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    Economic Survey pegs FY16 GDP growth at 8.1-8.5%

    Shishir Sinha

    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley with Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian at a pre-Budget meeting in New Delhi (file photo). Economic Survey has estimated economic growth between 8.1 and 8.5 per cent in 2015-16. The Surve... »

    S&P raises India’s GDP forecasts to 7.9%

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    Ahead of the Union Budget announcement on Saturday, global rating agency Standard &... »

    The Nifty Call: Go long with a stop-loss at 8,765

    Gurumurthy K, BL Research Bureau

    ​Nifty March Futures (8,797) The Nifty futures contract is trading on a positive... »


    The Hindu BusinessLine will publish a special Budget edition on Sunday, March 1, 2015. Th... »

    BEL, Rolta stocks spurt on Rs 50K cr defence order

    R Yegya Narayanan

    Shares of Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) and Rolta India Ltd soared today after a consortium of th... »



    Make in India: Ball lies in govt’s court

    Get me rolling: Indian industry is full of promise donatas1205/

    Bandi Ram Prasad

    The state would have to play the role of financier, regulator, producer and consumer »

    Oil and gas exploration deserve better

    It's not sunset time yet Refuel the sector Dabarti CGI/

    Ajay Rastogi/Manish Aggarwal

    Previous Budgets have not given this area the tax breaks it deserves, while squandering large sums on subsidies »


    Platform for the future

    There’s little to fault in Suresh Prabhu’s larger vision for the Railways. But funding the plan will be a challenge »


    Offloading the baggage of history

    Shanti Narayan

    The Rail Budget goes down a new track, but it has missed an opportunity to raise second class and suburban fares »

    Rajalakshmi Nirmal


    What's new about the Consumer Price Index?

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    Buy Comex gold if it dips to $1,200-05 per ounce

    Gnanasekaar T

    Comex gold futures edged up higher on Thursday after comments from the Federal Reserve pushed ba... »

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    Engineers India (₹203.3)

    Yoganand D, BL Research Bureau

    The stock of Engineers India fell 2.8 per cent on Thursday breaching a key support at ₹21... »  



    Outlook bearish for natural gas; stay away from crude oil

    Gurumurthy K, BL Research Bureau

    The short-term uptrend in natural gas futures traded on the Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX) seems... »


    Yamaha to launch small cars in Europe


    Yamaha is planning to build car plants in Europe to sell them in the region before 2020 Japanese motorcycle giant Yamaha will join the four-wheel market by launching small cars in Euro... »
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    Planters urge Centre to raise import duty on rubber to 30%

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    The United Planters’ Association of Southern India is hoping that the Government would intervene... »
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    J&K govt: Mufti meets Modi ahead of swearing-in ceremony


    PDP patron Mufti Mohammed Sayeed today met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi. Image: PIB India PDP patron Mufti Mohammed Sayeed today met Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of the swearing-in... »
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    Shake-up at the top imminent at IGATE as growth continues to lag

    Sangeetha Chengappa

    Ashok Vemuri, CEO of IGATE As margins and utilisation rate decline, top officials may soon be shown the door »


    Bharti Airtel raises $310 mn through tower unit share sale


    Bharti Airtel, India's biggest mobile phone operator by users, said on Thursday it had raised $3... »


    Freight rate hike may push up commodity prices: Railway Minister


    Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu in Parliament today proposed to hike freight rates for 12 commodities Cement, coal, steel and urea prices are likely to go up with the Railways Minister proposing fre... »


    Why is Modi so eager to push the Land Bill?

    Our Bureau

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi Prime Minister Narendra Modi is believed to be the guiding spirit behind the Centre’s ins... »
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    Sikka to move Infy away from time & materials model

    Sangeetha Chengappa

    As Vishal Sikka, CEO of Infosys, prepares to articulate a “detailed strategy” in April th... »
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    Land ordinance: Govt considering representations from stakeholders


    Under fire from the Opposition on the Land ordinance, government today said it is considering a... »
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    Modi calls Prabhu's Rail Budget 'watershed moment'

    Our Bureau

    Rail Budget 2015 futuristic and passenger centric: Narendra Modi Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter on Thursday and called Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu’... »


    Start-up sets up India’s largest biomass cook-stove factory in Gujarat

    Virendra Pandit

    Greenway co-founder Neha Juneja demonstrating the stove Taking an unconventional route to manufacture cleaner and smarter stoves for nearly 15 crore Ind... »


    Rail Minister outlines 4-year investment plan worth over Rs 8.6 lakh cr

    K Raghu Rao

    The Union Railway Minister, Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, has outlined a four-year investment plan wo... »

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    Through the smog, darkly

    Awadhendra Sharan

    Danger ahead In Delhi, the average Particulate Matter (PM) 2.5 — extremely small particles that get absorbed by the lungs — is thrice the national standard. Photo: V. V. Krishnan With the world’s most toxic air, Delhi struggles to breathe. Although its challenges are many, going forward, the city must learn a few basic lessons from the past »

    The Swift DZire gets a facelift and a bump up in efficiency »

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    Railway Budget 2015-16 highlights

  • Following are the highlights of the Railway Budget 2015-16:
  • No hike in passenger fares
  • No new trains announced
  • Freight rate for cement, coal, others hiked by up to 10%
  • Investment of Rs 8.50 lakh cr envisaged in five years
  • Buttons, coin vending machines for railway tickets
  • e-catering to select meals from an array of choices
  • 24X7 helpline for passenger security problems
  • Surveillance cameras in suburban coaches for woman safety
  • More General class coaches to be added
  • SMS alert service for passengers to be expanded
  • On-board entertainment on select Shatabdi trains
  • Hike daily passenger carrying capacity from 21mn to 30mn
  • 200 more stations to come under Adarsh Station scheme
  • Wi—Fi connectivity at B category stations
  • A new department to keep stations, trains clean
  • Operating ratio to improve to 88.5% in 2015—16
  • Speed in 9 railway corridors to be increased from 110 kmph and 130 kmph to 160 and 200 kmph
  • Collision Avoidance System to be installed on select routes
  • Proposed 77 new projects covering 9,400 km of doubling works.
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