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What's causing the pollution
The seawater around the Gateway of India is polluted resulting in the death of about 300 fish. A team of officials from the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board and scientists from the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute and ... More


Twin-engined reverse monsoon in top gear
THE northeast monsoon has undergone a dramatic transformation with the east-west shear zone, the hotbed of monsoon turbulence in the Southern peninsula, getting elongated and held point-to-point by active low-pressure systems on either flank. ... More

Gorgeous scene
With rain clouds in the background, the rays of the setting sun paint Cyberabad crimson on Wednesday.



Low tax-GDP ratio daunts India's quest to join developed world
INDIA is keen on joining the league of developed countries by 2020 as per the stated objective of the Government a couple of years ago. But with targets of the gross tax/GDP ratio (combined Centre and States) not reaching the 17 per cent the ... More

China's growth projection to boost commodities
CHINA'S commodities bull story which has held everyone's attention in recent years, is far from over. In the near future, the Asian giant's growth could be even stronger than the scorching rate so far. Support for this extremely optimistic view ... More


Bilateral trade with China up 40 pc in Q1
INDIA'S merchandise trade with China jumped by nearly 40 per cent in the first three months of the current fiscal to touch $3.21 billion against the $2.30 billion recorded in the same period last year. According to the data compiled by the ... More


Rising health claims force insurers' rethink on TPAs
BARELY three years after third party administrators (TPAs) came into the health insurance sector, insurance companies are of the opinion that the experiment may be backfiring with health claims showing steep and unprecedented annual increase ... More


Rooms with a view
The deluxe five-star luxury Leela Hotel of the Mumbai-based Leela group, under construction near the Adyar estuary in Chennai. The Rs 320-crore hotel, with 280 rooms in phase I, is scheduled to open by 2008-end. ... More


UK court restricts launch of Ranbaxy's cholesterol drug — Pfizer says ruling will protect UK turf from generic competition
THE United Kingdom High Court of Justice today restricted Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd from launching early its generic version of Pfizer's cholesterol reducing drug, Lipitor, in the UK. The court upheld the exclusivity of the main patent covering ... More


New tonnage tax regime — Shipping Ministry takes hard stand on fleet acquisition clause
AFTER putting the new tonnage tax regime in place for the Indian shipping industry, it now seems to be payback time for the Ministry of Shipping. Industry sources say the Ministry has adopted a hard stand on the implementation of the clause in ... More

Draft circular on advertising services — Ad agencies may have to fork out more service tax
The implementation of the latest draft circular is likely to result in larger payout of service tax to the exchequer, say tax experts. More


`Textile mills' operating profits rise due to drop in input costs'
THE South India Textile Research Association's (SITRA) study of textiles mills for the April-June 2005 showed that the raw material cost dropped 6.4 percentage points in relation to the yarn selling price compared to the previous six ... More


Burning issue
The rise in crude oil prices is having an impact on the prices of paraffin wax used for making candles. The increase is Rs 14,000 per tonne in three months, the recent one being a Rs 4,500 increase last week, causing a turmoil in the candle ... More


Discovery's India
Catalyst charts the course of Discovery's voyage in India. More


38 pc consider multiple brands before vehicle purchase: J.D. Power
SOME two out of five (38 per cent) new vehicle buyers consider at least one other model before making the purchase, according to the J.D. Power Asia Pacific 2005 India Escaped Shopper Study SM released on Wednesday. The inaugural study analyses ... More


Leather design centre to be set up at NIFT
A DESIGN and production centre for leather goods and garments will be set up at the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT). A memorandum of understanding to this effect was signed between NIFT, the Indian Leather Garments Association ... More


Corrugated box industry mulls hiking prices
THE Federation of Corrugated Box Manufacturers of India is planning an upward revision of prices of corrugated boxes to remain in the business. According to the federation, certain developments in the recent past have jeopardised the viability ... More


Nasscom in pact with Canada peer
THE National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) to encourage information exchangeon IT industry issues. "A joint ... More


CCMB to make nano-biotech foray
INFECTIOUS diseases and nano-biotechnology will be two new areas of focus for the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB). The institute is foraying into nano-biotechnology with a separate facility and trained manpower. With the ... More


Demand makes paint sector buck input costs pressure
A STRONG growth in demand for paints is helping the industry mitigate the impact of rising input costs. Prices of most inputs have remained firm, barring vegetable oil, putting pressure on the profit margins for the paint industry, company ... More


Bilcare unveils clinical services facility in Pune
PHARMA packaging research and solutions company Bilcare has unveiled its clinical services facility here. Dr Christoph Moeschli, Head, Clinical Packaging of Novartis Pharma AG Switzerland, inaugurated the new facility. Talking to ... More


Retail: The next big thing?
Given the market potential, retail is all set to boom. More

FICCI seeks more FDI in DTH, cable biz
THE Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) has asked the Government to increase the FDI (foreign direct investment) cap in direct-to-home and cable business to 74 per cent, similar to the telecom sector. The chamber has ... More

Volkswagen team coming today
A TWO-MEMBER legal team, led by Mr Alfred Strohlein, from the German car major Volkswagen (VW) is arriving here on Thursday to discuss and possibly finalise a pact with regard to setting up a manufacturing facility in Andhra Pradesh. Official ... More


Franchise Expo in Delhi
ABOUT 6,000-7,000 visitors are expected to visit Franchise India 2005, a fair to showcase investment opportunities in franchisees in various industries. The fair, to be hosted by Franchise Holdings Ltd, will have three main events - The ... More

  • In Hyderabad today


    `FBT not in tune with spirit of liberalisation'
    WHEN the international community is looking afresh at India as an emerging economy, the Government needs to do positive things to make sure that nothing is done to affect investments flows. Participating in a workshop on fringe benefit tax ... More


    Kamal Nath to meet chiefs of export promotion councils
    THE Commerce and Industry Minister, Mr Kamal Nath, will hold a meeting with chiefs of various export promotion councils (EPCs) and commodity boards on October 18 to review the country's export performance during 2004-05 and analyse the emerging ... More

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    Top Stories
    Lower coconut yield pushes up products import — User industries' reluctance to modernise also a factor

    Low tax-GDP ratio daunts India's quest to join developed world

    38 pc consider multiple brands before vehicle purchase: J.D. Power

    To meet credit demand growing at over 33 pc — Banks find CBLO route attractive

    Nokia plant may go operational in April

    China's growth projection to boost commodities

    Demand makes paint sector buck input costs pressure

    In Focus

    Indian Aviation: Sky is the limit
    Stock splits
    India Inc's bonus bonanza
    Dabhol power regenerated
    Sethusamudram Canal Project
    India Inc's overseas acquisition

    In Depth

    Gender Justice
    Simple Economics
    Tax Talk

    Looking back
    Oct. 2-Oct. 8
    Fall continues in spices export

    ICF rolls out prototype cars to test rails

    Coffee exports down 35 per cent in H1

    Aspartame: Bitter truth in artificial sweeteners?

    Indonesia palm oil exports to India up 30 pc in Jan-May

    `Global steel demand to rise 20-25 mt in 2006'

    `Employees in IT, ITES sector taken good care of' — Nasscom sees no need for trade unions

    Incremental borrowing by States worries Plan Panel

    Clinical trials: `India has gene pool advantage'

    Gearless scooter market heats up

    Post-Katrina, speculators push up commodity prices

    Vegetable oil imports up at 45.5 lt; soya oil shipments double

    Australian coal majors in talks with Indian thermal power stations

    LPG issue: Govt sets up emergency task force

    Speed up infrastructure at Tuticorin port: CII

    China's success mantra in textiles: Stand by clients

    `Broadband via power lines soon'

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