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MARKETS »

Nifty ends above 8,950 despite disappointing February PMI data


Infrastructure stocks, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank rally; ITC ends 5% lower. Mid-cap index at record closing high

COMPANIES »

Car, SUV sales grow 8% in Feb owing to marriage season, lower fuel prices


New models such as Hyundai i20 elite, Maruti Celerio, Tata Zest and Honda City have seen a spurt in demand

ECONOMY »

April-Jan fiscal deficit at 107% of FY15 Estimate


The deficit was 98.2% during the same period a year ago

POLITICS »

PDP demands return of Afzal Guru's mortal remains


Eight MLAs issued a statement in this regard

AROUND THE WORLD »

Wall Street opens flat after consumer spending data


February was S&P 500's best month in more than three years

CURRENT AFFAIRS »

Jagmohan Dalmiya elected as BCCI President


Most of the other positions were won by N Srinivasan faction though

PERSONAL FINANCE »

Jaitley shows the path to acche din for the middle class


The focus on financial asset investment, with a number of practical measures set in motion, makes this Budget special

THE STRATEGIST »

Winning the people wars


How the smartest direct selling corporations are recruiting, rewarding and retaining talent

Digital Consumer

Micromax TV

Micromax TV: A big one for a small price

Looking for a high-quality big-screen LED TV on a limited budget? Look no further, Micromax 50B5000FHD is here

BS @ 40

Partnering for growth

It was in the seventies that Cadbury (now Mondelez India Foods) launched a campaign to encourage cocoa cultivation in India

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Columnists

Small-bang Budget
Mihir S Sharma

Behind the smiles, the deep disappointment

A welfare-oriented
Budget

A Seshan

Various social security schemes, especially for unorganised sector, and enhancement of the limits for tax concessions will benefit common man

Decoding the Budget's
'carbon tax'

Sunita Narain

The coal cess has to be used to provide biggest climate-change game changer for India - to provide affordable and clean power to the millions

Smothered by a boom in
banking

Gretchen Morgenson

Ideally, finance should propel an economy by helping create jobs and wealth for the population

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

EDITORIAL COMMENT

Wanted: a time frame

Clarity needed on the plan to reduce corporation tax

Missing farm focus

Budget impact on agriculture blurry

Financial X-ray

Vision statement unlikely to boost corporate earning

Markets will find it hard to justify stretched valuations in the face of single-digit earnings growth

Will the Budget deliver "Big Bang" reforms?

Economic Survey rules out need for such reforms; analysts believe fiscal tightening, rural stress and political debacle might be restrictive

BOOK REVIEWS

Kleptocracy and extremism

Ms Chayes’s Thieves of State makes a strong case that acute corruption causes not only social breakdown but also violent extremism

What Harish Khare heard

Much of history, when seen in retrospect, can take on an air of inevitability. Most susceptible to this illusion, in a way, are elections, ...

Neil Unmack

Ending austerity?
Neil Unmack


Europe can afford to cut Greece some slack

Reynolds Holding

Fare is fair
Reynolds Holding


US airlines throwing stones from glass hangars

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Diamond Power Infra MD arrested for tax evasion by Central Excise; granted bail

Bhatnagar was produced in a city court by Vadodara region officials of Directorate General of Central Excise Intelligence

Hotel Leela to sell Chennai, Goa hotels to reduce debt

Has engaged JM Financial Institutional Securities for the sale

Max India: Demerger gains, budgetary boost priced in

Max is only listed pure-play insurance stock in India and hence will reflect benefits more accurately


Increased rural spend to boost FMCG sales

Rural India makes up 35% of total packaged goods sales and has grown faster than urban the past two years

Budget Blues: ITC loses Rs 40,428 cr in market value on punitive tax

Analysts suggest making separate firms of tobacco, hotels and FMCG divisions

Videocon Industries net profit up 5.5% at Rs 18.61 crore in December quarter

The company had reported a standalone net profit of Rs 17.63 crore for the same quarter a year ago


Govt gives Ranjan Dhawan additional charge of MD of BoB

Dhawan has been entrusted the additional charge for a period of three months

Budget Impact: 12 stocks to watch out for

The impact is most on companies catering to the infrastructure, housing and financial sectors

Axis, YES Bank to benefit as FM relaxes cap on FII shareholding

At present, foreign shareholding in private sector banks is capped at 74% of paid-up voting equity capital


Bharti Airtel raises Rs 1,925 cr from stake sale in tower unit

Divests 55 mn shares, firm's equity holding in Bharti Infratel down to 71.9% from 74.85%

Landline STD calls to cost 30% less

The landline connections in the country have been on a declining spree after high growth in the mobile segment

Idea Cellular, Yes Bank gain on inclusion in Nifty

Idea Cellular and Yes Bank will replace DLF and Jindal Steel & Power in Nifty which declined up to 1.5% on the BSE


Wipro partners WEF for quantifying cyber risk

The software firm and WEF partner companies have been working together to evangelise the need for organisations to develop cyber resilience and ...

Infosys inks 5-year deal with Dutch firm TNT

Under the partnership, the current IT applications of TNT will be consolidated and standardised for higher quality of service and lower cost of ...

Financial Technologies soars 15% on heavy volumes

Till 1213 hours, a combined 3.79 million shares representing 8.2% of total equity of FTIL changed hands on NSE and BSE.


Thermal Powertech's 660-mw unit starts commercial operations

The 1,320 mw coal-fired power plant has two units of 660 mw each, second unit to begin operations during Q2 of calendar 2015

Good time to buy infra-related stocks for the long term: Analysts

Analysts remain positive on the road ahead for the companies in infrastructure related sector but suggest that one needs to buy from a long - ...

Budget Impact: 12 stocks to watch out for

The impact is most on companies catering to the infrastructure, housing and financial sectors


Hotel Leela to sell Chennai, Goa hotels to reduce debt

Has engaged JM Financial Institutional Securities for the sale

Aviation shares dip on hike in ATF prices

Oil companies have hiked jet fuel price by 8.2% to Rs 50,363/kilolitre at Delhi

Business class air travel gets costly with service tax changes

Service tax will be levied on 60% of fare value against 40% earlier; besides tax rate has been hiked to 14% from 12%


Diamond Power Infra MD arrested for tax evasion by Central Excise; granted bail

Bhatnagar was produced in a city court by Vadodara region officials of Directorate General of Central Excise Intelligence

Good time to buy infra-related stocks for the long term: Analysts

Analysts remain positive on the road ahead for the companies in infrastructure related sector but suggest that one needs to buy from a long - ...

Budget Impact: 12 stocks to watch out for

The impact is most on companies catering to the infrastructure, housing and financial sectors


Max India: Demerger gains, budgetary boost priced in

Max is only listed pure-play insurance stock in India and hence will reflect benefits more accurately

Cement stocks in demand; UltraTech, ACC, Ambuja hit record high

JK Lakshmi, Mangalam Cement, India Cements, Orient Cement, Birla Corporation and Prism Cement up 3-12% on BSE.

Budget Impact: 12 stocks to watch out for

The impact is most on companies catering to the infrastructure, housing and financial sectors


Will infrastructure push boost fortunes of steel stocks?

Despite Budget push, near-term outlook is weak as consumption growth for fiscal year-to-date is a mere 2%, lower than 8% average in past ten ...

Coal India's Apr-Feb output is 437 MT, misses target

Company had set an output target for the first 11 months at 450.14 MT

CIL board gives nod to East Corridor Rail project

The project will see an investment of Rs 2,500 cr to facilitate movement of passengers as well as freight, primarily coal, from Chhattisgarh.


Jubilant Foodworks: Same store sales set to turn positive in FY16

Hopes of a recovery in consumer sentiment and tie-up with railways could boost sales

Jubilant FoodWorks gains on tie up with Indian Railways

The company declared that it has tied up with Indian railways to deliver pizzas to the passengers

Sugar stocks rally after CCEA gives nod to export subsidy

CCEA cleared a proposal to extend a subsidy of Rs 4,000 a tonne on export of 1.4 million tonnes of raw sugar in the 2014-15


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


Indian Oil suspends official for leaking information

Debangshu Ray, the general manager for international trade, was found leaking sensitive information by phone

PSU oil marketing companies gain after raising fuel prices

The retail price of petrol has been raised by Rs 3.18/litre while incase of diesel the price is higher by Rs 3.09/litre.

Budget could turn out to be a major positive for upstream oil firms

Upstream subsidy burden might be reduced with crude prices expected to remain low


GAIL not keen on pact with Iranian companies: Oil Minister

Indian firms are wary of entering into pacts which may lead to them being sanctioned by Washington after US imposed sanctions on Iran over its ...

MCX surges 20% in two-days on proposed FMC - SEBI merger

The stock hit high of Rs 1,285, its highest level since February 2013, in intra-day trade today on NSE.

Budget Impact: 12 stocks to watch out for

The impact is most on companies catering to the infrastructure, housing and financial sectors


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Travel: A Parisian rendezvous

Paris is a place brimming with history, irony and a bit of discontent

How about a slim-fit kanjeevaram?

The heavy, hand-woven silk saris from Kanchipuram are getting a contemporary and easy-to-wear makeover

Commodities

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3113.00
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36798.00
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373.00
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170.60
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FEATURES

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Is ITC's succession plan gaining speed?

As the challenges for its businesses rise, the company is making a number of internal changes to prepare a second line of leaders

Freeing up fertiliser creates a policy conundrum

Fertiliser industry is hoping NDA will bite the bullet and announce price decontrol in Budget. But experts reckon move is at least 3 yrs away

Real Estate

It's time to hunt for your dream home

While many developers are offering attractive plans, there is also scope for buyers to negotiate for discounts

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Personal care products fast moving online

While earlier FMCG companies felt the e-commerce route was meant more for electronics and fashion, these are quickly changing their mind

Parle G tackled crunch with price and reach

It faced capacity constraints and copycats by thinking around the problems

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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