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April 28, 2003

Will the Sensex bounce back?
A gamut of factors, both domestic and international, have kept the major indices under the gun. Come results season, and investors still have nothing to cheer about, says Arun Rajendran.

April 26, 2003

SARS attack!
The epicentre of the SARS epidemic is in China and South-East Asia, but India is already feeling the pinch.

Ringing in newer markets
With sights set on smaller towns and cities, cellular companies are transforming mobile services into a mass-market product.

April 25, 2003

The rank-and-yank appraisal system
The forced removal of a substantial number of employees as an annual exercise is still a highly sensitive issue in a country where retrenchment is still to find full acceptance, says Shyamal Majumdar.

April 24, 2003

The great Indian repo trick
Tamal Bandyopadhyay explains why banks should focus more on the short-term rate at which RBI borrows money rather than the bank rate in the credit.

April 23, 2003

Cracking the biotechnology riddle
The nascent biotech industry has to develop a low cost concrete business model in order to attract venture capitalist funding, says Subir Roy.

April 22, 2003

Fuel prices turn non-combustible
In India, petrol or diesel price increases have always been a matter of intense political debate, says A K Bhattacharya.

April 21, 2003

Time for a retake for film firms
It is a complex business, and only venture capital comes close to it in terms of risk, says Gaurav Dua & Anusha Subramanian.

FM's buyback plan could be a boon to banks
By next month, the government is expected to make good one of its key Budget announcements and issue guidelines to buy back a massive Rs 40,000-crore worth of high-cost debt from public sector banks, says P Vaidyanathan Iyer.

April 17, 2003

The dollar dilemma
How long will the RBI be able to do a balancing act between exchange rates and interest rates? Not long, says Tamal Bandyopadhyay.

April 16, 2003

Much ado about nothing
The government's defence in the current telecom row over not making files public is not in step with the changed economic climate, says A K Bhattacharya.

April 15, 2003

Is Arun Shourie right?
The TDSAT order instructing the government to make the files on its limited mobility policy public proved a blow to Shourie's hard-line stance against sharing classified information with the cellular service operators, says P Vaidyanathan Iyer.

April 14, 2003

Who benefits from VAT?
Despite the opposition to value-added tax, there are several industry sectors which stand to gain from the VAT regime.

Is IT really that bad?
Although the markets are shocked into disbelief after the Infosys guidance, infotech will continue to be the most profitable sector, says N Mahalakshmi.

April 12, 2003

Big Mac takes a big bite
McDonald's is investing Rs 400 crore and re-focussing strategies to get a bigger slice of the fast-food business, says Surajeet Das Gupta.

April 11, 2003

India Inc rediscovers Mahatma Gandhi
Part of the reason for the re-emergence of Gandhi's ideas is the crumbling of popular role models drawn from the West, says Priya Ganapati.

Political economy of subsidies
The burgeoning subsidy bill will continue to rise until faulty policy designs are corrected, says Mihir Rakshit.

April 10, 2003

The devaluing of the B-school degree
B-school degrees are designed to enhance an executive's education, not merely become a baseline for employment, says Kanika Datta.

April 9, 2003

Learning to live with BPO success
Visas stand at the root of the disorientation currently faced by Indian IT firms and professionals, says Subir Roy.

April 8, 2003

The regulator conundrum
The growing consensus within the government now is to confer on the high-level committee on capital markets the status of a regulator, says A K Bhattacharya

Serious money from spotting funny numbers
If you have a nose for accounting and numbers - especially funny numbers - this is your chance to play Sherlock Holmes with Annual Reports, says Arun Rajendran.

April 7, 2003

War-induced recession?
The US-Iraq war will have an adverse impact on the Indian economy in the short-term, but that does not mean any major long-run upheaval.

April 5, 2003

Battle for a full tank
India's oil czars have spent almost as much time as the US Army preparing for this war, says Pradeep Puri.

Swinging time for India Inc
The fact is that golf is not only a tremendously disciplined game, it's also the place where a CEO or president might decide who he wants to do business with, says V Krishnaswamy.

Budget as a macroeconomic exercise
In the ultimate analysis, what is important is the broad picture emerging from the Budget about its impact on output, prices and employment, familiar topics of macroeconomics, says A Seshan.

April 4, 2003

The market for programmers
The Indian software industry is seen as a global success story. However, it is little realised that throughout most of its rapid growth it had to cope with extreme shortage of programmers, says Ashok V Desai.

April 1, 2003

The market for programmers
The Indian software industry is seen as a global success story. However, it is little realised that throughout most of its rapid growth it had to cope with extreme shortage of programmers, says Ashok V Desai.


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