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  • Banks are ripping off Consumers in many ways. Will PM Modi & Arun Jaitley question them? Dec 31, 2014
    There is a growing sense of frustration among bank customers about the constant, stealthy increase in service charges. Strangely, RBI, the regulator is siding with the bank cartel. Will PM Modi and FM Jaitley pay any heed to helpless bank customers?
  • 113 Advertisements, including those of Unilever, Snapdeal, Godrej, Essar, Videocon, MTS and Dr Batra axed by ASCI based on complaints Dec 31, 2014
    According to ASCI’s release 61 advertisements, or over half the advertisement banned were for Health and Personal Care category
  • Book Review of \'Playing It My Way\' Dec 31, 2014
    Sachin Tendulkar: 0, Cleaned Bowled. My Mother: 82, exactly
  • Proposed gasification plant at Talcher would help in stable fertilizer production Dec 31, 2014
    Several fertilizer units have stopped production due to inadequate gas supply from the domestic market. This resulted in India importing over 15 lakh tonnes of fertilizers at higher prices. In such a scenario, setting up of an integrated Coal Gasification-cum-fertilizer and ammonium nitrate complex at Talcher in Odisha is a good news
  • 4 Reasons To Sell a Stock Dec 31, 2014
    Selling a stock is much harder than buying. Here are some tips that will help you
  • Are women travellers\' issues secondary for GVK\'s Mumbai Airport? Dec 29, 2014
    GVK says long queues for women is the Central Government’s Central Industrial Security Force\'s (CISF) responsibility and that stinking toilets are \'regularly monitored\' for cleanliness
  • A Rupee agreement with Russia would be beneficial to Indo-Russian trade Dec 29, 2014
    Since the current crisis in Russia has arisen out of western sanctions, a bi-lateral currency agreement would benefit both countries in the long run.
  • Health Insurance: Government Insurers’ Cashless Woes Continue Dec 29, 2014
    All private hospitals in Pune city to stop cashless?
  • How prepaid mobile subscribers are being looted Dec 29, 2014
    Arbitrary hikes in data and call charges for prepaid subscribers are frequent and not limited to just one mobile operator. In addition, Vodafone and Idea have reduced 3G prepaid data pack validity to a non-standard 28-days, thus forcing the user to recharge 13 times in a year instead of 12
  • IRDA needs to repeal the loophole it left in health insurance guidelines Dec 29, 2014
    The insured need to know the reasons for claims denial or partial settlement as well as the remedies for grievances. Will IRDA take away TPAs\' powere to recommend claim amount or wait for Bombay HC to decide?
  • Wealth Creators 2004 - 2014 Dec 26, 2014
    A Moneylife annual study of companies that have created the maximum wealth for investors over the past 10 years
  • Vinita Deshmukh gets the \'Laadli Award\' for gender sensitivity Dec 26, 2014
    Moneylife\'s consulting editor Vinita Deshmukh won this year’s Laadli Award for her articles on Pune constable Jayashree Mane, who was assaulted by her senior for using RTI
  • Regulations: Birla Sun Life Gets Away with a Paltry Penalty Dec 26, 2014
    Only Rs10-lakh penalty for keeping 4 lakh claims pending
  • Cashless mediclaim - How many hospitals really offer it? Dec 26, 2014
    GIC and Association of TPAs do not know the exact number of hospitals offering cashless mediclaim. With hospitals in Pune, Pimpri and Chinchwad stopping cashless mediclaim due to unacceptable government insurer package rates, retail consumers will suffer at the cost of corporate insurance
  • Foreigners dump emerging market debt but buy Indian debt Dec 26, 2014
    Bond yields of emerging markets have jumped by 150 basis points on the back of a huge sell-off from foreign investors. But they continue to pour money into Indian debt
  • Legal Amendments: Fixing Things or Adding to the Mess? Dec 26, 2014
    With amendments to the Companies Act 2013, the present government seems to be moving quickly to address past mistakes in legislation. But has it done a thorough job?
  • US Court allows IRS to issue summonses to eight entities for records of tax evaders Dec 26, 2014
    The Court authorised IRS to issue John Doe summonses on FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, DHL, UPS, Western Union, the FRBNY, Clearing House and HSBC USA for records relating to US clients who used a shell company to conceal offshore accounts
  • Investment Research: Lies, More Lies and Statistics Dec 20, 2014
    How reliable is published investment research?
  • Has SEBI finally woken up to stock manipulation in shell companies? Dec 18, 2014
    SEBI, says a media report, is pursuing schemes to turn black money into white, something that Moneylife has been persistently pointing out for five years at least
  • Will the government expedite the new national policy on fertilisers? Dec 18, 2014
    \'Improving the efficiency of fertiliser plants is vital so that every bit of energy saved is utilised in the right manner to produce more output:\' R Mukundan, MD, Tata Chemicals
  • Yet another committee set up to ensure implementation of Sec 4 of RTI Act Dec 18, 2014
    DoPT has again appointed a two-member committee to look into compliance of the most important transparency provision, which is the Section 4, of the RTI Act
  • NY State Official Raises Alarm on Charter Schools — And Gets Ignored Dec 18, 2014
    A top official in the New York State Comptroller’s Office has urged regulators to require more transparency on charter-school finances. The response has been nonexistent.
  • US Consumer body sues Sprint over phone \'Cramming\' Dec 18, 2014
    This is the third time that a government agency in the US has taken action against a major wireless carrier for practice called cramming
  • Know the Doctrine of Clean Hands Dec 18, 2014
    This legal maxim demands that a litigant must not wilfully mislead the courts and justice
  • Small Cars Are Taking off Again Dec 17, 2014
    Increased demand from booming rental services is reshaping the car sales scenario
  • Shocking! Your data for passport may land in someone else\'s hand Dec 17, 2014
    Why has the government allowed an insurance company to get personal details of passport applicants and is subjecting them to promotional content?
  • As Controlled Substance Use Rises in Medicare, Prolific Prescribers Face More Scrutiny Dec 17, 2014
    Despite warnings about abuse, Medicare covered more prescriptions for potent controlled substances in 2012 than it did in 2011. The program’s top prescribers often have faced disciplinary action or criminal charges related to their medical practices.
  • How to get your passport easily Dec 17, 2014
    One of the most important things while obtaining passport is to have all required documents ready. Here is a checklist for obtaining a fresh passport, renewal of passport, passport for minors and getting additional booklet for passport
  • Investing with Leading Companies Dec 17, 2014
    Should you invest in larger market leaders or small companies? Read about the pros and cons
  • Beware of Holiday Phishing Scams Dec 15, 2014
    You open your email and are happy to see a shipping notification. Yay, you think, someone has sent me something. Perhaps a holiday gift.
  • Talking Up the Walk! Dec 15, 2014
    Make walking a daily affair, not a one-day glamour event
  • 152 out of 172 \'Adarsh\' type constructions in Maharashtra, are in Pune Dec 11, 2014
    RTI reveals that violating environmental norms in Pune has gone through the roof and is likely to land buyers in trouble.
  • MOIL: An Exceptional PSU? Dec 11, 2014
    Here is a PSU with strong fundamentals
  • Stock manipulation: Exdon Trading Co Dec 11, 2014
    Exdon Trading Company Limited has risen 6587% in a little over a year.
  • A Dream You Dream Together Dec 11, 2014
    Umed Pariwar of Pune works for the welfare of those affected by disabilities like mental retardation and cerebral palsy
  • Life Insurance: Are the Guaranteed Plans of SBI Life and Max Life any good? Dec 11, 2014
    They will offer certainty of returns but poor returns
  • Timeline: The Tortured History of the Senate’s Torture Report Dec 11, 2014
    The Senate Committee report\'s summary concludes the CIA mislead the public, Congress, and the White House both about the severity of treatment and about effectiveness of torture.
  • Here are some notable companies facing deceptive advertising claims Dec 11, 2014
    This holiday season in the US major companies and advertisers are not inspiring confidence in their practices, in pursuit of more eyeballs and consumers
  • Pre-Christmas present: Vistara to take to the air soon Dec 11, 2014
    Air travellers look forward to SpiceJet overcoming its present difficulties and await the arrival of Vistara before Christmas!
  • Commuter Choice Dec 10, 2014
    Uber and Ola offer premium public transport
  • Need to make provisions for extracting coal bed methane in coal block auctions Dec 9, 2014
    A reference needs to be made for a quick policy review on coal bed methane -CBM, so that, when the coal blocks are allotted, it is imperative for the allottees to plan work on simultaneous extraction of CBM, when they start the mining operation
  • Protest Against Biometric Attendance System Dec 9, 2014
    Various arms of the government are trying to implement biometric attendance system to which employees are protesting
  • What is Wrong with Science in India Dec 9, 2014
    What’s wrong with Indian Science? From an iron grip of a cartel to plagiarism Dr Hegde sketches out the reasons as to why Science in India is stuck where it is
  • Pyramid Saimira Case Rolls On Dec 9, 2014
    How SEBI went soft on market manipulators of the Pyramid Saimira shares, while its actions destroyed the company
  • Emotional Intelligence & Investing Dec 5, 2014
    Know and manage your emotions, to be a better investor, says a new study
  • \'Breaking Medicare\' with a Back Brace? Dec 5, 2014
    Reader alerts others to companies that potentially \"break\" Medicare by overcharging for medical products
  • Red Cross CEO Has Been Misleading About Where Donors’ Dollars Are Going Dec 5, 2014
    The charity and its chief executive, Gail McGovern, have long said 91 cents of every dollar donated goes to aiding those in need. Except it\'s not true
  • DWS Mid Cap Fund - Series 1– More of the same Dec 4, 2014
    Deutsche Mutual Fund-DWS has launched its first mid-cap oriented scheme in a market where investors are flooded with so many choices
  • Is New India Assurance top-up policy the cheapest? Dec 4, 2014
    Newspapers have claimed that New India Assurance\'s newly launched top-up policy is the cheapest. These articles assert that you can even do cosmetic surgery and claim the amount over the deductible, for expenses covered by mediclaim. This information is incorrect.
  • FDA says HealthWorksUSA \'Perfect Health\' Claim Imperfect Dec 4, 2014
    Marketers of \"wellness products\" receive FDA warning letter over unauthorized health claims
  • Pregnancy Discrimination Case Reaches US Supreme Court Dec 4, 2014
    Here is some preparatory reading for the latest gender rights fight in Peggy Young Vs. UPS that has reached the US Supreme Court
  • Putting Doctors to the Test Dec 4, 2014
    Even the Court has expressed concern about doctors performing too many tests on patients
  • 7 ways the government played a role in the Bhopal disaster Dec 3, 2014
    Why mindless government policies, regulations and populism must take as much blame for Bhopal disaster
  • Revised Rules for NBFCs Dec 3, 2014
    RBI tightens the norms for NBFCs in public interest
  • Crash Tests and Dummies Dec 3, 2014
    Airbags don’t even address the least of India’s road safety issues
  • Inside ProPublica’s New York Fed Investigation Dec 3, 2014
    Jake Bernstein and Steve Engelberg from ProPublica discuss the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s weak oversight and the aftermath of the Carmen Segarra tapes
  • Hindustan Unilever pleads guilty for violating Legal Metrology rules Dec 2, 2014
    A Magistrate Court in Latur levied a fine of Rs4,000 after Hindustan Unilever pleaded guilty under the Legal Metrology Act and Rules
  • Fighting Regulations Dec 2, 2014
    If you want to keep your money safe, you will have to assume regulators are not there to protect you
  • Stop unnecessary vaccination: eminent doctors, scientists to the PM Dec 1, 2014
    There have been 76 deaths till August 2014 from Pentavalent vaccination. This is unacceptable and the PMO must intervene and stop this unwarranted vaccination, instead of promoting it, says a letter sent by a group of academicians, practitioners and teachers of pediatrics and public health
  • China and Pakistan setting up an economic corridor. Should India be worried? Dec 1, 2014
    Chinese ambition to dominate the far east and Asia also needs to be checked by India extending closer cooperation with Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, South Korea, Malaysia, and closer at home to other countries such as Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Afghanistan and Maldives
  • Ajit Doval on how to get back money stashed abroad Dec 1, 2014
    Ajit Doval, currently national security advisor and one of the most important persons in Modi administration, had openly shared his ideas, a few years ago, on how to get black money back that is stashed abroad
  • What You Should Know about the \'THRIVE Experience\' Dec 1, 2014
    Getting paid to live the \"Ultra Premium\" life sure sounds nice it\'s but probably not attainable for most
  • Red Cross’ Own Employees Doubt the Charity’s Ethics: Internal Survey Dec 1, 2014
    Survey results obtained by ProPublica also show a crisis of trust in the charity’s senior leadership
  • Good Doctors for Indian Villages Dec 1, 2014
    Training good doctors must begin ground up

  • -- Sucheta Dalal


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