For God’s Sake: Book Review Jun 27, 2014 A look at how gods and goddesses play a pivotal role in deciding trends in the Indian marketplace
Education sector\'s link to black money Jun 26, 2014 Speculations are that a big part of this money goes to politicians and bureaucracy as a large number of institutes are owned, controlled and managed by politicians and business houses
How to get refund from Indian Railways? Jun 26, 2014 You can easily get refund of a train ticket bought through the Railways passenger reservation system or PRS, either online or through a ticket window. There may be some delay in refund for tickets bought from private re-sellers
Insider trading in Prime Focus? Jun 26, 2014 Somebody with knowledge of the merger between Prime Focus\\\' unit and Double Negative boosted the company\\\'s share price. Even the number of shares traded in Prime Focus jumped ten fold since last Friday. Will SEBI wake up?
Onion prices moving up again Jun 25, 2014 The huge variation in the wholesale market and end-user price of onions is due to hoarding and involvement of multiple intermediaries who make a fast buck in each transaction. The poor farmer gets next to nothing for his toil
Frivolous Litigation and Its Cost to the Nation Jun 24, 2014 India’s legal system has become a source of anxiety, persecution and uncertainty. Legal avenues need to be insulated from being used as tools of intimidation and unnecessary delays
Fortnightly Market View: Herd Instinct Jun 24, 2014 A bull market is never a straight run to the top. If every rally awakens the contrarian in you, it may not be the best course right now. Sometimes, the herd is right
Rooting for Right Regulation Jun 24, 2014 Dr Raghuram Rajan fittingly took aim at the FSLRC’s ideas on unified regulation. Bank customers hope his rhetoric translates into a push by the RBI to do much more for them
Football World Cup and the absense of China and India Jun 24, 2014 Perhaps the real reason why China, and India have so far not produced top ranked, or any ranked football teams is because of their size. Football is not necessarily part of the cultural mainstream in both countries and at present they both have the luxury to insulate themselves from the world’s culture
Why can\'t Railways attempt to generate its own solar power? Jun 24, 2014 Typically, a roof top 1 kV system or solar power panel would cost Rs1 lakh and the government provides certain subsidy for its citizens and industries. Railways would come under essential services and it possibly can get a better deal from the government
Facebook outage creates panic among users Jun 19, 2014 Facebook suffered an unusual crash on Thursday leading to users taking to other social networking sites like Twitter to poke fun and despair at the state of their 20 minutes breakdown
Celerios is Worth a Look Jun 19, 2014 Maruti Suzuki\'s latest offering is high on features and low on gimmicks. The six -month long waiting lists mean they\'ve got it right with this car.
Building a Better India – Part 8: Boosting coal production Jun 18, 2014 Over the past five years, Coal India\'s profit jumped 735% to Rs17,356 crore by just raising coal prices while employee expenses grew almost double. However, between the same period, its coal production increased by just 5%
Celebrating Father\'s day without comparing him with a mother Jun 17, 2014 Gender bias in Indian society makes it difficult for fathers to get any sympathy or fair treatment. Some NGOs like Vaastav Foundation and Children\'s Rights Initiative for Shared Parenting or CRISP are taking a lead in making life a little easier for such \'troubled\' fathers
Themes: High-return Stock Ideas Jun 17, 2014 For those looking at above market gains and have the risk-appetite, here is how to play the short-term momentum of certain ‘themes’
Do the Railways care for elderly passengers? Jun 17, 2014 The couple alleged that during May 2014, they were not allowed to use the esclator facility at Coimbatore station under the pretext of \'out of service\', but found it being used to ferry family members of some railway employees
Science can answer how but no why Jun 16, 2014 A reductionist western science is incapable of answering the ‘why’, science can only seem to answer the \'how\'. Does science need to borrow from spirituality and vice-a-versa?
Why should government fund PSU banks all the time? Jun 16, 2014 At least some of the PSU banks cannot claim to be cash-strapped, especially looking at their cash reserves. By capitalising their reserves instead of seeking fund from the government, they would be rewarding their share holders as well
Looking good, Man Jun 16, 2014 What is common between Charles Dickens, King George, Alfred Hitchcock and Cary Grant? Could it be a barber?
Investing in India: Book Review Jun 13, 2014 India is not the easiest place to get your head around. This book gives a value investor’s guide to investing in India
Get Higher Returns than Your Bank Deposits Jun 13, 2014 Liquid and Ultra-Short-Term mutual fund schemes may deliver better returns than savings bank accounts and bank FDs for tenures longer than a year, thanks to the tax benefits that come with investments in these instruments.
Building a Better India – Part 5: Bringing tax reforms Jun 12, 2014 All minor taxes and levies whether at central or state level or of municipal bodies must be abolished because these authorities may be spending more money on collection or recovery than the revenues All minor taxes and levies whether at central or state level or of municipal bodies must be abolished because these authorities may be spending more money on collection or recovery than the revenues
Is India ready for Narendra Modi \'style\' reforms? Jun 12, 2014 According to Rabobank, the newly elected Modi government is most likely to push ahead with large numbers of stalled public sector projects, invite FDI in sectors like railways and bring major administrative reforms
Infosys appoints Vishal Sikka as CEO and MD, Murthy to step down Jun 12, 2014 With Sikka, the former SAP executive, set to take over the reins, Infosys founder Narayana Murthy is going back to his \'vanaprasthashram\'. Kamath would become non-executive chairman, while Pravin Rao, who was one of the contenders for the top post, would become new COO of Infosys
Building a Better India – Part 4: Identifying tax issues Jun 11, 2014 One of Prime Minister Modi\\\'s poll promises was to end this \\\'tax terrorism\\\' and give relief to not just individual taxpayers from the middle classes, but also to business and small entrepreneurs all across the country
As Expected, MIPs Fail Again Jun 11, 2014 Mutual funds launch many irrelevant products. MIP is one of them, as we have pointed out repeatedly
Students’ death: How parents can take authorities to task Jun 11, 2014 Could clear loudspeaker warnings, prominent caution signs or vigilance about the tour itinerary have averted the tragic death of 24 students in the Beas River? Here is an RTI guideline for parents to procure more info into the incident
The Black Money Trail Jun 10, 2014 After the special investigation team (SIT) was set up following Supreme Court orders, there are hopes of a decisive action to unearth black money stashed abroad
Tax Tyranny Jun 10, 2014 Corporates and taxpayers alike have been harassed by the \'tax terror\'. It is time to put an end to the income tax department\'s misadventure
The Din over DINs Jun 10, 2014 Multiple director identification numbers (DINs) held by politicians, like Priyanka Vadra, Karti Chidambaram, Sachin Pilot and Piyush Goyal should be dealt with sternly and permanently before it becomes a hot issue
Monsoon and its perils: How to rescue farmers Jun 10, 2014 As the situation stands today, 60% to 70% of India may experience below normal monsoon. The government agencies, for the time being, need to prepare themselves to come to the rescue of farmers, should the monsoon fail
Why good corporate governance is important for investment decisions Jun 9, 2014 Corporate governance in PSUs is negligible, while the prime motive of family run business is to maintain control and not produce profits for shareholders. So for increased returns on your investment, pick companies with the most corporate oversight and the best governance
AirAsia launch on 12th June, despite FIA protests! Jun 9, 2014 As a low cost, no frills airline, AirAsia will be a completely new experience for air travellers in India. Travellers who have been used to \'free\' bonanzas like extra baggage allowance, hand bags, service on board and other amenities, will now have to forego these luxuries!
Is deceptive drug marketing killing us? Jun 5, 2014 In addition to promoting the widespread use of opioids, the companies are alleged to have used their monetary might to influence at least 11 organizations in the promotion of opioid drug use for chronic pain
I-T dept moves to block NDTV\'s capital reduction plan Jun 5, 2014 Income Tax department has alleged that NDTV concealed material facts from the High Court, including its move to reduce its capital, merger between two subsidiaries and mortgaging property worth Rs50 crore without the I-T dept\'s knowledge
NHAI starts uploading PPP project details on its portal Jun 5, 2014 In what could be termed as new hope for complete transparency in Public-Private-Partnership projects, the National Highway Authority started uploading on its website www.nhai.org.in contents defined by the task force under Section 4 of RTI Act
ASCI cracks the whip on ads for fairness products Jun 5, 2014 The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) has reacted to the widespread outrage over the advertising message of fairness products, and proposed a tough new set of guidelines for advertisers
Investing in stocks and bonds successfully Jun 5, 2014 At a Moneylife event, Debashis Basu, explained in detail all the things that a saver needs to know about how and when to invest in stocks and bonds, given the current market environment
What went wrong with Innoventive Industries? Jun 3, 2014 A well-sold story during IPO generated lots of interest in Innoventive among institutional investors. One fine day, the profitable company\'s liabilities surged and its net loss widened. What went wrong?
Do you know what Big Data knows about you? Jun 3, 2014 Data brokers use the staggering amount of information in a variety of ways, including helping clients target consumers with ads and offers based on their perceived interests
Passport and travel agents are illegal, says MEA Jun 3, 2014 In a notification issued on 30 May 2014, the Ministry of External Affairs-MEA cautions citizens not to fall for fraudulent agents as Passport Offices are the only recognised channels to apply for passport
Want to Invest wisely? Then shut off your Idiot Box! Jun 2, 2014 Followed by Modi wave, Indian stock markets surged up in last few weeks, as usual the business channels has spread the \'noise\' by bombarding \'free expert advices.\' Know the truth behind the noise, says Ajit Dayal of Quantum!
A World without Medicines Jun 2, 2014 The world without (reductionist) medicines will be a boon to mankind. Take a look at the example of cholesterol-reducing drugs
How to chose the right ETF? Jun 2, 2014 ETFs do provide safety, diversification and an enviable track record. However, besides cost and diversification, investors have to be careful as to exactly what asset classes and strategies the ETF represents
Who is \'Ajit Doval\', India\'s new NSA? Jun 2, 2014 Ajit Doval, the National Security Advisor of India, is not a run-of-the-mill officer. He comes packed with abilities to conceptualise strategies and plans that shall realise Prime Minister Modi’s dreams and national goals