Nifty ends at record closing high ahead of Aug F&O expiry

The 30-share Sensex ended 117 points higher at 26,560 and the 50-share Nifty gained 31 points to end at 7,936.


Good intentions, but little action to show for it

Most top industrialists rate PM's first 100 days in office as 'good', primarily due to his intentions, not concrete policy measures


How reliable are companies' credit ratings?

Companies with contrasting financial ratios enjoy similar credit ratings; agencies say they look at many other metrics

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Euro hits fresh lows, Asia shares at highs on ECB buzz

Speculation of fresh stimulus in euro zone drives bonds to all-time lows


Moody's projects Apr-June quarter GDP growth at 5.1%

Anticipates a steady return to potential growth by 2016


Ceasefire violations: India-Pak to hold flag meeting

BSF will lodge a formal protest with Pak Rangers over the ceasefire violations, firing and shelling


India Post may apply for payment bank licence

Awaits details of new guidelines issued by central bank last month

Plan Panel 2.0

Indira Rajaraman: Replacing the Planning Commission

The Planning Commission needs to be replaced by institutions prescribed under the Constitution for the functions it usurped

BS Poll

How do you rate Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first 100 days in office?


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More government, more

Abheek Barua

The author asks: how much growth can good governance get us?

Committed and proud of

M J Antony

How government officials act as arbiters in their own cause

'Minimum government,
maximum governance' in
public sector banks

Rajiv Lall

The Bharatiya Janata Party regime will have to make good on this election slogan to restore state-owned banks to health

The poor politicians
felt left out

Subir Roy

The cardinal issue is, we need judges with high intellectual calibre and integrity, who together represent the diversity of India’s polity


5 things Narendra Modi can learn from Coca Cola about building toilets
Surajeet Das Gupta

Building toilets is only the beginning and the easiest part of the battle. Water and maintenance are the key challenges

Why capping own ATM usage is not a good idea

Instead of encouraging customers to adopt technology, RBI's latest move may mean more crowding at bank branches


Moving on

Final coal judgment will hopefully end uncertainty

Imagining Digital India

Flagship e-governance project needs more homework

Financial X-ray

SC ruling may force power firms to rebid for mines

Earnings of Jaiprakash Power and KSK Energy to take a hit; R-Power's net present value to be impacted

Sanofi India: Relief a few quarters away

With revenues from diabetes and cardiovascular portfolio at risk, analysts remain cautious


Potted histories of some eminent Asians

Makers of Modern Asia is a collection of the lives of eminent Asians

Learning democracy in West Asia

The New Arabs chronicles the heart-stirring youth revolts in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya

Andy Mukherjee

Crunch time
Andy Mukherjee

Court order adds urgency to India's coal crunch

Martin Hutchinson

Paradigm shift
Martin Hutchinson

S&P 500 at 2,000 invites "new normal" thinking

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DLF hits three-month low on SC order to pay Rs 630 crore penalty

The stock dipped over 5% to Rs 181, its lowest level since May, on the National Stock Exchange.

SC rejects DLF plea, directs company to pay Rs 630 cr

Realtor has been ordered to pay Rs 50 crore in the next three weeks

Eros International and R Balki team up for Shamitabh

Shamitabh, is the third film with the actor-director combination of Amitabh Bachchan and Balki

Dabur India hits record high on delivery based buying

On August 26, 1.02 million equity shares, representing 90% of the total 1.14 million traded quantity converted into delivery, BSE data shows.

Today's picks- 27 August 2014

Nifty, Bank Nifty, IDFC, Hindusthan Unilever & Tata Power

Godrej steps into hair care with B:Blunt

The launch marks a shift for Godrej Consumer from hair colour into hair care

UCO Bank tanks 8% as FinMin orders forensic audit

The government has ordered limited forensic audit into some NPA of state-owned bank to find out any irregularities in sanction of loans.

Muthoot, Manappuram to regain lost sheen

Stable gold prices, expectations of significant reduction in auctions due to customer defaults and attractive valuations make analysts bullish ...

Banks cut big-ticket home loan rate

SBI, ICICI Bank and PNB reduce interest rate for loans above Rs 75 lakh

Idea Cellular launches mobile wallet service

Service was launched in Mumbai in July and it will be expanded across the country in a phased manner

Airtel partners with Tigo, introduces cross-network money transfer service

Service will be available in Tanzania, company is poised to help deepen financial inclusion in the country

RCom to expand retail reach, revamp 100 outlets

Eyes more than 1,000 retail outlets by end of current fiscal, mostly franchisee owned

Infosys to detail strategy under Sikka by Oct

New leadership is in the process of deliberating and discussing the way forward

After Wipro, Infosys screens start-ups for partnerships, acquisition

In April last year, Infosys had announced a $100-mn fund to invest in products platforms and solutions

Tech Mahindra in talks to acquire more firms: Anand Mahindra

Says he can't wait for organic growth; refuses to divulge details of target companies

Venus Remedies surges 6% on pact with Teva for anti-cancer drug

The pharmaceutical company has entered into an agreement with Israel-based generic drug maker Teva for selling an anti-cancer drug in Canada.

Sanofi India: Relief a few quarters away

With revenues from diabetes and cardiovascular portfolio at risk, analysts remain cautious

Venus Remedies ties up with Israel's Teva for anti-cancer drug

This agreement will enable Venus to penetrate the Canadian market for the first time, says company's Joint MD

Payment default case: Kingfisher moves HC against PNB notice

The PNB notice seeks to establish the airline, United Breweries (Holdings) and Vijay Mallya as wilful defaulters

Aviation battle breaks out in Bangalore

After AirAsia India decided to make Bangalore its hub, rivals like IndiGo and Jet Airways have rapidly scaled up connectivity to the city

Andhra Pradesh CM meets airline companies

Representatives of Singapore Airlines, Malaysian Airlines, Emirates, Indigo, Jet and SpiceJet also attended the meet

Havells India rallies 16% in two days post stock split

The stock has rallied 6% to Rs 289, extending its previous day's 10% surge, after the stock turned ex-stock split on Tuesday.

Defence stocks gain on hike in FDI limit

BEL, BEML, Astra Microwave Products, Walchandnagar Ind and Pipavav Defence are up 2-6% on the BSE.

Tata Advanced Systems to make aerostructures for Pilatus Aircraft

Contract is for assembly of complete airframe for the aircraft, including integrated fuselage, wing, cockpit, ailerons, fins and rudders

Shree Cement: Foray into new geographies holds key

High valuations and potential impact of entry into new regions on margins has led certain analysts lower their ratings

Textile firms try out own e-commerce platform

To build on consumer loyalty, firms are replicating company owned exclusive brick-and-mortar store experience on internet

India Inc's ECB static at $3.72 bn in July

India Inc raised the amount by way of both External Commercial Borrowings and Foreign Currency Convertible Bonds

40 years ago...and now: How Tata Steel weathered the MRTP Act storm

Company's production began to rise in the 80s, when restrictions were progressively relaxed

SAIL plans to raise Rs 5,000-cr debt in current fiscal

A sum of Rs 9,000 crore is planned to be spent during the current financial year 2014-15

PowerMin moves Cabinet note to ensure coal supply for plants

CCEA nod is also being sought for coal linkages to power plants being commissioned after March 2015 and up to end of 12th Plan

Vijay Mallya's long time business associate comes on board at MCF

Srinivasulu Reddy Magunta is the Chairman of Balaji Group of Industries based in Chennai

PI Industries hits new high; up 16% amid heavy volume

Shares of agrochemicals maker have outperformed the market by surging 33% in past one month

Rethinking the media plan

Instead of thinking in silos, marketers should try to create immersive storyscapes

Eros International and R Balki team up for Shamitabh

Shamitabh, is the third film with the actor-director combination of Amitabh Bachchan and Balki

TV Today Network, NDTV rally up to 20% on heavy volumes

TV Today Network surged 20% to Rs 203, while NDTV soared 13% at Rs 93.95 on the BSE.

Huffington Post inks pact with Times Group for India edition

The website, HuffPost India, is likely to be launched later this year and the editorial team will operate from New Delhi.

E-comm logistic firm Holisol gets firm venture capital funding

Gets $1.5 mn from oil & gas professional Sundeep Bhandari, through his company Datavision

CAG found accounts clean in supplementary audit: MCX-SX

The company's accounts were audited by CAG as its shareholders include public sector banks

GAIL to bring pipeline to Varanasi, eastern cities

The 2,050-km will pave way for setting up of CNG/pipe gas networks in 17 major cities of eastern India

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Burman dada off key

Sathya Saran's book on one of Bollywood's legendary music directors doesn't quite hit the right note

Wistful in Gulmarg

Gulmarg, once an alpine retreat, isn't what it used to be. But its rolling meadows, wildflowers and deodars are still magical









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Aviation battle breaks out in Bangalore

After AirAsia India decided to make Bangalore its hub, rivals like IndiGo and Jet Airways have rapidly scaled up connectivity to the city

Power sector picks up the pieces after slump

Friendlier government policies, greater demand and better supply of coal have fuelled investor interest

Real Estate

Real estate developers offer discounts to push sales

Discounts up to 15% expected this festive season; analysts expect Oct-Dec period to garner sales of at least 60k units across seven major cities

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Battle for Mansion House

ABD buys 50% ownership rights of the premium brandy, but the stage is set for a three-way legal fight

For Ed Hardy, it could be second time lucky

After signing the licensing deal with Ed Hardy, Arvind has rationalised prices and wants to move beyond just T-shirts

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B-school cut-offs might go up with new CAT pattern

If difficulty level of exam is lowered, percentile cut-off may become higher