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Higher power rates not to hit state utilities

Consumers of Tata's ultra mega power project (UMPP) and Adani's power plant at Mundra in Gujarat might not see a major escalation in their ...

Govt to dispose of 90% high-value disputed tax cases by March

About 20 per cent or 42,322 cases involve a disputed demand of Rs 10 lakh and above and it has been decided to clear these cases on priority

After CAG rap, railways take PPP policy back to drawing board

The Railways has to be clear in its objective on whether it wants to bring in efficiency by associating with private players or whether they are ...

Amended Trai Act leaves loophole

Former members of the regulatory body barred from joining telecom service firms but not a group owning a telco

Kolkata port eyes royalty floor for cargo handling

The board of the Kolkata port has suggested a minimum royalty of 10.5% on a proposed ceiling rate approved by the TAMP

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Why the monsoon numbers hide reality

Because the ecology of various regions differs, it is silly to club them all under one countrywide average number

Will budget reforms help the Railways get back on track?

While the government's intention is to revamp the country's rail network , a half-hearted attempt at creating a more efficient organisation ...

Why GAAR spooks corporate India

Trust deficit between taxpayers and tax administrators is the key factor that makes GAAR a non-starter

Bihar's bitter lesson in teacher recruitment

The revelation of fraud in the employment of teachers in the state is a lesson to government officials that quick-fix solutions to development ...

'Revenue-neutrality plea not sustainable with reference to terminal excise duty'

We supplied goods to projects financed by World Bank under contracts awarded under the International Competitive Bidding (ICB) route. We paid ...

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No patchwork reform

Labour law overhaul must happen at the Centre

Strategic mistake

Lack of vision behind India's stand on trade facilitation

IT kicks off

Global economic hopes lead IT firms to think positive

A murky barrel

Petroleum pricing needs reform and transparency

A chorus of agreement

Why does India Inc praise every Budget?

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Shyam Ponappa: Extractive charges on spectrum and petroleum
Shyam Ponappa

The author examines whether government levies on these critical inputs are beneficial or detrimental

Barun Roy: A sequel to Hong Kong?
Barun Roy

Recent efforts to promote trade and tourism between China and Taiwan show the latter's risk factor as a flashpoint is no longer acute

Arvind Panagariya: India must call the US' bluff on patents
Arvind Panagariya

The recent US-India friction over trade is being driven by Big Pharma

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Why GAAR spooks corporate India

Trust deficit between taxpayers and tax administrators is the key factor that makes GAAR a non-starter

Rajiv Memani

Need debate on the time required to be GAAR-ready: Rajiv Memani

Interview with CEO & country managing partner, EY India

Is cost audit losing its relevance?
Asish K Bhattacharyya

By introducing the concept of 'public interest', the government has made the 2014 Rules unnecessarily complicated

New employer to pay PF penalty
M J Antony

The Supreme Court has held that a company which takes over another is liable to pay damages for default in payment of contributions to the ...

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A case of tight-fisted executive and over-worked judiciary
M J Antony

Business Standard experts take a look at the challenges thrown by the Budget in growing financial stress in the judiciary, matters relating to ...

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Making it easy for business

States have to take the lead if India has to improve its rank as an industry-friendly destination

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CPI (30/04) 8.59 9.87 9.39
CRR (29/01) 4.00 4.75 5.50
Bank rate (02/05) 9.00 9.00 8.50