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year-end-special-THMB.jpg 2014 - Year end review of Indian MSME sector
SME Times News Bureau | 26 Dec, 2014
The MSME sector in India is diverse in terms of its size, levels of technology employed and range of products and services produced. 
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year-end-special-THMB.jpg 2014 - Hope amid despair greeted India's realty industry
Vinod Behl
A mixed bonanza greeted India's realty sector in 2014 with anomalies that were plaguing it for some years now still at play, but a stable government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with promises of reforms, gives rise to much hope among stakeholders. 
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year-end-special-THMB.jpg 2014 - IT industry dons innovation in year of double-digit growth
Fakir Balaji | 22 Dec, 2014
Recovering from a slowdown and sustaining a double-digit growth, the USD 120-billion Indian IT industry had a remarkable 2014, consolidating operations and using disruptive technologies, which ensures innovation to shed the old and adapt to new products and services. 
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year-end-special-THMB.jpg 2014 - Year of two-wheelers for Indian auto industry
Venkatachari Jagannathan | 20 Dec, 2014
The growth story for the Indian automobile industry in 2014 rode on the two-wheeler segment and not on passenger cars or commercial vehicles, as high interest rates and a stuttering manufacturing industry kept a check on demand. 
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BPO call center generic THMB US firm using India model to create IT jobs for women
Arun Kumar | 16 Dec, 2014
A leading Information Technology (IT) services company is using a programme developed in India to create jobs worldwide and train and place minority women in high-quality IT jobs in 10 cities across America. 
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congress-bjp-party-logoTHMB.jpg BJP-Congress tension will hurt reforms
Amulya Ganguli | 06 Dec, 2014
It has long been said that the economic reforms are irreversible. Moreover, the Left claims that both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress are on the same page on this subject since they both pursue what the Communists call "neo-liberal" policies. 
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India.9.Thmb.jpg Taking stock of India's present policy environment
Amit Kapoor | 03 Dec, 2014
During the past few weeks, notable changes have happened in the external and internal policy environment that merit attention. On the external side, there were three notable events. In our opinion, one of these has a relatively short-term impact while the other two will have a long-term bearing on India’s economy in the years ahead. 
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modi.thumb.jpg Modi's six months: Pursuing his own line and pace
Amulya Ganguli | 26 Nov, 2014
Looked at from one angle, the six months of Narendra Modi's tenure may be a cause of disappointment for some. 
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IPR.9.Thmb.jpg IPR policy and India's competitiveness
Amit Kapoor | 19 Nov, 2014
India's current Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) regime is at the cusp of a major change. The past year has been quite momentous for India’s IPR regime. It is because one is witnessing a shift in India's policy priorities with respect to broad measures that have been undertaken by the newly-elected government in the sphere of Intellectual Property. 
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khadi-kvicTHMB.jpg Khadi goes chic, turns money-spinner
Nivedita | 18 Nov, 2014
Khadi, once the dowdy sartorial symbol of India's independence movement, is now trendy and makes the cash registers ring. 
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Real.Thmb.jpg After foreign equity, realty industry needs funding reforms
Vinod Behl | 10 Nov, 2014
Global investors are increasingly looking at property investment in India due to global economic improvement and better transparency and investment climate in India. 
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Foreign.Trade.9.Thmb.jpg Modi government's foreign policy overdrive
Ranjana Narayan | 03 Nov, 2014
Barring most of the African Union countries, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have met leaders of most countries of the world by the end of December 2014, pointing to the heightened stress on foreign policy by the new Indian government that took power on May 26 
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youth.thumb.jpg Poor rural youth poised for improved placements under new scheme
Prashant Sood | 27 Oct, 2014
Poor youth from rural areas of India can look forward to improved placements in a range of areas, including healthcare, pharmaceuticals, hospitality and retail, with the rural development ministry working on several innovations in its skill development scheme to make it an effective intervention in efforts towards poverty alleviation. 
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diwali-20102014THMB.jpg Get quirky in gifting this Diwali
Shradha Chettri | 20 Oct, 2014
From induction cookers that can play music to lamps made from recycled wine bottles, to ethnic wear with handmade tribal art and customised cupcakes and macaroons - here's a chance this Diwali to get quirky and stand out when you present gifts to your loved ones. 
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infradevTHUMB.jpg India needs holistic infrastructure development
Amit & Sankalp | 14 Oct, 2014
Infrastructure is instrumental in basic development as well as in increasing the speed of doing business. 
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Nirendra Dev | 07 Oct, 2014
A high spot of the economic scene in a normal circumstance in a parliamentary democracy is the presentation of the budget. But this fiscal, the major highlight could be the launching of 'Make in India' campaign by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 25, 2014. 
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collaborative-work-spaceTHMB From inspiration to ideas, new age work space offers it all
Shweta Sharma | 30 Sep, 2014
Co-working spaces are being hailed as the new generation work space. 
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IPR.9.Thmb.jpg IPR and India's competitiveness
Amit Kapoor | 23 Sep, 2014
Intellectual Property Rights are important from the standpoint of maintaining present as well as ensuring future competitiveness. 
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pm-modi-thmb No stops for Modi in US
Arun Kumar | 15 Sep, 2014
Not long ago, Narendra Modi was not welcome in the US. But the US is now pulling out all stops to woo him when he comes calling at the White House as India's prime minister at the end of this month. 
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Industry.9.Thmb.jpg Initiatives by DIPP on improving 'Ease of Doing Business' in India
SME Times News Bureau | 09 Sep, 2014
Govt is committed to remove all bottlenecks and develop India as a manufacturing hub. A number of measures have been taken by the Government in that direction.  
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100-days-modi-govt Modi tones up governance, lays out policy roadmap
Prashant Sood | 29 Aug, 2014
Narendra Modi has sought to mark his first term as prime minister with some distinct initiatives in terms of both policy and governance style - direct communication with the people, faster decision-making, a disciplined bureaucracy, thrust on innovation and technology, cleanliness, rural transformation and kindling a can-do spirit in the people.  
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CSR generic THMB Guidelines on CSR and Sustainability
Sutanu Behuria | 25 Aug, 2014
In the last few years, the pioneering initiatives of DPE in promoting awareness of the concept of CSR in the public sector enterprises in India through issue of guidelines on the subject, and regular interface with the management of CPSEs to ensure adherence to the guidelines in letter and spirit, has resulted in widespread understanding and acceptability of CSR in the country.  
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Internet generic THMB Dot Bharat domain to soon hit screens
Aparajita Gupta | 18 Aug, 2014
India, with its existing 243 million Internet users, is all set to get a 'dot Bharat' domain name from this month that will help bridge the digital divide and accelerate e-governance. This will be soon followed by web addresses in six regional languages. 
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Online Trade THMB 'Online commerce will compliment physical retail stores'
SME Times News Bureau | 11 Aug, 2014
Does a new paradigm of digital consumerism in India, which has a market share of USD 15 billion today, spell doom for the brick and mortar retail shops? Realignment in industry, yes, but physical retail stores are here to say, experts feel. 
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pm-modi-thmb Modi's Nepal visit: Unfurling vision of an integrated South Asia
Saroj Mohanty | 05 Aug, 2014
Flying in to Kathmandu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he wanted to forge a "new relationship" with Nepal that could serve as a model for regional partnership in South Asia. After his two-day visit, it is apparent he has succeeded to a large extent and opened in his own words a "new chapter" in ties with the Himalayan republic. 
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mobile-money-thmb Is mobile wallet a distant dream in India?
Aparajita Gupta | 28 Jul, 2014
Despite a huge unbanked population and 700 million cell phone connections, the concept of mobile wallet will take some time to become popular in India as people are still unaware of its larger benefits like financial inclusion, even as the standards to make it functional are yet to be in place, experts maintain. 
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Tax generic THMB Changes you must keep in mind while filing IT return
Gyanendra Kumar Keshri | 17 Jul, 2014
The government has introduced several changes in the process of filing Income Tax returns to ensure increased compliance, disclosure and transparency. 
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brics.thumb.jpg BRICS nations must demonstrate their soft power through their media
Li Congjun | 15 Jul, 2014
In the past few weeks, I would sometimes watch the reruns of the exciting World Cup matches. My disappointment at the absence of Chinese footballers on the pitch was somehow mitigated by the fact that many products and services for the event are from China. 
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Arun.9.Thmb.jpg Highlights of Union Budget 2014-15
SME Times News Bureau | 11 Jul, 2014
Government committed to implement GST at the earliest; issues raised by states to be resolved 
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indian-rail-thmb Highlights of Railway Budget - 2014
SME Times News Bureau | 08 Jul, 2014
Highlights of the railway budget presented in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday by Railway Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda: 
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BUDGET-GENERIC-THMB.jpg Jaitley's budget mustn't sell rupee short
Vatsal Srivastava | 05 Jul, 2014
The Iraqi crisis and the possibility of an oil supply shock have shown how quickly things can change in the foreign exchange market. The global macro risks that have merged out of the Middle East in recent weeks have pushed crude prices higher by about five percent and this in turn has led to the rupee breach the all important psychological 60 mark to the dollar. 
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India.9.Thmb.jpg India's Deficits
Amit Kapoor | 05 Jul, 2014
Over the past few years, we have heard of all sorts of deficits that have been ailing India. 
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a-month-modi Modi Govt: Challenges mount after fresh beginning
Prashant Sood and Anjali Ojha | 25 Jun, 2014
It has been an energetic start to the new government but challenges are already beginning to show. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has led the efforts to streamline governance by pitching for speedy decision-making in his first month in office and taken the first of "tough" measures as his government tries to revive a sluggish economy and nudge some Congress appointees to quit gubernatorial offices. 
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uttarakhand-mapTHMB.jpg A year after Uttarakhand tourism still reeling from flood tragedy
Shradha Chettri | 23 Jun, 2014
A year has passed since the great floods hit the picturesque Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, but the tourism industry on which the state is so dependent has clearly failed to bounce back, and the effects of the tragedy are still reverberating. 
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Rupee.9.Thmb.jpg Theme for rupee still remains gradual depreciation
Vatsal Srivastava | 13 Jun, 2014
It has nearly been a month since the historic BJP electoral sweep. We have seen equities climb to record highs on expectations that the Modi government led reforms will finally unlock India’s true economic potential.  
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Modi.Thmb.jpg Narendra Modi: From provincial to prime ministerial
Saroj Mohanty | 07 Jun, 2014
It has been an extraordinary journey for the man, an outlier, who does not belong to any of the country's enduring political dynasties or to the socio-cultural elite.  
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salt-thmb Salt story: 'Solar Salt'
M.V.S. Prasad | 02 Jun, 2014
India exports salt to 20 countries; about 28 pc of SMEs contribute in its total production. 
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Industry.9.Thmb.jpg Corporate India in strength at Modi's inauguration
SME Times News Bureau | 27 May, 2014
Gautam Adani was there and so were the Ambani brothers, Anil and Mukesh, as a galaxy of corporate leaders marked their presence among the 4,500 guests at the grand inauguration ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi here Monday evening. 
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India.9.Thmb.jpg Challenges facing Narendra Modi
Parthasarathy Chaganty | 24 May, 2014
The prime objects of the new government should be economic growth, inflation, FDI, GST etc. 
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hardeep-singh-puri-thmb.jpg 'Prime Minister Modi will rework, repair foreign ties'
Ranjana Narayan | 17 May, 2014
As India makes way for a new BJP-led govt, with the elections keenly followed by major world powers, foreign policy experts say the regime change is a signal to the world "that the world's largest democracy is alive and kicking" and that the thumping majority gives "Prime Minister Modi" the mandate to rework and repair relations. 
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child-labourTHMB.jpg Can child labour be eliminated in India?
Shweta Sharma | 10 May, 2014
According to the Census 2001 figures there were 12.6 million working children in the age group of five-14 years. 
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Eelection symbol THMB Will economy look up post-elections? Outlook is gloomy
Amulya Ganguli | 03 May, 2014
Finance Minister P. Chidambaram's confession that the government made a mistake by taking the foot off the accelerator of economic reforms might reflect not only the past but also the future. The reason is that the deceleration may continue even if there is a change of guard in New Delhi. 
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handicraftTHUMB.jpg The land of artisans: Raghurajpur, Orissa
Sucharita Sahoo | 29 Apr, 2014
The land of artisans: Raghurajpur, Orissa 
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Eelection symbol THMB Election Special: Do more for science and technology, politicians told
Sahana Ghosh | 22 Apr, 2014
Notwithstanding their inclusion in the 2014 Lok Sabha election manifestos, the promises on promoting science and technology must be translated into "solid action" by the political class or else India's goal to become a developed nation would remain a pipe dream, say experts.  
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Rupee_DollarTHMB.jpg Rupee upside capped at 57-58 against US dollar
Vatsal Srivastav | 08 Apr, 2014
A rush of money back to the developed markets, coupled with domestic fundamental challenges such as dwindling foreign exchange reserves and high inflation, pushed the rupee to an all time low of 68.8 against the dollar in the next couple of months. 
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industry-smeTHMB.jpg SME financing in the current economic scenario
Amitabh Verma | 03 Apr, 2014
SMEs typically do not have "deep" pockets. Their key challenge often is access to "funding". 
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Manmohan Singh 3 THMB 'Manmohan legacy of growth stunted by price rise, graft'
Gyanendra Kumar Keshri | 01 Apr, 2014
As Manmohan Singh steps down less than two months from now as the prime minister of Asia's third-largest economy, he will be credited for ushering the fastest-ever growth, but his legacy will also be mired somewhat by serious allegations of graft against his government and sharp rise in prices, opinion makers maintain. 
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msme-THMB-2010.jpg Factsheet of MSME; sector contributes around 9 pc of GDP
PIB Factsheets | 25 Mar, 2014
MSME sector contributes around 9 percent of GDP. It accounts for around 30 percent of the total exports and around 45 percent of the manufacturing output. 
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Rupee.9.Thmb.jpg The post-election economy - light at the end of the tunnel?
Keer | 13 Mar, 2014
As Bill Clinton said, "It's the economy, stupid". Many of those with their eyes upon the 2014 Indian election would agree. With the rupee hitting record lows last year, there are few who would argue that the economy should not be one of an incoming government's main priorities. 
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Eelection symbol THMB 2014 polls: Congress down, BJP far from Mission 272
Amulya Ganguli | 11 Mar, 2014
Next month's general elections may prove to be the most significant ever because they can determine the fate of the Congress' first family. It is open to question whether in the event of the party's defeat, as is anticipated, the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty can continue to play its present dominant role. 
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msme-THMB-2010.jpg Virtual Clusters - An initiative by Ministry of MSME
PIB Features | 04 Mar, 2014
The Virtual Clusters concept consists of a dedicated Web portal to be hosted by the Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME). 
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chidambaram-23022013-THMB.jpg How realistic are Chidambaram's fiscal projections?
Arvind Padmanabhan | 19 Feb, 2014
One would have expected Finance Minister P. Chidambaram to go a little easy on the fiscal deficit front, given that he presented an interim budget in an election year. But far from it, he has promised to keep the fiscal deficit -- the difference between total projected expenditure and revenues from sources like taxes, loan recoveries and other receipts - on a tight leash. Are the numbers realistic? 
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budget-indiaTHMB.jpeg Highlights of interim budget for 2014-15
SME Times News Bureau | 17 Feb, 2014
The following are the highlights of the interim budget for 2014-15 presented in the Lok Sabha by Finance Minister P. Chiddambaram on Monday: 
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msme-THMB-2010.jpg Scheme for individual innovator to become an entrepreneur
M. P. Singh | 07 Feb, 2014
The Ministry of MSME provides assistance of 75% to 85% of the project cost up to max Rs 8 Lakh per Idea. 
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BSE.9.Thmb.jpg Modi-led stable govt doesn't assure new bull market
Vatsal Srivastava | 03 Feb, 2014
Indian equities have witnessed a few choppy trading sessions following the US Federal Reserve's announcement to further taper its monthly bond buying program by USD 10 billion to USD 65 billion a month. The emerging market currency sell-off has also added to short term bearishness. But the stabilization of the Turkish lira and the South African rand in the latter half of last week will most likely lead to an improvement in trading sentiment in the emerging market space. 
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UPA.9.Thmb.jpg UP government at cross-roads: Deliver or perish
Brij Khandelwal | 27 Jan, 2014
When BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi boasted at Gorakhpur about his 54-inch chest, he indirectly highlighted the shortcomings of the Uttar Pradesh government. 
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Nabard.thmb.jpg 'Exploitable Potential' to 'Credit Potential': NABARD shows the way
Dr. K. Parameswaran | 21 Jan, 2014
As an annual exercise, NABARD takes up a detailed exercise in all districts across the country for mapping the credit potential that is expected to stimulate balanced growth. Here, the emphasis is mainly on the key stake holders in the development process - the district administration, implementing departments, banks, farmers etc. 
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Tax.9.Thmb.jpg Reforms and measures undertaken by CBEC to facilitate trade
PIB Feature | 11 Jan, 2014
Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) has been an early starter in introducing reforms and substantial reforms have already been carried out in the Central Excise laws and procedures since 1994. 
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Manmohan.9.Thmb.jpg Manmohan: Making way for Rahul, with a sting in the tail
Amulya Ganguli | 04 Jan, 2014
The only occasion when the prime minister perked up during his otherwise somewhat insipid press conference was when he castigated Narendra Modi in uncharacteristically abrasive terms, thereby giving the latter a taste of his own bitter medicine. 
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2013.9.Thmb.jpg Year 2013: Achievements & initiatives of MSME Ministry
SME Times News Bureau | 27 Dec, 2013
MSMEs are important for helping the country achieve 8 pc plus growth of the economy with enhanced equity in distribution of income and therefore, are considered as engine of growth in the economic development of the country.  
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lokpalTHMB.jpg Lokpal Bill: Salient features of landmark bill
SME Times News Bureau
The salient features of the amended Lokpal bill passed by parliament on Dec 18: 
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Mexico.9.Thmb.jpg Mexico's reforms: Implications for India's energy security
Deepak Bhojwani | 16 Dec, 2013
On Dec 1, 2012, when he became President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto had his mind made up. He realized that the pulsating Mexican economy - whose GDP growth slumped to 1.3 percent in 2013 - needed some structural reform to take the next leap forward. 
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WTO.Thmb.jpg Clear Indian imprint & win at Bali global trade talks
Arvind Padmanabhan | 07 Dec, 2013
The landmark trade reform deal reached Saturday at Nusa Dua on the Indonesian resort island of Bali leaves a distinct Indian imprint in ensuring that the rights of an emerging economy in addressing its food security concerns cannot be sidestepped just to show some movement forward for a rule-based global commerce. 
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north-east-indiaTHMB.jpg Trade, travel hit by rupee slump, Bangladesh violence
Sujit Chakraborty | 02 Dec, 2013
With the depreciation of the Indian rupee against the dollar and political turmoil in Bangladesh, trade between the northeastern states and India's eastern neighbour has been enormously affected, officials and traders said. 
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lamps.thumb.jpg Firozabad outgrows bangles, crafts glass lamps, chandeliers
Azera Parveen Rahman | 19 Nov, 2013
If you think Firozabad when you talk of glass bangles, then think again. For this Uttar Pradesh town is now crafting intricate glass lamps that dazzle in homes in countries like Kuwait, Spain, Dubai, Australia, France, and the US. 
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IITF.9.Thmb.jpg Speech by the President, Pranab Mukherjee at 33rd IITF
SME Times News Bureau | 16 Nov, 2013
Trade Fair is a reflection of the strength of Indian entrepreneurship and mirrors the progress made by SMEs. 
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Asia.Pacific.9.Thmb.jpg India spreads its wings in Asia-Pacific region
Saroj Mohanty | 16 Nov, 2013
"India is so situated that it is the pivot of Western, Southern and Southeast Asia. Though not directly a Pacific state, India will invariably exercise an important influence there. India will also develop as the centre of economic and political activity in the Indian Ocean area in the Southeast Asia and right up to the Middle East." 
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India.Australia.9.Thmb.jpg New Australian Govt. flags better ties with India
Rekha Bhattacharjee | 08 Nov, 2013
With a change in government in Canberra, ties between India and Australia are likely to experience another upswing. New Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has made better relations with India as one of his government's top foreign and trade policy priorities. 
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sme-cloudTHMB.jpg Only 2 pc MSMEs aware about cloud computing: Study
Saurabh Gupta | 30 Oct, 2013
Only 2 pc MSMEs are aware about 'Cloud Computing' and out of which 4 pc units are adopting cloud services, said a CII-IMRB research paper. 
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Diwali.9.Thmb.jpg Diwali round the corner, but footfalls in malls go down
SME Times News Bureau | 24 Oct, 2013
Indicating a bleak Diwali this year, malls across the country have reported a sharp decline -- as high as 35-40 percent -- in footfalls by festive shoppers, a new survey has revealed. 
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neeta-lullaTHMB.jpg Indian fashion industry headed for big time: Neeta Lulla
Nivedita | 19 Oct, 2013
Neeta Lulla has seen multifarious changes in the industry and says business is booming thanks to the fashion awareness of the people and their fondness for dressing up. 
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Real.Thmb.jpg Policy perils keeping India's realty industry static
Vinod Behl | 09 Oct, 2013
Amid the economic downturn, it's crisis time once again for India's realty sector. Policy glitches are once again creating roadblocks for the revival of the sector. 
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Belgium.9.Thmb.jpg Belgium sees plenty of promise in Indian economy
Tarun Basu | 04 Oct, 2013
Indian business may have their reasons to despair about the state of the Indian economy, but the view from the 'capital of Europe' is decidedly different.Princess Astrid , the sister of present King Philippe, a strong supporter of India, is leading a large 350-strong business delegation to India next month, as Belgium remains upbeat about the potential and prospects of the Indian economy, say Indian officials. 
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Dr Manmohan SinghTHMB 'Ordinance may be scrapped but PM unlikely to resign'
Prashant Sood | 01 Oct, 2013
The controversial ordinance on convicted lawmakers may be junked by the government in the next few days, but Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is unlikely to resign over the perceived undermining of his authority by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, feel former bureaucrats who have held key positions in the government. 
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Green.9.Thmb.jpg India reclaiming global leadership on climate change
Rajendra Shende | 24 Sep, 2013
When Prime Minister Manmohan Singh launched India's National Action Plan on Climate Change in 2008 and its target to reduce energy intensity, he was hailed as a global leader for taking bold steps to address the issue. More recently, India has received a wake-up call from climate-driven tragedies such as the floods in Uttarakhand and the dire droughts of 2012 and and Manmohan Singh is once again returning to a leadership role. 
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Globe.9.Thmb.jpg Five steps India must take to restore global confidence
Rahul Singh | 10 Sep, 2013
The recent Global Competitiveness Report 2013-14, ranking India at No. 60, leaves no doubt that these are exceptionally dire times for the Indian economy. This World Economic Forum report of Sep 4 puts India 31 places below its emerging market peer China and barely ahead of Russia; it is India's lowest rank in this survey. 
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Food.Crisis.9.Thmb.jpg Food security bill: Salient features
SME Times News Bureau | 03 Sep, 2013
The National Food Security Bill, 2013 passed by the parliament Monday gives right to subsidised food grain to 67 percent of India's 1.2 billion people and provides for penalty for non-compliance by public servants. The bill's salient features include: 
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Inflation.9.Thmb.jpg What's dragging rupee down: Speculation or economics?
Gyanendra Kumar Keshri | 26 Aug, 2013
The rupee, which was valued at around 55 to a US dollar in January, now trades as much as 18 percent lower at 65 to the greenback. Against the British pound sterling, it has breached the 100-mark. Each passing day is seeing a new low. 
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Textile THMB Textiles Exports: Ways Ahead
Amit Guin | 17 Aug, 2013
Indian textile and clothing sector adds about 14 pc to industrial production and 4 pc to GDP. 
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Rupee.Symbol.9.Thmb.jpg The volatile journey of Indian rupee since independence
Gyanendra Kumar Keshri | 16 Aug, 2013
The Indian rupee, which was at par with the American currency at the time of independence in 1947, hit a record low of 62.03 against the dollar recently. This means the Indian currency has depreciated by almost 62 times against the greenback in the past 66 years. 
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Food.Inflation.9.Thmb.jpg Do not dismiss food bill: It will have ripple effect
Vaibhav Gupta | 12 Aug, 2013
There are several lacunae in the bill, and these must be filled if the targeted beneficiaries are to profit from the landmark measure. However, even if one agrees that the bill could be stronger, there are several worthy reasons why we should support it and not stand against it. 
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Leadership.9.Thmb.jpg Owner's concerns v/s employee's concerns
Rajesh Shetty | 09 Aug, 2013
The corporate dynamics today has taken a complete new turn. Companies are spending huge amounts of money and resources on employee engagement and training, largely focusing on employee retention and efficiency enhancement. 
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Real.Thmb.jpg Realty watchdog bill needs matching reforms for efficacy
Vinod Behl | 06 Aug, 2013
A recent survey by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs has dubbed the real estate sector as the second worst industry after telecom in terms of quality of service. This, it said, was causing a monetary loss of Rs 32.3 crore (USD 5.5 million - though the figure is only a tip of the iceberg) due to delayed delivery and poor quality of houses. Add to this the funding crisis, unaffordable property, rising delivery defaults, falling sales and plummeting investor confidence, and the picture is complete. 
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Employee.Thmb.jpg Are fresh MBA graduates ready for the industry?
Namrata Kath Hazarika | 02 Aug, 2013
One surefire way to impress a potential employer is having a MBA degree on your resume. It will definitely make a solid image on the employer who knows you have the great idea or product, which will help to get the job done. However, its your first day on job and your employer feels you are not the right candidate. Now, without wasting anymore time you have to search for the next new job once again.  
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joe-bidenTHMB.jpg Biden visit: Can India live up to US expectations?
C Uday Bhaskar | 29 Jul, 2013
US Vice President Joseph Biden's recent visit to India (July 22-25) may not have led to any major breakthrough, but provided a valuable opportunity to renew the high-level political contact between the two countries at a time when there is some concern in India that the Obama administration is not paying adequate attention to the bilateral relationship. 
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Branding.9.Thmb.jpg Why Brand Experiences Matter
Ankur Kalra | 19 Jul, 2013
In this world of abundant choices and easy options what is it really that makes your brand better than the others? Don’t all shampoos promise to makes your hair softer, silkier and smoother? And what deodorant does not guarantee drop dead gorgeous women getting inexplicably attracted to you? In a market where each product is as good as the next, experiential marketing makes all the difference.  
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Branding.9.thmb.jpg Don't have a store? Participate in exhibitions
Natalia Ningthoujam | 19 Jul, 2013
A glitzy store in a posh area is what many aspire for, but few achieve. Fret not! Apart from social media, exhibitions are seen as a potent platform to promote products and services. 
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Credit.Rating.9.Thmb.jpg The significance and role of Company Credit Report (CCR)
CIBIL Consumer Relations | 16 Jul, 2013
A good credit history plays a crucial role in determining the ability of a business to borrow money. Lenders today check the Company Credit Report (CCR) while determining the credit worthiness of companies. 
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uttarakhand-mapTHMB.jpg A month later, Uttarakhand still counting losses
Mohit Dubey | 16 Jul, 2013
The tourism sector, the lifeline of the Uttarakhand economy, is in tatters. 
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BPO call center generic THMB Indian firms must listen to customer chatter
Sanjiv Kataria | 15 Jul, 2013
When I sat down to pen my thoughts on the status of the burgeoning Rs. 85,000 crore (USD 19 billion) Business Process Outsourcing industry (loosely referred to as BPO, Call Centers, ITeS and now BPM), I was confident that I would be able to complete my 800-word comment well before the deadline. 
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Rupee.9.Thmb.jpg Reforms can help improve sentiments towards rupee
Vatsal Srivastava | 02 Jul, 2013
In the financial markets, every trader has his own style, methodology and a favourite list of fundamental and technical indicators which is developed over time to be consistently profitable. But there is one golden rule subject to absolutely no modification: “You don’t fight the Fed”. 
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gi-tagTHMB.jpg GI Tag: Varanasi-Mau-Bhadohi leading in UP
Saurabh Gupta | 26 Jun, 2013
Varanasi, Bhadohi and Mau clusters, the three very renowned districts of Uttar Pradesh (UP), are now having the Geographical Indications (GI) tag. 
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industry-smeTHMB.jpg The "Blocked Mindset Challenge" faced by SMEs in India
Tanveer Shaikh | 25 Jun, 2013
About 80 pc of SMEs die out before their 5th year and only a few thousands amongst the potent SMEs are listed on the Stock Exchange.  
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NorthEast.9.thmb.jpg To Look East, India must first transform its northeast
Rajiv Dogra | 13 Jun, 2013
Every time there is a prime ministerial visit to East or Southeast Asia, we dust up the two-decade-old placards and begin to wave them. The fading lettering on them proclaims that India is 'Looking East.' But as a nation, our attention span is limited. Therefore, the moment the visit is over we climb up tiredly into the attic to deposit the placards and to keep them there till the next visit. 
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USA.9.Thmb.jpg UCA law brings both opportunities & threats to Indian manufacturing exports in US
Dr. Tamanna Chaturvedi | 06 Jun, 2013
Current industrial scenario is so dynamic that any new development has widespread repercussions around the globe. The impact of these developments has been quite visible in case of our manufacturing exports wherein a fall in shares of traditional items like textiles, leather and leather manufactures, plastics, glass and glassware etc have been witnessed primarily in our largest traditional market of the US. 
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Green generic THMB Development not at cost of environment: Expert
Fakir Balaji | 06 Jun, 2013
Noted ecologists and green activists Wednesday cautioned the government against aiming 8-9 percent GDP (gross domestic product) annual growth at the cost of environment and sought a balanced approach towards sustainable development for a equitable society. 
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Handshake.9.Thmb.jpg List of pacts signed recently between India and Thailand
SME Times News Bureau | 31 May, 2013
Treaty/MOUs signed during the Visit of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to Thailand (30-31 May, 2013) 
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Innovation.9.Thmb.jpg Opportunities galore for small business owners
Franchise India | 27 May, 2013
One can start own venture on small scale with less initial investment and infrastructure requirement and operate it successfully with relatively low working capital and still expect to make substantial earnings. 
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pharmaTHMB.jpg Scenario of pharmaceutical market in India
Harjeet | 27 May, 2013
The pharmaceutical industry in India is most progressive and advanced among all the developed and developing countries. The industry has provided great employment opportunities to thousands of people, apart from contributing greatly towards the Indian economy. 
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Gold.Dollar.9.Thmb.jpg Return of US dollar, end of gold run
Vatsal Srivastava | 20 May, 2013
The time has come for financial market participants to stop looking at the world through the prism of a goldbug. 
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brics-flagTHMB.JPG BRICS: Changing the paradigm of international relations
Deepak Bhojwani | 20 May, 2013
India, a motive force behind the founding of BRICS - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - has shown the world the importance of the development of democracy. By focusing on cooperation rather than competition, these five emerging world powers have shown that they are capable of changing the paradigm of international relations and promoting the democracy of development. 
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Coir Products THMB Golden fibre making inroads into road construction
Rohit Kapoor | 11 May, 2013
The first thing when we hear about coir comes to our mind is traditional items like mats, baskets and ropes, but it is not the case anymore. 
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Technology.9.Thmb.jpg SMEs most aggressive adopters of ERP
Sudheer Nair | 08 May, 2013
Over the last decade or so, information technology has taken some giant steps and this exponential growth has changed the way we live and interact with the world. No wonder information technology has enabled many small and medium businesses to carve a niche for themselves.  
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MSME.Thmb.jpg Assistance to MSMEs to compete in international market
PIB Feature | 06 May, 2013
MSMEs are complementary to large industries as ancillary units and contribute enormously to the socio-economic development of the country.  
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E-Commerce generic THMB eBiz: Easing Business
Amit Guin | 06 May, 2013
Initiating a new business or setting up a new industrial unit in India is a cumbersome process. 
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gi-tagTHMB.jpg GI may change face of Indian creator, community and traditional art
Saurabh Gupta | 27 Apr, 2013
A GI tag has been recognized as intellectual property of a particular country or region or locality. 
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rama-prasad-goenkaTHMB.jpg RP Goenka: 'Friendly' takeover tycoon and remarkable man
Sankar | 26 Apr, 2013
Rama Prasad Goenka (who died April 14) was decidedly the most remarkable man I have seen in my life's journey. The world need not be told that R.P. Goenka was a great businessman. What was more remarkable was that he was an extraordinary human being, rich not only in bank balances but richer in human values, always keen to understand the world and enjoy the company of the people around him. 
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business-angelsTHMB.jpg 'Business angels' driving entrepreneurial movement
Shudip Talukdar | 20 Apr, 2013
'Business angels' are taking the initiative to help budding entrepreneurs set up and manage their own start-ups successfully in a highly competitive environment. 
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ftp-thmb.jpg Highlights of Annual Supplement (2013-14) to FTP 2009-14
Source: PIB | 18 Apr, 2013
Find here the Highlights of Annual Supplement (2013-14) to FTP 2009-14 
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latin-americaTHMB.jpg Indian investment in Latin America | 11 Apr, 2013
When Goldman-Sachs coined the term BRICs, they could have little idea of what effect this economic block would have on trade in Latin America. Representing Brazil, Russia, India, and China, the BRIC group of rapidly developing economies are seen as the lynchpin for Latin America’s financial autonomy.  
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EU.India.9.Thmb.jpg Time running out for India-EU free trade talks?
Gyanendra Kumar Keshri | 09 Apr, 2013
Trade and investment talks between India and the European Union (EU) could be in limbo for years, if not concluded in 2013, as the 27-nation grouping is likely to shift its focus to a trade deal with the US. 
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Mobile.9.Thmb.jpg 12 billion mobiles in next 10 years
Prasanto K. Roy | 08 Apr, 2013
One kilogram. That's what it weighed, the bulky prototype used for a wireless phone call by a Motorola engineer in 1973. For the real milestone 10 years later, a 790-gram Motorola DynaTAC made the first call from a commercial mobile phone, in a Mercedes in 1983. That makes the mobile 30 years old, and not the 40 that's being reported. 
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Leadership.9.Thmb.jpg You are not over yet
Pascal Nyasha | 05 Apr, 2013
The recession has swiped across the world. Many wounds were left and many today wallow in deep pain. All your savings may be gone and you are left with nothing. Many lost homes and other assets. 
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BPO call center generic THMB Service industry must strive for excellence
Amit Chaudhery | 04 Apr, 2013
Emerging amid liberalisation and increasing integration with the global economy, India's service industry offers tremendous potential but also poses daunting challenges.  
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brics-flagTHMB.JPG BRICS has arrived, so will the mortar
Arvind Padmanabhan | 01 Apr, 2013
With Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa concluding in Durban a cycle of one summit in each country, the BRICS bloc, in a rather short span of time, seems to have arrived as an influential voice on the geopolitical space and some decisions like a development funding arm for poor and emerging economies, when executed, will have the potential to even challenge the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). 
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Rohit Bansal | 25 Mar, 2013
Call it a deliberate clash of dates or mere coincidence, the Indian elephant and the Chinese dragon were caught courting Africa on exactly the same dates this month! 
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Accounting.9.Thmb.jpg Measures to check cheating of investors by unscrupulous companies
K. K. Pant | 25 Mar, 2013
Cheating of investors by unscrupulous companies takes many forms, such as: ‘vanishing’ after raising money through public offers; illegal collection of deposits in violation of Section 58A of the Companies Act, 1956 
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E-Book.Thmb.jpg Online libraries re-kindle the thrill of reading
Azera Parveen Rahman | 25 Mar, 2013
When was the last time you visited a library, browsed through the hundreds of titles, and finally borrowed a book that evoked your interest? Online libraries that promise to offer nearly the same experience have caught the readers' fancy and are rekindling a lost love. 
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Leadership.9.Thmb.jpg The levels of leadership
Pascal Nyasha | 19 Mar, 2013
For decades, there has not been an agreement on the true meaning of leadership. The definitions, explanations, understanding and paradigms of leadership are as diverse as the scholars on the subject. 
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india-poorTHMB.jpg Nepal reducing poverty faster than India: Oxford study
Prasun Sonwalkar | 19 Mar, 2013
Nepal and Bangladesh are reducing poverty faster compared to India, according to a new study based on the multidimensional poverty index developed at the University of Oxford and used by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in its Human Development Reports. 
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silk-THMB.jpg Silk Sector - Boosting the national economy
PIB Feature | 11 Mar, 2013
Silk has been intermingled with the life and culture of the Indians. India has a rich and complex history in silk production and its silk trade dates back to 15th century. 
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Jewellery.9.Thmb.jpg 'Indian jewellery designs traditional, not global'
Nivedita | 11 Mar, 2013
India's luxury market has unlimited potential and is growing rapidly, but the country's jewellery business is still largely inspired by "tradition and heritage" rather than by global trends, says Costantino Papadimitriou of London-based diamond company Forevermark, a part of the De Beers group. 
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budget-indiaTHMB.jpeg Budget'13: How realistic are Chidambaram's numbers?
Gyanendra Kumar Keshri | 04 Mar, 2013
Finance Minister P. Chidambaram proposes to contain the fiscal deficit at 4.8 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) during 2013-14 despite an aggressive 30 percent surge in plan expenditure and nearly 12 percent increase in overall spending. Experts, however, are sceptical. 
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BUDGET-GENERIC-THMB.jpg Budget: UPA finally moving towards capitalism
Amulya Ganguli | 03 Mar, 2013
Finance Minister P. Chidambaram's claims to be a reformer may have received a glancing blow with the 10 percent surcharge on the super-rich in Thursday's budget proposals, but the fall of the axe on 42,800 people who earn Rs.10 million a year is small price to pay for his reluctance to take more drastic steps against the wealthy. 
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Magnifying.Glass.9.Thmb.jpg 'Maghreb region should be next focus of India Inc'
Ranjana Narayan | 25 Feb, 2013
The Maghreb region comprises Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia and contributes 20 percent of the African continent's gross domestic product (GDP) though it has only nine percent of the population - around 85 million 
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budget-indiaTHMB.jpeg This will be a make-or-break budget for UPA
Amulya Ganguli | 23 Feb, 2013
With 10 state assembly elections this year and the general election in the next, the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) faces possibly its sternest challenge since it returned to power in 2009. 
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Leadership.9.Thmb.jpg The arrival of leadership
Pascal Nyasha | 19 Feb, 2013
It is interesting studying the evolution of management from the classical theorists until this time. The emergence of people like Fredrick Taylor in the nineteenth century brought in the concept of scientific management. 
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handicraftTHUMB.jpg Weavers of Happiness
Amit Guin | 18 Feb, 2013
The Chanderi sarees of Madhya Pradesh have created waves in the world of fashion by alluring the customers with its pleasant colours and spectacular designs. 
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msme-THMB-2010.jpg FDI - Building Future - Ready MSMEs
Deep Kapuria | 11 Feb, 2013
MSME sector is continually embattled with intractable issues like limited access to credit and institutional finance, technological obsolescence, limited market access, and skilled manpower shortage. 
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IT.9.Thmb.jpg Beware of being catfished online!
Sasha Horne | 08 Feb, 2013
Catfishing, a term coined from the 2010 film "Catfish" documenting a young man's supposed romance with a woman he met through Facebook who in fact did not exist, has come into sharp focus following an embarrassing story involving Manti Te'o, a football star with the University of Notre Dame. 
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Leadership.9.Thmb.jpg A look at corporate failures
Pascal Nyasha | 05 Feb, 2013
WHEN a foundation on a house is destroyed, the house cannot keep standing, it will crush to the ground.  
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Dollar.Investment.9.Thmb.jpg Investment opportunities for NRIs in India
Amit Guin | 05 Feb, 2013
The Government has taken various steps to promote investments by Indians living abroad, in India. 
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Leadership.9.Thmb.jpg The power to change is in you
Pascal Nyasha | 29 Jan, 2013
In life there are so many things that we wish were different or we regret having done or said. There are unions that we regret having entered into while many of the situations around us may be so bad that we hope we could escape even from life itself.  
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barackobama.THMB.jpg Obama's big plans for India: What to expect?
Saroj Mohanty | 28 Jan, 2013
As US President Barack Obama heads into his legacy-shaping second term in office, assumptions, expectations and suggestions abound about what his administration could mean for India with which he professes to have enduring ties.  
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Leadership.9.Thmb.jpg Reinvent yourself this year
Pascal Nyasha | 22 Jan, 2013
Re-invention is one of the most important things in a person's life. In life we go through so many experiences and sometimes we emerge relinquished out of them.  
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Industry THMB Initiatives to boost manufacturing growth
Saurabh Chandra | 22 Jan, 2013
The Global economic turmoil has impacted the overall economy in general and industry in particular. This is quite evident from the deceleration witnessed in the performance of industrial sector in the recent past. 
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Leadership.9.Thmb.jpg What leadership is really about?
Pascal Nyasha | 15 Jan, 2013
ON several occasions that I have met aspiring or established leaders there has been one question that I have been asked: What is leadership really about? 
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Assam.Silk.Textiles.9.jpg Assam's silk village: Weaving does not pay
Azera Parveen Rahman | 14 Jan, 2013
In Assam's Sualkuchi village, the rhythmic click-clock of the loom reverberates everywhere. Every house has a loom and in it the xipini, or weaver, weaves exotic mekhla chadors, the traditional Assamese attire, with an adept hand. Of late, there has however been a decline in the number of weavers, as weaving is no more seen as a paying proposition, changing the warp and weft of 'the silk village'. 
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Leadership.9.Thmb.jpg Stretch your wings, it's time to fly
Pascal Nyasha | 08 Jan, 2013
Some people can "fly" but they had forgotten how to "fly". So they forgot. Some people completely do not know they can "fly". So they never did Some people had "flown" before, but forgot how to. So they never remembered. Some people know they can fly, but never try because they are surrounded by F-E-A-R. So they quit. Some people want to see others "fly" first before they "fly". So they waited. Some people wait for a mentor to teach them how to fly. So they waited. Some people "flew" before and fell down, so they claimed that "flying" is dangerous and useless. So they whined and quit. 
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Ratan.Tata.Thmb.jpg Ratan Tata: Responsible leadership, conscious capitalism
Santhosh Babu | 07 Jan, 2013
Much is written and known about the business success of the Tata Group, the global acquisitions and Ratan Tata's role in them. Here's a look at Tata, who steps down as chairman of this $100-billion global empire Friday, not just as a successful business leader but also as an ideal role model who is responsible and authentic, while integrating inner values with outer actions. 
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msme-THMB-2010.jpg 2012: Achievements and initiatives of the Ministry of MSME
SME Times News Bureau | 28 Dec, 2012
MSME sector has proved to be an engine of growth in the economic development of the country.  
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car-bike-traffic-indiaTHMB.jpg 2012: Bumpy ride for automakers but road ahead seems smooth
Venkatachari Jagannathan | 27 Dec, 2012
The Indian auto industry hopes the New Year will usher in good times again with some tax cuts, economic revival and better sentiments after a year marked by low volumes and labour unrest at some units. 
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Leadership.9.Thmb.jpg How to discover yourself
Pascal Nyasha | 26 Dec, 2012
Last week I shouted, "Don't die before discovering yourself" and in this article I deal with what it takes to be able to discover yourself. The very first step towards discovering yourself is a painful one that many people choose not to experience. It is a conscious commitment towards facing the challenges of life even those that pose danger to your life. 
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Narendra Modi THMB Modi's success can deepen BJP's divisive image
Amulya Ganguli | 24 Dec, 2012
The three-dimensional images of himself which Narendra Modi projected simultaneously in several cities during the election campaign in Gujarat have been further boosted by the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) success in crossing the firewall of 117 seats which it won five years ago. 
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Leadership.9.Thmb.jpg Exploring the roots of leadership
Pascal Nyasha | 18 Dec, 2012
It was a great pleasure going through the hundreds of feedback in response to my recent article. It was most humbling to meet people who came all the way from Gweru, Marondera, Bulawayo and Bindura just to discuss the article and its implications on us as leaders. Leadership starts from the family, community, national and international level. 
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Jute.9.Thmb.jpg Jute - The Golden Fibre
PIB Feature | 18 Dec, 2012
India is the largest producer of raw jute and jute goods. Export performance of jute sector crossed USD 383 million during 2011-12. This year's target has been set at USD 500 million. The exports included diversified products like jute floor coverings, wall hangings, decorative fabrics. 
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RBI.Thmb.jpg Supervision beyond borders
Sirjjan Preet | 13 Dec, 2012
Setting up of a supervisory college by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), each for State Bank of India and the ICICI Bank Ltd. 
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Leadership.9.Thmb.jpg Three pillars to effective leadership
Pascal Nyasha (SME Times guest author) | 11 Dec, 2012
Three are three pillars that are central to leadership, which are knowledge, understanding and wisdom.  
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India.Australia.9.Thmb.jpg What impedes Australia, India ties?
Rekha Bhattcharjee | 11 Dec, 2012
While there has been a flurry of visits to India by high-powered Australian trade delegations and politicians, observers are baffled by the slow pace at which the bilateral ties are growing.  
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Leadership.9.Thmb.jpg The power of personal branding
Pascal Nyasha (SME Times guest author) | 02 Dec, 2012
YOU make an impression by how you look, influence by what you say and make an impact by what you are. 
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EU.India.9.Thmb.jpg Data security and India-EU trade negotiations
Sameer Pushp | 01 Dec, 2012
It is said that data is the new raw material of business; it is the new oil which fuels the business and livelihood on this planet. Technological progress and globalization have profoundly changed the way our data is collected, accessed and used. "Data is a precious thing and will last longer than the systems themselves," say Tim Berners-Lee. 
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Leadership.9.Thmb.jpg What kind of leader are you?
Pascal Nyasha (SME Times guest author) | 25 Nov, 2012
Many leaders are not very much aware of the kind of leaders they are. Such create blind spots in one's leadership and depending on how strong the blind spots are, it is recipe for disaster.  
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j&k-map-THMB Reviving the dying Kashmir silk industry
M. L. Dhar | 24 Nov, 2012
Silk has been one of the cherished heritages of Jammu and Kashmir with sericulture activity in the valley finding mention in ancient Sanskrit scriptures including Rajtarangni. The queen of the fabrics, Kashmir Silk has ever cherished the passion of consumers for its lustre, purity and fineness. 
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Congress Party symbol THMB Congress should educate party, people on reforms
Amulya Ganguli | 20 Nov, 2012
There is little doubt that the Congress's recent public rally in the national capital and then a Samvad Baithak, a closed-door, inner-party discussion session, in nearby Surajkund are signs that the party is gearing up for the next general election, which is only 18 months away, as Sonia Gandhi reminded the audience. 
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Obama THMB Behind the Obama win: An insider view
Latha M. Srinivasan | 20 Nov, 2012
It was the sheer hard work of his campaign volunteers and extensive ground game that won Barack Obama his second term as US president. 
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Exports.9.Thmb.jpg Diwali for exporters as Yuan hits record high
Mithun Dasgupta | 16 Nov, 2012
It was a happy Diwali for the Indian export community, thanks to the Chinese Yuan that rose to a record high this week. 
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Eelection symbol THMB Arvind Kejriwal: Can he make an impact in politics?
Parthasarathy Chaganty | 12 Nov, 2012
No individual has dominated the Indian political space more than Arvind Kejriwal in recent weeks. 
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msme-THMB-2010.jpg Enhancing competitiveness of MSME sector through cluster development
PIB Features | 01 Nov, 2012
The need of the hour is a cluster based approach. Clusters are defined as a sectoral and geographical concentration of micro, small and medium enterprises with 
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India.Growth.9.Thmb.jpg Is Indian economy turning around?
Ashok Handoo | 01 Nov, 2012
For a few months now, the Indian economy appears to be on a recovery path. At least there are enough indications to that. Foremost is the performance of various sectors of the economy. 
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congress-bjp-party-logoTHMB.jpg Congress, BJP on a level playing field of corruption
Amulya Ganguli | 30 Oct, 2012
It is now clear that both the major parties - the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) - will approach the next general election with the ball and chain of corruption tied to their feet. 
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FDI.9.Thmb.jpg Helping the world understand India's foreign policy
Rajiv Bhatia | 30 Oct, 2012
Our fellow citizens are much concerned today with domestic issues, but a small segment of citizenry spends its waking hours thinking largely about India's role in international affairs. Government officials apart, such people are mostly in the non-governmental domain.  
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India.9.Thmb.jpg India's reforms go beyond face value
Arvind Padmanabhan | 23 Oct, 2012
The battery of reformist decisions taken by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh government in the past month not just alter the perception of policy inaction in India, but will also go a long way in reviving the country's slowing economy and stabilise state finances. 
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Festive Offer Generic THMB Discounts, irresistible deals entice virtual shoppers in festive season
Rahul Vaishnavi | 23 Oct, 2012
From electronics to jewelry, home decorations to apparel, people high on festive fervor are logging onto various e-commerce websites to shop as they decorate their houses or pamper themselves with ethnic wear, jewelry and a host of other items. 
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Rupee.9.Thmb.jpg Types of small business loans
Kushwaha Singh | 16 Oct, 2012
The feeling of doing something on your own, on your own terms cannot be compared. Like all other good things in life, starting something can be extremely time consuming and tough. Since you are responsible for every little thing you have to make sure you take care of every little detail. The first major hindrance any entrepreneur may come across in money. 
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fdi-indiaTHMB.jpg Why BJP opposes foreign investment in retail
Amulya Ganguli | 16 Oct, 2012
As the traditional party of banias or traders, the BJP's opposition to FDI in retail is not surprising. There is also an element of cogency is this stance of both the Left and the BJP. 
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Success.9.Thmb.jpg Seven small business growth rules unfolded
FIHL | 09 Oct, 2012
Business confidence among SME owners has improved significantly as the success and growth rate in this sector is quite tremendous. 
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India Flag Amblem THMB India's reforms go beyond face value
Arvind Padmanabhan | 08 Oct, 2012
The battery of reformist decisions taken by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh government in the past month not just alter the perception of policy inaction in India, but will also go a long way in reviving the country's slowing economy and stabilise state finances. 
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Exports.9.thmb.jpg How to reduce costs while doing business in China
Zhang Bochun | 03 Oct, 2012
The second largest economy in the world, China offers multitude of trade and investment opportunities for Indian exporters. This country, with more than 1.3 billion people and so many thriving sectors of economy, has become a dream business destination for companies from all over the world in the recent times. 
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Dollar.Investment.9.Thmb.jpg 'I know everything'- confidence killer
Awadhesh Devanand Jha (SME Times Guest Author) | 27 Sep, 2012
This article is in continuation to my previous article "Is finance the only hurdle for development of Indian SMEs?" I received comments  
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Army.Flag.9.Thmb.jpg Will India and China fight a war again?
Mohan Guruswamy | 26 Sep, 2012
Most Indians rightly see the 1962 war between India and China, and a relatively small military defeat and the major national panic that followed, as a cathartic event. While 1962 will still be the seminal year for Sino-Indian relations, it is in 1967 that Indian and Chinese troops last clashed -- at Nathu La. Since then, not a shot has been fired across the border. 
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EU.India.9.Thmb.jpg India-EU BTIA negotiations: What is India asking for?
Amit Guin | 25 Sep, 2012
The India-EU Bilateral Trade and Investment Agreement (BTIA) talks have discussed issues related to trade. 
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UPA.9.Thmb.jpg All is not lost for the UPA-II
Amulya Ganguli | 24 Sep, 2012
The govt will not lost every thing, if present overdrive on reforms revives the "animal spirits" in the economy. 
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Manmohan.9.Thmb.jpg Economics trumps politics: Manmohan back in charge
Amulya Ganguli | 15 Sep, 2012
As at the time of the nuclear deal in 2008, Manmohan Singh is back in charge again. As the latest series of reform measures show, the hesitancy of the last few years is over and the country has returned to the road of market-driven policies which the prime minister initiated two decades ago when he was the finance minister. 
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aepc-logoTHMB.jpg Apparel Export Promotion Council's Outlook, Role and Vision
Sameer Pushp | 14 Sep, 2012
AEPC is the official body of apparel exporters in India that provides invaluable assistance to Indian exporters. 
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Internet banking generic THMB Benefits of online business banking in United Arab Emirates
Steve Henderson | 10 Sep, 2012
Thinking of starting a new business in the United Arab Emirates? If so, you're already aware that it's a reasonably absorbing process. A key part to this procedure will be setting up and effectively managing a business banking account. Read on for a quick look at what to expect from setting up an account and how online banking is a great way to organize your company's finances. 
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Rupee.Bag.9.Thmb.jpg Is finance the only hurdle for development of Indian SMEs?
Awadhesh Devanand Jha | 04 Sep, 2012
Whenever and wherever I meet the entrepreneurs from Indian SME, the only reason I heard is raising finance being reason for their companies’ slow growth and performance.  
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marketing-road-successTHMB.jpeg Want to start small business? Avoid these mistakes
FIHL | 04 Sep, 2012
For many people, starting small business of their own is like a dream come true. But . . . 
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walmart-indiaTHMB.jpg Can Walmart and corner stores co-exist?
Gyanendra Kumar Keshri | 03 Sep, 2012
A fierce debate is raging in cyberspace over the cost and benefit of foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail as the Indian government has once again begun working for its rollout as a 'must do' economic reform. And most say there is enough room for global giants like Walmart and the unorganised small retailers to co-exist. 
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Jewellery.9.Thmb.jpg India's Gems & Jewellery Industry: A Dazzling Success Story
PIB Mumbai | 28 Aug, 2012
India's gems and jewellery industry is a bright star of the economy, and one of the important foundations of the country’s export-led growth. 
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Biotech.9.Thmb.jpg Biotechnology Information Network
M.V.S. Prasad | 28 Aug, 2012
Bioinformatics is attaining greater significance in the life sciences research and industry and hitherto unexplored areas of biology. 
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Success.9.Thmb.jpg Major rules for making small business ideas successful
FIHL | 21 Aug, 2012
To help you start a new business of your own, here are some golden rules that can help you go a long way.  
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Industry.9.Thmb.jpg Mend land policy to push realty, infrastructure
Vinod Behl | 20 Aug, 2012
The relaxation of rules by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) on transfer of government land in a bid to speed up public-private partnership (PPP) projects in infrastructure sector is, indeed, significant. Especially so when economic growth has dipped to a 9-year low, amid infrastructure and realty projects hanging fire due to delayed approvals. 
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Entrepreneurs.9.Thmb.jpg Expanding circle of influence: Importance of mentoring in business world
Staff Reporter | 13 Aug, 2012
Ambition and talent, along with access to capital and mentoring, can take the young pretty far. The entrepreneurial fecundity of an ecosystem has direct impact on its economic prospects. 
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Tourism.Thmb.jpg Tourism - Providing inclusive growth and promoting employment
PIB Features | 11 Aug, 2012
Tourism has been recognized as one of the major engines for inclusive growth and employment. 
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Exports.9.thmb.jpg Course on foreign trade to help SME exporters
SME Times News Bureau | 06 Aug, 2012
Aiming to provide the relevant knowledge about foreign trade to SME exports, FIEO and BIMTECH, jointly announced the commencement of a new Six month Diploma course in Foreign Trade.  
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Innovation.9.Thmb.jpg New corporate initiatives push artistic talent in India
Madhusree Chatterjee | 06 Aug, 2012
A handful of initiatives that have brought big business houses to promote visual art with incentives and new platforms is trying to open an alternative door for Indian art in the face of shrinking government support and a market slump. 
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fashionTHMB.jpg Freedom, bondage hand-in-hand for Kashmiri designer
Radhika Bhirani | 04 Aug, 2012
Kashmir is a spiritual valley with art, crafts and textiles all over the place.  
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Pranab.9.Thmb.jpg Pranab won't be rubber-stamp President
Amulya Ganguli | 31 Jul, 2012
Pranab Mukherjee's relatively uneventful, to use a post-operative surgical term, journey to Rashtrapati Bhavan is one of the Congress' few success stories of late. What made it possible was the unforced errors of its opponents, who were apparently guided by blind antipathy towards the Congress rather than a realistic assessment of their position. 
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BPO call center generic THMB IT-BPO - A key sector of Indian economy
M.V.S. Prasad | 31 Jul, 2012
The year 2011-12 was marked by growing global uncertainties. Global recovery has stalled, growth prospects have dimmed and downside risks have escalated.  
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Social.Media.9.Thmb.jpg Social media adoption by SMEs
Sirjjan Preet | 23 Jul, 2012
Social media in India is growing at 100% and by 2014, 129.3 million Indians are expected to join the social media forums. According to eMarketer, fastest growth in social networking this year will come 
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Real.Thmb.jpg Affordable housing hit badly in real estate slump
Vinod Behl | 22 Jul, 2012
Amid economic slowdown, the drastic fall in home absorption rates this year is a matter of serious concern. The high property and home loan rates have taken the toll of sales, leading to large inventory build up. 
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Diamond.Mine.9.Thmb.jpg Online reporting system of mineral transaction
Sanjeev Kumar Sundriyal | 17 Jul, 2012
In its continues effort to bring more transparency the Mines Ministry has developed an On-Line Registration and Reporting System under rule 45 of MCDR, 1988 of mineral transaction to facilitate the submission of monthly returns of iron ore.  
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MArketing.9.Thmb.jpg 3 Easy Small Business Marketing Ideas
Wesley Murph | 17 Jul, 2012
If you own and operate a small business, then surely you're interested in adding more new customers... referrals and repeat sales to your bottom line.  
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Farmer.9.Thmb.jpg Still 'chasing the monsoon' to lift India's fortune
IANS | 03 Jul, 2012
No other weather phenomenon, perhaps, captures the attention of Indians as does monsoon, a shortfall of which can not just send the economy reeling, and people sweating, but also alter the fortunes of governments in power. 
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manmohan-11112011THMB.jpg Rekindling hopes: PM signals a course correction
Arvind Padmanabhan | 02 Jul, 2012
When Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met with the senior officials from North Block earlier this week after taking charge of the finance ministry again, his speech was short and to the point. But the message that went out was loud and clear with an added but important acceptance for the first time - that there was indeed a widespread public perception of policy paralysis in the government and he wanted the situation to change as fast as possible. 
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Innovation.9.Thmb.jpg 10 myths about industrial product design
Prakash V. Unakal | 28 Jun, 2012
Why India must become more aware of product designs - June 29 is World Industrial Design Day. 
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Latin.America.9.Thmb.jpg Latin America - energising India
Deepak Bhojwani | 21 Jun, 2012
Latin America has remained at the periphery of Indian political and economic strategy, having presented no significant challenges, received marginal Indian migration (mainly in the Caribbean/Atlantic), and, depending on the country, having limited or no historic or cultural connections with India. 
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G20.thmb.jpg G-20 Summit Declaration
SME Times News Bureau | 20 Jun, 2012
Text of the G-20 Summit declaration in Los Cabos, Mexico, June 18-19 
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Anand Naik Symantec thmb Social, savvy and secure SMB
Anand Naik | 16 Jun, 2012
The advent of social media today has been a boon for Indian SMBs who are acknowledging its increasing value as a business tool. As more users sign up each day on social networking platforms the potential customer reach is phenomenal and thus today social networks are irresistible to marketers. Social media campaigns today, find appeal across many verticals.  
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Infrastructure.9.thmb.jpg Infrastructure Debt Fund
Shamima Siddiqui | 15 Jun, 2012
India has emerged as one of the fastest growing economies during the past decade. However, infrastructure development has not kept pace with the growth in the rest of the economy. Realizing this, India initiated an ambitious reform programme in all infrastructure sectors. 
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Rupee.Border.Thmb.jpg Bringing the economy back to high growth path
Dilip Ghosh | 11 Jun, 2012
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh called a meeting of Ministers and Senior officials of the Infrastructure Ministries - Power, Highways, Civil Aviation and Shipping & Ports on 6th June, this year. The purpose was to devise suitable measures to bring the economy back to high growth path. Indian economy which had been growing at 9 percent per annum for the past eight years, grew only at 6.5 percent in 2011-12 and in the last quarter of the financial year the growth rate was 5.3 percent. Such turn of events, made the Government take suitable measures to reverse the down turn. 
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Social.Media.9.Thmb.jpg Survey on business promotion via social media for SMEs
SME Times News Bureau
Today social media is playing an increasingly vital role in business marketing. Unfortunately, many small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are not getting nearly as much out of their social media marketing efforts as they should be. 
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Anand.FTP.9.Thmb.jpg Highlights of annual supplement to FTP 2009-14
SME Times News Bureau | 05 Jun, 2012
The Government on Tuesday released the annual supplement to India’s Foreign Trade Policy 2009-14. 
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Green.9.Thmb.jpg Green economy: Does it include you?
A. N. Khan | 02 Jun, 2012
This year the World Environment Day theme is "Green Economy". The Green Economy is defined as one that results in improved human well-being and social equity,  
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myanmar-india-flagTHMB.jpg Doing trade, driving down to Myanmar just got easier
Rahul Dass | 31 May, 2012
Indians may soon be able drive down to Myanmar and do business with a country that is perfectly situated to play the role of an economic bridge between India and China and between South and South-East Asia.  
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Employee.9.Thmb.jpg Soft Skills Development: An integral component of HRD
Dr. K. Parameswaran | 29 May, 2012
Come summer and we see a rush of summer schools coming up even in the smaller towns in India. These schools offer short term training to school and college students in everything from acupuncture to horticulture! 
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Congress Party symbol THMB Absence of Big Idea leaves Congress without direction
Amulya Ganguli | 28 May, 2012
Blaming factionalism for the Congress's recent electoral setbacks, as Sonia Gandhi has done, can be regarded as a somewhat facile explanation, considering that internal rifts have been a part of the party's genes dating back a century to the clashes between Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Gopal Krishna Gokhale, between Mahatma Gandhi and Subhas Chandra Bose and between Indira Gandhi and the so-called "syndicate", represented by the old guard in the Congress at that time. 
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karl-heinz-handkeTHMB.jpg 'Global brands can generate jobs in India'
Nivedita Sharma | 21 May, 2012
International brands can generate job opportunities if their entry into India is facilitated, says Montblanc, a century-old German company known for its timeless luxury pens, watches, eyewear, leather goods and fashion accessories. 
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Entrepreneurs.9.Thmb.jpg Recruiting talented freshers for SMEs: Internships the solution
Karthikeyan V | 18 May, 2012
Recruiting talented and relevant college graduates has always been a real challenge for small & medium enterprises (SMEs). This challenge stems from the fact that most of the students are keen to join MNCs through campus recruitment. The other avenue: the job portals, provides a huge number of resumes and makes the job of identifying relevant students laborious & time-consuming. 
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handicraftTHUMB.jpg Kashmiri handicrafts: Arts and crafts nurtured for centuries
Ghulam Abbas | 15 May, 2012
Jammu and Kashmir is not only home to the vast cultural and ethnic diversity but also the heaven for arts and crafts that have been carefully nurtured for the centuries.  
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Marketing.9.Thmb.jpg Cost-effective marketing secrets of SME marketing experts
Myles Anderson | 14 May, 2012
Whether your business is old or new, you can't stop advertising your product or service. And for most starters, small business marketing often mean cold calling potential buyers and making walk-in clients very satisfied. But are these small business marketing ideas still effective in this day and age? Or is Internet marketing becoming the next norm for small or big business. 
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Solar.9.Thmb.jpg As China dumps in India's solar market, domestic industry shrivels
Richa Sharma | 07 May, 2012
India's National Solar Mission may be offering huge opportunities to global players but the domestic solar industry is bleeding owing to poor policy and stiff competition from foreign companies, especially the Chinese.  
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pushp-sameerTHMB.JPG DISHA: A mission to strengthen ethical sourcing for apparel trade in India
Sameer Pushp | 03 May, 2012
Recognizing the important linkages between ethical trade and economic growth, the Ministry of Textiles Government of India, asked Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) to work on the compliance code for ethical sourcing for the Apparel Exports from India. 
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labourTHUMB.jpg A small step towards dignity of labour
Sarita Brara | 01 May, 2012
May 1st is International Labour Day. There was a need for Indian model of inclusive innovation that focused on the poor and the common man. 
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Internet generic THMB Bloggers: Latest brand ambassadors to sell products
Azera Parveen Rahman | 24 Apr, 2012
A friend asks you to try a product she vouches for. Chances are you will go ahead and buy it the next time you see it on the store shelf. It's all about credibility - a factor that's making brands turn to a new medium, blogging, to market their products. 
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Green.9.Thmb.jpg Failure to tackle green issues could hurt growth: Ecologists
Mithun Dasgupta | 24 Apr, 2012
The Indian government's failure to formulate effective policies to address environmental issues would risk causing economic growth to lag, warn environmentalists. 
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industry-smeTHMB.jpg Small and medium enterprise insurance
Nasreen Haque | 17 Apr, 2012
While the headlines usually cover large enterprises, the truth is that SME accounts for the vast majority of any nation's businesses: from Egypt to the United Kingdom, nearly 98 percent of all businesses are SMEs. Most insurance brokers receive the majority of their revenue from small and medium enterprise insurance. 
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India.Pakistan.9.Thmb.jpg Pak fashion fraternity eyes franchises, collaborations in India
Priyanka Sharma | 16 Apr, 2012
Pakistan's fashion fraternity has welcomed India and Pakistan's decision to open more trade routes and hope to expand their reach by collaborating with Indian wholesalers, brands and opening retail outlets in New Delhi. 
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jewellery.THMB.jpg Glowing times for online jewellery retailers
Radhika Bhirani | 06 Apr, 2012
There was a time when gold jewellery or diamonds and other precious stones were only bought from the trusted family jeweller. Now the trend is changing, with more people open to buying jewellery online. 
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Manufacturing.Border.Thmb.jpg Design Clinics Scheme for MSMEs of manufacturing sector
PIB Info-Nuggets | 04 Apr, 2012
The total scheme budget is Rs.73.58 crore, out of which Rs.49.08 crore will be the Government assistance and the balance amount will be contributed by the beneficiary MSMEs. 
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tibet.protest.jpg Tibetan self immolations: Why isn't the world listening?
Vijay Kranti | 03 Apr, 2012
A long chain of self immolations by Tibetan youths negates the oft repeated Chinese claims that everything is fine inside Tibet. 
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India.Pakistan.Trade.9.Thmb.jpg Pakistan 'Negative List' for imports from India
SME Times News Bureau | 28 Mar, 2012
The Government of Pakistan recently released the list of items which are not importable from India. 
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Anand Naik director SymantecTHMB.jpg Virtualization - Simplified for SMBs
Anand Naik | 23 Mar, 2012
Virtualization allows Small and Medium Businesses to reduce, reuse, and retire existing server platforms.  
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Real.Thmb.jpg Realty industry has little to cheer from budget
Vinod Behl | 22 Mar, 2012
The latest national budget has given India's realty sector a short shrift, despite its stated objective to create conditions for growth, focusing on domestic-driven growth recovery. 
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Marketing Strategy Generic THMB e-Marketing to boost SMEs
David Parks | 20 Mar, 2012
In the present-day scenario, marketing plays a pivotal role for any company to carve a niche for itself. 
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Budget.9.Thmb.jpg Budget: A manuscript of good intentions?
Arvind Padmanabhan | 16 Mar, 2012
It has made all the right noises about the need to reform and prune subsidies, and even extends incentives to tax payers. But without targets, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee's 7th union budget remains a manuscript of good intentions for the Indian economy. 
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Eelection symbol THMB Will government now hobble towards 2014?
Amulya Ganguli | 13 Mar, 2012
The assembly election results are not all good news for the country, the government that leads it and states like Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Punjab. 
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Women generic THMB Increasing opportunities for women-led bizs in India
Arun Kumar | 12 Mar, 2012
An American organization that connects women-run businesses to multinational corporations around the world plans to help women business owners in India to sell their solutions, create economic prosperity and deliver jobs.  
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Realty.9.Thmb.jpg Making housing affordable: Realty industry needs budget boost
Vinod Behl | 06 Mar, 2012
With the realty industry still not out of the woods, stakeholders are eagerly awaiting this year's budget to crack the frozen property market. 
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Wind.9.Thmb.jpg Wind Energy: A nature’s bonanza for eternity
Dilip Nigam and Gargi Malik | 06 Mar, 2012
Throughout history, wind energy has been harnessed in many ways. Centuries ago, wind power was used to sail ships and windmills were used to grind the grains, pump water and cut wood. 
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NSIC.9.Thmb.jpg NSIC -- nurturing the MSME sector
Ruby T. Sharma | 25 Feb, 2012
The National Small Industries Corporation Ltd., a Public Sector Undertaking under the administrative control of the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises was established in 1955 
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budget-indiaTHMB.jpeg 'Budget 2012 should give thrust to innovation, technology adoption'
Rajiv Bhalla | 24 Feb, 2012
NEC India looks forward to a more holistic approach towards budget 2012. Not to miss, we expect it to be progressive in terms of giving thrust to innovation and lay greater emphasis on adoption of technology in varied sectors. In today’s scenario, there is increasing deployment of IT in the growing fields of education, retail, healthcare and public safety & security. As in FY 2011, we hope to see further momentum in these sectors. 
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E-Commerce.9.thmb.jpg e-Procurement system for transparent governance
PIB Feature | 21 Feb, 2012
Procurement of goods and services is one of the important activities of the Government. 
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2gTHMB.jpg Why SC judgment on telecom a blow to govt
Arvind Padmanabhan | 21 Feb, 2012
However much Communications and IT Minister Kapil Sibal may seek to defend the government, the verdict on telecom licences by the Supreme Court has dealt a severe blow to the credibility of the government, particularly when the very edifice of the executive -- that of framing and executing policies -- has been lambasted. 
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It.Thmb.jpg Eurozone crisis an opportunity for Indian IT: Expert
Ranvir Nayar | 14 Feb, 2012
India's Information Technology sector is well placed to take advantage of the current Eurozone crisis as an increasing number of companies will look at "offshoring" as a way to cut their costs, says an expert with a leading consultancy.  
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Social.Media.9.Thmb.jpg Bizarre case of India vs the Internet
Prasanto K. Roy | 14 Feb, 2012
It isn't just one angry Indian against Google and Facebook. Internet freedom is on trial in India! The ham-handed, state-backed censorship of Salman Rushdie at the Jaipur Literary Festival earlier this month grabbed headlines -- "The Republic bows before the Mob". 
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Telecom.9.Thmb.jpg India needs to rebuild its telecom narrative
Rohit Bansal and Manoj Kumar | 06 Feb, 2012
Telecom sits on the top of the incredible India story. But the mess, evident in the award of second generation (2G) licences, shows how at least six principal characters worked overtime to deface it. To borrow from the cricketing cliche, and but for the Supreme Court (SC), this team of public functionaries snatched defeat from the jaws of global telecom sweepstakes. 
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Coal9.Thmb.jpg Indian coal sector needs to enhance production
PIB Feature | 04 Feb, 2012
The Coal sector in India has continued to remain vital and of fundamental importance for the growth of Indian economy. India is on the path of rapid growth. High economic growth and increased economic activities would create much larger demand for energy and predominantly of coal.  
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Exports.9.Thmb.jpg Starting an import export business: Basic guide for beginners
Jayden William | 29 Jan, 2012
Starting an import export business needs a proper guidelines and understanding of the foreign market. Before starting an import or export 
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China.9.Thmb.jpg A new word for Chinese diplomacy -- 'duplimacy'?
Ravi M. Khanna | 24 Jan, 2012
"China wants to develop long-term friendship and cooperation with India." So said the Chinese official who held border talks with Indian officials this week. He also predicted a "golden period for India-China relations" in the near future. What he did not say, but sceptics like me heard him say between the lines, is that all this is possible only if it is done on China's terms. 
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msme-THMB-2010.jpg Thrust to potential entrepreneurs: Credit Guarantee Fund Scheme for MSME
PIB Feature | 23 Jan, 2012
First generation entrepreneurs in MSE sector find it difficult to access credit from the organized banking sector. 
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SAARC flags THMB SAARC can bring real cooperation in South Asia
Ravi M. Khanna | 16 Jan, 2012
At last India and Pakistan, it seems, have woken up to the need for genuine cooperation in South Asia where countries of the region start depending on each other for those crucial products which they now import from the West. This way they will pay lower freights and at the same time contribute to the economic growth of the region. 
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china.9.THMB.jpg How to do market entry research for China's industrial sectors
Dezan Shira | 16 Jan, 2012
When considering entry to China's industrial sectors, some foreign investors think in terms of China as an emerging economy.  
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Car.9.thmb.jpg Indian automotive industry on a high growth trajectory
PIB Feature | 09 Jan, 2012
We have come a long way since the Automotive Industry in India was delicensed. Today, this sector is one of the shining examples of what can be achieved in a relatively short span of time with the right kind of support of the Government 
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Federal.Reserve.9.Thmb.jpg What is really going on in our world today! What on earth will it take?
Peter John Palms | 05 Jan, 2012
What is the Federal Reserve System? The answer may surprise you. It is not federal and there are no reserves. Furthermore, the Federal Reserve Banks 
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Green SME generic THMB 2012 IT predictions for SMBs
Ajay Goel | 03 Jan, 2012
As we approach 2012, Indian SMBs are planning IT initiatives for next year. Virtualization is at the top of the list for many. It is no longer just an enterprise technology and is increasingly being adopted by SMB organizations. 
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India.Growth.9.Thmb.jpg Indian economy hit by high inflation, slowing growth
Gyanendra Kumar Keshri | 28 Dec, 2011
Even though India performed better than most emerging economies despite the global economic slowdown and the Eurozone crisis, 2011 for it was largely marked by a phenomenon which no country desires -- slowing growth with high inflation.  
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Textiles.9.Thmb.jpg Textile Ministry targets USD 32 bn of exports in 2011-12
SME Times News Bureau | 27 Dec, 2011
The Indian Textiles Industry has an overwhelming presence in the economic life of the country. Textiles sector contributes 14% of industrial production, 4% of GDP and 10.63% of country’s export earnings. It provides direct employment to over 35 million people, which includes a substantial number of SC/ ST, and women. The Textiles sector is the second largest provider of employment after agriculture.  
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2011 thmb 2011 - Year of tech, tweets, tablets and telecom
Prasanto K. Roy | 27 Dec, 2011
The year Steve Jobs died was a busy one for global tech -- the rise of the iPad, the spread of pay-as-you-go cloud services and the turmoil in the smartphone market with iPhone and Android knocking out RIM BlackBerry and Nokia. 
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Exports.9.Thmb.jpg Exports held out despite slowdown but 2012 outlook cloudy
Gyanendra Kumar Keshri | 27 Dec, 2011
Despite the global downturn and major fluctuation in the value of the rupee, India's merchandise exports logged a robust rise during 2011 with experts attributing this to the government's focus on product and market diversification. 
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ClimateTalk.Durban.Thmb.jpg Durban climate talks: What it means for India?
IANS | 16 Dec, 2011
At the recently concluded UN climate change talks in Durban, the world agreed to a new global climate change regime by 2020 to bring down emissions to save the planet. But cutting carbon emissions will be a tough task for India in the years to come as the country needs to balance its development trajectory with transition to a low carbon economy. 
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handicraftTHUMB.jpg Is Indian handloom dying a slow death?
Nivedita Sharma | 14 Dec, 2011
Their handspun silks and cottons are sold for thousands and sometimes hundreds of thousands of rupees and top names endorse their products. But the humble hands that weave classy, elegant fabrics that the world admires are living in penury. 
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censor-internetTHMB.jpg Five reasons why India can't censor the Internet
Prasanto K. Roy | 13 Dec, 2011
In just 24 hours, in the Facebook alumni group of St Stephen's College, Communications Minister Kapil Sibal's ratings crashed faster than that of US President Barack Obama or what former telecom minister A. Raja, now in judicial custody over second generation (2G) spectrum case, ever had. 
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India.9.Thmb.jpg India's myopic politicians derail reforms
Amulya Ganguli | 10 Dec, 2011
India is passing through a dystopian nightmare. The scene is as gloomy as it can possibly be. High inflation, low investment, falling growth rate and a widening gap between the rich and the poor, as testified by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), have been compounded by the government's policy paralysis which has been diagnosed by an unnamed Congress minister as a symptom of Parkinson's disease. 
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fdi-indiaTHMB.jpg FDI in Multi Brand Retail - (Feature)
Dhiraj Singh | 05 Dec, 2011
The Government has decided to allow Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) upto 51% in multi brand retail.  
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CSR generic THMB Cost effective CSR initiatives for SMEs
Roland Poitevin | 05 Dec, 2011
Corporate Social Responsibility or CSR activities are an integral part of any professional organization. 
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Strategy generic THMB Top 5 tips for a small business start-up
Dr. Mark D. Yates | 29 Nov, 2011
Economists are gracing our TV screens and newspapers proclaiming that the current economic downturn has finally bottomed out, and that we are about to turn the corner of the current credit crunch. 
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Earthmoving.Thmb.jpg More global firms eye Indian construction equipment market
Fakir Balaji | 28 Nov, 2011
More and more global firms are keen to enter the fledgling Indian ECE market through subsidiaries or joint ventures to cash in on the opportunities in the booming infrastructure sector, industry experts said. 
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iitf2011THMB.jpg Pakistani traders do brisk business at IITF
Rohit Vaid | 21 Nov, 2011
Traditional cotton textiles with embroidery, aromatic spices and handicrafts are among a wide array of goods that have emerged as huge hits for the Pakistani contingent at the annual India International Trade Fair (IITF) as they reported brisk sales even during the business days. 
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Marketing.9.Thmb.jpg How to create a low budget, high impact marketing plan
Writuparna Kakati | 21 Nov, 2011
Why you should bother with a marketing plan for your business?  
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PC generic THMB Use Internet for sourcing buyers
Anand Choudhary | 21 Nov, 2011
The integration of information and communication technologies has revolutionized the modus operandi of any business. Today, the Internet has changed the entire world, transforming it into a global village.So much so that today almost every international trader across the world is setting up his virtual office on the Internet, where he can deal with his clients sitting in any part of the world just with the help of his laptop and mobile phone. 
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Parliament.9.thmb.jpg Who is robbing parliament's dignity?
Sudip Mazumdar | 15 Nov, 2011
As the peoples' uprising against a venal political class in India shows no signs of abating, a strange din is evident in some debates and comments.  
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Exports.9.Thmb.jpg Export plan necessary for SMEs to make overseas gains
David Parks | 14 Nov, 2011
Developing an export plan is a crucial step for exporters, both small and large enterprises, to maintain a high growth rate. Going by the significant presence of SMEs in the Indian export sector 
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msme-THMB-2010.jpg Innovation: Changing the Indian MSME Landscape
Virbhadra Singh, Minister MSME* | 05 Nov, 2011
Innovation is the key factor, given the current global scenario, the only way that Indian Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) can remain competitive is by adopting innovation as a key business strategy.The Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises has taken several initiatives to encourage MSMEs to continuously innovate in terms of creation of new products, new processes and new services.  
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Dubai.9.Thmb.jpg Will India be the next Dubai?
PR Newswire | 03 Nov, 2011
In line with its increasing economic might over the past two decades, India has recently begun foraying into the tall buildings market, with Mumbai leading the way and other metropolitan cities like Hyderabad, Bangalore and Delhi following suit. 
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Manmohan.9.Thmb.jpg 3 summits in a month: Manmohan set for intense global diplomacy
Manish Chand | 01 Nov, 2011
Taming the international financial crisis, evolving an East Asia architecture and infusing new energy into South Asian integration -- Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has an action-packed November as he heads to three multilateral summits, juggling different regions and agendas.  
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Realty.9.Thmb.jpg Now real estate sector needs reform
Vinod Behl | 31 Oct, 2011
The Supreme Court ruling banning real estate transactions on the basis of power of attorney and making sale deed compulsory for property sale is a welcome step that will make secondary market transactions fool-proof. 
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Marketing.9.Thmb.jpg 7 steps to creating a successful SME marketing plan
Robert L Moment | 25 Oct, 2011
SME marketing is all about determining the needs of your target market and then providing solutions to meet those needs. 
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Indo Pak Flag THMB India-Pakistan ties: More than good looks needed
Amulya Ganguli | 25 Oct, 2011
Every new initiative to improve India-Pakistan relations generates a faint stirring of hope. 
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Internet generic THMB Blogging and Small Business Marketing
Karen Scharf | 18 Oct, 2011
Blogging is an excellent way to supplement your small business marketing. However, there is a great deal of confusion about exactly what role the blog plays in small business marketing and how it helps you to make money. 
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msme-THMB-2010.jpg NIESBUD- Developing Entrepreneurial Culture
Ruby Thind Sharma | 14 Oct, 2011
NIESBUD is one among several Institutions functioning under the Ministry of MSME. 
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automobileindustryindia-thmb.JPG Reinventing Mobility – The Automotive Industry in India
Press Information Bureau | 11 Oct, 2011
India has come a long way from the days when the automotive industry in India was characterized by limited choice, old technology, obsolete designs and endless waiting period to be a proud owner of a vehicle.  
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Marketing.9.Thmb.jpg Export marketing: Money pit or golden egg?
Kylie Hargreaves | 11 Oct, 2011
Many export businesses make the mistake of focusing their business plans and efforts on creating the "best" product or service they can in the hope that the offering will then "sell itself". 
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Textiles.9.Thmb.jpg Technical textiles : a sunrise sector
Rita Menon | 30 Sep, 2011
Technical Textiles is the sunrise sector of the textile industry in India, with a current market size of Rs 57,000 crores and a growth rate poised to take off from the present 11%, to almost 20% during the 12th Five Year Plan. India has all that it takes to harness this technology oriented sector, and provides a huge opportunity, both as an investment destination, and as a robust market for technical textiles. 
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Tourism.Thmb.jpg Tourism in India : An Overview
Samir Sinha | 27 Sep, 2011
Tourism is recognized as a powerful engine for economic growth and employment generation. The tourism sector is the largest service industry in the country, its importance lies in being an instrument for economic development and employment generation, particularly in the remote parts of the country.  
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Corruption.9.Thmb.jpg Let us reduce greed to stop corruption
Anil K. Rajvanshi | 26 Sep, 2011
Anna Hazare broke his 12-day fast on Aug 28 amid great jubilation at the Ramlila Maidan and elsewhere in the country. Most of the media and some of his associates called it a major victory for fighting corruption while others termed it a shallow one and a circus with no promise of a strong Jan Lokpal Bill in sight. The truth lies somewhere in between. 
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South.South.9.Thmb.jpg India's quest for South-South cooperation
Sameer Pushp | 22 Sep, 2011
Global economic recession and instability that we witnessed recently has given rise the need to forge new mutually beneficial business partnerships which will ultimately act as engine of economic growth and socio-economic development. The older alliances and cooperation seems to be withering out and failing to meet the need of the changing times. The quest for the exploration of the newer paradigm led to the birth of an idea called South-South Cooperation (S-S Cooperation) - it’s about the tremendous force of solidarity, which can help overcome even the biggest challenges confronting the world. 
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Internet banking generic THMB A simple guide to selecting and registering a domain name
Manish Dalal | 19 Sep, 2011
An Internet presence has become essential to promote your business. 
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Green generic THMB Ozone Day - An entrepreneur must know
Kalpana Palkhiwala | 16 Sep, 2011
Every year September 16th is celebrated as the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. 
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Marketing.9.Thmb.jpg Market study fundamentals
Patrick O Connor | 13 Sep, 2011
Market studies are performed to evaluate real estate market conditions with regard to an existing or proposed property. The focus of a market study details competition within the submarket, the strength or weakness of the submarket. Also, market study indications that the submarket will continue to improve or weaken and how the existing or proposed subject property is likely to perform within the submarket. 
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Segment.9.Thmb.jpg Marketing and management
Forest | 13 Sep, 2011
Ever since Arthur (Red) Motley's insightful description of marketing, it is now common knowledge that marketing is a common place process which goes on not 
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It.Thmb.jpg The top 10 reasons your online marketing fails
Dr. Keith Webb | 06 Sep, 2011
Internet marketing, online marketing, e-marketing and web marketing are just the same terms to describe the use of the internet in marketing and promoting your products, services or business. 
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India.Bangladesh.9.Thmb.jpg PM's Dhaka visit to bring new deals
Rahul Dass | 06 Sep, 2011
Accompanied by five chief ministers, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh travels to Bangladesh Tuesday on a visit that experts in both countries believe will transform ties between the neighbours and take relations to a new trajectory. 
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msme-THMB-2010.jpg Promoting growth of MSMEs through tool rooms
PIB Features | 30 Aug, 2011
In today’s fast paced global business scenario, technology has become more vital than ever before. Its development and absorption are the key ingredients for the overall economic development of a nation. 
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materials_handling_logoTHMB.jpg Materials Handling Middle East poised for strong edition this month
SME Times News Bureau | 23 Aug, 2011
Materials Handling Middle East 2011, which will take place this month in Dubai, is poised for a strong edition. 
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Textile THMB Textile Sector - A Powerul Means of Inclusive Growth
SME Times News Bureau | 23 Aug, 2011
The textile sector, which is second largest employer after agriculture and accounts for 2% of the GDP, is a powerful means of inclusive growth in the country. 
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Internet generic THMB Forget .coms, your name alone can be an internet address
James Jose | 16 Aug, 2011
Forget confusing web addresses! Soon if you just type SBI on your browser you can to go to the web site of the State Bank of India or by merely typing SpiceJet, the airline's portal opens before you -- no .com, .net, .in, .org or .edu. 
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Handshake.9.Thmb.jpg Indian entrepreneurs, get your act right
Mohita Nagpal | 16 Aug, 2011
The combination of acting and business is unusual. All of us have a pretty broad background in business. A couple of us have worked in business... one is an accountant. Besides, we have all done additional training. 
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Housing.9.Thmb.jpg Constant rate hikes have further burdened realty industry
Vinod Behl | 09 Aug, 2011
It is a matter of concern that credit growth, both for home loans and on the exposure to real estate developers, has hit a speed breaker due to repeated interest rate hikes. Industry statistics show the growth rate of loans to developers came down from 43 percent in January to just 11 percent in May this year. 
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industry-smeTHMB.jpg Protecting your SMB customer - How can you help?
Ajay Goel | 08 Aug, 2011
The relationship between a customer and partner has been traditionally that of a seller and customer, wherein the partner used to provide solutions and service support, in some cases. 
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Leather.Thmb.jpg MSME enhancing growth and development of leather sector
S. K. Basu | 02 Aug, 2011
The Indian Leather Industry occupies a place of prominence in the Indian economy in view of its substantial export earnings, employment generation and growth. 
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Marketing.9.Thmb.jpg Tips to successful small business marketing
Rolando Valdes | 02 Aug, 2011
If you own a small business then I am sure you will want to get the best small business marketing than you can have for it. 
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RBI.Thmb.jpg Govt. needs to look beyond monetary reforms
Writuparna Kakati | 26 Jul, 2011
As feared but expected widely, the Reserve Bank has hiked its policy rates again today. With headline inflation remaining consistently above the 9 percent mark since December, 2010, the move was nothing but expected by marketers, analysts, bankers and the industry alike. 
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HAndshake.9.Thmb.jpg India-Bangladesh border 'haats' reopen - after 40 years
R.R. Kharmujai | 26 Jul, 2011
Meghalaya resident Tengrak Ch Marak grew up on stories about his father's trading days at the 'haats' on the border with what was then East Pakistan. Those markets have reopened after 40 years, throwing up huge opportunities for trans-border commerce for people like him in India and his counterparts in Bangladesh. 
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social-media-marketingTHMB.jpg Impact of social media on SMEs
Andrew McCauley | 19 Jul, 2011
As technology advances and effect the business environment, small business strategy has taken on a whole new meaning. In the past small business strategy was focused on the growth of local businesses and looking for clientele in a very small area of coverage. 
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Internet banking generic THMB Successful brand marketing strategies for internet marketers
Linda Saville Trempe | 19 Jul, 2011
What are brand marketing strategies and how can implementing brand marketing strategies help an online business? Just like a bricks and mortar business, an online business also needs to suggest a positive image to the customer. Regardless of what many people believe, branding is much more than creating a company logo and using a specific color theme. Brand marketing strategies have to include the purpose, focus and image of the business. 
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Online.Scam.9.Thmb.jpg Online marketing scams and how to spot them
Linda Saville Trempe | 12 Jul, 2011
There are multiple online scams just as there are also many reputable online marketing programs. Just as with anything we choose to become involved in, caution should be exercised. So how do we spot online scams? What are some of the factors we need to look for to help us spot online scams? 
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handicraftTHUMB.jpg Getting craftspeople connected to mainstream fashion
Madhusree Chatterjee | 11 Jul, 2011
Indigenous craftspeople in India are getting connected with the mainstream fashion industry through a crafts and design revolution.  
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Marketing.Border.thmb.jpg Going guerrilla in marketing
Writuparna Kakati | 05 Jul, 2011
History is full of guerrilla war stories where tiny armies defeat more heavily armed opponents and win.... 
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Marketing.9.Thmb.jpg Marketing strategy for small & medium enterprises (SMEs)
Rita Sharma | 05 Jul, 2011
Pressures of brand and budget have somewhat marred the marketing success of SMEs. 
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Phishing THMB SMEs - ways to counter phishing?
Rita Sharma | 28 Jun, 2011
Phishing attacks on SMEs have increased recently as most of them do not have potential IT division and the technology to tackle the cybercrimes. 
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Email generic THMB Email marketing - tips for writing a good business email
Rita Sharma | 28 Jun, 2011
Email messages are like technology mingled with creativity. Use of simple yet powerful words in a Business E-mail can persuade your customers to buy the product, can help you build a long lasting relationship with clients, and can create your image in the market. 
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Microscope Generic THMB Research the market to succeed in business
Rituparna Kakati | 21 Jun, 2011
No business can succeed without having a close understanding of the market where it woks in.  
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E-Commerce generic THMB Internet marketing: pay less to get more
Writuparna Kakati | 21 Jun, 2011
Internet has brought the world into our finger tips making communication easier and less costlier.  
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MSME.Thmb.jpg Entrepreneurial & managerial support for SMEs through incubators
PIB Features | 14 Jun, 2011
Recognizing the importance of micro and small enterprises, which constitute an important segment of Indian economy in terms of their contribution to country’s industrial production, exports, employment and creation of entrepreneurial base, the Central and state Governments have been implementing several schemes and programmes for promotion and development of these enterprises. 
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mses-2010-thumb.jpg Feasible cluster development model - a perspective for development of MSEs
Sanjeev Chawla | 14 Jun, 2011
As far as competitiveness of products of Indian MSEs vis-à-vis cheaper imported products is concerned, strong clusters based on common viewpoint and common work-plan may be the practical solution. 
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Marketing.9.jpg Convincing your boss on an effective small business marketing plan
Namrata Kath Hazarika | 03 Jun, 2011
Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are the ones faced with immense constraints when it comes to accessing finance, due to which SME owners usually show reluctance to part his or her hard-earned money into a new marketing idea. 
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Intelligence generic THMB The power of marketing intelligence
Onesimus Smith | 31 May, 2011
Marketing intelligence (MI), according to Cornish, is defined as "the process of acquiring and analyzing information in order to understand the market (both existing and potential customers); to determine the current and future needs and preferences, attitudes and behavior of the market; and to assess changes in the business environment that may affect the size and nature of the market in the future." 
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Cargo.9.Thmb.jpg Logistics management, supply chain solutions and their advantages
Mike Arthur | 31 May, 2011
Efficient logistics management goes a long way in determining the strong positioning and marketing of the products in the industry. The company in turn earns a positive name and win applauds and appreciation from clients and customers. 
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Internet banking generic THMB Guerrilla tip: build a small business website
Jaime Lim | 24 May, 2011
As a guerrilla small business entrepreneur, you explore every possible media to constantly keep your small business in front of your target niche market. Using brochures, t-shirts, 
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Research generic THMB Business analyst for the small business
Mrlee | 24 May, 2011
The small business holder can profit just as intensely from a business analyst as a large corporation. There may be time when the business analyst sees the big picture when thesmall business holder can only see the stand line. The new small business may not  
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Accounting.9.Thmb.jpg How learning basic bookkeeping could boost your small business
Andrew Montecillo | 17 May, 2011
Bookkeeping can be learned easily either in a physical university or online. It helps to know the numbers and have the basic knowledge of debits and credits. 
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Internet banking generic THMB Converting clicks to customers
Manish Dalal | 04 May, 2011
The Internet today has become a powerful tool for businesses to influence their customers and market their businesses irrespective of their size and market reach. 
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Green.9.Thmb.jpg Time to go green for Indian SMEs
Writuparna Kakati | 03 May, 2011
The environment trend has been around and it is the best time for our SMEs (Small and Medium Businesses) to go green. As the problems of global warming gaining urgency, a massive number of companies, both small and large, from all over the world are showing interest to implement a green strategy into their business to address climate change. 
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Internet banking generic THMB Common Internet marketing mistakes small businesses make
Michael Rey | 03 May, 2011
Owning and operating a small business is very unpredictable and competitive. So, it is very important for small business owners to apply efficient  
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Real.Thmb.jpg Towards transparent transactions in realty industry
Vinod Behl | 04 May, 2011
The recent announcement by the Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (Credai), the apex body of builders, to impose a code of conduct on some 10,000-odd members to bring in transparency in real estate transactions is a welcome step. 
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Hiring.9.Thmb.jpg How to tackle small firms' big hiring woes
Writuparna Kakati | 23 Apr, 2011
The story repeats itself once and again - in every small and medium enterprises: the new employee hired has an impressive resume, he interviewed like a champ, the background investigation came back with no blemishes. However, his first week on the job, and you find that he is not the right person. Now, you have to start all over again! 
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Internet generic THMB Generating maximum inquiries through B2B portals
Moonis Rehman | 20 Apr, 2011
B2B portals have emerged as a viable option to do business online in a much cheaper and cost-effective way. 
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mses-2010-thumb.jpg Clusters development – a tool for sustainable growth of MSEs
Sanjeev Chawla | 14 Apr, 2011
Clusters are regional agglomerations of Micro and Small Enterprises including other stakeholders, having common challenges, common bottlenecks, common opportunities, common developmental agenda 
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CSR generic THMB 'Business case' for corporate social responsibility
Manish Desai | 12 Apr, 2011
Over the past several decades, the Tatas have established Trusts, which enabled setting up of institutions like the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and the Tata Institute for Fundamental Research 
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Internet banking generic THMB Tips before you decide on doing business online
Moonis Rehman | 06 Apr, 2011
Doing business online is indeed a cost-effective way to promote and expand your business. 
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Real.Thmb.jpg Regulation only way to weed out graft in realty sector
Vinod Behl | 05 Apr, 2011
A recent survey by a global consultancy, dubbing the real estate sector in India as most corrupt, has come as a shocker for industry captains struggling to improve the tainted image of the sector. Even Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said black money in realty was an unfortunate reality. 
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Guide generic THMB E-business - be a part of the change
SME Times News Bureau | 05 Apr, 2011
Couple of years ago internet was just a tool to send e-mails and search the web. But with the changing India, Internet has become a hub of e-business. 
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Pricing generic THMB Pricing strategy in a business
Writuparna Kakati | 04 Apr, 2011
In general terms, price is the amount of money needed for purchasing something; in marketing, price is one of the four aspects of marketing mix; in business and economics, price is "the assigned numerical monetary value of a good, service or asset".  
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Handshake 2 Generic THMB Building trust to increase online sales
Rituparna Kakati | 29 Mar, 2011
Trust is essential for business transactions. In online business, it has always been the biggest challenge to establish one's credibility and build trust. Now a days, anyone can build a website for a few hundred rupees and start some kind of e-business. But to earn the trust of the customers and to succeed in business is not as simple as building a website. You must have establish your credibility in order to earn customers. But how can you do that? the biggest question!  
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Import generic THMB Are you ready to start your business?
SME Times News Bureau | 29 Mar, 2011
The prospect of wealth or job satisfaction led many of us to start in new business everyday. Needless to say, it is exciting as well as full of challenges. Any business involves risk and need careful attention especially at the initial stage. But generally what goes with a business start up is exuberance of enthusiasm which may result in great blunders.  
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Green SME generic THMB Finding new customers - a big challenge before SMEs
Shubhajit Chakraborty | 22 Mar, 2011
A planned promotion and effective marketing strategy is the key to success for any business. 
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Industry.9.Thmb.jpg Industrial output and growth: challenges, interventions and prospects
Sameer Pushp | 18 Mar, 2011
The Indian economy in value term is the 12th largest; it is the fourth largest by purchasing power parity (PPP) and second fastest growth wise 
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it-data-management-THMB.jpg 'Indian SMBs don’t act until It’s too late'
SME Times News Bureau | 15 Mar, 2011
According to a survey findings, half of the Indian SMBs that have implemented disaster preparedness plans did so after experiencing an outage and/ or data loss. 
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Women generic THMB Flexi HR policies make working attractive for women
Arpana | 08 Mar, 2011
Flexi working hours, childcare facilities at the office, working from home and understanding husbands. Women professionals are moving up the corporate ranks and managing home as well with aplomb, thanks to changing human resource policies and supportive spouses. 
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Exports.9.Thmb.jpg Familiarising with import export business
Vivien Tierney | 07 Mar, 2011
No country can survive without importing and exporting things. The import export business is thus a valuable business instrument that helps nations deal with each other and improve mutual economies. Buying from another country is an import whereas selling to a country is an export transaction. 
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Entrepreneurs.9.Thmb.jpg Business leadership skills: setting priorities
Marcy Amaro | 07 Mar, 2011
Have you ever wondered why some people seem to always be on top of the world? They are always smiling, their hair is never out of place, they have time for coffee between board meetings, and yet, they are always at the top of the leader boards in their department. How do they do it?  
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Idea.9.Thmb.jpg The evolution of LED and beyond
Rajeev Singh | 07 Mar, 2011
The lighting industry was a witness to the sudden emergence of solid-state light source, which saw its best in the form of light-emitting diode (LED).  
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Idea.9..Thmb.jpg Finding small business idea that works
Asep Onde | 01 Mar, 2011
Starting a small business can be frightening and requires plenty of careful planning. There are many small business ideas which can be beneficial as well as economical. 
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Rupee.9.Thmb.jpg Beware of hidden costs in your small business
Maryjean Howe | 01 Mar, 2011
Obvious costs are usually planned for. However, hidden costs will drain your money and time without your knowledge. These costs in fact are not hidden, but get overlooked when you factor in the major expenses. If you are aware of the hidden costs, you can avoid unpleasant surprises. Besides, small business costs can be reduced to a certain extent by managing the hidden costs. 
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Handicrafts THMB Hopes and aspirations at a small town fair
Vidya Bhushan Arora | 21 Feb, 2011
The whole atmosphere seemed to be charged with enthusiasm and hope at the small town fair. 
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Entrepreneurs.9.Thmb.jpg Things required to be done to make your small business successful
William Smith | 14 Feb, 2011
Many of the people think they are not meant for regular employment and do not want to work under any boss. It is very much possible that these people may not be of sound financial background and they may want to get ahead with Small business and gradually 
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Success generic THMB Essential management principles for every small business
Mel Luigs | 08 Feb, 2011
The success or failure of the vast majority of all small businesses has little to do with the desire, marketing scheme or the great idea that created the business.  
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Accounting.9.Thmb.jpg Small business bookkeeping: make your small business big
Alvis Brazma | 08 Feb, 2011
Bookkeeping is such a task that requires accuracy and extra attention of the person who is performing it.  
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it-uphoria-2010THMB.jpg Risks, rewards of abandoning wired access for Wi-Fi in enterprise
Shalendra Singh | 31 Jan, 2011
A wired network has long been considered a standard feature in any organization, big or SME, offering speed, reliability and security that could not be matched by any wireless solution.  
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Rupee.Border.Thmb.jpg Rate hike - why RBI is wrong again?
Writuparna Kakati | 25 Jan, 2011
As expected, the RBI has finally gone for more monetary tightening on Tuesday, raising its short-term lending and borrowing rates by 25 basis points - a move to rein in rising inflation but which could further slow down the nation's sluggish industrial growth, as experts believe. 
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And the Award for Best SME of the Year Goes to THMB BOOK REVIEW - And the Award for Best SME of the Year Goes to...
Writuparna Kakati | 25 Jan, 2011
The Book 'And the Award for Best SME of the Year Goes to...' explores this aspect. Packed up with information, skills and approaches, this book could certainly be a hands-on guide foe CEOs running a small business in India. 
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Industry.9.4.Thmb.jpg Indian cos will benefit from defence offsets policy
Vivek Lall | 24 Jan, 2011
India's rising economic capacity has enabled the funding of its defence modernisation capabilities over the past two decades and as one of the largest global military spenders, the country has the third-largest defence procurement budget in Asia. 
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msme-THMB-2010.jpg New & innovative schemes for tech devpt of MSMEs
Uday Kumar Varma | 22 Jan, 2011
The Ministry has been implementing various schemes for the promotion and development of MSMEs. 
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Internet banking generic THMB Image Matters: Why a business email address is important
Manish Dalal | 21 Jan, 2011
E-mail has undoubtedly emerged as one of the most popular communication mediums online and it has revolutionized how businesses interact and transact with each other. 
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Branding generic THMB What's different about small business marketing strategies?
Scott Ewart | 18 Jan, 2011
Small business marketing strategies are a breed of their own, and not something that can be easily or effectively spun off of the marketing plans of huge, multi-national corporations. The plans for smaller businesses, and especially home based ventures, are relatively unique to this business type. 
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Branding.9.Thmb.jpg Building a successful small business
Kendrick Ayers | 18 Jan, 2011
Owning and maintaining a very successful small business can have its challenges but if you know what you are doing, everything can really work out great for you. There are many helpful tips that you should learn, if you are the owner of a small business and then by learning about these tips you should have the ability to have a very secure and profitable future. 
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Exports.9.Thmb.jpg Planning - the key success factor in export business
SME Times News Bureau | 17 Jan, 2011
Operating an export business is exciting, adventurous, and financially rewarding. At the same time, it is full of challenges and risks.  
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Entrepreneurs.9.Thmb.jpg Key to success in small business - dynamic leadership
Chris Call | 11 Jan, 2011
Every small business owner starts out with the dream of watching his small business grow until it is no longer small. Every small business leader is looking for ways to make his small business more successful.  
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Exports.9.Thmb.jpg What awaits Indian exporters in 2011?
Writuparna Kakati | 05 Jan, 2011
It seemed that as 2010 began, everywhere we looked there was recovery. Indian exporters, after hit hard by the previous year's storm, were looking forward to better times, a lot of which they have really seen later throughout the year. 
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2011 thmb SMEs: New technologies to look for in 2011
Vineet Sood | 30 Dec, 2010
Technology is changing the way we do business. 2010 has been a year, where one saw convergence of home and business, due to the devices that people brought into their workplace and the way networking gripped the world of business too. 
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China.9.Thmb.jpg Year of taming the China dragon
Manish Chand | 29 Dec, 2010
The Chinese dragon hissed and sweet-talked by turns, but the lumbering Indian elephant surprised many towards the year-end by asserting itself, compelling an aggressive Beijing to discreetly stop stapling visas for visitors from the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. 
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Rupee.Border.Thmb.jpg Economy revives in 2010 but inflation, reforms sore points
Gyanendra Kumar Keshri | 29 Dec, 2010
The year's first three quarters with over 8.5 percent growth marked a revival of the Indian economy in 2010, but the year also ends on a tart note due to high inflation, a virtual status quo on key reforms and allegations of some serious financial scams. 
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Chess.9.Thmb.jpg Strategic advantage — do you have one?
Writuparna Kakati | 27 Dec, 2010
When you hold the strategic advantage and your opponents do not, situations start unfolding in your favour 
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Entrepreneurs.9.Thmb.jpg Starting a small business — how to work smart not hard
Roy Derrick | 27 Dec, 2010
More people dream about starting a small business than they do about going to college or seeking promotion. However, owning a small business is more than just a full time job, it can become your lifestyle. 
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nitish-kumarTHMB.jpg Nitish Kumar: runaway winner as person of the year
Amulya Ganguli | 24 Dec, 2010
In the season of scams when political reputations are at their lowest ebb, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar stands out as a remarkable exception. 
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Employee.Thmb.jpg Managing employee performance effectively
Ryan Fyfe | 20 Dec, 2010
To effectively manage the productivity in an organization, managing employee performance is a necessity. There are performance standards for routine jobs that most employees need to match and if there are incentives for better performance, the healthy competition among employees raises performance levels all round. 
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Customer THMB Value added vs. buyer satisfaction
Eric Mulford | 20 Dec, 2010
From a consumer stand point the term "value added" means nothing. It does not give great value to the product itself. The baseline value of the product will have to stand on its own. This definition of what adds value is really a consumer driven thing. 
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It.Thmb.jpg Buoyant Indian IT industry rebounds but remains cautious
Fakir Balaji | 19 Dec, 2010
Recovering from global tech meltdown, the resilient Indian IT industry returned to high growth during a tumultuous 2010 but is cautiously optimistic about 2011 in view of the economic uncertainty in Europe and the US, which account for 80-85 percent of its export revenue from software services and back office operations. 
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Indo.China.9.Thmb.jpg Building a trade wall to offset India-China differences
Manish Chand | 18 Dec, 2010
Despite largely negative media perceptions of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's just-concluded visit, the Indian government considers the talks a "success" where India got China to address over USD 20 billion trade imbalance and conveyed its core concerns on Kashmir. 
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export-2010.jpg Good year for exports
SME Times News Bureau | 16 Dec, 2010
Smiles returned to the faces of Indian exporters in 2010 after nearly 12 months of pain suffered by them due to recession in advanced economies. 
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Marketing.9.Thmb.jpg Marketing management - is this necessary?
Steve Johnson | 13 Dec, 2010
Marketing management involves choosing target markets that not only get new customers but also retain the existing ones.  
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Employee.Thmb.jpg Does team building help staff morale?
Kevinlee | 13 Dec, 2010
First things first. When you hear the word team building, what comes into your mind? Maybe some of you may answer team building as 
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Innovation.9.Thmb.jpg How innovative is your organization?
Jan Stringer West | 06 Dec, 2010
Innovation can take many forms. An organization develops a new product or service. A new business model offers customers a new brand experience. A new strategic partnership is formed, resulting in new customer segments and new distribution or communication channels. 
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SWOT.9.Thmb.jpg What is your Swot?
Terry H. Hill | 06 Dec, 2010
An effective tool that assesses and identifies opportunities and risks is a SWOT analysis. A SWOT analysis is a strategic planning tool used to evaluate the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats involved in a business venture or project. Once a clear objective has been identified, a SWOT analysis can be highly effective in the pursuit of the objective. 
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India.9.Thmb.jpg Indian economy- the march continues
Ashok Handoo | 29 Nov, 2010
The forward march of the Indian economy is continuing on the expected lines. The comfortable indicators promise to drive the economy out of the slowdown it faced in 2008-9, when the growth rate dipped to 6.7 per cent, after experiencing a 9 per cent growth for five consecutive years. 
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social-media-marketingTHMB.jpg Cos look to reap bounty from social media
Madhusree Chatterjee | 25 Nov, 2010
Social networking sites are beginning to change the face of business in a digitised India with companies adopting a marketing mix of online campaigns, promotions in print, television as well as road shows to reach out to people. 
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Success.9.Thmb.jpg Top five information protection tips for SMBs
Vineet Sood | 18 Nov, 2010
A cornucopia of possibilities has opened up for SMBs, in today’s dynamic and challenging business environment, making them key contributors to the economy.  
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msme-THMB-2010.jpg India holds the key to developing countries in fuelling growth of MSMEs
Gurdip Singh | 16 Nov, 2010
A recent phenomena witnessed on the Indian economic scene is the liberal approach adopted by both State-owned and private Banks in lending to the Medium and Small Enterprises. 
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Indo.China.9.Thmb.jpg Is there a China-India race in Africa?
Rajiv Bhatia | 15 Nov, 2010
Once again Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asserted recently, while answering a journalist, that the world was large enough to accommodate the growth ambitions of both India and China 
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Segment.9.Thmb.jpg Effective PR for a small business on a budget
Shana Keith | 09 Nov, 2010
If yours is like most small businesses, you can't afford the luxury of a PR department, much less a dedicated PR agency or even one employee responsible for external communications and PR. However, this business function is critical as the world of communications continues to expand with new applications, demands and opportunities like social media networks.  
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Entrepreneurs.9.Thmb.jpg Taking your small business to the next level
Katrina Sawa | 09 Nov, 2010
What do you do to stay ahead of your competition? You might want to consider the following tips to help you to expand your business and take it to the next level.  
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Entrepreneurs.9.Thmb.jpg Getting your small business off the ground and running
Kendrick Ayers | 02 Nov, 2010
Many people have what they think is a great idea and would love to set up their own small business. The problem many of these people face is how to fund this idea, to get the business off the ground. Unfortunately many of these ideas never come to fruition because of these lack of funds, where in reality there are many avenues people could take to find this initial start-up capital. 
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Globe.9.thmb.jpg How to enter a new market?
William King | 02 Nov, 2010
Businesses have always dreamed to stretch their market share in their respective industries. For this they have always looked for new ways 
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Success generic THMB SMEs' success only key to economic recovery
PR Newswire | 28 Oct, 2010
If there is one single key to reducing world poverty and ensuring a global economic recovery it could be this - making sure the world's small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) succeed. 
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Globe.9.Thmb.jpg India's 'Look East' policy has strategic goals
Mahendra Ved | 26 Oct, 2010
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's three-nation visit to Japan, Malaysia and Vietnam marks a reassertion of India's resolve to pursue its "Look East Policy" to achieve its strategic, geo-political and economic goals. 
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fair-gereric.jpg Participating in an exhibition - tips for a fruitful experience
| 26 Oct, 2010
Exhibition is one of the most effective marketing methods for enterprises. At the same time and the same place, the most important producers and purchasers in some industry get together. 
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Globe generic THMB Customizing your product offering for the global market
Carol B. Webster | 19 Oct, 2010
Once you’ve decided on a target market for exporting your product, you need to think about what changes you may need to make to your product for it to be successful in an international market. 
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Segment.9.Thmb.jpg Best practices for small businesses
Greg Heslin | 16 Oct, 2010
Small businesses can often be beaten out by larger competitors simply because they have better practices than small businesses. 
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Branding.9.Thmb.jpg Five characteristics of highly flawed small business advertising
Jeremy Cohen | 11 Oct, 2010
Behind every disappointing small business advertisement there is at least one reason for its failure. The good news is that any flaw with your advertising can be corrected, if you are willing to try new ideas. 
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Customer.9.Thmb.jpg Customer service principles
Glen Hamilton | 05 Oct, 2010
What do these companies have in common, Southwest Airlines, Neiman Marcus, Marriot, Disney, and Enterprise Car Rental? 
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Rupee.9.Thmb.jpg Squeeze maximum results from your marketing budget
Stuart Ayling | 28 Sep, 2010
A common problem for all businesses is not having enough money to put into place all the possible marketing ideas. Quite simply, promotional opportunities exceed the budget available. 
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Rupee.Border.Thmb.jpg Pricing strategy, tactics and decisions
Writuparna Kakati | 24 Sep, 2010
Pricing is an extremely important decision in marketing strategy. While pricing, for a firm, is a direct source of revenue, at the same time pricing decisions involve strategic marketing variables to meet competition. Price must cover the costs while leaving some profit but without making customers feel a pinch. 
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Segment.9.Thmb.jpg Diversify your business
Celesta Lee | 21 Sep, 2010
In business, diversification is the equivalent to not put all your eggs in one basket. This is sound advice to many aspects of our lives but 
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Exports.9.Thmb.jpg The promising Indian exports scene
Ashok Handoo | 20 Sep, 2010
When the Commerce Ministry released the country’s Foreign Trade policy document for 2009-14, in August last year it envisaged to reach the export target of $200 billion in 2010-11.  
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Marketing.9.Thmb.jpg The marketing mix for small business marketing
Nate Stockard | 14 Sep, 2010
All marketing resources will eventually talk about your marketing mix, but what do they mean exactly? Marketing mix is a term that the marketing world tries to hold as a private term that only the industry knows about, but as a small business owner, you need to understand how to plan and implement your marketing mix. 
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business-question-generic 7 questions to ask yourself before starting a business
Bernadette Doyle | 13 Sep, 2010
It is very important that we ask questions and get answers for them before we star a business...Here are some:  
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Handshake.9.Thmb.jpg Personal selling - when and how?
Writuparna Kakati | 02 Sep, 2010
One of the most ancient techniques of marketing, personal selling was widely used when large scale production was unknown and the market size was limited. But even today, personal selling could an effective tool for companies to target individual prospects more specifically.  
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India Flag Amblem THMB India marches on the growth path
Ashok Handoo | 02 Sep, 2010
After 8.6 percent quarterly growth rate, it is now 8.8 percent. 
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Retail.9.Thmb.jpg Battle ahead for govt. in allowing foreign retailers
James Jose | 30 Aug, 2010
Foreign investment in multi-brand retail may snowball into another tussle between the Indian government and the opposition in the next few weeks, leaving for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh a nifty balancing act to reconcile the vast differences between the supporters and opponents of the move. 
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Internet banking generic THMB Bangalore phobia will only hurt Western economies
Sanjiv Kataria | 27 Aug, 2010
The Indian information and communication technology (ICT) industry and Indian software professionals have earned global kudos for exceptional technical prowess, meticulous software development skills and quality processes for over two decades. 
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Exports.9.Thmb.jpg Plan your export strategy
Emily Ralph | 25 Aug, 2008
A number of small business owners fail to plan their export activities in advance. They often tend to enter or invest in a foreign market without screening its potentials or risk factors. 
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IIJW.9.jpg Indian designs sparkled at jewellery week
Shilpa Raina | 20 Aug, 2010
Unlike apparel fashion weeks where designers take inspiration from the West, designers at the inaugural India International Jewellery Week (IIJW) showcased jewellery that had distinctive features from across India.  
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MArketing.9.Thmb.jpg Advantages of direct marketing
Steve Sellwood | 17 Aug, 2010
Direct marketing is a marketing tool which comprises activities such as direct mail, telemarketing, mail order, direct response advertising and email marketing. 
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msme-THMB-2010.jpg Inclusive growth through Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
Dinesh Rai | 12 Aug, 2010
The MSME sector contributes significantly to the manufacturing output, employment and exports. 
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Handshake generic THMB Corporate or business Etiquette
Prof.M.S.Rao | 09 Aug, 2010
The research paper focuses on the meaning of business etiquette and what constitutes business etiquette. It elaborately explained about a confident 'Hand shake', 'Dress code', 'Business cards' and 'Handling people' at the work place. It dwelt at length about 'Interview Etiquette', 'Mobile Etiquette', 'Telephone Etiquette', 'Office Etiquette', 'Dining Etiquette', 'Email Etiquette' and 'International Business Etiquette'. 
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Entrepreneurs.9.Thmb.jpg Business returning to old world values, the Tata way
Madhusree Chatterjee | 09 Aug, 2010
In the footsteps of India's Tata Group - which is hunting for a successor right now - business houses across the globe are resorting to old world values of community service to sustain themselves in the long run, says British business historian Morgen Witzel. 
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Segment.9.Thmb.jpg Market segmentation – how does it contribute to organizational success?
Shameena Silva | 06 Aug, 2010
Before we go into look at the ways in which market segmentation contributes to the success of any business it is vital to understand what market segmentation is in the first place. 
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Market.Research.9.Thmb.jpg Why is international market research so important?
Cindy King | 03 Aug, 2010
Market research gives businesses essential information on customers, competitors, and market. Most businesses claim to understand the value of this research because they are using this information to sell their product to their clients. 
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Marketing.9.Thmb.jpg Using a consistent network marketing strategy
Tahmina Ghani | 26 Jul, 2010
The difference between network marketing success and failure is a well-developed strategy. People in this business succeed because of tested and undeniably sound strategies. 
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Industry.9.Thmb.jpg Defining moment expected for corporate mergers, takeovers
Jagannadham Thunuguntla | 19 Jul, 2010
There is widespread anticipation regarding possible revision of the threshold limit for mandatory open offers for the purpose of takeovers from current level of 15 percent to 25 percent. If that eventually happens, interesting shareholders' activity can be expected in several listed companies. 
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Internet generic THMB 10 Steps to surf web safely
PR Newswire | 17 Jul, 2010
Play it smart this summer: Don't give cybercriminals a key to personal, financial information when traveling or staying home. 
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marketing-road-successTHMB.jpeg Right time to take a turnaround: Marketing Road Map
Ashwin Merchant | 15 Jul, 2010
Difficult time always brings new opportunities for forward looking marketers, businessmen and 
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Marketing.9.Thmb.jpg Does small business marketing need much planning?
Nate Stockard | 13 Jul, 2010
Small business marketing is small, as noted by the name, but too many times business owners think that small business marketing is too small for planning, budgets, or strategies. Since small businesses usually have little or no marketing budget and are concentrating on just keeping the doors open, owners, more times than not, neglect their marketing planning. No business should exist without marketing planning and strategies!  
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Marketing.Thmb.jpg Why does your business need a good marketing plan?
Cash Miller | 13 Jul, 2010
A marketing plan is a written document that details the necessary actions to achieve one or more marketing objectives.  
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Branding.9.Thmb.jpg Branding, positioning and differentiation
Scott White | 05 Jul, 2010
Why don't identical twins don't have identical first names? Though they may look the same, they're not. Just ask their parents. Even as newborns,  
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industry3.Thmb.jpg A simple guide to selecting & registering a domain name
Dr. Shekhar Kirani | 30 Jun, 2010
An Internet presence has become essential to promote your business. 
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sridhar-seshadhri-head-online-sales-google-indiaTHMB.JPG Internet opens up national & international markets to SMEs
Sridhar Seshadhri | 28 Jun, 2010
To say the Internet will fundamentally change the way businesses operate and go to market would be disingenuous.  
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India.growth.9.thmb.jpg Strategy for sustained growth
Ashok Handoo | 25 Jun, 2010
A leading economic think-tank, the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE), has estimated that the Indian economy is set to grow at 9.2 percent in the current financial year.  
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globe-hand-thmb.jpg India's interest in Latin America must go beyond World Cup
Dave Ramaswamy | 23 Jun, 2010
There is an important reason why enthusiasm for South America should persist beyond the World Cup: The Mercosur countries of Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay are global agriculture superpowers as well. 
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run-business-smart-genericTHMB.jpg Tips to keep small businesses financially healthy
PR Newswire | 23 Jun, 2010
Rick Kahler, president of Kahler Financial Group, advised that higher government debt could put upward pressure on interest rates. 
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Internet banking generic THMB What makes a successful internet advertising campaign?
Derek Rogers | 22 Jun, 2010
A successful internet advertising campaign is essential for getting the most out of your online business. In order to accomplish this goal certain elements or conditions must be met. One of the first things is to determine what successful means for you and your business. 
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Audit.9.Thmb.jpg How to audit your business strategy
Andrew Carey | 15 Jun, 2010
Nearly all the major initiatives undertaken by corporate executives today are called "strategic". With everything having high strategic importance 
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India.South.Africa.9.Thmb.jpg Doing business with South Africa
Manish Desai | 11 Jun, 2010
South Africa was a major trade partner of India prior to 1946 and accounted for 5 percent of India's total exports then 
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gujarat ahmadabad THMB Vatva Industrial Estate - a success story led by SMEs
Garima Sahai | 08 Jun, 2010
While the small and medium enterprise sector in the country has been bowing to numerous infrastructural challenges and reeling under demand slump, particularly in the export front, the Vatva Industrial Estate (VIE) has set an example with an annual turnover of about Rs. 2500 crore and an export of about Rs. 1500 crore. 
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Internet Security generic THMB Don't Get Mugged Online - Protect yourself from internet crime
PR Newswire | 07 Jun, 2010
Being smart is not enough to protect yourself from online scamming. There are fake websites popping up every day. We may not be able to completely stop it, but there are ways to significantly reduce the risk of becoming a victim. 
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it-data-management-THMB.jpg Intelligent Data Management and the lifecycle of information
Satyen Vyas | 01 Jun, 2010
IDM helps companies strategize on how to manage data right from beginning to the time it is deleted. 
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Money.Tree.9.Thmb.jpg Fertiliser sector reforms will attract fresh investments
Satish Chander | 31 May, 2010
The fertiliser sector in India has been through difficult times in recent years. Stagnant production, no fresh investment and poor financial health of the units were accompanied by high  
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Internet generic THMB Busting myths associated with online success
Dr. Shekhar Kirani | 25 May, 2010
With more and more people using the Internet to browse and purchase products and services in India, an online presence for your company makes good business sense today. 
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India.Growth.9.Thmb.jpg India's promising economic outlook
Ashok Handoo | 24 May, 2010
In the export sector, the story has been both encouraging and discouraging.  
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Target.9.Thmb.jpg Target marketing - a strategy for business success
Shameena Silva | 21 May, 2010
The main aim of any organization is success. In other words, what they really look for is to increase their profits by way of satisfying the needs of the customers 
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Dropshipping.9.Thmb.jpg Dropshipping, import & export and global sourcing
Dylan Sun | 17 May, 2010
Dropshipping is accepted by the society as a profession and gateway of sorts to import and export if not global sourcing and it is getting feverishly popular by the years. Dropshipping is safer than import/export and instant than affiliate marketing. Be warned, pitfalls in dropshipping, unlike in import/export or global sourcing, are terrible that your business can crash quickly. 
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Trade.Fair.9.Thmb.jpg Trade fairs- are they still relevant for export marketing
Dr. Amit Kumar Chatterjee | 13 May, 2010
Are trade fairs still relevant? In this age of Internet and electronic commerce - how valid are trade fairs? Let us examine the issue threadbare.  
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Globe.Thmb.jpg The elements of targeted global marketing
Terry Detty | 08 May, 2009
Global marketing is nothing but marketing done on national and international level and which involves understanding the similarities, dissimilarities and taking advantage of the opportunities to attain the goal. Concentrating on global marketing is as important as concentrating on domestic marketing if a company is aiming to increase sales. 
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Marketing.9.THmb.jpg Take inspired action for business growth
Loren Fogelman | 04 May, 2010
Instead of business growth being a vacuum separated from my personal life, I realized there is an ebb and flow. How I approach challenges, whether personally or professionally, is a similar process. These strategies have helped me continue to grow my business. 
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Inflation.9.Thmb.jpg Monetary policy and inflation
K R Sudhaman | 01 May, 2010
In developed countries monetary policy which is unveiled by the central bank periodically is mainly aimed at keeping inflation low. In India as well as many other developing economies central banks have twin objective of controlling inflation and pushing growth. 
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Exports.9.Thmb.jpg Iceland's volcanic ash hit India's exports as well
Sushma Ramachandran | 26 Apr, 2010
Even as India's airlines were struggling to get back to normalcy after weathering the global recession, the volcanic ash from Iceland has given the industry another jolt while also affecting the country's exports.  
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india X-Axis: The Indian way of doing business
Arun Kumar | 15 Apr, 2010
A uniquely 'Indian way' of doing business, which has fuelled an economy that even in perilous global times remains a dynamo, is essentially based on a simple philosophy - "think in English and act in Indian", say four Wharton professors. 
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Innovation.9.Thmb.jpg Consumer focused ideas key to success
Ashwin Merchant | 12 Apr, 2010
Good ideas or Great Idea! A sudden flash of inspiration that hits you and ... you’ve good product.  
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Step generic THMB Balancing growth with efficiency for medium sized businesses
Satyen Vyas | 01 Apr, 2010
CIOs are walking new ground as they seek to improve competitive business advantage in an economic downturn - balancing the pressure to reduce capital expenditures against unprecedented opportunities to increase productivity and stay on the forefront of innovation. 
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India.Africa.9.Thmb.jpg Africa is destination next for India Inc
Sushma Ramachandran | 29 Mar, 2010
The move by India's top telecom player Bharti Airtel to acquire the African assets of Kuwait's Zain marks the biggest foray of a domestic company into the continent. The landmark deal, estimated at $10.7 billion, raises the level of Indian investments in Africa to $16.7 billion. 
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Marketing.9.Thmb.jpg How entrepreneurs will succeed by doing less
Bill Dueease | 26 Mar, 2010
Michael Gerber wrote a very popular book entitled The E-Myth Revisited about the myths of entrepreneurship. He explained that entrepreneurs must have three skills to win. 
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Target.9.Thmb..jpg Rifle or shotgun? Choose the right marketing weapon
Writuparna Kakati | 19 Mar, 2010
In today's diverse market, it is not possible for a SME to serve all buyers in the entire market even for specific product or service category. 
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AutoPart.Thmb.jpg Zooming Indian auto industry needs more road space to grow
Sushma Ramachandran | 14 Mar, 2010
Automobile production seems to have done its bit to ensure that overall growth of the manufacturing sector  
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Success.9.Thmb.jpg Marketing planning, a must for SMEs
Writuparna Kakati | 05 Mar, 2010
Many small and medium businesses fail to plan their marketing activities efficiently and throw money here and there. And they reap what they sow. In contrast, firms which map out their marketing efforts intelligently can earn more success, reduce marketing costs and increase effectiveness to a significant level.  
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Handshake generic THMB What the new Indo-Saudi strategic partnership aims at
Aroonim Bhuyan | 03 Mar, 2010
A new Indo-Saudi strategic partnership set in place during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Saudi Arabia Feb 27 - March 1 is set to redefine issues of terrorism, energy security and trade and investment between countries that were once removed not just by geography but history and politics. 
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Budget.9.Thmb.jpg Budget of fiscal prudence and inflationary push
Sushma Ramachandran | 27 Feb, 2010
A budget of fiscal prudence, but with underlying inflationary potential. This sums up Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee's federal budget for 2010-11 presented in the Lok Sabha Friday -- the fifth for the 74-year-old politician. 
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Pranab.9.Thmb.jpg Mukherjee has room to budget for lower fiscal deficit
Arvind Padmanabhan | 22 Feb, 2010
Having opened the purse strings to weather the ills of global slowdown the past two years, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee appears set to re-start the process of fiscal consolidation in the national budget for 2010-11 to be presented Friday with the twin objective of pushing inclusive growth and containing prices. 
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budget-indiaTHMB.jpeg Budget expectations for a rebounding economy - challenges ahead
S. Sethuraman | 19 Feb, 2010
There is a ground-swell of expectations for the Union Budget for2010/11, the second since UPA returned to power in May 2009, to be presented to Parliament by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on February 26.  
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Pranab.9.Thmb.jpg Fiscal stimulus exit – to be or not to be
Ashok Handoo | 18 Feb, 2010
As February 26, the date for presenting the budget in Parliament, draws closer the challenges before the finance minister are many. 
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Petrol.9.thmb.jpg Oil pricing reforms essential to stabilise economy
Sushma Ramachandran | 15 Feb, 2010
Politics and economics rarely mix well. This has been highlighted in the case of energy pricing where good economics says fuel prices must be raised, but political will is clearly lacking. 
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Product.Development.9.Thmb.jpg Continuous product development
Manish Tanwar | 09 Feb, 2010
New product development has always been an essential part of the marketing of a firm. From research on customer preferences to product positioning and segmentation, forecasting and then testing, it has been widely used to have a deeper understanding of methods and use of information about the customer in the design, testing, launch, and management of new products.  
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Marketing.9.Thmb.jpg Marketing framework for a new business
Katrina Sawa | 02 Feb, 2010
One thing I've found in my many years of entrepreneurship is that smart marketing is the key to success. I've worked with so many different types of small business owners, entrepreneurs, coaches and consultants from a 
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Veg.9.Thmb.jpg Food inflation due to government policy delays
Sushma Ramachandran | 25 Jan, 2010
Even as food prices continue to rise inexorably at over 16 percent, the government has finally taken steps to curb the spiralling price inflation that has been hurting all sections of society, especially the poorest of the poor. And Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar is in the eye of a storm over remarks that milk prices may go up as shortages are being reported by several states. 
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ASEAN.9.Thmb.jpg India-ASEAN: Trade in goods agreement
P.K. Dash | 20 Jan, 2010
In 1991, India announced its 'Look East' Policy with a view to seeking greater engagement with East Asian countries building upon its historical links with these countries. India became a sectoral dialogue partner of the ASEAN in 1992. 
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Exports.9.Thmb.jpg Exporting business - How export agents and distributors work
Aana Sharma | 16 Jan, 2010
As an exporter or manufacturer who is keen to step into international market, you should better initiate in a secure and planned manner for export import trade. One fairly safe and secure way is to establish indirect exports and see the response.  
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Retail.9.Thmb.jpg Exporting to overseas retailers - are you ready?
Dr.Amit Kumar Chatterjee | 11 Jan, 2010
Exporting directly to small overseas retailers is a comparatively new phenomenon, brought about by Internet.  
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Flags.Thmb.9.jpg Balance of economic power shifts to developing nations
Andrew McCathie | 05 Jan, 2010
The Group of 20 (G20) is likely to face a test this year of its new-found role as the world's top economic forum. 
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India.9.Thmb.jpg Stepping into an 'Indian decade' of growth and uplift
Arvind Padmanabhan | 02 Jan, 2010
Supported by a foundation of robust growth, India Friday stepped into the next decade of this millennium seeking not just to fulfil the aspirations of its billion-plus citizens but also assume its role as an emerging economy the world today looks at with respect and admiration. 
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Copenhagen.9.Thmb.jpg Copenhagen: Success for some, catastrophe for most
Joydeep Gupta | 28 Dec, 2009
Politicians and bureaucrats from large developing countries and some developed ones are congratulating themselves for having protected their traditional industries 
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Industry4.Thmb.jpg Indian MSMEs discouraged in public procurement: Study
Saurabh Gupta | 24 Dec, 2009
The Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) are discouraged in public procurement mainly due to unavailability of financial guarantees, lack of knowledge about tender procedures, new opportunities and large size of contracts, according to a recent research study conducted by Milagrow - IMT Center of Excellence. 
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Abu.Dhabi.9.Thmb.jpg South Asian El Dorado: Is the locus shifting to Abu Dhabi?
Sanjay Kapoor | 21 Dec, 2009
There was no surprise in the United Arab Emirate (UAE) when predictably Abu Dhabi's ruling family decided to throw a lifeline to a debt-strapped Dubai. Althoug 
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Gold.Dollar.9.Thmb.jpg Gold emerges as a safe haven for investors
Sushma Ramachandran | 16 Dec, 2009
With gold prices hitting new highs, the glitter just gets brighter each day. The phenomenal rise in the value of the yellow metal has been a by-product of the global recession as investors, both in India and abroad, are looking for safe products in which to place their funds. 
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Marketing.9.Thmb.jpg 5 small businesses marketing tips
Jinger Jarrett | 15 Dec, 2009
Starting a small business can be overwhelming if you've never done it before. You need a wide variety of skills for setting up and marketing your new business, especially if you choose to market online. 
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Cement.Mill.Thmb.jpg Indian cement industry – opportunities and challenges
Sameer Pushp | 12 Dec, 2009
The glue that holds the infrastructure sector is cement and the growth of cement industry is directly linked to the growth of infrastructure sector.  
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Rupee.Border.Thmb.jpg India's high growth offset by rising food inflation
Sushma Ramachandran | 07 Dec, 2009
The Indian economy's 7.9 percent growth in the second quarter of this fiscal has taken everyone by surprise, but rising food inflation, which has seen the daily grocery bill shoot up sharply, has dampened some of the euphoria. 
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SAARC flags THMB South Asian SMEs: Explore trade through JV
Saurabh Gupta | 04 Dec, 2009
SMEs in SAARC nations contribute significantly towards economic growth and are crucial for poverty reduction due to their contribution to employment and income generation.  
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Loan.9.Thmb.jpg Business loan: Getting your banker say 'yes'
Writuparna Kakati | 01 Dec, 2009
Understanding bankers' mindset has become more important for business firms. While they have been still feeling the brunt 
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Exports.9.Thmb.jpg Benefits of exporting for small business
Naz Daud | 24 Nov, 2009
Somehow, people have the perception that a small business does not export. A business that is going international  
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India.Canada.9.Thmb.jpg Canada saved India-US n-deal; it now needs to think beyond
Ryan Touhey | 23 Nov, 2009
Canada and India have been reluctant dance partners in decades past for reasons ranging from a heated disagreement on nuclear 
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Rupee.9.Thmb.jpg Getting ready for a tight monetary policy
Ashok Handoo | 20 Nov, 2009
The recent statements by the Prime Minister and other leaders, at the national and international fora, about India’s current economic status have one common thread – that the Indian economy is recovering fast and it is time we begin thinking about rewinding the stimulus packages we have been pursuing for the last one year to pump liquidity into the system in view of the global meltdown.  
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Internet banking generic THMB Role of B2B portals and Indian SMEs
Moonis Rehman | 17 Nov, 2009
B2B portals have set a new paradigm of competitiveness in the business world and it is the new age business model of the ever-changing business world. 
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Yuan.Dollar.9.Thmb.jpg Yuan as new global currency? It can bode well for India
Sushma Ramachandran | 16 Nov, 2009
The fact that World Bank President Robert Zoellick has said that China's yuan may become the global reserve currency over the next 15 years assumes significance not just for the world but also for India. It has the potential to make Indian goods relatively more competitive as the Chinese currency today is highly controlled. 
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Exports.9.thmb.jpg Revival of India's merchandise exports on the horizon
Sushma Ramachandran | 09 Nov, 2009
The outlook for India's merchandise exports now looks set to improve over the next few months, giving rise to hopes that a positive growth will finally be recorded by January 2010. The exports data for September clearly shows that the rate of decline has dropped considerably, even as global demand has picked up. 
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It.Thmb.jpg Indian enterprises face data loss risk: Study
Fakir Balaji | 05 Nov, 2009
Increasing use of IT infrastructure by Indian enterprises to enhance productivity and expand operations in a competitive environment has led to growing security risks such as loss of critical data, a study by the intelligence marketing firm IDC (India) Ltd. has revealed. 
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Innovation.9.Thmb.jpg Creativity is a round process
Lorraine Ball | 04 Nov, 2009
In a world of fast change and fierce competition, the ability to find new and innovative solutions is necessary for your survival. Thinking power and creativity are your primary competitive advantages. Unlocking new ideas and multiple possibilities begin with a "Round Process". Research - Originate 
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Branding.9.Thmb.jpg Best practices for small businesses
Greg Heslin | 30 Oct, 2009
Small businesses can often be beaten out by larger competitors simply because they have better practices than small businesses. The good news is that there are a number of practices that can translate to small businesses. These strategies and tactics are some of the best-kept secrets and can make a business much more successful in the long run. 
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India.growth.9.thmb.jpg With farm output poor, India's recovery projections premature
Sushma Ramachandran | 26 Oct, 2009
With the Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council projecting India's economic growth at 6.2-6.75 percent for the current fiscal, the question arises whether industrial output will rebound sufficiently to make up for the dismal performance of the farm sector. 
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Marketing.9.Thmb.jpg Top 10 marketing concepts for small business
Nate Stockard | 20 Oct, 2009
Over the past decade more and more people are getting fired, getting downsized, or getting fed up 
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Marketing Strategy Generic THMB Collecting information on your competitors
Marketing Scoop, LLC | 15 Oct, 2009
Collecting information about your competitors makes good business sense. However, you must do so in an ethical and reasonable way. Competitive intelligence from public sources, customers, and third parties can help businesses anticipate market opportunities, trends and competitive strengths and weaknesses. 
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Marketing.9.Thmb.jpg How to find your own unique selling proposition
Donna Williams | 07 Oct, 2009
You’ve probably heard the old adage "If you don’t stand for something, then you’ll fall for anything." 
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Downturn.Thmb.jpg Is recession over for the Indian economy?
Sushma Ramachandran | 29 Sep, 2009
Are the clouds of recession lifting over the Indian economy as they seem to be over the rest of the world? That is the big question everyone is asking today, whether they be economic analysts or policymakers in the central government and the financial institutions. 
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Marketing.Thmb.jpg Does small business marketing need much planning?
Nate Stockard | 23 Sep, 2009
Small business marketing is small, as noted by the name, but too many times business owners think that small business marketing is too 
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Advertising.9.Thmb.jpg Advertising pumps up your business image
Jeff Williams | 18 Sep, 2009
We have emphasized in this column the critical importance for the small business marketer to identify and communicate with a very specific audience of customers. This process is known as target marketing and your objective is to aim for the "bulls-eye" every time you spend money on marketing. 
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India.9.Thmb.jpg Uneven growth makes India uncompetitive globally
Sushma Ramachandran | 14 Sep, 2009
Is India a good place to do business? The answer seems to be it is excellent in some areas and difficult in others. No wonder the Indian economy has risen in one global index of competitiveness and gone down in another on business climate. 
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Industry.9.thmb.jpg No winners in West Bengal; losers are its people
Amulya Ganguli | 12 Sep, 2009
Venal and irresponsible politicians, acting in concert with anti-social elements masquerading as cadres, have ensured that the faint hopes of reviving West Bengal's industrial sector have again been dashed. 
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Ambani.Brothers.Thmb.jpg Ambani battle over gas cries for consistent government policy
Sushma Ramachandran | 31 Aug, 2009
The feud between the two Ambani brothers - Mukesh and Anil - seems to be an unending saga on the lines of television soap operas, with the story becoming increasingly complex by the day and the number of characters involved in each episode rising rapidly. 
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UPA.9.Thmb.jpg New government's economic drive moves, but in fits and starts
Anuradha Shukla and Sanjay Singh | 28 Aug, 2009
The first 100 days of the second edition of United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government have had their share of hits and misses in steering the Indian economy, with some ministries able to drive their agenda forward and others yet to draw clear roadmaps, analysts maintain. 
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MSME.Thmb.jpg NMCP: Developing global competitiveness among Indian MSMEs
Dinesh Rai | 25 Aug, 2009
The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector contributes significantly to the manufacturing output, employment and exports.  
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FICCI Logo Thmb 'Delhi is top solid waste producer'
FICCI Survey | 24 Aug, 2009
Delhi is the highest municipal solid waste producer in the country followed by Mumbai, according to a survey by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). 
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Kerala.9.Thmb.jpg They put a spin on adventure tourism in Kerala
Sanu George | 20 Aug, 2009
Nine years after they quit the Indian Navy, two men here are basking in the success of the adventure tourism company they started in Kerala, with their innovative products even fetching them an award this year. 
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ASEAN.9.Thmb.jpg Neighbourhood watch: ASEAN an opportunity for Indian SMEs
Writuparna Kakati | 18 Aug, 2009
The recent FTA between India and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) is big news 
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Cars THMB Boost to automobile and auto component industry
S. Subramanian | 17 Aug, 2009
The Indian automobile and auto component industry are often described as the sunrise Industry. 
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ICT.9.Thmb.jpg Behind India's rise as IT power lies 25 years of C-DOT
Sam Pitroda | 14 Aug, 2009
This month marks the 25th anniversary of what is now widely acknowledged to be India's first defining steps towards an information and communications revolution.  
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Outsourcing.9.Thmb.jpg IT outsourcing: Make the move cautiously
Writuparna Kakati | 06 Aug, 2009
Modern day SMEs have become increasingly aware of the different IT based technologies and importance 
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Marketing.Thmb.jpg Action plan for successful export marketing
Azaz Motiwala
Export marketing is a serious issue for most growing companies in today's interconnected global economy. Whether to export or not, where to and how to, are the major questions for companies willing to expand their international markets. 
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Rupee.9.Thmb.jpg Foreign Direct Investment in India
Sameer Pushp | 03 Aug, 2009
India is the largest democracy and is fourth largest economy (in terms of purchasing power parity) in the world. India with its consistent growth performance and abundant high-skilled manpower provides enormous opportunity for investment 
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Street.Food.9.Thmb.jpg Tastes of India, from streets of India
Madhusree Chatterjee | 01 Aug, 2009
Pyrelal Gosar, a street food vendor from Indore in Madhya Pradesh, captures the culinary essence of his state in his wooden cart. 
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job-generic.jpg Land your dream job - through social networking sites!
Vaishali Bhambri | 30 Jul, 2009
Ever thought of logging on to a social networking website to find a job? These sites have become a huge hit with job seekers in India who not only look for career opportunities but also interact with potential employers online.  
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No money generic THMB Venture capitalists have little fancy for Indian start-ups
James Jose | 27 Jul, 2009
Dreamy-eyed Indian entrepreneurs hoping to talk their way into getting venture capital for their start-ups might as well look elsewhere for funding. It doesn't happen in India, not often anyway, investors and experts in the industry maintain. 
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pink-slip-job-lossTHMB.jpg Recession-hit IT professional settle for low-paying jobs
Maitreyee Boruah | 25 Jul, 2009
Till a few months ago, IT professional T.V. George was earning Rs.70,000 per month, plus perks. But after losing his high-paying job, and being unemployed for three months, George, 31, has started giving tuitions in mathematics and physics to aspiring engineering students in his neighbourhood. 
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for-saleTHMB.jpg Selling off sick PSUs: Were they really family silver?
Sushma Ramachandran | 22 Jul, 2009
In the brouhaha over Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government reviving the public sector divestment process, the old argument about selling the "family silver" has been revived once again. But the problem is much of the so-called "silver" has been tarnished and a large quantity was never silver in the first place. 
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MBWA.9.Thmb.jpg SMEs need to 'manage by walking around'
Writuparna Kakati | 08 Jul, 2009
Should SMEs go for 'Managing by Walking Around' strategy?  
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train.thmb.jpg Railway budget 2009-10, a bonanza for people
M.Y.Siddiqui | 06 Jul, 2009
The Railway Budget 2009-10, presented by the Union Minister for Railways, Mamta Banerjee in the Lok Sabha 
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Run.9.2.Thmb.jpg How to stay ahead of competition
Writuparna Kakati | 02 Jul, 2009
How can a business position itself as a market leader? A business satisfies its customers.... 
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Pranab.9.Thmb.jpg Expectations high as Mukherjee readies for national budget
Sushma Ramachandran | 01 Jul, 2009
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee faces a tough job July 6 as he rises to present the first budget of the newly-elected United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, during which he will have to try and keep fiscal deficit under check while meeting the many promises made by the Congress party and its coalition partners during the elections. 
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Success.9.Thmb.jpg Recession is ending! Here's what to do
Writuparna Kakati | 26 Jun, 2009
Recently, there is a significant jump in confidence that our economy is no longer in freefall 
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Growth.9.Thmb.jpg Anand Model should be replicated for inclusive growth
Animesh Banerjee | 25 Jun, 2009
Traditional growth models are the legacy of the industrialization era that started a couple of centuries ago. The approach meant 
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Customer.9.Thmb.jpg Five things customers hate about you
Writuparna Kakati | 23 Jun, 2009
What's your own experiences as a customer?  
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india-poorTHMB.jpg Indian artisans - crafting a way of life
Saurabh Gupta | 22 Jun, 2009
The Indian artisan is fighting hard for the survival of its art, culture and family. 
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Rupee.9.Thmb.jpg It is optimism all around
Ashok Handoo | 19 Jun, 2009
Finally, the country has managed to record a 6.7 percent growth in financial year 2008-09, despite the global economy still in the throes of a deep recession. 
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Downturn.Thmb.jpg Inflation and how India calculates this rate
SME Times News Bureau | 18 Jun, 2009
With India's annual rate of inflation turning negative for the first time, here's all you wanted to know... 
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Networking.9.2.Thmb.jpg Online networking: Make it work for you
Writuparna Kakati | 18 Jun, 2009
Does online networking work for SMEs? Many small and medium businesses fail to identify 
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col-vaidTHMB International business and India SMEs - an overview
LT. COL. (RETD) Nageshwant Roy Vaid | 16 Jun, 2009
During the last few professional decades for international business there has been a diametrically radical mindset shift in focus to not only provide a product but a better product to stated target audience in the world markets. 
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Marketing.Thmb.jpg The Basics of Marketing
Jeff Blackwell | 15 Jun, 2009
Marketing - A Juggler’s Art. Marketing, in more the one way, is like juggling. This strange analogy will become crystal clear if we take a close look at it. Just like the juggler 
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Growth.9.Thmb.jpg Benchmarking, an effective management tool for SMEs
Writuparna Kakati | 13 Jun, 2009
It was 1970s. Rank Xerox, part of Xerox Corp, was facing difficulties in business. From mid 1960s to the mid 1970s, the profit of the company had rose above 20 per cent. But by the late 1970s, it started losing a significant share of the photocopier market. Some of its Japanese competitors were introducing copiers to the market with very lower prices, and as a result, the company came on the verge of collapse.  
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Trade.9.Thmb.jpg Getting paid when trading with overseas customers
Writuparna Kakati | 09 Jun, 2009
Timely payment is essential for the survival of businesses, particularly for Small and Medium Enterprises 
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Growth.9.Thmb.jpg India's growth data has brightened revival hopes
Sushma Ramachandran | 08 Jun, 2009
A new Indian government under Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has taken charge for the second successive term at a time when there appear to be glimmers of light on the horizon for a revival of the economy that had slowed last year after logging an impressive annual growth of nine percent in the preceding three years. 
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Fraud.2.9.Thmb.jpg Side effect of economic crisis: SMEs more vulnerable to scams
Writuparna Kakati | 01 Jun, 2009
The lousy economy has an unexpected victim - Small and Medium Enterprises 
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Tea.9.thmb.jpg India – Tea Capital of World: A health drink of century
Kritika Kamthan | 29 May, 2009
The tea industry in India is about 179 years old. India being the largest producer as well as the largest consumer of black tea in the world, tea has become one of the most important commercial crops of the country. The commercial production of tea started in India in the late 1830s, before which, the tea plant was growing wild in the jungles of north east Assam. 
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Manmohan Singh 3 THMB Vote for development will ensure economy tops government agenda
Sushma Ramachandran | 23 May, 2009
With the mandate for the Congress party-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) clearly in favour of development, economic issues will top the agenda of the new government, as it seeks to meet the high expectations of the poor and homeless and fulfil the aspirations of the masses as quickly as possible.  
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China.9.Thmb.jpg Dos & don’ts in doing business with China
Is corruption an issue in China? Are Chinese government officials and departments dependable? What about 'side deals' and 'under the table' transactions? The answers to these vital questions would invariably make every businessman worth his salt uneasy while doing business with China. 
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business-question-generic Is easy entry into India Inc. turning talent away from civil & central services?
An ASSOCHAM assessment | 20 May, 2009
Current meltdown in economy may have increased students turnout for civil and armed forces, mainly due to security and stability factors through selection process of Union public service Commission (UPSC) but fact also remains that easy availability of good jobs in private sectors is driving people away from civil services, armed forces and other central services. 
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Real.Thmb.jpg Buy house, don't rent - message from the housing sector
Anuradha Shukla | 19 May, 2009
The economic slowdown has hit home sales and sent prices plummeting. The flip side: home rents have shot up. 
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India Flag Amblem THMB Economic agenda will be more of the same with new govt.
Sushma Ramachandran | 13 May, 2009
Even as uncertainty looms large in India over which party or coalition will run the next national government, what has emerged as a given is continuity in the country's economic policies - but for some sensitive areas like lifting the cap on foreign investment and divestment of stake in state-run enterprises. 
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Law.9.thmb.jpg Indian IP laws are the world's most consumer friendly
Frederick Noronha | 09 May, 2009
India has been ranked as the country with the world's most consumer friendly intellectual property (IP) laws since its copyright regulations allow citizens great freedom to access and utilise information for educational and development purposes.  
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Segment.9.Thmb.jpg Why B2B SMEs need to segmentize customers
Writuparna Kakati | 05 May, 2009
Sales in any business are most frequently generated through business relationships it establishes. As a business owner, the better you can manage these relationships, the more successful you will grab. But to do that, you need to segmentize your customers to understand their needs better. It helps targeting your potential customers with appropriate offers and sell to them more.  
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business-question-generic Where are your job plans, youth ask politicians
Anuradha Shukla | 04 May, 2009
All political parties are swearing by youth power in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls. But youth feel politicians are ignoring the basic issue that concerns them in this age of economic meltdown: job losses. 
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Marketing.9.Thmb.jpg Action plan for successful export marketing
Azaz Motiwala | 02 May, 2009
Export marketing is a serious issue for most growing companies in today's interconnected global economy. Whether to export or not, where to and how to, are the major questions for companies willing to expand their international markets. 
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Newspaper.9.Thmb.jpg Corruption in business journalism: A worrying malaise
Sushma Ramachandran | 29 Apr, 2009
The startling order of the markets watchdog recently on the Pyramid Saimira stock manipulation case over the alleged involvement of a business journalist from a leading financial daily should make the media sit up and think hard about the issue of corruption.  
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E.Commerce.9.Thmb.jpg How SMEs can increase their online sales
Writuparna Kakati | 25 Apr, 2009
Most small and medium businesses (SMEs) which have build a professional online presence through their own websites or registering to a B2B portal (or in any other way) often complain that they have never seen much return on their investment, nor even enough queries. Once bitten they never try again.  
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Green generic THMB Go organic, live healthy, live green
Shilpa Raina | 25 Apr, 2009
'Organic' is in at a time when there is universal advocacy of eco-friendly products, and the Indian market too is responding with a range of things that promise a greener, healthier life. 
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Cloud.Computing.9.Thmb.jpg 'Get your software from a cloud, save money'
Madhusree Chatterjee | 23 Apr, 2009
As small and medium businesses in India struggle to stay afloat during the global economic slowdown, they are opting for cheaper computing services, and a Boston-based entrepreneur is here to promote his solution, cloud computing, in which software is shared over a wide network of computers. 
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India.9.Thmb.jpg India must have grand strategic design in its foreign policy
Rajiv Sikri | 16 Apr, 2009
There is need for new thinking in India's foreign policy. In today's complicated and fast-changing geo-political situation, India has wisely diversified its foreign policy options, but must retain flexibility in order to be able to pursue an independent foreign policy, on which there is an overwhelming national consensus.  
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India.9.Thmb.jpg Elections as fiscal stimulus to pump-prime economy
Sushma Ramachandran | 13 Apr, 2009
In these times of financial gloom, the process of elections in the world's largest democracy is bringing with it some sort of silver lining for the economy as large sums of money are being spent by political parties and candidates to ensure victory at the hustings. 
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Pink.Slip.9.Thmb.jpg 'Pink-slipped', they think jobs, not votes
Maitreyee Boruah | 11 Apr, 2009
For hundreds of voters who have lost their jobs to the global meltdown - be it IT professionals or garment workers - the election tempo across India has little meaning. 
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Magnifying.Glass.9.Thmb.jpg How SMEs can win big corporate orders
Writuparna Kakati | 08 Apr, 2009
Does size matter? If you are a small business owner, you may probably ask this question to yourself whenever you lose a big order only because your business is looked upon  
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internet Use web marketing tools to cut advertising costs
Moonis Rehman | 06 Apr, 2009
We are in global recession. Ad sales are at record low. Marketing budgets have declined. What started in November 2007 has affected both the small and big players in the industry. This economic turbulence has lead to lay-offs, no new product launches, cut in promotional budget et al. All of us are eagerly waiting for the markets to recover, but no one knows how long will it take? So, how can we cope with the downturn and adapt to survive such situations? 
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Market.Target.9.Thmb.jpg How to identify export target market
Azaz Motiwala | 04 Apr, 2009
First step of export marketing is to identify target market and market needs where your products or 
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G20.9.Thmb.jpg G20 summit: Will it find a cure for the global recession?
Chris Cermak and Andrew McCathie | 27 Mar, 2009
The world's big economic powers will hold an emergency summit in London next week amid a deepening sense of despair about the outlook for the world economy and with few signs that major nations have laid aside differences on how to combat the global recession. 
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Kaizen2.9.Thmb.jpg Kaizen, the Japanese way for constant improvement
Writuparna Kakati | 24 Mar, 2009
What was the best thing Japan learned after World War II from the Americans?  
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ICT.9.Thmb.jpg Opportunities abound for ICT sector despite slowdown
David Parks | 21 Mar, 2009
Though small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in India are reeling under the pressure of the ongoing economic slowdown, those in the information, communications and technology (ICT) sector are still optimistic about their growth. 
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Machinery.9.Thmb.jpg India will be big technology innovator in next decade
Pradeep Gupta | 18 Mar, 2009
Economists have been predicting it, stargazers have been forecasting it, and now the technology trend watchers are saying it - the coming decade is surely going to belong to India. 
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Ethics.9.Thmb.jpg Ethics in workplace: Link it to business success
Writuparna Kakati | 16 Mar, 2009
What is ethics? Ethics refers to well based standards of right and wrong that prescribe what humans should or shouldn't do. Whether to tell the truth or lie, be friendly or unfriendly, whether to be generous or greedy - all these, and all other questions about how people act toward themselves and one another refer to ethics.  
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Green..Red.Arrow.9.Thmb.jpg The dreaded 'D' word: Inflation in reverse gear
Writuparna Kakati | 28 Feb, 2009
India's inflation is dipping at a good pace. Is it a good sign for the economy?.... 
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Price.9.Thmb.jpg Oh dear! Lower inflation doesn't mean lower prices
Sanjay Singh and James Jose | 14 Mar, 2009
Alpana Singh, a homemaker in north Delhi, should be rejoicing that India's annual rate of inflation has fallen to a six-year low. Instead, she is ruing that her household budget has hit the roof. 
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internet Online ads get in your face amidst money crunch
Andy Goldberg | 14 Mar, 2009
Online advertising has suffered almost as much as its print and broadcast siblings from the global economic implosion. But now some of the most important players in the field are fighting back.  
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Growth.9.Thmb.jpg Go on growing, stop you die
Writuparna Kakati | 10 Mar, 2009
Can you remember the early days of your business? There was a dream, an uphill battle to fight.... 
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Exports.9.thmb.jpg Indian exports decline as world trade growth turns negative
Arun Kumar | 09 Mar, 2009
India registered its first every year-over-year decline in exports as world trade growth turned negative in the last quarter of 2008, raising fears of a protectionist backlash, according to a new world bank report.  
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Slowdown.Thmb.jpg Global economy set to shrink, India loses half a million jobs
Arun Kumar | 09 Mar, 2009
World Bank predicts the global economy and global trade would both shrink for the first time since World War II. 
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Communication.Thmb.jpg How do firms gauge effectiveness of internal communications?
IANS | 09 Mar, 2009
Most companies consider internal communication important enough for their health, but have no formal methods in place for the purpose. 
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UPA.9.Thmb.jpg Pre-poll goodies in times of falling GDP growth
Sushma Ramachandran | 05 Mar, 2009
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government was looking forward to a "Jai Ho" moment with the electorate after the series of poll sops that have just been announced. 
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Women generic THMB Women empowerment and their role in SMEs
Jaya Laxmi | 03 Mar, 2009
There is growing evidence all over the world that SMEs play a significant role in national economic development of any country. 
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Layoff.9.thmb.jpg Corporates can survive bad times without downsizing
Shiv Dhawan | 26 Feb, 2009
News of downsizing is bad news for any employee. Though downsizing is a common strategy adopted by organisations to cut costs and keep performance standards high, during the current recession it appears to have become a survival imperative. 
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Globe.9.thmb.jpg It is the time for SMEs to go global
Writuparna Kakati | 24 Feb, 2009
Do you want to go global? Your business is located in this country, you have invested a lot in people and talent, and you have a competitive advantage in this market. So, why should you go global?  
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Food Processing THMB Growth in food processing industries
PIB Features | 23 Feb, 2009
India stands first in the production of milk, tea and pulses and is the second largest producer of fruits and vegetables, rice, wheat and sugarcane. 
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E-Commerce.9.thmb.jpg E-commerce in flat lining economy, how to beat the odds
Writuparna Kakati | 20 Feb, 2009
What has been the impact of the current economic slowdown on your e-commerce business? ....  
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Industry THMB Prosperity is key to productivity
Rajeev Jain | 16 Feb, 2009
Productivity is the tool that can eliminate almost all of the scourges of humanity be it poverty, hunger, disease or war. 
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Interim Budget 2009-2010 - Speech of Pranab Mukherjee
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FIEO-logoTHMB Forthcoming vote on account - FIEO wishlist
Interim Budget Special | 12 Feb, 2009
In view of the global economic meltdown which has effected the Indian export sector as well, FIEO President A Sakthiel look for the following steps from the Government out of the forthcoming Vote on Account which may provide the much needed support to make the indian export sector competitive and sustainable. 
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CEPC Logo THMB Burning issues concerning Indian Handmade Carpet Industry
Interim Budget 2009 | 12 Feb, 2009
The origin of Indian Handmade Carpet Industry can be traced back to 16th century. 
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PHD.Resize.jpg Pre-Budget memorandum of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI)
Interim Budget Special | 12 Feb, 2009
There is a growing realization that after having experienced an unprecedented growth rate of over 9 per cent in the last four years, our economy has started losing steam. 
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BPO call center generic THMB Pre-Budget recommendations for improving competitiveness of BPO export sector
Interim Budget Special | 12 Feb, 2009
The Indian BPO industry has been growing and maturing and has established itself a major outsourcing hub. 
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