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'For Tata Steel, It Will Be Better Than Last Year'

'For Tata Steel, It Will Be Better Than Last Year'

Rediff.com2 hours ago

'When you look at reviving private sector capex, I don't think there's a better story than steel.'

'Demand will come back after the elections'

'Demand will come back after the elections'

Rediff.com3 days ago

'The Budget will be positive, continuing on the path of growth taken so far.'

Did Lakshmir Bhandar Help Mamata Win?

Did Lakshmir Bhandar Help Mamata Win?

Rediff.com6 Jun 2024

The welfare schemes of the government, particularly Lakshmir Bhandar, have had a major impact on the electoral outcome.

Why MamataDi Won Bengal

Why MamataDi Won Bengal

Rediff.com5 Jun 2024

'Women are likely to have voted because of the numerous welfare schemes. The CAA consolidated minority votes and the BJP's booth-level organisation in Bengal is weak.'

Suvendu's Career Hinges On Tamluk

Suvendu's Career Hinges On Tamluk

Rediff.com25 May 2024

'The life of his political career is dependent on success in this constituency.'

In Mahua vs Amrita Roy battle, don't forget the CPM

In Mahua vs Amrita Roy battle, don't forget the CPM

Rediff.com13 May 2024

The curious onlookers that greet the candidates are, however, unaware about the importance of history. They are just there to catch a glimpse of 'Rani Ma' Amrita Roy or Mahua Moitra.

Bengal's tea industry seeks a new flavour

Bengal's tea industry seeks a new flavour

Rediff.com1 May 2024

The alpona (artwork) on the steep, winding road leading to Makaibari bears testimony to the visit of G20 delegates for the second tourism working group meeting in April last year. The lush tea bushes, the delegates joining in for the moonlight plucking of Silver Tips Imperial first flush, a favourite of late Queen Elizabeth II, cut a picture of mystical magic. But it's not the Kurseong tea garden's only shining moment - the last few years have been busy for the estate and its bungalow.

'I Don't Know What I Am Going To Do'

'I Don't Know What I Am Going To Do'

Rediff.com25 Apr 2024

The political heat in West Bengal has been giving the rising mercury levels serious competition since the high court order.

'ITC aspires to double its business in five years'

'ITC aspires to double its business in five years'

Rediff.com21 Apr 2024

'While every year presents new challenges, it also provides opportunities for better growth and performance.'

How Berger Paints plans to protect its market share

How Berger Paints plans to protect its market share

Rediff.com16 Apr 2024

'Which is growing fast and where we are very strongly positioned.'

Rasna looks at overseas franchise arrangements for manufacturing abroad

Rasna looks at overseas franchise arrangements for manufacturing abroad

Rediff.com14 Mar 2024

Rasna, which became a household name in the 80s and 90s and is still ruling the pre-mix market, is now looking at overseas franchise arrangements for manufacturing abroad. As part of the arrangement, the franchisee would invest in the plant and machinery and it would also take care of day-to-day operations. Rasna would supply the pre-mix, technical know-how and some financial support.

Will BJP benefit from Trinamool leader's arrest for Sandeshkhali?

Will BJP benefit from Trinamool leader's arrest for Sandeshkhali?

Rediff.com14 Mar 2024

Whether the age-old cry of kendrer banchana will be able to drown out pangs of Sandeshkhali, the EVM will tell.

Visa applications to beat pre-Covid levels in 2024

Visa applications to beat pre-Covid levels in 2024

Rediff.com21 Feb 2024

VFS Global expects visa applications from India to surpass pre-pandemic levels in 2024 with the easing of appointment availability. Vishal Jairath, head-South Asia, VFS Global, said during a media interaction that based on indications from the client governments in terms of appointment availability and the resources deployed by them, visa applications would surpass the pre-Covid levels by a healthy margin. "We have geared up. We have looked at our infrastructure and increased capacity in many locations," he added.

ITC would increasingly try to go outside India: Sanjiv Puri

ITC would increasingly try to go outside India: Sanjiv Puri

Rediff.com20 Feb 2024

Sanjiv Puri, chairman and managing director of ITC, is looking to expand the conglomerate's play outside India by taking "strategic positions" in markets close to home in the non-cigarette fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) and hospitality businesses. In a recent conversation with Business Standard, Puri revealed that ITC is setting sights beyond India's borders. "We already export to 100-odd countries. We want to scale that up and take some strategic positions in markets close to us," he said.

'We expect the losses to be lower from UK'

'We expect the losses to be lower from UK'

Rediff.com10 Feb 2024

'The UK is more of a structural problem, and that's why we're doing the restructuring.'

Darjeeling tea hits 8-yr low in auctions

Darjeeling tea hits 8-yr low in auctions

Rediff.com5 Jan 2024

Geopolitical headwinds leading to lower demand from export markets, coupled with lower domestic buying, have dragged the auction average of Darjeeling tea to its lowest level since 2015. Data from Calcutta Tea Traders Association (CTTA) shows that the average price of Darjeeling tea at Kolkata auctions for January-December 2023 was Rs 319.74 per kg. The last time it dipped below this level was in 2015 at Rs 285.71 per kg.

In non-cigarettes push, how ITC built more than 25 FMCG mother brands

In non-cigarettes push, how ITC built more than 25 FMCG mother brands

Rediff.com4 Jan 2024

A young couple sharing a laugh - in the living room over a Polish joke book, on the beach, in the rain - with the tagline, "Made for each other", hung from billboards at prominent street corners from the 1960s to the 1990s. It was a campaign for one of the largest selling cigarette brands in India, Wills (Navy Cut) from the ITC stable, that resonated with a generation of smokers and non-smokers alike till the curtains came down on tobacco advertising in 2004. As we prepare to welcome 2024, ITC has metamorphosed from a tobacco giant into a conglomerate straddling multiple large-sized businesses. In the mind space of Gen Z or millennials, the company represents a gamut of branded products - from frozen food (ITC Master Chef), noodles (YiPPee!), and cookies (Sunfeast) to snacks (Bingo!) and notebooks (Classmate), and so on and so forth.

Will Tata Steel's global stride with new deal aid profitability?

Will Tata Steel's global stride with new deal aid profitability?

Rediff.com21 Nov 2023

It was August 2007. Tata Steel was turning 100. Jamshedpur, its hometown, had an air of celebration. The line-up for the special event included the launch of Air Deccan's commercial flight connecting Kolkata and Jamshedpur, and release of Russi Lala's new book, Romance of Tata Steel. There was also the screening of The Spirit of Steel, a 20-minute documentary directed by Zafar Hai showcasing Tata Steel's legacy, and a corporate anthem penned by Javed Akhtar and composed by Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy.

Crisis Brews In Darjeeling's Tea Gardens

Crisis Brews In Darjeeling's Tea Gardens

Rediff.com23 Oct 2023

In the last three years, 20 gardens have changed hands, and 90 per cent of the buyers are from non-tea background.

Strong domestic demand, raw material cost, pushing up steel prices

Strong domestic demand, raw material cost, pushing up steel prices

Rediff.com14 Oct 2023

Strong demand in the domestic market, coupled with an increase in raw material prices, is pushing up steel prices. According to SteelMint, a market intelligence and price reporting firm, the list price of flat steel has seen an increase of Rs 750-2,000 per tonne for October deliveries. The long steel price witnessed an increase of Rs 1,500 per tonne towards the end of September.

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