COMPANIES & SECTORS


Ramesh S Arunachalam Ramesh S Arunachalam 11 August 2011
The time to act decisively has come now. The RBI, Ministry of Finance, the Andhra Pradesh government, MFIs and other stakeholders must get into mission mode and set a number of checks and balances in place to overcome the huge unfolding crisis which is likely to completely distort or destroy the...

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Moneylife Digital Team 10 August 2011
The apex court ban on iron ore mining in Karnataka’s Bellary region will give steelmakers more pricing power, and the oversupply of flat products will cease The closure of private iron ore mines in Bellary, Karnataka after the Supreme Court (SC) ban on mining in this belt, is poised to change...

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Moneylife Digital Team 09 August 2011
For the Internet search company, this is more advertising revenue in the auto segment, which grew by 150% in 2010 Indian auto buyers are increasingly relying on the Internet to help them make their auto purchase decisions, which has resulted in the auto vertical growing faster than the...

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Moneylife Digital Team 09 August 2011
Will the group-and-grow strategy and private equity investments help this sector? The fashion retail and apparel industry has been banking on young India for its success. But many of the fashion brands today are having trouble managing their business. July saw some important investments and...

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Moneylife Digital Team 08 August 2011
Employees' costs have shot up for the engineering company to Rs94 crore in the April-June 2011 period. Sales, however, have declined by 20% to about Rs280 crore The cost of employees for Alstom Projects India increased by nearly a third in the first quarter of the current financial year, but...

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Moneylife Digital Team 05 August 2011
With more than half the companies declaring their results so far, the performance of the corporate sector has been along expected lines The Indian equity markets have experienced huge volatility in July-August which has seen the Sensex decline from above 19,000 levels to below the 17,000...

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Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 04 August 2011
All cars are becoming equal. Luxury cars are becoming equal faster. So what good is it paying for a brand, when you get the same at a lower price, in another brand? Here’s a short and quick history lesson that also relates to comfort on wheels. About 40 years ago, the ultimate in luxury on...

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Moneylife Digital Team 03 August 2011
The Goa-based manufacturer of electrolytic products has put off a share buyback plan without giving any reason, two weeks after making the announcement which saw the stock price shoot up by over 28%. Now, it has lost 18% Company promoters are using a well-proven method to manipulate the...

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Moneylife Digital Team 03 August 2011
Nomura Research has found in a study of six Indian cities that the demand for office space remains stable, but it is not enough to reduce vacancy which remains high Construction of new office space is expected to slow down further in the July-September quarter, with fresh starts likely only...

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Ramesh S Arunachalam Ramesh S Arunachalam 02 August 2011
The compensation of senior management must be worked out by an independent remuneration committee constituted of knowledgeable members, and this process must be seen to be transparent and fair As I wrote in the article on the Moneylife website yesterday, the regulation of compensation at...

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Ramesh S Arunachalam Ramesh S Arunachalam 01 August 2011
The senior management of these institutions that claim to be serving the poor, receive unusually high payments which is not determined through an explicit process Compensation is indeed a very sensitive and critical aspect of governance in MFIs and it has serious implications for the detailed...

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Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 01 August 2011
From nowhere, it seems, this state of traders has realised the importance of manufacturing also, and the auto industry is among the earliest to take advantage. Historically, Gujarat was where trade flowed from, in the Mughal era and before. Today, it seems, Maharashtra's loss will be Gujarat's...

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Globally, prototypes of vehicles running on electricity and solar power are out. But our policymakers seem oblivious I am writing this article looking out of the window from inside a railway train—which is taking me from New Delhi to Bengaluru—a distance of about 2,400km which it will cover in...

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Moneylife Digital Team 28 July 2011
Services disappear—no more ‘world class’ gourmet cuisine and dwindling on-flight facilities—as the carrier is finding it difficult to get on top of its mounting debt pile. How long will the carrier’s customer support keep the show going on? Kingfisher Airlines has been known for its superb...

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Ramesh S Arunachalam Ramesh S Arunachalam 28 July 2011
Is it appropriate for a company, established to provide access to finance to low-income people, to lend to its promoter and managing director to buy shares in the same company at par value? Consider yourself as an institutional/retail investor in a micro-lender and you may have bought equity...

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The small, full-forward mini-pickup has become the visible face of the new Indian auto evolution—just like what the Maruti 800 and Omni vans managed about 20-30 years ago There have been a lot of big-bang launches lately from the likes of Chevrolet and Ford. But what many might have missed is...

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Ramesh S Arunachalam Ramesh S Arunachalam 26 July 2011
Self-regulation in the microfinance business has not worked for various reasons. Most importantly, it involves the distribution of small sums, almost totally in cash, to people who are vulnerable, and in areas so widely spread out that it is quite impossible to ensure fairness on a day-to-day...

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Ramesh S Arunachalam Ramesh S Arunachalam 23 July 2011
The RBI and the Union Finance Ministry must provide clear guidelines on the appointment, roles, compensation and evaluation of independent directors for microfinance companies, critical for effective and ethical operations As the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the Union Ministry of Finance...

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Moneylife Digital Team 22 July 2011
Den, promoted by a key member of the TV18 team, Sameer Manchanda, is down almost 70%. Even news of a joint venture with Turner hasn’t helped After its high-profile IPO (initial public offering) in 2009, Den Networks, promoted by a key insider of the TV18 group (Den's chairman and managing...

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Moneylife Digital Team 22 July 2011
Company plans to use these kits at its institutes initially, and subsequently sell them commercially Jetking, one of India's leading computer hardware training institutes, today launched 'Jet Tab', a unique do-it-yourself (DIY) tablet PC, which it believes could replace desktops in the...

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