Many shades Poverty is not just a number; its a general sense of bleakness
Many shades Poverty is not just a number; its a general sense of bleakness

Ashoak Upadhyay

Still smug about the high growth years?

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... »


European elections muddy the waters

With the far right putting up a telling show in key European countries, the future of the continent looks alarmingly hazy
Europe watchers looking to the European parliamentary elections -- which took place last week, fo... »

G Chandrashekhar

Soyabean needs a booster shot

Soyabean rules the global oilseed market, not just because of the sheer size of its output but also for its cultivation in both the hemispheres that ensures year-round supplies. It has multiple... »

Gnanasekaar T


Look to sell gold on upticks to $1,310/oz

Comex gold futures ended higher on Thursday and broke below the key psychological support at $1,300 an ounce as robust economic data from China and Europe improved risk appetite and investors s... »

S S Tarapore


Fiscal correction not to be trifled with

In a world of instant analysis, most commentators are through with their assessment of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s Budget. This column focuses attention on some select enduring aspects of the f... »

Ramesh Narayan

Incurably optimistic

The 1980s and 1990s were exciting times for the advertising industry. A host of new agencies set up shop and some legends passed on the baton. With the corporatisation of the advertising i... »  



How to solve a problem like Russia

If ever there were an event that highlighted the enduring divisions within the European Union, it is surely last week’s tragic downing of Malaysian Airlines MH17 with 298 on board, and the tough de... »



Redefining the idea of world trade

Open sesame That belongs to another era AnglicanArt / At last week’s meeting of trade ministers from the G20 countries — the grouping of the largest advanced and emerging economies, which together account for 85 per cent of the world’s GDP and more th... »

Gnanasekaar T

Palm oil futures set to rise

Malaysian palm oil futures on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives edged lower on Monday dropping to a nine-month low on weakness in the soya complex and a firm local currency once again dampening senti... »


Put technology in a woman’s hands

Powerful connection Selling vegetables or software, it's empowering. - KR Deepak Science, engineering and, to a large extent, technology, have always been considered a man’s domain. But the mobile phone of today, loaded with all kinds of magic features that are becoming simpler... »

R Srinivasan

India slips 10 places in innovation rankings; worst among BRICS nations

India has been the worst performer among BRICS nations in an annual index which measures innovation in various countries.While the other members of the grouping of large emerging economi... »

Vidya Ram

Merkel calls for immediate ceasefire to enable probe

Caution governed the responses of European governments following the deaths of all 298 people aboard Malaysian Airlines MH17, after the plane was shot down in eastern Ukraine.German Chan... »

If gold tops $1,320-25 an ounce, sell

Product recall

Just Ask

Palm oil to move lower, rebound

Devious agenda to erode RBI’s autonomy

Peanut to perk up

Full circle

Politically correct... and more

Palm oil to test resistance, slip

Making India a global manufacturing hub

Vidya Ram

Vodafone’s India revenue rises 10% in June quarter

Strong growth in India proved a counterweight to continued weakness in Europe for Vodafone in the quarter ending in June, the telecom giant said on Friday.Strongest growthWhil... »

Harish Bijoor

Cola Marketing

VISAKHAPATNAM, 07/02/2011: Packaged soft drinks and drinking water bottles being sold on the Visakhapatnam RTC Complex premises at prices more than maximum retail price. Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam Cola, competition, challenges

How have you seen cola marketing pan out in India over the last few decades?New DelhiSaloni, the mome... »

Ramesh Narayan

Joy, expanded

Addendum is a weekly column that takes a sometimes hard, sometimes casual, sometimes irreverent, yet never malicious look at some of the new or recent advertisements and comments on them. <... »

Vidya Ram

UK to push for easing retail FDI norms

Less than two months after Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer and then Foreign Secretary led the country’s first delegation to India since the general election, the country’s De... »

C Gopinath


Yours faithfully

It is easier to think of trust in terms of its absence. When there is no trust, we expect to be cheated. Thus, trust is a belief that a person or an institution can be expected to function without... »

Rasheeda Bhagat

Profit, planet, people

Returning after 23 years to India, which he had left in 1987 after an MBA in marketing, to study communication in the US, Nagesh Rao, President and Director of MICA, Ahmedabad, is amazed t... »



How “buoyant” are Central Government taxes?

Just another gamble Fiscal targets in the Budget NATA789/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM One of the features of several Union Budgets over the past decade and more has been the tendency to window-dress the projected accounts through very optimistic expectations of tax revenues. ... »

R Srinivasan

Australian anger and Indian fulmination

The shooting down of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 over Ukraine threatened to derail the meeting of Trade Ministers of the G20 Group of advanced and emerging economies in Sydney on Saturday. ... »

R Srinivasan

Rio Tinto banks on Modi to revive India ventures

SAM WALSH, Rio Tinto CEO Rio Tinto, the world’s largest merchant miner with more than a two-third share of the world’s iron ore business, and significant presence in other minerals and commodities, is banking on Prime Min... »



Finally, the truth about Satyam

QED B Ramalinga Raju and his team at Satyam found a simple way of fudging big time PV Sivakumar Unlike Agatha Christie novels, financial crimes in India seldom have a satisfying denouement. Perpetrators often manage to evade the long arm of the law. Where they are brought to book, the actual... »

Dealing with an ‘expansionist’ China

3-D marketing

Don’t postpone GAAR, please

What’s even worse than rape?

Milk prices may rule easy despite drought fears

Look to buy gold on dips to $1,325-30/oz

The fairness debate isn’t unwarranted

Insider trading, now at high speed

Of course, she can’t have it all