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More and more people changing mobiles within 2 yrs: Study

Also, with prices of mobile handsets coming down and disposable incomes going up, people are changing handsets too often.

18 new channels in Jan-March period

In good news for the Indian broadcasting sector, the total number of channels in the country has shown an increase from 485 to 503 over a three month period.

Sun TV stock tanks 16% after CBI raids Maran bros' premises

Sun TV tumbled by as much as 16% after CBI conducted raids on the premises of owner Kalanithi Maran and former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran.

ConCor likely to post double-digit growth next year: Dr P Alli Rani, Director Finance

"I think the current tepid phase is temporary. The dip in exports will also pass. The January-March quarter has always been the healthiest for us."

Good villains: What looks like cruelty is sometimes a blessing

Often the apparent intention is not the real intention. What looks like cruelty, is actually a blessing!

Kalanithi Maran turns poorer by Rs 1000 crore on CBI probe talks

Maran's wealth on paper fell over Rs 1k crore after news that the Central Bureau of Investigation is poised to file charges against him.

CBI to probe case of over 300 phone lines given to Dayanidhi Maran

CBI will start a formal probe into allegations that over 300 telephone lines were allotted to the residence of Dayanidhi Maran in Chennai.

Office space leases soar to 7 million sq ft in April-June quarter: Survey

Nearly seven million sq ft of office space were leased out during the April-June period, notwithstanding a sluggish real estate market.

New job generation drops by 2 pc in April-June: Assocham

New job generation declined by about 2 per cent to 1,25,500 jobs across the country in the April- June quarter this fiscal.

Manmohan Singh, Chidambaram, Karunanidhi on LTTE hit list

LTTE is plotting to attack Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, foreign intelligence agencies have warned the government.

Ex-DMK minister K Ponmudi arrested on land-grabbing charges

Former higher education minister K Ponmudi was arrested at Villupuram on Thursday on land-grabbing charges. Police officials said he was taken to the Cuddalore central jail.

Indo Tech Transformers hits 10% upper circui

Indo Tech Transformers hit the 10 per cent upper circuit at Rs 274 with a volume of around 1.1 lakh shares on BSE Wednesday.

Broadcasters unhappy, MSOs welcome digitisation deadline delay

Television broadcasters have expressed disappointment over the government's decision to postpone cable TV digitisation in four metros till October.

Sun TV, Nimbus ink cricket telecast deal

Sun TV Network has signed an exclusive cable & satellite channel agreement with Nimbus to broadcast live feed of ODI matches of the Ireland series between India, Ireland, South Africa and Pakistan, to be held between June 23 and July 3.

Tamil movie Kaaviya Thalaivan is not a run-of-the-mill Tamil movie

While almost all Tamil films have songs, few take the plot forward through lyrics. Also, the number of songs average at about five to six in each film and are at mostly predictable junctures

From a maths teacher to head of SRM empire: TR Pachamuthu faces toughest exam as taxmen raid his businesses

The I-T department is already sniffing at what it alleges to be diversion of funds from the education trust that runs SRM University, as tax evasion.

Good bets in pharma- Torrent, Aurobindo, Shasun Chem: Sharmila Joshi, Emkay Global Financials

Sharmila Joshi, Co-Head PCG Sales, Emkay Global Financial Services picks her best bets in the pharma & petrochem sectors, in a chat with ET Now.

Plan to set up 1000 gas filling stations across India in 3 yrs

The Indian Auto Gas company,engaged in distributing LPG for automobiles, plans to set up 1,000 gas filling stations across the country over a three year period at a cost of Rs 700 crore,according to a top company official.

Cloud computing here to stay; it's time companies extracted full benefit from it

Most successful companies of recent times have one thing in common: they built their business using cloud computing services.

George Fernandes sought CIA funds during Emergency: WikiLeaks

Diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks claimed that former convenor of NDA George Fernandes sought funds from the CIA during the Emergency.

Textile Minister Dayanidhi Maran under scanner in 2G scam probe: CBI tells Supreme Court

Maran, former Telecom Minister was accused of forcing promoter of Chennai-based telecom company to sell his firm to Malaysian firm in 2006.

Mixed doubles is not a game: Vijay Amritraj

While Paes has won three mixed doubles titles this year, Vijay Amritraj doesn't feel that it's a serious discipline in tennis.

Budget 2014: Introduce CER taxations to mitigate power crisis and address global warming, says KPMG

The recent power crisis in India has been a subject matter of great concern in India as well as garnered global news reporting.

Lok Sabha Polls 2014: Why Jayalalithaa & Narendra Modi are playing cat & mouse

Whilst the BJP's PM candidate is treading with caution in Tamil Nadu, the AIADMK supremo, who is the darkest of horses in the PM race, is pulling no punches.

BIMARU towns fuelling India's economic resurgence

The highest growth in personal income tax collection, among all regions, has been posted by Bihar and Jharkhand followed by Purvanchal .

Ad wars rage again: A look at most notable brand battles

A recent flurry of full-page ads with competitive claims, and TVCs in which brands take sly potshots at each other are keeping the spirt of marketing warfare alive.

Airlines set to cut fares 25% after Patel rap

Last-minute fares for passengers flying economy on routes such as Delhi-Chennai, which have gone up to Rs 40,000, can fall by 20-25%.

FMCG firms' stocks soar on season's first showers

Food product companies like Britannia, Parle, ITC Foods, Nestle and Dabur aresuretobenefitfromthis monsoon.

Kanimozhi: How a political novice got dragged into 2G quagmire

Dragged rather reluctantly into politics, little would Kanimozhi have imagined that in just four years, she would plunge headlong into the biggest scam rocking the nation.

Weakened DMK will be less troublesome for Congress

The corollary, according to observers, is that the hard-bargaining outfit will now be a defensive force in UPA and will be wary of issuing threats of quitting.

Flipkart, Amazon play it safe; focus on better financials instead of extravagant discounts

Brands were relieved that their efforts to rein in price cuts had worked, confirming the trend of ecomm firms moving away from extravagant discounts.

Polaris Financial Technology approaches Wipro, L&T for services unit sale

Polaris, through investment bankers, has also sent feelers to at least one multinational information technology services firm.

Ericsson’s headcount in India surpasses Sweden

The company, the world’s largest telecom equipment maker, is ramping up operations in India hoping to get a large chunk of 4G network rollout contracts.

Danish co ISS buys 49% stake in SDB Cisco

The acquisition of Chennai-based SDB Cisco, India’s third-largest security firm, by Denmark-based ISS, the world’s leading facility services provider, has materialised.

Budget 2012: Government to start early to meet Rs 30k-crore sell-off target

The finance ministry is keen to start disinvestment early in the next financial year to raise the budgeted Rs 30,000 crore.

Through the third eye

The BJP’s lack of interest in Mamata Banerjee’s no-confidence motion against the UPA has many sub-plots.

Railway Budget 2012 likely to focus on upgradation of signalling system

Dinesh Trivedi is likely to spell out a blue print for upgrading signalling and telecommunication system to prevent accidents in Rail Budget 2012

Cognizant bucks trend, to hand out good bonus

The IT major, which has most of its facilities in Chennai and Bangalore, is paying employees the full variable pay component this year. Cities that are IT hubs | Nine trends for IT

Reliance Jio may offer free TV content to its data users

Reliance Jio is the only company with airwaves to offer 4G highspeed data and voice services in every part of the country.

Hexaware bags multi-million dollar deal, stock up 3 pc on BSE

IT and BPO services provider Hexaware Technologies announced a deal with its US-based financial services client that would help it generate $10-15 mn in annual revenue.

Toyota bucks the trend; kick-starts hiring process

The ‘pink wave’ maybe keeping employees in tenterhooks, but here is a hiring news from an auto MNC that is bound to bring some cheer. Toyota, the world’s second largest carmaker, has kick-started a recruitment exercise nationally to support its India expansion plans.

Durex losing market grip due to legal tussle between Reckitt Benckiser & TTK group regarding their condom-making JV

Chances are you won't easily find the world's favourite condom Durex on retail shelves across the world.

DMK open to coalition, Stalin my successor: Karunanidhi

M Karunanidhi said he was open to forming a coalition government, and reiterated that his son MK Stalin was his political heir.

Lok Sabha elections 2014: J Jayalalithaa, Naveen Patnaik may join forces with BJP post results

Pravat Tripathi indicated that BJD, an erstwhile ally of BJP and a constituent of an earlier NDA, may not have reservations in rekindling the relationship.

Spice Mobile to start manufacturing unit;will invest Rs 100 cr

Handset maker Spice Mobile today said it will start a manufacturing unit for mobile devices in the country by next year with an initial investment of Rs 100 crore.

US Embassy announces measures to streamline visa process for Indian travellers

As a follow-up to executive order issued by Obama announcing a major initiative to woo tourists from India, China and Brazil.

How to plan a holiday in Andamans, Greece in October

The second of our travel series gives you a lowdown on what to see and where to stay when holidaying in The Andamans and Greece.

Gold sales surge on Akshaya Tritiya, especially in south India

Gold sales surged 10-20% thanks to the Akshaya Tritiya festival, which has been providing a boost to the precious metal trade since 2005.

Sunday ET: Filmmakers globally & in India are reacting faster in bringing inspiring real life stories to big screen

A section of filmmakers believes that it is their job to react quickly and capture people’s emotions instead of waiting for time to blur things.

iGate shortlists Cognizant's veteran employee Debashis Chatterjee for COO rank

Cognizant's former employee Debashis had led its banking & financial services sector for over 7 yrs. After joining iGate, he may lead all verticals of the company.

Etihad plans four new Indian routes by 2009

UAEs national carrier, Etihad Airways, plans to add new routes to four cities in India - Kozhikode, Chennai, Jaipur and Kolkata by 2009.

Most hotel stocks hit 52-week high

Most of the hotel stocks hit their 52-week high on the back of news that hotels have hiked or mulling an increase in room tariffs for the busy season from October to March.

2G scam: Why did Sibal run down CAG report asks Jayalalithaa

AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa has lashed out at Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal and the Centre for running down the CAG report and for delaying the arrest of A Raja.

Singapopore fund acquires 1.8% in Sun Network for over Rs 100 cr

Singapore-based Nalanda Capital has picked up a 1.8% stake in Sun Network for a little over Rs 100 crore through an open market bulk deal transaction on the Bombay Stock Exchange.

Rail Budget 2012-13: List of new trains announced

Here is a list of new Express Trains, Passenger Trains, MEMU, DEMU, Extension of run and increase in frequency of trains:

Assembly elections: Why it would be an uphill task for Congress & not for BJP

For the Congress, it would be an uphill task to retain either Assam or Kerala, and avoid being left with Karnataka as the lone major state under its control.

Delhi gang-rape case: Jayalalithaa for harsher punishment for rape

Jayalalithaa announced a 13-point action plan to ensure women's safety and prevent incidents of sexual harassment.

12 politicians to watch out for

Here is a roundup of politicians who regardless of how their personal fortunes pan out are likely to leave a mark on their parties, states and the nation itself this year.

HCL Tech loses two execs handling 30% of business, exits of Rajeev Sawhney & Pradeep Nair critical for co

HCL Tech has lost two senior executives with responsibility for at least a third of the company’s $4.3-bn (about Rs23,650 cr) business.

SpiceJet CEO quits, more changes likely

SpiceJet has appointed Kishore Gupta, a director since 2000, as acting CEO.

Aspiring investors log onto online deal platforms like AngelList, BankerBay, Lets Venture to back new ideas

Online platforms such as AngelList, BankerBay, Lets Venture, Angels Den, Ah! Ventures, Companisto have emerged in various parts of the world to make fundraising easier.

Smart, free and high-quality apps for feature phones

Don’t feel left out just because you don’t have a smartphone. Here are some free and high-quality, Java-based applications that are available for feature phones.

Eleven stocks in focus in Tuesday morning trade

Indian shares are expected to trade lower. Here is a list of eleven stocks that are likely to be in action in morning trade today.

Expect 90% occupancy in Goa, Kerala & other resorts during New Year: Vivek Nair, Leela Group

Quarter 3 and 4 are peak periods and depending upon the location, we would expect the industry to do about 70 pc, says Vivek Nair, Leela Group

HIGHLIGHTS-Tennis-Day two at the Australian Open

TENNIS-OPEN/HIGHLIGHTS (PIX)=2:HIGHLIGHTS-Tennis-Day two at the Australian Open

HIGHLIGHTS-Tennis-Day two at the Australian Open

TENNIS-OPEN/HIGHLIGHTS (PIX)=2:HIGHLIGHTS-Tennis-Day two at the Australian Open

HIGHLIGHTS-Tennis-Day two at the Australian Open

TENNIS-OPEN/HIGHLIGHTS (PIX)=2:HIGHLIGHTS-Tennis-Day two at the Australian Open

Upset Karunanidhi breaks down after Kanimozhi's arrest

As the news flashed on TV channels that Kanimozhi will be arrested and sent to Tihar Jail, the DMK patriarch broke down, sobbing.

Mid-tier software cos weeding away non-performers

Market is agog with names of almost every tier II software services co laying off people. However, some HR heads denied any such move. Handling employee exit

Rahman says "Jai Ho Jackson"

"Jai Ho, MJ! We love you for your music, regardless of all the controversies!", was how double Oscar Winner A R Rahman paid his tributes to the pop legend Michael Jackson.

More trouble for Dayanidhi Maran; grant of DTH to Sun Direct under CBI scanner

The CBI had sought the files from Department of Telecom related to spectrum allocation made to direct-to-home (DTH) broadcasters by seeking details of sanction of bandwidth.

Telcos pin hopes on poll alerts to raise VAS usage

These telcos, whose woes include low awareness about VAS in India, place their bets on events loaded with information and excitement like the elections or cricket, to up their VAS usage.

Cafe culture to boost coffee consumption: K Ramakrishnan, President-marketing, CCD

Ramakrishnan believes that the cafe culture is on the rise and this will also lead to in-home consumption of coffee & that coffee is fast becoming the beverage of choice for young India.

Taste the best with Timescity.com

TimesCity.com, an interactive portal providing hyperlocal information combined with user reviews and ratings, was soft-launched recently by Times Internet Limited.

Indian Newspaper Society rejects IRS 2013 findings

The Indian Newspaper Society, an umbrella association of the Indian newspaper industry, has rejected the Indian Readership Survey (IRS) 2013.

Flying out of Delhi and Mumbai to get cheaper

Flying out of Delhi and Mumbai may get cheaper from January 1, 2013, with aviation minister Ajit Singh ordering abolition of airport development fee.

Robust order book will be a positive catalyst for VA Tech

A strong cash position and robust order book will be positive catalysts for VA Tech Wabag, country's largest builder of water treatment plants.

TRACK SENSEX, NIFTY LIVE: Who moved my market today

If you are reading this, chances are Sensex and Nifty are part of your daily life, and actions on Dalal Street can make or mar your day.

Sethu issue: Karunanidhi to go on fast

Instead of bandh, M Karunanidhi and other alliance leaders of the ruling DMK-front will observe fast on Monday.

19 killed, 45 injured in bomb blast in Karachi

At least 19 people were killed and around 45 injured in an explosion at an illegal gambling den in Pakistan's commercial capital.

BJP slams Omar Abdullah's bid to highlight subdued response to TN resolution on Rajiv Gandhi's killers

BJP chief spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad maintained that any person who seeks to break India's sovereignty and integrity or kills a former prime minister and is given a death sentence should be executed.

More reforms, rate cut by RBI to add to current market rally: Suresh Mahadevan, UBS Securities

We are positive on the market. There are legs to it. The first leg is the global liquidity, says Suresh Mahadevan.

TRACK SENSEX, NIFTY LIVE: Who moved my market today

If you are reading this, chances are Sensex and Nifty are part of your daily life, and actions on Dalal Street can make or mar your day.

Burning a hole: Petrol price rise hits conveyance bill

Last weekend's Rs 2.50 hike was the sixth in this financial year, with the last two mark-ups adding 4% even in the most motorist friendly city in the country - Delhi.

Aadhaar: Everything you need to know about it

Haven't linked Aadhaar with various services yet? Here is a collection of stories that can solve all your Aadhaar linking problems.

Corruption, policy paralysis may be common but government employees working efficiently is always a pleasant surprise

It is always a pleasant surprise when we occasionally witness a polite, functioning and efficient segment of government employees.

Top ten stocks which have doubled so far in the year 2015; here's what experts say

Most experts are of the view that the real action will be in individual stocks, while benchmark indices might remain rangebound.

Through the third eye

As Mamata Banerjee gets ready to take command of Writers Building, there could some impact on the delicate distribution of ministerial berths at the Centre.

Capability, not capacity, drives our strategy: Cognizant CFO

Cognizant's chief financial and operating officer Gordon Coburn is categorical that it would not look for “scale” — but look to deepen domain and consulting skills — in its acquisitions even as it scans for future buyouts.

SIHRA sees pressure on hotel ARRs in short term

The good news for the hotel sector is that the performance over October and November was encouraging. The not-so-good part is that the average room rate (ARR) has dropped.

Aviation, hotel stocks catch swine flu

Fearing a pandemic, punters tripped the aviation and hotel stocks, sectors linked to the travel industry.

BFSI helps Mumbai register 170% growth in office space in Apr-Jun 2011

A hot-bed for financial institutions, Mumbai has registered a 170% growth in uptake of office spaces in the second quarter of the calender year 2011.

Americans want to pop made in India Sovaldi drug for 1 per cent of the cost

The drug is showing up for sale alongside illegal goods and narcotics on the dark web, which can be accessed through identity-hiding software.

Future Group to buy stake in Turtle, deal likely in 3-4 weeks

The Future Group is in talks with Turtle Group to buy a stake in the Kolkata-based apparel maker, Future Group Chief Executive Officer Kishore Biyani said on Monday.

PepsiCo names former Nokia MD D Shivakumar as its CEO, India region

Shivakumar will oversee all aspects of PepsiCo's India Region, which includes beverage brands such as Pepsi, Lay's, Tropicana and others.

Thousands bid tearful adieu to Vilasrao Deshmukh

Thousands of grieving supporters and family today bade a tearful adieu to Union minister Vilasrao Deshmukh.

GMR's sugar business on block

The promoters of GMR Group are looking to exit their sugar business.

Rajiv 'killer' to get MCA degree soon

Nalini, a graduate before she was sentenced to death in the case, brought the human bomb Dhanu and her back-up Subha to the Rajiv meeting at Sriperumbudur.

Kalanithi Maran's Kal Airways pledges 2.07 crore more shares in SpiceJet

With this transaction, Kal has pledged a total of 9.09 crore shares, out of the 15.65 crore shares it holds in SpiceJet.

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