pack.

Now, tour around Taj Mahal sitting in your living room!
For the first time, Google has brought 360-degree online imagery of iconic Indian heritage sites through the Google Trekker technology.

Daana Paani: Visit this unique food court!
CHD Developers has opened its biggest food court aptly named 'Daana Paani' at their integrated township, CHD City in Karnal, Haryana.

How a Kolkata company mints money from scrap leather
A factory in Kolkata turns scrap leather into nitrogenous fertiliser.

World's largest solar power plant has a Google connection
One of the world's largest solar projects, which uses heat from the sun to generate power in California, opened on Thursday but may be the last of its kind in The Golden State.

India's corporate investment at decade's low
Capital expenditure by private companies halved in FY13 from that in FY08; households put more money into gold, houses.

India set to take on US over probe into IPR laws
To deny visa to trade officials planning to scrutinise country's trade and industrial practices.

February 21, 2014
Tata Motors cuts prices of all vehicles
The price reduction across passenger vehicles is in the range of Rs 6,300 to Rs 69,000.

Nadella wants Microsoft to reinvent itself
Microsoft needs to become a company where people find deep meaning at work, said Nadella.

Why did Chidambaram shut down New Delhi?
The economic logic - and political reasons - behind the giant shift of spending power to the states

IT, pharma sectors likely to be backbone of Telangana
Global IT giants such as FaceBook, Google, IBM and Microsoft have a base in Hyderabad.

Yash Birla's business in deep trouble
Court cases, investigations, dwindling sales and fall in market capitalisation could make recovery a tough challenge.

World risks era of slow growth, high unemployment
Sweeping reforms are urgently needed to boost productivity and lower barriers to trade if the world is to avoid a new era of slow growth and stubbornly high unemployment.

Ford India cuts prices by up to Rs 1.07 lakh
The reductions will be applicable across Ford Figo, Ford Classic, Ford EcoSport, Ford Fiesta and the Ford Endeavour.

SPECIAL: How to make the agriculture growth story sustainable
There is no doubt that agricultural gross domestic product may grow by 4.6 per cent this year.

Investors give thumbs up to Facebook for buying WhatsApp
There was more interest in the social networking's stock that closed 2.3 per cent higher.

Indian economy resilient to external shocks, says IMF
It will take a period of time to recover back to the higher levels that India enjoyed in previous years, IMF director said.

India's defence spend lowest since 1962 war
The Air Force will see its funding slashed, endangering its plan to buy 126 French Rafale medium multi-role combat aircraft.

RBI will need to keep raising interest rate
Inflation in India is going to be a persistent problem.

Chevrolet launches all-new Beat at lower prices
The facelift now begins at Rs 399,000.

Facebook likes WhatsApp: Will the deal work wonders?
For now, one can only speculate on what led Facebook to its decision, which seems to go well beyond the financials.

This is how iconic bourbon whiskey is made
The Blue Grass region of Kentucky is home to the distilleries, which make about 9 out of every 10 bottles of bourbon.

Will Prem Watsa's magic work in India?
Hyderabad-born Prem Watsa, the founder, chairman and chief executive of Toronto-based Fairfax Financial Holdings, is often called the Warren Buffett of Canada for his ability to spot investment opportunities ahead of others and turn around non-performing enterprises.

Sensex stages pulls back; ends 164 points higher
The sentiment got a boost from a survey which indicated a brisk recovery in the US manufacturing activity sparking off a rally in Asian market.

Audi to drive in its cheapest sedan A3
It is expected to be priced around Rs 25 lakh.

5 awesome sedans that will launch in India soon
If you planning to buy Swift Dzire or Honda Amaze, postpone your purchase.

IMF punches holes in India's growth revival story
It says RBI may have to continue raising rates; prescribes floating sovereign bonds, going for NRI forex swaps again.

February 20, 2014
BSE: Top losers and gainers
The 30-share BSE Sensex shed 0.9% or 186 points at 20,536 while the 50-unit NSE Nifty was off 1% or 61 points at 6,091.

7,200 km of state roads to be turned into highways soon!
About 10,000 km of state highways were declared national highways during the last 10 years.

Amazing rags-to-riches story of WhatsApp founder Jan Koum
With Facebook acquiring WhatsApp, its co-founders - Jan Koum and Brian Acton - have become billionaires and stars of technology world.

World's best cities for young people; Mumbai ranks 16
Youth are at the centre of urbanisation. They add energy, vibrancy, creativity and digital age talent to cities.

Airtel gets Mumbai edge with Loop buy
The telco, being one of the first operators in the circle, has a strong base of high-value subscribers; Airtel could leverage that for its top-end services.

Hawala premiums for gold smuggling shoot up to 4%
The stringent curbs on gold imports has resulted in a huge flow of smuggled gold, being financed by buying dollars from the hawala market.

Will the Facebook-WhatsApp deal pay off?
No algorithm based on terrestrial mathematics can make Facebook's WhatsApp deal compute.

Tech brands lock horns with e-com firms over 'predatory' pricing
Earlier this month, retail associations across the country held a meeting with the hardware manufacturers industry body -- MAIT -- to raise the issue of undercutting prices.

Bonanza for central govt staff likely
The Centre is expected to increase the dearness allowance by 10% to 100% by the end of February.

China PMI, US Fed minutes drag Sensex 180 points down
Macro-economic data from China and minutes of the US Federal Reserve's last meeting caused the turmoil as stocks tumbled around the globe.

Architectural marvels: 13 mind blowing skyscrapers
Buildings that are challenging architectural norms.

Interim budget is not a mathematical jugglery: FM
Finance Minister P Chidamabaram has challenged BJP's Prime Ministerial nominee and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to face the press with his views on the economy.

Series: It will take three years for economic growth to pick up
It will take more than three years to restart economic growth provided the new government, in all earnestness, brings in reforms right from the beginning, says . Continuing our series on the state of the Indian economy.

Modi to bat for rejig of welfare schemes
Party leaders claim the focus is going to be 'reviving growth with job creation' and checking inflation.

Narayana Murthy says non-performing staff will have to go
Infosys is currently working on lot of tools and technology that will enhance an individual's productivity, he said.

Facebook to buy WhatsApp for $19 billion in deal shocker
Facebook Inc will buy fast-growing mobile-messaging startup WhatsApp for $19 billion in cash and stock in a landmark deal that places the world's largest social network closer to the heart of mobile communications and may bring younger users into the fold.

February 19, 2014
IMAGES: Swimsuit models visit New York Stock Exchange
The NYSE had some sensational visitors who set the trading floor on fire.

Maruti, Hyundai too slash prices
While MSI's price cuts range between Rs 8,502 and Rs 30,984 across its models, Hyundai has slashed prices by between Rs 10,000 and Rs 135,300.

Anil Ambani meets Delhi Lt Governor
Last month, then Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had ordered a CAG scrutiny of private power distribution companies.

Nissan cars also become cheaper
The price reduction by Nissan is in the range of 4 to 6 per cent.

'America has one of the most open economies in world'
Froman's comments came as the US is pushing countries, including India, Brazil and China to open up their economies for foreign companies.

Child's education: How much should you save every month?
Many of us would agree that parenting is a tricky job. Even trickier is planning for your children's higher education.

What the govt needs to do to cut expenses
For instance, the size of a central ministry's annual outlay should ideally be a key factor in determining the number of people who need to be employed by it.

How India prevents money laundering
India has been classified as high risk zone in terms of money laundering.

Apple looks at cars, medical devices as iPhone sales fall
Apple's head of mergers and acquisitions, Adrian Perica, met with Tesla Motors Inc founder Elon Musk at the company's headquarters last year around the same time analysts suggested that Apple acquire the Model S electric car maker, the newspaper reported on Sunday.

Local operations prove a drag on Jet, SpiceJet
Growth in the domestic market in the second quarter was fuelled by low fares but this has impacted airline profits.

Chidambaram boost pleases car dealers
Excise duty cut can halve current inventory in 2 months, with major manufacturers promising to pass on benefit.

Why India's toll plazas are so mismanaged
Violence and vandalism at toll plazas point to poor planning. An independent highway regulator would have helped the cause.

Realtors woo customers through buy-back schemes
Now, companies are promising to buy back property sold to customers, after factoring in a 30-70 per cent appreciation in value.

Global gold demand fell 15% in 2013
Gold demand fell 15 percent in 2013 as huge outflows from physically backed investment funds outweighed record consumer demand, but that heavy disinvestment is tailing off this year, pointing to a recovery, the World Gold Council said.

Budget: A magic show from Chidambaram
Investors would have much preferred a gritty, honest appraisal of the tough trade-offs.

Half of India's top firms have destroyed shareholder wealth
As many as 77 of the 155 E-200 companies (excluding banking and financial ones) have either reported a decline in their market value since March 2008 or the rise in market capitalisation has lagged the increase in capital employed in the business.

Markets end near day's highs led by IT shares
Sensex was up 46 points at 20,680 and the Nifty advanced 13 points to trade at 6,140.

Want to give your Swift this snazzy look? Go to Maruti
Want your car to look snazzy? Get Maruti's own custom kit for Rs 215,000.

5 most STOLEN cars
Wonder which cars are targeted by thieves? Among the most stolen cars, majority of them are small cars.

Auspicious days to buy gold in India
The biggest gold buying festivals are Akshaya Tritiya and Dhanteras.

Toyota to launch Etios Cross in May
Buyer can book the mini SUV for Rs 50,000.

Tatas ranked India's most valuable brand
Diversified conglomerate Tata group was on Tuesday declared India's most valuable brand with a value of $21.1 billion, while US-based technology giant Apple has retained its top position globally with about $105 billion.

February 18, 2014
BSE: Top gainers and losers
The 30-share Sensex ended up 170 points at 20,634 and the 50-share Nifty ended up 54 points at 6,127.

AAP is mistaken, Ambani doesn't run the govt: Chidambaram
Chidambaram said the government will not go back on its decision to raise gas prices for both public sector and private producers from April 1.

A unique scheme to buy the Reva e2o!
Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles, a part of the Mahindra Group, on Tuesday slashed the price of its electric car e2o by up to Rs 1.7 lakh by introducing a scheme under which a consumer pays a rental fee for the battery.

Gujarat's pride: Modi inaugurates swanky Vadodara bus terminal
Spread over 2.4 lakh sq ft, the 'airport-like' terminal will see 1,100 buses plying everyday.

Chidambaram slams critics, says have 'pulled back' economy
He said the economy has 'clawed back' to 4.4 per cent in Q1, 4.8 per cent in Q2.

India's gold demand up 13% at 975 tonnes in 2013
Gold demand in the country was 864 tonnes during 2012, according to data given in WGC 'Gold Demand Trends 2013' report.

Fiscal deficit: The devil is in the detail
Even to the more jaded India hands inured to the tricks of the country's fiscal trade, an overwhelming element of jugaad - that desperate bid to somehow put the decades-old family Ambassador together for that one final ride - is apparent.

India's fiscal position still quite weak, says Moody's
The global rating agency has, however, cautioned that India's fiscal position remains 'weak'.

Interim Budget lists a vision for the future
Regardless of who forms the next government, the interim Budget speech lays down a must-do list.

COLUMN: How good was the vote-on-account?
The vote-on-account is essentially a measure to seek Parliament's approval for government expenditure until the full Budget is presented.

Is India's defence budgeting flawed?
The most worrying aspect of defence budgeting is that the military's long-term equipment planning is based on fundamentally flawed fiscal assumptions.

Budget effect: Audi, Mercedes slash prices
German car makers Audi and Mercedes-Benz on Monday cut prices by up to Rs 3.82 lakh, while Tata Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra announced their intent to follow suit after Finance Minister P Chidambaram reduced excise on automobiles in the Interim Budget for 2014-15.

Markets end at 3-week closing highs, Sensex up 170 points
Financial shares and auto stocks among the top gainers for the day

I didn't want to please everyone, says Chidambaram
He said he had achieved a fair measure of success in stablising India's economy and aimed to make it the third-biggest after the US and China.

Moto G: The best budget smartphone money can buy
Light, attractive and incredibly powerful, the Moto G could easily be the best buy under 15K.

What is hurting the India growth story
It is unpredictability which is bound to have a very negative spin-off which needs to be avoided, said Trade Minister Anand Sharma.

Aakash 4 to be available for Rs 3,999 soon: Sibal
The Aakash project was Sibal's brainchild when he was the HRD minister.

'Nothing concrete would come out of FIR against Mukesh Ambani'
It is only an attempt to sensationalise the issue, RIL director and Supreme Court advocate Y P Trivedi said.

Which countries have budgets bigger than India? Find out...
Though India is one of the fastest growing economies, how big is the country's budget compared to other countries in the world?

February 17, 2014
AAP against crony capitalism, not capitalism: Kejriwal
'There is a very small section of industrialists in our country who are not industrialists or businessmen, but they are looting the country.'

Vote-on-account extremely disappointing, says Modi
Modi, however, welcomed the announcement of 'one rank-one pension' for defence forces.

FM's mantra to make India the world's 3rd largest economy
While presenting the Interim Budget 2014-15, the Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram said that in the next three decades India will become the third largest economy behind US and China.

Infographic: Budget Impact on BSE Sensex
India Inc on Monday said that the Interim Budget was 'absolutely' up to the expectations.

Air India to get equity infusion of Rs 5,500 crore
The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security was allocated Rs 40 crore (Rs 400 million) for procurement of security and IT items along with radiological detection equipment.

Infographic: Central Plan outlay by sectors
Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Monday sought to lighten the burden on the middle class by lowering excise duty on cars, SUVs and two-wheelers and proposed no increase in taxes on other products.

Why India Inc hails the Interim Budget
Terming the Interim Budget for 2014-15 fiscal as 'very balanced', the industry on Monday said that it was 'absolutely' up to the expectations.

Budget impact: Tata Motors, General Motors to slash prices
Auto makers Tata Motors and General Motors India on Monday announced they will cut prices of their products after Finance Minister P Chidambaram decided to reduce excise on automobiles in the interim Budget 2014-15.

Government accepts 'one rank, one pension' for defence forces
The decision, likely to benefit around three million defence pensioners, will come into effect from 2014-2015.

Chidambaram continues 10% surcharge on super-rich
Putting an end to speculation, Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Monday retained the 10 per cent surcharge on those earning over Rs 1 crore annually.

Opposition slams Interim Budget
Opposition on Monday trashed the interim budget, terming it as a 'farewell budget' of a

Budget impact: What's cheaper, who will benefit the most
P Chidambaram announced a few sops to bring cheer to consumers and some sectors like automobile and capital goods.

Swift action taken to stop NSEL crisis spillover: FM
He also said the Forward Contracts (Regulation) Act would be amended to strengthen the regulatory framework of the commodity derivatives market.

Infographic: Interim Budget at a glance
Finance Minister P Chidambaram presented the Interim Budget for 2014-15 on Monday. Income Tax rates were kept unchanged.

Indian markets performed better compared to peers, says FM
Foreign institutional investors added $20.10 billion in equities while they pulled out $7.97 billion from the debt market, resulting in total net flows of $12.13 billion.

Infographics: How the rupee comes and goes in a budget
Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Monday slashed excise duty on cars, SUVs and two-wheelers, and capital goods and consumer durables.

Govt cuts disinvestment target to Rs 16,027 cr for FY'14
The government cut its disinvestment target by more than half for the current financial year and pegged the proceeds at Rs 36,925 crore for 2014-15.

Govt crackdown on black money continues, says FM
The issue of alleged tax evasion by Indians through banks and other entities in offshore locations, specially Switzerland, has been matter of a political debate in India.

FM did good job of containing fiscal deficit: Experts
Excise duty cut for auto company is a great boon for the sectors, expert feels.

Budget: Big relief for education loan borrowers
Finance Minister Chidambaram has announced a moratorium period for all education loans taken-up to 31.3.2009 and outstanding on 31.12.2013.

Infographics: Chidambaram's budgets at a glance
P Chidambaram presented the Budget for the 9th time.

Infographics: Some interesting facts about Union Budget
Finance Minister P Chidambaram presented the Interim Budget for 2014-15 on Monday.

Budget: FM slashes excise duty for automobiles, taxes unchanged
Leaving direct taxes untouched, Finance Minister P Chidambaram today slashed excise duty on cars, SUVs and two-wheelers, and capital goods and consumer durables to boost manufacturing and growth.

No policy paralysis; economy stable: Chidambaram
Rejecting arguments of "policy paralysis", Chidambaram said the economy is more stable than what it was two years.

FM defends rupee fall, says it fared well
The RBI had opened special swaps windows to attract deposits from non-resident Indians and allow oil-marketing companies to source dollars.

Good news! Cars, SUVs to get cheaper post budget
Excise duty on small cars is cut to 8 per cent where as the tax on large- and mid-sized cars has been brought down to 20 per cent.

Food inflation still remains a worry: Chidambaram
Inflation in food articles category in January stood at 8.8 per cent.

Fiscal deficit will be contained at 4.6% of GDP: Chidambaram
The government on Monday said the fiscal deficit for the current financial year will be contained at 4.6 per cent of GDP.

Highlights of the Interim Budget
Finance Minister P Chidambaram presented the Interim Budget for 2014-15 on Monday.

Filing income tax returns: What you should know
Apart from the many old rules, you need to be aware of a number of new ones to be able to claim your deductions well.

India draws tourists with deep pockets
The country ranks 41st in number of tourists received but 1st in per-capita spend by them.

Inflation: What the government needs to do
Inflation moderates, but government can and must do more.

Sensex rises 97 points to highest this month on excise duty cuts
The 50-share NSE index Nifty rose by 24.95 points, or 0.41 per cent, to settle at 6,073.30.

What to expect from the Interim Budget
Chidambaram may announce higher fund allocation for the social sector, with focus on education, food, women and rural masses.

From boom to doom: An uphill task to revive the economy
The Indian economy is in deep crisis, and it will take at least two years to recover -- and that if we have a focused government. The challenges are immense as it will take a long while to overcome the policy paralysis of the last few years, says , in the first of our series on what awaits the next government on the economic front

10 best hotel suites in the world
Have more money than you need? Checked out these exclusive abodes of ultra wealthy.

Why Maruti 800 was the biggest attraction for car lovers
The Maruti 800 changed the way cars were bought, sold and serviced in India, components were made, and industrial enterprises were organised. For the first time, the customer became the focus of manufacturing.

February 16, 2014
The dismal state of India's public sector banks
Foreign investors did not lap up the new SBI issue because of deeper worries about public sector banks

February 14, 2014
A Plan B for global business
The 'B Team' feels capitalism needs to move to another model which serves people and planet better.

BSE: Top gainers and losers
The 30-share Sensex closed 173 points higher at 20,366 and the 50-unit Nifty ended 47 points up at 6,048 levels.

Gas pricing: FIR slams UPA for favouring Reliance
The FIR was lodged under sections 420 (cheating), 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC and under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

HP launches dual-SIM, quad-core voice tabs at Rs 17,300
Tech giant Hewlett-Packard has launched two voice-calling tablets and appointed actor Deepika Padukone as brand ambassador in a fresh bid to strengthen its position in the Indian market.

Final Maruti 800 rolls out; spare parts available for 8-10 yrs
Over 2.5 million units of the icon were sold in its lifetime.

Beer market in India set for new fizz
Kaltenberg is set to enter India. It will have premium positioning but will be priced cheaper than imported peers.

Panicked telcos shell out vast sums for spectrum
The auctions for spectrum in the 900 MHz and 1800 MHz bands came to an end on Thursday after 10 days of aggressive bidding by the country's major telecom operators.

What Mumbai developers are doing to pep up realty markets
To energise a dull real estate market, Mumbai developers are lining up prelaunches of residential apartments. This is a popular way to raise funds before construction begins.

Super-rich tax may retire this April
Relief on tax surcharge also likely to be extended to the corporate sector; duty on gold expected to be slashed.

Gujarat develops India's swankiest bus station!
A world-class bus terminal has redrawn the architectural landscape of Vadodara.

5 stunning concept cars from Auto Expo 2014
These cars can change the fortune of automakers.

Why slowdown hasn't affected fast-food chains
Most chains saw a fall in same-store sales in the December-ended quarter, but that hasn't affected their expansion plans.

Why is Indian IT sector crying for a change?
Over $100 bn in revenue but sector battles evolutionary challenges.

Jan WPI plays cupid for market; Sensex up 173 points
The wholesale price inflation, decelerated faster than expected, to ease to an eight-month low of 5.05 percent in January.

TCS will beat Nasscom's growth guidance: N Chandrasekaran
We have created centres of excellence in areas like user interface design, user experience, cyber security - all the things required to bring the solutions to the market, says N Chandrasekaran.

Gift sales to touch Rs 18,000 crore in V-day week
Notwithstanding the lingering economic slowdown, companies are ready to cash in on Valentine's Day celebrations and sales of gifts.

February 13, 2014
LG launches smartphone that rivals Samsung's Note 3
South Korea's LG Electronics unveiled a revamped version of its large-screen smartphone G Pro on Thursday, hoping it will help propel the company to the No. 3 spot in global smartphone sales this year.

Apple may release a large-screen iPhone this year
Apple, which posted its lowest growth in handset sales last year, may release a large-screen version of its iconic iPhone in 2014, research firm IDC said.

Kolkata airport new terminal gets award for excellence
The airport has also won the IBC trophy for the project, a statement by the airport director said in Kolkata on Thursday.

Thousands lose jobs as IBM goes on cost-cutting mode
Technology giant IBM's workforce-rebalancing efforts have now hit India, with the company asking several of its employees in its hardware business unit to quit.

Mumbai's T2 terminal puts up a good show on day 1
On an average, Mumbai airport handles around 30,000 international passengers and about 190 international flight movements.

'Obama should create jobs in both Buffalo and Bengaluru'
US President Barack Obama should care about creating jobs in both Bengaluru and Buffalo and not only the latter, former Nasscom chairman told an American federal body.

SPECIAL: How good is Narendra Modi's business agenda?
Domestic business endorsement for Mr Modi never wavered, not even after 2002.

How ATMs can come to the rescue of the unbanked
Providing access to unbanked areas in the country has been high on the agenda of RBI, as almost 40 per cent of the population doesn't have a bank account.

Hot days ahead as Delhi government, Reliance wrangle
Team Kejriwal should go slow. They should, no doubt, keep putting pressure on the concerned firms to ensure smooth power supply, says .

Markets snap 3-day winning streak; Sensex down 250 points
Weakness in Asia and Europe dragged domestic benchmark share indices with banking and financial stocks leading the decline.

Why the Interim Railway Budget fails to impress
It has been another lost year for the Railways despite the intra-year measures to compensate for the rise in fuel costs.

'Railways' financial performance pretty robust'
According to railway officials, an operating ratio of 90.8 per cent was encouraging.

China world's top gold consumer with sales crossing 1,000 ton!
The statistics show although the gold output and consumption in China have been setting new records, the gap between the consumption and output has grown wider and wider,

February 12, 2014
Anti-Corruption Branch names Moily, Ambani, Deora in FIR
The FIR by the ACB was registered a day after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the agency has been told to probe their alleged collusion over hike in prices of natural

Why TMC thinks Interim Railway Budget is a 'sham'
The party's national general secretary, Mukul Roy, said, "This government has no moral or ethical right to place a railway budget."

DC Avanti: India's first sports car reaches production stage
Production is expected to start in the third quarter of the the current year.

Bajaj may soon launch a Tata Nano rival
The light weight vehicle features an automatic gearbox and an air conditioner, and will be developed for performance.

Rail service for Vaishno Devi pilgrims to start soon
Specially designed coaches for adverse weather conditions have been inducted for rail travel in Kashmir Valley.

Railway Budget at a glance
Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge on Wednesday announced a slew of measures for improving the services of Indian Railways.

Good news: Railways to run 17 premium AC special trains
Encouraged by the success of a premium AC special train between Delhi and Mumbai, Railways have decided to run 17 more such trains.

Railway Budget: Will train travel be a lot safer now?
A total of 5,400 unmanned level crossings were eliminated in the last one year.

Mumbai's pride: The stunning T2 terminal opens
Through these projects we are trying to solve traffic problems of this city: Mumbai CM.

Railway Budget: No hike in passenger fares, freight rates
Presenting the Interim Railway Budget for 2014-15, Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge on Wednesday announced that new trains will be introduced.

Railways' gift: 17 Premium, 38 Express trains
Presenting the Interim Railway Budget for 2014-15, Mallikarjun Kharge announced that new trains will be introduced.

Highlights of the Interim Railway Budget
Presenting the Interim Railway Budget for 2014-15, Mallikarjun Kharge on Wednesday announced that new trains will be introduced.

SPECIAL: Luxury hotels swap keys in India's economic slump
Slowing economic growth and an oversupply of new hotels conceived during the boom years of 2006 and 2007 have led to falling room and occupancy rates in India.

Yellen spurs market to a hat trick of gains
The E mid-cap and small-cap indices ended flat against Sensex's 0.4% up-move.

Rail Budget: Premium trains likely to be the highlight
No major announcements or tariff changes for freight or passenger segment likely to be announced.

Life has been full of pleasant surprises, says Rajan
RBI governor highlights the role of fate in his career at a meeting of the IIM-A alumni.

Auto Expo 2014 ends; over 5.61 lakh visitors attend the event
Car makers are happy with the positive response.

February 11, 2014
Gold, silver imports dip 77% to $1.72 bn in Jan
Lower imports has helped narrow trade deficit to $9.92 billion in January from $18.7 billion.

Debate before taxing rich at very high rates: Narayana Murthy
We have to walk a very fine line between our desire to mobilise more and more taxes or having higher percentage of taxes, he says

Vodafone tax case: Govt to collect Rs 20,000 cr as talks fail
The revenue department, sources said, will pursue the tax demand along with accrued interest and penalty.

Gold smuggling rises in 2013-14: Govt
The enforcement agencies during the first nine months of 2013-14 have seized 1,074.41 kg of gold

Auto Expo 2014: Awesome cars, bikes you'll soon see on the road
Size-based tax structure has given rise to a unique category of compact sub-4-metre sedans & utility vehicles.

It's raining funds for political parties from corporates
With the Lok Sabha polls drawing near, the count of electoral trusts set up by companies to channelise their political funding is on the rise and at least 10 such entities have been registered, including those by Reliance, Tatas, Mahindras and Birlas.

Quadricycles get final approval, will hit the roads soon
Quadricycles will now be able to ply on the city roads across the country as the Law Ministry has approved the Road Ministry's proposal allowing them to be used as public transport

13 amazing cars on display at Auto Expo 2014
If you haven't had a chance to visit the show, we take you through the best four-wheelers on display at the event.

Nokia to unveil a low-cost smartphone on Android OS
Nokia will unveil a low-cost smartphone running a version of Google Inc's Android operating system, despite the company's close partnership with Microsoft Corp and its competing Windows system, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

Mathew Martoma could face 20 years in prison
Indian-origin Mathew Martoma, convicted for his role in the most lucrative insider trading scheme in US history involving $275 million, will be sentenced in June and could face about 20 years in prison.

Mumbai's T2 terminal to start flight operations from Feb 12
Mumbai Airport said it is all geared up to commence international flight operations from the recently inaugurated T2 (Terminal 2) at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport from Wednesday.

Rupee gains as trade gap shrink
Although dealing rooms were operational, apart from some big banks, most refrained from trading as there were no retail flow

Trade war: US warns India on discriminatory practice
The United States has protested against India's move to discriminate against US exports by requiring solar power developers to use Indian-manufactured equipment instead of US equipment.

Jan inflation seen easing on food, fuel prices
This would signal the third straight month of contraction.

IMAGES: The making of a Boeing 737
Boeing has started building the first Next-Generation 737 at the increased rate of 42 airplanes per month.

Markets end flat ahead of key economic data
NTPC, Hero MotoCorp and Reliance Industries down 2% each among the top losers

Railway Budget: No cut in fares, new trains likely
Faced with revenue shortfall, Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge is likely to refrain from announcing many populist measures in the interim budget on February 12.

February 10, 2014
Skoda launches new Superb; price starts at Rs 18.87 lakh
The new Superb gets an updated front end with LED daytime running lights, Skoda's new family grille and a newly designed bumper.

Chevrolet launches all-new Beat at Rs 4.06 lakh
The all-new Beat gets refreshed styling with a new chrome-accentuated grille and an upgraded exterior.

Auto Expo 2014: The BEST cars from Maruti Suzuki
At the auto show, Maruti showcased some of its existing cars in a new avatar. Here are some of them...

How the humble Maruti 800 changed India
When the first Maruti 800 was introduced in 1983, it was made of almost entirely imported components; in a few years it had been heavily indigenised - although, for years, the older "original" models commanded a premium on the thriving second-hand market.

Why Nokia Lumia 1320 is worth buying
Here's a look at the strategically priced device that has commendable features.

Going to US? Makes sense to fly via Abu Dhabi
Waiting time for customs, immigration clearance cut drastically; Jet-Etihad alliance to get competitive advantage

Mumbai monorail turns out to be a big hit
The ticket sale in the first week itself crossed 100,000 and on the whole, the new mode of transport has run to its optimum best.

Tata Motors plotting a comeback with a sense of urgency
The company will bring a couple of new models every year and admitted that lack of new products has hurt the company.

Lehman impact shakes up India Inc's league table
Anil Agarwal breaks into big three; Anil Ambani group out of top 10; Essar, Adani lose out to JSW, Shiv Nadar & Motherson Sumi

Markets end in the red after volatile session
Amidst a volatile trading session and fluctuating levels, benchmark indices ended marginally lower as sales by foreign institutional investors in index heavyweights capped upside gains.

What is spectrum auction all about?
A primer on the ongoing spectrum auction, its process and how it would impact the companies

Auto Expo 2014: Over 1.21 lakh visit the show on Sunday
German luxury car makers - Mercedes Benz, Audi and BMW - attracted the maximum crowds during the day.

February 08, 2014
Hardships at home force commercial vehicles to go on a abroad
Officials say domestic revival in this segment more difficult, as it doesn't have to do with consumer sentiment.

Auto Expo 2014 turns glamorous with celebrities
The temperature at the venue went soaring with stars such as Karishma Kapoor, Sameera Reddy and Priyanka Chopra came down to unveil products.

Why Salman Khan, John Abraham are crazy about Giant bicycle
While the most expensive bicycle from the company's stables costs about Rs 11,00,000, in a few weeks, it will launch a bicycle priced at Rs 13,50,000.

It's the end of an era for iconic Maruti 800
Bringing curtains down on the glorious saga of the Maruti 800 model, Maruti Suzuki India has stopped production of the iconic car brand that had been carrier for millions of Indian middle class families, since last month, said senior official of the auto maker.

February 07, 2014
CNG, cooking gas prices slashed in Delhi
CNG price in the national capital is cut by a steep Rs 14.90 per kg and cooking gas piped into kitchens by Rs 5 per unit with effect from midnight tonight.

India lowers FY14 GDP growth rate to 4.9%
The economy is expected to grow 4.9 percent in 2013/14, marginally lower than the finance ministry's estimate of a 5 percent growth, dragged down by a contraction in the manufacturing sector, a government statement said on Friday.

All you need to know about Mathew Martoma's insider trading case
The maximum prison sentence he face is 45 years, but Martoma could be given a lesser prison time under federal sentencing guidelines.

Is Mathew Martoma's conviction justified?
Mathew Martoma helped SAC reap more than $275 million profit.

Indian-origin Mathew Martoma has a history of committing frauds
Years before he was accused of insider trading, former SAC Capital Advisors portfolio manager Mathew Martoma forged a Harvard transcript, falsified an email, and created a dummy forensic computing company to try to cover his tracks.

Auto expo 2014: How Triumph beat Harley-Davidson
With stalls adjacent to each other, Triumph was louder, with music and a host of heavy-duty cruiser bikes attracting more attention than the competitor.

Nooyi, Kochhar in Fortune's list of 50 powerful businesswomen
PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi and ICICI Bank Managing Director Chanda Kochhar are among Fortune magazine's list of 50 most powerful women in business who are

What Indian CEOs of global firms have in common
The educational background of global business leaders that India has produced has a striking similarity -- most of them received their Bachelor's in India and got their Master's in Business Administration from premier institutes in the country or the US.

Auto Expo 2014: What was Ratan Tata doing at Bajaj stall?
Automakers gauge the competition at the show.

Indian-American jobs at stake over Texas eyebrow threading rule
Beauticians with up to 20 years of experience have been asked to immediately stop eyebrow threading and spend more than $20,000 to undergo courses in government-approved beauty schools.

Pay Rs 170 crore for a posh villa in Delhi!
Tata Housing plans the country's most expensive gated villas in Delhi.

Is it the END of the road for Aadhaar?
Government's decision to suspend Aadhaar-based cash transfers in LPG has dealt a fresh blow to the project whose utility has always been questioned.

Markets end higher after volatile trade
Markets trimmed early gains to end marginally higher on Friday as investors turned cautious ahead of the GDP data for the current fiscal to be released on Friday.

Air India's outstanding debt a whopping Rs 26,033 cr
Air India's outstanding debt stood at a whopping Rs 26,033 crore (Rs 260.33 billion) and its working capital loans were over Rs 21,125 crore (Rs 211.25 billion) as on December 31 last year.

Auto Expo 2014: Best car launches on Day 2
Maruti's small car Celerio was the biggest attraction followed by Mahindra's electric sports vehicle Halo.

February 06, 2014
Sony sells Vaio; to cut 5,000 jobs globally
The Japan-headquartered company will also streamline its TV business.

Big Pharma pushes for US action against India
Emerging markets, from South Africa to China and India, are battling to bring down healthcare costs.

Auto Expo 2014: Toyota unveils its first crossover 'Etios Cross'
Auto major Toyota Kirloskar Motor on Thursday unveiled its first crossover, 'New Etios Cross', targetting young customers.

Fiat unveils two gorgeous cars for India; launches all-new Linea
The company unveiled premium sedan Avventura and high-performance Abarth 500

Renault launches new Koleos; Salman Khan gets the first car
The new Renault Koleos boasts a monstrous 173 PS engine with automatic 4x4, 6-speed transmission.

Airbus A350 XWB: This plane will help airlines save millions
The A350 XWB is a family of mid-sized wide-body airliners designed to enhance fuel, operating costs and environmental efficiencies during medium-to-long haul airline operations.

Auto Expo 2014: Maruti launches 'Celerio' at Rs 4.96 lakh
Aimed at strengthening its position in the compact car segment, country's largest car

Priyanka Chopra, Sachin add glitter to the Auto Expo 2014
Automobile companies unwrapped concept sedans, crossover utility vehicles and compact SUVs to lure buyers. Let's take a look at some of the cars that are launched at the Indian Auto Expo.

Satya Nadella to bag a pay package of Rs 112 crore!
Cricket-loving Satya Nadella will get a base annual salary of $1.2 million as new CEO of

Why Indians are forced to buy unsafe cars
Five small cars in the Indian market failed in the first-ever independent crash tests.

The man you should thank for high-speed WiFi and 4G
Meet Joseph Paulraj, a pioneer of MIMO wireless communications, a technology breakthrough that has revolutionised high speed wireless delivery of multimedia services for billions of people across the globe.

10 Indian-origin CEOs now manage business worth $350 billion
With Satya Nadella becoming CEO at software giant Microsoft, 10 Indian-origin persons holding top posts at global corporations manage businesses worth about $350 billion.

Markets ends higher after a volatile session
The markets ended marginally higher on Thursday, amid a volatile trading session, led by gains in FMCG majors Hindustan Unilever and ITC.

Auto Expo 2014: Best car launches on the first day
The Day 1 at the 12th Auto Expo started with a bang with some innovative concept cars by manufacturers both domestic and international, amazing designs of facelifts, new models and everything in between.

'Satya Nadella is a Beatles fan'
He also participated in horse riding.

February 05, 2014
Nadella becomes a rage in cyber world
He is only third after US President Barack Obama in the virtual world.

Nissan to roll out two more Datsun models by 2016
The company wants to corner 10 per cent market share with both the brands, Nissan and Datsun, contributing half of sales by then.

Auto Expo 2014: Tata Motors unveils 2 stunning concept cars
Homegrown auto major Tata Motors on Wednesday unveiled a concept compact sports utility vehicle Nexon along with another concept car ConnectNext.

Renault unveils high-tech concept car KWID
This is the first time the company chose to reveal a concept car outside Europe and this is eloquent sign of it commitment to India.

Maruti Suzuki unveils mini-SUV, SX4 replacement
India's car market leader Maruti Suzuki India unveiled two concept models - sedan Ciaz and crossover SX4 S-Cross - as it looks to enhance its position in the bigger sedan segment going forward.

Isuzu launches D-Max Space Cab pickup truck
Japanese automaker Isuzu Motors launched a multi-utility pickup truck targeting small and medium entrepreneurs, which will be priced in the range of Rs 7000,000 - 800,000.

Auto Expo 2014: Bajaj ready to roll out quadricycle
Awaiting a formal notification on quadricycle, Pune-based Bajaj Auto on Wednesday said it is ready to roll out its RE60 model once it gets a go ahead from the government.

Hyundai launches new Santa Fe SUV, costs Rs 26.3 lakh
With its Storm Edge design language, the new Santa Fe replaces the older model and competes with the likes of the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, Ssangyong Rexton and Chevrolet Captiva.

Ford debuts new Fiesta
The car is updated with the trapezoidal grille (Aston Martin inspired design touch), laser-cut new headlamps and a different bonnet.

Microsoft hopes Nadella can rekindle the magic
Microsoft Corp is betting a mix of old and young blood will revive the aging technology pioneer, but new Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella may find it tough to push change with co-founder Bill Gates and former CEO Steve Ballmer breathing down his neck.

'Nadella has all the right attributes to reinvent Microsoft'
As Satya Nadella takes over as CEO of technology giant Microsoft, it is a thrilling moment for people of Indian origin in America.

Rupee logs first loss in three days
Falling for the first time in three days, the rupee washed out initial gains to end four paise

Auto Expo: About 70 cars to be launched this year
India's Auto Expo is considered to be among the biggest motor shows in the world.

Markets rebound from 4-month lows; Nifty holds 6,000
Markets rebounded to end marginally higher on value buying at lower levels.

We have the best platform to change the world: Satya Nadella
I will focus on things Microsoft can do uniquely. We are the company that enables people to do more - to play, to have more fun, to create more, says Satya Nadella.

Nissan to introduce 3 variants of its small car Datsun GO
The hatch competes with cars such as Maruti Alto and Hyundai i10.

10 cars that will set Indian auto show on fire
These cars are the future of mobility.

Cricket buff, technocrat, Nadella wears many a hat
A cricket buff and poetry loving electrical engineer from Hyderabad Satya Nadella is the next occupant of the Microsoft corner office in Redmond from where Bill Gates built his software empire.

February 04, 2014
Friends elated at Satya Nadella's rise as Microsoft CEO
Parents, relatives and friends of Hyderabad-born Satya Nadella are elated after the news of his elevation as Microsoft's CEO broke on Tuesday evening, even as neighbours gathered at Nadella's posh Banjara Hills residence in Hyderabad to congratulate his parents.

Satya Nadella is a proven leader: Ballmer
Satya Nadella is a "proven leader" whose "strong technical skills and great business insights" will drive the world's leading technology company, says Microsoft's outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer about his successor.

Cricket taught me teamwork, leadership: Nadella
A poetry aficionado and a cricket fan, Microsoft's new CEO India-born Satya Nadella learnt lessons in teamwork and leadership by playing the gentleman's game.

READ: CEO Nadella's first email to Microsoft staff
Microsoft Corp named India-born Satya Nadella as its next chief executive officer, ending a longer-than-expected search for a new leader. Nadella is only the third CEO in Microsoft's 39-year history.

Classmates remember Satya Nadella as 'humble', 'ever willing to help'
speaks to the new Microsoft CEO's classmates in Manipal and Hyderabad to discover an inquisitive student who still attends the school reunion.

Microsoft names Satya Nadella as next CEO
The company ended a longer-than-expected search for a new leader after Steve Ballmer announced his intention to retire in August.

Burj Khalifa's top deck hosted over 1.87 mn visitors in 2013
The world's highest observatory deck at Burj Khalifa has defined its credentials as one of Dubai's most popular tourist attractions, welcoming over 1.87 million visitors in 2013.

Hyundai unveils Xcent; watch out Maruti Dzire, Honda Amaze
Hyundai's first made for India compact sedan will be available in both petrol and diesel engines.

What to expect from India's biggest auto show
India's flagship automobile show Auto Expo will kick off on Wednesday with companies hoping that new models to be unveiled during the spectacle will help revive demand at a time when the sector is going through a prolonged slump.

How Mukesh Ambani plans to catch up with Vodafone, Airtel
If he bets big, billionaire Mukesh Ambani will emerge from this week's airwave auction armed with spectrum that could make his Reliance Industries Ltd a formidable rival to market leaders Bharti Airtel Ltd and Vodafone Group.

After Mumbai dream run, monorail mania catches Chennai's fancy
After the successful launch of the monorail project in Mumbai on Sunday, Tamil Nadu is gearing up to implement a similar project in Chennai.

Nissan rolls out 'Datsun GO' from Chennai plant
The entry-level car, under the popular Datsun brand, is aimed at tapping the first-time car buyers.

Mumbai monorail rakes in Rs 2 lakh on Day 2
About 19,600 passengers travelled in 64 trips between 7 am and 3.15 pm on the Wadala-Chembur route.

Re ends 3 paise up against dollar; at 62.53
In line with equity market, the rupee trimmed its initial losses but was quoted still lower by 17 paise on dollar demand from banks and importers despite weakness of the US currency overseas.

Maruti Celerio: Will it be the next best-selling car?
The Maruti Celerio isn't a game changer but an average performer in many areas.

Why Satya Nadella is the right choice to revive Microsoft
Sramana Mitra, the founder of One Million by One Million, a virtual incubator that aims to help one million entrepreneurs globally cross $1 million in revenue, has seen many companies go through the early growth phase.

Will Micromax, Karbonn survive the Chinese onslaught?
After slaying biggies at home, Chinese smartphone makers bullish on India

Sensex recovers from 4-mth lows on late buying, ends flat
Market recovered after touching 4-month lows on account of short-covering in heavyweights

Corruption in public sector banks: Who pays the price?
The inefficient public sector with higher costs offers a lobbying cover for the entire sector, which confers even greater benefits on the private sector.

Why more India-born executives will lead tech giants
Experts argue that it is a sign of maturity of the industry and of Indian techies working abroad.

February 03, 2014
Govt may tinker with tax rates to boost economy: Chidambaram
The government on Monday indicated that it may tinker with the excise duties and service tax rates in the interim budget in an apparent bid to boost economy but may not pursue key reforms legislations due to lack of political consensus.

Ford unveils gorgeous Figo Concept
Ford unveiled the global Ford Figo Concept in India, a move aimed at strengthening the company's compact car portfolio.

Facebook at 10: An amazing success story
The company was launched by Mark Zuckerberg on February 4, 2004, from Harvard University.

Tallest residential towers in the world; India's World One tops
Among the 30 tallest residential buildings in the world, India boasts of five buildings, including World One.

Tata Motors unveils compact sedan Zest and Bolt hatchback
Looking to cover lost ground in the car market, auto major Tata Motors unveiled two new models, which it plans to start selling in the second half of the year.

Economic recovery visible, albeit fragile: CII poll
The economy may have already bottomed out in the previous quarter.

Is the Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 worth buying?
The company hopes to make a splash in the mid-range smartphone market with its Galaxy Grand 2 model.

How to make a will that is tamper-proof
Here are ways to ensure your children and other legal heirs don't tear at each other when you're gone

Can Satya Nadella rescue Microsoft?
With speculations around the globe that Satya Nadella, 45 a senior executive at Microsoft, will be the next chief executive officer (CEO) of Microsoft, industry analysts welcome the idea but say Nadella has to change the company's business model to succeed.

Dalal Street jittery on pullout of FIIs, wobbly rupee
The markets will also keenly eye the HSBC manufacturing and services data.

Rupee logs 1st rise in 3 days, up 12 paise
The rupee on Monday gained for the first time in three days and closed up 12 paise to 62.56 against the dollar on fag-end sales of the US currency.

Weak China data wreaks havoc in domestic markets
Market breadth ended weak with 1,437 losers and 1,095 gainers on the E.

Meet the most successful global CEOs of Indian origin
With Satya Nadella set to become Microsoft CEO, more India-trained professionals are taking top positions in the world.

February 02, 2014
Satya Nadella vs Sundar Pichai: Who will be Microsoft's CEO?
Executive Satya Nadella appears most likely to be named Microsoft's new CEO but the name of another India-born technology executive is doing the rounds as a candidate for the top job, a report said.

February 01, 2014
Car sales: The winners and losers in January
Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) on Saturday reported 10.3 per cent decline in

Why Satya Nadella is good choice as Microsoft CEO
If Nadella wins the day, as expected, it will be for his innovative work on Microsoft's growing server and tools business, which provides online computing and storage for companies, said a source briefed on the search process.

Chidambaram faces mounting deficit in election year
Analysts and the central bank remain concerned about widening oil subsidies.

Have no wonder tool to fight inflation: Rajan
Rajan rules out picking unconventional tools to tame inflation

January 31, 2014
Diesel price hiked by 50 paise per litre
The price of diesel in Delhi will be hiked by 57 paise.

India lowers FY13 GDP growth to 4.5%
The government on Friday said the economy may have expanded by 4.5 per cent in 2012-13, compared with the earlier estimate of 5 per cent, on account of subdued performance in agriculture, mining and manufacturing.

Best engineers in India are from Delhi, Bihar
The best talent pool of engineers is in Delhi, Bihar and Jharkhand, while those from Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu are least employable, said a report.

What Suzuki's Gujarat plant means for Maruti
Maruti's decision to give the Gujarat plant to Suzuki may not be the proverbial win-win amid concerns about costly imports and pricing.

The best-selling Indian cars fail safety test
Some of the most popular small cars sold in India, including Maruti Alto 800, Tata Nano, Ford Figo, Hyundai i10 and Volkswagen Polo, have failed crash tests showing high risk of life-threatening injuries in road accidents, according to Global NCAP.

CEO race at Microsoft: Who is Satya Nadella?
A short profile of the Indian born Satya Nadella who could be the next top boss at Microsoft.

Will Air India buy more Boeing 787 Dreamliners?
Panel of its and govt officials to scrutinise operational record and decide whether to proceed with inducting more Boeing 787s.

Why Sunil Bharti Mittal loves his new CEO
People given to hyperbole would say that Gopal Vittal's rise at Bharti Airtel has been "meteoric". But in his case, superlatives could perhaps be forgiven. Here's why

From dignity to disgrace: What went wrong with Ranbaxy
Yet another factory of Ranbaxy, this time in Toansa (Punjab), has been banned from selling in the United States. Once again the company faces charges of unclean manufacturing practices.

Karl Slym's death is a wake up call for Indian companies
Tata Motors MD sudden death shows it is time companies asked themselves 'What would we do if we lost our CEO tomorrow?'

Market crawls back to life; breaks 5-day fall
The Sensex ends up 16 points to end at 20,514.

India-born Satya Nadella likely to be Microsoft's new CEO
Technology giant Microsoft is likely to name Indian-American top executive Satya Nadella to replace longtime chief Steve Ballmer as the new Chief Executive Officer, capping a five-month search for the only third CEO in the company's history.

20 best companies you would love to work for
The best companies to work for as ranked by Fortune magazine.

China may not be allowed to invest in India's railway projects
The proposal to allow 100% FDI in the construction and maintenance segments of the railway network was floated in August last year.

Rajan pans raising LPG cap, says it's misdirected subsidy
Minutes after the Union Cabinet approved raising the cap on subsidised liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders from nine to 12 per connection in a year, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan questioned the decision, suggesting it was "misdirected subsidy".

Should salaries be linked to performance?
Performance pay as a concept is increasingly gaining importance in emerging markets like India and China, but linking compensation to unquantifiable corporate goals is where the model flounders.

Success story: 10 best banks in India
Despite several challenges plaguing the banking sector, HDFC Bank has emerged as the best bank in India.

Lenovo hots up competition after Motorola deal
Lenovo Group, the Chinese technology company that earns about 80 percent of its revenue from personal computers, is betting it can also be a challenger to Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple Inc in the smartphone market.

January 30, 2014
Automakers pin hopes on Auto expo to reignite demand, sales
Amid economic slowdown, Auto Expo, the biggest spectacle in the Indian automobile sector, will begin next week with the industry hoping for a reignition of demand through the show, which will see 70 new unveilings.

Mahindra to unveil electric sport car Formula E in Feb
A Mahindra group firm and electric vehicle maker, Mahindra Reva will showcase its Formula E car along with a concept electric sports car at the Auto Expo starting next week.

India's first monorail to roll out in Mumbai on Feb 1
The country's first Monorail service will commence operations next month on the 8.9 km

Govt hikes subsidised LPG cylinder quota to 12 per year
Bowing to party pressure, the government on Thursday raised the quota of subsidised LPG to 12 cylinders per household in a year from nine at present and also put on hold paying users the subsidy into bank accounts using Aadhaar platform.

Are Ranbaxy drugs available in India safe?
If I follow US standards, I will have to shut almost all drug facilities: G N Singh

Corruption did not get worse during UPA rule: Chidambaram
The government, he added, was aware of the problem and was dealing with it.

Rupee seen to move around 63/USD in near term
From a credit risk perspective, there does not seem to be immediate danger.

Suzuki issue: Why India must regulate MNCs
Maruti Suzuki's announcement that a proposed factory in Gujarat will be owned not by it but by a fully-owned subsidiary of Suzuki Motor Corporation gives rise to several questions related to corporate governance - and to larger questions about the regulation of multinationals in India.

'India should be given credit for helping America'
India should be given credit for helping America recover from the economic crisis, says S Jaishankar, India's new Ambassador to the US.

AAP's vision document to outline economic policy
The document includes inputs from various groups such as labour and farmer unions and industry.

Google sells Motorola to Lenovo for $2.91 billion
It is Lenovo's second major deal on US soil in a week as the Chinese electronics company angles to get a foothold in major global computing markets. Lenovo last week said it would buy IBM's low-end server business for $2.3 billion.

Rupee retreats from session lows as state banks sell dollars
Traders broadly expect the rupee to stay in a 61.50 to 63.50 range over the next three months.

UPA faces a new moment of truth
No longer in eye of storm, but uncertainty still abounds over India on several scores.

Railways' pride: 20 superfast trains in India
The Indian Railways has an ambitious plan to increase the speed of Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto trains to 160-200 km/hour over the next three years.

US Fed taper knocks down markets to 2-month lows
Further tapering by the US Fed led to a sell-off in emerging markets on concerns of slowdown in foreign fund inflows

RBI quietly begins tryst with inflation targeting
Rates would stay high for longer as CPI inflation now stands at nearly 10 per cent.

January 29, 2014
Poll: Should MPs be treating like 'Maharajs' at the airport?
Do you agree with the government's idea of extending benefits to the MPs while you have to pay double the price of everything inside an airport and go through the thorough security check?

Rupee has recovered smartly to about right level: Chidambaram
US is not going to do the kind of sequential taper that was hinted in May, said FM.

This gorgeous car is Maruti SX4 successor
The car will come with a petrol and a diesel engine option.

Pvt airlines told to give special privileges to MPs
Protocol to accord such services to MPs have been in existence for over three years now.

India ranked at the bottom of Intellectual Property Index
For the second consecutive year, India has been ranked at the bottom of 25 countries in terms of protection and enforcement of intellectual property practices, a US Chamber of Commerce report said on Tuesday.

Slym jumped to death after row with wife, police surmise
Sally Slym told police they had fought so much that night that she could not talk to her husband any more.

10 safest airlines in the world
For those who are afraid to fly, here are the airlines that have the best record for safety.

10 amazing post offices from around the world
India has the largest postal network in the world with over 1, 55,015 post offices.

Immigration reform is key to America's economic growth: Obama
The comprehensive immigration reform if passed by the Congress will provide a path to citizenship to some 11 million undocumented people, including 240,000 Indians.

Rupee ends 10 paise higher at 62.41 vs dollar
There was sustained selling of the American currency by exporters ahead of a decision of US Federal Reserve on tapering its monetary stimulus.

Once the preserve of youth, IT staffing enters middle age
The bright youngsters they recruited years earlier have become earnest family types.

When cheques bounce, banks charge double penalty
Banks charge double penalty - where the cheque is issued & where it is deposited.

Market ends flat amid volatility
Markets ended flat ahead of January F&O contracts expiry tomorrow. Markets closed flat with a slight negative bias after a volatile session that saw key benchmark indices move in a narrow range.

Suzuki's move to run Gujarat plant faces a storm
New subsidiary to supply cars to Maruti Suzuki

Why is the govt running its banks so badly?
The relatively poor performance of government-owned banks comes at a cost to taxpayers.

January 28, 2014
Mercedes launches C-class Grand Edition at Rs 36.81 lakh
German luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz today launched new C-class Grand Edition, both in petrol and diesel variants, priced at Rs 36.81 lakh and Rs 39.16 lakh respectively in the domestic market.

Karl Slym: A jovial person who won the hearts of many
Karl Slym was affable, gregarious and always motivated. Even in moments of crisis, Slym's sense of humour remained intact.

World's top 5 smartphone companies
The growth of Chinese manufacturers is shaking up the smartphone industry.

Get ready to pay higher EMIs as RBI hikes rates
Reserve Bank Governor Raghuram Rajan on Tuesday again surprised the markets and raised the key policy rate by 0.25 per cent to 8 per cent in a bid to curb inflation, a move that may translate into higher EMIs and push up the cost of borrowing for corporates.

Airfare discounts see a boom in tickets sales
The three-day discount sale launched by domestic airlines have boosted forward bookings of carriers in February and March, a lean season for travel.

Rupee recovers 8 paise, trades at 63.02 vs dollar
Rupee gained on fresh selling of dollars by banks ahead of the RBI policy meeting.

How postmen may help set India's monetary policy
Post workers are collecting data that determines the level of India's consumer price index, which is likely to become RBI's most important tool for setting monetary policy.

Markets end flat; shrugs off repo rate hike
IT majors and Maruti Suzuki down 8% were the top losers among Sensex-30.

A journey in a double-decker train from Delhi to Jaipur
The superfast double-decker train running between Delhi and Jaipur is new and posh, says a friend who has just been on it, up and down.

Things to check before building your house
You are likely to face legal problems and cost escalation, if these issues aren't nipped in the bud.

Rupee, worst performer among currencies of emerging markets
With a global selloff over concerns of the US Federal Reserve's bond-buying tapering impacting the currencies of several emerging markets, the rupee has been the worst performer since Thursday.

5 hot cars that will be unveiled in February
Indian Auto Expo that will start on February 7 will see 70 product launches. We bring the best of it.

Online versus offline trading: What you must know
Offline brokers usually incur much higher costs than online brokers.

January 27, 2014
Amazon will now 'read' your mind, and ship products
Amazon has filed a patent for the technology called 'anticipatory shipping'.

Top executives may get over 10% pay hike this year
Indian companies are likely to give more than 10 per cent pay hike to their top executives

Affordable smartphones with useful features
We look at some smartphones that are loaded with useful features and give some punch, and at the same time go easy on your pocket.

Amazing Airbus A-380s will finally fly into India
Four Indian airports are currently equipped to handle these super jumbos.

Honda City diesel vs Hyundai Verna diesel: And the winner is...
Honda has taken to diesel and come up with its completely new City sedan. Ranged against it is the new version of the erstwhile segment leader, Hyundai's Verna.

How we can clean the highly polluted Ganga river
Water is drawn for agriculture, industry and cities, but only waste is returned to the river.

Did Tata Motors MD commit suicide?
Karl Slym, managing director of India's Tata Motors Ltd, died after falling from a hotel room in Bangkok in what police said on Monday could be possible suicide.

Special: Are PSU stocks worth betting on?
Retail investors should carefully follow recent moves on high dividend payouts or stake sales in state-controlled companies

IMAGES: Amul launches India's first milk ATM
In a pioneering move, Amul has launched India's first milk ATM.

Rupee drops 44 paise to 10-week closing low of 63.10 vs dollar
Succumbing to a rout in emerging markets, the rupee slipped past the 63-mark for the first time in ten weeks.

Budget: Will Chidambaram try to please voters?
Interim Budgets are usually presented in an election year either just before the general polls or immediately after them.

Sensex down 420 pts; highest percentage fall since Sep 2013
Rate sensitive shares led the decline ahead of RBI monetary policy review tomorrow.

9 amazing man made islands
Many countries around the world reclaim land to build airports, housing projects or even develop an entire city. Here are the nine biggest artificial islands made by men.

January 24, 2014
The iconic Apple Macintosh turns 30
Thirty years ago today, Steve Jobs presented the new Macintosh personal computer to a room of Apple investors. The machine has maintained its impact upon the world ever since.

PepsiCo shifts from 'fun-filled' to healthy products: Nooyi
With consumers going the healthy way, PepsiCo decided to transform its portfolio from 'fun-filled' to 'good-filled' products, the beverages major's chief Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, said on Friday.

Indra Nooyi thanks her mother for her success
"When friends and relatives came, they all told my mother that she had got a great daughter. But it is not about me, but about my parents who brought me up so well," Nooyi said.

How to get your high-end smartphone insured
Increasing instances of theft and break downs means you could easily lose expensive items.

8 firms headed by Indian-origin entrepreneurs on Forbes' list
The list is topped by Fuhu, a California-based company that sells the Nabi, an Android-based tablet for kids.

RBI mandate on bank notes make customers anxious
Business people especially worried; banks suggest RBI's April 1 deadline might be too early.

Best selling phones: Lumia 520 outsells Galaxy Note 3, iPhone 5C
These devices set the trend for the future of smartphones.

Why do brands fret over ratings blackout
Some like Panasonic, Honda, Coca-Cola will turn to their agencies for help, others like Dabur would look at brand tracks.

8 gorgeous cars to be unveiled in India in Feb
Auto manufacturers are planning for global premiere of 15 cars at the Indian Auto Expo 2014.

Cognizant boss on what makes the company tick
Cognizant India Executive Vice-Chairman R Chandrasekaran talks to Business Standard about the experience and the way forward.

Meet the Indian techies who sold their company to Google
Fraud, spam and misuse are the words one comes across often while looking for information on the professional history of Vishwanath Ramarao and Naveen Jamal, the duo who shot to fame early this week after Google acquired their cyber security firm, Impermium, which they co-founded along with an American Mark Risher.

SPECIAL: Cognizant's amazing success story
Relative to its competitors such as Infosys, Wipro and TCS, Cognizant's spending on sales and marketing is 50% higher, says an expert.

USFDA bans more products from Ranbaxy
The move follows an FDA inspection of a Ranbaxy facility which identified significant violations of sound manufacturing practices.

10 most expensive streets in the world
Let's take a look at some of the most expensive streets in the world.

Markets slump as high interest rates may prevail
BSE Realty, Capital Goods and Consumer Durables indices were down by 3% each.

Govt banks stare at mid-level crisis
A quarter of managers to retire in 3 years; new private banks also seen as threat.

What stops India from being a superpower? Poor education
A nation touted at places like the World Economic Forum in Davos a few years ago as an economic superpower in the making is only just beginning to address the problem that only 27 per cent of children in class 5 in its village schools can subtract.

Biocon forced to move clinical trials out of India
Biocon, which sought to develop drugs for India and other emerging markets from home, is in a quandary.

Top-level exits at Infosys have a silver lining
Top-level exits at Bangalore-based Infosys may have led to concern about the company's medium-term growth, but these have contributed to Executive Chairman N R Narayana Murthy's strategy of cost optimisation.

January 23, 2014
CPI-M slams BJP's economic blueprint
Communist Party of India-Marxist on Thursday trashed Bharatiya Janata Party's economic blueprint as 'semantic verbiage' akin to 'fascist demagoguery.

Jagriti Yatra: Building India through enterprise
An ambitious endeavour, the Jagriti Yatra is both a promotion of enterprise and itself a manifestation of ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit.

Indian economy is like a super highway, says Friedman
Friedman was participating in a session on India Outlook at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday where Finance Minister P Chidambaram was present.

'India to create 100 mn jobs in manufacturing sector'
According to the minister, India needs to expand its manufacturing sector to boost exports and ensure sustainability.

No need to ring alarm bells for India, says Montek
Ahluwalia said that emerging markets would need to focus more on FDI and bonds among other measures to make up for the fall in bank credit.

AirAsia promises low fares in India; expects to launch soon
Hopeful of launching flights in India in next 2-3 months, Air Asia chief Tony Fernandes says that the airline would introduce 'dramatically' low fares in the country, which would be cheapest in the market and take air travel to masses.

Tata Motors offers VRS to improve balance sheet
A company spokesperson said VRS is and will be offered to 'white-collar workers only'. Tata Motors employs around 30,000 people.

Indian leaders who gave WEF meet a miss
While the rich and famous from across the world have assembled in Davos for their annual talk-fest and networking for business, many top Indian business leaders like

IMAGES: A tour of Moscow Metro's amazing stations
One of the world's oldest and most beautiful metro networks in the world, Moscow Metro has 190 stations.

How to identify if your banknote will be valid after April 1
RBI to withdraw pre-2005 notes: Here's how to recognise the new from the old.

SPECIAL: Sony warms up for new game plan
By winning FIFA broadcast rights and focusing on new genres, Sony Six hopes to create a niche.

Can Ford EcoSport beat its competitors in 2014?
Ford EcoSport is undoubtedly, the most successful launch, the Indian automobile industry has witnessed in 2013.

Bangkok tremors turn tourist tide to India
While Bangkok is one of the most popular destinations in Asia, India enjoys the advantage of being a country with a wide range of attractions.

Big hurdles ahead for Posco project in India
The government's revalidation of the environment clearance for its steel plant in Odisha may not go far and it may still be years before the project takes off.

Sensex ends at all time closing high
L&T, HDFC, Infosys, Axis Bank among the top gainers.

Want to exchange soiled notes? Don't forget your identity proof
RBI to withdraw all pre-2005 notes; move seen as effort to unearth black money.

Why there is little hope of an RBI rate cut this year
Focus on inflation, higher CPI projection dampen bond market mood.

Modi-led govt better for Indian economy: Moody's
It said early polls suggested the BJP should win the largest number of votes and seats, giving it the opportunity to form a government.

SPECIAL: Rigour and risk in RBI's reform push
Government incentives to grow rice and wheat as part of a subsidised food programme for the poor also keep prices high.

January 22, 2014
BSE: Top gainers and losers
The 30-share Sensex of the Bombay Stock Exchange closed 86.55 points higher at 21,337.67 and the National Stock Exchange Nifty index closed at its highest closing levels in 2014, up 25.15 points at 6,338.95.

Beyond politics: FM wants to edit a newspaper!
Chidambaram said this when he was asked by Financial Times Editor Lionel Barber on what he would he like to do beyond politics.

Decline in layoffs calms Indian job market
The companies currently hiring in India is 38 per cent, which is a two per cent drop year-on-year and down on predictions made in June 2013.

Kashmir trade stalls as India, Pakistan fight over drugs bust
The spat, which comes after the two sides agreed on Saturday to allow round-the-clock movement of trucks and containers through their main border crossing further south in Punjab, underlines the fragility of the peace process.

Why Crisil expects India's growth to improve next year
Crisil said the next fiscal could be a year of new leadership and old challenges.

In Asia, workers in Singapore are most unhappy
The top reasons for dissatisfaction were an unsuitable corporate culture, difficult bosses and being asked to do more with less.

TCS leads IT upswing, but can it remain investors' darling?
The third-quarter results of information technology (IT) software leaders indicate that the turnaround in the world's developed economies is a rising tide that is lifting virtually all boats.

39% of world CEOs are very confident of growth
But worries mount over emerging markets and regulation

Loyalty is 'irrelevant', it's performance that matters in Wipro
Wipro, India's third-largest software services company is making a shift in its human resources practice.

RBI expected to ease liquidity in the next policy review
Central bank may raise the limit on repo borrowings or purchase more of govt bonds.

SPECIAL: Why Moily is in a hurry to clear big projects
With only months to go for the general elections, the new environment minister has gone into overdrive to clear projects.

16 airports that boast of AMAZING records
Be ready to be awed by some of the records these airports hold.

IMAGES: World's 10 longest highways
The United States boasts of some of the world's longest highways.

Force One SX vs Mahindra XUV 500: Which is better?
The love story with big, brawny SUVs refuses to end.

An underground tunnel to link Mumbai's domestic airport to T2
The Mumbai airport is likely to become the first in the country to have an underground tunnel for airside vehicular movement.

No poor countries in the world by 2035, says Bill Gates
By 2035 most countries will have higher per-capita income than what China has right now.

Reliance Jio's grand plans a worry for telecom sector
Market expects either a price disruption or differentiated service; combination of both could hurt incumbents.

Equities arrive: Markets end at highest 2014 closing levels
Reliance up 0.94%, Sun Pharma up 2.85, ICICI Bank up 0.76%, Bharti Airtel up 1.56% and Tata Steel up 2.2% were the top Sensex gainers today.

Textiles & IT/BPO push job growth
Added bulk of rise in labour-intensive sectors for September quarter; export segments fuel increase across the board

Mega projects in limbo: Praful Patel admits UPA's 'failure'
Admitting the "failure" of the UPA government in grounding several mega projects in a time-bound-manner, Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Praful Patel blamed it on the environmental "activism within the government".

January 21, 2014
Why are real estate prices still high despite weak demand?
The sale of fresh residential units (in square foot) by listed real estate companies has seen a downward trend in the first half of 2013-14.

LPG cap: Will Cabinet endorse Rahul's views?
If the quota is raised to 12, about 97 per cent of the LPG consumers would be covered by subsidised LPG.

Thailand tops the chart for Indian travellers!
The recent Hotel Price Index report by Hotels.com showed that three Thailand cities -- Bangkok, Phuket and Pattaya -- are in the top 10 destinations explored by Indian travellers in the last two years.

New Tata Vista VX Tech is here @ Rs 5.99 lakh
The new top of the line variant -- Vista VX Tech comes with various features such as a touchscreen multimedia system with GPS Navigation.

This is how Swiss banks plan to woo rich clients
As hundreds of world's rich congregate for the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, many of them have also scheduled meetings with Swiss bankers to devise new strategy for their hidden wealth.

Biyani bets big on small lifestyle companies
After making handsome profits on Biba and AND, the homegrown retailer plans a string of similar investments.

Crossrail: Building Europe's largest infrastructure project
Crossrail, the largest infrastructure project in Europe which will ease the burden on London's crowded underground rail network, has reached the half-way stage.

SPECIAL: 8 reforms political parties should talk about in 2014
The author suggests eight reforms that all parties competing in this year's general elections should embrace.

Secret gizmos that can help you fight corruption!
Citizen sleuths need a variety of secret gizmos to carry out the sting operations recommends Arvind Kejriwal.

These small, mid-cap stocks are FIIs' favourites
Stakes raised significantly in select companies during Dec quarter, pushing sectoral indices up more than larger peers.

SPECIAL: What Modi didn't say about the economy
Narendra Modi's speech had surprising omissions about his economics.

Tata Motors unveils its first PETROL engine in 15 years
The company will market this new range in petrol engines under the Revotron brand.

Markets end flat; Bank Nifty up 1%
ITC, RIL and TCS among the top losers for the day.

Nissan to unveil some stunning cars at Auto Expo
Nissan Motor Company, the renowned global passenger car maker, has been outstanding at the domestic front ever since its arrival.

Mumbai's classy T2 terminal to rival world-class art museums
Mumbai International Airport's new T2 terminal has an art collection to rival world-class museums, a miscellany of cultural nuances that embodies India.

How not to lose money in the stock market
Data show that the chances of loss lessen with more time spent in the market

Railways' plan to mint money: AC tickets at Rs 12,000-Rs 17,000!
Railways plans to cash in on huge demand to shore up passenger revenues.

Can the UPA claim India is 'shining'?
The poor quality of the initial statistics must take some of the blame for the flak that the government has been getting; growth rates have been recorded as plunging more than they may in fact have.

January 20, 2014
Why new flat for your old one needs a lot of homework
Changes in policies and increase in applicable rates are leading to delays in redevelopment. Residents should know how to avoid the pitfalls

BSE: Top gainers and losers
The 30-share Sensex ended up 141 points at 21,205 and the 50-share Nifty gained 42 points to close at 6,304.

World's 85 richest people own half of global wealth
The report by worldwide development organisation Oxfam details the impact that widening inequality is having on the world economy.

UPA's fatal neglect of the direct taxes
Obsessed with spending, the UPA has ignored the vital task of expanding the direct tax net.

SPECIAL: Toothpaste war intensifies as HUL, P&G gnash their teeth
Colgate cries foul over P&G's claim that its Oral-B toothpaste is best in the country.

NSE top-ranked globally for equity trades for 2nd year in 2013
NSE recorded almost 145 crore (1.45 billion) equity trades on its platform last year, a gain of 3 per cent from 2012, making it the biggest among 51 global peers, according to data with the World Federation of Exchanges.

Is Nokia's phablet Lumia 1520 worth the price?
The Lumia 1520 has features to die for, but to be a proud possessor of the smartphone would mean burning a hole in your pocket.

William, Kate and Harry set up firms to protect 'brand'
The firms were set up in 2012 on the advice of lawyers, but have been dormant ever since and are not intended to be used for trading, the report said.

Do Indian politicians lack economic vision?
Both BJP and Congress are offering more of the same, without appearing to realise that welfarism can cause bigger economic problems if adequate growth is not ensured.

20 trains with longest routes; 4 from India!
The Trans-Siberian Railway holds the record for maximum number of long distance passenger trains.

IT shares boost markets; Sensex up 141 points
Markets ended higher led by IT majors after they reported better-than-expected third quarter earnings.

Air India in crisis? It doles out free air tickets to staff
While its top officers like functional directors and joint managing directors are entitled to get 24 free tickets each year, deputy general managers and above get 20 passages under a scheme called Passage Entitlement-Vacation Travel.

Air India, others plan direct flights to top global destinations
Airlines are in talks with Delhi airport over connectivity on 7 routes.

'Delhi created maximum jobs; overall hiring declined in 2013'
The study also found that new job generation plummeted in most sectors as about 20 out of the total 32 sectors tracked by the study registered a fall in new job generation.

Doing business in India set to become easier
It will provide a single-stop shop for all business licences and permits, eliminate the need for a physical interface with various regulatory authorities at the central, state and local government levels and provide all business-related information 24x7 on a single portal.

Mercedes to unveil CLA45 AMG sedan at the Auto Expo
Besides, the company would launch its sports utility vehicle the M Guard during the show.

Six Sensex cos add Rs 32,064 crore in market cap; Infy top gainer
Four companies --TCS, Coal India, Wipro and Bharti Airtel -- saw decline in their market-cap.

IT firms help India Inc bounce back from slowdown
The net profit of 82 firms up 20.2%, but topline growth slows to 14.7% on muted show by manufacturing firms.

January 19, 2014
2 more foreign brands add fizz to India's vodka market
These premium brands are distributed by US-based Russian Spirit Inc, owned by Uzbekistan Jew Roman Tallis.

Unfazed by pact, Bhargava wants AI book to take off in e-space
The Descent of Air India chronicles the financial woes of the airline caused by alleged dovernment interference in its functioning.

Income Tax department eyes foreign gold buyers
The duty, which is charged at the rate of 10 per cent, is payable in currency of the nation where the gold was bought.

BJP vows to revive manufacturing
The party pledges to raise share in GDP to 20 per cent if voted to power; promises I-T relief to middle class; job for one member of each family.

January 18, 2014
US prepared to bring back jobs lost to recession: Obama
Obama said where Congress is not acting, he will act on his own to put opportunity within reach for anyone who is willing to work for it.

Will the new US bill affect aid to Pakistan?
The US Congress has also withheld $33 million assistance until Pakistan releases Shakil Afridi from prison.

LPG subsidy: Rahul's populist punch might pinch OMCs
In September 2012, the government had capped the number of LPG cylinders at six to reduce the subsidy burden.

Mamata skips CII meet over Suchitra Sen's demise
However, the chief minister made up for her absence by addressing the gathering via state Industry and Finance Minister Amit Mitra's mobile phone.

Stability returning to RIL's core businesses
E&P surprises in the quarter; analysts expect the gains from higher output and prices to reflect in coming quarters.

What the tech, telecom leaders want from Modi
Modi on Friday met industry leaders in New Delhi at a closed-door meeting.

January 17, 2014
Reliance Q3 net flat at Rs 5,511 crore
Indian energy conglomerate Reliance Industries reported a nearly flat profit of Rs 5,511 crore ($895 million) for the December quarter but beat analyst estimates, helped by stable margins in its main refining business.

Wipro Q3 net up 27%, beats estimates
Wipro joined its other information technology peers -- Infosys, Tata Consultancy Services and HCL Technologies in beating estimates.

BSE: Top losers and gainers
The 30-share Sensex ended lower by 202 points at 21,064 and the 50-share Nifty fell 57 points at 6,262. The Sensex and Nifty touched an intra-day low of 20,016 mark and 6,246 levels, respectively.

The top 10 retirement destinations in the world
If you are in your sunset years, here are nations that give you the best deal.

Chidambaram tries to hard sell 'growth story' once again!
The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government, in power since 2004, will

Honda to unveil mini SUV Vision XS-1 in India next month
Outlining the company's plans for India's flagship auto show, the firm said in a statement that it will globally unveil a new creative model, the Honda Vision XS-1.

How Akosha turned consumer complaints into a unique business
28% of the complaints Akosha received in the October-December 2013 quarter were from telecom consumers.

Tata Motors to unveil new petrol engine to power next-gen cars
The engine 'is set for a revolution that will change the face of the Indian automobile industry', the company claims.

Diamond jewellery sector lays off 15% of workforce
The sector spends substantial sums on training.

Mercedes S-Class: The best car in the world
No other car comes close to this engineering marvel.

SPECIAL: What ails the public sector banks
This article examines the call for the government to reduce its majority ownership in public sector banks ostensibly with the objective of improving the functioning of these banks.

Delhi airport set to become a top hub for global flyers
The Delhi airport, with the share of its transit passengers in total annual traffic nearly doubling in three years to about 18 per cent, appears to be transforming itself into an international hub.

Sensex ends below 21,100 mark; Q3 nos disappoint
The broader markets underperformed the benchmark indices- E Midcap and Smallcap indices fell between 1-2%.

Reliance Jio goes for the kill
Company now plans to use 1800 MHz band spectrum as the primary wave while the 2300 Mhz wave will be supplementary for enterprise customers.

IT giants beat the Street, bullish on outlook
TCS, HCL Tech join Infy in reporting improved earnings, are bullish on outlook.

FDI in retail won't make a country better off: Stiglitz
The Aam Aadmi Party's decision to disallow foreign direct investment (FDI) in Delhi's retail sector has a taker of sorts in economics Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz.

January 16, 2014
Microsoft considers Ericsson CEO for top job
Microsoft Corp is considering Ericsson Chief Executive Hans Vestberg as a possible successor to outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer.

48% Indian households expect economy to worsen in 2014
The study was conducted along with its research partner -- Nielsen Company in the last quarter of 2013.

TCS Q3 profit surges 50%, beats estimates
Tata Consultancy Services said quarterly consolidated net profit surged 49.6 percent, its fastest pace of increase in at least two-and-half years, helped by increasing demand for outsourcing services in the United States and Europe.

BSE: Top losers and gainers
At close, the Sensex was down 24 points at 21,265 and the Nifty was flat at 6,319.

Honda launches new variant of Amaze; priced at Rs 6.22 lakh
The SX variant sits right between the mid-level S and top of the line VX variant.

Murthy magic has started to show on Infosys
Cost cutting has begun to deliver; analysts say the real turnaround will come when Murthy's impact is evident on sales and delivery.

Election results could impact growth, says Moody's
The World Bank has projected that India's economy will grow at over 6 per cent in 2014-15 and 7.1 per cent by 2016-17 as global demand recovers and domestic investment increases.

Beware! Fairness creams, lipsticks contain banned chemicals
A study conducted by a leading green NGO has found high amount of heavy metals including mercury in fairness products of reputed companies being endorsed by big Bollywood names.

Amazon to launch its best selling e-reader in India
Global online retailer Amazon will launch its e-reader Kindle Paperwhite in India next

Biggest billionaire controversies in the past one year
Past one year has been a rollercoaster ride for India's billionaires. While some were allegedly involved in scams, some got in tussle with government. Let's look at the biggest controversies Indian billionaires courted in the past one year.

Kejriwal's move, a blow to the crisis-hit power industry
After Delhi's move to slash its electricity tariff by half, other states are calling for similar concessions, dimming the prospects for electricity reforms.

Why do AAP's electoral promises make little financial sense?
The author looks at what can be discerned of citizens' troubles from the new political party's platform.

EXCLUSIVE images: INSIDE Mumbai's NEW airport terminal, T2
, who was allowed exclusive access to Mumbai's new airport terminal, T2, tells its story in pictures.

RBI seen softening stand on policy rate as inflation cools
WPI-based inflation falls to 5-month low of 6.16%.

Markets consolidate; telecom slumps
Bharti Airtel, HDFC Bank, Tata Motors and ITC among the top losers for the day.

Modi pleases India Inc with tax talk
At the Ficci meet, the Gujarat chief minister says 'tax terrorism' in the country is inherently venal; calls for discussion on economic reforms.

January 15, 2014
BSE: Top gainers and losers
The 30-share Sensex ended up 257 points or 1.2% at 21,289 and the 50-share Nifty ended up 79 points or 1.3% at 6,321.

Sony unveils budget smartphone Xperia E1
Sony soon plans to launch Xperia E, a budget Android phone with special focus on music. The phone is a successor to Xperia E launched last year.

How politicians are using social networks to woo voters
Social media is the new advertising tool for today's politicians and political parties

Beware! The Chinese (yuan) are coming
Beijing is aggressively pushing, with some success, the internationalisation of its currency.

India has become a country of under-achievers: Modi
Launching an attack on the economic policies of the UPA government, Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the main reason behind the "despair" prevailing in the country was that nobody takes responsibility.

Time Warner to sell its NY headquarters for $1.3 billion
Time Warner, one of the world's largest media companies, is in the final stages to sell its New York headquarters in a whooping $1.3 billion, a media report said on Wednesday.

Revealed! The new Tata Vista that will replace Vista D90
The top-end Vista Tech VX will get features such as ABS with EBD, touchscreen multimedia system with satellite navigation, keyless entry and steering integrated audio controls.

World Bank projects India's growth at over 6% in 2014-15
According to the report, the global economy is projected to strengthen this year, with growth picking up in developing countries.

BJP wants to do away with Income Tax; is it practical?
The Bharatiya Janata Party's proposed banking transaction tax is ill-conceived and inadvisable but it is disruptive enough to raise questions about the perverse nature of India's current tax regime and the need to reinvent it.

Foreign investors bet big on IT stocks in Dec quarter
During the quarter ended December, foreign investors aggressively raised their shareholding in Indian information technology (IT) companies, especially mid- and small-sized ones, according to shareholding data.

FM's solution to fiscal deficit: Earn now, spend next year
Finmin wants higher advance tax from India Inc, interim dividend from PSUs.

Pathetic state of Railways: Blame the political leadership
The work and management culture in the Railways needs to be severely shaken up, but the conventional political leadership of the country is unable to do it.

AAP's stand on retail FDI presents intriguing possibilities
On the retail FDI issue, a possibility being talked about in the corridors of power is the Congress might withdraw its support to AAP in Delhi.

Markets surge as Dec WPI eases to 5-month low
Markets surged after Dec WPI which eased to 5-month low raised hopes of a neutral stance by the RBI at its policy meet end-January.

Why Narendra Modi is wrong on taxation reforms
The post-1991 economic boom was accompanied by a reduction in indirect taxes and rise in the share of direct taxes, and vice versa in the current slowing

How Delhi, Mumbai airports turned into money spinners
The airports run by leading private operators GMR and GVK, especially those in Delhi and Mumbai, are turning out to be cash cows for the government.

Skoda to soon launch all-new Superb in India
The company is expected to announce the detail in the India Auto Expo.

January 14, 2014
Switzerland ready to discuss tax info-exchange with India
There have been concerns in India about limited flow of tax information from Switzerland about Indian citizens, who have allegedly stashed away unaccounted money in Swiss banks.

Why India needs a vibrant manufacturing sector
The specific characteristics of the Indian growth slowdown are poised, according to some observers, to stall a major structural change to the Indian economy.

Nano Twist a better value-for-money car than Alto, EON
The cheap-car tag fades with every new variant, Tata Motors inches towards taking on other city cars.

How Airbus beat Boeing to regain top position
Airbus stands ready to increase output after winning an industry peak of 1,619 new airplane orders in 2013, as it seeks to turn a record backlog of almost nine years of plane production into hard profit.

India falls in economic freedom, ranked at 120
Noting that India continues to suffer from low, but improving, levels of economic freedom, the latest Index of Economic Freedom ranks the nation 120th

Is US recovery a positive sign for Indian markets?
The developed world's recovery, particularly that of the US, is not necessarily a positive for the Indian market.

Is it time to raise your contribution to EPF?
As long as a provident fund continues to be exempt from tax at all stages, it is the best option to build a retirement corpus.

Sensex down 100 points; software shares slump
TCS, ICICI Bank, Tata Motors and Tata Steel among the top losers for the day.

Why cancellation of Vedanta's Niyamgiri project is worrying
The government of Odisha is likely to appeal to the Supreme Court against the decision by the central government in New Delhi to halt the bauxite mining project being undertaken by Vedanta Resources in the Niyamgiri area of the state.

Volvo S60 vs Mercedes Edition C: The winner is...
Is the Volvo S60, the new feature-laden beauty, better than the Mercedes-Benz Edition C?

How Google has made the smartphone more intelligent
A peek at Google Now's features that help users in their daily tasks.

January 13, 2014
Markets record highest one-day gain in 7 weeks
Markets surged nearly 2% led by IT majors on better-than-expected Q3 earnings from Infosys and hopes that RBI would continue to maintain status quo on key policy rates.

Mercedes Benz India to launch 8 new cars this year
German luxury carmaker Mercedes Benz plans to launch about eight new products in India this year as part of plans to continue with the double digit growth that it witnessed last year.

BSE: Top gainers and losers
The 30-share Sensex ended up 376 points at 21,134 and the 50-share Nifty ended up 101 points at 6,272.

India's economic woes far from over
The current account deficit, the difference between outflow and inflow of foreign exchange, would be about 2.3 per cent of gross domestic product because of the fall in gold and non-essential imports, the financial services major said in a report.

How travel has become a nightmare in Indian Railways
Indian Railways is one of the biggest and busiest rail networks in the world, operating 9,000 passenger trains and transporting up to 20 million passengers every day.

Tata launches Nano Twist at Rs 2.36 lakh
Tata Motors have launched the Nano Twist in Mumbai. The Nano Twist, is the power steering variant of the Nano.

Political parties promise the moon; will you fall for them?
As the election season approaches, bad ideas seem to gain currency. Here's analysis of promises election parties have made.

The Murthy effect
Global recovery and internal shake-up at Infosys have worked in tandem.

EPFO nods raising Provident Fund interest rate to 8.75%
The Central Board of Trustees, which is the apex decision-making body of the Employees' Provident Fund Organisation, met on Monday and approved the interest rate.

Nokia Lumia 525 or HTC Desire 700: Which is better?
With a plethora of smartphones in the market to choose from, you are spoilt for choice.

Iconic IMAGES capture the beauty of BMW
Let's take a look at some of the BMW models that have graced the roads.

He is reinventing nine yards of silk
The 89-year old, Chennai-based silk saree and apparel major, RmKV, is re-inventing the saree.

Micromax to launch tablet that works on Android, Win 8
Indian smartphone maker Micromax's dual-operating system tablet Laptab will be priced under $500 (about Rs 30,000) and will be available in the domestic market next month.

Wear a full-fledged computer on your wrist!
Here's our pick from CES 2014, which, we feel, you should be excited about.

January 11, 2014
25 countries that drink most beer, wine, spirits in the world
Let's take a look at some countries that consume most beer, wine and spirits in the world.

T2 will not make Mumbai airport expensive: Sanjay Reddy
GVK group Vice-Chairman Sanjay Reddy said the launch of a new integrated terminal would not make flying out of Mumbai expensive.

January 10, 2014
PM inaugurates Mumbai airport's swanky T2 terminal
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday inaugurated Mumbai airport's integrated terminal, T2, which will boost the airport capacity to 40 million.

Nachiket Mor: A banker who is never short of ideas
Nachiket Mor is a man of ideas. He is so passionate about his projects that sometimes he overpromises and fails to live up to expectations.

Best of luck to those who LEFT Infosys: Murthy
Unfazed by the exodus of top executives, Infosys co-founder and Executive Chairman N R Narayana Murthy on Friday said he wished luck to those who quit the firm and said the company has a strong cadre of leaders and that its future will not be "compromised".

Why Taj and Leela are selling their hotels
Burdened by debt from their rapid expansion in the last few years and the shrinking economy, many hotel chains are now casting around for buyers to sell their assets.

BJP questions cost escalation of Mumbai Metro project
Alleging that there has been an enormous cost escalation in the Mumbai Metro Rail project, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has demanded that Maharashtra government should conduct a special audit to find out the `real cost'.

75 exciting vehicles to launch at India's biggest auto show
Rising from a slowdown continuing for the past several quarters, Indian automobile makers are set to launch a record number of vehicles at the 12th edition of the Auto Expo from February 5.

Despite early chill, 2014 to be hot year for stock markets
Notwithstanding the stock market in 2014 logging one of the worst New Year starts since 1996, the year heralds the beginning of a bull cycle in India and the Sensex may scale the 24,000 peak by December, Deutsche Equities said.

Top 5 free messaging apps
WhatsApp and BlackBerry Messenger are the two prominent Android instant messaging applications. However, there are several messaging apps that are worth trying.

India slips from top to 8th spot in business optimism
The data was drawn from interviews with 3,500 senior executives across industry sectors and was conducted between November and December 2013.

Infosys is out of rehab, looking lean and hungry
Founder Narayana Murthy has lost eight top executives since returning to the outsourcing company.

Is market's love affair with the BJP justified?
Akash Prakash argues the changes needed to revive growth will happen, whether the BJP or anyone else comes to power in 2014.

Microsoft succession speculation focuses on internal candidates
A source close to the company said no appointment was likely until the last week of January or in February.

Markets end tad higher ahead of the November IIP
Markets end marginally higher supported by IT shares as Infosys's Q3FY14 results boosted sentiment.

20 gadgets to look forward to this year
Consumer Electronics Show gives a preview of the amazing gadgets that will come out in the market in the future, as most leading technology companies announce their products in the trade show. Here are 20 products that stand out from this year's event.

Infosys q-o-q profit up 19.4%; revenue growth forecast raised
Infosys Ltd, India's second-largest software services exporter, posted a 21 per cent rise in quarterly net profit, beating estimates, as stronger economic growth in Europe and the United States revived demand for outsourcing services.

January 09, 2014
Little Eye Labs founders are great deal makers: Rajesh Sawhney
Rajesh Sawhney's Twitter account is flooded with congratulatory messages. His GSF Accelerator funded Little Eye Labs, bought by Facebook on Wednesday.

Stocks that have a high upside potential
Their businesses are expected to do well this year and the scrips' downside risks are limited, as the valuations are reasonable.

Why the Indian economy will continue to suffer
The overhang of corporate debt is the primary straitjacket that ties our firms down, not the bottlenecks created by our alternately slothful and interventionist courts and bureaucrats.

Annual auto sales witness first decline in 11 years
According to the Society of Indian Automobile Industry, domestic car sales last year fell to 18,07,011 units from 19,98,703 units in the previous year.

Biggest airport projects that will change the face of India
The GMR group-run Delhi and Hyderabad airports have not only been gleaming examples of successful public-private partnerships, but they are also among the country's favourites.

'Inflation to moderate in coming months'
WPI inflation rose to a 14-month high of 7.52 per cent, while the retail inflation was in double digits at 11.24 per cent in November.

In Pix: This 1932 Ford can rival India's best super cars
The car rebuilt with a V8 Chrysler engine and it produces 500 BHP. It can attain a top speed of 200 kmph.

28 oldest banks in the world
Let's take a look at some of the oldest banks in the world.

Good time to sell out of D-Street's white elephants?
From September 3 till date, mid- and small-cap shares have outperformed benchmark indices.

Infosys results: Lower expectation for Dec quarter
Comments awaited on top exits, management rejig, products business demerger, apart from FY14 revenue forecast

Aam Aadmi Party: Good politics but bad economics
Arvind Kejriwal has got his politics right. Now, he needs to rethink his party's economic policies.

Markets end choppy session on a flat note
L&T, Axis Bank and Hindalco down 2% each were the top losers for the day.

Gold loans: Some easing, some stiffening by RBI
Now, non-banking finance companies can give a loan up to 75 per cent of the gold value; the previous limit was 60 per cent.

Should 'Reliance Metro' be renamed Mumbai Metro?
Republican Party of India (Athawale) on Wednesday objected to naming of the city metro service as 'Reliance Metro' and demanded it should be renamed as 'Mumbai

Women's group seeks LIMIT on gold given at weddings
The women's commission in Kerala is seeking to limit the amount of gold given at weddings to no more than 80 grams to reduce the burden on families and help ease India's trade deficit.

BSE: Top losers and gainers
At close, the Sensex was down 16 points at 20,713 and the Nifty was down six points to close at 6,168.

Raju's wife, kin among 19 directors convicted for evading Income Tax
Raju and nine others accused, including his two brothers, are currently on bail in a case related to fudging of Satyam accounts in 2009.

Indian Railways to get a new life with foreign investment
India will soon invite foreign businesses to help expand its once-mighty but now outdated railways, government sources said, in a move that would mark the opening up of one of the country's last great state-controlled industries.

Singapore Airlines-Tata Indian JV orders Airbus A320s
The new airline has begun recruiting pilots and is close to confirming its top executives, including a Singapore Airlines executive as its chief executive officer.

January 08, 2014
Honda drives in new City; can it take on rivals
The petrol variant has a starting price of Rs 742,000 and the diesel one starts at Rs 862,000.

Mercedes launches latest version of S-Class at Rs 1.57 crore
German carmaker Mercedes-Benz

Tablets spell death knell for PCs
Demand for PCs has been affected by tablets, forcing Indian companies to stop making computers. But they may find solace in the fact that the tablet market is fast maturing.

Nokia launches its first phablet and a budget Lumia phone
Nokia has expanded the range of its smartphones with the launch of two new devices - Lumia 1320 and Lumia 525.

No worries, India to grow at 5% in FY14, says PM
He also said that regardless of the outcome of the next elections, they will once again demonstrate the strength of India's democracy and its institutions.

When will Mumbai airport's T2 terminal be ready for operations?
The plan to open T2 for operations next Wednesday is unlikely because of pending work.

India Inc happy with AAP's anti-graft plank, but...
A survey of CEOs shows corporate India is unsure about the party's ideology, with some feeling its left-of-the-centre politics can be detrimental in the long run.

Realty investment drops 6% in 20 states
Assocham report cites economic slowdown, liquidity crunch, labour shortage etc as reasons.

Winter crops cool vegetable prices
High vegetable prices were seen as one of the key reasons for the debacle the ruling Congress party faced in four of the five Assembly elections concluded last month.

After a 5-day losing streak, markets end higher
Markets gained for the first time in 2014, amid a range bound trading session, snapping a five-day losing streak led by Reliance Industries and IT major TCS.

India's 20 biggest companies, IOC beats Reliance
Indian Oil Corp has emerged as India's biggest company in terms of annual revenue.

Kejriwal's election plans worry foreign investors
Indices rallied almost 16 per cent from September till end of 2013 partly on expectations that the BJP-led NDA would form the government in 2014.

JP Morgan Chase to pay $1.7 bn in penalties for Madoff ties
The bank is facing a slew of government legal actions.

Hottest property prices around the world
Let's see some of the hottest property prices around the world.

28 countries with best fixed and mobile Internet reach
Let's take a look at nations that have most extensive fixed and mobile Internet connections.

January 07, 2014
Re among 25 currencies that saw biggest change against $
Let's take a look at how some of the top currencies performed against the dollar.

Audi launches stunning RS 7 Sportback at Rs 1.3 crore
Luxury car-maker Audi on Monday expanded its product range in the country by introducing the RS 7 Sportback, priced at Rs 1.28 crore.

Every adult should have a bank account by Jan 1 2016: RBI
The panel also recommended unified Financial Redress Agency under Finance Ministry for customer grievances.

BSE: Top losers and gainers
The Sensex ended down 94 points or 0.5% at 20,693 and the Nifty gave off 29 points to end the day at 6,162.

Curbs on gold imports to stay, at least till March
Gold imports fell to 19.3 tonnes in November from a high of 162 tonnes in May in the wake of a series of curbs by both the government and the Reserve Bank of India.

Samsung unveils curved UHD TVs, tablets
The company unveiled a 105-inch screen UHD TV, which it claims is the world's largest curved UHD TV.

Honda launches 2014 City; price starts at Rs 7.42 lakh
The fourth generation Honda City is vastly improved thereby appealing to a wider set of buyers.

Lessons for investors from the Satyam scam
Get worried when a company proposes something unusual and exit if you are not sure.

10 train journeys that cost thousands of dollars
Let's take a look at some of the most expensive train journeys in the world.

15 truly inspiring rags-to-riches stories
Let's look at inspiring stories of billionaires who were dirt poor once.

2014: Five business women to watch in the corporate world
Five people you're sure to want to watch as 2014 unfolds.

Employees seek FIR against Mallya for non-payment of salary
The employees in Delhi on Monday spearheaded an indefinite hunger strike and called on colleagues nationwide to join in the protests with their families at Jantar Mantar.

5 years after Satyam scam: Raju's baby reborn & growing
Mahindra Satyam merged with Tech Mahindra, creating a new entity with revenues of $2.7 billion.

Markets decline amid growth concerns
Markets fall the most in first five trading sessions of a year since 2011.

How banks plan to take on card fraudsters
New guidelines by RBI on card usage will make it difficult for swindlers to dupe cardholders, but customers say security has come at the cost of convenience.

January 06, 2014
BSE: Top losers and gainers
The 30-share Sensex ended down 64 points at 20,787 and the 50-share Nifty ended down 20 points at 6,192.

Are these cheap smartphones worth buying?
See whether these smartphones live up to their claims of a smart experience without burning a hole in your pocket.

BlackBerry slashes Q5 price by 20% to Rs 19,990
The device with a QWERTY keypad was earlier priced at Rs 24,990.

Toyota to launch a mini SUV based on Etios platform in India
Mechanically, the car is based on the Liva and sports the same running gear. However, the visuals of the hatchback have been tweaked to give it a rugged appearance.

How the govt can revive India's economic growth
2013 will go down as an "annus horriblis" for the Indian economy. Instead of a growth rate over 10 per cent and inflation under 5 per cent we have the reverse.

'Bengal is in dire need of industrial development'
Partha Chatterjee, former West Bengal industry minister, says it is a gross misconception that the government's policy is anti-industry.

Mumbai's pride: Swanky T2 terminal set for a flying start
Apart from handling 40 mn flyers a year in an area of just 1,400 acres, the new airport terminal will showcase a 3-km-long art wall & peacock-inspired design.

Air India drags Kingfisher to court over Rs 39-crore dues
Kingfisher Airlines' conciliation meeting with Air India recently ended without any result.

India's 20 BEST cities to live in, Mumbai beats Delhi
Mumbai has been ranked as the most livable city in India.

Markets dip on weak December services PMI
After sharp contraction in December, services PMI dashed hopes of a recovery in the second half of the year.

Soon Tata Motors, Mahindra cars will ply on foreign roads
Don't be surprised if you see cars from the two manufacturer in a foreign land. The carmakers are supplying their vehicle in over 11 countries.

Pepsi to uncork TV channel with MTV
Deal pegged at Rs 7-10 crore (Rs 70-100 million) a year.

Meet the new contenders for CEO at Infosys
Having lost some key personnel, the IT company is sticking to its formula of scouting internally

January 03, 2014
Petrol, diesel to cost more
Petrol price was on Friday hiked by 75 paisa a litre and diesel by 50

Are firms ready for the smarter next generation employees?
It's time for employers to get ready for a generation - born in the digital age - that will be a lot smarter than its predecessors.

Economy is all set to enter a much better phase: PM
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said India is looking at a much better economic phase.

3 Indian projects among the biggest planned cities in the world
Middle East is undertaking some of the biggest planned cities in the world. While some of these developments are exotic, there are few that are setting example of how the future cities need to be.

Modi's claim goes bust; Gujarat's industrial growth slows down
Gujarat was the sixth-worst during the year, according to the Annual Survey of Industries data.

It's time to log into infrastructure funds
2014 promises to be a lot better as capex cycle could see an improvement.

Key stocks to pick for great returns in 2014
Two major events, the general elections and the impact of US tapering, will dictate the direction of the Indian markets.

2014 may not see interest rate reversal
The CPI and WPI data for December 2013 holds the key for the third-quarter monetary policy review to be announced later this month.

Markets end flat amid volatility
Markets ended flat amid volatile trade after short covering in late trades.

Seasonally weak quarter likely for IT giants
Fewer working days and a stronger rupee may impact December quarter performance; rise in overall demand a positive factor.

The secret behind Britannia's success
The mantra for the biscuit maker is simple: Run a tight ship and make prudent investments in manufacturing and distribution.

'Made in Italy'? It's actually made by illegal Chinese workers
Prato, which lies 25 km from the Renaissance jewel of Florence, is also a thriving hub of illegality committed by both Italians and Chinese, a byproduct of globalization gone wrong.

Nariman Point among prime spots that saw biggest fall in prices
Let's take a look at some main spots that reported fall in rental prices.

PHOTOS: 10 coolest cars set to hit the roads soon
Let's take a look at cars that will not only be a pleasure to drive but will also not cost a fortune.

IndiGo to bring back transaction fee
This will make buying tickets on airlines' websites cheaper as it will not include the transaction fee.

The smartphone investor connects with the D-Street
Stock market transactions through mobile phones doubled in 2013

January 02, 2014
Govt lowers tariff value on imported gold, silver
The tariff value on imported gold earlier stood at $398 per 10 grams, while on silver at $643 per kg.

Subrata Roy moves SC seeking permission to go abroad
Senior advocate C A Sundaram, appearing for Roy, submitted that his client has some business overseas and he is needed there.

How Indian cities can be successful
Indian cities need a new intellectual underpinning.

I would still lose sleep on US Immigration Bill: Nasscom chief
Last year, Nasscom hired influential lobbyist, public relation and law firms to plead the case of Indian firms with Congressmen.

Cars that changed Indian auto industry in 2013
Despite of reoccurring crisis in 2013, there were many auto-giants that did well in sales due to some of their impeccable mean machines. Here are some of the top gainers of 2013.

Wages, unemployment issues kept Labour Ministry busy in 2013
The country came to a virtual stand-still when trade unions called a two-day general strike on February 20 pressing for implementation of their 10-point charter of demands.

Will the New Year bring cheer for the realty sector?
Jones Lang LaSalle India says growth was skewed towards suburban and emerging locations as opposed to city sub-markets in 2013.

How India's ultra-rich spend their money
Let's take a look at how India's millionaires and billionaires spend their money.

What to expect from the telecom sector in 2014
With reduced uncertainty and clarity on the spectrum-pricing and sharing front, industry set to see positive growth and stability in the new year.

Discounts fail to boost car sales in December
Maruti and Hyundai see marginal rise in demand for entry-level hatchbacks.

IMAGES: Lamborghini set to unleash a new storm with Huracan
Huracan, which is named after a fighting bull, has been designed as a successor to Gallardo.

Sensex falls the most in 45 days
ITC, L&T, Reliance Industries and ICICI Bank weighed on the indices.

SPECIAL: Now, NaMo on your dinner table!
From stainless steel plates to sweets to T-shirts, brand Modi is going places

January 01, 2014
2014: A year of change or anticlimax?
It could be a year that will change everything, as it's simply unaffordable for things to stay same.

Retail: One big investment, a break-up and long wait for change
International biggies might see a renewed interest in the country after Tesco's move to enter India.

Car makers line up launches - and pray
Product development and launches are expected to lift the buying mood.

Three themes that will dominate Indian media's landscape
Explosion in video consumption is the single-most important trend in the online media world.

Airlines look for ways to heal fuel burn
Fuel accounts for around 40 per cent of costs for domestic airlines.

Third worst year for rupee in a decade
The year 2013 marks the third worst year for the rupee against the dollar in 10 years.

Job prospects in 2014 better than 2013 but below pre-2008 level
Companies are expected to firm up their business plans for the second half of the year.

Vijay Mallya's maze gets trickier
Karnataka HC seeks probe into fund diversion by United Spirits.

Many blue-chip stocks fail the inflation test
The marquee names include Hindalco, three Tata group companies and Colgate.

Cyrus Mistry's wishlist for 2014
Mistry exhorted the employees to carry forward the legacy of the group's founder Jamsetji Tata.

December 31, 2013
Stock market wealth soars by over Rs 1 trillion in 2013
TCS contributed the most to stock market wealth.

Delhi govt may go for CAG audit of private power companies
Defying doctor's advice, an unwell Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met CAG Shashi Kant Sharma to discuss the issue before going into a Cabinet meeting.

The BEST and WORST gadgets of 2013
While bigger smartphones and gaming were a hit, consumers also saw failures in Blackberry Z10 and smartwatches.

How to make an airline pay when flyers won't
Getting more people to fly with you seems to extract a high cost, as pioneer Gopinath learnt and full service carriers rediscover.

Year-end special: Key RBI policy rates in 2013
A graphic on key policy decisions taken by the Reserve Bank of India in 2013.

Samsung launches 'Stay New' plan to upgrade to new smartphones
'Stay New' empowers the customer to own a Galaxy smartphone of choice and upgrade the same in future, Samsung said.

Best and worst performing economies of 2013
Let's take a look at some of the best and worst economies of 2013.

Year-end special: Why the economy is expected to improve in '14
Slowing growth and rising inflation marked 2013 which the country's economic managers would like to forget quickly in the hope that the new year will bring in new government and some good news.

Xolo Play Tegra Note tablet: Is it better than Google Nexus 7?
Xolo Play Tegra Note, with higher screen resolution and graphics and audio, takes gaming experience to a new level.

Are low personal loan rates really cheap?
Processing fees, pre-payment charges add to expenses; also low rates not for all

10 upcoming cars that will drive you crazy
Sedans, hatchbacks, SUVs and luxury on wheels - 2014 promises a range of sleeker and smarter launches in every category.

World's 10 beverage companies projected to see biggest growth
Let's take a look at beverage companies projected to post biggest growth.

How RBI is helping banks to realign their finances
As their non-performing assets have risen sharply even as loans have remained stagnant, RBI steps in with stringent loan-management measures.

Jewellers offering gold exchange scheme step up due diligence
With gold smuggling rising, jewellers have to be sure of the source of the gold being exchanged.

Markets end flat; marginally up in 2013
Markets ended flat amid lacklustre participation from institutional investors.

10 best-selling cars in the world this year
Let's take a look at some of the cars that dominated the global market in 2013.

More budget carriers mull flying abroad
Lower taxes on ATF on international routes certainly help in making operations more viable.

Why India Inc is confident of an economic revival
Index measuring this at six-quarter high; however, economic & political volatility a concern.

Year-end special: Events that shaped India's corporate world
India's corporate sector sees big ticket deals in 2013.

December 30, 2013
Closer to elections, UPA govt starts supporting India Inc
With a spate of clearances, including relief to companies facing delays in development of coal mines, the government is getting its act together.

Be brave: Go for equities, shun gold
Experts advise getting back to equities, as the outlook on the yellow metal and real estate is weak.

Is Samsung Note 10.1 tablet better than iPad Air? Find out...
A big, rich screen and powerful battery make it ideal for gaming and videos but the Note 2014 could have a better camera if you are paying so much for it.

Health of banks worsened in past six months, says RBI
The indicator combines the impact on all major risk dimensions, said the RBI, which has carried out multiple tests before coming to this conclusion.

Inflation limiting RBI's ability to boost growth, says Rajan
Analysts say the RBI could resume tightening monetary policy by early next year should inflation remain high, even as the economy is growing below the decade low of 5 percent posted in the fiscal year ending in March.

Why best of stock experts are nervous about 2014
Politics ahead of general elections, Fed tapering threats and inflation to keep markets on the toes.

Year-end special: Why food prices are staying up
The Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee law allows mandis to remain in the grip of a middlemen cartel, with clear links to politicians who run the governments.

Some good news at last from Reserve Bank!
Delay in the tapering of the $85 billion-a-month bond buyback programme by the US Fed (tapering will start from January 1) gave the country time to replenish the forex reserves and rein in the high current account gap.

World's top 20 multinational workplaces
Let's take a look at some of the best multinational companies.

SPECIAL: Who will be the star of the Indian economy in 2014?
RBI governor and new FM could hog all the limelight.

28 most secretive economies in the world
Let's take a look at some of the most secretive economies in the world.

Markets end lower amid volatility
The 30-share Sensex ended 50 points lower at 21,143 and the 50-unit Nifty was down 23 points at 6,291.

We want to kill workflows, says TCS chief
Work should not flow; it should get done, said

Shahrukh's, Salman's, Hrithik's homes on wheels
Vanity Van of Bollywood biggies customised by auto guru Dilip Chhabria

December 27, 2013
How a little known city became China's economic powerhouse
Based on Foshan's projected GDP growth from 2010 to 2025, Foreign Policy and the McKinsey Global Institute ranked it as the world's 13th most dynamic city.

BSE: Top gainers and losers
The 30-share E Sensex ended 118.99 points higher at 21,193.58 and the broader 50-share Nifty gained 34.90 points to close at 6,313.80.

COLUMN: The dangers of 'tolerable' inflation
The committee set up under Urjit Patel to revise the policy framework needs to re-examine the Reserve Bank's approach to monetary stability.

From boss to worker: TN's top business community fights back
Nagarathars are threatened by dwindling interest in entrepreneurship among its younger members.

Year-end special: Exiting bumpy patch, road sector to have smooth ride
The year began with major infrastructure players like GVK, GMR exiting out of mega road contracts on account of problems such as delays in receiving the green nod, funding crunch and regulatory hurdles.

Kejriwal questions CNG price hike, may review auto fares
The compressed natural gas, or CNG, rate in the national capital was on Thursday raised by a steep Rs 4.50 per kg in a second increase in rates in three months.

The crown prince of HDFC Bank
Paresh Sukthankar, the heir apparent to Aditya Puri, prefers an approach that is in sharp contrast to Puri's.

Global gold prices likely to drop further in 2014
Govt measures, rupee movements to determine domestic levels

4 car launches of 2013 that drove buyers crazy
New cars that set the bar higher for quality, design and pricing, and helped automakers rake in a good moolah.

Markets take heart in small things; small-caps outperform
E small-cap index, which ended over 1% higher, outperformed the benchmarks significantly.

Should you invest in banking funds?
As these have been the most volatile during the past year, limit your exposure in 2014

9 Indians among world's 300 richest people
Mukesh Ambani drops from 18th in 2012 to 35th position.

Review: Honda City petrol is the best car in its segment
The new Honda City petrol is stylish, spacious, performance-oriented, and promises great fuel economy.

December 26, 2013
Khobragade owns properties worth Rs 10 cr in Mah, Kerala, UP
In 10 months, her property value has zoomed almost six times

World's 25 most expensive office spaces include two from India
Let's take a look at some of the most expensive prime office occupancy rates around the world.

The Mistry innings: Captain gets his eye in
While understanding the challenges of the group, the Tata Sons chairman has taken quite a few tough decisions in his first year in office.

How to make best use of OPD insurance cover
Most people do not know how to use it. At best, it provides tax benefit.

India's real estate sector rebound is on shaky ground
For the real estate sector, Diwali was the worst period after the global recession struck in 2008-09.

Gold prices finally fell in 2013
The yellow metal gives negative returns after 12 yrs; analysts say it'll be subdued in 1st half of 2014, with a revival likely later.

Cyrus Mistry scores faster than Sensex in 2013
Tata group's market value is up 38% against the 9% rise in the Sensex in the past 12 months.

The Mistry Innings: Full A-team to be in place in 2014
Mistry is halfway through in building Tata group's Gen Next.

Year-end special: Foreign money floods big telecom operators
Doha-based Qatar Foundation Endowment has bought five per cent stake for $1.18 billion in Bharti Airtel.

Cyrus Mistry's 'to-fix' list widens
The slowdown heat has been felt the most in steel, commercial vehicles and hotels

Sensex ends up 42 points on December expiry
Last hour gains in HDFC Bank, Infosys and ONGC help the indices to end marginally higher.

FinMin-RBI tension resurfaces
Banks are in a tight spot as ministry wants them to open ATMs at all rural branches

December 25, 2013
US-India: A relationship threatened by bad economic choices
A report co-authored by second generation Indian Americans has taken a pessimistic view of the United States-India relationship, owing to the problems with economic and trade ties between them.

Why Indian drug companies face an uncertain future
Weak scientific capabilities, lack of desire to advance knowledge, and regulatory uncertainty are some of the hurdles Indian drug companies face, says .

How many Indians drink coffee or tea? Find out...
Let's take a look at who prefers cuppa over latte.

December 24, 2013
Facebook expects to raise $1.48 billion from 2nd IPO
The California-headquartered firm plans to use the funds raised for working capital needs and corporate purposes.

Why no private companies want to construct roads in India
Government does not have adequate money to fund the projects and the framework to award contracts is flawed, too.

IMAGES: DC Design gives EcoSport a SWANKY look
DC Design has just revealed their take on the hugely popular Ford EcoSport. The studio has modified the exteriors and interiors of the compact crossover thoroughly.

Year-end special: Inflation remained a big challenge in 2013
The retail inflation, which is a better gauge of price rise and measured by Consumer price index, ruled in double digit for most months of the year with the latest November

16 longest non-stop flights in the world
Let's take a look some of the longest non-stop flights in the world.

Warren Buffett made about Rs 228 crore a day in 2013
With a gain of $12.7 billion in 2013, Buffett's net worth at the end of the year stands at $59.1 billion. The notable philanthropist had a fortune of $46.4 billion at the beginning of the year.

Markets end flat ahead of Dec F&O expiry
Investors booked profits ahead of Christmas holiday tomorrow and Dec F&O expiry on Thursday.

We have to be very careful while raising rates: Rajan
People who advocate a rate hike because inflation is very high, even without the food component, have in mind some developed-economy structure, Raghuram Rajan tells Business Standard in an exclusive interview.

Samsung Gear smart watch: Is it the best gadget of 2013?
The Samsung Gear smartwatch is nowhere near James Bond's tech devices, but to be able to talk to someone on your watch is no less exciting. But is it a good buy? Find out...

Banks woo home buyers with low interest rates
Part of a focus on retail advances, as corporate demand remains subdued; could reverse if RBI raises repo next month

Will Infosys appoint an outsider as the CEO?
As front-runners for the CEO positions leave, speculation is rife that Infosys will have to look for a suitable candidate outside the company.

December 23, 2013
Apple has 'big plans' for 2014
During the year, the company extended its leadership in the smartphone market.

BSE: Top losers and gainers
The 30-share Sensex ended at 21,101.03, up 21 points higher from its previous close and the borader 50-unit Nifty gained 10 points at 6,284.50.

Controlling inflation remains RBI's priority, says Rajan
He said the Reserve Bank will wait for next set of data on inflation and industrial growth before taking a call on interest rates.

Awesome tablets the world is waiting for in 2014
From Apple to Asus, here's what to expect from tablet manufacturers next year.

The myriad risks India faces at the moment
Rajan also did his bit by taking steps to protect the currency against speculative attack as did the government in curbing gold imports and bringing the Current Account Deficit

Year-end special: Exports weather slowdown, to do better in '14
The US and Europe account for about one-third of India's exports.

World's 12 best cities for shopping
This new Year's if you are travelling abroad for a vacation, here are list of 12 cities where you should definitely shop.

Tata Motors discontinues Vista D90; to launch a new small car
Tata dealers have begun clearing existing inventory by offering sizable discounts on the hatchback.

Year-end special: Sting operations, bad loans hit banks in 2013
The year 2013 saw the Reserve Bank of India nudge banks to not only improve customer services and reduce bad loans but also look at plugging loopholes in the regulatory

Is your city among India's 28 most competitive?
Let's take a look at 28 most competitive cities in India.

Another scam in the making
An open letter to the prime minister on the Rangarajan formula doubling the price of KG basin gas

REVIEW: iPad Air is the best money can buy
iPad Air is thinner in width and depth and considerably lighter and easier to hold.

Year-end special: Sensex, Nifty hit new highs in 2013
If 2012 was a year that saw Indian bourses scripting a dramatic turnaround after the meltdown, 2013 was marked by consolidation in the first half and a new found optimism by market participants in the second half.

Equity outlook: Twelve-month Sensex target is 24,600
The robust export performance, coupled with a compression of imports led by gold, has led to a substantial narrowing in the current account deficit to comfortable levels.

Year-end special: Gold comes off all-time high, silver declines
The government took steps to curb imports of gold after concerns about the country's current account deficit.

Broader markets rule; bechmarks lacklustre
E Small-Cap and Mid-Cap indices were up more than 1% each, with both these indices outperforming the Sensex today.

What makes Infosys tick despite 8 top-level exits in 6 months?
To an outsider, the exits could signal turmoil and, perhaps, even trouble. But, Infosys, on the contrary, seems to be back as stock markets' darling.

Samsung launches dual-SIM Galaxy Grand 2 @ Rs 22,900
The dual-SIM smartphone will be available in the market from first week of January.

December 22, 2013
Rahul Gandhi outlines UPA's economic agenda
Realising that rising prices had brought the Congress down in the Assembly elections, Gandhi flagged tackling inflation, including the food part, as top priority.

December 20, 2013
8th major exit from Infosys; BPO head Bala quits
The development comes at a time when Infosys' shares are trading at a record high.

Petrol price hiked by 41 paise, diesel by 10
Diesel, which is sold at Rs 53.67 a litre in Delhi, will cost Rs 53.77 after the hike in commission.

Defying market chill, Christie's makes a sizzling debut in India
The auction house put under the hammer 79 art works at over Rs 102 crore (Rs 1.02 billion), including Rs 23.7 crore (Rs 237 million) for a Vasudeo Gaitonde painting, a record price for a work of an Indian artist.

BSE: Top gainers and losers
The 30-share Sensex ended up 371 points at 21,080 after hitting an intra-day high of 21,118 and the 50-share Nifty ended up 108 points at 6,274 after touching an intra-day high of 6,285.

IMAGES: World's best boutique hotel is in Rajasthan
It has also been honoured as one of the World's Best Romantic Retreats.

India must go back to 8% growth at any cost, says Prez
A number of things need checking and for good reason. Read on to know why, so that you don't have regrets later.

Nokia to launch 5 new devices in Lumia, Asha range
The devices will be launched in India in the same quarter in which software giant Microsoft is expected to complete the acquisition of Nokia.

Investing in real estate? Be cautious!
A number of things need checking and for good reason. Read on to know why, so that you don't have regrets later.

Why bosses should not shut out voices that disagree
Why yes-men are good for ego but bad for business.

Is India the most materialistic country? Find out...
Let's take a look at how people measure their success around the world.

The year ahead: Best companies to work for in 2014
Let's take a look at some of the companies rated best by their employees.

India among countries that saw biggest jump in house prices
Let's take a look at some of the markets that saw biggest increase in residential property prices.

SPECIAL: Lessons from the NSEL fiasco
This article reviews what happened at NSEL, according to information available in the public domain, and reiterates what could be done to reduce the risk of similar scams.

Indian shares post biggest single-day gain in nearly a month
E Oil & Gas, Realty, Auto, Power, Bankex and IT surged between 1-2%.

Best of 2013: 10 top performing stock markets of the year
Let's take a look at 10 best performing stock markets in the world.

Tata group voted India's most trustworthy company
Completing a year at the helm of one of the biggest conglomerates of the country, Cyrus Mistry definitely seems to have retained the trust of his investors, a new survey said.

Fed taper unlikely to hurt Indian stocks
Fed move based on US economic recovery, which should boost India's exports, narrow CAD and help curb 'imported' inflation

December 19, 2013
SBI slashes home loan rates by up to 0.4%
SBI home loans will now be available under two slabs -- under Rs 75 lakh (Rs 7.5 million) and above Rs 75 lakh.

BSE: Top losers and gainers
The 30-share Sensex ended down 151 points at 20,709 and the 50-share Nifty ended down 51 points at 6,167.

2013: The worst chapter in the history of Indian automakers
A drive through a long endless dark tunnel best describes the journey of India's auto sector in 2013, during which the industry witnessed record spell of decline in sales, vehicle recalls and strikes.

What exactly ails the world's advanced economies
The biggest failure of post-2008 economic policy has consisted in governments' inability to find creative ways to write down unsustainable debts, for example in US mortgage markets, and in Europe's periphery.

FMC's ruling most severe on Jignesh
The order says he was the 'highest beneficiary' of NSEL fraud and has proven unfit to handle affairs of any exchange.

India prepared to deal with Fed tapering, says Chidambaram
Crucially, the US central bank softened the blow by making its forward guidance even more dovish.

Raghuram Rajan: From an inflation hawk to a pragmatist
Three months on the job seem to have converted Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan from an inflation hawk to at least a pragmatist.

A sinking economy has put the UPA in trouble
It's the floundering economy that caused the Congress' grievous loss in the Assembly elections.

Murthy brings Infosys back to the starting line
The company is reaping the benefits of change as focus shifts back to traditionally-profitable businesses and deal volumes.

Review: New Honda City Diesel is India's most fuel-efficient car
For a car with a fan following like City, Honda's engineers really need to bring out their best while moving to a next generation model. So, have they? Find out...

Markets slide as Fed begins tapering
Fears that FIIs would curtail their investments in emerging markets following the Fed's tapering plan hurt sentiment.

Is Delhi's Metro fare cheapest in the world? Find out...
Let's take a look at how much one-way journey costs in some of the biggest cities across the world.

India's biggest wealth destroyers, Reliance tops
While TCS cheered investors becoming India's biggest wealth creator, Reliance which was a darling of the markets turned out to be a damp squib.

IMAGES: Inside Bangalore's swanky airport terminal
Bangalore's swanky airport has received a new identity.

Maruti to launch new Swift, Dzire in 2014
CarToq reports that Maruti will carry out that facelift for the Swift and Swift Dzire in the first quarter of the next year.

December 18, 2013
BSE: Top gainers and losers
The 30-share Sensex was up 248 points at 20,859 and the 50-share Nifty was up 78 points at 6,217.

Gujarat's growth balanced but health care, education need focus
A majority of the panelists agreed Gujarat has been doing better than other states on land acquisition, skill development and primary and secondary education.

After losing elections, PM says inflation worries 'legitimate'
With price rise being attributed as one of the prime reasons for the Congress poll debacle, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the "worry about inflation is legitimate" but noted that incomes of most people have increased faster than inflation.

Micromax launches Canvas Blaze smartphone @ Rs 11,000
Canvas Blaze will have one sim slot that will work on 3G equivalent CDMA network of MTS and the other will support GSM sim which can work on network of telecom players like Airtel,

Why Moody's prefers Rajan to Subbarao
Central bank Governor Raghuram Rajan drew kudos from Moody's Analytics for his monetary stance.

India's ambitious disinvestment target stuck in 2013
The drive of the disinvestment department to move ahead with its plan to raise Rs 40,000 crore was often neutralised by the desire of the administrative ministries to get better valuation and better price for the shares of the companies put on the block.

RBI says vegetable prices are falling. Do you agree?
While retail inflation soared to a nine-month high of 11.24 per cent in November, the index based on wholesale prices zoomed to a 14-month high of 7.52 per cent last month.

'Thank goodness, the RBI Governor has not panicked'
The RBI had been widely expected to lift its repo rate by 25 basis points, but instead opted to keep the country's main lending rate at 7.75 per cent.

The only way to fix food inflation
The blame for the relentless ascent rests largely with the misguided agricultural marketing policies of the Centre and state governments.

RBI talks tough on inflation, yet holds rates for now
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) unexpectedly kept the country's policy interest rate on hold on Wednesday, despite calling current inflation too high, citing the prospect of easing retail prices and its concerns about the weak domestic economy.

Analysts expect TCS to post stable numbers in Q3
Demand is driven by smaller deals in the US, larger ones in Europe.

Ambanis, Birlas line up 'Electoral Trusts' to fund elections
As general elections draw closer, at least five large corporate houses including those of Ambanis, Mittals and Birlas, have set up 'Electoral Trusts' for providing funds to political parties.

IMAGES: India's longest rail-cum-road bridge
Bogibeel bridge in Assam's Dibrugarh district will become the longest bridge of its kind in India.

India's biggest airlines: IndiGo is No 1
Indian airlines flew over 4.5 per cent more passengers in the 11 months of this year compared to the same period last year, with IndiGo retaining its top position in market share.

Xolo launches 'world's fastest tablet' at Rs 17,999
Premium smart devices brand Xolo launched a 7-inch tablet for Rs 17,999, which it claims to be the world's fastest in the segment.

New Fiat Linea: Mind blowing looks, amazingly powerful
Fiat tries once more to sell its Linea T-Jet sedan in a new avatar. The author says the relaunched version is peppy, though tougher to handle.

Sensex zooms on RBI's new year wishes
Snapping its six-day losing streak both benchmarks rallied over 1% after RBI kept key policy rates unchanged.

The ups and downs of India's retail story
In a year marked by economic downturn, the estimated $500 billion retail sector in India saw growth slowing down to 10-11 per cent from high double digits growth earlier.

Infy on the mend but revenue volatility to continue in FY14
Deal wins, though better than a year ago, are nowhere near competitors'

December 17, 2013
Inflation effect: RBI likely to raise repo rate by 0.25%
Consumer price inflation touched a nine-month high of 11.24 per cent last month.

First impression: Nokia Lumia 1520
This is the first Windows Phone 8 device with a full high-definition 1,080-pixel display.

Can Anil Agarwal tide over the crisis in India?
From raw material shortage to environmental activists and high debt, Vedanta Resources is up against a lot.

India to retain gold import curbs despite easing trade gap
The government is worried the trade gap could worsen again and the currency could weaken as the US Federal Reserve looks set to start tapering its economic stimulus soon.

Best of 2013: Top 10 tech gifts of the year
Let's take a look at 10 best tech gadgets to gift this year.

'In 2014, markets will be as volatile as in 2013'
Bhavtosh Vajpayee, managing director and head of the Indian equities business at Barclays, the London-headquartered multinational banking and financial services company, tells Business Standard it is still too early to predict an economic recovery.

What 'PM Modi' should do to save India's economy
A hurried reform agenda will be either too squeamish or too ambitious and impractical.

Which political party will be the best for Indian economy?
The disconnect with the AAP is that its economic agenda sounds suspiciously like Indira Gandhi's of the early 1970s: more subsidies, higher taxes, regulation of private school fees, free water, et al.

Lenovo K900: Sleek, stylish and has a fantastic 13MP camera
The device comes with a 5.5-inch IPS full-HD screen, 2GHz dual-core Intel Atom processor and 2GB RAM.

How to curb the demand for gold
Financial substitutes for gold are key to addressing the pressure from large imports.

India's 20 biggest wealth creators, TCS is No 1
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has emerged as the biggest wealth creator over the past five years.

Best petrol cars in India
Petrol engines development has progressed well over the years and many of the current cars in India give a good mileage though they have to yet catch up with the fuel efficiency of diesel cars. Here we look most fuel-efficient petrol cars.

Sensex ends down 47 points on rate hike fear
Gains in IT shares and Bharti Airtel helped offset losses in HDFC Group shares.

Take a peek inside Google's secretive data centres
Google Inc opened two data centres in Asia to cater to the world's fastest growing consumer technology markets.

Indians are most optimistic about growth: Survey
Further, the survey found that 60 per cent of the Indians felt under lot of pressure to be successful and make money while 58 per cent were most likely to measure their

December 16, 2013
Five inbuilt free or cheap insurance covers
From online frauds to LPG cylinder accidents, manufacturers and service providers give a host of covers.

BSE: Top losers and gainers
The 30-share Sensex ended 56 points lower at at 20660 levels and the 50-share Nifty scrapped 14 points at 6155 levels.

How Indian politicians must deal with global economic matters
It's time Indian parliamentarians learnt to view global economic frameworks without the narrow prism of domestic politics

HCL ME Champ: Promises to educate and entertain young ones
Technology has touched everyone's life, crossing even age barriers. HCL ME Champ tablet attempts to reach out to the tiny tots with a singular purpose - education combined with entertainment.

Snowden fallout: Predictions for Internet users in 2014
Fallout of revelations made by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been huge, says .

More bad news for the economy: Inflation at 14-month high!
The wholesale price index's annual rise compared with a 7 per cent jump forecast by economists in a poll.

20 companies where employees are most happy
Let's take a look at companies where workers are most happy.

9 awesome smartphones the world is waiting for in 2014
The New Year is just a couple of weeks away and 2013 has seen an unending line of smartphones entering the market.

I-T is the new suitor for Kingfisher House
The I-T dept has repeated its claim after the Karnataka high court rejected a plea from the airline seeking to prevent its lenders from seizing the property.

Where can you stay after retirement?
The hectic pace of life in metros might be fine while you are working. But a smaller town that offers the same facilities with a relaxed lifestyle is better.

Best of 2013: 10 biggest departures of CEOs this year
Let's take a look at some of the biggest departures of chief executive officers in 2013.

Two central banks keep shares on tenterhooks
Market participants said expectations of a rise in interest rates by the RBI and US Fed's comments on its stimulus programme are likely to keep the market nervous in the week ahead.

Check returns on capital before investing
Thirty companies which generated an average RoCE of 30 per cent for five years have seen their market cap rise by 90 per cent.

December 14, 2013
India's mobile tower radiation norms absurd, says WHO
WHO expert says rules increased emission hazard for phone users; tells govt to review norms

December 13, 2013
5 cars that India loves the most
Five cars have stood the test of the time in India. They have continued to sell despite world's biggest automakers trying to beat them over years by introducing one exciting cars after the other.

India Inc braces for third rate hike by Rajan on Dec 18
Banks depend on the repo window for their liquidity requirements and since borrowings under repo are capped, banks have to go to the MSF for additional fund requirements.

Why 2014 will be a fascinating year for the Indian economy
The building blocks of a sustainable and significant market rise are in place.

15 countries that have least economic suffering
Let's take a look at some nations where people are least suffering.

Telecom dreams bring Ambani close to rivals
Six months after an infrastructure deal with brother Anil Ambani, Mukesh Ambani has now joined hands with Sunil Mittal.

Are Indians most pessimistic about future? Find out...
Let's take a look at some nations where people are suffering most.

Best of 2013: Most successful, unsuccessful CEOs in the world
Let's take a look at some of the best and worst chief executive officers in the world.

Ratan Tata receives Dwight D Eisenhower Leadership Award
I really did what my great grandfather said we should - mainly to give back to the community whatever we had in terms of prosperity, says Ratan Tata in New York.

Jeep Wrangler: Goes where no other SUV can
The Jeep Wrangler is a vehicle which can go anywhere without blinking an eye-lid.

Street bets on small and mid-cap consumer stocks
Promotional activity had seen some reversal in October, but it back in a big way across categories, especially in shampoos, soaps, skin care and detergents.

How Micromax aims to go global
Among all types of phones, Micromax ranks third in India after Nokia and Samsung Electronics.

A triple whammy for the Indian economy?
The last couple of days have produced data that potentially cause a dent in the otherwise growing confidence about the Indian economy stabilising.

10 hottest muscle cars in the world
Let's take a look at some of the best muscle cars in the world.

15 BEST buildings of 2013
Upcoming Bollywood Museum in Mumbai is among the projects that have won awards for best architecture in 2013.

Rate hike fear spooks market; key indices down 1%
Banks and Capital Goods scrips among the top losers in noon deals.

High-end restaurants eye a fortune from India's rich
The branch of New York's venerable Le Cirque, at the Leela Mumbai hotel, is the latest in a wave of overseas-based high-end eateries to enter India.

December 12, 2013
Industrial production contracts by 1.8% in Oct
IIP's contraction deals a severe blow to the Indian economy.

BSE: Top losers and gainers
The 30-share BSE Sensex ended almost 246 lower at 20,926 levels down 1.16% from its previous close while the broader 50-share Nifty index of the National Stock Exchange scrapped 71 points to close at 6,237 levels.

Microsoft lucky to avoid Nokia's India tax bill
Microsoft is lucky to dodge Nokia's tax bill in India. On Dec. 12, the Delhi High Court allowed the Finnish group to transfer its Chennai factory to the U.S. software giant as part of its planned $7.4 billion sale of its mobile handset business.

Sensex to touch 24,000 by 2014 end
The poll predicts a better performance than this year's 9 per cent increase but far more modest than the 25 per cent surge in 2012 when foreign investors bought a massive $24.4 billion worth of Indian stocks.

When Ratan Tata felt confused and humiliated
Tata recalled his first weeks on the Harvard campus as he attended a dedication ceremony of Tata Hall at Harvard Business School in Boston earlier this week.

Best of 2013: 15 gadgets that won the hearts this year
Let's take a look at some of the best gadgets of 2013.

Huge perks world's top CEOs got
Let's take a look at some big perks CEOs got.

'Fare hike must for Mumbai Metro to make money'
The Rs 4,300-crore (Rs 43-billion) project -- marred by missed deadlines and cost overruns -- has finally started full scale test run last week between Ghatkopar and Versova and will open to public by mid-January.

India lost $84.93 billion to fraud, corruption
Developing countries lost nearly $1 trillion to fraud, corruption and shady business transactions in 2011, vastly outpacing the foreign aid they received and the pace of dirty money leaving emerging nations is accelerating, a new report found.

Of onion cheer and tomato tears
While onion prices in the wholesale markets of Mumbai declined 48.6 per cent, the steepest among the four metros, compared to October, prices fell only 27.3 per cent in Mumbai's retail markets.

Will the New Year bring cheer to the economy?
The US economy will once again demonstrate its resilience and flexibility and grow around three per cent despite extremely fractious domestic politics over fiscal and other policies.

Markets crack ahead of key economic data; US taper fears weigh
Tata Motors, ONGC, Coal India ICICI Bank and Bajaj Auto were the top losers while Tata Power, HDFC, Gail India and NTPC were the top heavyweight gainers today.

RBI, govt vow to tackle inflation after poll losses
Tackling inflation will be a priority, the finance minister and RBI governor said on Wednesday, after high prices contributed to painful losses for the ruling Congress Party in state elections.

Property prices rise in Mumbai, Delhi
Property prices in Mumbai and Delhi NCR, among India's top realty markets, marginally rose in the third quarter of 2013 mainly due to lack of new launches and cautious sentiment in the sector, a survey said.

Get ready to fork out more for the new Nano
Recently, another version of the Nano, one with a compressed-natural-gas engine, was launched.

December 11, 2013
BJP favours abolition of income, sales, excise tax
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) favoured abolition of income, sales and excise tax and the party may include it in its vision document to be unveiled ahead of General elections

BSE: Top losers and gainers
The 30-share Sensex ended down 84 points at 21,171 and the 50-share Nifty closed 25 points lower at 6,308.

20 most expensive cities in Asia for expats
Let's take a look at some of the most expensive cities for foreign workforce.

RBI pegs India's growth in 2013-14 at 5%
The central bank also asserted that the country is ready for the tapering of the US Federal Reserve's bond purchases.

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw's mission: To make Bangalore a global city
Beyond her avatar as the head of a multi-crore biotech company, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw is a powerful voice of change for the city she lives in.

What HDFC Bank must learn from McDonald's
McDonald's asks the consumer whether he wants a hamburger with cheese, with tomato or without tomato. We will also have to deliver products as and when and how the customer wants.

RBI Governor asks political parties to pass key economic bills
Rajan spoke at the Delhi Economic Conclave 2013 on 'The Agenda for the Next Five Years' in New Delhi.

The gaping holes in India's Internet growth story
By June 2014, India's Internet user numbers will be staggering - ahead of the US and only a little behind China - but there are gaping holes in this growth story.

Best of 2013: 10 best digital cameras launched this year
Let's take a look at some of the best digital cameras launched this year.

The 15 greatest business rivalries of all time
The fiercest corporate battles in India probably have been fought by the Ambanis. Dhirubhai Ambani, the founder of Reliance Industries, first locked horns with Bombay Dyeing's Nusli Wadia over polyester. Then, there was a corporate battle with Larsen & Toubro.

No compromise on fiscal prudence, says Chidambaram
The comments come a day after Fitch Ratings had warned the setback for the Congress party in recent state elections could imperil the fiscal deficit target by tempting the government to have less restraint on spending.

How India can reform its public sector banks
They face two key challenges - manpower and capital. Sadly, these are not on the agenda for reform

Why Modi can no longer remain silent on India's economy
Barring the much vaunted "Gujarat model of development" - which is really more about administrative efficiency in the delivery of services than any particular economic philosophy - Mr Modi has done little to make his views known.

Markets slip ahead of November CPI
Markets ended lower as investors turned cautious ahead of the November consumer price inflation data due tomorrow.

GM to get its first woman CEO, Mary Barra
General Motors Co said on Tuesday Chief Executive Officer Dan Akerson will step down next month and be replaced by global product development chief Mary Barra, who will become the first woman to lead a global automaker.

December 10, 2013
BSE: Top losers and gainers
The 30-share Sensex ended down 71 points at 21,255 and the 50-share Nifty ended down 31 points at 6,333.

Ford Mustang: The big daddy of muscle cars just got better
Mustang has been an iconic car for the auto enthusiasts as it has been ruling hearts for 50 successful years.

Defeat of Congress may lead to higher fiscal deficit: Fitch
An evident anti-incumbency trend against the Congress could mean an increasing likelihood of political pressure to limit expenditure cut-backs, it said.

Runaway house price boom seen slowing to a jog
Home sales in India slowed this year and unsold inventory with builders has increased as economic growth in the broader economy has decelerated quickly to half the 10 per cent rate it was running at before 2008.

Is Asus Fonepad 7 tablet worth buying?
Voice calling tablets seem to be the new rage in the growing smartphone/tablet market in India.

How poll verdicts raise uncertainty for FDI in retail
Congress-ruled Rajasthan and Delhi had said yes; 3 states which had okayed FDI have Assembly polls next year.

'Markets are unprepared for Lok Sabha elections'
Interview with Vice-Chairman and Joint Managing Director, First Global

What makes NRIs so successful
Many of my NRI friends agree that America's Immigration & Naturalisation Service, because of its immigration criteria, has created a highly selective and narrow population of NRIs in terms of capability .

Cloud over economy to remain, say experts
There would be uncertainty on the economic front till a new government comes in at the Centre after the 2014 general elections, experts said.

Lodha group's amazing success story amid the gloom
The real estate developer may have deferred its IPO and realty may be in the dumps, but that hasn't stopped it from making acquisitions worth Rs 12,000 crore.

Buy travel policies with wide coverage
Just having a basic cover that provides medical insurance can hurt

Markets end lower amid consolidation, NTPC down 11%
Markets consolidated in late trades to end lower as investors booked profits after the benchmark indices ended at their all-time closing highs yesterday.

Markets to ride on improving sentiment
Expected pick-up in earnings growth from H2 and reasonable valuations point to a high potential for gains in cyclicals.

14 Nifty stocks surge over 100% since 2008
The biggest gainer, Lupin, saw its market value appreciate nearly seven-fold.

A new bull is born but has to stay in incubator for now
In his present avatar, Kejriwal seems bad news for the Street.

Marketing mantra: Know the story of 'two Indias'
Forget urban vs rural, marketers need to start thinking about North and South.

Best of 2013: 10 amazing smartphones launched this year
Let's take a look at some of the best smartphones launched this year.

BIGGEST loan defaulters in India
All India Bank Employees' Association (AIBEA) has announced a list of top 50 loan defaulters, mainly the corporate firms, whose total default amount to the banks is allegedly to be around Rs 40,528 crore.

December 09, 2013
BSE: Top gainers and losers
The 30-share Bombay Stock Exchange BSE Sensex closed almost 330 points higher at 21,326 levels after hitting an all-time intra-day high of 21,484 during the day and the 50-share Nifty closed at its all-time high of 6,363.90, up almost 100 points.

Rajan blames domestic factors for India's economic woes
The current account deficit, which is the difference between inflow and outflow of foreign exchange, rose to a record high of 4.8 per cent of GDP in 2012-13, from

India's fiscal deficit not to come down soon
Finance Minister P Chidambaram has been repeatedly stressing he will meet the fiscal deficit target of 4.8 per cent of the gross domestic product in this fiscal, but HSBC said the spending-revenue gap may overshoot to 5.1 per cent.

I am not minister for Air India: Ajit Singh
Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh tells Kavita Chowdhury that he is focused on passenger comfort and not on favouring private airlines, as many have alleged.

'Rupee at its current value is well corrected'
A record current account deficit on back of high gold imports too was pressuring the rupee value.

Why Tamil Nadu is one of the best states for doing business
Despite small hiccups, Tamil Nadu is a state with an urban outlook on life and where laws still work.

Can NGOs make govt's employment scheme a success?
The rural development ministry has asked NGO's to run the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in in Naxal-hit areas.

India's self-created fiscal cliff
A closer look at deficit and accumulated debt suggests that, contrary to claims, the fiscal deficit is not under control.

High-end bikes and electric cars made in India for China
Harley Davidson, KTM-Bajaj, M&M make India production base for automobiles to be assembled and sold in China.

How India brought down the current account deficit
While euphoria over the Iran deal has waned sharply, the current account deficit has gone into remission due to a collapse in gold demand.

Best of 2013: 10 most expensive supercars of the year
Let's take a look at some of the most expensive supercars of 2013.

Bitcoin: Can it really make you a millionaire?
While Bitcoin is giving sleepless nights to the regulators, it is only going to get bigger in India where the interest for the currency is on a rise.

'We aim to provide luxury housing at affordable prices'
"Our objective of venturing into different sections of housing is to provide luxury at affordable prices and ensure quality living for all," says Ram Raheja, director and head, Architecture & Design, S Raheja Realty.

The flaws in India's growth model
The ongoing economic travails in India arise from a combination of severe macroeconomic difficulties and a sharp deceleration in the trend rate of economic growth.

Kingfisher on ground, banks' money up in the air
The 14 banks, led by State Bank of India, which lent Rs 6,500 crore (Rs 65 billion) to the airline, are now involved in litigation over the money, as Mallya has sued them in multiple courts.

Rupee could fall steadily in next four months
If the market starts getting nervous about the political risk factor, currency depreciation could be a lot more severe and movement's jerky.

Market chants 'NaMo'; Sensex closes 330 points higher
Bechmarks rallied after BJP won the so called semi finals and investors now anticipate a Narendra Modi-led NDA government coming to power at the centre in 2014.

Keep cash in hand ahead of elections, Budget
These events can change your financial planning due to unexpected policy changes

December 06, 2013
Major victory at WTO, no threat to food security plan: Sharma
The first global trade reform since the creation of the World Trade Organization is ready for agreement by ministers from the body's 159 member countries later on Friday, sources involved in the talks said.

No reforms? PM blames lack of political consensus
Flagging "anxieties" of business leaders on issues like red tape, tax laws, regulation and

Uttam's Take: Anand Sharma's valiant fight in Bali
As Trade Minister Anand Sharma resists the WTO's attempts to nix India's food security initiative, Rediff.com's offers his perspective.

Business leaders pay tribute to Nelson Mandela
Business leaders world over reflected on the legacy of Nelson Mandela, who passed away on Friday.

25 companies earning highest net income per employee
Let's take a look at businesses that are earning highest net income per employee.

20 most generous countries
Let's take a look at 20 most generous nations.

Why you should check your insurance returns
Insurers tout 12-15 per cent of the sum assured as the annual rate of return in money-back policies. But, the actual numbers are much lower

Betting big: 10 casino companies set to roll in cash
Let's take a look at some casino companies that are projected to witness huge growth.

Top 5 'must have' apps for tablets
Here are some 'must have' applications if you happen to own an Android tablet.

How to retain the best women employees
In order to retain their brightest female employees, organisations need to create a more flexible and family-friendly workforce

Meet the Indian techies who sold their firm to Apple
In one clean sweep, the deal catapulted the co-founders of the US-based company into the league of successful Indian-American tech entrepreneurs, making yet another pair of new faces of India's software talent.

Mobile phones don't cause cancer, says WHO
India is not forthcoming in informing the people that mobile phones and towers pose no threat to health and they do not cause brain cancer, World Health Organization's Radiation and Environmental Health Unit's first coordinator Michael Repacholi said on Friday.

Do petrol cars beat diesel in the long term? Find out...
At one end the petrol motors have been criticised for consuming high fuel while on the other the diesel motors have also been condemned for being noisy and low powered.

Equity outlook: We are likely headed for a long-term bull cycle
While the macroeconomic parameters remain weak, we believe the worst is behind us. The markets remain largely driven by liquidity

Vikram Bakshi takes fight to Big Mac, says he's the boss
Bakshi said the attempt by McDonald's to terminate its agreement with him was illegal and not binding and would have no bearing on the shareholding pattern (the partners hold 50 per cent each), board composition (both sides have two nominees) or the working of the company.

Sensex ends below 21,000; Tata Power up 5.5%
Gains in ITC, NTPC, L&T and ONGC help the index edge higher in closing hour.

18 things that happen on the Internet every minute
Let's take a look at what happens on the Internet every minute of every single day.

Best of 2013: 10 tablets that users found irresistable
Let's take a look at some tablets that captured the imagination and wallets of users around the world.

World's best countries for business, India ranks at 98
India has been ranked 98th in the Forbes list of world's best countries for doing business that has cited poverty, corruption and discrimination against girls among the challenges facing the country.

December 05, 2013
BSE: Top gainers and losers
The 30-share BSE Sensex ended 249 points higher at 20,957 levels and the 50-share Nifty was up 80 points at 6,241.

Moody's warns of downgrade if growth drops
"India's gross domestic product growth to remain weak at 5.5 per cent in the fiscal year ending March 2015, as elections in mid-2014 will delay reforms needed to revive the economy," Moody's Investors Service said in a report.

Bottoms up! 15 best-selling whisky brands in India
Let's take a look at some of the best-selling whisky brands in India.

Why are India's road projects in limbo?
Govt not to award BOT projects to private firms this year

Google's mystery barge in San Francisco Bay under investigation
The agency that oversees development in the San Francisco Bay in California has begun a formal investigation into the construction of a secretive Google Inc barge on an island in the bay.

How the women's bank can be a success
The bank has been garnering interest from women far and wide, but it needs to mobilise savings from customers to be able to take off.

Is the worst over for the Indian economy?
Over the last few months, the Indian economy has been on nothing short of a roller-coaster ride.

Meet the world's wealthiest bachelors
With an estimated personal fortune of $15.3 billion, 60-year old Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is the world's wealthiest bachelor, followed by 79-year old Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani who has a net worth of $10.9 billion.

Private equity investors develop a taste for Hyderabadi biryani
PE investors' love affair with this food saw SAIF Partners last year investing Rs 40 crore (Rs 400 million) in TMA Hospitality Services, which owns Ammi's Biryani, a Bengaluru-based QSR chain.

Market gets 'saffron' rush; Sensex ends 250 points higher
Exit polls conducted in the assembly elections indicated that BJP could win 3 out of 5 states which are set to declare poll results on December 8.

Petrol cars make a comeback as diesel prices rise
The thumb rule, say experts, is that if the monthly running is less than 1,800 km, a petrol model would prove cheaper in the long run.

Best cars in India as rated by the owners
Let's take a look at top three cars across nine different segments as rated by the owners.

December 04, 2013
BSE: Top gainers and losers
The 30-share Sensex ended down 147 points at 20,709 and the 50-share Nifty ended down 41 points at 6,161.

15-year-old boy, mother buy cars for $ 1 each!
In a believe it or not sale, a 15-year-old boy and his mother in the US both secured amazing deals on 'Black Friday', a day of drastic discounts and rock-bottom prices in the US, buying cars for $1 each.

Entertainment battle moves to the web
The explosion in online video consumption is pushing TV and film companies to fine-tune their internet strategies.

Tech stocks take a breather but further upside expected
The rise in IT stocks began in May when rupee depreciation took effect.

Suzuki unveils stunning A-Star concept car
Powered by a 996cc engine, the transmission is a CVT unit that transfers power to the front wheels.

Car recalled? Get the problem fixed
Insurance claims will be partly or fully rejected if there are issues or accidents in the future.

25 countries that saw biggest change in real estate loans
Let's take a look at nations that saw biggest change in real estate loans.

Can India bounce back to a high growth phase?
The role of global factors in accelerating India's growth to unprecedented levels continues to be worryingly underappreciated.

Wal-Mart pays lawyer fees for dozens of execs in bribery probe
The US Department of Justice is investigating whether Wal-Mart paid bribes in Mexico to obtain permits to open new stores there, and whether executives covered up an internal inquiry into the payments.

12 biggest social-media sites in the world
Let's take a look at 12 biggest social-media sites in the world.

Downturn in services sector eases in Nov, hiring on ice
The improvement, coupled with the positive findings of Monday's survey on Indian manufacturing, augurs well for Asia's third-largest economy, which grew at a higher-than-expected 4.8 per cent annual rate in the three months through September.

Hidden jewels get a polish at Tata group
Four smaller firms in the infra & technology space on course to more than treble their revenue to Rs 24,000 crore in four years.

Iconic images capture the beauty of Aston Martin
Let's take a look at some of the models that have graced the roads.

In India, smugglers move gold like narcotics
Sri Lanka, Thailand and Singapore are the latest hotspots as authorities crack down on travellers from Dubai.

Can 'Modinomics' work wonders for India?
Investors need to ask some basic questions before betting in the markets on the Gujarat model's national success.

Hyderabad Metro among world's 8 most spectacular infra projects
Globally, governments are undertaking ambitious projects that will change the infrastructure of the respective regions.

Most corrupt countries in the world; India ranks at 94
The abuse of power, secret dealings and bribery continue to ravage societies around the world, warns Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index 2013.

Markets end lower on weak Asian cues
Investors booked profits in late trades ahead of the assembly election results due on Sunday.

'Delhi, Mumbai will be among world's 5 largest cities by 2030'
Delhi and Mumbai would be among five largest cities in the world by 2030, Union Urban

Why India is no longer a medical tourism hotspot
India, long seen as a centre for cost-effective treatment by people around the world, is losing its competitive edge in the medical tourism space.

December 03, 2013
Renault unveils the all new Duster; India launch in early 2014
Renault has added cruise control, speed limiter, rear park assist, and Electronic Stability Control as standard features.

Will the new immigration bill benefit Indians?
The White House made its position clear on the contentious H-1B provisions of Senate version of the immigration bill in a fact sheet prepared for the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community, which includes the influential Indian American community.

Inflation, polls to determine economic outlook for 2014
While Goldman Sachs says India will see a transition, HSBC feels structural imbalances will lead to cloudy outlook for markets.

New Mumbai airport terminal to open on January 15
The Mumbai airport's new integrated terminal will open on January 15. Air India's Newark-Mumbai flight will be the first to arrive at the new terminal.

At Dabhol, it's fight for survival all over again
Shutdown looms over the plant as severe gas shortages cripple production; company doesn't have money to pay the monthly debt instalment of Rs 108 crore.

High salaries at IITs don't mean job market is recovering
Offers of more than Rs 1 crore (Rs 10 million) a year have made a comeback after three years, and a larger number of recruiters are visiting the IITs this year.

Select commodities beat Sensex, Nifty in 2013
In Indian context, among top gainers on the spot National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange, is coriander that saw its price moving up nearly 38 per cent (year-to-date, or YTD).

India Inc rushes for cover against harassment suits
Legal fees in such cases can go up to Rs 5 crore.

Tehelka tarnishes the image of India's media industry
The alleged sexual assault of a junior colleague by one of India's best-known activist-editors brings out not just Mr Tejpal's infirmities but those of an entire industry.

Hawala premiums double as gold smuggling zooms
Around Diwali, the premiums had gone up to as much as 3.5 per cent.

Autos put markets in reverse gear
Markets snapped a three-day winning streak to end lower on Tuesday on profit taking.

Why there is hope for the Indian economy
The safe conclusion to draw from the second-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) numbers that were published last Friday is that the cycle has bottomed out and things are unlikely to get any worse.

How to trade in stocks during elections
Elections can have surprising outcomes, a normal stop-loss could be 'gapped' with the trader forced to cover an adverse position at well beyond his preferred levels.

Airbus 'plane of the future' will blow your mind
Airbus Concept Plane illustrates what future air transport could look like if improvements in aircraft materials, aerodynamics, cabins and engines continue apace.

10 most valued luxury brands in the world
Let's take a look at fashion houses that top in brand value.

25 busiest airports in the world
Let's take a look at some airports that are enjoying a boom in passenger traffic.

Banks cap overseas spend on cards to check frauds
Move aimed to reduce scope of frauds as electronic payment systems are becoming vulnerable to misuse.

Partial rollback of diesel dual pricing on cards
Move likely to be rolled back atleast for state transport undertakings

December 02, 2013
Is 5% growth for India elusive in FY14?
As per the report, the government's estimate of 5-5.5 per cent GDP growth will require an average growth of 5.4 per cent in the second half of this fiscal, which is a tall order now.

BSE: Top losers and gainers
The 30-share Sensex ended up 106 points at 20,898 and the 50-share Nifty ended up 42 points at 6,217.

The trouble with India's disinvestment story
What should have primarily served as an instrument for improving PSU management has over the years become a mere financial exercise to raise revenue to reduce the fiscal deficit.

Mercedes launches SLK 55 AMG priced at Rs 1.26 crore
The SLK 55 can accelerate from 0-100 kmph in a mere 4.6 seconds, and hit an electronically limited top-speed of 250 kmph.

Many reasons for silver to fall further
On speculative front as well, non-commercials have decreased bullish bets on COMEX silver futures and options to a three-month low.

BlackBerry slashes Q10 price, now available @ Rs 38,990
Handset maker BlackBerry on Monday slashed the price of its Q10 handset by over 13 per cent to Rs 38,990 under a special offer to boost sales of the BB10-powered device.

As bad loans mount, India gets tough on 'wilful' default
Two of the highest-profile recent cases of alleged wilful default involve Winsome Diamonds and Jewellery and Deccan Chronicle Holdings

How election results will impact markets
From here till the next government is installed, political equations will play an increasing role in driving perceptions about India.

Does real estate give spectacular returns?
What most real estate investors forget is that over long periods it is not the high returns but the power of compounding that is producing the huge sale price.

How will the Indian economy be post elections?
The key similarity between 1991 and 2014 is the criticality of decisive action.

Auto majors post mixed results
Maruti, Hyundai and General Motors posted negative results whereas Honda car sales zoomed in November.

Markets to trade with an upward bias
Indian economic growth hit a low of five per cent in the financial year ended March 31,2013 and further slowed in the first quarter of FY14.

Best hypercars in the world
Let's take a look at the best hypercars in the world, according to BBC's Top Gear.

Tech billionaires you can connect with on LinkedIn
To boost your professional network, you must try to connect with these people.

25 most innovative economies in the world
Let's take a look at most innovative nations.

8 most entertaining airports in the world
Some airports are working towards cheering you up by adding entertainment options ranging from casinos to even golf courses.

Market cheers green shoots of economic recovery
After contracting for 3 consecutive months, manufacturing activity saw an uptick in November, latest data from the HSBC Purchasing Managers' Index shows.

Why guards at ATMs aren't enough
Experts say RBI's norm on deploying a guard is loosely worded and it is discretionary for banks to have all ATMs manned.

Review: Why iPhone 5s is the BEST phone from Apple
The battery lasts for more than a day with heavy calling, email, browsing, moderate gaming and an hour of listening to music.

Facebook in talks for its first acquisition in India
Being facilitated by iSpirt, deal likely to be announced in weeks

December 01, 2013
10 greatest sports cars in the world
Let's take a look at some of the best sports cars of all time.

November 30, 2013
Why Neeraj Sahai is a perfect fit for Standard & Poor's
The world's largest credit rating agency seems to have a particular fascination for top-drawer talent from India.

November 29, 2013
'Buy an airline for billions and become a millionaire!'
This was a joke narrated by Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh when he reiterated his 'personal' view on privatising Air India.

Sahara to move SC before submitting fresh title deeds
Sahara India was required to submit the title deeds of Rs 20,000 crore (Rs 200 billion) to the marker regulator as per direction of the Supreme Court.

India's GDP grows better-than-expected 4.8% in Sep quarter
India's gross domestic product grew by 4.8 per cent in July-September quarter of 2013-14 as against 5.2 per cent in same period of previous

What went wrong with the Tata Nano
The Tata group may consider launching its small car Nano in a new avatar in another

We have prepared a better pitch for high growth: Chidambaram
The minister expressed confidence that India will get back to high growth path soon.

Why India needs to focus on reforms
India's monetary policy continues to remain hawkish as RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan fights a lone battle to get the economy back on track while the government 'fails to walk the talk.

Japan's superfast trains will be able to touch 500km/hour
Japan will start building the world's first long-distance magnetic levitation railway that can hit a top speed of over 500 km an hour.

Current Account Deficit to come down below 3%: C Rangarajan
He exuded confidence that the Indian economy will grow at 5.3 per cent in 2013-14.

Gold scarce, wedding buyers recycle jewellery
Along the narrow lanes of Mumbai's historic Zaveri jewellery bazaar, many shops display placards saying 'we buy old gold jewellery', tempting buyers who face a $125 an ounce premium over London prices as the government cracks down on surging imports.

Why India failed to become an economic giant
Investment in human capital is likely to fail to translate into effective growth if incentives for entrepreneurs are missing.

Countries that have the best workforce; India ranks 83
With an acute shortage of skilled workforce, India has been ranked 83rd globally in terms of talent competitiveness of its human capital.

In Gandhis' bastion, India's rural poor eye Modi's promise
Opposition leader Narendra Modi's message of growth and investment is gaining ground.

Why the Iran nuclear deal is an economic breather
Recently, Iran and western powers signed a deal in which it was agreed the West Asian nation would scale down its nuclear programme in exchange for a cut in economic sanctions.

Will December see a Santa Claus rally?
December is packed with key economic and political events, both at the domestic and the global level, which will decide how foreign institutional investors (FIIs) fine tune their investment strategies

Lodha in mega realty deal in London
The other bidders included some West Asian and Russian hotel chains.

Tata Motors-JLR explore joint products
The company is evaluating 'possible areas' of cooperation with Jaguar Land Rover, with the engineering teams at the UK plant as well as at the India centre working in synchronisation.

One out of three young graduates UNEMPLOYED in India
In what would surely come as intriguing information for policy-makers, a Labour Ministry survey has found that with an increase in education levels in the country, the unemployment rate was also increasing across age groups.

What a waste! Fruits, veggies worth crores rot in India
India wastes about Rs 13,300 crore worth fruits and vegetables per year due to lack of adequate cold storage facilities, according to a report by US-based technology firm Emerson.

Good Q2 GDP hopes fuel 257-point Sensex rally
ITC, L&T and banks like ICICI Bank, SBI and HDFC Bank aid the upmove.

TCS on Cognizant's heels in N America
The report said the gap in revenue growth between Cognizant and TCS had reached to its lowest of four percentage points in the four-quarter period ended September, 'despite TCS's larger revenue base'.

PREVIEW: India's economy probably recovered slightly in Q2
If the forecast materialises, it would mean the fourth successive quarter of economic growth below 5 per cent.

Tata Motors enters the club of top10 most valuable companies
With a m-cap of Rs 1,28,100 crore, Tata Motors now features at ninth rank in the list and replaces HDFC in this prestigious club.

5 reasons corporates are exiting the new bank licence race
Applicants have also in the past expressed fear about higher capital requirements, stringent priority sector lending norms and rules on promoter shareholding as key deterrents.

November 28, 2013
Wipro faces legal action for 'not paying' property tax
Wipro said it is 'exploring all legal options at its disposal to seek redressal' against any such move by the authorities.

BSE: Top gainers and losers
The 30-share Sensex ended almost 115 points higher at 20,535 levels and the 50-share Nifty was up almost 35 points at 6,092 levels.

25 economic trends that will transform the world
Let's take a look at some of these changes and how they will impact the globe.

How to make India's public sector banks successful
Since public sector banks are unlikely to be privatised soon, the aim has to be to make as many of them perform as is possible.

IMAGES: Stunning cars you would love to drive!
The 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show features more than 1,000 models of imported and domestic cars, fuel/electric vehicles and stunning concept cars.

Rural India shows signs of economic revival but outlook glum
Best monsoon in six years has spurred rural growth but urban scenario grim.

Not happy with salary? Try these countries...
Let's take a look at some nations where salaries are projected to soar.

Should you opt for the new retirement funds?
Between the new schemes and existing pension funds from mutual fund houses, the latter seems like a better option for conservative investors

Polls bring policy-related stocks back in focus
These stocks have rallied up to 25% on the E in the past month, against the Sensex's 1% gain.

Correction offers good value in pharma stocks
Sun, Lupin, Cipla have fallen 9-15% but fundamental prospects remain unchanged as analysts expect 15-25% earnings growth

Sensex ends up 115 points amid a volatile session
Mid-caps and small-caps indices of the E ended 0.8-0.9% higher, outperforming the benchmark Sensex and Nifty.

Where did Tarun Tejpal get all the money from?
The alleged sexual assault by Tehelka Editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal on a young journalist, who has now resigned from the magazine, has brought the well-known journalist's business under the scanner.

Railways' pride: World's 10 fastest trains
China is the world leader when it comes to operating fastest trains.

After Goldman Sachs, Nomura now sees Modi wave
Yet another foreign brokerage has said that it expects Narendra Modi-led BJP to come to power after the Lok Sabha elections.

November 27, 2013
Why Mamata couldn't produce 10 lakh jobs in Bengal
Promising to promote the ailing jute industry in the state, the chief minister said, "If the Centre does not make use of jute bags mandatory for packaging, the state will do it."

Is your car safe? Maruti to recall select cars including Swift
The company said it will inspect the steering column for 1,492 vehicles -- Ertiga: 306 units, Swift: 592 units, Dzire: 581 units and A-Star: 13 units manufactured between October 19, 2013 and 26th October 2013.

Major trade deal fails; UPA's election tactics blamed
Specific difficulties and last-minute backtracking now can only be overcome by trade ministers at a biennial meeting on Dec 3-6.

Are special perks for VIPs in India justified?
The race for VIP perks has pernicious consequences and is undermining the elite's authority.

The top 5 ugliest billionaire websites
There are billionaires who have all the money at their disposal but have websites that are outdated, amateurish, or simply jarring.

Chidambaram takes on Modi, says rupee value fell under NDA
Referring to Modi's reported remarks that then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee did not let the value of the rupee fall, he said the exchange of the rupee was 39.49 to a

How economic crisis doubled Indians' sufferings in recent years
Increase in sufferings in India has also resulted in an increase in sufferings in South Asia, the latest report from the American opinion poll agency said.

Crisis: No buyers for Mumbai's residential properties
About 130,000 of the city's 290,00 under-construction residential properties (45 per cent) are lying unsold due to weak demand and high prices, shows a report released by global property consultant Knight Frank.

Dealing with government, a big hurdle for India Inc
Reforms may have removed many controls on industry, but the need to deal with the government or its civil servants has not declined.

AAI has a team plan to cut through fog
ATC data show on an average airport capacity falls 40 per cent because of higher runway occupation time during the dense fog period.

Why Daiichi is taking Malvinder Singh to court
The Japanese company alleges the earlier Ranbaxy promoters withheld crucial information when they sold the company in 2008.

World's 10 most expensive residential areas
At Hong Kong's Pollock's Path, houses are quoted at Rs 75.4 lakh one square metre.

Apple beats Google to become world's most valuable brand
"The Apple brand is worth nearly twice as much as any other brand on the planet," states Forbes.

Market falls flat: F&O rollovers ahead
Market remained volatile this week as traders roll over positions in the futures & options (F&O) segment from the near month November to December and July-September GDP data on Friday.

Private e-mail IDs expose govt offices to snoop threat
The documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden had also indicated that India was fifth among the countries that were under constant surveillance -- its nuclear, space and political discussions possibly being spied on.

How Infosys plans to cut employee costs
Infosys chief N.R. Narayana Murthy has said the company is looking at reducing the number of top officials and subcontractors at onsite locations in a bid to reduce operational costs, according to Barclays.

November 26, 2013
BSE: Top losers and gainers
Market will remain volatile this week as traders roll over positions in the futures & options (F&O) segment from the near month November to December and July-September GDP data on Friday.

India's corporate tax rates among highest globally
Tax rates for companies in India are among the highest in the world and the number of payments is also more than the global average, putting the country at a low 158th rank on the 'Paying Taxes 2014' list.

A whopping Rs 3,000-cr black money recovered in 2013
The bureau has received as many as 843 inputs from various law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

Countries that will see biggest decline in debt
Let's take a look at some nations that are projected to see biggest drop in debt relative to gross domestic product.

How many Indians have Internet connection? Find out...
Let's take a look at Internet penetration around the world, including India.

The stunning Falcon 2000S business jet in India soon
Dassault has delivered 10 Falcon 2000S business jets since aircraft deliveries started in April.

Samsung launches more powerful Grand 2; bigger display
The phone sports a bigger screen compared to its predecessor, has better screen resolution, and a quad core processor.

Lessons to be learnt from the Campa Cola crisis
An errant builder doesn't lose anything but the property buyer could lose everything.

What makes Gurgaon Rapid Metro so UNIQUE
The country's first privately-funded metro project, if successful, could spark a new trend in urban transport.

For car makers, need for speed beats slowdown fears
From SUVs and MPVs to entry-level hatchbacks, top firms line up a bevy of products for display at February's Auto Expo, the biggest so far.

Sensex slumps 180 points on profit booking; banks drag
The main losers on the Sensex were Bharti Airtel, ICICI Bank, Coal India, ITC, HDFC and GAIL.

November 25, 2013
Finally, Honda unveils the all-new City!
The car has received changes in almost every department be it the exterior, interior, features, engine options or dimensions, which make it an even more desirable product now.

Jailed TMC MP: 'I will spill the beans and put up a brave fight'
'I am being framed to protect the TMC's vested interests... No one can silence me by putting me behind bars,' suspended Trinamool Congress member of Parliament Kunal Ghosh tells Rediff.com's Indrani Roy in an exclusive interview.

Virtual tour: India's largest casino to open in 2014
India's largest integrated casino resort in Daman, spread over 10 acres with 60,000 square feet gaming space, is likely to become operational from early next year.

India among countries that attracted biggest inflow of FDI
Let's take a look at nations that saw biggest inflow of foreign direct investment.

Is India the most globalised economy in the world?
Let's take a look at some of the most globalised economies in the world.

Should you buy the Google Chromebook?
Google's Chromebook is finally in India.

Tata Motors launches CNG variants of Indica, Indigo eCS
Tata Indigo eCS emax delivers a mileage of 24.6 km/kg and Indica gives 23.7 km/kg.

How friendly is Indian government to businesses? Find out...
Let's take a look at how business-friendly some governments are.

Your wait for that big I-T refund just got longer
If you are expecting a huge income-tax (I-T) refund, you may have to wait a bit longer than you earlier thought.

Is India Inc geared up to deal with sexual harassment cases?
The Delhi rape-murder incident brought stricter provisions in Indian Penal Code, recognising sexual harassment as a criminal offence.

Smartphones will be smarter than YOU by 2017
Smartphones will soon be able to predict a consumer's next move, their next purchase or interpret actions based on what it knows, according to information technology research and advisory company Gartner Inc.

Why gold price may touch Rs 32,100 soon
The shift towards a hawkish stand by the US Federal Reserve has kept gold prices on the edge.

Sensex surges on Iran deal, ends up 388 points
Markets surged on Monday snapping a three-day losing streak on hopes that Iran deal would help India lower its CAD and contain inflation

India beats China as the most attractive investment destination
With relaxation in FDI norms to boost investor sentiments, India has emerged as the most attractive investment destination surpassing neighbouring China and the US, says a report.

Investor wealth SLUMPS by Rs 3.45 lakh cr despite Sensex rise
Investor wealth has eroded by over Rs 3.45 lakh crore to Rs 66.39 lakh crore so far this year, even though the stock market benchmark index, Sensex, has made gains during this period.

CLSA, Credit Suisse see rosy future for Indian markets
Two leading foreign brokerages have projected a bright outlook for Indian equity markets amid heightened prospects of significant gains in the run-up to the general elections early next year.

7 Indian-origin persons among world's top management gurus
These people are changing the way business is done globally, setting course for future of commerce.

Global tax test: India fully compliant, Cyprus fails
A worldwide crackdown on illicit funds has left just four jurisdictions -- Cyprus, Luxembourg, Seychelles and British Virgin Islands -- non-compliant with global tax laws, while India has emerged as 'fully compliant'.

Rupee fall pushes Tata group out of $100-bn club
Salt-to-software conglomerate Tata group's combined turnover has slipped below $100-billion mark due to a fall in rupee, despite an over ten per cent growth in total revenue when measured in Indian currency.

November 23, 2013
Kolkata, Chennai sees highest rise in property prices; Delhi lags
Residential property prices in 12 cities, including Mumbai, Hyderabad and Chennai, rose during July-September quarter, as compared to a year ago, according to the National Housing Bank (NHB) Residex.

HTC launches the costliest Android phone; costs Rs 61,490
The phone comes with stylus, insurance for theft, liquid damage and option to be purchased in monthly instalments.

Why businessmen WANT Narendra Modi to come to POWER
There is a wide chasm that separates business and the UPA government. This has driven business straight into the arms of Narendra Modi.

November 22, 2013
BSE: Top losers and gainers
The 30-share Sensex closed at 20,217 down almost 12 points or 0.06% and the 50-share Nifty index closed almost 4 points lower at 5,995 levels.

Once again, Nilekani justifies Aadhar!
Nandan Nilekani said Aadhaar card can help in creating national portable health record system.

Starbucks taking Indian Coffee to its outlets across globe
Tata Starbucks, the 50/50 joint venture between Starbucks Coffee Company and Tata Global Beverages Ltd, opened its 30th store in the market -- at Koramangala in Bengaluru, adding Bengaluru to its list of cities, which includes Mumbai, Delhi

Why SBI's profit dips when a new CEO is appointed
As the outgoing chief prefers to leave on a high note, it is left for the newcomer to clean up the mess.

Why investors are unhappy with leadership at Apple, Microsoft
Stakeholders are getting impatient with CEOs who are steady and stable. They want the leaders to take fast decisions and deliver quickly.

The BEST diesel cars to buy in India
And India is a mileage crazy nation. Good fuel efficiency can make or break the deal.

Ambitious Sahara bought trophy assets around the world
The Sahara group's expansion into many areas of the services industry - retail, real estate and hospitality - reflects its huge ambitions.

How the glitzy Sahara Parivar slipped into deep crisis
To continue fighting and growing, it has to first deposit cash of Rs 20,000 crore or title deeds of properties of similar worth in the next few days.

Why you shouldn't invest lump sum before elections
With just six months to go for the general elections, market participants are waiting with bated breath for this major event to get over.

US jury awards Apple $290 million in retrial vs Samsung
A US jury awarded Apple Inc about $290 million in damages in a retrial against Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, restoring a large chunk of a historic verdict the iPhone maker won last year.

Moily's diesel maths doesn't add up
Assurance of full decontrol in 6 months would need far heavier doses of phased rises, which isn't being contemplated.

Sensex ends flat as investors turn cautious
According to provisional data, foreign institutional investors (FIIs) turned net sellers of Indian shares worth Rs 59.80 crore on Thursday, 21 November 2013, breaking a 32-day buying spree.

Indians among top informers in US
Gave more information on wrongdoing than France, Germany and Japan

Gold business expected to pick up from January 2014
Gold jewellery business is expected to pick up from January 2014 as agriculture sector is doing well, an industry official said on Thursday.

2 Indian-Americans among Fortune's top 50 people in business
MasterCard's India-born CEO Ajay Banga and the co-CEO of Workday Aneel Bhusri are among the 50 top business leaders in the list.

Duronto trains lose charm, to run as regular superfast express
The non-stop feature of Duronto trains appears to be losing sheen on some routes as there is a poor response from travellers, prompting railways to convert five such trains into regular superfast express.

No Modi bias, Goldman bullish on India's growth
After the rap over endorsement of Narendra Modi earlier this month by its equity markets arm, Goldman Sachs on Thursday refused to attribute anything political to its optimism on the country's growth prospects next fiscal, saying it does not form or hold political opinions on the topic.

November 21, 2013
Market slump: Investors become poorer by over Rs 1 lakh crore
Wednesday's release of the minutes of Fed's October meet spooked global markets as it signalled tapering of the $85 billion monthly bond buying could happen 'in coming months' if the economy improves as anticipated.

India will be devastated if it ignores environmental concerns
By 2050, India will be a devastated country if the deafness to environmental and resource concerns persists.

SC prevents Subrata Roy from leaving India
The apex court also restrained Sahara group from selling any of its property to anybody.

The unique story of India's luxury market
The real talent for purveyors of luxury goods and services will lie in training Indians to serve them.

Honda Vezel: The gorgeous SUV to debut in India
It will compete with the Renault Duster and Nissan Terrano and is expected to be priced between Rs 9-12 lakh.

Apple's amazing 'spaceship campus' gets approval
Apple has reportedly got the final nod from the city council for building its latest 'spaceship campus'.

How research will change after this year's Nobel Prize
The Prize highlights that that if researchers from different fields work together, the quality of results is better and more definite.

10 companies sitting on orders worth billions of dollars
Let's take a look at some companies that are sitting on orders worth billions of dollars.

India a safe investment destination: FM to Indian diaspora
Chidambaram said at the opening of South Asian Diaspora Convention, 2013, which was attended by over 1000 delegates.

Who will be the next Microsoft CEO?
Chairman Bill Gates said on Tuesday he was pleased with Microsoft Corp's progress in finding a new chief executive but outlined the difficulties in picking the next leader of the world's largest software company as it seeks to reinvent itself as a mobile computing power.

RBI's new norm to affect growth of MNC banks like Citi, HSBC
Subsidiary route may not give branch expansion freedom to many foreign banks.

Why World Bank thinks India will have a good Q3
Last week, Chidambaram had exuded confidence that the economy will pick up in the second half and record a growth of 5-5.5 per cent in 2013-14.

For Intel, Hollywood dreams prove a leap too far
The drastic change in plans for the retail spaces follows the company's abrupt abandonment of a grand plan to become an entertainment hub in living rooms around the world - a retreat that has been rumored but not yet acknowledged by the company.

Kolkata's iconic Great Eastern Hotel sold for Rs 52 crore only: The inside story
While the divestment attracted many names initially, on the final day, only The Lalit Suri group submitted a price bid.

Seven Indian drinks among world's best-selling alcohol brands
Let's take a look at some of the best-selling spirits in the world.

Nokia shareholders approve sale of mobile business to Microsoft
The sale is expected to close in the first quarter of next year after regulatory clearances.

Market heads south, Sensex loses 340 points
Key benchmark indices continue to head south weighed down by financials, capital goods and IT shares.

Why you must include PPF, tax-free bonds in portfolio
The season of tax-free bonds is on.

Google's Nexus 5 phone makes Indian debut; sold out within hrs
Internet giant Google may have underestimated demand for its flagship Nexus 5 phone as it ran out of stock within hours of listing for sale in India.

Can China rival United States as an economic superpower?
China's ambitious reform road map could transform the country's economy, but it conceals a return to old-style authoritarianism.

Chronology: How Jet-Etihad got over every hurdle they faced
How the first FDI in aviation was achieved.

November 20, 2013
BlackBerry launches Porsche-designed smartphone
Though the price of the handset was not disclosed, BlackBerry said the device is fashioned from high-quality materials and features a customised version of its 10.2

BSE: Top losers and gainers
The 30-share Sensex ended down 305 points at 20,585. The 50-share Nifty ended down 80 points at 6,123 recording its highest single-day loss since September 30 when the benchmark index had dropped 98 points.

Rs 2,069 crore Jet-Etihad deal finally takes off
Naresh Goyal becomes the country's first airline promoter to receive

'India's pace of economic reforms disappointing'
Singapore's Fullerton Fund pumps more into China, cuts exposure in India

Renault keen on utility vehicle, small car segment in India
The company that sells five models in the country is looking for nearly 90 per cent growth in sales this year.

Gold pours into China to meet record demand
China, set to pass India this year as the world's top gold consumer, has imported nearly a fifth more bullion than data from its traditional conduit Hong Kong shows as it brings in the metal via other routes.

The good, the bad and the ugly of India's rural transformation
Despite impressive progress, a Green Revolution-era policy framework - subsidies for fertiliser and free electricity for groundwater irrigation - has now become an escalating risk to sustainability.

LG to launch 25 devices in India; aims to sell 50 mn phones
The late entrant is banking on rapid launches, focused distribution and higher localisation to get 5 million of the market this year. Will it succeed?

Embrace transparency in Internet use: Google urges India
A Google search of 'India Internet censorship' generates thousands of hits documenting episodes in recent years of government authorities demanding the closure of websites.

World's top 10 mobile phone companies
Mobile phone sales across the world totaled 455.6 million units in the third quarter of 2013, an increase of 5.7 percent from the same period last year, according to Gartner, Inc.

Fed committed to easy policy for as long as needed: Bernanke
In a speech to the National Economists Club that echoed dovish comments by his nominated successor, Janet Yellen, Bernanke also said that while the economy had made significant progress, it was still far from where officials wanted it to be.

Multiplex operators strike gold in Bollywood-mad India
Multiplex operators like PVR Ltd, Inox Leisure, Reliance Mediaworks and Mexican chain Cinepolis are scrambling to set up theatres

How India can reduce the long waiting period at toll booths
While international service standards require passage through the tollgate in about five seconds per vehicle, the actual time taken in India is usually a large multiple of that.

Tata Motors to debut a small car and a compact sedan soon
Hatchback and compact sedan to be unveiled at Auto Expo will have new DNA.

Is FIIs' love affair with Asia waning?
The liquidity-driven market rally since September, which has seen about $2 billion of inflows into the Indian equity markets, has propelled the benchmark the S&P E Sensex to a new high after about six years.

Indian entrepreneurs can build next Google: Schmidt
The former Google chief executive officer said he witnessed the creative potential of India's people all around him in Silicon Valley where India-born entrepreneurs account for 40 per cent of start-ups.

US economy in a good position to compete: Obama
Obama said there is need to fix the broken immigration system that strengthens economy and national security.

India seeks Congressional help over immigration bill
The Indian IT industry has led the way, in strengthening the India-US trade and investment relationship, Sandhu said adding that today, companies like TCS, Wipro, Infosys and HCL employ well over 50,000 US citizens and support more than 280,000 other local US jobs.

Sensex loses 300 points, Nifty records highest single-day loss
Investors booked profits in late trades after gains in the previous three sessions.

India among countries that saw biggest jump in gold stockpile
Let's take a look at nations that saw biggest increase in gold stockpiles.

How much nuclear power fuels India's energy needs? Find out...
Let's take a look at some nations, including India, that depend on nuclear power to provide energy needs.

Iconic images capture the beauty of Mercedes-Benz
Let's take a look at some of the models manufactured by the company down the years.

Why Honda Amaze is the best compact sedan
If you were still contemplating buying Honda Amaze, here something to convince you.

7 things to know about India's first women's bank
With the inauguration of the bank in Mumbai, seven branches would become operational across the country including in Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Guwahati.

November 19, 2013
Blackstone, Panchshil Realty to buy Express Towers for Rs 900 cr
US private equity firm Blackstone Group LP and Indian developer Panchshil Realty are close to buying a majority stake in an office tower in Mumbai for about Rs 900 crore (Rs 9 billion), two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.

Average age of India's super rich 63 yrs; China youngest at 53
At 53 years, China's billionaires are the youngest in the world, while the average age of India's super rich people is 63 years, a year older than the global average of 62.

BSE: Top gainers and losers
The 30-share Sensex ended up 40 points at 20,891 mark and the 50-share Nifty ended up 14 points at 6,203 levels.

PM inaugurates Bharatiya Mahila Bank, Sonia attends function
Coinciding with the 96th birthday of late Indira Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh inaugurated the first of its seven branches at a function in Mumbai in the presence of United Progressive Alliance Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, coalition leaders Sharad Pawar and Farooq Abdullah, besides Finance Minister P Chidambaram.

Fare wars land airlines in a mess
Recent attempts to salvage the situation might not be enough thanks to the rise in jet fuel prices and depreciation of the rupee.

Mumbai's new iconic structure: Bombay Arts Society building
The famous architect Sanjay Puri has designed the building. Within an extremely small plot measuring only 1,300 square metres; the architect has created a fully fluid area to fit the clients' requirements.

How India's businesses have transformed
Before liberalisation, the strict norms had often stifled entrepreneurs looking beyond the boundaries of the country, and scalability was a taboo.

Why Starbucks CEO is impressed with Ratan Tata
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has voiced his admiration for industrialist Ratan Tata's 'grace' and wisdom, saying he was moved by the business icon's words during the launch of the coffee chain's flagship store in Mumbai last year.

25 toughest companies for job seekers
Firms that ask you the toughest interview questions.

Supreme Court issues notice on chit fund regulation
Supreme Court has issued notice over chit fund.

Did Sachin choose his sponsors with care?
Sebi has in public advertisements advised people not to invest in Q shop. But, top cricketers, including the man they call God, continued to peddle Q shop.

15 countries that have highest household debt
Let's take a look at 15 economies that have highest household debt in the world.

What triggers Sensex's split personality
A few shares foreigners love have lifted markets, leaving investors open to a reversal of hot money as well as political risk.

The Reserve Bank's mission impossible?
Taming inflation may prove difficult because the social consensus in favour of moderate inflation appears to have eroded

Sensex ends up 40 points, Nifty above 6,200
The main gainers on the Sensex were Hindalco, JSPL, SBI, Maruti Suzuki, GAIL, L&T.

Meet the man who exposed Ranbaxy's fraud
Dinesh Thakur is now planning to start a new venture to help the industry and the US regulator avoid another Ranbaxy-like episode.

Is this a good time to invest in stocks?
When it comes to financial markets, fear and greed play a large component in determining market prices.

How satisfied are Indians with their job?
Let's take a look at some countries where workers are happiest.

Don't trust stocks experts! Here's how to do your own research
An investor cannot use the same multiple to reach on the fair value of the stock. Every industry is judged by different parameters.

November 18, 2013
Stock market rally makes investors richer by over Rs 1 trillion
This was the biggest single-day gain for Sensex since October 18 when it rose by 467.38 points.

Why we are heading towards another tech bubble
Social media has become so integral to our lives that we don't even see the ways in which it has changed us.

Sennheiser Momentum: Fall in love with music all over again
Armed with a hard shell case, Sennheiser's latest set of headphones offers an enviable balance of sound.

Why Wockhardt's Waluj facility is under lens
After recovering from issues such as defaults on foreign currency convertible bonds and piling debts, pharmaceutical major Wockhardt has been on the slow lane through the last six months, following warnings from global regulators such as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.

ICICI hits overseas debt market with benchmark issue
This is the second debt raising by Mumbai-based lender this year after it had raised SG$ 225 million early January in a seven-year bond sale programme.

Jaguar F-Type is nothing short of a masterpiece
Few phrases would describe the leonine Jaguar F-Type better other than 'poetry in motion'.

Buy this mansion, get a Rolls Royce for free!
In a novel offering, a realtor in the US state of Florida is giving a Rolls Royce car for 'free' with a nearly $13 million mansion.

Indian shopping street among world's most expensive locations
Let's take a look at some of the most expensive retail locations in the world.

25 banks sitting on biggest pile of money in the world
Let's take a look at banks that have most assets in the world.

Vegflation: Another killer for India's economy!
A double-digit food inflation has become a standard feature of our economic history now for the sixth year.

Why rupee fall is good for India
In March 2012, the rupee was about 51 to the US dollar - not much cheaper than it was a decade earlier.

Road ahead is slippery for the automobile industry, says Fitch
Demand for passenger vehicles, which has been on a downhill so far this year, will continue to remain sluggish through the first half of 2014 due to high interest rates which has weakened consumer sentiment, says a Fitch Ratings report.

End of easy money as RBI pushes to develop money markets
The ability of banks to continuously tap funds through the central bank's Liquidity Adjustment Facility lowers their need to raise cash in the markets, which has thwarted the development of a proper money-market yield curve.

Stunning concept cars of Tokyo Motor Show
Of all auto event, this one in Japan is favourite of car makers to unveil their concepts.

Wealthiest Indians you've probably NEVER heard of
Some of these are low profile while few have businesses outside India or are restricted to one geography.

Markets record highest single-day gains in a month
The market rode on US Fed plans to continue the stimulus measures and China's economic reforms.

'Modi's rise to power will not affect Indo-Pak trade ties'
Narendra Modi's coming to power will not make any difference to Pakistan's trade ties with India, says Zubair Ahmed Malik, president of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry.

Want to be successful? Take a long-term view, says Indra Nooyi
Pepsico's Indra Nooyi claims she remains bullish on India, while Sebi's Sinha makes the case for using pension money to pump capital into the market, reports Faisal Kidwai.

Gold smuggling is rampant; trend likely to continue
40-50 tonnes of gold may have been smuggled into India in July-September; industry seeks duty cut

November 15, 2013
Tata is Tendulkar of corporate India: Chidambaram
With a large gathering of corporate leaders in attendance at the function in Mumbai even as the master blaster played his last test match at the nearby Wankhede Stadium, the

Lenovo launches 8-inch and 10-inch Yoga Tablet
The are priced between Rs 22,999 to Rs 28,999.

RBI blames inflation for high interest rates
Since taking over at RBI on September 4, Governor Raghuram Rajan has twice hiked the repo rate -- at which the central bank lends to banks -- to 7.75 per cent, seeking to

Volatile living: India, China's bold monetary experiment
Both central banks targeted interbank rates to control the supply of money, aiming for a more surgical monetary tool than orthodox bank reserves or policy interest rates.

Chidambaram hopes RBI gives license to specialised banks
The RBI had issued guidelines for Licensing of New Banks in the Private Sector on February 22 and came out with clarifications in the first week of June.

Indian TV channels go on war overseas
Broadcasters are doing everything they can-overhauling content, firming up distribution deals and launching free-to-air channels - to capture the Rs 1,500-crore overseas market.

How low oil prices can revolutionise Islamic countries
As the oil moneybags get lighter, it will be increasingly difficult for Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states to continue to support incendiary radicals. And over time, there will be greater integration of Muslim life and culture into the "mainstream".

Did FinMin ask pension regulator chief to quit?
Agarwal's relationship with the finance ministry has been choppy, particularly after P Chidambaram.

Rangarajan's mantra to contain inflation
According to data released on Thursday, Wholesale Price Index-based inflation rose to seven per cent in October from 6.46 per cent in September.

Why pesky calls and SMS won't stop soon
Rules have been amended repeatedly but it's a lucrative business; severely penalising the ultimate beneficiaries may be needed.

Infosys tries to offshore more work to woo large clients
The Bengaluru-based company, striving to return to sustained growth, is looking at different ways to reduce the cost structure, aiming to win large clients, said Rajiv Bansal, chief financial officer.

Cricketers who BENEFIT from Sachin Tendulkar's retirement
There's now a big brand endorsement opportunity for the icon's colleagues.

14 simple tricks to get the best mileage from your car
Following proper driving techniques can help you to achieve much higher fuel efficiency. Here are few...

10 cities in the world seeing biggest increase in low-cost carriers
Let's take a look at cities that are seeing biggest increase in low-cost airlines's seat capacity.

10 countries that saw biggest decline in gold stockpile
Let's take a look at nations that saw biggest drop in gold stockpiles.

iPhone 5c too highly priced for India: Gartner
In mature markets like the US and Europe the price difference between the iPhone 5c and 5s is not enough.

IMAGES: 'Pink Star' diamond sold for a whopping $83 million!
A plum-sized flawless diamond known as the Pink Star has been sold for a staggering $83 million at an auction in London, a record price for a gemstone.

The sinking story: Indian banks with highest NPAs
The net non-performing assets (NPAs) or bad loans of 40 listed banks jumped by 38 per cent or around Rs 35,424 crore (Rs 354.24 billion) in the first six months of current financial year.

November 14, 2013
BMW launches new version of Z4; costs Rs 68.9 lakh
Feature additions come in the form of LED headlights, new alloy wheel design options, additional body colours and an optional contrast roof.

What led to the CRISIS at State Bank of India
India's largest public sector bank, State Bank of India announced its Q2 results with a fall of 35.08 per cent in standalone net profit to Rs 2,375 crore (Rs 23.75 billion) for the quarter ending September 2013.

US billionaires favour New York over other American cities
The United States is home to 515 billionaires with a combined net worth of more than $2 trillion and many favour New York over other American cities to live in, says a report.

BlackBerry completes $1 bn investment through debentures
The investors also have an option to purchase additional $250 million worth of debentures in 30 days.

Mystery behind J P Morgan's China deals being probed
US authorities are investigating J P Morgan's hiring practices in China as part of a wider bribery probe

Why Obama will visit ArcelorMittal's US plant
Noting its role in reviving the US economy and creating jobs, President Barack Obama will visit a steel plant owned by NRI tycoon Lakshmi Mittal whose company is the largest supplier of steel to the US auto manufacturing sector.

SPECIAL: Why gold demand in India is hit
Global appetite for gold fell 21 per cent in the third quarter as outflows from physical bullion funds and the drop in buying from India offset firmer jewellery, coin and bar sales, a quarterly report from the WGC showed on Thursday.

Economists vs politicians: Tough fight over economic policies
Macroeconomic policy aimed at short-term political gains does not augur well for a poorly performing economy.

How to keep your retirement corpus intact
With EPFO capping the contributions to your pension scheme, you could look at other pension plans.

Advertisers hit a ton with Sachin's swansong match
From hoardings to banners, the city is splattered with 'goodbye Sachin' messages.

Sensex breaks 7-day streak, ends 205 points higher
Meanwhile, Wholesale Prices Inflation (WPI) numbers which were announced on Thursday, accelerated to an eight-month high of 7.0% in October.

Mukesh Ambani's mantra to solve current account deficit problem
Mukesh Ambani said broadband technology is providing access to opportunities irrespective of geographies.

20 best Internet broadband providers in the world
Let's take a look at 20 top Internet service providers in the world.

IMAGES: Motorola unveils low-cost smartphone, Moto G
Motorola is betting that low-cost smartphones can provide the spark to rekindle its struggling business, even as the company's ownership by Google Inc will force it to sit out of China, the world's largest smartphone market.

Mumbai's ambitious transport project to face indefinite DELAY
The Rs 20,000-crore Mumbai Elevated Rail Corridor is in for an indefinite delay as it is being reworked, marking a setback to the ambitious rapid transport project.

10 incredible structures made from recycled materials
As our resources deplete, some environmentally conscious people around the world are using trash and converting it to treasure.

IMAGES: Finally, Gurgaon gets a swanky Metro rail
The Gurgaon Rapid Metro, connecting the Cyber City with the Delhi Metro network, begins its run on Thursday.

Azim Premji is India's most GENEROUS businessman
When it comes to philanthropy, Indians don't share the table with the likes of Bill Gates but still there are a few who do really donate and the latest list is topped by Azim Premji of Wipro.

November 13, 2013
BSE: Top losers and gainers
The 30-share Sensex ended down 88 points at 20,194 and the 50-share Nifty ended down 28 points at 5,990.

At last, some good news for the Indian economy
The economy grew by 4.4 per cent in the first (April-June) quarter of current fiscal. In 2012-13, the gross domestic product growth fell to a decade low of 5 per cent.

Gold demand improves in India; supply remains tight
The most-active gold contract for December delivery was 0.99 per cent lower at 30,109 rupees ($470) per 10 gram at 0934 GMT on the Multi Commodity Exchange.

CAD to come down to $56 billion this fiscal: Rajan
RBI Governor Rajan on Wednesday said significant progress made in curbing current account deficit.

IMAGES: One World Trade Center to be TALLEST skyscraper in US
The skyscraper at New York's World Trade Center has been designated the tallest building in the United States by virtue of its spire, surpassing Chicago's Willis Tower, an international body said on Tuesday.

Twitter was once named Friendstalker
Among other names the founders contemplated were 'Twitch' and 'Smssy'

34k bank branches at risk as MS to end Windows XP support
Microsoft sources said about 52 per cent of computers in banks, 30 per cent in government offices, 26 per cent in manufacturing companies and 26 per cent in software firms are running on Windows XP.

How smart cities can transform India's future
Cisco's CEO says India's urban planners urgently need to think innovatively to prepare for the unprecedented migration from villages that is expected over the next decade.

Ambani to bring cash and carry to Punjab
The company wants to compete against international majors in Sunil Mittal bastion.

IMAGES: Inside the stunning Falcon 5X private jet
Dassault Aviation has unveiled its biggest and most advanced Falcon jet.

15 largest IPOs launched by Internet companies
Let's take a look at some of the biggest IPOs floated by Internet companies.

Twin DEVILS that have eroded the Indian economy
Consumer durables shrank year on year, which could suggest to observers that spending confidence is yet to return to the economy.

India's 20 BEST selling cars
Here are the best selling cars in the month of October

World's top 10 TAX HAVENS
"The biggest providers of financial secrecy are not small, palm-fringed islands as many suppose, but some of the world's biggest and wealthiest countries," finds the Financial Secrecy Index.

TCS paying top dollar for the New York marathon
TCS hopes to create a positive image for outsourcing by sponsoring a famous marathon

Sensex loses 88 points, Nifty ends below 6,000
Markets ended lower for seventh straight day on profit taking in index heavyweights.

D-St favourites queue up at RBI for higher FII investment limit
Foreign institutions are becoming important for the Indian markets.

November 12, 2013
Tatas won't return Singur land; keen to return to Bengal
The automobile firm's response came in reply to an earlier specific query of the apex court asking it to make its stand clear over the allotted land in the wake of changed scenario as the company had already moved its car plant to Gujarat.

BSE: Top losers and gainers
The 30-share Sensex ended 209 points down at 20,282 after hitting an intra-day low of 20,262 and the 50-share Nifty ended 61 points down at 6,018 after touching an intra-day low of 6,012.

Private investment: Engine to drive India's economic growth
By enabling, not colluding, with the private sector, the government can drive growth and deliver social protection on a much larger scale.

24 countries that offer best opportunities to foreigners
Let's take a look at 24 nations rated best for expatriates.

Domestic car sales dip 4%
According to the data released by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers, motorcycle sales in last month grew by 18.05 per cent to 11,05,103 units from 9,36,122

25 LARGEST shipping ports in the world
Let's take a look at some of the largest ports handling millions of containers everyday.

India's 16 PROSPEROUS states, Punjab beats Gujarat
Though Maharashtra has 30 per cent more real income per person, Punjab has more widespread ownership of consumer durables, resulting in more prosperity, says the Crisil study.

Is EcoSport better than Duster and Terrano? Find out...
With the launch of Nissan's Terrano, the fight for supremacy in the compact SUV segment hots up.

Car companies that have the BEST service centres in India
After sales service is the key for consumers to buy a car in India. For some people, it can even be a deal breaker. Let's take a look at the companies that have the best authorised service centres.

Costlier vegetables push retail inflation to 10.09%
Costlier vegetables and fruits, such as onions and tomatoes, drove retail inflation to 10.09

Sensex loses 200 points; Nifty ends at 1-month low
The broader markets too ended weak- BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices fell by nearly 1% each.

Should you SELL or BUY more stocks now?
October finished with a Sensex reading of 21,164, a new closing high for the index.

How India can curb gold SMUGGLING
Recent regulations may have caused official gold imports to fall dramatically but evidence of smuggling is rising.

November 11, 2013
How inflation hit the fortunes of India's richest
Though the total wealth of India's 100 richest people grew by a modest 3 per cent from the year ago period to $259 billion, the elite group of entrepreneurs have beaten the

How India's business leaders have let down the country
The private sector has been selfish and greedy, and does not realise that it's they who should be blamed for the failure of India's growth story rather than the system and politicians.

How to get more from your health insurance
With the regulator changing the claims processing rules, policyholders can now settle their claims quicker and keep premium costs lower.

Lenovo P780: A phone that lasts good 40 hours
At Rs 18,799, the Lenovo P780 brings an amazing battery backup, one of the most crucial things for a smartphone.

Fresh tremors for the rupee?
The RBI's strategy to feed dollars to oil marketing companies directly from its dwindling reserves is not sustainable

10 MOST polluted places in the world
Let's take a look at some of the most polluted places in the world.

India targets $2.3 billion asset sales by year-end
Plans disinvestment in IOC and Coal India.

Auditors raise red flags on India's top airlines
Auditors of Jet Airways, SpiceJet say the "appropriateness of the going concern basis" depends on their ability to meet obligations.

How to prepare your child for education loan
This is perhaps the first time your child is taking a loan. Here's how you can guide her to use it wisely.

Sensex ends down 175 points; Nifty closes below 6,100
Meanwhile, IT bucks trend; TCS, Tech Mahindra and Infosys from IT pack were up 0.2-1.3%.

Why is India a difficult country to do business in?
The average number of procedures for starting a business is seven among South Asian economies, it is 12 for India.

How Sardar Patel could have changed India's economic fortunes
Narendra Modi's recent observation that India's fate would have been different had Sardar Patel been the country's first prime minister, instead of Jawaharlal Nehru, has caused a stampede of public opinion.

The FDI tiff: No love lost between India and Walmart?
Sources say the US retail giant's chief reluctant to meet again after Nov 1 meeting was cancelled

The MISTAKES that proved costly for Nokia, Infosys
Their experiences have serious lessons for decision makers in many other industries.

November 10, 2013
After Goldman, CLSA goes gaga over Modi
Says a BJP win would raise business confidence and, as a result, the chances of a new investment cycle

Mysterious India-born investor gains big from Twitter IPO
Suhail Rizvi, an enigmatic India-born investor, has emerged as one of the biggest gainers from Twitter's high-profile public debut.

41% of Indians think the country will LEAD world economy
Indians are divided on whether their own country or neighbour China will take the pole position in the world economy over the next two decades, according to a survey.

November 09, 2013
Blockbuster Twitter debut makes co-founders richer by over $1bn
Riding on the company's stellar market debut, Twitter co-founders Evan Williams and Jack Dorsey saw their combined fortunes soar by over one billion dollars in a single day to $3.6 billion.

November 08, 2013
Twitter and the coming crisis
A look at the frenzy over Twitter's IPO shows that the markets believe that monetary policy will be good for risk assets.

Twitter's goal in IPO: To AVOID becoming Facebook
Twitter CFO Mike Gupta grilled banks about how to sidestep the problems that beset Facebook's IPO from start to finish.

Advantages of RBI opening up to foreign banks' subsidiaries
In the absence of clear incentives for subsidiaries, foreign banks logically prefer the branch mode; but now, those who see India as a long-term growth opportunity have the basis for deciding between the two modes.

Hyundai launches Grand i10 automatic at Rs 5.95 lakh
The Grand i10 AT competes with hatchbacks such as the Maruti Ritz AT, Honda Brio AT and Nissan Micra CVT.

BSE: Top losers and gainers
The 30-share Sensex ended down 157 points at 20,666 and the 50-share Nifty ended down 46 points at 6,141.

Possible reason behind AI Dreamliner's accidents?
With the plane experiencing problems one after another, Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said there were no safety issues and the faults would be worked out.

Why growth remains a major concern for India
Of the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) economies, China, Russia and Brazil posted sharper increases in activity, but India registered a fourth successive decline in output.

IMAGES: Inside Google's upcoming London headquarters
The search engine giant is now constructing a new headquarters in London that will have a swimming pool, a running track, and all other amenities that adorn its offices worldwide.

COLUMN: How to deal with post-retirement blues
The number of financially well-off people seeking emotional crutches after retirement is increasing rapidly.

India emerges as the most attractive market for FIIs
Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) are back in droves.

Car accidents? 9 amazing features that can save your life
As technology advances, automakers are bringing in more complex mechanism to make the cars safer.

BlackBerry offers bumper package to new CEO John Chen
BlackBerry Ltd will pay its new interim CEO a base salary of $1 million, a bonus of up to twice that amount as well as stock awards potentially worth some $85 million, in the hopes of turning around Canada's most prominent technology company.

SPECIAL: Big Mac gets a king-sized threat
The world's largest burger chain, McDonald's, has had a smooth run in India till now.

Why are vegetable prices hitting the roof?
Price of onions, tomatoes up fivefold; cabbage triples in past year; experts say storage and processing facilities need investment.

Twitter shares soar in frenzied NYSE debut; touches $50
Twitter Inc shares jumped 73 per cent in a frenzied trading debut that drove the seven-year-old company's market value to around $25 billion.

Sensex slips 160 points, US jobs data eyed
Markets continued their losing spree for the fourth straight seesion on Friday as investors turned cautious and booked profits.

Infosys lifts suspense over Rohan Murty's designation
The Union ministry of corporate affairs (MCA) has informed Infosys that the appointment of Rohan Murty, son of co-founder and executive chairman N R Narayana Murthy, does not require its approval.

The CONTROVERSY over Hyderabad Metro
Rejecting allegations of irregularities, L&T Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited today said it

20 countries seeing biggest increase in oil production
Let's take a look at some nations that are witnessing biggest gain in oil production.

India's 10 most powerful businesswomen, Chanda Kochhar tops
ICICI Bank MD and CEO Chanda Kochhar has been ranked as the most powerful businesswoman in India for the third consecutive year by Fortune Magazine.

November 07, 2013
BSE: Top losers and gainers
The 30-share BSE Sensex closed at 20,822 down 72 points after touching a high of 21142.85 while the broader 50-share Nifty index closed at 6,187 levels down 27 points; the index touched a high of 6,289 today.

Top 10 countries with most billionaires; India ranks 6th
According to the the wealth-X and UBS billionaire census report 2013, India's billionaire population has decreased by 5.5 per cent to 103 and the total billionaire wealth has

COLUMN: All about the row over GM crops
It is past time for India to revisit the question of cultivating Bt brinjal hybrids that have been field-tested in the country.

Chennai metro: Tamil Nadu's biggest infrastructure project
At Rs 14,600 cr this is Tamil Nadu's biggest ever infrastructure project.

Home and auto loans get DEARER
State Bank of India (SBI), the country's largest lender, has decided to increase its base rate or minimum lending rate by 20 basis points (bps) from Thursday, to 10 per cent from the present 9.8 per cent.

Twitter prices IPO above range, eyes at least $1.8 billion
The microblogging network priced 70 million shares at $26, above the targeted range of $23 to $25, which had been raised once before.

Market ends low post festival of lights
Key indices ended weak for a third consecutive session after a stellar rally.

India's 25 RICHEST people, Dilip Shanghvi top gainer
India's 100 richest saw a 3 per cent rise in the wealth totaling $259 billion, says Forbes.

24 economies that are most transparent
Let's take a look at 24 most open economies in the world.

After the financial crisis, India has a ray of hope
Five years after the 2008 global financial crisis plunged the world into the Great Recession, there is a ray of hope that may lead the world into quicker recovery than what has happened till now.

World's most expensive car has a price tag of 4.6m pounds
The car will go for auction next year.

World gets richer: Record 2,170 billionaires!
Notwithstanding the current economic uncertainty, Asia has recorded the largest increase in its billionaires club in the world with 18 new billionaires in 2013, making it the fastest-growing region, a report says.

Skewed taxation rules a spoiler for REIT investors
Investors in Reit would like some favourable tax treatment so that this remains an attractive route for them to put money as compared to other options present in the market.

India likely to become 3rd largest economy by 2030
India is likely to be the third largest economy with a gross domestic product size of $15 trillion by 2030, says Standard Chartered's Super-Cycle Report.

November 06, 2013
BSE: Top losers and gainers
The 30-share Sensex ended down 80 points at 20,895 after hitting a low of 20,861 and the 50-share Nifty ended down 38 points at 6,219 after touching a intra-day low of 6,209.

No love lost for BlackBerry, Watsa after surprise deal
BlackBerry Ltd's decision to accept a $1 billion cash injection from a group of investors led by Canadian financier Prem Watsa shocked other potential bidders for the smartphone maker and has left some investors crying foul.

Why wages in India will rise by just 2%
According to ECA International, a provider of knowledge, information and technology for the management and assignment of employees around the world, factoring in inflation, employees in Asia are likely to receive the biggest average increases in real terms.

How Infosys visa row affects Indian IT industry
The industry needs to change its business model.

There is a SWISS connection to Indians' craze for gold
Swiss data secrecy suggests a sinister explanation for India's gold fetish.

IMAGES: Inside India's tallest Air Traffic Control tower
Constructed at a cost of about Rs 100 crore, the tower stands at a height of 83.3 metre.

24 cities that enjoy fastest broadband speeds in the world
Let's take a look at 24 cities enjoying fast download and upload speeds.

Hyderabad man in race for Microsoft's top job
In August, Steve Ballmer said he would retire within 12 months.

Will HCL face a Infosys-like situation ever?
Shiv Nadar, the first-generation information technology entrepreneur, founder and chairman of the HCL Group, has announced an additional Rs 3,000-crore investment over the next five years towards the educational initiatives of his corporate social responsibility entity, the Shiv Nadar Foundation.

After biting Apple in China, Xiaomi looks to scale up rivalry in India
The company may offer phones at around Rs 20,000, less than half the starting price of Apple handsets.

Luxury carmakers change lanes to cruise in a slow market
BMW is just another of the many bringing entry-level luxury cars to the market.

Markets end near day's lows, bank shares weigh
Profit taking was seen in financials and index heavyweight Reliance Industries after recent gains.

Isro propels India Inc's space ambitions
A symbol of self-reliance, India's space endeavours are a model for public-private partnership.

Burj Khalifa builder a consultant for Statue of Unity project
According to government officials, the Indian arm of Turner Project Management, which worked on the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa of Dubai, is consultant for the project and construction management.

How retail investors can make a fortune
Exit from equities if your investment was goal-linked or if you urgently need cash. Else, stay; rebalance your portfolio by picking attractively valued and some better-performing stocks

November 05, 2013
In key markets, realty prices may fall 10-15% in months
According to an expert tracking the sector, by Diwali 2014, the prices could correct 10-15 per cent in the National Capital Region, Mumbai and other similar high-end markets where rates have surged in recent times.

At last, some good news for the Indian economy
RBI's swap windows have boosted foreign inflows over the past two months.

AI Dreamliner passengers have another nightmarish experience
An Air India Dreamliner, with 184 passengers and crew onboard operating on London-Delhi route, made "priority" landing at the IGI Airport after some warning lights indicating problem with the braking system blipped in the cockpit.

iPhone 5 series sold out in India
An increasing number of enthusiasts are walking in asking for the gold-coloured version of the iPhone 5S.

Planning to buy a Volkswagen Polo? Here's a helpful guide...
If you are looking for a premium hatchback that offers just that bit more than others, your choices could come from the Volkswagen stable.

The FIR against Birla that reignited a controversy
It wasn't Kumar Mangalam Birla alone; the Hindalco mine allocation turned the spotlight on the PM and the Odisha CM.

Are banks wrongly branding people as defaulters?
Credit bureaus have become a weapon banks wield even against a consumer who deserves much better.

Modi-Rahul rivalry behind Amul RIFT?
Boardroom disputes have marked the tenure of pretty much every chairman of the co- operative - from its founder Verghese Kurien to Chaudhary's predecessor, Parthi Bhatol.

25 BIGGEST car manufacturers in the world
Let's take a look at countries that are manufacturing most cars in the world.

Why Bangalore, Mumbai are not the best cities to start a firm
India's Silicon Valley Bangalore turns out to be the worst place to start a business in India, according to World Bank survey.

27 days to start a business in India! It's UPA's failure
India has been ranked 134th among 189 countries in the World Bank's Doing Business 2014 report.

Markets break 5-day winning streak; Midcaps outperform
The broader markets outperformed the benchmark indices- E Midcap and Smallcap indices gained by nearly 1% each.

November 04, 2013
The Ambassador gears up for rejuvenation
The company has taken up an ambitious project to introduce a smaller version of the classic car.

iPad Air: Thinner, faster and the best tablet in the market
The device delivers more performance and comparable battery life in an attractive and impossibly thin-and-light package.

Bombay Stock Exchange's IPO may be delayed
IPO-bound market infrastructure institutions like bourses have to ensure that every shareholder is 'fit and proper'.

Where to INVEST in Samvat 2070?
It has been a choppy Samvat 2069 for the global markets.

November 03, 2013
Samvat 2070 off to flying start; Sensex, Nifty end at new highs
The broad-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty rose by 10.15 points

November 01, 2013
Sensex zooms in Samvat 2069; investors richer by Rs 8.19 lakh cr
Investors became richer by Rs 8,19,804 crore in Samvat 2069, aided by a hefty 13.5 per cent gains notched by benchmark Sensex during the Hindu calendar year.

Chidambaram sees current account deficit at $60 billion
He said gold imports in October rose slightly to 23.5 tonnes.

Amul's boardroom battle has a POLITICAL twist
Boardroom battles are nothing new for Amul.

Jobs to vanish from India's gold sector
Gold is the second-biggest item on India's import bill after oil and, facing a record trade deficit and a plunging currency this year, the government imposed stringent rules with the aim of curbing demand for the metal.

Farewell to MCX: From Jignesh Shah to Shah Jahan?
Shah's emotional statement indicates he has bid farewell to MCX; but is he stooping to hit back?

SPECIAL: All about Sachin Tendulkar, the brand
What corporate India can learn about consistency, challenges and teamwork from India's greatest sporting icon.

Sensex @ 21,000: Are you any richer?
With most schemes performing below the index, a few don'ts in the recent rally.

Google unveils NEW Nexus 5 smartphone with 'KitKat'
Google Inc on Thursday unveiled the newest version of its Android smartphone software, aiming to allow more smartphone users access to its evolving menu of online services such as driving directions voice-activated search.

Car sales see moderate rise in October
The company said sales in the compact segment comprising Swift, Estilo, Ritz declined by 1.2 per cent to 22,188 units in October this year as against 22,459 units in the same month in 2012.

COLUMN: Is management responsible for Infosys' setback?
The US legal action is likely to further strengthen public opinion, at a time of high unemployment, against information technology outsourcing -- which is seen to take away jobs from locals.

Mumbai's Dadar station now boasts of an escalator
For lakhs of commuters who take connecting trains at one of the busiest railway stations in the country, this escalator at Dadar station in central Mumbai will ease travel woes.

Economy: No RECOVERY yet in sight
But weak rupee helps India Inc.

The 20 most POWERFUL people in the corporate world
If you exclusively look at business personalities, Ambani ranks 20 and Mittal ranks 28.

iPhone 5S, 5C debut in India today
Imagine, with the price of two handsets of new iPhone 5S, you can buy a Tata Nano car.

Markets end flat after Diwali sparkle
Markets came off their all-time highs in late trades as investors booked profits at higher levels.

Sensex at 21K: 5 reasons why we can't cheer this bull run
Unlike the previous rallies of 2007 and 2009, this time the rise in the market is not supported by a robust economy.

No Diwali glitter for gold; jewellery sales to fall by 60%
Despite demand, gold jewellery sales are likely to decline by up to 60 per cent this festive

October 31, 2013
Petrol price cut by Rs 1.15 per litre
Petrol price cut by Rs 1.15 per litre while diesel rate hiked by Rs 0.50 a litre with effect from midnight on Thursday.

Twitter roadshow: Less exuberance, more 'nuts and bolts'
While Facebook's CEO had shown up in a hooded sweatshirt and sneakers, Twitter's executives were clad in dark suits as they pitched investors over plates of pesto chicken salad and raspberry tart.

Whistleblower to get $8 mn for blowing the lid off Infosys
A former American employee of Infosys, who had brought a whistleblower lawsuit against the IT giant, could receive between $5-8 million of the total $34 million that the Indian company will pay to settle visa fraud allegations.

'Infosys indulged in blatant violation of visa laws'
In a settlement, Infosys agreed to pay $34 million to resolve all allegations.

Mamata Banerjee turns saree designer to revive ailing 'Tantuja'
Bengal's ailing handloom brand 'Tantuja' is all set to get the personal touch of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who will design the six yard wonder.

Democrats' immigration bill rings alarm bell for Indian firms
The killer provisions are in particular related to the much-sought after H-1B and L-1 visas.

Swiss tax pacts: Can India catch the biggest tax defaulters?
Switzerland finally signed an agreement to exchange information on potential money launderers and tax dodgers last week but neither this nor a modified tax avoidance treaty is likely to help India.

STAR India gets fans on board for Sachin's farewell campaign
The broadcaster will run promotional activities across its entertainment and sports networks in the run-up to the series and roll out special initiatives to make the event larger than life.

Sensex at new closing high; Nifty at 6,300
SBI, Tata Motors, Bharti Airtel, ICICI Bank and Reliance Industries among top gainers.

Don't escape turbulence, face it, say biz leaders
Chief executives at the global CEOS' meet proposed diverse solutions to deal with today's complex world.

Coal fire: 3 Tata Group firms under CAG spotlight
More than a year after the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) tabled the coal block allocation report in Parliament, indicting the government for a notional loss of Rs 1.86 lakh crore while allocating coal blocks, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed 14 First Information Reports (FIRs) against private sector companies, and more are in the offing.

How to safely stop your car when brakes FAIL!
The first thing you should know in this situation is - don't panic!

Where does India rank in global prosperity? Find out...
Let's take a look at some of the most prosperous countries in the world.

Motorola Ara: Make your own phone like you assemble a computer
The company wants to create a free, open and standardised platform to let people pick and choose the components they want in their phones.

10 companies that CONTROL the internet
These internet giants get the maximum number of visitors on their websites.

Global trust in Indian MNCs declining
Even as Indian companies continue to expand their global footprint, a study has revealed that the trust of advanced economies in indigenous firms of the country has declined steeply.

Turkey opens world's first UNDERWATER rail link
Turkey opened the world's first underwater rail link between two continents on Tuesday, connecting Asia and Europe and allowing Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan to realise a project dreamt up by Ottoman sultans more than a century ago.

October 30, 2013
'Dreamliner never put the lives of passengers at risk'
The makers of the 787 Dreamliner aircraft, Boeing, on Wednesday expressed concern over recurring glitches on the plane while at the same time insisting that it was a machine which had never caused issues with the safety of passengers.

Google takes secrecy to new heights with its mystery boat
The company has made US government officials to sign confidentiality agreements.

LG launches G Pro Lite phablet in India at Rs 22,990
The LG G Pro Lite comes with dual-SIM support, a dedicated hot key and a stylus pen. It features a 5.5-inch IPS display.

Insight: How consumers plan to spend their money this Diwali
Consumers plan to spend most on clothes and fireworks this Diwali according to a survey. The second biggest spending will be on gifts.

Volkswagen unveils NEW Jetta at Rs 13.70 lakh
German car maker Volkswagen on Wednesday launched an upgraded version of premium sedan Jetta in India, priced in the range of Rs 13.70-19.43 lakh (ex-showroom

Rich farmers are helping India Inc mint money
An extraordinarily good monsoon has left farmers with extra money in their pockets.

Don't want to tell banks what they ought to be doing: Rajan
He doesn't expect banks to raise interest rates, as they'd not reduced these after the policy rate cuts in May and March.

Controversial deal to redevelop Jaipur lake before apex court
The dispute over the way in which the Rajasthan government is seeking to re-develop Jaipur's historic Mansagar lake and its environs, may come up before the Supreme Court today, report .

Cartels may be keeping domestic gold prices high
The metal meant for exports is being sold to third parties at a premiums adding pressure on domestic market.

How India can reduce poverty drastically
Policymakers need to work towards raising the median household income rather than per capita income.

Rate hike to dampen housing demand in festival season
Real estate companies expressed disappointment over the RBI's decision to hike the

Sensex closes at record high of 21,034
The E Sensex rose on Wednesday to mark a record close as telecom firms such as Bharti Airtel surged on better-than-expected operating performance, while continued strong foreign flows also boosted sentiment.

Auto buyers cut urge, choose dim Diwali
Vehicle sales in domestic market down 10.9% y-o-y till October 29

25 countries where women get the BEST deal
Let's take a look at countries where women get a comparatively fair deal.

The rich list: Twitter IPO will make a few multi-millionaires
Twitter is preparing to sell 70 million shares to the public in an IPO that will value the company at $10.9 billion.

World's best countries to do business, India SLIPS to 134
India has slipped three positions to 134th spot in the latest ease-of-doing business

No hit from order to give up KG-D6 discoveries, says RIL
The entry of a new developer through competitive bidding would delay the development of discoveries by at least 10 years.

10 most hi-tech cars in the world
The world of auto is changing. Best cars are no longer about having top notch mechanics under the hood.

It is a dead-end for India's services-led growth
Resumption of rapid GDP expansion requires accelerated growth of the production and export of manufactures.

October 29, 2013
BSE: Top gainers and losers
At close, the Sensex ended up 359 points at 20,929 and the Nifty ended up 120 points at 6,221.

Bad times erode $50 mn from Vijay Mallya's fortune
His position in India's 100 richest list by is 11 places down to 84th.

'Convertibles' could replace IPO safety net
After unfavourable response to the safety net, Sebi considers instruments with an option of conversion into equity.

India rich club: Business families' fortune is worth $55 bn!
While Forbes magazine's India Rich List remains dominated by individual business leaders, those making the mark along with their family members are also quite a few and also include three in the top 10 -- Hinduja Brothers (6th place), Adi Godrej & family (8th position) and Sunil Mittal & family (10th).

Small investors to get inflation-linked savings scheme soon
RBI wants to introduce these as an alternative to gold.

Why this Diwali will be grim for your next door retailer
Small shops, making up bulk of Rs 31 lakh-crore retail industry, sees dip in sales.

India's 100 richest includes only five women
Out of the five women, only two are ranked in the top 50, with the highest ranked being Jindal Group's Savitri Jindal at 14th place ($4.9 billion).

Why big brokers shun small retail
Most big brokers with large nationwide networks operate through the franchise model, in which most fixed overheads are borne by the franchisee.

Govt could ban official use of gmail, yahoo by year-end
The Department of Electronics and Information Technology is drafting a policy on e-mail usage for government offices and departments and the policy is almost ready.

One idea Samsung could safely COPY from Apple
With reserves accumulating fast, it can afford to mimic Apple by giving more to investors.

Why fresh IT graduates may not get jobs
TCS, which recently raised its hiring forecast, is considering the off-campus route for FY14.

Allow Roy to go abroad, Sahara pleads to SC
Holding that it was playing 'hide and seek' and cannot be trusted any more, the apex court on Monday directed the Sahara Group to hand over title deeds of its properties worth Rs 20,000 crore to Securities and Exchange Board of India warning that failure to comply would mean Subrata Roy cannot leave India.

Experts cheer as RBI fulfils market expectations
The RBI policy has certainly become more transparent as it has fulfilled market expectations of 25 bps hike in repo and 25 bps cut in MSF.

Selling MFs, stocks? Keep costs in mind
There will be STT and a tax on short-term equity sales, plus an exit load for mutual funds.

EMIs likely to go up as RBI raises repo rate by 25 bps
India's central bank raised its policy interest rate for the second time in as many months on Tuesday, warning that inflation is likely to remain elevated for the rest of the fiscal year, and rolled back an emergency measure put in place to support the slumping rupee.

Will oil get cheaper in India? No way!
India's overwhelming dependence on imported energy will remain a significant weakness.

Reserve Bank expects trade deficit to moderate in Q2
Despite a higher CAD in the first quarter, capital inflows were broadly adequate to finance the current account gap, requiring only a marginal drawdown of foreign exchange reserves.

RADIA Tremor: How Unitech got entangled in the tapes
With the managing director out on bail & being questioned in relation to the 2G spectrum scam, the company is still not out of the mess.

Here's proof that Gujarat has flourished under Narendra Modi
The data shows that the state has reduced poverty and malnutrition, sex ratio has improved and the quality of education is improving.

RBI expected to raise interest rates, roll back rupee support
In its quarterly macroeconomic review on Monday, the central bank said it expects inflation to remain near current elevated levels for the remainder of the fiscal year that ends in March.

Indices gallop to its highest level in 2013
Sensex gained 359 points to close at 20,929 and the Nifty added 120 points to end at 6,221.

Minister voices concern on US immigration bill
According to government statistics, Indian IT firms support 280,000 jobs in the US and have contributed about $15 billion to the US Treasury in the past five years.

Diesel price may be HIKED by Rs 4-5/litre
Diesel prices should be immediately hiked by Rs 4-5 per litre, the Kirit Parikh

Jet Airways bets on business class again
Increases seats in the premium segment, scraps loss-making domestic flights

World's 'largest' international airport opens for passengers
Dubai officially launched passenger services at its new Al Maktoum International airport on Sunday after a delay of nearly four years, with three airlines agreeing to operate from the facility for now.

25 countries that will see biggest job changes in 10 years
Let's take a look at nations that will see biggest employment changes in 10 years.

Five banks slapped with biggest fines in the world
Let's take a look at five banks that have been slapped with biggest fines related to mortgage activities in the United States.

Hyundai Grand i10: The best hatch in the market today?
The Hyundai Grand i10 re-writes the rules of the hatchback segment by offering terrific value.

October 28, 2013
Modi's development model is pro corporate: Medha Patkar
Noted social activist Medha Patkar on Monday termed Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's model of development as a "corporate model" where poor people have lost their land to big corporate houses.

Samsung launches dual screen flip phone for Rs 51,900
Korean electronics major Samsung on Monday launched a golden coloured dual screen flip smartphone under its Galaxy series for Rs 51,900.

BSE: Top losers and gainers
The 30-share Sensex ended down 113 points at 20,570 and the 50-share Nifty closed 44 points lower at 6,101.

Selection of land in Singur was wrong: Bengal minister
The erstwhile Left Front government had earmarked 1000 acres at Singur for the Nano car plant but the acquisition of the multi-crop land from unwilling farmers was one of the reasons for its poll debacle after a long stint of 34 years in power.

SPECIAL: Nanny apps for tiny tots
There are many apps that can help organise your routine and entertain toddlers, while teaching a thing or two; there are apps that can track your children when you are not around.

Sony Smart Watch 2: Is it worth buying?
At best, this is a good notification device that can be called as a smart pager.

Jousting over Jaipur's jewel
A legal tussle is currently on between a civil society group led by a professor, ostensibly working to further public interest, on the one hand, and the state government and an influential but controversial real estate developer, on the other. The dispute, which is over the way in which the Rajasthan government is seeking to re-develop Jaipur's historic Mansagar lake and its environs, is expected to be resolved soon by the Supreme Court.

Tablet market still small but growing rapidly
Samsung still reigns supreme, though its value share of the market fell marginally from over 63 per cent in January to 62 per cent in May.

Maserati Quattroporte: The best of Italian luxury on wheels
The limited edition Maserati Quattroporte's interiors bear the Ermenegildo Zegna imprint.

Aqua i7: A good alternative to most 5-inch smartphones
Intex's most expensive phone ticks quite a few boxes and makes a good impression.

Odisha govt strongly favoured Hindalco for coal blocks: PM
The chief minister of Odisha had reiterated this position assigning topmost priority to the allocation of Talabira-II in favour of Hindalco.

How to make rural India job-ready
At Head Held High, trainees begin with the basics -- the English alphabet.

Toyota beats GM to remain world's BEST selling carmaker
Toyota Motor Corp is likely to have retained its position as the world's best-selling carmaker for the first nine months of the year, beating rivals General Motors Co and Volkswagen AG, company figures showed on Monday.

LG unveils CURVED smartphone in race against Samsung
South Korea's LG Electronics Inc unveiled a curved smartphone on Monday in a move to catch up bigger rival Samsung Electronics Co.

Why you should CHOOSE silver OVER gold this Diwali
Given prices of the latter are at an all-time high, it makes sense to opt for cheaper precious metals.

How Micromax goes for the kill
By roping in a Hollywood A-lister, the home-grown mobile handset maker hopes to get three things: bragging rights, a larger global footprint and a new set of customers in the domestic market.

Biz vs politics: Are corporate honchos victimised in India?
A growing number of businessmen find themselves under the lens.

Sensex sheds over 100 points, RBI policy eyed
Markets ended lower on Monday as investors turned cautious and booked profits ahead of the RBI monetary policy.

Why RCom finds itself in the dock
Company says it has been the victim of a 'mischievous' campaign by rivals.

India among 25 countries where many go to bed hungry
Let's take a look at some countries, including India, that have highest number of people going hungry.

20 companies spending most on R&D in the world
Let's take a look at companies that spend most on R&D in the world.

Your private data may be online, courtesy govt
Some depts have posted bank account & income details on net for transparency; experts cry privacy breach

October 26, 2013
Why inflation will remain HIGH in India
Changing aspirations and strong rural demand could explain why core inflation may not decline fast enough.

October 25, 2013
Radia tapes leaked due to corporate rivalry:Tata to SC
Ratan Tata on Friday told the Supreme Court that the tapped telephonic conversations between corporate lobbyist Niira Radia and top politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen, including himself, were leaked to the media because of corporate rivalry.

Would be very happy to see Air India privatised: Tata
Tata was speaking to reporters after he, along with Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong and Tata-SIA Airlines Chairman Prasad Menon, met the minister.

What the BlackBerry Z30 has in store for you
At Rs 39,990, the phablet is a decent offering, cheaper than many flagship Android phablets.

Deutsche Bank sees Sensex at a record 22,000 by Dec end!
The Sensex hit an all-time high of 21,206.77 on January 1, 2008, while during intra-day on Thursday, it had scaled 21,039.42.

Micromax launches its best phone Canvas Turbo for Rs 19,990
The device comes with a 5-inch full HD screen and is powered by 1.5 GHz quad core processor.

India is one of the 5 fragile economies: US official
Identifying India as one of the five fragile economies of the world, Chief Economist at the Institute for International Finance, has predicted an uncertain outlook for its future in view of the next year's general elections.

Now, open a bank account through Aadhaar without paperwork
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has enabled a feature that would allow anyone with an Aadhaar number to open a bank account, without any paperwork.

Tata Indigo eCS CNG variant to hit the road in Nov
The car gives a mileage of 24 km per kg of CNG.

Infosys revamps Executive Council, adds 12 members
Infosys, the country's second largest information technology services company, expanded its Executive Council (EC) on Thursday, with the induction of 12 new members.

SPECIAL: India eyes $15-bn rollover of subsidy costs into next budget
Chidambaram insists that the fiscal deficit target of 4.8 per cent of gross domestic product for the year to March 31, 2014, is a red line that will not be breached.

Markets end in red for fourth straight session
The gains in IT majors were negated by losses in heavyweights like L&T, ITC, HUL and M&M.

10 economies that have most educated workforce in the world
Let's take a look at countries that have highest percentage of students graduating from college.

Maruti developing a premium hatch; to compete with i20, Jazz
The company plans to launch it in 2015-16 in India.

Meet the richest Indians, Mukesh Ambani is No 1
Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani retains the title of India's richest man with personal assets of $18.9 billion.

October 24, 2013
BlackBerry unveils Z30 in India at Rs 39,990
In a fresh bid to check its falling market share, smartphone maker BlackBerry on Thursday unveiled premium flagship offering Z30 featuring its latest operating system 10.2 version in India priced at Rs 39,990.

BSE: Top losers and gainers
The 30-share Sensex ended at 20,725 down by 42 points after topping the 21,000 mark while the 50-share Nifty ended down 14 points at 6,164 after hitting a high of 6,252 during the day.

Chevrolet Cruze facelift hits Indian roads; costs Rs 13.75 lakh
The visually different car now gets a redesigned grille, an all-new front bumper, and more.

20 years of Coca-Cola: A roller-coaster journey in India
Coca-Cola's journey in India mirrors the country's growth, rising consumption and a vibrant middle class.

FIPB clears Tata-Singapore Airlines JV
JV will set up a full-service carrier based out of New Delhi.

To boost India's growth PM seeks China's co-operation
Singh highlighted eight specific areas for cooperation between India and China.

20 exclusive property hot spots of the super rich
Top destinations where the wealthy are rushing to buy vacation homes.

20 most transparent companies; Tata Communications tops
Let's take a look at some of the most open companies.

How Wipro plans to build leadership, perform better
T K Kurien, chief executive officer of Wipro says the first milestone's been achieved and a complete turnaround would happen when there is consistency in growth.

SPECIAL: Post Etihad deal, Jet signals shift in flight plan
Jet will require short-haul Boeing 737s to feed the traffic to Abu Dhabi, Etihad's home base and hub.

Why Reliance Power was high on Niira Radia's agenda
Niira Radia had said friends in high places enabled favourable EGoM decision on Sasan coal diversion, a charge staunchly denied by Reliance Power.

Market does hat trick of weak endings
It was a third consecutive day of equity market closing in red this week after a stellar rally seen earlier.

10 CEOs who received highest pay package
Let's take a look at 10 highest paid CEOs in the United States.

The man behind Honda's SUCCESS in India
Unlike many business heads, Hironori Kanayama is surprisingly optimistic about the latent potential of the Indian market and predicts that a turnaround is imminent.

Stunning SUPERJUMBO A-380s may fly to India
In one step forward, the Civil Aviation Ministry on Wednesday met for the first time to decide on allowing the Airbus A-380s to operate at some airports, years after some major foreign carriers sought the right to fly these superjumbos to India.

October 23, 2013
Jignesh Shah lives to fight another day
Financial Technologies India Ltd (FTIL) promoter Jignesh Shah, whose 'fit-and-proper' status to run an exchange has been under regulatory scrutiny following the Rs 5,600-crore payment fraud at NSEL, on Tuesday decided to continue as a director of group firm Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX).

How India can become a technology leader
There is a big hole in India's electronics manufacturing capabilities, one that does not fit in well with the notion of a large economy with matching technology muscles, says Subir Roy.

India's third biggest gold fund reopens to investors
The government and the central bank launched a series of measures this year to curb the country's appetite for gold as India battled a ballooning trade deficit and a weak currency.

Volvo launches new S60 saloon, XC60 crossover
Can Volvo take advantage of the festive season with the launch of its refreshed cars that rival Audi A4 and Q3?

Insurance cover coming for online fraud
NPCI calls bids to cover all e-payment transactions where consumer followed procedure; both state and private insurers show interest.

Sivakasi cracker industry looks for a SPARKLE
The fireworks industry of Sivakasi has been hit by restrictive explosives laws and growing Chinese domination of the sector.

Is Hyundai Grand i10 a better car than Maruti Swift? Find out...
Hyundai's Grand i10 is a direct challenge to the Swift in the premium compact segment. Is it capable of dislodging the long-reigning Maruti Suzuki car from the top perch?

Fleeing multinationals mean India needs hot money
The high-profile departures have their roots in red tape and business-unfriendly policies.

India's IT sector back on track, TCS leads
India's Rs 6 lakh crore-plus information technology (IT) industry is back on its high-growth path - led by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), which is ahead of other large firms in top-line numbers for the second quarter.

Sensex down 97 points, IT weighs
Infosys, Wipro and TCS were down 0.5-4.5% contributing the most to the losses.

Apple unveils THINNER iPads, faster Mac computers
Apple Inc on Tuesday offered free upgrades for life on its operating system and business software, and unveiled thinner iPads and faster Mac computers ahead of a competitive holiday shopping season.

India's 21 BEST cities for business, Bangalore tops
Bangalore scores in terms of schools and colleges, ability to attract infrastructure, office space availability and city culture.

October 22, 2013
Samsung unveils NEW Galaxy Note 10.1 in India
Korean electronics major Samsung on Tuesday unveiled the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet (2014 edition) in India with enhanced privacy and security protection provided by Samsung KNOX.

BSE: Top losers and gainers
The 30-share BSE Sensex closed at 20,865 down almost 29 points or 0.1% while the broader 50-share Nifty index closed at 6203 down 2 points.

Wipro's net jumps 28% to Rs 1,932.1 crore
Wipro consolidated net profit up 20 per cent at Rs

Nokia launches Lumia tablet, joins large-screen phone race
The Lumia 2520 tablet, along with its Lumia 1520 and 1320 phablets, are among the last products the Finnish company developed before deciding to sell its handset business to Microsoft.

SPECIAL: Amid losses, Tata Tele scrambles for a saviour
After a complete wipe-out of net worth, the company is looking for strategies to stay afloat. Either a competitor could take it over or it could merge with others.

7 coolest futuristic gadgets from Japan's biggest tech show
Here's a peek into the future of auto and consumer electronics.

Should Aadhaar be made mandatory?
The concept of Aadhaar (the Hindi word for basis or foundation) has evolved since it was introduced in 2009.

India welcomes Chinese investment: PM
In a written interview with Chinese media based in Delhi, Singh said India faces an unsustainable imbalance in its trade with China and one of the ways of overcoming the trade deficit is for India to attract larger flows of foreign direct investment from China.

BlackBerry resumes BBM rollout for rival phones
In September, BlackBerry had paused the global rollout of its instant messaging service BBM on rival phones, blaming the delay on issues caused by an unreleased old version of BBM (BlackBerry Messenger).

Why Indians will struggle to buy GOLD this Diwali
At India's largest bullion dealer turnover has dropped to 20-30 kg a day from about 300 kg.

20 BEST phones to gift this festive season
The festival season is just around the corner and so are the discounts and sales. If you want to gift your loved ones a phone this year, we bring devices that fit all budgets.

Mobile telephony becomes a three-horse game
Market share of Airtel, Vodafone & Idea rises to 70% from 60% in 2010 and 50% in 2008.

How the govt can ensure a house for EVERY Indian
While private sector initiatives in low-income housing sector are burgeoning, further growth requires some government subsidies, writes

Broader market steals the show; key indices end flat
Market now awaits US jobs data for further direction on US Fed's stance on its QE.

Indices near NEW peak but LOSE premium tag
Equities shed superior valuations vis-à-vis most emerging markets

Mercedes M-Class: The M is for masculine, majestic, matchless
The macho-looking SUV boasts of excellent comfort.

Millionaire boom: Which countries are getting RICHER?
Global wealth has more than doubled since 2000, reaching a new all-time high of $241 trillion, find the 2013 Credit Suisse Wealth Report.

October 21, 2013
BSE: Top gainers and losers
The 30-share Sensex ended up 11 points at 20,894 and the 50-share Nifty closed 16 points higher at 6,205.

Fighting corruption? India Inc shows the way
If viewed rationally, the report should, thus, somewhat defuse the panic around "unique levels" of corruption in India, revealing that the country and its private sector have relatively robust processes in place, allowing for the eventual revelation of corrupt practices.

Revealed! 5 cars Honda plans to launch in India
After the success of Amaze, Honda managed to be the third largest auto maker in the country. Here's how the company plans to keep the momentum going.

Toyota launches limited edition Fortuner for Rs 24.3 lakh
Designed by Toyota Racing Development, the limited edition will be available in the 4x4 MT variant of the Fortuner, the company said in a statement.

New peak awaits Sensex amid unabated FII flows
If the Sensex manages to make fresh closing highs, traders would look forward to the index breaching its highest level of 21,206.77.

How much freedom Indians have on the Internet?
Let's take a look at Internet freedom across the world, including India.

15 amazing Google projects that FAILED!
Success of Google is built on its failures and learning from projects that seemed revolutionary initially but were discontinued.

Know the tax benefits of house rent
Rent paid to one's wife is eligible for exemption if property, home loan are in her name.

Markets end flat, L&T soars 6%
Markets ended flat amid a volatile trading session on Monday led by engineering major Larsen & Toubro.

$5-trillion a day forex market under lens
The manipulation is suspected to have spread across the world.

Want to save money for jewellery? Invest in gold ETFs
Regular investment in gold-linked financial instruments will safeguard against price fluctuation and do away with storage cost.

Here's how to stay away from loan defaults!
Often loan defaults occur when one takes on too many debts simultaneously and then find it difficult to manage.

10 brands Indians love the most, SAMSUNG tops
Technology companies dominate India's most attractive brands.

October 20, 2013
4 Indians among Fortune's top 50 women business leaders
Fortune said the list has been compiled broadly on the basis of four criteria

Sensex may touch 21,000 level by Diwali: Experts
Foreign institutional investors have poured in nearly $1.12 billion in the Indian markets.

October 19, 2013
5 things the finance minister can do with 1,000 tonnes of GOLD!
The good samaritan Sadhu is just what the Finance Minister had prayed for.

October 18, 2013
Birla denies allegations of corruption, meets Chidambaram
Kumar Mangalam Birla on Friday says he hasn't done any wrong and is not worried about CBI case against him in coal block allocation.

BSE: Top Gainers and Losers
The 30-share BSE Sensex surged a whopping 2% or 467 points at 20,882 levels while the broader Nifty index ended at 6,189 levels up over 2% or 143 points from its previous close.

20 stunning bridges that have transformed India's infrastructure
India has an impressive network of bridges across the country.

X-Men star Hugh Jackman is the new face of Micromax
Roping in a Hollywood star means the company will be expanding its international footprints.

China has done it again! GDP grows at 7.8%
China's economy grew 7.8 percent in the third quarter, its fastest pace this year and in line with expectations, as firmer foreign and domestic demand lifted factory production and retail sales.

SPECIAL: Is Haldia Mamata's Nano moment?
Last year, HPL posted losses of around Rs 960 crore (Rs 9.6 billion) on revenues of Rs 8,662 crore (Rs 86.62 billion).

Market ends at 3-year high; Bank, metal stocks lead
Buying in index heavyweights along with surge in banking counters lead the surge.

Why India must clear the sky for airlines flying abroad
India must do away a pointless policy that mandates that a domestic airline must have been in operation for five years and have 20 aircraft before flying.

Gone are the days of 8% growth in India: Moody's
The Indian economy has bottomed out and the recovery is on the anvil although the days of 8 per cent growth are "gone", Moody's Analytics said.

Mahindra launches Xylo D2 MAXX at Rs 7.12 lakh
The variant is is aimed at fleet and travel operators thanks to its seating capacity for nine people.

Two India-born executives among the highest paid men
Technology companies such as Google, Apple and Oracle pay senior staff more money than the CEOs in best of the companies.

Investors get richer, wealth surges over Rs 10,00,00,00,000
Investors on Friday became richer by over Rs 1 lakh crore, with benchmark Sensex witnessing 460-point rally amid easing concerns over the US tapering.

Nissan unveils refreshed Evalia; starts at Rs 8.78 lakh
The car gives a fuel efficiency of 19.3kmpl.

America's economic woes are far from over
After 16 increasingly frantic days that tried the faith of the financial markets in the United States' institutional soundness, the US Congress has finally agreed on a deal that would postpone a showdown on federal government spending and borrowing for a while.

Modi alone can't wipe out corruption in India: Rajan
Raghuram Rajan, Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, has scoffed at the contention that BJP's Prime Ministerial nominee, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will be the knight in shining armour who will root out corruption in India.

SPECIAL: Why is Flipkart raising so much money
The company has notched up a total of $540 million in funds over the last six years, $360 million of which has flowed in two tranches this year itself.

I am independent, don't fear being fired: Rajan
Raghuram Rajan says he's not beholden to the Finance Ministry nor does he go around with the fear of being fired.

COLUMN: What actually saved the rupee?
An upward climb of the rupee has been maintained since Dr Raghuram Rajan's appointment, helped by his policy announcements and actions. But was this the whole story?

October 17, 2013
Mumbai police arrest former NSEL head Anjani Sinha
The Economic Offences Wing of Mumbai Police on arrested former managing director and chief executive of the beleaguered National Spot Exchange (NSEL) Anjani Sinha.

ED finds no violation of FDI guidelines by Walmart
The Enforcement Directorate, which probed the alleged contravention of foreign exchange laws by Walmart in its investments in domestic supermarket chain

Samsung launches two smartphones priced under Rs 8,500
Intensifying competition in the mid-segment smartphone market, Samsung India today launched two devices under its Galaxy series, priced at Rs 6,750 and Rs 8,290.

MODI's mantra for building modern cities
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that instead of viewing urbanisation as a challenge it should be converted into an opportunity.

Kejriwal sweeps hurdles, Modi runs to power on Android
These games are not party's initiative but of their supporters, followers.

Indian companies are LESS corrupt than the Chinese: Survey
While Indian firms performed the best in fighting corruption, Transparency International has slammed Chinese companies for their opaque business practices.

Even billionaires would be 'poor' in these countries
Let's take a look at 25 nations that have experienced hyperinflation.

Indian cities where the super rich live; Mumbai TOPS
Despite the slowdown, India's population of rich is growing. The country saw 120 more individuals join the exclusive club.

Sensex ends on a negative note, IT major loser
The 30-share Sensex scrapped 132 points or 0.6% to end at 20,416 levels while the broader 50-share Nifty ended at 6,046 levels down by 43 points or 0.7%.

Can Tech Mahindra become an IT giant?
After lagging behind peers for years, the company changes tack to achieve ambitious revenue target of $5 billion in two years.

No takers for iPhone 5C? Apple cuts Q4 orders
Apple Inc has told manufacturers of its new iPhone 5C that it will cut orders of the smartphone for the final three months of the year.

Indian companies under fire for VIOLATING laws
Besides Birla, a number of top industrial houses in the country are facing some probe or the other, ranging from bribery to illegal mining to insider trading.

Obama signs bill to end shutdown
US President Barack Obama early this morning signed a bill into law to end a disruptive 16-day government shutdown and increase the current debt ceiling of $16.7 trillion to prevent the country from a debt default with potentially worldwide economic repercussions.

October 16, 2013
Games over! Swiss banks agree to share account details
Heralding an end to its banking secrecy wall, Switzerland will now share bank account

Puja brings cheer to companies and people
Despite slowdown, corporates are investing heavily in advertisements not just in Kolkata but also in other metros.

Phailin takes a toll on industries in Ganjam
Loss of Odisha Sands Complex is estimated at about Rs 100-crore.

Once again, TCS steals a march over Infosys
TCS posts one of the highest volume growth and best margin performance.

Nobody knows when the US shutdown will end
Less than 50 hours left before the US has any money to pay its bill, a gloomy picture of default looms over the horizon of US history.

UPA vs NDA: Who helped Indian economy the most?
While UPA has been more pro-farmer, and delivered better GDP growth while the NDA was steadier on the fiscal and industrial side.

SPECIAL: World stares at doubling of food prices by 2030
That the world is headed for rising food prices as demand outpaces supply, causing growing levels of hunger, is a given.

Rajan confident, economy will pick up by end-2013
With a bountiful harvest and stalled infrastructure projects starting, India growth story is intact.

Over 30% Indian tourists are Gujaratis: Tourism ministry
Experts believe the slowdown or the rupee depreciation has not been able to kill the spirit of the Gujarati traveller.

What makes customers in India splurge
Consumer spending and the sentiment that guides it are the key to the growth of any market economy.

Sebi's gift to staff: Paternity, child care leave
In a first of its kind pro-staff initiatives at a regulatory body, Sebi has introduced

October 15, 2013
BSE: Top losers and gainers
The 30-share Sensex declined 59.92 points to end at 20,547.62 and the 50-share Nifty was down 23.65 points at 6,089.05 levels.

TCS Q2 net zooms to Rs 4,702 crore
Tata Consultancy Services, India's largest provider of information technology services, said quarterly profit rose 34 percent, beating analyst estimates, as the industry benefited from a record haul of new contracts.

Dreamliner flight can be nightmarish! Panel falls off AI flight
A large panel on the belly of a Bangalore-bound Dreamliner of Air India fell off mid-air,

Will small town Uran transform into 'third' Mumbai?
There is talk of changing the small town of Uran into Mumbai's new satellite, but according to realty experts, it is too early to think of investing in the area.

Stunning Sony Xperia Z1 set to IMPRESS you!
For the last one year or so, Sony has been consistently delivering mobile handsets that make you sit up and take notice.

Phailin unlikely to bleed insurance companies
Losses to be well below Rs 100 crore, say insurers.

10 companies that have announced most job CUTS
Let's have a look at companies that have laid off most employees.

5 reasons why TCS outperformed Infy in Q2
Market experts believe TCS to post better quarterly earnings vis-a-vis Infosys.

Taking a home loan? Here are a few tips!
You must remember to choose the right home loan if you do not want to face the hassles in the process.

SPECIAL: Is it the closing bell for Jignesh Shah?
Jignesh Shah, the outsider intent on crashing the party, is in danger of losing his empire.

Coal scam: CBI registers case against Kumar Mangalam Birla
The Central Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday registered a fresh case against Kumar Mangalam Birla in coal allocation scam.

Markets end lower on growth woes, financials drop
The broader markets ended lower with mid-caps and small-caps falling over 1 per cent on the E.

Odisha loses Rs 2,300 crore worth of crops to Phailin
Cyclone Phailin, which made a landfall on the southern coast of Odisha at around 8:30 pm on Saturday at a windspeed of 200 km an hour, affected a cultivable area of 0.5 million hectares and damaged 80 per cent of the power transmission infrastructure in the coastal areas.

India still lags behind China, Pakistan on hunger index
The number of hungry people has dropped in India with its score on the Global Hunger Index improving to 63rd position in 2013, but the country still lags behind China, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

How much will the iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s cost in India?
Leading telecom operators Bharti Airtel and Reliance Communications will start selling Apple's iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c smartphones from November 1.

Battle of the luxury hatchbacks: BMW, Merc, Audi FIGHT it out
Three luxury compact cars from BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi now run on Indian roads. Choosing the best of the trio is no easy task.

Most ICONIC buildings in the world
Buildings define cities, culture and at times economic prosperity.

October 14, 2013
BSE: Top gainers and losers
The 30-share Sensex ended up 79 points at 20,608 and the 50-share Nifty gained 17 points to close at 6,113.

Reliance profit up 1.5%, turnover tops Rs 1 lakh crore
Reliance Industries on Monday reported Q2 net profit at Rs 5,490 crore from Rs 5,409 crore a year earlier.

More bad news for the Indian economy
The ongoing economic slowdown seems to have weighed down on the confidence of India Inc.

3 Americans win Nobel prize for economics
Three American scientists won the 2013 economics Nobel prize on Monday for research that has improved the forecasting of asset prices in the long term and helped the emergence of index funds in stock markets, the award-giving body said.

VW Vento TSI: Can it take on Honda City, Hyundai Verna?
The German carmaker will not introduce all-new models in 2013. Plans to launch such variants too keep sales going.

COLUMN: Changing the climate of India-US strategic ties
Under the radar, Manmohan Singh and Barack Obama made a great deal of progress in resolving outstanding bilateral issues around climate change.

My work is medicine, says head of 7,248-crore Havells group
The consumer is very conscious of quality, says Qimat Rai Gupta.

Sachin's farewell series: A 10-sec ad to fetch Rs 80K!
The average attendance at Test matches has dwindled over the past few years but BCCI expects a full house in Sachin's last two test matches, against the West Indies.

How Google plans to predict the future; reverse ageing
Google is taking new steps to change the future with its projects that look right out of a science fiction novel.

Kindle Fire HDX: An affordable tablet with great features
Amazon's new 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX tablet packs a punch to keep users hooked to it.

Idea closing in on bigger rivals
Market worth has risen to half that of Airtel and double that of RCom.

Mumbai's Rs 60,000 crore transport projects stuck in red tape
Transport projects worth Rs 60,000 crore are languishing due to red tape, while the city continues to struggle against bottlenecks created by many of them.

Are the new iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s worth the price?
. While Samsung has managed to shake Apple with its big-screen smartphones priced competitively, many still pledge their allegiance to Apple.

Who KILLED Air India? An insider reveals the facts
Year after year, the people in charge and the airline's multiple stakeholders spoke about the need to transform the national carrier into a premier airline. But their plans, instead of taking Air India to the promised heights, brought it down.

Mobile TV catching up with Indian users
Vendors in India shipped 9.3 million smartphones in the second quarter of 2013 against 3.5 million in the same period of 2012.

Markets end tad higher led by IT
Markets ended marginally higher, amid a volatile trading session on Monday, led by IT majors.

Why the Indian economy continues to sink
Economic data in coming days will likely offer further evidence of weak growth and high inflation, complicating the Reserve Bank of India's mission of cooling prices without worsening the slowdown and adding to the government's difficulties as it heads into an election season.

PHOTOS: Do Indians spend most hours on leisure? Find out...
Let's take a look at how much time people spend on leisure in some countries, including India.

IMAGES: 25 countries that will see positive or negative growth
Let's take a look at some countries that will see positive or negative economic growth next year.

Inflation accelerates to 6.46% in September
Wholesale prices, India's main inflation measure, had risen 6.1 per cent in August.

Mercedes gets its mojo back
After six years of indifferent performance, it sold more cars than market leader Audi in the July-September quarter.

Rifts between Indian firms, foreign partners increase
Foreign companies no longer need Indian firms to help them run operations in the country.

Economic recovery? It's only ELUSIVE!
Looking at specific industries, the imbalance that has been visible over the past several months persists.

October 12, 2013
Who's to be blamed for Air India's plight?
There had been sufficient warnings on Air India's state but the government failed to take action, former executive director Jitender Bhargava said.

Murthy makes presence felt in Infosys results
Infosys on Friday posted healthy growth in earnings for July-September 2013, and raised the lower end of its FY14 revenue guidance, indicating the company had regained its momentum.

October 11, 2013
Infosys' refocus on big-ticket contracts starts to pay off
Infosys Ltd's refocus on big-ticket contracts since the return of its founder has begun to pay off as India's No. 2 software services exporter crossed $2 billion in quarterly sales for the first time and pushed up its revenue outlook.

Will Rohan Murty get a bigger role in Infosys?
Rohan Murty, Infosys co-founder NR Narayana Murthy's son, is working as an executive assistant to his father, CEO and Managing Director SD Shibulal said on Friday, addressing concerns about his role.

Jewellers may soon offer higher interest on gold deposits
The biggest bullion-importing bank in India plans to team up with jewellers for the first time to offer a gold deposit scheme, hoping ease of access and attractive interest rates will tempt people to part with their jewellery and relieve tight supplies.

You may have to shell out MORE for gold despite the price drop
Gold premiums in India, the world's biggest buyer of the metal, jumped sharply this week as the festive season began, driving up demand, and supply remained tight.

Nissan launches GORGEOUS Terrano SUV at Rs 9.58 lakh
Garners 6,000 bookings on pre-launch and now has a two-month waiting period.

Further HIKE in Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto fares
Close on the heels of a fresh rise in passenger fares, Railways have decided to further hike the fares of premier trains such as Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto effective from October 17.

The secret behind IndiGo's amazing success
The airline has adopted a counterintuitive strategy of adding new aircraft and expanding capacity amid the slowdown, which seems to be paying off.

Tata launches Nano CNG at Rs 2.52 lakh; offers superb mileage
India's most fuel efficient IC-engine car that gives 36 km/kg.

COLUMN: The irony of India story
Hopes for India's long-term growth have never been lower, but the likelihood of that growth has never been higher.

Will BlackBerry co-founders buy the company?
BlackBerry co-founders Mike Lazaridis and Douglas Fregin are considering a bid to buy the struggling smartphone maker, according to a securities filing on Thursday, raising the prospect of an alternative to a $4.7 billion offer led by its top shareholder.

COLUMN: Indian promoter-CEO is answerable to nobody
There is no shortage of businessmen in India who have run their firms into the ground, putting into jeopardy money given to them by small shareholders.

Murthy magic: Analysts see bright future for Infosys
Analysts said the company has set conservative revenue guidance that they expect it to beat.

Sensex soars 256 points, Infosys at 30-month high
The 30-share Sensex ended up 256 points or 1.3% at 20,529 while NSE Nifty ended up by 75 points or 1.3% at 6,096.

Infosys raises revenue guidance, net up at Rs 2,407 crore
Infosys on Friday reported a consolidated net profit for second quarter up 1.6 per cent year-on-year to Rs 2,407 crore.

Does India have cheapest mobile broadband? Find out...
Let's take a look at some countries, including India, and the price of mobile broadband connection.

Places where gamblers spend MOST of their money
They spend ten times more money in Macau than in Las Vegas

Walmart keeps the door open for India retail play
American retail major Walmart has snapped ties with Indian partner Bharti but its plans to enter the country's multi-brand retail space appears intact.

Will reshuffle bring back growth at Wipro?
In a massive top-level reshuffle last week, Wipro, India's third-largest IT services firm, announced the exit of Anand Sankaran who was handling a major chunk of the company's overall business.

Raghuram Rajan: A lucky mascot for the rupee
Rollback of July tightening measures indicates comfort on currency but a repo rate hike is around the corner.

Retire or not, Sachin to remain a DARLING with brands
Paying tribute to Sachin Tendulkar, who has decided to hang up his boots after playing

October 10, 2013
Google Chromebooks in India from Oct 17
Search giant Google on Thursday said Chromebooks will be available in India from next week, more than two-years after they were launched globally.

After Aakash, DataWind launches low cost phablets at Rs 3,999
DataWind has launched affordable phablets or tablets with voice call facility at prices starting from Rs 3,999.

Indian economy: Why we shouldn't be complacent
The tide began to turn in early September with the new Reserve Bank of India governor's confident and well-considered initial policy statement on September 4.

Brand Amma's throwaway pricing
Jayalalitha is rapidly expanding her brand into products that people come in contact almost daily.

IMAGES: JLR keeps Tata Motors in cruise control
JLR's product pipeline and margin uptick will ensure good revenue and profit growth.

Cooperative temper needed to take on global crisis: PM
Calling for cooperation among Asia Pacific countries to tackle the global economic uncertainty, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday said the vast growth

SPECIAL: McDonald's sees a lot more happening over burger & coffee
World's second-largest fast-food chain to launch its McCafe coffee brand in India on Monday.

COLUMN: Why is it hard for founders to step down?
The question holds significance in the light of investors' call for Bill Gates to step down as Microsoft chairman.

How Facebook plans to motivate Indian voters
New app propels civic engagement, using known tools and similar experience abroad, in another effort to use social media's power.

Does India have the longest working hours? Find out...
Let's take a look at some countries, including India, where people have longest working hours.

India among RISKIEST locations to open a data centre
Ease of doing business and power security are two biggest challenges in the country.

Looking for a quick promotion? Try these companies...
Let's take a look at some companies that have been ranked best when it comes to quick promotions.

Sensex up 24 points in choppy trade ahead of earnings season
Investors have turned cautious and parked their funds in less risky and fundamentally strong stocks ahead of the second-quarter earnings season.

Waiting for iPhone 5s, 5c? You can buy one this Diwali!
Apple, the iconic maker of iPhones and iPads, said the latest models of its smartphones

Forget the gloom! India's household wealth zooms
India has seen rapid growth in wealth creation between mid-2012 to mid-2013 as the household wealth in the country has increased by 7.4 per cent to $3.6 trillion during the period, says a report.

Why elections are a big risk for stock market
The BSE Sensex will only manage a 4 per cent gain in 2013.

Apple may launch new iPad on Oct 22
New versions of the iPad, which will go up against Amazon.com Inc's latest Kindle Fire tablets and other gadgets made by Samsung Electronics.

Porsche launches stunning Panamera at Rs 1.19 crore
German car maker Porsche has launched the new generation of its sports car Panamera in India.

October 09, 2013
Cost cutting? Ministers, top officers can still fly first class!
Austerity measures announced by the government to rein in the fiscal deficit will not apply on air travel by ministers and senior officers going abroad on official visit.

BSE: Top gainers and losers
The 30-share Sensex rose 265.65 points to end at 20,249.26 and the 50-share Nifty gained 79.05 points at 6,007.45 levels.

Downturn? India to have 3.02 lakh millionaires by 2018!
At present, the country has 182,000 millionaires, Credit Suisse Research Institute said in its fourth Annual Global Wealth Report 2013 released in Mumbai on Wednesday.

From Kabul to Guangzhou, SpiceJet goes global
SpiceJet is expanding international operations to improve dollar earnings and offset losses caused by currency rate fluctuations.

Indian IT outsourcers want a bigger byte out of Europe
Big Indian IT companies, heavily reliant on the US market and eager to diversify, have intensified efforts to crack continental Europe.

Samsung launches world's first smartphone with curved screen
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Wednesday launched the world's first smartphone with a curved display, a variant of the Galaxy Note which moves the Asian giant a step closer to achieving wearable devices with flexible - even unbreakable - screens.

September trade deficit narrows to 2-1/2 year low
The deficit for the month stood at $6.7 billion, the lowest level since March 2011, compared with $10.9 billion in August, the trade ministry said.

Which one of these will WIN the world's BEST car title?
The cars will be competing with the likes of BMW, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche.

Starved of gold, Indians may import record volumes of silver
Higher silver demand in the world's biggest buyer may help support prices, which have fallen almost 30 per cent this year on the international market.

It's official. Wal-Mart, Bharti deal is over
Retail giant Walmart and Bharti have decided to part ways.

Investors cheer Sep trade data, Sensex regains 20k
The broader markets ended higher with mid-caps and small-caps adding 0.5-0.8 per cent on the E.

19 banks that have most HEALTHY books in the world
Let's take a look at some financial institutions that have healthy books.

Bentley Flying Spur: The billionaire's dream machine
When you are paying Rs 3.1 crore for a car, it is surely a matter of emotions, rather than rationality, and the new Bentley Flying Spur is an example.

15 countries that have the MOST Twitter users
With the company preparing to go public, let's take a look at some of its biggest markets.

What makes G2 the best smartphone from LG
The new smartphone from LG is easy to hold and does not seem too big in hand despite the big screen.

Why Indians FEAR rapid economic growth
The fear is that we in India are really not ready for a society where the social order is disrupted, says .

US debt crisis can cause global financial turmoil: IMF
The IMF has warned that an imminent debt default by the US due to the government shutdown would result in disruptions in financial markets and could possibly trigger global economic turmoil.

BMW to launch stunning 3-Series GT model in India
German luxury car maker BMW on Tuesday said it plans to launch its new model 3-Series GT in India and also start its production in the country by early next year.

October 08, 2013
India to stick with austerity despite looming election
The finance minister's vow to contain the deficit means there will be little room ahead of a tough election to spur growth.

IMF cuts India growth estimate to 3.75% in 2013
The IMF, in its latest World Economic Outlook report, also said India is among the economies that may require more tightening to address inflation pressure.

CHEAPEST places in the world to buy an iPad; India ranks 5
Argentineans pay almost double of Indians to buy the tablet.

Domestic car sales up 0.73%
Total sales of commercial vehicles were down by 26.95 per cent to 51,680 units from 70,746 units in the year-ago period, SIAM said.

Now, Aadhaar-linked accounts to be basis for mobile payments
The SMS-based application extends DBT's payment architecture to individuals, where their Aadhaar number will be linked to their bank accounts at the back-end.

Why inflation is so high in India
India's rampant inflation remains a hotly debated puzzle.

How Telangana stir has hit business in Andhra Pradesh
The region remained powerless for a second day, as employees of the state's power generation, transmission and distribution companies stayed away from work, in protest.

Markets end higher led by heavyweights
ICICI Bank, L&T, Bharti Airtel, ITC and Sun Pharma lead gains in noon trades.

Galaxy Note 3: Takes the phablet craze one step further
It's light weight, has a long battery life and a HD display; but is also pricey.

Why Skoda Octavia scores over Hyundai Elantra
Performance wise, the Elantra's 1.8-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel engines provide great thrust initially, but tire on reaching the 150 kmph mark. Octavia is a more sensible choice.

How lazy investors can make money
Fund houses offer certain all-encompassing schemes which, for practical reasons, should have little place in your portfolio.

Maruti launches anniversary edition Alto 800 at Rs 3.12 lakh
This follows three other special edition Maruti launched recently - WagonR Madhavan Signature Edition, Alto K10 Musik edition and Ertiga Feliz edition.

Honda to launch 2015 City with a DIESEL engine next year
The car will be based on the new Jazz.

LG launches 8.3-inch G Pad tablet with sharper display
Plans to take on Apple Inc's dominance in the popular small-sized tablet market.

October 07, 2013
BSE: Top losers and gainers
The 30-share Sensex ended down 21 points at 19,895 after hitting a high of 19,921 and a low of 19,648 and the 50-share Nifty ended down 1 point at 5,906 after hitting a high of 5,912 and a low of 5,826.

US govt remains shut down as debt default looms
As the US government shutdown enters its second week there were alarming signs today that the world's largest economy was headed for an unprecedented debt default and the American political deadlock on the budget could have potentially catastrophic global consequences.

Angry Bird Chocolates arrive in India
The Cocoa Trees have launched Fazer Angry Bird Sweets, Lollipops, Chocolate Eggs and Chewing gums into the market.

25 countries that spend MOST on alcohol, gambling
Let's take a look at some of the biggest spenders on bad habits.

D-street cautious ahead of September quarter earnings
Second quarter earnings of companies, starting with the Infosys results, export-import numbers and industrial production data, could keep markets volatile in the week ahead.

How the noose around Jignesh Shah was tightened
The showcause notice by the Forwards Market Commission to promoters of National Spot Exchange Limited on Friday, including Jignesh Shah, is the culmination of a series of steps by the authorities to tighten the noose around Shah.

Why Nirmalya Kumar accepted the Tata offer
Back in India, Nirmalya Kumar says he has achieved the academic goals he had set and it is now time to learn new things.

10 states with highest number of mobile users, UP tops
India has the second largest number of mobile subscribers in the world.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom: Is it a good phone or a camera?
To the purist, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom annoys with its hybrid functions of camera and phone. But to the enthusiast, it is a good, ready-at-hand option

Indians MOST COMMITTED to their employers
Compensation, which is often perceived as the single-most important reason for choosing an employer, ranks the third-most important at 26 per cent globally.

Sensex ends flat amid volatile trade
Markets ended flat, amid a volatile trading session on Monday, as gains in TCS and metal shares helped offset most of the losses in financials.

World's LARGEST cruise ships
Earlier a mode of travel, they are now holiday destinations that house all modern-day facilities and world-class entertainment.

Is it all over between Bharti and Walmart?
The US firm puts the lid on possible front-end deal, says retail franchise with Bharti not tenable as base

Sensex firms' profit growth likely to be pale
IT, pharma and a few other sectors may see gains, but it will be pain for most in September quarter.

Countries that have the BEST workforce
India lacks behind and ranks 78 out of 122 countries that were assessed.

October 05, 2013
How Raghuram Rajan has performed so far
Rajan, who will complete a month as the governor of Reserve Bank of India on Friday has already succeeded in restoring calm in the foreign exchange market.

SBI joins ranks of dozen other headless PSUs
Delays in crucial PSU appointments a reflection of poor governance and political vested interests

5 reasons why rupee recovery may NOT last
Rupee has strengthened but is this sustainable.Or are we staring at a slip very soon.

October 04, 2013
US shutdown enters 4th day, Obama cancels trip to Asia
President Barack Obama on Friday cancelled his trip to Asia to attend two key summits due to the US government shutdown that entered its fourth day even as efforts to break the political standoff between Republicans and Democrats over the budget failed to make any headway.

BSE: Top gainers and losers
The 30- Share BSE Sensex ended 19924 up 22 points or 0.11 per cent, while the broader 50-share NSE Nifty closed down by 2 points or 0.01 pct at 5907.

US shutdown: Understanding the real problem
Dysfunctional US politics may set off another crisis.

For sensitive info, Indians prefer SMS, email over phone call
Text or email is comparatively an impersonal medium and people feel less hesitant to speak their mind.

Bill Gates, Ballmer seek re-election to Microsoft board
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates and retiring Chief Executive Steve Ballmer are standing for re-election to Microsoft Corp's board of directors, despite recent moves by some investors to reduce their influence.

Top 5 Android smartphones priced at Rs 20,000 - Rs 30,000
Android smartphones in the Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000 price bracket offer almost all features that are packed in top-of-the-line handsets.

PHOTOS: 10 countries that are favourite of high-tech companies
Let's take a look at some nations that are favourite of high-tech firms.

Market ends flat, Sep PMI weighs
Broader markets outperformed the benchmark indices marginally; E Small-cap ended 0.5% higher while mid-caps were up 0.2%.

Maharashtra plans another city, 80 km off Mumbai!
As a part of its plan to decongest Mumbai and Navi Mumbai, the Maharashtra government proposes to develop a third city in Uran, 80 km away from Mumbai in the Raigad district.

BMW 1-Series offer the best driving experience in its segment
It instantly puts a wide grin on the driver's face.

Skoda launches Octavia sedan at Rs 13.95 lakh
Three years after it discontinued selling Octavia in the Indian market, Skoda Auto India on Thursday relaunched the premium sedan priced between Rs 13.95 lakh and Rs 19.45 lakh.

IMAGES: 24 car companies that saw biggest jump in sales
Let's take a look at some car companies that saw biggest rise in sales.

Top retirement destinations in the world
These countries off easy life, better access to healthcare and cheaper cost of living.

Buildings that will change India's skyline
Let's take a look at some of the world-class buildings are coming in different Indian cities.

October 03, 2013
Income Tax officials raid diamond traders in Mumbai, Surat
Traders were producing fake purchase and sale billing receipts and also availing multiple loans on one consignment.

Mamata threatens action if Bengal refused loan waiver
Last Monday, she termed the Centre's silence over loan repayment restructuring as a 'political vendetta' to ruin Bengal.

Faltering Air India looks set for take-off
After several failed attempts, the state-owned carrier finally seems to be on track to become profitable as turnaround plan gains traction.

Remittances: India tops the global chart
As a percentage of GDP, the top recipients of remittances, in 2012, were Tajikistan (48 per cent), Kyrgyz Republic (31 per cent), Lesotho and Nepal (25 per cent each) and Moldova (24 per cent).

Why Chidambaram may be forced to wield the Budget knife
P Chidambaram will make a final decision on whether to go ahead with the cuts at the end of October, when he gets an update on revenue collections.

PHOTOS: 25 best countries for workers
Let's take a look at some of the best nations for employees.

India shining? Poor states continue to lag behind
For some sort of convergence among states, the recent outperformance by poor states has to continue for a long time.

Sky-high fares hit air travel in India
The average load factor for November stands at 75 per cent, as leisure travel records a rise at this time.

US govt shutdown: No progress on stalemate
Obama told lawmakers that he is not going to negotiate over the need for Congress to act to reopen the government or to raise the debt limit to pay the bills Congress has already

Has the Rajan panel BETRAYED Bihar?
While the rest of India marches towards the promised destiny of 'progress', Bihar - the heart of India- is doomed to poverty and the injustices of a caste-based society.

Infosys expected to raise FY14 revenue estimate
Company had pegged FY14 revenue growth at six-10% earlier

Tablets below Rs 20K? Yes and they are not even Chinese
The Indian tablet market has been dominated by Chinese or local players.

Brick by brick, Indian realty story crumbles
Housing launches drop up to 59 per cent in key markets; IT hub Bangalore only exception

Investors cheer China data, Sensex up 385 points
The broader markets ended higher with mid-caps and small-caps adding 1-1.3 per cent on the E.

Apple topples Coca-Cola to emerge as world's TOP brand
Let's take a look at some of the biggest names in the globe.

A stellar beginning for Tata's 'Mistry man'
Profit in FY13 up 18% to Rs 3,713 crore, dividend income jumps 37%

Why Bill Gates should step down from Microsoft
Compared to its peers, the company has not created shareholder value in the past 10 years.

Jewellers suffer as India tries to curb gold imports
Some are eying the competitive markets abroad.

October 02, 2013
LPG cylinders to be available at petrol pumps
The 5-kg cylinder will be price at market rate.

In picture: How the US shutdown affects the daily life
President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans came no closer to ending a standoff on Tuesday that has forced the first government shutdown in 17 years.

Why defaults on second home loans ARE INCREASING
High interest, inflation and grim job scenario result in repayment hurdles.

Microsoft's biggest investors want Bill Gates to STEP DOWN
Gates owns about 4.5 per cent of the $277 billion company and is its largest individual shareholder.

13 amazing facts that reveal McDonald's growth
Let's have a look at some amazing facts that reveal its reach and strength.

Govt draws a watertight case for Aadhaar
It pulls out past Supreme Court orders that run contrary to the latest one.

CEOs who walked away with millions after losing their jobs
Let's take a look at some of the biggest golden handshakes in the world.

Countries spending the most on foreign travels
Let's take a look at some of the biggest spenders on international travels.

In first day of US shutdown, no sign how it will end
As police cordoned off landmarks like the Lincoln Memorial and government agencies stopped cancer treatments and trade negotiations, Republicans in the House of Representatives moved to restore funding to national parks, veterans care and the District of Columbia.

October 01, 2013
India ranks 78th on human capital index
While India has scored well on parameters like workforce and employment, it has fared poorly for health and wellness of its labour force, WEF said.

US shutdown: What it means and will it impact India?
The US government began a partial shutdown on Tuesday for the first time in 17 years.

BSE: Top gainers and losers
The 30-share Sensex was up 137 points at 19,517 and the 50-share Nifty was up 45 points at 5,780.

Bentley drives in new Flying Spur at Rs 3.1 crore
Luxury carmaker Bentley on Tuesday launched its all new super premium sedan Flying Spur priced at Rs 3.1 crore.

Does India have the most ATMs in the developing world?
Let's take a look at how many ATMs countries in emerging markets have and how many use mobile phone to receive money.

Column: Decoding Governor Rajan
Raghuram Rajan's signal of a neutral stance is at odds with concerns about inflation and markets' revised expectation of more increases in the repo rate

The real culprit behind the hike in onion prices
The most plausible suspect for the price surge, therefore, is the inability of the market to channel onions from growers to consumers without too many intermediaries adding to costs.

Hyundai, M&M sales down; Maruti's up 12%
The company said its domestic sales increased by 1.8 per cent during the month to 90,399 units as against 88,801 units in September last year.

India's 10 BEST companies to work for
Google has been ranked as the best company to work for in India.

What the US government shutdown is all about
As many as 1 million U.S. federal employees could face unpaid furloughs or payless paydays.

Markets firm up led by rate banks
HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, HDFC and SBI contributed the most to the gains in the Sensex up between 2-3% each.

World's LARGEST auto markets; India ranks 7
Emerging markets are fast becoming the biggest car markets in the world leaving behind developed economies such as US, Germany and Japan.

Modi wants Brand India sold globally
Modi said India has not done enough to exploit its full potential to emerge as an effective brand.

Here's proof: iPhone 5S is the fastest smartphone in the world
The company's 64-bit processor scores over all other smartphones on benchmarks test.

September 30, 2013
BSE: Top losers and gainers
The 30-share Sensex ended down 347 points or 1.8% at 19,380 and the 50-share Nifty ended down 98 points at 5,735.

Current Account Deficit widens to 4.9 per cent of GDP
India's current account deficit is narrower than expected at $21.8 billion, or 4.9 per cent of gross domestic product, in the June quarter.

In time of crisis RBI turns to gods for help
RBI has sent letters to the country's richest temples asking for details of their gold.

How much blackmoney is stashed abroad? Govt has no clear idea
The study was constituted in March 2011 when the nation was debating on the amount of black money stashed within as well as outside the country with figures being projected by politicians and civil society to lakh of crores.

Is Surajkund an attractive real estate hotspot?
Of late, Surajkund has been hyped as an attractive alternative real estate destination on the Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR) map.

No clinical trial of new drugs for now: SC
The court had earlier said that clinical trials of untested drugs on humans require certain mandatory standards to be followed and had also directed the government to put in

Will Tata Nano make for a good police patrol car? Your say...
The Nano patrol car is fitted with visual and audible warnings, which include beacons, a siren and search lights apart from a medical kit.

Images: World's first 'INVISIBLE' skyscraper
South Korea will build a 450-meter tall Tower Infinity, a building that can go 'invisible'.

Eight countries that have BIGGEST share of immigrants
Let's take a look at nations that have sizable share of immigrant population.

Raghuram Rajan on the right track to save economy
Everything seems to be falling in place for the new RBI governor but there is a need to prepare for the imminent tapering by the Fed.

The rupee alone can't resurrect India's fortune
The true upside in exports will only emerge when the competitiveness of an industry improves to a fundamental and sustainable level, and if we place our bets as a country in the right sectors and countries

Slowdown takes a toll on airline CEO salaries
Amid turbulent times in the aviation space, top executives of listed carriers have seen their salaries coming down, with low-cost SpiceJet's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) taking the biggest cut.

Rupee falls, yet Sept best month in a year
After trading hours, the government said the June-quarter current account deficit widened to $21.8 billion from $18.1 billion in the previous quarter.

Sensex slumps 350 points, US shutdown fears loom
Markets ended nearly 2% lower on worries over a probable US government shut down weighed on investor sentiment.

Women get upper hand in property DISPUTES
A resolution depends on the the kind of property held jointly and the ownership pattern

IMAGES: Unusual hotels around the world
Check out some of the unusual hotels around the world.

25 banks that target only the world's RICHEST families
Let's take a look at some banks that manage the wealth of richest families.

Petrol price cut by over Rs 3 a litre, diesel hiked
Petrol price has been cut by Rs 3.05 a litre.

Eight core sectors grow by 3.7% in August
The core industries, which also include coal, natural gas, refinery products and crude oil, having a weight of about 38 per cent in the Index of Industrial Production, grew

September 27, 2013
15 AMAZING facts that trace the rise of Google
Let's take a look at some amazing facts that trace its history.

Card fraud: Banks can't shrug responsibilities
The acquiring banks have to pay the amount paid by the bank without doubt within three working days of the issuing bank raising the claim, failing which the RBI would be

Google looks for talent in BlackBerry's backyard
Motorola and Google are growing their presence in Waterloo.

Google launches 'Hummingbird' on 15th birthday!
Google Inc has overhauled its search algorithm, the foundation of the Internet's dominant search engine, to better cope with the longer, more complex queries it has been getting from Web users.

59-60 right value for rupee, says Chidambaram
The Indian currency on Friday traded at 62.48, down 41 paise against the US dollar at 1645 hours.

Dedication, not money, matters during calamities: Nita Ambani
Kickstarting relief work for over 25,000 people affected by floods in Uttarakhand, Reliance Foundation Chairperson Nita Ambani has said that it is the dedication and sincerity towards lending a helping hand that matters more than money during times of natural calamities.

Anti-retail-FDI Mamata cool with foreign brands
Mamata Banerjee, who had pulled out of UPA-II over FDI in retail, among other issues, would dedicate mall to people of Kolkata.

Steve Ballmer bids farewell at last Microsoft employee meeting
Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer took his farewell bow before thousands of applauding employees on Thursday with a typically loud and emotional performance at his last companywide meeting, talking up the software giant's prospects and taking swipes at rivals.

Is the Nokia Lumia 1020 impressive?
The 1020 has to live up to the perception of an imaging device.

Mr Prime Minister, bring up immigration issue directly with Obama
The comprehensive Senate immigration reform legislation, America Inc thinks, will adversely affect Indian IT companies and will have an inimical spillover impact on American firms too.

Soon, RBI to stop cash back on home loans
After banning 0% interest rate, central bank could crack down on EMI waiver too.

Rupee snaps two days of gains; closes at 62.52
Forex dealers said besides selling of the American currency by banks and exporters, easing of norms by Reserve Bank for providing swaps to banks that are borrowing funds overseas and a higher opening in the domestic stock market

IMAGES: 25 airlines flying oldest planes in the world
Let's take a look at some airlines having oldest fleet in the world.

PHOTOS: 18 biggest fast-food chains in the world
Let's have a look at some of the biggest fast-food chains in the world.

The secret behind redBus' success story
redBus.in is the second highest transacted travel website in the country, next only to IRCTC.

World's best selling cars; Swift ranks 20
Competing with the cars from big auto companies, Swift and Swift Dzire have made its way into the top 20.

September 26, 2013
BSE: Top losers and gainers
The Sensex ended higher by 38 points at 19,894 mark and the Nifty was up by 8 points at 5,882 levels.

Philanthropy has to be spontaneous, can't be forced: Premji
Referring to the issue related to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), which has been made mandatory by the new laws that govern companies, IT czar Azim Premji on Wednesday said philanthropy cannot be forced and it has to be spontaneous.

Sachin, Dhoni, Shah Rukh, Salman's tax accounts also hacked
According to police, during the probe of the case of a Hyderabad-based young CA student hacking into the IT account of Ambani, it has emerged that the business tycoon's account was also fraudulently accessed from Noida.

PHOTOS: No Gujarat on Rajan's list of 7 most developed states
Raghuram Rajan panel report has made a case for ending the 'special category' criteria.

Why the new pay panel spells doom for India's finances
Central pay commissions in the past have usually been set up after every 10 years and the 10-year period of the current sixth central pay commission would be over by 2015.

Ban on zero-interest schemes, a boon for customers
The apex bank is taking away the 'psychological hook' that schemes with zero interest have on consumers.

Rupee hits 1-week high as foreign banks sell dollars
The rupee on Wednesday settled at 62.44 against the dollar, up 31 paise over the previous close.

Asia-Pacific to be biggest home for super-rich by 2014
In 2012, the number of HNIs in the region increased 9.4 per cent to a record 3.68 million and their collective wealth grew to $12 trillion.

IMAGES: 16 major foreign acquisitions made by China
Let's take a look at some of the biggest acquisitions carried out by Chinese companies in recent years.

Mumbai is the 2nd MOST HONEST city in the world
A survey conducted by Reader's Digest magazine reveals how people across different cities reacted after finding lost wallets.

Samsung to launch smartphone with curved display in October
Curved displays are an early stage in screen evolution, which is shifting to bendable or foldable designs.

Amazon unveils two powerful tablets
It has a feature which instantly brings up a video chat with a tech-support representative who can tell a user how to operate the device.

Fiat launches Linea Classic at Rs 5.99 lakh
it is a low-cost variant of the Linea, which will cater to entry-level sedan segment.

The 12 best selling aircraft in the world
These aircraft are still in production and also used for civil purposes.

Nokia launches Lumia 1020 with 41 megapixel camera
The price of the device will be disclosed on October 10 but as per estimates, it will be available in the range of Rs 47,000-Rs 48,000.

'Crores spent on populist schemes hits the economy'
In a veiled reference to various populist schemes of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, Arun Jaitley, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, "When crores are spent not on asset creation but on populist schemes, it disturbs the economy of the country."

September 25, 2013
Obama-Singh meeting to re-energise Indo-US ties: Inderfurth
"I think the principle benefit would be greater visibility to the relationship at the highest level with President Obama and Prime Minister Singh," Karl F 'Rick' Inderfurth, the former Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs said.

Big crisis: Why superpower China is thirsty
Beijing blames climate change for wreaking havoc on scarce water resources.

New Tata Nano: A great first car
The update to the Tata Nano makes it a more appealing package.

Why the Indian economy is a sinking ship under UPA
The United Progressive Alliance's (UPA) growth story is far from truth and is mere a statistical jugglery.

RBI bans 0% interest rate scheme for buying goods
The RBI on Wednesday banned zero per cent interest rate scheme for purchase of consumer goods, a move intended to protect customers but may dampen the festive spirit.

BSE: Top losers and gainers
Markets ended lower this Wednesday after a volatile trading session as global investor sentiments remained edgy on concerns over political dysfunction in US as lawmakers struggled to keep the government offices running ahead of next month's budget default.

India-US ties lose shine over economic differences
When Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last visited the White House in 2009 he was feted at President Barack Obama's first state dinner, a star-studded affair that reflected the excitement about blooming ties between the two big democracies.

Customs clear part of imported gold
The country's gold jewellery exports climbed in August from the previous month on improving US demand.

Meet Maruti Etriga competitors: Honda Mobilio, Datsun Go+
Both the MPVs were recently unveiled in the Indonesian market and will soon be launched in India to lure the customers.

India still offers exciting opportunities: Mark Mobius
Mark Mobius, executive chairman of Templeton Emerging Markets Group still believes in the emerging markets growth story.

Microsoft unlikely to gain from Asha
Most see MS' purchase of rights to Asha as a reinforcement of its salience.

Glaring errors in Modi's big claims will backfire
Narendra Modi should worry about fact-checking.

25 countries where iPhone 5 is most EXPENSIVE
Let's take a look at the price of an iPhone 5 in various nations.

Singapore Airlines bets big with Tata JV
Its full-service plans with the Tata JV might counter modest profits and competition from all quarters.

Rupee snaps three-day fall as foreign banks sell dollars
Traders said the rally in the domestic market was closely mirroring moves in the non-deliverable forwards which was leading the spot market gains.

September 24, 2013
BSE: Top gainers and losers
The 30-share Sensex ended up 19 points at 19,920 after touching a high of 20,050 and a low of 19,783 and the 50-share Nifty ended up 3 points at 5,892 after touching a high of 5,938 and a low of 5,855.

India among most vulnerable economies in emerging markets
Let's take a look at some of these nations, including India.

After AirAsia, Tatas board SIA for long haul
The new alliance will help the Tatas realise their long-cherished dream of flying abroad, while Singapore Airlines will get a foothold in the expanding Indian market

How two IITians are changing the way people commute
Mukesh Jha and Janardan Prasad have founded Autowale, a service that allows you to book an autorickshaw just like radio cabs.

8 most NOTABLE features of Apple's iOS 7
With its latest software update Apple breathes a new life into its iPhone and iPad.

Microsoft revamps Surface tablets to challenge Apple
Microsoft Corp unveiled faster, more powerful versions of its Surface tablet computer on Monday in an effort to boost poor sales of its flagship hardware product and mount a stronger challenge to Apple Inc's iPad.

Office space boom in India, China
Asia-Pacific economies continue to outpace other regions of the world, whose growth prospects have weakened over the first half of 2013.

World's most dynamic nations for business: US fails, China gains
The United States has failed to make it among the world's top ten dynamic nations.

Rupee weakens further by 15 paise to 62.75 vs USD
The rupee lost 37 paise to end at 62.60 against the

Meet Hyderabad-born Prem Watsa, the man who is buying BlackBerry
Often called Canada's version of Warren Buffet, Watsa preaches a long view that suggests it may be too early to assess his decision to take on a leading 10 per cent stake in BlackBerry.

The TALLEST buildings in India
Surrounded by sea on three sides, Mumbai has only one way to expand - vertically. And that's why, most of India's tallest building are located in the city.

Apple sells 9 million 5s, 5c iPhones in first three days
Apple Inc sold a higher-than-expected 9 million iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c models in the first three days following their Friday launch, prompting the company to issue a more optimistic financial forecast.

End of an era: The rise and fall of BlackBerry
Embattled smartphone company BlackBerry Ltd plans to go private in a $4.7 billion deal being orchestrated by its largest shareholder.

September 23, 2013
BlackBerry 'pauses' global rollout of BBM for Android, iOS
Smartphone maker BlackBerry has paused the global roll out of instant messaging service

These super luxury cars ready to vroom in India
Despite the rupee fluctuations, the coveted brands have lined up a record number of launches.

Is iPhone's fingerprint scanner hacked?
A group of German hackers claimed to have cracked the iPhone fingerprint scanner on Sunday, just two days after Apple Inc launched the technology that it promises will better protect devices from criminals and snoopers seeking access.

Should you be worried if your car is recalled?
The Automotive Research Association of India does a thorough check of all vehicles and if during these tests, parts work to perfection, then the cars are cleared.

Why India Inc admires Narendra Modi
A recent survey of 100 chief executives conducted by Nielsen for The Economic Times said 80 per cent want Modi to become prime minister.

Tata ventures likely to make air travel cheaper in India
With the launch of Tata AirAsia and Tata-SIA, the added capacity will bring down fares considerably, say observers.

Rs 58,000-cr real estate waiting to be SOLD
It could take more than two years to get sold.

5 IT CEOs with the HIGHEST salaries in India
It's not surprising that CEOs in IT companies are among the richest in India Inc.

IMAGES: The stunning Jaipur Metro comes to life
Heralding a great transformation in the state's transport network, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Thursday flagged off the trial run of the Jaipur Metro.

Modi's claim of 8.4% growth during NDA regime false: Chidambaram
Chidambaram's statement was in response to Modi's reported claim of economic growth rate during Vajpayee government being 8.4 per cent.

Most EXPENSIVE cities for business travellers
Though Mumbai and Bangalore featured in the top 25 most visited cities, they are the cheapest for business travel.

25 countries that have least income inequality
Let's take a look at some nations that have low income inequality.

Rupee extends losses vs USD, down 37 paise
The Indian currency was tracking the non-deliverable forwards while lower stock futures also hurt sentiment.

September 22, 2013
Should you BUY gold on the dip?
Investors looking to make a quick buck from the yellow metal should hold on for now.

September 21, 2013
How India can boost its foreign exchange reserves
Regrettably, another voluntary disclosure scheme may be needed to strengthen India's foreign exchange reserves.

Fancy salaries for top execs: Govt plays spoilsport
In a stringent set of executive pay disclosure norms, the government on Friday proposed to make it mandatory for listed companies to give their rationale behind salaries and hikes given to top management personnel vis-?-vis the business performance.

September 20, 2013
BSE: Top losers and gainers
The Sensex fell nearly 2 per cent on Friday after a surprise rate hike by the RBI led to a slide in rate-sensitives like banking and auto shares.

7 things I love about the iOS7: What's your take?
Apple Inc can look to an equally exciting future as it did under Jobs.

Maruti Suzuki launches new special edition Wagon R
This edition is dedicated to the bollywood actor R Madahavan who also happens to be the brand ambassador of the hatchback.

We are anti-inflation: Raghuram Rajan
RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan on Friday said repo rate has been hiked as inflation pressures remain high.

Inflation worry led RBI to hike rates: Experts
In his first monetary policy review since taking office on September 4, RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan increased the repo rate by 25 basis points to 7.50 per cent.

RBI hikes repo rate, loans to cost more
RBI kas hiked short-term lending (repo) rate by 0.25 per cent to 7.5 per cent.

Will the rupee appreciate sharply from current levels?
Experts said within a month, the currency wouldn't strengthen from current levels.

Indian economy in a new phase called 'Raghuram Rajya'
Undaunted by what non-ideal mortals call pragmatic reality, he rolled up his sleeves on his first day in office and rolled out a series of measures that turned sentiment, as if on a dime.

SPECIAL: Why investors love gold now
The US Federal Reserve's decision to continue bond-buying has lifted investor sentiment for gold and silver.

Rupee falls 46 paise to 62.23 vs USD
The rupee was at 62.08/12 versus Thursday's close of 61.77/78.

IMAGES: 25 best beer brands in the world
Let's take a look at some of the best rated beers in the world.

PHOTOS: India among countries that have highest GDP
Let's take a look at some economies that have highest GDP in the world.

Tatas among the 10 best companies for leadership in Asia
Which businesses most expect their employees to step up and lead? And also nurture them to do so? Find out...

All eyes on Rajan as industry pitches for rate cut
All eyes are on new Reserve Bank Governor Raghuram Rajan who will come out with his maiden monetary policy review on Friday amid conflicting demands for rate cut and an urgent need to contain inflation which soared to 6-month high of 6.1 per cent in August.

Rajan targets inflation, now will government go after growth?
Rajan was treated as the messiah who would rescue India from its current economic mess of growth stagnancy and high inflation.

September 19, 2013
BSE: Top gainers and losers
The 30-share Sensex ended 684 points higher at 20,647 and the 50-share Nifty added 216 points at 6,116 levels.

Tatas, Singapore Airlines to launch new airline in India
Tata Sons has signed a memorandum of understanding with Singapore Airlines to establish a new airline in India.

Blackberry could lay off up to 40% staff: Reports
BlackBerry Ltd plans to slash thousands of jobs by the end of the year, it was reported on Wednesday, just as the company launches a flagship smartphone intended to revive its fortunes.

Onions prices to ease in 2-3 weeks on fresh output: Minister
Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said on Thursday onion prices will ease in the next two-three weeks as fresh output arrives from Maharashtra and other states, providing relief to consumers.

Micromax launches 8-inch 'Canvas Tab' priced at Rs 16,500
Confident with the popularity of its Canvas phones, Micromax launched its first 'premium' 8-inch tablet.

Starbucks serves a local brew
The cafe chain is adding neighbourhood nuances to its decor and menu as it ventures deeper in India.

How India can build world class cities
Between 2010 and 2050 India is expected to add about 500 million to its 2011 urban population of 377 million.

20 most expensive hotels in the world
Among the 20 most expensive places, the cheapest one charges you an average rate of Rs 115,605 each night. The most expensive can cost you more than three times of this amount.

How to build your wealth in simple steps!
Building wealth is a topic often spoken about by many, but followed by very few. The reason for this is that wealth creation involves time and a lot of effort.

From chefs to cheese, your 5-star dining may soon go local
Rupee's weakness swells import bills of luxury hotel chains & restaurants, forces them to look for domestic alternatives.

Economic recovery? 46.5 million Americans live in poverty
The number of US residents living in poverty edged up to 46.5 million last year, the latest sign that an economic recovery marked by a stock market boom has not trickled down to ordinary Americans.

Fed surprises, sticks to stimulus as it cuts growth outlook
It wants to wait for more evidence of solid economic growth before making any changes.

IMAGES: CEOs making billions through company stocks
Let's take a look at some chief executives making billions thanks largely to stocks.

PHOTOS: 28 countries spending most on road infrastructure
Let's take a look at some countries spending a lot on improving their roads.

September 18, 2013
With economy sinking, India gets tough with 'babus'
India's finance ministry on Wednesday ordered small-bore austerity measures including a ban on holding meetings at five star hotels and creation of new posts in federal departments, at a time when government revenue growth has slowed down.

BSE: Top gainers and losers
Markets ended on a strong note after an extremely volatile trading session this Wednesday, on back of significant buying witnessed in the realty and bank spaces.

RBI, FinMin mull steps for cheaper auto, home loans
Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan, who will present his maiden policy on September 20, held discussions on Tuesday with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P Chidambaram on the macro-economic situation.

10 business people we'd like to see contesting the next election
Will Nandan Nilekani actually fight the elections? While the I-T czar says the question is speculative, here's our list of 10 eminent business leaders who should get on the stump.

BlackBerry unveils the Z30 with 5-in display, updated OS
The phone has bigger battery, better audio and the antenna is based on a newer technology that allows better reception and faster browsing.

A few useful tips to avoid financial crunches
Managing your finances efficiently is extremely critical in financial planning.

Why onion prices are as high Rs 80/kg?
Onion prices both in wholesale and retail markets in most parts of the country have seen a sharp increase since July.

Meet the nuclear physicist who builds ports
If you are proud of your birthplace you will be happy, says Vijay Papparao, in a conversation with

Flipkart: From a revenue-guzzler to an asset-light e-tailer
The company has often come under scrutiny for being dismissive about 'profitability' and unmindful of the high cost of running an inventory-led business, aided by deep discounts and free shipping.

We need to look beyond gloom & doom: Mukesh Ambani
Sounding confident that the economy will overcome the current crisis, Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani said there is a need to look beyond the gloom and doom.

Polo GT TDI: Most powerful diesel car in its segment
The hot hatch comes with the right balance of power and mileage.

Why reviewers love the new iPhone 5S
The fingerprint reader on Apple Inc's top-end iPhone 5S received an early thumbs up for ease of use from two influential reviewers.

How Pakistan, China get sensitive information on India
The government believes heightened awareness among its staff could be the only effective way to counter attempts of foreign agencies.

Why Ranbaxy's big setback is not yet OVER
US drug regulator's fiat on Mohali factory, after strictures on the two other major Indian units, has numerous negative implications.

India Inc optimistic while Asia's business sentiment drops
Business sentiment among Asia's top companies deteriorated in the third quarter, led by businesses in export engines such as China and South Korea, ending three consecutive quarters of improving sentiment.

Bombardier CSeries: Will it replace Boeing, Airbus?
Bombardier Inc's CSeries jetliner successfully completed its first flight on Monday, a key step in a $3.4 billion program to develop the first all-new narrow-body plane of its size in decades that the company hopes will increase sales.

PHOTOS: How the journey of mobile phones began 40 years ago
Let's take a peek into the journey of mobile phones.

China opens world's HIGHEST civilian airport
China opened the world's highest civilian airport on Monday, in a restive and remote Tibetan region of southwestern Sichuan province, which will cut journey times from the provincial capital from two days to a little more than one hour.

World's best cities to live in and do business
New York is the world's best city to do business, live in and visit, says a global study conducted across 24 countries.

IMAGES: Which is the largest automaker in the world?
Let's take a look at some of the biggest manufacturers of vehicles in the world.

September 17, 2013
In search of NSEL stock, a money puzzle unravels
Visits made by Business Standard to several borrowers in Ludhiana, Panchkula, Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad found that several borrowing entities have links to real estate.

We cannot afford to subsidise petroleum products: Montek
Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia says investors are aware the government is addressing various problems in the economy.

It's the GDP, stupid
'India should exit Hubristan and stop patting itself on its back for 5 years of rapid growth, and all the Rolls Royces, BMWs and private jets owned by its billionaires, and instead focus on the urgently needed reforms to get GDP growth back in the 7 to 8 pc range and higher,' says .

How Hyundai plans to take on Maruti Suzuki
It will introduce new cars across segments and also target rural India to push up sales.

Samsung unveils Note 3 for Rs 49,900 in India
Both Note 3 and Gear will be available in 100 stores in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore from Tuesday.

Why India cannot grow as fast as China
In the past two decades China grew at a breakneck speed keeping its debt low and the quality of its infrastructure high.

Free Android app for women's safety
All one has to do is set some emergency contacts and your phone will send them an emergency SMS with a preset message.

Bill Gates tops Forbes rich list as Americans get richer
The richest 400 Americans are significantly richer in 2013 than they were last year and younger Americans are accumulating wealth at a faster clip than their baby boomer counterparts.

IMAGES: 15 most attractive countries for expatriate workforce
Let's take a look at nations most attractive to those seeking employment overseas.

Rolls-Royce grows an Indian heart
Patronised by maharajas for decades, it is customising now with deeper distribution and car editions.

India among countries with highest unemployment rate
Countries such as Pakistan, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, and Sri Lanka have a lower unemployment rate compared to India.

Want to scribble on your phone? Try Micromax Doodle 2
The Doodle 2 is for those who like to draw or scribble on their phone and picks up where its predecessor, the A111 Canvas Doodle, left off.

US firms back India's case on immigration Bill
IBM writes to US Congress; Premji meets Biden

Revealed! Toyota to launch Innova facelift within 20 days
There would be a new top-end variant called the Z, which will cost Rs 17.5 lakh.

5 reasons why stock markets think Modi is good for them
CEOs have voted for a strong leadership, intent, decision and action, which Modi has demonstrated in Gujarat.

September 16, 2013
Volkswagen launches Polo GT diesel at Rs 8.08 lakh
Most powerful diesel hatch in its category with a mileage of 19.78kmpl.

Scorpio Special Edition: Luxury features at attractive price
The SUV costs the same as the VX variant.

Do Indians trust their banks most in the world?
Let's take a look at how much trusts banks have in some of the major markets.

Hyundai unveils new i10 at Frankfurt Motor Show
The new i10's virtues are functionality and space, fresh design, refined ride and a silent cabin.

The most CORRUPT countries in the world
Transparency International surveyed over 114,000 in 107 countries to check the prevalence of corruption in each of these nations and the results were startling.

The situation in India is grave but hardly hopeless
The immediate challenge to faster growth is to restore stability to the currency markets.

Inflation adds to headaches for Rajan's first meeting
Rajan has already warned he does not have a 'magic wand' to deal with India's economic crisis.

In US, Murthy tries to change 'arrogant' image of Infosys
Murthy's recent US trip helped to curb company's inflexible, arrogant perception

Nokia Lumia 625 is good, bad or just about OK?
Ideal for those who like to watch videos on the go, the 625 is a solid phone packed with a lot of features to attract users.

Tata Consultancy Services to remain leader in IT pack
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is likely to maintain its leadership position over the next three years backed by a strong and satisfied client base.

September 13, 2013
Petrol price hiked by Rs 1.63 a litre; 7th increase since June
Petrol price has been hiked by Rs 1.63 per litre, excluding VAT, with effect from midnight tonight.

BSE: Top losers and gainers
At close, the Sensex was down 49 points at 19,733 and the Nifty was relatively unchanged at 5,851.

Ford recalls 1.66 lakh units of Figo, Classic
The recall will impact different batches of Figo and Classic models manufactured between January 2010 and June 2012.

'Petrol price hikes to help meet fiscal deficit target'
Although the government has started phasing out the subsidy on diesel sale, it continues to supply kerosene and LPG cylinders at subsidised rates.

Rupee at current level is well corrected: Rangarajan
The rupee has recovered to trade at 63 level after hitting its life-time low of 68.85 towards August-end.

House prices tumble as buyers delay purchases
As stricter RBI guidelines, rising inventory and the slowing economy leave developers reeling, buyers are bargaining harder to strike a deal.

RBI to keep monetary policy tight till rupee stabilises: PMEAC
The time frame for this is difficult to specify and much depends on stability in the foreign exchange markets, Prime Minister's key economic advisor C Rangarajan said.

Why Rangarajan thinks India should not be downgraded
Recently, Standards and Poor's had said that there is one third possibility of a rating downgrade of India.

The ugly spat between Vikram Bakshi and McDonald's
The war of words that has broken out between Vikram Bakshi and McDonald's Corporation is the latest in the long list of ugly spats between Indian businessmen and their overseas collaborators.

PHOTOS: Twitter takes first step toward going public
Twitter has filed for an initial public offering with US regulators.

Markets turnaround: Why we shouldn't be complacent
Some commentators now expect the current account deficit for this year to drop below $70 billion.

PM's advisory council lowers growth forecast to 5.3%
The Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council has projected India's GDP growth at 5.3 per cent in 2013-14.

BlackBerry 9720 is a GOOD buy at Rs 15,999
The 9720 comes in the classic BlackBerry shape and the Qwerty keyboard is easier to use than the BlackBerry Q5.

Asian countries with the richest people: India at No 3!
The world's richest are getting richer despite the economic crisis.

Falling rupee is not about gloom and doom only
The German sportswear brand Puma's India arm, Puma Sports India (Puma), has found a way around despite a high proportion of imports.

IMAGES: 25 most open economies in the emerging world
Let's have a look at some of the most open economies in the emerging markets.

This monstrous Brabus B63S makes a Hummer look SMALL
Powering this monster is a 5.5-litre V8 Bi-Turbo engine with the Brabus B63S tuning that produces 960Nm of torque.

Delhi has the HIGHEST per capita income in India
The per capita annual income in the national capital has increased to Rs. 2.01 lakh in 2012-13 compared to Rs 1.73 lakh in the previous fiscal, which is three times the national average and highest in the country.

Suzuki unveils NEW Swift at Frankfurt Motor Show
The new version has LED daytime running lights and silver detailing to the lower front bumper.

15 AMAZING facts that trace the rise of Google
Let's take a look at some amazing facts that trace its history.

India's messy economy: Blame the non-functioning govt
Persistent deficits, galloping inflation, stalled infrastructure showed up a non-functioning government.

World's CHEAPEST Jaguar to take on BMW, Audi
The car offers high emotional appeal with performance to match.

September 12, 2013
BSE: Top losers and gainers
The Sensex closed down 216 points at 19,782 and the Nifty slipped 62 points at 5,851.

Petrol may be cheaper by up to Rs 1.50/litre
Petrol prices may be cut by as much as Rs 1-1.50 per litre next week on falling international oil rates and appreciating rupee but a one-time hike in diesel

'RBI to get glimpses of Rajan's technical acumen soon'
A few market and economic indicators have begun looking up, thanks to what many term the 'Rajan effect'.

Why thousands are losing jobs in India
India Inc's hiring outlook has become the weakest in the past eight years in the Asia-Pacific region, even as job losses have emerged as a critical concern.

These are the BEST countries to live and work!
Let's take a look at some nations that offer best environment for living and working.

Why India's economy is in such a mess
Investors have lost confidence in the economy, says Professor Arun Kumar, Sukhamoy Chakravarty Chair at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

IMAGES: The magical Apple iPhone through the years
Since its launch in 2007, iPhone has always been the benchmark for smartphones. It has revolutionised the way smartphones looked, felt and worked.

Apple, Google back in court over mobile phone patent lawsuit
Apple and Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility on Wednesday squared off in court over whether a judge should reopen a lawsuit in which the companies accuse one other of illegally using their patented mobile phone technology.

Former US Ambassadors call for India friendly immigration norms
Five former American ambassadors to India have written to top US lawmakers urging removal of visa provisions which, they say, are not in US economic interests and also stand to complicate relations with India.

7 SAFE stocks when the markets are volatile
Their positioning and prospects in the respective sectors should help these companies generate steady cash flows. That they have low debt and are available at reasonable valuations is a bonus.

Stunning cars you would LOVE to drive!
The Frankfurt Auto Show has a glittering showcase of cars from manufacturers across the globe.

Pricing could SPOIL the iPhone party
For many, Apple's highly anticipated launch on Tuesday was to be the answer to consumers in India, China and other emerging markets who craved some iOS magic in their life but could not afford its previous range.

25 economies having highest debt in the world
Let's take a look at economies that have some of the highest debts in the world.

TCS is now world's 2nd most valuable IT firm
With a market cap of $60 billion, exceeds Accenture and HP but trails IBM

Is India among the happiest countries in the world?
Let's take a look at some of the happiest nations.

Rupee becomes Asia's best-performing currency!
With September 11's rise, has appreciated 5.5% in just a week

September 11, 2013
BSE: Top gainers and losers
The BSE benchmark index -- Sensex closed unchanged at 19,997 and the 50-share Nifty added 16 points to settle at 5,913.

IMAGES: Sachin launches cricket mode LED TV
Toshiba India has introduced a new cricket mode LED TV series in India.

Economic gloom? India sees largest rise in super-rich club
The study focuses solely on persons with a net worth of $30 million and above (after accounting for shares in public and private companies, residential and investment properties, art collections, planes, cash and other assets).

'India needs Rs 2,000 crore a day of capital inflows'
It is time to reform the RBI and the ministry of finance, says Dr Ajay Shah of the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi.

25 countries with BEST and WORST current account balance
Let's take a look at how countries are placed when it comes to current account deficit.

Duvvuri Subbarao: Green horn that locked horns
Under his leadership, RBI kept the domestic markets, to a large extent, alienated from the international meltdown to avoid liquidity or solvency cascades.

These airports spent BILLIONS on development
The list include three Indian airports in Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata.

How India can take advantage of the cheaper rupee
The rupee's sharp depreciation has been the most important issue in the current debate on the state of the economy.

Rupee: 5 biggest single-day gains
The Indian currency on September 10 rose 141 paise

India's 20 most RESPECTED companies
Tata Consultancy Services has surpassed Infosys to become India's most respected company.

IMAGES: World's coolest futuristic buildings
Some architectural wonders are changing the landscapes of cities. Here are 15 of them.

'Indian politicians do not worry about the nation'
They should open up their market to countries like Australia, Germany, America and other free market economies.

Apple launches 2 stunning iPhones
Apple's 2 new iPhones target high and low-end markets

September 10, 2013
BSE: Top gainers and losers
The BSE benchmark index -- Sensex rallied 727 points or 3.77% to settle at 19,997 and the 50-share Nifty surged 216 points to shut shop at 5,897.

Mr PM you are wrong; cheap rupee will not boost exports
Hurdles ranging from erratic taxes throttling special export zones to a cash crunch and clogged ports are killing exports.

IMAGES: Stunning cars you will drive in future
Automakers big and small share their visions for the future.

Mahindra launches Scorpio Special Edition; to sell 500 units
The SUV has leather upholstery in tan and beige, leather wrapped steering wheel, glossy wood finished centre console and roof mounted DVD player.

Domestic car sales up 15.37%
Domestic passenger car sales grew by 15.37 per cent to 1,33,486 units in August this year compared to 1,15,705 units in the same month of 2012.

Can Microsoft win the loyalty of Nokia fans?
Microsoft simply lacks Nokia's retail and supply chain experience in the Finnish company's most important markets.

House prices tumble as buyers delay purchases
As stricter RBI guidelines, rising inventory and the slowing economy leave developers reeling, buyers are bargaining harder to strike a deal.

Why holding on to shares can save tax liability
Don't sell the shares immediately after you get possession. It might translate into tax liability, if not held for one year or more.

Land distribution: Jairam Ramesh bowls a googly
Draft land reforms policy stops religious & educational bodies from using more than 15 acres.

Indian carriers among MOST PUNCTUAL airlines in Asia
Let's take a look at some of the most punctual carriers in the world.

10 blue chip stocks that FIIs are DUMPING
Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) have a reason to worry because the falling rupee is putting at risk the $100 billion they have pumped into Indian equities since 2009.

Syria crisis looms large over stock markets
Shares are likely to remain volatile in the week ahead as uncertainty heightens over Syria.

Are rupee changes linked to elections?
It's an interesting theory but the reality isn't so simple, say experts.

September 09, 2013
Rajan is doing his bit, will the politicians follow?
It took three years of collective fiscal profligacy and policy mismanagement to cause this crisis.

How to buy a cheap luxury car
Car manufacturers have dedicated programmes for used cars and even offer financing schemes for these.

Sony's Xperia Z Ultra is a great smartphone, but...
Here's why it's not a phone which will appeal to many.

AirAsia India set to miss Dec take-off deadline
New DGCA rules stipulate airlines have to apply for permit at least 90 days before launch

Tired of long hours in office? Try these countries
Let's take a look at some nations that have shortest working hours.

Bottoms up! Countries that consume most alcohol
Let's take a look at some countries that consume most alcohol.

Why the Rajan rally will not continue
The spurt in banking may be short-lived because of his limited options

Iran may spoil govt's plan to curtail dollar dependence
Use of Iranian crude oil in Indian refineries came down by over a quarter in 2012-13.

It's not markets, other financial sectors need ATTENTION
The market is holding up pretty well in the face of a lot of bad news.

September 07, 2013
G-20 extends its commitment against protectionism until 2016
Recognising the risk of economic slowdown and weakening trade posed by protectionism, the G-20 has decided to extend until the end of 2016 its standstill commitment to further progress in removing barriers and impediments to global trade and investment.

Slowdown: Thousands of contract workers lose jobs in India
With India's manufacturing sector slamming the brakes on production, the fallout is being felt by contractual labourers.

September 06, 2013
BSE: Top gainers and losers
The 30-share Sensex rose 290.30 points to end at 19,270.06 and the 50-share Nifty gained 87.45 points at 5,680.40 levels.

Is the worst really OVER for rupee?
While the RBI has been intervening heavily in both spot and forward markets to support the currency, especially when it nears its record lows, there are technical signs that the rupee is set for some near-term consolidation.

Don't fear visa curbs, hire locals, says Narayana Murthy
Indian IT industry had expressed concerns over the visa restrictions set out in the US Immigration Reform Bill that could hit their business hard.

Survey shows India Inc firmly in Modi camp
Nearly three-quarters of Indian business leaders believe the government has mismanaged the economy and want opposition leader Narendra Modi to lead the country.

Stagflation: Biggest challenge for Raghuram Rajan
Rajan's call to diaspora can't stem rupee rout.

Rajan's key measures to stabilise the rupee and its impact
Raghuram Rajan - the new Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor - has announced a slew of measures to attract capital flows in the country to provide support to the rupee which has depreciated around 22% in the current financial year.

India may announce steps to cut fuel use this month
India, where energy consumption per person is among the lowest in the world, has little elasticity in its fuel use as it tries to power exports and agriculture to help boost its economy and stave off a currency crisis.

COLUMN: Is Infosys losing its corporate governance sheen?
There are solid reasons recent observations at the company raise question marks about its adhering to corporate governance in spirit.

Why the fare hike won't help airlines
Price war started by Jet Airways to cap rise in fare across airlines this season.

How Samsung DISLODGED Nokia from the top
Going forward, the Korean company's real competition could be nimble-footed Indian companies, more than the Nokia-Microsoft combine.

Vikram Bakshi set for BATTLE against McDonald's
On August 30, McDonald's had announced in a public notice that Bakshi would no longer be the India MD and the JV would be run by the board.

Coordinate monetary policies, PM tells developed world
QE tapering looms large over G20 summit; Singh says India on path of reforms, difficult ones to come.

Brics to float $100-bn currency pool
China would contribute $41bn towards the pool. Brazil, India and Russia would contribute $18bn each; South Africa $5bn.

How Next-Gen entrepreneurs are minting money
While remaining tied to their family's core business, they are venturing into new areas and even roping in private investors to grow.

IMAGES: Best banks to work for in the world
Let's take a look at some of the best banks for employees in the world.

22 employees who earned more than their CEOs
The compensations are obviously rewards for the stellar performances.

Morgan Stanley slashes Sensex target to 18,200
American brokerage Morgan Stanley on Thursday slashed its Sensex target for the next 12 months to 18,200, citing weakening macro fundamentals of the economy.

Sony unveils Xperia Z1 with mind-blowing 20.7 MP camera
Its 20.7MP camera with an award-winning lens is the main feature of the phone.

Luxury hatches: BMW 1 Series vs Mercedes A Class
BMW has a huge task of luring buyers. Mercedes managed 400 booking of A Class within 10 days of launch.

September 05, 2013
IMAGES: India among world's biggest stakeholders in US economy
Let's take a look at countries holding biggest stake in United States's Treasury securities.

A website offers onions at Rs 9 per kilo!
High prices are making people shed tears for onions before they are even chopped, but now a website is offering the bulbs at prices as low as Rs 9 per kilogram.

Why Raghuram Rajan alone CANNOT revive India's economy
It is the government and its policies and attitude toward FDI that is at the root of the problem.

Raghuram Rajan is a hit on first day, can he sustain it?
Raghuram Rajan receives rock-star welcome on his first day in office as Governor of Reserve Bank of India. But the question lingers: Can he sustain it?

Why restrictions on home loans is a good move
India's real estate sector, many fear, is unstable.

H-1B visas: Why does the US blame Indian firms?
Indian and Indian-American IT businesses are being scapegoated for abuse of the visa programme - using it for cheap, immobile labour - that actually pervades the entire industry.

Most competitive countries in the world; India ranks 60
India has dropped a place in the latest global ranking of most competitive nations by World Economic Forum.

Slowdown? Salaries of Indian CEOs have DOUBLED!
Compensation package for CEOs has hit Rs 20 crore excluding stock options. It was Rs 10 crore 4-5 years ago.

Tata Motors to launch DIESEL Nano car by March
Tata Motors will launch a diesel-powered version of its ultra-cheap Nano by the end of March 2014, its managing director said, hoping to kick-start demand for the model after years of disappointing sales.

SPECIAL: When gold saved the day for India
The pledging of gold to tide over a balance of payments crisis in 1991 became an emotive national issue at the time.

10 things you wanted to know about the new pension bill
Under the NPS, every subscriber will have an individual pension account, which will be portable across job changes.

Markets cheer Rajan's maiden steps; Sensex up 400 pts
Benchmark indices end at a three week high but Nifty remains shy of 5,600 level.

Samsung launches smartwatch, Galaxy Note 3
Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch works as an accessory to its market-leading Galaxy smartphone, with a small screen offering basic functions such as photos, hands-free calls and instant messaging.

Armadillo-T: A car that folds in half for easy parking
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology has developed the car.

This is what Raghuram Rajan needs to focus on
The new Guv needs to focus on structural inflation problems.

September 04, 2013
Rupee has lost 1/5th of its value against dollar: PM
The prime minister made a reference to orderly exit from unconventional monetary policies in the backdrop of splits between emerging markets and the US.

Raghuram Rajan unveils big initial package, promises more
New RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan on Wednesday came out with a slew of measures, including more trade settlement in rupees to rescue the battered financial markets

Palace on Wheels train begins season's first journey
A joint venture of Indian Railways and Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation, the train with all modern facilities will travel to Jaipur, Sawaimadhopur, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur and Agra before returning to the capital.

Monetary stability is RBI's prime role: Rajan
"This is not an easy time as economy faces challenges. Our actions will be at measured pace given the current market turmoil," Raghuram Rajan said after he took charge as the new RBI Governor.

Top bankers repose confidence in Rajan, wish him success
Top bankers on Wednesday exuded confidence that Raghuram Govind Rajan, who today took over as the 23rd Governor of the Reserve Bank, has the intellectual prowess to

The woes of the falling rupee!
As the nosediving rupee shatters foreign-education dreams and eats away the country's much-vaunted forex reserves -- to mention just two fallouts -- takes up pen and paper to outline what the common Indian is feeling.

Food Bill: Boon for politicians, bane for economy
Whatever may be their flaws and the adverse impact on industry or the Centre's finances, the food security and land acquisition Bills are likely to be seen by voters as people-friendly initiatives

Raghuram Rajan takes over from Subbarao at RBI
Raghuram Rajan becomes the 23rd governor of Reserve Bank of India.

'India's situation not comparable with 2008-09 crisis'
Chief Statistician T C A Anant says this a unique crisis and should be dealt with keeping the current situation in mind.

Apple to unveil two new iPhones on Sept 10?
Apple may launch two new models this year - an upgrade to iPhone 5 and also a cheaper version of the phone.

How the government can stabilise the rupee
The shortage of capital flows into emerging markets is unlikely to go away in a hurry.

IMAGES: Biggest merger and acquisition deals in the world
Let's take a look at some of the biggest M&A deals in the world.

India Inc upbeat on Rajan's appointment as RBI chief
Declining value of the rupee, widening Current Account Deficit (CAD) and the impact of likely tapering of US bond purchases are some of the key issues which will keep Raghuram Rajan busy.

Flying to get COSTLIER by up to 30%
Air fares up 20-30 per cent as operating costs mount.

Why the market rally is likely to be short-term
Mass downgrades of GDP projections make it likely that there will be another wave of FII selling fairly soon

Rupee gains; heavy RBI hand seen
Raghuram Rajan, a former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund, takes charge at the RBI as the country faces its worst economic crunch since a balance of payments crisis two decades ago.

BMW launches stunning 1 Series; starts at Rs 20.9 lakh
The petrol variant offers 16.28kmpl mileage and the diesel offers 20.58kmpl.

Rajan may lift capital controls on India Inc
Individuals will have to wait for some more time; RBI may do away with mid-quarter policy reviews.

Sensex, Nifty rise riding on global cues
The broader markets were positive with mid-caps and small-caps gaining 0.4-0.6 per cent on the E.

Can elections help REVIVE the markets?
Though analysts suggest that there are downside risks to economy, by announcing/advancing general elections, markets would be able to look beyond uncertainty.

Raghuram Rajan to step into eye of rupee storm
Rupee has tumbled about 10 per cent alone since Rajan's appointment on August 6.

September 03, 2013
BSE: Top losers and gainers
Markets ended Tuesday's session on an extremely weak note with benchmark indices falling nearly 3% each after the rupee depreciated closer to its all time low level of 68.80.

Black Tuesday: Why the rupee, shares PLUNGED
The S&P warning was largely a repeat of comments made to Reuters in late August, and no missiles were reported to have landed in Syria, but Indian investors were so unnerved that the reports exacerbated a sell-off in the rupee and local stocks.

Hyundai finally launches Grand i10 at Rs 4.29 lakh
The diesel variant has an average of 24kmpl while the petrol delivers 18.9 kmpl.

How to cut oil import bill? Mr Moily has no clue
Veerappa Moily's suggestions on oil use do not inspire hope

25 companies where it's MOST DIFFICULT to get a job
Let's take a look at corporations where securing employment has been rated most difficult.

Countries where property prices have FALLEN and RISEN
Let's take a look at the global real estate market.

Microsoft to buy Nokia's phone business for $7.2 bn
Buying Nokia's gadget business thrusts Microsoft deeper into the hotly contested market

Will Narayana Murthy succeed in his second innings?
NR Narayana Murthy came out of retirement in June to run a floundering Infosys.

10 longest SUVs in the world
If you think Hummer would have topped, then here's a surprise: It does not even feature in the top 5.

Subbarao's 5 years: Managing crisis to managing conflict
Within days of assuming charge, he faced allegations of having made RBI the finance ministry's extension counter.

Sensex pares losses after plunging 700 points
RIL and ITC accounted for 25% fall in the Nifty.

Why you should not buy insurance before October
The new-look traditional products will have higher surrender value and lower commission.

Nokia can take on competitors with the Lumia 925
With its new smartphone, Nokia seems to have finally got a phone which deserves to be called its flagship model, a potential game-changer.

Vijay Mallya blames ALL but himself for Kingfisher woes
Kingfisher Airlines Chairman Vijay Mallya has blamed almost everyone, including engine suppliers, employees, banks and tax authorities, for grounding of the carrier since October last year.

September 2, 2013
'Crores spent on populist schemes hits the economy'
In a veiled reference to various populist schemes of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, Arun Jaitley, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, "When crores are spent not on asset creation but on populist schemes, it disturbs the economy of the country."

September 02, 2013
No plan of 12-hour curfew on sale of petrol: Moily
Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily takes a U-turn on the suggestion of keeping petrol pumps shut from 8 pm to 8 am.

Tata, M&M car sales slump; falling rupee to hurt industry
Domestic sales for two big Indian automakers tumbled in August on rising fuel costs and interest rates.

India among countries facing severe manpower shortage
Globally, over 38 per cent employers are facing difficulties filling jobs with the right candidate.

Gold smuggling has actually ZOOMED!
As govt tries hard to choke the metal import, entry through unofficial channels doubled to 60 tonnes in first 5 months of this financial year

Chidambaram's third innings as FM goes for a toss
Chidambaram has been grappling virtually alone with the economic emergency since he became finance minister for a third time 13 months ago.

HM launches Ambassador Encore, costs Rs 4.98 lakh
The Encore's 1.5-litre diesel engine promises better power and torque.

Maruti back with a bang! Sales up 61%
The company said sales of the compact segment comprising Swift, Estilo, Ritz surged over two fold to 17,409 units

25 countries offering best business environment
Let's have a look and see where India ranks among countries offering best business and life environment.

These 6 people are responsible for India's economic crisis
These six people have created a political climate more difficult for business, indeed more hostile to business, than at any time since the mid-1980s.

PHOTOS: Most beautiful convertible cars in the world
Let's take a look at some of the best convertible cars in the world.

In your mobile app store, the dollar is still just Rs 55
Playing games on your fancy tablet or mobile continues to be cheap.

2004 once more: IT back as market BELLWETHER
The stock market comes full circle; pharma also gains prominence, courtesy rupee depreciation

25 countries providing best healthcare systems
Let's take a look at some nations that have most efficient medical systems in the world.

FALL of high profile wickets shakes Infosys
In yet another high profile exit at Infosys, India's second-largest information technology (IT) services company, Ashok Vemuri, head of operations (Americas) and global head (manufacturing and engineering services), has resigned.

August 30, 2013
BSE: Top gainers and losers
The 30-share Sensex ended up 219 points at 18,620 and the 50-share Nifty ended up 63 points at 5,472.

Infographic: Stock markets during August 2013
Benchmark indices closed higher on the last day of August, amid volatile trading session led by FMCG and IT shares.

India's GDP growth at 4-year low in June quarter
Hurt by a contraction in mining and manufacturing.

NSE among the WORST performing stock markets in the world
The Indian market is the second worst performing, followed by Brazil, among major global markets so far in 2013.

Beware! Online banking malware a serious and growing threat
Trend Micro's Security Roundup Report says there's been a huge jump in unauthorised access to your personal data; familiarity with prevention tools a must.

Rupee slide worrying but also good for the economy: PM
It will have positive impact on exports competitiveness in the coming months.

Freelander 2 S Business: Cheaper price, brilliant performance
The manufacturer has dropped the bells and whistles to bring down the cost. The SUV, at heart, is the same and offers brilliant performance.

IMAGES: Cities that offer best quality of life
Let's take a look at some of the best and worst cities in the world.

Five best ways to deal with pink slips
Getting emotional won't help; have a well-planned exit strategy even when you are getting into your first job.

India Inc frustrated over govt's failure to revive economy
Corporate leaders say economy going through troubled phase which is raising concern among global investors about investing in India.

What if your employer does not deposit EPF money
EPF subscribers whose accounts have not been credited with deducted money can complain to EPFO or labour ministry.

Now, NRIs turn wary of India as growth falters
The patriotism of wealthy overseas Indians has helped the country avert economic crises in the past and it is little surprise that embattled policymakers are turning to them again to plug a record trade gap that is battering the rupee.

Vemuri's exit casts shadow on succession plan at Infosys
The exit of Ashok Vemuri, board member and head of the Americas and manufacturing at Infosys, seems to have shaken the company's much-prided succession plan.

Market sentiments improve, Sensex surges over 200 points
The main gainers on the Sensex were Bajaj Auto, TCS, Cipla, HDFC, HDFC Bank.

After House okay, land Bill gets India Inc red flag
Industry says legislation will increase cost and timeframe for setting up new enterprises.

6 Indians among college-dropout billionaires
Let's take a look at billionaires globally who left their studies incomplete and still managed to make it big.

August 29, 2013
EXCLUSIVE: Jairam Ramesh on why India needs a new land bill
The principle objective of the Bill is fair compensation, says Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh in an exclusive interview.

Govt to offer 100% stake in 6 airports to private operators
The government is open to giving 100 per cent stake to private parties in six select airports, including Kolkata and Chennai.

BSE: Top gainers and losers
The Bombay Stock Exchange's 30-share Sensex closed at 18,401 up 405 points. The National Stock Exchange's 50-share S&P CNX Nifty closed at 5,409 up 124 points.

Rupee crash is BAD news for car buyers
German luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz on Thursday said it will hike prices of its entire model range in India by up to 4.5 per cent from September 1 to partly offset impact of rupee depreciation and higher import duties.

Why Lavasa simply can't stay out of controversy
Lavasa Corporation is rushing to complete its township. No one knows if the promoter is complying with environmental conditions on which it was allowed to resume work.

10 companies that have most inspiring leadership
Let's take a look at some companies that have most inspiring leaders.

12 products that were not made for general public
Let's take a look at some inventions that were meant to be solely used by the military, but ended up being used by everyone.

Special: Why is GOLD so dear to everyone?
Besides its metallic properties, there is much more to gold that makes it an obsession to mankind.

Brace for more market volatility and downside
There is a general meeting of minds among observers on the difficulty of positive factors breaking through.

India faces a DIFFICULT economic situation: PM
With falling rupee and rising oil prices casting a shadow over Indian economy, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday said the country is faced with a difficult economic situation for which some domestic factors too were responsible.

Toyota launches Camry Hybrid in India, priced at Rs 29.75 lakh
The fuel efficiency of the vehicle is 19.16kmpl.

How savvy D-Street traders doubled money in August
Two categories of market participants seem to have made a lot of money in the past couple of weeks, short-sellers and volatility traders.

Is this how we will live in FUTURE?
Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut has come up with some futuristic concepts of what the green cities of tomorrow might be like.

Tata launches Safari Storme Explorer, costs Rs 10.86 lakh
There are no mechanical upgrades. You get an Explorer front nudge guard, a chrome garnish for the projector headlights and taillights.

August 28, 2013
Infographics: BSE Sensex's top gainers and losers
Markets scripted a dramatic 547-point rebound from lows to close in the positive zone.

Rupee crashes, government says no need to panic
As the rupee fell below the 68-mark and global agencies painted a gloomy outlook for the

CRISIS: BNP cuts India's GDP forecast to 3.7%
Financial services major BNP Paribas on Wednesday cut India's GDP growth forecast for the current fiscal to 3.7 per cent from 5.7 per cent earlier, saying the country's 'macro muddle' is fast approaching crisis proportions.

There's a lack of leadership in the country, says Ratan Tata
Government is pulling in different directions and we are not consolidating on government, says Ratan Tata.

Why one should AVOID forecasting markets
Instead, the focus should be on fixing the economy.

Good news! Mumbai Metro to start this year
Reliance Infrastructure said it plans to commission the Mumbai Metro rail project this year.

Anil Ambani to team up with Mukesh's Reliance Jio
Deals between the two could earn RCom Rs 14,000 cr, says Anil Ambani.

Mumbai Metro among world's MOST challenging infra projects
When completed, these ambitious projects would change cities and some may even change nations.

'Govt should let the rupee get to 200 or 230 by year-end'
The fall of the rupee has just become a symbol of all that has gone wrong with India lately.

Women CEOs with the HIGHEST salaries
In the male-dominated corporate world, these women have proved their mettle and turned out to be inspiring and successful role models.

Markets end flat after falling over 2%, IT stocks gain
The broader markets ended with mid-caps and small-caps dropping nearly 1 per cent on the BSE.

Is it a good time to enter the equity markets?
For stock market investors, things have turned worse.

IMAGES: 28 countries where it's easiest to start a business
Let's take a look at India and 28 other nations where it's easiest to start a business.

Housing prices FALL in these 22 Indian cities
Housing prices in 22 major cities, including Delhi and Mumbai, are witnessing downward trend in April-June period compared to the previous quarter due to slowdown in demand, National Housing Bank said.

August 27, 2013
BSE: Top losers and gainers
The 30-share Sensex declined 590.05 points or 3.18 per cent to close at 17,968.08 and the 50-share Nifty dropped 189.05 points or 3.45 per cent at 5,287.45 levels.

Chidambaram too agrees, rupee is still UNDERVALUED
With rupee again crossing 65-to a dollar mark, Finance Minister P Chidambaram today said the currency is undervalued and hoped it will find its appropriate level.

Bloodbath at the bourses: Sensex ends down 590 points
Rupee has lost close to 16 per cent this year making it one of the worst Asian currencies so far.

India approves raft of projects to kick-start investment
The Indian government said on Tuesday it had approved a raft of infrastructure projects worth Rs 1.83 lakh crore (Rs 1.83 trillion) to revive economic growth and restore investor confidence after a crash in the rupee to record lows.

Chidambarm too agrees, rupee is still UNDERVALUED
With rupee again crossing 65-to a dollar mark, Finance Minister P Chidambaram today said the currency is undervalued and hoped it will find its appropriate level.

COLUMN: Fall of the rupee only a symptom of India's mess
India imports more than it exports, so the rupee's decline will hurt more than it may help.

Fastest-growing brands in the world
Let's take a look at some of the fastest-growing brands in the globe.

How National Spot Exchange got into a bind
Few financial products could match its derivative contracts that always sold at a premium. But the exchange forgot one crucial link: to back its contracts with solid assets.

SPECIAL: Meet the culprits behind India's economic mess
In the name of regulation, control has taken over the economy; systemic checks and balances are failing.

Is Ambani's Antilia ugliest building in the world? Your say...
Eyesores from around the world that may make you cringe.

'We need growth to create jobs'
Creation of jobs, easing supply-side constraints, improving productivity and India's competitiveness in manufacturing to boost exports are some measures Vikas Khemani, President, Co-Head Wholesale Capital Markets, Edelweiss, advocates to mend India's tottering economy.

Can Volkswagen Cross Polo take on EcoSport, Ertiga?
The compact SUV has better features to Polo hatch.

Reviving the economy won't be easy for Raghuram Rajan
The rupee's travails allow the RBI's incoming governor to renegotiate the objectives of monetary policy.

What exactly is Rohan Murty's role at Infosys?
Some media reports stated that Rohan has been designated as a vice president, which is a relatively senior position in the company.

Falling rupee can help resolve India's economic woes
Economist Arvind Panagariya tells Suman Guha Mozumder that the rupee is doing a much-needed clean-up job, raising exports and cutting imports. And it must be allowed to do so.

August 26, 2013
BSE: Top gainers and losers
The 30-share Sensex ended up 39 points at 18,558 and the 50-share Nifty ended up 5 points at 5,477 levels.

'Crores spent on populist schemes hits the economy'
In a veiled reference to various populist schemes of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, Arun Jaitley, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, "When crores are spent not on asset creation but on populist schemes, it disturbs the economy of the country."

Do your homework before approaching an insurance agent
Research reports say insurance agents are likely to sell you unsuitable products. So, you should know your requirements and premium paying ability.

Mumbai: Maximum City now a City of Skyscrapers
Let's take a look at cities that are ahead of the pack when it comes to tall buildings.

Manmohan Singh's biggest failure in reviving the economy
When the prime minister thanked his predecessor during his Independence Day speech, it was significant because it was Dr Singh's final acknowledgement that political support for reform is essential.

From glitzy shopping to closure: The story of DYING malls
If 120 new malls have come up in the last two years, 40 have downed shutters. Some lessons from the experiences of dying malls.

With Rajan at Mint Road, 'all options are on the table'
Officials, however, said one person's thinking might not change the views of the institution.

IMAGES: Most powerful and beautiful hypercars in the world
Let's take a look at some of the world's best hypercars.

Why India's 'dream team' has failed
The 1990s team worked wonders because the leaders took care to build a tier of competent secretaries and advisors under them.

5 smartphones that are CHEAP but fully loaded
Like puddles all around in the rainy season, we now have smartphones with five-inch screens for almost everyone.

Sky high pampering: The 10 best cabin crews in the world
World's most friendly, helpful and efficient airline crews belong to Asian airlines.

COLUMN: Rupee approaching tipping point
India's fundamentals might be better served by allowing the rupee cycle to run its course.

Sensex gains 39 points amid volatile session
The broader markets out performed the benchmark indices- E Midcap and Smallcap indices up nearly 1%.

Should you sell gold now or wait?
While choosing this, approach local jewellers to avoid high deductions by branded jewellers.

Dalal Street pins hopes on rupee's strength
Currency market participants do not expect the rupee to slide immediately but feel a sharp rise is unlikely because of month-end dollar demand from importers.

August 24, 2013
Cars to be greener and costlier by 2017
The power ministry's plan, through the Bureau of Energy Efficiency, to fix fuel efficiency standards for passenger cars is likely to increase the prices of small cars by as much as Rs 70,000, according to industry estimates.

SPECIAL: Can Nokia shift base from India?
There are big tradeoffs involved and it has invested heavily here; an unfriendly tax regime, though, might push it out to a country such as Vietnam.

Has Tim Cook FAILED to reshape Apple?
The company he inherited has become a very different creature: a mature corporate behemoth rather than a scrappy industry pioneer.

August 23, 2013
I'm a HOUSEWIFE, no role in ADAG: Tina Ambani
After her husband Anil Ambani, Tina Ambani appeared in a Delhi court as a witness in the 2G spectrum case and CBI claimed that she was "deliberately withholding facts" which the judge found was "adverse" to the prosecution.

BSE: Top gainers and losers
The 30-share Sensex ended up 203.97 points to trade at 18,516.91 and the 50-share Nifty rose 63.30 points at 5,471.75 levels.

Nokia launches Lumia 925 and 625 in India
Lumia 925 costs Rs 33,449 and 625 will be available for Rs 19,999.

SPECIAL: How India Inc can gain from the rupee fall
The onus rests on the government to help industry take advantage of depreciation.

Gujarat model: State falters, corporates succeed
Some of projects, especially in infrastructure, have seen quite a few unexpected delays.

Dull market? Agents make crores selling mutual funds
Despite dull market, more individuals make crores by selling mutual funds.

Govt to continue ban on 5-star hotels, new cars for ministers
Even as problems on the external front look slipping out of its control, the government might keep its expenditure under check to limit its fiscal deficit at the budgeted 4.8 per cent of gross domestic product in the current financial year.

IMAGES: World's 10 biggest malls
The world's biggest malls belong to Asia with two of the toppers from China.

SPECIAL: Why panicking about Indian markets is pointless
We're told; that the economy went up in flames demonstrates our uniquely poor performance. Never in the appalling annals of political-economic punditry in India have so many people been so wrong simultaneously.

Sensex gains 200 points as rupee recovers; Banks lead
The broader markets gained with mid-caps and small-caps rising 0.7-0.9 per cent on the E.

How India fares against other young nations
If India is compared to younger nations based on per capita income, you will realise that other countries have prospered far better.

India's top 10 mobile phone brands
The Indian mobile handset market has grown by 14.17 per cent year-on-year to Rs 35,946 crore in 2012-2013.

Rupee among worst performing currencies in the world
Let's take a look at the performance of some of the major currencies around the world.

Polo GT priced at Rs 9.33 lakh is worth every penny
The car offers tarmac scorching performance from its 1.2-litre engine besides having luxury sedan features.

Bad news: Home, auto loans to get COSTLIER
Leading financial institutions ICICI Bank and HDFC have raised their benchmark lending rates by 0.25 per cent, making home and auto loans costlier.

Weak rupee: The top 5 gainers and losers
A long term solution to arrest the rupee slide is growth.

August 22, 2013
BSE: Top gainers and losers
At close, the Sensex was up 407 points or 2.3% at 18,313 and the Nifty advanced 106 points or 2%, to close above the psychological levels of 5,400 at 5,408.

Country's economic situation simply intolerable: Mamata
Mamata Banerjee, a former United Progressive Alliance ally, said 'from petrol to

Sony launches Xperia M; costs Rs 12,990
The phone features 1GHz dual core Snapdragon processor and 1GB RAM.

5 bold measures to set the Indian economy right
Amid all the gloom on the economic and financial front, Sandesh Kirkire, CEO, Kotak MF, suggests five bold measures to get the Indian economy back on the growth path, arrest the rupee's downfall and address India's bulging current account deficit.

'Worst-case scenario for rupee is 70 against the dollar'
He also feels that the govt should hike diesel and petrol rates.

IMAGES: A tour of the amazing Vintage car show
Every year 200 of the most prized collector cars and motorcycles in the world drive to Monterey, California for the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

2G: Ambani resiles from statement, denies knowing Swan Tel
CBI had to cross-examine him as Ambani 'changed his statement'.

Tycoons who won't leave their fortunes to their kids
Let's take a look at some business tycoons who plan not to leave much of their wealth to their children.

World's richest cities, Tokyo is No 1
Amid the economic crisis, some of the Asian cities hold much promise in terms of growth and prosperity.

How Adidas, Infosys, Wipro, Starbucks got their names
Fascinating stories of how 30 famous companies got their names.

Hyundai Grand i10 VS its 3 closest RIVALS
How does the new i10 variant fare when pitted against Nissan Micra, Maruti Swift and Etios Liva?

Rupee ends at new closing low of 64.55
Finance Minister P Chidambaram sought to lift confidence, telling a news conference that while economic growth remained flat in the first quarter of the fiscal year ending March 2014, it was likely to pick up in the remaining three quarters.

Rupee's current valuation above its fair value: Experts
The current valuation of the rupee, which has breached the 64-level against the dollar, is much above the fair value seen by experts.

Markets snap 4-day losing streak; Nifty above 5,400
Metal stocks outperform posting its biggest single day rally in past two years on hopes revival of Chinese economy.

A new life for Tata Nano: Will it succeed?
Faced with steep fall in sales of Nano, Tata Motors said it will reposition the budget car

Market crash: Investors LOSE $100 billion in 4 days
The four-day carnage in stock markets has left investors poorer by over $100 billion,

August 21, 2013
BSE: Top losers and gainers
The 30-share Sensex ended down 340 points at 17,906 after hitting an intra-day low of 17,807 and the 50-share Nifty ended down 99 points at 5,303 after touching an intra-day low of 5,268. Nifty touched the lowest level since September 11, 2012.

IMAGES: Maruti launches Stingray at Rs 4.10 lakh
Stingray, which is powered by a 998 cc petrol engine, is available in three variants, with price ranging between Rs 4,10,000 to Rs 4,67,000.

What steps India is taking to support markets
On Tuesday, the rupee fell past 64 to the dollar for the first time and bond yields spiked to a five-year high before the Reserve Bank of India stepped in to sell dollars.

India's infrastructure development has come to a STANDSTILL
Infrastructure development has come to a standstill despite all the promises.

Ambani's Antilia among the 15 most expensive buildings
Mukesh Ambani's Antilia is the only private house that features among the most expensive buildings in the world.

India's economic crisis will DEEPEN, say business leaders
The conclusion is derived from a Business Standard poll of CEOs, bankers, market players & economists.

Nissan unveils Terrano; better looking than Duster
Though the compact SUV is based on Duster, the company has reworked the interiors and styling.

World's top 10 mobile phone companies
Mobile phone sales across the world totalled 435 million units in the second quarter of 2013.

Indian banks with HIGHEST NPAs, SBI tops
Rs 2.06 trillion, is the gross non-performing assets of Indian banks.

SPECIAL: India Inc faces a long and dark winter
High interest costs, slowing demand delay recovery.

All you wanted to know about CAD, but were afraid to ask
When the outflows are more than the inflows, a deficit occurs in the current account of the nation, which is widely known as the Current Account Deficit.

COLUMN: Are politicians even in touch with reality?
If politicians are not even aware of the deep economic trouble a country is in, the crisis can only escalate.

GM India introduces NEW Chevrolet Captiva
The Captiva facelift receives a new lower bumper at the front, a subtly different grille mesh, and reshaped foglamps.

How Microsoft plans to battle Google: The secret is out!
The long-running rivalry between Microsoft Corp and Google Inc is turning into a schoolyard brawl.

India's economic situation like the 1991 crisis: Barclays
Stating that the current economic scenario is similar to 1991-92 crisis, foreign brokerage Barclays said credit growth of banks will slow down to 10-11 percent levels.

25 most innovative companies in the world
Let's take a look at some companies that are most innovative in the world.

Why we should allow the rupee to sink
Abandoning the defence of the rupee will allow India to shift focus to boosting exports with tax cuts

Sensex slumps 340 points to end at lowest level since Sept 2012
Metal shares like Sterlite Inds, Hindalco and Tata Steel dropped between 3-5%.

August 20, 2013
Infographics: BSE Sensex's top gainers and losers
The Sensex plunged over 330 points in tandem with rupee breaching 64-mark but regained lost ground end only 61 points lower.

Narendra Modi on why UPA has failed to stem rupee fall
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said the Centre was neither concerned about the economy nor the falling rupee but only worried about saving its chair.

Market mayhem: 6 questions you really want answered
So what are the reasons for the bloodbath in the markets? And how it affects you.

India's remarkable metro rail systems
India has developed Rapid Transit systems to make travel easier for commuters across cities.

The inspiring success story of Barefoot College
At the Barefoot College, women learn how to assemble charge controllers and inverters, establish a rural electronic workshop, install solar panels on roofs, connect them to batteries, and solar electrify each house in the village.

How Bajaj Auto ended the strike at Chakan
The company took advantage of the slowdown in the auto industry.

IMAGES: Wraith of Rolls-Royce at Rs 4.6 crore
Rolls-Royce launches its boldest model.

Brother-sister teams building empires of the future
With Raksha Bandhan upon us, let's take a look successful companies run by brothers and sisters.

Rupee breaches 64-level, recovers after RBI steps in
Despite a heavy battering, the rupee on Tuesday made a smart recovery to close at 63.25 after hitting a fresh low of 64.13 against the US dollar, helped by RBI's massive intervention.

Markets end lower amid weak global cues
India's benchmark share indices came off their day lows in late trades after the rupee trimmed losses.

Column: Making sense of the rupee
In the medium term what will truly matter for the rupee's fortunes are India's growth and inflation fundamentals.

Murthy constitutes Infosys 'dream team' at chairman's office
According to sources privy to the development, Murthy has chosen a team of four senior executives -- former Infosys India business unit head Binod Hampapur Rangadore, Ranganath D Mavinakere, Deepak Padki and Rohan Murty.

August 19, 2013
BSE: Top losers and gainers
The 30-share Sensex ended lower by 291 points to 18,308 and the 50-share Nifty dropped 93 points to 5,415.

Why the supposed rupee-dollar parity of 1947 is a MYTH
Mr Modi should welcome the rupee's fall as overdue, not criticise it.

The 10 longest bridges in India built above water
Bihar has the maximum, four, longest bridges and Andhra Pradesh comes second with two.

IMAGES: Will Mumbai ever boast of this unique building?
James Law, an architect based in Hong Kong designs futuristic buildings to meet the big challenges in cities.

PHOTOS: Maruti Ritz vs Honda Brio vs Hyundai i10
Three of the most popular automatic compact cars are Maruti Ritz, Honda Brio and Hyundai i10.

COLUMN: Story of two devaluations
But an unimpressed finance minister plays King Canute.

Please, let's not write the rupee off
It's in the same boat as other emerging markets with current account deficits, but the recent capital-raising measures may help

SPECIAL: The fall guy or a bright spot that turned black?
Is Anjani Sinha of National Spot Exchange being made the fall guy?

Sensex plunges nearly 300 points; rupee weighs
The 30-share Sensex ended lower by 291 points to 18,308 and the 50-share Nifty dropped 93 points to 5,415.

10 innovators moving and shaking their companies
Let's take a look at some next-generation movers and shakers who are changing the face of business.

Is 'Modinomics' another version of economic populism?
Some supporters say that with Narendra Modi's anointment as the de facto leader of the party, there will be a turn in the BJP's economic philosophy.

August 18, 2013
Slumdogs: When expatriates cannot afford high rents
The economic boom of the last decade are forcing foreigner with low-income to live in the infamous Rio de Janeiro slums.

Amazing inventions from ordinary people in China
Built by farmers, mechanics and workers in their inimitable style, some of these remarkable products are even made from scrap!

August 16, 2013
Market mayhem: 13 biggest falls of the BSE Sensex
The Bombay Stocks Exchange S&P BSE Sensex plunged by over 750 points, or 4%, its biggest fall in four years, to end at 18,598 on fear that the roll-back of US stimulus could spark selling pressure by the overseas investors in the equity space.

5 financial SCAMS that shocked the markets
The NSEL crisis has wiped out hundreds of crores of many investors.

IMAGES: Driving into the future with an electric car
While the world hasn't yet embraced electric cars, that might change soon when Tesla introduces two other potentially game-changer models.

How India has curbed child labour
An ILO study shows child labour has declined for girls from households that had taken up the work guarantee programme.

Want to take a shower 40,000ft in the air? Welcome aboard!
Let's take a look at some of the perks being offered by airlines.

One Indian station among world's 20 most amazing railway hubs
These beautiful railway stations are icons of a nation's outstanding infrastructure.

The 10 most influential women in technology
These women may not have founded the current-day tech giants but they surely have helped to make these firms successful.

Bloodbath on D-Street; investors poorer by Rs 221,268 lakh cr
BHEL, YES Bank, RCom, Titan Ind, JP Associates, BF Utilities, Ruchi Soya and Punj Lloyd have tanked more than 10% each on E.

India's most popular online shopping websites
The growing online retail market in the country has become a lucrative business in the past two years. Here's how these companies have fared.

Is your builder a DEFAULTER?
To ensure the property right is not contested, one has to take various steps, including getting a bank NoC.

25 biggest brands in the world
Let's take a look at some of the biggest brands in the world.

August 15, 2013
Quite ambitious Mr Prime Minister! But...
India to build 2 new ports, 8 new airports, new industrial corridors and rail projects, said Dr Singh.

Economy to rebound soon, PM confident
In the last nine years, the economy has grown at an annual average rate of 7.9 per cent, which is the highest pace of development in any decade so far.

Column: A cloudy Independence Day
Silver linings in the India's economic gloom.

August 14, 2013
BSE: Top gainers and losers
The Sensex ended higher by 138 points at 19,367 and the 50-share Nifty advanced 43 points to close at 5,742.

Hyderabad-born Prem Watsa may bid for BlackBerry
Often called Canada's version of Warren Buffet, Watsa preaches a long view that suggests it may be too early to assess his decision to take on a leading 10 per cent stake in BlackBerry.

IMAGES: Sinkhole swallows Florida resort
The state of Florida, which is prone to sinkholes because of its porous limestone foundation.

Samsung's phones, tabs to get an Indian touch
The company wants to lure customers from semi-urban and rural part of the country.

Crisis WORSENS: Inflation shoots up to 5.79%
As per official data released on Wednesday, WPI inflation in the food articles category rose to double digits at 11.91 per cent, driven mainly by price rise in onion, cereals and rice.

10 most secretive companies in the world
Let's take a look at 10 most secretive companies.

Curbing CAD? FM FAILS to take right steps
The government has chosen the wrong way to control the current account deficit.

3 Indian hotels among world's BEST
The hotels from India offer a rich cultural experience entwined with a history.

20 cities attracting most tourists in the world
Let's take a look at 20 cities that attracted most international visitors.

Why even a brilliant RBI governor cannot help India much
There's no point in having a brilliant RBI governor if politicians do not listen to him.

Markets end higher led by auto, oil & gas stocks
Tata Motors was the top gainer among the Sensex stocks.

Eko Atlantic city: An engineering marvel on the sea!
Nigeria is building one of the world's biggest and ambitious projects on 5,000,000 square metres of land reclaimed from the Atlantic Ocean.

World's 10 largest banks, China leads
For the first time ever, a Chinese bank has topped the world's top banks' ranking.

'Nobody wants to start an industry in India'
"We are one of the very few emerging economies in the world that has a current account deficit. That is because nobody wants to start an industry in India," says Dilip Kapur, Founder, Hidesign.

August 13, 2013
BSE: Top gainers and losers
The 30-share Sensex closed at 19,230 mark up 283 points whereas the 50-share Nifty ended higher by 87 points at 5,699 levels.

More BAD NEWS for India's economy
Credit Suisse in a research note said that 'we have cut our 2013/14 year average GDP growth forecast to 6 per cent from 6.5 per cent, while also lowering our 2014/15 projection by half percentage points to 7 per cent'.

SPECIAL: Tata Communications switches focus for growth
Beset by falling profit from voice traffic, the company is getting into new fields like managed services and white label ATMs.

India's growth? Well, it comes last!
Trade deficit falls, inflation steady, but industry is still frozen.

World's 10 BIGGEST economies, India at No 3
The United States continues to remain the world's largest economy.

IMAGES: Hyundai's Grand i10 is a whole new beast
Hyundai's Grand i10 is a different vehicle, not a mere extension of i10.

SPECIAL: The real trouble with our banks
Their sky-high profits in an essentially commodity business reflects too little competition.

Surprise! Maharashtra, Gujarat NOT India Inc's favourite
States that saw the highest number of new company registration in the last financial year.

How nanotechnology transforms our everyday lives
Nanotechnology is appearing in all sorts of places you might not expect.

SPECIAL: Why billionaires like to buy newspapers
Jeff 'Amazon' Bezos' $250-million purchase of the iconic Washington Post last week has sparked a debate on why billionaires are buying into a medium that is staring at irrelevance, if not death.

Markets end at 1-week high, Nifty regains 5,700
M&M, Bajaj Auto, Tata Motors and Hero Moto and Maruti Suzuki from Auto sector surged between 1-4%.

Can you recognise these AMAZING cars?
These customisations can give you luxury of expensive cars.

August 12, 2013
Invest wisely and lead a happy retired life
Rising trend of nuclear families, increasing cost of healthcare, and inflation make it necessary for an individual to plan for retirement.

How balance of payment woes are hurting rupee rescue
A heavy dependence on imported energy, gold and technology means India has historically run a current account deficit, which it has funded by attracting foreign money into stocks, bonds and corporate investment.

Car sales drop for 9th month, temporary workers face the heat
With car sales in India falling for a record ninth month in a row in July posting 7.4 per cent

Lamborghini's Indian Limited Edition Gallardo: Luxury redefined!
Lamborghini's Indian Limited Edition Gallardo is a super luxury sedan meant for just six wealthy owners.

What will be UPA's economic policies if it comes to power?
The finance minister suggests that maybe his government has erred in its political management.

Images: These 9 cars to hit Indian roads soon
Hold your car purchase! You will have these options soon.

IMAGES: India's 10 longest expressways
India has 942 expressways covering a total distance of 1,208.19 kilometres.

UPA has 'managed' to take the economy back to the 80s
The eight years and more since 2004-05 have seen a continuous non-oil trade deficit, the first such period since the 1980s.

Amazon Kindle Fire HD: What makes it rock
Both the 7-inch and 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD tabs are built for people who consume media, and if one is looking for a tablet for doing just that, these are the devices.

Microsoft's stunning campus with a huge shopping mall
This Microsoft headquarter can give a complex to Google's swanky offices

Nifty reclaims 5,600; RBI steps boost sentiments
The broader markets ended firm with mid-caps and small-caps gaining 1.5 per cent on the BSE.

Nokia's Asha 501 brings hope for first-timers
Nokia Asha 501 has got the first thing -- design -- that we Indians look for in a phone bang on.

August 10, 2013
'India's GDP at risk of touching 3.5-4%'
Interview with Asia-Pacific economist, Morgan Stanley

August 09, 2013
Crisis: Investors bearish on India's growth prospects
If Indian money looks around at the economic climate and decides instead to go to Latin America, West Asia, or China, then why would foreign money's decision be any different?

Mercedes A-Class: One of the most stunning hatchbacks
If you want a premium car where you will take to the driver's seat very often this one's for you.

Couples want to spend money on shopping, not kids!
Growing numbers of couples are putting the department store before the baby carriage.

Can Datsun revive Nissan's fortune?
CEO Carlos Ghosn hopes the Go, which has been primed for the middle class, will help Nissan achieve the goal of capturing 10 per cent of the Indian market by 2016.

Rohini Nilekani has her heart in the right place
Philanthropist and writer Rohini Nilekani has invested across sectors such as education, environment and sanitation.

Why is the Indian economy sinking? 5 glaring mistakes
The five policy missteps that have led India to economic crisis.

August 08, 2013
BSE: Top gainers and losers
At close, the Sensex was up 0.7% or 124 points at 18,789 and the Nifty gained 0.8% or 46 points to end at 5,565.

Why rupee will continue to remain weak
As India's rupee hits record lows, some investors see it headed towards the mid-60s against the dollar, a reflection of weak economic fundamentals and expectations the government will struggle to implement meaningful measures to reverse capital outflows.

India's telecom sector begins to emerge out of gloom
Almost four years after savage tariff cuts, the telecom sector is slowly limping back to normalcy.

LG G2 smartphone makes Samsung Galaxy S4 look old
The phone comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Processor that is clocked at 2.26GHz and a 2GB RAM.

Govt IGNORES the plight of poor in India
India is home to one third of the world's poor, yet the government claims that poverty has fallen.

Images: A seven-star hotel in the air
This is how Emirates took luxury to a new height with its private jets.

Tax rules could force Bezos to play active role at WaPo
Amazon chief has said he plans to focus on his day job but 10 hours a week at Post may be needed for tax benefit

Coming soon: Toyota's Camry Hybrid saloon
The is expected to cost about Rs 35 lakh.

All is not wrong with Indian economy. 25 interesting facts
Amidst all the doom that prevails in India, there are many reasons to feel good about its achievements and future prospects.

Why American companies are 'angry' with India
Indian tax laws are a source of frustration for US companies, says US Ambassador to India Nancy J Powell.

Markets gain on rupee recovery, Ranbaxy zooms 28%
Short covering in index heavyweights like HDFC, HDFC Bank and TCS aided the upmove.

Most polluting countries in the world, India ranks 3
These are typically the nations with the biggest industries, biggest production capabilities and the biggest populations.

How Raghuram Rajan can SAVE and KILL the Indian economy
He takes over at Mint Road at a time when the governor's job is even less easy than it is normally.

August 07, 2013
BSE: Top losers and gainers
The 30-share Sensex dropped 68.16 points at 18,664.88 and the 50-share Nifty fell 23.15 points at 5,519.10 levels.

India to milk advantage from curbs on New Zealand dairy products
India, the world's biggest milk producer, hopes to seize on a New Zealand dairy product contamination scare to increase its exports and add market share in China and other emerging Asian countries.

Hyundai finally reveals the Grand i10
The Grand i10 gets Hyundai's new Fluidic styling and details.

Food security law's WTO complication
The recently promulgated National Food Security Ordinance might breach the global trading rules on agriculture under the World Trade Organization if there is diversion of the subsidised foodgrain for export.

Rupee likely to cross 62 by August-end
Rebounds from all-time low after RBI interv