July 22, 2014

A vote of confidence

Financial Technologies India Ltd’s offloading of 15 per cent stake in MCX to Kotak Mahindra Bank is good news for commodity derivatives trading in India. MCX is the country’s leading commodity trad... »


July 22, 2014

The labour reforms we truly need

Nothing's working Collective bargaining has been demonised R Ragu

The labour reform debate in India has acquired renewed vigour under the new government. The Rajasthan and the Haryana governments have recently proposed to amend a few Central labour law... »


July 22, 2014

Blowing in the wind

The humble dhoti has managed to hit the headlines and do something unimaginable — get the DMK and AIADMK to speak in one voice. The recent incident of a High Court judge dressed in a ... »


July 22, 2014
BusinessLine Twenty Years Ago - Today

Fall in line in 2 years, UTI told

The Securities and Exchange Board of India has told the Unit Trust of India to bring down its investment in the equity of companies to five per cent over the next two years to fall in line... »


July 22, 2014

India lacks the bandwidth

Slow and steady Loses the race Lisa S /

The growth of broadband connections in India continues to be abysmally low. The initial push was based on landlines but soon utilisable landlines got exhausted. The cable television network is... »


July 22, 2014

Slow death of the stockbroker

No more an advisor The broker’s service has shrunk to mere transaction

Over the last two decades, the capital market has been witnessing an interesting paradox. Investors are fast disappearing even when policymakers are introducing more and more investor protectio... »


July 21, 2014

All you wanted to know about: REITS

The Budget has brought real estate investment trusts (REIT) back into the limelight. Hailed as a ‘game changer’ for the Indian property market, REITs is an idea that has been making its rounds sin... »


Ashoak Upadhyay

Still smug about the high growth years?

Many shades Poverty is not just a number; its a general sense of bleakness
Drop the euphoria for a moment – a third of India is seriously poor. And urban poverty has risen sharply
The latest report on the number of poor Indians shows a third of the population living below the... »



The big fat Indian Budget

Another festival: With the ritual that goes with it RuthChoi /
It’s all about the FM single-handedly rescuing the economy, while everyone else enjoys tax breaks, finds a newbie journalist
Ashutosh, just out of journalism school, was raring to go on his first assignment at the Busin... »


Managing in tough times

In the same boat Both Murthy and Modi face leadership challenges PTI
It all boils down to leadership. The relationship between power and accountability is profoundly democratic
On the face of it, there is little in common between NR Narayana Murthy and Narendra Modi, apart... »


One regulator too many?

Puppet on a chain: Let's not reduce the RBI to that JESADAPHORN/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM
Raghuram Rajan is right in raising doubts about the need for a super-regulator in the financial sector
A week ago, Governor Raghuram Rajan delivered a speech in Mumbai, the theme of which was the Fina... »


July 22, 2014

Shocking stand

The Centre’s precarious position of not passing a resolution on the conflict between Israel and Palestine is understandable as it wants maintain good relations with both. But the Foreign M... »
July 18, 2014

Can we bank on them?

This refers to the report on the RBI issuing guidelines on payment banks and small banks (July 18). The RBI has prescribed a capital adequacy ratio of 15 per cent for payment banks. As the... »
July 16, 2014

Absurd pampering

Politicians are the most pampered lot in this nation. They enjoy more than the maharajas did, all at the cost of tax-payer. The latest example of this is the Karnataka government footing t... »
July 14, 2014

Trust the RBI

This refers to “Devious agenda to erode RBI’s autonomy” by S S Tarapore (July 14). The RBI should be independent with a clear mandate of protecting the currency. Price stability is the mai... »
July 10, 2014

Implementation’s the key

The Budget has shown an inclination to leave more money in the hands of the public for investment in financial assets and for consumption of goods and services. In his post-Budget intervie... »
July 21, 2014

Catastrophe in Gaza

As of now, there is no sign of a let-up in Israel’s blistering attack on Gaza. In fact, Israel is intensifying the use of military force against the civilian population in the name of figh... »
July 17, 2014

Give farmers a leg up

This refers to the article, “Crumbs for the farmer” by Vishwanath Kulkarni (July 17). At present, farmers are desperately looking for assistance from the Government. They expect the Govern... »
July 15, 2014

Unfettered voice

In the passing of Nadine Gordimer the world has lost an iconic writer. She used her pen as a mighty weapon to inculcate a sense of humanity and humanistic ideals among readers. Even after the tran... »
July 11, 2014

Juggling numbers

Two years ago, the Consumer Price Index was 4592. Now it is around 5,500. The income tax exemption limit increase just covers the inflation amount. Not restoring standard deduction is an i... »
July 9, 2014

Calling for attention

This refers to the editorial, “Signalling realism”(July 9). Although the rail Budget contains certain desirable features, the rise in fare and freight announced earlier could have been put... »

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