Manufacturing a concern, requires radical reforms: FM

Jaitley says entry barriers to manufacturing sector must be lowered or removed altogether to attract investments

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Sensex holds 27,400; bank shares slip


Markets came off their day's highs amid profit taking in select bank shares

COMPANIES »

Bharti Airtel holds launch of new VoIP charges


The move comes after reports suggested the telecom regulator might issue a consultation paper on OTT players, including VoIP ones

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AirAsia not to suffer long term due to missing plane: experts


Safety record and strong demand for budget travel will help AirAsia

ECONOMY »

Land Act may be next on govt's ordinance list


For PPP projects, clause on consent requirement could be abolished or brought down to 50% of land owners, against the current 70%

AROUND THE WORLD »

AirAsia shares fall 7.8%, biggest drop in 3 years after plane goes missing


Analysts say incident will affect company's prospects to improve yields, profit in 2015

CURRENT AFFAIRS »

Lakhvi may walk out of jail, detention order suspended by Pak HC


Earlier, Pak court had granted him bail in the Mumbai attacks case

THE STRATEGIST »

Winning in a slow-growth economy


A good way to navigate a downturn is to take 'slow in, fast out' approach. Smart firms set up early warning systems, which help them plan better

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COLUMNIST »


Subir Gokarn: Tipping points and Goldilocks conditions

A growth spurt requires many positive factors to converge, implying time and uncertainties

Editorial Comment »


The institutional gap

Transforming institutions key to India's development

ON THE BEAT »


Where's your data, Mr Pai?

For all its alleged inducements, mass conversions to Christianity haven't happened earlier, nor are they likely now, argues Sachin P Mampatta


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Year of real returns

For the first time in five years, real returns for both debt and equity have turned positive - a lesson for investors that they should be ...


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Tipping points and
Goldilocks conditions

Subir Gokarn

A growth spurt requires many positive factors to converge, implying time and uncertainties

What Narendra Modi won't
ask bankers

Debashis Basu

Mr Modi is scheduled to interact with bankers on second day of retreat for banks branded 'Gyan Sangam' in Pune on January 2-3

Facing the fiscal rites
of passage

A K Bhattacharya

The govt might have zeroed in on a strategy to deal with politically difficult reforms but it will face a big question on its fiscal policy

The road to a slow
recovery

Devangshu Datta

2015 could be a good year for India if the Budget hits the right spot and key reform Bills are transmuted into Acts

BLOGS


Give them a fair chance
Somasroy Chakraborty

Old private banks that escaped nationalisation of 1960's and 1970's typically began as community banks

Cheers to the perfect cup of tea
Kavita Chowdhury

Musings on December 15, the International Tea Day

EDITORIAL COMMENTS

The institutional gap

Transforming institutions key to India's development

A remarkable bull run

But what do the markets expect from 2015?

Financial X-ray

Yes Bank: NIMs to expand 15-20 bps in FY16

Focus on retail franchise and fall in cost of funds to drive earnings growth

Order boost, inhaler sales key triggers for Cipla

Street to keep an eye on margin improvement and launch of combination inhalers

BOOK REVIEWS

West Asia's lost minorities

Gerard Russell in his new book chronicles emergence religious minorities that have been overshadowed by Judaism, Christianity and Islam

How Sachin created a cricket humourist

Vikram Sathaye shares his experiences from his time spent with the Indian team as a sort of unofficial groupie

Daniel Indiviglio

Home run
Daniel Indiviglio


US housing demand is building

Martin Hutchinson

Geek's gold
Martin Hutchinson


Bitcoin's defects will hasten its demise in 2015

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DLF, ADAG, Jaypee Group stocks among top market value destroyers in 2014

On the other hand, Adani, Finolex, Kirloskars are among the highest wealth creators

Gujarat Pipavav hits record high; zooms over 200% in 2014

so far in the current calendar year 2014, the stock zoomed 216% compared to 31% rise in the benchmark CNX Nifty.

Torrent Pharma: Acquired Elder portfolio accruing benefits

The acquisition of portfolio an year ago that was looked with skepticism raising concerns on debt, margins etc now is driving margins and ...


HUL: Lower input costs, double digit demand to drive earnings upgrade

Analysts expect company to command premium valuations as it is growing ahead of the pack

Today's picks- 25 December 2014

Nifty, Bank Nifty, Cairn, Hindustan Unilever & Ultratech Cement

40 years ago...And now: Prestige expands but with caution

It has had to bring back its popular tagline, expand beyond south India to make its diversification work


ING Vysya Bank employees to strike on Jan 7

Employees will demand job security after the merger with Kotak Mahindra Bank

40 years ago...And now: SBI and the big bank theory

Despite taking the initiative in several areas, the country's biggest bank does not meet the aspirational needs of the younger generation. Work ...

Ordinance boost: RCap eyes foreign funds in insurance ventures

Reliance Capital will soon begin active discussions for Japanese giant Nippon Life hiking its stake in Reliance Life Insurance Company


DLF, ADAG, Jaypee Group stocks among top market value destroyers in 2014

On the other hand, Adani, Finolex, Kirloskars are among the highest wealth creators

Airtel halts launch of VoIP packs

Move follows reports suggesting Trai will float a consultation paper on over-the-top players

Spice Mobility rallies 20% on voluntarily delisting plan

The board will meet on January 02, 2015, to consider the proposal received from the promoter to voluntarily delist the equity shares of the ...


Chennai-based group eyes legal recourse against TCS' pink slips

Says more than 120 who lost jobs have approached it; TCS says workforce optimisation leads to some involuntary attrition, nothing out of

Bringing a cultural shift to Infosys is biggest challenge in 2015: Sikka

CEO Sikka says Infosys will be a services company that uses software in a big way; says will get IT services industry to focus more on ...

Zensar signs three deals in IM space worth $12mn

To expand in Europe;looking for acquisition in Germany


Torrent Pharma: Acquired Elder portfolio accruing benefits

The acquisition of portfolio an year ago that was looked with skepticism raising concerns on debt, margins etc now is driving margins and ...

Glenmark Pharma up on plans to out-license molecule for pain management

The molecule, GRC 17536, is expected to have a market potential worth $1 billion.

Lupin eyes acquisitions in US, Europe

During the last fiscal, global markets (excluding India) accounted for around 75% of the total revenues of the company,


TVS Motor: The dark horse

TVS Motor isn't the traditional 'uncle' brand anymore. A look at the company's endeavours in its fight for greater relevance and market share

Cyrus Mistry's to-fix list remains formidable

Indian Hotels, Tata Steel, Tata Teleservices, Tata Motors, Tata Power need some immediate attention of the Tata Group chairman

Tata Motors rolls out 123 AC buses for Ahmedabad Janmarg

New buses in addition to the order bagged by the company for 3,200 buses under the JNNURM - phase II scheme


DLF, ADAG, Jaypee Group stocks among top market value destroyers in 2014

On the other hand, Adani, Finolex, Kirloskars are among the highest wealth creators

HDIL gains as court grants relief against FIR for SRA project

The company was granted ad-interim relief by the Bombay High Court after it challenged the F.I.R with regards to a SRA project in suburban

RPP Infra gains on bagging new order in Tamil Nadu

The stock up 3% at Rs 129 on winning new order of Rs 48 crore from Tamilnadu Water Supply and Drainage Board for providing water supply ...


Funds raised via IPOs in 2014 set to be lowest in over a decade

The Rs 1,201 crore raised collectively by five companies in 2014 is the lowest since 13 companies' Rs 296 crore via IPOs in 2001

Ajay Singh: Forty companies, a dispute and some defaults

SpiceJet's saviour has interests across sectors; some of those could come under scrutiny. Business Standard explores

Kingfisher not a wilful defaulter, says HC

Calcutta HC dismisses United Bank of India's decision on technical grounds


JSPL opposes change in end use norms of coal

Coal Ministry has earmarked 101 coal blocks for e-auction including 18 blocks in Odisha

Coal block auction: CIL seeks clarity on three mines

These three blocks figure in the 'Schedule I' list of those coal mines, which are being auctioned afresh

Panel asks govt to take immediate steps to boost SAIL profitability

The Committee unhappy to note decline in profit by more than Rs 4,000 cr in 2013-14 as compared to that in 2009-10


Tata Chemicals to target FMCG market

TCL is going through a restructuring programme to prune its debt

Sugar stocks still not out of the woods

The ethanol price decision will have limited benefits; prospects will look up only with a revival in the sugar cycle

GSK Consumer elevates marketing head Jayant Singh to regional position

Singh will head to Brazil, while company veteran Prashant Pandey will replace him in India


Funds raised via IPOs in 2014 set to be lowest in over a decade

The Rs 1,201 crore raised collectively by five companies in 2014 is the lowest since 13 companies' Rs 296 crore via IPOs in 2001

Sun TV: Positive macros, operational worries

Expectation of advertising recovery and subscription growth are positives but weakening position a worry

Sun TV: Positive macros, operational worries

Expectations of advertising recovery and subscription growth are positives while weakening competitive position is a worry


DLF, ADAG, Jaypee Group stocks among top market value destroyers in 2014

On the other hand, Adani, Finolex, Kirloskars are among the highest wealth creators

Aban Offshore surges on rating upgrade

The stock surged nearly 13% to Rs 470 on NSE on back of heavy volumes.

RIL plans a turnround of manufacturing site near Raigad

The unit comprises an ethane and propane gas cracker and five downstream plants for the manufacture of polymers, fibre intermediates and ...


Gujarat Pipavav hits record high; zooms over 200% in 2014

so far in the current calendar year 2014, the stock zoomed 216% compared to 31% rise in the benchmark CNX Nifty.

Career Point surges on signing MOU with Rajasthan government

The stock surged 10% to Rs 149 on BSE.

Funds raised via IPOs in 2014 set to be lowest in over a decade

The Rs 1,201 crore raised collectively by five companies in 2014 is the lowest since 13 companies' Rs 296 crore via IPOs in 2001


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