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Moneylife Digital Team 17 November 2010
Around 2,00,000 people are killed yearly on Indian roads; the country has barely 15% of the world’s road facilities The government of India and the World Bank have come together to launch a road-safety initiative to reduce the high and increasing number of fatalities and serious injuries on...

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Moneylife Digital Team 17 November 2010
The earlier amnesty scheme started in June 2008 and ended in March 2009; however, the current political turbulence in the state might delay the government’s decision The Maharashtra government is likely to announce a stamp duty amnesty scheme soon for those property buyers who evaded stamp duty on...

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Sharad Matade 16 November 2010
Under the new system, residents of old buildings are likely to be charged a higher amount, while those residing in not so old constructions may not be affected much The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) switch from a property tax system based on rateable value to a property tax...

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Moneylife Digital Team 15 November 2010
Spending very little or no money at all on independent research or developing biometric solutions, the UIDAI is partnering with companies which have proprietary technologies and upfront loyalties with foreign governments While the atmosphere in the country is revolving around 'clean'...

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Moneylife Digital Team 12 November 2010
Many large corporations are looking at Aadhaar as a pool of prospective customers and are joining hands with UIDAI. Visa is the latest entrant on board the UID bandwagon The business of providing an identification number to around 60 crore is becoming lucrative day-by-day. Visa, an electronic...

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Moneylife Digital Team 12 November 2010
In the US, every sixth mobile user gets some ‘mystery charges’ in his/her bill. In India, we can say, billing ‘mystery charges’ and thus duping every subscriber have become ‘birthright’ of mobile operators, both old and new entrants. Every month, a number of post-paid subscribers are billed...

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GV Ramakrishna GV Ramakrishna 11 November 2010
Our approach to J&K can be more purposeful and helpful to the gentle - though misguided - people of the beautiful valley. The alternative is too horrific to even consider  Yesterday, we looked at how the security of well over a billion Indians cannot be jeopardised by the short-sighted...

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Moneylife Digital Team 10 November 2010
Over the past few months, the complaints against Airtel and its customer service are on the rise. Many subscribers are alleging that they have to face ‘arrogant and rude’ behaviour from Airtel's customer service representatives Bharti Airtel Ltd, the country's largest telecom company, is...

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GV Ramakrishna GV Ramakrishna 10 November 2010
The security of well over a billion Indians cannot be jeopardised by the short-sighted suicidal attitude of a misguided few who espouse the Kashmiri secessionist cause The recent events regarding sedition, azaadi and similar slogans espoused by Sajjad Gani Lone and his ilk in Kashmir fail to...

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Moneylife Digital Team 09 November 2010
While Mumbai managed to have a comparatively less noisy Diwali thanks to activism from the media and a few NGOs, pilgrimage centre Varanasi managed to keep decibel levels under control Yesterday, Moneylife had reported (see: http://www.moneylife.in/article//11002.html) on how noise pollution...

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Yogesh Sapkale Yogesh Sapkale 08 November 2010
During the two-day visit of the US president, while the lives of many reporters were on the fast track, the residents of south Mumbai were confined to their homes due to security arrangements. No wonder, they celebrated their ‘freedom’ after Barack Obama left the city It may sound strange, but...

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Moneylife Digital Team 08 November 2010
Though denizens of the metropolis seem to have become more aware about the noise pollution norms, much more needs to be done to reduce decibel levels and instil the civic spirit in various areas of Mumbai Fireworks during Diwali this year were less noisy this year as compared to the earlier...

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Moneylife Digital Team 04 November 2010
The US is still crawling through a recession and its citizens are unhappy that their president is squandering huge resources on a vacation There's a groundswell of anger in the US over the high cost of Barack Obama's trip to India this weekend. The sentiment stems from reports that the...

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Moneylife Digital Team 04 November 2010
The UIDAI has rolled out its ambitious UID or Aadhaar project. However, there is no information or update about the progress of Aadhaar, except from Mr Nilekani who said the same would be made available in two weeks.  Nandan Nilekani-led Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI),...

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Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 03 November 2010
It is a long way to go for Easter, but eggs are being sold in all sizes, colours, shapes and prices. So how can you grab the best bargain before you shell out for your shells? If egg prices and options were a standalone indicator of inflation, then the percentile increase in prices of end...

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Moneylife Digital Team 01 November 2010
Acting on a complaint in 2008 from the Medha Patkar led National Alliance of People’s Movements, defence authorities had initiated action and the department of environment had issued a show-cause notice to Adarsh Housing Society While much has been written in the media about the Adarsh Housing...

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Sucheta Dalal Sucheta Dalal 27 October 2010
The apex bank enjoys a hallowed status, is not subject to any external audits, and its officials enjoy a slew of special privileges Even while the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) protests increased interference and supervision by the Financial Stability & Development Council (FSDC), there may be...

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Sucheta Dalal Sucheta Dalal 26 October 2010
HUFs cannot open a PPF or even a post-office account since May 2005; but people continue to be taken for a ride and the accounts continue to be opened out of ignorance This is an issue that is several years old, but we revisit it because too many people are still unaware of how the government...

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Moneylife Digital Team 21 October 2010
MLM company MAXFOREX has changed its name and website to ‘Dream Worldwide’, leaving many of its 'investors' high and dry In May, Moneylife had reported on how a multi-level marketing (MLM) company was offering 'trading' in foreign exchange through a high-risk investment module. (See:

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Sharad Matade 18 October 2010
More than 7,000 management course seats are lying vacant for the current academic year, across Maharashtra. The state has decided to scrap the CET to fill up these seats. The biggest beneficiaries will be those institutes which prefer donations over talent for admission This year, more than...

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