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Renewal at Puri


It takes a festival for a city to reinvent itself

COMPANIES »

Samsung says in talks with Indian states on new factory


A media report had said Samsung could invest $500 mn to $1 bn in the new plant

FINANCE »

Daring to dream big


Meet the individuals who've applied for a small finance bank or payments bank licence

CURRENT AFFAIRS »

Tribunal strikes down divisive army promotion policy


The policy rigged promotions in favour of the two biggest arms by allocating an unfairly large number of promotion vacancies at rank of colonel

AROUND THE WORLD »

US labour market flexes muscles in Feb


Jobless rate falls to a more than 6-1/2-year low of 5.5 per cent

MARKETS »

The growing divide between markets and fundamentals


Bulk of the rise in stock prices is due to valuation expansion rather than earnings growth

POLITICS »

Shah holds discussions with RSS


RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, General Secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi and Rajya Sabha MP Ajay Sancheti were with Shah in the meeting

OPINION »

COLUMNISTS »


T N Ninan: Eroding the tax base

Lower excise, customs duty are the biggest reasons for the drop in tax-GDP ratio

T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan: Prime Minister Modi ban gaya gentleman?

It happens to all prime ministers. The bureaucracy first makes them; then it breaks them

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Eroding the tax base
T N Ninan

Lower excise, customs duty are the biggest reasons for the drop in tax-GDP ratio

Prime Minister Modi ban
gaya gentleman?

T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan

It happens to all prime ministers. The bureaucracy first makes them; then it breaks them

A big gift to yoga
Devangshu Datta

The incentive is that yoga has been declared a charitable activity, and the income will be tax-free

The long bridge to China
Sunanda K Datta-Ray

How Britain is making heroic efforts to upgrade its relationship with China, especially through increased investment in the country

BLOGS


These are the real Nirbhayas
Indulekha Aravind

It is women who've taken on powerful perpetrators of sexual harassment at the workplace, who need to be lauded

Delhi polls -- a lesson for BJP
Tarun Chaturvedi

Bringing in Kiran Bedi seems to have backfired, and getting star MPs to campaign just hasn't worked

Weekend Columnists

Caught between platitudes and mindsets
Malavika Sangghvi

On Wednesday, I found myself moderating a panel discussion for Indian Merchants' Chamber's Ladies Wing for Int'l Women's Day Conclave

Celebrating wines
Alok Chandra

SulaFest is not really a wine festival anymore - it's now a landmark music festival, with bands performing to capacity crowds

Financial X-ray

Cairn's 60% cut in capex to hit reserve ratio

Given the company's strong balance sheet, analysts say capex reduction too severe

NTPC: Awaiting fresh triggers

New rate directives will keep RoE under stress; favourable verdict on rates could boost sentiment

BOOK REVIEWS

In Steppe with Genghis

On the Trail of Genghis Khan argues that the Mongol Empire was not tyrannical as the European historians depicted in the 18th century

JNU in minutiae

Mr Rakesh Batabyal claims to have read “four hundred to five hundred theses and dissertations of JNU scholars” as part of his research

Reynolds Holding

Everybody dance
Reynolds Holding


Now (finally) playing: royalties for online music

Jeffrey Goldfarb

BlackRock the boat
Jeffrey Goldfarb


BlackRock should embrace its pushy tendencies

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Bids reach Rs 77,000 cr on Day 3 of spectrum auction

At the end of today, 17 rounds of bidding have been completed.

Lunch with BS: Rohan Murty, the master of many trades

Over home-cooked food, Murty tells Rahul Jacob how he is fascinated by history and ancient texts, and about his efforts to measure productivity ...

Broadridge's 'Compass' offers depth to middle management in IT firms

The company's 'Compass' programme is a career pathing tool that allows people to shape their career


United Spirits hits record high on heavy volumes

The stock hit a record high of Rs 4,048 on NSE in intra-day trade today.

ITC's cigarette EBIT may halve in FY16

Tax regime a sustained headwind for the stock, double-digit price rise to result in volume contraction

Titan takes big leap towards 'Make in India'

The company reaches full-scale production at its first stainless steel watch case plant in Coimbatore


State Bank of Travancore in need of Rs 3,000 cr capital by March 2019

SBI, which holds 79 per cent stakein SBT, has been infusing capital at regular intervals

DHFL raises Rs 809.61 crore from institutional investors

Equity shares were issued and allotted to QIBs at a price of Rs 478.18 per equity share

Expect another 50 bps rate cut this year: Keki Mistry

Hopes to reduce home loan rate in 'near future'; to be applicable for all customers


Lunch with BS: Rohan Murty, the master of many trades

Over home-cooked food, Murty tells Rahul Jacob how he is fascinated by history and ancient texts, and about his efforts to measure productivity ...

Broadridge's 'Compass' offers depth to middle management in IT firms

The company's 'Compass' programme is a career pathing tool that allows people to shape their career

Looking at Panaya-like acquisitions, says Sikka

Infosys CEO reinforces focus on automation & artificial intelligence


Dilip Shanghvi's wealth creation machine

The Sun Pharma stock has appreciated at 35% a year for 20 years

BSE Pharma index hits new high

Sun Pharma, Lupin, Cipla, AstraZeneca, Sparc, Indoco Remedies, Shasun Pharma and Strides Arcolab up 2-16% on BSE.

Dilip Shanghvi pips Mukesh Ambani as richest Indian

Shanghvi, who is valued at Rs 1.39 lakh crore, will be even richer if Sun's Suzlon Energy and Ranbaxy acquisitions are factored in


Medium-term triggers for M&M

While volumes remain weak, analysts expect demand recovery and new launches to reverse the trend in 2nd half of FY16

SML Isuzu rallies over 10% on strong February sales

The stock rallied 12% to Rs 1,121 after the company said has sold 981 vehicles in Feb, 2015 against 447 vehicles sold in Feb, 2014.

Volvo, Eicher reassurance on joint venture

Former's stake sale won't change commitment to venture or plans to strengthen it, say both


Lancor Holdings enters budget housing

Townshire gated community will have 520-590 sft sized apartments for a price of Rs 13.50-15.50 lakh

NTPC: Awaiting fresh triggers

New rate directives will keep RoE under stress; favourable verdict on rates could boost sentiment

Janaadhar raises Rs 54 crore for expansion

Treeline Asia of Singapore leads funding; Vallabh Bhansali, ex-Morgan Stanley head Narayan Ramachandran among other investors


Gati KWE taps IBM to service online retailers

The firm, a JV between Gati and Japan's Kintetsu, runs a fleet of 3,500 vehicles with 3,000 business partners across India

Hotel Leela: Sale valuations key to debt reduction

Firm will reduce leverage if it can get a premium for the properties

Hotel Leelaventure surges over 10% on asset sale plan report

The company said it has engaged JM Financial Institutional Securities for sale of its Chennai and Goa Hotels.


Filatex Fashions acquires online brand vogue 4 all for Rs 20 cr

The deal would help them lift the sales more than two-fold to Rs 65-70 crore

Punjab Chemicals zooms 20% on strong growth prospects

The company is expecting net profit of Rs 20 crore (approx) in the year 2015-16 against Rs 4.50 crore in the year 2014-15.

Suryalata Spinning extends rally on preferential issue plan to promoters

The stock up 9% at Rs 166, extending its 22% rally in past two trading sessions on BSE.


JSW Steel to invest around Rs 1,000 crore in its Tamil Nadu Unit

In talks to buy Cuddalore Port, which will handle cargo for the Salem plant

Adani Power outbids Jindal in first coal auction win

In phase-II of the auction, which began on Wednesday, private companies can bid for 11 about-to-produce mines

Karnataka's iron ore supply to go up next financial year

About 10 mines starting production in the next few days; production likely to rise to 25 mt


Water needs to be met from SIPCOT: Coca Cola

Firm allays villagers' fears, says it has no plans to extract groundwater, assures it will dispose waste water safely

All 3,500 shops down shutters in protest against Coca Cola plant

Residents had protested against plan to set up the plant at Perundurai, citing environment issues

They acquire, they own but don't bring these home

Indian consumer product companies have shopped for brands across the world but have preferred not to bring the labels to India


Deccan Chronicle: Twist in the tale

A few years ago, T Venkattram Reddy, the owner of Deccan Chronicle, was unstoppable: he bought an IPL team and diversified into aviation. ...

Judicial remand for Deccan Chronicle promoters till March 13

CBI sleuths had arrested the Reddy brothers on February 21

CBI gets 5-day custody of Deccan Chronicle promoters

However, court says no to agency request to allow it to take accused to Bengaluru for interrogation


Cairn's 60% cut in capex to hit reserve ratio

Given the company's strong balance sheet, analysts say capex reduction too severe

Pipeline fire: RIL restores gas supply, assessing loss

Fire had broken out in the wee hours of Sunday in the 1,375 km-long RGTIL-operated natural gas pipeline at Sadasivapet in Medak district

Aban Offshore surges as arms redeem bonds worth Rs 1,335 crore

The stock rallied 7% to Rs 514 on back of heavy volumes.


Capacity addition, new product launches to drive Greenlam's growth

The de-merged decorative business of Greenply is likely to witness improved growth, margins and lower debt over the next 18-20 months

Pipavav Defence slumps 10% post Reliance Infra deal

Shares of Pipavav Defence have slipped 10% to Rs 69 while Reliance Infra has surged 3.39% to Rs 491 on the BSE

Reliance Infra buys Pipavav Defence in all-cash deal

Anil Ambani will take over as the chairman of Pipavav Defence with full management control


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Is cholesterol the villain it's made out to be?

Cholesterol has long been associated with poor eating choices

Beat the swine flu season

A simple mask can provide 62% protection against viruses, compared to 98& protection with a professional-grade N95 mask with 14 layers

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Smartphones grow smarter for mass market

Companies are playing the price game and thinking out of the box to make users upgrade to smartphones

BHEL weighs its options beyond power equipment

With the power sector in pain, the state-controlled Maharatna is getting into guns and submarines

Real Estate

Infra, realty companies stand to gain from rate cut

Larger gains will accrue after interest rates are lowered further and the business cycle picks up

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How Dalda built, and lost, its monopoly

Dalda was established in an advertising blitzkrieg but later ran into trouble

Lexus back in luxury race with new compact SUV

A Lexus NX 200t crossover sport-utility vehicle that is helping Toyota Motor put Lexus back among the top luxury brands

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BITS Hyderabad opens its doors for overseas students

To start with, at its Hyderabad campus, it would take 50 foreign students for its more than a dozen undergraduate programmes from next year