Why not a ‘Post Bank of India’?

Using the massive India Post network for banking services would give a big push to financial inclusion »


The rise of the far right

Rising anti-Semitism and anti-immigrant sentiment are emerging as a threat to the European Union idea »


Sunny days ahead?

Policy gridlocked: More than a decade after the Electricity Act, nothing's
improved MARCELCLEMENS/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM To get there, the power sector should be freed from power politics »


The RBI should look beyond short term

Not much has moved on the macroeconomic front and, hence, the next policy review should focus on long-term goals »


The radical force of Labour

Tony Benn’s demise comes at a critical juncture in the history of the left movement in the UK »

Harish Bijoor

question hour

I work in retail and we do bundled promotions. Is this good or bad? Any ideas? MumbaiMohit, bundled offers are good at times, they can get bad or... »

Rasheeda Bhagat

‘We’ve come out of Nitish’s shadow’

An angry Bihar will punish its Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for ending the 17-year-old alliance with the NDA, BJP leader of the Opposition in Bihar Assembly, Sushil Modi, told Rasheeda Bhagat»


The ideological clash within the UPA

Poles apart And how the UPA has suffered for that No party in post-Independent India could have been slapped with the double whammy that the UPA has been: accused by the Right, posing as the voice of Reason, with squandering away the nation’s reso... »

Rasheeda Bhagat

Now, everyone’s getting personal

No excuses The EC may have silenced Amit Shah (in picture) but his tactics live on. As the country goes through successive phases of polling in a long-winded election, the pitch of the political discourse is getting shriller, the narrative more acerbic and the charges and counter-... »


India Inc must stop playing Scrooge

Ajay Piramal is definitely a brilliant dealmaker, going by the cool 50 per cent gain that Piramal Enterprises will be pocketing from the sale of its strategic equity stake in Vodafone India to Prim... »

Rasheeda Bhagat

Alagiri calls the shots in south TN

Sibling rivalry MK Alagiri and MK Stalin in a file photo P Saravanan, a doctor by profession, is in charge of the Tirumangalam region for the MDMK. Party chief Vaiko is contesting from Virudhunagar constituency and as a couple of SUVs whizz past ahead o... »


BPOs: The road best not taken

Checking out India is becoming high wage country for western outsourcers SHAJU JOHN If there is one activity that is reshaping the fortunes of a city like Pune, it is Information Technology. All over what is called the “fringes” of the old town with its cantonment and the “native”... »


A nasty, polarising election

Indian idol With candidates hitting new lows with their poll speeches, whom
will the people back? V SREENIVASA MURTHY As 7.5 million Indian voters were scheduled to cast their vote on Monday in the first phase of the world’s largest democratic exercise, it was appalling to watch the discourse of this election chan... »

G Chandrashekhar

Ruddy outlook for iron ore


If steel is the most critical industrial metal that drives economic growth, iron ore is the most critical input for steelmaking. Not many countries are endowed with this ferrous mineral,... »

Vidya Ram

Indian companies are increasingly significant employers in UK: Report

Indian companies are becoming an increasingly important source of jobs in the UK, employing over 1 lakh people, and many have growth rates above 10 per cent, a new research has found.<... »

A policy with clarity of purpose

The ten crore question

‘I have many elections ahead’

China is now world’s largest gold producer and consumer

No party for Muslims

Family matters

Look to sell gold on rallies to $1,308-12 an ounce

What is a car, really?

Will Modi have to depend on Amma, Didi and Behenji?

Ramesh Narayan

Hasty execution

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. ... »

Rasheeda Bhagat

Split ‘secular’ vote may help BJP in Bihar

Son shines LJP chief Ramvilas Paswan and his son Chirag in a file photo

As seven more constituencies of Bihar go to the polls in the second phase on Thursday, leaving 23 more in the State’s total seats of 40, caste and religion continue to dominate the poll sce... »

Gnanasekaar T

Technical Analysis

Palm oil to test supports, rise

Malaysian palm oil futures on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives were higher on Monday buoyed by strength in the energy complex, firm soya oil markets and a slightly weaker local currency. Higher ener... »

C P Chandrasekhar & Jayati Ghosh

The burden of corporate debt

Blown away A falling Rupee has made matters worse, squeezing corporate profitability further and making the debt burden too large LIGHTSPRING/SHUTTERSTOCK Much attention has been paid to the slowdown of industrial growth in India, with the Index of Industrial Production for the period April to February 2013-14 having fallen by 0.1 per cent when compa... »

C Gopinath

Stressed-out Uganda

The young immigration officer at Entebbe Airport, Uganda, flipped through my passport and looked up, ‘Is this your first visit to Uganda?’ When I said yes, he smiled, ‘What took you so long?!” Imm... »

G Chandrashekhar

Deficit in global zinc, lead market to continue this year also

The world market for refined lead and zinc will remain in deficit this year, according to the latest forecast made by International Lead and Zinc Study Group. While the lead market w... »

Gnanasekaar T

Palm oil futures set to rise

Malaysian palm oil futures on Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Exchange ended lower as a stronger ringgit dampened sentiment despite expectations of tighter inventories. Festive buying optimism and fall... »

G Chandrashekhar

World copper market will be in surplus this year

After four consecutive years of apparent deficit, the world copper market could witness a production surplus relative to demand in 2014, according to projections made by International Coppe... »


What Pink Revolution?

It is unfortunate that the cow has once again taken centre-stage in political discourse, with insinuations that a Centre-promoted ‘pink revolution’ is endangering India’s cattle population.I... »

Vidya Ram

Why Marius had to die

In February this year, Rufus Gifford, the US Ambassador to Denmark, made a trip to Copenhagen Zoo in response to a flood of international messages he had received. At issue was the death of... »

Marketing to women and natives

US prospective plantings report has potential to tame inflation

India’s new political economy

Have workers in Gujarat benefited from “development”?

More isn’t merrier for steel

LIC’s random acts of kindness

Selling to the five senses

Anticlimactic effort

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