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September 30, 2003

Reddy's day in Dubai
Y Venugopal Reddy was a sought-after man at Dubai 2003, the annual meeting of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

September 29, 2003

The interpreter of legal maladies
No one listened when he told the Rajya Sabha a few months ago that companies nationalised through an Act of Parliament had to be denationalised by another Act of Parliament.

September 27, 2003

20 martinis & a view
On the third floor of the Sahara Mall, in Gurgaon, Rohit Shorey and Ashu Malhotra have set up Crave, a restaurant for shoppers, party animals and thirsty souls looking for a watering hole.

Putting away stress
For corporate honchos, a game of golf is a perfect getaway from power boardrooms, says Yusuf Begg

Facing the music
Earlier this month, the 12-year-old schoolgirl from New York became one of the first music lovers to be subpoenaed for downloading music from the Internet.

Billionaires Club with a difference
It is encouraging that the majority on the list remain first generation creators of wealth, not inheritors

Fitness at home
A whole range of equipment is available for setting up your personal gym, says Abhilasha Ojha

From graveyard to collectors' homes
Traffickers are finding ingenuous way to supply the antique market with marble busts, and cemeteries are a rich picking ground, says Kishore Singh

ESPN-Star Sports ups ante
With innovative new programming and promotional events, ESPN-Star Sports is strengthening its hold on the sports broadcasting market, says Jai Arjun Singh

L N Mittal: The king of steel
Billionaire Lakshmi Mittal is reaching for the top slot in the global steel industry and he's about to make it, says Paran Balakrishnan.

September 26, 2003

Dealing with the poor: a business opportunity
Numbers just out for the banking sector for the first five months of this fiscal seem a cause for concern.

It's branding, not philanthropy, stupid!
A new form of corporate sponsorship to support art is a hardnosed exercise in branding, says Priya Ganapati.

September 25, 2003

It's branding, not philanthropy, stupid!
A new form of corporate sponsorship to support art is a hardnosed exercise in branding, says Priya Ganapati.

India prefers the Russian arms bazaar
Steep price remains a sticking point.

The returns from tax sops
Before granting concessions, a state must measure their effects on its fiscal position, says Kala Seetharam Sridhar

India Inc's efficiency becomes bankers' headache
Banks are finding it difficult to push credit growth as corporations improve working-capital management, says Tamal Bandyopadhyay

September 24, 2003

Why Chhada is the hottest designer..
Chandu Chhada has his hands full with designing a township in Phuket and hotels in India, says Maitreyee Handique

India's arms bill: Rs 32,000 crore-plus
India is emerging as a major market for armaments with the BJP-led government negotiating or finalising deals worth well over $7 billion -- Rs 32,000 crore -- for military hardware to replace obsolescent Soviet military equipment.

Don't throw out the PLR yet
The Reserve Bank of India has laid down a fairly stiff timetable for the Indian Banks Association to come back with its plan for banks to determine and disclose their benchmark prime lending rates

How to get a home loan, easily
If you are in India, you can just pick up the phone. There are banks falling over themselves to offer you home loans, says Prithviraj Hegde.

September 23, 2003

The promise of aromatic rice
It is time to move beyond Basmati and explore the potential of other varieties, says Surinder Sud

From trade pooper to heroic leader
Maran and Jaitley have ensured that Cancun marked a new phase in the way the government engages the people, the press and industry while fighting for its due in global trade battles.

Extracting more from the pay packet
Since the concessions were the chief attraction for investment in these funds, it is time to take a good hard look at one's portfolio if the savings are entirely built with these papers.

September 22, 2003

From culture czar to number cruncher
The 1969 batch IAS officer from Union Territory cadre will swap his first floor room in North Block with the IMF slot that fell vacant after Yaga Venugopal Reddy came back as Governor of Reserve Bank of India.

Sensex will go above 5000, say experts
Analysts and experts are sure that the Sensex may go down for a while, but its final tryst is with the 5,000 mark in a year's time.

September 20, 2003

Medical insurance: See what's on offer
Private insurance players are now offering medical insurance policies. Smita Tripathi takes a look at what's on offer.

India's food revolution takes off
As nuclear families proliferate in urban India, the ready-to-eat market is set to grow, says Soumik Sen.

Motor insurance hits a roadblock
Motor insurance may be a growing portfolio. But the public sector players' unwillingness to share data on claims continues to stymie safety norms, says font Sanjay K Pillai.

Mutual fund boom: But where's the investor?
Money is pouring into equity mutual funds, but the average investor is still watching carefully before taking the plunge, report Janaki Krishnan and Rakesh P Sharma.

A bridge too far at Cancun
Following the failure of the Cancun talks, developing countries could suffer from their inability to compromise, says Sidhartha.

September 19, 2003

Investors, please tread carefully!
Are we seeing a sustainable recovery? Investors need to tread carefully while taking advantage of the improved market scenario.

Socialist Davids versus MNC Goliaths
This small band of dedicated fighters wants to drive the Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo out of India. Their campaign entered its 3,495th day on September 18, 2003.

September 18, 2003

'America is handling Iraq very roughly'
Haridarshan Mejie, who has done business in Iraq for 25 years, shares the pain of a nation under occupation. A rediff.com exclusive.

September 17, 2003

Simputer: Not a common man's device anymore
Manufacturing delays, design revamps, lack of funding and user-reluctance, bog down plans to bring the Simputer to the masses, says Priya Ganapati.

September 15, 2003

Opportunities beckon export-oriented firms
Export-oriented companies in pharma, auto and engineering services stand to gain from increasing outsourcing opportunities, say analysts.

Will mid-cap pharma deliver?
Mid-cap pharma stocks have outrun big pharma. Do the markets know something that others don't?

September 13, 2003

Furnishing a new strategy
Godrej & Boyce is overhauling its furniture division to chisel out a share in the home and children's segments, says Arti Sharma

Another family spat awaits Atlas
The Kapur family, which owns the Atlas Group, is preparing for another vicious battle, says Parul Gupta.

ICICI bullish on entertainment
ICICI Venture has just bought a major stake in Tata Infomedia and is bullish on the media and entertainment sector, reports Surajeet Das Gupta

Hyderabad: From IT to sports
After years of romancing with hi-tech and the computer world -- remember this was the city and state Bill Gates expressed interest in -- Andhra Pradesh's dynamic chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu feels it is time to embrace sport.

Making millions through fast food
J S Sahni, a self-confessed foodie, made his first million by opening a fast food jopint.

Essar beats rivals; opens 1st petrol pump
Essar Oil is the first Indian private sector company in 102 years to set up a gas station.

Scotch brands in high spirits
Consumer awareness is increasing as more Scotch brands hit the Indian stores, says Anuradha Kapoor.

September 10, 2003

Lessons for investors
When the markets boom, the regulator gets jittery. And not without reason. Recollections of recent market booms are tinged with memories of scams and subsequent JPC investigations.

September 09, 2003

Trade Can-Can at Cancun
On September 10, 2003, representatives of 146 nations will meet for five days at Cancun, Mexico to thrash out some of the most contentious issues on global trade.

Nathu-La trade may spur business in N-E
Some experts believe that Sino-Indian trade through Nathu-La will not only benefit Sikkim, it will boost economic activity in the entire eastern region, including the North-Eastern states.

India must focus on hardware: Premji
'No nation can be self-sufficient in defence, nuclear and space technologies without domestic capabilities in hardware development and manufacturing,' says the Wipro chief.

Exchange traded fund, a win-win option
ETFs are open-ended exchange traded funds that are designed to track specific indices and trade just like any other stock, combined with the benefits of a mutual fund.

How about a fixed and wireless phone?
Have you got tired of bribing the local linesman every time your fixed line phone goes kaput owing to frequent "cable cuts and rains"?

September 08, 2003

What to expect on an Air Deccan flight
M D Riti takes the flight and finds out what it is like to fly on India's first low-budget airline.

Our man at the WTO
In Geneva, India permanent representative to the WTO, K M Chandrasekhar, swung into action the moment the US and EU's intentions became clear.

A guide to winning in the stock market
The best option for non-professional investors is thus to stay invested at all times.

September 06, 2003

My first million, from coaching
The 53-year-old proprietor of Sahil Study Circle insists that teaching is not just a profession but a passion.

VSNL dials a news number
VSNL is working out new strategies to make up for losing its monopoly over international calls.

Colgate eyes personal care biz
With the launch of its new aromatherapy range, Colgate Palmolive is shifting focus to the personal care segment. Will it work?

Car buyers never had it so good
Hyundai vs Ford, Accent vs Ikon, GVS vs Flair, and you thought it's only the South Koreans who play the VFM card.

A curdling controversy over milk
A milk shortage in Delhi leads to a fresh battle between NDDB and the Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation.

September 05, 2003

Just what does the RBI governor do?
rediff.com looks at some of the functions of the bankers' banker.

Check out the consumer reaction first!
It is necessary to see and evaluate consumer reaction rather than go by opinion alone, says Madhukar Sabnavis.

September 04, 2003

Govt can gain from the stock rally
Given that the government's decision to sell out is a strategic one, it makes sense to use the current market rally to spearhead the divestment process, states Haseeb A Drabu

September 03, 2003

Why Khurana should be grateful to Naik
In case Mr Khurana does not do well in the elections, he can at least put the blame on the oil companies' decision to hike petrol and diesel prices, writes A K Bhattacharya.

From fashionable to serious
Artists can no longer manipulate a mature Indian art market Nitin Bhayana

Hide your floor with leather tiles
Delhi-based NLDK Timbers Ltd has tied up with Dublin-based R J Mooney & Son Ltd to offer its latest range of leather tiles, writes Maitreyee Handique.

Hungry for growth
Sagar Ratna is setting up a snack food plant and a hotel management institute Yusuf Begg

Is the corporate turnaround for real?
Manufacturers have implemented learnings from the past, but there's still a worrying macro-micro disconnect.

September 02, 2003

The taxing task of downsizing
The present system of expecting ministries to identify surplus employees and then hoping that the surplus staff would opt for VRS with no time limit will simply not work.

September 01, 2003

Golden rules for a roaring bull market
It is difficult to find a bearish view on the markets today. But caution demands a sensible strategy even in bullish times.

Funds make merry on mid-caps exposure
Some analysts expect the Sensex to touch 4,800 by fiscal-end, but fund investors should consider booking some profits.

The one-man star CASt
The deferment of the conditional-access system in New Delhi until after the Assembly elections due in November is the latest evidence of the Khurana hand points out Aditi Phadnis.


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