ECONOMY & NATION


Ankita Chokhani 07 October 2010
Exporters are attracted by higher world prices; but domestic textile and garment manufacturers are worried they may be affected The government has approved the export of 5.5 million bales (a bale is 170 kg each) of cotton his year. So far, 1.64 million bales have been registered with the...

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Priyanka Desai 07 October 2010
Analysts perceive the ‘convenience food’ sector to be a booming one; it is estimated to grow even further in the coming years Young, urban and chic, India's populace today has no time to linger around the kitchen to dish out their favourite meals. Gastronomy tours start at the supermarket and...

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Sharad Matade 06 October 2010
Cement prices in the north and south of India are still under pressure due to heavy flooding and excess supply As the monsoons ended last month, cement companies have increased prices. Last month cement companies hiked prices in the rage of Rs25- Rs40 for a 50-kg bag. According to media...

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Moneylife Digital Team 06 October 2010
Pantaloon has achieved phenomenal sales growth over the past few years. The expansion has been driven by massive debt financing. Now the interest and repayment burden could restrict further growth Over the past few years, Pantaloon Retail, the country's largest retail chain by sales, has...

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William Gamble William Gamble 06 October 2010
Restrictions on property rights and inconsistent government action based on short-term political considerations not only hurt a country’s home food market, but also can boomerang The black earth region is an area southeast of Moscow. It is some of the most fertile soil in the world. It is so...

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Ankita Chokhani 05 October 2010
The Indian rupee is expected to appreciate to around 44.15 against the dollar as there will be foreign inflows till mid-October and then foreign investors are expected to exit the markets in early November, boosting the greenback The rupee's rise from 46.69 in June 2010 to 44.68 on 1st...

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Sharad Matade 05 October 2010
Steel demand in developed economies in 2011 is expected to be well below the pre-crisis peak level Taking advantage of the slowdown in production of steel and consumption of raw material in China, Indian steel companies have increased the prices of their products between Rs1,000 and Rs1,500 per...

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Sharad Matade 04 October 2010
China, the world’s largest producer and consumer of steel, is planning to implement an energy rationalisation policy. This will lead to plant shutdowns and reduced steel demand, causing a reduction in prices of raw material inputs India's largest iron ore mining producer National Mineral...

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Raj Pradhan Raj Pradhan 01 October 2010
Call it corporate muscle power or lure of future business, insurers still bend over backwards to take care of group insurance policies Most group insurance policies enjoy numerous perks like maternity, post-natal care, pre-existing ailments, dental and ophthalmic care. The icing on the cake is...

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Moneylife Digital Team 01 October 2010
With the global shortage in sugar production, prices are likely to remain firm over the next few months. Provided India can manage to surpass earlier estimates and export additional stock, the sugar industry has the potential to become a ‘shining star’ from a ‘falling meteorite’, says a...

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Moneylife Digital Team 01 October 2010
A company whose entire growth has been based on opening newer and newer stores, is betting on cyberspace to fuel growth Future Group has launched a new e-commerce initiative, which it expects will fetch revenues of Rs10 billion in about two years. For a company that has grown all these years by...

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Munira Dongre 01 October 2010
The buzz around Reliance Power’s project and the problems it might face Reliance Power: The word on the Street is that the reservoir allocated to Reliance Power's Sasan project has water only for 8 months in the year - therefore it would be difficult for the project to achieve 90%+ PLF as it...

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Sucheta Dalal Sucheta Dalal 30 September 2010
When other steel companies who got into a serious financial mess in the 1990s have made a smart recovery, why wasn’t Ispat Industries monitored more closely? Indian banks and lenders have figured out a nice way to keep lending to Ispat Industries Limited, managed by Pramod and Vinod Mittal. For...

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Raj Pradhan Raj Pradhan 27 September 2010
Counterfeit products affect many industries, including pharmaceuticals. Here is a home-grown alternative that can help weed out the menace of fakes in a number of sectors — ranging from automobiles to security services Counterfeiting and piracy are generally perceived as victimless crimes with...

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Ashok Shaw 27 September 2010
High property prices and lack of completed housing units increase cost of home rentals; consumers are being forced to look for alternatives You might receive a hike of more than double the usual appreciation in your monthly home rent bill when you lease comes up for renewal this time...

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Yogesh Sapkale Yogesh Sapkale 27 September 2010
Intense competition, falling revenues and incremental expenditure have affected the balance sheets of all telecom operators. Post 3G and MNP, they will have to either consolidate or diversify in order to survive With the imminent launch of third generation (3G) network services and mobile...

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R Balakrishnan on saving  and   investing prudently 27 September 2010
Will microfinance companies go the way of NBFCs of the 1980s and early 1990s? 'For I did dream of money-bags tonight…' - Shylock in The Merchant of Venice Microfinance is the new buzzword. The initial public offering (IPO) of the first microfinance company (MFC) was a roaring success. In its...

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Yogesh Sapkale Yogesh Sapkale 24 September 2010
Intense competition, falling revenues and incremental expenditure have affected the balance sheet of almost all telecom operators in India. Post 3G and MNP, they will have to either consolidate or diversify in order to survive With the imminent launch of third generation (3G) network services...

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Sucheta Dalal Sucheta Dalal 21 September 2010
Its revenue model is seriously flawed; and the more it transacts, the more money it will burn In another bizarre example of how bourses are regulated and promoted in India, the United Stock Exchange (USE), India's fourth currency derivatives exchange cornered 52% market share on debut day...

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Raj Pradhan Raj Pradhan 18 September 2010
Taking advantage of poor knowledge of consumers, malpractices by doctors and weak regulation, drug companies are selling medicines at hugely inflated prices. Raj Pradhan exposes how helpless patients, rich and poor, are ripped off day in and day out   Did you know that when the...

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