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Prabhudatta Mishra
Iran slashes import duty on rice Iran has cut import duty on rice to 26 per cent from 40 per cent, which is likely to boost Indian basmati rice exports. The duty on brown rice (unprocessed) has been sharply cut to 5 per cent.
D Govardan
Trump in visa shop to truncate Indian IT industry earning US president Donald Trump appears hell bent on having his way, never mind the industry or his opponents.
Rajiv Nagpal
Budget: does it matter? Every year, fears and expectations grip the market ahead of the Union Budget. The irony is that most of the time, expectations are not met and fears are proven wrong.
Prabhudatta Mishra
The domestic consumption is seen at 29 million bales, leaving 11.4 million bales for exports While sugar and wheat are facing supply issues in India due to lower production, cotton has emerged as the flavour of the season, which, if planned well, could possibly earn enough from exports to tak
Ritwik Mukherjee
While the output cost has increased 8-10%, prices did not rise accordingly As the date for presentation of the Union budget for 2017-18 is drawing closer, expectations of different sectors and industry verticals have started rising.
Ashwin J Punnen
Voda calls Idea for merger in big shake-up Heralding consolidation in the $37 billion Indian telecom industry, Vodafone Group on Monday announced that it is in discussions with the Aditya Birla group to merge its Indian unit with Idea Cellular
Ravi Ranjan Prasad
Telecom shares spring to life Shares of most telecom companies rose sharply on Monday as a consolidation has started in the telecom industry, with Idea Cellular confirming that it is in preliminary discussions with British telecom
Ashwin J Punnen
Voda gets backdoor entry to bourse The all-stock deal will also allow Vodafone a backdoor listing in the Indian bourses.
Ashwin J Punnen
More consolidation on cards The shake-up in the domestic telecom industry, triggered by the aggressive entry of Reliance Jio that offered free voice services for lifetime and data services for a limited period, is driving the in
Michael Gonsalves
M&M gives KUV100 a facelift Mahindra & Mahindra, India’s big-gest sports utility vehicle (SUV) manufacturer by sales, has introduced a stylish new look for its compact SUV KUV100 to mark its first launch anniversary to boost sal

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