COMPANIES & SECTORS


A look at the commercial vehicles segment, what makes it click and the financial challenges that it faces The commercial vehicle market in India has traditionally been divided into approximately three wide segments, for purposes of technical demand-supply equations, as well as financial...

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Moneylife Digital Team 02 June 2010
As the online trading platforms on NSE and BSE are unable to generate huge volumes, SEBI has called for a high-level meeting with bank-sponsored MFs and bank officials Don't be surprised if the next time you walk into a bank and you are asked to open a demat account if you wish to invest in a...

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The group is now approaching local real-estate agents to sell its properties at Lodha Aqua, its high-priced project in suburban Mumbai The Lodha group, which was selling its ‘Lodha Aqua’ (near Dahisar, suburban Mumbai) property exclusively through invitation, has now climbed down and is...

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Hollywood is increasingly knocking at the doors of Indian animation studios, but the industry is suffering from high tax rates, dearth of talent and lack of international focus Indian animation studios are doing a lot of work for Hollywood productions. But why is the Indian animation industry...

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Hindustan Unilever (HUL) and Procter & Gamble (P&G) India have been washing each other’s dirty linen in public for quite some time now. But, as the dust settles down in this no-holds-barred clash between the two multinationals, some interesting facts are emerging out of the whole...

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Moneylife Digital Team 15 April 2010
In yet another case of a regulator’s stance being thrown to the winds, HDFC has decided to ignore the Reserve Bank of India’s observations on teaser loans Moneylife had earlier reported (see here) on how the RBI has repeatedly expressed its displeasure over teaser rates, saying that these...

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Ravi Samalad 14 April 2010
Unable to expand through a combination of advertising and selling through national distributors, the fund house is empanelling smaller distributors now Fidelity Fund Management Private Ltd, the US fund management major which launched its India operations in 2005, was so far following a...

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Debashis Basu Debashis Basu  and   Pallabika Ganguly 01 April 2010
The Unilever CEO believes that HUL is still the lion in several categories. He is living in his own world. Over the past decade, HUL has repeatedly tried and failed in a large number of new businesses, which makes it look like an also-ran A few days back, the chief executive officer of...

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Amritha Pillay 31 March 2010
GMR acquired power utility InterGen, based in the Netherlands, at a transaction worth $1.10 billion in 2008. Two years later, not much financial information is available about the acquired company in the public domain GMR Infrastructure’s overseas acquisition of InterGen NV in 2008 was touted...

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Pallabika Ganguly 30 March 2010
The Centre is proposing to levy service tax, while the State government is planning to charge consumers value-added tax on real estate The fight between the Central and State governments may lead to consumers being double-taxed for buying a piece of real estate. The Central government is...

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NDTV’s loss-making, ego-driven, public-funded businesses are unravelling Quarter after quarter, we have marvelled at the ability of TV channels to survive the deluge of red ink that would have drowned companies in any other sector. Obscene salaries, lavish overheads and large dollops of...

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Pallabika Ganguly 24 December 2009
The Urban Land Ceiling Act was repealed in November 2007. However, real-estate developers are still fighting cases related to this repealed legislation in the Bombay High Court The repealed Urban Land Ceiling (ULC) Act has held up more than 100 projects across Maharashtra. The...

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Pallabika Ganguly 22 December 2009
In India, the spiritual route has always been an easy way to make money. Now, the Times Group wants to cash in on this trend by launching a weekly newspaper based on ‘The Speaking Tree’, a spiritual column that is published in the inside pages of the Times of India (TOI). According to...

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By Pallabika Ganguly 11 December 2009
ICICI Venture Fund Management Co Ltd (IVFMC), the investment unit of ICICI Bank Ltd, is planning to invest $250 million-$300 million over the next three years in realty, especially in the residential segment in India. At present, the company does not plan to invest in the commercial...

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By Yogesh Sapkale 11 December 2009
Attributing the double digit industrial growth rate to stimulus packages, the Planning Commission on Friday said that the growth momentum would be maintained in the coming months, reports PTI.  "To get a growth rate well above 10% is not just a base effect. There is an element growth that...

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The retail sector is growing at 5.5% not only in metros but even in Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities, according to an ASSOCHAM report. The Indian retail sector is expected to grow at a rate of 5.5% to $410 billion (around Rs19,03,844 crore) by 2010 from about $300 billion at present, industry...

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Smart grids, which increase the connectivity, automation and coordination between electricity suppliers, consumers and networks, will make the sector more financially viable, says an expert Globally, smart grids are becoming more popular. Power distribution in India has also not been...

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Instead of producing 10 to 15 in-house shows and serials, big media houses are now tying up with individual producers and scriptwriters for good quality content Big media houses are finding it difficult to generate good content and are now eying to tie up with well-known writers and...

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Following tough competition from China and South Korea as well as lack of incentives, many Indian textile exporters are unwinding their positions from traditional markets like the US and the EU. These exporters are now focussing on markets like Japan, the Latin American countries, New Zealand...

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Promoters of various companies have been known to pamper themselves by allotting preferential shares at prices significantly lower than prevailing market prices. With equity markets enjoying a solid run, greedy promoters seek to make a killing by allotting shares of the company to themselves...

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