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  • How to get the most from your PPF investment

    How to get the most from your PPF investment

    The Public Provident Fund (PPF) is one of the most popular tax-saving schemes. It can also be a very good investment option for retirement planning. An investor can invest as minimum as Rs. 500 to a maximum of Rs. 1 lakh in the PPF account in one complete financial year in one lump sum or in maximum 12 transactions.

  • Direct Taxes Code 2013: How it affects you

    Direct Taxes Code 2013: How it affects you

    The Finance Ministry on Tuesday released a revised Direct Taxes Code (DTC) for comments. The new tax code is meant to create an efficient direct tax system by replacing the archaic Income Tax Act. The Direct Taxes Code Bill, 2010, was introduced in the Lok Sabha in 2010 and was later referred to the Standing Committee on Finance.

  • Ten ways the Ukraine crisis may change the world

    Ten ways the Ukraine crisis may change the world

    As Moscow and the West dig in for a prolonged stand-off over Russia's annexation of Crimea, risking spillover to other former Soviet republics and beyond, here are 10 ways in which the Ukraine crisis could change attitudes and policy around the world.

  • Gas price hike deferred, government to consult Solicitor General: top 10 facts

    Gas price hike deferred, government to consult Solicitor General: top 10 facts

    The Election Commission has asked the government to defer a doubling of gas prices due from April 1. It sought a deferment saying the matter was sub-judice in the Supreme Court. Oil Minister Veerappa Moily on Tuesday said he will consult the Solicitor General on the issue. Sources told NDTV that Reliance Industries is waiting for a formal letter from the Oil Ministry and may move court to challenge the decision to defer prices.

  • Nifty at record high: Why you should be wary

    Nifty at record high: Why you should be wary

    Indian stock markets are trading at an all-time high. The 50-share Nifty hit a record high on Friday, surpassing its previous high of 6,415 hit on December 9, 2013. The BSE Sensex, which had surpassed its previous record on Thursday, traded over 200 points higher today. Many analysts expect the rally in Indian stocks to continue, but Ridham Desai of Morgan Stanley cautioned that investors need to be wary of the growing complacency in the market.

  • Election optimism, FIIs take Sensex to record high

    Election optimism, FIIs take Sensex to record high

    The BSE Sensex eyed the psychological 22,000 mark on Friday after hitting successive record highs, while the broader Nifty is on the verge of crossing the 6500 levels for the first time ever after earlier surpassing its previous record of 6415 hit on December 9, 2013. Markets have rallied sharply after poll dates for electing a new government at the centre were announced on Wednesday.

  • Who is Subrata Roy? 10-point cheat-sheet

    Who is Subrata Roy? 10-point cheat-sheet

    Subrata Roy, the chief of the Sahara conglomerate, will remain in police custody till the next hearing in a case related to refunding investors, the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday. Roy was arrested on Friday after failing to appear at a Supreme Court hearing, which he says he missed to attend to his ailing mother.

  • How the Ukraine crisis could impact India

    How the Ukraine crisis could impact India

    Russia's military intervention in neighbouring Ukraine pressured global stocks on Monday, but markets rebounded on Tuesday after President Vladimir Putin ordered troops involved in a military exercise in western Russia back to base in an announcement that appeared intended to ease East-West tension over fears of war in Ukraine. In India, the Sensex surged over 1 per cent, while the rupee pulled back below 62/dollar even though Moscow's forces remained in control of Ukraine's Crimea region.

  • How Chidambaram plans to make India the 3rd biggest economy

    How Chidambaram plans to make India the 3rd biggest economy

    In his budget speech on Monday, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said that in the next three decades India's nominal GDP will take the country to the third rank after the US and China. India is currently the 11th largest country in terms of the size of its GDP. Mr Chidambaram said the government needs to undertake the following ten such tasks to achieve that goal.

  • Interim budget: 10 numbers that will influence stock markets

    Interim budget: 10 numbers that will influence stock markets

    Expectations from the interim budget are extremely limited considering Finance Minister P Chidambaram cannot announce big bang reforms or tax changes. However, certain macro data may impact stock, bond and currency markets in the near term. UR Bhat, managing director of Dalton Capital told NDTV that markets would be closely watching government's estimates on growth and revenue.

  • Interim budget 2014-15: 10 things to expect from Chidambaram

    Interim budget 2014-15: 10 things to expect from Chidambaram

    Finance Minister P Chidambaram will present an interim budget for the coming fiscal year on Monday. He will also seek Parliament's approval for expenditure through vote-on-account, which will allow the government to cover its expenditure beyond the current fiscal. By tradition, the interim budget does not contain proposals seeking to tinker with direct taxes, nor are there any policy announcements, although there may be some sops for the common man and sectors that need help.

  • 2G spectrum auction nets Rs. 61,162 crore: 10 things to know

    2G spectrum auction nets Rs. 61,162 crore: 10 things to know

    The government has said it will earn Rs 61,162 crore from the 2G spectrum auction that ended after 68 rounds of bidding over 10 days today. Major telecom companies Airtel and Vodafone have bagged spectrum in the crucial 900 MHz band in important markets like Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata.

  • Government to collect Rs 20,000 crore from Vodafone in tax dues, talks fail

    Government to collect Rs 20,000 crore from Vodafone in tax dues, talks fail

    Talks between the government and UK-based telecom giant Vodafone to settle a Rs 20,000-crore tax dispute have failed. The Centre has decided to withdraw its conciliation proposal and will now move to collect dues from the company.

  • 10 things to know about bank strike

    10 things to know about bank strike

    Banking operations were hit across the country as officials of public sector banks went on a two-day strike on Monday to press for a revision in wages.

  • Vote-on-account: 10 things to expect from Chidambaram

    Vote-on-account: 10 things to expect from Chidambaram

    The government will seek Parliament's approval for expenditure through vote-on-account on February 17. The vote-on-account will allow the government to cover its expenditure beyond the current fiscal that ends on March 31, 2014.

  • Bharti Airtel, Vodafone in must-win race for spectrum

    Bharti Airtel, Vodafone in must-win race for spectrum

    Eight mobile carriers are bidding for spectrum in the auction that began on Monday. This is the government's third attempt at auctioning two frequency bands (900 MHz and 1800 MHz) for at least Rs 11,300 crore or $1.8 billion.

  • Spectrum auction begins: Reliance, 7 others in fray

    Spectrum auction begins: Reliance, 7 others in fray

    Eight mobile carriers are bidding for the spectrum auction that begun on Monday. This is the government's third attempt at auctioning two frequency bands (900 MHz and 1800 MHz) for at least Rs 11,300 crore or $1.8 billion.

  • Infosys beats estimates for 3rd quarter, Murthy steals the show

    Infosys beats estimates for 3rd quarter, Murthy steals the show

    Infosys shares closed up 2.9 per cent at Rs 3,551 on Friday after the IT major beat margin estimates and upped its overall sales outlook for 2013-14. This was the third straight quarter when Infosys beat earnings forecast. The management assured investors that the ongoing restructuring was nearly complete and the spate of senior-level exits that have been the talking point recently will have no impact on market share or employee morale. Most of the brokerages reacted positively to Infosys' Q3.

  • UPA managed economy better than NDA, but government data silent on price rise

    UPA managed economy better than NDA, but government data silent on price rise

    The government has released a factsheet of key economic indicators ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's press conference on Friday. The data indicates that Dr Singh's government has overall done better than the previous BJP-led NDA government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The factsheet, however, has no mention of inflation, seen as a key factor in the ruling Congress' disastrous showing in recent state elections.

  • Top 5 business newsmakers in 2013

    Top 5 business newsmakers in 2013

    As we get ready to usher in 2014 and look back at the year that was. We list out five personalities from the world of business and economics who made news in 2013.

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