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Samir Kelekar Samir Kelekar 07 December 2010
The average Indian has much more serious problems to attend to, like making both ends meet, or how to procure high-priced essentials, or get decent health care, and the hugely expensive UID programme isn’t going to make any difference about this Thanks to a pliant media (and through the...

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Raj Pradhan Raj Pradhan  and   Abhishek Rajak 06 December 2010
Click here to view more images As 1,50,000 people converge at Chaityabhoomi to pay homage to Babasaheb Ambedkar, the architect of India's Constitution on his 54th death anniversary A sea of humanity descended from all over the country at Chaityabhoomi, Dadar, in central Mumbai, to pay homage...

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Moneylife Digital Team 03 December 2010
Industrialist Ratan Tata has the capacity to challenge a breach of his privacy in the Supreme Court. But what about the nearly 60 crore Indian residents who don’t know what will become of the biometric data being collected by UIDAI? The leak of the Niira Radia tapes in India and thousands of US...

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Shukti Sarma 02 December 2010
Women are six times less likely than men to hold top ranks in the corporate world, according to a new survey. This despite the fact that companies with more women in the senior management have performed better. Will the divide ever change?  Talking about gender discrimination at the workplace,...

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Shukti Sarma 01 December 2010
Neither the Niira Radia tapes nor the 2G spectrum scam is of any significant interest to net surfers, according to data available. But is it likely that there are many who are inadequately informed about these issues because a majority of the media has chosen to blank out the information to...

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Moneylife Digital Team 01 December 2010
The hitherto little known company, which is believed to be operating for the past 10 years, is selling IT educational packages through the MLM format, even as the content of its courses is available on the Internet free of cost Over the past few years, Moneylife has regularly reported on how...

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Moneylife Digital Team 30 November 2010
Shree Renuka Sugars jumped by 12%, Cummins India gained 9%, Wipro declined 11% Gainers: Shree Renuka Sugars is optimistic about an increase in earnings from exports after reports quoted agriculture minister Sharad Pawar as saying that sugar output would touch a record 25 million tonnes (MT)...

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Moneylife Digital Team 25 November 2010
According to the UIDAI chief,  the UID number will create a much more ‘open’ marketplace, where ‘hundreds of millions of people’ who were shut out of services will now be able to access them The truth is finally out. In case you were wondering why the government and big corporates are...

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Moneylife Digital Team 24 November 2010
Development might have triumphed over petty caste politics in what was once a ‘backward’ state, but has the ruling party at the Centre and the NDA-led opposition learnt the right lesson? The sweeping re-election of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s coalition government is a solid confirmation...

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Moneylife Digital Team 24 November 2010
Impersonation on the Internet is creating dangerous distrust among major groups operating on the worldwide web. Now RTI activists bothered by this problem are taking the matter to the police Impersonation is not a new thing. For ages, impersonators have been imitating or copying the behaviour...

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Moneylife Digital Team 24 November 2010
An RTI activist’s query shows that the Commonwealth Games probe is just inching along. Should we assume that the probe will be just another Indian case of justice delayed—and denied? The Commonwealth Games (CWG) scandal, where allegedly crores of rupees were siphoned away at the cost of the...

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Shukti Sarma 24 November 2010
The iconic former senior Indian politician was from an era when politics was still a noble profession. His son is now being forced to run from pillar to post for executing his father’s will—just because he is unwilling to pay speed money This is just another indicator why India proudly occupies...

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Nagesh Kini Nagesh Kini 23 November 2010
The outcome of a recent probe into the shocking embezzlement at the IT firm, is proof that despite regular affirmations, India Inc has neglected elementary monitoring practices Last week, The Hindu BusinessLine front-paged a report "Embezzlement at Wipro; Probe blames lack of internal...

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Moneylife Digital Team 23 November 2010
PJ Thomas has been made chief vigilance commissioner despite the apex court questioning his appointment. He is accused in a graft case. But our Attorney General has gone on record saying that “impeccable integrity” is not an eligibility criterion for appointment of the CVC. Go figure The...

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Debashis Basu Debashis Basu  and   Aaron Rodrigues Aaron Rodrigues 22 November 2010
If you thought loans against gold were the best thing to happen to mankind since sliced bread, think again. We made trips to various branches of companies which profess to offer ‘quick’ loans against the yellow metal and this is what we unearthed Over the past few months, advertisements on...

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Debashis Basu, Sanket Dhanorkar  and   Pratibha Kamat 22 November 2010
In this second part of our investigation into the workings of gold loan companies, we delve into the financial model of an industry leader, Manappuram Finance, which is listed on the BSE Going by their recent blockbuster performances, it would seem that gold loan companies are poised for...

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Moneylife Digital Team 22 November 2010
Rules for co-operative housing societies have been in existence for some years now, but there is a serious lack of knowledge and understanding of these important guidelines even today. Mr Vimal Punmiya, a leading property expert, explained some of these issues at a well-attended seminar hosted...

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Moneylife Digital Team 19 November 2010
The list of complaints against the Mahindra group company from members is increasing. But they are not being addressed appropriately There appears to be little respite for Mahindra Holidays and Resorts, as the list of complaints from dissatisfied customers continues to grow. The complaints...

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Sudhir Badami Sudhir Badami 19 November 2010
Why is such a lot of money being spent on skywalks that are inconvenient, a Metro that cannot accommodate large numbers, a monorail and a sea link for a privileged few? When I read a newspaper report earlier this week that there is insufficient space to accommodate escalators at the skywalks...

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Samir Kelekar Samir Kelekar 18 November 2010
A recent deal for the purchase of biometric scanners from a US-based company, which has worked closely with American intelligence agencies, raises serious questions on the security of data in the Aadhaar project Could the Aadhaar project, touted as a critical requirement for development, turn...

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