They've got the looks

The authors follow a Narendra Modi lookalike in Mumbai and a Manmohan Singh double who lived in Delhi until recently


RIL divests 30% stake in Peru oil block

Company last month won two offshore exploration blocks in Myanmar


Crisil pegs average annual growth at 6.5% for five years beginning FY15

To impact sale of products as 9% economic growth is distant dream


Mumbai Metro joins station branding ride

Station naming contracts are usually awarded for five years, which can be extended by five more years


US sees dramatic surge in graduate applications from India

Preliminary number of applications from prospective international students to US graduate schools increased 7% in 2014


Results to rule stock market amid derivatives expiry this week

HDFC Bank, Cairn India, Maruti Suzuki India, ICICI Bank and other major cos to announce results this week HDFC Bank, Cairn India, Maruti Suzuki ...


Irda forms working group for simple products in general insurance

The authority said it was required to review the extant guidelines on F&U requirements for general insurance products



Michael Pinto: Developing the wrong kind of port

Instead of more ports for international trade, India needs to focus on smaller ports for coastal and inland shipping

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Another shot at goal

Can the Indian Super League revive domestic football?


The challenge: a bank account for everyone

With less than 60% of households having access to banking services, India has a long way to go before financial inclusion becomes a reality


EPFO to allot permanent A/c No to active subscribers by Oct 15

Under core banking services, a customer can avail the bank services in any of its branch through his allotted unique account number

Digital Consumer

Good sound needn't hurt the eye

LG's innovative under-the-TV SoundPlate offers a ready solution to underperforming television speakers

BS Poll

Will Ajit Pawar's threat to Baramati voters weaken the NCP's chances in the polls?

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Developing the wrong
kind of port

Michael Pinto

Instead of more ports for international trade, India needs to focus on smaller ports for coastal and inland shipping

The power of 49
William Pesek

That's how activists have started describing the potential influence of women, who make up just under 50% of population, in India's ongoing

Sugar bowl turning
bitter for Congress, NCP

Hrishikesh Joshi

BJP, Shiv Sena's rise shows the ruling alliance's waning clout over the traditional Maratha vote base

The difference between
leading and leaderbaazi

Gopalkrishna Gandhi

Our economy is startling if you do not want to see its other side. If you see that side, you will see it is schizophrenic


Lots at stake for Laloo Prasad
Kavita Chowdhury

This election is a prestige issue for him, with high stakes in family buroughs of Pataliputra and Saran

Where is Mrs Modi, Mr Modi?
Jyoti Mukul

It is not important to have a regular guy for a PM, but, it is important to know the psyche of a person


Malavika Sangghvi: Battle for a mindset

Because of historical and cultural reasons, South Mumbai is more than just an area or an electoral constituency

Alok Chandra: Wine for the real India

'Real' India has no concept of wine - for the vast majority anything alcoholic is daaru or sharaab, to be drunk to get drunk

Mitali Saran: Between the ballot sheets

If voters think that they're already in charge, it's because voters tend to respond with all the will and critical distance of junkies

Financial X-ray

RIL exits FY14 on weak note, profit after tax rises 4.7%

Shale gas gains and higher gas prices may trigger earnings upgrade in FY15


Disruption as a political agenda

The Disrupter gets you thinking more carefully about the churning that is happening around us and of which the AAP is a catalyst

Jeffrey Goldfarb

Afraid of its shadow
Jeffrey Goldfarb

Blackstone leaves a trail of money to follow

Neil Unmack

End of a stigma
Neil Unmack

Securitisation reboot is harder than it sounds

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Radico Khaitan extends fall, hits 7-month low

In past five trading sessions, the stock has declined 20% as compared to 1.5% decline in benchmark CNX Nifty.

Diageo to spend Rs 11,448 cr for another 26% in USL

At Rs 3,030 a share, offers 20% premium to average 60-day stock price

Good time for short-term investors to exit USL

Diageo's open offer is at an attractive valuation & factors in most of the near-term earnings upsides; however, those in for the long term ...

PNB sells its stake in India Factoring for Rs 108 cr

The bank has offloaded its stake in IFFSL to parent promoter FIM Bank Malta last month

MSCI rejig worries weigh on HDFC Bank stock

As of March 31, FII holding was 34%, against 34.9% in the previous quarter

Analysts' corner

India Cements' stand-alone return ratios have remained subdued over the years due to weak profitability

Airtel tech head Jagbir Singh quits; Savargaonkar to take over

Singh was a member of the Airtel management board and director of the Network Services Group

Bharti Airtel CTO Jagbir Singh quits, Abhay Savargaonkar to take over

Company's regulatory and legal head Jyoti Pawar had also quit the company last month

KKR, Blackstone eye stake in Idea

Private equity giants bidding for a total of 8% in India's third-largest telecom operator by subscriber base

Lunch with BS: Pawan Goenka

Mahindra's go-to man says English was Greek to him till late in his career and how he finds it easy to sell everything from bananas to trucks

Bajaj Auto says union at Chakan plant plans work stoppage

The union's proposal to stop work comes less than a year after the plant's workers had gone on a strike that lasted nearly two months

Honda's scooter pips Hero's best-selling bike

Hero Splendor has been de-throned by Honda Activa

PGCIL gets Stage-I forest nod for transmission line

The forest land is to be diverted in Angul, Athmallik, Rairakhol and Sambalpur to make way for PGCIL's transmission line

Commissioning of NTPC's Koldam project may get delayed

The delay may amount to a loss of Rs 150 crore to Himachal Pradesh govt

Tata Power plans to add 646.7 MW from clean energy sources

Company plans to increase its renewable energy capacity by about 71%

'SpiceJet needs Rs 1,200-cr infusion'

The need for more funds comes at a time when the airline is expected to post losses of around Rs 1,000 crore in 2013-14

SpiceJet supports SunRisers Hyderabad

It is also the official airline partner for the team

SpiceJet sale in western markets

Discounts offered to flyers from Maharashtra, Goa and Gujarat

Hopes rise for Crompton Greaves amid stake-sale rumours

Rise in the stock price to a media report some time back that Gautam Thapar who owns a 42.51% stake, was looking for buyers for his flagship ...

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Nifty, Bank Nifty, BHEL & Infosys

Crompton Greaves hits 33-month high on report of Hitachi eyeing stake

Since March 14, 2014, the stock has rallied 33% from Rs 142 compared to 3.3% rise in benchmark S&P BSE Sensex.

Analysts' corner

India Cements' stand-alone return ratios have remained subdued over the years due to weak profitability

Odisha seeks MoEF nod for Nalco's slurry pipeline

Wants to lay a slurry pipeline from its CPP at Angul to Bharatpur South coal block of MCL

Future Retail extends rally on talk of acquiring Nilgiris

The stock has rallied nearly 30% in past two trading sessions on back of heavy volumes.

Five of eight Coal India subsidiaries miss output target

The state-owned mining company is the world's largest coal producer

SAIL to appoint developer for 2 of its biggest mines

SAIL has decided to outsource the development of two of its biggest iron ore reserves mines

Coal India awaiting more triggers

Analysts expect it to raise prices this quarter to offset rising costs; faster clearances seen for project plans but output rise still seen as a ...

Jubilant FoodWorks gain as RBI allows hike in FII limit

The Reserve Bank of India said that foreign institutional investors would be able to purchase up to 55% of the paid-up capital in the company.

Clearance delays push RCF's project cost by Rs 500 cr

Sources added that only last year the project got pre-Public investment Board clearance and presently it is stuck at the PIB level

Deepak Fertilizers in expansion mode

Company is planning to set up a new facility at Paradip in Odisha

Madras HC confirms interim injunction against GAIL

A Division Bench ordered that the power generation firm does not have to furnish security other than the affidavits

Gujarat-based stocks in focus

Adani Enterprises, Gujarat Gas, Adani Ports, Adani Power, Gujarat State Petronet, GMDC and Gujarat Pipavav are up 2-12% on the BSE.

MCX hits three month high

In the past one week, the stock has rallied nearly 17% from Rs 513 on April 7, 2014 compared to 0.63% rise in CNX Nifty.

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Soccer's moment

Can the Indian Super League revive football in the country?

They've got the looks

The author follows a Narendra Modi lookalike in Mumbai and Rajat Ghai finds a Manmohan Singh double who lived in Delhi until recently









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The challenge: a bank account for everyone

With less than 60% of households having access to banking services, India has a long way to go before financial inclusion becomes a reality

The man who reined in Bengal's books

From tackling inherited debt to managing TMC's populist policies, Amit Mitra has worked adroitly to bring Bengal's finances back on track

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Realtors woo customers through buy-back schemes

Experts say through buy-back schemes, developers, cash-crunched or otherwise, are able to raise funds at much cheaper costs

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Will Pond's for men find enough takers?

HUL's reported plans to extend the brand to men's grooming could face hurdles in attracting men in masstige segment

Khoday's once again raises the Black flag

After winning the battle against UB's Kalyani Black Label, it is now against Diageo's Johnnie Walker

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Ashish Nanda

IIM-A joins hands with Harvard, MIT and Berkeley for research

Institutes to address bottom of the pyramid issues; joint research to up IIM-A's world ranking


Power hungry? Not a chance

Toyota has chosen to shun diesel and go the green way with its new Camry. Fitted with a hybrid engine, the sedan is a great drive that doesn't ...

It's about xcellence

Hyundai's newly launched entry-level sedan, the Xcent, offers value for money and a bit of bragging rights