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Mar 16, 2017 - The impact of lower oil prices

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The impact of lower oil prices

Lower crude oil prices are good news for India, considering we import a huge portion of our oil requirements. It will lower inflation

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Though sentiments and FII inflows remain strong, one key concern is that earnings are not catching up

Reduction in cross-holdings to unlock value for Tata firms

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Why do organizations fail in large numbers?

A look at the prevailing corporate structures and processes does not give one the confidence that firms are created with any deep understanding of human behaviour

Don’t blame robots for workers’ woes; blame corporate profits

Economists typically think of the economy as a series of trade-offs between labour and capital. It seems money that should go to either of these is going to corporate profits

Solar module maker Waaree Energies looks to raise $100 million

Waaree Energies’s fundraising effort comes in the backdrop of falling solar power tariffs because of plunging prices of solar modules

Democratizing innovation and entrepreneurship

There is a widely accepted consensus that private venture investment in many sectors has not matched their business potential

Anil Agarwal plans to buy Anglo American shares worth $2.4 billion

Vedanta Resources founder Anil Agarwal plans to buy as much as $2.4 billion of Anglo American shares in the market after merger plans failed last year

RCom gets stock exchange, Sebi approval for merger with Aircel

RCom has received approval of the Sebi, BSE and NSE for the proposed scheme of arrangement for demerger of the wireless division of the company into Aircel and Dishnet Wireless.

SBI: Merger of SBI, Bharatiya Mahila Bank to herald slew of reforms

After being nudged by the government, SBI announced its intent in 2016 to merge its five associate banks and Bharatiya Mahila Bank.

Tata Communications looking at options for non-core ATM business

The ATM business reported revenue of about Rs 550 crore for the year ended March 2016 and an operating profit of Rs 84 crore.

Wary of Rupee’s wild ways, RBI intensifies moves to discipline banks

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Farm loan waivers are back in favour

Nationalist Congress Party president Sharad Pawar met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi, demanding a farm debt-waiver

Vodafone nearing agreement to merge Indian unit with Idea

According to reports on CNBC-TV18, ATC’s global management is in India to finalise the transaction details; both entities keen on closing the deal before the merger with Vodafone.

Indian economy to pick up once impact of note ban fades: IMF

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 8 had announced scrapping of old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, pulling out 86 per cent of the total currency in circulation.

SBI to raise Rs 15,000 crore capital next fiscal

The mode of fund raising would be decided at the "opportune time" subject to approval of the government and the RBI.

Deutsche Bank said to be weighing sale of India retail business

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NSDL hopes to launch payments bank by May

At least three in-principal licensees -- Tech Mahindra, Dilip Shanghvi and Cholamandalam group -- have opted out. NSDL has not revealed much till now.

Digital transaction to touch Rs 4 crore a day this year: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Ravi Shankar Prasad said there is a dilemma how to strike a balance between maintaining privacy of data and at the same time using it for providing better service.

SBI chief Arundhati Bhattacharya asks PSBs to improve governance to get investors

Out of the Rs 25,000 crore that the government has earmarked for recapitalising its banks this financial year, SBI alone has got over Rs 7,000 crore so far.

HDFC bank launches 3-minutes digital loan against securities service

Customers can avail a minimum loan of Rs 1 lakh and maximum loan up to Rs 20 lakh under this facility, the bank said.

Govt to allow EPF withdrawals to cover down payments on home loans

Govt plans to amend EPF scheme to allow EPFO subscribers to withdraw funds for also paying EMIs on home loans

Merger talks of ONGC, HPCL on at ministerial level

Guwahati, Mar 15 (PTI) State-owned oil major ONGC has said the preliminary discussion for its acquisition of India's third-biggest fuel retailer HPCL has started and is going on at the ministerial level.

Tata group sifts data for customer loyalty programme

Tata IQ has built a data ecosystem over the past 18 months that allows it to store, process and mine a variety of information in real time.

Apple sets out on expansion spree with 100 stores

The Apple Authorised Resellers are a format through which the company plans to widen its presence in highrental, high street locations.

Kishore Biyani sees big future without investors

Three listed entities of the Future Group now have a combined valuation of Rs 21,833 crore, more than that of Shoppers Stop, Trent and Arvind Group put together.

Manpasand Beverages: Manpasand Beverages to set up new plant

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Marks & Spencer pulls out of China, the world's largest retail market

Barely a year after British retailer Marks & Spencer opened its 10th store in the country, it is pulling out of China in March.The fashion retailer has already shut down seven of its 10 store

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Subway to open 100 outlets in next one year

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After Jio, Micromax plans to launch entry-level 4G VoLTE feature phone

The feature is otherwise available only on smartphones and Micromax is hoping to ride demand generated by Reliance Jio Infocomms offer of free voice for life.

With Reliance Jio, Mukesh Ambani shakes up Indian telecom market

The race to consolidate has hastened since Ambani sent shock waves through the sector in September when he launched Reliance Jio's 4G network with a free service.

TRAI floats consultation paper asking 'how to ease telecom business in India?'

In order to “ease” opening of a telecom business in India, telecom regulator TRAI is inviting comments from telcos, service providers and stakeholders asking how the existing regulations could be tweaked. The regulator is looking at simplifying or even tweaking existing license conditions, spectrum

Facebook, TLabs join hands to support mobile-based startups in India

Facebook and TLabs will build on the knowledge and learnings of in-house senior mentors to engage and educate budding entrepreneurs

Airtel officially launches its 4G services in Jammu and Kashmir

With the latest launch, Airtel 4G service is now available in all 22 telecom circles of the country.

Baba Ramdev wants to take Patanjali products to China

Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved wants to set up a production unit in Sahibganj, Jharkhand, and export products to China, Myanmar and Bangladesh

Tata group sifts data for customer loyalty programme

Tata IQ has built a data ecosystem over the past 18 months that allows it to store, process and mine a variety of information in real time.

Manpasand Beverages: Manpasand Beverages to set up new plant in Sri City, invests Rs 150 cr

Manpasand Beverages will set up a plant at Sri City in Tamil Nadu at an investm

50% of Indian consumers order wines exclusively by glass: Wine survey

Important choice cues used by consumers when choosing wine are familiarity of brand name, country of origin and colour of wine. launches range of organic green tea products

The company will put forth its products online as well as offline through its 172 Healthbuddy centres.

Beverage start-up gets three class X students whopping Rs 3 cr funding- India TV

Three Class X students in Jaipur – Chetanya Golechha, Mrigank Gujjar and Utsav Jain – have received a funding of as much as Rs 3 crore for their start-up ‘Infusion Beverages’.

Global brands opting for social media influencers

Social media experts say there has been a phenomenal rise in such `influencer' accounts and channels in India over the past year.

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