Avishek Rakshit

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As Britannia turns 100, it has a special gift for you

As Britannia turns 100, it has a special gift for you

Rediff.com7 Aug 2018

Besides launching 50 products with a refreshed logo, Britannia to issue bonus debentures of Rs 720 crore

Whenever you see colour at Fifa World Cup 2018, think of Berger Paints

Whenever you see colour at Fifa World Cup 2018, think of Berger Paints

Rediff.com14 Jul 2018

Company's loss-making Russian arm painted three World Cup soccer venues, and two airports to break even this fiscal; Berger now mulls acquiring competing painting companies.

India's tea export and the Iran connection

India's tea export and the Iran connection

Rediff.com10 Jul 2018

Iran is India's largest importer of tea in value terms while in terms of volume, it is the second largest after Russia

Who's the fairest of them all? Emami-HUL spat revives an old brand war

Who's the fairest of them all? Emami-HUL spat revives an old brand war

Rediff.com6 Jul 2018

The two battle it out in the controversial but lucrative fairness cream market, spark a fresh bout of aggression in the war between the brands

How UltraTech Cement can become market leader in north India

How UltraTech Cement can become market leader in north India

Rediff.com25 Jun 2018

UltraTech currently has 19% market share with Shree Cement commanding 22% of the market

West Bengal panchayat polls key to Mamata's national ambitions

West Bengal panchayat polls key to Mamata's national ambitions

Rediff.com14 May 2018

The elections are not only a means for TMC to prove its wide, unopposed mass allegiance but also a way to bargain for national leadership among regional political parties in the road to New Delhi.

Soon you can taste the thunder overseas!

Soon you can taste the thunder overseas!

Rediff.com7 Feb 2018

India's largest cola brand Thums Up to make international debut in March

Eveready inks JV pact with Indonesian FMCG major

Eveready inks JV pact with Indonesian FMCG major

Rediff.com28 Jan 2018

To double its current turnover of Rs 13.53 billion in five years, the firm plans to generate 25 per cent of this consolidated revenue from FMCG sales.

Why 'She' is uncomfortable in Emami's basket of brands

Why 'She' is uncomfortable in Emami's basket of brands

Rediff.com21 Dec 2017

One of the reasons for the failure, say industry experts and financial analysts, is that Emami strayed too far from its core with sanitary napkins.

Mukesh Ambani & other India Inc biggies likely to attend Bengal biz summit

Mukesh Ambani & other India Inc biggies likely to attend Bengal biz summit

Rediff.com4 Dec 2017

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has left no stone unturned this year after big industrialists, along with Union ministers, skipped attending the BGBS 2017.

What lies ahead for Mukul Roy?

What lies ahead for Mukul Roy?

Rediff.com26 Oct 2017

What Roy is planning is not known. Will he side with the BJP, which he calls 'non-communal'? Or will he float a party? Or revive the Nationalist TMC to further his political career?

Factional war in GJM as Gorkhaland stir nears 100 days

Factional war in GJM as Gorkhaland stir nears 100 days

Rediff.com20 Sep 2017

While a group led by Binay Tamang wants to end the shutdown, the mainstream GJM, led by its supremo Bimal Gurung, wants the status quo to continue, reports Avishek Rakshit.

The trouble with your Darjeeling tea

The trouble with your Darjeeling tea

Rediff.com19 Sep 2017

It's not over yet.

Why cement prices will remain flat. 3 reasons

Why cement prices will remain flat. 3 reasons

Rediff.com5 Sep 2017

Sector analysts opined that the northern, central and eastern markets were particularly hit

Tea industry's cup of woes spilleth over

Tea industry's cup of woes spilleth over

Rediff.com17 Aug 2017

Over the years, India has also lost its CTC market heavily to Kenya. And, Sri Lanka, which markets the Ceylon tea brand, has also been able to aggressively tap these markets.

Gorkhaland stir costs Darjeeling Rs 400 cr

Gorkhaland stir costs Darjeeling Rs 400 cr

Rediff.com6 Aug 2017

The unrest in the hills has led to the tea sector losing its entire second flush, and Rs 200 crore of its annual earnings.

Emami keen to spread its wings in health care

Emami keen to spread its wings in health care

Rediff.com3 Aug 2017

In the past, the firm also acquired the Zandu brand which opened up its presence in the balms business

Real reason behind Bandhan Bank's rising NPA

Real reason behind Bandhan Bank's rising NPA

Rediff.com31 Jul 2017

Over 75 per cent of the bank's Rs 175 crore NPA arises from Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.

Their cup of woes spilleth over

Their cup of woes spilleth over

Rediff.com20 Jul 2017

Out of the 745 gardens in Assam, which accounts for over 55 per cent of total tea production, an alert has been sounded for 88 gardens, while for West Bengal, out of the 377 gardens, 65 have been cautioned.

Coming soon: India's first branded chocolate chain

Coming soon: India's first branded chocolate chain

Rediff.com4 Jul 2017

Unlike global majors like Lindt and Godiva no standalone Indian chocolate boutiques have expanded into a national chain yet. ITC plans to change that with its luxury chocolate brand Fabelle, says Avishek Rakshit.

Muslims back calls for Gorkhaland

Muslims back calls for Gorkhaland

Rediff.com19 Jun 2017

Around 2,000 Gorkha Muslims staged a protest march supporting the Gorkha Jamukti Morcha cause.

How Google plans to bring SMBs online

How Google plans to bring SMBs online

Rediff.com14 Jun 2017

10 million out of 51 million small and medium businesses have presence on Google Search

GST rates dampen Ayurveda firms' hopes

GST rates dampen Ayurveda firms' hopes

Rediff.com1 Jun 2017

The Centre has decided to keep ayurveda products in the mid-range of the goods and services tax

GST in current form unacceptable, says Amit Mitra

GST in current form unacceptable, says Amit Mitra

Rediff.com31 May 2017

According to Mitra, items such as foodgrain, vegetables, leather goods, footwear, cottage cheese, puffed and flattened rice, books and entertainment tax, among several others, should be in the zero-tax bracket.

Why Emami is taking the 'direct' route

Why Emami is taking the 'direct' route

Rediff.com2 May 2017

Reducing dependence on wholesalers will give the company better control over its inventory, besides offering greater visibility to new brands, reports Avishek Rakshit.

Good days are here for India's tea companies

Good days are here for India's tea companies

Rediff.com18 Apr 2017

However, strong rupee, concerns over production at home may spoil the party

How Sanjiv Goenka plans to spread his wings

How Sanjiv Goenka plans to spread his wings

Rediff.com11 Apr 2017

Group is planning to reduce its dependence on power generation business by expanding in other areas

Your favourite cup of tea could be in trouble!

Your favourite cup of tea could be in trouble!

Rediff.com30 Mar 2017

The world-famous Darjeeling tea is losing its flavour even as it struggles with falling production, says Avishek Rakshit.

Jenson and Nicholson gets a fresh paint job

Jenson and Nicholson gets a fresh paint job

Rediff.com8 Mar 2017

A new management at one of India's oldest paint companies looks to revive the dormant paints brand, readies for a stiff fight with rivals.

Placements drop by 5 per cent at IIM-C

Placements drop by 5 per cent at IIM-C

Rediff.com6 Mar 2017

It is not clear whether the drop in offers is a fallout of demonetisation.

There once was a pink Ambassador...

There once was a pink Ambassador...

Rediff.com3 Mar 2017

Most Indians have an Ambassador story. Avishek Rakshit chronicles what made this car such an indispensable part of India's cultural psyche.

Amazon to offer exclusive FMCG deals

Amazon to offer exclusive FMCG deals

Rediff.com1 Mar 2017

Amazon's pantry division across 29 cities in India helps sellers sell FMCG products on its platform.

Note ban: In Assam's tea gardens cash is perennially in demand

Note ban: In Assam's tea gardens cash is perennially in demand

Rediff.com29 Dec 2016

In the fifth of a six-part series on the impact of demonetisation, Avishek Rakshit senses a storm brewing over the 850-odd tea gardens in the north eastern state, which have a weekly and fortnightly payment cycle.

When did printing of Rs 2,000 notes actually begin?

When did printing of Rs 2,000 notes actually begin?

Rediff.com12 Dec 2016

In the first of a four-part series, Business Standard takes a look at how a mint in Salboni, West Bengal, is working overtime to print currency notes.

When did the printing of Rs 2,000 notes actually begin?

When did the printing of Rs 2,000 notes actually begin?

Rediff.com11 Dec 2016

In the first of a four-part series, Business Standard takes a look at how a mint in Salboni, West Bengal, is working overtime to print currency notes.

In major R&D push, Mercedes plans to step on the gas

In major R&D push, Mercedes plans to step on the gas

Rediff.com18 Nov 2016

The luxury car maker plans to recruit 1,000 people next year; in five years, research staff had jumped from 700 to 3,500.

GST targets smokers, tobacco in highest tax slab

GST targets smokers, tobacco in highest tax slab

Rediff.com4 Nov 2016

Tobacco will be subjected to the highest tax slab of 28 per cent and an additional cess. The current rates of taxation on cigarettes and chewing tobacco are about 64 per cent and 81 per cent, respectively.

Wipro Kolkata campus plan hits Bengal land policy roadblock

Wipro Kolkata campus plan hits Bengal land policy roadblock

Rediff.com6 Jul 2016

The second campus would have the potential to create around 18,000 jobs

Achhe din? Wipro moves SEZ proposal in Bengal

Achhe din? Wipro moves SEZ proposal in Bengal

Rediff.com17 Jun 2016

While it has in-principle approval from the SEZ authorities, the state government nod is awaited.

Railways on fast track to increase train speed: Prabhu

Railways on fast track to increase train speed: Prabhu

Rediff.com10 Jun 2016

The railways is collaborating with various companies from Germany, South Korea, Japan and China to work out the fine prints.

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