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GST rollout needs more changes to service tax, excise: Sinha

Amendments to RBI Act likely soon, minister of state for finance says in his first post-Budget interview

MARKETS »

Markets may edge higher; Axis Bank, ITC in focus


Axis Bank, Yes Bank may extend gains on fungibility of FPI and FII while ITC may extend losses on excise duty hike

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

COMPANIES »

Get ready to pay more for smartphones, calls


Change in excise duty structure will, however, boost local manufacturing of handsets

THE STRATEGIST »

Winning the people wars


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

AROUND THE WORLD »

North Korea vows 'merciless strikes' as US-South Korea drills begin


North had fired two short-range missiles into the East Sea ahead of the start of military exercises by Seoul and Washington that have enraged ...

ECONOMY »

PSU giants turn up heat in fight for coal blocks


NTPC, Singareni Collieries, WBPDCL lead; Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat & West Bengal race closely

POLITICS »

Paswan demands Nitish's apology for criticising Union Budget


Paswan asked the Bihar CM to see the difference in approach of the UPA and NDA towards development and welfare of the state

BRAND WORLD »

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

Digital Consumer

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Micromax TV: A big one for a small price

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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


This is the crime that should actually outrage you
Indulekha Aravind

The murderous assault of security guard Kattungal Chandrabose stands out for its senseless brutality and the arrogance of its perpetrator

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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Auto makers optimistic on demand growth

A re-affirmation of the date of implementation of GST from April 2016 will help automotive manufacturers develop more clear long-term plans on ...

Budget Impact: 12 stocks to watch out for

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

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.


Budget Impact: 12 stocks to watch out for

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

Time for ITC to demerge hotels, FMCG business, say analysts

Say shares crashed on Saturday mainly due fear that the company will pass on the tax hike to the consumers

Budget 2015: Bad news for ITC

25% increase in 65 mm cigarettes and 15% in other categories


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

Nifty records best gain in five years on Budget day

Axis Bank, IndusInd Bank, Yes Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank and ICICI Bank rallied between 4-9%


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


Tech Mahindra aims to become a 'design house' in aerospace sector

The company is using new business models, where clients can assign their requirements after going through a catalogue

Tirumala temple to use TCS services

The IT bellwether will handle all the on-line services including e-darshan and advance and current booking

Rolta, Bharat Electronics rally as consortium selected for Rs 50,000 crore defence project

Rolta India has surged 11% to Rs 165, also its 52-week high on the BSE, while Bharat Electronics gained nearly 5% at Rs 3,824


US judge denies Ranbaxy bid to reinstate approvals for Valcyte, Nexium copies

Launching the first generic copies of the drugs would have given Ranbaxy six months of exclusivity on the market

Glenmark to set up new injectable plant in US

The total investment for the new unit is pegged at Rs 160 cr

Glenmark gets USFDA nod to sell generic blood pressure drug

Glenmark will commence distribution of trandolapril and verapamil hydrochloride tablets immediately


Auto makers optimistic on demand growth

A re-affirmation of the date of implementation of GST from April 2016 will help automotive manufacturers develop more clear long-term plans on ...

Tata Motors tightens belt, offers VRS

Instead of a one-time payout the carmaker will offer a 'generous benefit package' that includes a monthly salary from the date of separation ...

Minda Industries surges on joint venture with Kosei Group

The stock surged 5% to Rs 623 on BSE.


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%

AirAsia India posts Rs 21 crore loss

Result is not comparable to corresponding period in 2013 because airline began operations only last June

SpiceJet receives fund from new owner

Ajay Singh infused Rs 500 cr in the airline as part of his Rs 1,500 cr investment plan to revive it


Budget Impact: 12 stocks to watch out for

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

Impetus for manufacturing: Baba Kalyani

Says the Budget reflects an intention to put economy on the path of double-digit growth

Larsen and Toubro hits record high

The stock up 2% at Rs 1,792, extending its previous day's 5% rally on the NSE.


Budget Impact: 12 stocks to watch out for

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

Ex-Cadbury South Asia head Bharat Puri named MD of Pidilite

This is the first time that a professional has been appointed to the position, held so far by members of the promoter family...

Amitabh Bachchan raises stake in Fineotex Chemicals to 5.58 pc

Bachchan is the third largest shareholder in the company after its promoters


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.

Coal India board gives nod to East Corridor Rail project

The 180-km long corridor, which will connect mines of Gare-Pelma block, may see an investment of Rs 2,500 cr

An industry-friendly Budget: T V Narendran

The Budget seeks to provide an environment to attract investment and propels economic growth.The proposal to do away with different types of ...


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


Budget Impact: 12 stocks to watch out for

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

Pharma shares gain; BSE Healthcare index up nearly 200 points

SPARC, Aurobindo, Sun Pharma, Ranbaxy Laboratories and Dr Reddy's Laboratories are up 2-7% on BSE.

Footwear makers gain on reduction in excise duty

Liberty Shoes, Bata India, Relaxo Footwears and Mirza International were up 2-6% on BSE.


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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

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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