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Bad news rains on Reliance

Oil ministry, CAG, SAT make things difficult; firm says always had transparency with govt agencies

At the School of Nursing at Mandiram Hospital in Kottayam


Kerala's nurses: Taking care of the world

BS explores Kerala's nursing economy, the compulsions - and the social networks - that take them to faraway places, even war-torn Tikrit

Girindre Beeharry


Fighting the 'womb lottery': Girindre Beeharry

Everyone should have a chance to live a life equal to a rich kid's in Brooklyn,says the director of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in India


TCS raising Rs 4,000 crore via commercial paper

The company uses a variety of financial instruments including Commercial Paper as part of ongoing liquidity management

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BSkyB to pay $9 billion to create Sky Europe

The deal will make BSkyB the leading pay-TV provider in Europe


Govt to soon finalise site for construction of war memorial: Jaitley

Says he will visit the Princess Park locality near India Gate complex to take an appropriate decision on the issue


Monsoon revival spurs sowing

Water levels in 84 major reservoirs across the country show marked improvement, are now at 35% of their full capacity


Weekly: Defensives gain as market retreats from record highs

TCS, HUL, HDFC, RIL among the top gainers for the week



T N Ninan: Only 'above average'

Just over 100 of the total list of 187 countries are in the “High” or “Very High” human development category

Devangshu Datta: Imagine Gaza in Delhi

India kills its own in the Northeast and Kashmir. Israel kills Palestinians in Gaza. Both claim to be modern, secular democracies

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Only 'above average'
T N Ninan

Just over 100 of the total list of 187 countries are in the “High” or “Very High” human development category

The transatlantic growth

Daniel Gros

Europe's bankruptcy rules, which keep households shackled to their debt, are what keep recovery there slower than in the United States

Closed user group
Sunanda K Datta-Ray

Clubs as private institutions make their own rules and can’t be dictated to by those who don’t belong, as D Hariparanthaman should have realised

The Poverty of Economics
T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan

Can 21st century economic problems be solved with 20th century modes of analysis?


Christendom and the world fail Iraqi Christians
Rajat Ghai

The ISIS' rise has sounded the death-knell for a community that has been suffering for the past 1,400 years

Things fall apart , the Centre cannot hold
Kavita Chowdhury

As the Congress heads into another round of assembly elections by 2014 year end, insiders admit that they are reconciled to facing defeat

Weekend Columnists

The end of an era
Malavika Sangghvi

Rajesh Khanna’s legendary sea- facing Carter Road bungalow in Mumbai, a repository of glamour, heartbreak, nostalgia, has been sold for Rs 90 cr

For a piece of earth
Arundhuti Dasgupta

Land symbolised different things but all cultures considered it valuable because it was scarce and counted as wealth

Investment required in wine
Alok Chandra

To attract investments the wine business must have the prospect to become broadly profitable, with positive cash-flows over time

Financial X-ray

PNB's Q1 profit growth beats estimates

No surprise on asset quality; accumulation of stressed assets at Rs 4,107 crore


To kill a friendship

The Mockingbird Next Door by Marja Mills is painfully earnest and as sentimental as "Tuesdays With Morrie"

Robert Cyran
Robert Cyran

Shareholders punish Amazon with whole new multiple

George Hay

War and Peace
George Hay

StanChart at risk of "doing an HSBC" - badly

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Ashok Leyland lines up new launches

Says it expects the industry to recover by Oct-Nov

Jaypee Infratech Apr-Jun quarter net profit drops 43% at Rs 45cr

Company's net profit in the corresponding quarter of the last fiscal was at Rs 81.01 crore

Force Motors Q1 net up 36% at Rs 19 cr

Company had posted a net profit of Rs 14.27 crore for the same period of previous fiscal

FMCG shares rally as sentiment picks up

BSE FMCG Index near all-time high as monsoon revival, favourable Budget announcements spur growth

Colgate: Low volumes, high valuations cap upsides

June quarter volume growth was lower than expectations though, it maintained market share

Eveready Industries Q1 net up over two-folds at Rs 10.6 crore

Company has reported a net profit of Rs 4.12 crore in the corresponding period a year ago

Profitability of PSBs under stress

A rise in bad loans, higher provisioning and loss on sale of investments have dragged down their earnings growth

ICICI Bank may raise Rs 1,000 cr via infra bonds

The lender is planning to issue 10-year bonds worth Rs 500 cr with an equal over-allotment option, people familiar with the development

RBI fines 12 banks in DCHL loan default case

The banks collectively had a total exposure of around Rs 4,000 crore

Vodafone India Q1 revenue up 10% at Rs 10,323 cr

Company had registered revenue of about Rs 9,375 crore in the April-June period of the last fiscal, 2013-14

RCom subsidiary raises about Rs 2,100 cr through global bonds

Company said it will use about 1500 crore proceeds to refinance the Standard Chartered Bank loan

No spectrum solution

New guidelines will not permit real spectrum sharing

TCS raising Rs 4,000 crore via commercial paper

The company uses a variety of financial instruments including Commercial Paper as part of ongoing liquidity management

Infosys gets nod to operate in Info-valley SEZ

Company is allowed by the Union Commerce Ministry to act as a co-developer of the SEZ

Wipro dips 8% post Q1 results

Q1 operating margins of IT services at 22.8%, impacted due to wage hikes.

Pharma firms go to HC against use of special power for price cuts

According to a source, the matter is expected to come for hearing at the court on July 30

Strides net up 12-fold

Net sales up 25% to Rs 188 cr, co also cites spate of USFDA approvals for better performance

Biocon ups R&D expenses by 15%

Gross R&D spends at Rs 54 crore, is 10% of firm's biopharma revenues and Rs 7 crore over and above its gross R&D spend during same ...

Astral signs Salman Khan as brand ambassador

The Gujarat-based plumbing and drainage systems maker has roped in Khan for two years

Ambuja Cement beats peers in June quarter

Good sales volumes have helped drive revenue growth for the three large cement companies, as the all-India average realisations have not ...

Ambuja Cements beats street; Q2 net up 26%

Relatively less exposure to the southern market helped the company put a good quarterly show

Govt approves stake sale in Hindustan Zinc, BALCO

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday said the government will sell 10 per cent stake each in Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) and Rashtriya Ispat ...

Mahanadi Coal's two mines face closure if locals don't relocate

The two assets have combined annual capacity of 35 mn tonnes of which only 10 mn tonnes have been mined

SAIL, RINL, HAL on disinvestment pipeline this year: Jaitley

Govt has budgeted to raise Rs 43,425 crore through disinvestment in the current fiscal

Govt's 10 fertiliser plants closed, 7 under losses: Nihal Chand

Govt has planned financial restructuring of three sick units namely MFL, BVFCL and FACT

Bayer Cropscience hits record high on strong Q1 results

The stock soared 13% to Rs 2,064 on NSE after reporting 24% yoy jump in net profit at Rs 109 crore for the quarter ended June 2014.

McLeod Russel mulls diversification, in discussion with consultants

Expected to gather the responses from consultants in another three months' period

RBI fines 12 banks in DCHL loan default case

The banks collectively had a total exposure of around Rs 4,000 crore

HT Media Q1 net at Rs 32.67 crore

Company had posted a net profit of Rs 47.49 crore and net sales of Rs 532.23 crore in the corresponding period a year ago

NDTV shares spurt 20% on takeover buzz, Trai norms

TV Today, Zee Media up over 5% each

Bad news rains on Reliance

Oil ministry, CAG, SAT make things difficult; firm says always had transparency with govt agencies

Cairn India hits 11-month low

The stock tanked over 10% in two days after the company said that it will lend about $1.25 billion to its parent for two years.

Cairn stock falls 6.6% over $1.25-bn loan to parent

Corporate governance firms say Sebi should probe non-disclosure to exchanges

Nava Bharat says NPPL was sold without attributing any value to coal block

NBPL had held 50% equity stake in NPPL , a joint venture (JV) coal company, along with Malaxmi group

Bajaj Holdings trims stake in Force Motors to over 9%

Company's shares today closed at Rs 1,318.25 apiece on the BSE, up 0.25% from previous close

Liberty Shoes dips on weak Q1 numbers

Liberty Shoes lost 6% to Rs 301 on the BSE after the company's net profit surged 1% to Rs 3 crore

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Being Jessica Alba

Hollywood celebrity trainer Ramona Braganza plans to spread her fitness mantra through a new range of gyms across the country

First of a new sort

Audi's A3 heralds the birth of a sedan that promises luxury and performance while providing an affordable upgrade to the executive class









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Raghav Bahl

'Exit was the best decision to take in everybody's interest'

There was no way I would stay back as a "professional executive" with Mr Ambani

Spectrum sharing won't fix telcos' problems

Trai's recommendations come with stringent guidelines that will make it hard for telecom companies to share spectrum with one another

Real Estate

Realtors tweak strategy for affordable housing

Margins for developers have fell to 15-20 % in affordable segment

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Going beyond likes and tweets

Traditionally-distributed brands find an effective digital RoI in e-commerce

Localised ads market gets its shooting STAR

Major broadcaster, STAR India, is eagerly presenting its service of localised channel feeds to advertisers and agencies. Brand-owners say these ...

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National Skill Development Corp to train 120 mn by 2022

NSDC has made a skill development management system where data of all trainees is maintained