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July 30, 2003

No kidding! Kidswear is big biz
For the brat brigade, fashion is also to do with accessories.

Jewel in the couture
Jaipur's traditional gems and jewellery house, Jewels Emporium, participated in the Lakme India Fashion Week and showcased its special range of baubles worth Rs 1.15 crore.

July 28, 2003

The pleasures and perils of day-trading
The bull market has brought day-traders back in droves to brokers' offices. Is day-trading worth the heartburn?

July 26, 2003

Wrist heavy, wallet light
The luxury watch market is throwing up more high-priced options than ever before, says Jai Arjun Singh

A sterling business
A spate of silver shops are opening around the country as Indians develop a a taste for stylish silver products, reports Anuradha Kapoor.

The Duke's T-party
The chairman of the Rs 150-crore (Rs 1.5-billion) Duke Group is soft-spoken and self-effacing and doesn't have the affectations of some self-made tycoons.

Switching to the fast track
The Maharashtra State Electricity Board is gearing for competition in the wake of Electricity Act 2003. Nandini Lakshman finds out about its high-voltage plans.

Shopping in style
LifeStyle and Pantaloon are the new retail powerhouses that have mastered the art of keeping the cash registers ringing. What are they doing right, asks Surajeet Das Gupta

Kerala and India's first cruise boat
The Oberoi Group's luxury cruiser is just a harbinger for its plans in Kerala, says Kishore Singh.

Not far behind the dragon
In a study that is creating ripples, Harvard professor Tarun Khanna and US academic Yasheng Huang say India has built a stronger foundation for growth than the Chinese, says Paran Balakrishnan.

Pradip Baijal: The storm raiser
Sver since Baijal has put out a consultation paper proposing a unified licence for basic and cellular services, the cellular industry has been sending him a letter every day, explaining why the proposal is bad in law.

July 24, 2003

Index of investors' interest
The 'float' adjustment makes an index a better benchmark because it represents the set of opportunities available to all the investors in a well-defined manner, explains Haseeb A Drabu.

Dabhol Power Company: Returns from debt
Don't look to the government for a solution, treat DPC as a commercial venture, says Tamal Bandyopadhyay.

India's tax policies rank 3rd in the world
Hong Kong's policies are the best, France's the worst.

July 23, 2003

Bangalore moves back to the future
The city may be rediscovering its roots at last, says Subir Roy.

The ambit of labour contracts
Legislation to make the engagement of such workers easier for the employers has meanwhile been caught in political quagmire for too long.

Make life easy, and reforms will stick
People will prefer a clean and efficient system to obtain licences or certificates from the government even though they may have to pay more, says A K Bhattacharya

India's private spend on health among highest
In 1983, 4.37 per cent of the per capita monthly expenditure was incurred on health. This went up to 5.72 per cent in 1999.

July 22, 2003

Global praise for IIT-ians' design on waste disposal
The innovative design by Abhishek Jain and Suman Dutta bagged them a commendation in an international contest conducted by HCWH for developing non-burn technologies to dispose medical waste.

Green signals from a fare cut
The move to cut the basic fares on the Rajdhani is significant because the Railways has now established that it can and will respond to competition, says A K Bhattacharya.

Poor are spending more on education
Education levels of SC/STs, Muslims have risen dramatically in the past 16 years, says Sunil Jain.

July 21, 2003

Should you buy stocks now?
The bull run is making retail investors think about equity once again. Should you? How much risk would you be courting now?

Sudheendra Kulkarni: A lateral mover from left to right
Though there are no public statements from him, his appointment as advisor to the ministry of information and broadcasting has put him plumb in the centre of the current controversy over implementing the conditional access system.

The age of intermediation
Efficient intermediation should hold the new RBI chief's attention, says Subir Gokarn.

July 19, 2003

Will Dheeraj Kumar's foray into films work?
Will changing tack from mythology to reality rake in the big bucks for Creative Eye, asks Arti Sharma.

Planning a wedding? Help's at hand
Weddings are taking place everywhere from palaces to beaches as wedding planners go all out to make your dreams come true, say Smita Tripathi and Arti Sharma.

Is the Fashion Week just hype?
Is the Indian Fashion Week all hoopla and hype, or merely a common platform to copy and backbite, wonders Yusuf Begg.

The big small brands go for gold
A clutch of small and mid-sized brands have tasted blood and now they are going for gold at a national level. Can they pull it off? Nandini Lakshman finds out.

How to beat the tobacco ad ban
Tobacco companies are lighting up a slew of brands to beat the tobacco advertising ban, reports Soumik Sen.

July 18, 2003

The world's first frozen dosa
MTR Foods' ready-to-eat food is flown out to the soldiers who guard the Indian frontiers, even in the freezing climes of the Himalayas.

M&As: More failures than film liaisons
A popular joke doing the rounds in management circles reads like this: which corporate activity has an even higher failure rate than the liaisons of Bollywood stars? Answer: Mergers and acquisitions.

July 17, 2003

Missing in action: retail investors
Mutual funds need to get out of the easy money syndrome if they want to reach out to retail investors, says Tamal Bandyopadhyay

July 16, 2003

Is listing good for TCS?
At this juncture, TCS may be ill advised to have its freedom curbed by going in for public listing, feels Subir Roy.

Creative destruction
The rise and fall of STD booths are a striking example of dynamism in the labour markets, says Ila Patnaik.

July 15, 2003

Kerala, world's fastest growing tourist centre
The A K Antony government is now organising a series of travel marts and tourism shows to promote the state as a unique tourism and travel destination in the country.

Giving PSUs back to the public
The success of the Maruti IPO has proved that where the public is clear about who is in control, it is willing to pay a good price, points out R Jagannathan.

Wake-up call for ICAI
The first and foremost issue is the very presence of multinational consulting firms in India when it is the government's stated policy to bar their commercial presence in audit services, says P Vaidyanathan Iyer.

Making one hotel bill pay for another
As competition hots up, the hotels industry is going out of its way to woo customers through innovative incentive schemes. And luxury hotels are joining the bandwagon.

Do you meet the job requirement?
At a time when the job market has virtually died down, there are immense number of openings in private insurance companies.

Remedies for in-flight maladies
If globetrotting on flights is part of your schedule, here are a few tips on how to combat the various symptomatic ailments you might suffer before you touch terra firma.

July 14, 2003

India's hardware story
Indian firms do top-class hardware designing -- lower-taxes to rational levels, and the manufacturing story could be as big as software, examines Sunil Jain.

World economy & markets
Domestic retail investors need to be cautious, as the current equity run is driven by a global surge, says S Sivakumar.

July 12, 2003

Saregama: Hitting a new note
Saregama is revamping its business to become a broad spectrum entertainment company, says Nandini Lakshman.

Have money, will spend
The new-age maharajas are paying six-figure prices for everything from luggage to watches, says Soumik Sen.

On a new high
Normalcy in Srinagar has brought with it a building boom, gun money and frequent trips to the shrink's couch, finds Maryam Reshi.

Covering up crime
New surveys reveal Indian companies are ill-prepared -- and sometimes unwilling -- to deal with corruption, says Bhupesh Bhandari.

Building for a new boom
Developers are building the equivalent of six Nariman Points in the next 36 months to meet the soaring needs of India's hi-tech sector, reports Surajeet Das Gupta.

July 11, 2003

How to get the new PAN card
The United Trust of India Investor Services Limited (UTI-ISL) has started despatching Income Tax Permanent Account Number cards from Friday.

Y V Reddy, the money manager!
Reserve Bank of India Deputy Governor Yaga Venugopal Reddy stepped out of the Reserve Bank of India on July 31 last year to join the International Monetary Fund as its executive director.

July 08, 2003

Making an enjoyable ride
Each of us dream about that seductive stretch of endless tarmac, the proverbial drive into the sunset. Very rarely do we however get to see long-distance highway driving.

Room at the top on Mint Street
The race for the top job at Mint Street has hotted up, says A K Bhattacharya.

July 07, 2003

A cure deadlier than the disease?
Sebi's new rules pertaining to book-built IPOs still leave sufficient scope for manipulation.

July 05, 2003

Selling a chain reaction
Direct selling was a micro-minuscule industry in India but today companies like Amway, Tupperware and Modicare are boosting bottomlines through an army of salespeople, reports Smita Tripathi.

July 04, 2003

How Tanishq turned around
After 5 years of losses, the company announced the completion of a dramatic turnaround with annual sales growth of 39% and profit growth of 318 per cent.

India's 1st 'Net exchange' to be ready soon
The National Internet Exchange of India will become the 'peering point' of ISPs to facilitate domestic Net traffic by routing it through peering ISP members, which will save the usage of international bandwidth and foreign exchange.

How responsible is advertising?
The consumer, and not a regulatory body, must decide the social code in advertising, says Madhukar Sabnavis.

July 02, 2003

Air Deccan plans 'very low-cost' flights
Come August 15, this small airline will roll out over 50 flights every day at very low rates.

Is there a change in RBI policy?
Recent developments point to a possible change in the currency policy of the RBI, says Ila Patnaik.

July 01, 2003

Opaque clarity in service tax
The government seems to be contradicting its earlier clarification that "computer-enabled services, namely, back office processing, shall not be subject to service tax", opines Sachin Menon and Prasad Paranjape.


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