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ONGC divestment in New Year to shore up revenues

Shishir Sinha

Centre to divest 5%, will reserve 20% of that for retail investors »
2014 Looking Back

Gold survives against all odds

Rajalakshmi Nirmal

Gold is about to end the year marginally lower. That’s not bad, given that the year was one of t... »

Amid gloom, some commodities show mettle

Maulik Tewari, BL Research Bureau

The year 2014 has been a forgettable one for most commodities with many such as crude oil, co... »

Rate-cut hope boosts bond returns

Radhika Merwin

The year gone by has been quite eventful for fixed income investors. Apart from changes in rate... »
Easy Money

Take note of falling inflation

Now that inflation is easing off, salary hikes may be lower. Therefore, resist the temptation to splurge.

Aarati Krishnan

As inflation dips, change the way you save, spend and invest »

JK Lakshmi Cement: more strength in store

Rajalakshmi Nirmal, BL Research Bureau

Valuation is reasonable, and earnings are set to expand further »



Harishanker Subramaniam

No further time to be lost on GST

Final burst: That's what is required to clear the remaining hurdles. M PERIASAMY The GST Constitution Amendment Bill makes significant concessions to States. An April 2016 rollout is doable »



Watch those NGOs

Christmas charities serve themselves first »


Finding fiscal space

Relying on growth to revive revenues is unrealistic. The government has to get cracking on disinvestment »


Watch the milk that you drink

Down the drain And fortunately not into our stomachs S SUBRAMANIUM

RS Khanna

Thanks to middlemen, adulteration is a serious problem. Besides stern punishment, we need more producer cooperatives »


Index Outlook

Market enters a turbulent patch

Lokeshwarri SK

Indices have recovered but there are some hurdles in the near term »

Firm Calls

Raymond: Buy

Bhavana Acharya

Bollywood actor Dino Morea walks the ramp at the launch of Raymonds' new Signature luxury fabric from Italy, in Mumbai, in this file photo. In the domestic worsted suiting segment, Raymond has 60 per cent market share. The company is focussing on apparel retail that holds strong growth potential »


The super-rich, through the ages

Vineet Gill

The Rich — From Slaves to Super Yachts, A 2000-Year History, John Kampfner, Publisher: Little, Brown (Hachette) Kampfner’s book is a story of egregious excess, unchanged since the days of the Roman Empire »


Centre to help with green nod for 16 coal blocks in Round One

Debabrata Das

These blocks have coal reserves of 3.4 billion tonnes »
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US rebuffs N Korea hacking probe offer, seeks China’s help


The United States has dismissed a call by North Korea for a joint investigation into the hacking... »
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NASA plans airships, floating city for manned Venus mission


NASA plans to send solar-powered airships to explore Venus’ atmosphere and to eventually establi... »
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ICICI Pru Value Discovery Fund: Invest

Nalinakanthi V

The fund has beaten its benchmark as well as peers »


Govt plans to impose ₹1-cr penalty on entities violating Electricity Act

Press Trust of India

Provision part of proposed amendments; fine a huge jump from existing ₹1 lakh »

Firm Calls

NMDC: Hold

Meera Siva

Adding capacity: Over the next eight months, the company should
increase output by about 50 per cent The company may take a hit now, but long-term prospects seem intact »


Bank unions call for strike on Jan 7

LN Revathy

CH Venkatachalam The United Forum of Bank Unions (UBFU) has called for an all-India strike on January 7. E... »
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A silver lining for duck rearing: thanks to bird flu, Kerala brings it under farming

KPM Basheer

State draws action plan to boost farming, consumption of ducks »


Putin: Russia will emerge from crisis in next 2 years


Russian President Vladimir Putin. President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia's economy would rebound after the rouble's... »


For SpiceJet, a lot rides on PE investors, Ajay Singh's decision

Ashwini Phadnis

Ajay Singh (file photo) SpiceJet will return to being a "true low cost airline" if Ajay Singh and two internat... »


Varying weather evolving for north and south to mark year-end


 The last full week of the month and the year is likely to see contrasting weather dev... »


Former Union Minister of State and DMK member Napoleon joins BJP

Our Bureau

Actor, former union minister of state for social justice and senior DMK member D Napoleon today ‎joined BJP in the presence of BJP President Amit Shah. Actor, former union minister of state for social justice and senior DMK member D Napoleon today... »

BL Ink


Recording life

Arko Datta

Hand of god: A man breaks down after he finds the lifeless body of his eight-year-old son in Cuddalore Ten years on, photojournalist Arko Datta recounts the wave of death, mourning and mass burials that made pressing the shutter that much harder »
Today's Poll
Electricity Act violation: Should the penalty be raised from Rs 1 lakh to 1 crore?
Can't say

Ten years on, photojournalist Arko Datta recounts the wave of death, mourning and mass burials that made pressing the shutter that much harder »

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