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year-end-special-THMB.jpg Year End Review 2016: Report card of MSME Ministry
SME Times News Bureau | 27 Dec, 2016
During the year 2016, Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) launched various initiatives to improve the ease of doing business and to make MSMEs more globally competitive. These initiatives include... 
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Rupee.9.Thmb.jpg New notes: Several discrepancies emerge in RBI, Govt figures
SME TImes News Bureau | 20 Dec, 2016
Several new and large discrepancies have emerged in the stated positions of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the government on the printing and distribution of new currencies following the demonetisation of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes on November 8. 
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Rupee.Border.Thmb.jpg Digital And Cashless Economy : A new way of life after demonetization
Deepak Razdan | 20 Dec, 2016
Pay Digital and Win Prizes! As India moves towards a digital and cashless economy, the Government announced on 15th December, 2016 two schemes Lucky Grahak Yojana and Digi-Dhan Vyapar Yojana to give cash awards to consumers and merchants who utilize digital payment instruments for personal consumption expenditures. 
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Cyber crime generic THMB Cyber Security: How Rahul, Congress Twitter accounts may have been hacked
Nishant Arora | 12 Dec, 2016
India still does not have a dedicated legislation on cyber security or bullying when it comes to social media platforms. The country, given its vision of becoming an IT super-power, needs to have a dedicated cyber security law on this at the earliest.  
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m-moneyTHMB.jpg Digital banking may eat into ATM business
Venkatachari Jagannathan | 02 Dec, 2016
With the government nudging people towards digital banking modes -- payments through mobile phones, Point of Sale (PoS) machines and others -- ATM players may find their business in a flux in the coming years. 
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donald-trumpTHMB.jpg Donald Trump: A turning point or stopgap?
Saeed Naqvi | 28 Nov, 2016
After a convivial evening at King's College on the Strand, when he boarded the Victoria Line to Earl's Court, Professor Ron Geaves experienced the first public reaction to a Donald Trump victory. 
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Modi.9.Thmb.jpg Demonetisation a make-or-break venture for Modi
Amulya Ganguli | 19 Nov, 2016
There is an element of spasmodic jerkiness about some of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's policies. 
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Rupee.9.Thmb.jpg Demonetisation a double whammy for microfinance sector
Bappaditya Chatterjee | 14 Nov, 2016
The demonetisation of high-value currency notes has come as a double whammy for micro finance institutions (MFIs), which have temporarily stopped providing credit to their customers while loan repayments have also taken a major hit, industry sources said. 
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BSE Breaking smart: 7 things you need to STOP doing online
Sarah Pike | 02 Nov, 2016
A not-to-do list -- Here are seven things, many of which are common behaviors or easy traps people walk into every day, to stop doing immediately. 
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bank-THMB.jpg Banks must login for fully-encrypted ATM security solutions
Nishant Arora | 27 Oct, 2016
While some of the countrys premier banks are busy blocking debit cards that have been compromised (the numbers run into millions) in one of the financial sectors biggest data breaches, its time for banks to adopt state-of-the-art, fully encrypted ATM security solutions to safeguard consumers, the countrys top cyber experts have suggested. 
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Diwali.9.Thmb.jpg Chinese lights spell darkness for traditional potters this Diwali
Priya Yadav | 24 Oct, 2016
For generations, Indian homes were lit up by diyas, or traditional earthen lamps, during Diwali. Potters now complain that customers prefer cheaper Chinese electrical lighting or more pricey products in shopping malls, jeopardizing their livelihoods. 
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brics-goaTHMB.jpg Goa Declaration: BRICS nations condemn terrorism in all forms
SME Times News Bureau | 18 Oct, 2016
The BRICS countries on Sunday condemned recent terror attacks across the globe, including India, and agreed to strengthen cooperation in combating international terrorism both at the bilateral level and at international fora.  
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Made.In.China.9.Thmb.jpg Why boycott calls against China -- India's largest trade partner -- will fail
Abhishek Waghmare | 12 Oct, 2016
Indian politicians are currently leading a campaign to boycott Chinese goods. But an IndiaSpend analysis shows why this will fail: China is India's largest trade partner, a sixth of India's imports are Chinese, up from a 10th in 2011-12, while India's exports to its rival have halved over the same period. 
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cyber-crimeTHMB.jpg Next-Gen security can help Indian firms minimise cyber attacks
Nishant Arora | 04 Oct, 2016
As Indian enterprises gain more exposure and attention globally, there is a worrying downside: these firms are at an increased cyber security risk owing to aged and vulnerable security solutions at work, experts have warned. 
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Industry THMB Manufacturing competitiveness key to India's progress
Amit Kapoor | 20 Sep, 2016
India has convinced a lot of people and the world is making big bets on its stature as a manufacturing and economic powerhouse. However, there are many challenges that lie ahead. Now that the vision has been set, India needs to undertake the hard task of execution. 
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Rupee.9.Thmb.jpg Unspent money for Dalits/tribals, $42.6 bn = 8 times agri budget
Nikhil M. Babu | 19 Sep, 2016
It was raining heavily last monsoon when Heerabai's youngest child, Seshkumari, 4, collapsed with a fever. The family could only watch helplessly as her temperature soared and she turned delirious late night. 
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CSR generic THMB Business needs and social good are in synergy
Sajid Ahmed | 13 Sep, 2016
Donations, subsidies and exemptions can never be enough to solve extreme poverty. Moreover, it is disheartening that we tend to turn a blind eye towards the results after we receive our tax exemptions and accolades. Programmes like Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), which urge businesses to give more and get more involved in social issues, have started yielding benefits in finite silos. 
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Power.9.Thmb.jpg 92% of villages 'electrified' have houses without power
Charlie Moloney | 06 Sep, 2016
As many as 78 percent of the 18,452 inhabitable villages the government set out to provide with power have been "electrified". However, 92 percent of the 10,072 newly-electrified villages include homes which do not have electricity. 
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Accounting.9.Thmb.jpg SWIFT - A transformative approach towards ease of doing biz
D. S. Malik | 29 Aug, 2016
SWIFT will help India to improve its ranking in World Bank's Doing Business Report 2016. India now ranks 130 out of 189 countries in the Ease of Doing Business, moving-up four places from last year's (2015) adjusted ranking of 134. 
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India-120-animated-flag-gifs.gif India yet to realise its economic freedom
Amit Kapoor | 23 Aug, 2016
It has been just over 69 years since the stroke of the midnight hour when India awoke to life and its freedom. Over the past 69 years, we have had many of the pledges realised not wholly or fully but quite substantially. 
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gst-THMB.jpg One nation + one tax = Rs 9.20 lakh cr for GST
IANS | 16 Aug, 2016
About 42 percent of the Rs 22 lakh crore (USD 328 billion) revenue of the central government and 35 states and union territories will now be subsumed under the goods and services tax (GST), passed by parliament's upper house on August 3, 2016 and being touted by some as one of independent India's "boldest reforms". 
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gst-thmb.jpg Impact of GST on SMEs
SME Times News Bureau | 03 Aug, 2016
Finally the largest tax reform in Indian history has sailed through the toughest hurricane. The much awaited Goods and Services Tax ('GST') is finally ready to get constitutionalized as the Upper House of the Parliament has passed the Constitution (122nd Amendment) Bill, 2014 ('the Bill'). 
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pmjdyTHMB.jpg Empowering people with Financial Inclusion
Purnima Sharma | 02 Aug, 2016
For the first time crores of people now have bank in their lives, and it happened only due to Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojna (PMJDY).  
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Innovation generic THMB Innovation a driver of growth, prosperity
Amit Kapoor | 26 Jul, 2016
Carrying out innovations is the only function which is fundamental in history: Joseph Alois Schumpeter, an Austrian-born American economist and political scientist. 
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Internet THMB Open public Wi-Fi networks boon for hackers to steal sensitive data
Nishant Arora | 19 Jul, 2016
If you are a frequent business traveller and spend most of your time away from the safe internet boundaries of your office or home, be warned. Public Wi-Fi networks -- at the hotel lobby, in the spa, at the poolside or inside a shopping mall -- are not at all secure for official work, sensitive data sharing or transferring funds.  
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make.in.india.thumb.jpg Make in India also requires Move in India push
Amit Kumar | 05 Jul, 2016
Logistics forms the backbone of domestic and international trade in any economy and is a critical factor for competitiveness. Besides providing employment and movement of goods, an efficient logistical network enables increases in the speed of doing business. 
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Aerospace.9.Thmb.jpg Made-in-India Tejas: Historic landmark for aerospace industry
Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd) | 04 Jul, 2016
This marks, not just an historic landmark for our aerospace industry, but a significant step forward in India's quest for self-reliance in weapon systems and fits neatly into Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Make in India' campaign. 
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subramanian-swamyTHMB.jpg Swamy will dent Modi's image, spook foreign investors
Amulya Ganguli | 28 Jun, 2016
PM Narendra Modi's Alpha-male image of a domineering individual, a la Barabara Cartland's romantic fiction, has been severely dented by the antics of Subramanian Swamy, a seemingly out-of-control saffron gadfly. 
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tech-reviewTHMB.jpg HP DeskJet GT 5820: Good ink-jet printer for small entrepreneurs
SME Times News Bureau | 20 Jun, 2016
The new HP DeskJet GT series from the global computer peripherals company HP Inc. may bring cheers to small businesses, offering wireless printers with ink tank technology that can print thousands of pages in an efficient and low-cost way. 
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cyber-crimeTHMB.jpg As net use spreads, cyber crimes up 19 times over 10 yrs
Chaitanya Mallapur | 16 Jun, 2016
Cyber crimes reported in India rose 19 times over the last 10 years (2005 to 2014), from 481 in 2005 to 9,622 in 2014. India is now ranked third - after the US and China - as a source of "malicious activity" on the internet, second as a source of "malicious code" and fourth and eight as a source or origin for web attacks and network attacks. 
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Modi, Obama THMB Modi, Obama hit one for the road, partners in defence
Arun Kumar | 09 Jun, 2016
Call it President Barack Obama's desire to seal his legacy or the Trump effect, as some pundits would have it, he and Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated his fourth visit to the US in two years with a flurry of agreements, including one in which the US commits itself to sharing defence technology with India "to a level commensurate with that of its closest allies and partners".  
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nilesh-jain-trend-microTHMB.jpg What happens when online ads attack: Malvertising?
Nilesh Jain | 02 Jun, 2016
Google defines 'Malvertising', a term coined from the combination two words, malicious and advertising, as - the use of online advertising to spread malware. Malvertising involves injecting malicious or malware-laden advertisements into legitimate online advertising networks and webpages.  
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Internet banking generic THMB $1 tn extra GDP by 2020 - If all Indians get online
Tanay Sukumar | 30 May, 2016
Four of five Indians could afford the internet if data costs fell by 66 percent, according to a Facebook-commissioned report on Internet access. But Indian telecom operators already run data services at a 11 percent loss, making cost-cutting difficult. 
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Modi.9.Thmb.jpg With Assam in bag, time to move forward with reforms
Amulya Ganguli | 24 May, 2016
Assam has given Narendra Modi a breather. It is now up to him to make full use of the time he has got to recover from last year's drubbings in Delhi and Bihar, and brace for the battles in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat and Goa next year. 
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ipr.THMB.jpg More protection, better enforcement in new IPR policy will attract foreign players
Aparajita Gupta | 16 May, 2016
As India rolled out its much-awaited new IPR Policy, experts say better copyright and trademark regime, as promised by the new framework, along with stronger enforcement, would attract more foreign investment into the country. 
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make.in.india.thumb.jpg Impact of recent regulatory move on Make in India
Amit Kapoor | 03 May, 2016
Manufacturing in India has not been particularly strong. This is because of a host of reasons emanating from the India's socialist era. Prominent among these include labour laws resulting in trade unionism, licenses for regulating production activity and the like. 
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manish-dodha-ceo-advaiyaTHMB.jpg Technology Marketing in Digital Era
Manish Godha | 25 Apr, 2016
Technology Marketing is one of the most fascinating and dynamic of all of marketing verticals. 
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E-waste.9.thmb.jpg Tale of an untapped $13 bn waste management industry
Kushagra Dixit | 11 Apr, 2016
Between an India which produces 62 million tonnes of solid waste every year and a 'Swachh Bharat' is an untapped waste management industry which has the potential to be worth $13 billion by 2025, according to business organisations dealing in waste management research. 
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Farmer.9.Thmb.jpg Doubling farmers' income by 2022 will prove Herculean
Abhishek Waghmare | 05 Apr, 2016
After adjusting for rising costs, an Indian farmer's income effectively rose 5 percent per year over the decade (2003-2013), according to an IndiaSpend analysis of various government data. This calls into question Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's declaration of doubling their income over the next five years. 
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rajiv-kumar-ceo-storehippo-THMB.jpg Entrepreneurship is fast becoming the first career choice for youngsters
Rajiv Kumar | 21 Mar, 2016
Entrepreneurs are the dreamers who are fueled by the desire to pioneer, lead, innovate and invent disruptive technologies and products. 
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Tax.9.Thmb.jpg How 52,911 profitable Indian companies pay nil tax
Rohit Parakh | 19 Mar, 2016
Companies making smaller profits are competing in an unequal environment against bigger companies with substantial taxation benefits, with the gap in effective tax rates widening over the years. 
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Global.Economy.Thmb.9.jpg Can India transform economic challenges into opportunities?
Amit Kapoor and Sankalp Sharma | 14 Mar, 2016
The Indian economy, with its evolution and transformation over the past 25 years, has been a topic of discussion among policymakers and other key stakeholders in India and abroad. A more interesting perspective is in understanding the future trajectory of Indian growth. 
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labour.thumb.jpg Why Make in India is stumbling over our labour laws
Abhik Ghosh | 07 Mar, 2016
What's the one assurance investors want before setting up manufacturing base in India? The ease of making workforce adjustments in line with changing market conditions. In this area, Indian labour laws are among the most restrictive. 
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Industry.9.Thmb.jpg How India can benefit by leapfrogging into Fourth Industrial Revolution
Anil K. Rajvanshi | 24 Feb, 2016
Last month, the major agenda item at the World Economic Forum in Davos was the Fourth Industrial Revolution (FIR). Since FIR is already under way in some of the advanced economies there are fears that it will be very disruptive and create huge unemployment. 
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Dr. Yasho V. Verma THMB Top 10 Leadership Tight-Spots for Startup Founders
Dr. Yasho V Verma | 23 Feb, 2016
There is a lot written about do's and don'ts for startup founders, while there are many practical handbooks available trying to help newbie entrepreneurs, I would like to sum the most observed dilemmas that leaders of startups face as following: 
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masroor-lodi-thmb.jpg What must Budget 2016 focus for MSMEs
Masroor Lodi | 16 Feb, 2016
The Union Budget 2016 is soon going to be out and the Finance Minister has signalled positive steps to support MSMEs in the forthcoming budget. Here are some of the priorities that I believe should be focused in the budget. 
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modi2.thumb.jpg Don't wait. Don't Relax - PM's speech highlights
SME Times News Bureau | 15 Feb, 2016
"Don't wait. Don't Relax. There are immense opportunities in India," says Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 
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Agriculture.Machinery.9.Thmb.jpg Make agritech startups cool: Creating a new generation of entrepreneurs
P.D. Rai | 02 Feb, 2016
In India, many startups are actually happening in the organic agriculture space but little is known of or heard about them. 
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gurgaonTHMB.jpg Gurgaon tops in real estate investment destinations in NCR: Study
SME Times News Bureau | 01 Feb, 2016
Gurgaon has been preferred as the most attractive and emerging real estate investment destination, followed by Delhi, Noida, Faridabad and Alwar, according to a recent study on Determinants of real estate: A survey of Delhi NCR undertaken by PHD Research Bureau of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry. 
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India.9.Thmb.jpg Startup India and a more competitive India
Amit Kapoor | 27 Jan, 2016
Startups form the basis of a more productive and prosperous nation. The growth of several countries in the past have been driven by a need for creating better solutions for existing problems by entrepreneurs. This, along with secure property rights are major differences between organised and unorganized societies. 
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modi-17052014THMB.jpg Modi regales entrepreneurs with one-liners on start-ups
SME Times News Bureau | 17 Jan, 2016
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in his elements at the launch of Start-up India' and 'Stand-up India' movement on Saturday, regaling a smart audience of young entrepreneurs, start-up founders, techies, ministers and officials at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi. 
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Dr. Yasho V. Verma THMB When small is beautiful
Dr. Yasho V Verma | 11 Jan, 2016
SMEs can fortify and protect themselves, it is already happening with technology blending with traditional selling methods 
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inflation-upTHMB Prices of essential commodities a major challenge for Govt
Gargi Parsai | 05 Jan, 2016
The prices of pulses because of huge demand supply gap and the government measures to contain the prices dominated the food sector in 2015. On the other hand, sustained efforts of the central government resulted in the implementation of the National Food Security Act in 25 states/UTs towards the end of the year -- under which 67 per cent identified population is to get highly subsidized foodgrains through ration shops -- and secured assurances from remaining States to set the ball rolling by March next year. 
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