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Beyond the bailout brew
THE BAILOUT PACKAGE for coffee growers and a new scheme for tea sector modernisation recently cleared by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs are sure to provide substantial financial relief to the beleaguered plantation sector. Unsteady ... More

AGRICULTURE


Farm exports: Not yielding full potential
If India wants to compete with China it must modernise the farm sector. Areas in the agricultural sector such as export-linked research, resources management, new technologies, professional marketing and sequencing of priorities too need to be looked into. More

FOREX


Rich China's poor yuan
China's rising external reserves should have caused the yuan to appreciate considerably. But the trend shows otherwise. There is a reasonably robust constituency in the US and East Asian countries for the continuation of the prevailing exchange rate regime, says Bhanoji Rao. More

PETROLEUM


Oil price hike — Government must pump up courage
If the authorities are unable hike petro product prices, alternatives, such as differential pricing for different consumers, could be explored, particularly when wasteful consumption of fuels by individuals or private industry can be monitored, measu red and penalised. This would prepare the ground for tough decisions to be taken without abandoning good economics. More

TEA


Tea industry — Need for greater synergy between corporate and small producers
PRICES for Indian tea at the six auction centres have shown that they have improved in 2004, but are still much below the prices achieved in the late 1990s. Consider the figures shown in the Tables. Indian prices have ... More

STANDARDS & BENCHMARKS


`Quality' by certification
The underlying need to first define what is quality — that is, what is expected of the product or service — remains. And when this is clearly identified, the means for achieving it can be spelt out and necessary technical or managerial in puts organised. More

PEOPLE


Hero in real life too
IT IS not given to every film star to replicate his acts of "reel heroism" in actual life. Sunil Dutt perhaps was an exception. He saved his wife-to-be, Nargis, from a fire on the sets of Mother India, a defining ... More

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