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year-end-special-THMB.jpg From internet.org to drones, India enters new technology era
Nishant Arora | 20 Dec, 2015
While "net neutrality" and its ensuing debate kept Indian policymakers and the social media busy for most part of the year, what took the country to the centre stage was a statement from social networking giant Facebook's founder Mark Zuckerberg that if the world needs to be connected then it is very important to connect the billion-plus people in India. 
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year-end-special-THMB.jpg Year End Review 2015: Report card of MSME Ministry
SME Times News Bureau | 18 Dec, 2015
During the year 2015, Ministry of MSME launched various initiatives to improve the ease of doing business and to make sector more globally competitive. 
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air.pollution.THMB.jpg Impact of court ruling on diesel cars moderate, but wide: Analysts
Rohit Vaid | 17 Dec, 2015
The Supreme Court order banning the sale of diesel vehicles above 2,000 cc in the national capital will impact only some auto-makers strongly, but will also potentially trigger a cascading effect on the dependent ancillary industry, analysts maintain. 
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Green generic THMB Ducking the solution: New global norms in climate negotiations
SME Times News Bureau | 14 Dec, 2015
When you cross the strict security and enter the venue of Paris Climate Summit, you arrive at a broad passage that leads to the array of halls and meeting rooms. The passage is baptized by the French hosts as 'Champs-Elysees', the world famous avenue in the center of Paris. 
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myanmar.9.thmb.jpg China or India: Difficult choice for new Myanmar government
Amitava Mukherjee | 01 Dec, 2015
Even as the Aung San Suu Kyi-led National League for Democracy (NLD) is expected to form a new government in Myanmar, China has lost no time in diagnosing the import of the party's victory and is all set to recalibrate its policy towards the country to steal a march over India towards gaining a deeper strategic depth in this ASEAN nation. 
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E-Commerce generic THMB Assisted e-commerce players to tap huge offline market
Mohammed Shafeeq | 01 Dec, 2015
The trust a kirana merchant enjoys in the neighbourhood and the preference of Indian consumers to come in direct contact with sellers is opening the doors of next big wave in e-commerce - the assisted e-commerce. 
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fdi-indiaTHMB.jpg 'Way forward is to get things done without legislation'
Amit Kapoor & Sankalp Sharma | 20 Nov, 2015
The recent change to the FDI policy regime by the Indian government is a welcome move.  
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Diwali.9.Thmb.jpg Realty sector likely to miss out Diwali dazzle despite marketing fireworks
Vinod Behl | 06 Nov, 2015
Reeling under a slump in sales and sitting on huge unsold inventories, real estate developers are using every possible marketing trick in their arsenal to excite indifferent buyers to come out and invest during this festive season. 
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Industry.9.Thmb.jpg Lessons from Bejing: Why India must rethink industries, technology
Bhavana Akella | 02 Nov, 2015
As I write this, I spot over a dozen Chinese men outside my Beijing hotel room wearing air purifier masks on their faces - the price they paid for technology. It stirred some alarming thoughts about where India is heading, and why India has a need to rethink each of its steps towards technological advancement. 
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marketing-n-ad-thmb.jpg Significance of Advertising & Marketing for a small business
Robb Auber | 31 Oct, 2015
When it comes to developing a small business, there appear so many small things having significant values and implications.  
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Africa.9.Thmb.jpg India to align itself with Africa's Agenda 2063
SME Times News Bureau | 26 Oct, 2015
Agenda 2063 strives to enable Africa remain focused and committed to the ideals envisaged in the context of a rapidly changing world. 
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RBI.Thmb.jpg RBI's monetary policy decision and its impact
Amit Kapoor | 16 Oct, 2015
Recently Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan cut the repo rate by 50 basis points to 6.75 percent. This reduction now takes the cumulative reduction since January 2015 to 125 basis points. 
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Diwali.9.Thmb.jpg Festive season will have little to cheer realty industry
Vinod Behl | 13 Oct, 2015
With affordability and safety of investment being the key for home buyers, the latest round of repo rate cut by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) may see only a marginal improvement in demand and may not act as a catalyst to stimulate sales in this festive season. 
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Employee.Thmb.jpg Solution to reservation by Shiv Khera
Qualified Learning Systems | 06 Oct, 2015
Shiv Khera, Founder of Qualified Learning Systems has condemned the intention of several political parties to politicise the reservation issue in the country. Nation has suffered badly due to divide and rule policy of political parties and urged the leaders not to further kindle the caste based system just to gain power and form government at centre, state, panchayat. 
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pm-modi-thmb 'PM's US visit can transform India by making it easier to do biz'
Arun Kumar | 26 Sep, 2015
Looking at the euphoria surrounding Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Silicon Valley, analysts have suggested that it can indeed spark India's tech economy provided he can make it easier to do business with his country. 
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Federal.Reserve.9.Thmb.jpg Yellen has played it smart, now Rajan has to make up
Vatsal Srivastava | 18 Sep, 2015
Acknowledging the recent volatile developments in the global markets, most notably China, and low inflation, US Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen has decided to keep interest rates near the zero-bound. This outcome was widely expected by the financial markets, as federal fund futures were only anticipating a 30 percent probability of a September liftoff. 
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Internet banking generic THMB Online grocery business surges on lower prices, hassle-free purchases
Aparajita Gupta | 14 Sep, 2015
Shopping for vegetables, fruits or bread wasn't fun - not as a regular chore in the least. But online grocery marketplaces are fast changing the habits and mindsets of people, especially the young urban professional, on what was once mundane into fun. Plus, no more scurrying around for parking space, small change or wading through dirty marketplaces. 
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Indo China Flags THMB Slowing dragon, rising elephant
Amit Kapoor | 08 Sep, 2015
Recent events in the Chinese economy and its impact on the world markets merit attention. With August 24 being termed 'Black Monday' as markets tumbled first in China and then in countries elsewhere. In China, the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index fell an astounding 8.49 percent in one day. 
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Exports.9.Thmb.jpg Improving India's export competitiveness
Amit Kapoor | 26 Aug, 2015
Indian exports have fallen for the eighth consecutive month - 10.3 percent from the July 2014 level of USD 25.793 billion to USD 23.137 billion in July 2015. The fall, if taken out of context, would call for a worrying picture. However, given that imports have also fallen 10.28 percent from usd 40.068 billion in July 2014 to USD 35.950 billion in July 2015 calls for an interesting read.  
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gst-thmb.jpg 'Special parliament session only after consensus on GST'
Brajendra Nath Singh | 24 Aug, 2015
The Union government will convene a special session of parliament to pass the goods and services tax (GST) bill - a constitutional amendment - only after a consensus is achieved among all political parties, including the Congress and the Left that are vociferously opposing the measure, official sources said. 
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Branding generic THMB Brand name for your fashion label
Mayur Karwa | 18 Aug, 2015
Brand name gives insights on the aesthetics and philosophy of the firm. It embodies the symbol with an implicit value proposition and personality. 
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Congress Party symbol THMB Is the Congress running fast to stand still?
Saeed Naqvi | 11 Aug, 2015
Do page one photographs of Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Kumari Shelja, Anand Sharma and Mohsina Kidwai agitating against suspension of opposition members spell Congress revival? 
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Population generic THMB In 7 years, India's population to overtake China's
Darryl D'Monte | 01 Aug, 2015
India will overtake China as the world's most populous nation by 2022, says a new UN report that revises its previous estimates, which put the date around 2028. 
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Kalam.Thmb.jpg A.P.J. Abdul Kalam: India's missile man, an indomitable spirit
SME Times News Bureau | 28 Jul, 2015
An enthusiast till the last for sharing ideas with students and youth, it was not surprising that former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was delivering a lecture at the IIM-Shillong when he collapsed and died in a hospital shortly afterwards. 
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Iran.9.Thmb.jpg Iran N-deal: Devil's in detail, so hold the champagne, please
IANS | 16 Jul, 2015
The contentious nuclear deal struck on Tuesday between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) in the Austrian capital city of Vienna has been described as a win-win for everybody. 
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Success generic THMB 'Never-ending thirst for knowledge is mantra for success'
SME Times News Bureau | 16 Jul, 2015
Suhel Seth Wednesday told women entrepreneurs that never-ending thirst for knowledge is the mantra for success. 
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mobile-appTHMB.png Can mobile apps emerge sole driver of India's e-commerce?
Aparajita Gupta and Sharon Thambala | 14 Jul, 2015
With 975 million mobile phone connections in India and penetration at 140 percent in urban areas, many e-commerce firms see apps as the way forward to push sales, with some even planning to make it their exclusive delivery platform. Is it feasible? 
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Exports.9.thmb.jpg India's Export Scenario
K R Sudhaman | 06 Jul, 2015
India, which had a global share of 2.4 percent in trade at the time of independence, dropped to a mere 0.7 percent in 1991 because of inward looking policy of self-reliance and exporting only the surplus. The balance of payment crisis in 1991 rightly brought about a change in India's economic philosophy. 
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SEBI9.Thmb.jpg Will market regulator's plan to simplify start-ups' listing help SMEs?
Aparajita Gupta | 29 Jun, 2015
The spirit of entrepreneurship got a shot in the arm as India's market regulator decided to simplify the framework for raising of capital by technological startups. But how much will it help them? While most of them feel it will open up opportunities, others feel the traditional route was better. 
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Green generic Green energy has got a boost under Modi regime
K R Sudhaman | 22 Jun, 2015
The global warming, air pollution and climate change are danger signals that all is not too well with environment and Narendra Modi government has rightly taken some major green initiative for sustainable energy development during the last one year. Solar energy, which is abundantly available in the country is being given new thrust. 
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food-safetyTHMB.jpg Maggi banned but what about oil, eggs, vegetables, pulses
Abheet Singh Sethi | 06 Jun, 2015
Looking at other items, a study tested 291 samples of sesame oil, coconut oil, groundnut oil, mustard oil, sunflower oil, cottonseed oil and soybean oil. This apart, arsenic above "critical limits" was found in cereals, pulses, vegetables, roots and tubers. Cadmium above similar criticality was found in cereals, fruits and curd, in a 2013 MS University of Baroda study. Both heavy metals are toxic to human beings. 
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Indo China Flags THMB Will the Indian tiger catch the Chinese dragon?
Amit Kapoor | 03 Jun, 2015
For all the hype that was recently created in the mainstream media over the Indian economy "overtaking" the Chinese economy in growth terms, this article offers a contrarian perspective. 
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msme-THMB-2010.jpg Framework for Revival and Rehabilitation of MSMEs
SME Times News Bureau | 01 Jun, 2015
The Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises has notified a Framework for Revival and Rehabilitation of MSMEs, in exercise of the powers conferred under section 9 of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Act, 2006. 
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modi2.thumb.jpg Assessing one-year's performance of the Modi Govt
Amit Kapoor | 22 May, 2015
The Narendra Modi government, which completes a year in office on May 26, had won last year's general elections on the plank of development and its promise to bring in 'Acche Din'. 
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India.9.Thmb.jpg Modi & Manmohan: 1 Year, spot the differences
SME Times News Bureau | 11 May, 2015
The economy rebounded; exports and imports declined, foreign-exchange reserves grew; coal production, electricity generation and petroleum consumption rose, non-performing assets (NPAs) in banking soared. 
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youth.thumb.jpg Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana - A new direction towards empowerment of youth
Archana Datta | 08 May, 2015
Skill and knowledge are the two driving forces of economic growth and social development for any country. Countries with higher level of skills fare better to cope with the challenges of emerging economies in the present day world. 
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farmer.thmb.jpg Farmer suicides: Is moving from farms to factories the answer?
Amulya Ganguli | 28 Apr, 2015
The stir against land acquisition took a tragic and macabre turn when a farmer hanged himself during an Aam Admi Party (AAP) rally in the heart of the national capital. The mortifying episode only showed how the political exploitation of a complex problem was diverting attention from what really needed to be done. 
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Branding generic THMB How to build and protect your brand image?
Amit Dasgupta | 20 Apr, 2015
Who am I? The question lies at the very heart of human enquiry. On a basic level, it refers to identity. In other words, it seeks to answer what we do and what we stand for. 
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Internet.9.Thmb.jpg Net neutrality in India still a myth, but don't log off
Aparajita Gupta | 20 Apr, 2015
Amid the raging debate globally over net neutrality, which has evoked a strong reaction from stakeholders in India, domain experts feel that an unshackled access to the Internet world isn't feasible in India yet but attempts must continue for egalitarianism. 
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smallvsbig.thmb.jpg Small-town entrepreneurial dreams have just got bigger
Gajal Gupta | 14 Apr, 2015
There are stories of people hailing from the country's hinterland who made it big in cities and even abroad. With changing times, these dreams have got even bigger with a handful of new-age entrepreneurs proving that inspiration, passion and hard work can translate into great success stories. 
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msme-THMB-2010.jpg MUDRA Bank: 5.77 cr SMEs to be provided easy finance
Saurabh Gupta | 08 Apr, 2015
Access to institutional finance to MSMEs will not only help them but also instrument GDP growth, job creation. 
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Farmer agric THMB Not industry, small farms key to jobs growth: Indian expert
Arul Louis | 04 Apr, 2015
Calling the decimation of small farms 'the biggest catastrophe", an Indian sustainable development expert has said that improving the lot of the small farmer while increasing productivity holds the key to employment growth and ending poverty. 
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Insurance.Thmb.jpg Insurance Reform - A Game Changer
K R Sudhaman | 31 Mar, 2015
Insurance industry in India is a USD 250 billion industry, equivalent to four-fifth of the country's foreign exchange reserves. But its growth has been hampered because of the unusual delay in the passage of Insurance amendment bill, which 10 years after it was conceived was passed by Parliament recently. 
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make.in.india.thumb.jpg To World, With Love from India!
Dr. Yasho V Verma | 23 Mar, 2015
It's time the nuts and bolts morph into a skilled juggernaut. 
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Delhi.9.Thmb.jpg India needs habitable cities before smart cities
Sanjiv Kataria | 17 Mar, 2015
Ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced his government's plans to create 100 smart cities, there is a rise in the clamour by chief ministers to get the tag. From Ajmer to Allahabad and from Salem to Srinagar, the list of contenders grows, even as India gives shape to a plan and an agreement on what constitutes a smart city. 
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Real.Thmb.jpg Budget 2015-16 - Short on real(ty) expectations
Vinod Behl | 09 Mar, 2015
The progressive and forward looking budget for 2015-16 demonstrating pro-growth and pro-investment themes scores high on revitalizing the economy but is low on realty revival, with the real estate sector being only an indirect beneficiary. 
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women logo Women entrepreneurs: Balancing personal, professional worlds with pride
Nivedita | 07 Mar, 2015
From managing their family and children, fulfilling their 'duties' as a daughter, wife, daughter-in-law and more, to also setting up and running their own business - women across India are fighting stereotypes and challenging themselves to create their own individuality in a patriarchal society. 
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handicraftTHUMB.jpg What is made shall be sold!
Dr. Yasho V. Verma | 03 Mar, 2015
It's almost a whole year ahead for manufacturers and retailers with traditional methods of sales dovetailing with the new age channels of marketing  
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budget-indiaTHMB.jpeg Highlights of Union Budget 2015-16
SME Times News Bureau | 28 Feb, 2015
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Saturday presents India's national budget for the next fiscal, saying the state of the country's economy was better placed today with its credibility re-established by a series of measures taken by his government. 
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Arun.9.Thmb.jpg Consolidated Highlights of Economic Survey 2014-15
SME Times News Bureau | 27 Feb, 2015
Tabled in parliament Friday by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and authored by a team led by Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian, the annual report card on the state of the economy said the growth should now rise further and double digit expansion was a possibility. 
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indian-rail-thmb Highlights of Railway Budget 2015
SME Times News Bureau
Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu presented his maiden budget for Indian Railways Thursday, promising to balance passenger needs and long-term interests of the organisation to benchmark it globally on quality, safety and reach.  
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RBI.Thmb.jpg Which way will Rajan go with rates post-budget?
Biswajit Choudhury | 21 Feb, 2015
With economic data before the union budget on Feb 28 showing inflation at a five-year low, Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan can perhaps indulge in a belated celebration of his birthday that fell Feb 3 when he maintained the RBI repo rate at which it lends to commercial banks at 7.75 percent. 
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budget-indiaTHMB.jpeg Budget as a tool to scale up economic potentials
G. Srinivasan | 17 Feb, 2015
This year FM Mr. Arun Jaitley will present his first full budget for the fiscal 2015-16 on Feb 28, even as the maiden one he laid in Parliament in July last was only for eight month period. 
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delhi.cm.thumb.jpg Can Kejriwal deliver on his promises?
Sreeparna Chakravarty | 11 Feb, 2015
With the overwhelming vote from the people of Delhi in his favour, Chief Minister-designate Arvind Kejriwal has been saddled with the challenging responsibility of meeting the collective and varied aspirations of the 17 million residents inhabiting one of the world's largest and most densely populated cities. 
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Global.Economy.9.Thmb.jpg Prospects and risks in the global economy
Amit Kapoor | 09 Feb, 2015
Three recent reports from different perspectives mention the prospects of the global economy and the risks that are inherent. These include the Global Risks Report 2015 of the World Economic Forum (WEF), the January 2015 update of the World Economic Outlook (WEO) of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Global Economic Prospects of the World Bank. 
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Employee.Thmb.jpg 'Study in developed markets can make SMEs 'Zero to Hero''
SME Times News Bureau | 28 Jan, 2015
SMEs that send their employees to study in developed markets can grow from 'zero to hero' in a short time, says the study. 
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Us-India.Thmb.jpg People seek stronger economy, defence from Indo-US friendship
Rahul Vaishnavi | 27 Jan, 2015
Enthusiastic visitors at India's 66th Republic Day parade were hopeful that the apparent chumminess between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama will "improve the economy" of both countries and especially "benefit" India in its fight against terrorism. 
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Obama9.thmb.jpg Obama visit: India-US ties set to move to transformative level
Ranjana Narayan | 20 Jan, 2015
India-US ties are set to move to the transformative level during President Barack Obama's India visit later this week, building also on the personal rapport developed between him and Prime Minister Narendra Modi with both sides keen to have promising outcomes from the talks on a range of issues, including defence, energy, education and economic cooperation. 
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make.in.india.thumb.jpg Make in India but Make it Green
Rajendra Shende | 09 Jan, 2015
Speaking on Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched his equally historic and rousing Make in India campaign. His venture capital in launching this movement is in the form of India's unique demographic dividend - the youth that constitute 65 percent of its population. 
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gst-thmb.jpg Why GST is important?
Amit Kapoor and Sankalp Sharma | 31 Dec, 2014
On the one side are those who believe that the proposed changes in the regime will lead to greater centralization and this will limit the ability of states to impose a tax that they deem fit.  
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