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February 27, 2003

Jaswant to balance reforms and elections
In his maiden Budget to be presented on Friday, Jaswant Singh will be seen doing a tight rope walk between the conflicting concerns of reforms and elections.

February 25, 2003

Three days to B-day
The secrecy around the Budget-making exercise makes any and everybody an expert on the finance minister's mind, says A K Bhattacharya.

Brighter horizons for India Inc?
Falling interest rates, coupled with healthy price and volume increases have helped companies across sectors turn out a creditable performance in the third quarter of fiscal 2003, says Kripa Mahalingam and Gaurav Dua.

February 24, 2003

Rail minister's costly, unviable project
The minister's assurance that no new staff will be inducted has put the whole exercise in limbo, says R C Acharya .

Brighter horizons for India Inc?
Falling interest rates, coupled with healthy price and volume increases have helped companies across sectors turn out a creditable performance in the third quarter of fiscal 2003, says Kripa Mahalingam and Gaurav Dua.

February 22, 2003

CAShing in on the cable craze
There's a small problem about the set-top boxes that are the key element in the conditional access regime. There aren't any in India at the moment, says Surajeet Das Gupta.

Not in deficit's name
A reduction in the deficit rate involves either expenditures to grow less fast, or tax revenues to grow faster or the growth rate to accelerate, says Surjit S Bhalla.

February 21, 2003

For Indian businessmen, family is the first choice
Businessmen the world over may be handing over the reins to professionals, but for Indian entrepreneurs, retaining control over the business and passing it on to the next generation is still the driving passion, says Bhupesh Bhandari.

February 15, 2003

Big dreams ride on low-budget films
The message is clear: It's becoming tougher than ever before to score a megahit at the box-office, says Surajeet Das Gupta.

Earning while learning in the US
Stick to the rules and look out for opportunities, and your study stint in the US could be a learning experience, says Dimple Sampat.

Watch Sanath Jayasurya instead
This year, it is true, the implementation, or the lack of it, of the Kelkar report will make a major difference to the Sensex, says Sunil Jain.

Going for gold
Jewellery sales in India are usually less on the basis of design, and more on the bedrock of materials -- the weight of gold, the price per carat of stone, says Kishore Singh.

R&D coming to India, big time
Bipin Chandran finds out why Adobe is pouring resources into India at a time when cash is tight?

England's poor innings
The World Cup is in a mess and the ICC and its mandarins must be having sleepless nights as Rupert Murdoch and his lawyers visit them in nightmares every night, says V Krishnaswamy.

February 13, 2003

Dumping the US anti-dumping law
India should continue to be a leader of the developing world and project their point of view to safeguard their interests at the WTO ministerial meetings so that the developed world does not take advantage of its superior economy, says P K Vasudeva .

February 11, 2003

The dire fate of securitisation
Now that the law has been put in place, the financial institutions will take away the enterprises from the defaulters and sell them off, get their money back, and their NPAs will evaporate, says Ashok V Desai.

February 10, 2003

Debugging Kelkar proposals
The mid-year review suggests that there is a need for purposeful movement towards fiscal consolidation with a fiscal order that is of global standards, says Indu Jain.

February 8, 2003

Storming the Great Wall
Two years ago the Chinese manufacturing juggernaut made its first move to muscle into the Indian market, dangling fantastically low prices as bait on a range of goods from televisions to toys, says Surajeet Das Gupta .

Budget hijacked by the rich
Like those who vote for the Republicans in the US, the relatively affluent in India have hijacked the Budget, says T N Ninan.

February 6, 2003

The end of the 'class struggle'
Last month's steel restructuring package suggests that lenders have finally begun to approach loan defaulters more constructively, says Tamal Bandyopadhyay.

Sovereign risk rating systems
Moody's reasoning of upgrading the sovereign risk is as obscure as the downgrading has been, says Sudhir Mulji.

February 3, 2003

Kelkar panel's indirect impact
The Kelkar Committee on direct and indirect taxes could have wide-ranging impact on some key sectors.

Are cell operators customer-friendly?
Their current campaign against the telecom regulator is self serving rather than consumer-friendly, says Rajat Kathuria.

February 1, 2003

The big online lottery biz
Is multi-millionaire Subhash Chandra about to strike it rich once again? It looks that way as millions of Indians queue up in the hope of making their fortunes at his Playwin online lottery counters.

Check-up for the future
As the cost of medical care rises, some hospitals are stepping forward and offering medical and accident insurance policies.

January 31, 2003

Derailing divestment
The government should give up control of PSUs rather than merely divest its shares, says Raghuram Rajan.

Golden handshake for Mizoram drivers
A few months ago, with the Rs 70 crore central assistance, Mizoram became the first state to offer the government employees the voluntary retirement scheme

January 30, 2003

Failure to industrialise efficiently
The greatest failure of post- Independent India is that it has not lived up to its promise in the 19th century, and become the workshop of the world.

Southern states head tax charts
If tax collection figures are anything to go by, the image of the law-abiding south Indian and the lawless north Indian appear to be largely correct.

January 29, 2003

BJP-ruled states head over-spending chart
The only three states in the country that are working on fiscal responsibility bills are those governed by the Congress -- Maharashtra, Punjab and Karnataka.

Which ministries should get the axe?
Finance Minister Jaswant Singh will have to struggle with ways to reduce the Budget deficit in his Budget proposals for 2003-04.

January 27, 2003

World economy: Groping for growth
Global outlook for 2003 remains uncertain with investment and consumption activity remaining sluggish, says S Sivakumar.

How Kelkar plan could hit India Inc
The Kelkar committee recommendations could affect the Indian corporate sector's profitability.

January 24, 2003

Duel in dairyland
The stalwarts of the cooperative movement are squaring off for a fight as competition hots up between Amul and Mother Dairy.

One-day cricket: Beyond economics
One-day cricket is the hallmark of a strong brand as it has kept pace with spectator demands, says Madhukar Sabnavis.

January 24, 2003

Governance and value creation
The Governance and Value Creation rating places India at the top of governance practices in the world.

January 23, 2003

Teaching children the value of saving
The massacre of weaklings in the infotech industry is over.

January 22, 2003

Jaswant Singh's 200 days
A K Bhattacharya assesses the retired major's performance at the helm of affairs in the finance ministry.

Song and dance of cricket
Major music companies are all set to ride the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003 hype and storm the Rs 700-800 crore Indian music market.

January 21, 2003

Choices before the IT industry
Ashok V Desai explains why most criticism of the IT industry is not well founded.

January 17, 2003

Indian leisure promoters target Australia
As opportunity in the recreation business grows, Rajiv Khanna & Associates primes itself to play a key role in professionalising the industry.

January 16, 2003

Towards gross national contentment
The challenge before Finance Minister Jaswant Singh is to balance growth and contentment.

January 15, 2003

How safe are Indian banks?

January 14, 2003

The short and the long of the Budget
The Kelkar show: cart before the horse

January 13, 2003

2003 seen good for stock markets

January 11, 2003

An office space odyssey
Travellers travails

January 9, 2003

Tough time for Indian students in US

Is a dollar account worth it?

Should you use greener fuels?

January 8, 2003

The importance of being an NRI
Many NRIs are naturally fair-weather friends of India. If we do well, we would get their support. If we fail, they would desert us, says A K Bhattacharya

January 6, 2003

2003: What will be best investment class
Early indications are that equities may emerge as the best investment category this year.

How will the Kelkar plan hit you
We simplify and analyse the effects of a few important recommendations of the revised report which are pertinent for investors.

Get ready for a bull run

Mutual understanding, mutual benefits

Third-quarter results expectations

Realtors' day out


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