COMPANIES & SECTORS


Alekh Angre 02 February 2012
In just two months, the prices of onion tumbled by 52% due to excess supply and low off take The prices of onion have crashed by more 52% in the past two months due to excess supply across the country. Experts say that though the prices are in the favour of consumers, the government...

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Moneylife Digital Team 02 February 2012
The apex court cancelled licences of 11 telcos, including 21 of Videocon, 22 Uninor, 9 Idea, 3 Tata Tele, 13 Swan, 21 Loop and asked TRAI to come up with guidelines to allocate newer licences The Supreme Court on Thursday cancelled all licences given to 11 telecom companies issued after...

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Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 01 February 2012
Will we soon pay a toll for driving out of our own gates? Two rupees out of all the money we pay for every litre of diesel or petrol sold in India is set aside for making highways and roads. Add to that the money collected by way of road taxes, tolls, user fees, parking charges, permit fees...

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Fereshte Sethna 31 January 2012
The Vodafone tax case was conceded as a ‘test’ case, but diverse issues raised by the I-T department, who seek to render exigible to tax similar cross-border transactions, remain to be adjudicated on a case-by-case basis, including ‘treaty shopping’, which did not arise in the Vodafone case

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Ameet Patel 30 January 2012
The judgement has addressed the issues of certainty and stability in a fiscal system and has rightly identified the areas for improvement for the Indian legislature to boost the confidence of foreign investors. We would now have to wait and watch to find out how the revenue authorities react to...

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William Gamble William Gamble 30 January 2012
Commercial strings are always part of the deal. Reliance Communication’s loan was made easier by its power arm’s October 2010 order for $10 billion worth of energy equipment from Shanghai Electric Group, a deal also financed by Chinese state banks Last week it was announced that Reliance...

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R Vijayaraghavan R Vijayaraghavan 27 January 2012
I am not flatly saying, like many in the Left, that FDI in multi-brand retail will mean disaster for India. We have to be careful to take the good and keep out the bad. There are huge doubts about whether we can do it “When you sup with the devil, make sure you have a long spoon”. India would...

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Moneylife Digital Team 20 January 2012
The apex court’s decision in favour of Vodafone is expected to have a significant impact on the future of India-focussed investments and M&As Netherlands-based Vodafone International Holdings BV (Vodafone) on Friday received major reprieve from the Supreme Court of India, which ruled that the...

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Gurpur Gurpur 20 January 2012
In the face of stringent Basel III guidelines, banks have to take effective steps to meet these challenges and a series of strategies are required to be planned and executed by all the stakeholders to reach the goalpost in good time without any hiccup The draft guidelines on Basel III capital...

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Shukti Sarma 19 January 2012
Sales registrations down ‘only 9%’ y-o-y, PE investments coming back Possibly leveraging on healthy transaction numbers in the secondary market, Mumbai’s real estate in December showed positive signs, with only 9% decrease on a year-on-year basis, said a report by broker firm Prabhudas...

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Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 19 January 2012
The market is giving the manufacturers a simple message—too much greed is not good In cold and foggy weather, the air laden with emissions and pollutants, Delhi just completed Auto Expo 2012 where the theme was ‘Green’. According to an automobile industry veteran, who moved on from Delhi to...

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Moneylife Digital Team 18 January 2012
The bank officers’ union has suggested that bilateral agreements between bank management and the union should be kept in mind while considering the Khandelwal Committee’s recommendations The recommendations of the Khandelwal Committee on Human Resource Management (HRM) in the public sector...

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Dr SD Israni 18 January 2012
The new Companies Bill protects minority shareholders in a variety of ways The much-awaited Companies Bill, 2011, which was finally introduced in the Lok Sabha on 14th December 2011 and has been withdrawn for the time being, will be re-introduced sometime early next year. However, in no way...

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Shukti Sarma 17 January 2012
Brand Trust Report 2012 also throws up some strange names like DLF and Air India There are names that inspire trust without asking. Like Google or Apple or mom-made food. Then there is the other kind of trust, like people’s trust in the government to perform even worse. But there are also...

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Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 17 January 2012
The total wipe-out fiasco of the Tata Nano can be attributed to this one factor—feedback from the people never seemed to reach even the outer core of minders and managers. And even if it did, it probably did not go any further, since the corporate culture seemed to have become “see nothing that...

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R Balakrishnan R Balakrishnan 17 January 2012
Like in the late-1980s and early-1990s, Indian companies are now suddenly at the mercy of global factors A year ago, we were all sitting pretty, projecting increasing corporate profits assuming that the dollar would be at around Rs45. We assumed that our economy would continue to be an...

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Moneylife Digital Team 12 January 2012
It’s time for our annual study on wealth creators. It has been six years since we started the analysis; each year, our study has thrown up surprises—mainly because the companies that have created enormous wealth are the ones you would have least expected to figure on the list. This year’s...

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Moneylife Digital Team 11 January 2012
A huge inventory pile-up in the December quarter has led to the rush of ‘discount sales’ One has to usually wait for at least a month into the New Year for the off-season sales to start. But not in 2012. Most retailers, including Pantaloons, Shoppers Stop, etc, are offering discounts on their...

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Sucheta Dalal Sucheta Dalal 09 January 2012
While Reliance’s influence over the domestic media may be huge, it is now big enough to attract close scrutiny by the international press That Mukesh Ambani is a big investor in the media is not news. The big deal this time is that he gains enormous media clout with a big bailout deal for the...

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Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 09 January 2012
The Auto Expo is likely to deteriorate into a melee from the mela it currently is if the organisers—CII, SIAM and ACMA—do not take steps to work on the larger picture. Maybe there need to be two distinct fairs, one for the crowds and one for the serious The crowds as well as most of the...

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