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Australia approves Adani Mining’s $16.5-b project

Gautam Adani, Group Chairman
Will produce 60 mt of coal a year; green groups unhappy despite 36 conditions
After setting stringent riders to protect the environment, the Australian government has cleared... »

Taxman trains focus on big spenders in 8 cities

Costly buy Purchase of luxury cars and SUVs will come under the tax
authorities’ scanner
Pilot project part of Govt efforts to check tax evasion, increase direct tax collection by 15%
If you’re in Lucknow and planning to buy a luxury car, or going on a spending spree in a... »

Getting kinky: Indians are ordering sex toys online

Thinking inside the box SHUTTERSTOCKS.COM
Discreet delivery encouraging more and more people to buy such items online
On a rainy Saturday evening, Kapil Sharma took delivery of a plain brown parcel. The rec... »

HUL profit rises 3.5% in June quarter

Sanjiv Mehta (right), CEO & MD, HUL, with PB Balaji, CFO, at a press
conference in Mumbai on Monday. - PAUL NORONHA
Despite a challenging economic environment, fast-moving consumer goods company Hindustan Unileve... »
Monsoon Matters

Kharif turns a mixed bag for hybrid seed makers

Cotton seen gaining acreage; corn, pearl millets down
The delayed monsoon has been a mixed bag for the Indian hybrid seed industry this kharif... »

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RASHEEDA BHAGAT

Ban this barbarous practice!

A brave face Against all odds ALESANDRO14 / SHUTTERSTOCK.COM
Why condemn the ISIS alone? India’s prosperous Dawoodi Bohra community also practises female genital mutilation
There has been worldwide furore on the ISIS — which has declared an Islamic state in parts of Syr... »

AMERICAN PERISCOPE

An idea called Ikea

Shop, snack and sleep while buying furniture
A news report appeared recently that Ikea, the Swedish furniture retailer, will be opening its fi... »

Editorial

The hope from asset sales

Capital market conditions today are favourable for debt-laden corporates to deleverage
Reliance Power’s proposed acquisition of the Jaypee Group’s entire hydel portfolio, comprising th... »

Opinion

Power outages, and a ray of hope

Allowing the individual rooftop solar power generating customer of the state-run or privately owned power distribution companies would facilitate full utilisation fo energy.
If California can add 1,000 MW through rooftop solar in a year, why not Delhi?
The current power shortage in the country leaves our society and economy squirming and sweating. »

How to make trade policy more inclusive

Building blocks Let trade enhance development SERGEY NOVIKOV/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM
Home to a third of the world’s poor, India cannot afford to promote trade as an end in itself
India’s success with international trade over the past two decades has been a testament to the b... »

Agri-biz

Govt launches ₹500 crore project to protect indigenous cows

Conserving the cattle A file photo of the world's shortest Punganur cow
in Andhra Pradesh. Indigenous breeds are well-known for their tolerance
to heat and extreme climactic conditions.
Cow sanctuaries will be set up in villages under Rashtriya Gokul mission
Towards fulfilling the Bharatiya Janata Party’s poll promise to protect the cow and its p... »

Commodities

Why we need a Rungis market in India?

Modern world class wholesale market will help in revamping mandis across the country
There is no question that the country – being one of the largest producers of agricultural co... »

Agri-biz

Punishing wet spell for West seen as ‘low’ set to intensify

Successor lurks in the Bay
For the second successive time during the current series, a low-pressure area has been pu... »

Politics

Standoff over Bills on judicial reforms

RAVI SHANKAR PRASAD, Law and Justice Minister
Opposition parties wary as the Government seeks views on proposed legislations
The Government is likely to face the Opposition’s intransigence on some “seminal” legisl... »
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Economy

Rural job scheme rejig to be a tough task for Centre

Social security: The Govt says it wants to ensure asset creation, but
activists fear dilution of the programme
Workers demand wage revision, Centre wants asset creation
The Government’s effort to rejig the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act... »
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News

Ladakh Hill Council wants share of solar revenue

Ample sunshine, thin air and cold temperature make Ladakh suitable for
solar power generation.
State Government and the Council not on the same page over land use
The Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council wants a “revenue share” if solar power plants... »
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Commodities

WEEKLY OUTLOOK

MCX-gold: Gearing up for a breakout

The gold futures contract on the Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX) has been trading in a si... »

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TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

Palm oil to test supports, rise

Support seen near Ringgit 2,265-75/tonne
Malaysian palm oil futures on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives ended lower on Friday on rising... »

Opinion

All you wanted to know about

Payments Bank

How would it be if your neighbourhood supermarket or even your mobile phone doubled up as a bank?... »

Features

Betting on play-to-bidding

KUNAL MITTAL, Founder and CEO of 90bids.com
Auction portal 90bids.com offers best travel deals
In less than three months, a young enterprise has got 25,000 netizens hooked. That’s not all,... »

Cover

How can I be shot in jeans?

Riya Sarin, 18, who likes to stay busy—spending upto four hours a day at jazz, and ballet classes—saves a rare afternoon for friends and her cat Mr Monkey
From cruises in the Mediterranean to MDMA cakes, nudies on Snapchat to eavesdropping on pilot chatter... BLink spends time with urban, affluent teenagers, and comes away heartened and afraid
Aanya and Dhruv Saluja, all of 16 and 13, have recently returned from a Mediterranean summer cru... »
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Features

Judgement in Satyam case to be delivered on Aug 11

Deferred: B. Ramalinga Raju, former Chairman of Satyam Computers,
coming out of the court in Hyderabad on Monday. - PV SIVAKUMAR
The designated special court is likely to pronounce the judgement in the Satyam case on Aug... »
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Features

Monetising innovative solutions

SANJAY DESHPANDE, Founder & CEO, Uniken
Uniken has developed hack-proof solutions/apps for secure banking
Conversations with his boss at Tata Research Development and Design Centre (TRDDC) where Sanj... »

Features

ACADEMIC ANGLE

Incubators – the new fads of entrepreneurship?

Incubators are facilities where entrepreneurs can develop a business plan for an idea they have identified.
As the entrepreneurial ecosystem in India develops, translators, incubators and accelerators are... »

Features

Making your virtual meeting easy

Alagu Periyannan, Co-Founder & CTO, BlueJeans. N. RAMAKRISHNAN
Blue Jeans Network provides interoperable vide-conferencing service
“There are 200 billion minutes of audio conference calls done around the world annually,... »

BL Ink

Cover

How can I be shot in jeans?

Riya Sarin, 18, who likes to stay busy—spending upto four hours a day at jazz, and ballet classes—saves a rare afternoon for friends and her cat Mr Monkey
From cruises in the Mediterranean to MDMA cakes, nudies on Snapchat to eavesdropping on pilot chatter... BLink spends time with urban, affluent teenagers, and comes away heartened and afraid
Aanya and Dhruv Saluja, all of 16 and 13, have recently returned from a Mediterranean summer cru... »

Portfolio

Portfolio

THE BIG STORY

Return of the ULIP

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, ULIPs are all fired up after the recent market rally. But do check the long-term track record too before rushing to buy them
After a barrage of bad news over the years, investors in Unit-Linked Insurance Plans (UL... »

Catalyst

Ramesh Narayan

Incurably optimistic

Ad agencies must not cut the branch on which they sit, says Ramesh Narayan
The 1980s and 1990s were exciting times for the advertising industry. A host of new agencie... »  
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