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Taliban group owns up for Lahore blast after Pak claims of Indians involved

In what is seen as an embarassment to Pakistan, a previously unknown pro-Taliban group claimed responsibility for Wednesday's car bomb attack in Lahore for which Islamabad sought to implicate India.

Modi-wave in Bengal? BJP may better seat tally, but significant dent to Mamata's TMC unlikely

Recent allegations by the CPI (M) that the chief minister’s family members have invested several crores in real estate have only added to her discomfiture.

Tough task on hand to check mounting debt

It's an inheritance of loss that the Mamata Banerjee government has been grappling with ever since it took charge on May 20.

Football fraternity feels U-17 World Cup will change face of game

In a landmark development, India was chosen as the host country for the mega event by the FIFA executive committee in its meeting at Salvador de Bahia in Brazil yesterday.

Taslima gives in to pressure, says will leave India

In a development that has the potential to dent India’s image as a ``secular’’ society and, at the same time, would mean a victory for Muslim fundamentalists who had launched a campaign for her ouster, controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen has told Indian officials that she is planning to leave India for good.

Adfactors appointed PR consultant for Coal India IPO

The government has appointed Adfactors PR as its communications consultant for Coal India's Rs 12,000 crore Initial Public Offer (IPO), which is expected to hit the market in October.

Government should use available technology to prevent blackouts: Nasscom

Image of India as the new destination for foreign investment got dented, as jittery clients starting calling IT providers back home.

Central banks like RBI, ECB, Federal Reserve to play a crucial role this week

On Tuesday, RBI will hold its monetary policy review meeting, followed by the US Fed's open market committee and ECB's policy meeting.

West Bengal scraps IT projects; Wipro still hopeful

Wipro and Infosys were supposed to get land for Rs 500 cr each in the Rajarhat area near the controversial Vedic village. West Bengal scraps Infosys, Wipro projects

Internet is piggybacking our telecom revolution to expand reach

If govt doesn't want to kill the goose that lays golden egg, then it should recognise that the internet is hard-wired into our lives and is essential for the health of our society.

Indian golf’s year of reckoning ahead!

At the European Tour’s 2.7 million euro HSBC Abu Dhabi Masters, 25-year-old Gaganjeet Bhullar finished 10 th and picked up a cheque of Rs 25 lakhs approx.

'India not informed of arrest of any Indian over Lahore blast'

India has not been informed about the reported arrest of an alleged national of the country in connection with a car bomb attack in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, a senior official of its mission here said on Thursday.

President poll: Mamata Banerjee had no other option

By the time presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee called up West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, late on Tuesday evening, the ice had begun to thaw.

104 armymen punished for rights violations in Kashmir

A total of 104 army officers, junior commissioned officers (JCOs) and other personnel posted in Jammu and Kashmir were found guilty of human rights violations and punished in the past 20 years.

Kerala's home-spun gold jewellery chains bracing to take on the world

In the long line of those astonished by all the gold in Kerala that seems as common as karimeen curry, one of the early ones was the Venetian traveller Marco Polo.

Election results 2011: Congress rejoice as party does well in era of scams

BJP fails to open account in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry & Bengal; sees its tally drop to a mere five (from 10) in Assam.

WB asks for 'all possible help' to defeat bird flu

West Bengal, battling the country's worst outbreak of deadly bird flu, appealed on Saturday to the federal government to send "all possible help to defeat" the virus.

Scarecrow founders Raghu Bhat and Manish Bhatt find the company's name had talk-point value

Raghu Bhat and Manish Bhatt went ahead with Scarecrow since according to them it was the most disruptive, had talk-point value and was also safer.

WB: Rescued tiger heads for new home

The Jharkhali tiger, which had been rescued from a village with one of its paws chewed off, was bundled off to the Khayerbari rescue centre.

Small-budget Tollywood film, Bhooter Bhobishyot, is the biggest hit in Tollygunge

The offbeat flick has crossed 100 days at in the theatrical circuit. Grossings are placed at Rs 3 crore-plus at the box office, according to industry sources. The movie was made for roughly Rs 60 lakh.

How student activism is taking India by storm, with issues ranging from caste discrimination to high fees

Debates and free speech enrich college education. To control this freedom is to allow the manufacture of young minds conditioned by majoritarianism.

Stocks of 2G scam-hit telcos fall after CBI court rejects bail plea of executives

While DB Realty slipped by 4.22%, Unitech and RCom slumped 5.13% and 1.99%, respectively. Shares of ADAG group firms also fell.

2G scam-hit telecom stocks under pressure; incumbent cos to benefit

Market analysts said RCom, DB Realty and Unitech are under pressure as thier subsidiaries or joint ventures have been named in the CBI charge-sheet.

Bates India: Lesser the ambiguity at the top, better it is for the business

Brand Equity speaks to the men tasked with the onerous job of getting their teams fighting fit and back in shape.

Bharti Group JV acquires 49% stake in startup Y2CF

A Bharti Group joint venture company, set up last year to invest in social media and gaming and partly managed by promoter Sunil Mittal's son Kavin, has made its first acquisition in the e-commerce space.

Gold buying in India set to rise 15%

Gold buying in India is set to rise 15% as buyers shrug off record high prices ahead of the wedding season that starts next month.

Air India's direct Delhi-Chicago flight route doing well

Air India (AI) has tasted success with its direct New Delhi-Chicago flights, which were launched on October 31 last year.

Premium tea jumps 50% on rising demand

The new tea season has brought good news for tea companies which have presence in north India. Prices of premium quality teas have appreciated by 50% and average quality teas are being sold at a premium of 14%.

Year 2013 may mark the end of Indian crony capitalism

2013 exposed everything that was wrong with India, more so with its financial system.

Advani's black money hunt crashes on Sonia wall

There has been unease in BJP over this report driven by Advani. Many senior leaders were not in agreement with the task force's plan to drag senior political leaders.

SAIL, Nalco and JSP among 6 Indian companies in race for Afghan mines

A consortium of four PSUs as well as two private firms have been shortlisted to invest in new gold and copper deposits in Afghanistan.

HSBC to accord high priority to organic growth

HSBC India would accord high priority to organic growth, group general manager and country head HSBC group of companies Naina Lal Kidwai said.

Paribartan: Supporters turn critical of Mamata Banerjee

Several of her newfound supporters, including former Left icons have turned critical of her government.

Stocks to watch on Wednesday

Equities are expected to see a positive opening Wednesday after global cues turned for the better as oil prices slid below $122.

Why Sri Lanka is losing sleep over the rupee

Sri Lanka's central bankers are probably more worried about accelerated fall in the rupee in the past 4 months than RBI governor Subbarao.

Pepsi's $ 200 mn investment in India for manufacturing, agri

PepsiCo will invest $200 mn in India to enhance manufacturing and agricultural activities to increase its footprint.

Manjushree to get a bite of Kesoram

Birla group patriarch Basant Kumar Birla has announced his decision to retire in 3 years & reiterated that Kumar Mangalam Birla will partially assume the reins of his business empire.

Cold waves make tea a hot commodity now

The unceasing cold wave in large parts of the country is proving to be a bonanza for the tea industry. Tea stocks have depleted in Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and NCR and end-season teas turned costlier by Rs 10 per kg compared to the previous year.

Steel stocks surge as investors lap up shares on better earning hopes

Shares of Tata Steel, India’s largest steelmaker, surged 3.6% on Monday as investors bought the stock in expectation of improved profitability.

Budget 2012: Mining of iron ore likely to become cheaper

Mining of iron ore is likely to become cheaper as customs duty on imported plant and machinery used in the industry has been cut from 7.5% to 2.5%.

Budget 2012: Hike in allocation for green revolution in East under RKVY to intensify agriculture research

The budget proposal to hike the allocation for green revolution in the East from Rs 400 to Rs 1000 crore will intensify agriculture research.

Budget 2012 not specific on fuel & fertiliser subsidies: Swaminathan Aiyar

This is a budget which claims to be attempting discipline, but the discipline has been kicked down the road.

Rail Budget 2012: ‘Fare hike not unfair, give facilities’

Railway minister Dinesh Trivedi may be drawing flak from his party boss Mamata Banerjee for raising fares, but Delhiites are not gunning for his scalp.

Realty sector eyes New Year to end multi-year slowdown

Property developers hope that the new real estate law will see the light of day in 2016 and bring in the much-needed efficiency, transparency and accountability into this sector.

Corporates queue up for next IPL season

Many retail majors plan to tie-up with IPL franchisees, given the fact that the business format of IPL is modelled on the English Premier League. Business of IPL

Panchayat poll result trends indicate Mamata Banerjee’s sweeping victory

Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress is winning most of the gram panchayat seats, the counting for which is on.

NDMC not to impose hike in parking rates from August 1

NDMC has decided to defer effecting the hike as no private entity participated in the tender process for operating the parking lots with revised rates.

IL&FS Investmart to buy Apeejay Sec

After Motilal Oswal Securities’ acquisition of south-based Peninsular Capital, comes news that Mumbai-based IL&FS Investsmart is all set to buy Apeejay Securities to build a presence in the eastern part of the country.

Uninor fails to get 2G, defers pan-India plan

Telenor Group's ambition of becoming a pan-India mobile services powerhouse has been stymied for now as the Norwegian company is yet to receive 2G airwaves from the DoT in key cities across four telecom zones.

Race for Kesoram's tyre unit hots up as Apollo enters fray

While MRF was the front-runner for the asset Apollo has recently entered the fray said multiple sources aware of the ongoing negotiations.

Saint-Gobain talks to Jai Balaji, Dempo for pipe business

France-based global conglomerate Saint-Gobain is interested in entering the Indian iron pipe business and is in talks with Jai Balaji and Dempo, sources said.

Let Rahul first learn politics, says Mamata

Congress general secretary’s plan to expand footprint in West Bengal irks Trinamool leader Mamata Banerjee.

MobileStore launches online sales operation

Essar Group's mobile retail chain MobileStore on Thursday launched its online sales operations.

UCO Bank to raise Rs 900-950 cr from FPO

UCO Bank is likely to raise Rs 900-950 crore from follow-on-public offer after a strong rally in the stock market.

Nirmal Singh Bhangoo: The man who rose from a milk seller to owner of 1.83 lakh acres of land in 30 years

Bhangoo’s story is similar to that of Sahara group’s Subrata Roy. Both run business empires whose functioning, critics say, is opaque.

Poll results have Indians glued to small screen

A majority of Indians were hooked to the small screen Saturday as the election results poured in. People switched channels by the minute to watch the fast-changing leads and the country's biggest political drama reach a climax.

Black gold: Coal India IPO marks a watershed

The biggest thing about the Coal India initial public offering (IPO) is not its size - the largest ever from an Indian company - or its hotly-debated price band.

Lalgarh tribal leader held, Maoists rage

Chhatradhar Mahato, the face of tribal protest has Maoist backing.

Points of interconnect won’t be an obstacle in Jio launch: Sunil Bharti Mittal

'You cannot serve customers by the chairman of company driving the agenda. It is the people who will drive it and we have the best people.'

Through the Third Eye

THE three key players who help to frame the government’s economic policy-drive, Pranab Sen, the chief statistician, Kaushik Basu, the chief economic advisor and Rahul Khullar, the commerce secretary, go back a long way.

IT hub scrapping sad day for West Bengal: Infosys

Companies like Infosy, Wipro, ITC Infotech had chalked out plans to set up units in the proposed IT hub. Top 10 nations using internet | 40 years of the internet

More pvt players should support documentaries: Dasmunsi

Private media companies should participate in making documentary films a commercially viable venture, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi on Sunday said.

Rains in North may recede slowly

Monday’s moderate rainfall across North-West India will probably exacerbate the flood situation in North India.

Pro-Taliban group claims responsibility for Lahore blast

A hitherto unheard of pro-Taliban group called 'Ansar Wa Mohajir' has claimed responsibility for Wednesday's car bomb attack in Lahore.

China targets India for Buddhist monks' stir in Sichuan

The Chinese authorities are blaming the Tibetan government-in-exile in India as well as what they call overseas organizations, press and media institutions.

China targets India for Buddhist monks' stir in Sichuan

China called off boundary talks with India, after New Delhi refused to prevent the Dalai Lama from addressing a global Buddhist congregation.

IPL 3: Kieron Pollard & Shane Bond most expensive players

West Indian all-rounder Kieron Pollard & Kiwi paceman Shane Bond turn out to be the most expensive players.

Brij Bhushan Singal business group splits to end family dispute

Bhushan group on Tuesday reached a settlement on family dispute by agreeing to divide the $6-billion empire equally among family members.

Cloud over investments, Brand Bengal feels the heat

Tata Motors' decision to suspend work in Singur may mean that the time has come to start writing the obituary of Brand Bengal, with both prospective domestic and foreign investments being put at risk.

TTE takes a ride to top B-school

At first sight, Anurag Verma looks like any other fresher on the Indian Institute of Management-Calcutta campus. Tall and stout, the 23-year-old melts easily into the crowd of new arrivals.

Saradha chit fund scam: CMD Sudipta Sen’s letter bomb explodes on TMC, Cong's face

CM Mamata announced that her govt would set up a Rs 500-cr relief fund to pay back the Saradha depositors.

RCom rejigs wireless team, ropes in Voda's ex-director

Reliance Communications (RCom) has named CS Rana, Akshay Kumar, Vivek Garg and Nilanjan Mukherjee as the four region heads for its national GSM and CDMA operations.

Bharti Airtel asked to stop 3G roaming pacts by Delhi High Court

Bharti is expected to approach the Supreme Court on Friday, but will have to shut down 3G services in seven regions if SC fails to provide relief.

Yet another instance of 'vulnerability' of rly passengers

Tuesday’s audacious attack on the Delhi-Bhubaneswar Rajdhani express is yet another glaring instance of the supreme vulnerability of railway passengers in what has now emerged as a troubled route in the heart of Maoist country in West Bengal’s West Midnapore district.

UK-based Cookson makes open offer for 20% in Foseco India

UK-based Cookson Group Plc on Friday made an open offer to shareholders of Foseco India for acquiring a 20 per cent stake in the company for Rs 53.64 crore.

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee threatens to take her fight againt BJP to Delhi

Bengal CM & Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee said she would politically retaliate against her party's name being dragged into Saradha scam.

Rs 3 lakh crore plan to boost India's naval might

A powerful three-dimensional Navy, which can protect India's geo-strategic interests stretching from Hormuz Strait to Malacca Strait, will not come cheap. Neither will it be built overnight.

Renuka Sugars sets sights on Balrampur Chini

India's biggest sugar refiner Shree Renuka Sugars is negotiating to acquire Balrampur Chini Mills, barely one-and-a-half month after Bajaj Hindusthan failed to strike a similar deal.

IPL facing possible media boycott

FIFA tried imposing similar restrictions on photo coverage of the 2006 World Cup but backed down under a threat of a boycott. Brand Cricketers | Business of Cricket

Adlabs to be merged with Big Pictures

Adlabs, the movie processing unit of Reliance ADA Group, may soon be merged with Reliance Big Pictures following which the multiplex theatre chain would be brought under the banner of Big Cinemas.

You’ll get to switch insurers, retain benefits too

Portability in health insurance is likely to become a reality soon.

New rail law to make it tough to claim compensation in cases of 'untoward' incidents

More rail passengers die due to falls from trains than collisions or derailments, and a new law is all set to make it much harder to claim compensation in such cases.

Centre approves Hyderabad gems SEZ project

The central government has approved the Rs 500 crore Hyderabad gems Special Economic Zone promoted by Gitanjali Gems.

'Ex-Jharkhand CM Koda in illegal deals worth Rs 2000 cr'

The I-T department, probing a disproportionate assets charge against Koda, conducted raids in eight cities and over 60 premises owned by the former CM and his associates.

US Credit Rating downgrade takes sheen off base metals

Copper and aluminium prices head south but firm demand keeps experts optimistic.

Bribery charge: Modi plans to sue Gaikwad

IPL commissioner Lalit Modi plans to sue Rendezvous Sports World’s Shailendra Gaikwad for accusing him of bribery.

CBI lends credence to Digvijay Singh report

The CBI probe into the Nandigram massacre has revealed the involvement of the party militia in the attack. The initial report of the agency finalised on Wednesday has confirmed the charge that CPM cadres, and not just the police, attacked the villagers, who were protesting against the Salim project.

Airtel, Nokia Siemens in $900 mn deal

Bharti Airtel and Nokia Siemens Networks strengthened their partnership further by signing a Memorandum of Understanding for $900 mn expansion contract across Airtel's mobile, fixed and Intelligent Network platforms.

Darjeeling on boil, Army called in

With tension gripping Darjeeling and Siliguri following clashes between pro-Gorkhaland and anti-Gorkhaland supporters, the West Bengal government on Thursday called in the Army to patrol the streets.

Indian cities become cheaper to live in for expatriates

Rise in commodity prices, which has impacted Indians has surprisingly not hit the expatriates living here Climbing corporate ladder | India's hotshots

Students of IIBF course to get Nabard funding

Want to work as a business correspondent (BC) for a bank? In case you don’t have the requisite skills, here’s a piece of good news.

ADAG cos may feel heat after CBI probe admission

The Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group’s admission late on Friday that its officials have also been questioned by the Central Bureau of Investigation in connection with the 2G spectrum scam has made investors edgy.

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:

President's son Abhijit Mukherjee apologizes after calling Delhi anti-rape protesters 'dented and painted'

Abhijit Mukherjee 'withdrew' his comments and said they were not meant to hurt 'any particular section or any particular sentiment'.

President Pranab Mukherjee's son Abhijit terms anti-rape protesters 'dented and painted' women

Abhijeet Mukherjee even questioned the identity of the protestors saying that women 'at that age' cannot be students at all.

Indian consulate in Jaffna likely

India is planning to set up a consulate at Jaffna in northern Sri Lanka. With Mr Rajapaksa now back in power, the matter is expected to gather momentum.

Younger brothers of Lakshmi Mittal, Pramod and Vinod, going their own ways

In Dec 2010, the two younger brothers ended their own foray into steel making. Weighed down by debt, the Mittals sold a majority stake in Ispat Industries.

Mamata for Prez rule in Bengal

Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday demanded imposition of President’s rule in West Bengal.

Election Results 2011: For an entire generation in West Bengal, a new beginning

In Bengal, an entire generation of young people like Anik and Shravan, who have seen no other ruling party, are set to witness change for the first time.

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