ECONOMY & NATION


Ramesh S Arunachalam Ramesh S Arunachalam 22 July 2011
A long list of instances of failures of microfinance institutions holds several important lessons for the RBI and the finance ministry on the regulation and supervision of the sector SKS Microfinance was in the news recently and this concerned cash embezzlements and frauds for the financial...

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Moneylife Digital Team 21 July 2011
Pune-based NGO believes this will enable the better use of natural gas instead of oil and enhance energy security and revenues Natural gas should be used for transport and cooking rather than for base-load power generation, which would allow gas pricing to be freed and help reduce subsidies,...

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Moneylife Digital Team 21 July 2011
The company says it wants to get the HSBC Bank repayment case out of the way. Will also file Rs20 crore defamation and damages case against the bank Compact Disc India (CDIL) has put on hold its delisting plan, pending the resolution of a dispute with HSBC Bank, and this is hurting investors...

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Moneylife Digital Team 21 July 2011
A new research alleges that Reliance Industries and Reliance Communications have shortchanged investors by over Rs25,000 crore at the RCom formation and that profits have been inflated at RCom between 2006-2010 by almost Rs11,000 crore A new research just released by Veritas Investment Research...

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Moneylife Digital Team 20 July 2011
Crisil Ratings says stagnant growth in metros is leading jewellery retailers to push expansion in Tier-II and Tier-III centres. This is expected to put pressure on funding Branded gold jewellery retailers are increasingly getting into small cities and towns to expand their business, which has...

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Ramesh S Arunachalam Ramesh S Arunachalam 20 July 2011
Rules and regulations are not enough. They must be implemented. Sadly, recent episodes have shown that even independent directors stayed silent when rules were violated Very often, people look at high-profile membership of the board as a surrogate for good corporate governance, and...

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Asset reconstruction companies in India are very different from the global model and they have been operating contrary to the purpose they are meant to fulfil The top headline in a financial newspaper on Monday reported a seemingly-sensational matter of leading asset reconstruction companies...

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Moneylife Digital Team 18 July 2011
Brokerages say high property prices curbing sales growth; higher costs of inputs and funds putting pressure on margins The performance of the real estate sector will remain subdued due to low sales and execution on account of high property prices in the first quarter of 2011-12. Margins will...

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Ramesh S Arunachalam Ramesh S Arunachalam 16 July 2011
There are critical lessons from the crises we have suffered over the past two decades, that the authorities will do well to learn from, as they plan the course ahead for the microfinance sector The Union Ministry of Finance is in the process of formulating a bill to regulate micro-finance,...

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Moneylife Digital Team 15 July 2011
Brokerages say uncertain business conditions, regulatory hurdles for various projects and higher borrowing costs continue to hurt heavy engineering firms The capital goods sector continues to be troubled by postponement of capex decisions by companies in uncertain business conditions,...

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Every car has them, but security is still a concern Have you seen how what was ‘luxury’ and ‘exclusive’ a year ago, is now basic and readily available, across all levels in the automobile world? Airbags, LEDs (light-emitting diodes), keyless start, internal electronics, leather seats and...

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Moneylife Digital Team 15 July 2011
There have been concerns about the possible impact on agri-commodities following an official report about lower than average rainfall so far Lower rainfall in the first few weeks of the monsoon season has set off concerns over the possible impact on agriculture. But experts say that it might...

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Moneylife Digital Team 15 July 2011
The country’s central bank had bought 200 metric tonnes of the precious metal in October 2009 as part of its forex management operations Gold prices touched a new high of $1,594 per ounce on Thursday, on heightened global concerns over the debt-crisis in Europe. This timeless precious metal...

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The government is unclear about who will regulate the proposed Noida Grand Prix. Preparations are also behind schedule. Will we ever learn from our past sports fiascos? The big news in the motor sports world has to be the flip-flop over the Noida and Bahrain F1 Grand Prix. At one stage, a...

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Property rates are exorbitant, inventories are piling up. But this sector could offer some good picks—if there is a revival Everyone seems to believe that real-estate prices in the metros are likely to correct downwards significantly. This is also borne out by the fact that the execution of...

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Moneylife Digital Team 13 July 2011
After private equity funds, now strategic investors are moving in. Aetna has just acquired Indian Health Organization Pvt Ltd, a three-year old startup The Indian healthcare sector with its super speciality hospitals and extensive network of healthcare service providers is proving to be an...

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Moneylife Digital Team 13 July 2011
Organisations deducting TDS are required to submit the data to the Tax Information Network on the NSDL site on the basis of which taxpayers are supposed to file returns Taxpayers have been hampered in filing income-tax returns, due to an unexplained delay in updating of TDS data on the...

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Moneylife Digital Team 13 July 2011
Brokerages say the drop in volumes may be compensated by higher revenues on increased vehicle prices, but higher input costs may still pressure margins The automobiles business has been largely healthy in the first quarter of 2011-12, driven by strong growth in the two-wheeler segment which...

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Moneylife Digital Team 12 July 2011
Brokerages say that the pharma sector that has usually been one of the better performers, is under various pressures of cost and competition which are expected to affect margins The pharmaceuticals business is among the sectors that are expected to do well in the first quarter of 2010-11,...

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Moneylife Digital Team 12 July 2011
Wage hikes and intense competition from rivals puts pressure on quarterly performance of country’s number two software services exporter Infosys Technologies today announced a 15.72% increase in consolidated net profit to Rs1,722 crore for the first quarter ended 30 June 2011 over the...

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