COMPANIES & SECTORS


Moneylife Digital Team 25 October 2011
As input costs are constantly rising, consumer goods manufacturers are amending packaging and reducing quantities—so that they can keep their sales price constant. Unlike developed economies, the price per weight (any unit) is not displayed, only the MRP is imprinted on packages Thanks to...

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Ramesh S Arunachalam Ramesh S Arunachalam 25 October 2011
MFIs should not garner deposits from low-income customers. The RBI, which will become the sole Indian microfinance regulator, also feels so—and there are a number of facts that support the apex bank’s view There is an ongoing debate on whether MFIs (microfinance institutions) in India should...

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Ramesh S Arunachalam Ramesh S Arunachalam 24 October 2011
The MFIN enquiry initiated in February 2011 (on governance & transparency) is still not in the public domain. The MFIN-sponsored NCAER study, that suffers several serious shortcomings, makes one wonder whether MFIN can function as an objective association—without conflicts of interest—and as an...

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Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 21 October 2011
There is much that needs to be done to make the new Motor Vehicles Act more fully representative to meet the aims and aspirations of larger segments of road users, than just catering to the various lobbies that seem to have sprung up and influenced the ‘suggestions’ put forward by ‘expert’...

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R Balakrishnan R Balakrishnan 21 October 2011
Companies are able to hide more than they reveal and auditors are strangely comfortable with that There is an organisation called the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). It is supposed to set standards for fair accounting and transparency in communication of financial...

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Moneylife Digital Team 21 October 2011
The National Housing Bank has instructed Housing Finance Corporations to charge the same rate on loans for both old and new customers, a blow for the customer and the industry. Debt-plagued builders, inflation and high interest rates are also not helping the sector The realtors really need a...

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Ramesh S Arunachalam Ramesh S Arunachalam 21 October 2011
According to certain media reports, Kotak Bank has slapped a legal notice on Trident Microfin for a dishonoured cheque. But the microfinance institution is under a CDR plan. This is a peculiar case—and there are a number of legal issues and questions surrounding this move In the last couple...

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Moneylife Digital Team 20 October 2011
Monthly net GSM subscriber addition rate inched up to 6.53 million net additions in September 2011, against 5.34 million in August 2011. Addition rates are likely to remain depressed in the medium due term due to the saturated urban market and difficulty in rural penetration With the festive...

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Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 20 October 2011
There are no takers for pre-used  luxury petrol-driven cars It has reached a point where an increase in petrol prices just does not seem to make real news anymore. However, if perception is an indication, the BRT (bus rapid transit) lane in front of my house seems to have lesser car and bike...

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Moneylife Digital Team 20 October 2011
Affordable housing is crucial, considering the abnormally-high prices of real estate across the country. Ashoka: Innovators for the Public is looking to provide customers with quality for their money and will help them from being hoodwinked by huge property players via this proposed rating...

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Alekh Angre 18 October 2011
For the RuPay launch, the National Payments Corporation of India is waiting for PoS clearance to kick off the service which is set replace the processing systems of global majors like VISA and MasterCard After much deliberations and hype over the RuPay card, the unique domestic card in India...

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Ramesh S Arunachalam Ramesh S Arunachalam 18 October 2011
Agents have spread their tentacles far and wide across the country, and they are breeding resentment against MFIs. The MFIN-NCAER study acknowledges the presence of these middlemen, but the report has a number of loose ends As the Ministry of Finance and the RBI (Reserve Bank of India) are...

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Moneylife Digital Team 17 October 2011
Lower offtake by exporters and arrival of the ‘kharif’ harvest crop has brought down prices by Rs200/quintal in the wholesale market. But there has been a dip in demand Onion prices have come down across key markets after the fresh arrival of the kharif harvest in addition to the already...

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Moneylife Digital Team 17 October 2011
A depreciating rupee is pushing import costs further, raising inflation in domestic fuel prices which are linked to international prices. Inflation, now at 9.7%, remains higher than RBI’s comfort zone for the past 18 months Inflation remained stubborn at 9.7% in September 2011, compared to...

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Ramesh S Arunachalam Ramesh S Arunachalam 15 October 2011
For implementing the inclusive growth agenda, it is crucial to prop up agriculture, the soft underbelly of our economy. Here’s what can be done Inclusive growth is an area that we have been talking about for a few years now, but integrating agriculture into the Indian economy has been rather...

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Moneylife Digital Team 14 October 2011
The Union Cabinet has approved an ordinance for mandatory digitisation of TV cable networks across the country. This move has the potential to brighten the prospects for the industry The Union Cabinet has come out with an ordinance for mandatory digitisation of TV cable networks across the...

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Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 14 October 2011
Operational leasing for private vehicle owners will start making sense only when manufacturers start reducing prices of their sedans to more sensible levels, relative to two-wheelers and ‘ordinary’ hatchback cars At the end of the day, unless the math shows otherwise, the operational leasing...

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Alekh Angre 14 October 2011
Experts have welcomed the move from the Paris-based International Organization of Vine and Wine, as it will help in improving the quality standard of Indian wines The Indian wine industry finally has a reason to cheer. After two Indian wine brands were selected for sale in UK’s leading...

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Moneylife Digital Team 14 October 2011
Survey shows the Finnish company holds 64.8% of market share; India is expected to be served more than 10 billion ads over mobile phones and continue its scorching growth According to a report published by BuzzCity, a global mobile media company, India has seen the highest growth among 50...

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