All stories by Ishita Ayan Dutt
'I was stunned by Mamata's response'Rediff.com8 May 2020
'Does it mean that till the COVID-19 fight is over, the governor should be non-functional, in sleep mode, and fiddling in the Raj Bhavan while the state is burning?'
'India too large and complex to be under long lockdown'Rediff.com14 Apr 2020
'It will take six months to one year to move to normalcy, depending on how the pandemic plays out in India.'
Make policies for a Brand Northeast, World Bank tells CentreRediff.com22 Dec 2019
The World Bank report said Brand Northeast would build on elements such as healthy living, environmental sustainability, social responsibility, service orientation, among others.
The man trying to keep Jazz alive in KolkataRediff.com13 Nov 2019
A dedicated jazz club is just what Kolkata needed to get things going. And Skinny Mo's has announced its arrival to the enthusiastic city.
Tata Steel to shut 2 UK sites; 400 jobs at stakeRediff.com3 Sep 2019
The announcement evoked a sharp response from the UK and Ireland's largest trade union, Unite, which said it would fight for every job and demanded that there would be no compulsory redundancies from Tata Steel.
'Steel demand is expected to pick up in H2'Rediff.com26 Aug 2019
The escalating trade war between China and the US could be an opportunity for India.
Demand fall pushes Tata Steel to cut capex by Rs 4KcrRediff.com11 Aug 2019
The company's planned capex for 2019-2020, which was Rs 12,000 crore, has now been revised down to around Rs 8,000 crore.
Tata Steel records highest ever levels of revenues and EbitdaRediff.com1 Jul 2019
The steelmaker's India basket grew after Tata Steel completed its acquisition of Bhushan Steel under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code process and its subsidiary, Tata Sponge, acquired Usha Martin.
Is Bengal ready for Paribartan once again?Rediff.com5 Jun 2019
The idle talk at street corners, cafes and public places since May 23 is that the winds of change are blowing across Bengal.
Yogi Deveshwar: The Risk TakerRediff.com12 May 2019
During his time as executive chairman, the company's net revenues grew 17-fold to Rs 42,777 crore and profit after tax nearly 40 times to Rs 10,289 crore. Total shareholder returns grew at a compounded annual rate of around 20%. Besides numbers, his biggest achievement was to transform ITC from a cigarette company to a diversified enterprise.
'Under Mamata, Bengal grew faster than India'Rediff.com30 Apr 2019
'Our government has created 10 million jobs when the Indian unemployment rate is at a 45-year high.'
With one eye on Delhi, Mamata fights in BengalRediff.com13 Apr 2019
'A loss of seats for the Trinamool in this election will weaken its hold in Bengal, which will not augur well before the assembly election in 2021.'
Boardroom tussle at Usha Martin sees the exit of Basant JhawarRediff.com1 Apr 2019
The rival promoter group and the entire block of public institutions voted against Basant Jhawar.
After Bagree Market, The Oberoi Grand raises fire alarmRediff.com3 Oct 2018
Hawkers, who have been doing business on the pavements in front of the plush hotel for decades, have wormed their way to occupy up to three-fourth of the area, making it a fire hazard.
Bankruptcy code brings good news for SBIRediff.com11 Jun 2018
So far, among the IBC cases, SBI has been able to recover Rs 8,500 crore from Tata Steel's acquisition of Bhushan Steel. Another Rs 1,500 crore is in an escrow account on account of Electrosteel Steels.
Fascinating story of how Tata Steel sealed the Bhushan dealRediff.com2 Jun 2018
The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) got a leg-up with Tata Steel's acquisition of Bhushan Steel, the first big case to be resolved. Tata Steel CEO & MD T V Narendran tells Ishita Ayan Dutt how this deal moved so quickly while others are still mired in controversies.
How the Communists killed Bengal's industryRediff.com19 Mar 2018
Then chief minister Jyoti Basu once told an industrialist that capitalists were class enemies and he should expect no sympathy.
Jamshedpur's new man of steelRediff.com8 Dec 2017
'He was sought after because he delivered.' Ishita Ayan Dutt profiles Tata Steel's new boss.
ArcelorMittal keen to spread wings in IndiaRediff.com10 Aug 2017
ArcelorMittal could be interested in Bhushan Steel or Essar Steel, two of the five steel companies referred by RBI for insolvency proceedings.
How the BJP is quietly penetrating BengalRediff.com20 May 2017
The BJP doesn't want to focus entirely on an anti-Mamata campaign.
Will the Narada sting operation dent Mamata's popularity?Rediff.com24 Mar 2017
Any erosion in the TMC, may benefit the BJP, reports Ishita Ayan Dutt.
Indian steel exports overtake imports after a gap of 3 yearsRediff.com17 Mar 2017
Aided by the new initiatives of the government, there has been a huge drop in imports
Humble Ambassador to become the 'Rolex of cars'Rediff.com13 Feb 2017
'This is purely a brand sale. It includes the Ambassador with its variants. Peugeot is likely to relaunch the brand with multiple variants.'
Watch out for Mamata from here to 2019Rediff.com28 Dec 2016
Political observers say Banerjee is fast emerging as the face of the Opposition and would be a force to reckon with in the next general elections in 2019.
The fall of the turnaround tycoonRediff.com22 Dec 2016
Industrialist Pawan Ruia's (think Dunlop and Jessop) arrest this month for cheating and criminal breach of trust marked a new low, but the tide had been turning against him for a while now. Ishita Ayan Dutt & Avishek Rakshit report.
'Ratan Tata, turnaround man, doesn't give up easily'Rediff.com11 Nov 2016
Tatas plan to revive, not sell the Port Talbot steel plant. The investment could be as much as $500 million.
Singur works even during the Pujas to return land to farmersRediff.com14 Oct 2016
Government officials working overtime to dismantle the Tata plant and return land to farmers, says Ishita Ayan Dutt.
An SC verdict that rattled India's high and mightyRediff.com21 Sep 2016
The spectre of Singur and now its verdict is looming large on the future of many of Bengal's projects, especially the state government's industrial parks that are vacant. As many more episodes await, the question uppermost on everyone's minds is, how long will Singur haunt Bengal?
Fulfilling Deveshwar's dreams: A big challenge for ITC's new chiefRediff.com19 Aug 2016
The outgoing chairman believed in building for the future; for his successor, the challenge will be to maintain the momentum, says Ishita Ayan Dutt.
'A time bomb is ticking towards a fiscal crisis in states'Rediff.com8 Aug 2016
An interview with Amit Mitra, the finance minister of West Bengal.
India fenceless as Islamic State terror rises in BangladeshRediff.com3 Jul 2016
West Bengal has a 2,200 km porous border with Bangladesh over 10 districts.
Why Brexit won't hamper Tata Steel's sale processRediff.com30 Jun 2016
The company said it had extended financial support to the UK business.
SEZs: IT majors wait for Mamata's change of heartRediff.com28 Jun 2016
In 2011, the Trinamool manifesto had said, the government would not allow SEZs in West Bengal, to protect multi-crop lands.
How Deveshwar transformed ITC into a successful companyRediff.com24 Jun 2016
As Deveshwar announces his decision to step down, he has a rich legacy to leave behind.
ITC's Deveshwar to quit in 2017, wants young gun to head companyRediff.com22 Jun 2016
To get three-year term as non-executive chairman from Feb; firm to create CEO's post; AGM to ratify Sanjiv Puri, Rajiv Tandon's appointment as directors
Mamata picks Red Road for coronation as CMRediff.com26 May 2016
In a deviation from the usual venue of Raj Bhavan, the event of May 27, will be held on the Red Road, one of the arterial roads in Kolkata that houses the Fort William where the Army is headquartered. And, it will remain blocked for at least five days, probably more.
Mamata's run-ins with the mediaRediff.com6 May 2016
The West Bengal CM's media equation wasn't always this bad. In the run-up to the assembly elections of 2011, she was a clear favourite.
This Turkish airport has an Indian touchRediff.com25 Apr 2016
The first phase will end in 2018 and have the world's largest terminal under one roofThe first phase will end in 2018 and have the world's largest terminal under one roof
How Buddhadeb may have increased Mamata's worriesRediff.com20 Apr 2016
Reluctant to campaign so far, former Bengal CM draws large crowd in first roadshow since poll dates announced.
Ta-ta Tata, another Indian tycoon steps in to rescue British steel industryRediff.com8 Apr 2016
Gupta has expressed an intent to buy Port Talbot, Britain's biggest steelworks